Following Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool this weekend, Spurs fell seven points behind Premier League leaders Leicester City.
While some saw the Liverpool draw as a killer blow in Tottenham’s title chase, manager Mauricio Pochettino remained positive.
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Pochettino was admittedly disappointed in the result, but the Argentine was still happy about the “project” he is leading at White Hart Lane.
It would take a strong finish to the season for Spurs and a collapse from Leicester to see the Premier League title head to north London, although according to Pochettino, this team is already looking to the future.
This is not just about this season. When you compare Tottenham with big sides people can see our approach is for the long term.
We have the youngest squad in the Premier League yet here we are fighting for the title. The project is fantastic, because we are ahead of the programme – we are only going to get better.
This is true because for a lot of players this is their first season in the Premier League and next season they will be better because they will have more experience. In football you always need time to develop to your full quality.
It is impossible to set limits. It is also important to improve our squad because this is always our idea to improve. Our idea is to keep the main group for the next few years and to try and build and add players that can help us.
When you look at this Tottenham team, it has all the pieces in place for a prolonged stay towards the top of the table. At 22-years-old, Harry Kane already has 46 Premier League goals to his name. Fellow 22-year-old Eric Dier has been brilliant in the midfield, while 19-year-old Dele Alli seems to be a lock for Young Player of the Year.
Then there’s the manager himself. At 44-years-old, Pochettino is one of the brightest young bosses in the world and will surely be linked with top clubs throughout Europe. If Tottenham are able to stick to the project and keep Pochettino on board, expect Spurs to be challenging for titles for years to come, even if it doesn’t come this season.