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Tottenham can dominate Europe this season

Sunday 17th September 2017
For the second consecutive year, Tottenham will be participating in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. That would have been thought impossible by many in England given the club's obvious lack of progress in continental competition, but it could be different this time around.

Despite being one of the best in the Premier League last season, Spurs were unable to proceed past the group stages of the Champions League, but Mauricio Pochettino's men seem to be moving at a different pace this season, as he looks to upgrade the status of the London Club in Europe.

Despite being drawn in the much-dreaded group of death this term, which comprises of defending champions Real Madrid, Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund and Cyprian champions Apoel; Spurs have started well. Now that they had an emphatic 3-1 win over Dortmund in the opening group game, the London outfit will definitely hope their improved form will see them progress past the group stages.

This is only the third time that Spurs have competed alongside Europe's elite clubs, with their first Champions League appearance coming in the 2010-11 campaign, where they dropped out in the quarter-final of the tournament under Harry Redknapp.

This time, Spurs have a top-class manager, Mauricio Pochettino, who is capable of driving the team to success alongside a squad filled with talents like Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane; who have been instrumental in Tottenham's rise to prominence in England.
The North Londoners will hold no bars this season in the Champions League, having taken some lessons from their past mistakes. Spurs have no excuse not to dominate the European tournament with the kind of talent they have in their squad.

Pochettino has kept and groomed a set of players well versed in defence and attack. Spurs boasted one the best defensive units in England in the past two league campaigns and only recorded goal concessions of 35 and 26 goals respectively. In their title challenge last season, the only team that stopped them from claiming the title is the reigning champions, Chelsea.

It is also noteworthy that Spurs have some players in their ranks, who can single-handedly win games for the club. Players like Dele Alli and Harry Kane have firmly established themselves in the footballing world with their top-notch performances for the club in the last few years.

Although Europe might be a more difficult hurdle for Spurs, one cannot overlook any team in the Champions League. There are have been several instances in the past when the lowest team rise to be better than the best.

Tottenham showed what they are made of, with the brilliant triumph over Dortmund. More than the win, it is the manner in which they carried themselves on the pitch, their work rate and confidence. The intent was to win. Pochettino hardly celebrated Tottenham's second goal. They did not divert from the focus.

If Spurs can get the better of Real Madrid, then that would mark the beginning of a new era for the over-ambitious Spurs.
Adebayo Temitope

Temitope, an ardent soccer fan. I may be based in Lagos but I watch as much European football as I can. I've been writing about football for several years, before I joined IRIAW you may have seen my work on The Football Weeks. I'm also a keen music fan

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