Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year
How are you, lads?! Take a deep breath, find your optimism, remember a couple of games do not define a season, and thank your God that you do not support a team from the 4th division (sorry - it will always be that to me) with, not even the remotest chance of glory.
We have blue and white blood running through our veins and we can take the good with the bad ... and historically, we have had our fair share of both! Feeling better? Now let us move on. I cannot remember a month with a more congested fixture list than the coming December, (maybe that's because I forget more as I get older!). But during the month of December we have NINE games. In the league we have seven games; Man Utd (H), Fulham (A), Sunderland (A), Liverpool (H), Southampton (A), WBA (H), Stoke (H). In between these games we have two cup games; Home to Anji in the Europa League, and Home to WHU in the Capital Cup.
That is, in my opinion, enough to test the depth and strength of any squad, no matter how good it looks on paper. Hopefully, our major competitors will experience a similar test during this month, (I have not checked their fixture list ... but we can only rely on our own endeavours in any case). If we can come out of December maintaining the position we are currently in, we can be very optimistic about a top four finish and should remain well in contention for some form of silverware.
So, what results do we need before going in to th! e second half of the season? Obviously the Capital Cup game against WHU is a must win game (there is no little revenge aspect to this encounter that should add a bit of spice). The Europa League game against Anji has far less pressure, and therefore, significance, to it, although we would expect to win or draw it ... either of which would be satisfactory. With the basic philosophy of; win the home games and draw the away games to finish in the top four or become champions (although, for Spurs, perhaps the reverse would be more appropriate!) we would want to win all four home games.
I think we could beat Utd, WBA and Stoke, but the remaining home game against Liverpool should prove the biggest challenge, and I would be happy with a draw. Of the three away games, I think we will need to beat Fulham and Sunderland, and draw at Southampton (who seem to be over achieving at the moment and are the looming dark horse of the competition!).
I have not mentioned the word 'defeat' (mainly because I don't like it and it is not a word that I have ever contemplated before any Spurs game) but we can expect at least one ... where it would come (assuming it does), in the above fixture list, I am not sure, to be honest. We need to average 2 points a game to stay in contention (which we are still close to doing), so, I guess, 15 points ou! t of the 21 on offer during the month would keep us on track. But, this is football, with its many devious variables and the enchantment of lady-luck's favour, and there is no pre-ordained plan to follow, so the realities will probably look much different to that reflected above. And, we have, of course, to complete November first!
So ... how happy do you think Christmas will be for Tottenham supporters, and how do you think December will unravel?
Written by Geofspurs