How I Fell In Love With Tottenham Hotspur
I started watching soccer just one year ago. I was flipping through the TVchannels one night, bored, when I got to channel 124, some obscure channel I had never heard of called Fox Soccer Channel (FSC). I watched some of the match that they were showing. In the beginning, I would watch the beginning of the Saturday 12:30pm ET match being shown on FSC while eating lunch and the last 20 minutes of whatever UEFA Champions League match was being shown after coming home from school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. But I did not know whom to cheer for. It seemed like everyone who followed soccer here in the States rooted for one of the Big Four as they were known at the time. I followed the table, wanted Chelsea to win the league, Spurs to take top 4 and Hull City to fight off relegation due to the fact they had American international Jozy Altidore as their striker. However I did not fall passionately in love with any side.
At the start of this season, I fell in love with Tottenham Hotspur, every single one of their matches was exciting. Whether it be the 3-2 loss to Young Boys in the Champions League or the 4-0 victory in the return leg a week later, the 4-3 loss to Inter Milan, the 3-1 win two weeks later or the stunning comeback over Arsenal. Spurs never disappointed in the exciting business of the game.
Sunday, Spurs had me on the edge of my seat during the entire match. After their early goal by Roman Pavlyuchenko, the goal by Drogba devastated me. Gomes should have stopped it. However my heart started racing when Chelsea were awarded the penalty in stoppage time. I was thinking, what a horrible game, Spurs go up and blow it with a stupid penalty conceded late in the game. Drogba stepped up, took it, Gomes dove to his left. Save! I jumped up cheering, Spurs were able to rescue the point which they probably did not deserve. They never fail to disappoint when it comes to exciting football.
Looking forward I expect them to bolster their defense in January, they concede too frequently, and as the announcer on FSC read the names of injured centre backs Gallas, Kaboul, Ledley King and Woodgate, it reaffirmed to me how Spurs need to buy in the transfer window.
I do not expect them to challenge for the league, however I do expect them to make a great run in the Champions League, hopefully reaching the semi-finals since they are extremely hard to beat at White Hart Lane. A deep run in the FA Cup would be nice, but not imperative because it might cause fixture congestion late in the season. In future years I do expect them to challenge for the Premier League title however maintaining their top 4 status is imperative.
Spurs fans, please respond in the comments below on what you think about the squad and future aspirations.