Firstly – I was wrong. I said 6th or 7th at the start of the year, and I only started to change my mind late on. And I wouldn’t have been unhappy with 7th either (especially after last year), which shows in itself just how well we have done.
I don’t know if it’s my age, but I feel like my life as a Spurs fan thus far had been building towards last night. I was 7 when we won the FA Cup so, although I remember it, it wasn’t a huge deal for me. Winning the League Cup… yeah, lovely to win trophies, but when the competition has been devalued by reserve teams being used, then it’s not quite as special.
Finishing in the Champions League places really feels special. I realise that being 4th best shouldn’t necessarily be something to crow about but, in context, it’s massive. Although we’ve spent a lot of money, we have, I believe, the 8th highest wage bill in the Premier League.
Our previous Premier League finishes have been unspectacular:
We have been seen as under-achievers (and even a laughing stock as a result) for years.
Well that has now all changed.
We have a young, predominantly English team to be proud of, with many of players being considered for a place in the England World Cup squad.
We have a popular, charismatic, and pragmatic manager, also English, to be proud of.
We have a new training complex on the way.
We have a new stadium on the way (albeit not immediately!).
And now, we have Champions League football (albeit qualifiers) at WHL.
Last night was huge and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to feel the emotion… especially seeing Ledley’s post-match interview.
What a season.