Tottenham Hotspur: Examining Spurs' Narrow Champions League Qualification Miss

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Tottenham Hotspur: Examining Spurs' Narrow Champions League Qualification Miss
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The Tottenham Hotspur players warmly receive the applause of their fans after Sunday's final day win over Sunderland.

Tottenham Hotspur have just recorded their highest points total of the Premier League era. Yet they still missed out on qualifying for the Champions League.

Football is cruel like that.

Ultimately, Tottenham narrowly missed out on a top-four finish (by one point) because both Chelsea and Arsenal's late-season form was marginally better than their own.

Spurs finished the season on an eight-match unbeaten run. Unlike in 2011-12, it would be wrong to accuse this team of bottling it.

The fact is though, Spurs did finish fifth.

Their season should not be regarded as a failure. The disappointing note on which it ended does, however, give us scope to examine the factors that contributed to them falling just short of their primary target.

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