Dreams And Reality!
2018/2019, a new season starts. We all dream. When it comes to football my dream is that Spurs win every game they play and every trophy they play for whilst, at the same time, I get to enjoy pure, flowing football, in the Spurs tradition. But even our sweetest dreams can be destroyed by reality!
The best thing about a new season for supporters is that it is always the start of a journey to an unknown destination.
So, once again, it is the time of year when we ask those interesting two questions; what would we like Spurs to achieve this season and what, realistically, do we expect Spurs to achieve this season? No doubt there will be a variety of answers but, as they say, ‘variety is the spice of football’ …. or something like that.
Thinking about it I could probably cut and paste what I said this time last year. I want Spurs to play good, competitive football. I want to see some amazing goals and some amazing team, and individual, performances. I want to be ‘entertained’. I want Spurs to finish in the top four. I want Spurs to progress from the group stage of the CL and at least one knock-out round. I want Spurs to have a good run (Semi-final) in one, or both, of the domestic Cups. And I want Spurs to avoid relegation!
In reality, what do I expect? Well, I expect to get exactly what I wanted! It is quite possible that I will get more than I wanted because I know Spurs are capable of more. Unfortunately I don’t know how our World Cup stars will adjust to PL football after a long and intense summer. I have no idea how other clubs will perform. I don’t know how the remaining days of the TW will change the script. I don’t know how long it will take to adjust to playing in a new stadium although, given our away record over the previous three seasons, I don’t think it matters much where we play.
There are the usual six main contenders for a top four PL finish. Or will there be a surprise seventh? That would make it interesting. Will one or two of the ‘top six’ self-destruct early. That would be interesting, too. Less interesting if Spurs were one of them!
It will take five or six games for the teams to settle down. By game twelve we will have a fair idea of who is going to do what. By game nineteen all the clubs will have played each other and we will have a much better idea of who is going to do what. By game thirty-eight we’ll know for sure. Throughout the season a number of variables will influence results, adding to the drama and interest. Emotions will roller-coast from game to game and, often, during each game. There’s nothing quite like it.
So VS, as the season is about to kick off, what do you want and what do you expect?