Can Spurs Finally Win the English League Title Again?
It's now sixty years since Tottenham Hotspur last won the English league title (the old First Division, back in the 1960-61 season). Mauricio Pochettino came within touching distance during his five year tenure at White Hart Lane, getting them as close as second place in 2016-17, followed by a third place, and then a fourth place, as well as a Champions League final appearance, before the club's Daniel Levy dismissed him in November 2019.
The Argentinian coach had done a great job under a strict budget, all achieved playing some fine football too, so it seemed an odd decision to remove him from the job during his first real period where he struggled for results. The fans loved him too, so the decision to appoint José Mourinho as his successor was a real surprise, and a controversial one amongst much of the Spurs' support. Indeed, if you'd looked at bonuscodebets.co.uk to get an idea on who might be the next favourite for the Spurs hot-seat, we're pretty sure that Mourinho wouldn't have been amongst the White Hart Lane fans' favourites. This is because many Tottenham fans have been brought up expecting their side to play a particular style of football, they've always been associated with quite a stylish brand of football, more so than many other English clubs, and so the appointment of Mourinho, more known for playing for results than for plaudits with how they're achieved, was always going to divide the north London club's supporter base.
So, with all of this in mind, it's fair to say that there weren't great expectations for Spurs going into the 2020-21 season. Even the most optimistic Spurs fan wouldn't expect to see their side topping the Premier league at the start of December. But that's where they are, with the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min continuing their form of recent seasons, whilst Mourinho signings Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Steven Bergwijn have continued to impress and lead the way for Mourinho's rejuvenated side.
Spurs have lost only one game so far this season, a one-nil reverse against Everton on the opening day of the season. Since then they have picked up some tremendous victories, including the 6:1 demolition of Mourinho's previous club, Manchester United, and a two-nil victory over the Manchester City side of his old foe Pep Guardiola. However, December is a huge month for Mourinho and his charges, including a north London derby against Arsenal at White Hart Lane, tricky away matches at Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and another home match against high-flying Leicester City. Leicester are not quite the side that shocked the Premier League four years ago, but they've undoubtedly become one of the trickiest Premier League opponents for the traditional power houses of the league. It’s still a huge ask for José Mourinho’s men; not only do they have to ensure they don't slip up, they must also rely on the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City not going on the sort of monumental series of results that both have shown they are capable of during the last two seasons.
However, if Spurs can get through these pre-Christmas games unscathed, with his side still on top of the Premier League, then maintain their form beyond the new year with a series of slightly easier fixtures, then Mourinho can look to use the January transfer window to strengthen further and continue to bring in a couple more players that suit his style of play and system. Few would certainly write off Spurs at this stage with such a strong manager as Mourinho at the helm. So who knows, maybe incredibly, against all the odds, this could be the first season in sixty years that Tottenham Hotspur capture English football's greatest prize once again.