Tottenham Hotspur v Ajax, Champions League Semi-Final, Tue 30th April

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There was a point when we qualified for champions league under Harry. Transfer fees were not that crazy and we needed a few additions nothing too crazy. So we bought Ryan Nelson and Louis saha.........i really believed after getting in the champions league that we would use the advantage in signing players that our rivals not in champs league could not...thus giving us a chance to maybe qualify the following year....it wouldn't of taken even 40 million..in fact nowhere near...what we did I thought was show no real interest in improving or taking what was an unbelievable opportunity especially with chelski and city starting there throwing around of money that has clearly inflated the market...
It would be no surprise that we were hoarding money for the new stadium, the wheels were already in motion back then when Harry was in charge. There is no way the stadium would of happened if we were not careful with our spending.

I am hoping now the project is finished (albeit with some serviceable debt) Levy is finally going to put his money where his mouth is and get Poch some quality signings 🤞
 
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Neither happened at the same time.

We signed van der Vaart when we got Champions League football. We never qualified for the Champions League ever again under Harry after that season.

We bought Nelson and Saha when we were "competing for a title" a year later - we ended up finishing top four that season after signing them but Chelsea winning the Champions League sadly put a halt to our progression from that season onwards.
Fair point but still saha and Nelson when going for top 4 is a joke....
 

JohnH

Supporter
Maybe yes...but my point was ambition. I don't mean we should spend 100 million on a player like city probably Will, but Leicester and wolves will be investing this summer. They manage to get some good players, I'm guessing they also pay good wages...do u not sometimes think why are we so cheap compared to most top 10 clubs...we are not palace or west ham we are supposed to be a big club, but we don't imo act like it and it's a little frustrating tbh
So are you saying that you view Leicester and Wolves as rivals?
 

Totti

Chess extraordinaire
Fair point but still saha and Nelson when going for top 4 is a joke....
I agree.

Negatives of having Redknapp as your manager though, I guess. He was happy with both of them.

He also wanted Tevez and Cahill in that window... Tevez, who was on about 200k a week and Cahill who rejected us for Chelsea, who were also probably offering him more than what we offer 3/4s of our squad now.
 

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Melts?😂
Championship is a figure of speech and not to be taken “literally”, I mean if I’d have said Everton, someone would have said “the way Everton play he would get a regular game, now if you’d have said Watford I might have agreed, but not Everton”.......
So which players, I’ll start of with Llorente, can’t help but like the guy but fuck me, Pochettino doesn’t even trust him in the league, the guy is reserved for League cup games at best and Llorente’s contribution in no way this season is why we are sitting 3rd, Yes we may all say it was his goal that got us to the semi finals, but putting VAR and was it handball aside, the ball just hit him and went in, his attempted header wasn’t even close to connecting, but the fact there was so much fuss made about the bloody hand ball everyone overlooked that small piece of footballing genius.
Big Vic is another one, he’s a broken man and has contributed pretty much nothing this season, not his fault, and it is what it is...
Sanchez, another bit part player, and the main reason (apart from injuries) that we resort to this back 3 crap, he’s fit, he cost 45m (club record) and he is the lesser of the 2 evils when it comes to really scraping the barrel for midfielders or forwards at the minute or going to a back 3, never underestimate an inform/injury free Eric Dier as the holding midfielder/3rd Centre half. If Toby does leave this summer having Sanchez as one of our senior centre half's next season scares the crap out of me.
It is what it is, we can’t prevent injuries, Pochettino can only do what he can do right now, the result isn’t the real disappointment in truth, the real disappointment is we couldn’t put our best players out there to represent the club in such a big occasion, if we did and we still lost, then you say fair play, but to get beat and get absolutely hammered in the press/media for it is more disappointing than the actual result itself....COYS

What the fuck is this........ :dempsey:
 
There was a point when we qualified for champions league under Harry. Transfer fees were not that crazy and we needed a few additions nothing too crazy. So we bought Ryan Nelson and Louis saha.........i really believed after getting in the champions league that we would use the advantage in signing players that our rivals not in champs league could not...thus giving us a chance to maybe qualify the following year....it wouldn't of taken even 40 million..in fact nowhere near...what we did I thought was show no real interest in improving or taking what was an unbelievable opportunity especially with chelski and city starting there throwing around of money that has clearly inflated the market...
What happened around Harry was really curious in his last season. However, historically what really happened is lost in the fall out of missing out on Champions League.

When Nelson and Saha were added we were 3rd and consolidating top 4 was the objective. What is forgotten is that the season before they had brought Elder Gjundson ( spelling ) in the same way, adding some depth and experience and he was a good success. It was in that context not as barmy as it subsequently looks to have signed a couple of really well regarded pros to add depth to the squad. Indeed neither player let anyone down. Also, both players contributed to the aim. The team finished 4th.

Yes we finished behind the Goons who, it’s easy to forget, had an astonishing run of results and even then they only pipped us by 1 point and in fairness they beat us from 0-2 down to contribute to their final tally of points.

Then, as far as I am aware they had lined up Vertonghen & Siggurdson ( possibly Lloris too ? ) for Redknapp and then he got the bullet, Back then there was investment, more than it seems when we look back, we had a cracking squad really.

In context that summer after sacking Harry, probably was a lot more damaging than we would like to admit, so many decent players were shipped out. I don’t think they would have been had Harry stayed on.
 

Spurs_Bob

N'Koudou looked world class on YouTube
Small victories. They have won trophies and lots of them whilst we have basicly just been involved but not really come close tbh...as much as it does not seem right to do what they have done, in 10 years when they are still winning regularly nobody apart from clubs like us who use the money they have as a high horse to jump on will care.. They are successful and we are Not, this season they already have a trophy and we were never going to win any of them. Next season they will upgrade and improve in order to compete and we will simply pretend to compete and buy some 3rd rate players that none of our supposed rivals will touch imo
Do you think spending over £200m on full backs in one window helped them to win those trophies and why we are soo far behind them? Let's not beat around the bush here; Manchester City have bought everything they've won. I see no respect in that yet, pundits cream every time they play.

Maybe it's just something I've got to get used to? Outspending the world's clubs doesn't do it for me though.

I started supporting this club because of the way they play football. It has never been about winning trophies for me, they are extras not motives. I'm sure many fans see that different and that's fine as we all look for different things from that which entertain us.
 
You know what.

Fcuk this game until Saturday at about half past 2 with all due respect.

At the very least we must have one thing from this season to crow about and a top 4 finish just about does that.

Beating Bournemouth will bring something tangible from a quite wretched season og far too many injuries and indifferent form.
 
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