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Tottenham and the road to fourth spot

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It has been two years, 10 months and 13 days since Spurs were last in the Champions League, a figure that won't overly impress Spurs fans (not by a long shot!) especially considering the massive hype surrounding them during the summer and their infamous summer spending spree.

The last time north London rivals Arsenal didn't qualify for Europe's elite club competition was the 1996/97 season, a stat that I am confident that any Spurs fan would only want to see ended. But, for the mean time it doesn't look like it's about to.

The real question for Spurs at the moment is whether they can still get Champions League football this year.

Tottenham's time amongst Europe's elite was certainly a successful one, reaching the quarter finals before being knocked out by the might that was and still is Real Madrid.

Along the way they swept past the likes of FC Twente, AC Milan and  the holders at the time Inter Milan, a match that ignited Gareth Bale with a sensational hat-trick and put him on the radar of many clubs.

With Bale now gone and summer purchases Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela not living up to their price tags, one must wonder whether they can contend with the top clubs. With six points separating Spurs in fifth and Liverpool in sixth, it will be difficult, but not impossible.

There's no denying that Tottenham's upcoming fixtures will be no picnic, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are all up against Spurs within the next four matches, and it must be highlighted these are must win games, especially to keep the pressure on high scoring Liverpool.

Spurs fans should not be disheartened however as Liverpool's defending has been questionable at times, as shown in the seven goal thriller against Swansea that at many points could have gone either way.

Couple that with Liverpool's upcoming fixtures that include Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and even Spurs, it will be tough for them and Tottenham will need to capitalise on any of their mistakes by winning week in week out and hope that their disappointment against Norwich that saw them throw away three valuable points was just a one off.

If Emmanuel Adebayor, who has eight goals and two assists in 11 games for the north Londoners can remain in form, there is no reason a Champions League spot is beyond reach, if not however, they may just have to grab a plate and wait in line......    

 

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