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
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
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. –