Tottenham may have missed out on the title once again, but they couldn’t have ended last season in more glorious fashion.
The Lilywhites bid farewell to White Hart Lane with a 2-1 win over Manchester United before scoring 13 goals in two games against Leicester and Hull.
However, things could be about to get a lot more difficult. A season at Wembley is looming, and with Spurs having won just one of their last nine games at the national stadium, it’s going to be very difficult for them to replicate last season’s success.
The campaign begins with a trip to bogey team Newcastle before Spurs welcome champions Chelsea at ‘home’. To make matters worse, the Times report that Mauricio Pochettino could be without two of his key men, as neither Danny Rose nor Erik Lamela will be fit for the start of the season.
Rose will not be returning to training until August, while Lamela isn’t expected back until October, by which time he’ll have been out for a whole year.
Pochettino has managed to adapt his side around Lamela’s absence, though that will be even more difficult because Heung-Min Son has a broken arm and may also be sidelined.
Ben Davies, meanwhile, has been an able deputy for Rose, but the latter’s pace and energy could have been vital as Spurs contend with the bigger pitch at Wembley.
The same source have also confirmed that the club will not be allowed to alter the pitch dimensions to mirror White Hart Lane, as they were hoping to do. It could be a very tricky start to the season indeed.