From Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – After a depressing Spurs summer season filled with switch sagas and Twitter meltdowns, there appears like a way of unity at Tottenham Hotspur once more.
Returning followers have been handled to a memorable 1-0 win over Manchester Metropolis on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, with the Harry Kane-shaped elephant within the room making it really feel much more like pantomime than a soccer recreation.
They have been then supplied a less-than-momentous 3-0 win over Pacos de Ferreira within the Europa Convention League play-offs on Thursday, reserving their place within the group stage. And whereas it may go down as one of the crucial meaningless European video games in Spurs‘ illustrious historical past, it was simply so nice to be handled to a walk-in-the-park victory on a gentle summer season night like this.
Pandemic soccer was depressing. For Spurs, it was made worse by their on-field exploits, with Jose Mourinho’s shadow looming over the membership. In Nuno Espirito Santo, Tottenham have a head coach who was worshipped in his earlier job (and never in a bizarre cultish manner), a person who’s doing his greatest to galvanise the membership once more.
Having followers again in stadiums is a giant difference-maker, significantly in Britain the place crowds are reactive and convey grounds to life. Ironic cheers and taunting goalkeepers with ‘you are sh**, ahhhh’ are as engrained in our tradition as purple postboxes or Greggs.
The prelude to the Euro 2020 closing confirmed English followers at their worst, however the opening two video games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this season have reminded us of how infectious soccer in entrance of huge crowds is.
Considered one of Spurs’ hardest checks of the season got here on day one, one in all their best this Thursday. It is going to be an extended yr, and followers ought to cherish the enjoyable moments as a lot as they will.
This week will not be the top of the Kane hypothesis. Because the season drags on, as he continues to hammer residence objectives and chip away at Alan Shearer’s Premier League scoring document, the rumours will resurface linking him with a transfer to Man Metropolis as soon as once more.
Spurs have been ready to play the position of the plucky underdogs within the absence of Kane, however now they’ve top-of-the-line strikers in world soccer again within the fold, the stress is again on. They should ship one thing this season.
The Europa Convention League, as unglamorous as it’s, stays a really winnable competitors, an opportunity for Spurs to turn into the inaugural winners like they did with the UEFA Cup. To cite Mourinho, ‘that is soccer heritage‘.
If Spurs may have a number of extra nights like this on their option to European glory (of types), then being in UEFA’s third most prestigious membership competitors will not have been all dangerous. Spurs have to make Tottenham Hotspur Stadium actually really feel like residence, and wins – irrespective of who they arrive in opposition to – in entrance of a cheerful crowd will go a great distance in direction of that.
Simply do not lose to Watford on Sunday.