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Why The Man City Clash Is Make Or Break For Spurs

Why The Man City Clash Is Make Or Break For Spurs
Thursday,October 25,2018

It’s been a strange season for Tottenham so far, and on the face of it Spurs fans have reasons to be downhearted. The 2-2 draw with PSV on Wednesday leaves Mauricio Pochettino’s men on the brink of elimination in Group B of the Champions League, with just one point from three games, five behind second place Inter Milan. That draw, and the late 2-1 defeat to Inter last month, suggests that Spurs have a way to go before they can compete with the very best in Europe, as despite dominating large periods of both those matches, they lack the killer instinct and knowhow to close teams out. Spurs fans will tell you they’ve looked a bit off colour in the league, although the stats tell a different story.


Despite defeats to Watford and Liverpool, seven wins from nine games means Spurs have enjoyed their best ever start to a Premier League campaign. They’ve hardly set the league on fire though, with underwhelming displays against West Ham, Cardiff and Brighton wielding narrow victories. Spurs have been someway off their free flowing best, not helped with nine players being involved in the World Cup semi-finals


However, those seven wins are only enough to put Pochettino’s side fifth, but are just two points off leaders and Monday’s opponents, Man City. The 2-1 loss to Liverpool at Wembley last month means Spurs can’t afford any more slip ups against fellow top six sides, especially at home, making Monday’s clash a pivotal one. Given the fact Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all have favourable matches this weekend, and the congested nature at the top of the table, a defeat could leave them adrift not only in the title race, but in the battle to make the Champions League next season. And with their campaign at Europe’s top table almost certain to end in the coming weeks, you could say Monday is make or break in their entire season.


Perhaps the ability to grind out results in recent weeks, even if it’s been a bit too often for Pochettino’s liking, means big performances are surely only around the corner, but they need their big guns to start firing. Dele Alli and Danny Rose look set to miss out and have struggled with injury this season, while Harry Kane hasn’t been at his best but still has seven goals to his name. Christian Eriksen has also struggled with fitness issues and has yet to hit his stride, demonstrated by his slack pass that led to Hugo Lloris’ sending off against PSV. The French World Cup winning stopper has also been hampered by injury this season, and has made a couple of high profile mistakes, looking far from his stable best.

Luckily for Spurs, the likes of Erik Lamela, who has scored five goals this season and been directly involved in 10 goals in his last 10 games, have stepped up to the mark, so too has young midfielder Harry Winks. Defensively they’ve been solid, conceding just seven but will be with out Jan Vertonghen for around the next six weeks. Failure to recruit in the summer at least showed a lot of faith in the current crop of players, who have been billed as the future of the club for a few years now, but the time to win a meaningful trophy is starting to run out, and you wonder if failure to win the league this season will see a mass exodus in the summer. However, victory against Man City would see them overtake the champions, but that’s going to take some doing.


Pep’s men are looking even more deadly than last season, dropping just four points from their first nine matches, scoring 26 and conceding just three. They’ve won by five goals three times already, and have come away from the Emirates and Anfield with an impressive four points in total.


The ability to rotate the likes of Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane, and still put out a deadly attacking trio, is enough to send shivers down the spines of opposition defenders. Five players have scored four or more goals so far in all competitions this season, and as they showed against Liverpool, City are capable of shutting out teams also possessing quality up front. They’re also unbeaten in 15 league matches, and have won 10 of their last 15 encounters with Spurs, including on three of their last five visits. It’s going to be a tough ask for Spurs to stop City, but failure to do so could leave them facing an uphill battle to keep up with the rest in the title race.


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