Before I start, I just want to rant a little. My laptop is being a two-minded little bitch. One minute she’s working perfectly fine like clockwork, the next, she’s behaving like a hunk of junk. I am in the process of laptop shopping, but it’s going to take a while as I am on a tight budget. That means I won’t be able to update my blogs as regularly as I would have liked.
Second rant: it’s hard being a Spurs fan. It just seems fitting to say ‘New season, same Spurs’. It doesn’t matter the player Spurs bring in, the team seem to be mediocre during promising times and I won’t stand for that this season. They have the best goalie in the world – It’s my opinion that Lloris is the best goalie in the world. Before Neuer was outfield; Lloris was outfield – but their defensive backline is a huge mess. They can’t seem to hold onto a proper lead and it’s becoming routine.
Over the weekend, Hugo Lloris was back between the sticks where he belonged with the captain’s armband emblazoned on his arm. He had a great game and he wasn’t at fault for the two goals that were allowed in.
The draw felt like a defeat simply because Spurs were dominating and they should have won given the countless opportunities they had. They shouldn’t have allowed Stoke to come back like that. Spurs need to work on their defensive errors and they need to be more consistent this season if they want to be taken seriously. I cannot wait for Clinton N’Jie to make his debut with the Lilywhites because he’s going to add the spark that’s been missing. Too much? No, I simply trust in my Ligue 1 peeps.
Spurs v Stoke 2-2
Eriksen attempted a free kick in the 8th minute only to see it go wide. In the 12th minute, Lloris got down low like a cat to make a save. Seven minutes later, GOOOAAAL! Eric Dier with a smashing header! Eriksen takes credit for the assist. In the 45th minute, Mame Diouf has a great chance to score, but Lloris is all up in his business. Wonderful save from the Frenchman! Diouf could only fall to the ground in agony as Lloris claimed his header. A minute later, Mason’s chance is parried away by Butland. Then GOOOAAAL! Ben Davis provides a mouthwatering cross for Chadli, who got on the end of it and stuck it where it belonged.
If the first half was excited, the second half was the opposite.
With a 2-0 lead, Spurs kind of relaxed a little during the second half, but they were still dominating and trying for the 3rd and possible 4th. It was not to be. In the 52nd minute, Kane has a fantastic chance to make it 3-nothing, but Butland makes the save. In the 61st minute, Arnaukovic is on target with his shot, but Lloris gets down low to save. A minute later, I was literally off my seat shouting, ‘WHAT A SAVE, LLORIS!! WHAT A FANTASTIC SAVE!! WHAT A STUNNER OF A SAVE’ Diouf is on target once again, but Lloris makes a stunning save from close range to deny him once again. What a save! Diouf is absolutely frustrated with the French goalie, but watching his persistence, I know he was not going to stop until he got his goal.
In the 78th minute, Alderweireld pulls Joselu by the shirt in the penalty area and the referee points to the spot. Marko Arnautovic converts from the spot to make it 2-1 and Diouf finally got his goal, a diving header no less, in the 83rd minute. 2-2 and that’s the game leaving me yet again, very disappointed with Tottenham although it’s just the start of the new season and this was only our second game.