New ESPN research shows where Spurs would have finished in the League if they were more ‘lucky’

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Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed a pretty successful 2018/19 campaign, both domestically and in Europe, with many writing the club off after they failed to make any signings.

Despite the lack of new players walking through the doors at Hotspur Way, Tottenham’s tight-knit group of talented stars managed to do the unthinkable.

After escaping a group of death in the Champions League against the likes of Barcelona, Inter Milan, and PSV, Spurs made it all the way to the final.

They beat Borussia Dortmund, Man City, and Ajax, along the way, three of the brightest teams in the competition last year, only to lose out to Liverpool in the final.

Unfortunately, this European run did have a negative effect on Spurs’ Prem campaign, as the results began to slip towards the end of the season.

However, Spurs were able to just about scrape a top-four spot behind Chelsea and above Arsenal and Manchester United, meaning Champions League footy again this season.

ESPN have now revealed that, when luck is taken into account, Spurs could have actually done much better.

Using stats on incorrect penalties, red cards, deflected goals, disallowed goals, and the such, ESPN have managed to adapt the Prem table to show how luck may have changed things.

For Spurs, it sees them gain five points and move above Chelsea, with Pochettino’s men being one of the unluckiest teams in the League, behind only Everton and Man City.

Check out the full table here.

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