Tottenham Hotspur rounded off a topsy turvy season with a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace, a result which confirmed their place in next season’s Europa League.
Having reached the final of the Champions League last season, Spurs got off to a dreadful start to the campaign, and with the club languishing in 14th in November, Daniel Levy opted to sack Mauricio Pochettino and bring in three-time Premier League winner, Jose Mourinho.
Since the Portuguese’s arrival results have marginally improved, and they came into today’s game in South London knowing that they could secure European football if they were able to better Wolves result against Chelsea.
They got off to a fine start as Harry Kane continued his excellent goalscoring form since the restart, the Spurs striker clinically putting his side ahead on 13 minutes after Giovani Lo Celso had won the ball back just outside the Palace area.
Palace did manage to get back on terms early in the second half, some sloppy defending from a corner seeing the ball fall to Jeffrey Schlupp, who crashed the ball into the roof of Hugo Lloris’ net from close range.
However, with Wolves losing 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, the draw was enough to secure a sixth-placed finish for the north London side, and Jose Mourinho was quick to praise his side’s achievements since his arrival, the club having struggled with a crippling injury list prior to the Premier League’s shutdown
“The season was crazy, since they played the Champions League final it has been up and down and really hard,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“We, in this group of matches managed to get results and to perform. Not today, it was not the best.
”But in this period we played well, get results and be solid to put ourselves in the position to get in the Europa League
“From a personal point of view I’m happy because since I arrived we would be fourth which is good with all the problems we had.”
Mourinho has already announced his intention to win next season’s Europa League, and will now have a relatively short summer break ahead of the 2020/21 season which is due to get underway on September 12th.