Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood is of the opinion that if Spurs lose to bitter North London rivals Arsenal on Saturday that their chances of finishing in the top-four could be over.
Spurs have lost two games on the bounce and lie nine points behind league leaders Liverpool, however, it is not the top of the table that is their immediate concern but the teams behind them and an Arsenal win tomorrow would see the Gunners move to within a single point of Tottenham in third place.
“It’s always a massive game, but this time when you look at where both teams are positioned in the league, it doesn’t get much bigger than this,” Sherwood told Talksports Friday’s Sports Breakfast.
“At the beginning of the season if you said Tottenham would finish where they are at the moment, you would say that’s a good season for them.
“Realistically did we think they were title contenders? To be honest I thought they were with the squad they’ve got, but I had Liverpool and Manchester City above them as favourites so you can’t really complain if they fell out of the top-two.
“But to finish outside of the top-four would be a very disappointing season, so it’s in the balance. It’s in their hands.
“This is a huge game. Winning the north London derby almost puts everything back on track and they’ve still got to go to man city and Liverpool, so there are so very tough fixtures coming up for Tottenham.
“I believe they will stay there, but I think they have to win tomorrow to be able to do that.”
To some extent Sherwood is right but the one thing that has characterised Tottenham this season is their ability to dig deep, they did come up short against both Burnley and Chelsea but they showed against Dortmund what they are truly capable of when they get it right and while they would be in a precarious position if they did lose they would still be above Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd with two places up for grabs.
Point is, it would be foolish to write Tottenham off even if they do lose and they would still have as much if not more chance of finishing top four than those breathing down their necks.
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