The cockerel basks in the sunset glow of a successful week.
The JimmyG2 Column.
.Another week and suddenly the clouds break and a shaft of sunlight bursts through. With more banana skins around than the Chimpanzee house at Whipsnade we picked our way tentatively to the end of a successful week.
Mauricio seems to be getting things clearer in his own head and in the heads of the players. Harry Kane increasingly our talisman sets the example by his effort and scores goals too. Watch and learn Roberto.
Eriksen is settling into the playmaker role. The back five are more settled and the return of Kyle Walker gives us pace and width. The injury to Mason may disrupt things for a while and Bentaleb needs a rest.
He gave the ball away from the kick off on Saturday and never quite recovered. Stambouli looks favourite to step up against Leicester on Boxing day.
Corners turned perhaps. Last week began with a late win at Everton and so did this week at Swansea. After Everton it was mainly downhill, not quite thrashed by Chelsea and ending with the disappointing draw with Palace.
This week has been much more positive with the sweet revenge on Newcastle and some delightful football and a circumspect win at home against a surprisingly positive Burnley side.
We are still still in all competitions and 6th. equal on points with Arsenal in the league. Most people would have taken that at this stage of the Pochettino evolution. In the League Cup we are a two legged tie against Sheffield United away from Wembley.
Shades of Juande Ramos. We successfully avoided Liverpool and Chelsea in the semi final draw despite the best efforts of Graham Souness. Conspiracy Theorist? Moi? (See Video)
But we seem to be perpetually hovering on the edge of meltdown; flirting continually with disaster and generally giving our more nervous fans, which includes me, the colleywobbles. 89th. minute? Don't look away yet.
At Swansea Kane and Eriksen were the bright spots and of course Lloris who defied the elusive Boney when he should have scored. Davies is still improving and will give Rose more than a run for his money.
Eriksen is challenging Chadli as our top Premiership scorer and needs to be in a position where he can hurt the opposition more. Kane's early goal settled everyone's nerves but we might easily have been down at halftime.
We played well for 20minutes ceded control to a lively Swansea, rode our luck and re-emerged to clinch victory after some sustained pressure for the last 20. Double training, lady luck, Pochittino's influence starting to bear fruit. All or none of the above.
Even Soldado scored within two minutes of replacing Kane and might have had a second.The boy Kane presses his claims at a more senior level with another strike.
Chadli rubbed salt into Newcastle's wounds with a goal in the first minute of the second half. However did they manage to beat us in the league? But that was then. Is this another false dawn or has a corner been turned.
Burnley told us a little more. It was a faltering performance against a side we should have beaten easily. Another Kane early goal following clever wing play by Chadli should have opened the floodgates.
But we made heavy weather of it and ran out 2-1 winners again. The good news is that Lamela opened his Premiership account with a fine winning goal cutting in from the right and setting up Kane for a tap in which he missed.
The bad news is that Mason was carried off with an ankle injury. Walker continued his rehabilitation and it looks as though he and Lamela might make a good pairing. Lamela cutting in leaves space for Kyle to overlap. Early days but the hope is all.
Jimmy's Video Spot.
The Capital One Cup draw. Jamie Redknapp gets the Souness death stare for not following instructions and pairing Chelsea with Liverpool.
'Not like that you fool, how I showed you.' Jamie wisely avoids eye contact.
Apologies for the foul language but thanks to Joel anyway.
Like the football Fazio and Vertonghen are not wholly convincing and nor are the midfield youngsters Mason and Bentaleb lately. Soldado is playing like a man who suspects that his number is up. Lamela continues to work hard and disappoint.
Results though continue to paper over the cracks which is more than enough for the moment