People say we're stagnating in this second (an improved stagnation admittedly on the pre-Moyes era) yet we seem to be peaking and can go no further. A few years ago, we made fourth, even though we lost to Liverpool late on in the season, yet this season, it seems out of our reach.
Blame referees (for some shocking decisions); blame Hibbert and Neville (for being crap); blame too small a squad, a non-creative midfield; blame injuries to strikers; blame Shandy Andy if you want.
We have now got 57 points with 6 games to go. I think we can easily achieve 65 points this year, our previous best (in the Premiership) only being 61.
I believe the top 8 or 9 in the Premier League are the best they've been for quite some time, and this is a very good leaugue. We're improving on our best points tally for well over 15 years. This is the best team we've had. Success is not round the corner ? even with money I dont know if we'd get instant success. But the figures are undeniable. Ironically this year though, points won't mean prizes.
Stuart Downey, Posted 06/04/2008 at 13:31:20
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7 Posted 06/04/2008 at 23:12:05
Tottenham though, have been dire in the league by their own recent standards, a mess created by their board, sacking a decent manager and messing up their team. It has taken a long time to sort out and whether Ramos will have them back again is still to be seen.
Pompey - Lots of money, cup run, but they?re not what I?d call stability, and they?ve got a long way to go to be challenging for fourth.
Everton - We had cup runs, messed up in the odd game, but that's of course what cups are all about, and we were out. However, we?ve got the strongest squad, best manager and we?re back in Europe again next year. I?d much rather be trying to break the top four than winning either cup. We?re climbing the ladder, where as other teams seem to be the ones reaching that peak.
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9 Posted 07/04/2008 at 10:04:03
The thing seperating us from 4th is one thing - money. In the winter break we sold McFadden for £5m, Liverpool bought Skertel and Mascherano for a combined £25m.
In the summer they will probably spent another £40m net and we’ll spend £15m net.
Spurs, Newcastle, Villa, Man City and Portsmouth will outspend us too.
10 Posted 07/04/2008 at 11:08:28
No, it doesnt. anything can happen in a one off game and to reach a domestic final you will prob only have between 5 & 7 games. so to compare that to a 38 game league season is stupid, sorry, unwise.