Tottenham were the only club in Europe’s top 5 leagues to fail to add to their squad last summer. Additionally, Spurs have had a lot of injuries to contend with this season and have played with the uncertainty of not knowing when they will move into their new stadium.
Despite all these problems, Tottenham are still in the Premier League title race as they sit 5 points behind Liverpool and Man City, and have one foot in the final 8 of the Champions League after thrashing Borussia Dortmund 3-0 at Wembley.
No one gave Spurs a chance of mounting a title challenge at the start of the season. In fact, most people expected the team to crumble after they lost both Harry Kane and Dele Alli to injuries in January.
However, Pochettino’s men have managed to keep grinding out results and have given themselves a chance to pull off something special this season.
Speaking ahead of the game against Burnley, Pochettino once again reiterated how people have been too keen to write off Spurs.
Speaking to Football.London, he said, “From the beginning of the season, no-one believed in this team. People maybe have different thoughts about us. They said ‘maybe this team with no signings, no stadium ready, when many things against, come on it’s not an important team that will be ready to fight’.
“The people maybe underestimated a little bit. Only I wanted to translate that. But of course the people I think recognise our job now and they are giving us the praise and the recognition that we deserve.”
The Argentine also praised Son Heung-Min for stepping up and taking responsibility in the absence of Kane and Alli.
Pochettino added, “Sonny I think is a player who is very well rated by everyone. Of course since November he’s been doing a fantastic job for us.
“Of course after the Asian Cup he’s scoring goals and helping in a very delicate situation for us when different players were injured and I think he stepped up and is doing a fantastic job. I hope he can continue in the same way.”
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