In the second FA Cup fourth round tie of the weekend, Tottenham travel to Colchester United looking not only to avoid an upset, but stake a claim of actually winning the trophy come May.
Spurs are flying high in the league, but despite their consistency and the impressive form of their young and home-grown players, Mauricio Pochettino’s team might just be a season’s experience short of having the ability of being the Premier League’s best team over an entire 38 game season.
Instead, Spurs should be looking to the cup for their chance of glory this season. Their energy and intensity should lend itself well to cup football and it should also help them to avoid being overrun by lower league sides outcompeting them like rabid dogs in a frenzy caused by the sniff of an upset.
Despite 2016 being a year ending in a six and not a one, this could yet be Tottenham’s year if they take the cup seriously, Saturday’s trip to Colchester could be a litmus test for their interest and desire to win the cup this season.
Having said all of that, Colchester are seven points adrift of League One safety, it should be an easy victory for the Premier League side. Should. Because we all know that the Goddess of English football that is the FA Cup is often inclined to weave some magic in circumstances such as these. The ground is ripe for an upset. But that is exactly why this is the game where Spurs can stake their claim for Cup glory this season.
Here is the team trusted by Mauricio Pochettino to take their team through to the next round:
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 30, 2016