It’s a well thought out conundrum that many a Tottenham Hotspur fan comes across from time to time, this season especially. When fans often bring up the question “Would you rather win the Europa League of secure Champions League football?” the debate amongst supporters is often long and heated.
Yes, the game may well be about glory, but from a business perspective; Champions League football is vital. Spurs have regularly targeted a place amongst Europe’s elite and after their run in the competition in the 2010/11 season, the need to secure a place in the competition has become that much more crucial.
With the new stadium given the green light and development of the area already underway, the increased windfall of Champions League TV revenue will only aid in attaining the long term vision of the club from chairman Daniel Levy.
Furthermore, with the best players wanting to showcase their capabilities amongst the best, securing Champions League football could well prove to be crucial in Spurs fight to stave off interest in the likes of Gareth Bale.
While winning the Europa League would be ideal for Spurs fans, Champions League football remains the priority, whether fans want to admit it or not. Teams aren’t remembered for finishing fourth, but for the long term stability of the club; securing that top four finish remains the priority this season for the north London side.