Tottenham Face Must-Win Game with Southampton to Keep Top-4 Hopes Alive

Ryan TolmichCorrespondent IIDecember 20, 2013

Tottenham have struggled this season, epitomized by their 5-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool.
Tottenham have struggled this season, epitomized by their 5-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool.Paul Gilham/Getty Images

The motto of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is “Audere est Facere,” or “To dare is to do.” If Tottenham dare to call themselves top-four contenders, they’re going to have plenty of work to do this holiday season.

With last weekend’s 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool, the lillywhite section of London has started to look a little blue.

Fresh off of a £105 million summer spending spree, Tottenham are floundering.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas has been unceremoniously sacked. Signings Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela et al. have struggled to adapt to the Premier League. The defense is leaking goals, while the attack is inept to say the least.

With that being said, Tottenham are not quite buried in their quest for Champions League glory, but their chances are now hanging by a thread.

Spurs currently find themselves sitting seventh, just five points behind the always-coveted fourth position. However, with the emergence of the Merseyside clubs to rival perennial powerhouses City, Chelsea and Arsenal, the Premier League’s top positions are as crowded as ever.

The Liverpool and City games were complete and utter embarrassments. There’s no way around it. However, losses to those clubs are anything but inexcusable, as long as Spurs can pick up points against teams they’re supposed to coast past.

While this weekend’s matchup with Southampton will be anything but a breeze, the nine-figure-spending Spurs are expected to win games like this.

From there, comes West Brom and Stoke, before a trip to Old Trafford opens up the New Year. Getting into a groove through the holiday season will be absolutely paramount for Tottenham, as there are plenty of points to be had.

West Brom and Stoke are both highly beatable, especially at White Hart Lane, despite Tottenham’s struggles on their home pitch. United has floundered even more than the struggling Spurs, as the aura around the club has all but vanished. If Tottenham can get through that stretch with anything over seven points, they should be right back on track for Champions League contention.

However, it all begins with this weekend’s rumble with Southampton. If Tottenham are going to get back to where they expect to be, they need to pick it up, and fast. Arsenal are pulling away, Liverpool and Everton aren’t disappearing, and City and Chelsea are only getting better.

Spurs are going to have to pick it up, and pick it up fast, if they are looking to remain one of England’s top clubs.


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