The discontent among Spurs fans following the recent 4-2 defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Arsenal was understandable, but also reminded me of exactly just how far the football club has come under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino. When the Argentinian arrived, losing to the Gunners was to be expected. The former Espanyol man has raised expectations to the point where anything but a win over Arsenal is just unacceptable. The fact Tottenham’s recent achievements have increased hopes so dramatically needs to be viewed as a huge positive. Spurs have now usurped Arsenal as Champions League regulars, and it’s well worth keeping in mind that one result does not define a season. Odds compilers at sites such as sports betting usa make THFC favourites to continue the trend this term.
Tottenham’s return of 36 points from 16 games is their best ever start to a Premier League campaign.That haul has come despite the fact the club don’t currently have a home ground. While Spurs have already tasted defeat on four occasions, they have also been victorious twelve times, and are yet to draw a single match. Although a tilt at the title looks beyond Pochettino’s men, they are once again in pole position for a top four finish. It currently looks like there are three teams vying for third and fourth spot, with Chelsea and Arsenal both hot on Spurs’heels. While it’s touch and go whether Spurs are going to make it past the group stages this time around, being involved in the competition in some capacity on a consistent basis is what matters.
I still feel like there is a lot more to come from this current crop of players at Tottenham Hotspur. While they still often come up slightly short against the very top sides, Spurs do tend to be one of the most consistent teams in Europe season on season. The criticism often levelled against Tottenham is the fact that they are yet to win a trophy in the Mauricio Pochettino era, but when you really unpick that, I feel the negativity is unwarranted. Expecting a club like Tottenham to be able to win either the Premier League or Champions League is unrealistic. Spurs operate under a strict transfer budget and wage structure which means they are actually overachieving. The domestic cup competitions are never a priority for Poch, and I’d personally prefer consistent top four finishes at the expense of either of those trophies. Although the odds of Tottenham being in their new stadium anytime soon could be compared to hitting a single number on roulette at an online casino, I’m excited to see what the future holds.