Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Why losing the Premier League title is now the least of Tottenham’s worries

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino will be desperate to hold onto a top-two spot in the Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino will be desperate to hold onto a top-two spot in the Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur suffered real heartache after throwing away a two-goal lead away to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, gifting the Premier League title to leaders Leicester City, who are now seven points clear with only six points to play for.

But with Spurs having dropped points in their last two games, fierce North London rivals Arsenal can still catch them up in the remaining games with how much ground they’ve gained in recent weeks.

Are Tottenham crumbling?

Tottenham are currently second in the Premier League table with 70 points from 36 games this season. They were ending the campaign in blistering form but have recently dropped points against West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea to throw away their chances of major honours. In both games, Tottenham relinquished a first-half lead after the break, while suffering from nerves and indiscipline, and they could now end the season just as shaky too. Manager Mauricio Pochettino will now likely have to contend with the loss of two central midfielders, which could greatly hamper them in their last two games.

Spurs face a Southampton side who recently thrashed Manchester City in the Premier League, and have dispatched of the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool too. It’s far from a foregone conclusion as a result with the Saints ending the season strongly so Tottenham desperately need to regroup quickly to ensure they don’t ruin what has been a fantastic campaign under Pochetttino. Tottenham can still drop two places in the table if results go against them, so their biggest test will come on the Sunday.

Arsenal finishing strongly

Arsenal will be looking to capitalise. The Gunners are third in the Premier League with 67 points from 36 games, and have picked up more points than Tottenham in recent weeks. They are three points adrift but have a much worse goal difference so Arsene Wenger’s men will need daylight between them and their rivals. Arsenal have a challenge to come against Manchester City on the weekend, but with the Londoners having beaten the Sky Blues in their last two league meetings, they will fancy their chances against a side likely to be rotated after European excursions in midweek.

Wenger’s side will be expecting a slip-up from the Lilywhites now the wheels have come off Tottenham’s title-challenge, but the true damage is yet to be seen. Arsenal are 11/2 to finish in the top-two of the Premier League, but can Tottenham refocus to claim the runners-up spot?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Crippy Cooke


Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.

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