This is languagecaster’s fourth main listening report of the 2012/13 season, and after Damon looked ahead to his team’s Liverpool’s prospects for the upcoming season, it is the turn of Damian to do the same for his favourite side, Tottenham. The report comes with a transcript and worksheet with answers.
There have been lots of changes at the club since the end of last season when we finished fourth but lost out on a Champions League place thanks to Chelsea’s Champions League win. The manager, Harry Redknapp, was fired and though this may seen harsh for someone who had guided the team to 4th, 5th and then 4th again in his three years at the club, it was clear that he did not get on well with chairman Daniel Levy while others felt that he had taken the club as far as he could. This particular feeling was borne out by the poor run of form at the end of last season which saw Spurs win only one game in nine during the Spring – a run which destroyed any chance of the club finishing in third place – or indeed even higher.
As is now usual at the club, Spurs have been busy in the summer transfer market. Twenty players have moved on since the end of last season including two big fan favourites: Rafa Van der Vaart, who has returned to Hamburg, and of course Luka Modric who finally got his dream move to Real Madrid. In their places have arrived Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson, Belgian international defender Jan Vertonghen, Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor, French keeper (and national team captain) Hugo Lloris, as well as former Fulham players Moussa Dembélé and Clint Dempsey.
André Villas-Boas (AVB) is a man on a mission. After having been sacked by Chelsea the 35-year old Portuguese manager has a lot to prove, not least of which is winning over the Tottenham faithful who were big fans of former manager Harry Redknapp. It is clear why the chairman wanted AVB at the club. He is ambitious with a modern sensibility but he has also been described as arrogant, while there remain question marks over his man-management skills. He will be given time to implement his ideas – much more so than at his previous club Chelsea, and his brand of attacking football should help make his transition a little smoother.
- Champions? No way! We are already 7 points behind Chelsea and have yet to win a game this season. The 50 year wait for the league title will have to continue.
- Top four? Yes. Once again Spurs will finish in the top four – maybe even in third – but this time they will not be denied a Champions League place the following season!
- Silverware? Possibly, particularly as the manager will have more interest in competitions such as the League Cup and the Europa League as opposed to his predecessor Harry Redknapp.
Yet another poor start to the season has left the fans wondering whether the appointment of such a young manager is what the club actually needs. But with a new stadium on the way, a new state-of-the-art training ground and a revamped team that includes more pace and power than before then there is every reason for optimism at the Lane for this upcoming season.
- Read the Guardian’s Preview here
lost out on: To just fail to do
a man on a mission: Someone who is very determined
was borne out by: Manifested; demonstrated; this was shown
dream move: He had wanted to move to Real Madrid
is winning over: Convince, to gain their approval
predecessor: The person before
a modern sensibility : Modern ideas
Silverware: Trophies, cups
state-of-the-art: Completely modern and up to date
a revamped team : A team that has been changed a lot
the Lane: White Hart Lane – the home ground of Tottenham