Tottenham Hotspur: Predicting Spurs' Final 5 Games

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Tottenham Hotspur: Predicting Spurs' Final 5 Games
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Redknapp and Co. seem determined to test the patience and sanity of everyone still willing to call themselves fans of the capitulating train-wreck that is Tottenham Hotspur.

Where was the motivation at Wembley?

Are Luka Modric's thoughts already drifting to Sheik Mansour's pocketbook?  Maybe Gallas felt it would be disrespectful to exert effort against his former club.  Or perhaps Redknapp's pre-match pep talk was the announcement of his acceptance of the England position.

Whatever the cause, last Sunday's lackluster performance against Chelsea, which resulted in the somewhat-misleading scoreline of 5-1 in favor of the Blues, saw Tottenham booted from its last chance for silverware.

Tottenham can blame Martin Atkinson's borderline corrupt decision to allow Juan Mata's non-goal all they want.  But five goals?  Tottenham's performance in the final 15 minutes was nothing short of a slap in the face of every Spurs fan.

And what are the excuses for every game since February? The goalless snore-fest against Sunderland?  Spurs had 71 percent possession, but could not break Sunderland's parked bus. 

And what about the 2-1 loss to Norwich? At home?  Redknapp's response was basically, "Oh well."

In the end, the excuses do not matter.  What matters is that for the second season in a row, Tottenham has fallen apart at the end of what looked to be a promising season.  And the reasons are painfully similar: they've failed to finish off lower-table teams, they've failed to capitalize on other teams' slips in the table and they've generally looked like they don't care anymore.

This year, however, they do not have the excuse of a European hangover.

I cannot explain how or why, but there has been a catastrophic loss of confidence and ability in Tottenham, more than should be possible in a squad with so much talent, and the blame lies with everyone.

But let's stay positive.

Tottenham were handed a surprising lifeline on Monday when Arsenal lost to a startlingly-potent Wigan (yes, Wigan).  The glimmer of hope for a third place finish remains intact—Tottenham can close the gap between the Gunners to two points on Saturday. 

And Arsenal get to follow that up with a matchup against Chelsea.

There are five games left for Redknapp's squad to save face; as Tottenham have proved, anything can happen in five games.  It appears to be a relatively easy run-in, but nothing's easy with the North East London side, which is compounded by the fact that Tottenham must win every single one of them to achieve Redknapp's "five wins to Europe" campaign.

And as Scott Parker correctly concludes, it's "Europe or bust" for Tottenham. 

So which is it: Europe or bust?

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