Herbert George Wells, better known as just H.G. Wells, wrote a book called “The Shape of things to come,” and this is a phrase we certainly could use about Spurs in the next coming weeks and months (well, hopefully).
For me personally, I’ve just had news that I got my tickets for the first Test match on the 24th March (Sunday) and the second one on the 30th March (Saturday), the day before I travel to Liverpool.
After the Liverpool game, we will face Palace on the 3rd at our new home (that should be a sellout). This will be in April.
The draw for the Champions League Quarter-Finals matched us against City, with the first game at our new stadium; the second leg will be the following week. Critics have made City favourites, and that will suit us fine. The pressure will be on them, and I feel that we can pull it off (provided we turn up for both games). On our day we can beat anybody. I also think that when we go to Liverpool we can get something from that match as well. Our problem is against those at the wrong end of the league (we don’t always turn up).
Then on the 13th, between both City games, we face Huddersfield Town, and just because they are struggling doesn’t mean that this match will be easy. There are no easy matches and we must mentally prepare for that (we can’t forget Burnley, Chelsea and Southampton).
Then our next game after the City Champions League matches, we face them again, but this time in the league (away).
Still in April, we are back at home, this time to face the Hammers. A couple of days later – and providing we manage to overcome City in the Champions League Quarter-Finals, we could be facing either Ajax or Juventus (hopefully Ajax) in the Semi-Finals, and before you know it, again, providing the luck of the Gods are with us, a trip to Madrid for the UEFA Champions League Final (easy!).
Now, some of you might be thinking “that is really wishful thinking” and why not? If we can’t think big and be positive then what is the point? We might as well just be defeatists and expect nothing. I’ve been going long enough to Spurs to know that that isn’t our way. Our history is based on our motto “Audere Est Facere” (to dare is to do), and we have dared, and we have achieved miracles and trophies and those Glory, Glory nights. Whatever our squad size is or not, whatever millions of pounds or not has been poured into the Spurs team, doesn’t mean we haven’t got a chance. It is all about what turns up on the day, and the rub of the green. Think positive and nothing should be beyond us. Once one hurdle has been knocked down, another will fall and so on, all contributing to “The shape of things to come”.
We may have blown our chances of winning the League (but we are still in with a shout until it becomes mathematically impossible), but we fight on for a place in the top four. And as I said; the Champions League final is a possibility, as we are still in the competition. Think big and anything is possible (think small then all we can hope for is for a top six spot and Europa League football, just like hopefully Arsenal and Chelsea will get).
We’ve waited a long time to set foot in our new stadium, but the wait will be worth it. As I said, I will be going to both Test matches; once I’ve sampled these mouth-watering delights, then I shall report back. I might even see you there?
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