Club Focus – Tottenham – Why have Spurs faltered so badly?

After an impressive start to the season, Spurs’ form has dramatically dropped off in recent months. Since they beat AC Milan in the San Siro on February 15, Spurs have only managed two wins in 14 games.

During that terrible run of form, Spurs have both lost and drawn against Blackpool – who are on a terrible run themselves, and have also failed to beat Wigan, West Ham, Wolves and West Brom. Drawing against the four teams at the bottom of the league is not good enough for a team with ambitions to get back in the Champions League for next season. So what has happened to Spurs?

Whilst Redknapp’s men have been impressive on their travels, they have struggled for form at White Hart Lane this season and have only managed 28 goals at home all season. They have also picked up more home draws than any other team in the league with nine stalemates at the Lane.

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Spurs currently lie in fifth place in the league after Sunday’s impressive win at Anfield, and after beating Liverpool – who were in fifth – they are now favourites to progress to the Europa League next season. A defeat at Eastlands against Man City the week before was enough to rule the White Hart Lane club out of the race for the top-four.

Harry Redknapp has refused to blame his players for the poor run, and instead chose to blame a series of injuries to key players in his squad such as Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale as a key reason to Spurs’ drastic loss of form. And in addition to the new injuries, there are always the long-term injuries at Spurs – King and Woodgate etc. In addition to the injuries there is goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes’ tendency to drop a clanger on an all too regular basis.

Redknapp said at the beginning of the season that he thought that his side would be on an even footing with City, due to them both having the distraction of European football. But City were out of Europe before Spurs, and being that they were in the Europa League, they could afford to rotate their squad for the European games. This is presumably a big factor in City’s continued consistency and Spurs’ dramatic drop-off.

Admittedly, Tottenham have had a phenomenal first campaign in the Champions League, but it looks to have had a serious detrimental effect on their domestic form, so much so that they will not be partaking in Champions League football at all next season.

Another reason being suggested for Spurs’ loss of form is perhaps the demoralisation of the squad after the heavy defeat they suffered at the hands of Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid side when they were drubbed 5-0 on aggregate.

If Spurs are to challenge for the top-four next season they will surely have to make changes over the summer to catch up with City, who are sure to strengthen their squad further.

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