Pick up a newspaper, read on social networking sites or listen to many of the so called “experts” on television and you might think that Tottenham supporters are convinced that Tottenham have the Premier League all sown up. Of course we Spurs fans have seen too many periods of resurgence to expect anything concrete to come to fruition over the course of an entire season.
The Tottenham squad have enjoyed a few days in Barcelona preparing for a busy period in both domestic and european cups as well as important league fixtures on the immediate horizon. Pictures and videos have been posted of the lads in training and taking in the sights of Barcelona and it is strikingly obvious that a great camaraderie has already been built within this group of players, they genuinely look like a group of lads that genuinely enjoy each others company.
Most every Tottenham supporter has by now already seen the video but just in case you have somehow missed it here it is again:-
Just 18 months ago Tottenham appointed Mauricio Pochettino as their head coach probably against the wishes of most of their supporters, many were still reeling from losing Louis Van Gaal to the lure of United’s money, others had a preference for Frank de Boer and an indecent number were still somehow disappointed that Tim Sherwood had been shown the door.
Those of us involved with Just Tottenham News ALWAYS favoured Poch and suspected he was the coach we needed and we said so on more than one occasion, follow the links to Eddie S post on the 17th May 2014, in which he stated that Pochettino was our favoured choice for the job and Scraggs post on the 26th May 2014 with his views on the subject and reasons why he believed Poch was the correct choice for the job.
We have to “keep working hard” and “we must take one game at a time” are comments frequently mentioned when it comes to Tottenham and their pursuit of a place in the top four, everybody is quick to point out that we have fallen at the final hurdle on a few occasions in the past and disappointed when in good positions to succeed. Under the leadership of Harry Redknapp it happened on a couple of occasions most notably when we held a lead of a dozen points over Arsenal in late January before Harry lost interest chasing the England job.
Clearly very few of the so called experts that are so prevalent on Sky, BT Sport and all over other media outlets consider Mauricio Pochettino’s team as potential Premier League title contenders despite their current position in the league. Despite just three defeats over the course of the entire league season for some strange reason none of these “experts” seem capable of placing Tottenham into the category of anything more than top 4 contenders.
It’s now getting to that stage in the season when results become ever more vital, as the games begin to ebb away a couple of poor results can make or break teams pushing for position at either end of the table, it is a time when fortune can favour the brave or reduce teams and individual players to nervous wrecks. The next month or so will likely see the league table really take shape with those in the frame for either the title, European qualification or relegation contracting.
Last nights victory over Leicester was further evidence that Tottenham now possess a squad brimming with talent and now find themselves able to select a couple of top quality teams even leaving room for a respectable bench. Pochettino has rotated his squad for most cup games tending to make seven or eight changes to the weekend team. As the weeks have gone by the team chosen for domestic cup competitions and european games has steadily improved, in particular the victories over Monaco and Leicester particularly impressive.
Despite a hiccup or three over the past month believe it or not this Tottenham team have still managed to retain an outside chance of a title charge over the course of the final 16 games of the season. Home defeats to Newcastle and Leicester had been considered disasters whilst in between they also only managed a disappointing draw at Goodison when the performance deserved so much more.
Despite this Tottenham team having played some outstanding football over the past month some have still managed to find fault, the airwaves and social media sites have been full of derisory comments about some of the players and even Pochettino and his tactics. Some might need reminding at this stage that this is the youngest squad and team in the premiership yet despite this are performing extremely well, in all honesty i cannot think of a fixture in which this team have not been the dominant side, even in the few defeats we have suffered.
Despite some outstanding recent performances results have been disappointing, Everton and Leicester twice have been outplayed by some margin for the vast majority of all three games yet have resulted in only a couple of draws and a harmful defeat on Wednesday, and that really isn’t good enough. Today we take on a Sunderland team buoyed by a vital away victory over Swansea that has seen them climb to 18th and a point from safety, this game now takes on one of those must win scenarios for Tottenham to ensure they maintain their push for Champions League football next season.