The future starts now.
The JimmyG2 Column.
.Well that's the Europa done with for now. For ever I hope although 'forever' is a long time. Hopefully when we next meet Borussia Dortmund it will be at the next level.
The clamour has started and will build for new and better players in order to cope with our impending elevation. Are we about to start the journey back to the old failed attitudes and procedures that have served us so badly for more than a couple of decades.
Lists of the deadwood are being compiled as we speak . A long-standing Spurs pastime. Well we've just managed to clear up the last lot so it's time to start again I suppose.
Let's not start that player and manager merry go round again, just as we seem to have kicked the habit. I'm proud of where we are and how we got here:
Academy; State of the Art Training Ground; Manager that believes in youth and building a team; New Stadium; Premiership Title; Champions' League.
Actually we look as if we are ahead of ourselves on this one as few thought that we would be competing for the Premiership, which we are, before the new stadium was up and running.
We came up against an excellent Dortmund side with a squad less than our best for various understandable reasons and for which Mauricio has sort of apologised and lost it in the first leg.
The return leg was more even but they could have stepped up a gear and missed two excellent chances. Son missed one but Borussia charitably gifted him a goal and it could have been a lot worse than 2-1.
A pretty comprehensive 5-1 overall but not the signal for another major clear out. We are on a slow build which has reaped the promise of greater things to come. Let's not abandon everything now just as it looks as if it is paying off.
Borussia are one of the top teams in Europe and have been several years in the making first under Jurgen Klopp and now under Thomas Turchel. They are where we aim to be in a season or two.
We are not quite' ready to win the Champions League, or even the Premiership for that matter. We should continue the steady development under Mauricio Pochettino and not panic´at the first set-back.
Cover for Dier and Kane which should have been sorted before now are the first essentials for continued development. Mason, Bentaleb and Carroll of the established squad and Onomah, Winks and Pritchard and one or two others all have part to play.
This squad is young and will develop together if we let it. Where are they now that asserted that Harry Kane would not make it at the top level. Or that Lamela was a waste of money and that Rose and Walker were liabilities.
These are the players, especially Mason and Bentaleb last season, that have got us where we are today. So now it's 'thanks lads, but no thanks' is it?
We have got off the Money-Go-Round and are building an alternative attraction, something special with some of our own.
Can they take us to the next level? Next level, next level is what we have heard for years especially over Managers. Could Jol do it? Could Harry, AVB, Sherwood and now Mauricio? In most case we never got to find out.
Let's keep faith with players, the Head Coach and Plan A. Don't let's throw the baby out with the sponge, the soap, the little yellow duck and the bathwater.
If we do we will lose the essence of what we have built: an evident team spirit and the pride of both players and supporters.
I sent Mauricio a game plan for Bournemouth, on rice paper in invisible ink with instructions to read and destroy immediately. He followed it to the letter.
Score early; get a second; play with intensity from the off and don't relax. Play Bournemouth, who had won their last three off the park from the whistle. Actually that's my Plan A and I don't have a plan B either.
He overdid the 'score early' bit but if a first minute goal is good enough for them it's good enough for us. Two up in 15 minutes and a possibly tricky tie was done. We left them standing and in truth I have no idea how good they are. We didn't get to see.
Harry ( Roy of the Rovers) Kane. aka the One Season Wonder was superb throughout. Two goals, defensive tackles and headers and now the League's top scorer. He joins illustrious company in the 20 goal consecutive season stakes.
He is only the fifth English player in that particular club: Cole, Ferdinand, Fowler and Shearer are the others and Shearer is one of the main cheerleaders for our Harry.
Eriksen is finding form just at the right time and anticipating the possibility of another Boruc spill followed up when all about him others were standing still and scored a deserved goal.
The first half was some of the best football served up this season and another fine team performance. Even Hugo's distribution is improving and his ball out to Walker set up the first goal.
So the wobble was firmly fixed with two of the 'easier' games and 6 points in the bag. But Leicester haven't blinked yet and the gap remains 5 points with seven games to go.
All the chasing pack have a game in hand but the nearest, Arsenal, have 6 points to make up and our impressive goal difference might just come in handy in the end. Man.City in 4th. are 10 points behind. No need to look down boys.
Good luck to all the boys in the Internationals. Play well if called upon. Safe journey and return.
Are we nearly there yet? The Next Level starts here. Enjoy.
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Just a reminder: Deli Alli, who else, in his first game for England emulates Harry Kane by scoring. Koscielny, who better, is slow to close him down and he beats Lloris from distance.