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Spurs Dare To Dream In The New Era

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For nearly a decade, Tottenham Hotspurs have seen a resurgence without reward. When Gareth Bale made his world record transfer to Real Madrid, he left the North London club with a 100 million pounds to rebuild their squad. However, with the exception of Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela, Spurs failed to use this money efficiently. Capoue, Chadli, Chiriches, Soldado, and Paulinho were largely unsuccessful and Spurs had wasted a majority of their ace in the hole.

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But then in 2014, Daniel Levy made the one move that saved the club. He signed Mauricio Pochettino as the manager. Pochettino breathed new life into this Spurs team. Under his tutelage, we saw the emergence of Harry Kane as one of the world’s best strikers. The South Korean Son Heung-Min also made his debut under the Argentine coach and has swiftly grown into one of the best wingers in world football. Pochettino set up an attacking side that played attractive football.

For all its glamour and hype, Pochettino failed to win a single trophy with Spurs. Reaching the Champions League final was an achievement but it was not enough. Tottenham’s poor start to the 2019/20 season saw patience run out and the manager was sacked. In an aim to inject a winning mentality into the squad, Portuguese maestro Jose Mourinho was signed. Mourinho introduced discipline and defensive solidarity into a Spurs team that was struggling to keep clean sheets. He managed to drag Spurs team to a 6th place finish securing Europa League qualification.

The real test for Jose comes this season. Spurs have backed their manager in spite of the difficult financial situation. Pierre Hojbjerg from Southampton was the first arrival of the summer. He adds much needed defensive solidarity to the Spurs midfield. This was followed by the arrival of Matt Doherty from Wolves and Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid.

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A wise man once said, ” At the end of the day all roads lead back home.” This summer saw the return of the prodigal son. Having fallen out of favor at Real Madrid, Gareth Bale has made a loan move back to Spurs for this season. The poetic return of Bale has added to the positivity at the Tottenham stadium. Bale is yet to play a game for the club but his return has already put pressure on the attackers in an attempt to keep their place in the side.  The arrival of Carlos Vinicius as a backup striker wrapped up an eventful transfer window for the club.

Spurs have started this season in great form. Harry Kane has turned from scorer to creator. He has a staggering 6 assists in 4 Premier League games so far. Son Heung-Min has hit the ground running with 6 goals to his name in the same period. The midfield looks shored up with the presence of Hojbjerg and the return of Mossa Sissokoo from injury. Sergio Reguilon has added much-needed pace and explosiveness from the wing-back position as has Doherty on the other side.

With the quality that they possess and the winning mentality that Mourinho brings, it appears to be only a matter of time before Spurs finally capture some silverware. Daniel Levy and his team have done a fantastic job. The responsibility now lies with the managers and the players. The time has come for them to take the next step. It has been far too long since Spurs won a trophy. That is a stain on the reputation of a club of the size of Tottenham. With Chelsea and  Arsenal dominating London over the last three decades, the Lilywhites are desperate to rediscover their glory days. Their time is now. This season will be a defining one in their fairytale.

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