Spurs boss Sherwood refuses to blame Europa League for poor league form
Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has refused to accept the Europa League as an excuse for his side’s poor performance in the Premier League. Sherwood claims if his side fails to reach the top four this season he won’t blame the Europa League as reason for the club’s failures.
Sherwood believes a top four spot is still in sight for Tottenham Hotspur. Tottenham Hotspur have picked up only ten points from a total of 27 in the Premier League whenever the London outfit has played after a Europa League game.
Tottenham Hotspur’s latest Premier League game, which was a defeat to Norwich City, came right after the Europa League loss to Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. Sherwood failed to give any solid reason for the defeat at the time but admitted Europe can prove to be a distraction.
Sherwood’s side prepares for a hectic schedule this week as well. Tottenham Hotspur will welcome Dnipro for the second leg of the Europa League at White Hart Lane before another home game against Cardiff City in the Premier League on Sunday.
“I wouldn’t use it as an excuse and I never have, but you’d have to say that the record [in Premier League] isn’t fantastic, both home and away, after home games and away games in Europe,” Sherwood said.
“The next result has not been great, so the facts suggest that but I wouldn’t use it as an excuse myself. We still want to progress in this competition. It means a lot to us. We’re not blessed with a lot of trophies recently and I think it’s an opportunity to progress in this opportunity and still fight for that fourth place.
Sherwood further said that the Champions League was the toughest all competitions, but it was the Europa League that truly tested the “endurance”. Sherwood believes the Europa League will get more interesting in the next rounds as there are still a lot of massive teams left in the tournament.
Tottenham Hotspur are placed fifth on the Premier League table and are six points away from fourth placed Liverpool. Sherwood believes the task of acquiring a Champions League spot is still very possible, but his team needs to reunite and focus on the challenges one at a time.
Sherwood added that the Europa League was more strenuous because each week brought the tension of winning a game to proceed to the next round, while in the Premier League it’s all about “picking up the points”.