The 2016/17 season was arguably Tottenham’s finest Premier League campaign to date. Spurs had the division’s best attacking record, the meanest defence, and racked up a colossal goal difference of plus 60 on the way to amassing their best ever points tally of 86. It was enough to win Mauricio Pochettino’s pacy young side plenty of plaudits, but not the title; as they finished seven points behind eventual winners Chelsea.
In fact, over the course of the last two seasons, no Premier League side has collected more points – or scored more goals – than Tottenham. Yet a first PL title continues to elude the north Londoners.
Spurs fans will be hoping that their side can go one better in the 2017/18 season, and with home games being played at Wembley after the demolition of White Hart Lane, there’s never been a more exciting time to see the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen in action. Grab your tickets today at StubHub and couple a trip to see one of the brightest, most-entertaining teams in the Premier League with a visit to the English national stadium.
How will Wembley factor affect Spurs?
Tottenham’s 2016/17 points return would have been enough to win the Premier League title in 11 other seasons, while demolitions of Hull (7-1), Swansea (5-0), and Leicester (6-1) helped them to achieve the highest ever goal difference of a non-title winning team.
So how can Spurs make the final step from challengers to champions? The team’s successes in the Premier League over the last few years have been largely built around their home form. Since taking over in 2014, Mauricio Pochettino has turned White Hart Lane into something of a fortress: winning 37 and losing just nine.
The pitch at White Hart Lane was one of the smallest in the Premier League, allowing Spurs to play their famed high-pressing, high-intensity game that has overrun and overwhelmed so many opponents in Pochettino’s time at the club.
Whether Spurs can transfer their style of play and results to their new, temporary home at Wembley – which has one of the largest pitches in England – will largely define their Premier League season.
With the challenge of competing in four competitions this season, Spurs finally decided to dip into the transfer market towards the end of the summer window. After all of Tottenham’s top six rivals invested heavily on multiple players – including Man City; who took Kyle Walker from Spurs for £50 million – Spurs chairman Daniel Levy bided his time before securing the signings of Davinson Sanchez from Ajax; full-back Serge Aurier from Paris Saint-Germain; and battering ram Fernando Llorente late in the window for a combined £70 million.