I’ve decided to cobble together a list, in no particular order, of the ten most defining Spurs matches of the past decade for me personally. Not all of them matter because of the matches themselves – sometimes there’s a sort of symbolism which they represent.
...if nothing else, football is fickle in nature. A three-minute welcome interview involving a husky Portuguese voice on the charm offensive followed by five wins in seven is all it took to tame the rebels.
If I can pinpoint the root of my latest existential crisis, I'd probably have to say that for the first time, possibly ever, I truly, really, honestly believed, 100%, wholeheartedly, no caveats, that we were doing it.
His time at Manchester United wasn’t as successful as he would have liked. I’m sure he was hurt by the criticism and the suggestion that his techniques are outdated; that he struggles to man manage the millennial generation. I think we’re now seeing the repercussions of that in his demeanour and in his new look coaching team.
The reaction of club supporters in the immediate aftermath of his sacking was like nothing I’ve ever seen in sports (and is perhaps my biggest motivation for writing this piece). There was an outpouring of emotion across the world. I felt it, too.
Mourinho has won a trophy at every club he's managed, but will that run continue in North London? This squad is far better than the one he took over at Manchester United, so that's one promising sign.
Mourinho talks about how winning that first trophy is the most important one. You have to learn how to win. Maybe for him, the game is about glory? The glory matters to him so much that he is willing to sacrifice everything else.
The evening inevitably ended in the true spurs way, sitting on a street corner attempting to call an Uber when we should have been drowning in sangria, but the journey, I would not change it for anything.