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Spurs Odyssey Reviews the Premiership Season
for 2010-2011 - Match 15
Modric outlines title problem
by our special correspondent

Much has been discussed as late with regards to Tottenhamís ability to win the Premier League title this season. After a week in which they defeated Arsenal and Liverpool, people are wondering whether Harry Redknappís men can continue their progress and conquer all.

The league does seem more open than ever, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all occasionally dropping points when you wouldnít expect them to and this has aided the argument for a team like Tottenham breaking the mould and become Champions.

Spurs boss Redknapp hasnít exactly played down this talk either. He has said that it is about time his side start challenging for the title as it is the next step in their progression to one of the top teams around.

Luka Modric is the latest to have his say. He believes that there is one area his team have to improve in should they even have an outside chance.

The midfielder said: "We can beat everybody in this league but then again we have one problem - we have to play much better against teams which are not at the top of the table.Ē

"That is our problem. We just can't lose points against teams from the second part of the table. And whoever wants to be champions has to play as good against the top clubs and all the rest too."

This is something Manchester United and Chelsea have become expert at over the years, after all. Playing poorly and winning is all part of the package required to be leading the way come the end of the season.

An example of this is the way Manchester Unitedís season has progressed. Many would argue that Spurs have played better football than Sir Alex Fergusonís men so far and yet the Red Devils sit top of the table with six points more than Redknappís men.

This isnít to say that Tottenham canít catch United though. They just need to improve in the area that Modric mentions. So, the game with Birmingham this weekend is equally as important as the one with Chelsea the following weekend.

The fact that a Spurs title challenge is even being discussed shows how far they have come. They have been wearing their Champions League Shirts for the first time this year and havenít looked out of place as they push towards becoming one of the top European clubs.



 
Results 27-28.11.10
 
A. Villa   2-4   Arsenal
Bolton     2-2   Blackpool
Everton    1-4   West Brom
Fulham     1-1   B'mingham
Man Utd    7-1   Blackburn
Stoke      1-1   Man City
West Ham   3-1   Wigan
Wolves     3-2   S'derland
Newcastle  1-1   Chelsea
Spurs      2-1   Liverpool

 
       Barclays Premier League
 
Pos Team      P  W  D  L   F  A  GD  Pts
 
1  Man Utd   15  8  7  0  35 16  19  31
2  Chelsea   15  9  2  4  29 10  19  29
3  Arsenal   15  9  2  4  32 17  15  29
4  Man City  15  7  5  3  20 12   8  26
5  Spurs     15  7  4  4  23 20   3  25
6  Bolton    15  5  8  2  28 22   6  23
7  S'derland 15  4  8  3  19 18   1  20
8  Stoke     15  6  2  7  19 19   0  20
9  Newcastle 15  5  4  6  23 22   1  19
10 Liverpool 15  5  4  6  17 19  -2  19
11 Blackpool 15  5  3  6  23 29  -6  19
12 West Brom 15  5  4  6  20 26  -6  19
13 Blackburn 15  5  3  7  18 25  -7  18
14 B'mingham 15  3  8  4  16 18  -2  17
15 A. Villa  15  4  5  6  17 24  -7  17
16 Everton   15  3  7  5  17 19  -2  16
17 Fulham    15  2  9  4  15 18  -3  15
18 Wigan     15  3  5  7  11 26 -15  14
19 Wolves    15  3  3  9  17 27 -10  12
20 West Ham  15  2  6  7  14 26 -12  12

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