COMMENT By Matt Farr
Tottenham sealed a place in the Champions League next season for the second successive campaign with a second-placed finish in the Premier League.
The return of the European adventure to the north London club represents a remarkable rise for the club which has seen them settle alongside England’s elite in recent years.
However, their Champions League group-stage campaign last year ended in disaster, and Tottenham will need to perform much better next term if they are to progress to the latter stages of the competition.
But here, Football Insider reveals three reasons why Tottenham are instead destined for even more European heartbreak during the 2017-18 campaign.
Perhaps the biggest issue for Tottenham will be the continued absence of their White Hart Lane advantage.
Spurs waved goodbye to their beloved home stadium as they prepare to begin life at a new stadium complex at the same site, and in the meantime, all their home games will be played at Wembley.
They have already experienced some European action at Wembley, playing each of their combined eight matches from the Champions League and Europa League this season at England’s national stadium.
But they struggled to perform at their temporary home, winning just two of their eight matches. Their Wembley form will remain a major concern for the club, although they could benefit from the increased playing time.
Their success will also, of course, depend on being handed a favourable draw. They were drawn alongside AS Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow, which was a favourable group, but they still finished third.
The Daily Mail have revealed that Tottenham could be set for a nightmare draw this time around. They are set to be named in pot three should Manchester United beat Ajax in the Europa League Final.
But their presence in pot three could see them drawn against both Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the same group, or both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
They are favourable options, such as Spartak Moscow and FC Porto, but with so many tough prospects on the horizon, Tottenham are going to have to prove they are up to the task.
The third and final reason lies in the club’s transfer activity this summer, and more specifically, the role of Daniel Levy.
The Tottenham chairman has already made it abundantly clear that he will not be willing to discard the club’s strict wage structure in order to either satisfy his current stars, or to acquire top-class talent.
However, if Tottenham are to challenge at the very top next season, they may need to make allowances to ensure they can beat their rivals to the signatures of some of Europe’s most promising talent.
Several of their key performers will be wanted by other clubs this summer, and Levy must ensure that they have enough financial incentive to keep them happy in north London, and not seek out more lucrative deals elsewhere.
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