August 24, 2011
"There is obviously a big gulf. It's plain for anybody to see. It is a different level now, for sure - it's pretty obvious. Resources are completely different."
So said Harry Redknapp after the 5-0 thrashing of Hearts in the Europa League, but perhaps his statement could have applied just as well to the game at Old Trafford which Man Utd ended up winning at a canter. If anyone wanted an illustration of the difference in quality between teams in the top divisions in Scotland and England, here was as good an example as any, especially since Spurs fielded essentially the same starting eleven on both occasions.
August 3, 2011
At the start of the week, it looked like the first cracks were beginning to appear in Tottenham's resolve to hold on to Luka Modric. Assistant manager Kevin Bond was quoted in the Daily Telegraph as having said in a radio interview that,