Date: 4th April 2017 at 10:54am
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Poch said: “We reduced the gap by three points but it’s still a big gap, seven is a massive difference. Chelsea, two and a half years ago they won the Premier League and 80 per cent of the players have experience of how to manage the pressure.

“They can win or lose but it’s not putting pressure or stress on them. In football all can happen,” Pochettino said.

“That’s a good reason for all – belief is the most important thing in football – not only quality, running or being strong. Belief, faith and fight. Nothing is impossible in football and that is our idea, our philosophy.

“We need to keep going in that direction and it’s true the Premier League is tough to play in, and to win every game and compete. It’s so competitive.

“But if it can happen? Yes, of course, it can happen and our mind must be positive to try to imagine and dream and believe and give our best.”

Belief, faith and fight, eh? I’d have preferred to rely upon all the points we dropped when we went on that magnificent unbeaten run when we couldn’t win a game.

The message I do get from Poch is that he’s more than satisfied with the way the season has gone and anything else at this stage is gravy.

A top four finish will be fairly remarkable given the continuous fiasco that is our transfer business. I’m not sure what Mauricio deserves more, a bonus or a medal.

Second or third or whatever of course isn’t a tangible thing. Nobody bar those most tedious of types who salivate over such things will remember this season in a few seasons time.

I’ll keep drawing the Arsenal comparison until the similarities cease to be.

It’s easy to dismiss the demonstrating fans as pilchards, but stimulating the consciousness of people takes more than you might think. In fact, if you looked at the Ad Vans outside the Emirates and just thought ‘pilchards’, you’re halfway there to proving my point.

If you’re struggling how anyone could be so ungrateful, so angry that their side did little more than achieve top four every season, then you may well be the same sort of sap who takes pride in the fact that Joe Lewis has never spent.

We have a philosophy, sadly it’s one that regards winning as a liability.

Football is about winning and modern football is ALL about money. What happens in the confines in your mind is one thing, but out here in the real world football is about winning and modern football is ALL about money.

You don’t take the edge off not winning by nearly winning. You don’t take the edge of not spending big by spending modestly.

There is no ethical reward system. There is no path of spiritual enlightenment. Winners go home and f— the prom queen.

Second prize is a set of wood-effect steak knives.

That’s ALL that there is.

A significant number of Arsenal fans have had their fill of wood-effect steak knives and they want some actual steak.

I’m less fussed to worry about whether Poch is still be enjoying the gravy in 5 seasons time when we’re still ‘only’ finishing in the top four and the trophy cabinet is still a dust trap.

My concern is the sustainability of the ‘new destination’ and asking how long will it take before our fans are at each other’s throats outside that ‘new destination’.

  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?
  • JuandeInternational April 4, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    These steak knives? Are they 100% genuine Kazakhstani steel? If so, I’d be interested in a set if you’re prepared to let me buy them over 5 years. to sweeten the deal, I’ll even throw in a massive french made lazy boy that just seems to be taking up around the place.

  • Call Me Daniel April 4, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    all ifs and buts. more like ifs and bullshit. Funny how you don’t pipe up anywhere else Ronnie except in the safe confines of this shite blog. Keep up the good work, 99 percent of the great unwashed at Spurs are continuing to laugh at the sad old man you are and not with you.

    • Harry Hotspur April 4, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      Er… who the fuck are you, the Spurs Police?

      No. You’re an arsewipe called

      • Call Me Daniel April 4, 2017 at 2:21 pm

        that is correct

        You gave out a fake email address Ronnie. Don’t be too upset. Like I said. A sad old gooner with nothing better to do with his life than write hate filled rants. Life is too short. stop being a miserable old cunt. Cheer up. you could be a West Ham fan.

        • Harry Hotspur April 4, 2017 at 2:40 pm

          Who cares? You’re the arsehole who gave out a ‘fake’ email address.

          • Call Me Daniel April 4, 2017 at 3:44 pm

            Just goes to show you are a nasty piece of work with an imaginary friend called Gladys, who to all the readers out there is Ronnie’s 6ft white rabbit. Or just a basic simpleton. No one agrees with me? well i’m taking my ball and going home. We ll knew that one person when we were young. Well they grew up to be this tool.

            • Harry Hotspur April 4, 2017 at 6:24 pm

              I’m a fiend.

  • Devonshirespur April 4, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    If football is about winning then someone needs to tell that to the 51000 who turn up to see Newcastle in the Championship, not win anything for decades, or the countless other 100s of 1000s who turn up knowing that the odds of them winning something are very long indeed.

    If football is just about money then we are punching above our weight, outperforming those who have wealth way beyond ours, and competing with those who play by their own financial rules.

    To me, a football fan, football is about Passion, Emotion, Commitment and to a small degree entertainment. If a club/their players show the first three then they will find their level and possibly surpass it. A level which is more or less defined by how much money they have. That level will define whether winning is a possibility and Spurs are at a level where we should have an expectation that winning is achievable, but not that it is expected.

    I see a club that is showing commitment, passion and emotion and putting us in contention with the very biggest and best and putting us into a position to win. That is all I can expect from THFC, although i naturally hope for more.

    If you really think that Football is all about money then you should know we should be nowhere near where we are now, that’s unless you are once again promoting Uncle Joe starts sprinkling some magic sugar on us, although I recall you saying that you “dont give a rats arse” about having a sugar daddy.

    • Harry Hotspur April 4, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Who are you quoting there?

      • Devonshirespur April 4, 2017 at 2:44 pm

        My bad, it was rats anus.

        “Nobody gives a rat’s anus about a sugar daddy. What we all want, is to win something. How is £350m worth of debt going to assist that?” HH.

  • Simon Gibbs April 4, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    We have to believe and keep pushing Chelski. We have to keep looking up and not worrying what’s happening below us. If we do this, and we have truly learnt from our atrocious end to last season, then we can at least secure second and lord it over the rear gunners for a change.

  • Citizen Smozz April 4, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    What you gonna write if we did actually pull it of H? 😂

  • Ronwol1960-61 April 4, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    I do believe that Poch was right when he talked about belief. Its a struggle we have had with Tottenham for the longest time. There is no trying to believe.You have to believe. The players can do anything and I’m including even the iffy ones. But Ive seen it with my own eyes many times. When we played Athletico Madrid in the European Cup winners Cup and won 5-1 in Rotterdam it was Terry Dyson a fighter and a very average footie player who made the difference. Sissoko believed in the Euros.You can laugh but its not beyond to see him do well either. Its 90% mental.He tried too hard in my opinion.
    So shows both and becomes the goat sometimes and the hero at other times. They can all do it.
    Leicester is an average team there is no doubt but when they believe they are different.
    All teams are like that.
    Its time for us to believe.

    • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 April 4, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Son shows both etc

    • Panama Paul April 4, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      A really well worded piece Ron, right up to where you said Sissoko. Then what happened?

  • Me April 4, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Harry you area rain of sunshine allways looking at the positive things. I remember reading this blog when your writing was not so pessimistic/sarcastic/hostile take your pick. They really got you did they.

    • Harry Hotspur April 4, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      I don’t think you bothered reading it at all.

      • Caspurs♿️ April 4, 2017 at 12:06 pm

        Judging by the writing, they have difficulty in that area.

        • Urbane Sturgeon April 4, 2017 at 12:30 pm

          There’s a shocking amount of un proof read stuff online. Me ain’t the only one. It’s a veritable jungle of literary hiccups out there. Everyone seems to be in such a hurry they don’t have the time to glance over their own efforts just to see if it reads ok. It’s a bloody outrage!

          Major J. Smythe, Tunbridge Wells.

          • Panama Paul April 4, 2017 at 12:32 pm


            • Urbane Sturgeon April 4, 2017 at 12:35 pm

              A fabulous response; no beating about the bush, succinct, efficient, and ironic spelling to boot. No mistakes innit, now that’s what I’m talking about.

              Well done Panama.

  • Ronwol1960-61 April 4, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Wenger wonders
    where the beef is
    its just a grain.pain
    a strain
    looking up and sees our name
    “Who?” he says
    “Fuck You!” says the Park Lane
    Auntie:”its only a game”
    Yeah Right!

    Darkness over the Emirates
    Lights shine on us
    Its about time

    • Hartley April 4, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      Move over Pam Ayres.

  • Freünd or Foe April 4, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Having knifes just for steak is repulsively excessive.

  • Ronwol1960-61 April 4, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Tottenham go to Wembley
    Harry goes to Tibet
    doesn’t want to be all over the map
    Both going to find the light
    Light? Poch talking about the fight
    Levy goes to the bank
    he really gets no thanks
    they all have to mind the gap

  • jj April 4, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Winning and money are different. Modern football is all about money rather than winning not money and winning.

    Top 4 = group stage Champions League = bucks
    Winning league = slightly more than coming second
    After group stages Champions league = diminishing returns from investment usually until near the end.

    so if you are suggeting there is a tradeoff between money and winning you are right – which is why Arsenal board are so pleased with Wenger – he has maximized revenue whilst minimizing spend.

    • Harry Hotspur April 4, 2017 at 11:53 am

      You’ve nailed it.

      If you want cheer the spreadsheet on, then Levy and Wenger are your men.

    • spurs108 April 4, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      Winning title = slightly more money- must be joking …

      More shirt sales, more money for shirt advertising, more money for pre-season tournaments, more bums on seats in our 61k seat stadium, more money for other commercial activities, more new fans to sped money

  • Caspurs♿️ April 4, 2017 at 11:10 am

    What’s the blog about?

    • Rich G🤛 April 4, 2017 at 11:30 am

      A half empty glass.

    • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 April 4, 2017 at 11:40 am

      Filet minions

  • Bruxie April 4, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Nice handle.