In the past five seasons or so, Tottenham Hotspur looked like a side that could really carry England’s hopes in the Champions League. However the Londoners have flattered to deceive with just two top four finishes along the way. Spurs have been very unlucky. In 2012 they finished fourth but had to settle for a Europa League berth after Chelsea, who were sixth, won the Champions League.
A year later Andre Vilas-Boas oversaw a high points finish that history would have been sufficient but still Spurs missed out. Last season, the north London club had to settle for a sixth-place finish. Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to bring back the fight at White Hart Lane this coming campaign and propel his side to being a respectable opponent to the big four as was the case during Gareth Bale’s stint with the club.
Pochettino brought in Ben Davies and Michel Vorm, both from Swansea, as well as Eric Dier formerly with Sporting Lisbon. Giancarlo Gallifuoco, Cameron Lancaster, Roman Michael-Percil and Jonathan Miles have been released. It was a busy transfer window for Spurs as they also sold the likes of Jake Livermore, Iago Falque, Heurelho Gomes, Lawrence Vigouroux, Kevin Stewart, Darren McQueen, Gylfi Sigurdsson, who was involved in a swap deal with Swansea, and loaned out Grant Hall, Alex Pritchard, Kenny McEvoy, Shaquile Coulthirst and Jordan Archer.
Spurs have a newly-built training ground in Bulls Cross with all the facilities a club of its calibre can possibly need. In order to better their sixth-place finish, Spurs will have to dig really deep as they will be up against reinforced squads from other teams as well. Pochettino and his men have a date with West Ham United on the 16th of August and would be looking to begin the season with a positive result away from home.