For months now, Tottenham Hotspur looked like serious contenders for their first ever Premier League trophy, only for West Bromwich Albion to throw a massive spanner in the works.
The Baggies’ 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane last night leaves Leicester City on the verge of winning the league, barring a Newcastle United 1996-97 style capitulation.
A win for Leicester against Manchester United on Sunday will confirm the Foxes as Premier League champions, and leave Spurs with nothing other than finishing above Arsenal to show for their seasons.
The excuses are sure to surface, and here are five that Spurs fans can use in the coming weeks:
How Could We Have Blown It When We Were Never Winning The League
Fair point, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men showed a touch of the Arsenal when the pressure was really on, throwing away a one goal lead against West Brom to draw 1-1.
At no point did Spurs top the table when it came to the business end of the season, but seeing as they were within touching distance of Leicester, that qualifies as blowing it.
Dele Alli and Harry Kane couldn’t carry them over the line, and there will be no one mocking harder than Tottenham’s North London rivals.
It’s A Young Squad
Again, fair point.
Spurs have a young side that has plenty of potential, but that perhaps hindered them when it came to the run in.
Maybe having a more experienced collection of players would have carried them over the line, but Pochettino will never know.
It might be worth taking comfort in Jose Mourinho’s quip a few seasons back about his ‘little horses’ needing milk. This season the Lilywhites have been little horses – next term, they need to become thoroughbreds.
At Least We’re In The Champions League
This one’s a particularly effective excuse when a Chelsea fan is in the vicinity.
At the start of the season, Spurs would have snapped your arm off for a CL spot, although they’d have fancied their chances of finishing above Leicester after 38 games.
Spurs will be mixing it with Europe’s finest next season though, something that they can goad their Chelsea supporting work mates with – at least until they get drawn in a group with Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Benfica.
We’re Finishing Above Arsenal
In case you weren’t aware, Spurs love beating their rivals.
Whether it’s pipping Chelsea in the League Cup, or getting one over on Arsenal in the league, Spurs love rubbing it in when their London adversaries come up short.
And they have this season, with Arsenal managing to STILL finish fourth despite possessing the talent to comfortably win the league, and Chelsea making such a bollock of their title defence that they flirted with relegation.
Never mind Spurs fans, there’s always next season.