Despite rocky results of late, Tottenham's fighting spirit to pick up late points throughout the season is to be admired.
With four games left in the Premier League season, the race for the Champions League is finely poised, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs all hoping for a place with Europe’s elite next season.
But whatever the outcome, Spurs appear to have formed a positive habit: scoring late goals.
When AVB first took over as Spurs manager, it was the opposite.
In home games against West Brom and Norwich, Spurs conceded in the last five minutes of each game to drop four points overall.
Away at Carrow Road in the League Cup, Spurs let in two late goals to be devastatingly knocked out.
But since a heartbreaking late defeat at Everton, Spurs have turned this trend around.
A late equaliser by man of the moment Gareth Bale at Norwich in the league coupled with a late, late tap-in from Clint Dempsey at home to Manchester United in the snow has seen an improvement in Spurs’ results.
From the beginning of January, Spurs have gained 9 points in the last 10 minutes of matches.
Before that, Spurs had lost 10 points in the last 10 minutes of matches this season. This is due to a mentality that AVB has successfully instilled in the team. Never give up. And, their fitness levels have increased.
Under previous managers, Spurs were notorious as a team that would crumble in the face of stern opposition pressure when leading football matches.
A lack of self-belief and confidence led to high numbers of points being stupidly and unnecessarily dropped.
But it would appear that AVB has eliminated this trait.
So even if Spurs don’t get into the Champions League this year, this is one minor positive going forward under the manager.
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