Is this finally Tottenham’s season to be crowned as English champions?


Tottenham couldn’t start better the new season when in the first seven matchdays they have collected 17 points out of possible 21 with five victories and two draws which included a 2-0 victory last week against Manchester City with Kolarov’s own goal and Dele Alli’s second goal of the season,the Citizens have suffered their first ever defeat,while the Spurs head into the break with a seven-match unbeaten streak.Compare that to the start of the last season,where the Spurs have collected 12 out of possible 21 points,but an interesting fact it is that on matchday 7 of the last season they defeated the Citizens 4-1 were only fifth compared to today where they are second just a point behind Guardiola’s Manchester City.For years Tottenham which lives in the shadow of the North London neighbors and biggest rivals Arsenal has finally put the necessary pieces to achieve something which hasn’t done in a very long time-to win the Premier League.The last time the Spurs were crowned as English champions was in 1961 under Bill Nicholson and a generation of players which featured Welsh legend Cliff Jones,Jimmy Greaves (who was the Spurs main striker and in 330 appearances for the club scored 220 goals in nine seasons for the club),Danny Beachflower (who was signed from Aston Villa and who became FWA Player of the Year),Terry Dyson and other who achieved a stunning success in the beginning of the 1960s by winning the double crown in 1961 (English league title and FA Cup against Leicester City which the Spurs won 2-0),an FA Cup and European Champions Cup semifinal (they lost to Benfica by 4-3 on aggregate) in 1962 followed by winning the UEFA Cup Winners Cup against Atletico Madrid in Rotterdam 5-1 with two goals scored by Greaves in the final.After that everything for the Spurs fell apart and the generation of the early 1960s which gave them glory fell apart.The club had some success by the end of the 60s and early 1970s when Nicolson rebuilt the club with Terry Venables,Mike England,Joe Kinnear and Cyril Knowles which gave them another FA Cup in 1967 and finished third in the league,Nicolson also added two League Cups in 1971 and 1973 and a UEFA Cup in 1972 when they defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers in the inaugural edition of the UEFA Cup 3-2 on aggregate.That was the last of the Spurs for the rest of the 1970s with Nicolson resigning from the position of manager in 1974,the Spurs went into decline until the early 1980s when under Keith Burkinshaw and a generation of players which consisted of Osvaldo Ardilles,Ricardo Villa and Glenn Hoddle went to win back to back FA Cups in 1981 and 1982 by beating Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers with another UEFA Cup triumph in 1984 in the final in Brussels against Anderlecht and that was Tottenham’s last major European trophy to this date.That was the crown of Burkinshaw’s period at the club until he resigned due to increased conflicts with the club board and in 1991 under Venables the Spurs won their last FA Cup in the final against Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest 2-1 which featured Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoine playing for the Spurs before Gascoine left the club for Lazio in 1992 with Lineker doing the same when he left for Japan where he finished his career.The 1990s for the Spurs weren’t good besides they aquired Jurgen Klinsmann,Ilie Dumitrescu and had Teddy Sheringham,Darren Anderton and Nick Barmby in the squad with Les Ferdinand and David Ginola.However for the most of the decade the club struggled and their only moment came in 1999 League Cup final against Leicester which the Spurs won thanks to a single goal by Alan Nielsen in the final moments of the match.But the most critical moment of the Spurs return at the top of the Premier LEague and English football in general came in 2001 when Daniel Levy bought the club and since 2005 the Spurs have been trying to break into the top four of the Premier League.The first time they successfully broke into the top four and broke the dominance of the traditional powers was in 2010 when Harry Redknapp they ended fourth in the Premier League and that Tottenham squad featured the likes of Jermain Defoe,Robbie Keaine,Peter Crouch,Luka Modric and most notably Gareth Bale which meant Champions League football for the first time since the 1960s,with the Spurs making a progress into the quarterfinals where they were beated by Mourinho’s Real Madrid.But it was in 2014 that the tide for the Spurs began to change with the hiring of Mauricio Pochettino as manager after Tim Shewood’s disappointing reign which saw them only a sixth place in the 2013-14 season,in Pochettino’s first season the Spurs finished the usual fifth place,but last season they finally had their big break when the chasted Ranieri’s Leicester City for the Premier League title for the most of the season which included two victories against Manchester City (4-1 and 1-2) and a home victory against Manchester United (3-0) with trouncings of Bournemouth and Stoke City,but it was Eden Hazard’s equalizer in matchday 36 which made Ranieri’s Leicester City the sensational champions of England and made the Spurs cry once again by falling short.However besides the late season slump the Spurs finished third which is their best table finish since 1990 and they automatically qualified for the UEFA Champions League.Going into the new Premier League season the Spurs aquired Victor Wayama and Moussa Sissoko and with a squad which has defending duo in Toby Alderweireld and Jan Verthongen,a midfield consisted of Erik Lamela,Victor Wanyama and Dele Alli with Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen in the attack,the Spurs are ready to achieve their goal of winning the Premier League and and their first title in more than fifty years of waiting.After decades of living in the shadow of its more successful North London neighbor which is Arsenal,its other capital rival Chelsea and the powers from the Northwest which are Livepool and duo from Manchester-City and United,could be this finally be Tottenham’s season?After a surprising and impressive start which saw them collecting 17 out of 21 points in seven matchdays it is early to tell,Pochettino’s Spurs are ready for their primetime after last season’s run to clinch English football’s biggest prize.


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