City have spent most of the season with their eyes firmly trained on Manchester United’s backside as they target retaining the Premier League title. But, alas, as United edged away from they baying pack, City saw United take a 12-point lead at the top of the table.
Since then, City’s season took yet another bad turn with a poor run of form and results but, after seeing off challenges Chelsea 2-0 at the Etihad last weekend, they’ll surely feel secure in second place. Right?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger stated adamantly yesterday that his team, could finish 2nd. I doubt that will come to fruition this season but there is another team in North London and they could very well finish 2nd in the Premier League.
Gareth Bale’s wonder strike in the 90th minute of their London derby at Upton Park with West Ham last night meant Spurs leapfrogged Chelsea into 3rd position and they now sit just 5 points behind City who, let’s face it, although the may still hope United will slip or stutter, it would take a something catastrophic to knock Sir Alex and company off their perch.
City’s recent blip in form, in my humble opinion, was a reflection of the lack of belief and faith the players had all of a sudden – realization sunk in that it was probably a little bit out of their reach at this stage in the season. Whilst victory over the Blues will have boosted their confidence heading in to the final stretch of the campaign, Chelsea were very poor on the day.
Spurs and former Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas suffer no such lack of conviction – they are riding high on a wave of the sensational class of Gareth Bale who is nothing short of breath-taking. His manager called him ‘an inspiration’ to the team in his post-match interview last night and the 23-year-old is exactly that.
He has inspired a Tottenham side without the injured Jermaine Defoe and Sandro to stride into the top four and shove the reigning European champions out of the way. City ought to be more worried, in my estimation.
It only takes one more draw or loss to give Tottenham a sniff of fear – the City superstars could suddenly feel like ordinary mortal men once again and Spurs’ demi-God only needs one chance to punish them. In fact, in such blistering form, he doesn’t even need a chance; he’ll make one for himself.
City travel to White Hart Lane in the last week of April after their trip to Old Trafford two weeks prior – if Spurs beat rivals Arsenal this Sunday, City better buckle up because Tottenham are taking no prisoners this time around.
Defeat at Old Trafford or even a draw would lose them points and Tottenham can capitalize on City’s woes as they did on Chelsea’s last night.