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Why Spurs Can Win the English Premier League in 2020/21

| November 20, 2020 7:15 am PDT
Tottenham Hotspur 2020/21 EPL Title

It’s safe to say that Tottenham has made a promising start to the 2020/21 season.

Gareth Bale is back in North London, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min are on fire, while Jose Mourinho seems as determined as ever to make his mark on the EPL.

As we head into Matchday 9, Spurs are sitting second in the table – one point behind frontrunner Leicester City. Of course, it is still early days. But with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City failing to hit the ground running this term, Tottenham is already being included in the title conversation.

So, can Mourinho’s men really end Spurs’ trophy drought and lift the Premier League trophy?

In this post, I share five reasons why I believe Tottenham can win the 2020/21 EPL title.

Jose Mourinho Is a Serial Winner

We all know that Jose Mourinho has a knack for winning trophies. Wherever he goes, silverware seems to follow.

Under previous managers, Tottenham has come close to glory in recent years. Harry Redknapp guided Spurs to the 2008/09 League Cup final, yet they eventually lost on penalties to Manchester United.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham was also beaten in the final of the League Cup, with Chelsea triumphing in 2014/15. Let’s not forget that Pochettino’s side even managed to reach the 2018/19 Champions League final. However, the club fell short once again.

When Pochettino was sacked in November 2019, it was imperative that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy appointed a manager with a track record of success.

One glance at the impressive honors list below, and it’s easy to see why Levy believes Mourinho is the right man to end Tottenham’s trophy drought.

  • Porto (2002-2004) – Primeria Liga (x2), Portuguese Cup, Supertaca, UEFA Cup, Champions League.
  • Chelsea (2004-2007) – Premier League (x2), League Cup (x2), FA Cup, Community Shield.
  • Inter Milan (2008-2010) – Serie A (x2), Coppa Italia, Supercoppa, Champions League.
  • Real Madrid (2010-2013) – La Liga, Copa del Rey, Supercoppa.
  • Chelsea (2013-2015) – Premier League, League Cup, Community Shield.
  • Manchester United (2016-2018) – EFL Cup, Community Shield, Europa League.

Mourinho shot to stardom in the early 2000s, winning back-to-back top-flight titles in Portugal, as well as guiding Porto to UEFA Cup and Champions League triumphs in consecutive seasons.

He then went on to enjoy huge success with Chelsea, securing successive EPL titles, along with a host of domestic trophies.

Inter Milan was the next club to benefit from Mourinho’s genius. The Nerazzurri dominated Italian and European soccer under the Portuguese, before Real Madrid came calling.

After clinching the Spanish top-flight with Los Blancos, Mourinho returned to Chelsea in 2013. Of course, he won more silverware. He even managed to guide a relatively average Man Utd team to three trophies in a two-year spell at Old Trafford.

Over the years, Mourinho has managed in four different countries. He has won the top-flight title in every destination, not to mention the countless domestic cups he has picked up along the way. He is also one of only five managers to have won the Champions League with two different clubs.

It felt like Tottenham lacked a winning mentality under Pochettino, but with Mourinho at the helm, Spurs stand a far better chance of winning trophies.

At the end of the day, Mourinho’s vast experience gives Tottenham an edge over the majority of their EPL title rivals.

The Kane and Son Combo

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have always been prolific. Kane is on course to break the all-time EPL goalscoring record, while Son is widely regarded as one of the best players in the league.

But this season, the forwards have taken their game to another level.

Remarkably, Kane has already notched up 13 goals and ten assists in 14 appearances in all competitions this term, including seven goals and eight assists in eight EPL matches.

Meanwhile, Son has bagged ten goals and five assists in 13 games in 2020/21, with eight goals and two assists coming in the Premier League.

But perhaps most impressively, the two players have combined for nine top-flight goals this season, taking their overall tally to 29. Only Chelsea legends Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard (36) have combined for more EPL goals than Kane and Son.

Ultimately, you can’t win the Premier League without scoring goals. Almost every title-winning team has at least one player who nets 20+ goals on their way to lifting the EPL trophy. Fortunately for the Spurs, they have two forwards capable of firing them to glory.

If Kane continues to score at his current rate (0.9 goals per game), he will finish the campaign with 34 league goals. If Son can maintain an average of one goal per game, he will score 38 EPL goals this term.

Yes, it will be extremely difficult for both players to sustain their current level throughout the season. But it is also highly unlikely that both players will experience a lengthy goalless streak or a run of poor form at the same time.

With Kane and Son firing on all cylinders, Tottenham stands an excellent chance of winning the Premier League title.

The Title Race Is Wide Open

The EPL title contest has been a two-horse race in recent years, with Manchester City and Liverpool dominating the division. In fact, Jurgen Klopp’s side finished a whopping 18 points ahead of Man City last term, so it could be argued that there was only one genuine contender in the previous campaign.

However, following a frenetic and unpredictable start to 2020/21, it feels like the title race is wide open this season.

Leicester City currently leads the way with 18 points, although the Foxes have already lost two of their eight games. Second-place Tottenham is level on 17 points with third-place Liverpool, yet the Reds suffered a humiliating 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Aston Villa in October.

Man City is down in tenth having won just three of their seven matches so far, while Southampton and Crystal Palace are both upsetting the traditional big six at the moment.

With only three points separating the top six sides and six points between first and eleventh, it’s fair to say that no one is running away with the title right now. Indeed, the usual title candidates have all underperformed so far this term.

Liverpool conceded just 33 goals in 38 league games last season, yet Klopp’s men have already conceded 16 goals in eight EPL outings this time around.

Man City scored a phenomenal 102 league goals in the previous campaign, but Pep Guardiola’s side has only managed to net ten goals in seven matches this term.

By contrast, Spurs are the second-highest scorers in the division (19). They also boast the joint-best defensive record in the division (9).

Of course, Tottenham will have to be at their very best to clinch the title. There is no doubting that. But with the big two underperforming and former giants like Arsenal and Manchester United nowhere near good enough, Spurs may be able to rely on other teams dropping points.

Tottenham Boasts Strength In Depth

It is no secret that a club needs a deep squad in order to win the Premier League title. With injuries, suspensions, and fatigue more prominent than ever, a manager is required to continuously rotate his team over the course of a campaign.

Spurs have always possessed great players, yet their squad hasn’t always been deep enough to compete with the strongest clubs in the country.

But this season, it finally feels as though Tottenham’s squad is ready to mount a serious title charge.

Spurs enjoyed a hugely successful off-season, with a number of high-profile players joining the club during the previous transfer window. Below is a list of the club’s summer arrivals.

  • Giovani Lo Celso – Real Betis (£29m)
  • Sergio Reguilon – Real Madrid (£27m)
  • Matt Doherty – Wolves (£15m)
  • Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – Southampton (£15m)
  • Joe Rodon – Swansea (£11m)
  • Gareth Bale – Real Madrid (loan)
  • Carlos Vinicius – Benfica (loan)
  • Joe Hart – Burnley (free)

With Gareth Bale returning from Real Madrid, Mourinho’s attacking options are now among the best in the division. New forward Carlos Vinicius has also impressed in the early stages of the season.

Full-backs Sergio Reguilon and Matt Doherty have been brought in to provide stiff competition for Ben Davies and Serge Aurier, while highly-rated young center-back Joe Rodon offers the manager another dimension in defense.

In midfield, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has become an instant hit following his move from Southampton. Giovani Lo Celso was also signed on a permanent basis after a successful loan spell.

The new arrivals seem to have forced other players to up their game. Tanguy Ndombele was criticized for his poor performances last season, but the record signing looks like a completely different animal this term.

Competition for a place in Mourinho’s starting eleven is at an all-time high, and that can only be a good thing.

Tottenham now boasts at least two top-quality options in every position. If injuries impact the club in the coming months, Mourinho’s squad should be more than deep enough to keep pace in the title race.

The Best Is Yet to Come

Spurs may be second in the table, but they haven’t exactly been playing spectacular soccer this season. Sure, they beat Southampton 5-2 in September before crushing Man Utd 6-1 in October. But the team has also been forced to grind out a number of results.

Tottenham is heading into Matchday 9 on a three-game winning streak. However, each of their previous three victories has come by a one-goal margin.

After edging Burnley 1-0, Mourinho’s men dug out a 2-1 win over Brighton. Last time out, Kane rescued a last-gasp victory against West Brom.

There is a sense that the team still has more gears to reach. Spurs aren’t playing especially well at the moment, yet they are still doing enough to win games. That is a trait of a title-winning side.

When Bale returns to full fitness and the other summer arrivals bed in, Tottenham is likely to get even stronger. Rather than edging past their opponents, don’t be surprised to see Mourinho’s men cruising past teams with ease.

Wrap-Up

Man City ran away with the title in 2017/18, finishing 19 points clear of second-place Man Utd. Last season, Liverpool cruised to EPL glory, ending up 18 points clear of Guardiola’s side.

We are only eight games into the 2020/21 campaign, but it already feels like the Premier League title race is destined to be far more competitive this time around.

In my opinion, Tottenham is well equipped to mount a serious title challenge this term. Not only is Mourinho’s squad deep, it is also packed with quality. If their title rivals continue to stutter and Kane and Son continue to fire, Spurs will surely be in with a shout come the end of the campaign.

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Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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