As the dust settles on another Premier League season and summer draws close, the argument over whether it was a successful campaign for Tottenham will rumble on.
Those arguing that is was will point to yet another successive top four finish, an FA Cup semi final appearance and major progress made on the European stage, most notably an unbeaten run in the group stage.
On the other hand, those arguing against the fact will just point to the lack of silverware in Spurs’ trophy cabinet – something that has not had a new trophy in it for a decade.
Whichever side of the fence that fans and pundits may sit on, there is one man who has been left delighted with what he has seen from the Lilywhites over the past two seasons – and it proves they are one step away from securing guaranteed success.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola might have been picking up all the plaudits for his side’s record breaking season in the English top flight, but when probed about who he admires from his rivals, he spent no time in choosing Mauricio Pochettino’s men as his favourites to watch, while also highlighting the difficulty they pose when his side are up against them.
He told Sky Sports: “I enjoy a lot playing Tottenham. I like how they play.
“We saw how good they were and I said ‘Wow, we are going to suffer. This season is going to be tough.’
“People didn’t think Tottenham were going to win the league. I suffered, I lived, I experienced it for the first time away at White Hart Lane against physicality, an amazing team the way they play, high pressing, good build up.
If a title winning manager notes how good you are, then you are doing something right, and for Spurs that must be the motivation to take the leap to the next level.
Tottenham made the runaway champions “suffer” – but now they must make the rest of the league endure the same fate on the way to glory.
In other Tottenham news, the club are plotting a major transfer change that the fans will be delighted with