It was a clear declaration of war by Tottenham, not only against the two Manchester sides, but also against other Premier League rivals (who wouldn’t want to beat a title contender?), but a moment of excitement. Mr. Redknapp’s move also pushed Spurs into one of the most difficult challenges, perhaps their own coaches were so overwhelmed by emotions that they lost the inherent caution and “hidden” of Tottenham.
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From now on, Spurs’ consciousness will be dominated by a task that in the 19 years of Premier League history only four teams have successfully accomplished, namely Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers. Breaking the stable order of the Premier League is a challenge that not only costs money, but also requires a lot of reasonable deductions deployed continuously over a minimum period of 1-2 years. dealing with the very peculiarities of the Premier League (without the winter break, for example), plus surprise, and of course, luck.
Spur can’t win
Arsenal winning the 1997-1998 season and the Blackburn Rovers winning the 1994-1995 season were the two teams that had been crowned in a “beat” fashion, creating a small rift in the stronghold that Manchester United had built, and two characteristics. Their most outstanding feature is the rationality of investing in the squad plus the surprise.
Blackburn’s push in the 1994-1995 season was the purchase of the duo Chris Sutton – Alan Shearer (the duo scored 51 goals that season!), and in that, the outstanding performance of the 22-year-old striker Shearer can be considered as The highlight was full of surprises, even though he arrived at Blackburn for a then record price of £ 3.3 million. Surprise is also an important factor leading Arsenal to the championship in the 1997-1998 season, with a series of four-country players who have only been with the team for about 1-2 years (Anelka, Bergkamp, Vieira… ), and Mr. Arsene Wenger has only been in London for more than a year.
At the beginning of the first decade of the new century, when Arsenal were crowned twice in 2002 and 2004, it was a result achieved when that generation had reached maturity, through a long period of preparation and accretion. . Similar to the case of Chelsea, the team won consecutive titles in 2005 and 2006, after a two-year preparation process, despite being strongly motivated by the financial strength of billionaire Abramovich, starting to take over the team from the summer. Summer 2003.
Currently, Manchester City is following that path, with 1 billion pounds for a project that has been “constructed” for 3 years. And even when their maturity was acknowledged (with the prime example being the 6-1 win over Manchester United), Mancini just started talking about the championship, and “loose” to it. conditions (“If we keep the top spot until the end of January, Man City can win the title”).
Therefore, the Premier League championship is never a matter of “talking”, whether Spur is playing or exceeding imagination and even going beyond “allowed” conditions, with the current state of the force. their own (Scott Parker’s injury alone is cause for great concern). How about bravery in big matches? They once crushed Liverpool 4-0, but it was a game where the red shirt team played without men after only half an hour of play, and one more victory over Arsenal in the most unstable period was not enough to make up for the disappointment after. 2 horrible opening matches against Manchester representatives.
The “spring” signings like Parker, Brad Friedel… could not create a significant push (they are not surprising, because they have played in the Premier League for many years) and Spur also did not have any. enough preparation and continuity, and the financial background to make drastic corrections.
Mr. Redknapp’s statement also removed Spur’s final disguise: the “windshield” tactic. From that moment on, they ran out of championship doors.
8 Goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who played a very safe match against Everton, also set a record: From August 2004 to now, which is 8 years in a row, he has not missed a Premier League match, over 3 years. Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and now Tottenham Hotspur
42 If the season starts from September 1, Tottenham will top the rankings with 42 points, 3 points more than Manchester City, the current leader.
51 The last time Tottenham Hotspur won the Premier League championship took place 51 years ago, in the 1960-1961 season
Round 21 Calendar
Saturday (January 14)
22:00 Aston Villa – Everton, Blackburn – Fulham, Chelsea – Sunderland, Liverpool – Stoke, Manchester United – Bolton, Tottenham – Wolverhampton, West Brom – Norwich
Sunday (January 15)
20h30: Newcastle – QPR
23:00: Swansea – Arsenal
Tuesday (January 17)
03h00: Wigan – Manchester City
17 goals – Robin van Persie (Arsenal)
15 goals – Demba Ba (Newcastle)
14 goals – Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)