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Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year

How are you, lads?! Take a deep breath, find your optimism, remember a couple of games do not define a season, and thank your God that you do not support a team from the 4th division (sorry - it will always be that to me) with, not even the remotest chance of glory.

We have blue and white blood running through our veins and we can take the good with the bad ... and historically, we have had our fair share of both! Feeling better? Now let us move on. I cannot remember a month with a more congested fixture list than the coming December, (maybe that's because I forget more as I get older!). But during the month of December we have NINE games. In the league we have seven games; Man Utd (H), Fulham (A), Sunderland (A), Liverpool (H), Southampton (A), WBA (H), Stoke (H). In between these games we have two cup games; Home to Anji in the Europa League, and Home to WHU in the Capital Cup.

That is, in my opinion, enough to test the depth and strength of any squad, no matter how good it looks on paper. Hopefully, our major competitors will experience a similar test during this month, (I have not checked their fixture list ... but we can only rely on our own endeavours in any case). If we can come out of December maintaining the position we are currently in, we can be very optimistic about a top four finish and should remain well in contention for some form of silverware.

So, what results do we need before going in to th! e second half of the season? Obviously the Capital Cup game against WHU is a must win game (there is no little revenge aspect to this encounter that should add a bit of spice). The Europa League game against Anji has far less pressure, and therefore, significance, to it, although we would expect to win or draw it ... either of which would be satisfactory. With the basic philosophy of; win the home games and draw the away games to finish in the top four or become champions (although, for Spurs, perhaps the reverse would be more appropriate!) we would want to win all four home games.

I think we could beat Utd, WBA and Stoke, but the remaining home game against Liverpool should prove the biggest challenge, and I would be happy with a draw. Of the three away games, I think we will need to beat Fulham and Sunderland, and draw at Southampton (who seem to be over achieving at the moment and are the looming dark horse of the competition!).

I have not mentioned the word 'defeat' (mainly because I don't like it and it is not a word that I have ever contemplated before any Spurs game) but we can expect at least one ... where it would come (assuming it does), in the above fixture list, I am not sure, to be honest. We need to average 2 points a game to stay in contention (which we are still close to doing), so, I guess, 15 points ou! t of the 21 on offer during the month would keep us on track. But, this is football, with its many devious variables and the enchantment of lady-luck's favour, and there is no pre-ordained plan to follow, so the realities will probably look much different to that reflected above. And, we have, of course, to complete November first!

So ... how happy do you think Christmas will be for Tottenham supporters, and how do you think December will unravel?

Written by Geofspurs

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Date:Monday November 11 2013

Time: 4:19PM

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I can see us drawing with UTd and WBA, beating Stoke, losing to Liverpool, beat Fulham, Sunderland, lose to Southampton
Nice shout geof,will be cheering and shouting and roaring the team to win all games but as ya say we are spurs and footy is a funny old game. Jgs,,, coys
Last 6 league games has been 2 wins, 2 draws, 2 losses... Quite average. I don't see that changing in the next 6 unless WE change... Plus only one team has scored less than us in the last 6 - Palace...
...also Liverpool & Citeh have scored FOUR times as many goals as us in the last 6. Southampton and Chelsea have scored three times as us in that time. Even Swansea, WBA and Everton have scored TWICE as many as us in that time. It is clear where our problems lie. I think that we are all prepared to concede more in order to get our goals going in. Once we get into gear, we can then afford to tighten up...
Geof..."How do i think December will unravel"?. With OyVeh maria and I, writing pre match and post match articles about every 3-4 days. ;-)
Cider spurs
December number of games for following....Arsenal, 7 (6 League, 1 champs league)....Liverpool, 7 (all premier League ties)....Southampton, 7 (all premier League ties)....Chelsea and Man Utd, 9 (7 League, 1 champs league,1 league cup)....Everton, 6 (all premier League ties)....Man City, 9 (7 League, 1champs league,1 league cup).
Cider spurs
The speculation window also opens December 1st, a month before the transfer window. Let's not talk about the 9 games but spend the whole month talking about Coentrao, Pato and Hulk :-)
Worrying times for me... Here we are all thinking how great a draw is with Liverpool, they were bang in trouble last season and we were always thinking 3 points - fast forward a transfer window and you have to ask is Brendan more a coach than AVB?!!!! If Siggy starts on the left again I'm gonna go crazy!!!!! Why don't we go crazy and put Lennon on the right, and either Lamela or Townsend on the left! Width and wingers that can cross with their best foot! I'd also go as crazy as put Ade behind needagoadado and see how that goes... We need pace and goals, I'm getting fed up of this slow one approach bullshiiiit! AVB can still win us over but he has to change now and learn from his mistakes.
"I'm dreaming of a white and blue Christmas". Geofspurs good aeticle mate. It does look congested but I really fancy us against Utd and Liverpool. If Rose is back and we can have Capoue partnering with Sandro we can beat them. Oh AVB please let Ade play a might justbmake all the difference. COYS!
Also, Dawson and Paulinho on 4 yellow cards. 7 league games before January so they'll definitely be skipping one each.
Well we have spent the Bale money and guaranteed next years deadwood. How come we are behind Southampton? Well its easy to see really, they are well organised and make best use of their resources. Tottenham, however, have no idea, and unless they are awarded penalties, will slip down the table to mediocrity. Playing one striker who cannot score from open play does not bode well. A few more games struggling against teams out so called rivals are thrashing would suggest the season is over, that is if you havent fallen asleep watching the ball ping pong around the midfield. Did we really have to sell Modric & Bale?
I think it will be a all white Christmas ;-)
Instead of looking at who has scored less than us, maybe we should be looking at how few we have let in as compared to the other "top" teams. How's that for optimism.
Well done Geoff, a well written optimistic article, didn't really want to be reminded of Christmas though.I am also looking forward to mid-feb onwards when our slow so-called ponce around midfielders suddenly find they have more stsmina then the depleted squads of others and ramp it up like the second half against Newcastle. Maybe a trophy also.
matt hoten
Cider ... thanks for the research, I thought someone would provide the additional info. So, Liverpool, Southampton and Everton can just focus on the league ... pity, that. Think we have greater depth ... if we use it wisely!!
Yep looking forward to the next few weeks - loads of games! The whole squad will get a real good go keeping everyone happy. Id like to go into january one step from wembley, seeded for the euro knock-outs and still in touch near the top of the league. That would set us up for 2014.
Did we really have to sell Modric & Bale? Or VDV, or Berbatov, or Keane or Carrick? Of course not, we should have kept the lot. What, they wanted to go? Ball and chain, that would have kept them at WHL, it would have slowed Bale down a bit but so what? At least he would have been ours to keep.
TonyRich ... It’s more than just goal-average! Having a superior goal average could well mean the difference between being champions, being in the Champions league, being in the Europa league, or being relegated. It is, quite clearly, an extra point. Nearly all of the top teams in recent years have not let up when they’ve taken the lead. They have not played safe and tried to protect that lead. They have pushed on, resulting in the goal differences they have achieved. To be champions you have to back yourself. You have to be positive, play to your strengths, play the way you want, and never, never, be afraid to lose! You have to have confidence and a winning mentality. Our goal average is shocking but should improve when the other team issues are perfected ... I hope!!!
Cider ... Looking forward to those articles!
woodhall ... the reason we are behind Southampton is what makes the game so interesting and unpredictable. They seem to have come from nowhere. Also, Utd, City and Chelsea are not where they expected to be. That's football! How will it end ... ?
woodhall ... please don't mention Modric again ... I cry every time I think of him!!
I honestly don't see Liverpool as any more of a threat than the likes of Southampton or Everton.
The season is young. Every year, there are teams in or around the top six, who get off to a good start. They will almost certainly fade. I say almost, bearing in mind, how close Newcastle came to finishing in the top four.
Hotspur 1882
Hotspur ... True, there is a long way to go and, without doubt, a lot of things will change. Let's hope it changes for the better for us!!
All games in this league are difficult for us at the moment, we are like a prize fighter with no KO blow!! Sooner rather then later someone is going to put us on our a**e. Goals win games, no points for having 60% possession in most games...............COYS
Come on lads we can't keep saying the league is only started and that we need time for our players to bed in. We don't even know who our best eleven is or worse who AVB thinks is his best eleven and we've played eleven games in the league! The time for trial and error is pre-season or early cup games or no-nothing fourth and fifth europa league games. Can we just cut out the cr&p and start playing the football we all know this squad is capable of?
Slurms McKenzie

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