Toby Alderweireld has admitted that Tottenham needs to achieve the « cliché » of successfully recovering from its heartbreak in the Europa League and restoring its responsibility for continental football next season when they face Aston in the Premier League Villa.
Jose Mourinho’s team wasted a two-goal lead in the first leg against Dinamo Zagreb in the round of 16 on Thursday when he was miserably eliminated from Europe.
The reversal of shock is just the latest blow for a Spurs side that started the 2020-21 season strong only to stutter since the new year, and now the Belgian defender says a reaction against Dean Smith’s side is essential.
« I know that it’s a cliché but we have to jump back, get a good result and get back to a good kind of football, « the 32-year-old said before Sunday’s clash against via the Tottenham club website.
« Villa are a very good team. They have shown this season that they are progressing, that they are good quality up front and that they are hard to beat.
« They play with a lot of intensity and every team is difficult, especially away from home. We have to watch our own performances and be ready to compete. «
Spurs, who was one of the favorites at the end of the season to win the Europa League trophy, has his hopes for continental football in the next season in turmoil.
But they still have several ways to get a place in all three major European competitions next season, which gives hope for a particularly overloaded race for the top 4.
Spurs would have to overtake several rivals, including Chelsea, West Ham, Liverpool and Everton to reach fourth place and the Champions League – a huge challenge so they are likely to face a campaign between 2021 and 22 in the Europa League or the n eu created Europa Conference League.
They would automatically qualify for the latter if they triumphed against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley next month, while losing at least sixth place in the top division as a way in would open one of the two competitions.
If City or another team that comes in the top four also won the FA Cup, sixth place would go to the Europa League, while seventh place would be enough for Spurs, to reach the Europa Conference League.
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