Whether they were ‘brave Hearts’ or ‘broken Hearts’ Tottenham Hotspur will have enjoyed a 5-0 win in their first competitive game of the season, but did we learn anything new?
This Modric Business Needs To Be Sorted Sooner Rather Than Later
With the creative talents of Bale, Rafael van der Vaart, Lennon, Jake Livermore, Niko Kranjcar and Tom Huddlestone on show, and with Sandro and Pienaar to come back in, Tottenham’s midfield is pretty well stocked. Obviously van der Vaart aside they aren’t at the level of Luka Modric but you can select a decent four or five from the names above. If Modric wants to go get the sale done, get a striker in and we could have a chance because looking at the squad that’s what we desperately need. As last night’s five different scorers showed, there are goals elsewhere in the team, but we need firing front men to turn a good season into a great one and a fit and sharp Jermaine Defoe won’t be enough. The last thing we want is to leave the Modric sale it as late as we did with Berbatov. If we lose him and can’t get anyone in it hits us double, now matter how much money we get.
The SPL Isn’t Very Good
Going into last night’s fixtures with no teams in the Champions League the SPL Champions were turned over by Slovenian Champions, the team who came second drew at home to the winners of the Swiss Cup and the team that came third were completely outplayed on their own patch.
Compare that to three wins out of three for the Premier League clubs and an unlucky away draw for a Championship team and the gap between the leagues looks like a chasm. The simple reason is resources. Tottenham are a mega rich London club with a bloated squad of players who would get a run out for Hearts any day of the week. Hearts are not and it told. Spurs had infinitely more problems with the teams that finished near the bottom of the Premier League last season than they did against the Jambos. When chants of ‘are you West Ham in disguise?’ are more an insulting to the Hammers than the Hearts it doesn’t bode well for the league.
The London Riots Did Edinburgh No Favours
You couldn’t describe Harry as a fan of the Europa League. This could have worked in Hearts’ favour but with Tottenham’s opening game against Everton cancelled Redknapp used the tie as a tool to tune up the first team ahead of Monday’s trip to Old Trafford. The minute this fixture changed from a nuisance to useful there was no chance of a repeat of last season’s defeats in the domestic’s cups or the first leg of the Champions League qualifier against teams they were fancied to beat.
The last thing we want is to leave the Modric sale it as late as we did with Berbatov. If we lose him and can’t get anyone in it hits us double, not matter how much money we get.
Spurs Inbetweeners Will Love The Europa League
He’s already suggested he was going to use the Europa League to blood some youth, but now with entry into the group stage all but assured Harry Redknapp doesn’t have to take this competition seriously for months. You only need 7 points from 6 games to get into the knockout stages and nobody really cares until the quarterfinals anyway. This will be music to the ears of Tottenham’s young and fringe players. Kyle Walker, Jake Livermore and Andros Townsend acquitted themselves well last night. These midweek jaunts across Europe present a good opportunity for them and their fellow young guns to make themselves fixtures in the first team squad.
Don’t Get Too Excited
The unkind could say that Spurs have now won 6 friendlies in a row such was the ease of last night’s victory. But the serious business starts on Monday night against Manchester United. On the evidence of the first leg an "under-strength" Spurs team could beat an SPL team on most days but I’ve seen many an under strength Manchester United turn a full strength Spurs over especially at Old Trafford. Spurs Premier League opener against Man U provides a much sterner test. The difference between an away game at Hearts and away game at the Premier League champions is more than 220 miles.
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