Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has hinted that he doesn’t believe a top four finish for the club is possible.
Kane is Tottenham’s in form striker, with nine goals from his last 13 appearances, and he’s targeting victory in the Europa League as means for qualification into the Champions League next season.
“The Champions League spot available to the winners of the Europa League makes it more important,” he told the Standard.
“Everyone knows we want Champions League football and we need to find a way to get there.”
“Is it realistic to think we can win it? I don't see why not.”
Spurs are currently eighth, just three points away from fourth place but targeting a Europa League win has dangers despite the obvious benefits.
It’s going to be extremely difficult for Spurs to win the competition, because of the pressure Mauricio Pochettino is going to be under throughout the season.
It’s a balancing act. On the one hand, he has to go into each Europa League game with his strongest side and results suffer in the Premier League or on the other hand, he can do the opposite and winning the Europa League may not be possible.
Winning the European tournament does take the pressure off of Tottenham in terms of hitting the top four in the Premier League because they simply wouldn’t have to, in order to qualify for the Champions League next season.
Spurs haven’t been in Europe’s premier competition since Harry Redknapp was in charge at White Hart Lane and that’s too long.
The Europa League is one way of getting them there, which would compensate for a failure to hit the top four, but if Pochettino can improve the team’s consistency domestically, he covers all angles and the problems of both entry routes into the competitions.