This season we could see one of the tightest finishes in the Premier League title race since Manchester City beat their city rivals United on goal difference. City, Arsenal and Manchester United are seen by many as the main the contenders for the title, with many a pundit stating that this could be Arsenal’s beat chance of the winning the Premier League title for a long-time. Though they have always finished in the top four in recent years, Arsenal have never really been contenders for the title. One team that hasn’t really been talked about as contenders is Arsenal’s North London rivals Tottenham. It is my belief that Tottenham actually have a better chance than Arsenal of lifting the Premier League title come May.
Leaner, Fitter and Hungrier Spurs
In his second year in charge at White Hart Lane, Mauricio Pochettino has developed a strong squad with cover in pretty much every position. He has moved players out of the club that are surplus to his requirements. The Argentinian also brought in young hungry players and he has also got his squad a lot fitter than they have been in previous seasons. Teams that are in the Europa League have often struggled with playing on a Thursday night then playing on Sunday. This does not apply to just Tottenham but we have seen teams struggling near the bottom of the table when they are competing in the Europa League.
That doesn’t seem to be a problem for Tottenham this season. In recent weeks, they have faced big London derbies on the Sunday after playing in Europa League, playing both Arsenal and Chelsea after Europa League games. Although they didn’t win these games, they weren’t outclassed in either game and I think it would be fair to say they were the better team in both games, looking fitter and stronger than their opponents. This hasn’t been the case in previous years with Tottenham, not just after Europa League games but in general.
Promotion of Young Players
Before taking over at Tottenham, Pochettino was of course manager of Premier League rivals Southampton. At Southampton, he wasn’t afraid of promoting young English talent and he is showing the same at Tottenham, with Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane all becoming important players in the Tottenham starting XI. Tottenham could actually provide the back-bone of the England squad for this summer’s European Championships.
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