Don't panic! Ledley King insists Spurs are NOT in crisis ahead of FA Cup semi final
Published 23:00 10/04/12 By John Cross
Ledley King has led a dressing room inquest into Tottenham's alarming dip in form.
Tottenham captain King insists there is no crisis at the club despite just one win from their last eight games which has left their Champions League ambitions in grave danger.
Out-of-sorts Spurs have gone from being title contenders two months ago to being near the bottom of the form table ever since Harry Redknapp was made favourite to become the next England boss.
Spurs boss Redknapp's problems are mounting as King, Younes Kaboul and William Gallas are all doubts for Sunday's FA Cup semi final with Chelsea at Wembley while Scott Parker should have recovered after hamstring problems.
But King admits it is down to the players to turn their season around and ensure the campaign which once promised so much does not turn into a devastating collapse.
King said: "We will have to look at a few things and have a few words and try to move on from there. I think the earlier we speak together about it, the better it will be.
"The only thing that needs to be said is that we need to stick together this time. We need to keep going until the end of the season and we need to keep working hard for each other.
"There is not a crisis in any way. We have top players. We lost the Norwich game but we have another big one against Chelsea that we have to get up for.
"We have to stick together and keep working hard. It's the only way. It's up to the senior lads to lift the spirits of the rest of the lads and keep them there.
"There aren't many games now until the end of the season and we just have to give it a big push until then.
"Obviously it has been a long season. There are some tired legs but we have to keep going, keep pushing until the end of the season."
Tottenham were just five points off the top and in serious title contention after thrashing Newcastle on February 11.
The chants of "Don't Go Harry" rang around White Hart Lane and yet they have been in free fall ever since and now the Toon Army along with Chelsea are threatening to push them into the Europa League places.
Bitter rivals Arsenal seemed destined to be 13 points behind when Spurs went 2-0 in the north London derby, but they went on to win 5-2 and have eclipsed them in third place and now Tottenham are minding the gap between fourth and sixth.
It is a fall from grace which has devastated Redknapp and yet their big chance to regain some momentum and pride is in the FA Cup semi final when King admits they must take full advantage of Chelsea's fixture congestion.
Chelsea face Barcelona in the Champions League 72 hours later and King insists Roberto Di Matteo's men could slip up in the battle for top four because they will be focusing on the Spanish giants.
King said: "From our point of view we are hoping that with the intensity of the two games against Barcelona, they might slip up in the league, but that's only hoping, you know.
"Chelsea are a top side and they are used to playing big games week in week out. You just don't know. We just have to take care of ourselves.
"I think we have a decent record against them in the last few years. They are always a tough team to play against. It's a game we have always enjoyed. It's going to be a tight game, another tough game - they are all tough games at the moment."
Tottenham's injury problems may mean an unlikely Wembley chance for Ryan Nelsen, signed as a free agent and now being expected to plug the defensive gap.
But there are no fears for 34-year-old Nelsen who insists Tottenham will hold their nerve and Chelsea do not hold any worries for them.
Nelsen added: "We've got five games left and we're not worried about what any of the other clubs do. We just have to take care of our business ourselves, and focus on what we need to do.
"But we can't feel sorry for ourselves, we've obviously got a massive game on Sunday and we know that we have to get up for it.
"There's a lot of experience in that team. I can't see nerves being an issue at all. Again we had some chances in that game and it could have been a whole different story.
"We're just not getting the rub of the green, but we're not feeling sorry for ourselves. We've got a lot of experience, we're motivated, we're focused and we know what we've got to do."