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How Tottenham's Champions League hopes have been altered by English UCL exits

The exits of both Manchester city and Arsenal from the Champions League has done more damage to teams below them than it has for them overall.

Arsenal and Manchester City's eliminations from the Quarter final rounds have left England now without the European coefficient which many thought would be going to England. Losing the European Coefficient means that only four teams can qualify for the Champions League, which is currently set as a two horse race between 4th place Aston Villa and 5th place Tottenham Hotspur.

This puts the pressure onto Tottenham who have undoubtedly the hardest run-in throughout the Premier League. They still have to play all of the top three sides with them still needing to attend Anfield to face Liverpool. As well as that, they do have a game in hand over Aston Villa. However, this game is against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge; a stadium where they have not won a league game in six years since their 3-1 win thanks to goals from Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.

Given the fact that Tottenham Hotspur started this season having a solid grasp of the top of the table and had later fallen all the way down to 5th, there is now an increasing amount of pressure on Ange Postecoglou to get Tottenham a Champions League place for the first time in two years after qualifying in the 2021/2022 season by finishing 4th and failing to qualify for any European competition the following season, finishing in 8th place.

However, Aston Villa's only notable fixtures that could prove to cost them is a home game against Chelsea as well as one with Liverpool two weeks later. Apart from these games, Villa play Bournemouth, Brighton and Crystal Palace who are teams who do not have much to play for as we approach the end of the season.

Tottenham's ties against all of the top three title challenging teams now have some more added stakes as these games are must wins for Tottenham should they want to keep pursuing the dream of Champions League football next season. The ending to the Premier League season within the top 5 should be a scintillating viewing from neutrals and an absolute roller coaster for fans of all of these teams.

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