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As always you're entitled to your opinion. Obviously AVB puts a high value on the Europa - so it looks like he doesn't agree with you. AVB had no way on knowing that Bale/Lennon would get injured any more than you or me. Injuries are just unfortunate accidents.
I would hazard a guess that Levy sets the targets and expectations for the season, so I would be surprised if AVB went for the Europa the way he did without some form of backing.
Whether you (or I - if you look back I posted a while back that I thought the emphasis should be on the league) like it, the Europa was seen as an achievable goal - and still may be.
3rd is still achievable at this stage.
If we're to compete with the top 4, we can't go around bleating about playing extras games - as the big clubs have been playing more games in the EPL and Europe - season in and season out - and on top of that have a far better record than us in the Cups as well.
There. I said it. I do.
Where did we finish in the League 5 years ago? Anyone remember offhand? Because I don't. Anyone remember watching Ledley and Robbie lift the League Cup? Because I do, vividly, even though it was 'just' the League Cup.
You can say it's *only* the Europa Cup, but if we were to win it we'd do so over the Champions League holders, having knocked out Inter Milan and the champions of Switzerland amongst others. I think that's a pretty competitive competition, and one we should be proud of competing in.
You don't *win* 3/4/5th place, or any place other than 1st; you win cups. You can talk all you want about the money and players who might sign for you if you finish higher, but I don't support a balance sheet, I support a football club. And those people who might do those things? They might not too.
I'm pleased we've played teams who should've been able to win in all competitions, I think it shows respect for them and has been much more interesting. And you can't say it's ruined our season, because the season's not over yet. Criticising the number of games yet aiming for 4th is somewhat bizarre too, as then you're in the qualifying round for CL so have a shedload of games again, and may still end up in EL.
I know it's frustrating to watch key players getting injured at such an important part of the season, but it's utterly pointless talking about what could happen or should have happened; all we can do is keep our fingers crossed (or take other redundant 'lucky' actions) and hope we at least enjoy the football for rest of the season.
And I leave my essay with a (slightly tongue in cheek) article from the Guardian on why we should love the Europa League: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2013/apr/04/europa-league-five-reasons-to-watch
the point ALL us spurs fans are trying to make is.....even us arm chair fans would have put priority on finishing top 4 first before anything and that would include a cup.......would bale put pen to paper if we do win the UEFA cup?...or would he be more likely to do so if we finish in the top 4 and guarantee us champions league matches?.....
with champions league matches next season it will not only open the possibilities of better buys in the summer but will argue the fact of keeping our top players for at least another season...by not buying in the january window has just shown our top players that spurs are a season to season club and not one that truly builds for the future...since jan even ady has lost that little spark he had and because of that it has started to dawn apon the rest of the players that this could well be some of them playing together for the last time at the lane ...
this importance of CUP win has harmed not only this season but our future as well...if bids for bale,ady and even vertoghen come in after a failed challenge for champions league spots it would be a minor miracle if we managed to hold on to them...
this Everton game on the weekend is a make or break game for spurs and a win is a must...if AVB doesnt set aside his ego and play a second string team for the return leg against basle then he really needs to look himself in the mirror and ask......"am i the spurs coach or am i just a coach looking to prove himself to everyone that doubted him"... for that i must point him in the direction of arsen wenger... who doesnt careless what people think of him but has always the best interests of his club.