Season Review: Villas-Boas fails to secure a Champions League spot for Spurs

With the football season coming to an end, Goal looks back at how the big European giants fared over the last 12 months. We continue with Tottenham...
By Shikharr Chandra

This Season's Stats
Premier League: 5th
Europa League: Quarter Finals (eliminated)
FA Cup: Fourth Round (eliminated)
Capital One Cup: Fourth Round (eliminated)
Games: 54
Won:  27
Lost: 11
Drawn:  16
Win %: 50%
GF:  92
GA:  64
GF ratio: 2.11
GA ratio: 1.20

Premier League

After missing out on a Champions League spot last season in dramatic fashion as 6th place Chelsea won the prestigious competition, Tottenham looked to bounce back, but a final day victory for London rivals Arsenal saw them miss out on a top four spot yet again.

The start of the season saw Spurs bring in Andre Villas-Boas to lead the charge after the sacking of Harry Redknapp and new signings in Moussa Dembele, Hugo Lloris, Gylffi Siggurdson, Clint Dempsey and Jan Vertonghen made Spurs look like a force to reckon with.

They started slowly this term, but a win over Manchester United at Old Trafford was the shot in the arm for their campaign.

With Gareth Bale driving them forward, Spurs looked like favourites to register a top 4 spot, but the usual winter slump saw them drop points to the likes of Wigan and Fulham. Although the club fought back to take the race to the final day, wins for Arsenal and Chelsea saw Villas-Boas' side finish outside the top 4.   


FA Cup
Spurs's FA Cup run ended in bitter disappointment as they went down against Championship side Leeds United in the fourth round of the competition.

They started their run with a comfortable 3-0 win over Coventry City at White Hart Lane, but their disappointing form in January continued as some sloppy defending saw them eliminated.


Capital One Cup

Spurs' dismal run saw them exit the Capital One Cup as early as the fourth round with a 2-1 defeat against fellow Premier League side Norwich City.

After registering a 3-0 win over lower league side Carlisle United, Spurs were looking to continue their cup run after going a goal ahead against Norwich, but a missed penalty by Clint Dempsey and 2 late goals for the Canaries ended their cup run.


Europa League

Tottenham's Europa League season started with 3 back-to-back draws against Lazio, Maribor and Panathinaikos, but two wins in their last three games saw them qualify as the second best side in their group.

The good run continued as Spurs overcame Lyon in the Round of 32 and a 3-0 win over Inter Milan at White Hart Lane almost confirmed their progress to the quarter finals.

But a late Adebayor goal was needed to ensure that Spurs overcame Inter as the Italian side fought bravely only to go out on the away goals rule. The Lilywhites Europa League season ended in dramatic fashion as the Londoners exited the competition on penalties in the quarter finals against Swiss side FC Basel.


Top 3 Players
Gareth Bale was instrumental in guiding Spurs to a 5th place finish this season, at times single-handedly. Winner of both the PFA Player of the Year and the Young Player of the Year, Bale ended the season with 26 goals and 20 assists in all competitions. Belgian center back Jan Vertonghen has settled well in the Premier League. With only 1 defensive error this season, Vertonghen was arguably one of the finest center-backs in the league. Lloris had a tough start to his season. Often used as a backup to Brad Friedel, he soon made his impact felt with a commanding display in goal. He ended the season with 9 clean sheets in 27 appearances in the league.

Top 5 performances
Manchester United 2-3 Tottenham

Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

 Aaron Lennon

Tottenham 3-1 Manchester City


Tottenham 3-0 Inter Milan

UEFA Europa League, Tottenham Hotspur FC v Internazionale, Gareth Bale, Jan Vertonghen, Aaron Lennon

Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool

EPL : Gareth Bale, Tottenham v Liverpool

Key Stats

  • Gareth Bale joined Cristiano Ronaldo as the only other player to win the PFA Player of the year, Young player of the year and Football Writer's Association (FWA) Player of the Year.
  • Jan Vertonghen made only 1 defensive error in the league, the least among all center backs.

Fan View

It has been another miserable season for us. We had a good league season but a dip in form mid way cost us dearly. Gareth Bale had a sensational season and I hope we keep hold of him. - Arjit Mehra


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