Poch told the press ahead of today’s bug match: “Of course, we are going to play a tough game and we need to keep our momentum, keep going and the three points are so important for us as we keep fighting for the top four.”
Quite how much of a fight Spurs will be able to put up is another thing. City have won the league. Manchester United look unlikely to self destruct which leaves us with the old ‘four into two don’t go’ sketch.
Chelsea, Liverpool, us and the Arsenal are all in this specialist hunt. Beneath this foursome lurks a morass of sides even less reliable than us. If anyone else is able to mount a credible charge from beneath this trapdoor it’ll be more than miraculous.
The fear – as ever – is missing out on Champions League and being landed with the Europa League booby prize. Anyone who thinks that playing at the New Destination™ will act as some mighty panacea heralding nothing but blue skies and high fives may want to pause and engage their brain.
If you didn’t get the memo, White Hart Lane was demolished a good while back and cultivating a home feel to the new grass and the new stands will understandably take time. Inflicting a up to another an additional 19 games or whatever it is (not to mention all the imbecilic travelling because Europe according to UEFA now extends to just a few miles west of Tibet) will be unhelpful in the extremis.
It’s a pity that THFC can deftly throw cup competitions at will, yet lack the same savvy when it comes to the league because of the gate receipts the Europa qualification offers.
Looking at the table now and having watched a fair amount of other teams this season, it’s Arsenal that I can see falling away. My prediction is that they will ‘survive’ the next the transfer window but less so the following one and the sense of impending chaos looms over the Emptycrates.
All contributions gratefully received, I say. Speaking of begging bowls, Glad says that the other hunt, for stadium rights naming rights is still on, largely due to the Bald One making these matters so complicated that Dr Brian Cox would have trouble working them out.