Tottenham Hotspur's UEFA Europa League experience for 2015-16 came to an end against a backdrop and soundtrack of a mini-Westfalenstadion on Thursday, with Borussia Dortmund winning 2-1 at White Hart Lane—5-1 on aggregate—in the second leg of the round-of-16 meeting.
The repetitive choreography of the yellow-and-black clad visiting supporters was an apt accompaniment for Thomas Tuchel's side in full-flow. The Germans were well-drilled but not so regimented they were unable to offer memorable creative flourishes (not much more was needed given the first-leg advantage).
Outclassed though Tottenham were by the Bundesliga outfit, the resumption of their participation in an enthralling Premier League title race is a considerable consolation. Additionally, despite the humbling aggregate scoreline, there were elements of this European defeat to support the belief they can last the course.
"I think now we have eight games to play in the Premier League and we need to try to win every game," head coach Mauricio Pochettino said in his post-match press conference.
"We need to start Sunday [against Bournemouth]. We are in a position that we can fight for everything and we need to try."
Via Thursday's game against Dortmund, and looking back over the season as a whole thus far, here are five reasons to back second-place Spurs in their ongoing attempts to overhaul league leaders Leicester City.