White Hart Lane: Home of Tottenham(credit: Wikipedia
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy refuses to put the club at risk to chase regular Champions League football.
Spurs make their group stage debut against Werder Bremen tonight having finished fourth in the Premier League last season before battling past Swiss side Young Boys in the qualifiers.
But Levy insists finishing in the top four each season will be a difficult task for the White Hart Lane outfit, and he will not spend recklessly and put the club in jeopardy in pursuit of it.
He told The Guardian: “We deserve to be in the Champions League. Our history dictates that but it has taken us a long time to get back.
“I think it’s a huge achievement for (manager) Harry (Redknapp), all his coaching staff and players and the fans as well. It’s something special.
“I think we all want to stay there but we all have to be realistic. There are only four places in England and there are seven or eight clubs competing.
“There a probably two clubs that you could say are guaranteed a place in the top four. You then have two places for six clubs. The odds are stacked against you.
“But what we won’t do is jeopardise the club to challenge to be one of those two. You can’t run the club on the basis of being in the Champions League.”
He added: “It’s not just about today; it’s about the future generation of fans. You have to protect the club.”