Scum thread


#705

I think that people forget that for the first few years Wenger actually got a lot of praise for keeping us in the top four and semi competitive whilst operating under austerity. I remember plenty of articles praising him, just as there are articles praising Pochettino. Give it another 7 years and chances are that Pochettino won’t be being praised for this any more.

AKBs just finding excuses to be bitter.


#706

Another seven years and I don’t think Poch will still be at Spurs. Especially if he does well again this year.


#707

I don’t know if that’s entirely the case as they got 86 points last season and have probably the most well drilled team in the league. If they want to take the next step and win the title though, they need a couple of quality signings to give them that chance IMO.


#708

Yeah I tend to agree actually, was speaking more hypothetically/theoretically.


#709

We will finish above them this season.


#710

If we sort out central midfield and retain Sanchez I think we are a decent chance but as things stand now I wouldn’t be to confident.


#711

Imo it’s got nothing to do with us, I just think they’ll revert to the shit they’ve always been.


#712

I honestly have no idea why Spurs and Liverpool are suddenly seen as clubs that should be challenging for the title and their success is being measured as high as title challengers, while really they should just be happy with achieving Champions League football.


#713

I think a lot of it will depend on how quickly Spurs adapt to playing at Wembley. They didn’t have a good time of it there last season.

They’re going from playing on the smallest/second smallest pitch in the league to playing on the second biggest! The tactics they usually employ are harder to implement on a bigger pitch.

Even if they get over that though, I still don’t see them as serious title contenders.


#714

Agreed. Wembley is going to be a significant factor for them this year.


#715

It isn’t a case they have only won twice there :poldi:


#716

Can you elaborate on that?


#717

The difrence in results when played at WHL and Wembley last season have to have a root cause

The difrence in pitch size seems like a logical cause for them finding it impossible to transfer their home form at the lane to Wembley doesn’t it?

Another factor could be the away team at Wembley play like it’s a cup final coz they are playing at Wembley and all that jazz

Either way I think they are going to struggle


#718

I think that’s potentially a more logical cause. Can anyone even say what the difference in pitch size is? And which pitch size is more prevelant in the PL and how do their results stack up away from home on a big pitch/smaller pitch basis.


#719

I dunno it seems pretty logical to me that if your playing against a team on a smaller pitch it’s gonna be harder to break them down and/or find that extra half a yard to take a shot…

When your struggling to break a team down is the old adage not to “stretch the play”? If you have less width in the pitch by definition you can’t stretch the play and create gaps in their defence as well as if you were playing on a pitch that’s slightly wider


#720

It’s 2m wider and 5m longer, not a massive difference


#721

That’s an extra 10 square metres!


#722

Unless you play professionally on both sizes of pitch I think it’s a bit hard to judge

I’m pretty sure I’ve heard a few members of our famously almost impossibly hard to break down defence of the George Graham era say they owed a lot to the smaller Highbury pitch


#723

That is quite a big difference to be fair. White Hart Lane actually fell under PL stipulations for pitch size. They were granted an exemption.

A bigger pitch just doesn’t suit their high pressing game.


#724

Or 0.1% difference and it’s mainly in the middle of the pitch outside of the box. I can’t see it making any major difference with that percentage.