Champions League!! Wembley!! The elite of Europe!! A new dawn!!

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No. Our own form of hell is a cold night somewhere east of the former Iron Curtain. Europa League is our true level, and that’s where we’re headed for the remainder of this year and next, I’m afraid.

A truly awful and uninspiring evening at a hollow and all-too-quiet Wembley presents Mauricio Pochettino with his first true crisis of confidence in the two and a half years of his tenure. An equally poor performance on Sunday will make obvious that this particular Spurs side—or at least the one missing arguably its three most valuable outfield players from a year ago—has no business in the upper echelon of the Premiership. In fact, if Mourinho can get his act together and Everton keep blossoming, maybe we won’t even make the Europa carousel.

We all saw it—shambolic play from Walker and Dier to allow what should have been Goals One and Two—and each were at least a bit culpable on the actual opener for Leverkusen. Son was his former self, not the brief shining dawn we though we witnessed last month, no spark, no strength, bullied off the ball time and time again. Eriksen does what Eriksen does—creates in our half with long balls but fails in theirs with short ones—and Poch saw enough and brought on Winks. Dembele’s not healthy, Alli is an island of effort and spirit among a sea of mediocrity. Sissoko alternated between horrific giveaways and inspired runs that led to… nothing.

They’re a mediocre football club just one month removed from the game we thought had established them as so much more. We go to the Emirates at the worst possible time, with Arsenal skying at the top of the League and on the wings of a three goal comeback victory at Ludogrets. Does anyone expect anything but another desultory loss?

Poch to Real Madrid? Man United? Off of what I have seen recently, Sunderland would be more appropriate. Did all the hard work, and intense practice hit the proverbial wall? Have they stopped listening? Do they think deep down they can’t beat Liverpool, or Arsenal, or Chelsea? That the City was a dream against Pep before he gets it right?

“C’mon lads. It’s Tottenham”. Fergie said it. We have to live with it.

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Paul is a respected U.S. political pollster (Democrat) based in Madison, Wisconsin and Los Angeles. His love for Spurs began when the Premier League games started appearing regularly in the U.S. and an American lover of football had to choose a side. Bale, Rushdie, Adele, Shakespeare, the Spurs faithful, The Lane, etc. were all irresistible attractions and have made Maslin a Spur for life.


  1. Shocking,shocking,shocking!
    Where's the strength in depth ? There will always be times in a season when a few are out of form or injured so you look to the bench and what do you see -Winks,Nkoudo,Carter Vickers,Onomah ! That a real world class back up plan that you've got there Potch! How in all that's holy do we expect to finish top 4 let alone title contenders or champions league standard. So Sunday will be the test against that lot -heaven help us if we do another west brom,bournemouth,leicester,monaco or Leverkusen x2 !!!

  2. Lost for words, ln my books the worst game this season this team and subs are not good enough for this League we need a leader we need a play maker
    I dread to think what going to happen This Sunday with no one player who can score goals, So many brilliant Players we have had and sold who new were the sticks were, Boy do we need them now

  3. We have been poor for a five or six games,Janssen is not good enough can Deli and Ericssen play in the same team Im not sure both want to play in the same area..But it can only get better it has too if we play like that Sunday god we will get hit for
    five or six.We do not create enough chances no width unless the full backs get forward and I think teams have worked that out.
    But last night we didn't have a good player a very poor effort no leaders no desire no guile.They made us look like a Sunday ieam and were so quick when they broke unlike us who look laboured and clueless.

  4. Lost for words, ln my books the worst game this season this team and subs are not good enough for this League we need a leader we need a play maker


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