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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Spurs master plan revealed to cope with Wembley move.

 Another way of getting an extra 25.000 into the Lane.
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Wonderful day; wonderful game; wonderful result; wonderful crowd and I am full of wonder at what it means; where we are and what the future holds.

It couldn't have been scripted better apart from the rain and the old War Horse Rooney, an old man against men and boys scoring the last goal at The Lane.

But Harry Kane scored his 49th. home goal , his first against United. and what proved to be the crucial winner to secure second place. 3rd. last year; 2nd. this. 3-2-1 liftoff.

Wanyama's headed opener from a Davies cross was a collector's item but Harry's deft flick from an Erikson free kick for the second was straight out of the Tottenham play book.

De Gea's 'What the Hell am I supposed to do about that and where are you all' gesture after the first goal spoke volumes. They turned up only fleetingly.

Nothing 'Spursy' to see here; no slip-ups on this historic day; Dele at his good humoured will of the wisp best; Wanyama and Dier strong; the Belgium centre backs sound; everyone contributing; no weak links.

Unbeaten at home for the current season; second place signed sealed and delivered. Manchester United our first opponents 118 years ago and 'bete noir' over the recent years beaten. Who said the fixture computer has no soul.

We played well from the start and showed clear intent and determination. That we scored early in both halves is a tribute to Pochettino's motivational powers. We were up for this without a doubt.

Their pace nearly undid us on a couple of occasions but we dared to squeeze the play with a high line and reaped the rewards. 'Audere percipere fructum' as the Romans have it and Musings suggestion for a new motto.

'To dare is to do' has always seemed a bit cryptic, even gnomic. to me. But this team assembled at a fraction of the cost of their opponents and others and probably worth nearly as much currently understands what it means.

We seem to have stumbled on a winning formula after years of experimentation with Managers and bought in 'Stars'. Grow your own, buy in young potential, add a dash of experienced under the radar bargains, train 'em up and let 'em loose.

It certainly leaves financial space to pay for for a new Stadium and Training ground and shows vision for the future which as we all know is very bright.

So a great day that will live long in the memories of fans and former stars alike. We've always had great players but rarely a great team. This team far exceeds the sum of its parts and that's due to Mauricio.



 Who planned that?

The calls will begin even from Spurs fans even as they enjoy the benefits of the current parsimonious approach to splash some cash. Keeping our current squad by raising the wage levels would be the most effective way.

With Winks, Rose and Lamela yet to return from long term injuries and Edwards and others waiting in the wings we are not short of talented players if we can hold on to them all.

Mahrez, Zaha and Barkley are confidently rumoured to be on their way in but Musings prefers to wait until the cardboard cut-out of the Manager with his right arm on their shoulder appears.

Walker and Rose are the favourites to leave but why sell the two best full backs in Europe just at the point of success, especially to rivals. Anyway we'll see but perhaps not for a month or three.

The songs have barely faded away and the tears hardly dry before the old stadium is being cleared and the new one rising in it's stead.  In the meantime we have to make a Wembley of our own.

 This cardboard replica puzzle just needs scaling up.

'Musings' suggests we build a full size Wembley replica out of cardboard, or 3D print one at the training ground and play on it every day until August.

But allegedly prestigious Corporate fund raisers are already set in place to Hong Kong less than a week after the end of the season and America later. Nothing more than wage slaves our boys. But what a wage.

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Monday, 8 May 2017

Spurs cancel contract.

 
Mauricio sold our shares in that place months ago.
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And so we quickly return to the land of lack of mental strength, Spursy and putting things in glass receptacles after our visit to the London Stadium and the defeat by W.Ham. Don't mention the 'B' word

Well that didn't take long did it. We played poorly agreed but in the light of our recent form and progress over two years  it's clutching at straws as an explanation.

Captain Hugo does us a disservice after 9 straight wins and the usurping of Arsenal after 22 years
by pouring petrol on the old 'mental strength' diversion.

Spurs comfort blanket; the Management, Manager, player all purpose cop out over many decades to excuse failure to invest at the appropriate time and excuse poor performances.

Recently this has morphed into the feeble 'Spursy' joke. Somehow this fatal flaw seeps into the bloodstream all players signing at The Lane and gets into their DNA.

For once very few of our team played well. But our record stands any scrutiny over the last two seasons. We cut the Chelsea lead from 13 points in mid March and a win would have taken us to within one.

Not the sign of a team which lacks 'mentality'. We have kept Chelsea honest and if they lose on Monday as some predict it will be because the pressure we have exerted has relaxed with the W.Ham defeat.

Winning the league was never on after Xmas and 'Musings' said so some games ago. Not coming second is just as unlikely. We would have to lose our three remaining games and the chasing pack win all theirs.

With Arsenal beating Man.Utd and Liverpool drawing against Southampton only Man.City can overtake us so third is a given even if we lose our remaining three games.

At West Ham we got our tactics wrong, the Dier Wanyama midfield axis lacks creative dynamism Three at the back seems to free up our midfielders more and Mauricio got his substitutions wrong.

Dembele is not a sound choice at 1-0 down. N'koudou might have threatened more than Janssen. Swapping Trippier for Walker seemed like a waste at the time.

Vertoghen was one of the better players on the night and his substitution I assume was down to injury. This has been another crucial factor over the season for us coming up just short.

The build up was too slow. They cancelled out our attack with blanket defence and grabbed a goal.
Nothing to do with complacency and what's in our heads.

Blame the W.Ham curse, the big pitch, Friday night, the weather, the ref, tiredness or whatever and I am gutted that it was W:Ham that did for us on this one.

But we are going to come second to a moneybags team, doing it 'our way' and this was a blip. If it were 'mentality' then we wouldn't be where we are.

We have failed to build teams in the past and lacked any kind of vision which Pochettino has brought. We have chopped and changed Managers and when we have bought good players sold them carelessly.

The lack of 'mentality' if anywhere has been at the very top of the club not in the heads of the Manager and players. Now we have a settled 'project' with a  clear aims and affordable strategies and a young Manager still learning on the job.

At W.Ham we were sluggish, Erikson and Dele flickered from time to time and the full backs got forward but to no appreciable effect. Harry Kane and Son will have to read the match reports to see if they did anything.

Lloris kept it respectable after Toby, not quite at his best again, decided to go on a run starting from his own penalty spot.We were desperate for a point Toby but not that desperate.

Now we have to resolve important matters before next season. Wage structure; our attitude and approach to Europe; how to make Wembley and the New White Hart Lane a fortress or at the very least a lockable gun cabinet..

Not losing The Last Game At The  Lane next weekend will preserve our proud home record and secure second. But anything Arsenal can do we can do better. Let's go on our way to Wembley in style.

No longer available at the Spurs Shop.
The cosy comfort blanket bearing the 'Spursy' legend available in blue and white. Slow sales over the past season have rendered this item out of stock. The supply contract has been cancelled. Sorry.

To be replaced by
'Essence de Pochettino' parfum. The Spurs Shop could make a fortune selling bottles of that.

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You want bottling? Here is a fully automated water bottling plant in action. Not to be confused with a rare poor performance by Tottenham Hotspur.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

No Place Like Home Sweet Home.

Cheer up lads. It might never happen.
Oh it just did.
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Spurs have at last aligned themselves with the Stars, Destiny and the March of Time. I'm not one for cliches but I feel the Hand of History on my shoulder today.

 Let it be recorded that on the last day of April 2017 Tottenham Hotspur beat Arsenal in the last NLD at the Old White Hart Lane to ensure that we will finish above them for the first time in over two decades.

We still have a desperate gamblers outside chance of catching Chelsea to win the Premiership but I'm not that desperate or a gambler and for the moment content with second. Progress is all. Next season is another country.

We played like a team built and developed over time by an inspirational Manager. They did not. If Dele and Eriksen had put away their chances we would have gone in at half-time 2-0 up.

If Cech hadn't been on top form it could have been 6-0 at the end. As it was Dele surrounded by red shirts who showed greater alertness and desire to score the opener after neat footwork by Cristian Eriksen.

Within minutes Harry Kane had won and scored a penalty to finish the job. The rest is truly history. St.Totteringham day cancelled for this and hopefully many more seasons. For ever? Never say For ever.

Our ninth consecutive win on a day that Arsenal, who are currently on their longest non-winning run against us (6), never came close or looked likely to halt. We were a team: they were a loose collection of individuals.

Wanyama and Verts were outstanding. Jan stepping up and out of Toby's considerable shadow once again. Eriksen went under the radar but his influence was telling.

All this excitement should have happened a year ago. But as we have reached the four games to go mark let's not dwell on it. We have learned, improved, got the t-shirt and moved on.

I am proud of the team, the squad,the manager, the club for their achievements and attitude. Inspired by the thought that they can only get better if they stay together. Every one of them with no exceptions.

Most of them could double their wages at another club next season but take one brick out of a wall and the whole thing might collapse. It's not the moment to even think about this.

Champions' League again; the New White Hart Lane to come after a year at Wembley should fulfill most of their ambitions. It's not always about the money.

Spurs rank first in the Premier League this season for:
shots per home game (19.94); shots on target per home game (7.78); chances created (15.0) and fewest goals conceded per home game.

Oh yes and best goal difference, highest goals scored and least conceded overall in the Premiership.
What's not to stay for ?

This proud record and achievement must be taken into our new temporary home. Whether the move to Wembley will prove a disaster or an inspiration remains to be seen. But attitude is everything.

I suspect the former but the truth will hopefully be somewhere in between. Pochettino needs to get into their heads on this one. No other team will have played at Wembley as often as us after all.

The game itself was a disappointment. Not exactly a fight to the death of rutting stags in season now was it. More like a formal changing of the guard. Arsenal seemed to know their place.

Apparently Ozil showed more passion in leaving his stud marks on a door in the changing rooms over a drug test than he did in the whole of the game. Sanchez body language seemed to suggest, ' Adios amigos'.

The sight of Giroud's tongue and embarrassed grin after another miscontrol or failed attempt said it all. Only Ramsey really seemed to want it and had their best attempt well saved by Hugo.

So the baton is passed. A win here may just have saved Arsene's bacon so we might unfortunately have done them a favour but their final position will tell all. Europa looks much more likely than the CL.

Arsenal's move to their new stadium hovered over them financially for a decade but we have found a new way after much experimentation over several decades. 

Youth and emerging talent under a Manager that will give it a chance; investment in the Academy and the training ground sets us up for Lilywhite future.

We have struck gold in Dele, both Harrys, Eriksen, Wanyama, Dier, Toby, Dembele, Rose, Walker and Jan. And made silk purses out of others.
 
We need to mine the same vein again. The balance and spirit of the current squad must not be threatened by careless transfers at ridiculous fees and disruptive wages. And I know Daniel agrees.

W.Ham on Friday will tell us more. Draw and CL qualification is assured; the dreaded four games to go banana  skin will have been side-stepped, Kyle Walker's situation will be clearer. If he plays he stays in my view.

All our players will come under pressure and some re-adjustment of our wage scales might be necessary but so far nearly all of them have signed new contracts. Keeping Mauricio is crucial.

Thanks for the Memories White Hart Lane. This one will stay in the mind for a long time.We are going away next week after Man.Utd but we'll be back quite soon and just next door, close to home sweet home.

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Had to have it on the blog for the sake of the archives. Not that you'll mind. Dele and Harry scoring; great shots of  White Hart Lane as a backdrop to the start of The New Gap. Happy Days.