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'Champions League would mark remarkable progress'

Tottenham fan's voice graphic
Tottenham fan's voice graphic

Spurs put in their worst performance of the season at Craven Cottage just six days after their best in the 4-0 victory at Villa Park.

While immediate frustrations were naturally high, missing an opportunity to move into the top four, a look at the bigger picture and the obvious progress being made under Ange Postecoglou reads positively.

That was just a third defeat in their last 13 Premier League fixtures. Not many predicted Spurs to be sitting in fifth place with a six-point lead over Manchester United after selling Harry Kane and undergoing a complete rebuild to the style of play and squad.

Owing to new Uefa coefficient rules and West Ham's victory over Freiburg, fifth place is looking increasingly likely to count for a spot in next season's Champions League and that would mark remarkable progress for this young Tottenham side.

The early season form might have skewed expectations, but Postecoglou has really hit the ground running and looks on course to bring Champions League football back to N17 at the first time of asking.

John Wenham can be found at Lilywhite Rose

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