After finishing 4th, we invariably don't do so well the following season (of course I've only got one instance to base that on)...looks like we're on our way to mediocrity again.
As mentioned it was just a handful of players that could hold their heads up after this one.
The manager...another coward in a long line of cowardly managers (that is, a manager who's afraid to let his lions loose and go win the game...he got lucky once with this tactic of defending a slim lead, but he's failed a number of times already with the same cowardly approach). Spurs have never really been known as a team with a olid defense in recent times, but we can usually be relied on to create chance after chance and in some cases convert more of our chances than the other team does their's. With AVB not even that is happening anymore...we're now 7th and sliding...the next few games we'll be just as difficult for us as this one was and I really can't see us getting much from them, if anything!
Not sure what the right thing is to get things moving in the right direction...firing AVB doesn't really sound like the answer...maybe having a word with him about horses for courses..Moyes scouts teams before he plays them and sets his team up accordingly, I would have thought any manager worth his salt would be doing the same thing (if ours is, he's not learning much).
We do have injuries (I say our midfield improves right away of the same Scott Parker that was running the show before his injury, returns...ditto Kaboul. If this Dembele "hip thing" isn't too severe (they're treating it with therapy because surgery doesn't cure his aliment...did we buy a crock?) then some creativity comes back (where's Sigurdsson?). 4-4-2 at home is another thing he might want to try (we didn't look so great in that formation in the Europa this past week...but we outscored the opponent (also a bit weak), which proves my point).