While Aresenal may have enjoyed 21 years of St. Totteringham day celebrations, 2017 marked the first year in over 2 decades that they will not have an opportunity to catch Spurs in the table and with 4 games to spare. They are riding a 9 game winning streak that has seen them keep close tabs on Chelsea, who unfortunately pulled out a 3-0 win at Everton snapping their home winning streak. The Spurs are 11 points clear of 3rd place Man City and Liverpool in the table. The Spurs are away at West Ham on Friday with Chelsea home to Middlesbrough.
The dealt with one of their tough remaining games. Some may think 2-0 was a great outcome for the Spurs against their North London rivals, but there were more goals in the game that the Spurs failed to capitalize. Two empty net opportunities that just need to be tucked away with a little bit of skill and finesse, but they did all their damage just after the 50 minute mark with Dele Alli passing off to Eriksen in the box who made a couple nice moves to get an opportunity on Cech, with the rebound getting to Alli who buried his opportunity. Within 30 seconds on the restart, Kane was awarded a penalty on a poor challenge by Gabriel in the box, which allowed them to go two up.
Vertonghen had two great shots (yes the big Belgium defender!) that were pushed away by Cech who had to be sharp all game to not let the game get out of hand to 4-0 or 5-0. The Spurs deserved all they got in this Derby at the Lane. Hopefully it’s not much ado about nothing. The Spurs need some help if they are to capture the crown. Two ties in Chelsea’s last 4 games would allow that. They appear to have a guarantee home win facing them on Monday, but the Spurs have an opportunity to put the pressure on them on Friday to get 1 point behind the title leaders on Friday before Chelsea play on Monday.
They are on a fine run at the end of the season, trophies will be in their near future, and let’s hope they get a crack at the title.
Oh when the Spurs go marching in… To Dare is to Do.