When Tottenham signed Gareth Bale in the summer I called my friend and fellow Spurs fan Roger Wolfson and told him that we were going to win the league, this now seems like something of a foolish thing to have done. The reality is that Bale was injured when he arrived and he hasn’t quite had the impact that many thought. Spurs currently sit in 6th position, 6 points off top spot. Whilst Spurs are not necessarily having a bad season, they are not in the title race at all, and they have dropped so many points from winning positions that they really should be much further up the table.
The question is then, given their current position, what can Spurs actually expect from this season?
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the result in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City in April, will be an indicator of how the rest of the season goes. If Spurs were to win that cup, breaking the duck of having not won a trophy in 13 years, the season could take a hugely positive turn. Spurs will have to make sure that they are in and around the top spots at this time, and if so then a cup win could seriously push the boys on. If however Spurs were to lose it, that could see the whole house of cards come down.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Mourinho this year would have been aiming for a Europa League win and a top 4 finish, a domestic trophy would have been the icing on the cake. This is exactly why we can expect Jose to push hard for this Europa League win, which won’t be easy given the calibre of teams which are in the competition. Mourinho however knows just what it takes in Europe to win, and Spurs will be hoping that he is able to use all of that savvy to our benefit.
Given that we are in the final of one cup and that the team will really want to pursue European success, I see it as unlikely that we will push hard in the F. A. Cup this season. I expect Mourinho to play the second team in this competition and if we do well then so be it.
The big question is the league and if Spurs wish to get anywhere near the top 4 they have to buck up their ideas, and quickly. Spurs face stiff competition from the Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Leicester and even the likes of Southampton and Aston Villa who are all eyeing some big finishes. Spurs need to get ahead of the competition now in order to take the pressure off the team in the latter stages of the season.
This is going to be a season which has many more thrills and spills in store for the fans.
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