Hugo Lloris had his detractors last season. It didn’t start well with a highly publicised drink-driving incident. Then the French goalkeeper picked up a thigh injury that kept him out for the whole of September, a run where Tottenham suffered losses to Watford, Liverpool and Inter Milan.
2018 – 2019 was a strange campaign for Tottenham – a lack of signings, the uncertainty over the stadium, mounting injury problems, Moussa Sissoko’s transformation from £30 Million bust, to player of the season.
I still can’t believe it. Tonight Tottenham Hotspur will play in the Champions League final!
I have supported Spurs for over 30 years, raised on stories of the great teams of the 50s and 60s – Greaves, Blanchflower, the glory of the 1961 league and cup double.
My dad was a boy then. He got to watch those teams. That is why I support Spurs. But here we have a chance to go one further than even the great Bill Nicholson managed, and become champions of Europe.
To have done it in such a strange season is even more astonishing. We became the first Premier League club ever to not buy a player in the summer transfer window, then doubled down in the winter. We were homeless for much of the year, stuck playing in a ground that became more and more depressing by the game. The injuries mounted up month by month – Alli, Winks, Kane.
But somehow we made it here.
I’m afraid to say, I don’t think I can enjoy the game. I’m just too nervous. But let’s hope I can enjoy the result. Let’s hope we can make history.
Come on you Spurs!
What a month it’s been for Spurs’ fans.
First we finally came home. Then we remembered how to win again. And now we’re in the Champions League semi-finals (note: not for the first time, the European Cup still counts).
My first view of the new stadium came on its opening night. As I walked up Tottenham High Road it started snowing, adding to the majesty of the spectacle. Continue reading
The big talking point going into the new season was Spurs’ lack of signings. Strangely, in the short term this may work out for us. Continue reading
The World Cup group stages are over, and half the 32 teams are packing their bags and heading home. But who deserved to go, and who has a wistful tear in their eye for what might have been? Continue reading
In a previous article I looked at the number of goals and expected goals Spurs players accrued last season. As you would expect, Harry Kane is easily the main goal threat. But which players create these chances? Continue reading