It’s Happening Again!

Carta_MarinaThe international break has arrived at an ideal time for Spurs; although break is perhaps misleading as twelve of our senior players will be dispatched across the globe this weekend to turn out for their respective Motherlands- and, judging by the performance on Sunday, what some of these chaps need is a breather in its more traditional guises. One which involves being marooned on a floating lilo somewhere with a virgin pina-colada; rather than jetting off to Macedonia for a sticky World Cup qualifier. Alas, the struggles of the modern footballer.

The Big Fear at the moment is that it’s all just a little bit of history repeating itself for the Mighty Hotspur. Not without form in conceding supposedly unsurpassable leads, it was about this time last year that the ship’s wheel was beginning to twirl out of control while the Captain dreamt of England and a better life. Similar to last season, too- and it’s perhaps symptomatic of our very DNA- the minute someone from the outside world starts sounding the Ican’t-see-Spurs-finishing-outside-the-Top-Four klaxon, the underpants find their way atop the head and the inmates begin to panic. It’s happening again, boss!

While there might be a good deal of truth attached to this, you’d have to imagine the Fulham result was somewhat of an anomaly. A rotten day at the office. European hangover is a tired old chestnut but for the two-hours of aimless ball-chasing and slapstick defending in Milan on Thursday night, it can only have been a physically and mentally taxing experience for all involved. The effort it took to play that badly must have been tremendous. Indeed, Vertonghen and Dembélé looked exhausted against BMJ’s men and Scott Parker, at times, genuinely appeared to have turned to stone. But it’s not his fault he’s been required to play every game to its bitter end.

The question now is, whether you have faith in André Villas-Boas to ignore the hyperbole surrounding this mini-wobble and focus on the task in hand: sayin’ nu-uh to the haters and guiding us to the Champions League Party. Personally, I think AVB’s just the man for the job; a serious operator for whom focus and calm comes as naturally as a gravelled voice and a shiny, auburn pelt. If you remember all the Spurs in Turmoil tommyrot being pedalled in the media in August, it was Ol’ Twinkle Eyes who kept an aura of Fonzie cool around the club when the odd result went astray and the players duly responded. Even going to the trouble of beating United at Old Trafford just to prove things were under control. No big deal. There’s no denying that the run-in is a certifiable stinker but you get the impression that Villas-Boas and the players are more than up to it. So don’t despair just yet.

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8 Responses to It’s Happening Again!

  1. avatar charles says:

    Good article.I agree AVB is the boss for the future,just give him funds to buy a decent striker…Leandro.

  2. avatar Aran Mac Dubhghaill says:

    im still gutted we didnt go after berba instead of that waste of space adebayor… i mean he took all summer to sign cos he was trying for more cash, missed pre season, said he wouldnt go to af cup of nations then at the last minute decided he would, pissing off togo and totteham, then the little shit has an extended holiday and gets flown home by levy. its a fcukin joke, 2 decent hard working forwards, even kevin doyle would offer more than ade and we could of had him for a fistful of coin, coppers, schillings. i like levy, he’s clever, he’s shrewd and he’s gradually nudged us up a notch each season but come on man, buy a fcuking forward, make that 2. Next season I want to see Benteke & Higuain at Spurs, defoe can sit back and smoke some choof on the sidelines, adebayor can go kick balls in china or quatar. AVB has been doing well but my concern about his “talk to the players policy” came to a head when he asked bale & lennon recently if they wanted to come off – wtf was that AVB? YOU MAKE THE DECISIONS…..anyway, lennon got injured that game and we’ve had no shape since, and WTF ekotto in left mid? jan at left back? childish mistakes. good news is AVB is a fast learner, and if I a couch coach can spot the obvious mistakes then Im sure AVB will too.

  3. avatar Aran Mac Dubhghaill says:

    ps…i wish we were’nt in the Europa anymore

  4. avatar hamid khan says:

    I shall try and keep balanced in the face of anger as a season ticket holder who pays a bloody small fortune for his season ticket! The fact we have failed to acquire a single striker of any quality in the last two years shows that although Levy does deserve some credit, is simply out of touch with what turns a good side into a team that could really achieve something. It is the old fashioned smoke a mirrors trick, make them feel we have strode forward, when indeed it is only a few small steps. We have sold some class players (accepted some wanted to go) but invariably replaced them with a level of decent mediocrity. But to be fair, with real potential too. But no matter how good you still require someone to finish a good move or most importantly get you a goal from nothing. The squad is totally imbalanced, Lennon gets an injury and our system goes to pot. I know lets replace him with Townsend…..oh dear we have loaned him out…wage bill dear chap. Grrr!!! AVB learns quickly and hopefully can reflect on his mistakes, but overall has done well. We have not become a rubbish side overnight, as much as I did not believe the hype of the ‘success’. I will not mention Adebayor…(oops), cos I just want to swear!! One last thing though, as much as I get frustrated, angry and depressed, one thing that bugs me more is when “fans” start to pick out players and start giving them stick. I never understand what that achieves apart from boosting the opposition. Final words, Kyle Walker is a class act (ok maybe not this season). COYS!!

  5. avatar seattlespursguy says:

    The problem is our “strength in depth”… isn’t, not really. If everyone were fit and in form, we’d have a starting XI to challenge for the title, along with some very useful subs. For me, this is:

    GK: Hugo-Brad
    D: Walker-Kaboul-Daws-Vert-Benny
    CM: -Sandro-Parker-Moose
    W: Bale-Lennon
    AM: Holtby-Sig-Deuce
    S: Ade-Defoe

    The rest of the squad are of questionable standards (Naughton, Livermore, Gallas) need more seasoning (Caulker, Carroll) or are loaned out (Townsend, Rose).

    So, 17 players. But, of course, we don’t have the long term injured (Kaboul and Sandro-down to 15) and both of our strikers have had ropey form, as has Walker. And some would argue about what Brad, Benny and Deuce bring to the team. This gives us a core of 6-7 “nailed on” starters.

    But for the injured or out-of-form, our replacement options aren’t great. Has Naughton done so much that he made you demand he replace Walker or Benny? I’d say no. Do we have any wingers to stand in if Azza or Bale go out? None with any pace, so we play Moose out of position or stick Sig over there. We have misfiring strikers, so Dempsey should come in? Not for me, thanks.

    The point is there is an extreme drop in quality once you get past the nailed on starters. This puts AVB in the familiar position of driving those starters into the ground. Parker looks shattered and Moose and Lennon are played even though they are carrying knocks. Only two legit strikers is a problem when both go cold.

    I think AVB has done very well, but we really don’t have a lot of quality cover in this squad. I hope he can keep coaxing out wins now that we are at the sharp end.

    • avatar Ruskin Road says:

      Seattlespursguy has made a great point that a lot of people are overlooking. When you look at the squad we have we should be thankful for the position we currently hold. On our best day we can beat anyone but football is rarely ‘played on our best day’. On a good day, with proper rest and the right formation we are definitely top 6. Without any scoring from our strikers for the best part of 3 months we should consider ourselves somewhat lucky to be where we are.

  6. avatar JimmyG2 says:

    Relax everyone.
    Foxy is going to let us know when to despair.
    I’m surprised there isn’t an app for it.

  7. avatar tony says:

    One way to look at it is to compare to last 3 seasons EPL points total:
    2012 69 points (4th+FA Cup s/f)
    2011 62 points (5th+CL q/f)
    2010 70 points (4th+FA Cup s/f)

    So last 3 years some good cup runs and points total with the CL season harming the EPL form

    2013 at 54 points from 30 games so from last 8 games:
    *need 8 more points this season to match the worst performance
    *need 15 more points to match the last season points total
    *need 16 more points to match the best points total and do better than last season

    Will the Europa League harm the EPL form this season like the CL harmed it in 2011?

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