Former England forward Stan Collymore has suggested on talkSPORT what Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino probably knew when he took the job at White Hart Lane.
Collymore has suggested that there is little point in Tottenham and Pochettino turning their nose up at the Europa League, because it’s a competition that the Argentine would have expected to end up playing in when he switched to White Hart Lane.
“Why not? (Go for it in the Europa League) Go and show how good you are as a coach – If you’re a manager going into the Europa League, and Mauricio Pochettino probably knew that he’d be playing in it for two or three years, either go and try to win it or don’t bother in the first place,” said Collymore.
The main aim for Spurs is always going to be joining the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City in the Champions League on a consistent basis.
However, a seven point gap from the top four with four games to go means that’s unfeasible by the end of this season, with the side a point ahead of Southampton in the race for Europa League football.
Liverpool last season and Manchester United this season have shown the benefits of not having a season in Europe, but it seems likely that Thursday nights in far corners of the continent will be something attacked to Tottenham again next year.
Pochettino knows that if he wins the Europa League, it means an entry route into the Champions League, but it’s also a good platform to blood younger players and to improve the skillset of the squad as a whole.
It would be a shame if Tottenham turn their nose up at the competition should they qualify, because it would prove plenty of people wrong if they won it.