Tottenham keep the pressure on


Tottenham keep the pressure on

Thoughts From The Weekend

Tottenham keep the pressure on...

 You could be forgiven for thinking the Premier League title was a foregone conclusion after Leicester City completed their 5th straight league win at Sunderland. The Foxes moved 10 points clear of Tottenham in second place with the North London club about to play an improving Manchester United. However, after a tight opening half it was the Spurs who kept the march on Leicester. Mauricio Pochettino’s side delivered some supreme attacking football to go from 1-0 to 3-0 in the space of 6 devastating minutes. What I like about Tottenham is the link up play between defence and attack. The third goal was a great example of this. Right sided defender Kyle Walker hit a diagonal 50 yard pass that was flicked into the path of left sided defender Danny Rose who played a perfect cross into attacking midfielder Erik Lamela to score. Football at it’s simplest and majestic best! It leaves Tottenham 7 points behind Leicester with 5 games to go. Whilst it is now Leicester’s title to lose, Spurs will not allow them be crowned champions without a fight.

 

 

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Andy Carroll - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Andy Carroll seems to divide opinion. The beauty of this beast stems from his erratic form, strange hairstyles, exorbitant transfer fees, injury lay-offs and robust playing style. Love him hate him, he is a player that can do the business when he is in the right mood. Arsenal had no answer to him on Saturday as he scored a quick fire hat trick to leave the Gunners season in tatters. The game ended 3-3 but all the talk afterwards was if the on-form Andy Carroll should be in the England team. He is different to any other striker currently in the squad and may well prove to be an astute squad member to have for Euro 2016 in France. The problem is that next week he may well miss a string of open goals, get injured and sent off at the same time all whilst sporting his latest Alice in Wonderland haircut. Who’s next in line for the England call?

 

 

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Goodbye Villa - will we ever see you again?

Everything that could be said about Aston Villa’s demise has already been said. They are now relegated and will begin the painstaking task of regenerating in the Championship next season. It has been a tough few years for them ever since Martin O’Neil left and their Chairman Randy Lerner stopped pumping money into the club. It is a club with great history, fans and resolve and you would hope that the Championship will offer them a chance to be re-born. They need to clear the deadwood, inject some passion and energy back into the team and get a manager that is up to the task. Norwich City and Southampton did it when they went down but for every success story there is a long list of failures: Leeds, Ipswich, Charlton, Bradford, Barnsley, Derby to name but a few.

 

More thoughts and reflections coming next week