Tottenham offered another inquest into their fragile European story after they failed to progress from a Champions League group containing the likes of CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco.
The English team flattered to deceive, crashing out without making a meaningful impact but have a mini chance at redemption as they aim for the Europa League title. English teams have not generally fared well in Europe’s second tier competition, as it is very demanding based on the number of games and countries to be visited all in the name of prosecuting matches.
Pochettino, however, could find motivation in the story of Chelsea, who won the competition in 2013, after crashing out of the Champions League as defending champions.
The Blues, managed then by current Newcastle gaffer, Rafa Benitez won the competition courtesy of a last gasp goal by Branislav Ivanovic in the final against Benfica. On Thursday, Tottenham host Gent in the second leg of the round of 32 clash at Wembley, hoping to overcome a first leg deficit 1-0.
The London side are currently trophy less in nine years, and winning this competition could help in their quest for domination in the coming years, as that is the plan of the club.
Europa League glory also offers a direct route into the next season’s Champions League group stages, and with the manner in which the top 4 race is heating up, winning the continental competition may be important if the club want to look back and say this season was a successful one for them.