The main reason for Tottenham’s possibility to secure a top four position in the Premiership this season, is not necessarily due to the team’s improvement, it could just be that Spurs struggle less than the competing teams around them.
The season started rather poor for Tottenham this year. Like most other years to be fair. And the league table was a rather gloomy read for a Spurs fan after the North Londoners had played two matches. Dead last, with 1-8 goal difference. But then again, Spurs had their first match postponed due to the riots, in which was aptly explained by a woman interviewee in the high street: “We’re taking back our taxes innit!”
Well, logic and local shops took a severe beating that day.
Anyway, after two matches against the Manchester teams, both of which are looking impressively good at the moment, Harry Redknapp’s team got a solid and vital win away against Wolves, a fixture which has always been ‘one of those games,’ where Tottenham easily could throw away points.
For the fans it must be great sign of relief, as most Spurs fans will agree that it has been those games, against the supposedly weaker teams, where the team has failed to secure a wins on a bad days in previous seasons.
I am not saying that after beating Wolves away, this problem is cured forever. Although after only collecting six points of 18 possible against the relegated teams last season, the result against Wolves (all though they didn’t get relegated, obviously) must be welcomed with open arms and great relief, for most Spurs fans.
If Tottenham manage to continue down that road, taking three points on poor days as well as against those ‘weaker’ teams, fourth place is far from an impossible task.
Also, if looking at the teams competing alongside the North Londoners for that ever so vital fourth spot, they look as unstable and unreliable as the rioters in North London. Liverpool, who invested heavily this summer, have yet to make the new signings adapt completely. It is still early in the season and time for that to change, however the interaction between the players as well as movement going forward was non-present.
Arsenal are also struggling, although the club has many injuries (as well as Tottenham) and suspended players, the team just doesn’t ooze of the same intimidation or danger as they did some years ago, a subject which has been covered by others on this site.
This is also a reason why Tottenham could manage to secure that fourth spot, whilst three teams look certain to capture the three positions above, the race for fourth is completely open. A race including (most likely) three teams, all of which are as unreliable as the other one.
The team who ends up assuring that decisive fourth place in May, will likely be the team who mange to be the most dependable. Or least undependable, depending on how one looks at it.
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