Why Spurs should not get ex­cited

> This over-re­ac­tion that Tot­ten­ham can now beat any team in the galaxy or rein­vent the wheel is the height of te­dium

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS - THE AN­GRY COL­UMN BY GARY CHAP­PELL

TOT­TEN­HAM BEAT an over­rated Manch­ester City. Get over it. Spurs de­serve their plau­dits but foot­ball just does not learn does it.

Here we go again, spew­ing ut­ter non­sense to any­one dumb enough to lis­ten that Spurs are gen­uine ti­tle chal­lengers.

That they are dif­fer­ent from years ago. That this is their year.

Pass the me sick bucket. We spouted this rub­bish last sea­son un­til ears across the coun­try bled. Then we all know what hap­pened; Tot­ten­ham fin­ished third in a twohorse race hav­ing shown that soft ‘Spursy’ un­der­belly ev­ery man and his dog claimed was a thing of the past.

And now, with­out a scin­tilla of irony, we are do­ing it again; get­ting goose­bumps over a foot­ball team who will al­most cer­tainly leave us cold come May.

I am a Spurs fan. In my delir­ium, I tweeted four words of cel­e­bra­tion min­utes af­ter the 2-0 vic­tory. I feel ashamed and I will have to live with this re­gret for the re­main­der of my piti­ful ex­is­tence.

But within five min­utes of press­ing the tweet but­ton, I had sprinted up­stairs, had a hot shower and vig­or­ously scrubbed ev­ery last piece of fool­ish­ness from my pasty skin.

And I am keep­ing ev­ery­thing crossed that Tot­ten­ham mid­fielder Vic­tor Wanyama did the same.

“We know we can beat any team,” he boasted, clearly af­fected by that same starry-eyed feel-good fac­tor that blinds so many in foot­ball.

Stick to what you are good at Vic­tor, which is stand­ing like a tank in the heart of the Spurs mid­field.

“If we con­tinue to play like this, it can take us some­where good, some­where bet­ter than last sea­son.”

OK. Sec­ond place then. But herein lies the rub: “if we con­tinue to play like this”. Be­cause any hon­est Tot­ten­ham fan will tell you that that is one hell of an “if”.

Af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break, Spurs re­turn on Satur­day, Oct 15, where they play West Brom at The Hawthorns. Now there is a fix­ture to be brought back down to earth by.

Do not be sur­prised to see the Bag­gies em­bar­rass Tot­ten­ham. Do not be sur­prised to see them win at a can­ter.

Let’s not for­get that Spurs ru­ined the chance to go 3-0 ahead by hav­ing a tantrum over who would take the penalty. And then man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino said He­ung-Min Son and Erik Lamela, who saw his tame spot­kick saved rather eas­ily, just “wanted to be brave”.

Let’s be clear, the word “brave” has no place in sport. Sol­diers are brave. Those two just wanted an easy goal and ended up look­ing like spoilt brats.

Spurs were the bet­ter team on the day against Manch­ester City on Sun­day. And that is it. There is no more to it than that. Celtic made them look or­di­nary too in the Cham­pi­ons League last week.

And no mat­ter how much he would like to be­lieve it – and in­deed have you be­lieve it by flash­ing his gleam­ing white teeth un­til you are over­come by hyp­no­sis – Celtic man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers is cer­tainly no ge­nius.

So please, this over-re­ac­tion that Tot­ten­ham can now beat any team in the galaxy, rein­vent the wheel or bring about world peace is the height of te­dium. – Ex­press News­pa­pers

REUTERSPIX

Tot­ten­ham’s Dele Alli is brought down in the area by Manch­ester City’s Fer­nand­inho re­sult­ing in a penalty dur­ing Sun­day’s English Premier League match at White Hart Lane. –

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