It is tough time being a Tottenham Hotspurs fan. Correction. It is a really, really, really tough time. All the hope of finally breaking up the Big Four (preferably at the expense of those Red and Whites from across town) has, yet again, gone up in smoke. Were we League Cup Champions last year? God, it feels like those triumphs over Arsenal and Chelsea en route to our first piece of silverware in a long, long time happened well over a decade ago.
It is tough to decide who to blame for this mess, for all those taunting messages being sent which claim that even a triangle would do better than us in the League (since a triangle has three points, and we have only two. I hate the person who first realized that and spread it around, and thankfully, we beat Bolton to move to five point, ending that rubbish). Juande Ramos? Maybe. The Players? Obviously. Daniel Levy? To a great extent. Damien Comolli? Completely.
Well, I think I should clarify here that I am NOT a Spurs fan. The only thing I admire about the White Hart Lane outfit is the belief amongst the supporters that, any time soon, they are going to be one of the biggest clubs in the country, playing regularly in the Champions League. Come one, you have to admire that. Their spirit is like the person who buys a Lottery ticket week in week out expecting the next time to be the time he hits the jackpot.
The problem for Spurs is that not only do they want to win, they want to be different at the same time. Daniel Levy behaved like an amateur businessman when he appointed Damien Comolli, thinking that the Continental structure of football, where the Manager isn’t the person handling the transfers but the Director of Football. Just have a look at the Spurs recruitment over the summer and you can see the mistakes made for yourself. Forget about the sales of Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov, they were bound to go when clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United came calling. Besides Huerehlo Gomes and Vedran Corluka, all the signings made were attacking minded. The balance of the team was way off in the first few games with the absence of a holding midfielder. The recruitment started a domino effect, where, with Spurs losing the first few matches, Ramos started experimenting with some very questionable lineups. Another few matches lost, and the players no longer have any confidence in themselves or in the manager.
We will now have to wait and see if Tottenham’s twelfth manager since Arsene Wenger was singed by Arsenal in 1996 is able to do any better than the rest. Sure Harry Redknapp is an amazing coach, and that should make most people believe that the good times are here at Spurs, but even Juando Ramos brought that same amount of hope at the Lane. If nothing else, hopefully Tottenham will win at least one match the next time the play the newly promoted sides.
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