Now for 3 seasons we've finished top 4 with 1 mini title challenge, 1 genuine title challenge and a 3rd place on the last day. We had 1 poor Champions League campaign which turned into a dismal Europa League campaign and 1 good campaign that ended disappointingly prematurely from the position we were in. Our Domestic Cup efforts have been bordering on negligent to farcical despite having had many favourable draws and the obvious quality to have actually won something. As we embark on Pochettino's 5th season in charge with finally the giant millstone on the verge of completion, a team that boasts 9 players from the last 4 in the world cup (including 1 winner and the Golden boot winner), a 3rd Champions league campaign on the bounce to look forward to I'm wondering as a fan base what they think the bar should be set at this season? Are we still playing the plucky underdog role, punching above our weight with the Big Boys happy for the little victories and odd results, or are we going to be expecting more? The transfer window to date has been a complete non starter for us with 19 days left to improve the 1st team output and our over all chances of achieving something memorable quickly seeming less obtainable, while again watching clubs around us strengthen. With ticket hikes for the new destination, the matchday revenue increases, the TV & Sponsorship increases year on year that ENIC have enjoyed - (not us) while putting next to nothing back into our 1st team yet expecting us to pay through the nose for the privileges of knowing we're close but never really quite there something's gotta give soon hasn't it? So I'm wondering as fans what people expect from this season for A it to be counted as progress and successful & B what would be unacceptable/not good enough? Now to put this into perspective we are playing against 5 sides for the home honours, Man City undoubtedly the favourites due to the financial clout/manager/ squad, Liverpool interestingly seem to be the most ambitious so far of the chasing pack in this window, Utd have a winner in charge and a handful of quality players, both the Chavs and Scum in transition new managers/questions over players etc. So for me and for a team with the playing personnel at hand we have currently , the fact they're settled I only see City and Pool as the 2 teams we should be worried about and seeing as we've finished above both in last few seasons there's no reason for the inferiority complex we should be in the Hunt/Mix for the Title from the off if the drive/hunger is right not hoping for top 4. I'm not saying we must win it or any type of entitlement just that we should be in the Mix towards end of season. Champions league is a must reach knockout stages minimum, after that it all depends on the draw and rub of the green. Domestic Trophies we Must put something in the Cabinet no ifs buts maybes should've would've could've the baron spell has gone on for far too long, the club needs silverware no matter how much Poch or some would say it doesn't matter - it does !!!! And it's not beyond our capabilities. Now we've had more projects, transitions, plans than Levy could count on an abacus over the last 15years building at a snail pace often stagnant, often 1 step forward 2 steps back, new direction, managers/players/goals etc but surely Now is the time to take the next step?!?! I want to see lessons have been learnt from seasons previous, it's ok saying that they'll learn from this result/match/run if they come back stronger and right those things the next time round, there's little evidence to show they do. This season I want to see pro active player purchases (not optimistic on that front) I want to see us start on the front foot, not 2 months in and chasing a 8/9 point gap. I want to see tactical improvement and not just from Pochettino the players need to step up and take responsibility in the tighter/tricky games. The naivety needs to stop, yes play our game but know when to shut up shop and protect what you've got. Better use of the squad , let's not run the 1st team into the ground until they're struggling or we're 1 injury away from it going tits up. Treat the Domestic competitions with respect and in turn the paying loyal fans! Now I can accept not winning a trophy again as long as on those days we've really give it our all - but I can't accept though the whimpering about and limping out of competition anymore. For example City going out to Wigan because of Wigan's valiant effort was more honourable imo than our no show Vs Utd especially after being 1 up we literally just had no idea how to hold onto it and these are the improvements I'd like to see a winning mentality! But I'm interested to know as a collective what fans think and is it now time we stopped accepting 2nd best/nearly men and started demanding more?