Win or bust – it is that simple for me!
Dramatic perhaps, but we face a watershed moment in our season in the next fortnight with United, Liverpool and Arsenal all too follow soon after. We are already 5pts off the top 4 pace and anything other than a positive set of results will ensure we remain in the hunt come the end of the season. Two wins at least is required, but to be honest I can`t see that happening somehow.
Most Tottenham fans know we only ourselves to blame, having inexplicably thrown points away this season – notably at Wembley – to Swansea, Burnley, West Brom and West Ham that leaves us in this predicament we currently face. Unfortunately, we are continually playing catch-up and losing to United and Liverpool will see nothing short of an uphill climb for us.
I have given up guessing what Pochettino will do with his starting line-up this evening, as I`m still bemused at his decision to play 3 holding midfielders against Newport at the weekend. The continued ploy to have Sissoko in the starting XI once again confuses me given his lack of contribution every given week. Quite why Poch felt the need to highlight his importance to the team reflects badly on him as there are no stats in the world that back up that statement, or any real evidence on the pitch at all this season. Hopefully the imminent signing of Moura will dislodge him from the starting line-up although with Poch you never know.
We all know what we can expect from United tonight so that is why we cannot afford not to have pace and creativity in our team selection. Mourinho`s team will ultimately sit back throughout aiming to hit us on the break and therefore if we don`t start fast (like we did against Liverpool and Dortmund) then we can expect a tough and frustrating evening.
A win tonight is a must and arguably this our biggest game in the Premier League this season so far, as defeat will make United uncatchable therefore leaving us with only two CL spots up for grabs and with Chelsea and Liverpool enjoying a 5pts cushion already it underlines the sheer importance of it.
Can Poch really afford not to take the game to Manchester United tonight? A defensive set-up tonight will see us get punished and our hopes of a Champions League place with it.