UK time is: 00:20:23
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

If we are going to lose can we learn as well?

In England we have a very particular and peculiar attitude when it comes to cup competitions. 

When facing an underdog the form book and, at times, the playing manual tends to go out the Window. That is why, in the last few days we have seen Premiership Clubs like; Liverpool, Chelsea, QPR, Aston Villa, Le Arse, Norwich, left sitting in post match dressing rooms around the country wondering just what happened. 

The Leeds game on Sunday and our League Cup Defeat at Norwich in October were typical examples of where our team just does not impose itself on the opposition. But there is a wider situation that AVB needs to understand and certainly address. The English mentality of the 'underdog' appears to be a label that helps smaller clubs rise to the occasion. 

There is no sophistication in the English game when the fixture is going to be a dog fight. Sometimes you have to go back to the basics to win certain types of matches. Leeds must have shown AVB that he has to work out how to play teams who are just hell bent on crowding you out. With little time on the ball and an opposition who are willing to chase you all day long AVB needs to pick a team that can dig deep, slug it out and get the ball into areas where chances can be created. 

The Leeds match showed us that we just lack that quality in the final third. Clubs like Leeds and Oldham, Bradford, Luton and Millwall manage to make teams like Liverpool, Chelsea, Norwich and us look very ordinary. We have to be able to deal with the attritional challenge that clubs, fighting for a cause, will provide. Apart from some brief exchanges our £80m valued Bale was neutralised by an 18 year rookie for Leeds. 

Our Backs at Leeds were caught out of position and left flat footed and our attacks were largely confined to shots from distance or runs into blind alles. Why does this happen? Are we guilty sometimes of turning up thinking we have enough quality on the pitch and that we have a divine right to win? 

There was no real quality in the Leeds side on Sunday just lots of players getting into the faces of our players coupled with some very hard graft and every Leeds player putting in a shift. Can we honestly say that all our players put in a shift on Sunday? It's games like Leeds that show us who wants it more. 

Whilst we dominated Leeds in terms of possession if that dominance does not translate into goals then all that effort means nothing. Whether its Leeds in the Cup or QPR in the Premiership we know that teams we they feel they are up against it, and are aware of the threat we can pose, will pack the midfield, close down the wide areas and leave us only 2/3rds of the pitch to play in with only a back pass as the only option until the players can work out another way through. 

AVB needs to learn from these types of matches and he needs to learn quickly because, as the season comes to its conclusion, we are going to be dragged down into more dog fights where the style of game will be about survival. At the moment we don't have a game plan that can deal with crowded midfields and an opposition that gives our players no time on the ball. 

Norwich on Wednesday will be another game where you can bet a quid that there will be no space in the midfield and there will be no spaces to attack unless we can find some quality service. As for the FA Cup we are now one of 13 Premier League sides that have been knocked out of the competition and we are the highest ranking Club in the PL to go out this season. That leaves us realistically with one piece of Silverware to go for, the Europa League. 

I don't see us winning the Premiership title! Were not alone in feeling the post FA Cup blues but that's little consolation when we all know that; according to AVB anyway;' 'Leeds made the most of their opportunities,'. 'It was good to come back into the game but we maybe could have done a little better' Like winning the game perhaps.

Written by OyVeh Maria




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer: OyVeh Maria Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 29 2013

Time: 6:45AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Spurs Articles

No.10? (Thursday January 29 2015)

"We`re on our Way to Wembley!" (Thursday January 29 2015)

13 Out Of 20 (Wednesday January 28 2015)

Sheffield United vs. Tottenham Hotspur. (Wednesday January 28 2015)

The Likely Leavers? (Tuesday January 27 2015)

Lamela is Ready to Shine! (Monday January 26 2015)

One Week and Counting! (Monday January 26 2015)

The Shape OF Things To Come? (Friday January 23 2015)

FA Cup 4th Rd: Spurs vs Leicester. (Friday January 23 2015)

Archived Spurs Articles

List All Vital Spurs Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Highgatespur 504
2. 80deg16minW 489
3. Spursex 458
4. MAN ON! 259
5. Spurfect11 258
6. Real Deal 250
7. Jables 232
8. Kinygerbils 226
9. spursgirl_4_life 215
10. Big Chiv 213

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Spurs 2 - 1 Sunderland
Crystal Palace 2 - 1 Spurs
Spurs 5 - 3 Chelsea
Spurs 0 - 0 Man Utd
Leicester City 1 - 2 Spurs
Spurs 2 - 1 Burnley

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
3. Southampton 22 13 3 6 21 42
4. Man Utd 22 11 7 4 15 40
5. Arsenal 22 11 6 5 14 39
6. Spurs 22 11 4 7 2 37
7. West Ham 22 10 6 6 10 36
8. Liverpool 22 10 5 7 4 35
9. Swansea 22 8 6 8 -4 30

Breaking League News

Swansea City Agree Fee For Southampton's Cork
» Swansea : 29/01/2015 20:01:00
FA Youth Cup - Chelsea 6 Swansea 0
» Chelsea : 29/01/2015 19:10:00
Allardyce Talks Liverpool (a)
» West Ham : 29/01/2015 18:53:00
Mutch Departs For Palace
» Q.P.R. : 29/01/2015 18:46:00
Ameobi Returns
» Newcastle : 29/01/2015 17:41:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Are Spurs on their way to Wembley
Suggested By:  Vital Spurs
Yes!!! 70%
No... 30%