Tottenham continue to flourish under Pochettino

Twelve games without defeat in the Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur are looking like serious contenders for this years top four, and possibly even the title.

An opening day defeat at Old Trafford is the only loss Mauricio Pochettino’s side have experienced this campaign.

 

With the teams around them continuing to underperform there is no reason why Spurs can’t maintain a serious challenge for top honours, and they could be worth a punt with Matchbook bonus code.

Pochettino’s second season is going well and after a disappointing few years things are starting to look bright for the London club.

As with most managers, Pochettino took time to implement his style and way of playing on his players. Last season reflected that as Tottenham struggled for consistency, still finishing fifth only five points behind Manchester United in fourth. Not a bad start at all.

This season the aim was no doubt to bridge that gap and thus far they look very much capable of doing that.

It was defeats to their rivals that really cost them dearly last season. Losing to Liverpool and Man City home and away and being comfortably beaten by United and Chelsea on the road. This year they have already beaten Manchester City convincingly and drawn with Liverpool and Arsenal.

Tottenham were overcome by Manchester United, but unlike the 3-0 loss as Old Trafford last season it was a 1-0 defeat thanks to a Kyle Walker own goal. They have upped their game against rivals which will be vital if they are to break back into those coveted Champions League places.

It’s been five years since Tottenham Hotspur were in Europe’s elite competition, where they need to be if they want to hold onto their key players like Harry Kane who at the moment is inspiring their great run.

The English striker has proven the media wrong by getting back ‘amongst’ the goals and is now the third top scorer in the Premier League with eight goals, including two in their 4-1 win over an in-form West Ham side at the weekend.

 

Unlike last season though it’s not solely the Kane show and as a team Spurs have impressed.

The spine of Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane has been key to their success and can be for many years to come if they can hang onto the young stars.

Newcomer Toby Alderweireld has looked right at home since swapping St Mary’s for White Hart Lane and has been a big reason why they have the joint second best defence in the league conceding 11 goals in 13 games.

Of course the shining light in the last few years, Christian Eriksen, has continued to impress with five assists already this campaign.

Pochettino has put together a strong team and a good system, the big question will be whether they are good enough to keep this form up for the entire season?

Currently ten points ahead of Chelsea, they are in the driving seat to gain that final Champions League place. In all likelihood Leicester City will drop out of the top four race at some stage opening the door for Spurs who will need to keep Chelsea and Klopp’s resurgent Liverpool at arms length.

Up next for Tottenham is Chelsea at White Hart Lane, a repeat of last seasons 5-3 win would be very welcome for the Spurs faithful and could spell the end for Mourinho after their terrible start to the season.

The Author

Cormac O'Shea

Journalism student at DCU, Liverpool fan, author of sports blog "Read The Game" and football enthusiast.

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