Toby Alderweireld is calling them cup finals, others are simply calling them must-win games. Either way, Tottenham are facing seven of the most important games in their history over the next two months.
Although the pressure is certainly on Leicester, who have a five-point lead at the top, they are at least in the fortunate position where they do not need to win every game.
Tough task ahead
Realistically, Spurs must try and do just that if they are going to win their first title since 1961.
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With some tough games away to Chelsea and Liverpool, and at home to Manchester United, that is not going to be an easy task, particularly when their record against those teams is taken into account.
Assuming that Leicester keep up their fantastic form, Spurs cannot really afford to lose any more games. However, they must also maintain their mentality that the title race is not over until it’s over.
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At present, if Mauricio Pochettino’s men keep winning, they need Leicester to lose two games. In fact, with the gap at five points and Spurs’ goal difference so superior to the Midlands outfit, they could go top if Leicester lose one and draw one.
The bigger picture
The danger is that Spurs may turn into their own worst enemy. Alderweireld insists they are taking each game as it comes, but it is almost impossible not to consider the bigger picture.
If Spurs do drop points, the key is not to panic. Leicester have the easier run-in on paper, but it is too early to tell how the pressure will affect Claudio Ranieri’s side. While it is frustrating that Spurs no longer have the title in their own hands and must rely on others, if they drop points, they must have faith that Leicester will do the same at some stage.
Leicester are more used to relegation scraps than title challenges, which will make holding onto their lead a huge psychological mountain.
Both sides appear to have the confidence that they can win every game. Against Bournemouth, Spurs were on the front foot from the beginning, scoring after just 45 seconds thanks to a Harry Kane strike. Despite being well-beaten by Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League, Spurs stayed positive and did not let the result affect their next game.
That is the approach they need to take against their fiercer opposition. Rather than be intimidated by the task ahead, Spurs must keep focused, even if they do not win every game, and pursue the title until the final hurdle.
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