Can Spurs Still Qualify For Europe? by Eric Gomez
Q: What's the difference between a triangle and Spurs?
A: Spurs still have a shot at making a European competition.
Okay, maybe that joke doesn't have the same ring to it as the original, but short of gloating, many Tottenham supporters have found it safe to unmask and remove the paper bags covering their faces at the beginning of the EPL season.
With former manager Juande Ramos inexplicably calling the shots at Real Madrid (further proof that the Merengues are the most baffling club in the world at times) and Harry Redknapp coming to the rescue at White Hart Lane, the Spurs have re surged and can now seriously think about a European competition come 2009-10.
As of this weekend, seventh placed Portsmouth are only five points above fifteenth placed Tottenham, who would seem to be in striking distance of European qualification.
Every one of the Tottenham lines have solidified under Redknapp's guidance and even goalkeeper Gomes, who was questioned repeatedly at the beginning of the season, seems to have settled in.
The greatest ally for Tottenham at this point in its chase for Europe could also very well be its greatest enemy: time. With 22 games remaining in the season, there's plenty of chances for Harry's boys to keep climbing the table.
However, anything and everything from injuries, drops in form for key players, and even the January transfer window can deter any Euro dream from materializing.
However, if Tottenham continue to perform at the level we've grown accustomed to under Redknapp, there is nothing to suggest that they don't have a chance.
Man by man, this is still one of the most talented teams in the Premier League, and management made the right change at the right time in order to alter the season's course.
My tentative answer is yes, Spurs will be at least in the UEFA Cup come next season, but let's check back on this in say—March.