The way Tottenham Hotspur mounted their incredible title challenge this season was beyond everyone’s imagination. Mauricio Pochettino relied on his young stars to take on rest of the league and it was both refreshing and inspiring to see.
Spurs are all but guaranteed to end the season as runner-ups to Leicester City, which did not look like a distant possibility after Tottenham failed to win their first four matches of the season.
Much of it was down to Harry Kane after the striker failed to net in his first Nine Premier League appearances. However, once he got on the score-sheet, it has been impossible to contain him.
With Kane back in form, Spurs registered their first major win of the season against Manchester City on Sept 26, 2015. Spurs won the game 4-1 and for the first time looked like a team challenging for a top-4 place.
What followed, was consistent run of successful results for Mauricio Pochettino with some squash-buckling football. Defense stood firm, midfield looked vibrant and Kane was firing all guns blazing. Since the turn of New Year, Tottenham went on a 10-match unbeaten run and they looked unstoppable.
It seemed like nothing could go wrong for them until a horrendous month of March ended their title hopes. 1-0 defeat against West Ham was followed by Arsenal’s comeback 2-2 draw with 10-men. Those two results took away Tottenham’s momentum and ensured Leicester’s fairy tale story came true.
After a breakthrough season for this new look Tottenham Hotspur side, we present to you Tottenham Hotspur’s end-season Report Card where we will be rating several aspects of Tottenham’s season on scale of 1 to 10.
Transfer Activities – 7/10
More than bringing new players at the club, Maurico Pochettino did a remarkable job in getting rid of the deadwood at White Hart Lane. He sold the likes of Soldado, Paulinho, Kaboul, Lennon, Townsend and Stambouli.
Add to that, he went ahead and brought Toby Alderweireld, Heung Son-Min, Kevin Wimmer and Kieran Trippier, who all have played a big hand in Tottenham’s season.
Squad Performance – 8/10
Never before we saw a Tottenham side play as a unit like they have under Mauricio Pochettino this season. The Argentine manager brought a great degree of cohesion and team effort at White Hart Lane which saw Spurs attain their highest ever finish in a Premier League season.
Manager’s tactics – 8/10
Speaking of the manager, Pochettino indeed made all the difference. Some have even gone to say that Pocheetino is presently Tottenham’s most valuable asset, even more than Harry Kane or Dele Alli.
Former Southampton boss has installed a high-pressing style of play at Tottenham where players looked hungry to do well throughout the season. Ranking could have been a bit higher had Pochettino tweaked his style in some of the matches where Spurs were found wanting for more.
For instance against West Ham, Arsenal, Leicester and Chelsea Spurs needed to alter their playing style but they kept on playing at full throttle. I am certain that Tottenham and Pochettino will learn their lessons from this season and will get even stronger next season.
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