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Tottenham's win over Manchester City proved they were serious title contenders.

Tottenham must sacrifice Europa League to maintain Premier League title bid

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There is no longer any doubt that Tottenham are in the title race. After their incredible win away at Manchester City last Sunday, Mauricio Pochettino's side are only two points behind leaders Leicester City and among the favourites to win the Premier League.

But with commitments still in Europe, Spurs may have to sacrifice the Europa League if they want to maintain their title challenge.

As it stands, the north Londoners are fighting on three fronts. Given their impressive form and the sheer unpredictability of this Premier League campaign, it could well be their best chance of winning.

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With regards to the FA Cup, they're still in the running and might feel that because of the lesser fixtures involved they could also target success in the competition.

The Europa League, however, could do more harm than good to Tottenham's season aspirations - a run of fixtures on Thursday nights that would be immediately followed by a league encounter on the Sunday might stretch Spurs’ squad too far.

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With only three days in between matches, Pochettino would ideally like to put out a strong side in both competitions, but in some areas, this might not be possible.

Kevin Wimmer is the only natural centre-back available if the first choice pairing of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are unavailable, whereas Clinton N'Jie's continued struggle with injuries means they have only Harry Kane up front.

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Ask any Tottenham player or fan and they'll likely tell you they'd rather see success in the Premier League than the Europa League, which in the grand scheme of things would mean very little given they should secure a place in the top four.

Having brought through the likes of Kane, Ryan Mason and Danny Rose in recent years, Spurs have shown they have an abundance of youth at their disposal and might wish to play them in the Europa League.

Such competition would give their fringe players the chance to stake a claim for a place in the first team - something Kane did in the early months of last season.

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With the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United in turmoil and struggling in the league, it could be years before Tottenham get another chance as good as this one to win the Premier League.

They should certainly consider ruling their best players out of the Europa League, or their domestic dream could come to an abrupt halt.

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