EPL Season Preview: Tottenham

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Manager Mauricio Pochettino joined Spurs from Southampton in 2014. Prior to his move to the English Premier League, he served in his first manager role at Spanish La Liga side Espanyol from 2009 to 2012.
Coach: Mauricio Pochettino

2015/16 Finish: 3

2016/17 Preseason Ranking: 4

Sportify Rating: 1648

2015/16 Wagebill: £101M

Stadium Capacity: 36,284 at White Hart Lane

Departures: Federico Fazio (Roma); Filip Lesniak (Slovan Liberec); Christopher Paul (QPR); Alex Pritchard (Norwich); Emmanuel Sonupe (released); Grant Ward (Ipswich)

Arrivals: Vincent Janssen (AZ Alkmaar); Victor Wanyama (Southampton)

The good: They’re building off their best season in recent memory

Spurs boast the highest goal differential in the EPL last season (+34) as they finished third for the first time since 1989-90. Spurs were a complete team last season. They scored 69 goals (2nd) on 62.8 xG (4th), their best goal scoring haul since they scored 74 in the Football League First Division in 1985-86. At the back, they conceded 35 goals (tied for best in the league) on 37.4 xG (4th best) in what was their best defensive performance since they conceded 33 in 1970-71. In preparation for Mauricio Pochettino’s third season in charge and Spurs’ first in the Champions League since 2010-11, they’ve added a physical enforcer in the midfield in Vincent Wanyama and the Dutch Eredivisie’s top scorer from last season, Vincent Janssen.

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The bad: They couldn’t get the job last year

Leicester’s win last year will never be forgotten, but Tottenham and their North London rivals Arsenal will wish they could. In a year in which perennial powerhouses faltered, they failed to take advantage and unraveled as the season came to a head. At the end of February, Spurs had a chance to go top of the table after a red hot run of six straight wins. They lost 1-0 at West Ham then drew with Arsenal, and Leicester never looked back. This season, Spurs’ young core has another year under its belt and a couple important players coming in, but they’ll have to battle with rejuvenated Mourinho’s United, Pep’s City, Conte’s Chelsea, as well as defending first and second place finishers Leicester and Arsenal.