There's been an awful lot of doom and gloom lately about Spurs' supposed slump, which has seen that other team from north London claw back a ten point gap and take over third place. Harry Redknapp, however, has been typically sanguine about the run of results which has seen Spurs take two points from a possible fifteen:
"It is not as if we have been playing badly. If we'd been coming in short of confidence every morning I'd have been worried but that's not been the case. It is in our favour at the moment but it can all change. We just have to keep picking up results. We have decent games now. We have to make sure we win six out of the last eight."
It goes without saying that the manager would not want to be seen to be pressing the panic button, but his assessment sounds about right. With the exception of part of the game at the Emirates, Spurs have not really played that poorly in recent weeks. They were the better side against both Stoke and Chelsea, with more possession and more attempts on goal in each case. It's true that the players have looked a little short on inspiration at times, but it would be wrong to characterize the situation - as it has been in some sections of the media - as a nose-dive in form. While two draws from the last five games is nothing to celebrate, a majority of the fans would probably have been happy enough with another two or three points over the period, given the fixtures concerned.
Certainly the result at Stamford Bridge was a good one. It maintains the five point lead over Chelsea in fifth, and was achieved in what should be - on paper at least - the most challenging game through the end of the season. Chelsea have a marginally more difficult run-in, although it is important not to discount Newcastle who are now mounting a late challenge. That would appear to be all the runners and riders for a Champions League spot, now that Liverpool are seemingly in freefall. Looking up the way, it remains to be seen if that other team from north London can be overtaken for third. Having got their noses in front, their current form is impressive enough to suggest that they could well stay there.
Lastly, some observations following Fabrice Muamba's collapse during the FA Cup tie against Bolton. Thankfully the player seems to be on the road to recovery, thanks in part to the actions of the Spurs medical staff and Dr. Andrew Deaner, the cardiologist who emerged from the crowd to give his assistance. While those practical measures were being applied, they were supported by the compassion and concern of the White Hart Lane crowd. From the moment play was stopped until the game was abandoned, the attitude and behavior of the Spurs fans were impeccable. In other words, they are proper football supporters.