It could be said that Tottenham are the unluckiest team in the Premier League, but the north London outfit have still made mistakes.
Many fans would say it was the losses at home to Wigan and Fulham, but after losing to these two teams, do they deserve to be in the Champions League?
Some would argue yes, and other would argue no - but put it into perspective: they beat Manchester United away, they beat Manchester City at home, along with Arsenal and a few other top teams.
Something must be going wrong for Tottenham here, as one would think that after beating such teams, how on earth did they end up fifth place? It all seems to lie at the end of the season.
In the 2011/12 season Spurs actually got into the top-four spot, only to be denied a place in the Champions League by Chelsea, who won the competition. This is a valid argument for Spurs' unluckiness, but in fact Tottenham were just one point behind Arsenal, and lost silly points in the last games of the season.
It was a similar story for the 2012/13 season. Spurs had it all: seven points ahead of rivals Arsenal, and then they blew it. They dropped silly points at the end of the season and, once again, lost out by one point to Arsenal - only this time in fifth position.
Although Tottenham scored a higher amount of points than they did when they secured fourth two seasons ago, they still weren't good enough.
Gareth Bale made a massive impact to Tottenham's finishing place last season and will be greatly missed if he goes to Real Madrid. There is an ongoing battle between Spurs and Madrid about the transfer of Bale, and somehow I get the reassuring feeling that because the Welsh superstar hasn't gone yet he probably wont' be going at all this summer.
Pulling all this together, do Spurs really deserve to have Champions League football - and do they have what it takes to get into that important top four spot next season?
I think they do, but there are a few things they need to do to ensure this:
1. Keep Bale
2. Sign a few more attacking players i.e. Paulinho, Benteke etc.
3. Don't drop easy points like last season
4. Hold it together and keep the momentum going till the end of the season
5. Don't sell any key players in the squad i.e. Vertonghen
If Spurs do this I truly believe that they can really challenge for a top-four spot, but if they don't follow one of these important points, things could turn out differently.
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