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I find it somewhat humorous how practically every major team in the world has fans who implore their teams' managers to avoid rotation, and yet Tottenham fans are constantly begging Harry Redknapp to use a little bit of rotation in his starting lineups.
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Bayern Munich. What do all these teams have in common? They rarely play their strongest 11 for more than two consecutive games.
Obviously injuries factor into this, but there's also the simple fact that certain players play better against simple teams.
At Manchester United, for example, Dimitar Berbatov is renowned for his goal-scoring feats against the weaker teams of the EPL. Danny Welbeck, on the other hand, is viewed as a more complete forward and is preferred against the bigger teams of the EPL, such as Manchester City.
There's also the issues of fatigue, keeping everybody happy, playing the most in-form players, etc. For these reasons and more, the vast majority of managers in the world rotate their players. Sadly, Harry Redknapp refuses to follow this trend.
Today, our biggest weak spot was the poor form of our strikers, which I'll elaborate further on in the next slide. Even Gareth Bale looked like he could use a rest: his shot selection was poor, his trademark defense-piercing runs were absent and he wasn't able to get very many good crosses in.
Credit must go to Wolves for playing very tight defense on Bale throughout the game and preventing him from exerting his influence on the game, but it also must be said that Bale did not look on top form.
Giving guys like Giovanni dos Santos, Steven Pienaar or Niko Kranjcar a run-out when Bale has had an extended run of games would help Bale stay in top form and keep the non-starting squad members at Tottenham happy enough to avoid requesting a transfer.