Former Spurs defender Gary Mabbutt has stressed how the financial implications of NOT qualifying for next year's Champions League could hinder Tottenham moving forward.
Knocked out of the FA Cup courtesy of some Tim Krul spot-kick heroics, swept aside with relative ease by German outfit RB Leipzig in the Champions League and seven points adrift of the coveted fourth position, things look rather bleak for José Mourinho's Tottenham side.
Their season's prospects were hardly helped by long term injuries to January signing Steven Bergwijn, Son Heung-Min and talisman Harry Kane. With those three all enduring spells on the sidelines, Spurs' campaign seems to have unraveled in front of The Special One's eyes.
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Last summer's Champions League final appearance implied perhaps Spurs were on the brink of breaking into the select few who can be dubbed 'Europe's elite'. Instead, they have since sacked the manager who got them there and currently linger in eighth in the league with no shot of silverware this season.
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Last night's showing against an RB Leipzig side who never looked particularly threatened, putting three past Hugo Lloris with no reply, is potentially the largest indicator Tottenham have had this season at how far they have allowed themselves to drift since the Champions League final that night last June.
Speaking to Love Sport Breakfast, Spurs hero Gary Mabbutt revealed how failure to secure Champions League football next season could have serious implications when it comes to tightening Tottenham's purse strings.
"I think the chairman's already come out and made that clear that if we're not in the Champions League then yes, the income will dramatically drop. So yes, top four is a must."
Tottenham's next taste of Premier League action comes in the form of Manchester United, arguably Spurs' main rivals for Champions League football.
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"You know, this is a massive game, Manchester United have come into form. But they've also been on a roller coaster this season. Very much up and down. We've had a similar sort of way to the season so far. If we go out there, we approach the game in the right manner on top of our form, even with the team that we have, including the injuries, we've got a good enough squad to win this game."
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