In the best possible way, it was back to business as usual for Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. Winning 2-0 away at Newcastle United was the perfect kick-start to the new campaign, but now, with Chelsea up next. Everything changes.
Sunday’s game will take place at Wembley, Spurs’ new home for the season and it will be their first league game not at White Hart Lane since 1899.
With the club hosting UEFA Champions League fixtures there last year and again this term, it doesn’t have the feel of a home ground – defeats to Monaco and Leverkusen won’t have helped.
The last time Spurs faced Chelsea at Wembley, Sunday’s home side lost 4-2. The champions won’t fear going there and it will be up to the fans and the players to make it a real Spurs atmosphere.
“Wembley is not a problem, we are the problem if we don’t win, like last season,” admitted Mauricio Pochettino before the game.
“Wembley is the most important place in the world and if we are not able to win there it is not because of Wembley it is because of us.”
Beat Chelsea, condemning them to two defeats and six points adrift and the mood at Wembley will completely flip around 360 degrees.
To make that happen, one man who will want things to change is Harry Kane. Amazingly, the striker who has topped the Premier League charts for the last three seasons has never scored in the month of August.
Each season the same question is always asked, can the England forward continue the form of the previous campaign, and after the first month the doubts increase until he finds his shooting boots.
Spurs need him, Wembley needs him, Mauricio Pochettino needs him to find the back of the net on Sunday.
Beside him, the Argentine boss needs to decide between Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko down the flanks, and if Victor Wanyama will take back the midfield spot from Eric Dier, but don’t expect too many changes outside of that.
Manchester United transfer target Danny Rose is still out, and Kierian Trippier is a doubt, giving Kyle Walker-Peters another opportunity to impress.
Spurs go into this fixture the stronger of the two sides, this is their chance to create a small gap between them and the champions, but to do that they must not only end their Wembley jinx, but find a way to end Kane’s August curse too.
If they both happen, maybe anything is possible this season.