Tottenham find themselves in uncharted territory

Tottenham find themselves in uncharted territory

After a shaky start to the season and a period of settling into what will temporarily be their new home, the Wembley Stadium, Tottenham regained lost ground. Their 1-0 win against Barnsley in the Football League third round tie on September 19, 2017 was the catalyst for their change in fortunes, albeit short-lived. Their brief renaissance in the English Premier League saw them register four wins in four games. However, their last five games – against Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Arsenal, West Brom and Leicester City – have seen the chalk up only four points.

Tottenham’s 2-1 loss came against Leicester City, with goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez ensuring Harry Kane’s strike was but a consolation effort.

Spurs are in a somewhat unfamiliar space. Having gone toe-to-toe with eventual league winners, Leicester City and Chelsea over the last two seasons, they find themselves in a peculiar position of being disregarded as title challengers – this, as early as the 13th game of the season. The gap is already over 12 points.

Their continental exploits have elicited widespread praise for handsomely sitting atop what was considered the ‘Group of Death’ in the UEFA Champions League, ahead of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. However, on the domestic front, theirs is a tale of growing inconsistency for a side that has often displayed some swashbuckling football to dispose of the likes of Liverpool.

Spurs, with 24 league games still to play this season, have lost as many games as they did the whole of last season – four. And while they often play a high line of football, as well as exhibit high-pressing of players to recover possession in what are high-energy performances, there is every possibility they may come undone under certain scenarios. And so it happened against Leicester City, a side that struck twice despite only registering 37% of possession. However, the Foxes’ cause was aided by a series of errors that threatened to embarrass Spurs.

Now, manager Mauricio Pochettino, is for the first time tasked with recovering a side’s belief. Having joined the Londoners in May 2014, the Argentine tactician has gone from strength to strength, assembling a side capable of challenging for the title. And now, his side faces a relatively new task of re-establishing faith and confidence in a side already capable of overcoming behemoth of opponents such as European continental champions, Real Madrid.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Interesting read🔝🔝🔝but let’s be realistic they never were Contenders ….it was always a 2 horse race between the teams from Manchester….and clearly it’s the blue side of Manchester that is running away with it..but keep up the good work Jiva u going places

    • It is early doors. Looking at the table, while one three points separate second and third place, five points separate third to seventh place. Anything can happen, but with Spurs already 16 points off the league leaders, surely that’s it for them. As for Manchester United, they could still falter – their next two games are against Arsenal and Manchester City! Thanks for your support!

  2. I have to disagree with your view that the gap is too big already. Spurs have been the most consistent English team over the past 3 seasons and they seem to have the CL on lockdown. The 12 point gap will be reduced over December when City will drop points or when City and co. progress deeper into the CL. What I would agree with is that Spurs play an intense brand of football and against teams like Leicester they may come undone so if they don’t figure out how to beat teams that play like this they may lose their place in top 3 to the likes of Arsenal, or dare I say it, Liverpool.

    • December is always a testing time and it remains to be seen how far they will progress. You may be right, they could claw back some points. But surely, isn’t a 16 point gap quite improbable? Then again, so was Leicester City winning the league – 5,000/1 were the odds.

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