There’s a reason Urban Dictionary describes a Spursy as: “To consistently and inevitably fail to live up to expectations. To bottle it.”
Year after year Tottenham Hotspur display episodes of genuine quality and demonstrate passages of play reserved for the footballing gods, the kind that incites widespread murmurings of “this could be their year” amongst pundits and fans alike.
But then the footballing world remembers just who they’re dealing with and the hype train is destroyed as quickly as it was put together.
Since the turn of the century, Spurs have been in a total of six quarter-finals, seven semi-finals, and five finals. But in only one of those, the 2007/08 League Cup, have they come away with a trophy.
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Indeed, Tottenham’s history is marred with close calls. As recently as last season, they had one hand on the Champions League trophy and an outside chance at the Premier League, but history repeated itself once again and they choked at the last; a shameful 3-1 defeat to Wolves the centrepiece of their capitulation.
It’s hardly surprising then that after Wednesday night’s performance against Olympiakos, which saw them squander a two-goal lead, talkSPORT commentator and former Chelsea player Jason Cundy is already predicting another disappointing season…
“Spurs’ draw with Olympiacos sums them up. They’re the nearly men.” ?
“They nearly win the Champions League, nearly win the Premier League.” ?
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 19, 2019