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Are these the reasons behind a much-improved Tottenham Hotspur?

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Are these the reasons behind a much-improved Tottenham Hotspur?

After the 4-1 thrashing of Sunderland, Tottenham are currently the most in-form team of the last 6 games in the entire Premier League, earning a total of 13 points. It could easily be argued too that they could in fact have had five more, after dominating Everton in the shots department during a 1-1 draw and doing the same to Leicester despite losing 1-0 to The Foxes. The Lilywhites have been competitive in every single game, even when you consider the home upset to Newcastle after a 93rd minute goal that Hugo Lloris should have done better on and their opening day defeat at the hands of Manchester United. At the time of writing, Spurs are sitting on 39 points in 4th place, five points off their bitter rivals Arsenal who head the table by goal difference from Leicester City. Whether it seems unrealistic or not, Spurs are in with a genuine chance of winning the Premier League title this season, so what are the key factors which have sparked their dramatic improvement in recent times?

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1 – Pochettino’s mentality has created an identity


Appointing Mauricio Pochettino has been an enormous blessing for everyone involved at White Hart Lane. The Spurs who in previous years employed “tactical geniuses” such as Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood were often considered pushovers both physically and mentally. The famous Sir Alex Ferguson story about motivating his team at half-time to the tune of “come on lads, it’s Tottenham” is but one example, and this is saying nothing of their long-standing Arsenal complex and ‘St Totteringham Day’.

The Argentine comes from the Marcelo Bielsa school of no-nonsense, hard working, heavy pressing, physical football, installing an ethos of resilience and giving Spurs an identity that was previously sorely lacking. It is clear for all to see that the players have taken to his ideology like a duck to water and as a result, everyone is reaping the rewards. Facing Tottenham is now a genuine ordeal and even when they are able to boast greater natural talent than their opponents, it is very rare that Spurs will be out-ran on the day.

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  1. Michelle

    January 22, 2016 at 7:02 am

    THFC have NO AFC complex except some old anger about cheats and vagrants. How do I know this? The media almost never publishes THFC players making antiAFC comments. BUT AFC have long been extremely antiTHFC and rarely a day passes without a sneer from AFC players/ staff/supporters. This is because deep down we all know as do they that they did cheat and did squat and have NEVER earned the right to be in the PL(do check).The irony here is that these are two of the best run English clubs and (past crimes ignored) have far more in common than AFC will admit. I guess that financial parity with THFC scares AFC

  2. pk

    January 22, 2016 at 8:58 am

    All the above reasons can be abbreviated to just one, or to be fair two people, why THFC are surprising everybody , MAURICIO POCHETTINO for sticking to his philosophy and Daniel Levy who is running THFC on a sound financial footing . I also believe the two of them are purposely building a squad with a big British core which imo is as important as winning ANY trophies and hope it continues.

  3. David Blayney

    January 24, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    A brilliant article all #THFC #COYS should read,but please don’t get carried away

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