In my last blog, I asked for a response from the Spurs boys, claiming the game against Stoke City was a ‘must-win’, and they definitely heard me.
So where are we now? Tottenham have won their last two fixtures in the premier league, sit 4th in the table and have a massive test at the weekend. As well as drawing Juventus in the Champions League last 16. So let’s discuss.
The match against Stoke was a fantastic display from the lads, winning 5-1 in the end. However with the game being only 1-0 at HT, I was worried that this was going to be another close game at Wembley that may have lead to something less than the necessary 3 points needed. But to my relief, and that of thousands of other Spurs fans, we turned on the style in the second half. Kane bagged a brace each, with Sonny, Eriksen and Shawcross getting the others. We were unfortunate to concede in the end, as a clean sheet would’ve been the perfect end, but nonetheless a very solid performance.
Since then, we also faced Brighton at Wembley in midweek, and again got another much needed win, especially going into a huge test at the weekend, but we’ll get into that… We managed to win 2-0 against the seagulls, in what was actually a very close game throughout. Serge Aurier bagged his first goal under the Spurs name in the 40th minute, sending us into halftime with the lead. Perhaps if it wasn’t for this, we may not have went on to win the game. Nevertheless, the lead was with Tottenham at the halfway mark, and we indeed went on to win the game, with Son securing the 3 points with a goal in the 87th. There isn’t much doubt that Heung-Min Son is arguably our best player right now.
Winning these two games, along with some favourable results for the teams around us in the league, means we now sit fourth., level with both Liverpool and Burnley on 31 points. Hopefully this is the start of some desired form for the Spurs, particularly heading into the game at the weekend. Who against? Manchester City.
Now where do you start with Manchester City? The statistics are endless. Lost just one game in all competitions this season. Unbeaten in the league. Top of the table, sitting 11 points clear of United in second. Scored 52 league goals so far, only conceding 11. Won their last 15 league games in a row, a new premier league record. It is ridiculous to be honest.
We travel to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday to play the Blues, and there is no doubt it is going to be incredibly tough. Would I take a point against this City side right now? Of course I would, but we can by no means go into this game looking for a point, we need to play our game. Players like Kane, Son and Eriksen can break down their defence, especially with the likes of Kompany missing. However I am looking at Dele Alli. He has not been in inspiring form so far this season, and if there was ever a time to turn up, this is it. Missing both Sanchez and Toby at the back as well is going to hurt us, especially against the likes of Aguero, Sane, Sterling, De Bruyne etc. In my mind I do think we have the capability of winning, but with the form this City side is currently in, I am very nervous heading into the fixture.
So how should we line up? I am going to go for the exact same team we set out against Stoke.
Lloris, Tripper, Dier, Vertonghen, Davies, Winks, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane
As I said, I think we can win, on our day. But whether or not this will be our day is another question. Manchester City look unstoppable. We have won our last two. It is shaping up to be a good fixture. Do I think we CAN win? Absolutely. Do I think we WILL? Well that is another question… But who knows…
To finish up, I will just briefly discuss our Champions League fixture in the last 16 of the competition. The draw was on Monday, and we have been drawn against Italian giants Juventus. This is a very exciting fixture for the Spurs, but again, a very tricky one. Having the reverse fixture at Wembley may be crucial for us and our chances of progressing, but that is if the tie is not out-of-sight by the end of the first leg. I will do a full preview in February for these games, but I am excited for the future.