Any regular watcher of English football in recent years is likely to be aware of the term “Spursy”. After results as uplifting as their midweek triumph over Real Madrid at Wembley, it would be just like Tottenham to slip up at home to Palace but manager Mauricio Pochettino insists that they’re taking the Eagles just as seriously as the reigning European champions.
This season alone, Spurs have followed up their wonderful Champions League win at home to Dortmund with a 0-0 home draw against Swansea and their hugely impressive 4-1 victory over Liverpool with a humbling 3-2 home defeat to London rivals West Ham.
In essence, the difficulty they’re still having to maintain motivation with games coming thick and fast is understandable but the Argentine boss was desperate to stress yesterday that his players have been made well aware of the need to put on a show against Roy Hodgson’s men. For all the progress he’s made since leaving Southampton, that tag of inconsistency is something that he has been unable to shift from the Lilywhite’s DNA as of yet.
With the press rightly full of praise for their swashbuckling win over Zidane’s superstars, it’s up to Kane, Alli, Eriksen and co. to prove that they can blow teams away with the sort of consistency Guardiola’s Manchester City have shown so far this term.
On paper, the visit of Roy Hodgson’s rock-bottom Eagles to the national stadium shouldn’t provide too much in the way of worry but given the stereotype that has haunted Tottenham for far longer than Pochettino has been in the dugout, it’s a game that he is fully justified in taking seriously.
Our home win over Chelsea, improved away display against Newcastle and spirited last gasp point against West Ham last time out have all pointed towards steady and tangible progress under Hodgson but going up against a side as talented and full of confidence of Tottenham is yet another gargantuan task.
At least we know their gaffer is taking us just as seriously as Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates…