Tottenham’s season appeared to be in disarray a few weeks ago, after losing a Carabao Cup semi-final and an FA Cup tie in the space of four days. Couple this with their myriad of injury woes, and you have a team looking likely to fall apart in the closing months of the season.
However, Mauricio Pochettino has steadied the Tottenham ship, winning three consecutive league games, leaving his men in prime position to secure Champions League football for next term.
We run through four reasons why the north London giants will now make the top four for the fourth year in a row.
4. They are Nine Points Clear of Man Utd
Tottenham are renowned for their undesirable habit of throwing away leads and ‘bottling it’ when it really matters most.
However, with just 13 games of the Premier League campaign remaining, a nine point lead over fifth-placed United is very healthy at this stage of the competition, and it would take a spectacular capitulation for Spurs to throw it away now.
3. They Are Yet to Draw a Premier League Game
Despite losing consecutive cup games in the space of four days recently, Spurs have shown their mettle by winning three Premier League games on the spin. All three games were level with less than ten minutes left on the clock, but Pochettino’s men have found a way to grind out the win with some very late strikes.
They will not gain any special recognition for their unique record, but the fact remains that Tottenham are now winning games they would previously have drawn, and that puts them in good stead to make the top four.
2. They are Still Winning Without Harry Kane & Dele Alli
Spurs fans’ 2019 got off to a catastrophic start, after Harry Kane and Dele Alli sustained injuries in quick succession. However, other players have come to the fore in their absence and Spurs have won their last three Premier League games without Kane or Alli.
With the pair set to return in the coming weeks, the Lilywhites will only improve as they push on for a fourth consecutive top four finish.
1. The Pressure Is Off
Though some in the Wembley terraces are demanding Tottenham are included in the title race conversation, Pochettino has massively played down any title talk which will only take the pressure off of his squad.
We all know they haven’t dealt well with pressure in recent seasons, so the fact that they are the underdogs to win the title means they can be fully focused on securing Champions League football as they move into their glossy new home.