Are Spurs seen in a negative view by the media because of their lack of recent history and titles? Are they not strong top four favourites each year because those around them are more favourable in the press? Sean Cook explains further...
After Hugo Lloris played on for Tottenham against Everton after his eventful clash with Romelu Lukaku, the media world took swipe after swipe at Andre Villas-Boas and Tottenham Hotspur themselves.
The papers, television channels and even FIFA said that their actions were 'dangerous' despite club doctors confirming Lloris was clear to continue. The French captain's exclusion from the defeat to Newcastle this week however was labelled a mere medical precaution.
With club doctors (responsible for saving Fabrice Muamba) confirming he was clear to play, why did the media world take such heavy criticism of AVB to allow Lloris to do so?
There were obvious concerns after suffering concussion however, with Arsenal's Wojciech Szczęsny playing on after a head injury against Manchester United at the weekend, is it fair to say that Spurs are just simply viewed negatively in the media and without little reason, are subject to criticism no matter what? Why aren't they backed as strong top-four favourites every year by pundits?
The 'Invincibles' of Arsenal's 2003/04 title winning season are fondly remembered by most football fans, no matter the team you support. With such elegant football and fond footballing memories, this team are forever remembered by pundits and journalists alike. I believe this makes them favourable in today's media and despite past criticism of Arsene Wenger's boys, Arsenal are often tipped as top-four challengers no matter the situation they are in.
The same can be argued for that of Liverpool. The glory of the Anfield men and their famous Champions League win over AC Milan is considered one of the most prominent European football moments. With the England captain in their ranks and many a pundit having played for them, are Liverpool seen ahead of Tottenham even though they haven't finished above them in recent years?
Manchester City could field a similar case. After winning the title in 2012, the papers favoured them strongly over sides such as Everton and Tottenham (both whom consistently finished above City before their money fortunes) because they played fluid and exciting football and took the title from their noisy neighbours, is this recent success why City can do no wrong in the eyes of the press but Spurs face week after week of negativity?
Jose Mourinho. Whether arrogant, obnoxious or cocky, you cannot argue that this man is media gold. He adds controversy, adaptability and madness to the Premier League and adding this to the recent success of Chelsea on the European stage is a recipe for success in the journalistic world.
Chelsea whether dislikeable or controversial, attract more media hype than Spurs and come the start of the season, are almost solid top-four contenders over their London rivals. Stronger sides or in the minds of the public because of media portrayal?
Manchester United. They are the supreme English football side. Ask any fan worldwide to name an English side and this is sure to be their answer. Sir Alex Ferguson left them in such a good light, even when David Moyes isn't performing to his best, the pundits can't knock them. In fact after just one win against Arsenal and they are suddenly "back in the title race." Strong football can do a number of things for the interpretation of a club, but are the media biased over the Old Trafford residents despite being outplayed by Spurs twice last season?
The point that I'm trying to make is, playing exciting football or poor football is sure to attract interest.
Tottenham aren't in great form and haven't won a trophy since 2008. But, having not won the league since the 60's and with only one Champions League season under their belts, despite being in and around the top four for many a season now, are the media just not favourable towards the North London side because those around them are - in the hearts of the media - more to talk about.
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