Okay, so the Saints game didn’t go according to plan or expectations. But the truth is they played well, had as many good chances as we did, and deserved to get something out of it. But with over half of the season now behind us what, so far, have been the highlights? There have been games we have won easily, there have been games where we have dropped points despite playing well, and there has been one game where we were completely outplayed. We currently sit just beneath the top four, are close to an average of two points per game, and are still well in the mix to finish in a higher position. It may happen. It may not. We are through to the knock-out stage of the Champions League and should progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup.
The stand-out performances for me so far are: the win against Liverpool, the wins against Dortmund and Madrid in the CL, Harry’s goal scoring exploits, three or four amazing individual and/or team goals, and some very convincing wins in the league (albeit mostly against teams in a lower position).
But strange as it may seem, my favourite moment of this season did not involve a win, Harry Kane, or even a goal. It involved 90 seconds of beautiful possession football during which our opponents could not get near the ball. It started around the 70 minute mark of the game and involved every supporter in the ground as they cheered each glorious pass. Ninety seconds is a really long time for opponents to chase the ball without getting a sniff of it! The game was already won and this passage of play was just the icing on the cake.
It was, of course, the home game against Real Madrid, the champions of Europe. Losing the game was bad enough for them but no team is supposed to rub salt into the wound like that against Real Madrid. It was nasty. It was cruel. It was arrogant. It was bloody awesome! It was obviously the kind of result and performance that makes everyone sit up and take notice. And they did!
That result, and that 90 seconds of pure dominance, will be something that anyone who was lucky enough to be inside Wembley stadium (where we apparently have some kind of problem) will never forget.
These, off the top of my head, are the main highlights for me so far. What are yours?