Tottenham: Not Waving but Drowning.
The JimmyG2 Column.
About suffering they were never wrong the Old Spurs fans. Our pain goes largely unnoticed in a busy world. I mean it's not a matter of life and death to anybody else.
Like Icarus in Breughel's painting who falls to earth having burnt his wings flying too close to the sun. How very Tottenham after our sudden death in the Champions' League.
We disappear without trace or attention and everyone else passes by especially the two other London clubs in particular who sail calmly on with their business of winning the Premiership.
Other fans and the Tabloids may briefly gloat at our quietly slipping beneath the waves without a murmur at Old Trafford. The rest is silence. Our suffering of monumental indifference to anyone but ourselves.
Does defeat to Man.Utd mark the high water mark of our current ambitions? Quite possibly even with a run of those notoriously 'easy' games in the run-up to Xmas. Europa here we come unless of course we win it this year.
Fat chance the way we played at Old Trafford and that on the back of a couple of decent displays. We swept Swansea aside with a lively team performance last week and Eriksen was instrumental in midweek helping to slay the Wembley Jinx Dragon
But the players that turned up for those games collected a free pass for the next. In fact against Man.Utd the best outfield performance was by the man leading the Worst Signing poll, Moussa Sissoko.
An unusually early substitution by Mauricio and the boy certainly responded. There was no actual end product but he certainly gave the Manchester defence something to think about with his directness and strength.
Winks on for the injured Dembele just after the hour did nothing to suggest he couldn't have been a decent partner for Wanyama who crucially missed a sitter for the second game running. This time it mattered.
But there was no spark at any stage. Harry's error and our high line led to our downfall against the speed of Mkhitaryan. who finished decisively. Once again we shaded possession but created little and could have lost by more.
Eriksen had three shots well saved by De Gea and the rest of out attack mustered nothing between them. How Dele rather than Christian stayed on for the whole game is a mystery
So one step forward in the Premiership and one step back. Man.Utd are again within striking distance instead of being well and truly dumped. A chance to go fourth ignored.
Dembele who was lethargic is now sidelined with a foot injury. . Perhaps Winks and Dier will get the chance to patrol the midfield.Wanyama and Dembele has never really worked. Too many beasts not enough gazelles.
Actually what about Carroll, Winks and Onomah for the next couple of games? No perhaps not but the trust in youth paid off last time and if you don't try it you'll never know. Shake 'em up Mauricio. Dele definitely needs a jolt.
Jimmy's Video Spot.
Onside and Ibra offside but not interfering with play or unsighting the keeper. 10 seconds between a misplaced pass; an interception; a penetrating through ball and a crashing drive into the roof of the net.
Mkhitaryan cost less than Sissoko but at a reported 200,000 a week is way out of our wage structure.
We'll wait to see who has the last laugh.
Musee Des Beaux Arts (1940 W.H. Auden.)
About suffering they were never wrong,The Old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position; how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just
walking dully along;
How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting
For the miraculous birth, there always must be
Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating
On a pond at the edge of the wood:
They never forgot
That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course
Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot
Where the dogs go on with their doggy
life and the torturer’s horse
Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.
In Breughel’s Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may
Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone
As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green
Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.
(Editor's note. Spurs are in the bottom right hand corner of the Breughel painting)