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Tottenham: One of the favourites to win the title


After a dominant performance during the entire game, Tottenham easily beat league leaders Manchester City (2-0) and showed they can be considered one of the favourites to claim the title this season.

Under coach Mauricio Pochettino, the Spurs made an excellent season last year, however some unfortunate results prevented them from fighting until the end with Leicester City for the coveted title.

As a result, the team finished third and the Argentine manager’s target this season is to help the squad retain its presence within the top three.

Until now, he has done exactly that, as the North London side is second in the standings, just one point behind Manchester City (18 to 17), while they also are the only undefeated team in the English Premier League.

During the summer transfer period, Pochettino knew he shouldn’t make many changes to the roster, as the majority of the players that had a significant role in his tactics didn’t leave the club.

Pochettino, Guardiola

Consequently, the 44-year-old coach signed three new players, namely Southampton’s midfielder, Victor Wanyama, Alkmaar’s striker, Vincent Janssen, and Newcastle’s midfielder, Mousa Sissoko, in order to further enhance the quality of the roster.

Against Pep Guardiola’s squad, the duo of Wanyama and Sissoko simply dominated the midfield line, being impressive on both ends of the pitch and showing they will be among the side’s leaders this year.

Although they played without Harry Kane and Mousa Dembele, two of the team’s best players, the Spurs had no problem to take control of the game from the beginning, as they chased down City with an exhausting intensity.

Consequently, they easily prevailed over their opponents and earned their seventh victory in nine games in all competitions so far, proving their excellent start to the season.

As the club has made its best beginning since 1960-61 (the last time they won the championship), the future certainly seems brighter than ever before, as Tottenham have a very deep and talented roster.

More specifically, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen can be considered the best central defensive partnership in the league, while Wanyama, Dembele, Sissoko, Erik Lamela and Eric Dier can make the difference in the midfield line.

Last but not least, Dele Alli and Kane guarantee the Spurs will again be effective offensively, while newcomer Janssen is expected to be Kane’s ideal back-up.

Dele Alli

Above all, though, the presence and work ethic of Mauricio Pochettino ensure the club will again be among the favourites to win the Premier League and return to the top of the English football for the first time in almost 60 years.

That said, the victory over league leaders Manchester City on Sunday helped the club make a statement that they can beat every team in the league, no matter how talented it is, and (that) they will fight tooth and nail to finish first in the standings.


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