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Vital Spurs Q&A

Spurs supporter, 'Oxfordspur' from vital spurs took time out of his busy schedule for this weeks 'Question & Answer' session.

Spurs have made some huge strides forward this season, but would you only consider it a success if the club qualifies for the Champions League?

If we didn`t get another point, I would still regard this season as a huge success. For us it isn`t, or certainly shouldn`t be all about Champions league football and getting a top six place would be a good indication of progress from last season. Obviously the disappointment of missing out on a CL place will be a devastating blow initially, but that shouldn`t take anything away from a season when we have competed well in two cup competitions and have broken our Premiership points record, with two games to go.

There has been some fierce debate over the future of your manager. Is Harry Redknapp the right man to lead Spurs to glory?

My personal opinion of anyone who doubts his ability as a manager have to be either stupid or incredibly impatient. He has done brilliantly on and off the pitch and aside from the obvious worry over his impending court case, I honestly cannot see any reason why he wouldn`t be our manager for some time to come and that would be great for the club as we desperately need stability to build on what we have.

As for Glory, I guess that depends on what we mean by that. If we look towards winning titles and Champions leagues, then I think that may be beyond our control to a certain extent, at least in the short term as we don`t yet have the resources or pull of the established elite and of course yourselves. I would happily take a team regularly competing for silverware and a CL place as glory, but of course once you get something you are always greedy for more...

Which players have most impressed the White Hart Lane faithful this season, and which areas need to be strengthened for next season?

The great thing about this season is that there have been so many great performances throughout the team. In particular, we have a great keeper in Heurelho Gomes, who I honestly wouldn`t swap for any other No1 in the Prem, Gareth Bale has been superb in 2010, Michael Dawson, Ledley King (when fit) and Sebastien Bassong have been excellent in the centre of defence, Tom Huddlestone has had a great season, but to an extent gone a little under the radar, while Aaron Lennon Jermain Defoe and Luka Modric have all had very good seasons.

As for strengthening, Although I rate Vedran Corluka highly, I wonder if Harry wants a more attack minded right back, along the lines of Glen Johnson, who he had at Portsmouth? I`m at the stage of speculating over our team and playing style for next season and feel that the option of a quick aggressive right back would fit well with the options we have on the left in Bale and Assou-Ekotto.

The other area I still feel we will look at is in the attack. Although Roman Pavlyuchenko has looked to have eased any doubts over his ability, I still worry that both he and Peter Crouch are far too similar and also without the pace of Jermain Defoe we look rather one dimensional in attack. Other than that I am pretty happy in a realistic sort of way..

The upcoming clash at Eastlands will have a huge say in which team claims 4th. Who do you feel is best equipped to take on Europe, City or Spurs?

At the start of the season I felt that City would take a top four place and certainly feel they have the team to do it, but Spurs have surprised me a little with their resolve and consistency. They have had the playing squad before, but this season, though not the finished article, they look mentally stronger. At the moment, it really is a toss of a coin over who will get the final place and I think it will all be down to mental strength and probably a bit of luck on the night.

City probably have the players with more big game experience, but also have the bigger weight of expectation which I feel has stifled them on occasions this season. The fact that we can go away with a draw and still remain 4th has to be a plus for us, but already I have no finger nails and am using the toilet a little more often. I will be a wreck by Wednesday evening.

What score do you predict and why?

I have a private feeling that it will be a draw, but I will go with a 2-0 win for City for no other reason than I predicted defeats against Arsenal and Chelsea recently by two goals and it has become a small superstition.

How annoyed will you be if Spurs, City and Villa all slip up and let Liverpool sneak their way back into the 'big four'!?

A the time of writing this, it is of course now highly unlikely as both of us have won our 36th game, leaving Liverpool almost out of the running, but to be honest, and at the risk of annoying City fans, I would rather Liverpool get the final place that City or previously Villa, for no other reason that being selfish for my team. I have always worried that if City gain the final place it will enable them to push beyond our capabilities of catching you with the money available to your club. At least if Liverpool retain the status quo, we have hope of matching them next season. Sorry about that...

Many thanks to 'Oxfordspur' for his time and interesting answers.



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Writer:Lincolnsmariner
Date:Sunday May 2 2010
Time: 1:37PM

Comments

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Great Q&A. I agree about the match on Wednesday coming down to mental strength, with the home crowd behind City I see that as potentially tipping it in our favour, it's been a thrilling race regardless, my sphincter muscles have never been so overworked.
Bluedub
02/05/2010 14:50:00
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good article and fair play to city ahead of wednesday. I have always thought city would nick 4th and i still do, in a way the spurs over achievment in my eyes will make it all the more disapointing because we got so close, but even if we had got it we wouldnt have kept it next season. City on the other hand will get there this year or next and for that reason i prefer city to stay there than liverpool, again for selfish reasons. being out the champ league doesnt hurt city with all your cash but it really hurts liverpool, which is most excellent :) If weds night was at the lane, id fancy it but it isnt so for me its City and good luck to you if it is.
jimmy-yid
02/05/2010 16:22:00
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MMm - we have a fantastic record against City - home and away for many seasons. I am backing us to continue that and get a result, I think we have what it takes to win up there
arpant
02/05/2010 16:31:00
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Shall I ring the Samaritans for you Jimmy Yid ! Jeez lets hope the team aint got that attitude.
Born&BredSpur
02/05/2010 16:40:00
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I think both teams will be understandably nervous and it may well come down to a mistake settling it. I hope not, but if its a mistake by a City player I'll happily take it! I do think that City would kick on and be more likely to sustain a top 4 position with the resources they've got, but football is as much about hope as it is about belief, so here's to a great game and a Spurs win!
Royston
02/05/2010 17:11:00
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After all the build up, the hype, the traded insults and banter, what's the betting that this game is a boring 1-0er, settled by a totally scruffy goal off someone's arsecheek? |I guess if it goes in City's favour I'll accept that. Just be warned Spurs - I'm taking my 3 year old daughter to the game on Wednesday, and she's always seen 6 goals (City 6, Pompey0, City 4, Arse 2 and City 5, Brum 1). She's also seen City 3, Burnley 3 but I won't talk about that one! ;-)
fifthcolumnblue
02/05/2010 19:31:00
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Born&BredSpur, thats what a life time of supporting spurs does for you, i hope you're right but sorry its just my opinion
jimmy-yid
02/05/2010 19:47:00
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It's quite alright jimmy-yid, most of us City fans have a similar outlook on life due to the syndrome known as "Typical City". As Rob Gretton once said, "Manchester United didn't ruin my life - Manchester City did"
fifthcolumnblue
02/05/2010 19:57:00
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May the best team win ey :) Thats all that can be said. Both teams should be proud of what they have both accomplished. And it just shows how evenly matched it has been. I think and hope we can get some sort of result. I think it could either be a really boring 0-0 or a big win for either team. Both Spurs and City have a tendency to panic and therefore play a bit flat and cautious. So basically, i think the team that goes out fighting will end up winning it.
sidtheyid_1990
02/05/2010 23:12:00
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Good interview guys and some good answers Oxford - as for Wednesday, your predictions are as good as mine.
Thaibluefan
03/05/2010 02:32:00
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