Tottenham Club Focus – Opportunity to get back on track at Stamford Bridge

Perhaps after the first two matches of the season, if you had said with nine games to go Tottenham Hotspur would be one point off of third place and five points ahead of fifth, fans may have taken snapped your hand off. Such was their form and confidence until mid-February that the current position now appears a disappointment to some. Arguably it shouldn’t be.

The Lilywhites are still in a strong position to finish in the Champions League places and after this weekend have perhaps the [on paper] easier run in of the London challengers for a top four place. All teams are likely to endure poor runs – other teams have and maybe this is Spurs’. Since the trouncing of Newcastle, Spurs have gone a run which has seen them take only one point from twelve in the League and beat Stevenage in a FA Cup replay. Accordingly, the Saturday lunchtime kickoff against Chelsea could be one of Tottenham Hotspur’s most crucial matches of the season. A draw or a win at Stamford Bridge should be seen as a good result, maintaining the pressure on Arsenal in third and a distance to Chelsea in fifth, bringing confidence back to the team.

Whilst perhaps a frustrating result for fans, the draw against Stoke City arrested a run of three consecutive league defeats. In this match, as in the matches against Manchester United and Everton, Spurs did not play too badly. In each match the Lilywhites enjoyed the majority of possession, created chances and had a high number of shots. The difference being whereas earlier in the season Spurs were getting the results recently they haven’t. Harry Redknapp said on Thursday, “We just seem to have lost our way, we’re not playing with the same fluency.” Continuing “The teams we’ve played are not teams you can blow away. It was difficult tonight, and I just feel like we panicked a bit. We stopped playing, stopped passing, stopped probing, when we needed to be patient. We started lumping the ball forward. There’s no point in lumping the ball forward against Stoke. We had to play, we had to keep being patient, and if it took 10, 15, 20 passes to try to make an opening, we had to do it.”

Maybe the late equaliser against The Potters is the turning of the corner needed. Spurs dominated possession, hit the bar, and created enough chances or half chances to suggest that on another day three points would have been secured. A clich

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