Following what was a magical month of February for Tottenham Hotspur, things somewhat got back to normal for the club in March. Spurs gave three points away at Anfield, they advanced in Europa League despite losing 4-1 in Italy, and they entered April with similar depth issues that sunk their Champions League ambitions last spring. With less than two months to go before the end of the campaign, Tottenham can still bring a trophy to White Hart Lane and also finish in the top four of the Premier League table.
As usual with this franchise, there is also still plenty of time for it all to go horribly, horribly wrong.
2013 Tottenham Hotspur March review: MVP
I was very tempted to go with Jan Vertonghen, who has proven himself to be, in my eyes, the signing of last summer's transfer window. Doing so would just be my attempt at going against the grain. His scoring streak that had him as the best attacking player in all of the Premier League came to an end in March, but Gareth Bale once again takes home team POTM honors.
The Wales international opened his March account against Arsenal back on the first Sunday of the month. He closed things out with yet another goal of the year candidate, this one against Swansea City. In all, Bale notched four goals and three assists in March, and he is now, if he wasn't before, a certain Footballer of the Year finalist.
2013 Tottenham Hotspur March review: Biggest result
Diehard Spurs fans may be quick to relive the victory over hated rivals Arsenal at the start of March. While watching Tottenham defeat the Gunners is always enjoyable for the Spurs faithful, I instead chose the March 30 win at Swans. AVB's side were losers of three straight across all competitions going into the final weekend of the month, and they were in danger of losing ground to Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton in the table.
Spurs jumped out early thanks to the duo of Bale and Vertonghen, which found the back of the net twice in the opening 21 minutes of play. As they have consistently done this season, though, Tottenham eventually fell back and allowed Swansea back into the match. Michu's goal 19 minutes from time made for a nervy conclusion for Tottenham fans, but the 2-1 result held and Spurs climbed to third place in the league table.
2013 Tottenham Hotspur March review: Underrated
If there was any doubt about how important Aaron Lennon is to the success of Tottenham at the start of March, there shouldn't be anymore. It's hardly a coincidence that the team's three worst performances of the month, losses to Liverpool, Inter and Fulham, occurred when the speedster was either not in the starting lineup or not an option all-together. Lennon contributing on counterattacks and in the attacking third is nothing new. His ability to read plays and track back when necessary is where he has improved the most under Villas-Boas. While Tottenham fans routinely gush over the likes of Moussa Dembele and Scott Parker, Lennon has quietly been the squad's top two-way player this season.
2013 Tottenham Hotspur March review: Overall
I'm not going to suggest that Spurs fans don't have plenty of reasons for concern at the start of April. Not knowing what will happen over the next five weeks, one would have to say that March was yet another successful month for Tottenham. Villas-Boas has done well in rotating squads and earning positive results in two competitions, the Europa League trophy may be Tottenham's to lose, and Spurs would qualify for Champions League if the season ended today. It's not yet "job done" for AVB and company, but they're going in the right direction.
Zac has been covering Tottenham Hotspur, Major League Soccer, RBNY, the USMNT and other soccer leagues for Yahoo! Sports since 2010.
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