Losing the League Cup to Chelsea, knocked out of Europe by Fiorentina, and now it looks like they will not be able to secure a top four spot – thing aren’t looking great for Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham side. With things going a bit downhill for the North London club, where now for Spurs?
Spurs are currently sitting in seventh place in the Premier League table, but are equal on points with Ronald Koeman’s Southampton. At this point in the season, things can change drastically overnight. The latest fixtures in the league saw Chelsea dropping points to Southampton, Burnley beating current champions Manchester City and Arsenal taking all three points against West Ham. Although Spurs may be outside of the top four now, this may not be the case by the end of the season.
Tottenham Hotspur can certainly win all their remaining nine games, but some of them will be challenging for the London side. Their next fixture sees Spurs hosting bottom placed Leicester, which many will have down as a banker for Pochettino’s men. Spurs will be spending more of the remainder of the season travelling – five of of their final nine are away from White Hart Lane. They will be travelling to Turf Moor, St James’s Park, St Mary’s and the Britannia. Arguably, their most difficult game in the next few weeks, aside from the away clash with Southampton, will be hosting Manchester City.
Spurs were unfortunate not to progress into the last 16 of the Europa League. Before they faced Fiorentina, they were on a good run in Europe. They recorded some big wins, notably against Asteras Tripolis in the group stages – a 5-1 home win and 2-1 away win.
They have also caused upset in the league this season, beating Arsenal 2-1 at White Hart Lane in the all important North London Derby. Despite Chelsea fans dubbing Spurs’s home ground the ‘three point lane’, Harry Kane and co. dominated their home game against the league leaders, with a huge 5-3 win on New Years’ Day.
Pochettino’s first season in charge of Spurs may have fallen short in terms of trophies, but he has done exceptionally well in this role. He has gotten the best out of some of his players, and managed to maintain their biggest asset, albeit surprise package, in Harry Kane. With whispers of Real Madrid having their eye on goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Pochettino should do their best to keep the shot stopper, too.
Building on their already strong side in the summer will bring Spurs even closer to picking up some silverware next season, as they weren’t a million miles away from it this season.