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.