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The obvious question that arises from discussions like these is: Why can't Tottenham go all-out for both?
In a perfect world, that would be lovely. Chasing the Champions League while also getting some good experience in European football would be awesome.
However, there have been far too many cases of teams overextending their side to ignore the probability.
You see, as the Europa League progresses, the schedule will be hectic: Premier League match on the weekend, Europa on Thursday, Premier League match on the weekend, etc.
Even the best of sides can't deal with the rigors of both.
Just ask Atletico Madrid, who went all-out for the Europa League last season. What happened? They won the European competition and finished fifth in La Liga, leading them back to the Europa League this season.
Since, they destroyed Chelsea in the Super Cup and sit second in La Liga thus far. I doubt many sides in the final 16 of the Champions League would want to run up against them.
Meanwhile, both Manchester United and Manchester City rested their players in the Europa League knockout stages last season and ended up back in the Champions League.
Is this fair? Personally, I would like to see the Europa League winners qualify for the Champions League, but you have to play the hand your dealt.
Spurs should learn from these other sides and put a top four-finish as their higher priority.