The appointment of Jose Mourinho last November brought much-needed optimism to Tottenham which had been missing for some time in terms of the club winning silverware, but fast-forward to now, and things seem as bleak as ever.
Spurs face a difficult Champions League test next month in the form of Bundesliga table-toppers RB Leipzig, and the north London side have slid down to eighth in the Premier League table despite a promising start to life at Tottenham for Mourinho.
Things look dire for the Portuguese manager and Spurs, but tonight’s game against Middlesbrough should bring some much-needed joy for the Premier League club, who are yet to win a game this year after losing to Southampton on New Year’s Day and to Liverpool on the weekend.
Middlesbrough - Attempt Number Two!
Indeed, the FA Cup has largely been seen by supporters as the club’s most viable shot at claiming silverware this season, with Mourinho himself being a winner of the prestigious competition in his final campaign as manager of Chelsea in his first spell with the west London club.
Yet despite the FA Cup looking like Tottenham’s best chance at ending a now 12-year wait for a trophy, Mourinho might be better off shifting his focus away from ending the club’s silverware drought and onto trying to get the club back into the Premier League top-four.
With competing in the Champions League becoming more lucrative than ever, Spurs would stand to benefit more by earning qualification for Europe’s elite competition rather than try to end their trophyless run this season, especially with Tottenham, based on recent performances, not looking like a side that can embark on a run to the final Wembley.
Nine points currently stand Tottenham from Chelsea in fourth place, and whilst the gap might be big, the Premier League has taught us this season that anything can happen in this division, and all it could take is a good run of form at the right time for Mourinho to lead Spurs to an unlikely finish in a Champions League space.