Tottenham have had their fair share of downs this year, below we look at some of the worse moments of 2013.
A year that started with such promise looks like it will end managerless. Though once again there is hope going into 2014, there are plenty of things to, somewhat reluctantly, look back on from the past year.
Here we look at 5 of the worst things that happened:
Missing out on 4th - Despite a brave attempt to qualify for the Champions League that saw them finish with a record 72 points for a 5th place team, Spurs still blew a seven point lead at the start of March to gift their rivals Arsenal the chance to catch up with them. And once again, the Gunners took their chance, going on a run just that little bit better than Tottenham's to take the last CL spot by a point, and possibly set in motion the transfer business that followed.
Gareth Bale sale - The will he/won't he of this summer's record transfer was a tough time for most Spurs fans. Though none would have been happy to lose their talisman, the fact that Real paid SO much for the player certainly put the supporters in the position of their board. When the transfer finally went through, and was after Bale had tempered his relationship with the fans somewhat by pushing for the deal while the two clubs haggled over a fee. At that point the loss of Bale seemed inevitable, and it was a loss more significantly felt after Mesut Ozil, a player Tottenham coveted and would have wished to include as part of the deal, immediately upped and left Real to their rivals Arsenal.
Man City loss - To put it simply, this result was the worst away defeat in almost two decades, and came despite having one of the best defences in the league before the match. You knew it was going to be a bad game after Lloris conceded within 14 seconds. That Spurs were cut open so easily, and so frequently, was what made the result truly galling, and, crazily for such a scoreline, Tottenham had more possession and just two shots fewer than a Man City team that didn't even have to work hard for the result. For one man too, it signalled the beginning of the end. Worse was to come for him and Tottenham.
Liverpool loss - Losing to Liverpool in such a terrible home performance, again the worst in some 16 years, was one step too far for most people connected to the club. To be fair to Liverpool, they were terrific, but losing by five goals at home to a rival who you were expected to beat before kickoff is always going to be more about how poorly the home team performed. Throw in the red card for Paulinho, and the awful statistic of having no shots on target, and you can see why this would go down as probably the worst result of 2013.
Andre Villas-Boas sacking - The awful 5-0 home loss to Liverpool was the straw that broke the camel's back, and came as such a disappointment after Villas-Boas had seemed like the young manager to take Spurs onwards and upwards. The club came in for plenty of flak too for ditching a promising manager at the first sign of trouble, however, those who regularly watch Tottenham would know that the Portuguese had failed to mould a group of highly talented players into the effective team it should have been. The City and Liverpool atrocities, as well as the awful 3-0 home loss to West Ham (that almost made this list) showed that AVB wasn't learning from his mistakes, and only time will tell if Spurs were right to get rid of him when they did.
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