Sunday, 20 May 2012

The fallout from the night before

So I've finally managed to pull myself together to write this entry. As all of you reading this will no doubt agree last night was truly galling and went from the highs to the lows quicker than you could say Didier Drogba.

At 1-0 with 5 minutes to go it looked like Spurs were heading into next years Champions League. It wasn't to be. 3-2 up in the penalty shoot out and again it looked like Bayern could not fail to secure the trophy. But it simply wasn't to be.

So sadly we are condemned once again to the Europa League. There is no doubt that it is now a high quality competition with the likes of Inter Milan, Lyon and Athletico Madrid, to name a few, also participating in next years competition but having been so close to qualifying for the big one it's left a feeling not far off the disappointment of a relegation.

We now have to look at what ramifications this has for our pre-season. Last night's game may have swung the future of four top quality players that could have potentially all been at the Lane next year. Modric has been airing his displeasure with playing for the club and it now looks almost certain that he is on his way whilst Bale could have his head turned with interest coming from all over Europe.

These would undoubtedly be huge losses to the club as would the failure to sign Jan Vertonghen of Ajax and Loic Remy of Marseille. It has been claimed through various media sources that the deals for these two were subject to us qualifying for the Champions League, but without this to offer neither signing may come to fruition. Lack of Champions League may also eliminate other transfer options as our wage cap means money is not an attraction to the majority of top players.

There is even a chance that Redknapp may not still be at the club come August with reports linking him with the vacant Chelsea manager job, and Daniel Levy is likely to unimpressed with the mid-season collapse which left us dependant on yesterday's result.

Fans will no doubt point to the bad luck we have received over the season combined with Chelsea's good luck but we've had our chances to secure Champions League football and in the typical Spurs way we've managed to mess things up for ourselves once again.

Get ready, I fear a very depressing Pre-season. Let's just hope I'm wrong on this.

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