Sherwood insists Maurico Pochettino’s men cannot afford another defeat again as Tottenham Hotspur goes head to head against Arsenal in the Emirates
Spurs have lost back to back Premier League games against Burnley and Chelsea over the last eight days, and a loss to Arsenal in Wembley could totally destroy their chances of a top four finish
Spurs have lost back to back Premier League games against Burnley and Chelsea over the last eight days, which has seen them fall nine points behind table-toppers Liverpool.
Their last match against Chelsea saw the Blues bounce back from defeat in the EFL Cup final by beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.goal from Pedro with an assist from Ceasar Azpilicueta and an own goal from Kieran Trippier in the 84th minute did the damage on Spurs.
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Ahead of a huge North London Derby on Saturday, Sherwood – who racked up over 90 appearances for Spurs as a player and served as head coach for a short spell in the 2013-14 campaign – believes another defeat could ultimately cost them a place in next year’s Champions League.
“It’s always a massive game, but this time when you look at where both teams are positioned in the league, it doesn’t get much bigger than this,” Sherwood told TalkSport on Friday.
“Realistically did we think they [Tottenham] were title contenders? To be honest, I thought they were with the squad they’ve got, but I had Liverpool and Manchester City above them as favourites so you can’t really complain if they fell out of the top-two.
“But to finish outside of the top four would be a very disappointing season, so it’s in the balance. It’s in their hands.
“This is a huge game. Winning the north London derby almost puts everything back on track and they’ve still got to go to man city and Liverpool, so there are so very tough fixtures coming up for Tottenham.
“I believe they will stay there, but I think they have to win tomorrow to be able to do that.”
Unai Emery’s team have won their last three games across all competitions and are fresh from a thumping 5-1 victory over Bournemouth in midweek.
The last meeting between the two clubs back in December 2018 saw a 4-2 win for Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League.
Tottenham Hotspur travel to Germany next week Wednesday as they hope to defend a first leg 3-0 win against Borrusia Dortmund in the Champions Leagues last 16.