The Allianz Arena saw a thrilling final on Saturday night, with the team in red outplaying their opposition for a majority of the game. Bayern Munich’s failure to finish off their chances always left Chelsea in with a chance to lift the Cup, and so they did after stretching the game till penalties. Drogba dispatched the winning penalty after Bastian Schweinsteiger’s strike came off the post which lead to euphoria for the English side.
Chelsea are the first team from London to be crowned Champions of Europe. Ecstasy for the West London club caused heartbreak for their Northern rivals as Chelsea will feature in next season’s prestigious European Cup competition, dumping Tottenham Hotspurs, who finished fourth in the Premier League, into the Europa League.
Roman Abramovich’s victory could have orchestrated Tottenham’s downfall. Failing to qualify for the Champions League for a consecutive season will certainly alert poachers who would love to sign Spurs’ prized possessions, with Luka Modric and Gareth Bale at the top of the pyramid. Players of their quality could be lured away with guaranteed Champions League football, a target of winning the league and not to forget, an enormous pay hike.
Redknapp sums up the feelings of Spurs fans
Spurs are a side that are gradually progressing, but unable to pick up proven stars due to their wage structure. The North London club’s season target was to qualify for the Champions League which would require at least a top 4 finish as well as aiming to have a successful run in Cup competitions. With minute additions in each transfer window, Spurs surely won’t have enough fire power to be challenging for the league in the coming couple of seasons.
At 26, Modric is entering the peak of his career and is hungry for championships, a desire that cannot be fulfilled at Tottenham in the near future. Spurs have finished 4th twice in the last three seasons, but a player with the skill and ambition of Modric is looking to lift numerous trophies throughout his playing career.
Chelsea and Manchester United are likely to continue their pursuit of the Croatian midfield maestro. The Croatian who has delayed contract negotiations has said "I will decide about my future after the Euros."
Will we see Modric in a Spurs jersey again?
"I will make the decision where to continue my career. I’m ready for the big tests." said Modric.
Tests that European Champions and nineteen time League Champions can provide. A move to a footballing giant would not only elevate Modric’s possibility of winning a major trophy, but also see his wages double or tripple as he is currently only on a £50,000 a week salary. After being convinced to stay last summer, failure to qualify for the Champions League should surely be enough for him to leave Spurs this summer.
Meanwhile, Gareth Bale has attracted interest from a number of Europe's top clubs since bursting onto the scene with a hat-trick against Inter in the 2010-11 season. The Welshman’s future at the club is in doubt as he had previously stated that he would “have to sit down and discuss what's best for myself” if Spurs failed to qualify for the Champions League.
Bale spoke on a possible move to Spain, ‘If you are talking about Barcelona or Real Madrid, two of the biggest clubs in the world …it's a once-in-a-lifetime dream,’ he said
Is Bale showing us where he'll be next season?
The Spurs winger is supposedly at the top of the Catalan giant’s shopping list. Barcelona consider Bale to be the long-term replacement of Eric Abidal, but also admire his versatility as he could play as a left-back as well as a winger.
The Spanish media claimed that Spurs had agreed a deal with Barcelona for the former Southampton player, but Harry Redknapp rubbished these rumours saying there wasn’t the slightest truth in them.
Bale is developing into one of the best left-footed wingers in the world and missing out on a stage such as the Champions League is a major set back for his ambitions. Since the winger is only 22, he could be convinced to remain at the Lane next season as he could continue his evolution with Tottenham before moving on to a ‘big club’ at a fitting time in his career.
Redknapp has insisted that Tottenham would not look to sell their top players, saying it would be a step backwards for the club. He went on to say, “If we go backwards, we're going nowhere basically are we? We will slump back into mid-table mediocrity and we don't want that. We've got to keep all the best players and add to them if we're going to keep progressing.”
So do you think Modric and Bale would stay on at Spurs or prefer a move away to play in the Champions League?