The history of Tottenham Hotspur at times seems to be a comedy of errors; facing bankruptcy, expensive flop after expensive flop, kerb-crawling, the odd FA Cup thrown in for good measure and this was just the late 80’s and early 90’s. Tottenham fans have an odd relationship with our past because there is genuine success; although most of it over half a century ago, but then our recent past reminds us of just how bad things can be at Tottenham Hotspur.
When Hugo Lloris first joined Spurs he said that Spurs fans always talked about the teams of the past, there’s a simple reason for this, the Spurs teams of the past won things. The current crop of Spurs players haven’t won anything but they have far exceeded of what most people expected them to do, but with this success has come a new trend amongst Spurs fans; using the past to justify the failures of the current Spurs team.
The Premier League era hasn’t been particularly fruitful for Spurs; two league cups and a couple of top four finishes don’t really match the years of mid-table finishes and early cup exits. Most of these top four finishes have come in the past few years thanks to the genius from Argentina Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs, under Poch have undergone a dramatic transformation, we have gone from hot and cold fifth place finishers to a consistent top four team whose players are globally known superstars. With all the highs of the Pochettino era there have been some genuine lows too; and this is where the new trend amongst Spurs fans has become so common.
There is no denying that life as a Spurs fan has never been better; in the Premier League era at least, but that does not mean we shouldn’t want more from our team. It is very easy to placate ourselves after every loss by comparing our current situation to how bad things used to be, but this in itself is a defeatist logic. Spurs fans must be the only club in Europe whose fans after a most losses try to soften the blow by saying at least this isn’t as bad as the nineties. As a Spurs fan whose earliest memory of Tottenham is Lasanga-gate it would be very easy to sit back and not want more from Spurs, to be happy with being thereabouts in the top four and being close to silverware but never quite making it, but this isn’t enough. Tottenham need to be the club of the right here, right now, not the club of glory glory days of old or just being happy that things are better than they used to be.
Spurs fans need to treat our past as just what it is, the past; we need to move on and focus on what’s happening at the club right now, we need to be happy the glory glory days happened but not use the nineties as a justification for why we should settle for less now, Tottenham are a completely different club from the nineties from the board to the training ground and we should expect results on the pitch to be different too, this is the Tottenham of the future, and hopefully the Tottenham of actually winning silverware, too.
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