Progression is defined as a movement or development toward a destination or a more advanced state, whether it is gradual or in stages. A word that is so thrown about in the footballing world, yet a word that very rarely holds substance for many.
Our draw against Chelsea on Saturday can easily signify the progression that we ourselves have made, as a club, in a very short space of time. In seasons and fixtures past we would have come away from the game on Saturday ecstatic to have picked up a point against Mourinho’s men. Whereas now, with expectations and optimism increased under coach AVB, we feel a little disheartened to have not taken all three. This change in attitude, regards to the result, translates to a new vibe and rejuvenation around the club – that we, as fans, go into every game believing that we can beat our opposition, no matter who we face.
But, as you know, points are never easy to pick up in a derby, let alone in the Premier League. But, where we may have lacked the extra points, we have certainly made up for with the positives. Mousa Dembele’s dominating display against an often all firing Chelsea midfield was a positive that provided both please and pride to everyone associated with the club.
Mousa’s total of 73 touches throughout the match, and passing accuracy rate of 91% made him the most successful midfielder on the pitch.
I, and many others, will hope that a performance like this will really help kick-start his season, and invoke more confidence in his play. If Dembele continues to produce a showing like this week in week out, not only we will see the ‘real’ Mousa Dembele, but we will also have no trouble dictating games via his influence in the most important area of the pitch.
Another game, another Sigurdsson goal –who else eh? After a slow and patient debut season at Spurs, our ‘Iceman’ finally seems to have hit the ground running and is repaying the faith shown in him by AVB. When looking at Gylfi’s goal ask yourself - how often have we been crying out for a player who steers clear of the panic button when put through on goal? And how often has Gylfi shown his calm and collected nature when given an opportunity?
From Saturday’s performance, I believe that our number 22 has proved a small section of his doubters wrong, showing that he can not only produce in a Spurs’ shirt, but that he can also produce in the big games.
So, third in the league after six games isn’t bad right? Regardless of how we may feel managing a draw at home, we still find ourselves amongst the pack leaders hovering around the top of the table. Failure to beat Chelsea, doesn’t mean failure at all, as for me it still had an echo of Tottenham Hotspur glory about it.