Tottenham have long had to live with the trope of being ‘Spursy’, something that they have still failed to shake off in recent years despite their resurgence.
The arrival of Mauricio Pochettino has seen The Lilywhites come on leaps and bounds, but they have still managed to lose games where it seemed impossible to do so at times in typical ‘Spurs’ fashion.
There was the 2015/16 Premier League title race which saw them finishing third, there was Juventus in the Champions League last season and even Man United in the FA Cup last season. Indeed, this characteristic carried on to this season, as the club managed to blow a lead late on in the San Siro against Inter Milan, and a late equaliser against PSV a few weeks later solidified their reputation.
However, what ensued in the latter half of their Champions League group stage was something that fans do not readily associate with Spurs. With ten minutes to go against PSV, Tottenham were losing and managed to find two late goals through Harry Kane. It was the same case against Inter Milan and Barcelona too, where the club required late goals to secure their survival in the group.
This past Saturday also saw Tottenham on the verge of a draw against Premier League strugglers Burnley- a team that Man City beat 5-0, Chelsea beat 4-0 and Liverpool beat 3-1. It was a must-win game, and Christian Eriksen’s added-time winner ensured that.
It may be premature, as Spurs have built this reputation of theirs for a long time, but there is a chance that Tottenham are beginning to lose their ‘Spursy’ tag. They are finding ways to win when it looked unlikely, something that they have not done in the past.
This has always been something that has plagued The Lilywhites, and now that they are getting over this hoodoo, the future looks bright.