The Premier League kicks off once again on Saturday August 13th at 15:00 and Tottenham are facing Everton away at Goodison Park. This is a very challenging start to the campaign as once again Tottenham play away for the opening game of the season. Also Everton have appointed new boss and ex-Southampton manager Ronald Koeman and we all know how good ex-Southampton managers are.. This opening game is not only challenging due to the opposition but also because of the difficult summer “break” for most of the Tottenham players. Five of the Spurs lads were involved in the humiliating England Euros 2016 campaign and will be lacking confidence after some poor results and performances. Also Kevin Wimmer had a poor Euros with Austria as they finished last in the group when many thought of them as dark horses for the competition. Finally, the Belgium boys suffered from a horrific Euros as Jan Vertonghen injured himself, Mousa Dembele was dropped repeatably for Fellaini and Toby Alderweireld did not perform to the standards as he had in the previous season in a Tottenham shirt. The first game of the season will reveal a lot about the Spurs team and how they look to go on after a disappointing end to the previous season that promised so much.
Improvements in the League
After a disappointing 15/16 season for Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all these clubs have tried very hard not to fail again. Hiring new managers such as Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte and making new signings such as Ibra, Xhaka and Mane shows that these teams are very serious about improving their squads and achieving great things. This means that Tottenham will have to compete with fierce competition to achieve a European place let alone winning the league and it also means Pochettino will have to do more than just signing Wanyama to keep up with the rest. Due to other sides improving their squads the 16/17 season will be a lot more challenging for the Lilywhites and it will show the world how good Tottenham really are.
Champions League is back! For the first time since the 10/11 season Tottenham are playing with the worlds best! The groups will be drawn on August 25th and this will be crucial to how far Tottenham can go in this competition. The whole squad will be tested due to the Champions League. After Spurs play some of the best teams on the planet they will then play four of the six Premier League fixtures, after CL games, away. One of the home games is Manchester City, a very tough test. This means that strong squad depth is vital as in the 15/16 season one of the biggest criticisms of Tottenham is they had no one who could come off the bench and make a difference, all they had was a starting eleven. With the signing of Victor Wanyama Pochenttino has already tried to rectify the lack pf squad depth.
With all these factors it will be a very interesting season for Tottenham. It could see them win the title for the first time since 1960/61 or it could see them sink into mid-table obscurity. Whatever happens Tottenham will be able to enjoy playing Champions League at Wembley and getting closer to moving into their new stadium.