MOTD- Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Although coming back from behind to earn a draw at Stamford Bridge, Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League hopes have been handed a severe blow with only a point against Chelsea in their London derby.  Chelsea definitely looked like a Champions League side at the start of the match, with Rafa Benitez’s side starting brightly.  Juan Mata almost put the Blues in front in the seventh minute when Fernando Torres jabbed the ball to him on the edge of the Tottenham box, before Mata spun with the ball and firing a dipping volley just over the bar.  Chelsea didn’t have to wait much longer for their first goal though, and they were up within ten minutes.  Mata swung a corner, and an unmarked Gary Cahill flicked it on to the back post, where a waiting Oscar headed it into the back of the net. Continue reading

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MOTD- Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Southampton

Gareth Bale(who else?)'s sensational goal gave Tottenham a late win against Southampton

Gareth Bale(who else?)’s sensational goal gave Tottenham a late win against Southampton

Tottenham Hotspur winger, and newly crowned PFA Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year Gareth Bale has stolen a valuable win from the jaws of Southampton in the Welshman’s return to his former club.  Bale never looked like scoring in the opening minutes though, and neither did the other twenty-one players on the pitch.  Jermain Defoe fired a shot into the side netting from a tight angle in the fourth minute, but the slow start continued.  Southampton were the first to come alive, and the Saints quickly started dominating.  Nathan Clyne almost put Mauricio Pochettino‘s side up in the tenth minute when Rickie Lambert was allowed far to much time in the middle of the park, allowing him to chip a beautiful pass in-between the Tottenham defense to Clyne down the right.  Clyne let the ball bounce in front of him, before striking a fierce dipping shot across goal, which whizzed inches wide of the far post from eight yards out. Continue reading

Midweek Musings: Handicapping the EPL run-in

While the English Premier League title title and relegation battle have all been sorted out and won, the top-four battle is still wide open. Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Everton all battle to earn that crucial spot in next season’s Uefa Champions League, and if not, a spot in the Uefa Europa League. Only one of the sides will not be competing for a European trophy next season, while one will have the sometimes aggravating spot in the Europa League. So, here is an analysis of the final run-in for the teams competing for a spot in Europe:

Current table
Only one Champions League spot has been taken (Manchester United took first place), with Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Everton still competing for the final three spots. Manchester City currently sit in second, Chelsea in third, Arsenal in fourth, Tottenham in fifth, and Everton sit in sixth. Continue reading

Bale bags Football Writers’ Award

Gareth Bale has added another award to his total by winning the Football Writers' Award.

Gareth Bale has added another award to his total by winning the Football Writers’ Award.

Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has completed his set of awards in the 2012/2013 season by winning the Football Writers’ Award.  Bale, 23, topped the vote between journalists, winning an astounding 53% of votes.  The award comes less than a week after the Welsh international became won both the PFA Player of the Year award and the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

Bale was favored to win the award after his dazzling performance for Tottenham so far this season, with the Welshman having scored 24 goals in 41 appearances, also having 10 assists.  The winger has almost single-handedly spearheaded Tottenham’s bid for Champions League qualification, and was a massive part in taking Tottenham to the quarterfinals of the Europa League.  Bale is the first Welshman to win the FWA award since David Ginola in 1999, with the winger marginally beating Manchester United forward Robin van Persie to claim the award.   Chelsea’s Juan Mata took third place, but was far adrift of the top two.  Reports also suggested that Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, who was widely predicted to win the award before his bite on Branislav Ivanovic, only received two votes. Continue reading

Gareth Bale scoops PFA Player of the year prizes

Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has become the third man to win the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year award in the same year, after bagging both 2012/2013 prizes.  The twenty-three-year-old’s fellow professionals voted for the Welshman ahead of Luis Suarez, Robin van Persie, Michael Carrick, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata in the senior competition, and Hazard, Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere in the young player award.

Bale was favored to win both prizes after his dazzling performance for Tottenham so far this season, almost single-handedly spearheading their bid of Champions League qualification.  He has scored twenty-four goals in forty games for Tottenham so far this season in all competitions, also having ten assists.  Winning the senior prize for the second time in two years, Bale also became part of the prestigious group of two-time winners, which features only Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer. Continue reading

MOTD- FC Basel (4)2-2(1) Tottenham Hootspur

FC Basel have surprisingly beaten Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 on penalties, after the match ended 2-2 after extra time, to earn the Swiss side a spot in the Europa League semifinals . The match started slowly with both teams felling their way into the match. Although Tottenham were the first side to come out of the early slumber, Fabian Schar almost put Basel in front in the third minute with a long range free-kick that dipped just wide of the post. Spurs kept up their dominance, but still allowed Basel to counter-attack, and Murat Yakin’s side again almost took the lead when Marco Steller played a neat one-two with Philipp Degan down the right flank, before chipping a beautiful cross to Mohamad Salah, only for Salah to hoick his acrobatic volley over the bar. Tottenham were still dominating possession, and took the lead in the twenty-third minute through a horrendous Basel mix-up. From the center circle, center-back Jan Vertonghen played a through ball straight through the middle, which Aleksander Dragovic should have easily cleared at the back, but slipped, and ended diverting the ball straight into the path of Clint Dempsey, who rounded Basel goalkeeper Yann Sommer and poked the ball into the back of the net.

Amazingly, it took only three minutes for Basel to equalize, when Mousa Dembele’s wayward pass was intercepted by Streller inside Tottenham’s box. Steller released Salah in down the right with a through ball, and Salah, after taking a bad first touch, just managed to poke the ball past Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedal into the back of the net. Continue reading

MOTD- Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Everton

Tottenham Hotspur have dropped down to third place in the Premier League as Everton manage a good draw at White Hart Lane through a man of the match performance by Phil Jagielka.  The match had barely started, when Tottenham amazingly scored only thirty-four seconds into the game.  Center-back Jan Vertonghen received the ball on the left flank, and hit a low cross into the box.  Everton failed to clear it, and it fell to Emmanuel Adebayor two yards out from goal, who, at full stretch, managed to poke the ball through the legs of Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard into the back of the net.  Everton were shell shocked by the goal, but quickly bounced back with Michael Dawson almost gifting The Toffes a goal when he played the ball straight to Leon Osman at the edge of the box.  Osman curled his shot just wide of the post, although a few Tottenham players were thinking it was going in.

David Moyes’ side kept pressing, and managed to find an equalizer in the fifteenth minute through a  Leighton Baines corner.  Baines swung the corner to the back post where Phil Jagielka had risen over Vertonghen, allowing the England international to head the ball into the back of the net.  After an unconvincing opening few minutes, Tottenham started to come alive, with Mousa Dembele, Clint Dempsey and Lewis Holtby shooting wide from long range efforts. Continue reading