There is a scenario that would see Tottenham miss out on subsequent season’s Champions League – even when they safe a top-four end.
Spurs are nonetheless firmly within the top-four race following their comfy 4-0 win over Sheffield United final weekend.
However, there’s little margin for error as Ryan Mason’s facet realistically should win their remaining 4 Premier League video games of the season – towards Leeds United, Wolves, Aston Villa and Leicester City, and hope the groups immediately above them drop factors.
Currently, the Foxes and Chelsea are the favourites to hitch the 2 Manchester golf equipment within the Champions League subsequent season.
The north London outfit are seven and 5 factors behind Leicester and Chelsea respectively, however Brendan Rodgers’ facet have proven previously that they can be susceptible.
That might give Spurs hope of sealing a top-four end particularly as they face Leicester on the final day of the season and the Foxes nonetheless have to go to Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge.
If Tottenham are capable of climb into the highest 4, they could want to complete no decrease than third to safe an computerized spot at Europe’s prime desk for subsequent season.
This is as a result of Chelsea are within the Champions League ultimate and Arsenal may very well be Europa League finalists come Thursday evening.
Due to a change in UEFA rules again in 2013, not more than 5 groups from the identical league can compete in Europe’s elite competitors and Tottenham – identical to six years in the past – could be at risk of lacking out if they do not climb up the Premier League desk of their remaining 4 video games.
As a outcome, this offers a nightmare scenario for a way Spurs might end fourth and nonetheless miss out on the Champions League subsequent season.
The nightmare scenario is that if Chelsea win the Champions League AND Arsenal win the Europa League – and neither end within the top-four – then solely the highest three within the Premier League would qualify for the Champions League.
To put it kindly, except Spurs have been to complete third then their participation within the competitors subsequent season wouldn’t be assured as they’re going to be praying for one in every of Chelsea and Arsenal (in the event that they overcome Villarreal) to lose their respective finals.
With that mentioned, Spurs aren’t the one facet dealing with this nightmare scenario as West Ham United and Liverpool might be cautious of what a top-four end might imply.
And Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has already delivered his verdict on this taking place.
“It just isn’t good in case you are fourth and then you definitely get kicked out due to one other staff profitable the Champions League. That’s not cool,” he mentioned, as per the Daily Mail. “These are the foundations in the meanwhile so now we have to just accept them and if they’re unsuitable, then now we have to vary them.
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“But in the meanwhile, now we have to work with that.
“There is an effective likelihood once more of getting two all-English finals in Europe. That makes it actually tough. You might find yourself with six groups (qualifying) within the Champions League.
“I’ve no drawback with that. I might find it irresistible.”