So we walked away from The Emirates with a result and had we been a little luckier it could have been three points. In the end though, a point at their place remains a good result and there were many positives to take from the game. Perhaps finally Pochettino is getting his message across.
Supporting Tottenham Hotspur is not something you simply choose to do; it’s a vocation, a directive from above, a randomly assigned genetic code over which you have no control. Once Tottenham has you, like a Darth Vader choke hold, it never lets go.
From the wizardry of Gazza, Bale and Waddle, to the misery of bad lasagna and Arjen Robben penalty misses, all of this is part of what makes Spurs such a unique and wonderful club to follow.
You will find me most days chained to a desk where I finance my Spurs addiction by working on B2B editorial or, thanks to my lowly Bronze Membership somewhere in Blocks 29 through to 32 at White Hart Lane.
Alternatively you can follow me on Twitter @ARLombardi
It has become quite clear that Paulinho isn’t the player we thought he was, but there is still a role for him at Spurs. He offers us something no one else in our squad does, the ability to cause chaos and run forward. It’s time to unleash the Paulinho Tactical Smoke Bomb.
The international break is always an unwelcome guest. Generally it arrives just as Spurs have suffered a defeat, or announced some bad news. This year we lost to Liverpool at home and had to endure a deadline day rather quieter than usual, but was it really that bad? There are lessons to be learnt from the Liverpool game and the transfer window, wasn’t actually as big a disaster as some may think.
Winning the first game of the season is always important, but even more so when it means putting a bunch of West Ham fans back in their place. There were some negatives, but we are still in August. Let’s look at the positives.
The start of every season delivers a range of surprising emotions. Hope, dread, expectation, confidence and more often than not the feeling that this is our year, but how do you feel with 2014/15 just a few days away? Are we strapped in for another rollercoaster, or will it be a gently yet glorious season of Spurs finally delivering?
Sandro is one of my favourtite footballers at Spurs, but for a variety of reasons “The Beast” has lost his bite. He needs to rediscover the controlled energy and ferocity that made him one of the finest defensive midfielders in the game, not the best footballer to follow on Instagram. Come back to us Beast. Put your mobile phone down and start jogging.