The Tottenham Hotspur fans have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern ever since their side crashed out of the Champions League following a 4-3 aggregate defeat against Juventus.
Mauricio Pochettino’s hunt for his first trophy as manager of The Lilywhites took a crucial blow on Wednesday evening as his side surrendered a 3-2 aggregate lead in the space of three second-half minutes to exit the competition at the hands of the Serie A champions. The quality of Tottenham’s football arguably exceeded that of Juventus’ over the course of two legs, but in the end experience prevailed as The Old Lady utilised their European know-how and tactical expertise to reach the quarter-finals.
It was a devastating result for Spurs as they appeared to reach their peak level of performance, but yet it still wasn’t enough to qualify for the next round. The result has left Spurs with only the FA Cup left to play for – a trophy they will be desperate to win after their European heartbreak.
Tottenham will be eager to win the FA Cup for a multitude of reasons, not least because silverware may well be necessary to keep Harry Kane at the club. Kane’s scintillating form in North-London will have been duly noted by all of Europe’s heavyweight clubs, and if Tottenham are unable to lift a trophy this season then his future will certainly be cast into doubt.
However, Tottenham might also have to worry about incoming bids for Heung-Min Son (valued at £31.5 million by Transfermarkt). The Korean international is arguably the clubs second-most devastating attacking player behind Kane, as his ability to drive at opponents with pace and trickery is a skill which is unrivalled within the current Spurs squad.
Son showcased the extent of his talent against Juventus earlier this week and constantly posed a threat to his opponents defensive unit all night long, and his performance under the spotlight of the Champions League audience certainly will have earned him plenty of admirers from across the continent.
It’s not quite a case of now or never for Tottenham Hotspur, but there is a feeling emerging that their failure to turn their brilliant football into a tangible achievement could ultimately lead to the departure of some of their top players, so the importance of winning the FA Cup this season cannot be expressed highly enough.