By Will Butcher
Danny Mills believes Tottenham’s FA Cup semi-final clash against Premier League rivals Chelsea could prove crucial in the run-in for the league title.
Spurs closed the gap between themselves and Chelsea to just four points this weekend after beating Bournemouth 4-0, while Antonio Conte’s side lost to Man United at Old Trafford.
Now, the Premier League’s top two sides go head-to-head on Saturday at Wembley for a place in the final of the FA Cup, after Spurs won their eighth match in a row on Saturday.
Former England and Leeds right-back Mills claimed the grudge match could be “monumental” in terms of momentum and confidence, but believes pressure could begin to mount on Spurs.
“Chelsea are still in the box seat,” Mills said, as quoted by BBC Radio 5 Live’s Twitter account. “Tottenham will have to win five of their last six games, at least, to cause Chelsea problems.
“But the semi-final next week could be absolutely monumental, because if Tottenham were to win that, however they win it, the change in momentum will give Tottenham confidence.
“But is the pressure on Tottenham now? They’ve been playing fantastic football but no one has expected them to catch Chelsea.”
'It could be absolutely monumental'
— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) April 16, 2017
A quick-fire double from Mousa Dembele and Son Heung-Min in the first half sent Spurs on their way against Bournemouth on Saturday, before second-half strikes from Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen ensured a comfortable victory at White Hart Lane.
That saw Spurs’ attention switch to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, and they hoped Jose Mourinho’s United could do them a favour in the title run-in.
Goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera saw Spurs close the gap to fourth thanks to United’s 2-0 win, as the race for the title pauses for a week.
Spurs now face Chelsea with a place in the FA Cup final at stake, while Arsenal go up against Man City on Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino saw his side lose to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge 2-1, but then secured all three points back at the Lane with a 2-0 win and will be hoping for a repeat of that.
In other Tottenham news, former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas has delivered his verdict on the title run-in.