Hey everyone. Andy here after an extremely long hiatus.
Rather than blabber on about why the blog hasn’t been updated — work, work and more work for both Mark and I — I’ll get straight to the point.
I’m back and I’m going to be blogging about the last seven games of this season. The seven games that will decide whether we manage to nab an automatic Champions League spot and whether we get to snigger, giggle or howl with laughter at Spurs.
Things are tight at the top at the moment, no doubt. After a run of seven straight wins we hit an inevitable bump at QPR that has brought us back to reality.
The response to the defeat, one of disappointment and panic, was understandable given the nature of the performance and the quality of our opponents. We were drab, mistake-strewn and unprofessional.
But looking at the table you can see a loss is no big deal. Our tendency this season has been to win games or lose them. Very rarely do we draw.
In fact, despite sitting in third place we have lost more games than any team in the top six. The trick is that we’ve also won more games than the three teams below us.
We all know (Tottenham, in particular) how quickly a five-point gap can be eaten up but my feeling is that our handy lead over fifth-place Chelsea will prove decisive.
A loss to Manchester City — an unexpected outcome given their poor recent form and our rather good recent form — would undoubtedly cause significant panic, but a fairly simple run to the finish line (including a home game against Chelsea) leaves the power in our own hands.
Playing City at home is going to be interesting. We were desperately unlucky to come away without a point in the reverse fixture at their place and with both sides having so much to play for, it could be a tense affair. An early goal would certainly spice things up but it’s anyone’s guess as to who might strike first.
Anyway, I’ll be back in the near future with another post. In the meantime, here’s a picture of Thierry Henry looking happy in New York.
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