It almost doesn’t feel real. Or maybe I’m not used to European soccer yet. Nevertheless, Tottenham is having what locals are calling a special season.
Three years removed from Tottenham selling Welsh superstar Gareth Bale, the Spurs seemed doomed as the 2013-14 season approached. In North America, a bad trade or bad signing can set a team back for years from contending for a title or even a playoff spot.
For Tottenham, an eye-opening transfer for Bale that sent him to Real Madrid for $100M, gave the north London club a chance to do something special. In the short-term, the deal was dreadful. Players they bought that summer didn’t work out. Despite everything however, the team only slipped one spot in the league table during the 2013-14 season.
It’s the one thing that I haven’t quite understood about soccer yet. In 2014, the Spurs finished sixth which was still good enough to qualify for the Europa League. Fast forward two short years and Tottenham is on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League for only the second time in 56 years.
If it wasn’t for Leicester City’s fairytale story, Tottenham would be the talk of the entire EPL. With a win on Sunday, Tottenham will beat their point total from last year and more importantly, decrease their magic number to three.
This season will continue to be a success if they’re able to hang onto their Champions League spot. Not blowing an opportunity starts with making sure you get a strong result against Manchester United, Sunday
It’s easy to get nervous as a Spurs fan. There’s no hiding it, Tottenham is prone to collapses late in the season, as it’s become regular nature. Huge games await the Spurs however, road tests at Stoke City and Chelsea, a loss on Sunday to the Red Devils and all of sudden, momentum will be with Man. United. United also has a game in hand, so it’s essentially a measuring stick for Tottenham despite the Spurs being a better team.