Can Tottenham Hotspur finish in a Champions League place this season?

Photo: Gai Jorayev

With Chelsea and Manchester City battling it out for the Premier League title, there are two places up for grabs in the top four and a host of clubs are fighting for a Champions League place for next season.

Spurs, who haven’t been in the Champions League since the 2010/11 season, will be plugging away, as they do each season, to force themselves into a top four finish come the end of the campaign.

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Mauricio Pochettino’s men sit just a point outside of the top four in sixth place, following today’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United (before the remaining games kicked off) but will have the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and surprise contenders already this season Southampton and West Ham, all fighting for two positions.

Tottenham’s league finishes over the last five seasons:

Season Position Played Won Draw Lost For Against Points
13/14 6 38 21 6 11 55 51 69
12/13 5 38 21 9 8 46 46 72
11/12 4 38 20 9 9 41 41 69
10/11 5 38 16 14 8 46 46 62
09/10 4 38 21 7 10 41 41 70

As we can see Spurs have been fairly consistent in their final position and have made the cut on two occasions, albeit missing out in 2011/12 as Chelsea finished outside the top four but were allowed to defend their Champions League crown due to winning the competition that year.

Spurs fans will be feeling optimistic about their chances this season, with top quality players coming into great form and their new star Harry Kane in fine goalscoring form.

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The North Londoners still have some huge games to play against those fighting for the top four spaces, including Chelsea on New Year’s Day, and must begin to at least avoid defeats in the big games against their closest rivals.

They have enjoyed a strong festive period so far with one draw and four wins in their last five games and form like that will have to continue until the end of the season to ensure they make the cut.

With Liverpool and Everton yet to find any real form and Arsenal far from their best, the door is open in what should be an intense and exciting battle for the top four in the Premier League this year.

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About Lewis Addley (634 Articles)
Major League Soccer and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor, writer and Social Media manager for MLSGB. All views are my own.

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