It’s been 14 games into the new season of the English Premier League and a fifth position for Spurs is satisfactory from a neutral point of view however, from a professional perspective, they should have done better. The thought of increased revenue that comes from qualifying for the prestigious champions league was indeed luring. Spurs fans were in 7th heaven indeed at the beginning of the season, picturing those champions league nights, group-stage battles followed by grueling and tense matches with the elite of European soccer like Real Madrid and Barcelona. Hence the question, would they do well in the competition? Why not, as their motto says, to dare is to do right? I mean, if a Gareth Bale led Spurs can cause shockwaves in Europe and cause upsets to the likes of Inter Milan back in 2010, in a sturdy and glamorous cameo, why not this Spurs team with stars like Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Victor Wanyama.
15 weeks and 5 champions league games later, Spurs are already on the brink of elimination from the competition with poor displays against Monaco and Bayern Leverkusen, the wild cards of this year’s showpiece. Playing in the champions league has undeniably come with its demerits as we have seen in some of their premier league outings so far; call it inexperience, greenness or naivety. Spurs have been undone by the so called midweek fixtures, as some Spurs fans have come to label them “midweek fixtures of doom”. But, despair not, for the future is filled with so much promise for this Spurs side. The adventure has just begun.