Following two very disappointing Premier League defeats in succession, Tottenham were able to put up a much improved display against on Sunday against Manchester United. Although the away side bossed possession, Spurs took the lead twice and were arguably unlucky not to have taken all three points in front of a spirited White Hart Lane crowd. Andre Villas-Boas men created plenty and looked a much more potent attacking force than they have done in previous home fixtures this season. Kyle Walker gave Spurs the lead on 18 minutes before Wayne Rooney levelled for the visitors before half time. A sublime strike from Sandro gave us all hope that the match would end in a famous victory for Spurs but unfortunately, some clever play from Danny Wellbeck earned Utd a penalty, which Rooney was able to put away.
Andre Villas-Boas had some harsh words for the press after the game and I personally felt he came across quite well. Ideally, I’d like the fans to be more patient but that just isn’t within the mentality of the modern football fan. Admittedly, home defeats against West Ham and Newcastle are not good enough but I think Villas-Boas deserves a lot more time with this new squad of players. The City result can be forgiven because they are almost unplayable at the Etihad but I will admit I was a little disheartened by the attitude of some of the players there. This was not the case against Manchester United however and if we can take that spirit and commitment into the remainder of the month, things could look a whole lot healthier.
We have a very winnable run of games, starting with Fulham tomorrow night. This might not be the best time to play them with teams often performing better in a first match under a new coach, but I’d still very much fancy our chances the way Fulham have been playing in recent weeks. Away at Sunderland won’t be easy on Saturday but four of the remaining five fixtures after that in December will be at home and Spurs can take advantage of that fact. Tottenham’s odds for a top four finish have drifted since the start of the campaign but just like Super Bowl 2014 prop bets, that can all change again quite quickly.
I still believe that the players will improve and gel as the season progresses. What people tend to forget is the strength in depth that Andre Villas-Boas has at his disposal. Teams like Liverpool, Everton and Newcastle don’t have the same luxury and that fact will tell by May. With a League Cup quarter final on the horizon and having reached the last 32 of the Europa League, a bet on Tottenham to win a trophy this season could prove as profitable as a gamble on the Superbowl this year.