Saturday, 30 October 2010
A big week ahead for Spurs
Although we are only 3 months into the season this next week will provide us with the clearest indication of how good Spurs actually are. There has been a lot of noises from Redknapp already this year about whether they are serious title contenders and there is no better opportunity to prove this than to play United at Old Trafford tomorrow afternoon. Following this they play Inter Milan at White Hart Lane on Tuesday which could prove pivitol in their hopes to progress in the Champions League.
The addition of Van der Vaart seems to have given Spurs a new lease of life; they are scoring goals and playing some really good attacking football. They are still without 3 top class defernders in Dawson, King and Woodgate and have been missing Defoe for a while now; once back there is a good chance that Spurs can retain their Champions League place.
There have been a number of positives to take from their European adventure already but they will face their toughest test yet at home to Inter on Tuesday. Although Bale's late goals made the scoreline look respectable they must improve on every aspect of their first half performance. Spurs must learn to retain possession for sustained periods of time against the top sides; they do not have the ability as yet to do this but the experience they are gaining will only aid their development.
I do not feel Spurs are quite at the level to be considered title challengers as yet but are getting closer, they need to add some real quality in a couple of areas to be able to compete with Chelsea. However, in order to achieve this they must guarantee Champions League football and a result away at Old Trafford would be a great start.