This weekend's win over Stoke City was a weird one for Tottenham Hotspur, but as the old cliche goes, a win is a win. With their three points from the weekend, Spurs now sit just three points behind Manchester City, who play Liverpool in a huge match on Monday. Obviously, the matches against AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League were the most important games this year (and possibly in the history of the club), just because they established us as a team that belongs in Europe's top competition, but this is the biggest game of the year thus far on our domestic calendar.
Interestingly enough, we aren't playing in the biggest game of the year for us. Of course, if we start getting favorable results while City falters a bit, the biggest game will come when we face City in May, just like last season, but it's tough to bank on a team of City's talent simply falling flat on their faces. This match against Liverpool represents one of the few times when another team should be able to get points off of them. And for that reason alone, it's a massive game for Spurs.
We're off next weekend (again) ahead of the massive North London Derby match against Arsenal a week from Wednesday, Based on what happens in Monday's match, that could be a straight-up must win. I fully expect City to take nine points from Blackburn, West Ham, and Everton before they face us. We have to make sure we're within three points when we get to that game. Anything less, and we have a problem.
So, on Monday, I will be rooting hard for Liverpool. This isn't a problem for me at all, as one of the guys I live with is a Liverpool supporter, as is another one of our close friends. They hope for Spurs to do well when they aren't playing Liverpool, and because of them, I generally wish Liverpool well. In this game, I'll be rooting a little more strongly than usual.
Um...come on you reds?