Chelsea may have dumped Spurs out of the FA Cup in the semifinal round, but there’s still the Premier League title to deal with. Tottenham are just four points back of league leaders Chelsea with six games to play, but this also means that Tottenham’s fate is out of their hands — they need to keep winning and hope Chelsea drop points between now and the end of the season.
That’s not lost on Spurs’ captain Hugo Lloris, who concedes that Chelsea are still in the driver’s seat for the league title. However, Hugo’s not giving up hope quite yet.
"We know that they have an advantage but we need to believe until the end. We knew before that this game can have maybe an impact for the rest of the season.
"But in football you need to believe because everything is possible and we don't know what will happen in the next few weeks.
"They are human and that's the case for us. The only thing that we can do is keep working hard, keep believing and playing the same way that we play in the last few weeks."
Let’s be honest — it’ll be tough. The big hope was that an FA Cup semifinal might send Chelsea into a tailspin, but Saturday’s win seems to have put the wind back in the Blues’ sails. Meanwhile, Spurs have a much tougher league run-in than Chelsea, with matches to come against Arsenal and Manchester United, and a couple of tricky road trips as well.
Tottenham vs. Chelsea – remaining schedule
|@ Crystal Palace||SOUTHAMPTON|
|@ West Ham||MIDDLESBROUGH|
|MANCHESTER UNITED||@ West Brom|
|@ Leicester City||WATFORD|
|@ Hull City||SUNDERLAND|
Spurs haven’t lost at home all season, but that doesn’t mean they’ll close out the last season at White Hart Lane with two more wins. Meanwhile, Wednesday’s trip to Crystal Palace is a potential banana peel match as Palace are coming off of wins against Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool and are on an amazing run of form. And looking at Chelsea’s schedule, it’s difficult to see where they might drop more than four points over the next six matches.
Hugo’s right in that there isn’t anything that Spurs can do except keep trying to win every game and hope Chelsea implode. That doesn’t seem very likely, but then nobody though Leicester would win the league last season either. Nor does it put a damper on what has already been the best Spurs season since, well, last year.