Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has constructed a rod for his own back by suggesting that the Lilywhites will win a trophy during the next two years.
The Argentine made the punchy prediction while discussing the Lilywhites’ chequered start to the campaign ahead of the Europa League clash with Asteras Tripolis, saying:
“I am sure we’ll achieve something important, maybe in six months, one year or two years, I am sure the club will achieve a very important trophy.”
However, it seems the wise owls in the trading room at bwin HQ aren’t inclined to share an world view that seems particularly positive given Spurs have won just twice in their last nine outings across all competitions.
They’ve priced up the season when Tottenham’s six-year silverware embargo will finally be lifted, making no trophy between 2014 and 2023 the 6/4 favourite.
Prior to their 2007/08 League Cup success a chasm yawns some 19 seasons back to their previous high watermark, the 1990/91 FA Cup triumph.
Furthermore, with the 2014/15 campaign second-favourite to yield their next trophy at 3/1 it seems the view from the princes of probability is that this season might represent the best chance for some time for a team facing long-term decline.
If however, punters share the former Southampton gaffer’s assertion that the White Hart Lane trophy cabinet will have a new bauble inside the next two years, they can back 2015/16 glory at 8/1 or 2016/17 success at 9/1.
Pochettino does not go so far as to specify exactly which ‘major’ prize his crystal ball has revealed to him, but, by a process of elimination it can only be one of the two domestic cups, or a Community Shield.
After all, the Premier League title is cordoned off behind an oligarch-only velvet rope, while Champions League dropouts will repeatedly arrive belatedly to rain on their Europa League parade.