Exorcising the demons

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Our last visit to St. James’ Park capped off the miserable end to the 15/16 season. It has been well documented how Spurs collapsed post “Battle of the Bridge” which led to a long and painful summer for Pochettino’s men.

This season’s opening fixtures have given Spurs a chance to right some of the very few wrongs of the past two seasons. First up a chance to dispel the awful memories of the 5-1 thrashing and thankfully amongst the chorus of boos from the home support, Tottenham kept their heads and put in a mature and composed display. Unlike Newcastle’s captain.

Pochettino’s Tottenham have shown an ability time and time again to learn from their mistakes. Many feared we would repeat the farcical end to the season after any hopes of the title were lost at West Ham, however Spurs dusted themselves down and finished the season in an impressive manner, completing the unbeaten home season and huge away victories.

Next up is Chelsea at Wembley, another chance to exorcise the demons of last season. Losing out on an FA cup final place and the title to Chelsea was painful for Tottenham, but with a wounded Chelsea coming into the game this is an early opportunity to send out a statement to rest of league. Will it be Dr. Tottenham for Conte’s suspension stricken Blues or will Spurs pile on the hurt and finally end all talk of the Wembley factor?

After an impressive debut Kyle Walker-Peter could continue to deputise for the injured Kieron Trippier and with Wanyama and Son a week closer to fitness Tottenham could be much closer to their strongest 11 compared to last weekend’s fixture in the North East.

With Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli seemingly hitting the ground running this year, and key players returning to fitness this is a real opportunity to exorcise the demons of last season and put themselves in the title conversation yet again. With other clubs splashing the cash in the transfer market Tottenham’s opening performance has shown that continuity and coaching is just as important as a cheque book.

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