With Antonio Conte at the helm, and with a star-studded squad across the board, many would have been expecting Tottenham Hotspur to be able to put up a challenge.
Indeed, they appear to have been able to do so, however it has been all too infrequently. In fact, it would seem that Spurs decide when and where they want to turn up when they take to the pitch.
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If we go back, many will remember just how well the club played against the current Premier League champions Manchester City, as they managed to see Pep Guardiola’s side off in a 1-0 victory where they had 10 men.
However, these performances have certainly been too few and far between. Spurs fans will be remiss to be reminded of the fact that they have lost both north London derbies to Arsenal this season.
Furthermore, recent results against Leicester City – in which the team was thumped 4-1 – and a defeat in their first leg of the UEFA Champions League tie against AC Milan have perhaps shown that there could be problems mounting for the club that continue to hunt for an elusive trophy.
This form is hardly what Conte and the Tottenham faithful will have wanted, especially when they are about to go up against two London rivals in West Ham United and Chelsea in back-to-back Premier League fixtures.
Both are at home and while Spurs will be continuing in their pursuit of a Champions League place finish, it could be argued that both the other London teams are fighting for a little more on a personal level.
The Hammers are currently floundering near the bottom as David Moyes’ side has had a difficult season and will be looking to do all they can to ensure they are not involved in a scrap.
Disappointing could be considered an understatement for Chelsea, though, in regard to how their season has gone. Graham Potter’s men will feel that they have a point to prove, and a fierce rivalry encounter against Spurs could be just what the Blues need in order to get their campaign back on track.
While Tottenham will be wary of recent results and upcoming opponents, Conte is perhaps not making things all that easy, either.
In a recent press conference following the defeat to AC Milan in Italy, he revealed that while he enjoys his time in England after spending time with Spurs and the Blues, he has admitted that his homeland is his one true love.
With a handful of teams in Serie A struggling at the moment and the manager appearing far from happy in north London with what is going on, there is every chance that he could potentially end up moving on; noise that Spurs could certainly do without as they appear to be on a decline currently.