Seven points clear of Arsenal and sitting just two points off second place, Spurs fans could be forgiven for taunting their rivals in the wake of Sunday’s 2-1 win at White Hart Lane.
Despite surrendering a 10-point lead to their North London neighbours last year, this team are made of sterner stuff and look well on the way to securing a top 4 spot. Gone are the days of surrendering to Wenger’s men. Gone are the days of disappointingly average performances and mid-tables finishes. Even nightmares of finishing fourth and miserably missing out on a Champions League place seem to be fading.
Having arrived at Spurs in contentious circumstances, AVB didn’t immediately impress the demanding Tottenham fans. However, his superb handling of Gareth Bale and arguably Jermaine Defoe has been the catalyst for this Spurs revival. With 10 goals in eight games, the wizardry of the Welsh wonder continues to astound. And the players around him aren’t too bad either.
…some superb performances…
A return to the first team for club favourite Michael Dawson has boosted the Spurs outfit. The much-loved captain has put in some superb performances after it seemed he was all set to jump ship to struggling QPR. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has proved a huge success, with the return of the dependable Scott Parker adding balance to the electric attacking force.
But the question remains, can they do it? With 10 games left to play they have Manchester City firmly in their sights, but will they be able to hold off their challengers? Arsenal’s wounded pride could propel them out of their spiral of decline. And you can see Chelsea’s managerial woes fueling one final push.
…this could be the start of something…
But I’m going to be bold. The optimism surrounding Tottenham Hotspur this season could just be the difference. Having shown surprising resilience in the dying minutes of Sunday’s match, this could be the start of something at the Lane.