Life, death and the driving Tottenham Hotspur


Basically in football and in life you have your drifts.

The difference is that some people in life are happy enough to be driven, and that should be accepted. Being comfortable and happy to live life in your own skin without leaving a huge dent on the planet can be a great way to go about it. There should be no judgment from others, because no one has the right to instruct another on how to live their lives.

In football, and for players in particular, however, there is no time for drifters. The window to success is so short for today’s idolized stars that it is not an option to simply step on.

That’s what makes the situation at Tottenham so odd from a football perspective, and this idea of ​​going and just waiting for things to work out has hit this writer pretty hard.

If you have had problems in your life with premature death, this is your trigger warning.

You see, my mother passed away just over a month ago, and unfortunately the circumstances surrounding it have led me to question my views. Should I have been more proactive in helping her? Should I have tried to take on some of her burden? Should I simply have been more present?

Thankfully, I know I will eventually get a good night’s sleep. Although these questions and doubts pop into my head regularly every day and her absence continues to ruin me, I know I did everything I could to help her before she passed away. Every day I manage to put it together a little easier, even if it feels like a large part of the jigsaw is missing.

It’s a life experience that I’ll have to deal with forever, and although there are many things to learn from such a trial, I just can not help but see the parallel between how I drove and what Tottenham are right now. Yes, it may be ridiculously unfair to equate the loss of a loved one with a football club’s constant mistakes, but what we all want to see from the teams we invest our time and love in is a basic skill level at a football level.

This current Spurs team is indefinable. How do they attack? How do they build phases in the middle of the park? Who takes responsibility on the back? There are simply no obvious answers to those questions.

In the summer we heard everything from Daniel Levy, who in a very proud and exaggerated way said that the club would go back to his ‘DNA’ with attacking football high on the agenda, while when Nuno Espirito Santo was appointed he promised that he would make the fans “proud” .

If the “DNA” fragment was a hint, Levy wanted Spurs to go back to the mid-1990s midfield chase and once again become the spotty, ill-disciplined, “Spursy” side that all other fans in the world love to point the finger at and say “it “could be worse, we can be so many ‘, he has gone the right way about it.

Shortly afterwards, a football director was brought in, but nothing that has happened since the summer has indicated that Tottenham are closer to becoming an attacking beast as they were towards the end of the 2010s.

There are simply no more teams that enjoy being idealistic. Chelsea may be a tough watch, but their attacking patterns and quality from wide positions are gratifying. The way Manchester City score is so clever and enviable. Liverpool? Jurgen Klopp may be a whiner every now and then, but how can you fail to enjoy Mohamed Salah right now?

For the past two years, Tottenham have been pushing. They left a man so wonderfully at peace with his ideals after a strenuous drive to the Champions League final and replaced him with someone who simply does not know how football works anymore. Lately, Nuno looked no further on the sidelines as the cameras turned to his magnificent beard with his side under 3-0.

Where is the liability? Who looked at Jose Mourinho’s magic formula at the club and decided that Nuno’s appointment would be a step in the right direction? It shows a fundamental lack of understanding of how modern football works.

Some things in life are final, and they just have to be accepted. People cannot be brought back when their time comes. It’s the most tragic and heartbreaking thing to come to terms with, a deal that no one should have to go through, but we all do. And for the most part, people go through such times stronger than before.

Tottenham were defeated by Manchester United / Catherine Ivill / GettyImages

But football clubs do not have to work like that. Instead, they can offer hope and inspire those who have struggled. When bad times come, they can rebuild, and if the right people are in charge, change can come pretty quickly.

However, Tottenham do not seem to be doing that, and I can promise you that they are not a good team to support for those who are prone to some anxiety.

More than that, those responsible have created apathy and indifference. Nuno was ousted by supporters during the loss to Manchester United, and they also demanded that Levy be removed.

Mourinho held out a little longer last season as there were no fans in the arena to hack him during those sour losses, but Nuno did not have that advantage. As we know now, he has been started up and Antonio Conte is being prepared to come in as his replacement.

What we can not say now is that Tottenham is a “well-run club” from a football perspective – they pissed around during the summer and nominated someone so far down their search list that every Twitter user rolled out “I have turned” down the Tottenham job gag .

When everyone points a finger and laughs at you as a club, it is probably a sign of deep thought.

The atmosphere on Saturday night was similar to Andre Villas-Boa’s last match, a 5-0 loss to Liverpool. I half expected to see Eric Dier rise to the stands to confront a supporter. It was toxic and fitting for a club that went from A to B with no idea how to get there.

It is a club with such undeniable potential. The business infrastructure is there, and the arena is truly a work of art. But it must start treating its fans with some respect.

They pay some of the most expensive prices for tickets in the country and consistently pack away teams for matches like Burnley away in the Carabao Cup, and in return they have got some of the most lifeless football the club has ever produced. They deserve more than a sincere “Together” post on social media after every gloomy performance.

We have seen in recent years that a side like Spurs can not afford to stand still, because other clubs that are on the ball can quickly take steps and leave you in the lurch. They have paid the price for their indecision and thoughtlessness, and now it’s time to get really serious and stop driving.

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