Any hopes of winning a domestic trophy during Andre Villas-Boas first season in charge were over after defeat to Leeds United in January but since then, minus a three-game blip in the last month, Spurs have been on fire and have progressed into the Europa League quarter-finals while maintaining a push for Champions League qualification.
Villas-Boas, of course, has previous in the competition after leading FC Porto to the 2010 title and he has always stated has admiration for the competition. Here in the Football Transfer Tavern we are on the fence whether the White Hart Lane outfit should maintain their focus on qualifying for the Champions League or prioritise winning the Europa League.
It’s certainly a tough choice and they would ideally complete both tasks successfully.
In all the talk of their North London rivals Arsenal extending their trophy drought to eight years, it has been ignored that Spurs last won a trophy in 2008 under Juande Ramos. There is no trophy for fourth place despite what Arsene Wenger asserts and the Europa League in no so-called ‘Mickey-mouse’ competition.
The two-legged last eight tie against FC Basel provides a perfect opportunity to progress to the semi-finals and instil a winning mentality inside the club which has been in absence over the last few years. The Europa League should not be dismissed and Spurs fans should remember that clubs are defined on the number of trophies accumulated. After all, Tottenham’s motto reads ‘the game is about glory’.
If Spurs can finish the season with Champions League qualification while lifting the Europa League trophy at the Amsterdam Arena it could turn into a glorious first season in charge for AVB, especially if Arsenal are left out in the cold.