I'm with Aesop.
The JimmyG2 Column.
.So it's all true. We are jinxed at Wembley and Harry Kane can't score in August. We are all doomed I tell you. Doomed. If matches were only 85 minutes long we'd be jostling for top.
The Hoodoo Fairy not only visited the Home dressing room to plant her seeds of doubt in the player's minds especially Harry's but popped into the Away teams as well to tell them to hang in there and all would be well.
Well that's how we played anyway: no pace, passion or belief from the start. Even when Dele scored what should have been the winner he couldn't find the energy to celebrate.
Burnley were inspired by playing at Wembley but also playing against a top team. All teams want our feather in their caps. Even Chelsea parked the bus. It's a tribute of sorts I suppose.
But we had enough of the ball and chances to win both. Do they have any awards for the slowest build up in football like they did for slow bicycle races that I remember from my youth?
The team is in need of a pacemaker as well as another playmaker to help Eriksen.. Only Son has real pace from the starting squad yesterday and he was mainly motion but no notion as he sometimes is.
Lloris redeemed himself with a couple of sharp saves and a sweeper keeper tackle, otherwise meltdown would have been all over the fan-sites. Other than Verts everyone was a couple of degrees south of meh.
Dele played OK but Erikesen amd Dembele didn't approach the heights of last week and when Eriksen is quiet Spurs are quiet. Heaton thwarted Harry on more than a couple of occasions.
Trippier went frequently AWOL but Sissoko at least gave a decent impression of a footballer. We were mainly pedestrian and uninspiring. But no-one could accuse us of ever being fast out of the blocks lately
Points from first three games from Season 2010/11:
17/18 - 4/9
16/17 - 5/9
15/16 - 3/9
14/15 - 6/9
13/14 - 6/9
12/13 - 2/9
11/12 - 3/9
10/11 - 4/9
(Thanks to Danners9 on Spurs Community)
Whether this is because we rarely get our buying done early and get a full pre-season with a whole squad I don't know but it's nothing new and not a cause of major despair. Yet.
4 from the 9 points available is bang average for us over the last eight years. It would be so calming to win the first three but we have surely learned to live with it.
After all we drew with a team that beat Champion's Chelsea and outplayed the team that thumped us 5-1. So victory may well go to the brave (To dare is to do or whatever after all) but the race is not always won by the swiftest (Ecclesiastes 9:11)
Just as well really as we don't have anyone with that explosive burst of pace to get them clear. But there's another 48 hrs of the Transfer window left yet: plenty of time in Dan Levy's never too late world.
As Cryff once said: “You play football with your head, and your legs are there to help you.” and the Wembley thing is all in the mind and the papers. Clear your heads boys and let the ball and your legs do the talking.
It's not WHL certainly and the atmosphere is different but the pitch is the same size as most in the Premiership. Soon, very soon, I hope, the place will become a fortress.
Musings got its fingers burned last time with transfer speculation so we're not going there again especially after Sancho's change of heart. Incomings may be likely but we are waiting for the cardboard cutout.
Did we get one for Davinson? Perhaps a group photo at the end of the window, or is this a tactical change by Mauricio. Another profit on the window looks likely. More income than incoming.
Rose and Lamela might add the vital pace and be like new signings. If they both stay!
Jimmy's Video Spot:
This one's done, he even played two minutes, Not sure why. Strong, quick, good in the air and from Ajax. What's not to like. Will he score more than anyone else in the back four? Worth a punt.
So good they show everything at least twice. Most humiliating? Not sure what that's all about.