With Spurs out of the FA Cup, we have a blank weekend to rest and regroup before our next game against struggling Blackpool on Tuesday night. Blackpool too are out of the cup, so some may have expected the match to be brought forward to Saturday, but Tuesday gives us more time to recover.
After impressing in the early months of their Premier League life, Blackpool have plummeted down the table and for Spurs, this marks the start of a set of winnable games that could be crucial in our efforts to secure fourth place.
Last season we reached the semi-final of the FA Cup and clearly should have gone further. At the time, we had no European football to distract us, but this season it’s almost the complete opposite. Our European progression has come alongside a seemingly disastrous Fourth Round defeat at Fulham.
But was it such a disaster after all? Would we like see Tottenham in action this weekend, or is the absence from the FA Cup a small price to pay for the great scenes in Milan this week and the opportunity for recovery time, as we attempt to qualify for next season’s Champions League?