Go back 12 months and Tottenham appeared to be struggling to cope without their standout player of the season before, Gareth Bale had gone to Spain for a world record fee and Tottenham had spent upwards of £100m on several players to bolster the squad and replace the twenty odd goals that he had contributed. A year ago with a dozen games gone Tottenham had 22 points and were just a couple of points off their targeted fourth place in the league and yet the media knives were already sharpened and ready to strike, Tottenham, Daniel Levy, Franco Baldini and AVB were their targets.
After 2 weeks of abject misery the Premier League returned this weekend and the chance for Tottenham to make up for the pain that has been inflicted upon their supporters this season. I’m not quite sure whether they managed to do so but the three points were welcome and certainly helped and the performance was not too shabby considering the number of changes forced upon the team from injury and suspension. The first half saw us fall behind in typical circumstance and though I don’t entirely agree with Steve Bruce and the Sky observers that Hull should have built up a 2 or 3 goal lead, it was a fact that our build up play was far too slow.
Yesterday results left me with four correct predictions including one correct score but also left me a little disappointed as there were also a couple of unexpected home defeats thrown in which should have left me with a far better set of figures, still it’s only a bit of fun and no harm done. Today’s two fixtures and that tomorrow night are no foregone conclusions and will be extremely difficult to predict given the form of some in what is already turning out to be a strange season:-
We at JTN have enjoyed a couple of weeks break from the trials and tribulations(not many of those lately) of being a fully fledged Tottenham supporter, the disappointment of the last result and especially the performance has subsided a little and most of us look forward to better from the team in the coming weeks and until the end of the season, but enough about that for now let’s get on with my predictions for today’s upcoming fixtures and some great match ups:-
As we head into another international break and off the back of the added burden of a trip to Greece in the Europa League, there is the danger of another couple of weeks of negative publicity from the media and the reaction of a section of Tottenham support that simply refuses to give any coach appointed a reasonable amount of time to assemble a squad and a team. Of course a win today will mean that the club would remain in a decent position to make a fist of a top four challenge, I can’t help remembering that Brad Friedel said in an interview in August that we might not see the best of the team until November/December as they work on new ideas.
Yesterdays set of predictions were not quite up to the standard set over the past couple of weeks but three were correct, two of them by the correct score. Palace were unlucky not to pull off a shock and become another club to come away from Old Trafford with a point while QPR again showed that they might just not be the relegation fodder that they looked a few weeks back, surely it isn’t just the omission of Rio Ferdinand that has transformed them? Manchester City are slipping further and further behind Chelsea and it seems the wheels really have fallen off, at least for now. Two tremendous goals from Aguero though the officials had not one, but two opportunities to disallow the first equalizer, it was offside and it was handball.
The Daily Mail have reported today that Jimmy Greaves is putting his World Cup winners medal up for sale with it hopefully likely to achieve up to as much as £50,000, it goes to auction next week at Sotheby’s with a letter of authenticity from Greaves himself. It is common knowledge that Greaves along with all the other non playing members of the squad were only awarded the medal in 2009 after a long campaign, by other than the players it must be said, as medals were only awarded to players involved in the final before 1978.
Over the last couple of weeks I have suddenly hit some form and managed to turn around my shocking form earlier in the season, of course now that I have said it no doubt the majority of this weeks predictions will go against me. Again there are some big games and some clubs already desperate to achieve the right result, the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United, teams that have designs on challenging for the title are already in last chance saloon in relation to their hopes in that regard.So as we go into game eleven of the season let’s see what I make of this weeks set of fixtures:-
Yet another football pundit has had his say and as you would expect has written off the prospects of Tottenham for the season, after just ten games of the current campaign and the career of our new coach even one of our own has blasted the club, Tim Sherwood had his say weeks ago, this time it is Clive Allen talking on Talksport and handing them the sort of headline that they thrive upon when it comes to all things Tottenham. No chance of top four and sixth at best is a comment that we have become used to as it has followed us for several years, things might work out that way this season, maybe even worse, but as a supporter surely if we don’t believe in our players nobody else will.
Just days after their stirring finale and win at Aston Villa the Tottenham team have another trip, this time in Europe, where tonight they face up to Asteras Tripolis in one of the early kick-offs. Despite their comfortable win at White Hart Lane in which Eric Lamela scored his incredible “rabona” goal this game must not be taken for granted, the opposition on the night acquitted themselves very well and were a little unlucky to have been on the receiving end of inspired performances from Eric Lamela and Harry Kane, who between them helped themselves to five goals.