Have Tottenham Hotspur already let another attempt at winning the Premier League pass by?
Under Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs have mounted title challenges in the last two seasons. A mixed second half of the season saw them finish third in the 2015/16 campaign, behind Arsenal and eventual winners Leicester City.
A May defeat to West Ham earlier this year condemned the north London side to second behind Chelsea last time around.
Their patchy league form (in Europe they could top a group featuring Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund), including multiple points dropped at home at Wembley Stadium, left them eleven points behind the rampant Manchester City in the current league table.
After a 1-1 draw at Wembley today wherein they trailed West Brom for 70 minutes, Tottenham could only close the gap to ten points. City now have a game in hand and can go thirteen points clear with a win over Huddersfield Town tomorrow.
The result left Pochettino feeling that Spurs’ title charge could falter as soon as November this time around.
Asked if the gap to City is now too large to make up, Pochettino had this to say.
“Yes, it’s true now that the gap is 10 points and it’s massive in the Premier League.”
“But now we need to be focused and try to improve ourselves and be more consistent at Wembley, and try to win more games here like last season at White Hart Lane. It’s different to White Hart Lane, but that is our reality. We cannot escape from our reality. Our reality is playing here and waiting for our new stadium.
“That’s not an excuse, the team is doing well. We’re only disappointed because the team dropped two points.”
On the other end of the dugout, the draw represents a coup for Gary Megson, who took over from the sacked Tony Pulis in a caretaker role only days ago.