More of same from Spurs, but a trophy would be nice
It’s still hard to believe that Spurs were in a Champions League final just a few months ago, especially when you consider it looked extremely unlikely the London club would make it out of the group stages after a disastrous start to their European campaign.
It’s even more mind-boggling that Mauricio Pochettino and co reached the Madrid showpiece given the deficit they faced as the clock ticked down in that epic semi-final win against a brilliant young Ajax side.
However, the high of reaching the final of European football’s biggest club competition is gone now and how the Spurs players react to the comedown of such an impressive season remains to be seen. Of course, Tottenham failed to lift the Champions League in the end – or any silverware for that matter – so perhaps that factor can keep the motivation levels high in a Spurs squad that realistically has little chance of winning the Premier league, given the resources at the disposal of Manchester City.
Personally, I’m not certain that Liverpool can recreate their domestic showings of last term again this year, so perhaps there is an opportunity for Spurs to at least challenge for the Premier League title; However, as we’ve seen in recent years, that challenge often fades away post-Christmas.
For me, many are underestimating Spurs’ London rivals Chelsea, who have a fresh feel about them under Frank Lampard and should be an exciting watch with the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham finally getting their chance to shine at Stamford Bridge off the back of some brilliant showings on loan elsewhere.
All was clearly not right in the Chelsea dressing room last season under Maurizo Sarri, yet the Blues still reached a Wembley Cup final and qualified for the Champions League. With some young blood added and the charismatic figure of Lampard in the locker room (Lampard clearly had a wonderful relationship with his Derby players), why can’t Chelsea compete at the top level again this season despite the transfer ban?
Traditionally it was Tottenham who were labelled as having a soft under-belly, but these days it’s Arsenal who look fragile and vulnerable when it comes to the big games and, while the loan addition of Dani Caballos is a brilliant one (a player I would have liked for a season at Spurs), the Gunners leaky back-four and mental weakness in pressure situations gives me confidence that Spurs will make it four seasons in a row above Arsenal this term.
Overall, I’m expecting more of the same from Tottenham with a top 3/4 finish, plenty of goals from Harry Kane and a respectable showing in Europe. Any sort of silverware would be welcome but, sadly in the modern game, qualifying for and performing well in the Champions League is viewed as a financial trophy by the money-men who run the elite clubs and I fear that Spurs may just come up short in their long search for silverware again this year.
Kieran Burke’s 2019/20 Premier League predictions:
TOP 4: Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea.
RELEGATION: Southampton, Sheffield United, Newcastle.
TOP SCORER: Harry Kane
BEST BET: TBC