You’ve lost four on the bounce at home against the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. You’ve seen your nearest – and fierecest – rivals Arsenal struggle all season and then hit form at just the right time to waltz into the Premier League’s top four. You’ve had a 10-day break to recharge your batteries.
So what you don’t want to to do is let Carlos Tevez drag three defenders out to the corner flag before slipping the deftest of passes to James Milner to square it for Samir Nasri to score after five minutes.
That would just be careless Tottenham.