2011 started with a New Year’s Day home victory over Fulham which was a sign of great thing to come in the year. With a Champions League tie against AC Milan already lined up, I couldn’t wait to get 2011 up and running. I’m sure that none of you would need reminding about what happened that night – but because it was just brilliant, i’m sure it wouldn’t hurt anybody if I said that a late goal from Crouchy meant that we managed to come back with an historic win. And then we got a really nervy and painful draw back at the Lane!
After that, the rest of the year was pretty average. As if!! Our amazing Champions League run was pretty much over at the Bernabeu with (of all the people) Adebayor scored two of their four goals after Crouchy got sent off quite early on. The return leg was quite a good night at the Lane, being able to watch the Real Madrid at Tottenham in the Champions League and hearing the music for what would be the last time in a long time. However another Gomes howler meant the Madrid would go away with a 1-0 win.
With the Europe campaign over, we had to really go for it in terms of the league and get back into the Champions League again. The first league game after the Madrid game was a home game to Arsenal. As you probably remember, it finished 3-3 after Rafa scored two important goals for our slim fourth-spot chances – we were in fifth place, two points behind Man City but a much worse goal difference to theirs. The only consolation was that we ended the Arsenal’s chances of being title challengers, every cloud eh? Although we were two points behind City, there was a very important game in May that would surely determine who would get that fourth spot.
Before that game, we experienced a lot bad luck and frustration. The most obvious was THAT Chelsea goal which did not clear the line – this goal meant that we would go on to lose that game 2-1 and made our Champions League hopes the more unlikely. So after that game and a very frustrating 1-1 home draw to Blackpool (which another Gomes error cost us), it was simple: lose against Manchester City and we do not get fourth. Win: it was still in the balance. I’d rather not say what happened that night and I’m sure I don’t need to but a Crouch own-goal meant that City would win 1-0.
The season finished on a good run: a 2-0 away win to Liverpool and a final home win to Birmingham. Luka Modric and Gareth Bale said that there were not looking for a move away, Defoe was back in the goals: I was looking forward to the next season.
The whole summer was about one player, Luka Modric. It seemed like there was a new story about him every day of the transfer window and he never commenting on it. And then he eventually said the words that we didn’t want to hear, he said that he wished to join Chelsea. I, along with many others, thought this was the end of our player of the season and possibly the end of our Champions League hopes. Daniel Levy managed to keep hold of the playmaker which was a massive turning point in showing how far we’ve come as a club. In terms of players in before the start of the season: the main players were ex-gooner Adebayor on loan and then 40-year-old Brad Friedel.
Our season was planned to start on the 13th August, but was postponed due to the riots. This meant our season kicked-off against the two Manchester teams which, inevitably, didn’t end in much luck: United finished with a 3-0 loss and City was a 5-1 defeat.
It wasn’t looking good for our season but ‘Arry brought in a “triffic” player before the transfer deadline: Scott Parker. Now be honest, like me, a lot of you said that he was overrated and that there’s no way that he’d be our missing part. But he has proved that he is what we needed, at £5m he has become one of the best English central midfielder today. His work rate is great and his tackling ability is priceless.
So with a couple more players added to our squad, could our season finally get up and running? We had a tricky game away to Wolves which we comfortably won 2-0 and Adebayor got a debut goal. But what really kicked us off as a home game against Liverpool which we dominated throughout (even before the two Liverpool red cards). We went on to win 4-0 after Modric opened with a blinder and Adebayor added two goals to his tally, finished with a Jermain Defoe goal.
Our decent run continued and the North-London derby soon came up in early October. Many pundits were saying that it was the first time that we were the favourites going into this game, but I wasn’t so sure. Anyway, the game started and ended with a Tottenham goal and an Arsenal goal in-between. A great VDV goal started the game and an unbelievable goal from Walker won us the game, 2-1 Tottenham!!
After that, our unbeaten run continued and we reached a 13 unbeaten run, drawing just one of them to Newcastle.
The big test after Arsenal was a home game to Chelsea which was hard to call. Adebayor opened the scoring after 8 minutes which made a victory seem likely. Chelsea weren’t really in the game however, a counter-attack put Daniel Sturridge through who grabbed the equaliser and the game finished at 1-1. In my opinion, it was a great result. It put us 3 points clear of fifth position with a game in hand.
2011sums Tottenham up fairly well, there were many great ups and disappointing downs. I think that the team and the squad we’ve got here is the best I’ve ever seen (I’m only 16 so I haven’t seen too many). All I know is that the end of 2011 is a good sign of things to come and that 2012 is going to be a very special year for Tottenham Hotspur.
I feel like I shouldn’t finish this before the end of the year (there are two away games to go against Norwich and Swansea). But I want to go and enjoy Christmas!
Thank you for reading this, and I apologise that this is a fairly lengthy! Have an awesome Christmas and a great new year!