Why Spurs’ season looks to be fizzling out

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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
 

Spurs fans have made the trip to Madrid as their side test their mettle against Real tonight in arguably the biggest night in the club’s history.

Yet despite the Champions League novices continuing to surprise many with their accomplished performances, the main worry for the North Londoners is whether they can replicate their fourth placed finish last season.

Yes of course a massive night lies ahead and a chance for Spurs to take a big stride towards claiming a semi-final berth, which is not inconceivable considering Jose Mourinho’s men surrendered their unbeaten league record at the Bernebeu at the weekend with a 1-0 loss to Sporting Gijon. But at the same time, their Champions League exploits is impacting upon their league form.

Harry Redknapp’s men suffered another setback in their hopes for qualifying for the Champions League next season with a drab goalless draw away at Wigan last weekend. In fact it was their second goalless draw on the bounce after failing to breach West Ham’s rearguard the weekend before that at White Hart Lane.

While Wigan seemed to be mere distraction to tonight’s game, a worrying statistic is that Spurs have only won three Premier League games after mid-week Champions League commitments- a damning statistic for a side trying to cement a place in the top four.

In failing to break down two relegation candidates, Spurs find themselves playing catch up in order to overhaul Manchester City and sit alongside Europe’s elite next season. April is a defining month as they have what look like winnable games against Stoke and West Brom and two tough matches against Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.

The onus is on Spurs to get some much-needed impetus back and reproduce the form that has seen them sweep aside some of Europe’s best teams. Firepower isn’t too much of a problem, but it is tiredness which afflicts many at this time of the season.

Not qualifying for the Champions League would be a huge disappointment as fans have already had a taste of those special European nights- I for one don’t want to be slumped in front of C5 on a Wednesday or Thursday night and watch us play some second-rate European side.

There is also the problem of trying to keep hold of our best players. According to the Daily Mail today, Redknapp has placed an £80m price tag on Gareth Bale even though he recently signed a new contract. The Champions League acts as a safety net in terms of ensuring players aren’t lured elsewhere.

These are some of the best times in the club’s history. Spurs taking their place again in the Champions League is paramount or else they risk become a ‘sleeping giant’.

 

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  • Iain

    A couple of hours before arguably their biggest match for decades we’re told the season is fizzling out?

    Where do they find these people?

  • Chris

    Look at it this way.

    Spurs were not meant to finish in the top 4 last season – THEY DID
    Spurs were not meant to get past the qualifier in Aug – THEY DID
    Spurs were not meant to get past the Group of Death – THEY DID
    Spurs were not meant to get past AC Milan – THEY DID
    Spurs were not meant to get further than Arsenal – THEY DID

    Spurs have nothing to lose.

    They are expected to lose out to Real Madrid’s Galacticos
    They are expected to lose out to City’s £130m investment and Chelsea’s £70m January revamp.

    Is our season fizzing out? Prob more than it was in January, but do we have a right to win away to Wigan on a weekend when Chelsea draw away to Stoke, Arsenal draw against Blackburn and Liverpool lose to West Brom?

    Believe me, there are a good few twists and turns yet, we just need to get a win under our belts and push on…City with stumble too.

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Mystical Mike

    Well and truly found out tonight.

    Europa league here you come

  • Jay

    Found out?

    They were a man down inside 15 mins, away from home against one the worlds best teams.

    Almost all clubs would struggle in such circumstances.

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Mystical Mike

    No one remembers semi finalists, let alone quarter finalists. Spurs, a laughing stock once again

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Mystical Mike

    Inter were a man down at the Nou Camp last season, yet still managed to get past Barca.

    Spurs are to predictable, give the ball to Bale or Lennon and hope for the best

  • Jay

    Inter

  • Jay

    Inter were set up to defend a lead and had one of the best defensive performances i’ve ever seen. They were however fortunate to not concede 2 penalties.

    Inter were also European & Domestoc champions that year and moulded into a fantastic team under Jose.

    Suprised you think that Spurs plan is either Lennon or Rooney seeing as it’s VDV who’s the creative hub of the team.

    That comparison is retarded beyond belief.

  • Jay

    *Bale not Rooney.

  • http://DexysDen Charles Perrin

    Iain, if you bothered to read the article what I was getting at is that Spurs’ season is in danger of fizzling out based on league results. The Champions League is a suitable yardstick of a team’s progress and considering we want to be playing alongside Europe’s elite next season, we need to prove we are good enough.

    Where do they find these people was your comment. If you can’t contribute something intelligible to this article, then do us all a favour and p*** off and play with your action figures!

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