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Another chance for Tottenham to rescue their season.

Posted on March 13, 2014 by Scraggs

Having fallen so far behind the teams currently at the top of the table and in the crucial top four positions Tottenham tonight have the chance to resurrect their season following that disastrous  defeat to Chelsea in the league on Saturday. With Arsenal and last chance saloon upon us this weekend the players need to find some semblance of form and the supporters certainly deserve to see something special before the season finally fizzles away. What started as a season of great hope and expectation has turned into nothing short of abject disappointment, a team and a squad of immense ability, possibility and potential has rarely performed.

Earlier in the season the strength of the team was built around it’s defence which at one point was the best in Europe, the midfield dominated possession and the only failure seemed to be a lack of sufficient goals to push on further. Going into the Newcastle game on the 10th November Tottenham had a realistic chance of going second in the table, win would have taken them to that heady height just 2 points behind the leaders Arsenal, as we all know completely against the run of play and despite a barrage on their goal a 1-0 defeat followed.

What happened after that is unexplainable as the team folded at Manchester City the following week somehow shipping six goals most given away by defensive errors, our strength suddenly became our weakness with no real explanation as to why. Take a look at the stats of that game and it is clear that for the first half at least the team was always in the game and threatening to draw level before yet more mistakes handed City a resounding win.

Even after those couple of poor results Tottenham bounced back drawing and outplaying United, beating Tromso, Fulham and Sunderland away before the next capitulation at home to Liverpool. Look at the team that day and tottenham were without many crucial players, the defence in particular was devastated and Sandro and Naughton were both injured before half time.

At that point in the season Tottenham had played 26 league and cup fixtures won 18  lost 5  drawn 3 a loss percentage of less than 20% and though the team had lost a couple of games heavily it is fair to assume that as was the case earlier that situation could have easily been remedied again. Since then little has changed as big defeats have followed against City again and Chelsea, in 17 games since the Liverpool drubbing Tottenham’s record is won 9 lost 6 drawn 2 a loss percentage of more than 35%.

Of course we cannot turn the clock back but we can hope for a change of fortune and a great finale to the season and that must start tonight with the cup game against a very good Benfica team. Perhaps it is worth noting that the last time we met them in earnest was the semi final of the European Cup when it was played only between the champions of each country back in 1962, on that occasion only dubious referee decisions prevented Tottenham reaching the final and despite going 4-1 down early in the home fixture Tottenham then mounted a barrage against the eventual champions, pulling two goals back and hitting the woodwork on more than one occasion. Benfica went on to beat Real Madrid in the final led by the great Eusebio.

With Arsenal to come this weekend Tim Sherwood faces a mighty dilemma, does he go for it tonight and pick the best team available or save players for the league fixture? he has often stated that the shackles must come off and as a supporter I hope that is tonight, a great result will lift the spirits of all around Tottenham and hopefully encourage a great response against our local rivals.

Tonight is the night.

3 to “Another chance for Tottenham to rescue their season.”

  1. Eric says:

    Scraggs ur optimism is ur biggest flaw,lol

    • Scraggs says:

      That’s all we have got left for this season Eric but at least we can look forward to hiring a proper coach after the World Cup

  2. Kev says:

    If AVB wasn’t the right man it should have at least have been left until the end of the season. there is much more to the story than we have been told. In my opinion interference from Sherwood who had the ear of levy undermined AVB who then told them to poke it. Sherwood is one mouthy so and so who is already to big for his boots.

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