6 Key Components To Tottenham’s Champions League Bid
Tottenham hope to qualify for the Champions League
The importance of Tottenham's Champions League qualification bid is immeasurable, and they seemed to have found form at the perfect time.
Their 3-1 win over Manchester City at the weekend was precisely what the doctor ordered for Tottenham. They weren't necessarily being dominated, but City were certainly in control. But, Tottenham fought back in emphatic style with three goals in seven minutes to secure a massive win.
This win should really reignite Tottenham's season. Down 1-0, it was looking very bleak for the North London side. It's vital that they perpetuate the form Tottenham showed in that second half from now until the end of the season.
Tottenham face a difficult battle with fellow London clubs Arsenal and Chelsea for a top-four spot. Everton's loss to Sunderland obliterated any chances they had of securing Champions League football. Manchester City's credentials have also been questioned, but they're probably too far ahead to be caught by the chasing pack.
It would make a big impact to Tottenham's future. With plenty of young players in the squad, and more promising youth talents to come, Tottenham would have the attraction of Europe's elite competition for ambitious players all over the world. Plus, finishing in the top four on a regular basis would be vitally important to Gareth Bale's future at the club. At this stage of Bale's career, he needs to be playing in this competition for the good of football.
So, let's take a look at six key components to Tottenham's bid to ensure Champions League qualification.
Midfielders all had an influence in the game against Manchester City
Players like Tom Huddlestone, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Lewis Holtby have all looked bright recently, particularly in the game against Manchester City. Huddlestone's range of passing added much required composure to Tottenham's play at the weekend, and he also bagged an assist. Lewis Holtby also provided an assist, and Sigurdsson put a good shift in.
It's vital that these players take this form on to the end of the season.
Jermain Defoe returned to the score sheet
Tottenham have missed a goalscorer since Jermain Defoe lost form earlier on in the season. Scoring his first goal since Boxing Day on Sunday, Defoe squared up Vincent Kompany and lashed home, which should boost his confidence. A fit and firing Defoe is one of the most dangerous and deadly finishers around, and a goal-spree would be perfect for Tottenham.
Tottenham's defense hasn't really been bad all season. There's been a few moments of madness at the back, but Jan Vertonghen and Michael Dawson have formed a strong and trustworthy partnership in central defense, and Andre Villas-Boas is unlikely to break them up.
Key players returning from injury
Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe have returned to the team, and hopefully Aaron Lennon and Younes Kaboul aren't far behind. The natural width which Aaron Lennon adds to the team is invaluable, and his electrifying pace won't be too useless. Younes Kaboul has been out since August, and his fearless and athletic playing style will be appreciated at Tottenham.
Mental toughness and team spirit added by AVB
Tottenham look to be united, regardless of the results. Whenever they score, you can see the emotion in the goal celebrations. Andre Villas-Boas is also very passionate about his team, and the mental toughness he's instilled at Tottenham will help them grind out results.
It was impossible to not mention this Welsh machine. He's the inspirational man of the moment for Tottenham, and if they're to secure Champions League football, there's no doubt who will get the most credit along with Andre Villas-Boas. He's fought his way back from injury to score an incredible goal against Manchester City, and you wouldn't rule him out of banging a few more in.