TOTTENHAM NEED TO BOUNCE BACK FAST
With the dust settling on Tottenham’s meek showing in the Carabao Cup final, it is a case of trying to salvage what is left of a disappointing season and now interim manager Ryan Mason must mastermind a return to European football.
Something that could have been secured last weekend and with Spurs passing up their opportunity to qualify for the Europa Conference League, it means they now have five ‘cup finals’ to contest in the final few weeks of the campaign.
The first of those comes against Sheffield United on Sunday night and with the Blades already consigned to the EFL Championship next season, this should be a relatively easy way to get back into league action.
Although should is arguably the operative word and although the North London outfit will be favourites to win this tie – especially as they are at home, one wonders how much of an impact their Wembley woe has had.
For the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, there may at least be the chance for some form of relative redemption and if they find the shooting boots that went missing last Sunday, it will likely lead these two and their teammates to maximum points.
While a maximum haul is exactly what Tottenham require and with the team from N17 still harbouring hopes of a top four finish, they will look at this as the ideal springboard into such standing.
However, there is no doubt that if the 2019 Champions League finalists are to return to the competition, they have their work cut out and it is work that begins in earnest with the visit of Sheffield United.
The Blades have cut a rather abject figure at the foot of the table for too long a time now and although they have suffered the ignominy of demotion to the second tier, a weight has certainly been removed from their shoulders.
Something that was evident last weekend, as Paul Heckingbottom’s men got the better of Brighton at Bramall Lane and one wonders, just where a performance such as that has been hiding for the past few months.
At the same time, football can be a rather perverse sport at times and if the pressure were on Sheffield United deliver, there is every likelihood that Brighton would have returned to the South Coast with a win.
However, the record books now state that it was a one-nil win courtesy of David McGoldrick’s first half goal and that victory, might just be something that changes the mood within the Sheffield United camp.
Because when you look at the way the division’s basement side have played this season, they have looked as if they are constantly down on their luck. A constant, that maybe just maybe, has finally come to an end.
It may be to late to do anything about their status of operation in August, but at least they can look to end their troubled campaign with a relative flourish and therefore, Tottenham will have to bounce back from last weekend rather quickly.