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The Implications of Spurs Crashing Out of The Champions League

Tottenham crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday night following a disheartening loss against Monaco which could potentially leave them without European football for the rest of the season if Spurs fail to finish third in their Champions League group.

Tottenham succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Monaco as the French outfit secured qualification into the Round of 16 after sealing top spot in Group E.

Their exclusion from the Champions League could be a blessing in disguise seeing as Pochettino, and his players would be able to rest and train ahead of league fixtures in mid-week. Playing in the Europa League, on the other hand, may be somewhat detrimental to Spurs’ league campaign.

Tottenham lacks strength in depth, a significant deficiency that could cost them going forward as capable replacements for first-team stars are not present within the squad.

Should Harry Kane pick up another injury, or undergo a spell of fatigue at any point in the season, Spurs will be unable to hit the back of the net. Should a similar thing happen to any of Pochettino’s key players, then the team would be somewhat limited, and their fluidity would be compromised for the duration of any key player’s absence.

Europa League fixtures usually take place on Thursday nights, two/three days before a standard league matchday. With Spurs playing Thursday night football ahead of fierce battles in the English top-flight, Pochettino’s side would be at a significant disadvantage compared to the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea at the top of the table, who currently lack any European commitments.

Tottenham is currently 5th in the Premier League standings having amassed 24 points thus far; they’re one point below Arsenal who sit in fourth place.

The competition at the top of the table is fiercer than ever, and with six teams looking to make it into the top four, Mauricio Pochettino will have his work cut out for him in guiding Spurs back to the Champions League ahead of next season.

Compared to the rest of the current top four, Spurs are evidently the weakest side when taking squad depth and attacking impetus into consideration. It’s hard to envisage Liverpool, Chelsea, City and Arsenal dropping off anytime soon thus Pochettino is more or less faced with an arduous task of upsetting the odds and making it into the top four.

Tottenham might need to be free of European commitments in a bid to make it into Europe next term; it’s either that or Pochettino will have to bring in quality players when the January transfer window opens up in a bid to keep up with the top teams in the Premier League.

Amongst the position’s Pochettino needs to bolster are the striking department and the wings. Vincent Janssen has proven to be a flop so far as he’s been unreliable since signing for Tottenham at the start of the season.

Erik Lamela and Eriksen don’t seem to be at the top of their game this term, thus bringing in two proven wingers will do Spurs’ a whole lot of good in January.

Last season, both players were the cream of the crop with Eriksen being particularly impressive as he made 13 assists last term and contributed a great deal to Tottenham’s uprising. It’s quite astonishing that the Dane is yet to make his presence felt in the squad this season.

As things stand, Spurs could potentially make it into the top four, but they’d need to sign some marquee players in January. Pochettino would also need to rotate his squad in a bid to keep them fresh and fit for important European fixtures and the Premier League (if they make it into the Europa League).

About the Author Phillip Ekuwem

Phillip is a football writer with an immense love and passion for the beautiful game. He’s well versed in European football as he enjoys watching the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Serie A.

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