It’s Now Let’s Dare Day

Mesut Ozil explains what it was like living at The Emirates, supported by Kolasinac on drums and Perry Groves on bass: Who plays for a club like this? Who plays for a club like this?

What a difference a run of consecutive wins makes, though nothing ever really makes the idea of going to The Emirates feel very pleasant. The only recent times I’ve looked at this away fixture and thought we should probably win it, we’ve ended up on the wrong end of 5-2 stumpings.

What’s been so nice about this recent run of good results compared to previous ones under Mourinho is the manner of the football. All of a sudden we feel more like the team that beat Southampton 2-5 and Manchester United 1-6 than the one that scraped past Burnley, Brighton and West Brom. Where before it felt like there were questions all over the pitch, the form of players such as Moura, Bale and Sanchez combined with Reguilon’s return to fitness and random Dele sightings make it feel as if there are options.

That second half against Palace was a pure pleasure to watch, especially Bale’s movement for our second, muscling Ayew off the ball on 1:17 of the below highlights reel, spreading it wide to Reguilon, demanding the cross towards the near post and then powering in Kane’s nod-back a mere nine seconds after starting the move.

Like many others, I’d watched him stroll through Brighton away and other cameo appearances and wondered if this trip down memory lane had been a mistake. No matter what happens from here, at least there have been some moments to treasure. The fact he seems to have the capacity to really upset Graeme Souness is simply a nice shiny cherry on top of a very pleasant looking cake.

Mourinho’s post-match comments about Palace’s goal coming at a good time raise yet more interesting questions about who really has been to blame for the team dropping back on slender leads in the past. In typical Jose fashion, he’s distanced himself from a mess he probably had some part in creating, but no matter who was to blame, there’s no denying that on 52 minutes of a game we’re winning 2-1 we’re pretty much lined up as a front six as Bale slips the ball wide to Doherty ahead of Kane trotting up to make it a front seven and thrash a screamer into the top corner. Wonderful, wonderful stuff.

Kane’s performance in his 84 minutes against Zagreb was wonderful, wonderful stuff too, and I thought Ndombele looked really good. I might have made this comment up falsely because I shut my eyes and prayed each time Zagreb were in possession, but my least favourite centre-back pairing of Sanchez and Dier flanked by my least favourite full-back combination of Aurier and Davies looked pretty solid also, with both Davies and Aurier doing more than enough to support our attack: When Lamela strikes to hit the post in the build up to Kane’s opener, Ben Davies is the most advanced Lilywhite on the pitch having brought down a loose ball Dele had fought for to get the move going, and while there was an element of luck in the ball getting to Kane for his brilliantly taken second, it’s Aurier who puts the ball into the danger area following a beautiful long ball out from Ndombele.

(That waste of space Ben Davies creates space for Lamela to cause havoc, and his run towards the penalty spot means Kane is left to stroll wide and free).

Bale’s outside of the left boot cross on 2:05 of the below highlights reel was yet another reminder of what a talent he is, and when was the last time a Spurs manager made seven changes to a starting line-up and we got to watch consecutive competent victories rather than a couple of utter dog’s dinners? It all seems very strange.

And talking of strange, here we are going to The Emirates for the first time since 1st September 2019, and for the first time under Mourinho but the 18th under ENIC (by my reckoning, this will be our 24th away NLD at both Highbury and The Emirates since ENIC took over, not including the 2001 FA Cup Semi-Final at Old Trafford). Our record is horrendous. One League Cup win under Pochettino in December 2018. One Premier League win under Redknapp in November 2010. One League Cup draw in January 2008 (important to point out that this draw laid the platform for the sound thrashing Arsenal received in the second leg of that semi-final as we warmed up for a Wembley win over Chelsea under Ramos) six draws under an assortment of managers, and the rest, well, let’s just not mention.

Although our overall record against them at their place doesn’t stand up to scrutiny, it’s worth pointing out they’ve only managed to beat us three times since the ignominy of three straight defeats across the AVB/Sherwood 13/14 season. There was a League Cup game at The Lane in Pochettino’s second season then consecutive Emirates defeats in 17/18 and 18/19 as the game gained a humiliating edge of importance for them in terms of hollow bragging rights over a better performing Premier League rival. Saint-What’s-it-called again? It’s been so long since they’ve mentioned it, I can’t seem to remember.

Add to our slender portfolio of away wins against them today – and extend our unbeaten run against them to six across all competitions – and it’ll be almost a given that we’ll be placing higher than the Woolwich again this season, a ten point cushion between us: As Mourinho sniped midweek, time to look up towards Chelsea and Leicester, not down towards mid-table mulch.

Whether they are there for the taking would be difficult enough to predict even without factoring in the local derby effect. They’ve only lost one of their last four and that was their last home game against Manchester City. They then beat Leicester away 1-3 but could only draw against Burnley in their last league match, though probably should have had a penalty and gifted Burnley an absolute Xhaka of a goal.

The two times we’ve faced them so far under Mourinho have certainly gone our way, 2-1 and 2-0 wins up there with the happier memories of his time with us so far, and I think he’s only tasted defeat to them once across 18 Premier League games with all of his various clubs, so I’m hoping for more attacking merriment and three out of three North London Derby wins for Spurs under Jose along the lines of this sort of thing:

But I’m not looking forward to it, so don’t blame me if we get stumped 5-2.

Come on you Spurs!

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StuSpur
StuSpur
6 months ago

As a club, what do we have left? WHL is gone, the players are awful, the manager is past his best, the board won’t invest and worst of all the football is unwatchable

Chauveljn
6 months ago
Reply to  StuSpur

Flounder.

Chauveljn
6 months ago
Reply to  StuSpur

Appointing, and Levy respecting, a director of football would be a good start. It’s what clubs like RB Leipzig, Ajax and Dortmund manage to do to stay healthy and progressive.

StuSpur
StuSpur
6 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I think Levy is unworkable in any project with intention to succeed.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
6 months ago

Reporter Emma Storey:

It doesn’t matter anymore whether you rate Mourinho or not still want him at the club (or not)

That team is either paralysed with fear of making a mistake or he’s lost them altogether.

There’s no other explanation for that embarrassment tonight. He cannot stay

Chauveljn
6 months ago

I think he has to go. It hasn’t worked and wasn’t likely to the moment Coronavirus killed the club finances, and changed the future. Got to find a coach willing to build with the younger players and that isn’t José.

Chauveljn
6 months ago

Genuinely think this is the end of the Kane years at Tottenham. Very melancholy contemplating what’s coming this summer.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
6 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Yeah, that’s gonna suck. And the worst part is I can’t really blame Harry if wants to move.

Chauveljn
6 months ago

Just hope it’s to PSG or Real. I’d hate to see him at another PL club.

MiT
MiT
6 months ago

Sorry guys and gals. This sucks buttermilk.

Daniel Levy has a very hard summer coming up.
I will be curious to see how he goes about digging out of this hole, but in the meantime, I am not watching this bunch again. As far as I am concerned, they sh*t in their own nests.

MiT
MiT
6 months ago
Reply to  MiT

Good night, Tottenham. Switching the lights to ‘off.’

Last edited 6 months ago by MiT
Chauveljn
6 months ago
Reply to  MiT

MiT, we’ve been let down by everyone in Zagreb. Pathetic.

MiT
MiT
6 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Yeah. Not without consequences. This hurts a bit, but it’s no trial separation. I have had enough of these lads.

Chauveljn
6 months ago
Reply to  MiT

I understand. See you around MiT.

Chauveljn
6 months ago

Irrespective of whether or not Mourinho is still a good manager, it isn’t working between him and too many players. No money without selling.

I think it’ll be time this summer for a major upheaval the alternative being we limp on for another season – waiting for a better market? A new manager in, and some players will need to be sold to release funds for the next boss (although I’d prefer Levy installs a DoF now before the summer) and this includes everyone on the table to see what bids come in for Kane, Son (he won’t be the same player without Kane), Dele, Lamela, Bergwijn, Lloris etc.

I think the academy players could have showed a lot more passion against Arsenal – who also show faith in their youngsters. Very disappointed goes without saying.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
6 months ago

Not to depress us all further, you have to think Kane and Son are considering their futures in North London right now.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
6 months ago

So am I.

Chauveljn
6 months ago

Kane is supposed to be world class, or close. And yet it was Orsic who was the game changer and hat trick hero. If Harry couldn’t get himself up for the last two big games (shouldn’t need a manager to motivate him) then it may well be time for all concerned to move on.

DAVID
DAVID
6 months ago

These players wouldn’t play for Poch in the end and they are not playing for Jose now. Even if they didn’t like either manager, their tactics or methods, surely they must have some professional pride.
That’s 2 consecutive games where they couldn’t be arsed, its totally unacceptable.
No idea where we go from here, just sick of it.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
6 months ago
Reply to  DAVID

I think in these situations it helps to try and think how things could be worse. I could have paid for a season ticket… 😑

DAVID
DAVID
6 months ago

I suspect there would be riots if we were playing in front of full grounds.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
6 months ago
Reply to  DAVID

COVID is the best thing to happen to Jose.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
6 months ago
Reply to  DAVID

I’m not sure the ground would be full.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
6 months ago

It’s funny (not) that you should say that 🙄

Chauveljn
6 months ago

This cracked record has been stuck and repeating since November 2019…

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
6 months ago

You are constantly in my thoughts, Nut.

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
6 months ago

So that’s the Ropey done and dusted!😩 What’s next the league cup then the league, with without a cup or medal 🏅 who do we turn to next?

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
6 months ago

Jose says this pretty often. That he tells the team to play a certain way, but they don’t do it. The players ignoring him once is unfortunate, twice is a worry and this evening makes it at least 10 times. 

So the choices are: Jose has lost the dressing room because they clearly don’t listen to him, or it’s all Jose and he’s deflecting blame. Either way it’s pretty damning.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
6 months ago

OK you win Jose. They are all shit. Mentally weak with bad attitudes. But it’s your job to correct this. You know Levy won’t throw buckets of cash at the problem; your usual method of addressing player issues. So at what point can we expect you to build a winning mentality? 

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
6 months ago

From this angle it looks to me like he’s lost the dressing room. You can’t keep repeating that they ignore your instructions, there’s no other possibility.

stevo1987
stevo1987
6 months ago

Well, that was disappointing.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
6 months ago
Reply to  stevo1987

Wasn’t it though?

stevo1987
stevo1987
6 months ago

Bugger, I meant to give this up….. 🙂

stevo1987
stevo1987
6 months ago
Reply to  stevo1987

They think it’s all over……………

stevo1987
stevo1987
6 months ago
Reply to  stevo1987

It is now…………… Bye folks…..

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
6 months ago

The players let Jose down, it seems:

“They left everything there, sweat, energy, blood. In the end they let even tears of happiness out. Very humble. Very committed. I have to praise them.

“On the other side my team, I am there, didn’t look like they were playing an important match. For any one of them, it is not an important match, for me it is, for the respect I have for my own career and job. Every match is an important match for me.

“For every Tottenham fan at home, every match matters. Another attitude is needed. To say that I feel sad is not enough. What I feel goes much further than sadness.

“I just left Dinamo’s dressing room, I went there to praise the guys and I feel sorry that one team that is not my team won the game based on attitude, based on compromise. I feel more than sad. That’s it.

“Football is not just about players who have more quality than others. The basics of football go beyond that. It’s the attitude and they beat us on that.

“Many teams I fear my thoughts, my feelings. But I don’t blame myself in the sense that I always share them. Before the game I told the players the risk of a bad attitude and even at half-time at 0-0, the risk of playing the way we were playing.

“It happened. I believe the players only realised that the game was at risk when they scored the second goal and it went to extra time.”

Jan Vertiginous
Jan Vertiginous
6 months ago

Bah humbug

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
6 months ago

Sounds like Mourinho is hinting about his availability for Zagreb’s new manager.

Paleo
Paleo
6 months ago

Perhaps he ain’t the right fit and his heydays are well behind him, but I can’t pick out a word that I don’t agree with.Our layers constantly underperform when they are over confident and shit themselves when they are up against the better teams.It just doesn’t make any sense.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
6 months ago

Yet again we’re breaking new ground. Mourinho always wins stuff in the first two years before the 3rd year blow up. Only Tottenham…

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
6 months ago

@JoeBarton: “Get rid of Jose, get rid of everyone associated with him. His staff, his agent. That ball boy he hugged last season? Could be contaminated. Get rid.”

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
6 months ago

Jose not taking responsibility.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
6 months ago

If Mourinho is on £15m per year the problem is finding the money to pay him off with the lack of funds. Can’t see Levy pulling the trigger yet. Even if we win the EFL Cup unless the play improves significantly in the meantime it’ll not be good enough to justify him staying on.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
6 months ago

I reluctantly agree. A real relegation danger is only way Levy will act.

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
6 months ago

Sack the manager. Let Sissoko, Dier, Sanchez, Davies, Aurier, Winks, Tungay, Hugo, Docherty, Bergwijn rot in the reserves. Play kids. I don’t care if we lose every game until the end of the season, at least they’ll give it everything they have.
Wankers.
WANKERS.

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
6 months ago
Reply to  Freund or Foe

This^

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
6 months ago

Adam Powley on Twitter:

‘Born winner’.

‘Look, it’s simple: he’s the manager. He’s in charge and has greater responsibility than individual players. He picks the team, sets them up, motivates (supposedly), trains and coaches them. And for £15m a year.’

‘The players of course have to take their share of the blame. So too recruitment. But to ignore the manager – who is supposed to be unique, remember – and the degree of his culpability is wilful, pointless, impotent, ignorance.’

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
6 months ago

THIS.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
6 months ago

I’m shore I said the same a while back, repeatedly.
NAGELSMANN!!!!

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
6 months ago

I ll wait a few minutes then have a look at how the t shirt seller defends his management idol

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
6 months ago

If/when I return to London it will be hang with you guys. It sure as hell won’t be to watch this utter pile of dogshit of a team. That’s all.

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
6 months ago

I’ll take you to the cricket mate. That’s a pwopa day out.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
6 months ago

Hoddle saying Hojberg would have made a difference. He’s forgotten Sunday already.

Last edited 6 months ago by 61 Spurs Nunut
Northern Spur
Northern Spur
6 months ago

I can’t bring myself to listen to the latest JM excuse!

Paleo
Paleo
6 months ago

flippinell

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
6 months ago

The sooner we get Nagellsman in and ruin his reputation the better.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
6 months ago

Harry and Sonny calling their agents right now.

Jan Vertiginous
Jan Vertiginous
6 months ago

season’s over – oh wait, Man City in the milk cup 🤣

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
6 months ago

Can’t we just give them a bye?

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
6 months ago
Reply to  Freund or Foe

That’s our default position lately.

Jan Vertiginous
Jan Vertiginous
6 months ago

Bunch of arse.

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
6 months ago

I…DON’T….CARE….ANYMORE.

Jan Vertiginous
Jan Vertiginous
6 months ago
Northern Spur
Northern Spur
6 months ago

Beyond parody!

Flat Oeuf
Admin
6 months ago

I’m really fucking sick of this.

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
6 months ago
Reply to  Flat Oeuf

Yep.

Flat Oeuf
Admin
6 months ago
Reply to  Freund or Foe

Messages from my Chelsea supporting friends. Year after Year of nothing.

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
6 months ago
Reply to  Flat Oeuf

Would you kindly pass on my lack of jealousy with regards to their dirty oil money.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
6 months ago

We sacked Poch to get Jose. And pay him 15 mil. For this.  

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
6 months ago

Who will Mourinho blame today?

The busy schedule 
The moist pitch
The EU
Dele

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
6 months ago

Anyone but himself, of course.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
6 months ago

Best team won, no excuses for that.

DAVID
DAVID
6 months ago

O’Hara on Sky saying this is a sackable offence!

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
6 months ago

See you next season, lads, maybe.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
6 months ago

2 minutes added time with all those subs coming on

Flat Oeuf
Admin
6 months ago

Eric Durrr

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
6 months ago

@Dazzathfc1882: “The Zagreb manager used his 1 phone call to say “lads, it’s Tottenham”

Jan Vertiginous
Jan Vertiginous
6 months ago

We’re gonna do this

Funkenschlag!
Admin
6 months ago

Snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? Damn right!

Funkenschlag!
Admin
6 months ago

Too little, too late. As usual.

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