The knee jerk brigade didn't see it but the rest of us did, injuries were disrupting or season, we simply were not able to put out our best team for the first half of the season. We had to rely on the squad and they have kept us in the hunt while now we can kick on.
It is quite possible that we will be underestimated by many who will look at the first half of the season and assume we will play to the same level in the second half. We won't, we will improve with our players back and fit, all bar Erik Lamela who is still out.
Mauricio Pochettino shares that view and believes we will be stronger now.
“If you go back, what happened after Man City, or just before, [is that] we had many problems in the same period. Some injuries — Toby [Alderweireld], Harry Kane, Dany Rose, Mousa Dembele.
“In a very key period for us in the Champions League and Premier League, we were in a position where it was difficult to cope with that pressure.
“We missed, in that rotation, keeping the level and the energy because some players were out. That was very bad luck that in that period we struggled a little bit to cope with different games and different competitions.
“It was a very busy period if you remember.”