Inside Lane: Why a cup is more important than fourth spot for Spurs
12:00 07 January 2015
Tottenham blogger Mike Williams is excited to see Spurs fighting on four fronts at the start of 2015 and is keen to see a trophy in the cabinet at the end of the season.
At the start of the season, the majority of Tottenham supporters would have looked at the League Cup, FA Cup and Europa League as realistic chances of silverware. It is now early January and we are still in all three of those competitions, with a semi-final to come in the League Cup and a fantastic opportunity of a Wembley cup final.
In the past few seasons a debate has raged between supporters – fourth place or a trophy? Which should be the focus, when the games are coming thick and fast? I have, and always will be, in the trophy camp as I don’t believe there is a better feeling in football then seeing your side win a cup final – a feeling that we at Spurs haven’t felt frequently enough in the modern era.
Right now we have a huge chance to feel that magic again. In a couple of weeks we take on League One side Sheffield United in the League Cup. They should not be taken likely but, over two legs, we will have no excuses if we are not walking down Wembley Way on March 1.
Then there is the FA Cup. It was disappointing that we require a replay to potentially go through to the fourth round, but Monday’s draw against Burnley – coupled with the prospect of a home game against Leicester in the next stage – has put us in a strong position to have a go in a competition where we are long overdue a positive run. The painful memories of the semi-final defeats to Chelsea and especially Portsmouth are still etched firmly in the mind. What might have been?
We have always been known as a cup team but, in truth, we haven’t seen much of that with just the two trophies in 23 long, hard years. This season, however, Mauricio Pochettino has a fantastic chance to bring back some of that excitement as he takes on three cup runs while trying to keep his team competing towards the top of the league at the same time.
A lot of people have been commenting on the number of games that we are now going to play, but surely this is what all professional footballers and supporters want? ‘The game is about glory’. That’s what is written at White Hart Lane, and this term we have a chance to compete for glory on more than one front.
You only had to look at the away end at Turf Moor this week to see how much it means to us fans - it was an incredible turnout for a Monday night up north. Here’s hoping that Spurs will continue to march forward in all of the cup competitions over the next month.
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