UEFA WILL REVIEW SPURS SITUATION

The European football regulation body UEFA has said that it will be reviewing the plan to allow only four clubs from England to qualify for the next season’s Champions League.

Tottenham finished in the fourth position in the league after the spectacular season, although they could have easily finished in the third position had it not been for a late-season wobble.

Chelsea, though, managed to qualify for the next season’s Champions League after having won the trophy itself for the first time in the history. Despite finishing only in the sixth position, Chelsea will be in the Champions League group stages next season as the defending champions. It would also mean that Tottenham would be relegated to the Europa league.

This is a major decision since being in the group stages of the Champions League is vastly different from being in the group stages of the Europa league. Even with the Europa league title in the hands, a club will not be able to make more than £ 10 million from revenue. However, just playing in the six group matches of the Champions League will provide the team with £ 35 million in revenue. Even more important is the fact that players will start to leave chasing Champions League football, which has led to manager Harry Redknapp branding the rule as unfair.

“We can always change the rules. We can always discuss the rules, but not during the competition. We have decided not to change the rules or regulations of the competition for three years. So in three years we can change, that means we will come back if you wish. Everything can be discussed, the rules, yellow cards, but not during the competition. Perhaps in the next executive committee we can speak about it. I can put that, but they may say no,” said UEFA President Michel Platini.

PAV SHOULD BE STAYING

Harry Redknapp has said that Tottenham will not be allowing the striker Roman Pavlyuchenko to leave in the January transfer window.

The striker scored the only goal of the game in the match against Sunderland to give Tottenham precious three points ahead of their crucial home game against Chelsea. Tottenham came into the match against Sunderland having lost against Stoke city. It looked to be an important match because it had Sunderland taken something from White Hart Lane, it would have totally destroyed the great start Spurs have made to the season. However, Roman Pavlyuchenko saved Harry Redknapp’s blushes and the manager has come out in support of his player.

He has said that Roman Pavlyuchenko would not be allowed to leave Tottenham under any conditions in the January transfer window. It Tottenham sold striker Peter Crouch to Stoke city only in the summer and the departure of Pavlyuchenko will only add to the lack of options for Harry Redknapp. Another striker, Jermain Defoe, has already been speaking about leaving Tottenham in the January transfer window if he does not get the opportunity to play regularly. Jermain Defoe has been in and out of the team in recent seasons, but it cannot be compared with Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Roman Pavlyuchenko has been unable to get any games for Tottenham recently. However, Harry Redknapp has said that the goal against Sunderland will make him in contention for a starting place against Chelsea. “He didn’t start the season great. He’s a fantastic player. He’s got real talent. He’s got great ability, I think. He’s got a good left foot, a good right foot and is a great finisher. He’s top drawer but he’s just been unlucky,” Redknapp said. Martin O’Neill is thought to have enquired about his services.