Over the course of an entire season, it is still incredible to see that for all that time on pitch, major outcomes can come right down to the final half of the final game of the season.
Tottenham Hotspur boss, Andre Villas-Boas, will know all too well how small the margins are for success and failure in the Premier League, as Spurs just missed out on Champions League football to their bitter north London rivals, Arsenal.
The fallout of missing the top tier tournament in European football is still to be felt at The Lane, with doubts over Spurs star Gareth Bales and who the club will be able to bring in over the summer without the lure of Champions League action.
The end of season report for Tottenham notes that they secured their highest ever Premier League points tally with 72 this season but that has been little consolation for Villas-Boas, who knows his side will have to raise their game even further if they are to make that extra step next season.
He said: “To manage so many points and not make it means the level has come up, and it serves a reference for next season. Others have pushed on a level and next year we have to improve, so it is a good lesson to take into next season. It is a pity we missed it this season, because normally it would be enough to qualify.”
The Premier League looks set to be wide open next season with so many changes going on at the biggest clubs in England. If Spurs can keep hold of Bale and bring some extra quality to the club, they will certainly be in the mix for Champions League qualification next term.
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