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Why Spurs, Not Leicester, Are the Romantics’ Choice for the Premier League Title

With Leicester City on the verge of completing a sensational Premier League title win, we look at why true romantics would rather have seen Spurs win it

So that’s that. With Spurs’ 1-1 draw against West Brom, the title race is effectively over. Leicester need just three points to confirm an unthinkable Premier League crown.Whilst they face a difficult task against Louis van Gaal’s United on Sunday, they’re almost certain to bring the championship to the King Power Stadium for the first time in their history.

Nobody can deny that this will be remembered as a majestic campaign for underdogs. Leicester, Spurs, and to a certain extent even Arsenal were written off as title contenders at the start of this footballing calendar. They’ve all profited from the failures of rudderless Manchester and Chelsea sides, with the latter sure to regard this season as their annus horribulus. The pundits will serenade us about Leicester’s title win being a glorious and romantic achievement, David’s heroic victory over the Premiership’s petrodollar Goliaths.

Except that the real romantics would have been hoping for a Tottenham title.

Let me explain. I am in no way trying to detract from the magnificent achievements of Mahrez, Vardy and co. Leicester have been rightful winners in a campaign where they have shown grit and quality, not to mention some stonking performances including the annihilation of Manchester City 3-0 at Eastlands.  They deserve it.

But let’s be clear – this is an anomaly, something they could never have thought themselves close to achieving at the beginning of the season. The odds against them repeating this year’s heroics next season are small, if not non-existent.

The Foxes haven’t had to deal with the pain of underachievement because, as even their own fans would probably admit, Leicester were very much a club operating at its own level until this year. They haven’t ever been a ‘big club’ in the traditional sense, and this championship will be regarded as a completely unexpected surprise rather than the righting of a historical wrong.

Spurs are different. They’ve finished below Arsenal every year in the Premier League since it began. They’ve looked on as their more illustrious Islington neighbours dominated English football at the turn of the millennium, only to then see Chelsea lay their claim as London’s best soon after. Spurs have always been the bridesmaid in lilywhite dresses throughout the life of the Premier League. They’ve suffered the pain, and the pleasure of a League title and the subsequent finish over the Gunners would have been the perfect salve for years of hurt and football misery.

That’s why, when Wes Morgan lifts the Premiership trophy in the next few days or weeks, real football romantics will feel a twinge of regret for those on the Seven Sisters Road who, once again, will have to look on from the sidelines. Spurs’ suffering will continue and, like the champions-elect, the odds of them mounting a similar challenge next year are small. Not with Guardiola, Mourinho, and Klopp breathing down their necks.

On both sides of North London, then,  this is a campaign that will be viewed with regret.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Claudio

    April 30, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Err no…

  2. Philip

    April 30, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Sorry, but while Leicester will not repeat this seasons heroics, Spurs most definately will. Young squad, best manager in the Premierhip. Title contenders next season definately.

    Sorry to disappoint the Klopp loving media, but Liverpool are at least a season behind Spursin development

  3. Jake

    April 30, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Just a couple of points! If someone’s odds are small…..they have a better chance. Also…..what evidence is there to suggest Spurs can’t challenge next season? Ours is not a squad that needs any major strengthening in any department…..and is the youngest in the league that will only develop and get better under a manager, who is not only the real deal, but commited to building a legacy at Tottenham.

  4. c b waters

    April 30, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    I do believe Spurs are on the verge of Glory again, and what’s more, with stable management, the retention of our best players, the key and further development of our youngsters, adding one or two other top players who are willing to buy into Poch’s system, the continued generation of our profile and growth worldwide as we emerge from the long shadow of our rivals, the new stadium, and our greater sponsorship deals etc. etc., there is no reason why we can’t challenge properly for trophies, as well as top four consistency, over the next 4 or 5 years. I agree (although I speak as a Spurs fan of over 50 years) that the true neutral romantics of football would, or should, hang their plaudits on Spurs ..because of our history, our desire to always play good football and so on. I understand the clamour around Leicester, and good luck to them, but I honestly believe that too many clubs took the Foxes for granted, even when they reached the top of the PL. They won’t do so again! Spurs are used to clubs raising their game against us, but Leicester will find it hard next term and, I believe, fall back in the pack. I’d love them to shock the CL, as I hope we do, but whereas we will be growing once more as a club with ambition (the sleeping giant has awoken) I’m afraid Leicester will find it hard keeping their best players, putting a radical plan in place to match what they’ve achieved this season, and/or keeping up with the renewed determination of all the rich clubs. Like Greece, who emerged from nowhere to win the Euros, and then sank back to where they are now in world football, I fear Leicester will do the same. If they prove me wrong, great (and like Greece, no one can take that achievement away from the Foxes) but as for Spurs ..I have no doubt that we will be challenging the best clubs in the world for a long time to come.

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