ARSENAL and Chelsea should pip Spurs to the Champions League places for next season, say surfers of this site.
A few days ago, Goaltastic posted a poll to ask which of the three sides currently contesting the two Champions League berths alongside Manchester United and Manchester City should miss out.
And after a huge number of votes in just a couple of days, an overwhelming majority (61.98 per cent) feel that Tottenham should finish fifth, rather than Arsenal (18.23 per cent) and Chelsea (19.79 per cent).
Of course, the reality of the situation may not match the results of the poll – but whatever happens it should be an exciting run in this season.
CHELSEA, Arsenal and Spurs are currently locked in one of the closest races in Premier League history.
Sadly for the trio, it’s not the title at stake, but to secure Champions League football.
Anyone who says that Germany has now eclipsed England and Spain as the top league on the continent should cast an eye at the strength of the squads vying for third and fourth places – with World Class talents like Juan Mata, Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, Santi Cazorla, Jermain Defoe and more facing off for the right to represent England over the next few weeks.
And sadly, one of these squads – all of which could arguably challenge for the European crown next season – will miss out.
It’s a hard one to call – but you can vote for who you think should miss out with out vote below…
MICHEL Platini has suggested that the entire Continent could share the burden of hosting the European Championships.
Although Turkey wants to take on the tournament in eight years’ time, the country is also hosting the Olympics that year, putting the plan in doubt.
But despite Scotland, Wales and Ireland declaring an interest, UEFA top brass Platini says a plan to have “12 or 13 cities” across different European countries hosting matches will be considered.
He said: “The Euros in 2020 could be held all over Europe.
“It could be either one country and 12 stadiums, or one stadium in 12 or 13 cities.
“This matter will be discussed very seriously.
“It is the political decision that needs to be made. We wouldn’t have to build stadiums or airports. That could be important in an economic crisis.”
WELSH ‘exile’ clubs such as Swansea and Cardiff are set to be given the option of qualifying for Europe via the Welsh Cup – but would have to withdraw from the FA Cup to do so.
A ban on Welsh clubs playing in the English league representing Wales in Europe has been in place since 1995.
But UEFA’s executive committee will rule next week on an application by the Football Association of Wales (FAW) to allow exiled clubs to be admitted to European competition via the Welsh Cup.
Clubs competing in England that could opt in to the Welsh Cup include Swansea City, Cardiff City, Wrexham, Newport County, Colwyn Bay and Merthyr Tydfil.
THIS week could see the ‘unthinkable’ happen – and have no English teams competing in Europe as early as March.
A few years back, the Premier League was dominating Europe, with English representation almost stifling other nations – it’s almost expected that the Premier League’s giants make at least the quarter finals, with a minnow or two having a good run in the Europa League for good measure.
But by the end of this week, Chelsea, England’s last Champions League contender, look likely to have bowed out to Napoli, while underachieving Manchester teams United and City – who both were shocked to have slipped into the Europa League – need to overturn first leg deficits to progress.
By contrast, Real Madrid and Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AC Milan all look very strong.
But we’re not doomed.
Moneybags Manchester City are still newcomers in European terms and growing in experience – it would be folly to believe they won’t be stronger on the continent next term.
Stalwarts Manchester United have a young side which will undoubtedly be stronger as individuals as well as a unit next season.
And of the other potential Champions League entrants…
Arsenal, provided they can hang on to the prolific Robin van Persie, will also be buoyed by the returns of the likes of Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby.
Chelsea are a team in transition and will no doubt have a new manager at the helm and a few fresh faces in their line-up.
And Spurs have the individuals in their squad to beat just about any team in Europe on their day.
Plus this season’s Premier League table has been skewed by teams such as Newcastle, Sunderland, Liverpool and Everton bridging the ‘Big Four’ gap – giving the impression of a weakened league.
If anything, despite this season’s woes, English football is poised to hit back with a bang next season – after all, they don’t like it up ’em.
MANCHESTER City striker Carlos Tevez’s move to Corinthians is set to include a clause preventing the hitman returning to Europe.
The fine details of the Argentian’s move to the Brazilian leagues are being thrashed out as the South American league’s transfer deadline arrives this week.
And any £40m-plus deal finalised will reportedly include a two-year ban on Tevez returning to Europe if the English club have their way.
DESPITE being placed a lowly 11th in the Premier League, Fulham are in contention for an unlikely place in next season’s UEFA Europa League.
Each season the top three countries in the Respect Fair Play League receive an extra Europa League place under UEFA rules and England currently lie second in the standings behind Norway.
And as reward for their Fair Play rating, Mark Hughes’s Londoners are on course to receive the berth as Fair Play table leaders Chelsea look set to qualify for Champions League football through their league position.
NOT content with buying up enough players to fill their own roster, Manchester City are targeting the purchase of another European club to fill up too.
The nouveau riche Manchester side would like to purchase or heavily invest in another European club to act as a feeder to their Premier League operations – and it is reported they are “close” to striking a deal with an undisclosed established European side.
The side would act as a training ground for loaned-out young talent, as well as help those from outside the EU get the gametime needed to apply for UK work permits, as the emphasis at Eastlands switches from big money buys to breeding superstars of the future.
AFTER one of the most electric encounters I’ve watched at White Hart Lane, Tottenham are now in the bag for tomorrow’s Champions League draw.
Firepower was demonstrated tonight – with a Peter Crouch hat-trick and Jermain Defoe netting in an emphatic win, and Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon virtually unplayable.
I’m licking my lips at watching Harry Redknapp’s full-throttle attacking style tested at the highest level.
While Defoe’s prediction that Spurs will go far in the competition may be a tall order, especially with sides like Real Madrid not managing to be top seeds this year, after the strong Young Boys showing tonight there’s some equally-tasty European nights sure to come in the next few months and I’m sure the London side will acquit themselves well
Nobody, not even Manchester City, can say they don’t deserve a crack at the competition – even if they might struggle to be back again too soon, given how competitive the Premiership has become.