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A new chapter for Spurs

General preview 2019/20

A taste at the top table

Despite the way the previous campaign ended, with that heartbreaking Champions League final defeat in Madrid, there's a genuine sense of excitement about the season ahead at Tottenham Hotspur.

The club have had a taste at the top table of European football and there's a confidence among the players, staff and fans that it could be the first step of a new chapter.

Spurs will begin the campaign finally back at home in their enormous new stadium and there's fresh blood on the pitch with club record signing Tanguy Ndombele.

Mauricio Pochettino is still at the helm despite some doubts over his future towards the end of last season and that is possibly Spurs' biggest coup of the summer as the Argentine is central to everything good going on at Tottenham right now.

The final days of the transfer window will likely decide how much of that optimism remains when the new season starts, with some big names linked with a move to the north London club but also some fans' favourites linked with the exit door.

Pre-season news

LATE START FOR SPURS ENDS WITH MIXED FORTUNES

Juventus 2-3 Tottenham

Lamela, Moura, Kane.

Tottenham 1-2 Manchester United

Moura.

Real Madrid 0-1 Tottenham

Kane.

Bayern Munich 2-2 Tottenham (5-6 pens)

Lamela, Eriksen.

Tottenham 1-1 Inter Milan (3-4 on pens)

Moura.

transfer window

Pochettino would like more signings

At this point it's been a success with the eye-catching £63m purchase of Ndombele from Lyon and the £9m capture of 18-year-old Jack Clarke, who then went back to Leeds United on loan for the season.

Out the exit door have gone Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid for more than £21m and Vincent Janssen to Mexican side Monterrey in a deal that could be worth £8m eventually for Spurs.

Michel Vorm also left on a free while Fernando Llorente's contract has expired. The club have offered the veteran Spaniard a reduced terms deal for another year if he cannot find better.

Pochettino would like more signings and there's also that question mark over whether Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld will leave, while Danny Rose has been given permission to move on.

Rating: 7/10

Rating: 9/10

Tanguy Ndombele

The 22-year-old France international was one of Europe's most sought-after players and was Pochettino's top target for the summer.

His chairman Daniel Levy managed to fend off competition for his signature and bring Ndombele to north London in a coup of a deal.

The midfielder could be a real force in the Premier League for now and the future.

Rating: 7/10

Jack Clarke

Very much one for the future, Spurs have secured the services of the 18-year-old winger and sent him back to Leeds to continue his development.

It's a rare tactic for Tottenham but it did pay off with Dele Alli and MK Dons, albeit in mid-season.

In Marcelo Bielsa, Clarke has a coach with a similar footballing philosophy to his former player Pochettino and that will help the young midfielder's transition next season.

Season predictions

Closing the gap on last season's runaway top two

This very much depends on the final couple of weeks of the transfer window and whether Tottenham emerge stronger as a squad than last season.

If they do then the new stadium, the enormous experience gained from that Madrid night and the continuing guiding hand of Pochettino should ensure they close the gap on last season's runaway top two.

Manchester City and Liverpool will surely not be able to maintain their incredible standards of last year and Spurs must take advantage and push them harder this time around while looking to get one of the cups in their trophy cabinet.