Posted by: Paul | October 17, 2010

Sneaking through

With no Spurs posts for a couple of weeks, I’ll be making up for that this week as we play the most challenging of our Champions League group matches this wednesday, away at Inter Milan. What a night for Spurs fans!

At this point in the weekend, with the Man City game still to be played, it’s only goal difference separating 2nd and 5th place in the Premier League. And leaders Chelsea, having drawn yesterday with Aston Villa are just five points ahead of the chasing group – a gap, but not exactly an insurmountable one with 30 games still to go.

It’s early days obviously, but with a lot of the media attention focused on Liverpool and their problems, the pressure on Man City’s millions to deliver results, and some possible cracks appearing in the sheen of both Man Utd and Arsenal, Spurs are out of the limelight but level on points with all of them (except, thankfully, Liverpool). And I’m very happy for it to stay that way. With everyone saying they’re expecting this to be Man City’s year, it seems the only person talking about Spurs is Harry Redknapp himself.

It’s true we did incredibly well to finish fourth last year, and achieving at least that feat again while at the same time trying to mount a successful campaign in Europe was always going to be very difficult. But in truth, with the mixed start everyone but Chelsea has had, we’re as much in contention as anyone else. I know it’s easy to talk about dropped points and ‘what ifs’, but if we’d beaten Wigan at WHL as we certainly should have, we’d be in second. If we’d finished Man City off on the first day – as we most certainly should have, then we’d be level with Chelsea.

Still, early days but encouraging signs. After all, not only are we having some decent form in the league, but we have 4 points in the CL, and all this with an injury list as long as your arm to major first team regulars. I’m hopeful that when we start getting some people back – hopefully starting with Michael Dawson at just the right time – we’ll be able to push on even further. Watch this space, Spurs fans – and fingers crossed for Wednesday at the San Siro!

The next Premier League review is a live one, for I will be at WHL to watch Spurs v Everton on Saturday. Can’t wait to ridicule Everton’s terrible hot pink away kit!

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