The Chelsea fan despairs as his team lose cruelly in a penalty shootout against Stoke, heaping more pressuring upon the shoulders of Jose Mourinho. The Arsenal fan grimaces as he sees his team get demolished by an inferior Sheffield Wednesday with yet more injuries to add to the sick list. But the Spurs fan can smile as, following a 5-1 thrashing of Bournemouth to add to the earlier 4-1 success against Manchester City, his team have had a full week of rest, recuperation and preparation time ahead of the clash with bottom of the league Aston Villa.Embed from Getty Images
Spurs fans have every reason to be optimistic as Tottenham are beginning to add flair, excitement and romance to their play after a solid, resolute start to their campaign which has only seen them lose once, on the opening day against a poor Manchester United side in unfortunate circumstances. Tottenham are beginning to attack the ‘Spurs Way’, something that has perhaps been absent from White Hart Lane since the days Harry Redknapp was at the helm.
With Chelsea floundering, a top four finish has become an unexpectedly realistic target for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. He has a strong, good-looking team at his hands: a superb sweeper-keeper in Hugo Lloris; an improved and consistent defensive record with the new pairing of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in the heart of the defence; a powerful midfield contigent with Eric Dier and Dele Alli threatening to break into the England squad for the Euros, Mousa Dembele putting in man of the match performances and Christian Eriksen looking deadly from set pieces; and of course, Harry Kane leading the line, back amongst the goals with a perfect hat trick against Bournemouth. Perhaps the greatest Spurs line-up since they were last in the Champions League in 2010/11?Embed from Getty Images
And its a team with passion and desire. a team that cares about the club’s pride, traditions and values. The willingness and commitment from the players is really shining through with Pochettino as manager. Players consistently pressurising the other team, according to the high press which Pochettino has instilled within the team. A changed Erik Lamela, tracking back, looking to win the ball, its a team performance. And of course new vital energy, provided by new South Korean signing Heung-Min Son which has already been infectious with the other players.
This could, possibly, be Tottenham’s best chance of Champions League football yet, the most treasured competition in the continent.