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Can Spurs mount a European Challenge?


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Finding there team 2-0 down within the first 10 minutes of their last-16 tie at Juventus, Spurs fans would have been fearing the worst in that there European dream was over for another season.

However, a resoloute comeback, led by Harry Kane's first half goal and Christian Eriksen's second half strike meant Spurs left Turin in pole position to qualify for the last 8. Should they do so, it begs the question, how far can Maurico Pochettino's men go in Europe?

Spurs looked to be doomed in the group stages when it seemed like they'd been drawn in the group of death, with games against Dortmund and European Champions Real Madrid. The group stages was where Spurs finally introduced themselves on the European stage however, famously beating Real Madrid and Dortmund at Wembley, whilst enjoying a win in Germany and a hard fought draw at the Bernabeu. 

The curse of Wembley seems to have been shaken off, something that would have been in the front of the minds of both fans and players following last years Champions League campaign, in which Spurs lost to Bayer Leverkusen and ended up in the Europa League, where they were dumped out by Gent.

Not a lot has actually changed from last season at Spurs, the personnel remains largely the same, with only Davison Sanchez and Serge Aurier being the main arrivals this summer. That fact would suggest a progession of talent from within the club, spearheaded by Pochettino, who's young squad is moulding quickly to becoming a threat on the European stage.

There will be questions regarding Spurs' mentatility and if they really possess the squad and quality to go all the way. But with Harry Kane up front and the confidence of having both drew in Juventus and taking points from Real Madrid, this could suggest they are capable of beating just about anyone.

Spurs however will face difficulties, the knockouts are a different ball game to the group stages and with a top 4 spot as well as the FA Cup to play for, fatigue could come into it. Strength in depth is also a issue. Comparing to the likes of City, Bayern and Barcelona, Spurs don't have a lot to chose from and an injury to Kane or other key players such as Ali and Eriksen would be a disaster for Spurs.

A Kane inury would mean Spurs would need to rely on Fernando Llorente, who has netted once since arriving from Swansea.

It so far as been a dream journey for Spurs and after Tuesday's 2-2 draw in Turin, they are favourites to qualify for the last-8. However, as the competiton becomes tougher and the games come thick and fast, they just might not have enough yet to go all the way on the European stage. 

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