The Spurs squad waiting for the whistle.
The JimmyG2 Column.
.So here we are waiting to go over the top when the whistle blows, sunk in our deep trenches of thought musing like me on our unexpected arrival at the borders of greatness. Only Liverpool between us and Glory.
But as Sir Billy Nick said. 'It is better to fail aiming high than to succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high, so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory.'
So whatever happens at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday 1st June win or lose even failure will have a hint of Glory in it. Next Saturday Europe: tomorrow the English Premiership.
And now I have to admit/ gloat that I have got a ticket, courtesy of daughter Liz the Manager of the Irish Rover a step away from the Bernabeu. How? Is a story for another day but 'I feel the hand of history on my shoulders' and will represent all those that can't be there and report back.
It involves blackmail and tantrums; secret deals and bribery and the calling in of favours; industrial espionage and potential filicide. But you will have to wait until next week as I haven't actually got my hands on the ticket yet.
Some of the stories of fellow Spurs fans travel arrangements by car, bus, train, air and boat and the incredible costs are awe inspiring. I feel very privileged.
How did we get here?. By accident; late, very late strikes; luck; grit; technological intervention and as in the Premiership by the failure of others. No signings, injuries, rumours of departures, nothing could our spirit break.
But that was then and this is now. I think it will be close and may require some strong refereeing. I foresee multiple yellow cards and even a couple of red ones too. I think that we will give a good account of ourselves.
Can we win? 'Yeh defnitly' as Harry Kane would say. Will we win? A prediction well above my pay grade but we certainly can. Mauricio says,'Why not? and I will take this ringing endorsement into the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday
First some Good News.
Mauricio Pochettino bored with mind (less) games is motivated to stay, in the best club, with the best facilities, in the best league, in the best city, in the world. Quoted admittedly in the Daily Mail but like me they are not always wrong.
Geoffrey thinks it's all a hoax but concedes that with both Utd. and Real blocked off it might just be true. He remains as always to be convinced of anything positive but Mauricio seems to have burnt his bridges with Real with a remark about using their training ground faculties overnight.
No me neither. They are still smarting from their all round failure this season but let them stew. They are still only my 'other' team.
Players linked and transfers
Plenty of players linked but the only one to tempt me so far for me is Dani Ceballo a 22 year old midfielder from Real Madrid who has excellent stats on pass completion and ball recovery. Seen him in the flesh and on TV several times and been impressed.
Inventive and a strong tackler he might be the potential midfield beast who can both tackle and pass we have been searching for since big Dave Mackay. He is a full Spanish International and 5 years younger than Christian but not rated by Zidane.
What am I saying it's all transfer nonsense but I have liked the boy since I first saw him last season. Tieleman is on the Gossip Rumours too. Transfer rumours really? That way madness lies Jimmy as well you know.
We have finished our short lived pursuit of Wilfred Zaha. Too old, too expensive and not really a Pochettino type team player. Stop it Jimmy, get a grip for goodness sake. It's like hay fever it's that time of the year.All well over the top speculation.
Christian and Toby are still with us, well we do have a Champions' league final coming up.
Can't see Real buying both their prime target Hazard and Eriksen frankly and I think they might both still be here next season.
Kieran Trippier is allegedly a target for Atleti so he might get a run out in his new stadium. If they want him; if we can do a deal; if he wants to go: so not exactly nailed on.
Reports that all our injured players will be fit. Harry Kane will play anyway on crutches and carrying a bed pan if necessary. Harry Winks is the most doubtful but reports are surfacing that he will be available. Jan is ready and rarin' to go; Davison likewise.
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Moura's second goal against Ajax is my vote for goal of the season.Not that there's anything wrong with the others.