Written by @nporter8
Tottenham drew Belgium team Genk in the round of 32 in the Europa League. It is a good draw for several reasons. Geographically it isn’t a difficult place to travel to and they are a mid-table side that Spurs should beat over two legs. It’s a competition that they could do well in if they take it seriously. Spurs haven’t won a trophy since the 2007-08 season, the League cup, and haven’t won a European title since the 1980’s. It would be good for the current squad to help promote a wining mentality amongst the group. They are many in this squad who have yet to win silverware.
The winner of the Europa League also is guaranteed a spot in the Champions League. This isn’t guaranteed for Spurs by league position as it’s very competitive. There are realistically six teams battling for four positions. The Premier League is unpredictable and dropping points against any opponent is always possible. You need to win just nine games to win the competition. As Spurs have dropped down from the Champions League it means they are seeded and could lead to a favourable draw.
Mauricio Pochettino should also want to win the competition as he has yet to win a trophy in his managerial career. A famous Sir Bill Nicholson quote littered around White Hart Lane is “The game is about glory” and is still relevant today. Younger fans growing up watching the Champions League may put finishing fourth ahead of anything. Any chance for silverware should be taken up as there are limited trophies on offer every season.
I would consider a trophy wining season as a successful one for Tottenham. Of course I would love them to win the Premiership but this is so difficult. Apart from last season they have never been close. A trophy and Champions League football seems like a good deal to me so I hope Pochettino and his squad go all out for the Europa League.
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