Tottenham Hotspur - 2024/2025
I've done it. I've taken Spurs to the promised land once again. For the first time since the 2017/2018 we have lifted the Premier League trophy and we did it in style, a team who's average age is only 24 years old, we did exceptionally well when it didn't start out to promising, when in previous years it looked like it was just a stroke of luck in the past, we did it.
It was a fresh start for us this season really. 38 year old Hugo Lloris finally moved on, 37 year old Mousa Dembele announced he would retire at the end of the season, 35 year olds Gareth Bale and Sandro were both deemed past their peak for the season, Jan Vertonghen retired in the summer. Lacazette who was vital in our Premier League winning seasons 7 years ago was sold, Carlos Cesar who was in his peak was sold to Dortmund for £30,000,000 due to wage struggles, 34 year old Kyle Walker who had served the club well was also sold, another one in Raheem Sterling was sold due to wage struggles also. This was it, finally, starting afresh.
We really didn't start the season well. 4 points from our first 4 games. A 2-2 draw to kick things off at Loftus Road, we then beat Liverpool 5-0 before losing back to back games to Manchester City 3-1 and Newcastle 2-0, both away. That is part of our game that has struggled over the past few years and quite clearly this season so far, away games.
Our next away game after those? Stoke away, we lost 1-0. Next away game after that? Reading. The result? Drew 1-1. I decided to make a change. I completely changed my training methods. I also decided to change the tactics all together. Risky? Perhaps, due to the fact that I probably should have done it in the summer but it was worth risking. Our first game after this? 3-2 home win against rivals Arsenal, our first away game since the tweak was away at Stamford Bridge, result? We won 0-1!!
After tweaking the tactic, we lost 2 more games all season. A few weeks later at Old Trafford which is not the easiest of places and one that annoyed me most was away at Arsenal despite dominating. Our defence got even more solid over the season breaking a clean sheet record of 10 consecutive games in all competitions without conceding and our goalkeeper is only 20 years of age.
That is the end of season form in the Premier League. 13 clean sheets in our last 15 league games was outstanding. Still very frustrated with that loss against Arsenal, but it doesn't matter, we finished top of the league whilst they finished in 6th place and will be playing in the lovely Europa League next year.
But that wasn't the only thing. We also had a superb season in the FA Cup. Strong start in the 3rd round with a 4-2 win over Norwich. We drew 0-0 with Leicester in the 4th Round before dismantling them in a 3-0 win that probably should have been a lot more. We beat Chelsea next 2-0 in the 5th round before humiliating West Bromwich Albion 5-0 in the 6th round.
North London Rivals come next in the FA Cup Semi Final. We was looking to get one over on them as this come a bout a month after they beat us in the league and we did, beating them 1-0 thanks to Sczezney scoring an own goal. Priceless. We met QPR in the final, funnily enough for the second year running and for the second year running we beat them 2-1 in the cup final. That's the double sealed.
But wait, there's more.
WE WON THE FUCKING CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. For the first time in 7 years we had lifted the Champions League trophy. We got to the final 6 years ago where we met Real Madrid in Germany and we ended up losing. Fast forward 6 years though and we are meeting Real Madrid in the Champions League final, in their own back yard, the Santiago Bernebeau.
We did very well in the group stages. Beat APOEL 2-0 and 6-0. We beat Shakhtar 6-1 and 2-0 and we drew with AC Milan twice, 1-1 and 0-0. We then beat Inter Milan 5-0 on aggregate in the First Knockout Round before knocking out Man Utd 4-2 on aggregate in the quarter finals. We met AC Milan once again and we beat them 5-4 on aggregate.
Then I met my foe, Jose Mourinho who for some reason has never took a liking to me. They took the lead too, in the 8th minute. I changed things about mid way through the second half and we equalised straight away. We left it late though scoring the winning goal, the TREBLE winning goal in the 82nd minute. What a game, what a moment, what a season.
Hopefully we can build on this as a team and continue to win things for the next few years before it is inevitably time to re-build my squad again. Damn what a year.