Hoodoo, anyone? Twenty three games in all competitions at that supposedly cursed venue—17 wins, 4 draws and 2 defeats. Since the loss to the Hammers in the League Cup, it has been 13 wins and 2 draws with nary a defeat at Wembley—and the wins have come against Real Madrid, Manchester United and Arsenal with Juve waiting in the wings. It is now 17 games in all competitions at all venues without a defeat, since City took us apart in mid-December.
What can we say about a game that was never in doubt? Kane missed a few chances but he played a huge role in both goals—laying off the ball to Dele who then found for the opener, and then a beautifully weighted cross for Son’s second. Son has now been taken off the field on a hat trick twice in a week—he knows as Poch does that he will get the start in a much more important game on Wednesday. Davison Sanchez was imperial in the middle—heading nearly every Huddersfield cross out of danger, it seemed. Paired with Jan it was not difficult to imagine life without Toby. Serge Aurier acquitted himself quite well throughout, and even did the throws quite legally, thank you.
As for the rest, I thought Dele was superb all day and he continues to thrive amdist the controversy. Eriksen was more quiet than usual—one hopes the big fireworks are coming Wednesday. Dier and Dembele are as good as they’ve ever been in the middle.
So take the deep breath—hope the weather warms, and get ready for what could be a season-defining run beginning on Wednesday. Both trophies are within reach—and there could be as many as six more crucial games at Wembley (hopefully five as the sixth would be a replay against the Swans)- -and that doesn’t even count the league game v City or our final fixtures to guarantee top four status. The squad is as healthy as it has been all year—once again our best football is coming after the festive period—everything to play for this season. Anything and everything is possible.
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