With the Pochettino era now in full swing and Tottenham Hotspur vastly becoming the most exciting team to watch in this year’s Premier League, how exactly do we try and keep this momentum until the end of the season? It saddens me to write, but I think any realistic Tottenham fan knows that it’s the time of season were out season begins to crumble and no one quite knows why.
It’s strange. As a Tottenham fan I don’t think we’ve come out of February with such good results and looking stronger than ever going into March. It’s not something we’ve seen since the Redknapp days. So why are we managing to do so well? Well it’s clearly known how Pochettino prides himself in fitness and hardwork, and it seems to pay off as each player seems more fit and determined than ever. The competition for places means that there isn’t a game where every single player is putting in 100% for the shirt – something we haven’t seen from enough Tottenham players over the years. The bond between fans, players, manager is the strongest I’ve seen, we’re all united together and everyone at the club wants to do their best.
Normally at this time of year we’re normally lurking around the top 4 but can never quite get in there and normally finish 5th. This year we’re firmly in there, and I believe the reason why everyone believes we can actually win the league is because we’ve already exceeded our expectations for the season. 4th has been the target for years, now we are lying in second position only two points off top playing the best football in the league with the youngest and most exciting players. I see no reason why we can’t do it. I already mentioned the bond between the club and the fans, but the team unity is so visible to see. The ‘bromance’ between Dele Alli and Eric Dier is a fine example. The team actually believe they can win this, and it’s so nice to see a Tottenham team who want to win all the time and if they don’t, they want to fix it in the next game.
So what can go wrong? Our potential fixture list was massive, but has been cut down a little after our defeat to Palace in the FA cup. It’s never nice to go out of the FA cup, a cup that has so much history with Tottenham, but giving our realistic chances to win a Premier League title, I’m sure most fans would prefer to focus on that. It’s another cup that seems to be our kryptonite every year – The Europa League. It is well known our form on a Sunday after a Europa game dips, and we lose the consistency we build up over the November, December and January. Just look at last Sunday, losing 1-0 to Palace after a gritty 1-1 draw in Florence. Admittedly we shouldn’t have lost but we can’t use that excuse in the league otherwise our dreams will be crushed. I know Pochettino wants to take it seriously but I hope it doesn’t scupper our chances of the league. I think we need to properly rotate the squad, because the busy fixture list normally becomes the time of year we start picking up injuries – normally to our most reliable players. Kane (broken nose) and Dembele (groin) are the new absentees, and those two have become two of our most important players this season.
I’ve briefly mentioned Pochettino and his fitness regime that he takes so much pride in, but as it nears the end of the season it’s a popular opinion that his teams start to come off the pace nearer the end of the season, simply because his players don’t have enough left in the tank. I really hope this isn’t the case with our hungry and young team, I should hope they have enough to win the league. With the no one in the squad being over 30 apart from Michel Vorm, I hope this Tottenham can prove all the doubters wrong and finally get rid of the ‘Spursy’ tag.
I want to finish this off by saying the dream of a premier league title coming back to White Hart Lane is no longer a dream. It’s reality. COYS.
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