SunSport columnist says Tottenham’s amazing run of seven victories must almost be DOUBLED if they are to lift the title
NOW we will see what Spurs are really made of.
Yes they are on a fantastic run and Saturday’s 4-0 thumping of Bournemouth made it a club record 12 successive Premier League wins at home.
This is some way to say goodbye to White Hart Lane.
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Mauricio Pochettino has seen his side win seven on the bounce home and away in the league, too.
But that will have to extend to 13 if they are to win the league.
Yes, the gap on Chelsea is now back to four points. But look at the two clubs’ run-ins and Spurs are still going to need to win every league game from now until the end of the season.
Even that may not be enough — but at least there is a real title race on now.
Chelsea’s second defeat in four games must have planted some doubts in their minds.
Boss Antonio Conte said that he loves this kind of pressure.
But pressure can do strange things to teams — and it will have to given their run-in.
Chelsea play Southampton at home, Everton away, Middlesbrough at home, West Brom away, Watford at home and then Sunderland at home on the final day.
Now, I can see them winning every one of those home games.
So it comes down to those two away.
Everton have won eight on the spin at home and five of the last seven meetings between the two clubs at Goodison Park.
So there is three points that could be lost.
West Brom will have to get something at home against them on what will surely be a highly- charged night.
Will Chelsea wobble?
Spurs, by comparison, have Crystal Palace away, Arsenal at home, West Ham away, Manchester United at home and then finish away to both Leicester and Hull.
That is a tough run of games but right now Spurs are the best team around.
They have Harry Kane back and scoring. Dele Alli is playing as well as anyone.
Defensively they are the best in the league.
After what happened last season — when they collapsed in the final run-in — they have a point to prove, too.
It might not be the same competition but they certainly have a chance to plant more seeds of doubt in Chelsea’s minds when they meet in this Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
Spurs already know they can beat Chelsea, having done so quite comfortably in the New Year at White Hart Lane.
And I can see Spurs taking them on in a different way to Manchester United yesterday.
Jose Mourinho had a gameplan and it worked to perfection as Diego Costa and Co were not allowed a single shot on target.
Spurs will be more open and attacking knowing they have the firepower to take them down.
Victory for Spurs and the momentum continues to build.
Still, nobody really expects Chelsea to falter.
But nobody expected Manchester United to do so at the end of the 2011-12 season.
They had an eight-point advantage on Manchester City with six games left.
Inexplicably they lost away at Wigan, blew a 4-2 lead at home to Everton to draw and then lost the derby at City.
United thought they had it and it was taken away.
The narrow nature of this gap should now refocus Chelsea.
But you never know. At least we have a battle on now.