Tottenham’s domestic season has disappointed in recent weeks, but their European campaign has gone to another level – quite literally. Having held a 3-0 advantage in their two-legged tie with Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham’s calm and imposing display over in Germany on Tuesday was indicative of a team that is cool, calm and ready for a run in the Champions League this season – and that’s just what they need.
For too long, Spurs have had to settle for mediocrity. For years, they’ve just about made it into the top-four, or they’ve just about fallen short in the Premier League title race, or they’ve squeezed into the last 16 of the Champions League only to lose to a major European power.
However, that tide turned against Borussia Dortmund. Make no mistake, at present Dortmund, are the best team in Germany. They’ve got incredible players, and they’re playing well. However, Tottenham were able to dominate them over two legs, and they never looked in danger of losing. This is a new side of Tottenham that we haven’t seen before, and it’s a side of Tottenham that should seriously excite fans.
Is anyone realistically expecting Spurs to win the Champions League this season? Of course not, but if their performance against Dortmund was anything to go by, they’ve got more than enough ability to do exactly that, and a decent run in the competition could help transform the Lilywhites.
In impressing in Europe, they can finally shake the hoodoo that surrounds them. They can take the fight to top European teams, and they can win. They’ve already proven that they can.
Their lack of success has become a running joke in England, and it’s easy to understand why. But nobody will be laughing if Spurs reach their potential and begin to stake a claim for the European crown.
They’ve proven that they can beat anyone on their day, and with little else to fight for in England, this is their last chance this season to show the rest of England what they’re made of. It would be oh so sweet for Mauricio Pochettino to slam the doubters over his ability by lifting up the crowning glory of European club football.