It’s the international break, which usually means no club football for two weeks. However, there’s still a pretty important Tottenham Hotspur match this Sunday — Tottenham Hotspur Women will host Arsenal in the first North London Derby in WSL history this Sunday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Spurs are new to the WSL and a lot of fans, including Tottenham fans, are only now starting to pay attention to the women’s game. That includes something as small as learning who the players are. As preparation for the match, 90min Football put together a short Spurs-centric Twitter video focusing on Spurs players Coral-Jade Haines, Lucia Leon, Chloe Morgan, and Hannah Godfrey.
Sourdough with smashed avocado, car karaoke and last minute toilet trips...— 90min (@90min_Football) November 11, 2019
The Tottenham Hotspur Women's team reveal their pre-game routines ahead of the North London Derby at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this Sunday! pic.twitter.com/lERFJ7POEj
I love videos like this because, just like with Spurs TV videos, they give a little glimpse as to who these players are off the pitch as well as on it. Every time I watch one of these I learn something new about the players. And frankly, we should all be trying to learn as much as we can about this team.
For starters, we learned that most of the women eat porridge for breakfast. The exception is Chloe Morgan who eats a Millennial breakfast of “sourdough bread, smashed avocado, some chile, maybe some paprika,” for which she got made fun of by Hannah Godfrey. Lucia Leon doesn’t fuss around in the locker room and is always champing at the bit to get out on the pitch to play.
But Coral-Jade Haines had the best moments of the video. We learned that she can’t pronounce “Fluorescent Adolescent,” which is apparently the name of an Arctic Monkeys song, the video of which features a gang of violent clowns trying to hijack a car. Haines also is the prankster of the group, but saves most of her pranks for teammate Sophie McLean.
In a serious moment, Haines mentioned her friends and former teammates who weren’t offered professional contracts, and said that playing a match like this one against a club like Arsenal was a major goal for everyone at the club this year. She’s playing this match for them, too.
Honestly, there’s still a huge gulf in talent between Tottenham and Arsenal right now and probably will be for a long time. Spurs will go into Sunday’s game as heavy underdogs, even at the new stadium in front of what is expected to be a large and heavily pro-Spurs crowd. But miracles can happen, and this is another opportunity to show that Spurs belong in the top flight and have ambitions to stay for a long time.
The match kicks off this Sunday at 10 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. BST. It’s televised on BT Sport 1 and will be streamed for free on The FA Player.