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Preview Chelsea v Spurs, 13.03.02

Here is Brian Judson's preview of the game

Full Record of Tottenham Hotspur -v- Chelsea

Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         10   0    4    6     9- 21   4
Away          9   0    3    6     6- 17   3
Total (Prem) 19   0    7   12    15- 38   7
Football Lge
Home (Div 1)42   20    9   13    79- 57  51
Away (Div 1)42   19    6   17    63- 50  46
Total(Div 1)84   39   15   30   142-107  97
Football Lge
Home (Div 2) 2    1    1    0     7-  4   3
Away (Div 2) 2    0    1    1     1-  4   1
Total(Div 2) 4    1    2    1     8-  8   4
Total (Prem) 19   0    7   12    15- 38   7
Total(Div 1)84   39   15   30   142-107  97
Total(Div 2) 4    1    2    1     8-  8   4
Grand Tot  105   40   24   43   165-153 108

Let us begin this preview by dealing with the most dismal aspect of it first. The following is the dreadful sequence of results over the years since 1986-87 :

SEASON          HOME    AWAY
1986-87          1-3     2-0
1987-88          1-0     0-0
1989-90          1-4     2-1
1990-91          1-1     2-3
1991-92          1-3     0-2
1992-93          1-2     1-1
1993-94          1-1     3-4
1994-95          0-0     1-1
1995-96          1-1     0-0
1996-97          1-2     1-3
1997-98          1-6     0-2
1998-99          2-2     0-2
1999-2000        0-1     0-1
2000-2001        0-3     0-3
2001-2002        2-3

I shall not dwell on these statistics but will leave them to speak for themselves! Suffice to say that the 5-1 victory over Chelsea in the Football League Cup Semi-Final has proved only to be a mirage!

Our performance against Chelsea in the FA Cup surely proves the urgency with which rebuilding of the side is necessary. Whilst I agree that any squad needs an old head or two, surely we should be increasingly looking at the development of youngsters? We saw on Sunday four supposedly more experienced players fail to provide a lead for the younger element in the team. Ferdinand and Sheringham are clearly past their sell-by date as strikers even if they have scored some priceless goals this season. Rebrov clearly does not fit in to the squad either which leaves us with Iversen, who has never been a prolific goalscorer. The midfield pairing of Sherwood and Poyet has not been as productive as one had hoped for. Neither of them seem to be able to perform for 90 minutes. And I'm positive that Perry would have played better than Dean Richards!

There have been some signs of future success for Tottenham but I have to say that I feel we have a battle facing us for the remainder of the season. I can sense some parallels with season 1927-28 when Spurs had an equally good cup run and were then thrashed by Huddersfield Town, 6-1, at the same stage of the season. We were comfortably off, seemingly safe from relegation, but were ultimately relegated with the highest number of points ever attained by a relegated side under the two points for a win system. I feel very strongly that history could repeat itself as I feel sure our confidence has been shattered by two traumatic defeats.

As for myself, I feel that question marks have to be posted against Hoddle's selection and tactics. I have noticed in recent weeks a growing band of opinion of doubts about Sheringham. He has been a very good servant in the past but I do wonder whether he is playing from memory at the moment. He could do with a spell on the bench .....

All in all, I think it sums up that all we have to look forward to now is two more seasons, at the very least, of rebuilding and reorganising. We have to accept, for the medium term at least, that we are a middle of the table team. We will have to swallow hard and accept the fact that we are increasingly a joke so far as our North London neighbours are concerned. But our day will come eventually ......

Chelsea will be full of confidence on Wednesday night and Spurs will still be feeling demoralised. I am not optimistic about the outcome and will not be surprised if we are on the wrong end of another thrashing. This game is coming far too soon for my liking as I also suspect passions will be high and tempers will be short. I hope that a stronger referee than Andy D'Urso is in evidence on Wednesday night .....


Cheers, Brian

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