The international break could prove pivotal in the race for Champions League qualification, as it comes just a Tottenham are hitting a dip in form.
Andre Villas-Boas' side have lost three on the bounce in all competitions, therefore the international break may provide the perfect rest bite for the north London outfit.
If you cast your mind to approximately this time last year, you will remember this to be the start of the collapse that saw Spurs lose out on automatic qualification into the Champions League.
The international break last season was a momentum killer for Spurs as they had been flying before it – losing only twice in 12 matches in the Premier League. However after it, they went on to only win one in eight which saw bitter rivals close a ten-point gap and left Tottenham in fifth. The north London side did recover to finish fourth but even that wasn't enough.
Having lost three matches in a row, two of which in the league, and the constant reminder of their collapse the season before, there will no doubt be a little anxiety and a lack of confidence settling it at White Hart Lane.
With eight games to play and only four points ahead of the Gunners having played a game more, there is immense pressure on the players to qualify for Europe’s elite competition.
The time off from the Premier League fixture list will allow the players to clear their heads, forget about their recent dip in form, build confidence and focus on consolidating fourth with the possibility of pushing on for third or higher – sitting one point behind Chelsea who have played a game less.
There are no Premier League sides left in the Champions League so there won’t be any repeat of last season’s heart-wrenching moment of losing out on playing in Europe’s elite competition because an English side had won the competition.
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