We've done a lot of making fun of Harry Redknapp's 'tactics' on this blog. Honestly, for good reason. There have been a lot of matches where Harry showed some kind of tactical ineptitude that cost us points. He should probably have a very tactically astute assistant that helps him with these things. I really don't like when managers are very anti-tactics; I thought Owen Coyle's "Zonal Whatever" remark was rude and ignorant as hell.
Eventually, Harry will screw something up again. He will make a terrible tactical decision (or lack thereof) and Tottenham will lose because of it. But sometimes, sometimes, we win because of his aversion to tactics. The match against Norwich was one of those times.
Did you think that Harry was finally coming around to this crap? That he actually set his team up in a 4-3-3 yesterday and against Chelsea? Nope. He quite literally told the boys to "f--kin' run around a bit." I'm not making this up. This is what Harry said after the Norwich win.
"Gareth Bale is an amazing player. I told him and Rafael van der Vaart to play where they wanted."
Yep. Basically, he told Luka Modric that he wasn't a winger, then he told Weezus and Rafa to just f--kin run around a bit. Rafa was smart enough to figure out that, in this scenario, he should probably drift to the right a bit instead of just sitting in the center. Bale was more or less a left winger. Viola, a hybrid 4-3-3/4-3-2-1 Christmas Tree was born. AND HARRY DIDN'T EVEN COME UP WITH IT.
Tactics suck. Harry Redknapp is awesome. We play total football and everyone else blows.