December 31, 2010
Clearly the secret to success is to score a goal, get a man sent off and then score another. Or at least that's the tactic Spurs used to achieve impressive victories over Villa and Newcastle during the holiday period. There were so many positive signs in both games that it's hard to know where to start, but perhaps most impressive was the resilience shown by the team on each occasion when they were reduced to ten men.
December 15, 2010
"If Tottenham say that Robbie Keane and David Bentley are available then you are always interested in quality players. If they are, then I think we will be one of many, many clubs in the Premier League who would be interested."
A couple of days after making that statement, Sam Allardyce was shown the door at Blackburn Rovers. Presumably the two events were not connected, but you never know. It would be a brave or more likely a foolhardy man who would risk his limited transfer budget on David Bentley.
December 8, 2010
In terms of results, it has been a pretty good few days for Spurs. A draw at Birmingham keeps the team in fifth place in the Premier League, while another draw against FC Twente was enough to secure top spot in their Champions League group and avoid the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the next round. Results do not, of course, tell the whole story. Spurs failed to keep clean sheets yet again, against respectively a Birmingham side that are the joint lowest scorers at home in the league, and a Dutch team who managed just one win in their six European ties.