A goal down almost before the game kicked off and a second goal conceded at the death when Spurs were pushing for a deserved equaliser meant defeat in our first Champions League final.
Spurs contained Liverpool’s attack throughout the game. Spurs controlled midfield throughout the game. Spurs had more goal attempts and possession throughout the game and were superior in all match statistics but good goalkeeping and a failure to convert many excellent opportunities meant defeat.
Make no mistake …. losing the final is not a step back; reaching the final is another step forward.
Of course it was disappointing but, personally, my disappointment was short-lived as I was so proud of this team’s performance throughout the ninety minutes. This performance took nothing away from Tottenham’s growing reputation as a top football club.
But still the knives come out and the vitriol from some ‘supporters’ begins. It’s Astounding! Some of the comments on VS were …. ‘We played the better football’, ‘We were the better team’, ‘We outplayed them’! Okay, we didn’t win. It’s football. But almost every football fan on the planet watched us being the better team. So why all the vitriol?
Supporters who consider that any member of the Spurs team did not give their utmost should spend more time exploring their own successes and failures in life. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, things don’t work out the way we want.
There are so many reasons for any team losing: not good enough, poor team selection, bad decisions from the whistleblower, poor tactics, etc, etc. Sometimes the better team loses. But at the end of the day it is what it is and life (and football) goes on.
None of the supporters who are disparaging the club now would have realistically expected Spurs to be in the final …. so why be so angry because we didn’t win it? Disappointed, yes, because the opportunity was there …. but surely the pride in going so far should outweigh any anger from supporters.
The dream for this season is over, but the dream for next season has already begun. And that’s what football provides …. a tag game of never-ending dreams! Great, isn’t it.