Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tottenham Hotspur Season Review 2010 2011

 which Martin Jol has returned to London has also seen Spurs revert to the status they held for most of the Dutchman's tenure in N17 -content with fifth place despite subsequently struggling to hold on to their star men.
Yet this satisfaction could prove misplaced. Not only was Hurry Redknapp's assertion that last season was "as good as it's gonna get" Modric and co that it was worth hanging around, the task the Lilywhites face in striving for another top-four finish is almost certain to be tougher this time around. What will frustrate Spurs most of all is that, for once, it wasn't their record against the elite that let them down last season - rather their results against those at the other end of the table. Wins away to Arsenal and Liverpool (both the first in the league since 1992-93) were counter-balanced by defeats at Blackpool and West Ham, while three of the bottom five took points at White Hart Lone. However, there is still plenty about which to be positive. If Brad Friedel can maintain his performances of the last five years, Tottenham have signed one of the best keepers in the league while the returning Kyle Walker looks ready to slot in at right-back from the get-go. Indeed, learning when to rest their stars could be what helps Spurs go one better than last term. While permanent fixtures Rafael van der Vaort and Goreth Bale looked to be lagging towards the end of the season, Niko Kranjcar and Sebastien Bassong - both key members of the side who finished fourth the year before - were vocal in their dissatisfaction at being overlooked by Redknapp so regularly.

Exactly how Spurs fore this season could depend on how they cope with what looks a daunting start, with Redknapp's side set to face five of last season's top seven in their first seven fixtures. Start strongly and with morale high, almost anything could be possible. Start badly, and the Champions League dream could appear all but dead by early October. A team that will always try and keep the ball on the deck and play beautiful football, because the fans care more about entertainment than results. A team that will always be left desperately hacking the ball into the opposition penalty area, because the White Hart Lane faithful get rother antsy if they aren't winning by the 20-minute mark...To quote Spurs legend Danny Blanchflower: "Football is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish, about going out and beating the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom." Knock the ball around their own half until the opposition die of boredom, then have Michael Dawson attempt to thwack the ball onto Peter Crouch's bonce from 60 yards. Spurs showed their resolve last season by gaining 2i points from losing positions. Meanwhile, a midfield rich with creative talent will continue to provide chances ...but taking those chances has proved problematic. With Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch both needing over 10 shots to score o Premier League goal, Roman Pavlyuchenko (just five shots per goal) was underused. If they ore to re-establish themselves as a top four force, they need to be more ruthless against the big guns, where chances are ot a premium. Killing off the Premier League's lesser sides is a must if the top four is the aim. Spurs took just 11 points from their 10 matches against the bottom five - Arsenal gathered 28. There's no doubting the attacking benefits of rampaging wingers such as Lennon and Bale, but Spurs only scored 15 per cent of their goals last season from crosses, the lowest in the top flight. Should improve in the league from last season, but will they improve as much as those around them without spending big? A big ask. 

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