Here are some facts. Spurs are fifth in the league. They’re unbeaten in five (seven in all competitions), and are two points ahead of Arsenal, one behind the champions.
They’ve just beaten United at Old Trafford for the first time in 23 years. And have been booed off at home three times this year.
AVB’s taken a bit of a kicking in the press (notably Saturday’s ‘mutiny’). But who’s come out of this looking more like dicks… us or the media?
I know I’m preaching to the congregation here: blog-reading Spurs fans aren’t your average knuckle-headed boo-boys pining for ’Arry.
But before we can point fingers at the press, we should look at ourselves.
Following the Newcastle game, I remember a Spurs fan telling me he was positive we wouldn’t win before United, “and there’s no chance we’ll win there.”
I know it’s the small majority of fans. But it’s about time we got behind the team and the manager.
Saturday was unbelievable. Let’s forget about negatives in the second half (Friedel’s distribution, Walker’s defensive errors, us sitting deep): the first half was Inter Milan-at-home good.
Vertonghen is a beast, Dembele too, and Defoe is born again. Once Adebayor and Parker return to fitness, we’ll have strength in depth.
It’s difficult to change our shape or reinforce our dominance when we don’t have another ball-winner on the bench, or a big frontman.
Watch us fly when these two return. One thing that AVB is proving is that he’s smart enough to adapt.
He wants to play his way, and his way alone. But he’s willing to tweak systems and tactics to suit us and thwart the opposition.
This Sunday, when we’re 0-0 at half-time, struggling to break down Villa, and White Hart Lane has fallen silent, it’s worth remembering: we’re injury hit, AVB is still new, and we’re still settling.
Remember the wonderful victory at Old Trafford – and get behind the team.
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