After pushing Leicester City in the title race for so long last season the campaign ultimately ended in disappointment for Mauricio Pochettino’s side as the silverware went to the East Midlands.
Not only that but an end of season collapse saw them once again overtaken by their North London rivals Arsenal as they were pipped for second.
Although Spurs were rewarded with Champions League football for their efforts last season, the double whammy of missing out on the title and then being pipped by their arch rivals will have no doubt ended the campaign on a sour note, the big question now is what can be considered a successful season this time around…
The obvious answer to that would be going on to win the title but if it was a hard task last season, then it’s going to even harder this time. Last year was a freak season as Chelsea imploded, Manchester City stuttered to 4th while Manchester United limped to 5th. With all three clubs undergoing changes in management there is no way they are all going to have a bad season like that again, which then creates the likelihood of those three at the top of the table and then one other filling the final Champions League place.
That means that the likelihood is that Tottenham will be fighting not just with Arsenal 4th, but also Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp is finally starting to get a squad that he can call his own and the fact that they don’t have European football to contend with this season means that they will be a lot fresher, with just the Premier League as the sole focus.
Then there’S defending champions Leicester, Tottenham’s cross city rivals West Ham and a newly rich Everton, and although we say this before the start it seems as if it’s going to be the toughest Premier League season ever.
Tottenham’s young England quintet will certainly have something to prove after their disappointing displays at Euro 2016, and they will want to bounce back quickly and get back to the form that earned them call ups in the first place. But you can guarantee once they are back working under Mauricio Pochettino, that return to form will not be far away.
And they will now also taste Champions League football for the first time. There will be three sell out crowds at Wembley Stadium for the group stages and Tottenham will want to at least match their exploits of 2011, when they went all the way to the quarter-finals before bowing out to Real Madrid.
Could they dare to dream and get Champions League success? Who knows? It will certainly be a big ask but with Leicester winning the Premier League and Wales getting to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, we known anything is possible these days
It also raises the issue of whether or not Tottneham can earn their first piece of silverware since 2008. They are certainly capable of doing so and you would have to say, with the squad of players that Mauricio Pochettino has at his disposal, that wait won’t be all that long. If they were to win a trophy then it would finally be the coming of age of this young Spurs squad.
Champions League football is the be all and end all for clubs these days, but for a fan there is nothing better than winning a trophy. Spurs may not be able to repeat their top four finish of last season but they at least may be able to soften that blow by winning a trophy, and giving their fans something to shout about.
It’s going to be a tough season for Tottenham as they flew under the radar to a certain degree, but now everyone knows what they are capable of and they will certainly play some role in the title race – we will just have to wait and see how much.
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