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2017/2018 Season review...

Yid

Yid

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I was looking at the elusive @Dorset to pen the season review, but in lieu of his contribution I think I will kick this off with my meager opinions.

Rating 8.5 out of 10.

With the development of WHL fimly underway we set out in the knowledge that we will be at least 1 season away from our historic home. We have suffered more than celebrated of late at our chosen destination as we headed to pastures new, Wembley Stadium the home of English football..... Apparently.

We left the 2016/2017 season with an unjust label as "perennial bottler's" as we had failed to mount a realistic challenge finishing 2nd to Chelsea as they romped to the title. We didn't do ourselves any favours in letting our foot off their throats by contriving to seemingly throw away some more than winnable points towards the end of the season against teams who while we had no right to win against, should have done on the basis of us being one of the strongest and most consistent teams in the league.

Our exploits in the Champions league somewhat faltered too as we whimpered out in the group stages having just made up the numbers a little... Fun was had by all but ultimately it wasn't the roaring success we have craved for it to be.

Again no silverware for us to celebrate that season... Not even a realistic sniff from my memory.

But 2017/18 arrived and we'd got a few new faces and said goodbye to a few too... We were pumped and were confident of pushing on and giving this season a real crack even with the "Wembley Hoo-Doo" hanging round us.

We started OK, Harry didn't...!!! Imagine what he could do if he stayed uninjured and started the season with the rest of the lads... An early season knock at the hands if Chelsea didn't rock the boat too much and we ticked over nicely in the league packing points away and playing some decent football. It wasn't the blockbuster performances we had seen the previous season but allowances were being made for our team playing every game away from home... Well they were in my eyes anyway!

We were yet again up against another 3 or 4 clubs who had collectively courted and acquired some of the supposed best and definitely most expensive footballers on the planet spending at least half a billion quid between them... We still had (and have) Sisoko.

The Champions League got underway and we'd be drawn into the supposed "group of death" with the footballing giants of Dortmund and Real Madrid. Us along with Apoel were making up the numbers for Ronaldo, Bale, Batshuayi and Reus to use as target practice while they warmed up for the knockout stages... We however didn't get the memo and we did some serious damage to the giants reputations and shook up the European footballing elite. We did superbly topping the group and without loosing and only dropping points at the Bernabéu earning an away goal and a 1-1 draw.

We went out the Juventus after gifting the Italians 2 goals in Turin and loosing the home leg at Wembley. We had done ourselves proud and quite rightly felt agitated going out as a consequence of potential naivety against much more experienced opposition.

Back to the league and domestic competitions and we ticked along in the league but ultimately getting dumped out of the EFL Cup by the Travelers from Stratford (west ham). Bit of a shocking performance and to loose to those bellends hurt a little bit... At least now we could focus on the FA Cup as the league was all but won in January by a billion quid Man City team who were smashing teams out of their way scoring obscene amounts of goals in the process.

We cruised through to the Semi Finals of the FA Cup and forgot to turn up against a Man Utd Bus driven by Jose Mourinhio... Hey-Ho its a tin pot cup anyway...

At this point the Dippers had struck some form and were starting to put teams to bed with some seriously impressive attacking play and were squeezing the top 4 along with the Chavs, Utd and us vying for position.

Harry got injured and we thought we were shafted as he was banging goals in... But the lads stepped up and Poch kept us moving forward with Son being a notable deputy to Kane. Ericsson kept loading the gun for the lads and even fired a good few rounds off himself to keep us in contention for that CL spaces and finishing as high up the table as we could.
Harry came back as did a few other notable absentees for the final push but he is not right and hasn't produced any thing like what he is capable of, but we kept moving forwards coming into some great form.

We qualified for the CL with 1 game to go and our final game of the season against the 2015/16 season champions Leiceater may still se us finish second for a consecutive season under Pochetino while playing every game away from home.

All in all it's been absolutely fantastic and considering how well we have done in the CL and the league while playing at Wembley we should all be a little proud. We haven't always played the sexy stuff we have done to expect from the Poch but its been equally effective. If not at times more so.

We don't go away with anything shiny this year but I believe its coming as long as we can support Poch in realising our potential and all of our dreams.

There does feel like there is a slight tinge to this but I think its simply down to perspective. Our expectations have been raised and we have come to expect what we have and consequently as all humans do we want more... The fact is that we have never had it this good and we should take a moment to enjoy and revel in the fact that until now... I haven't even needed to mention the Scum... They have become an utter irrelevance to us... We have gone way past them and were going in opposite directions... I think under Poch, we have every opportunity for that trajectory to continue.

We need to spend a few quid in the summer maybe, and I'd like to see Levy back the man who I see us being able to had us the shiny stuff we all crave... Let's hope he does and next year we can talk of this season as another stepping stone to our glorious future.

Thanks for taking the roller coaster with me lads...

Yid.
 
Style And Glory

Style And Glory

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Yes we still have one match to go but I thought

1. we have clinched a CL birth
2. we've moved ahead of LFC,
3. second is still a remote possibility
4. we topped the CL "Group of Death"
5. we were CL leaders for most points overall
6. we took 4 or 6 points from Real Madrid
7. we took all 6 from Dortmund
8. we scared the daylights out of Juve in the round of 16
9. we made it to the semi-finals of the FA Cup
10. all of this & more was achieved with Sissoko relentlessly on the team sheet

And finally, it was accomplished while playing "away" from home. That little shield around our logo really helped ;)

Quite a positive season
 
Style And Glory

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Thanks @admin
I actually wrote mine about 8 hours ago & hit "post" & left.
Obviously, it didn't so when I came back I hit it again.
Then I saw @Yid excellent post.
 
skiathospurs

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7/10 for me,the disappointment is no silverware again.

But I`ve said before if asked in the summer finish top 4 playing away all season I`d have bitten your arm off,in august after the draw was made, escaping the CL group when paired with dortmund,madrid I would have been suprised.League cup meh,FA cup so close,just so close!!!but to no avail.

All in all pretty sure if offered that most spurs fans would have taken how the season panned out,bar not pinching a cup.The money city,united,liverpool&everton spent,chelsea and arse adding to their squads with a few big name signings,we had no right to achieve top 4,as we speak 2 united defeats before the cup final as they desperately try to win some silverware,we could still finish runners up.

Young team,young manager,we have learnt more,we have another chance in the summer to rectify poor signings over the past 2 years,even if Levy doesnt touch his wallet,janssen,llorente,GKN,onomah,CCV,sissoko would bring in a pretty penny and being they have been as usefull as chocolate teapot this season anything would improve us with them sold.

If we had been poor in jan/feb and stormed our way through the pack to finish where we are now,people would have been fumbling with their pork swords,jizzing at how masterful we were,but cos the last half dozen games have been a stretch,its all woe,doom&gloom,but end result is the same.

Top london club!!tottenham at the bernabeu,arsenal&chelsea fighting over the remote to watch emmerdale.Both have or will have sacked their managers (wenger being asked to leave is sacked IMO),so long may it continue.This is our time.

Next season we are home,lets not forget since last May we have almost knocked up the biggest football stadium in london,and 2nd only to yawniteds theatre of slumber in size.Shame about the pricing but there you go!!
 
Finchbee

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7/10 for me,the disappointment is no silverware again.
Thats exactly it for me....If we had lost in a final I would have said it was an improvement but domestically we have not improved from last year but in Europe we were so much better.

There is no doubt we have had the best squad in the last 3 years (or on a par with City) but its defined on what it wins and at the moment its not much ;o)
 
Chavhater01

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Disappointed not to get some silverware, elated with some sensational performances away from home (Madrid, Dortmund, Chavs and Dippers),which is a real step forward but the only disappointment other than the trophy situation, is that I feel we’ve taken a backwards step against teams that park the bus, I know when executed well that style of play is extremely difficult to break thru and even the best of the best can struggle, but I feel at times we’ve lacked imagination and been too pedestrian in trying to break those teams down.

All in all another brilliant season and if someone had offered me getting out of that group of death in the cl, beating the Chavs away and potentially finishing third, then i’d have bitten their hand off.
 
conor1

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Nail 3rd spot and its a good season. Want some silverware next year tho, it's what we exist for
 
The Cryptkeeper

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Good season. We probably should have won the FA Cup but in the end, 3rd with a cup semi and escaping the so called "group of death" in the CL is well beyond a pass mark in my opinion.......especially given we didn't really have a home ground. As for the players, their individual seasons I would rate as follows:

Exceeded expectations - Eriksen, Vertonghen, Kane, Son, Sanchez, Davies, Dembele, Trippier.
Met expectations - Dier, Alli, Lamela, Lloris, Vorm, KWP.
Underperformed - Sissoko, Wanyama, Aurier, Rose, Llorente,
Significantly disrupted - Alderweireld, Winks, Rose, Wanyama.
Jury is out - Moura, Foyth.
Can't rate - Gazzaniga.
 
Don Diaz

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Good season. We probably should have won the FA Cup but in the end, 3rd with a cup semi and escaping the so called "group of death" in the CL is well beyond a pass mark in my opinion.......especially given we didn't really have a home ground. As for the players, their individual seasons I would rate as follows:

Exceeded expectations - Eriksen, Vertonghen, Kane, Son, Sanchez, Davies, Dembele, Trippier.
Met expectations - Dier, Alli, Lamela, Lloris, Vorm, KWP.
Underperformed - Sissoko, Wanyama, Aurier, Rose, Llorente,
Significantly disrupted - Alderweireld, Winks, Rose, Wanyama.
Jury is out - Moura, Foyth.
Can't rate - Gazzaniga.
Dembele down a group, KWP up a group?
 

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