Although it was a much improved performance against Man Utd, Spurs have lost their last two league games, conceding eight goals in the process. This has had the effect of narrowing both the points and goal difference gap over the side in fourth, who themselves will have been buoyed not only by their recent victories in the Premiership but also by nearly pulling off a miracle in the Champions League.
While the other team from north London are not exactly breathing down Spurs' neck, it would appear that they are now the main challengers to usurp third place, especially given the turmoil at Stamford Bridge. Four points is by no means an unassailable gap but a glance at the fixture list would seem to suggest that it can not only be maintained but built upon.
While the other team still have to play three of the top six before the end of the season, eight of Spurs' remaining eleven games are against sides in the bottom half of the table. A pessimist will suggest that some of these clubs will be fighting for their Premier League lives as the campaign draws to a close, but if the table really doesn't lie, Spurs are surely more than capable of holding on to their current position. The manager certainly appears to think so:
"We're still in pole position. I still fancy us to finish third. That 10-point lead has suddenly become four points and we've got some hard games to come. We go to Everton and we've got Chelsea away. It's going to be tight but I'd still rather be where we are than Arsenal. We're four points in front and we've still got a big chance."
One chance that has gone - if it ever really existed in the first place - is the title, which is now a two horse race between the Manchester clubs. Yet Spurs still have a very good prospect of lifting silverware this season, namely the FA Cup. The draw has certainly not been unkind. Assuming that Stevenage will be overcome in the replay - surely a good assumption - Spurs will face Bolton in the quarter-finals at White Hart Lane. And with a number of the big guns already out of the competition, Spurs could well lift the trophy for a ninth time.
Third place and the cup would be a fitting way for Harry to wind up his time at the club, if he does take up the reins of the England team. While this seems like an almost inevitable outcome, it's vital that Spurs do not lose momentum in the run-in to the end of the season. A good result in the next league game at Goodison would go a long way towards steadying the ship.