Two Tottenham Hotspur defenders won’t be available for their league game with Manchester United on Sunday evening. The North Londoners have had their own fair share of injuries but manager Jose Mourinho is gradually closing in on being able to call on all his players at the same time.
Mourinho and his Spurs players were disappointing in their last league game at Newcastle United when a win could have taken them into the top four for the first time in three months. The Tottenham Hotspur playersled 2-1 against the Magpies into the final ten minutes before they were pegged back to 2-2 at full-time courtesy the goal from Newcastle United substitute Joe Willock who’s on loan at St. James Park from Spurs’ North London rivals Arsenal.Willock would have enjoyed the goal that earned the Magpies a valuable point in their bid to survive the relegation zone at the end of the season.
Spurs started the weekend three points off fourth place and the final Champions League place. To this effect, the North London club can’t afford to drop any more points starting with the United game on Sunday if they want to play Champions League football next season. They are in the race to qualify for the Champions League with others like London rivals Chelsea and West Ham United. The other teams in the Champions League race are Leicester City, Liverpool and Everton.
For Spurs’ opponents Manchester United, they can still make a push for the league title after their rivals and league leaders Manchester City were beaten at home by Leeds United in what was a shock result. The Red Devils trail City by 14 points but they have two outstanding games significantly. United would be just eight points off City if they can win those two outstanding matches including the away game at Tottenham Hotspur.