Date: 2nd November 2017 at 1:36pm
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The world’s greatest football team are in free fall, according their national press. What a terrible, dreadful state of affairs.

On the other hand, Jonathan Wilson in this morning’s Guardian referred to last night’s win as ‘…one of the greatest nights in Tottenham’s history‘.

His article is so bizarrely cobbled together generally, I’d urge you to read it in full to provide some context to me bluntly pointing out that whilst it was utterly marvellous, it will only be cherished in our memories.

The keeper of the THFC trophy cabinet won’t need to be woken from his eternal slumber and any warning to Europe’s super clubs will come in the form of consistency, opposed to an hour and a half of derring do.

This isn’t to underplay last night. It was a bloody exciting game to watch and for any Spurs fan it was extraordinary watching a fantastic win unfold.

What remains in the afterglow is the fact that Spurs are now the team to beat, both at home and abroad. With Real Madrid’s scalp comes an expectancy.

All jokes to one side about Moussa Sissioko meaning that we beat them with 10 men, Pochettino still has a pronounced £60million black hole in his starting XI. Whatever way you do the maths Sissoko is a liability on the Spurs books of £30million.

Erik Lamela’s peculiar to the point of utterly unbelievable injury has seen him not kick a ball for an entire year, there’s the other £30million.

The Daily Mail barely made it to lunch before inventing a ‘Poch To PSG’ tale…

What is clear, is that Spurs can’t allow themselves to get sucked into the howling gales of hype. Since the final whistle its been difficult to avoid the unchecked garbage being spewed on all sides.

Suddenly Wembley isn’t an issue, Spurs are going to win the league and every single one of our players is a local lad who we pay in gobstoppers and comics.

Levy needs to keep snapping up the likes of Sanchez and Aurier. Players such as Trippier and Davies need to be kept well onside. Dele Alli needs to ensure last night wasn’t some random one off.

In short, Spurs need to replicate the genius of this game; the flowing counter attacks, the outstanding challenges and the thoughtfulness when under pressure.

I thoroughly enjoyed stuffing that lot, but what excites me more is knowing that this Spurs squad isn’t the finished article.

Player analysis to follow.

 
Comments
  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?
  • Al November 2, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    “…and every single one of our players is a local lad who we pay in gobstoppers and comics.”

    Top class. Bravo.

  • RecaroN17 November 2, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    LOL
    “We pay our local lads with gobstoppers and comics”

  • poxy November 2, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Just been reading some earlier blogs and, yes, what on earth was Moussa up to last night. Seemed hell bent on getting himself sent off! And, incidentally, I’m rather a fan of his. Been amused, too by some of the comments regarding Sissoko ie swinging and missing about seven times per game! He does seem to have more than his fair share of air shots, does he not? And yes, Yiddo, the press will do their best to set us up for a fall and continue to speculate where our players will be playing in the near future. Bastards.

  • Bruxie November 2, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Had a 6ft 7in guy in front of me.

    Pah.

    I was offered a seat further fwd by a very nice guy with little lad who had a spare ticket.

    I took it.

    Only to find 6 late teens, who had tickets, but didn’t want to be separated, sharing 3 seats and who went bananas after the 1st goal.

    Knocked each other and me over in celebration.

    I did warn them that a steward would be involved next time I ended on my arse.

    They were as good a gold. And I’m pleased they saw something resembling my memories of yesteryear.

    We shook hands at the end. And jumped up & down a bit.

    In the wake of piss throwing arseholes…I was proud again.

    Of team and supporters.

    Wembley is big. We filled it and we prevailed.

    FFS.

    What a night.

  • Harry Hotspur November 2, 2017 at 3:21 pm
  • poxy November 2, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Yes, I’ve been rather impressed with Aurier. He’s a little error prone but a good constructive footballer nevertheless. Walker may be very fast but Aurier is surely a better pure footballer. And Sanches seems to have been a good signing, too

  • poxy November 2, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Good stuff, Harry. Very amusing.

  • Mospur November 2, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    @btsportfootball: “Real Madrid, like salami, sliced open on the counter by the Dele-man”

  • Sexy Beast November 2, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Harry Hotspur
    We are far closer (somebody shoot me) to achieving something of worth than we have been since the 1980s it would be criminal to miss out.

    🔫 squirt

  • Horndog 🇺🇸 November 2, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Should one of Sanchez, Verts or Dier go down befor Toby is healthy, I hope Davies is our fill in guy. Foyth is not yet ready. I know, doomsday scenario but just just thinking about things.

  • MysteriousStranger November 2, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Ironic that you say players like Trippier should be kept well onside. He was well offside for our first goal. What say you now?! 😀

    • Aussie in Switzerland November 3, 2017 at 12:31 am

      And their goal was a hand ball in the lead up, so all square

  • Spurs est_1882 November 2, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Not sure – didn’t have MRI mode switched on. 🙂 Its hard to say, but did look bad.

  • molespur November 2, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Good points made today H i have criticised deli on here at various times last night he was superb just needs to carry this form on ,sissoko is just a wrecking ball ,I see that Portuguese self hyped twat has made a remark about beating us nonce .

  • Matt November 2, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    3 points against Palace and the wind is in our sails again. Dier is going to be fine covering Toby.

    • Spurs est_1882 November 2, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      I hope Toby is only 2 weeks though…back for the derby.

      • Sexy Beast November 2, 2017 at 2:31 pm

        Looked to me like a 3 to 5 week kinda Hammy.

        • Spurs est_1882 November 2, 2017 at 2:47 pm

          Not sure – didn’t have MRI mode switched on. 🙂 Its hard to say, but did look bad

        • Freund or Foe November 2, 2017 at 2:52 pm

          With a golf swing like yours, I’d say fore weeks.

          • Sexy Beast November 2, 2017 at 2:56 pm

            You cheeky sod! LOL

  • mattspurs November 2, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    The crazy Sissoko as a whirl of chaos and destruction seemed to somehow work again – it defies logic that a player so poor in possession could ever be on a winning team but Eriksen in particular seems to benefit from having the wrecking ball in the team.

    • Spurs est_1882 November 2, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      I am far far far from a Sissoko fan (I know too many Toon fans) – but I think the team benefit from him bull dozing about, and making runs…it is until defenders realise that they can ignore his runs because if we pass him the ball it will take him 3 touches to do anything with it, if he managers 3 touches without fluffing one…then if he does get time, his final ball is awful!!

      • Sexy Beast November 2, 2017 at 2:55 pm

        I didn’t think we looked any weaker when Toby went off and perhaps we should give a little to credit Sissoko for that. Also testiment to the Poochmiester’s coaching the improvement in Sissoko is quite remarkable.

  • Yiddo November 2, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    England call up six of our lot, including the convalescent Danny Rose. For a fucking friendly.

    • Spurs est_1882 November 2, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      I hope not one of them play! I am simply not an England fan anymore, I even spend half the tournaments hoping that they don’t get injured rather than hoping England win. Its not that I don’t support our country, its more that I would rather gauge my eyes out than watch the type of football England play…not to mention he has picked 6 of our team…yet will ask them to play in a different way to suit 1 player, or his “management style”

      • Horndog 🇺🇸 November 2, 2017 at 2:49 pm

        Southgate likely to run all six into the ground, both matches. Lining of the pockets by our league challengers.

  • UnkleTaff November 2, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Is it just me or did we have another legitimate appeal for a penalty turned down last night when Alli was bundled over?

    I know the Real defender played the ball but he did so by coming from behind and between Alli’s legs. I could be wrong but I didn’t think you were allowed to do that.

    • Spurs est_1882 November 2, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      I thought it was, by the letter of the law (great tackle if I am honest) but Alli has dived so much, that may have impacted the decision

    • Harry Hotspur November 2, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      It wasn’t a penalty, it couldn’t be a penalty because it was Dele 😆

    • MysteriousStranger November 2, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Looked like Dele fell over again to me.

  • AccringtonSpurs November 2, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Trippier played very well last night – alright, he was slightly offside, but the control to get that ball across the box first time was immense – he’s executed that ball before, too.

    • mattspurs November 2, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Not a stepover in sight

  • Yiddo November 2, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    You mention expectancy. I think that’s our kryptonite right there. Last year’s champions league campaign fell flat, in my opinion, due to expectancy. It breeds complacency. It’s why Madrid lost last night. Why we won.
    We feed off being the outsiders. Proving the world wrong. Mending reputations instead of bloating egos. Giving the media the middle finger.
    It’s when they “reckon we could do it” that we don’t.
    That for me is Poch’s job. Keeping the squad fresh, level headed, competing in every game with the same fervour, equinamitous til the very last.

    • Yiddo November 2, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      In hindsight basically what you just said. Oops

  • Ufluckinplic November 2, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    thoroughly enjoyed stuffing that lot, but what excites me more is knowing that this Spurs squad isn’t the finished article.

    Perfectly put H. Now let’s not f#ck up Sunday and then we’ll start going places.

    • Harry Hotspur November 2, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      We are far closer (somebody shoot me) to achieving something of worth than we have been since the 1980s it would be criminal to miss out.

  • Spurs est_1882 November 2, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    I did see the “greatest night in Spurs history…” and of all the images in my head, the one of Hoddle lifting the UEFA cup in 84…not sure why that stood out most over all the trophies, it was just the image….either way, its far from our “greatest night…” maybe if football started the same year as the PL, its possibly better than most, but I would say the game at the San Siro again was better. It was a great game, but as you say, its a one off of endeavour…you only have to look at the lack luster games leading to it to suggest we are not the power house we need to be to scare people just yet.

    • Spurs est_1882 November 2, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      How memories deceive…Hoddle was injured for that game, and I cant find the picture in my head…either way, point was its not even top 5 nights in Spurs history.

      • Ronan November 2, 2017 at 2:02 pm

        Can’t remember us trouncing a team regarded as the best in the world before.

        • Spurs est_1882 November 2, 2017 at 2:07 pm

          We didn’t last night either. We beat a team that going into that game were almost a shadow of themselves that won the CL. I do agree that we did something big, but we didn’t win anything…

        • poxy November 2, 2017 at 3:18 pm

          being a little picky here, but just a shame they scored! 3-0 does look a lot better.

    • MysteriousStranger November 2, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      I thought Graham Roberts lifted the UEFA Cup?

      • Harry Hotspur November 2, 2017 at 3:23 pm

        Super Rambo From The Lane (What Was)

  • gus November 2, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    In the words of the Carpenters, “We’ve only just begun” COYS

  • gus November 2, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Fast. First. 🙂