It’s five losses in six Premier League games for Jose Mourinho and his Tottenham side and their top four prospects are in tatters right now.
Their season is unraveling and a comfortable round of 32 Europa League wins against Wolfsberger cannot hide that they threaten to implode domestically in N17.
The European adventures have given the club, and its suffering supporters, a little hope and conviction.
Bangs stars Dele Alli and Gareth Bale, who appeared to have been totally dismissed by Mourinho, have come to life.
The former was delighted on Wednesday night with a superb header and two assists, while his Welsh teammate now has two goals and two assists in three games.
Did they arrive in time to save a Spurs season in danger of slipping from title tilt to mid-table mediocrity?
Mourinho insisted he was used to the stress and strain he is currently undergoing and thriving.
“The problem is, you don’t have the pressure,” he says. “I felt struggling when I was at home and didn’t have any pressure for a few months.
“That’s the problem. It comes like oxygen, it’s our life, I don’t think there is a coach in the world without goals or pressure of any kind.
“You just have to get used to it and get used to the way the press is back then, you just have to adapt to it.”
But Mourinho knows he can’t afford much more slippage, with Julian Nagelsmann already linked with his replacement this summer.
Tottenham now face a series of must-see matches against modest opponents – starting with Burnley’s visit on Sunday.
Giovani Lo Celso has returned to training but is still absent, while Serge Aurier is closing in on a return to the starting XI.
Mourinho has no new injury concerns but the performances of some of his players have given him a selection headache.
Bale and Alli are expected to replace Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela given their recent exploits.
Bale’s Spurs return looked to fall flat after a tough first few months in north London, where he struggled with fitness issues as he barely played for Real Madrid in recent seasons .
But he’s starting to show there’s still life in his legs with a series of positive performances and Mourinho says he seems ‘happier than ever’ at the moment.
Alli, meanwhile, must surely get his chance after his impressive midweek show.
Meanwhile, Japhet Tanganga could start right back ahead of Matt Doherty, if Aurier is not considered fit enough.
Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier could secure the sign of defense against a tough Burnley frontline, while Sergio Reguilon and Hugo Lloris will also return, along with Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son.
How Tottenham should look like Burnley
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