Tottenham's 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Wednesday kept them in fifth place, one point behind local rivals Arsenal and three adrift of the Blues. This would have them missing out on the Champions League for a third straight season, after they were denied a place by Chelsea last year despite finishing fourth.
The summer brought some tough blows to the club, including the sacking of manager Harry Redknapp. It also saw the departures of top midfielders Luka Modric to Real Madrid and Rafael van der Vaart to Hamburg.
After dismissing Redknapp, Spurs turned to a man who himself had been sacked after less than a full Premier League season: Andre Villas-Boas. The former Porto manager was sacked by Chelsea in March 2012 after a loss in the Champions League and a run of poor league results.
However, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy decided to go with the young Portuguese tactician, and though the table may not reflect as much, the move has been fairly successful. What follows is a rundown of a few reasons why AVB has been successful.