After all how many times have Tottenham Hotspur shown signs of promise going into a warm August afternoons game following that of a healthy pre-season,only to stumble over the very shirt tails of our own optimism? Then there have been occasions when we have been more than just a little apprehensive heading into a new football year due to poor form in friendlies played,only to hit the ground running,last season being the perfect example of the latter.And on both occasions there have been a number of talented signings which have joined the ranks of the lillywhites which would have given cause for incohesion in the days first eleven.
And so for me then Mancini should come to recognize the importance of this first game,even though I have read he considers it a slight flesh wound should they lose,which I’m sure is just a way of easing away any pressure which might be beginning to gather about his shoulders.The players themselves though will never admit to taking this game so lightly and have of course their own agenda after our celebrations on the blue grasses of Eastlands last May.
For me this game has come at the perfect time,for although we should not approach the game holding the opposition in awe,neither should we expect to be facing a disjointed group of individuals,but rather I believe we will be up against a side still hurting from the loss of that much coveted fourth place,this should then gel over any cracks in what is evidently a squad of great potential,although brought together with very few minutes on the pitch,pride should help them make a game of it,which in turn will aid our very own focus,not only in this fixture,but will also carry over for the date with destiny which awaits us during midweek.
So which Manchester City can you see turning up at the Lane?