Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has to decide which is the best way into the Champions League for next season.
Tottenham Hotspur have two entry routes into the Champions League for next season.
Spurs can either focus their efforts on trying to break the top four in the Premier League or they can aim at winning the Europa League, with the winners entitled to a place in the competition for next season.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is in a difficult position because Europa League games being played on a Thursday night places his squad under pressure when approaching important Premier League games.
He can’t play his best players in key positions in every single game, which means he’s going to have to prioritise at some point.
If he hedges his bets, the danger is that Spurs may not finish in the top four or win the Europa League and will be back at square one as a result.
The Champions League is important for Tottenham for a number of different reasons. The main one is the financial aspect and the calibre of players the team could attract next season as a result.
More cash creates the possibility of the club paying higher wages and fees to attract the very best players who would help in their Champions League adventure.
However, first, they have to get there. Here are a number of opinions from readers debating the approach the club should take.
Woofy wrote: ‘Go all out for a decent win (in the Europa League), then you can rest players in the second leg.’
Tottinghamboss wrote: ‘Ultimately the Europa League needs to be the priority. Winning a trophy would be nice but it doesn't give you anything apart from a bit of cash and maybe a little bit of marketability. Winning the Europa League (and it is a long shot with the team that we have and the teams that are still in the competition) equals Champions League qualification’
RSS 61 wrote: ‘I think we should field our strongest team on Thursday to try and get a good win under our belts, as I am sure we can beat WH on Sunday with a few players missing. Then we can rotate again for 2nd leg of Europa so that we can field best 11 against Chelsea, which we will need.’
Paul Wilson wrote: ‘Well I think we will finish top 4. United and Liverpool have tough run in and Southampton has some really tough away games. We can rotate a little but obviously the forward situation is a problem as kane seems to be our only choice. We can have a good go at fiorentina and the cup but ultimately the top 4 is very achievable.’
Hotspur wrote: ‘Are we gonna win the Europa Cup ?? Seriously ?? The top four spot is wide open and our fast pressing game is much more effective in the Prem. We have a large squad but to push hard on 3 fronts all close together is very difficult.’