So yet again it could potentially be argued that Tottenham Hotspur have flattered to deceive. Last Wednesday they were taken down by a streetwise Juventus team who ended their Champions League hopes. It was just a 169 second period that cost them and unfortunately for manager, Mauricio Pochettino, he was out thought by his counterpart Max Allegri on the night. This is not the first time the Argentinian has been found wanting in the high stakes of a knockout competition where the margins are so so fine – if Harry Kane’s late header had been millimetres to the right and gone in the net it could have been oh so different.
To be fair under Pochettino the North London club are now a team to be feared domestically, they bounced back superbly from their midweek disappointment with a come from behind 1-4 victory away to Bournemouth, showing real character after a slow start to the match, that Spursy tag is definitely for me a thing of the past. The manager is nearing the end of his 4th season at the helm and it cannot even be questioned that he has improved the team, on a budget too, with two consecutive 2nd place finishes. They currently sit 3rd in the league table and all being well they will get another crack at Europe’s premier cup competition next season. He has developed and nurtured a young, hungry and energetic squad with an easy on the eye style which has the Tottenham faithful purring.
A big question mark is the lack of trophies as we stand. Whilst qualifying for the Champions League and clearly making progress as a team and club, winning trophies is something all managers and players want on their CV, furthermore surely fans would want to see some kind silverware lifted. Even if they had got through last week actually winning the Champions League would have been a long shot, however they are still in the FA Cup and its quite ironic how a trophy that the Spurs manager has put as the least of his prioritiess is now the only thing he can win this season. If a tricky tie away to Swansea can be negotiated then with the semi-finals and final being played at their temporary home for the season, Wembley, what an opportunity they will have to win their first trophy since February 2008.
Next season Spurs move into their new stadium, which will be the biggest club football venue in London. Imagine starting their new era there with a trophy already in the bag. Obviously the plan is to also be playing Europe’s elite in the Champions League and if they have done both that would put the seal on a fantastic season. If they could only achieve one though, as the race for the top four is unbelievably tight as we stand, it would be interesting to ask Pochettino what he would prefer and whether fans agree.
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