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Recent European results pose ‘big problem’ for Tottenham’s Champions League ambitions

By Mehdi Gokal -

Tottenham Hotspur currently sit outside the Premier League top four, holding 5th place with 60 points.

Spurs are 3 points behind Aston Villa, who currently occupy 4th place, although the Lilywhites have a game in hand.

With half a dozen Premier League matchdays left, the North London outfit remains in contention to secure the coveted Champions League spot by finishing 4th.

There could still be another route for Tottenham, even if they finish the English top-flight campaign in fifth place.

According to UEFA, the two nations with the best average coefficient rating will secure a fifth spot in the Champions League next season, with England contending for a spot alongside Italy and Germany.

However, that might not work in Spurs’ favour after the recent results of English clubs in European competitions, as Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and West Ham have all faced defeats.

Former Lilywhites goalkeeper Paul Robinson offered an update on the whole scenario regarding Tottenham’s chances.

In an interview with Tottenham News, Paul Robinson expressed optimism about Spurs’ securing a top-four finish in the Premier League and potentially qualifying for the Champions League.

The pundit highlighted the Lilywhites’ current position, just three points behind Aston Villa with a game in hand, signalling their potential for a top-four finish.

Yet, he conceded the hurdle posed by the coefficient system, with Germany and Italy presently outpacing England in the rankings.

Robinson said:

“Yeah of course they can, I think they can still get top four they’re three points behind Villa with a game in hand.

“I think the big problem we’ve got now is the co-efficiency we talked about all season with the fifth place coming our way. But you look at the points now with Germany and Italy sitting above us in that table and if Liverpool go out to Atalanta in the Europa League that’s more points going the other way, West Ham against Leverkusen too, it’s not looking ideal for them.

“Then they go to Chelsea, who put six past Everton, Chelsea all of a sudden are looking like an outside chance for a European place and away at the Bridge is never going to be easy for a Tottenham side, then they play Liverpool.

“So their next three games, they’re at home to Arsenal, away at Chelsea, away at Liverpool. Then they’ve got Burnley at home, which you would like to think they can go and win that game. Then they’re at home to Manchester City.”

Tottenham will face Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Burnley, and Manchester City consecutively in the league, demanding that Spurs take heir performance to the highest level in the last phase of the season.

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