Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

In what could be seen as a must win game for both sides, Tottenham welcome Arsenal to White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon. The North London rivals come into this game aiming for different things. Tottenham have had a difficult few weeks and will need a victory to consolidate their position in fifth place and keep within sniffing distance of the top four. Meanwhile Arsenal will need a win if they are to have any hope of staying in the …
Tottenham Hotspur | The Season So Far: Stats Analysis

Tottenham Hotspur | The Season So Far: Stats Analysis

For the first time in Andre Villas-Boas' managerial career, the Portuguese entered a second season with a football club - Tottenham Hotspur. A manager known for his intense tactical detail, compared to his predecessor Harry Redknapp, who told his team to 'f***ing run around a bit." Interestingly, Villas-Boas' start to Spurs life wasn't appreciated by some of the the White Hart Lane faithful, with boos and chants of 'AVB out' across N17 after drawing 1-1 to Norwich and West Bromwich …
Player Performance Analysis | Christian Eriksen Vs Norwich City

Player Performance Analysis | Christian Eriksen Vs Norwich City

Tottenham welcomed Norwich City to White Hart Lane last Saturday afternoon, with Spurs fans hoping to see some of the new faces brought in during the last week of the transfer window, most notably, a player that can unlock a defence: Christian Eriksen. So far this season Spurs, despite creating a host of chances, have found it hard to score from open play, due to a lack of support from midfield to help Roberto Soldado in the attacking third. That all …
Tottenham Hotspur: Analysing the Club’s Tactics Under AVB | Final Part

Tottenham Hotspur: Analysing the Club’s Tactics Under AVB | Final Part

In the final segment of the series looking at Andre Villas-Boas’ revolutionary tactics at Tottenham Hotspur, we acquaint you with the changes surrounding the club’s strike-force and Gareth Bale. You can find the previous parts here: Parts 1 &  Part 2 Under Harry Redknapp, Spurs usually played with Emmanuel Adebayor upfront, while Rafael van der Vaart operated as the second-striker. AVB, however, has preferred either Jermain Defoe or Adebayor as the sole poacher, assisted by Bale in a No 10-esque role. …
Tottenham Hotspur: Analysing the Club's Tactics Under AVB | Part 2

Tottenham Hotspur: Analysing the Club's Tactics Under AVB | Part 2

In my second part of how Andre Villas-Boas has rebuilt and reshaped Tottenham Hotspur, we look into the new defensive set-up of the team. Part 1 can be found here: Analysing the Club's Tactics Under AVB Part 1 Since taking over the managerial helms at the White Hart Lane, Villas-Boas has inherited a new set of defensive resources. Ledley King bid adieu to domestic football, whilst Jan Vertonghen was brought from Ajax and Steven Caulker returned after an impressive loan-stint …
Tottenham Hotspur: Analysing the Club's Tactics Under AVB | Part 1

Tottenham Hotspur: Analysing the Club's Tactics Under AVB | Part 1

Despite a worrying slip in form which could eventually undo all Tottenham's hard work this season, they have to some extent already exceeded their fans expectations this term. The biggest and most obvious change that the new manager Andre Villas-Boas has brought to the North London outfit is in their style of play. The former Chelsea manager has devised a fairly impressive set-up for Spurs, with the team’s play revolving around the highly-coveted Gareth Bale. In this article for EPL …
Jermain Defoe - Has he progressed under AVB? | Stats Analysis

Jermain Defoe - Has he progressed under AVB? | Stats Analysis

Jermain Defoe has silenced his critics since the start of the season, with the striker firing nine goals into the net, keeping him near the top of the Golden Boot leader-board. But despite playing regular football under Andre Villas-Boas, has the Englishman actually improved his form under the Portuguese manager? Comparing last season to his season so far, I will question if Defoe has actually improved under AVB, or if his continuous game time has created a false facade of …