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Tottenham Failed To Capitalise Their Game In Hand

Congratulations Tottenham you did Manchester City a favour last night by only managing to add one point to your Premier League tally. The 3-3 draw with Arsenal was a classic but let's be honest, you failed to capitalise on the game in hand.

The race to end the season within a Champions League place is reaching fevering pitch especially as there is only six Premier League fixtures left to play. The draw at White Hart Lane means Spurs remain in fifth, two points behind City but more importantly, both clubs have played the same number of games.

As of Thursday 21 April 2011 the title is Manchester United's to lose and unless something spectacular happens between now and Sunday 22 May the current league table will more than likely remain the same.

The crunch game of course comes on Tuesday 10 May when Harry Redknapp brings his side to the City of Manchester Stadium. A win for either team will in my opinion settle fourth.

The race to the final hurdle is most definitely on.

Man City fixtures

Monday 25 April

Blackburn v Man City - 20:00

Sunday 1 May
Man City v West Ham - 16:10

Saturday 7 May
Everton v Man City - 15:00

Tuesday 10 May
Man City v Tottenham - 19:45

Tuesday 17 May
Man City v Stoke - 19:45

Sunday 22 May
Bolton v Man City - 16:00

Tottenham fixtures

Saturday 23 April

Tottenham v West Brom - 15:00

Saturday 30 April
Chelsea v Tottenham - 17:30

Saturday 7 May
Tottenham v Blackpool - 17:30

Tuesday 10 May
Man City v Tottenham - 19:45

Sunday 15 May
Liverpool v Tottenham - 16:00

Sunday 22 May
Tottenham v Birmingham - 16:00

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Writer: danielqpr Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 21 2011

Time: 9:15AM

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Beacause of goal difference City would have still been in 4th even if Spurs won yeaterday but that point does mean in all likelihood Spurs will be in 4th place when City kick-off at Ewood. Game on
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21/04/2011 09:35:00

I think our run-in is slightly less tricky then Tottenham's but then again every game is a potential banana skin. Spurs did it last year and now I think its our turn for a stint in the Champions League.
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21/04/2011 09:45:00

Gonna be very tight again. Can city win us at eastlands tho? How long has it been now?????
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21/04/2011 10:12:00

We're due one stelios, we're a much better team now, are Spurs?
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21/04/2011 10:17:00

Spurs put a run together at the end of last season because they were fresh and nearly every game that mattered was at WHL (except City). Last night's draw is points dropped and 4th is certainly City's to lose as it has been for the entire season. 'Arry's comments after yesterdays game about City spending £150million to finish one place more than last season really did my head in. He's a prrrick. He's nervous now cos he knows Spuds are *****ed if they don't make CL and he feels obliged to make comments about our season. What a tosspot..
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21/04/2011 11:08:00

Rojo he may be nervous but is it not true that since the end of last season you have spent that much on new players?? Also not sure how u come to the conclusion Spurs will be *****ed if we don't make the CL??
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21/04/2011 11:47:00

He was having a swipe Ossie and it was totally uncalled for in the context. He's making his excuses nice and early if you ask me. And Penfold Levy has admitted you're financially screwed if you don't make the CL and will have to 'streamline' your squad ie. sell all your best players, to reduce your wage bill significantly. Arry just needs to shut his trap. Banging on about the Stoke fixture too. he's a proper knobend.
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21/04/2011 12:00:00

Check out the Forbes most valuable football list Ossie - gaining entry to the Champions League increased your club's annual income by 70% over the previous season. Now think about losing that and tell me you don't agree with rojo's assesment of where you'll be without it...
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21/04/2011 12:19:00

Sorry, helps if I remember to include the link!
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21/04/2011 12:21:00

Its in Spurs' hands. Win our last six games and we're in the CL -again!!
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21/04/2011 12:23:00

It's in City's hands, win our last six games and we're in the CL.;-)
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21/04/2011 12:39:00

Rojo - don't let 'Arry wind you up, he's just a no mark that has only won one pot of note in thirty years in management, and he bankrupted that club to win said pot. He's reaping the benefits now of a squad built by Levy and Commoli on which they spent their fair share, I believe 150 million over 3 transfer windows at one stage, much the same as what Mancini has spent since his tenure began.
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21/04/2011 12:44:00

If City don't make the Champions League (but win the FA Cup) we'll see the end of Mancini and another manager brought in, more players bought, upgrades to the ground, increased capacity of the stadium, etc. If Spurs don't make the Champions League we'll see 'Arry head to Chelsea and bring Bale, Crouch, Huddlestone, and VDV with him, leaving Spurs in his wake, causing them huge heartache and a relegation struggle next season. The Champions League means so much more to Spurs then it does to City.
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21/04/2011 12:48:00

Wow - Lot's of hatred on this page. Last season has certainly left its' scars, if the players feel the same way you're almost certain to choke again ;)
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21/04/2011 13:48:00

I've nothing against Spurs Phartman, in fact truth be told i've always had a bit of a soft spot for them. However 'Arry is another matter altogether, he's second only to Slur in the obnoxious ******** stakes for PL managers.
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21/04/2011 14:00:00

Bluedub - I've said plenty of times before I'm not overly keen on Harrys relationship to the press. From a spurs point of view, we've had plenty of players who first learn they have a problem with the manager through the news papers and alot of the time it's not helpful but you shouldn't really take what he says personally it's not meant maliciously (like red nose) just his honest opinion. To be fair the question was loaded aswell i.e. "are city favourites for 4th" for someone who's not that articulate, it's quite hard to walk the line without slightly rubbing someone up the wrong way, be it spurs fans (by admitting "defeat") or city fans (by coming out "fighting"). In all honestly though, throughout the season I've always thought city were 'favourites' for 4th and you probably have too (?), seems harmless enough to me
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21/04/2011 14:18:00

Not got much of a problem with spurs,apart from the sheep who go on about the money we have spent.As for the crooked cockney spiv,that's a different matter.The spiv has spent all season talking about City,money we have spent,player's attitudes,tapping certain players up at City and Everton and other clubs,and now trying to say City and Stoke are going to stitch up a football match in May.Surely the Spurs/Liverpool match would be more prone to fixing,considering that the spiv is there waiting,with brown paper bags at the ready.Roll on to July to see the taxman having the bottle to put the crook in prison.
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21/04/2011 14:20:00

Mmm. I fail to see any hatred going on in the comments Phartman, and you seem to be the only one who continually bangs on about us being "bitter" about us missing out on the Champions League places - are you a united fan in disguise? We are obviously disappointed, but prepared to concede that you deserved 4th spot more than us last season - you had a settled squad and a very good run in with wins over Arsenal, the rags etc. We have no one to blame but ourselves for last season, and we will have no one to blame but ourselves if we miss out yet again. But this year I feel that it's us that deserve it mor, based on goals scored (we've more) goals conceded (we've fewer) and over all improvement in play. Despite being a new squad we have improved much more than Tottenham have (I'd even argue that without strikers you've at best stood still) and we deserve CL football next season.
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21/04/2011 14:39:00

I accept what your saying Phartman to a degree. Are City considered favourites for fourth based solely on money spent? If this is how we measure parameters for success then Spurs should have been qualifying for CL at a canter about four years back. A number of factors have to be taken into account I believe, for example City are still in a team building process, 'Arry's team/squad more or less was in place when he arrived, just needed fine tuning. Fair enough the question to 'Arry may have been loaded and it's fair enough that he comes out fighting, but for him with his dodgy financial history to bring financial matters into it is just a tad rich( no pun intended ).
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21/04/2011 14:41:00

Bluedub - I agree. Money spent is neither here nor there, we've wasted millions on donkeys over the last 20 years but in general 'net spend' gives an indication of the 'net change in quality'. Considering we finished 4th against the odds last year, City bringing in some of the best talents in Europe and spurs shopping in the bargain basement does stack the odds in your favour, although freakishly it seems to have come down to the same situation as last year. FCB - can I respectfully disagree about "deserving to finish in the top 4". You've put yourself in a good position and you'll earn it by following through. People in the papers, TV and internet love to use statistics to prove things but football is entirely situational, even in a match you 'dominate' you only win by winning the important moments. That's what we did last year and who ever does the same thing in the last month this year will 'deserve' it, I'm fully prepared for the possibility that it may be City (as I was last year), but one last push and anything can happen, effectively it's in both teams hands. In fairness the bitterness I was talking about on reflection is mostly foccussed in the manager (who you really don't seem to fond of ;) but also this wishful thinking that spurs will magically be decimated if we miss out on the CL this year based on a Forbes rich list from 2007-2008
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21/04/2011 15:20:00

Phartman, why do you consider Spurs qualifying for CL last year was against the odds? Fair enough I didn't expect Liverpool's collapse, so perhaps it was against the odds in relation to that but for my money Spurs were always best positioned to take one of the CL spots if one of the Sky4 faltered when you consider the squad they had built over the previous few years and the form they had shown the previous season when 'Arry did what Ramos should have been able to do.
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21/04/2011 16:17:00

If we don't make it this year, we will next - guaranteed. But we should make it this year considering the quality we've added to the team, namely Silva and Yaya Toure. Other signings are all debatable but those two are world class and Super Mario seems to finally want to make an impression.
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21/04/2011 17:30:00

Harry was right though, at the end of the day you guys have been favourites for 4th before a ball was kicked this season due to your ridiculous spending orgy coupled with us struggling to balance both a CL and Prem campaign. If Spurs finish 5th its no biggy as the season after you guys will have the same issue. If City finish 5th you're basically a laughing stock after your £1billion combined investment from the middle east
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21/04/2011 18:02:00

Huddersfield Yiddo,why do you and supporters like you always have to bring the conversation round to the money.To me,it smacks of total jealousy.If your owners pumped the same amount of money into spurs,would you be moaning about it?All our owners are trying to do is to fast track City into being a champions league team.The sky 4 have had the monopoly on these places for too many years and the vast amount of money that goes with it.You will always get a blip like Everton or Spurs having a season in the champions league,but City are trying to stay there more permanently.
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21/04/2011 18:20:00

HuddersfieldYiddo - how much money was spent assembling this current Spurs team? In the current transfer league table from 2003 to 2011, Chelsea is first, City is second, and Spurs are third. Stop with the bit about money, because your team spent significantly as well to be mediocre for a few seasons before 'Arry came along.
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21/04/2011 18:36:00

In fact, Spurs are second to City since 2006!
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21/04/2011 18:36:00

How much did Ramos spend in his year at Spurs? Don't you think clubs like Bolton or Stoke would consider that a "ridiculous spending orgy"? The holier-than-thou attitude towards spending only works when it comes from fans of a skint club like Bolton.
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21/04/2011 18:47:00

Clubs like Spurs were paying enormous transfer fees when we had nothing and were limited to signing journeyman, unknowns from afar, and risking our academy youths. I tire of the arrogant lectures aimed at our club about spending when clubs like United, Spurs, and Chelsea were paying huge money for players while we were struggling to stay afloat. Button it.
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21/04/2011 18:50:00

Bluedub - Don't get me wrong, it was hardly Sly Stallone in Rambo but I think finishing 4th with ostensibly the same team that had 2 points from 8 games a year earlier is an upset. Then add to that we had the hardest run-in coupled with our longest injury list of the season, most people with a month to go had us finishing 6th-7th behind the mighty Villa even
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22/04/2011 12:56:00

It was a good achievement Phartman but the fact that team/squad had only 2 points from 8 in the previous season was, to put it mildly, a disgrace.
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22/04/2011 20:36:00

Lovin' the debate! Please remember, 'Arry always speaks for himself, NOT the Spurs fans in general! He loves the sound of his own voice, and no-one gets more tired or embarrassed hearing it than us Spurs fans! But he did make a simple, yet accurate point, after spending so much since this time last year, I think most people expected City to finish higher than fighting us for fourth again. Yes, it's also true that Spurs have spent huge amounts to get where we are too, but we've had to recover alot of our spending through player sales (Berba) etc, and have never been in a position to spend more than £16m on any one individual. When any team spends as lavishly and as loudly as City have, people will always talk about it, the City board have, at times, seemed to want everyone in the world to know their riches, and have been as noisy as poss about their money, some fan have too (calling Man U the "rags" etc). Think you'll take 4th this year, and it'll be earned on the pitch, having been payed for in the bank,,,same as for us last year,,,
The Horses Mouth
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22/04/2011 23:27:00

Hi THM, City fans calling Utd. The Rags dates back to the 1930's, it's not a new thing. I accept when ADUG first invested that City created quite a bit of "noise", that was thanks in the main to the man that brokered the deal, namely Sulamain al Fahim ( later temporary owner of Portsmouth ) running his mouth off in the press. I accept what City are doing can appear ostentatious but at the same time it is necessary to catch up with the established CL sides in the league and if you look at what most of the other teams competing at the top have spent building their current squad then City's spending doesn't look quite as outrageous as some would have you believe.
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22/04/2011 23:50:00

Cheers for that Blue, had no idea it dated back that far, was wrongly assuming it was to do with the new-found wealth! My apologies. I remember being on VS when we "won" 4th last year, so many City fans came on to say "well done, you deserved it", really took a lot of us by surprise and earnt massive respect, won't forget that. Can I ask a genuine question? What's your assessment of Mancini's achievement based on his spending etc? Will 4th be "good enough"? If it's 5th, would that deserve the boot or does he deserve more time regardless?
The Horses Mouth
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23/04/2011 00:30:00

For me he should get another 12 months regardless, but what the intentions of the owners are is anybody's guess. I think he's doing a good job overall, a number of players have improved a lot since his arrival and I think he has laid the foundations of a very good side here, I'd like to see him given the chance to bring his plan to fruition.
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23/04/2011 00:42:00

Nice to hear fans wanting to give a manager some time, makes a change! Best of luck for the next few weeks, hope our "Cup Final" is a cracker!
The Horses Mouth
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23/04/2011 00:57:00

You’re research into matters Spurs rojo2010 is inaccurate. Ask yourself this question, is the plan to trim the Spurs squad of its core players or its peripheral players?
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23/04/2011 10:27:00


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