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“We could never close the gap”- Kevin Wimmer reflects on Tottenham’s failed title charge when Leicester City won the league

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Kevin Wimmer during his time at Spurs. He is currently at Slovan Bratislava.

Kevin Wimmer reflects on Tottenham Hotspur’s failed title charge when Leicester City won the league

Kevin Wimmer has given his two cents on Tottenham Hotspur’s failed title charge in the 2015-16 season.

Spurs have been ‘nearly there’ a few times in the last decade. Before the UEFA Champions League final loss against Liverpool, our best chance to win a major trophy came in the 2015-16 season under Mauricio Pochettino.

Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea… everyone seemed to be off their pace. It was the perfect time for a consistent Spurs side to mount a charge for the league title.

Ricardo Pereira, Harvey Barnes, and Dennis Praet celebrate after Leicester City score against Tottenham Hotspur.
Ricardo Pereira, Harvey Barnes, and Dennis Praet celebrate after Leicester City score against Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

But Leicester City just didn’t let up. They dropped just 11 points in their last 16 league games and comfortably crossed the finish line, winning the Premier League by 10 points.

So close yet so far

Tottenham, meanwhile, stumbled a fair bit in the end. We dropped 17 points in our last 11 league matches. It was Wimmer’s debut season with Spurs since signing from Cologne and one of just two campaigns he had in north London before moving to Stoke City.

He made 21 appearances for us across competitions that season, with 10 coming in the Premier League. Reflecting on that season, the 30-year-old Austrian said, via the Athletic (Subscription Required)

“We could never close the gap. Sometimes, you think back to this time because we saw it as such a big chance to win the title and it would have been very special for Spurs.

Paris Saint-Germain's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino (L) embraces Nice's coach Christophe Galtier. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
Mauricio Pochettino came close to winning the league with Spurs. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

“But it was crazy, because Leicester were always winning. They always played a day after us towards the end and they didn’t always play so special, but at the end they somehow managed to win.”

We lost the title fair and square. In fact, we crumbled so badly that we ended up finishing third, behind Arsenal. That season taught us a lot, that perhaps Pochettino and our team weren’t mentally prepared for a taxing title challenge.

We built on it and visibly matured under the Argentine tactician. Unfortunately, we have never gotten that close to winning the league game. Well, until now.

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This could be the season where we finally end the wait for a major trophy. Things are different now. There is no underdog challenger, at least currently, and other giants of English football also look in form. Let us see if Ange Postecoglou’s men have what it takes to bring a memorable title home.

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