Out of all the Premier League teams outside the ‘Big Four’, the bookmakers expect Tottenham to be the strongest next season. Indeed, you can bet on who will finish highest out of the remaining sixteen clubs, with firms making Juande Ramos’ men the overwhelming favourites, despite the possibility of losing Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane this summer.
However, the Daily Telegraph reports that Spurs’ Spanish manager is not expecting his team to trouble the top teams next season, claiming that there is a long journey ahead for his squad before they can be playing in the Champions League (unless they join Man United or Liverpool of course). Nice to see a manager with his finger on the pulse rather than living in cloud cuckoo land.
Ramos said: “We have to be realistic. It’s clear the top four are made up of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal.
“They are the teams who in the last few years have taken the Champions League places and it is very difficult to break into that group.
“You have to understand that this club is on the stock market and we have to submit our accounts at the end of the season.”
Assuring the White Hart Lane faithful that they would have a competitive squad next season, he said: “The idea is to sign good young players with quality and a good future and if we get good offers for older players to study them to see if it benefits the club.
To think that Martin Jol suggested last season that his Spurs side were targetting a top-four finish, when in actual fact, they failed to finish in the top-half. It appears that Tottenham fans will have to be patient over the next season or two, with the club building for the future rather than trying to hastily assemble an ageing squad. Tottenham fans, are you happy to wait for glory?