Just like the headline, Spurs are crossing all the Ts as they sneak up on the top spot in the Premier League after beating Everton tonight. Harry’s men are now level on points with Manchester United, just 3 points behind the faltering City.
Do Spurs really have what it takes to win the Premier League this year? Critics are saying that they are playing the best
football in the league, well, is that enough? I would say no. If you look at City’s rise to the current head of the table, they got there in the most part by scoring lots of goals and entertaining. All very well and good you say, but the heavy set of fixtures over the Christmas period has started to take its toll. Couple this with the African Cup of Nations robbing the best that City have to offer, and the inevitable suspensions from a handful of bookings and the odd red card, maybe it is now that we see the reason why Manchester United will probably go on and win the title with their consistent winning streak and ability to win without playing good football at times… oh.. wait a second… they aren’t.
What Manchester United do however have, is one of the best managers in the world, and that experience of knowing what it is like to win titles and rescue reasons from the brink of despair.
Enter Spurs, having already ruled Chelsea out of the title race it seems that Tottenham are showing that actually they have a squad capable of challenging against the very best. Recently all the focus has been on racism, 2 footed challenges and the two Manchester clubs, and the transfer linking of any and all players in the world with QPR. All the while this has been going Spurs have been picking up points at will and making a surge towards the top of the table.
Spurs are being helped dramatically by everyone else failing to pick up points against lower league opposition, while Spurs struggled against the “big clubs” in the first half of the season, this doesn’t appear to matter right about now as they are consistently picking up points against everyone else.
My concern for them will be that towards the last few months of the season, providing they are in the healthy position they are in now, the nerves will creep in and results will start to falter, this is where United have the edge. The title between United and Spurs? I’d say so, City will crumble and attempt to throw another boat load of cash at the situation, Chelsea’s hopes of winning the title this year are long gone, and Arsenal? Even with the magic man Henry back for a few months, this is probably not going to be enough. It looks like the wagon has been derailed at Anfield, and with their most influential player behind Stevie G out for 1/4 of the season, surely it is just down to Spurs to dot the Is …