Tottenham Hotspur are now not within the Europa Convention League after UEFA confirmed their cancelled conflict with Rennes as a 3-0 walkover defeat.
Spurs have been one of many favourites for Europe’s new tertiary competitors on the outset of the season. However they gained’t even be within the knockout levels after coming third of their group with seven factors.
They needed to wait to search out out the place they might end after their final group recreation was postponed. Their house fixture in opposition to Rennes on ninth December was known as off as a result of plenty of Covid-19 instances within the Spurs squad.
With no time to suit the fixture in, UEFA have been understanding learn how to award the factors. Any glimmer of hope Tottenham had of staying within the event has now pale, although.
UEFA have confirmed that the sport will go down as a 3-0 walkover win for Rennes. It means the French aspect win the group, with Vitesse ending in second place above Tottenham.
Antonio Conte’s aspect will subsequently don’t have any European commitments within the New 12 months. Their goal is to qualify for continental competitors once more for subsequent season.
UEFA assertion confirms Tottenham exit
A UEFA assertion confirmed: “Following a number of constructive instances of COVID-19 that have been recognized from gamers and employees of Tottenham Hotspur FC, the 2021/22 UEFA Europa Convention League group stage match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Stade Rennais FC – scheduled to be performed on 9 December 2021 in London, United Kingdom – couldn’t be performed.
“The matter was submitted to the UEFA Management, Ethics and Disciplinary Physique, for a choice to be taken in accordance with Annex J of the Laws of the UEFA Europa Convention League (2021/22 Season).
“Based mostly on the Article 30 (4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Laws and given the pressing circumstances of the matter, the ad-hoc chairman of the Management, Ethics and Disciplinary Physique referred the case to the Appeals Physique.
“The Chairman of the UEFA Appeals Physique took the next resolution: To declare the 2021/22 UEFA Europa Convention League group stage match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Stade Rennais FC, that was initially scheduled to be performed on 9 December 2021, as forfeited by Tottenham Hotspur FC, who’s subsequently deemed to have misplaced the match 0-3 in accordance with Annex J.3.1 to the Laws of the UEFA Europa Convention League (2021/22 Season).”
Tottenham have been again in motion on Sunday in opposition to Liverpool within the Premier League. It adopted additional postponed fixtures in opposition to Brighton and Leicester.
Spurs earned a 2-2 draw in opposition to Liverpool in a recreation shrouded by refereeing controversy.
Tottenham to fret rivals underneath Conte
After the sport, Tottenham earned praise from pundit Gary Neville. He seen how the brand new coach Conte has remodeled their fortunes already.
“He’s an ideal supervisor. You may see the affect he’s had on this group. The power in comparison with how they have been earlier than. The stadium is electrical, and it was sensible in right here all over the sport,” Neville informed his Sky Sports activities podcast.
“You may see him on the touchline. The feelings. He cares passionately and is determined to win.
“He’ll be dissatisfied with the probabilities missed as a result of I feel he arrange his staff completely, but in addition proud and realise he’s obtained a superb group of gamers right here. We began to query that during the last 12-18 months.
“Have been this staff over the hill and have been they spent underneath Mauricio Pochettino and pretty much as good as it may well get? However they’ve proven a efficiency at the moment that may inform us they will actually be aggressive and push for the highest 4.
“It’ll strike just a little little bit of concern into Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, West Ham. And all of the others with aspirations to be up there. This Tottenham staff are going to be actual within the subsequent 4 to 5 months.”
The very fact they now not have European duties to juggle may match to their benefit too.