Friday, 6 January 2012
A stupid and ungrateful Spurs fan writes...
This is utterly churlish and wholly unreasonable, I know. But now and again, when I'm feeling especially idiotic, I do wish we hadn't just written off the first two games of the season.
If you measured the league over of the top three's last 17 games, the top three would look like this:
Man City 39
Man Utd 36
The reality's not quite as awesome. Pretty damn good, but not 'oh my god we might actually win this thing' good.
And the reason is those first two games - games we didn't just lose, we sacrificed.
Now, obviously, they were pretty tough fixtures, and we may have lost them both anyway. But we just wrote them off. We didn't give ourselves a chance.
Harry clearly decided that he wouldn't have the players he wanted until the end of August, that Modric wouldn't be 'in the right frame of mind' until the window shut, etc. So we went in half-hearted and patched-up.
Could we have sorted these issue out sooner? Did the start of the season sneak up on us? Did no one on the coaching staff buy the Sunday papers on August 7th? They all very prominently displayed the entire 11/12 fixtures...
Could Proper Spurs, the Spurs we've come to know and love since then, have done better than no points and a goal difference of -7? You'd hope so, wouldn't you? Even two points would have made all the difference. And when I say 'all', I mean this much:
Man City 46 from 20
Tottenham 44 from 19
Man Utd 43 from 20
Which would mean we'd need to beat Everton at home next week to go top with more than half the season gone.
So, yeah, nice one Tottenham; thanks very much. Honestly, I don't know why I bother sometimes.