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“Spurs won’t have another March-April collapse”
Tottenham are still smarting at the way they blew a 10-point advantage over bitter rivals Arsenal last season – a capitulation that ended up costing them a place in the Champions League. This season, with 15 matches left to play they are four points better off than Arsène Wenger’s men, and hopes are beginning to be raised that this might finally be the season where Spurs finish ahead of their north London adversaries.
Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror believes that André Villas-Boas’ sensible handling of his squad could prove to be the crucial difference this time around. ”Last season it wasn’t just that Arsenal came from behind, they also scored a lot of late goals to win matches too,” he says. “Spurs collapsed because he [Harry Redknapp] only had 13 players he trusted.
“Villas-Boas has rotated the squad much more this season, so I don’t think they’ll have that March-April collapse again. You never know with Spurs, but I don’t think they will. This makes Arsenal’s task – even though they’re closer behind this season – much, much harder.”
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