This season in the English Premier League, Manchester City have received all the accolades, and they do deserve every applause they get. However, if you should think back to a few months ago starting from July, you would see that the writing has been on the wall for the Citizens. City wrapped up business quite early, with manager Pep Guardiola signaling to the board the players he wanted, and the board doing just that.
While Man City are doing the extra ordinary, there’s a team that has received less accolades for their superb form this season. Unlike their top six counterparts, Tottenham Hotspur spent less, and you can say they are virtually playing with the same team as last season. The North London club have surpassed their local rivals – Arsenal – in the current EPL season.
Spurs could have been defeated by Italian Champions Juventus, but who thought they would win against the most organised defence in the world? It would have been difficult for any EPL team – City included – to score a goal against the Old Lady, not to talk of scoring three, recording a draw, and unluckily being defeated. Spurs have done so wonderfully well with limited bank account when compared to the likes of Arsenal, City, United, Liverpool, and Chelsea.
It is not surprising that the London club are ahead of their London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea. They play like a close-knit group of players, and the management exert less focus on buying players for trophies. Rather, they buy quality. Perhaps, you could say they learnt their lesson after selling Bale to Real Madrid for a then world record fee. After the sale, Tottenham brought in 11 players most of whom have left the club.
Nonetheless, their approach and ability to learn from mistakes is better than that of Arsenal who are yet to learn that the only reason they haven’t won the EPL in almost 15 years is Arsene Wenger.
They could have lost to a well-grounded Juve team, but they are currently the best club to coming out of London. Titles or no titles, Spurs remain the bravest among all English clubs this season.