Tottenham have been praised for their style of football by some of the best managers in the game.
“They’ve played the best football this season,” commented Sir Alex Ferguson. David Moyes said he’d actually pay to watch this current Spurs team play.
We have had some excellent performances. The first half against Fulham springs to mind, while the game at Norwich was probably the most comfortable away performance I’ve seen as a Spurs fan.
The highlight was the mauling of Liverpool. The giants from Merseyside could not cope with the pace and industry of a Tottenham side who were finding their feet after the wake up call given to them by the two Manchester clubs.
The movement, the passing, the finding of angles and space with the physical attributes that this current team posses are a joy to behold and a blend which has been rarely seen in recent times at The Lane.
The best team we’ve had since the eighties and arguably the best team since the sixties. The plaudits continue from Fleet Street.
But history has shown the team that play cavalier football usually succumb to the longevity of league football. Pure footballing teams like Newcastle under Keegan and Arsenal in recent seasons, have failed to sustain a title challenge, while more mechanical teams like Arsenal under Graham, Dalglish’s Blackburn side and Mouriniho’s Chelsea, have ground out results to surpass more entertaining sides.
Obviously you can counter that with teams such as Arsenal and Manchester United, who in the late 90’s showed it could be done with a style and panache which was light years ahead of other teams. But even those teams, full of beauty and grace, had a workmanlike mentality and a never-say-die-spirit which brought them Premiership glory.
So the 1-0 wins against inferior teams who ‘park the bus’ should be embraced with open arms, with the understanding that winning the League will take more than beauty. Do Spurs have it in them to ‘win ugly’? Or will this be a familiar tale of a glorious failure?