Unfortunately, that’s a fairly fundamental rule which is never going to change but it further illustrates just how close Spurs came to achieving their dream of European football again this season.
They would have in fact finished two places above Arsenal who would have been pushed down into fifth position and confined to Europa League football.
If only all of the Spurs squad could have the deadly accuracy and pinpoint precision of Gareth Bale when he cuts inside onto that left foot, frequently cracking the ball into the top corner of the goal.
Interestingly Liverpool would also have had a blinder of a season had rebounded efforts off the frame of the goal counted as goals, as they would have taken fourth place.
What would the view of Brendan Rodgers have been then? It would be drastically different to the start of the season when plenty of fans were calling for him to be axed.
At the other end of the table we would have seen Newcastle United going down to play football in the Championship along with Queens Park Rangers and Reading.
FA Cup winners Wigan would have finished as high as 16th keeping them in the top flight of English football and giving Roberto Martinez plenty of reason to stay in the job.
Oh how it could have all been so different…
What do you make of that table?