I was too busy on Saturday to get a blog post out so apologies for that. Not much happened in the world of football over the last 7 days. There was a game at Wembley midweek last, nothing much to report there and then a game at Old Trafford that was a drab dull affair, so drab I have forgotten the score line.
In the tipping service that I mentioned last week that tips up 1.09 shots they went brave this week and put Real Madrid up at 1.25 and then showed consternation at that getting turned over. The boys from Madrid suffered from bricking themselves at the thought of coming to Wembley tomorrow. Don’t think it is the football they are worried about just getting in and out of Wembley is a right pain in the arse.
Another group showing consternation aimed at me are the happy clapper Spurs fans. This is a continuation from the topic of everyone thinking that what they say on social media is a fact rather than an opinion.
I was quite vocal when Pochettino started at Spurs. He was at that time persisting with the likes of Mason and Bentaleb and I felt right in my opinion that they were not good enough and the resulting football was slow and boring. Both were moved on quickly after that season.
Over the next two seasons he has of course made us better but lest we forget that we did feature in Champions League under Harry Redknapp and only just missed out under Jol following “Lasagnagate”.
That aside we have been very solid the last two seasons but as a fan I only want one thing, and that is to see Tottenham win something, have a day out at a cup final and win it and have a good time and happy memories.
I grew up in the era of Spurs not challenging for the League, not playing in the European Cup but was present at 3 winning cup finals and a winning UEFA cup final and they are memories I have and enjoy as fan.
The days of us being a good cup side are long gone. This is the most barren quarter century period in Spurs history. We have won 1 league Cup in 26 years. Think about the players through the doors in that time, King, Modric, Bale, Ginola, Davids, Van Der Vaart, Berbatov, Sheringham, Sissoko!
Last week capitulating to West Ham of course these things happen but when did Spurs become too good for the domestic cups? I can see why Chelsea, United, City may take them lightly, they have eyes on the Champions League and Premier League. That is fine they have won those trophies and that is where their focus is. We have not? We have won nothing.
The capitulation must come down to the arrogance of the manager in that situation. 2-0 up at home against a team on the ropes and you lose is down to the manager no one else. Fair play to West Ham they took their chances and rightly deserved the 3 goals, Spurs were shambolic.
Like gambling winning breeds winning. If you keep losing, you soon get despondent and want to throw in the towel. If you win all the time you can’t wait to get back at it.
Football is the same. Spurs lose to West Ham, then lose to United, I expect them to lose tomorrow and suddenly, chances in trophies are gone, the players get fed up and ultimately will move to clubs where they can win things.
Don’t believe me look at Arsenal over the last 10-12 years. They have won FA Cups recently but the likes of Clichy, Van Persie, Adebayor, Fabregas, Sagna (and now probably Sanchez) moved on. Yes, they wanted more money but don’t kid yourselves they didn’t want to win things and they did. For years I ridiculed Arsenal fans about being a top 4 club that won nothing. Spurs are heading that way without the guarantee of finishing in the top 4.
That of course is my opinion. I enjoy watching them – at times they still revert to slow and boring at regular occurrences – Swansea at home this season a prime example. I like young players being given a chance, but I question where it is all headed, and my questioning then leads to me being abused or called not a true fan. I have been to Spurs for 39 years straight. When I met my wife in Exeter I travelled up and down the M5/M4 to every home game. I have been all-over Europe, I have had 6 seasons where I went to every game they played. I am a true fan not a plastic one, I have a right to ask to see my team win something and in that case, take the cups seriously.
Pochettino may well fancy us in the League and Champions League. I don’t! Leicester won the league we had a great chance and blew it, Chelsea we had a chance and didn’t see it through. Mourinho starts by winning the League Cup and then breeds a winning mentality.
The Spurs form against the Top 6 under Pochettino is dire, 1 win in 17 away games. Spurs fans who want to suit their narrative say all teams do that – winning ones don’t!
The squad is thin with no decent back up striker for 3 seasons, – Poch to blame. No one to bring on to change it up- Poch to blame. We can’t aim it all at Levy, the manager is in a very strong position at the club, probably the strongest in the Levy era and he should be saying we need to address this now to progress and REALLY have a chance of winning something.
I like Poch. I like his manner and how he conducts himself and no doubt he has bought great kids through, but is he a winner? People say he is a great manager. I don’t know one great manager that has not won anything, Paisley, Busby, Shankly, Clough, Ferguson, Mourinho, Ancelotti, Guardiola, Heynckes all out and out winners and great managers. They have books written about them for winning things, this week saw a book out about Poch, for making us a bit better than we were.
For Poch to be a great at Spurs he must win something. No use talking about pretty football and the odd good result when it ends nowhere, Top 4 is not and never will be trophy for anyone. He may well do his winning elsewhere.
It is difficult there are only 4 trophies to go after and competition is tight. We pay less money with Blofeld in charge and cannot compete financially, so the odds are stacked against us, but Leicester have won a league, Wigan have won an FA Cup, Swansea won the League Cup all in recent memory and this “great Spurs side” is yet to win anything.
They may well make me eat my words and win something but if they don’t Pochettino will be on his way when a bigger club comes calling and the players like Alli certainly will.
This is just my opinion not facts. No need for happy clappers to get abusive, you have your opinion, I am entitled to mine.
We have slipped up against Burnley and Swansea at home when both were there for the taking. We have played two of our “title” rivals in Chelsea and United and lost both (I don’t consider Liverpool a title rival but a Top 4 rival), we are out of the League Cup, things for me are not great by October and Poch needs to get a handle on the big games to see us progress, if he doesn’t this team will be confined to the memory of the rest of the teams the last 25 years or so and the happy clappers will be praising another false dawn. For some though Spurs and Poch can do no wrong and that apparently is a qualification of a real fan. Yeah right!
Spurs win something this season I will put £1027 (it will be one trophy in 27 years then) in a lucky winners BF account who read this post, I don’t expect to be paying out! They don’t win something the money stays in my pocket
To qualify email, me through November with Spurs Bet in the title or retweet the tweet on Twitter notifying about this blog post and I will put all the names in a draw at the end of the season. One entry per person.
A few other mentions, I missed out on a gambling jackpot Saturday night. Dustin Johnson was 6 clear in the golf and I wanted to lay him before the 4th round, we had visitors and I got distracted and missed it, he ended up losing and I guess was extremely short for the tournament so a few grand missed out on.
The trading day at Birmingham is now full we have a space in London and a few in Cambridge. I have been putting that together this last week and it is superb. I will get some videos online over the international break but don’t miss out if you want to come. Trading Day Details HERE http://ftsincome.co.uk/trading-days-2017-18/
Portal ECHO starts tomorrow all those who have put in by midday tomorrow will be included and then any investment after that will start on the December 1st Portal so don’t panic. Those who have put into the Portal this last day or so, who have not had an email back don’t panic I am sure all is fine I will address any issues Thursday. Portal details here http://ftsincome.co.uk/portal-echo-20172018/
Other than that, have a good week, I am dining as a guest at Gordon Ramsay’s 3 Michelin Star restaurant tonight so looking forward to that (they do burgers, right?) and then at Wembley tomorrow for the Madrid game, so I won’t be around for email much this next 48 hours.
As a tip, win or lose I genuinely think Madrid at 2.34 is the wrong price, I had them around Even money (2.0) so in my OPINION on my numbers they are a good value bet. Or I could go the marketing tipsters route and say Dortmund at 1.11 could win! Perhaps a double with PSG at 1.07
P.S. Suggsy62 had his response to the last blog post in the comments section. There will be a continuance I took him to the West Ham game last week so he has to be to blame also for the defeat!