Tottenham Hotspur: Should the Spurs Focus on the Europa League?

Dusan LucicCorrespondent IIDecember 13, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Goalscorer Jermain Defoe of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates the first goal with Michael Dawson and Steven Caulker of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at White Hart Lane on November 25, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Last week, Tottenham Hotspur ensured qualification to the round of 32 in the Europa League with a comfortable 3-1 win over Panathinaikos.

However, having finished second in their group, the Spurs will be unseeded in the draw that will take place on Dec. 20.

This poses an intriguing question: Should Tottenham focus on the Europa League?



Tottenham have won only one title in the last 12 years—the insignificant League Cup in 2008—and haven't won a European trophy since 1984. For those wondering, that's 28 years of constant failing in European competitions.

Truth be told, Tottenham are not a big club in England and a possible European trophy would certainly put them on the map in the Premier League and would also represent a statement of intent—we are serious and we are here to stay.

Furthermore, Andre Villas-Boas has plenty of experience playing the Europa League, having won the competition with Porto two seasons ago. If anyone knows how to play the Europa, it is Villas-Boas.

The Spurs have a strong enough squad to compete in Europe and giving up on a winnable trophy would be a huge mistake.

In addition, Villas-Boas reiterated the club's desire to go all the way in Europe two months ago. Here's what the Tottenham manager had to say (via ESPN):

"The ambition we set for this competition is to go to the final, to win the trophy," he said. "It is a trophy this club have won in the past so we embrace this tradition."



This season, Tottenham's main focus has to be ensuring the Champions League qualification, and tiring the players in negligible competitions will do the club no good.

Winning the first European trophy in 28 years would be a fantastic achievement for Tottenham, but with the likes of Atletico Madrid, Zenit St. Petersburg, Ajax, Benfica, Napoli, Bayer Leverkusen and others in the Europa League, actually winning the trophy would be an-almost-impossible thing to do.

The Spurs have the squad to compete in Europe, but playing multiple competitions will wear out the players and seriously undermine their chances of playing Champions League football next year.

This season also promises to be one of the most competitive and toughest in the recent history of the Premier League with Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton and even West Bromwich and Swansea fighting for the much-coveted fourth place.

It is clear Villas-Boas' men could be stretched all the way in their hunt for a top-four finish, and to ensure it, they will have to play their strongest team each week.

In my opinion, Tottenham need to forget about Europa League and focus on the Premier League since, quite frankly, I believe they do not possess enough depth in their squad at the moment.

A Europa League win would be an extraordinary accomplishment for the Spurs, but the Champions League should be the ultimate goal and ensuring it will not be easy if they opt to play numerous, meaningless competitions.

What do you think? Should the Spurs focus on the Europa League?

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