Opinion: Which competitions Spurs and Jose Mourinho should focus on this season

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Dom Le Roy

The start of a new season brings with it high expectations and Spurs will be looking to move on from the ups and downs of the last campaign, as well as to pick up some long-awaited silverware.

The Amazon Prime ‘All or Nothing’ documentary has been a success, especially for Jose Mourinho, winning over fans who were still very much on the fence but will now be sure to give him their full backing heading into the new campaign.

Spurs have a manager who is desperate for trophies and hungry to achieve success at the club, aiming to instill a much-needed winning mentality in his team. To put it frankly, nice guys finish last and Mourinho wants a team of C-words.

Domestic cups have lacked importance in recent years with Spurs favouring squad rotation under Pochettino, which arguably disrespected just how crucial a cup win could be for the club.

The Carabao Cup comes early on in the season and should be used as a springboard to finish the campaign strong with some silverware that is craved by all. In my opinion, Spurs should be going all out in the Carabao and FA Cups with their last success coming in 2008.

No manager has won anything during that 12 year dry spell and winning silverware is the most important thing when you look back on a clubs history and as a player. They always say that the first trophy is the hardest to win but if anyone can do it Jose can.

Teams in and around Tottenham are strengthening in the transfer window, so this season’s race for the top four will be harder than ever.

Spurs will need to be creative in order to bulldoze their way back into those sacred Champions League places. With games coming thick and fast, Spurs are set to play a potential nine matches in 21 days, including travel to Eastern Europe (Sky Sports).

The Europa League campaign kicks off against Bulgarian side Plovdiv and this competition carries much higher importance than is recognised, granting Spurs another potential route into the Champions League and a shot at a European trophy. It might be a long slog but the reward at the end could be fantastic.

New blood in Matt Doherty, Joe Hart and Pierre-Emile Hojberg are welcome additions to bolster the squad, but Spurs are still crying out for a backup striker to Harry Kane and a playmaker to fill Eriksen’s boots.

With the season just days away, fans would have liked to have seen a done deal early doors for a centre forward after being burned several times in the past with long term injuries.

Keeping key players fit will be a tough task with the fixture pile-up and Spurs’ pockets have never been too deep in the transfer window.

In a season in which squad depth will play a huge part, youth will be key and Spurs have exciting prospects, especially centre back Japhet Tanganga who is surely set to play a big role under the watchful eye of new coach Ledley King.

A top-four finish is not unachievable for Spurs but, without quality investment into the rebuilding of the squad, other competitions may serve them better.

To render this season a success will come down to whether or not Tottenham finally win a piece of silverware, as it’s about time Daniel Levy dusted off the trophy cabinet.

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