Tottenham’s PL Champions League
With the way that the Premier League has played out over the last few seasons, it would be fair to say that the top six clubs are so far advanced of the opposition that they make up a Champions League, within the PL, in their own right. But only four of these clubs will progress to the real Champions League competition by the end of this season.
City, United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Tottenham are the clubs that form the equation. We all know that none of these clubs have a god given right to finish in the top four. It’s far too competitive for that. Having said that, and with the results of last season in mind, it would be extremely surprising if City did not occupy one of these places and, more than likely, it would be the one at the top. Unless there is a remarkable implosion at City the remaining three places are up for grabs.
The PL is far-and-away the most competitive football league in world football at this time which is great for neutral spectators but fills specific club supporters with the full gamut of emotions found between the extreme outlooks of optimism and cynicism. Another tough, emotional season, is looming. It has to be said …. gotta love football!
European commitments for all six clubs put them on an equal footing. The top four clubs will play in the CL whilst the lesser clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea, will have to navigate their way through the EL. What a satisfying use of the term ‘lesser clubs’! Not too sure it’s correct but it sounds nice.
Personally, I will be more than happy if Spurs end the season in 2,3, or 4 place. A lot depends on all the issues that have been discussed on VS during the past few weeks …. the effect of the WC on fitness, the WC’s impact on pre-season training, and the effect that the Transfer Window will have on each of the top six clubs. All of them unknowable until the season is underway.
I believe Spurs are quite capable, with the current squad, of remaining in the top four. We have a pretty well balanced squad which has become more seasoned the longer they have played together. Although a Champions League place is within our capability, it won’t be an easy destination to reach. Of course, when Modric joins us for the measly fee of 670m, the title will belong to Tottenham whether we want it or not! But that’s a different story.
As for United, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal …. who knows? I don’t. United could well be unsettled by their manager, whose greatest attribute is his ability to unsettle everybody when things don’t go the way he thinks they should. And one of the highlights of any season has to be his post-match interviews when United have lost!
Arsenal have a new manager which could mean anything. The motivation for most of their players, you would assume, would be to impress their manager …. and finish above Tottenham (although this thought will only be found in their subconscious). That will result in two very entertaining games at the least.
I can’t avoid this uneasy feeling that Liverpool are on the rise … mainly because Salah appears to be a force unto himself and will be Pool’s un-secret weapon. I feel they are ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea in the CL stakes.
When attempting to predict the top four this season I can only get as far as City and hopefully, Tottenham. As for the rest …. what do you think?