Can the adventurous Tottenham Hotspur make it to the UCL?

The Premier League season of 2021-22 is coming to its end. With Game week 37 half done, there is not much time to wrap this season. Yet this season, we don’t have answers to many of our questions like who will win the league as Liverpool and Manchester City are taking it to the final minutes of the season to decide who will take the trophy. Another question that ponders us is who will finish in the top 4 this season? Will it be Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspurs or some other club altogether?

Tottenham Hotspurs this season

The Spurs had a topsy turvy season. At the start of the season, they appointed Portuguese Nuno Espirito Santo as their new manager, but things didn’t turn out well as expected. Spurs struggled to win games on the field, which eventually led to the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo in November. After Nuno was gone, the Spurs hierarchy searched for a new man to save their sinking ship, and they found that in Antonio Conte, who had just left Inter Milan after winning the scudetto. Since Conte has taken over, Spurs have been completely transformed, and they have soon become a force to reckon with in the premier league.

Under Conte, Spurs have become a more resilient team. They are winning challenging games with ease. Conte has adopted a 3 back system which is working wonderfully at Spurs. Tottenham has become defensive solid, and they are leaking fewer goals at the back. Conte has managed to get the best out of his attacking duo of Kane and Son on the attacking front, and both score goals for fun. Spurs’ latest signings of the January transfer window, Bentancur and Kulvsevski, have made an immediate impact and have become a mainstay in Conte’s starting line-up, contributing with assists and goals for the team when needed. Overall, Tottenham Hotspurs have been on the road to glory under Antonio Conte.

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Qualification scenario and Spurs

As we all know, in the Premier League, the top 4 teams qualify for UEFA Champions League. This season out of 4 spots, 2 are sealed by Manchester City and Liverpool in whatever order. Out of the remaining 2 spots, there are 3 teams fighting for it, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspurs. Initially, it looked like Spurs we have to settle for the Europa League along with Manchester United, but their North London Derby win in game week 36 over Arsenal has made things interesting again in the context of the top 4 spots. The current scenario (as of today is) that Chelsea is 3rd placed with 70 points and 2 games in hand, then Spurs at 4th place at 68 points but with just one game to go, and then Arsenal at 5th place with 66 points but with 2 games in hand.

Scenarios

For Chelsea, it’s pretty simple they need to win either 1 of their remaining games or, the bare minimum, a draw in both games, and they are through as 3rd place team in the UCL. Chelsea is playing Leicester City and Watford in the last 2 games of the season.

For Arsenal, it’s simple they need to win their remaining 2 games and gather all 6 points to the finish in the top 4 spots. But the tricky part over here is Arsenal’s opponents in their last 2 games are Newcastle United, who are doing wonders under new management and coach Eddie Howe and then they face relegation-threatened Everton in their last game of the season. If Arsenal wins their remaining 2 games, they go through as either 3rd place team or 4th place team, depending on Chelsea’s game results. 

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Now coming onto the Spurs, they needed to win their last remaining game against Norwich and hope either Arsenal drop points in one of their remaining 2 games or Chelsea losses both upcoming games. If Arsenal wins both their games and Chelsea loses both, then Arsenal at 3 and Spurs at 4 will go through. If Chelsea wins both and Arsenal lose either of their games, then Chelsea 3 and Spurs at 4 will go through.

Also, we can’t forget the vital fact that Arsenal has a one-point advantage over Spurs overall, which might prove to be the deciding factor in the end. 

Conclusion

Overall, looking at the situation and form of Spurs and fixtures of their rivalry in the top 4 race, especially Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspurs have a golden chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season. If they qualify, then Antonio Conte deserves a lot of credit and praise for taking this sinking ship back in November to the Champions League next season. Stay Tuned with The Sportsway for more such updates.

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