It seems like an eternity since Spurs last took to a football pitch and although the result at the Emirates was disappointing enough, it also put into focus the way that the rivalry between the two clubs clouds the bigger picture at times.
Meanwhile, as new signing Christian Eriksen talked in terms of a title tilt, Tottenham’s Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas was quick to dismiss such suggestions. He claims that the flood of new arrivals at the club has raised some hopes but adds that Spurs just aren’t ready.
“The circumstances are difficult. The investment that we have made raises expectations in people but what we have to do is create a team that bonds together,” Andre said.
“That takes time and we see that our opponents are one step ahead as they have players who have been together for many years; that is an advantage that we don’t have.”
Those seem to be wise words but in the wake of that defeat last time out, it does refocus our long term ambition. Instead of fighting with a team who seem happy to scrape fourth place by virtue of a point, this new look squad could be battling for the ultimate prize in seasons to come.
AVB went on to emphasis this point,
“I think we have invested a lot in young players that have real potential. Obviously we will have to work with them to make sure they develop into the world stars that we think they can become,” he added.
“All of them have great ambition to succeed and win titles which is one of the criteria that we wanted. Now it is about creating a team that bonds together and assumes the responsibility of winning those titles. This is what we have now and hopefully we can get a good response.”
For now the focus returns to league action and a home game with Norwich but in the future, our ambition may just hit the next level.