Sunday, June 4, 2023

Why Keano Is Wrong And Tottenham Do Have What It Takes To Win The Title

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Amit Mishra
Former Editor at The 4th Official. Liverpool and Schalke make my life miserable.

Tottenham, well they’ve surprised quite a few haven’t they? Many predicted the North Londoners to have a low-key start and presumed last season’s near-title winning run as a one off but Mauricio Pochettino has shown his tactical prowess once again and the team find themselves in the top three, just a point behind league leaders whom they beat a couple of weeks ago.

Despite their recent run, former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane doesn’t believe they can end their five-decade long wait to win the League title. Keane, known for his extravagant comments and scathing criticism, might have riled up some of the fans, but most of the Tottenham fan base know their team is well and capable of pulling off a shock this season like they nearly did last time out.

It has been a pretty accomplished start by Tottenham so far who have juggled their Champions League exertions and the League almost perfectly. Their Champions League table is quite competitive as they had been grouped with Monaco, CSKA Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen.

Tottenham have managed to sustain their form pretty well despite not playing their strongest XI which is a testament to their squad depth this season. Moussa Dembele and Harry Kane were two top contributors this season and haven’t played consistently at their best this season. In fact, Dembele missed most of the first few games while Kane hasn’t featured of late, yet Spurs find themselves unbeaten and in the top three spots.

If you think of the best-equipped sides this season, Spurs are certainly up there. They had one of the meanest defences last season and have managed to keep hold of their core. The likes of Alderweireld, Vertonghen and Lloris are all at their peak and are arguably the best in their position.

The attack, even without Harry Kane, has plenty of quality and versatility. They aren’t dependent on one player. When Kane was injured, Son stepped up and showed why a manager like Roger Schmidt rated him so highly at Leverkusen. Summer signing Janssen is yet to settle, but when he does, don’t be surprised if he replicates the insane numbers that he managed in Netherlands.

Pochettino’s side also have a good advantage over the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United as they are under a settled side and know what the gaffer’s philosophy is. With the team showing incredible consistency in the last eight months, it’s hard to think what can go so incredibly wrong.

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