Date:Sunday February 17 2013
Under our previous manager I felt we played as a team, the whole movement was fluid, fast, threatening, very attractive and often very productive.
Our style was envied by all!. However, that style, in my opinion, was built around a limited set of players which evidently tired and misfired during the latter stages of the season. To maintain that level would've required immense investment. In contrast, this season we have a very different scenario, namely, a broader range of (a fully utilised squad) players, who for differing reasons have yet to give me an image of a style that could be called consistent or even recognisable.
We've discussed the issues of new manager, adapting, gelling, formations, tactics, strikers, wingers and their advantages + short comings. But can you honestly say that with 60% through the season we have a defined style?. ! Perhaps one can say that in itself could be good thing in that the oppositions don't know what to expect. Though often, even Spurs fans don't know what to expect from one match to another!.
About the only certain starter on the team sheet is Lloris. Beyond that we have swapped and changed every position (due to injuries, tactics or rotation) and despite not having a like-for-like cover for every positions, we have somehow arrived at sitting comfortably 4th and still in sight of 3rd in the Premier League.
In the top five, we are just ahead of Man U (by one goal) for scoring the least number of goals and in that group, we are worst in terms of goals conceded and worst for goal difference.
Historically Spurs have always been synonymous with playing attractive football. How productive is our recent history (with regards to trophies) in trying to maintain that status?. Even Arsenal with their fixed attractive style have failed to lift a trophy for a considerable time. The modern football requires fast and incisive thinking and changes to adapt and to achieve results. I feel with a rigid style you have a predictable, attractive (and not so, in some cases) performances and you are unlikely to achieve LONG term success. Swansea and Stoke are two good examples and both likely to maintain a stable position in the league. One could argue that Barcelona are monotonously consistent in their football and monotonously successful!
So, it appears that part of our NEW PROJECT is to scarifice some of that finesse, sleek passing game but in order to compete at the highest level and be challenging for top 4 consistently, we need to be more adaptive (or mix it up). Man U, City and Chelsea are just that, albeit the latter two have the resources to make some radical changes!
In conclusion, I want to see Spurs improve on the goal tally, the league position, the fear factor that we exude and a long term development and stability of the team. Success in modern football, (without spending lavishly), will! only come through hard work, the right management and a flexible adaptive squad. As long as we have those qualities, do we need a style?
Written by Critical_Spur
Date:Sunday February 17 2013
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