Premier League 2013-14 preview: Can Tottenham make it to the top four? - originally posted on Soccerlens.comLast season was a season of rebuilding for Tottenham Hotspur, yet they were so close to reaching the top four. They challenged Arsenal all the way till the final day of the season, but in the end fell agonizingly short of their target.
Many would say that Spurs finished in top four the previous season. True enough, but did they enjoy Champions League football? Did they receive Champions League money? No. Rather, they started from scratch, under a new manager, with a different set of ideology and system.
Most importantly, they lost their precious jewel, Luka Modric to Real Madrid and the onus was on the manager to reshape the squad, according to his own taste. It took time for Spurs’ players to adapt to the system of their new manager, but once they grappled the concept, results started to fall in place.
The cream of the crop was obviously Gareth Bale, who almost single-hand...