Tottenham fans will be keeping a keen eye on next month’s FA Cup final as they might need to cheer on the enemy in order to be back in Europe next season, Mirror Online reports.
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With fierce North London rivals Arsenal seemingly destined to qualify for next season’s Champions League, should they beat Aston Villa in the final on May 30th then a Europa League spot will be available for the team which finishes seventh in the Premier League.
In previous seasons that spot has been awarded to the FA Cup runners-up but as per new rules from UEFA, which will come into effect at the start of the season, only cup winners will be rewarded with a place in Europe, meaning if Spurs don’t finish in the top six this season they will need a massive favour from the Gunners.
The scenario could easily arise as Mauricio Pochettino’s side are only a point clear of seventh-placed Southampton following their 3-1 win over Newcastle United on Sunday and with games against the Saints and Manchester City looming it is not yet out of question that they could end up relying on Arsenal for a route back into Europe.