It was 2-0 to the home side at White Hart Lane. Tottenham created chances at will. The away side, Aston Villa, scared Tottenham not once. Emmanuel Adebayor scored both the goals and should have had more. Ledley King and Younes Kaboul were imperious in central defence. Luka Modric was exceptional in central midfield. Aaron Lennon rediscovered some of the form he showed in 2010. Tottenham were impressive. They key point, the key difference to Tottenham side’s of the past which have shown similarly impressive performances and achieved good results, was that the result felt absolutely inevitable.
From the opening whistle to the final one Tottenham were in complete control and played with a sense of authority that suggested an inevitability in the result. Tottenham were resolute throughout, expansive in attack when necessary, compact in defence when required. They displayed zeal in the air and cunning on the ground. It was a performance that suggested Tottenham ought to be closer to Manchester City than they currently are. When Tottenham were so comfortably beaten by the two Manchester sides in the opening weeks of the season their manager, Harry Redknapp, insisted that the results were exceptions to the norm. His Tottenham side were a good one and were it not for a disrupted pre-season, what with the Luka Modric to Chelsea saga, and several injuries, then Tottenham would not have been dismissed so comfortably by Manchester United and Manchester City.
Recent results prove that Harry Redknapp was right. His team are very very good. Far ahead of Arsenal, their North London rivals, and comfortably in the top four positions at a stage of the season when almost a third has passed. Tottenham are on winners avenue and look set to stay. Besides a loss in Russia to Rubin Kazan in the Europa League, when Tottenham rested almost their entire first team, the club has not lost since the Manchester City debacle, Tottenham lost 5-1 that day. That defeat was in August. It is not almost December. The club are in good shape off the field, have a good balance in the squad – in terms of positional cover, average age, contract security, motivation, experience, youth – and are prospering in the English Premier League. Even the manager, Harry Redknapp, appears in great shape, which in and of itself is no small wonder considering he underwent heart surgery just a few weeks ago. The club are still in the middle of a legal battle over the right to use the Olympic Stadium post the London Olympics 2012 but that is just about the only cloud hanging over the club at the moment. Tottenham are in great shape. Arsenal are resurgent. Even QPR and Fulham, to varying degrees, are satisfying their fans. Chelsea, at the moment, are the exception.