In getting Spurs to the Capital One Cup final and keeping them in contention for the Europa League and a top four Premiership finish, Pochettino is having a remarkably good first season. To the more delusional Spurs fan this level of achievement might be considered par but given what he's had to contend with, it is much better than that.
Attention shifts to the Saturday's match with Sunderland, a game Spurs must win to get the league campaign back on track. The Black Cats look just the sort of side that Spurs should sweep aside especially as they have found it very hard to get goals this season... Defoe tends to score on his debuts. If he does so on Saturday, we can expect the most muted of celebrations.
An away win at high flying Swansea, an emphatic cup quarter final victory over Newcastle and, finally, the defeat of a lowly premier league team at home after the debacles against Stoke, West Brom and Palace have meant that Christmas has arrived slightly ahead of schedule for Tottenham fans.
Having developed statistically calculated strengths of 'finishing', 'dribbling' and 'holding on to the ball', Kane boasts the necessary attributes to link the midfield and attack. While he is unlikely to reach Ronaldo levels of excellence, as per Vertonghen's suggestion, Kane has started to realise his potential under Pochettino after rising to the fore under Tim Sherwood.
If the near-inevitable happens, the Tottenham faithful will find themselves wondering why Arsenal's dominance, which was close to total for twenty years before a brief spell of parity in the Redknapp/AVB era, appears to have returned so quickly. At least they wont have had any high hopes dashed.
Jan Vertonghen didn't just experience that crushing, devastating feeling of hitting a stray pass that hit an unwitting victim
Belgium go into this match as firm favourites. With the depth in their squad and their current run of form, the Belgium boys will be hungry for their first competitive match in a major tournament in over a decade.
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