The Real Footie Analyst

Will the Saints keep marching on?

Last night’s thrashing at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu not only saw Tottenham’s Champions League dream come to a grinding halt, but also probably all their hardwork that got them into Europe’s premier cup competition.

A red card within the first 15 minutes of the first leg tie against the devastating Real Madrid was a death sentence.

It’s highly improbable that the second leg will see Spurs marching into the semi-final stage.

As for the club as a whole, this loss could have seriously stunted their progress.

Spurs currently find themselves lagging 5 points behind fourth placed Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League.

It seems unlikely that they will be fighting for a qualification in next season’s Champions League unless Chelsea or Manchester City slip up heavily and Spur’s will also have to ensure that they win all their matches from here on.

Financially it would be a blow for the club, who thrived in the transfer market by picking up major signings such as Rafael van der Vaart and William Gallas.

Spur’s main concern however, will be to hold on to their top players for another season.

Once any player has had a taste of football at the highest level, he would not settle for less.

Convincing some of their players to play Europa League football next season would take some serious man-management and also very high levels of loyalty.

Perfect example: Liverpool.

A season without Champions League football saw major players such as Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Torres etc. all leave the club.

Tottenham’s ambitions were perfectly normal, if you play in a cup competition, you aim to win it.

However, Spurs main goal should have been to ensure that they finish in the top four again this season.

It somehow seems like things will be going back to square one for Spurs.

An unfortunate way to probably end a fairytale season.

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