Don't miss the chance to tour the famous Gdansk Shipyards.
The JimmyG2 Column.
We got there by the ends of our much chewed fingernails, 'finger chewing good' and we don't even have to wait to see if Chelsea beat Arsenal in the FA Cup. We can watch it cheering for Chelsea out of choice not necessity although we avoid the qualifiers if Chelsea win.
We are in Pot 1 and Gdansk in Northern Poland is on the tour itinerary. If Arsenal win the Cup they go into the Group stage and Spurs embark on their journey with a behind closed doors one legged tie on Sept 17th in the 2nd Qualifying round.
The following week, (Sept.24th.) sees the 3rd Qualifying round and a week later (Oct 1st) the play-offs. All the qualifiers are one legged. Even Spurs at their 'Spursiest' should be able to beat one legged opponents but one wonders how on earth they qualified.
If Chelsea win, Spurs go straight into the Group Stages (Oct.22nd.) and Wolves would take our place in the second qualifying round. Got all that? Come on Chelsea, but I had already decided to give them my support for other reasons.
Arsenal would be out in the cold for another year.
But we are getting ahead of ourselves here. How does this league outcome rate overall? Well it's a good outcome for a poor team and a poor outcome for a good team. You choose.The only solace is that it's more than we might have hoped for at the restart and credit Mourinho for that.
It's our 11th. consecutive season finishing in the top 6. after managing it only twice in the previous 17 seasons.
The performance against Palace was pretty poor with few players living up to their reputations, Harry (5 goals in the last 3 games) Kane), Moura, again, Lo Celso and back to form Toby excepted. The rest were distinctly and unremarkably average except Sissoko who was dreadful.
But, but, but we're on our way to a tour of Europe's lesser known destinations and under Mourinho have improved in league position and hopes for the future if not in playing style which was exactly what Mourinho was appointed for
He does exactly what it says on the tin. though I hope somebody checked the 'sell by' and the 'best before' dates as well before we get too carried away in our assessments. He'll do for now. Hopefully short term football pain for long term gain.
Well maybe, we haven't opened the tin yet and are unsure what exactly we might find. I don't think he'll stay long enough to get us silverware, he won't get the resources he requires and he has problems with some of the resources he already has.
Dier returned at the expense of the improving Sanchez and did OK. Dele re-appeared but made little impact on the match. Lo Celso who was playing pretty well and was instrumental in Harry's sharp opener, winning the ball and setting him up with a fine pass but was strangely substituted.
Sissoko's hamstring injury has come too late in the season to require a team re-jig. Since his purple patch a couple of seasons ago he has lost all confidence and competence in the basic skills and plays like a frightened rabbit caught in the headlights.
Aurier got up close and personal with Zaha and prevented him from doing too much damage. Why is Zaha still at Palace? He deserves better, not that we could afford him now. Dier returned from his ban and slotted in nicely enough.
Aurier didn't dare venture too far from Zaha and Davies is too clumsy defensively and too slow going forward to compensate. Sessegnon must be absolutely hopeless in training not to be able to replace him. Winks didn't draw much attention to himself which is probably a positive for him.
So taken all round I am not overly impressed with the 'new normal' Tottenham. We conceded a sloppy goal from a goalmouth mix up from another corner won by Scott Dann who almost scored late on with another header.
They were more inventive than us and had more shots and corners. Overall they gave more than they received .
It was a close run thing in the league and but for Harry Kane we wouldn't have got a sniff at Europe.
Season Review stats.
Some telling stats from SUIYHA on 'Spurs Community' which I redistribute with his permission.
Our worst finish for 6 years and the first time in that period we have failed to reach the last 4 in any competition.
We got 12 points fewer than last year and 59 is our worst since the 2 in eight season and Harry Redknapp's arrival.
The goal difference of +14 is half of last seasons, and our lowest in 5 seasons.
Our goal tally of 61 scored is the lowest likewise in 5 seasons and 47 conceded is the most over the same period.
A mere 8 clean sheets is the lowest in the past 13 years and our 4th lowest in 28 Premiership seasons.
Our Home record of 39 points is the 3rd. best in the League. (Behind Liverpool and City)
but our away record of just 4 wins is less than half the the previous 2 seasons.
Mourinho promises modest improvement, just winning the Europa for now and that will certainly keep most people quiet except the 'Never Joses' obviously.
Not quite clear yet but the mists will clear after the Cup Final, but it will definitely be in the Europa.
Jimmy's Video Spot.
Premiership Goal of the Season for Son, our third against Burnley, a rare goal by Moussa Sissoko and Harry Kane showing the way. once again.