Originally Posted by WOOLCOCK
When I said learning curve I meant more in the sense of you might learn to alter your style of play against United in the future or even in big games. It'll be a good lesson for some of the younger players and a chance to see how this Spurs side which is being built for the future can handle the pressure of playing the top team at home in a game that they want to win to keep ahead of those behind them as well as laying down a message about their potential.
I guess United have such a great history of doing things the hard way as well as how uninspired and poor we've looked in a lot of games this season makes me think you should be a little more optimistic/less fearful of a drubbing. You're a team who play with pace, have skillful and creative players up top and who can make it hard for us to play at a comfortable pace. United haven't set the world on fire and its been a case of teams not being able to exploit us when we've had bad spells in games, which as anyone who's watched us this season could tell has been evident in numerous games. Whether it was starting poorly at the start of the season or recently where its become an issue of one good half coupled with an average/below other half as well as us struggling to keep the ball and dominate when leading as teams seem more comfortable attacking us when trailing, e.g West Ham in the cup and Newcastle in the league.
I think United will win, but this fixture especially at White Hart Lane is no longer as comfortable as it once was. You, Everton & Villa have really improved at home against us in recent years and taken points in games United generally won comfortably against. I'm usually more confident at OT when we play you and Everton because we've shown away from home that the games really are hard to call. You're good enough to punish a poor United performance whilst also being succeptible to a good United comeback. Its a finely poised contest and I don't see much from United's form or momentum to suggest we're the favourites tomorrow.
Fair enough. I understand what you mean. I do think AVB is a great coach, in some games this season his tactics have been very astute. I think he did a good job at Old Trafford earlier in the season and I hope he tries doing something similar tomorrow, it would be a real good result for him and us and I think would really stake our claim as a top side.
I don't think you should be worrying about our attack at all really. We have struggled to score in games all season. I mean you've seen some of the misses our strikers have pulled off in the past few games, Defoe at Sunderland, Adebayor at Sunderland and QPR last week. Defoe has reached that part of the season where he stops scoring now and doesn't add much, much like he does EVERY SEASON after a good start. The definition of a purple patch player, in fact I can't believe we haven't upgraded our strike force at all in the past year.
I agree that I think we are good enough to punish you IF you play poor. I just can't see a poor United performance tomorrow. I can see you shooting out the blocks at 80mph. I don't think we'd be able to handle you when you play the one touch passing I have seen you play this year. Time for Lloris to make himself a hero though.