With the new Premier League season under a month away, it’s that time of the year for us to assess just what our expectations are for the next nine months of Tottenham Hotspur football.
Ever since making it into the Champions League a few years ago, Spurs fans have gone into every season since then expecting the boys from White Hart Lane to battle it out with the big guns in the Premier League for a place amongst the finest teams in European football. Coincidentally, ever since that magical 2009/10 season, Spurs have failed to break back into the Champions League. We successfully finished in the top four in the 2011/12 season, but Chelsea’s Champions League triumph against Bayern Munich meant that Tottenham, in very harsh circumstances, were forced to miss out on a place in the Champions League once again.
With Harry Redknapp gone that following summer, Spurs appointed Andre Villas Boas in an attempt to get back into the top elite of European football. Despite playing very attractive football at times and countless of mouthwatering performances from Welsh superstar Gareth Bale, Tottenham once again fell short and finished one point behind arch rivals Arsenal, whilst collecting 72 points; a record number of points in one Premier League season.
Why always us, ‘eh?
With a new manager at the helm in the shape of Mauricio Pochettino, is it time for us Spurs fans to do things a little different this time around?
For this season, I’d love to see our ambition in the league slightly go down – not by a country mile of course! It’s time we learnt to give new managers time and with Pochettino signing a five-year-contract with Tottenham on the 27th of June, the new boss definitely has a lot of time to do well and prove his worth to the club for all the efforts in luring him from Southampton; only if the supporters and more importantly, Daniel Levy, allows the Argentinian time, patience and the endless support to come good – something that many past managers fell short upon.
This is the reason why I believe we should marginally lower our expectations of the new season which is under four weeks away from now. Personally, I wouldn’t mind us finishing 5th this season – even finishing 5th in the league seems a difficult task with the likes of Chelsea, City, Arsenal, United and Liverpool making rapid improvements to their teams, consisting of some very big name signings.
With a fight to finish in 5th place this season, a nice cup run wouldn’t go out of the question too. A Europa League trophy come May will put us into the qualifying rounds of the Champions League. Realistically, the Europa League is our best route for a place amongst the top elite in European football.
I’m willing to shorten my expectations of the new season and I hope you do too. It’s about time we do things a little different and with Pochettino putting pen-on-paper to a five year deal, we certainly have a lot of time for him to instal his philosophy into the team and reinstall the attacking football we all were once familiar with.
Expect Less, Enjoy More. A lot more.