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Can Manchester City Be Beaten?

Yes, of course. In fact, they’ve been knocked out of the League Cup, FA Cup and European Champions League. It infuriates them because they thought they had bought the Quadruple!

On Saturday, 14th April, they were visiting my team, Tottenham Hotspur, at Wembley for what was a very important match for both teams.

If we won, we’d be keeping open a route to becoming second in the league. Currently Liverpool and Manchester United are above us.

I have watched this incredible Spurs team develop over the last five or six years and I can honestly say that they are better than the Super Spurs who won the double back in 1961 and who many think were the greatest team of the last century.

I certainly had high hopes on Saturday that we could scrape a win or draw. It wasn’t to be. Manchester City cut through us in the first half like a knife through butter. We recovered to go in 1-2 at half time, but in pushing for the equaliser we slipped up and lost 1-3.

I was bitterly disappointed.

I can’t actually see any weaknesses in our team. Trippier struggles a little, so does Davies and Lloris makes some very bad decisions too often, but apart from that, the team is magnificent and contains many low-cost players who have been brought on by the club from youth football. Yes we have bought a few players, but our total net spending on players over the last ten years is only £170 million. Manchester City have spent a billion pounds in the same period. Not gross – that is almost two billion. One billion is their net spend!

Is that the difference? Does it all now come down to who is prepared to buy the Premiership? A billion pounds. It is also a well-known joke that Manchester City has spent more on defence than some nations!

What is the point of the game if it is only how much you spend which matters. These are meant to be clubs, not financial institutions, but Chelsea and Manchester City have declared openly that they want to buy their way to the top. Between 1950 and 1980, sixteen teams won the top division. Since 2000 it has only been five. If you don’t have a billionaire owner you are doomed to failure. How sad is that? Club football is dying.

Of course each of the current top six are capable of beating the others on their day, but when you can buy the best players in the world for your team, it reduces the ability of others to compete.

Intolerance of the way of club football is also growing. I follow several Spurs websites and the Spurs Show podcast too and it disappoints me to see people who are supposed to be supporters of our team, calling for the directors to go, criticising the manager and making nasty comments about our players. That is not what supporting a club is all about. We are fourth in the league, have a chance of the FA Cup, took Real Madrid, supposedly the best club in the world, to pieces at Wembley and are about to have our third consecutive participation in the Champions’ League. That is incredible success. If you don’t think so, why not compare it with Newcastle, Sunderland and Aston Villa.

I would not want the success Manchester City have achieved if it meant having their overpaid collection of players. They won’t be remembered in a decade’s time whereas we have incredible memories of the Hoddle years and other golden Tottenham periods and are entering a new one right now.

We currently sit fourth in the world’s most difficult league. This year we beat Real Madrid and Dortmund in huge matches. Only a moment’s loss of concentration stopped us from getting through to the semis of the Champions’ League.

We are in good company. Manchester United and Liverpool might spend more than us, but not excessively so. Even arch-rivals Arsenal are team-builders like us. But Manchester City – I would rather be an also-ran than support a club which sees money as more important than fans or players. Their dominance sickens me. I’d rather see Wenger’s Arsenal win than City or their huge spending buddies, Chelsea.

Well, that’s my view. Better out than in. I’ve just got my season ticket for the new stadium for 2018/9 and can dream of beating the very best teams. We’ll lose to some and beat others. If we’re beaten by better football, sobeit. If we’re beaten by deeper pockets, well, shame on them for spoiling the beautiful game.



What is going on?

I’ve been a Sports subscriber since day one. I no longer get any live European matches, we no longer get all the premiership matches and the Match Choice is now in low definition. I do not recall having been offered any sort of discount because of these changes.

Yet another Sky Sports error. Who is getting paid for this stuff?In addition, as can be seen from the image, my recording of Watford v Tottenham is actually of Norwich v Aston Villa as shown by the strips and the score at top left. This is not the first time. The fact it is no longer HD either is infuriating. Does no one at Sky Sports watch their own stuff? Watching football in LD after having watched HD is just not good enough, especially when BT are now offering live premiership football in 4K!

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Levy, Villas-Boas & Rednapp – reflections

They say that time heals, but I sit here some weeks after Rednapp’s sacking and find that I still cannot reconcile Levy’s decision with good football sense.

Levy fired Martin Jol after a poor start to a season, he brought in less competent foreign managers on other occasions and fired one of those after only a few weeks. Tottenham is one of those clubs who seems to thrive on having a consistent management regime. Jol got that going and Rednapp proved it was correct.

I was very critical of Rednapp’s end to the last season when he had not concentrated on improving set-pieces and allowed too much freedom to Gareth Bale who is obviously better suited to be a winger, not an inside-left. Bale might like to think he is the next Ronaldo, but he is not that good in that way. He is brilliant on the left and Gareth Bale should concentrate on being himself, then others will be called the next Gareth Bale!

Rednapp allowed the season to drift away. Third place was lost to our arch rivals, Arsenal, and then our other main rivals, Chelsea, managed to steal our Champions’ League spot at the last second.

That could have infuriated Levy to the point where he made the irrational decision to dismiss Rednapp for a short period of uncharacteristic inconsistency. Short sighted, indeed.

Now we have another foreign manager. What can Villas-Boas do for Tottenham that Rednapp could not?

I have dreadful fears that 2012/3 will see us drop out of the top four or worse and that we will see yet another change in the next off-season to try to correct matters.

Levy, you have made a mistake. I’ll apologise for saying that if you prove me wrong, but know that you will not apologise when results show that I have got it right. That is because owners, these days, are so powerful they answer to no one, not even millions of fans worldwide who support this club.

Hard won 3 points

Spurs always make life difficult for themselves. They managed to hang on to their 1-0 advantage against Sunderland. To be fair, the Sky man who was watching the game said that the score flattered Sunderland and Spurs were far and away the best team. One goal, however, is so dangerous. One mistake or moment of brilliance or stupidity could have cost us two of those three points.

Spurs are now 2 above Chelsea with a game in hand and only five behind ManU.

Now if the arch enemies, Arsenal could put one over on Man City today then we could be just 3 points behind City with a game in hand.

With Chelsea coming to White Hart Lane next week, the opportunities are certainly mounting up. Can Spurs take them?

Is there a Sky Sports campaign against Tottenham Hotspur?

You wouldn’t know it if you were watching Sky TV, but there are more than three premiership matches being played today. We’ve just seen ManU beat QPR and Liverpool are currently beating Aston Villa. They keep telling us that the Man City v Arsenal game will follow, but no mention whatsoever of Spurs v Sunderland.

Is the Premiership’s top London team (2 games in hand compared with Chelsea on the same points) not worth a mention? Why? What is going on?

When you check out the Sky listings on the screen Spurs are not even mentioned and there is no Football First on later this evening.

So, the channel which says we won’t miss a goal in the premiership this year is blanking the entire game. Weird.

Initially I thought it might be shown on ESPN, but no, so I am reduced to a refreshing a gambling site to keep me up to date with any score.

Now Sky Sports are saying, “wait until you see Pav’s and Modric’s misses later” … but where will we see them later?