A hard-fought draw at Chelsea on Saturday was not a bad result, but neither was it enough to convince anyone that Spurs form is set to turn. Anyone that is apart from Louis Saha.
The clubs newest striker feels the Chelsea result and last nights victory over Bolton has left them in a good position to end the season on a high note, and most importantly overtake rivals Arsenal for third.
“It is football, with lots of paradox and things can quickly change,” Saha told Yahoo. Arsenal have had a run so they are confident.
They are in the front seat, they are in a good position but it doesn’t mean we cannot do the same. We have shown consistency during the season. We may have dropped a few points during the past weeks but we have shown that we have closed the gap in terms of our performances.”
And it’s not just Saha. Harry himself has been telling the press , “It’s in our favour, Arsenal have got some tough games. They’ve got Man City at home, Chelsea at home. It’s all to play for still”.
So are the Spurs pair just full of wishful thinking? Trying to boost morale? High?
Well, in the FA cup Spurs stand as good a chance as anyone. However slightly unfortunately for them, the other quarter-finals did not provide any upsets, so they are left with a semi-final against a resurgent Chelsea, and a possible final against one of the Merseyside clubs. To be honest it’s a complete toss-up between any of those four, but Harry’s optimism does not seem unrealistic.
As for the league Harry is right, Arsenal have it tough. In 2 weeks they’ll face a City side battling for the title, and after that they take on Chelsea. But, as Harry said, both of these games are at home.
Also, Arsenals other remaining opposition does not look so intimidating; QPR, Wolves, Wigan, Norwich, all may be spurred on by the fight for survival, but they are still teams Arsenal look like they can handle comfortably in their current form.
And what Harry and Louis failed to mention is Spurs upcoming fixtures appear not that much easier than the Gunners. Much like Arsenal, Spurs face a host of matches against team that may be fighting for survival (QPR, Blackburn, Villa).
What may benefit Spurs however is they also have matches against solidly mid-table sides. Those sides (Swansea, Fulham, West Brom) that as the season draws to a close will have nothing major to fight for. It will be in these kind of games Spurs will hope to close that 3 point gap.
So really it comes down to form, which is why it’s so hard to predict. Reasons can (and were, by me) be ascribed to Spurs sudden poor performances, but conversely Arsenal’s good form is a mystery, seemingly prompted by nothing other than God continually trying to ruin my dreams. Will Arsenal’s from be a case of easy come, easy go?
Harry hopes so. I’m not so sure.
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