Who writes Mauricio's stuff?
(See video 14:47)
The JimmyG2 Column.
We've been horrid to poor for a month or more but have still managed to qualify for the third time running for the Champions' League with a game to spare. A win on Sunday against Leicester at Wembley secures third.
Harry Kane's cool strike in the 50th. minute, his 28th.of the season in the Premiership and 4th. in 6 games wrapped it up. Not bad for a striker out of form and sorts and a team not playing at their best with injury problems in midfield.
Winks, Dier and Dembele were all out so Wanyama, himself not 100% match fit or n form and Sissoko formed the midfield. Not the most incisive or creative pairing. Sissoko starting designed to show his old team what they are missing no doubt.
Mauricio praised Sissoko's professionalism but essentially that only means that he gets paid. He wouldn't have much chance of getting good money for him in the post season sales if he described him as 'awful'.
He played OK but people are so pleased when he does anything resembling a Premiership player he tends to get overpraised. His technique and game awareness are awful. Strong boy though and purposeful to no apparent purpose.
In the end Eriksen despaired of anyone stepping up and took over the whole shebang dropping back into deep midfield, picking up the ball and the game.The real Vertonghen eventually showed up too.
The only creative incisive move of the game, involving Dele, Sonny and Harry (that well known 80's Disco trio) produced the goal which perked up the whole team and performance a little.
Once again like Watford a game we could have lost but squeaked a vital win.We didn't quite pull of the trick three times running. But unlike Chelsea we didn't 'bottle' it. Top of the London teams for the first time in over 20 years..
In the end April 2018 will be a mere footnote in our history and performance in the light of our achievement in punching well above our weight once again. We made it despite the odds.We go into the final game on Sunday with serious targets remaining.
Mauricio is not above criticism, team selection, substitutions and formations are sometimes contentious but in a results business he has ultimately produced the goods and confounded the critics again.
I think that Harry Kane was brought back too early but he scored the qualifying winner so what do I know. I think I'll leave it to Mauricio Pochettino who by whatever means has done us proud .
I would still to see Kyle Walker Peters and Foyth given a run at some stage even if they don't start. Dier should be back. All mentioned as possibilities in Mauricio's press conference.
Jimmy's Video Spot.
His English is better than mine. Mauricio's impressive press conference. 19 minutes of good sense and good humour. I'm searching for the alleged non-existent dancing video for next week.
Key phrases for me: problems need solutions not excuses; future bright; real home; celebrate achievements but it is never enough; spending is one way to succeed but we have chosen another way; not about money; winning titles is not the only thing but we deserve to win a trophy for everybody.
What a lovely inspirational man.