With a few unhappy Tottenham voices surfacing around, Harry Redknapp has hailed Tottenham’s season as a success following a Champions League campaign that took them to the quarter finals.
There is no doubt Harry Redknapp has done a great job as Tottenham manager; taking them from the bottom of the Premier League table to Champions League football in less than two years in charge of the club. With success comes expectations and some Tottenham fans are expecting the ridiculous when they talk about Tottenham’s season as a “failure”.
Repeating last season’s top 4 finish was always going to be a tough challenge for Harry Redknapp and his Tottenham side. The new experience of Champions League football this season for Spurs has taken a hit on their domestic season, of which can still be declared a success, now heading for a 5th or 6th place finish.
Off the back of midweek European outings, Tottenham have performed well in the ensuing weekend Premier League fixtures. Only Wigan and Bolton have beaten Tottenham off the back of 11 Champions League outings this season (they did not play the weekend following a 1-0 win against AC Milan in the San Siro). Yes, the 1-0 home loss to Wigan came as a surprise. As did only taking 1 point from both Blackpool and West Ham this season. As Liverpool fans know in recent seasons; dropping points in these games that have cost them their season goal.
Other results off the back of midweek trip around Europe (and at home) have included beating Liverpool, drawing with title contenders Chelsea and Arsenal, and a win at Stoke.
Tottenham’s Premier League results directly after Champions League games:
|Champions League fixture||Day||Premier League fixture||Day
|Young Boys 3-2 Tottenham||Tuesday||Stoke City 1-2 Tottenham||Saturday|
|Tottenham 4-0 Young Boys||Wednesday||Tottenham 0-1 Wigan||Saturday|
|Tottenham 4-1 FC Twente||Wednesday||Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa||Saturday|
|Werder Bremen 2-2 Tottenham||Tuesday||Tottenham 3-1 Wolves||Saturday|
|Inter Milan 4-3 Tottenham||Wednesday||Tottenham 1-1 Everton||Saturday|
|Tottenham 3-1 Inter Milan||Tuesday||Bolton 4-2 Tottenham||Saturday|
|Tottenham 3-0 Werder Bremen||Wednesday||Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool||Sunday|
|FC Twente 3-3 Tottenham||Tuesday||Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea||Sunday|
|AC Milan 0-1 Tottenham||Tuesday||Blackpool 3-1 Tottenham||Tuesday|
|Tottenham 0-0 AC Milan||Wednesday||Tottenham 0-0 West Ham||Saturday|
|Real Madrid 4-0 Tottenham||Tuesday||Tottenham 3-2 Stoke City||Saturday|
|Tottenham 0-1 Real Madrid||Wednesday||Tottenham 3-3 Arsenal||Wednesday|
To say the fixtures have been kind would be an understatement; 8 of their 10 Premier League games after Champions League matches were played at White Hart Lane!
Following Gareth Bale’s ruptured ankle ligaments following Charlie Adam’s dangerous challenge on the Welsh winger that will keep him out of action for a months, it could be the break Tottenham are looking for as it raises their hopes of keeping hold of the PFA Player of the Year over the summer, whilst also giving their star player some rest.
It is key that Tottenham keep hold of their star players; Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart over the summer before they start building. Modrid continues to be linked to moves away from the club, including interest from Manchester United.
Whilst in search of a striker following Roman Pavlyuchenko’s inconsistency and Jermain Defoe’s poor season, Harry Redknapp needs to look at his defence that has let him down on a number of occasions this season.
Gomes is the most-notable name on that list, and with Carlo Cudicini’s contract expiring in the summer, a new goalkeeper may be the number 1 priority for Spurs. In front of him is an injury-ridden and mistake-prone defence.
Michael Dawson may pull of a number of last ditch challenges and goal-saving blocks, but his positioning is poor and as a result does cost his side goals. William Gallas has been at fault for goals once again this season, whilst the fitness of both Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate is untrustworthy – Redknapp should consider moving both on.
Next season’s top 4 finishes are going to be contested between Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham. With the other 5 sides likely to open the cheque book this summer, Tottenham will need to do the same if they want to playing Champions League football in 2012/13.