Whether you’re convinced or not over Tim Sherwood’s credentials as Tottenham manager, the team look in good shape right now and had Steven Gerrard not buried a late, late penalty at Craven Cottage, we would be one point away from the final Champions League slot.
Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool side have won back to back fixtures to hold us off but our current run means that even if we don’t claim a top four finish, Europa League football is surely guaranteed.
Which brings us to the main question: Spurs make the long trip to tackle Dnipro next Thursday night and will that affect the club when they line up to face Norwich at Carrow Road the following Sunday?
We know how Harry Redknapp felt about the tournament – claiming it was harder to get out of the Europa League than to get in it in the first place – while Andre Villas-Boas always maintained that we would take the competition seriously while he was in charge. As yet, we don’t have Tim Sherwood’s opinion.
Time alone will tell if a trip to the Ukraine will affect our chances of picking up three points at Carrow Road but this is another opportunity to find out if the Europa League is a hindrance or just a happy distraction.