It's been 97 days since Tottenham last competed in a Champions League match. Yes, I'm keeping count. Champions League is like a drug. Once a team competes, the club, the players and the fans all want more.
Unfortunately for the Spurs, they will not be getting more during the next year, after failing to secure a top four spot in the Premier League and leaving us all in painful withdrawals for a length of time that nobody can predict with any level of certainty.
The club insists, however, that it will not be for long, as it intends to retain its best players and make another run for the greatest honor in European football. But first, they must earn their place once again in the top four of the EPL table.
To achieve this difficult task, the Spurs have a very difficult road ahead of them, and they certainly cannot repeat the mistakes that they made last season. And those mistakes were many.
The Spurs disappointed fans in a lot of ways last season, such as dropping essential points to teams that should have posed no threat whatsoever to a club that fancies themselves one of the best in English football. That cannot be the case again.
In truth, every match on the upcoming schedule is a must-win, and should be treated as such. Still, there are certain matches that absolutely cannot be dropped this time around.
Here are ten matches that are absolutely must-win games for Tottenham if they truly intend to play Champions League football once again.