Roy Keane comments on Tottenham Hotspur

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane

Tottenham Hotspur are three points behind in the race for a top-four finish.

Roy Keane has suggested to ITV Sport that Tottenham Hotspur's hopes of playing Champions League football next season hinge on winning the Europa League.

Tottenham went down 1-0 at Manchester United on Sunday in a result which means they stay fifth in the table and five points behind Manchester City.

It was something of a double blow for Spurs because the defeat also saw the Red Devils move three points behind them in sixth spot.

Kane Soldado

Mauricio Pochettino's side bowed out of the Champions League in the group stages, finishing third to gain entry into its sister competition, and the Irishman intimates that the North Londoners will need to win it if they want to brush shoulders with Europe's elite again next term.

Speaking on ITV Sport, Keane said: “Realistically they weren’t going to win the Champions League.

“Obviously the big reward is if you can win it [the Europa League], then you’re back in the Champions League.

Tottenham's Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris celebrate after the match

“Maybe that’s their best route of getting back into it.”

Of course, their deficit from City isn't the end of the world but the Lilywhites' overall form this season has been quite erratic, despite only losing twice, and much more consistency will be needed to finish in the top four again.

They don't look a top-four side at the moment, with Spurs still very much reliant on Harry Kane, but if they can add goals from other areas in the new year then it would do them the world of good.

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