Posts Tagged ‘Football Tactics’

Spineless? I don’t think so.

September 13, 2012

Many assess the quality of teams based on their ‘spine’, whether they realize it or not. Up until last season, we were solid with a spine that consisted of Friedel, Kaboul, Parker, Modric, Adebayor. Anyone that reads those names would surely say that this was a squad that would challenge for the Premier League title. And we did. For a little while at least.

Fast forward to this season. What did the Tottenham spine look like when we faced Norwich, inclusive of injuries? Friedel, Gallas, Sandro, Sig, Defoe. Not bad, but hardly something that would set off rockets. Changes were made during that match with Dembele – a player who was appearing in a Spurs shirt for the first time – impressively managing to score on his debut, and Adebayor coming on (not match fit at the time). To recap, the spine then became Friedel, Gallas, Livermore, Dembele, Adebayor. Instantly, we looked a better side. Had Sandro possibly stayed on the pitch, and Livermore gone off, we might have been stronger defensively… not so sure, but that isn’t my point anyways.

How does this combination sound to you? Friedel / Lloris, Vertonghen / Kaboul, Parker / Sandro, Dembele / Sig, Ade / Defoe. A better side instantly surfaces, no?

The point I’m trying to make is the Spurs squad which we have seen over the past 3 games has not truly evolved as of yet. Also, we should consider a few other important factors. Bale down the left supported by BAE. Lennon on the right with Walker. Dempsey utilized from the right or off the striker, which Spurs should benefit from instantly considering his excellent positioning, ability to score and overall experience. All of a sudden, it seems like we have a much stronger side. One with more Premier League experience than Arsenal’s new-look-squad.

If the boys are able to mentally retain AVB’s tactical commands and approach, then this squad could become deadly. A little bit of time, practice, competition and a better understanding of each other’s roles and responsibilities will go a long way. Let’s give them what is needed. Hopefully, they’ll repay us with positive results along the way.


Humble pie delivery for Jamie O’Hara

March 25, 2010

I like Jamie O’Hara. I really do. But every once in a while, a young player confident in his game, engaged to a WAG, will open his mouth with his own selfish reasons in mind. Think before you speak next time. Or tweet, for that matter.

In the case of the FA Cup match win against Fulham, well… I hope that was salt in the wound Jamie. Burn.

But this was a match won by subsitutes. Pav, Bentley, and Hudd were crucial to the change in momentum. Actually, scrap that. This match was won by our manager.

Harry was not afraid to completely alter the system. I applaud him for that. Ah… but what does my applause mean to him anyways. The players rewarded him with a semi-final day out at Wembley. Even better.

All the players were exceptional, even when thrown into positions completely new to them. I must admit that I couldn’t initially understand the Kranjcar substitution, but I was still confident that we would get back into the game. Harry dug deep, got creative, and as I mentioned, he was handsomely rewarded.

Well deserved gaffer.

O’Hara. You’re a good kid. Just don’t let your individual desires ever get in the way of Tottenham’s success. As you have just felt, you will get burned. Badly.

Off to Wembley we go!