We’re now at the business end of the season where every point matters. It’s just that time where the relegation fighters, the Champions league hopefuls and the title challengers all prove the stuff they are made of. We will surely end up having losers and winners. This situation often raises the question of: ‘who wants it more’. But it surely goes to simple details which play out as crucial deciders. It’s usually a game of survival of the fittest in all ramifications.
Since the ‘battle at the bridge’, the Chelsea vs Spurs affair has taken a huge twist in terms of rivalry. The hate, denial and pain both teams have inflicted on each other has been somehow catastrophic to each other’s ambitions. In real sense, Spurs have been the real losers in this rivalry as they’ve suffered unmemorable pain at the hands of their London rival. Certainly, with both teams challenging each other for league title and a place in the FA Cup final, let’s expect another twist in their already heated rivalry. Obviously, Chelsea have the advantage in the league and it’s up to Spurs to keep the chase alive in the eventuality of any slip-up.
Here are 2 traits that give Chelsea the competitive edge over Spurs in the title race:
Before the rise of Spurs to a somewhat lofty position to challenge the big boys in the league, Chelsea away clash against Spurs at White hart lane brought fond memories to the blue fans who always chanted: ‘Three points lane’. Such was Spurs mediocrity in the years that preceded Mauricio Pochettino reign. However, Chelsea threw the spanner in the work as we put a dent to their title ambition. Spurs lack of mental fortitude was exposed after they crumbled under the weight of expectation in a forgetful and regretful night at the Bridge. Chelsea triumphed, Spurs were trumped.
Mental fortitude separates an achiever from a mediocre. It’s the gulf between winners and losers and which often differentiates contenders from pretenders. Chelsea have shown over the years that they weather the storm in any circumstance. From winning four league titles, FA & League Cup wins to our Champions triumph in Munich should be retrospectively digested to clear any lingering doubt about our chances of winning the league over Spurs. The onus is on Spurs ‘group of nearly men’ to show the stuff they’re made of by laying down a marker that cause Chelsea to shiver.
Chelsea possess within their ranks players that are serial winners which is a strong forte. We have players who have won titles and clearly know what it takes to do so. It’s imperative to draw some distinction between both sides. In the last two decades, Chelsea have won every domestic and European crown there is to be won which makes them an elite club. Spurs on the other hand have always flattered to deceive. They have won only two league cups in the same period. Their last triumph a decade old sarcastically against Chelsea in the 2007/08 League Cup final. They lack players with a winning mentality.
Winning mentality is the currency for winning title & trophies. The winning experience is invaluable for aspiring winners. Presently, Chelsea are richer in this respect than Spurs. The stake is on them to win something big to have the bragging rights code.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed and watch how this new episode of the fierce London rivalry between the True Blues and the Spurs will eventually play out. Up true blues!