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Tottenham Hotspur Is Ready To Crack The Big Four

spurs in spain Tottenham Hotspur Is Ready To Crack The Big Four

Sometimes it’s hard to fathom, but the Big Four as we know them won’t be able to sustain their power forever. At some point in time, one or more of those four will be dislodged and replaced by a new heavyweight. The question is, what team is capable of breaking the monopoly and which of the four clubs will be the first to drop from their mighty perch?

Call me insane, but I honestly believe that this upcoming season will see a shift in the power of English football. The club that will shake up the league reside in London N17 and is named Tottenham Hotspur.

Supporters of Spurs have been used to having their hopes built up only for them to come crashing down, but this season will be different. This will be the first full season that Juande Ramos, one of the best managers in the game, will be in charge. Last season’s experience was a good introduction for Ramos to learn more about his players, the Premier League and how things are different in England. With that knowledge under his belt, Ramos is now ready to deploy his tactical expertise in the matches against the Big Four and the other teams in the Premiership.

The four main reasons why the 16 Premier League clubs outside the Big Four have been unable to dethrone Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are:

  1. The 16 Premier League clubs have less money to spend on proven players,
  2. The Big Four have better players to choose from, both on and off the bench, and
  3. The clubs outside the top four have a lack of self belief and, as a result, psychologically think they’re unable to beat the Big Four,
  4. The 16 clubs don’t have the consistency and staying power throughout the entire season to mount a serious challenge.

With Tottenham, I believe that under Ramos they have the answer and are able to meet the four main requirements to break into the top four.

Consider these facts:

  • The club has spent more money this summer than any other Premier League side
  • Spurs has signed the most new talent such as Luka Modric and Giovanni Dos Santos
  • Tottenham now has a team who is strong in every position
  • Psychologically, Juande Ramos is turning this Spurs side into winners, and
  • Ramos is continuing to work on the fitness of the team to ensure they can play the whole season at 100%.

This is not Martin Jol’s Tottenham Hotspur. The team has been spending the summer at an exclusive golf resort in Spain where Ramos has been putting the team through its paces. I have a strong feeling about Spurs this season. I may be proven wrong, but I really believe they’ll be able to crack the top four.

Who will be the team most likely to drop out of the top four to make room for Tottenham? It has to be Liverpool. I’ve been unimpressed by Rafa Benitez’s summer signings so far. It seems like he hasn’t been given the money to get a star signing and he instead is buying another crop of players who will quickly go through the Liverpool system and be sold in the next couple of years.

The key for Tottenham is to hold on to Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov. That struggle may seem fruitless but it seems that Tottenham are fighting to hold on to them. If they are sold, then Ramos will need to make some astute signings to find players with that caliber. Both Keane and Berbatov are dynamite up front and are one of the best striking partnerships in the world when they’re on song.

It’s time for Spurs to make White Hart Lane a fortress. With the ground possessing some of the most passionate football fans in the country, it’s already an intimidating atmosphere for opposition teams. But what the club needs to do this season is to take it to the next level and to make it like Stamford Bridge where Chelsea are undefeated in the league for years. Clubs need to fear playing at White Hart Lane.

What do you think? Share your feedback below by clicking the comments link.

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55 Responses to Tottenham Hotspur Is Ready To Crack The Big Four

  1. John says:

    I have to comment on some of your assertions;

    “Consider these facts:

    The club has spent more money this summer than any other Premier League side.”

    So what? Money spent doesn’t equal league success. Look at Leeds.

    “Spurs has signed the most new talent such as Luka Modric and Giovanni Dos Santos .”

    So what again? New talent can sometimes struggle with the pace and intensity of the Premier League. No guarantee of success from these players.

    “Tottenham now has a team who is strong in every position.”

    Not if Keane and Berbatov leave.

    “Psychologically, Juande Ramos is turning this Spurs side into winners”

    Where’s your proof? Even if he is doing this, he will only just be coming up to the standards of Man Utd. and Chelsea

    “Ramos is continuing to work on the fitness of the team to ensure they can play the whole season at 100%. ”

    As (I expect) every other club in the league.

    Overall, I don’t think Spurs will reach the top 6 – they’ll be battling for UEFA cup places with the likes of Everton, Aston Villa and Portsmouth.

  2. Silo says:

    Spending money – what recent transfer window have we not splashed the cash??

  3. Raatzie says:

    I think someone took their “Spurs are making the top four” article from last year, replaced all Jol references with Ramos references, filled in the names of the new signings, and republished it.

    To be fair, though, I’m a Liverpool fan, and I’m pretty sure a dozen or so “Liverpool will win the League!” articles were similarly edited and republished.

    That said, Liverpool will win the League. :)

    Ah, the optimism of preseason. Everyone enjoy it now – for most of us, it will dissipate by Halloween.

  4. yid army says:

    Spurs will finish third

  5. laskoir says:

    we are going to lose keane and berbatov and had the worst defence outside the bottom 3 last season. we need players inlcuding the berbs and leane replacement. otherwise we are screwed. you are tripping mate

  6. Austria Yid says:

    Agree with Y A. Spurs will break the top 4 leaving Liverpool behind

  7. COTTONYID says:

    IM SURE SPURS WILL HAVE A GREAT SEASON, 3RD OR 4TH I THINK.

  8. nick the yid says:

    @JOHN

    what an idiot you are, you jealous muppet, firstly youve gotto respect spurs for who they are, outside the top four spurs are the only club to have the most trophies from the rest of the premiership (infact they have more than chelsea) so you have to sit back admire that spurs are determined and are trying to achieve their goal, also you go to respect that spurs were the first to win the double and win a european trophy in this country, spurs are much bigger than what people give them crediti for, infact apart from the mid ninetees until date spurs have been underachievers, but in the 60s, 70s, and eightees spurs brought success including the double winning side and a european trophy for 3 successive decades in a row, so YES spurs are the next best team and YES spurs are determinedto be back to where they belong, thank you very much

  9. I think that whilst the arguments are sound, there will need to be another transitional season first, with all the new faces and a likely new style/formation this year.

  10. Chris says:

    Everyone seems to think that 11 points is too much for Liverpool to make up to make a title challenge, but 30 points isn’t too much for Tottenham to make up to get into a Champion’s League Spot? Hypocrisy is alive and well.

  11. nenesis 22 says:

    oh what crap, if berbs and keano go then it will be another mid table finish at best. the youngsters will be bedding in and the defence will leak like the Titanic did.

  12. nenesis 22 says:

    Think about it morons, the one thing that we were on a parr with the top for is fire power up front, if Berbs and Keano go and they will then what have we got left, a good bunch of kids that arent proven and a defence that was one of the worst in the league and all you can say is we will break into the top 4. Lucky if we break into the top half.

  13. Scorpion says:

    My mates tell me I’m barmy picking Spurs third; nice to hear I will have friends in the looney bin.
    As for Berbatov and Keane; where do I start. Berba is a talented man but misses tons of chances and for someone worth 25M+ he is expendable. Keane is outstanding but not irreplaceable if you have 20M quid in your hand. Ram0s will bring in like talent; I don’t buy the argument that we need to hang on to them. I for one will be glad to see the back of the sulky Bulgarian. He shows disrespect to his teammates continually. If they want CL football let them go. Keane might not be so keen if we finish 3rd. and the Scousers finish 5th.

  14. Harry says:

    I can’t be bothered to read your text the headline probably says it all.
    Here we go again the Spuds getting all excited per-season – I’m sure its your best time of the year !!
    I thought not long ago you extended the top four to the top FIVE.
    Where did you end up.
    Still I suppose if you keep saying the same old thing every pre-season, your bound to get it right ONE season.
    How much have you spent over the last 2/3 seasons ?

  15. nick the yid says:

    do you all non spurs fans think that spurs will not replace berbs and keane, wait and see b4 u make your comments, ramos knows what hes doing and he knows who he has in mind, if anything selling these 2 muppets and bringing in fresh recruit will be better psychologically for the team, remember we have a manager with pedigree, and spurs have money and it looks like we are going places whether you like it or not, this 30 point deficit has nothing to do with it, think b4 you type, everyone with half a brain knows why spurs fell behind last season, we had a bad start and then uneccessary pressure whent on jol, it affected the dressing room and confidence thats why, then ramos came in steadid the ship and won a trophy from a dead situation and won it convincingly, buy, beating city 2 nil with 10 players at a time where city hadnt lost at home, giving arsenal 2 fotballing lessons (the better one at the lane 5-1) and then outplaying chelsea in the final and winning the cup deservingly, oh and 2 5th place finishes in a row, so dont judge spurs from last seasons league form, look at recent history, 5th twice and a cup and newfaces and a propper manager, wake up

  16. Winlog says:

    I’m the full supporter of Spur. Last year, I had a high expectation on the team in the start of the league but ended up with an upset result. This year, the team may lose the 2 strong strikers. I have doubt if Spur can break the top four or event meet 5th in the league as years before. I believe the key to challenge the big four is the team spirit and confidence, not the question on talent of the team’s players. I don’t see the crazy clearance on the players will build a strong team even though new talent players are signed. In deed, I really worry about the performance of my favourable team in the coming year.

  17. Hodgey says:

    We will finish 3rd so what if Berbs & Keane go we still have Bent and we’ll have a few more names. We are changing formation anyways which will tighten the defence and strengthen the attack. We will be a different side to last season and dont forget we took the lkast couple of months off after we won the cup. Ramos is a genius and what he has done is strengthen our positions, we also have a fit again Ledders, Bale and with Modric & Dos Santos we will be very hard to beat.

  18. Hodgey says:

    Strikers dont make the team look at Liverpool they had Torres & Kuyt up front who were prolific but what did Liverpool win? nothing whereas Man Ure hade Ronaldo yes but the whole team chipped in with goals thats why they won the league.

  19. RAY says:

    YOU GUYS THINK THAT IT IS THE END OF THE WORLD THAT BERBI AND KEANE ARE LEAVING,IF THEY WANT TO LEAVE SOD THEM, WITH THAT KIND OF MONEYYOUCAN BUY A COUPLE OF DECENT PLAYERS, WITH NO SULKING OR THROWING SHIRTS.

  20. Gunner_Dave says:

    As much as it pains me to say it, I can see the Spuds breaking into the Top 4 at the expense of Liverpool too. Benitez is having a mare in the transfer window, whereas the Spuds are clearing out their deadwood and buying some great players. Even if they do sell Berbatov and Keane, it looks like they have money to burn and will likely replace them with better!

  21. Gunner_Dave says:

    Until Spurs gets a GK and healthy, reliable defenders they will be looking to outscore opponents and it doesn’t work that way if you are trying to finish at or near the top of the table.

  22. shaun says:

    Sorry guys you’re all dreamers… we’ll have a Very good season if we finish 6th again

  23. shaun says:

    Gunner_Dave – You stupid Muppet we just bought a GK from Ajax… Gomez is his name!!! twat

  24. miro says:

    come on you spurs. this is our year. we have made some quality signings and now have a solid keeper. well we will see about that but anything will be better than the way robinson performed last year. even if keane and berba go, which seems like it is inevitable, im just praying that berbs goes to barca and not man u, i think that ramos has a plan and we will bring in atleast one more quality striker. plus dont forget we have bent, he was never given a good chance last year and i think with the service of modric in the middle he will turn out to be great. the key to this season is we have to keep our defense healthy. lf this happens i think ramos has what it takes to bring this team to a top 4 finish.

  25. nick the yid says:

    @GAUNNER -DAVE

    erm we did buy a new gk and our back 4 are fit and we have cover and another cb is on his way as well as dawson staying

  26. Tartaruga says:

    Ummm, Shaun, i reckon you should get your facts right before calling people twats for not getting their facts right.

    You’re right we did by a keeper but he was from PSV not Ajax, lol.

  27. nick the yid says:

    let me just get a few things straight here, spurs finished 11th last season, but people are looking at that and thinking thats about right, lo, its very funny cos people dont sit back to think and realise that last season, with all the pronlems with jol and the confidence of the team, people forget that we had ledley king, dawson, bale rocha, anc chimbonda all out at the same time for 8 games and at different stages of the season, we had zokora, chimbonda and huddlestone covering our centre back positions, what would have happened if man utd had ferdinand, vidic, and evra out for lengthy periods at the same time, would this have affected them? ofcourse it would have the same if liverpool had carragher, hyypia out etc etc get this into your stupid minds spurs finished 5th 2 times in a row and then a cup win last season during our poor league form, remember it was defensivley where we had our problems cos when ramos sorts out his defence then god help the rest of the league, spurs scored the most goals last season apart from man utd so just imagine what would happen with this new attacking and defensive formation ramos is gonna use, lol be afraid, be very afraid

  28. nick the yid says:

    oh and by the way we missed a lot of sitters especially keane infact spurs hit the woodwork the most times aswell17 chect the stats

  29. John says:

    Nick, in reply to your comment (no.8) I am not jealous – in fact i respect Spurs, but I am only telling you how it us!! Many other contributors seem to think the same. If only hitting the woodwork counted for anything!!
    You seem to be basing your hope on a ‘propper’ manager (it’s spelt ‘proper’) – I seem to remember the same thing being said about Jol.

  30. Rascal says:

    I seem to remember hearing this in a bunch of predictions last year… I don’t see it happening… again.

  31. If they sign Arshavin, I really think Spurs should use Modric as a deep playmaker, sort of the Pirlo/Alonso role. He can tackle, he’s mobile and can pick out a cracking pass if form from Croatia and Zagreb can be believed. It also solves the problem that they don’t have a midfielder who can’t tackle.

    Ramos is looking to play 4-2-3-1, I reckon. Back five, with Zokora (is he the best they have?) holding, Modric in a similar role spreading passes around, two wingers and Arshavin behind whichever striker they buy.

    That is the only way I can see them doing anything this season. Surely he won’t play Zokora as the defensive-mid and let four attacking midfielders roam around? That isn’t Ramos’ style.

    I like Ramos as a manager, i really do.

    Give him 3 or 4 years and he might, just might challenge for the top 4!!!

  32. Spursters says:

    With Jol in charge ,spurs was inconsistent although they have improve as a team over the years but still way off the big 4.

    However with ramos at the helm ,n wholesale clearing of spurs dead woods,and addition of young talents , i’m very sure spurs will revive their fortune.
    They will fight with Liverpool ,Arsenal for the coveted 3rd & 4th place . Gooners & LFC, better beware, R.keane is going to regret moving to LFC.
    Cheers for Spurs!!!!

  33. Anonymous says:

    i think spurs could finish fourth, ramos knows what it take to be in the top 4 we will play a different formation 4 5 1 it will be a solid defence with fast attacking winger lennon and capel with pavluchenco lone stricker with dos santos behind him and luca as the playmaker in center midfield. look at sevelle he knows what the problems are at spurs, where jol did not

  34. nick the yid says:

    @ JOHN

    im not being rude hear but can u read and can u understand that i havent slated jol, the fact of the matter is that jol took the club as far as he could, ramos is in a different league, although we have improved under jol, weve won a trophy under ramos and yes you are jealous cos you cannot accept the truth so please read what i wrote, try to come to terms with it then apologise to me kind regards NICK

  35. nick the yid says:

    @JOHN

    hitting the woodwork does count for something, it means chances are created and chances = goals, so hitting the woodwork is better than hit row 99, the facts are we scored the second highest goals so what is your argument, im only making a statement that had our finishing been a little better we would have scored more than united, read, think, absord, let your mind understand that spurs = goals and that ramos is no fool, and that all defensive issues will be rectified, hes no stupid look at recent stats let me remind you 5th, 5th again, lots of injuries, pressure on jol, very bad start, low confidence, ramos steps in changes things around we spank, man city, goonscum and chelsea and won a cup, it looks like spurs have been improving will be a force next term , all other negative comments are from people who are jealous or dont understand football, we have the 4th best history in the premiership ffks whats the matter with you we are gonna add more trophies cos spurs have the money, the fan base and chairman to do it accdept it i know it hurts, tough shit live with it

  36. U says:

    Yet another stupid post from a dreamland spurs fan.

    Spurs couldnt even finish in teh top 6 last season , to think they will jump from 10th to 4th is stupidity and shows a lack of respect for the other teams that finished above you that are all getting stronger too.

    Nobody outside of Spurs care about your history. Top 4 clubs are only concerend with the European cup and the League title. The remaining trophies are meaningless trohphies. The fact that spurs fans get excited over winning the mickey mouse coca cola / dr pepper cup (or whatever its called i dunno) makes Top 4 club fans laugh. Chelsea prob didnt even want the damn trophy . I know that when my team is entered into the Dr Pepper cup/ FA Cup i cant wait for them to be knocked out so that we can concentrate on the big boy trophies of Euro cup and League Title. FA Cup only ever means anything to us if the final is between 2 of the big 4 clubs.

    Nobody outside of Spurs cares if you beat Arsenal because you only ever beat the big clubs when the games are either for mickey mouse trophies or meaningless games. If Liverpool won the Dr Pepper league cup id be embaressed as would most Top 4 fans.

    Last season it was arsenal that was coming out. Now its Liverpool ..blah blah blah blah…

    Spurs are crap 4 two reasons:

    1.

    because Spurs players dont have the mental ability , concentration levels and ability to handle pressure for the whole season. It doesnt matter who you buy, your players lack balls and you,ll just make your new players mentally as weak as the rest of team are.

    2 .

    Because your defense is relegation standard.

  37. Aaron says:

    Yeah, Tottenham could finish fourth this season.

    Then again, I could wake up tomorrow in a pile of cash surrounded by fifteen female supermodels.

    In short: doesn’t this article get written every year?

  38. Sam says:

    I hate Spurs to death as a staunch and life-controlling Chelsea supporter but I’d rather see the “historical cup team” in Spurs finish in the top 4 then someone like Liverpool.
    People don’t appreciat the kind of ground Spurs has until they’ve been to White Hart Lane, or as Chelsea fans, “Three Point Lane.” (44 matches since 1990 in ALL, 3 Spurs wins total home and away!)
    Anyway, Spurs are getting better and, very sadly, they seem to have a manager that knows what he is doing. Heck, they beat us in the league cup after we took the lead.

    But, Spurs is historically always a cup team. They’ve been a lot like Chelsea through the years, never had the kind of consistency needed to win the league. Of course, no one is saying they’ll do that but they must exert some consistency.

    As much, they’ve got to find cover in the back. Anyone who watches our great league knows Michael Dawson is simply terrible. What if King or Woodgate get a knock or sustain an injury? Dawson will be counted on and that is big trouble for spurs. I like Bale at LB and Hutton at RB seems do well.

    They have an abundance of attacking players on the squad so that isn’t the worry.

    More so, Tottenham would be a much better fit in Europe. Hasn’t Liverpool been titled the worst fans in Europe something like 10 straight years? Way to represent.
    More so, Liverpool can never do anything with Benitez. Since he came to Anfield in June 2004, he has a losing record against his main competition. More so, Liverpool is devoid of talent. Sure, Gerrard and Torres are as good as it gets but it is truly slim pickings after that .

    With all that being said, I still find it difficult for the Yid Army (self-proclaimed Yid Army from the Tottenham camp years ago that is) to break into the top 4. But, with a bit of luck and stability with strikers (another HUGE question) and an injury to Gerrard or Torres for a small time being (or long) then I don’t see why not.
    But, Tottenham should start to try and build the club with short-term goals and work their way up. They should try to finish top 6 this year then worry about breaking into the top 4 the year after.

    I despise Tottenham and remain amazed at how we have dominated them for a long time, but something about that club is fascinating and something about that old ground is magical.

    Samueltstory@gmail.com with comments.

    Cheers!

  39. Kartik says:

    Gaffer,

    This is not a serious post is it?

    Why do we have this same laughable discussion every year?

    Spurs finish 4th. LOL!

    The real question is how soon Ramos joins, Jol, Hoddle, G. Graham, Pleat and Venables as managers unable to satisfy the delusional expectations in a certain part of North London.

  40. Simon Burke says:

    Every year Spurs to break the top 4 but only Everton consistently nearly (and once did) acheive this.
    THat said I think Spurs ar ecapable but Ramos hasnt convinced me – he won a worthless cup and then his team showed all the fight and passion of West Ham the rest of the season barring great matches with Chelsea and United (they won neither). Ramos also has a long history of switching clubs quickly.

    They have spent big money and have a few eye opening names but if they get rid of Berbatov and Keane and are left with Bent who himself I think wants out then can they really be big 4 material?

    I dont think this year the top 4 will change, Spurs will believe they can do it for a while but come Xmas will be bogged down in Europe and probably will finish 6th.

    My own Arsenal are the team that will eventually be displaced unfortunately.

  41. I am not a spur fan but I believe they have the right materials needed for them to be break into the top four very soon but I really do not see it happening in the coming season.

    http://soccerfanbase.com

  42. spurs 4 life says:

    As a life supporter of Spurs, win or lose, i’ll be behind them. But it would be foolish to think that we will be in the top 4. Ramos may have worked magic at Seville, but anyone who has experience running an organisation will know that clearing out practically the who team will only weaken the foundation. Replacements should be done gradually. The time taken for the new team to gel will probably cost enough points to deny a top 4 finish.

    Why sell Steed M? In my opinion, he was one of the hardest working & consistent players on the field.

    Why sell Berbatov & Keane? Is it only because they want Champions League Footie? Don’t be naive. When you pay pittance for players you consider your stars & have an idiot Chairman who doesn’t dispell rumours about interest from Man U & Liverpool by flatly saying that they are not for sale as they are part of Spurs future, you have just told your stars indirectly that if the money is right, OFF you Go! .

    How do you sell your top players to your rivals you are trying to dethrone? ( i know that they are trying to sell Berbatov to Barca now. This is all too late now). Its like giving your rifle to the deer you are trying to SHOOT!

    I hope that i am PROVEN WRONG & we do finish in the top 4. I will gladly eat humble pie!!!

  43. OK says:

    The blog poster named “Sam” needs to stop with his deep lying obsession with Liverpool . The topic is is regarding Spurs fantasy that they will finish any higher than the mid table team that they are and NOTHING to do with Liverpool.

    But since you want to go there i will throw my 2 cents in and say i that i always find it strange when a rival supporter opens there mouth about Liverpool being nothing without Torres or Gerrard. They are Liverpool players and so of course they are encouraged to do well . man Utd without Ronaldo, Arsenal without Adebayor or Fabregas , All teams have their main player/players even your own Chelski rely on Drogba and Essien so whatever kind of point you were attempting to make failed.

    Its funny how people claim that Liverpool wouldnt be nothing without Gerrard or Torres yet Liverpool consistently finsih in the top 4 or fidn some way to. The point you people dont undertsnad is that even if Gerrard or Torres arent at Liverpool , Liverpool will just find another star to take over …they always do…before that it was fowler, mcmanaman , barnes etc etc.

    And i find it strange that Sam supporting a club such as Chelsea has time to claim our fans are the worst in Europe when every player in Europe says that we have the best fans and atmosphere in Europe, while Chelsea cant even fill their own stadium with their fans., while the majority of teh fans you actually do have are corporate eastern bloc fat cats and bandwagon tourists. Ive been to your home games so i know for fact. Plus i live down fulham broadway.

    Not only that i baltently remember the days about 7 – 10 years ago NONE of the local guys around london supported Chelsea. It was Man U , Liverpool , Arsenal and even spurs had more fans than Chelsea.

    So by that law your true fans can only be about 10 years old – which obviously makes it own point. The rest are just bandwagon fans.

    Liverpool having the worst fans?? , coming from a fan of a club built on Russian blood and rape money.

    P.S – One things for certain , Chelsea dont have the mental capacity or capability of actually wining a major european trophy final. Feel free to get advice of the guys up anfield road- we,ve got a trophy cabinet of full of 5 of `em after all

    *wink*

  44. The Gaffer says:

    Kartik,

    Last season, I predicted Spurs would finish in sixth place. Check out the article at http://tinyurl.com/5gvoo6

    All the signs I’m seeing from Spurs is that they’re focused and ready to attack the Premier League this season. I’m very hopeful and look forward to seeing teams break up the Big Four monopoly.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  45. Nathan says:

    the main thing is that we improve on last season. signing woodgate in january seemed to stabilise our defence a little, and hopefully the addition of gomes and the return of bale may improve our defence further. we have strengthened in midfield, but still lack options on the wings. if we can keep berbatov and keane then maybe we can progress. last season was a bit of an embaressment, and i think the blame for that should lie with mr levy for the way he undermined jol and placed unfair expections on a young squad. we could compete with liverpool for 4th, but we need to perform consitently as a team for the whole season, not from november to march as we did last season. i think we’ll finish 5th. we are still at least 2 seasons away from challenging the top four.

  46. I disagree. If anything the summer pursuits of Berbatov/Keane and Gareth Barry are evidence why the top four will not be breached.

    http://footballrants.blogspot.com/2008/07/gap-will-only-keep-getting-wider.html

  47. MS says:

    U

    You say: If Liverpool won the Dr Pepper league cup id be embaressed as would most Top 4 fans

    Well, start getting embarassed….Neither LFC nor Arsenal are anywhere stronger than they used to be.

    You say: to think they will jump from 10th to 4th is stupidity and shows a lack of respect for the other teams that finished above you that are all getting stronger too

    I can see you’re blinkered by what happended last year. How about the two seasons before that, when Spurs fielded a full strength side??

    We were denied 4th place by a dodgy final day shananigans. We do respect other teams and respect all the cups we play in.

    You show contempt and it’s rich for a fan who mentions LFC and Arsenal who have won nothing last year!!

    Getting used to winning nothing is a bitter sweet pill and you just have to learn to swallow it quietly. Because LFC are not going to wina anything, even if you snatch our best players.

    By the way, does the U stand for “Useless”!!

    Spurs to ram the doubters like down your throats!!

    COYS!

  48. Sam says:

    We seemed to do just fine when both Essien and Drogba were at the ACN last year.

    Liverpool— three straight years now without a trophy. Not good for a “big” club.

  49. Michael says:

    “Tottenham now has a team who is strong in every position.”

    John’s response: “Not if Keane and Berbatov leave.”

    Because of course, Spurs will definitely not buy any strikers to replace them.

    We did not have the worst defense in the league outside of the bottom 3. We had the most injured defense in the league. If Man Utd or Chelsea had 8 defenders out injured for half the season, then they would have let in a lot more goals.

    I don’t know about top four, but Villa and Everton do not scare me. Portsmouth, on the other hand, look very impressive. We have the 5th most talented squad in the league so I think finishing anything below 6th will be a surprise and a huge disappointment.

  50. Michael says:

    clown says: “Every year Spurs to break the top 4 but only Everton consistently nearly (and once did) acheive this.”

    How is that possible given that Spurs finished 5th two seasons in a row before last season? Some people just chat bollox.

    clown says: “to think they will jump from 10th to 4th is stupidity and shows a lack of respect for the other teams that finished above you that are all getting stronger too”

    We finished 5th 2 seasons in a row, then last yr:

    1. We got off to a bad start
    2. We had 8 defenders have significant injuries.
    3. We brought in a new manager in the middle of the season.

    If this happened to Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool or Arsenal, it would probably cost them 20 league points too. There is really no way of overlooking these facts and ignorantly claiming we were shit last yr. Last season was clearly an abberation given the two previous 5th placee finishes and the aforementioned problems last year. Yet we still managed to win the Carling Cup coming from behind to beat chelsea and we have bought 4 excellent players – Woodgate, Hutton, Dos Santos and Modric.

    Darren Bent scored 0.52 goals per 90 minutes played. ie better than a goal every 2 games. Granted he did not play much, but that is up there with the best.

  51. Michael says:

    Is it me or do only about 10% of Spurs fans on this board or anywhere else think we are going to finish in the top 4?

    In which case, all you tossers who think we have egg on our faces really are delusional. It’s you lot that keep shouting about us finishing top 4, not the vast majority of spurs fans. 90% of us believed it was a possibility the past couple of summers, but as they are this summer, the odds are in favour of Liverpool scraping 4th place again.

    If we do finish 4th, I think all Spurs fans would be entitled to shouting “WE TOLD U SO!” even though only 10% of us predicted it. Its only fair we should take undeserved credit given that we always have to take the ridicule about making predictions that we never made.

  52. Jamie says:

    Of course talks are talks but we do enjoy them. speculation and debate are part of the game you sure agree.

    having said that, spurs is in a very strong position this year. i still believe Liverpool is slightly stronger but it will be very very close.

    also suspect that spurs are lining up a surprise signing in the next few days.

  53. jim says:

    some loose “truths” floating around.

    +fact no. 1+
    forget the irrelevant knockout-style FA cups. Outside the top 4, everton (9 titles), villa (7), sunderland (6), newcastle (4), blackburn (3) have been english champions more times than spurs.

    +fact no.2+
    forget all competitions. spurs weren’t the 2nd highest EPL scorers last season. they were behind villa – and even liverpool.

    +fact no.3+
    spurs are 7th, not 4th, in the all-time EPL table – behind the top 4 plus villa and newcastle.

  54. ARSENE WENGER says:

    I BELIEVE TOTTENHAM ARE THE BEST AND IM A PAEDOPHILE

  55. Nathan says:

    I think Darren Bent could have a role to play for us next season. he did have a good record playing for charlton. He mostly played in a 4-5-1 from what i remember, and he seemed to like to run onto the ball played over the top. if we play any games away from home where the opposition defend high up the pitch to press and compress the play, this system may work well – especially with huddlestones range of passing. i was think of a line up like this:

    Gomes

    Hutton Woodgate King Bale

    Huddlestone

    O’Hara Modric

    Lennon Dos Santos
    Bent

    We would need to defend deep and invite teams to come at us a bit, and that might be its flaw.

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