Date: 8th April 2018 at 11:34am
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The Difference Is In The Belief.

In any area of endeavour, it is never easy for young men in their late teens or twenties to feel completely confident in whatever field they are employed. It usually takes a few years, first to train, and then to gain experience, before confidence kicks in. And it’s not until we hit the thirties that most of us are really on top of our game.

Because of the nature of the sport and the limited career span of footballers, to become one of the best in their chosen profession means confidence and belief in their ability has to be found earlier than usual for young aspiring footballers.

Tottenham seem to be leading the way in identifying and training young players in such a way that confidence becomes the key to the way they perform. Whether they arrive through the Tottenham youth system or are found elsewhere and brought to the academy or into the squad, the emphasis at Tottenham is to train them to play the ‘Spurs way’ and allow them to step onto the park with confidence. In other words …. to play the ‘Spursy’ way!

The ‘Spurs way’ is never more visible than when the team is affected by injuries. The replacement player rarely makes any difference to the way we play because he understands the expectations of his manager. From the spectator perspective, it can be frustrating because supporters demand an increased level of intensity when their team is behind (well, you would, wouldn’t you). But being behind does not seem to concern the players as much as it does the fans … they continue to play their game, exercise patience and believe in the ability of their team to win. And many more times than not, they do.

That’s not to say that every young player will succeed, but every academy member will be aware that they will be given the opportunity to succeed if they work hard and follow instructions. Any deviation from the prescribed training expectations will result in a red card before they even reach the pitch.

This belief is, to me, what sets Spurs apart from most other PL teams. They all demonstrate belief; belief in themselves, belief in their team-mates, belief in their manager, belief in their training regime, belief in the Tottenham Hotspur project, and belief in their support people. It all culminates in …. the belief that they will win. And the current Spurs team never give up.

To do and to dare is etched into their psyche. Long may it last.


54 Replies to “The Difference For Spurs Is In The Belief.”

  • Very good article geofspurs, completely 100% agree, the most complete word you used is “belief” which also iterates what the majority of us Spur fans think, we believe!

  • Wrote this this morning on what is likely a dead thread, so forgive me for copying here:

    Citeh has been disgraceful vs. Poo and manure in consecutive matches. Let’s beat them of the three points this coming weekend for a trifecta of disgracefull Citeh performances, and the race for 1st place is on. ???? Possible? The main thing is to grab the three points from them. I’m not sure why, but suddenly they appear quite vulnerable. We need to play a tighter more disciplined match than we did vs. Stoke, though.
    got us the three points, but wasn’t our finest match. COYS. Train with seriousness this week. Don’t allow Manure and poo to beat Citeh unless we join the party.

    Like to see Harry start looking like Harry again.

    Good to see Delecatesen looking better. Nice patient pass for the 1st goal yesterday. Show match sense.

    I wonder if Rose will ever be Rose again? Bursts of speed seem lacking. Chippy attitude, though. I’d prefer to see Davies on the weekend coming.

    Son alternates these days between the brilliant and the frustrating.

    Think Aurier will mature into the beast we hope he will become? Seems to fall into dimwitted moments a bit too often, but at moments he looks a monster on the pitch.

    The magic Dane has indeed been magical.

  • Sorry about the re-posting above. Now to a comment on the topic of this thread directly:

    There is a Spurs way, and Pochimon has fit that tradition well. We do not play timid football, and we play with confidence in ourselves and in our tradition of bringing joy and beauty on the pitch.

    why should we change that attitude if we go a goal down early in a match. If we think we have the right way to play, then we should play that way. Of course, a manager should have some tactical flexibility, but the philosophy need not change to accommodate moments of panic.

    We played our way in Turin after falling behind in the first minutes of the match, and our steadiness paid off.

    The thing to do is avoid those moments where concentration is lost, as happened for those three minutes at home vs the same Juve team. We should have taken that series, but the loss didn’t occur because of a change of attitude, it happened because of a loss of concentration and failure to attend to their tactical change.

    Spurs must continue to believe in playing with beauty and grace, in our ability to play our way. May the gods help us if we abandon that by bringing in some tactical cynic to run the team.

    Let’s continue to nourish the youth in the organization. Much better for the soul that to buy expensive imports whose heart has not grown into our way. Spurs football is not for mercenaries. Let them go to Madrid of to some northern team in the Mancs.

  • Site admin need to get this new format sorted fast in light of the imminent introduction of GDPR, my comment box was again populated with other users details this morning as it was yesterday, today it had TK’s user name combined with Fanman’s email address!

  • TQ2 … I just had your details in my box. I exited and then returned to find you had disappeared …. hope you’re okay! lol It’s a teething problem I expect.

  • I’m good thanks Geof, not too worried about my details being seen as the email address I use here has already been published to what seems like every scammer in the world when TalkTalk was hacked a while back. I use a more secure email system for my main address.

    Not being in Europe you probably won’t be aware that new regulations come in to force in May regarding the protection if personal data, primarily aimed at digital data and storage and use of the same. The ‘teething problem’ as you call it will probably be regarded as a data breach under the new regulations and punishable by a very heavy fine.

  • All of us are manifestations of one another, united in our love for Spurs, and thus our identities can be flexibly intertwined in our mutual love and respect for our Spurs. At the moment I am TK with the email address of Fanman. Yesterday I will be Atum Re with an address in the Duat. Tomorrow I was Coopsie in Cornwall carrying the staff of Osiris through the space of the dead to be reborn in a new WHL. Time, space, and identity intertwined so that Blanchflower and Greavsie live in us now and Harry Kane claimed he scored a goal given to Hoddle. Out of the Many are One, and out of the One come the Many. Amun united us with his inscrutable magic as he was a concept without extension who makes Ptah his technical manager.

    Now just don’t get my bank account and password confused with someone else’s, unless he has G. Bale’s salary.

    The ultimate mystery of the cosmos: Spurs magic, as represented in the mysteries of this site’s treatment of our identities….

  • TK in brasil always has had a flexible identity as was known to the foolish Falstaff and to the never actualized Foil to Sir Harry Percy. And these identities came into being one after another when this site had difficulty remembering the one being used. Easily changed to another, knowing that I could not step into the same river. Nice to return to my favorite, the Total knobhead, which fits me well, like a rasta tam in Brixton. Perhaps some day I will be the Baboon of All Bombast, Boris John Stoned, the utterer of more nonsense than a nonsense thread of yore on VS.

    By the way, my all time favorite name on the site has been Oi vey Maria, the perfect wedding of catholicism with yiddishness, both sanctified prayers in their own tradition and exemplifying the Many in the One.

  • hahahaha. I changed my name and email back to whatever it was that I am, but Fanmans’ email has returned.

  • I promise, Fanman, that I will not sell your address to Facebook nor to any other treacherous data miner. As the perfidious Google said: do no evil, which I took as a promise on their part to do evil.

  • o great gods and little fishes that swim in the Primeval Flood, save me from always returning to the email of Fanman. changed it twice to my own email and again it has returned to his (hers? or would that be Fanwoman?). anyway, fanman’s email is back. persistent little devil. I wonder how many times I will need to change it, or should I merely accept that which I cannot change?

  • First time posting since the upgrade. Let’s see what happens.

    Nice article Geoff. Agree, Spurs have the belief they haven’t had in the past. The only part I slightly disagree with is the replacement players comments. It works in some positions but looks a complete disaster at full-back at the moment. Davies and Trippier are adequate but not the most fantastic full-backs in the league. However, the team looks significantly weakened when Rose and Aurier deputise. Rose seems to have lost the plot altogether and a shadow of the player he was. Aurier just doesn’t look up to the standard he’s been asked to play since moving to the club.

  • Aurier has his flashes, but looks undisciplined too much of the time. But you’re on to something, Muttley. FB is a weak position in our team right now. We could a signing or two at this position that goes beyond the hope of developing someone.

    by the way, I never was a great enthusiast of Kyle Walker, who, despite his pace and moments, always fell short in my view. His pace allowed him to catch up to his mistakes, but catching up to one’s mistakes is not what one wants at FB.

    Rose is not the same player he was. Whether it’s a loss of pace or a change of attitude, I don’t know. But he doesn’t seem right these days. Hope we can get a good price for him, for it i were another club I wouldn’t pay much for the current version of Danny Rose. I loved his play 18 months back, but not so much these days. Where’s the anger coming from? seems mad at the world–opponents and others. Find your center, Danny.

    Davies and Trippier wonderful bench players, who should not be the starting pair on a PL champion club.

    Aurier? losing patience with him, but who knows, Physically looks like a potential beast. Mentally? wait and see. Can Pochiman work wonders with him? Don’t know, and less faith about this than I had.

  • muttley …. Yes, I have to agree with you to an extent. Rose has never really been the same since his lengthy spell out and Aurier will, I think, improve dramatically before next season …. with the help of MP’s pre-season training sessions. But the reality, looking at our defensive performances compared to other clubs, is that they are all doing their job quite well.

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