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Man City – Spurs Preview: It’s The Hope That Kills Me…

“It’s not the despair, I can take the despair; it’s the hope that kills me…”As a long-time Spurs-supporting chum put it to me yesterday, we’re not built for this sort of thing. Let-downs and heartbreaks we can deal with, but this business of every single blasted game coming loaded with significance is just too much to take. At any rate it’s almost upon us now, arguably the biggest showdown since Godzilla and King Kong went head to head. I’m not sure I can bear to watch.  

After the season we have had I would be deeply suspicious if we went into our most crucial game with a clean bill of health, so it is only appropriate that we are sweating on the fitness of Ledley and Gomes. Without wanting to tempt fate I think the boy Bassong is a pretty able deputy at centre-back; as for the boy Alnwick… well, let’s just hope that Gomes pulls through.

Central midfield, as ever, provides a selection poser. AANP would stick with Modders and Hudd, but I presume ‘Arry will accommodate Sergeant Wilson somehow, and shove Modders wide right or left. All sorts of head-hurting permutations then follow (Bale left-back? BAE right-back?) but if nothing else we at least have the enticing prospect of Palacios giving Viera a good mauling, something which seems about 15 years overdue.

Elsewhere we just need to close our eyes and pray that nobody fluffs their lines. Kaboul (or BAE) will need to be Jekyll rather than Hyde against the dastardly Craig Bellamy; lilywhites the world over will be imploring Bale and Lennon to go forth and prosper on their respective flanks; and Defoe, Pav and chums blinking well need to adjust their radars, because tonight is not the night to roll out that everywhere-but-the-net routine.

I genuinely think that watching this game might actually kill me. Deep breath. Godspeed, fellas.

17 Responses

  1. TShill7 Says:

    That’s it. After this post I don’t think I can watch the game. I’ve been swyaing between watching a potentially historic game and “just tell me the final score so I can deal with it in one hit”. It’s like a good horror movie – you don’t want to look so you peer through your fingers.
    Like many, my heart can’t take it – God help us if we actually got into the bleedin’ Champions League!!

  2. Sam-I-am Says:

    I know what you mean about the hope killing you. Still, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Don’t die AANP, your blog’s too good. Let’s show the world that Despairing Spurs are no more. COYS!

  3. Iver Biggen Says:

    Come on , what are you worried about? It is only Man City..3 points guaranteed:)

  4. el Says:

    A&E at right back? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO………

  5. Stratty Says:

    Now who’s writing this article because I just sent that John Cleese ‘Clockwise’ quote to a number of friends! Or does it just COMPLETELY hit the note?!

  6. mystic arnold Says:

    the saying It s the hope that kills you should be the spurs motto insteasd of to do is to dare

  7. Ali Says:

    its so nice to feel that there are so many people out there, 1000s of miles away from you, who share and would feel exactly the same way you feel, its like a visible support that each of us gets from the others..i hope we will all go to bed tonight with the biggest smile ever on our tired faces..(a no longer lonely spurs fan..!)

  8. Ali Says:

    that was a bit cheezy..i know!

  9. Spurs Sweden Says:

    Great article, same feeling here. I’am actually thinking of turning the TV off, and just await the result when it’s all over, cause this is making me physically sick.

    Nice blog, my first time here.

  10. DAVSPURS Says:

    This was the Team i seen in MANCHESTER PAPER gOMES PALACIOS KING DAWSON BALE MIDFIELD LENNON KABOUL HUDDLESTONE MODRIC DEFOE CROUCH .Kaboul in midfield is a interesting gamble because he can like Hudds can hit a Rocket . He would also keep a watchful eye on Viera. coys 4-2

  11. abe Says:

    we did it. stand up for the heroic men of tottenham hotspur

  12. siberiaspur Says:

    Arise Sir Peter!

  13. Spurs Sweden Says:

    Fantastic, lost for words really. What a night!

  14. Ashley J. Collie Says:

    The Glory Game returns to Tottenham. Alrighty then, hands up. Honestly, who predicted we’d finish fourth before the season? First time in the top European competition since when. . .1962, I believe the stats say. All the doubters, the Harry Redcrapp out dissenters, etc. — the lot of you can, well you know what you can do. We are Tottenham from the Lane. Here’s a link to the lads & gals from the Los Angeles Spurs Supporters club at the Fox & Hounds in the Valley, yep that Valley, like Valley girl. COYS!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrECbsm-lHQ

  15. Gemma Slavin Says:

    I can’t believe it!! What a game, i think i held my breath the whole time. Sitting with friends last night we started discussing the top Tottenham players of all time. We have created a ranking tool to rank the top Tottenham players of all time, and compare with fans all over the world. If someone is missing then i appreciate any feedback and can add many more players. Click on the link and rank your top players, maybe if they see our support it will help Arsenal lose!

  16. Gemma Slavin Says:

    I can’t believe it!! What a game, i think i held my breath the whole time. Sitting with friends last night we started discussing the top Tottenham players of all time. We have created a ranking tool to rank the top Tottenham players of all time, and compare with fans all over the world. If someone is missing then i appreciate any feedback and can add many more players. Click on the link and rank your top players, maybe if they see our support it will help Arsenal lose!!!

    http://bit.ly/Tottenham

  17. Ted Says:

    We had some nervy moments but overall we were clearly the better side.

    Lovely fluid pacey attacking line up that Harry picked made city look lethargic and stiff.

    Triffic stuff. Expecially pleased for Crouchy who has had some unfair stick. He did well and linked with Defoe a hundred times better than Pav has.

    Now we got to strengthen the team to cope with the extra games next season.

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