belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance: His lack of confidence defeated him.
The past few weeks have presented the team with their first real test of character. This character has been further questioned with the horrible events of Saturday evening, which, thankfully appear to be progressing positively.
Earlier in the season we were a team brimming with the kind of confidence that led to talk of an unlikely title push, fellow teams and peers of Redknapp’s regaling the press with word that we, Tottenham Hotspur are playing the most attractive football throughout the league, something often levelled at the gypsies down the road. Now we are being told by none other than that footballing deity, Stan Collymore that we will finish fifth, our own manager has claimed we will be punching above our weight to even finish in fourth. Whether or not you agree with this is neither here nor there – I don’t but it doesn’t matter.
If we are to achieve our highest league finish for over 20 years it must the players who believe it is within them to claim that all important 3rd place. A player like Bale has displayed confidence in wanting to be more involved in varying positions; which is great and to be encouraged within reason, however now is not the time for pandering to the whims of Bale or for Redknapp to stake a claim that Bale’s attempts to emulate Ronaldo are thanks to him. No, now is the time we revert to what gave us that abundance of confidence that almost saw us 13 points clear of Arsenal, 10 ahead of Chelsea (even keeping the flickering flame on the diminishing wick of our title challenge alive).
I am all for evolution within a team, the kind that might well see Bale as an accomplished player on par or comparable to Ronaldo but it can’t be to the detriment of the Club. I would implore Redknapp to remember what worked so well for us and can continue to for the remainder of the season. Only then, once we have achieved a new level of relative success can we begin to think of how we can further ourselves, personally and as a unit.
I’ll remain completely faithful to the players and managers in the hope that they can remain faithful to themselves.
Confidence is an undervalued commodity when it comes to winning….we mustn’t succumb to over confidence or a lack of. Starting tomorrow night we have the chance to resurrect a still fantastic season.