The majority of pundits and fans seem to believe that despite the phenomenal last minute turn around at Swansea on Wednesday night, the title is heading to Stamford Bridge.
This might well be the case, but I believe this Tottenham side deserve even more credit than the one of last season. Although the club are sat in the same position a year down the line, they have not only risen above a handful of clubs who have all spent big and had high profile managers involved in their bid for Premier League success, but they have also got to within two games of FA Cup glory, whilst juggling a tricky European fixture list and an injury pile-up that would undoubtedly have affected Chelsea or any other title rival.
Wednesday’s victory, along with the hard fought 2-0 win at Turf Moor last week against Burnley, has shown the squad depth and fitness of this current side. To be able to perform at an incredibly high level despite several players lacking Premier League game time, and/or being asked to play out of position shows the attitude of the squad is strong too. Heung Min Son is the perfect example of this improvement at Spurs under Mauricio Pochettino. The South Korean is certainly not considered a world class player by rival supporters but he scores goals and is continuing to improve on his positional awareness and defensive work. Nacer Chadli was the player sold to make way for Son at White Hart Lane and now with the impressive goal return and impact on games that he has, it’s clear to see even with just one specific example, how obviously Tottenham’s squad has improved under Mauricio Pochettino.
So as Tottenham Hotspur gallop forward to the final eight Premier League games of the season, and a huge Wembley tie against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, it is obvious now that this team is more than capable of competing for trophies regularly. This is because the Argentine Pochettino has instilled a hard-working group ethic as opposed to the flair, ‘star player’ attitudes that former Spurs managers along with fans would admit to being happy with. So as the squad depth is being improved and the team get closer as a collective group, it seems the Tottenham transition is nearly complete.
From the days of Berbatov and Bale – both glimmers of hope in uninspiring squads, the Spurs faithful now have a whole squad to believe in. The winning mentality is returning to Tottenham Hotspur, and the transition is nearly complete.
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