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"It's important for everybody I think we are enjoying our ride at the moment, the start of the season has been excellent. It would be good to build on this, particularly in such an important game. Arsenal have a difficult game at Swansea and we'd like to keep ourselves in the top."
Andre Villas-Boas is aiming high, and with good reason. If it is possible to thrash someone 1-0, Spurs did so last weekend at Cardiff, prevailing thanks to Paulinho's late, late flick. The good thing about Tottenham at present is they have so many options. Erik Lamela not quite on form? Chuck Andros Townsend on. Christian Eriksen having a quiet day? Here's Lewis Holtby. Mousa Dembele not providing enough penetration from midfield? Paulinho will sort that out.
Arguably, Spurs have only had one particularly tough test this season, against Arsenal, and they lost - their four wins have come against Crystal Palace, Swansea, Norwich and Cardiff.
As we have written on this site before, the top four is an absolute minimum for Spurs this season, given the players they recruited in the summer. If they are to reach those heights, they must start winning against their rivals - like Chelsea, their opponents on Saturday.
When John Obi Mikel bags in the league before three strikers with 587 career goals between them, something's wrong.
"We need to score goals," said Jose Mourinho, rather obviously, last week. "When you don't score goals you are in trouble."
So will it be Fernando Torres, Demba Ba or Samuel Eto'o that starts against Spurs at the weekend? Eto'o has been picked for the last two league games and the Champions League tie against Basel, while Torres scored against Swindon in the League Cup, leading a TV pundit to suggest, presumably with a straight face, that the magic was returning for the Spaniard.
Ba, Torres or Eto'o - presumably Mourinho won't care which, but one of them needs to start scoring pretty sharpish.
Poor little Juan. Matt Stanger covered Jose Mourinho's handling of Mata in more detail here, but the thing not too many people have wondered is why, if Mourinho is set on Oscar being his 'number ten' (and this in itself is not a terrible idea), Mata is not used on the flank. Sure, it's perhaps not the best use of his talents, but it would mean he's in the team somewhere. Mourinho is said to be troubled by Mata's defensive duties, but Willian and Eden Hazard are hardly grafters, and Mourinho seems perfectly happy picking them.
"I've played in three positions," said Mata this week. "In the beginning I was playing as a left winger, then on the right and last season as a No 10. I feel comfortable playing in any offensive position.
"It's better if a player can play in lots of positions rather than just one."
It is Juan, in theory. Alas, in this case, the theory might not be work out.
If you're reading all of the top-notch, grade-A, Olympic-standard content on Football365, you'll be familiar with the following stat - Norwich have taken just 23 points from their last 26 games. They have won one game thus far this season, and have been beaten by Hull and Aston Villa already. This is why Hughton is the bookies' favourite to be the next manager to go - you can get 7/4 in some places.
The good news is that Gary Hooper is being gradually introduced into the side after his injury, and while scoring against a Championship side is not necessarily a sign that all their problems are solved, his brace in the League Cup at Watford this week was very welcome.
Goals have been a problem thus far - they have just three all season, with two of those scored in the first game of the campaign against Everton.
According to some reports on Thursday (OK - it was The Daily Mirror. But still...) Hughton could go if they lose to Stoke on Sunday. It would seem hasty given their excellent transfer business in the summer, but the rot has been setting in for a while now - if Delia does pestle and mortar him, it won't just be because of their performance in this nascent season.
Only just behind Hughton in the 'perhaps not long for this world' stakes is Jol, whose theoretically entertaining Fulham side have only three points and four goals to show for their five games thus far.
If they continue their poor run against Cardiff this weekend, some nerves may start poking through Jol's previously impenetrable avuncularity.
Even though Gus Poyet may be all-but in place by the weekend, Ball has indicated that he would like the Sunderland job on a permanent basis. A win over Liverpool on Sunday wouldn't do his chances any harm.
The Sunderland players
Their manager may have paid the ultimate price (well, not the ultimate price - he's not dead), but the Sunderland players haven't exactly covered themselves in glory this season. It's not just the manager's fault when a team finds themselves in trouble.
As they're playing Manchester City this weekend, few really expect Villa to actually win on Saturday, but this will be the start of six weeks without Christian Benteke.
Given Benteke has scored four of their six goals thus far this season, it might be a long six weeks.
"Our analysis is that we've created many good chances," said Mauricio Pochettino this week. "Hopefully, in the next game, they will be converted into goals."
They could really do with those goals, too. Southampton have scored just three this season - one a Rickie Lambert penalty, and two from defenders Jose Fonte and Dejan Lovren. It's not as if this is from a cautious formation either - Lambert, Dani Osvaldo and Jay Rodriguez have started their last two games, with the hardly conservative Adam Lallana mooching about behind them too.
Pochettino's men have only conceded two goals, but that could be put down to the quality of their opponents - West Brom, Sunderland and Norwich have all been terrible, West Ham only have four from five and Liverpool have hardly been prolific either.
Sooner or later their defence will be breached, and they will have to do more than just create chances.
It almost had to happen, after Brendan Rodgers started talking about 'churning out' wins, but Liverpool's unbeaten record is gone, as their performances have declined.
They were also beaten by Manchester United in the week, but that's not really terribly important given the competition. What perhaps is more important is how they respond, and should they fail to beat a floundering Sunderland on Sunday, that will arguably tell us more about the state of their side than a loss at Old Trafford.
Luis Suarez should be back too, having come through a 90-minute stretching exercise against United relatively unscathed, if understandably rusty. It will be interesting to see if Suarez's bolsters the Liverpool side, or imbalances it.
Now the only team in the Premier League with an unbeaten record. It took until December 9 and the 16th game of the season for last season's last unbeaten team (Manchester City) to be defeated.
I can't believe that Spurs are being touted as having a minimum of top 4 this year while we have the player of the year last year and the only 60 million dollar striker in the league. RvP kept up last year but just can't see anyone come near Sturridge this year. Ah no, I mean Suarez of course. Point being, if we don't set the standard for our team through internet comments and articles by experts..who will. Brendan Rogers? The Billionaire owners? The players themselves? Is John O' Shea really worth more as a man than Stevie G just because he has a truck load of medals and Stevie doesn't but Stevie has more cash in the bank and a better 6 pack?- man of ire