Are Spurs Champions League contenders or pretenders?

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Are Spurs Champions League contenders or pretenders?

Tottenham beat the odds time and again under Pochettino. Mourinho must work similar miracles

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Jose Mourinho’s home debut as Tottenham Hotspur manager was not without drama as his new side fell 2-0 behind to Olympiakos on Tuesday before roaring back to book their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a 4-2 victory.

That fighting spirit was often in evidence on a rollercoaster ride to last season’s final, the first in the club’s history. But the defensive disorganisation of the opening half-hour against the Greek side, who have not won away in the Champions League for four years, has been a familiar sight for Spurs this season. It ultimately cost Mauricio Pochettino his job last week after five and a half years of progress that catapulted Spurs into European football’s elite.

So will Mourinho’s Tottenham truly be Champions League contenders come the new year or cannon fodder for the competition’s favourites as Bayern Munich showed with a 7-2 mauling of their hosts in London last month?..

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