Spurs 2 Watford 0
West Brom 1 Spurs 0
Spurs 1 Newcastle 0
Spurs 5 Leicester 4
And so, in the end, Spurs finished in 3rd place, with a CL spot, and some momentum to take into the 2018-2019 Season. The mood meter swung from ugly to positive within a matter of days.
It felt like hard work, after the FA Cup loss to Man United and a last minute defeat to West Brom. But Chelsea’s draw with Huddersfield meant that Top 4 was guaranteed before the final day, allowing us the luxury of a game of basketball with Leicester to sign off the Season. The 9 points out of 12 we took above didn’t feel anything like the thunderous way we finished off last Season but the result was the same; CL qualification, another step forward but no silverware.
The final 4 PL performances were limp and distracted. Too many regrets about the semi-final loss, too many eyes on the World Cup, too many tired legs and minds, perhaps a few wondering where they’ll be playing next Season. Or indeed who our manager will be next Season?
Well, this week Pochettino signed his £8.5 million p.a. contract until 2023 to answer that question and, suddenly, the mood changed up another gear. The departures of Alderweireld, perhaps Dembele and Rose, probably others, are seen as a positive opportunity to rebuild, rather than a negative threat. Poch’s comments about “being brave” and “needing to spend money” were not the start of some protracted war with Levy but a signal that the Club’s hierarchy are aligned. The first phase of Poch’s reign is over. The next stage can begin. A genuine assault on the summit with a solid base camp.
To relive the ‘what-might-have-beens’ of 2 PL titles and 2 FA Cups over the past 3 Seasons is not Poch’s way. Nor Levy’s. Fans can moan about Leicester’s luck, the fact Chelsea weren’t in Europe, the manager’s decisions in the two semi-finals. Lost opportunities to replenish our trophy cabinet. None of those matter a jot now. The questions are how do we evolve, how do we play, who stays, who goes, who joins?
There are 3 months for posts on this blog about transfer activity, our finances, a review of last season, and the way forward to the next. I hope to have more time again to write more regularly, before I take my seat in the new stadium.
But for now I wish all our players success in Russia, a good rest afterwards, and I’ll enjoy the dream of ‘one of our own’ lifting the World Cup while the possibility lasts.