Antonio Conte’s Tottenham side are very much in the running for a Champions League spot ahead of the final few months of the season.
However, there is going to have to be a big improvement if they are to seal a return to Europe’s premier competition after some poor performances of late.
Starting the year with a stoppage-time victory away at Watford, the Lilywhites suffered two defeats against Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup and also then required three late goals to see off League One side Morecambe in the FA Cup.
Looking to get back to winning ways on Sunday with the second north London derby of the season taking place, the game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was unfortunately postponed after the Premier League sanctioned Arsenal’s request to postpone the fixture due to a lack of available players.
The postponement now means that a new date will have to be found as a result, adding to Tottenham’s cancelled games away at Burnley and Brighton & Hove Albion that also need rearranging.
As things stand, Spurs are sixth in the Premier League but they do have four games in hand on a number of clubs above them due to the recent cancellations.
Tottenham’s match away at Leicester City was postponed prior to Christmas due to a Covid outbreak at the club but the fixture will now take place at the King Power Stadium this coming Wednesday.
Spurs then have those three cancelled fixtures to fit into an already busy schedule between now and the end of the season, something which isn’t exactly ideal when you are in a four-horse race for a Champions League spot.
However, Tottenham’s European exit will make things slightly easier on the fixtures front in the remaining months as a run all the way to the Europa Conference League final would have made things extremely tricky for Conte and his players.
Following their exit from European competition and last week’s Carabao Cup elimination at the hands of Chelsea, the FA Cup is the last remaining piece of silverware Spurs can win this campaign.
Facing Brighton & Hove Albion in the fourth round on Saturday, February 5, the following round will then take place in midweek at the start of March.
If Spurs do indeed progress to the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the famous competition then that will only add to the fixture congestion and hand them two further games they need to rearrange.
The FA Cup quarter-finals take place on the weekend when Tottenham host West Ham in March, with the semi-finals coming one month later when Brighton make the trip to N17.
Currently down to play 21 times before the season is out, that number will increase to 25 if Spurs do make it all the way to the FA Cup final at Wembley in May.
February and March could present Tottenham with an ideal chance to play at least a couple or all three of their games in hand as things would then get rather tricky if Conte’s men go far in the FA Cup.
The last thing the head coach and his Tottenham team will want is a fixture backlog in the remaining few weeks of the season with Champions League qualification on the line, especially as West Ham have played four more games than them at present and Arsenal and Manchester United two more.
That may very well be the case going on the recent number of postponements, however.
Tottenham’s remaining 2021/22 fixtures
19/01 – Leicester City A
23/01 – Chelsea A
05/02 – Brighton & Hove Albion H (FA Cup)
09/02 – Southampton H
13/02 – Wolves H
19/02 – Man City A
26/02 – Leeds United A
02/03 – FA Cup fifth round
05/03 – Everton H
12/03 – Manchester United A
19/03 – West Ham H/FA Cup quarter-final
02/04 – Newcastle United H
09/04 – Aston Villa A
16/04 – Brighton & Hove Albion H/FA Cup semi-final
23/04 – Brentford A
30/04 – Leicester City H
07/05 – Liverpool A
14/05 – FA Cup final
15/05 – Burnley H
22/05 – Norwich City A
Brighton & Hove Albion A
Source by Football London