“To consistently and inevitably fail to live up to expectations. Involves visions of grandeur and immense delusion, only to bottle it again and again and again whilst pretending not to care.”
That, likely written by the fan of a rival club, is an Urban Dictionary definition of “Spursy” — a term that has become synonymous with Tottenham Hotspur over the years. A soft touch. Easy to play against. Also-rans.
From failed title bids to cup-final defeats, Spurs have been one of English football’s biggest underachievers in recent years. A “golden era” without any silverware sums up Tottenham to a tee. But Ange Postecoglou is already taking steps to change that identity.
Gutsy wins over Burnley and Sheffield United might have previously resulted in humiliating defeats while, on Sunday, Spurs demonstrated character at the Emirates Stadium they have not shown for over a decade. Twice Spurs fought back from behind to thwart Arsenal, dealing their bitter rivals a blow in the title race.
A team is often said to be a reflection of their manager and that rings true about Postecoglou. The 58-year-old has taken the road less travelled, managing unfashionable clubs in relatively unknown leagues before earning a crack at the big time. The lessons learned on his path to the Premier League have given him a steely determination to succeed.
After the draw against Arsenal, summer signing James Maddison paid homage to Spurs’ new-found spirit while firing a dig at their previous Spursy tag. He told talkSPORT: «When you hear fans and neutrals talk about Tottenham, they often say 'soft, weak, bottle it, Spursy', all that rubbish.
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