The Message Spurs' Champions League Win Sends To The Rest Of The Premier League

The Message Spurs' Champions League Win Sends To The Rest Of The Premier League

The Message Spurs' Champions League Win Sends To The Rest Of The Premier League

Whilst they languished five points behind Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League race, Spurs were out proving that there’s more to them than a possible domestic third place.

They’re currently without Harry Kane and many have feared for their title challenge, as well as their top four place. On a chilly night in North London, they served a warning to other clubs that they’re still very much a force to be reckoned with.

They drew Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 of the Champions League, finalists five years ago. It isn’t a classic Dortmund side, but with Axel Witsel, Mario Gotze and English talent Jadon Sancho, it is still a strong squad who find themselves top of the Bundesliga.

They looked to be faltering under the pressure of Dortmund in the first half and only a stunning save from Hugo Lloris kept the scores level at the break. However, once they emerged from the tunnel for the second period, Spurs were incredible.

In the absence of Kane, Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura started up front in a 3-4-1-2 formation. Christian Eriksen was being asked to get forward and support the attack, but on 47 minutes, it was Son who opened the scoring.

From there, Spurs never looked back. Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente both bagged in the final ten minutes to not only give Pocettino’s side the win, but to give them the sort of advantage that is hard to overturn.

This, all from a team who made no major signings in either transfer window this season. This, from a team who are not even playing in their home ground right now. The night after Manchester United were humbled 2-0 by Paris St Germain, a side with no net spend and no home thrashed the team five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

It’s a result that will certainly make people sit up and take notice of Tottenham Hotspur once more. They’re ahead in the race for Champions League qualification, but in terms of Premier League betting, they languish some way behind the top two.

They’ve still got to visit both Liverpool and Manchester City and the win over Dortmund will send a clear message to their title rivals; it isn’t over yet.

Can they go on to win either trophy they’re competing for? Aside from two League Cup wins, their last major triumph was the 1991 FA Cup. Their last European triumph came in the 1984 UEFA Cup, and their last league title was claimed as far back as 1961.

They’ve slowly but surely built a legacy in recent seasons, cultivating homegrown players and rarely spending decadently.

The 3-0 win against Dortmund might have been a one-off result, but it was reflective of the huge potential this side possess. They’ve finished in the top three for three seasons now, yet the talk is always of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool.

Maybe now, with a European superpower put to the sword, people will start to take Spurs’ title aspirations, and their Champions League hopes, seriously.

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