Tottenham secured Champions League football for next year after winning their midweek game. This their 3rd consecutive season where they have a Top 3 finish in the league. However, they won no trophies and their trophy drought now extends for a decade. In the past Mauricio Pochettino has downplayed the trophy drought, but he spoke to needing to take the team in a new direction next year. “They have a clear idea of what we need to do and I don’t know if the club will agree with me or not, but we need to talk next week to create the new project.” Pochettino said this to reporters in terms of how Spurs should approach the next season. Pochettino has done an excellent job of developing talent, and of turning Tottenham into a team that consistently makes the Top 4. But this success has come without a trophy to show for it, and that is clearly eating away at Pochettino, who hopes to change that going forward.
Barcelona’s hopes of being La Liga’s version of the Invincibles were dashed on Sunday as they fell 5-4 to Levante. Emmanuel Boateng had a hat trick for Levante in the win, and despite Phillipe Coutinho having one for Barcelona, they came up just short of getting a result. Levante actually surged out to a 5-1 lead, and Barcelona made them sweat at the end, but they dug themselves too deep a hole. Barcelona had already clinched the title and had an extremely successful season, but to come so close to going undefeated and then falling has to hurt.
Securing qualification for the World Cup is hard, and it’s a long grind, especially mixing in club games combined with World Cup Qualifiers. But once your country secures qualification to the World Cup, the next step is making sure you are part of the World Cup roster. Every player hopes to avoid injury of course, but even when healthy it’s a battle to make that squad. SI.com looks at which big name players will have to sweat it out to see if they can make their respective World Cup Roster.
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