We're still hanging on to third.
The weekend could have been much worse.
The JimmyG2 Column.
.Any game would be dull after Wednesday's epic but this was an anti-climax in a class of its own. Our third game in 12 days against City and familiarity seems to have bred contempt.
Neither side shone but they got a well worked goal just five minutes in which altered the game plan and we created and spurned more chances than them.. We deserved at least a draw but Eriksen, Moura and Son, at least twice,were stalled by MOM Ederson.
Many Spurs fans feared a reaction from City for us spoiling their perfect foursome resulting in a severe beating but this never looked like happening despite the early goal flashing up the warning signs.
It was ironic that the scorer of the only goal of the game was one of their own Phil Foden rather than one of the half billion+ squad.
We defended resolutely after that but it seemed that though the spirit was willing the flesh was weakened by too much football for an injury devastated squad: Sissoko, Wanyama,and Winks were all missing from the starting eleven.
Foyth was press-ganged into full back and acquitted himself well against Sterling. Dier returned for this key fixture but was short of match practice and energy. Gazaniga filled in for the injured Lloris without too much stress for us or him.
They dominated possession (60%) but we had the same amount of shots on target (4) and the clearer cut chances. Only a lack of mental and physical edge denied us at least a draw, and Ederson.
Harry Kane watched on as unusually Son and Moura lacked the sharpness to finish some penetrating long balls which seemed to be our game plan. Eriksen was also denied by Ederson. It would have worked on another day.
The Manchester Derby could work in our favour if City can damage United's hopes. A Chelsea/ United draw would help too. We remain in pole position for third and our superior goal difference might just tilt things in our favour.
I'm not too bothered who comes top as long as they both do maximum damage to our challengers where they can. On balance Liverpool have done more with less in terms of .bought in superstars and Sugar Daddy backing.
We now have four winnable games left: Brighton, W.Ham and Everton at home and Bournemouth away. Oh and a couple of Champions' League fixtures against Ajax, our feeder club, thrown in for added spice.
Our game against Bournemouth has been moved forward to give us some breathing space before the second leg of the Ajax game.( Bournemouth 12:30 on Saturday 4th.May. Ajax is on Wednesday 8th at 21:00)
Of course it could all go horribly wrong but we shown have tenacity and spirit and there is no reason why it should desert us now.With Arsenal losing at home and Man.Utd thrashed by Everton we stay in 3rd after the round of 34. It could all have been much worse.
Chelsea are at home to Burnley tomorrow; we are at home to Brighton on Tuesday; It's the Manchester derby on Wednesday and Arsenal are away to Wolves. Perhaps the crystal ball will be clearer after all that. It's in our own hands.
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Early chances for Son and Eriksen. Good penalty shout against Walker. Maybe one or two against us.