We are in the Europa League for next season (20/21): Palace 1 Spurs 1
We got a draw in a terrible game that we should have won, but thanks to Chelsea, who beat Wolves 2-0, we are in next Season’s Europa League.
Jose Mourinho has already won three Europa League trophies, and another one for his cabinet wouldn’t be a bad thing, along the way picking up a domestic cup and challenging for the Premier League title.
We must give Mourinho credit for rescuing our season and keeping us in Europe (just).
Whatever way you look at the game against Palace, it had been awful to watch, but it is a brand of awful that has secured results and sixth place for us.
Daniel Levy badly wanted this when we were 14th under Mauricio Pochettino in November, and it is what Mr Levy got; there have been five wins, three draws and only one defeat since the restart.
What happens now? Mourinho will have to collect his thoughts, look at the team, plunge into the transfer market and start building for next season and then win trophies and challenge for the League Title; simples! The trouble is that Mourinho will be without the funds he is accustomed to, it will be tough, and for that reason, his appointment remains a mystery. Or does Levy have some master plan that he is not sharing with the world?
To the match:
At times we seemed at the mercy of Palace, whose form and fortune has been so crap, and whose best player, Zaha wants to leave. Even though they’ve got a rubbish defence, it was rarely tested by us, apart from our Harry sneaking through once to get his 18th league goal of the season and fifth in three games.
Palace’s Jeffrey Schlupp equalised in the second half, and then Jordan Ayew and Scott Dann both had decent chances to win it. Had Wolves drawn at Chelsea, then we would have finished seventh and at risk of dropping out of the Europe competition altogether, if the Gunners should win the FA Cup final.
Mourinho said: ‘Of course players who one day plays Champions League do not want to go back to the Europa League, but it was the only thing possible after a difficult season. After arriving 14th, sixth is not bad at all. So I am quite happy.’ He then went on and said, ‘What we can do now is improve. When all the players are available, we showed in this last period where we belong – maybe third or fourth. Are we going to buy players for £100m? No. But we are going to improve.’
The Premier League resumes on the 12th of September.