5 reasons Tottenham fans can actually be cheerful


Tottenham's 55-year wait to be crowned champions goes on after their draw at Chelsea ensured Leicester will win the Barclays Premier League.

But here's why they should actually be quite cheerful.

1. Champions League can be a game-changer

The Champions League trophy is seen during a press conference to present the soccer Champions League final in Milan (Antonio Calanni/AP)
(Antonio Calanni/AP)

If you had offered Mauricio Pochettino Champions League qualification back in August, he would have snapped your hand off. Tottenham took more money than they spent last summer and yet this young side have all-but secured a top-three finish with two games left to play.

It means Spurs will go straight into the group stage next season, avoiding an awkward play-off, and will be able to target a whole new calibre of player in the transfer window. Throw in major financial rewards and the bonus of not playing Thursday nights in the Europa League and things start to look an awful lot rosier for Pochettino's men.

2. Mauricio Pochettino is not going anywhere

, Tottenham's manager Mauricio Pochettino shouts during an English Premier League soccer match against Stoke City in Stoke on Trent, England
(Rui Vieira/AP)

Tottenham will be the most stable side in the title race next year, with Pochettino set to sign a two-year contract extension that will keep him at White Hart Lane until 2021.

Manchester City and Chelsea will both have new managers next season, Louis van Gaal's future at Manchester United appears unresolved while Arsene Wenger has become a figure of division among Arsenal fans. Even Claudio Ranieri may be tempted to go out on a high at Leicester, particularly if the vacant Italy job comes his way. Pochettino, meanwhile, will be heading into his third season at Spurs, more experienced, and with a squad that knows and trusts his methods. For once, Tottenham are not in transition.

3. A finish above Arsenal is almost secure

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin (left) and Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane, London.
(Adam Davy/PA)

Twenty years have passed since Tottenham last finished above Arsenal, but this team can finally put that record to bed as they sit three points clear of the Gunners - with two games left. Spurs are also 14 better off in goal difference, meaning one victory from games at home to Southampton and away at Newcastle will almost certainly be enough and they may not even need that if Arsenal lose at Manchester City on Sunday.

Many times in previous years, talk of power shifts in North London has proven premature. But with Arsenal in turmoil over their own lack of progress, Tottenham can finally press home their advantage.

4. Young talents can only get better

Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli (second right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with Ryan Mason (hidden), Harry Kane (right) and Eric Dier (left) during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. (Nigel French/PA)
(Nigel French/PA)

Leicester's fairytale season has somewhat overshadowed the achievements of Tottenham, who sit second with the youngest squad in the division. Harry Kane, only 22, has silenced the doubters as the league's top scorer with 25 goals and the sky is the limit for Dele Alli, the 20-year-old PFA young player of the year who has enjoyed such a remarkable breakthrough campaign.

Eric Dier (22), Christian Eriksen (24) and Erik Lamela (24) all still have potential to fulfil and captain Hugo Lloris (29) is approaching his prime in goalkeeping terms. There are likely to be some minor tweaks this summer, perhaps adding more experience, but Pochettino knows his spine could be set for many years to come.

5. At least it is Leicester

Leciester City with a giant flag walks down Gallowtree Gate, Leicester. Jonathan Brady/PA
(Jonathan Brady/PA)

Spurs fans will no doubt be utterly fed up with the world's infatuation with Leicester, but they may take some consolation that at least it is not Arsenal or Chelsea pipping them to the post. If they keep focus in the final two matches, Tottenham should finish top dogs in London. If they had to lose the league to anyone, surely 5,000-1 shots Leicester were the best of all the options.