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Traditionally poor March could cost Spurs Champions League qualification

Tottenham have had a fairly successful season and optimism was flying high until Sunday’s League Cup Final defeat to Chelsea and elimination from the Europa League against Fiorentina three days earlier dampened the spirits.

Spurs can now solely focus all their attention on trying to secure a top-four Premier League finish as they’re also no longer competing in the FA Cup after they suffered a shock fourth round exit at the hands of Leicester City back in January.

The North London side welcome a Swansea team that will be a tough nut to crack at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night and Mauricio Pochettino has got a big task on his hands to try and motivate the players after such a disappointing week.

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A victory for Spurs in that fixture would go a long way to boosting the morale, but recent history makes for slightly worrying reading for those affiliated with the club.

The month of March has proved a stumbling block for Tottenham in the past, so they will need to improve on recent seasons at this time of year if they are to have any hope of finishing in any of the Champions League slots.

Tottenham’s Premier League results in March since 2011:

Tottenham's form in March

Tottenham have managed just four wins from the 15 games they’ve played in March over the last four seasons, picking up 16 points from a possible 45 available.

As it currently stands, Spurs are six points off Manchester United in fourth place, but they do have the advantage of having a game in hand because of their League Cup commitments at the weekend.

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Failure to beat Swansea would be a major blow for the Lilywhites as not only would they lose pace in the European qualification race, but the Swans would then only be one point behind them in eighth position, which could really pile the pressure on Pochettino’s men.

If Tottenham’s Premier League form in March doesn’t improve on recent years, then they could find themselves in real trouble to make the cut for the Champions League places.

Will Tottenham finish in one of the Champions League qualification spots this season?

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3 Comments on Traditionally poor March could cost Spurs Champions League qualification

  1. The past is of no relevance to the future, anything could happen and probably will, nothing is certain in football nothing!

    • Yes anything can happen in football. Funny to see how some teams tend to struggle at certain times of year though. I’m a West Brom fan and I haven’t seen us win in May for four years!!! So I hope we don’t leave our Premier League survival until the last few weeks of the season…

  2. Stonerspur44 // March 3, 2015 at 7:59 PM // Reply

    I agree the past is totally irrelevant, in the past we were the whipping boys for the main top 4 (a trend which we have started to put right during this season). If we fail to get champions league we more than likely will lose some of our better players (Lloris, Vertongen, Eriksen for example), personally I think that if we don’t get CL then I would rather we finish 8th than have to go through another season of Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons – it distracts from the main reason, namely getting into the top four and trying to stay there year after year.

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