Tottenham, who are on the verge of exiting the Champions League after a disappointing show in front of their own fans could just as well fall out of the top 4 in Premier League if their bad form continues.
Tottenham come off as a team that has a strong squad and a lot of potential, but they still somehow fail to achieve anything great. The Spurs results, despite being objectively a good team, are one of the footballs biggest mysteries. Nonetheless, they tend to impress us from time to time, which is exactly what Tottenham did in the quarter-finals of the Champions League when they knocked out Manchester City from the competition and got themselves a real chance to climb to the finals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the clubs history. While they managed to reach the finals of Europa League on three occasions and even won two of them, it’s the Champions League which always seemed to be out of their reach.
This year, however, Tottenham got themselves in an excellent spot to advance into the finals, when they got paired with Ajax in the semi-finals. While it seemed like Tottenham would have a relatively easy time defeating the Netherlands team, Spurs failed and lost 0:1 at their brand-new stadium in the first leg. The April 30th did not only mark the day when Tottenham lost the first leg of UCL semi-finals, but also the day they suffered their 1st ever defeat at their home stadium in a European tournament. But this is not where Tottenham problems end. Only 3 days prior to their disappointing result in the UCL, Tottenham also lost an important match against West Ham in the Premier League. While it may seem like a “normal” defeat, it was far from it. In fact, the match will be remembered for years to come. What was so important about the defeat against West Ham you may ask?
As noted on the West Ham United Blog, the Hammers created history by becoming the first team to beat Spurs at their new stadium last week, which to be fair was expected to happen sooner or later, however, the circumstances in which the defeat happened made it that much worse.
The terrible form Tottenham have been showing recently did not only put them in a tough spot in the Champions League, where they are now chasing a 1 goal deficit in the 2nd round, Tottenham could also potentially lose their top 4 finish in the Premier League if they do not improve.
As it stands now Tottenham are 3rd in the Premier League, where they sit with an overall record of 23-1-12 and 70 points. While they are far from reaching the top 2 teams, Tottenham found themselves close to Chelsea and Arsenal, who sit at the 4th and 5th spot. Chelsea holds on to the UCL spot with a 20-8-8 record and 68 points, while Arsenal fights to stay afloat with a 20-6-10 record and 66 points. With only 2 more rounds left to be played in the Premier League, Tottenham could potentially lose their top 4 spot, as they can be passed by Chelsea and Arsenal if they fail to win the next two fixtures. While this may seem highly unlikely, due to the fact Tottenham only need to face off against Bournemouth (A) and Everton (H), their terrible form should be a good enough reason to question how unlikely this really is.
Nonetheless, we need to look it from another perspective. If the predictions would come true, Tottenham would need to lose both of their upcoming fixtures, Chelsea would need to defeat Watford (H) and Leicester (A), and most importantly, Arsenal would need to defeat Brighton (H) and Burnley (A). Tottenham can be happy with the fact Arsenal are not fairing too well in the Premier League in recent matches, as they dropped last 3, however, after an impressive show in the Europa League, and the possibility of them reaching Champions League next season, Arsenal are expected to take the upcoming two fixtures seriously and do their best to win them both. Everything Tottenham can do at this point is not to lose the upcoming EPL matches. Easy enough right?
Will Tottenham manage to rescue their sinking ship in the Champions League while holding on to the top 4 finish in the Premier League is something we can only speculate, but with the recent injuries, which only added salt to the wound of their bad form, we can be sure it will be much harder than it could’ve been.