In a word, no. As I sit here writing this column, the match barely over, I can already hear pessimistic Spurs fans all over the world sobbing their hearts out for what lies ahead when the real domestic season starts next week. I wish I could somehow organise a mass reassuring hug and a warm cup of tea for the lot of them, but apparently the Royal Mail frown upon the idea of shipping hot liquid out to various parts of the globe and I couldn’t find anyone willing to dedicate the time to dish the cuddles out, so this article will have to do.
First and foremost what we must remember above all else is that this game is JUST A FRIENDLY. Aside from getting players fit and acquiring the odd unusual stamp on their passports, these matches mean absolutely nothing. A few years ago we played another quality European side in Roma and hammered them 5-0. The season that followed saw us on the brink of relegation and coined the unfortunate phrase that no Spurs fan alive at the time will ever forget; yes, I’m referring to ‘2 points from 8 games’ of course. Put the Valencia game into context with that example and you realise how meaningless the results of these games actually are.
What I also think we need to remember is that the season doesn’t start for another week and despite all outward appearances, surely to god there will be some new additions to the squad before we kick off against Newcastle. Defoe, who featured in the match against Valencia, was the only senior striker on or near the pitch for Spurs, with the closest thing to an alternative that young lad with the slightly gay slicked back hair. Take that into consideration and it’s a miracle we’ve scored the few goals that we have in pre-season so far! Hopefully the reports are true and we’ll soon have either Adebayor, Damiao or both at the Lane soon, which will make getting beaten 2-0 in a friendly in Spain a distant memory for us Spurs fans.
So to sum up, no need to panic. We’ve had a decent pre-season and the lads have looked sharper as every game has gone by. That’s the important thing to take from this and if the players had to get beaten 2-0 out in Spain to get that extra bit of fitness to bring to the Toon, then that’s a price worth paying if you ask me.
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Come On You Spurs.
By Craig Harrison
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