The 2016/17 Premier League season has wrapped up and it has been another successful season under Mauricio Pochettino for the North London team. A league high points total of 86 points saw Tottenham have their best ever premier league season and it only seems to be onwards and upwards for the next season.
Match day 2 ended in disappointment for Spurs fans as a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal ultimately cost Spurs three points as Marcos Alonso’s brace from a fantastic free kick and a poor error from a shot directly at Lloris ended the game. Spurs ultimately dominated the game in terms of possession, shots, chances and corners but were able to score themselves as a Christian Eriksen free kick was met by the head of Chelsea substitute Michy Batshuayi turning the ball past an onlooking Thibaut Courtois.
2016 saw some of the best performances for Spurs in years, with one of the best finishes they’ve had in years coming at the end of last season finishing in 3rd despite the fact that they could have finished 2nd if they didn’t drop points on the last few match days.
The start of this season has also been extremely positive by starting an unbeaten run which ended in a 2-1 away defeat to Chelsea in November.
Tottenham’s first EFL match of the 2016/17 season kicks off in just a few minutes and it is clear that Pochettino is taking no risks with injuries and is practically playing the youth team with a few first team regulars dotted around the bench and starting XI. This game will see senior starts for Cameron Carter-Vickers and Harry Winks. Contrary to “popular” belief, Kevin Wimmer AKA Big Kev is alive and in tonight’s starting lineup after recovering from a minor injury sustained at Euro 2016.
Yesterday Spurs managed to “scrape” a 1-0 victory at White Hart lane. After a dominant performance where Spurs had over 30 shots at the Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford who put in a fairly impressive performance to only limit the scoreline to 1-0. Heung-Min Son put in another man of the match performance for the 2nd week in a row, whilst Mousa Dembélé and Eric Dier were substituted in the 2nd half with minor injury scares, although Mauricio Pochettino has since come out and said that they will both be availible for selection for next week’s away clash at Middlesborough’s Riverside Stadium. Whereas Harry Kane had to be stretchered off yesterday with a serious ankle injury and could be out for many weeks or even months.
Harry Kane’s second goal in his second successive game saw Tottenham grab all three points at the lane today. After a dominant performance, the Tottenham boys could have scored many more than just the one Harry Kane tap in. After a first half that saw Tottenham have 19 shots and dominate with 72% possession. Worryingly however, Eric Dier appeared to walk off with some form of hamstring injury, Mousa Dembélé and Harry Kane also came off with partial injury scares.
Tomorrow, Tottenham look to stay unbeaten in five premier league games as they play 19th placed Sunderland who currently have only one point. Spurs will be looking to take all 3 points to try and put Wednesday night’s loss to Monaco at Wembley behind them. Sunderland’s poor defensive form under David Moyes is certainly something that Pochettino’s men will be sure to exploit down the wings.