Friday, June 22, 2018

Tottenham click with Reading victory

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas will be breathing a sigh of relief after his side claimed their first Premier League of the season with a 3-1 win at Reading.

The Portuguese boss was believed to be under-pressure before the game, despite the fact that he had only been in charge of the club for three Premier League games.


Tottenham have a superb squad of players and they finally showed that in yesterday’s game. It all seemed to come together in the victory over Reading. Tottenham were simply in a different league to Reading.


Tottenham have endured a summer of major upheaval this summer. The likes of former-favourites Luka Modric and Rafael Van der Vaart left the club, not to mention the departure of boss Harry Redknapp.

The midfield pair were replaced to some extent by former-Swansea loanee Gylfi Sigurdsson, Moussa Dembele and deadline day signing Clint Dempsey. All three have the talent to be very good players for Tottenham.

Sigurdsson was superb for Swansea last season, on-loan from German Bundesliga side Hoffenheim. He perfected the role of attacking midfielder at Liberty Stadium, scoring goals and playing a major part in attacks.

Moussa Dembele has been the creative hub at Fulham for a number of years and arrived at Spurs with a big reputation. Sigurdsson and Dembele both showed against Reading why they were brought into the club.

Both players played their part in Spurs controlling the game completely, against a very poor Reading side. Dembele played in a deeper role than at Fulham, but still had an influence on the game. Sigurdsson also had a good game, as he looks to adapt to life at Spurs.


Reading really did struggle against Tottenham. They never looked likely to put off a shock against Spurs. The Royals hadn’t played for over three weeks and it showed. They looked slow and rusty.

No doubt they will have easier games to come this season, but if they play like this for the rest of the season then they will be heading for a quick return to the Championship. Reading boss Brian McDermott will be worried about his team’s lack of attacking threat.

They managed just four shots on target, against a team that haven’t been the strongest at the back this season. They really should have provided more of an attacking threat.

However, the Royals will keep going and as they proved last season you can never write them off. The newly promoted club went on a superb run last season towards the end of the season to make it to the Premier League.

It’s very early in the season, but as expected Reading look like a team that will spend most of the season struggling to avoid the drop.


You have to feel sorry for Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas, because the season has hardly started and people already doubt his managerial ability. His terrible spell at Chelsea hasn’t helped his cause.

The Spurs boss has had to contend with the loss of star player Luka Modric and is trying to implement his style of play at White Hart Lane. Hopefully now he will be given time get on with his job, which is to manage Spurs and attempt to help the North London club into the Champions League spots this season.


Tottenham will now hope to kick-on from this first Premier League victory of the season. Reading will now be focusing on gaining their first victory in their next top flight clash, as they face a difficult trip to West Brom next weekend.

If Andre Villas-Boas goes on to become a successful boss of Tottenham then the Portuguese boss could look back at this victory as the catalyst for that success. For Reading it could be a long season.

Will Tottenham’s form improve now they have their first top flight victory?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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