This is what managing a football team is about. Belief. Belief based upon understanding and valuing the assets on the books and endlessly instilling inspirational doses of that belief into the players.
We have been so widely acclaimed for the way we’ve played this season that many (I actually mean most of us) have had to invoke the old Derek Jameson line, ‘Do they mean us?!’
The quality, imagination and spirit of the Tottingham play has been frequently sensational. The boy Bale can leave any right back in the world needing psychiatric care. Azza is a wing heeled electric dynamo. Modric actually ups his game when they come at him in number.
Adebayor is one truly sophisticated predator. Sure if it bleeds you can kill it. But first you must make it bleed.
When the Lilywhites beat Cheatski and won the Carling Cup in 2008 they were actually playing a superior side with weaker assets. What won that day was desire and dare I say it, some deering do.
The mercenaries have now taken over the asylum at Second Hand Fridge and again it’s time for our lot again to demonstrate their inherent class.
They aren’t medal winners these days. They still chant Jose’s name into the cold night air …as a requiem.
The fact that their mob couldn’t beat us home or away this season is the yardstick. We will edge it. I’ll be delighted to watch us do just that.