May 11, 2010
"I'm bitterly disappointed. … I thought they played fantastic, and we really were a shadow of ourselves ... It's been a great season and I've been delighted with the performances of the players all season, but you always want to win, that's the disappointment."
While Sunday's capitulation at Burnley was a surprise, Harry Redknapp was at least able to put the defeat in perspective. Just over a year and a half ago, the manager took over a team mired in the relegation zone. In the penultimate game of this season at Eastlands, Spurs secured Champions League qualification for the first time on the back of a great performance against a Man. City side chasing the same prize. Redknapp deserves a huge amount of credit, a fact that has already been recognized in his being crowned Barclay's Manager of the Season. The statistics make impressive reading: a top four finish for the first time since 1989/90; the most wins by the team since the inception of the Premier League; and a club record haul of 70 Premier League points.
May 4, 2010
Going into Saturday's game against Bolton, Spurs had won their last five games at White Hart Lane and over the course of the season had conceded just twelve goals at home - the joint best record in the league, along with Man. Utd. Bolton, by contrast, had not scored in seven of their last nine away games and had effectively nothing to play for, with relegation fears averted and Stoke seven points ahead of them with two games left.