I been recently looking back at Everton when they finished 4th in 2005 but failed at the final qualifying round of the Champions League and how it affected them. It took the wind right out of their sails almost instantly, a feeling that can only be compared to a by kick in the nads by and angry donkey,and took them months to recover from the shattered confidence of all the players.
It is important Tottenham don’t make the same mistake, because if we do then there is every possiblity of another appaling start to the season which could also see Harry lose his job, leaving us back to square one. The confidence of the players and the belief they had will be instantaniously gone and will take 3 to 4 months to get it out of their mind. If the fans are unable to forget so easily how could we expect the players to should the unthinkable happen. I don’t know about you but I couldn’t handle the thought of the smug gooners I work with everyday if Spurs didn’t qualify.
On the brighter side I do believe we will qualify and here are the positives. Yes it will be a big ask for our players having to play midweek and weekend games most weeks but hopefully Harry knows this and will strengthen the squad soon. However playing in the Champions League will give our team the hunger and confidence to push on. Playing with and agaisnt other players of Champions League quality and knowing they have earned that right to compete will make our players better players through the priceless experience Europe’s Elite competition brings.
Come mid August we may find ourselves more nervous than the Manchester City match, a feeling most of us never thought possible, pull the armchairs out once again lads, to hide behind should the nerves set in once more. Squeeky bum time? too right, this is it and there are no second chances. This will be our most defining moment, one fixture over 2 legs will decide whether its months of “what if’s” or months of sitting in front of the tv on a tuesday and wednesday night with the biggest smile on our faces and the proud feeling we will get when that Champions League music starts to play and our Tottenham Heroes walk out and bring Champions League football to the worlds finest stage, White Hart Lane!