What a strange question for a spurs fan to be asking from a position of strength,especially in regards to our chances of winning a trophy?Lets face it we have never been in a position that I can remember where our foundations at the back are as good as anyone in the league for a couple of seasons now.However I saw a throw away quip on twitter that only chelsea and spurs have any resemblance of a decent defence,yes partially in reaction to liverpool conceding 4 at bournemouth and yesterdays 4 goals conceded smashing of city at leicester.Also lets face it after the family inheritance wenger got in george grahams back 4,he has hardly put a defence together that would acquit mother teresa.Mourinio`s bus at man united is more like a reliant robin despite the press hard ons for De gea best keeper in the universe,put simply united,city,arsenal,liverpool whatever their attributes as teams,do not defend fantastically well,and slip ups seem inevitable rather than uncontemplatable.
City have kept one clean sheet in all competitions,against WBA (i am not counting a CL qualifier!)
united have conceded more goals than boro and saints
liverpool have conceded 18 goals 2 more than united from a game less
arsenal have conceded 15,best of the top 4 as it stands but really a goal or 2 conceded is never out of the question.
More than just stats,they just dont look solid at the back any of them in my opinion,and best of the bunch arsenal with mertescker,gabriel,jenkinson (fpmsl) getting game time says it all.
So far it seems only us and chelsea have a semblance of a reasonable defence,does it therefore mean the title comes down to us vs them?Well thats a long shot,but stats are that normally the champions have the best or top 2 defence in the league (yeah fergies last season when no one else was good enough belies that stat i know!).
However our achilles heel this season of scoring is a better indication of our chances,as much as defensive frugalness is key,goals scored is probably more so and the team that has the best stats for one or both goals scored and conceded normally wins it or is there abouts.
So is it an easier task for us to score more goals or for the aforementioned defensive slackers to tighten up at the back??Well its immaterial because to have a chance of success we need to score more than the 24 in 14 games ratio at present.At this almost halway point in this season,we are halfway there,solid,best defence,now we just need to improve our goal scoring,Kane back,dembele,alli,eriksen all improving over the last weeks,we still have a shot,but have to keep the solidness but not at the expense of scoring
Can they improve their defence vs can we score more?if simply put like that we can catch up,because Pep,klopp,wenger just dont coach defence it seems.
Can Harry do it again is what it seemingly comes down to?its a lot on a young mans shoulders,but he has form!!