Tottenham have not had the start to the season that the fans hoped they would. Even in games in which they have achieved good results, the quality of the performance has left much to be desired.
This is especially worrying for Spurs fans because of the horrendous run of away games coming up that could define their season.
The difficult run of matches starts on the 27th of October against Liverpool at Anfield, which is always one of the toughest games on the football calendar. This is followed by another trip to Merseyside to play big-spending Everton on the 2nd of November.
The next away match comes against Red Star Belgrade on the 6th November in the Champions League. Belgrade is over a thousand miles away from Tottenham, which will make the trip especially draining for the players. Spurs would also be foolish to take winning for granted, the Serbian club nearly finished Liverpool’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout rounds last season when they won 2-0 at home.
After this comes another tough away game against West Ham on the 23rd November. This game will be especially difficult for Tottenham because West Ham always put in one hundred per cent effort against their London rivals.
The last Champions League Group Stage match against Bayern Munich is next on the calendar on the 11th December. This could well decide who tops the group, so a win in Munich could be crucial for Spurs.
Finally, this run ends with a game away to Wolves, who have built a reputation for excelling against tougher opposition, on the 14th of December. Losing to them in December last season killed any hopes Tottenham had of mounting a title challenge and they could potentially do the same thing again in this game.
Getting some good results in this run of away games will be crucial if Spurs want to do well this campaign. Going into the new year in a good position would send a real statement to the other top clubs.
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This run of games could be season-defining for us. If we start badly against Liverpool and cannot gain momentum then our hopes for the season could end up crushed by December. While the Champions League group is much nicer than in the previous two campaigns, the distance we will have to travel will hurt us in the league because of fatigue.
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