Under Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham Hotspur have risen magnificently and are now not only Champions League contenders but also capable of pushing for Premier League glory.
Standing as Leicester City’s closest competitors for the majority of last season, until slipping to third on the final day of the campaign, the Lilywhites once again find themselves second in the pack – and are the only side to have beaten Chelsea in the Premier League since the end of September.
Despite all the positives, there is still plenty of work to be done and the fact that their cushion over fifth-placed Manchester City is just three points shows that – especially as the pair come toe-to-toe in a huge clash this weekend.
The danger for Spurs is that they have a lot to lose and if things don’t go their way in the second-half of the season and the first-half of next campaign, the empire that Daniel Levy has built in North London could come tumbling down.
Tottenham’s failures in the Champions League this season will have raised concerns for many and until they clinch their top-four spot this season, there’s the danger of a mass exodus in the summer- as the likes of Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld and others will likely be offered moves elsewhere.
The biggest loss though would be Mauricio Pochettino.
At just 44, the Argentine is a very young manager and is still in the early days of his managerial career- with Spurs being only his third job in management.
A managerial merry-go-round in Europe’s top-clubs is a big concern for Spurs, as Pochettino could easily grab the attention of many top sides in European football.
If Spurs fall short at any stage this year, he could be tempted to seek a new challenge.
Spurs’ task for the calendar year is a challenging one as they must push Chelsea all the way this term, land a top-four spot and start the next season positively- pushing for the title once again and advancing to the latter stages of the Champions League.
Should one or a number of these aims end in failure, then Spurs risk losing everything they’ve built under Pochettino – and it would be extremely difficult to rebuild after that.
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