For much of the current campaign, Tottenham Hotspur have lacked the will to win games when things were at their worst, but this tide changed on Sunday afternoon at White Hart Lane. Tottenham came back from a 2-0 deficit to Southampton to win 3-2 on this day, and in turn showed why they can still make a miraculous run for a top four finish in the Barclays Premier League this season.
For the first 30 minutes of the game, Tottenham looked to have left their boots on the team bus, and White Hart Lane was greatly displeased to see Southampton get rewarded with two goals. But something seemed to click after this, as Tottenham took the impetus and dominated the ball for the remainder of the game, with the linkup of Roberto Soldado and Christian Eriksen up front proving too much to handle. These two combined on the first two goals of the game, and then in the 92nd minute Gylfi Sigurdsson fired one home to clinch the win.
With the win, Tottenham moved to six points behind Arsenal for fourth place in the Barclays Premier League, although they played one more game than their North London rivals. Thankfully for the Hotspurs, only an upcoming fixture against Liverpool looks like anything less than a sure win, as the club then faces off with Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion, Fulham, Stoke City, West Ham and Aston Villa to close out the season. After going 4-1-1 on the season against the last six of these teams, it is no stretch to say that Tottenham could swipe 22 out of the 24 available points left this season, which would put real pressure on Arsenal.
This potential tightness looks especially likely when one considers that Arsenal have matches left against Swansea City, Manchester City, Everton and Newcastle United, which will all be tricky matches. If the Gunners were to tie each of these matches and Tottenham fulfill their potential point totals noted above, then the two clubs would already be in a tie for fourth place in the Barclays Premier League, leaving Arsenal in need of only dropping one other point from their final four matches.
Thankfully for the hopes of Tottenham they now don’t have to worry about playing in the Europa League or any other domestic competitions, while Arsenal is still active in the FA Cup. This takes away a persistent fatigue factor that has plagued the club over the last couple weeks, and allows Tim Sherwood to focus his troops solely on maintaining form in the league. Based on the contributions of Eriksen, Soldado, Nacer Chadli and Sigurdsson over the last week, it looks like Tottenham has finally clicked, which has come just in time to launch a last minute race for fourth place in the Barclays Premier League.