Date:Wednesday September 25 2013
Nine games and only one goal conceded, really isn't the Tottenham we have grown to love…
Tottenham and frugal defending really don't go hand in hand, but this season, AVB seems to have got the often impossible balance between scoring and dominating games, whilst looking rock solid at the back. Sure some will argue that we haven't scored many Prem goals, but you do feel that it isn't for want of trying or opportunities, and equally, you feel that there is an absolute hammering waiting for some unfortunate rival (please be Chelsea) just around the corner.
Have Spurs also been a little lucky with decisions, such as Lloris on Sunday and Vertonghen last night? Perhaps, but don't sides make their own luck and over games and a season, it supposedly balances itself out. So what is it that has made Spurs the best defence in the Prem, after four games? Can we suddenly see the likes of Dawson, Walker and the rest becoming defensive lions? Has the bigger/stronger/quicker midfield two of either, Paulinho, Dembele, Sandro or Capoue, been the defining difference or is there something along the lines of the players really settling on the tactics drilled into them by their manager?
The fact that we appear to be increasingly potent in front of the opposition goal, whilst looking so solid at the back is a massive plus and credit for AVB and his players. Getting the balance between being too defensive or attack minded is hugely difficult, as almost always you tip one way or the other. So far all we are missing out on is scoring more at the other end, but is that getting better as the players gel and the tempo increases?
Personally I like our solid at the back position and though we are hardly in a position to sing 'One - nil, to the Tott-en-ham' you feel we are certainly heading in the right direction to make us extremely hard to beat, whilst getting ever closer to being able to dismantle teams with big score-lines at the other end. Can we honestly claim it is down to certain individuals, when we have rotated the side quite well?
Is there a theory that we now have a great squad and almost unheard of quality in depth, that the players really are having to play to their maximum to get in the team? Maybe it is a mix of a number of things and despite a big turn around in personnel this summer, the unity and harmony of the players seems fantastic. Long may it continue, and maybe, just maybe, we can even dream of silverware and who knows what else...
Date:Wednesday September 25 2013
Winning Ugly (Monday December 9 2013)
Its Arsenal in the Cup! (Monday December 9 2013)
Sunderland v Spurs: The Report. (Sunday December 8 2013)
Sunderland vs Tottenham Hotspur. (Saturday December 7 2013)
VIDEO: Villas-Boas Proud Of Team Resolve (Friday December 6 2013)
Smoke and Mirrors (Friday December 6 2013)
Hugo The Boss! (Friday December 6 2013)
Is it really that bad? (Thursday December 5 2013)
Don't make him angry. (Thursday December 5 2013)
Go support another club (Wednesday December 4 2013)
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