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It’s A Big Weekend For…Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur v Inter Milan, Champions League Group A 2/11/2010 Roman Pavlyuchenko of Tottenham celebrates scoring the third goal  Photo Marc Atkins Fotosports International Photo via Newscom
After their stunning victory against reigning Champions League holders Inter Milan in midweek it’s  back to the Premier League for Harry Redknapp’s men this weekend and a tough trip to Bolton. A visit to the Reebok Stadium will be a far cry from the glory of Spurs’ European exploits however in many ways this could be a tougher game for Redknapp’s side.

So often we see Premier League sides produce excellent results and performances in Europe, only to see disappointment in their next game. Success against Inter will have left Spurs both physically and mentally tired, and Bolton will be looking to capitalise on this.

Owen Coyle’s side have had another solid start to the campaign, especially at home with only Liverpool beating Bolton on their home soil this season. While Coyle has looked to apply his footballing principles since taking over the club, the likes of Kevin Davies and Johan Elmander still have a big part to play in the tactical shape of the Bolton side.

Defensively Coyle has arranged his team with the stubbornness that you would expect from a Bolton side, and they will have to be at their very best to deal with the man on the lips of half the footballing world right now.

Gareth Bale will arrive in the North West brimming with confidence after his second sensational display against Inter within a matter of weeks. But as of yet he hasn’t been able to replicate these performances in Premier League with just two goals to his name this season.

In many ways this is Bale’s most important game of the season. If he is going to really establish himself as one of the world’s very best footballers he needs to produce his top displays on a regular basis, something that as of yet he hasn’t really been able to do.

Bale and the Tottenham side in general will be out to prove the Inter game was no fluke, and there would be no better way to do that by returning back to London with three points. But as mentioned before, Bolton will have real hope of causing an upset, and I for one certainly wouldn’t back against Coyle’s side picking up a surprise win.

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  1. Ringo

    November 8, 2010 at 9:23 am

    They’re still figuring out how to balance the league games with the CL ones. Hopefully they’ll figure out the formula soon enough, as they have a deep squad, albeit hampered by some key injuries. Thankfully it seems (fingers crossed) that their results in the CL will give them a bit more time to figure it out.

  2. Liam

    November 6, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I’m getting a little sick of all this steam surrounding Spurs. What have THEY (not Garreth Bale, who I’ll admit has been other-worldly this season) actually accomplished? I’m writing this after having watched them get run out of the Reebok and they currently sit sixth with a negative goal differential to boot. Now I know that as soon as a squad outside of the top three shows a bit of style and talent the footy blogosphere gets a chubby in it’s pants and every pseudo-journo and their mum titles a story “Does (insert team name here) have what it takes to break into the top three?” But honestly, yes the Spurs have two or three truly great players and yes they play attractive football, but their defense is mediocre at best and their not a deep enough squad to play at the top level of europe and in the prem. European nights are all pomp and excitement but if Harry keeps focusing on these games and not the prem, the spurs will be playing in the europa next year if their lucky.

    • canyid

      November 6, 2010 at 4:02 pm

      Agreed that Spurs are a hot commodity press-wise right now, and they’ve got a lot more to prove to be a legit top team. But your “mediocre defense” claim should be tempered by the fact that we’ve had some rough defensive injuries for a while now.

  3. Jim

    November 6, 2010 at 12:55 am

    I had Bale as a fantasy player, but his numbers were to inconsistent. If we received points for excellent crosses we all would have been golden. If he can replicate his play from Europe tomorrow, he’ll be well on the well to establishing himself as one of the top players in the EPL.

  4. C Dub

    November 6, 2010 at 12:32 am

    I agree. Bale hasnt done anything for me as a fantasy player. Its frustrating when he scores and gets assists left and right in the champions league and then EPL comes along and your lucky to get a shot on goal from him. He needs to prove he can be more consistent. But thats just because Im being greedy and need some damn points! Id like to see him and Walcott have a ball dribbling speed contest. Now that would be worth watching! Still, he’s an amazing player to watch.

    • C Dub

      November 7, 2010 at 1:02 am

      And the trend continues………..

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