Alan Shearer has been talking about the position Tottenham find themselves in at the minute.
Pochettino’s team still fighting on three fronts as they go into the final two/three months of the season.
Tottenham are in fourth place in the Premier League but only two points off second, have a very winnable FA Cup quarter-final against Swansea, whilst biggest of all is Wednesday night’s golden chance of a place in the last eight of the Champions League – having drawn 2-2 away at Juventus.
Alan Shearer says that ‘There are moments in a club’s history when the nettle needs to be grasped’…when a club has their ‘big chance’ staring them in the eye.
He sees that this could be that time for Tottenham, when they ‘have possibly their best side in half a century’ and need to ‘make the most of it’.
Amongst the examples Shearer has used to illustrate his point had two very different outcomes.
The Newcastle and England legend saying that ‘Leicester gave their fans a season they will never forget with the biggest shock title win in football history’.
As for the downside, Alan Shearer sadly has to go closer to home…’On a more gloomy note, you can look at my own club Newcastle and the ramifications of its failure to turn a 12-point lead into a title triumph back in 1995-96′.
The former number nine saying ruefully ‘It will be some wait’ now until a title is lifted at St James Park after wasting that opportunity.
That Kevin Keegan team was brilliant to watch and nobody can take away our memories of the great football BUT just imagine if that 1995/96 season had ended differently…
Alan Shearer speaking to The Sun:
“There are moments in a club’s history when the nettle needs to be grasped. When an opportunity so significant presents itself that it simply cannot be ignored.
“When heads and hearts need to work in tandem because of the sheer enormity of the pressure placed on players by the chance, the big chance.
“Leicester gave their fans a season they will never forget with the biggest shock title win in football history two years ago.
“When their chance came, they did not let it go. On a more gloomy note, you can look at my own club Newcastle and the ramifications of its failure to turn a 12-point lead into a title triumph back in 1995-96.
“It is a story that will be analysed and retold until a title is lifted at St James Park. It will be some wait.
“All clubs have these incredible moments where opportunity knocks and I would argue that Spurs have a major one right now in the final three months of this season with the Champions League and FA Cup.
“The chance to walk into their fabulous new stadium with a trophy held aloft, maybe even club football’s biggest one of all.
“The chance to prove to players it is not all just about the big bucks in the bank but medals on the sideboard, memories that cannot be bought.
“A chance to keep this brilliant young team together and improve it. Another second place in the Premier League will be a notable achievement but they need a trophy.
“They haven’t lifted one for ten years and now have possibly their best side in half a century. When you have that, you need to make the most of it.
“Not just in the FA Cup but the biggest club competition of them all.
“This is Spurs’ opportunity but can they take it?”
(The Newcastle legend following up a verbal slapping down he gave to former Spurs and Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas on Sunday, after Jenas had embarrassed himself with comments about when he was at St James Park – Read HERE)