Why Spurs’ unprecedented victory was about more than Real Madrid being off-colour


There are certain games that start to be written in the history books even as they are unfolding.

At Tottenham Hotspur, they’re called ‘Glory, Glory’ nights.

Beating the European champions obviously falls into that category. Spurs did not simply edge past Real Madrid; they were all over them. Not just Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, but players whose places in the starting XI have come under scrutiny, such as Kieran Trippier and Eric Dier.

Prior to Cristiano Ronaldo setting up a nervy finish – because Tottenham fans usually fear the worst, even when they are still ahead by a two-goal margin – the hosts were in dreamland.

All the ingredients were in place for this famous victory. Zinedine Zidane’s men slipped up at the weekend against newly-promoted Girona and they were missing Gareth Bale, who would no doubt have been buoyed by a return to his former team.

This wasn’t about Madrid, however, even if there is undoubtedly something wrong there this season.

Wembley has rarely felt like White Hart Lane this season, apart from on two occasions. The 4-1 mauling of Liverpool last month was one, and here was another.

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The reasons for that joyous atmosphere weren’t just about the result. Tottenham is a club that has come a long way collectively – its fans, its manager, and its players. They have all been on a journey and this was the realisation that they are now at the level to which they have been aspiring for so long.

Contrary to the opinions of their critics, Mauricio Pochettino does not need a trophy to validate what he has achieved.

If he is going to win silverware at Spurs, it is vital they seize the moment they are in this season, because it certainly looks like it’s their time.

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