Spurs were knocked out of the Europa League at the hands of Fiorentina in what proved to be as tough a tie as most had envisaged when the draw was made in December. The first half of the first leg could have seen us 4-0 up but a lack of clinicality meant we had to remain positive after a 1-1 draw. Another good first half in Italy gave us hope but two defensive errors allowed Mario Gomez and Mohammed Salah to score the goals in a 2-0 defeat in Florence.
However, here are some reasons why Spurs fans can remain positive despite being knocked out of the Europa League so early on.
1. We have a Cup final on Sunday afternoon, at Wembley, against one of our London rivals.
2. Our turnaround under Pochettino since the end of November has been nothing short of incredible. Three losses in the league since the disappointing defeat at home to Stoke. Those losses were at Anfield, Stamford Bridge and a disappointing loss at Crystal Palace.
3. We have a squad full of young players who aren’t yet experienced at handling the big stage. They’re learning and growing together. The results at home to Chelsea and Arsenal – and even the character in the Derby vs West Ham show the fantastic spirit that Pochettino has instilled into this squad.
4. After the Cup final, we have a run of 12 Premier League games without the distraction of any other competitions. We can put 100% focus into doing our best to secure a good league position. Top four wasn’t a priority for many this season – a Cup final was – and I can’t see many people being disappointed with a good end to the season, even if we miss out on the Champions League.
5. Our academy, and the long-term investment into it, has begun to show its worth. Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Andros Townsend and Nabil Bentaleb are pretty much first team regulars now and have forced out over a hundred million pounds worth of player to secure a spot on the starting eleven. There is much more talent in the Under-21’s and 18’s to chance their arm at breaking into the first team squad, it’s an exciting time for John McDermott, Ugo Ehiogu, Ledley King and Kieran McKenna.
6. We have arguably one of the best goalkeepers in the world in Hugo Lloris. He’s been key for us in the past three years and I can see us holding on to him this summer if we finish in the top five – and even win the cup!
7. Pochettino has shown us, and everybody else, that he isn’t scared to make a bold decision. The club captain, last year’s goal scoring hero and the first choice defensive midfielder in August have made fewer than five appearances between them since Pochettino’s revolution.
8. Harry Kane, Harry Kane and Harry Kane. He’s on 24 goals this season, has 13 games to try and bump this total up and is on the verge of an England call up. His rise to the top has been remarkable, usurping £26m Roberto Soldado and the vastly experienced, yet unpredictable, Emannuel Adebayor and is also on course to compete for the Young Player of the Year award. The future is bright for this young man and with a couple of additions and tweaks to his game, we could have an incredible striker on our hands in a few years time.
9. The Stadium should commence building soon, providing Archway don’t take their appeal further and once built, will aid the club’s finances and allow us to add to a fantastic academy and training centre by attracting some of the best to our club.
10. This is Tottenham Hotspur, when have we ever done it easy? But we almost always get it done. Negativity over a few poor results isn’t going to help anyone. Pochettino’s done immensely well so far, needs support until May and then backing in the summer. Let’s not forget how enjoyable this season has been so far, especially all the late winners and scenes of celebration. I’d not swap this for anything in the world.
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