To lose out on CLge last season because of Chelski's horrible CLge victory was one of the worst footballing pills I've ever had to swallow.
This season - we've done brilliantly under AVB - if we win on Sunday - he'll have amassed more points (a remarkable 72) in the premier league than any other Spurs manager (previous record being 70). That's an outstanding achievement and yet we'll still finish 5th.
The AR$e have had an astonishing run of luck and results to finish their season. They got to play Man Utd, QPR and Wigan at a time of the season when their opponents had nothing left to play for (Or in Wigan's case had just won their first ever FACup final 3 days before and were shattered). They now get to play 'safe' Newcastle. Factor in The Ar$e's uncanny knack of scoring last minute shitty goals time and again and I feel someone really has put a black spell on North London. ((We were well on top at their Library) until Ade got himself sent off).
Since that game - we've lost 3 games in our last 25. Two of those defeats were last minute madness...Liverpool & Everton and the third an insipid performance against Fulham.
The fine lines in those games and earning that extra point or 3 would have us over the line by now.
Then there is Chelski - UnBEARlievable - God knows what Benetiz has put in their half-time tea - but they are a better and more experienced team/squad than us - I just wish their impending implosion had actually happened - rather than what now appears to be a master-stroke by Abromovich...makes me sick.
We live in a world of what if? What if our fixture list had us not playing Newcastle on the opening day of the season?!
The majority on here (including me) have been crying out for a word-class striker for a few seasons now - would he have made the difference? I think yes - I think a wrold class striker would have made the fine-line difference. But, by having him in the team - would Bale have reached such extraordinary heights? I really don't know - we live in our hypothetical world.
What I do know is how proud I am of what AVB has achieved this season, his first season at the Lane. He's brought a spirit and a belief to THFC that (I feel) has been missing for years. He's had key players sidelined and worked around it and still achieved results. If he can build on this, keep Bale and bring in one or two world class players - then we will be in great shape come next season when Utd won't be the Utd we know, Mankester Shitty´s mercenaries will continue to argue amongst themselves as they try to understand yet another foreign manager (Who failed at RM) - Chelski will have Jose back (boo) and no doubt will be even stronger (title winners perhaps) The Ar$e will continue to over-achieve (They're really not that good - I feel we are better than them these days).
Or maybe, just maybe - we don't have to wait (again) until next season for our curse to be lifted - maybe someone, somewhere in the land of the football gods realises that it is time for the tide of fortune to be turned in favour of the boys from White Hart Lane - I truly believe they deserve it, we've been getting there for a few seasons now - and we deserve to be there, to be ahead of The Ar$e, to be the pride of North London. Let's show our appreciation at the Lane on Sunday and throw the mights of our minds to the football gods above and the Magpies below and pray that we get that fine-lined piece of luck that pushes us and not them over the finishing line.
If that happens - we won't need to blame any hypothetical argument...and that would be very nice indeed.