Tottenham face a hugely difficult month this December after their final November games after the international break.
Spurs have it as bad as any other side in the Premier League this winter, facing nine games between December 1 and December 29; seven Premier League fixtures, a Europa League tie and a League Cup quarter-final.
There isn’t a single week in the month where Tottenham don’t play a weekend game, immediately followed by a mid-week game.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is the most recent gaffer to come out and slam the fixture list, but Andre Villas-Boas is doing well to hold his tongue because December could be a very testing month for the North Londoners.
Fortunately for Spurs, they do have a very big squad of players, especially in midfield, which will allow the boss to rotate regularly, keeping key stars fresh as the games come thick and fast.
Danny Rose and Nacer Chadli are two current high profile first team squad members in the treatment room, who will only add to the strength of the squad, increasing the number of options AVB has during the busy period.
There are three stand-out tests that Spurs face and the month kicks off with a home match against Manchester United.
David Moyes’ side seem to have recovered after a difficult start to the season and Spurs will have to be at their very best because there is never a good time to play the Premier League champions.
The other stand out fixtures in the Premier League are a home match against Liverpool on December 15 before an away match at Southampton the following weekend.
Liverpool have been one of the surprise packages of the season and if Brendan Rodgers’ men are still near the top of the table by that fixture, it could be a very difficult day at the office for the club.
Southampton are also one of the surprise packages of the season, playing terrific football which has seen several of their current squad called up to the latest England national squad.
The Europa League games against Anzhi Makhachkala and the League Cup quarter-final against West Ham will both present very different challenges but key players should be in form with the games coming thick and fast.
If Tottenham make it through the month in a better position than they end November in, they’ll be well setup for next year.
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