Happy Friday, Spursland!
Didn't it feel good to take that match to Fiorentina? The tempo we created was thrilling to watch and, for a while, produced a riveting match. La Viola, it should be noted, are no one's doormat. Our relentless waves of pressure seemed to finally break them down mentally and physically in the last half an hour and there was only going to be one winner once Erik Lamela took his goal.
Because this season has become the "season of all the good feelings", we have learned to expect this type of performance, but yesterday's match is something else entirely. Let us collectively stop for a moment and look at the lineup we sent out to dominate a really good team: no center forward, a 19 year old, an Eric Dier-Ryan Mason double pivot, plus a Kyle Walker and Jan Verthonghen-less back line. Not to mention our first sub was an 18 year old!
If I told the commenters on this site this was the case on August 1st, the general consensus would've been that we were comfortably mid-table, Harry Kane now plied his trade for Real Madrid, and Mauricio had been sentenced to removal from North London by catapult.
Instead we're second in the league (sorry, Richie) and down to the last 16 in Europa. The squad is simply electric, and so much of this is down to the big guy. My word, our manager is special.
And now for the "news":
The referee did not have a stellar second half. Maybe he, too, wore down from the breakneck pace. Or maybe cagey Italians make refereeing matches difficult :)
You can't fool me, Neil Ashton. I know you wrote this.
Go on, Paulo. You're talking into my good ear.
How could they have? Jürgen Klopp's arrival already did.