Why Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino should be confident of a strong start to the season


The fixture list hasn’t been too unkind in the Argentinian’s second season in charge.

Mauricio Pochettino made a fairly strong start to life at The Lane last season, recording wins against West Ham and QPR in his first two outings.

Results then took a turn for the worse as Liverpool ran out 3-0 winners on their visit to London and Spurs took until October 5th to record another Premier League win, suffering a defeat and two draws along the way.

By no means a terrible start, it represented the inconsistency which has plagued Spurs over the last few years and which would continue to do so for the rest of the season.

Losing to the likes of Newcastle, West Brom and Aston Villa at home isn’t the form of top four contenders and Pochettino will need to address this next season.

Spurs start with what appears to be a difficult trip to Old Trafford but upon closer inspection it could be the perfect time to face the Red Devils.

United are still in transition under van Gaal and question marks remain over several areas of their squad, most notably in attack. With Falcao gone, Van Persie set to leave and Rooney preferred in a deeper role, the options start to look a little short up top.

There’s no doubting this summer will see several incomings at Old Trafford but players need time to settle and Spurs will be hoping to catch them cold come August 8th.

The following five fixtures - Stoke (H), Leicester (A), Everton (H), Sunderland (A), Crystal Palace (H) - are all very winnable and the Lilywhites will be hoping to put together a decent run before welcoming the Blue half of Manchester to London on September 26th.

Spurs need to take advantage of the relatively kind hand they’ve been dealt and start well if next season is to be a successful one at White Hart Lane.

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