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Premier League: Euro hopes for Postecoglou's Tottenham

While Tottenham’s Premier League campaign hit a wobble before the international break, Ange Postecoglou’s side are still challenging at the top end of the table.

Having missed out on European football this season, Spurs are pushing for a return to the continent next term.

Here’s a look at how Postecoglou’s side are shaping up in their bid to return to the European stage.

Champions League return to aim

While Spurs will be hoping they can keep the pace to be in the conversation for the Premier League title, it’s a big ask of this side in Postecoglou’s first season at the helm.

The likes of Manchester City and Liverpool appear to be finding their rhythm and it’s why the Lilywhites are outsiders at 34.00 to claim a first Premier League title this season. 

More realistically, Spurs will be determined to try and finish in the top four, something they are 1.57 to achieve this term.  

After what was a blistering start to the season, Tottenham hit a bump in the road before the international break, as they suffered back-to-back defeats to Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Both games could have gone either way and Postecoglou’s job will be to make sure Spurs get back on track as quickly as possible to maintain their push of a top-four finish.

Europa League qualification not ideal

Considering the head start Spurs made ahead of the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, finishing outside of the top four would be an opportunity missed for Postecoglou’s side.

Spurs have already shown that a couple of suspensions and an injury to star signing James Maddison can knock them off their stride.

Strength in depth was always like to be an issue for Tottenham this season and it’s something they might well look to address in the January transfer window.

Spurs are 1.22 to achieve a top-six finish this season but they will be determined to make sure they are actually nestled in the top four and heading back to the Champions League.

Getting back to Europe’s elite competition will help the club attract top players to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and would be a fine achievement from Aussie tactician Postecoglou in his first season in England.

Spurs have some tricky games ahead, as they resume their Premier League campaign after the break at home to fellow top-four contenders Aston Villa.

A trip to reigning champions Manchester City then follows and that will provide a great acid test to see where Spurs are at.

West Ham then visit Spurs in an all-London affair, before Tottenham host a Newcastle side that are playing in the Champions League this season.

It’s still early days in the campaign but the next four matches are likely to offer up plenty more clues on where this Spurs side will finish in the standings this season.

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