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What would represent a successful season for Spurs in 2020/21?

What would represent a successful season for Spurs in 2020/21?

The departure of Mauricio Pochettino ensured that 2019/20 would go down as a strange season for Tottenham Hotspur. Few would have predicted that Jose Mourinho would take the reins in North London, yet the Portuguese has steadied the ship at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Now, with a transfer window and a pre-season to come, one question comes to mind - what would represent a good season for Spurs in 2020/21?

Second season magic?

Mourinho sides tend to enjoy a strong second season, presumably because the manager has had a pre-season period to mould the squad to his liking by that stage. Mourinho won the league title in his second season at Porto, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, and Chelsea in each of his two spells at Stamford Bridge. The thing is though, a league title does not look likely to arrive at Spurs. With Pep Guardiola looking set to stay at Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp continuing to hit new heights with Liverpool, Mourinho would have to perform a miracle to deliver Spursí first title since 1961. According to football betting odds Spurs are 66/1 outsiders to win the league next season, far adrift of favourites Manchester City on evens. Spurs are only considered the 5th most likely team to win the league, with Liverpool (7/4), Manchester United (8/1), and Chelsea (14/1) all considered more likely to be crowned champions.

Champions League

It is imperative that Spurs finish in the top four next season. Qualification for Europeís premier competition is vital to top teams in terms of revenue, as well as being the pinnacle of the club game. Liverpool and Manchester City look likely to be a cut above the rest of the league again in 2020/21, but if Spurs and Mourinho could be the best of the rest and qualify for the Champions League once more, most fans would surely be satisfied.

About time we won a trophy?

Rival fans are all too happy to point out that Spurs failed to win a trophy under Pochettino, despite being one of the best teams in the country. Mourinho has his critics, yet his record of winning trophies is indisputable, having won more than 20 major trophies already in a glittering career. Spurs last won a trophy in 2008 when they defeated Chelsea to claim the League Cup. If Mourinho could target a run in either the League Cup or the FA Cup, then Spurs could finally break their trophy drought, something that is long overdue after performing as a top team for a number of years.

In conclusion

Tottenham Hotspur have endured a topsy-turvy time ever since the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool, yet there is hope that the 2020/21 season could ultimately be a successful one. Spurs will have to finish ahead of at least one of Englandís top teams to secure a Champions League return, but Mourinho will feel confident that he can deliver the goods next season considering his fantastic record of success in his second seasons.

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