Can Tottenham qualify for the Champions League?

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Cast your minds back to approximately 2pm on February 26. Emmanuel Adebayor had just put Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 up at the Emirates stadium against north London rivals, Arsenal.

At that exact moment, Spurs fans were daring to dream, with some even going online to reserve their tickets for what would have been their first Champions League group game the following season - had they finished the season in that much-coveted Champions League position.

When Adebayor scored from the penalty spot, I'm not sure anyone would have predicted that Harry Redknapp's side would suffer a dramatic loss in form resulting in a Europa League finish.

Tottenham spurned the chance to go 13 points clear of their north London rivals, but after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, Spurs' lead was cut down to seven points after a crazy 90 minutes of football.

Spurs were suddenly under pressure.

The Lillywhites were eventually overtaken by Arsenal, and Redknapp's side missed out on Champions League football, despite finishing 4th. Chelsea's success in Europe's top competition meant Spurs had to settle for a spot in the Europa League.

Andre Villas-Boas will be desperate to avoid such a disaster this year. At this point of the season, Spurs look a strong outfit and you wouldn't bet against them playing Champions League football next year.

That sentence, however, would also have been applicable to Spurs at this point last year, too. In order to avoid a repeat of last season, AVB's men will have to cut-out the complacency and their strength in depth will need to shine through.

Before the QPR game, former boss Redknapp said that Spurs have enough quality to field two different sides that would challenge for a Champions League spot, and he may have a point.

Tottenham have a world-class keeper in Hugo Lloris and his understudy, Brad Friedel, is pretty decent too. Spurs have five quality defenders that have developed into players that could make it into most Premier League teams. Further up the pitch, it only gets better. If Villas-Boas can add another top-class striker to his ranks, Spurs would almost be a complete team.

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