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Tuesday, 26 April 2011

The dream is over: long live the dream

Due to circumstances entirely under our control

The dream is over: long live the dream. Harry is perfectly correct; if we don't get into the Champions' League this season we can always try again next season. No arguing with that. But as a mission statement it is somewhat lacking in the inspirational department; a bit deficient in the excitement category.; wanting in the stimulation division.

Now we will all go on hoping until it is mathematically impossible for us to get 4th, reworking the figures as each game showers disappointment and frustration on our heads. But we all know, don't we, that we are fighting for fifth now and praying that Man.City win the Cup Final or even the Europa nights might be snatched from us.

If the Europa experience were to be denied us of course we will argue that the Europa is more nuisance than it's worth and that without it we will be free to mount a real challenge for the title. How we do that without Modric, Van der Vaart and Bale who will have gone elsewhere seeking higher rewards I am not quite sure. 

Without the lure of Europe our ability to hold on to our best players or to lure top class players to sign for us will diminish. And there is no guarantee that forgoing Europe will ensure a top four finish.We would have less opportunities to deploy the full squad too. Although this is not really a consideration under Harry.
'Play 'em till they drop and then play'em some more' is Harry's motto.

This week we have had a draw that seemed like a win against Arsenal and a draw that feels like a loss against West Brom. We conceded early again and lost Ekotto possibly for the rest of the season. We got back on terms and then went ahead when, amazingly, both our strikers scored and then conceded a late goal to make an almost impossible job, impossible.

Defoe scored his 100th Premiership goal and Tottenham's 1000th but did very little else. He didn't get to take his shirt off because his mum had insisted on putting his special celebration tee shirt in the wash because he's been wearing it for so long. In fact I don't think he touched the ball for the first 20minutes. Pavluchenko did more and scored the first but was subbed for Crouch in the 84th minute. I'm not quite sure why.

Disappointment and confusion vied with each other at the final whistle over Harry's tactics and substitutions. Lennon and Bale on the left hand side at the same time? Bale starting at all when he is clearly knackered and needs a rest? Jenas or Piennar or someone for Defoe and/or Van Der Vaart to close the game down at 2-1? Curiouser and curiouser. Everyone,Harry included ,seemed to be suffering from end of seasonitis.

Modric once again had me purring with delight at almost every touch but apart from some nice inter-passing in the first half with Bale and Van we failed to dominate the game. 11 corners and half a dozen free kicks in dangerous positions all came to nothing and it's back to the training ground on that one. You sometimes wonder what they do all day except check their investments, tweet,twitter and phone their agents.

Kaboul failed to live up to his growing reputation with a laboured performance; Sandro improved on his. He not only tackles and breaks from defence well, he can also pass. Unfortunately he has not yet mastered the art of shooting. Lennon might be the first to leave at the end of the season as he might just be getting tired of not starting and then playing on his weaker side.

So all you devoted followers of this blog waiting to hear something to cheer you up then I'm afraid you are going to be disappointed. The good news is that there is no more bad news as far as I know apart from City beating Blackburn by courtesy of Dzeko's first Premiership goal; and the bad news is that there is no more good news.

Unless you count Arsenal blowing a gasket on the final run in. Frankly I don't give a flying fig about Arsenal but no doubt some Spurs fans will be amused on the grounds that it makes our pain easier to bear. I can't see it myself.

Liverpool who have squandered the Torres millions on a couple of strikers, re-appointed a favourite son as manager and stuck some youngsters on, are bearing down on us like a train and though I am praying for leaves on the line, or even the wrong sort of snow, you can't help but admire their spirit. If it wasn't going to be at our expense you might almost wish them well. Almost.

It wouldn't surprise Tottenham fans if we beat Chelsea on Saturday and coaxed some flickering flames from the dying embers of our season. Nothing surprises Tottenham fans but it would only prolong the agony and our chances of success this season are in the hands of others.

But we have no-one to blame but ourselves. However it will give us another chance to weigh up Drogba who is about the only 33yr old for whom I would make an exception in the transfer market.  A striker that scores goals, there's a novelty.

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Anonymous said...

If we sign Drogba, who is old and overpriced and will want a massive wage, it will cast a considerable shadow over the decision not to sign Forlan in January because he was overpriced, old and wanted a massive wage

TMWNN said...

I'm not sure why both Defoe and the Russian were not taken off. People in the East Upper, were actually laughing at how poor they both were. Their goals cannot disguise the lack of touch and imagination shown by the pair. They played as if they'd never met before.

Don't Stoke get European football, win or lose The Cup?

Depending on the ambition of Levy, I'm in two minds whether Europa footy is worth it or not. If we strengthen well, the EL is nothing but a distraction in getting back into the CL. Don't strengthen or weaken, then we might as well have a couple of games to moan about a week rather than the usual one.

Anonymous said...

West Ham are bottom, but they always wriggle out of relegation somehow. They play City next, the day after we beat Chelsea. Then all we have to do is beat City and Liverpool ... away ...

Sam-I-Am said...

The chance of the decade to cement our place in the elite of English (maybe even European) football wasted! And not because we didn't have the players or Harry's hot air comments to the media, but because at crucial stages before and during this season, Levy, Harry and the players were unable to take that determined extra step we see so often with the Man U's of this world.
The characterisation of Spurs this season was about playing safe and doing just what was required and no more. Unfortunately, that strategy ultimately looks like it's going to just miss (I hope I am wrong). But as the saying goes a miss being as good as a mile. Ah well... But the real bad news might still be around the corner as players who could have taken us there depart to play at the highest level. And who can blame them.

elwehbi@ibleedhotspur said...

The pessimist has arrived! We are not going to get 4th this season. It's over and it's clear that we don't have the fighting spirit anymore. Beating Chelsea will be impossible. Torres could even have his break-out game against us that very day. City away is a possible win, but Liverpool will be very hard to break down... especially with Suarez beating us down the whole time at our frail defencive end.

It was a great season while it lasted... the boys showed some amazing determination, unfortunately not enough to cement ourselves in the top 4.


JimmyG2 said...

Forlan, who I realy like, did not really cut it in the Premiership. Brilliant in Spain though.better than 1/2 at Athletico and he doesn't even play as an out and out striker.

Not a Drogba type player which I think is what we need and he is Premiership hardened and proved.
Will he be so expensive? Near the end of his contract.
Expect to see him stay at Chelsea in the end.

Anonymous said...

Good call on the need to take a striker off when 2-1 up! Why doesn't Harry ever seem to learn.

Every time this season that we have been suckered by a late goal, Harry has come out and said, "I didn't see that coming". Doesn't he realise how stupid this makes him seem. He gets paid to see these things coming. Sitting in the upper east, I could see that we weren't getting back quick enough or staying tight enough when WBA broke in the second half, but this seems to have escaped our leader. And why start Defoe and Pav when Crouch and Pav did just fine against Stoke, who are generally considered to be better in the air than WBA? IMO, Defoe needs to be benched for the rest of the season and then sold, while VDV should be played up front or not at all.

Having said all of that, I would love to see the shots vs goals ratio for the bottom half clubs at WHL this season. It seems that virtually every shot that they take is unstoppable!

JimmyG2 said...

If Stoke win the FA Cup then only 5th place get EL
If Man City win the FA Cup and finish 4th then Stoke get the EL spot and only 5th place gets EL
If Man City win the FA Cup and finish 5th, then 6th place get EL and Stoke will miss out.

You say pessimist, I say realist.
I am as delusional as the next Spurs fan but there are limits.
(Quoted from Kees on COYS)

You still seem a bit down.
It's not life or death you know.

Anon 13:30

'All we have to do'. Like it.

JimmyG2 said...

Sorry the quote from Kees on Coys should have been in the TMWNN section re Stoke

IKnowAlanGilzean said...

We've run out of steam and more than a little belief I fear. I know I have.

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