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Brave Tottenham crash out of Europe at Benfica; is their season over?

Mar 20, 2014, 5:21 PM EDT

Lima, Brad Friedel AP

Tottenham Hotspur’s European adventure is over, after the Premier League side crashed out of the Europa League to Benfica on Thursday.

Spurs drew 2-2 in the Estadio da Luz but lost 5-3 on aggregate as Tim Sherwood’s team battled hard to no avail in Lisbon.

Benfica took an early 1-0 lead courtesy of Ezequiel Garay’s header as Spurs had to score four times to advance. They bagged two with 10 minutes to go, as a late rally threatened to take the tie to extra time with Nacer Chadli scoring twice in a minute. However Gylfi Sigurdsson‘s saw an effort saved in stoppage time and Benfica won a last gasp penalty and Lima scored to make it 2-2 and go through to the final eight of the Europa League.

What now for Spurs? It’s all about an improbable charge for the top four, as Sherwood’s men seek to chase down the leading pack with a rousing finish to the season. In many ways reaching the Europa League quarterfinals last season hindered the North London clubs surge to reach the top four, but this season going out a round earlier may not be a bad thing.

However with eight games to go Spurs are seven points off fourth-placed Manchester City… and they’ve played three games more than the Citizens. More than likely they will finish fifth, for the second-straight season, and have once again come close, but not close enough, to doing something special in Europe.

With no silverware added to the White Hart Lane trophy cabinet since a League Cup under Juande Ramos in 2008, are Spurs fans content to keep trying to break in the top four and leaving other competitions as an afterthought?

Winning the FA Cup, Europa League and even the League Cup should be a priority for Tottenham next year. After all, don’t they enter all these competitions to win them, and not to finish fifth?

  1. narfmoo12 - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Everton is 2 points back of Spurs with 2 games in hand. I would bet Everton gets 5th place, and Tottenham drops to 6th or 7th, depending on how much effort United puts into the BPL with the Champions League still going.

  2. achap39 - Mar 20, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Spurs have been outscored 23-2 against the top four sides. Take away the Newcastle match, and they have scored four goals in their last seven EPL matches.

    Stop this 4th place pipe dream and work towards next season. Get rid of Levy and get rid of Sherwood. See if AVB wants Soldado to play with him at Zenit.

    With Lloris already on record as saying he’s gone without the CL, grab Fraser Forster from Celtic.

    • mdac1012 - Mar 20, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      I think you get your wish with Sherwood, Levy is not going unless he decides to go, he is part owner of the company that owns the team. The only other way for him to go is if he gets enough pressure from his board of directors. Even then, he would only be stepping down as chairman, he would still own the team and really have final say on anything and everything.

  3. thfc54 - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Levy is here to stay. This season is a bust for sure, but I for one am for giving TS another year and some $$$ to get his type of players in. Bringing in a high profile skipper from Europe with this team won’t work. I agree TS is over his head now but this is his first manager’s job and at a high profile PL club. I say give him another year, won’t hurt.

  4. Jenna - Mar 21, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Our season was over a long time ago. I like TS, but he’s not the guy. But I’d stick with him if we could focus on repairing/shoring up our defense. When we have to throw teenagers onto the pitch and play with no centre backs, no manager is going to be able to do much with that.

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