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  1. Europa League a necessary evil for Tottenham

    John Crace

    With Arsenal's victory against Newcastle on Monday night making Spurs' inability to qualify for next year's Champions League a mathematical certainty, the only remaining question to be answered this season is just how keen the club is to play in the ...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  2. Spurs predictably poor in loss at Norwich

    John Crace

    It never promised to be a classic. Spurs' Premier League record on a Sunday after playing away in Europe the previous Thursday has been ropey at best. Players have looked tired, uninterested and unprofessional. But this Sunday's performance was easil...

    Blog | February 23, 2014
  3. Tottenham can't afford to be a '60-minute team'

    John Crace

    There are any number of questions for Spurs fans to mull over right now. Some, such as, "How much are Daniel Levy and the Spurs' board to blame for the club's inability to progress to regular Champions League football?" Others, such as, "If Michael L...

    Blog | February 05, 2014
  4. After charmed start, decision time for Tim Sherwood

    John Crace

    Six games in charge in the Premier League and 15 points out of a possible 18. Life doesn't get much sweeter for any football manager, let alone one in his first job. By any normal standards, Tim Sherwood should be feeling confident in his job. Wha...

    Blog | January 25, 2014
  5. Spurs' spirit shines again at Old Trafford

    John Crace

    Towards the beginning of last season, Andre Villas-Boas secured the affection of Spurs fans by pulling off the club's first victory at Old Trafford for the best part of twenty years. Wednesday night, Tim Sherwood did the same. Even if his tenure ...

    Blog | January 01, 2014
  6. Sherwood still just a stopgap measure for Spurs

    John Crace

    On Sunday, Tim Sherwood played his all-or-nothing card by picking an attacking team to play Southampton. His message was clear: No matter how many goals we concede, I back us to score more. With an away win in the bag and the Spurs' ship -- temporari...

    Blog | December 23, 2013
  7. More issues than just a new manager for Spurs

    John Crace

    It's hard to call the situation at White Hart Lane a crisis. It's happened far too often in the past for anyone to call it that. Tottenham's sacking of a manager after a period of hype and expectation, followed by disappointment and a string of poor ...

    Blog | December 18, 2013
  8. Abject Spurs destroyed

    John Crace

    First came the expectation. After back-to-back away wins against Fulham and Sunderland and a confident Europa League win over Anzhi, and with Liverpool missing both Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge, the buzz around White Hart Lane was that Tottenh...

    Blog | December 15, 2013
  9. Lack of defensive depth a thorn in Spurs' side

    John Crace

    It's that time in the season when the games come thick and fast. A third of the way through December and Spurs have already played three matches, with another four to fit in before Christmas and another two after that. That is not even mentioning an ...

    Blog | December 10, 2013
  10. Walker, AVB get it right vs. Sunderland

    John Crace

    The relief at the final whistle was unmistakeable. Andre Villas-Boas smiled and pumped his fists while the players grinned and hugged. After the 6-0 humiliation at the Etihad, the pressure was finally off. On reflection, Spurs might now regret tha...

    Blog | December 08, 2013
  11. A lucky break finally falls Spurs' way

    John Crace

    With just 18 minutes to play Wednesday at Craven Cottage and Spurs 1-0 down, a sense of crisis was not far off. Tottenham, who had not managed an equaliser all season, appeared to have run out of ideas. Passes were going either astray or sideways ...

    Blog | December 04, 2013
  12. Does AVB have a point?

    John Crace

    On Thursday, during the Europa league match in Tromso, Andre Villas-Boas asked for a home fan who was chanting "you'll be sacked in the morning" from behind the dugout to be moved to a different part of the ground. During his news conference after Sp...

    Blog | December 02, 2013
  13. Spurs win pointless Europa match

    John Crace

    It was quite the most pointless game of the season. A game that the manager, players and fans would all rather not have been played. A game that meant nothing. Win 6-0 or lose 6-0, Spurs had already qualified for the knock-out stages of the Europa Cu...

    Blog | November 28, 2013
  14. Spurs can no longer ignore flaws

    John Crace

    Let's try looking for some positives. At least Tottenham didn't get beaten 2-0. I'm being serious. A 2-0 defeat provides a modicum of comfort for the vanquished. A sense that things weren't that bad. That you were in the game right up until the end. ...

    Blog | November 25, 2013
  15. Villas-Boas could stand to tweak Spurs lineup

    John Crace

    The weather turns cold. The fixture list turns colder. This weekend Spurs travel to the Etihad to take on Manchester City who have been in devastating form at home, scoring goals for fun. The following Sunday, Spurs play the other Manchester club, wh...

    Blog | November 22, 2013
  16. Spurs' season taking on a flatline feel

    John Crace

    So it goes on. Spurs performance against FC Sheriff in the Europa Cup was just as laboured and unconvincing as many of their previous outings this season. Yet they ground out another win and qualified for the knock-out phase of the competition with t...

    Blog | November 08, 2013