Inside Lane: Spurs can immediately set the right tone under Pochettino at West Ham
PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 August 2014 | UPDATED: 18:45 15 August 2014
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Tottenham blogger Sarah Bassett looks ahead to tomorrow’s Premier League opener at Upton Park, and Mauricio Pochettino’s first game in charge.
Defeating West Ham United, re-inspiring fans and managerial dominance are key targets that I hope will help facilitate Spurs’ redemption after a dismal 2013/14 season.
With the Premier League starting tomorrow, we’re looking to move forward from a more than disappointing campaign which was epitomised by the 2-0 defeat at Upton Park on the penultimate weekend.
That defeat in May perfectly encapsulated our season and, by the same token, this Saturday’s return to east London provides us with the ideal opportunity to make a statement and set the tone for the rest of the campaign.
Fixtures against our fiercest rivals – such as this one against the Hammers – often do away with the proverbial formbook and are largely decided by passion and desire, and a victory would represent more than just three points and one up on our foes.
We’ve had a relatively quiet summer, compared with last year when we spent over £110million on seven players and broke our transfer record three times. Amongst these hopefuls was Erik Lamela – the elusive Argentine – some mediocre midfielders and the fruitless forward Roberto Soldado.
Having received the inescapable message that spending big is not always conducive to yielding success, it seems we have opted for stability in this transfer window. And, as part of that, it is crucial for Mauriccio Pochettino to make his mark and be swift in ascertaining his best 11.
If he is able to command respect from the Spurs faithful the way he is known to acquire reverence from his players, then I think he will stand himself in good stead to steer us out of our slump and into success.
While it is up to the crowd to give the team that 12th man, the supporters also need more from their team and manager than what they were presented with last season in order to drum up some inspiration.
Our latest pre-season friendly saw us win 2-1 against Schalke 04 in an auspicious pre-cursor to what may materialise this coming campaign.
Nearly 35,000 upbeat fans at the Lane saw Lamela, Ben Davies and Erik Dier give solid performances in a team that will more than likely travel to Upton Park, in what will be a telling opening match for us and, more importantly, for Pochettino.
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