Spurs supporters were brought back down to earth with a bang at Wembley on Saturday. They were on a massive high after a superb Champions League win in Dortmund, but West Brom proved tough opposition. The Baggies frustrated Tottenham for long periods and they left London with a 1-1 draw. 4th placed Spurs are 10 points behind Man City now, and it could be an even bigger gap if City beat Huddersfield.
Spurs' Home Struggles
One of Tottenham's strengths for the past couple of seasons was their form at White Hart Lane. Last year they won 17 of their 19 home games, drawing just two. They have already dropped more points this season, winning just 3 from 7 with a defeat and three draws. For a team with designs on challenging for the tile it isn't good enough.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said this after the West Brom draw: “Yes, it is true the gap now is 10 points. It is massive in the Premier League. But now we need to be focused on trying to improve and trying to be more consistent here at Wembley. We have to try to win more games here like last season at White Hart Lane. It's true it's different to White Hart Lane, that is our reality, we cannot escape it.”
Although the gap to the top looks big, Spurs will be hoping that City drop points. Tottenham have a run of four matches now that they will be hoping to pick up maximum points from. Leicester and Watford away followed by Stoke and Brighton at Wembley are all games that Spurs should be winning.
After that favourable run of fixtures Tottenham take on Man City at The Etihad and that will be a massive match. Pep Guardiola's side play Man Utd the week before they meet Tottenham, so they may have dropped points by that stage. If Spurs are to have any hope of catching The Citizens, that is a match they simply must win.