Ever since Arsene Wenger arrived at Arsenal, their North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspurs, always finished below the Gunners. Just a month after Arsenal were tipped to win the Premier League title, Spurs seem to be ahead of Wenger’s team in second thanks to the goal difference rule. While the gap is still very tight and it’s highly likely that Arsenal finish above Mauricio Pochettino’s team, Tottenham’s season has been a fantastic one and it’s safe to assume that they will be taking part in next season’s Champions League edition.
This Tottenham is a different than any of the Tottenham sides we’ve seen since the start of the Premier League era. The team is in the top four at the moment and even though it will not be the first time that this happens, this time around they are not relying on a single player like the days of Gareth Bale. In fact, the same players who were heavily criticized a few seasons back have finally proved that they can play well together. New additions and young names such as Dele Alli have given Spurs a great boost in terms of offensive power. In fact, the Lilywhites have the best goal difference (+26) in the league. In previous times, we’ve seen their defensive line concede on plenty of occasions but this season there’s no team better defensively and only Manchester City and Leicester City have scored more, but only by two goals.
Under Pochettino, Spurs are more resilient and challenging. The team has a clear vision and strategy on the pitch which is very much different than the way they played under managers likes Juande Ramos and Harry Redknapp. They are over 16 shots per game and it will be interesting to see what they can do against Manchester City next Sunday. Spurs are undefeated in 22 of their last 24 matches in the Premier League but The Citizens won’t be an easy opponent.
It’s still really early to say whether Spurs can win the title or let alone finish above Arsenal, but one thing for sure is their consistency on the pitch and their presence in the top four is guaranteed. The Premier League season has been a weird one, there’s still four teams challenging for the title and none of them can be crossed out before late April. We will definitely see entertaining football and surprising results from the competing four. Tottenham have already achieved their goals for the season. Whether they finish above Arsenal or not is a different case.