Competing With The Best

Teams have been taking Pochettino’s Spurs seriously for a couple of seasons now, but after seeing them against Liverpool you can see how the club is building a great future.

They’ve been one of the strongest teams in the league for several years now and we all know how close they came to winning the Premier League on two occasions. I am sure today they still think about what that feeling would have been like if they could have brought the trophy to White Hart Lane before they moved homes. Despite how good they have been, you can’t demand the same respect in the world of football without winning silverware. Even if you play the best football and come within inches of winning, if you can’t add trophies people will quickly forget how well you did.

They have one of the deadliest strikers in the game with Harry Kane, and I see him continuing his magic on the field with bags of goals and performances that inspire his team to win, weekly. Some say he has to do that in Europe to be considered World Class, but they said the same about Harry and the Premier League when he first broke into the first team. And look at the fireworks we are experiencing right now, so I’m sure when he is comfortable in Europe he will be well on his way, just like he’s doing in the league.

The team is very well considered and they keep recruiting more talent in the areas what will make the team better and the competition healthier. I still don’t understand why more clubs didn’t chase Davinson Sanchez’s signature. If that guy can keep doing what he did for Ajax I’m expecting him to become one of the best defenders in the league. He is fast, strong and knows how to play the game.

Another thing I really like about the Tottenham setup is that the young guys get a chance in the first team, and if they do well they can be part of the starting 11. They might have had to focus on that tactic because they could not make too many crazy investments in players with the new stadium they are building. But they do a great job of keeping hold of great players like Kane, Dele Alli and Erikson, to name a few.

This is definitely a team on the up, and if they keep performing and improving who knows how far they can go.

Another team I have been impressed with, for totally different reasons, is Huddersfield Town. The little club from Yorkshire were promoted last season with a goal difference of -2, scraping through the playoffs with two penalty shootouts. But they have shown us that they deserve to be in the Premier League and they’re not just here to take part, giving Mourinho his first league defeat of the season on Saturday.

They don’t have the quality or depth to compete with Premier League mainstays, but they play with intelligence and courage and David Wagner’s no limits philosophy makes them a side other clubs need to respect. It will be a great achievement if The Terriers stay up, but a visit to the John Smith’s stadium is by no means a guaranteed 3 points.

The fans summed it up with the banner they had on display at the ground on Saturday: “It doesn’t matter how big you are or how experienced you are, if you have passion and desire, you have no limits.”

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