The 2010-11 season is now seen as something of a golden era by Spurs fans, but their current crop of players are competing to rival that success.
The Lilywhites have been unable to repeat the exploits of Harry Redknapp’s squad of five years ago, despite one top-four finish where they were pipped to the Champions League because of Chelsea winning the competition.
However, with the Blues looking increasingly unlikely to claw back the points necessary to reach the top four, Spurs look worthy incumbents of a place among Europe’s elite.
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Under Redknapp, Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale were at the heart of an exuberant style of play that has been resurrected in recent weeks under Mauricio Pochettino. While all three of those stars have since left the Premier League, Spurs have managed to do what few predicted they would and have rebuilt their squad in a fairly short space of time.
Last season - and to some extent the season before that - was dubbed as a ‘transitional period’, as Andre Villas-Boas and subsequently Tim Sherwood attempted to make their mark at White Hart Lane.
As was to be expected, their squad rarely looked complete during that period. Yet, this summer, Pochettino cleared some of the 'deadwood', and it has certainly paid off.
In fact, Spurs’ current squad is arguably just as strong now as it was in 2010, if not stronger in some areas.
Stronger squad than before
For instance, Redknapp’s side were plagued by goalkeeping issues as Heurelho Gomes struggled to find consistent form. There have been no such problems with Hugo Lloris this season, who has been instrumental in their run of form.
Equally, in the transitional years, Spurs were often criticised for a lack of goal scoring prowess, even in the Champions League season. Roman Pavlyuchenko may have hit some key goals in Europe, but was rarely of the same calibre as Harry Kane.
At the back, too, where Spurs once found it difficult to select a regular defence, Kyle Walker, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose now appear to have all nailed down a place in the starting XI.
The strength of Spurs’ own squad is not the only factor that will decide whether they reach the Champions League as planned, with fierce competition from Liverpool. Should they make it, though, they have just as good a chance of progressing in the competition as their predecessors from five years ago.
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