Opinion: Critical run of fixtures coming up for Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

With the international fixtures done and dusted, we will once again get to see Tottenham back in Premier League action this weekend after what seems like an eternity.

In truth, the international break came at the right time for Mauricio Pochettino’s side as they managed to win just one of their first four games. Their performances have been below par, with the home defeat to Newcastle United, in particular, proving a major set back.

Pochettino had certainly not shied away over his concerns about the squad being distracted due to the transfer market still being open in Europe but Tottenham thankfully managed to retain all of their stars, even if only potentially until January in the case of some (Sky Sports)

With the transfer window now shut and the international break giving the likes of Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Juan Foyth, Kyle Walker-Peters, and Tanguy Ndombele more time to recover, Pochettino will now likely be approaching the next set of fixtures as a fresh start.

The Argentine will be delighted to look at the upcoming fixture list with Spurs have some extremely winnable ‘on paper’ games coming up.

Here are Tottenham’s next five Premier League fixtures:

Tottenham vs Crystal Palace – 14th September

Leicester City vs Tottenham – 21st September

Tottenham vs Southampton – 28th September

Brighton vs Tottenham – 8th October

Tottenham vs Watford – 19th October

While some of those games can be tricky and Spurs will also have Champions League fixtures to contend with, I believe Tottenham should be aiming for maximum points from those matches with the Leicester game the only tricky one.

Admittedly, Newcastle United showed that Spurs can’t afford to take any side for granted. However, when compared with the fixture lists of their other top-six rivals, there is no doubt that the Lilywhites have the kindest fixture list.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all have some hard matches coming up and Spurs must take advantage of that and try to pull away from those three clubs.

Even this early on it looks likely that no one else is going to catch Liverpool and Manchester City and so if Spurs can consolidate the third spot over the next five league games, then that will give the squad the confidence to push on from there.

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