Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino told talkSPORT what he feels is the biggest benefit for his team finishing fifth last season.
Spurs were able to pip Liverpool to fifth place on the final day of the campaign last weekend and the club’s finish means they automatically qualify for the Europa League next season.
It’s now a very long wait for fans before the competitive action gets underway again, but Pochettino certainly isn’t bothered by having to wait a little longer for that first competitive game.
“It’s important because we go straight into the groups and that gives us a little bit more time – We can compete straight at the start of the groups and that’s important,” said the boss.
It’s always difficult for teams that have to play European qualifying games before the league season has started.
The manager, the players and the new signings are all still adjusting and getting used to each other and new sets of tactics the boss will want to take into the new campaign.
However, that’s not an issue for Spurs who will have a little extra time in pre-season than Pochettino may have been expecting.
He can work on a number of things without the pressure of a premature competitive game hanging over his head and that should also help the club take a more relaxed and fresh mentality into the Premier League.
The ultimate aim for Tottenham remains the Champions League and getting into a position where the club can compete in that position.