The final whistle squealed like an excited girlfriend returning from a grueling day at work and opening her eyes to find an immaculate fillet of venison steak cooked for her by her usually redundant boyfriend. Steaming, juicy, medium rare – just how she liked it. He hadn’t forgotten the wine, either; their personal butler Mark Clattenburg stood silently in the corner nestling a bottle of Château La Garde, smirking like a man who was planning on pleasuring a woman himself that night.
She’d never reveal it, but Valentine’s Day was important to her. This was her second year with her new Spanish boyfriend and although she believed him to be a significant upgrade on previous partners, he had failed to deliver the promise of a luxurious trip around Europe. But on February 14th 2016, after whispering sweet nothings into one another’s ears, he slid an envelope under her palm. Inside lay two tickets. Together, the girl and her partner, Mauricio, were going places.
On the other side of town, a different kind of relationship was unfolding. The couple of three years seemed to be the perfect match at the start. They had toured the world together, he had treated her to an exquisite range of English silver and the sex had been incredible. Ferocious in fact. But he was ageing and she already had her eyes on another man. He knew it, too, and although he wouldn’t admit it, it was rocking him. For the girl and her older lover, Manuel, Valentine’s Day 2016 was a story of heartache.
Tottenham’s 2-1 win over us yesterday seemed to hammer the final nail into the coffin of our title hopes. For Spurs, it was a result that strengthened theirs. Under Mauricio Pochettino, their fans have been able to wave goodbye to the past where astronomical amounts of money were misspent and promising campaigns were derailed by a plague of inconsistency. Here is an intelligent, yet aggressive, young manager who excels in bringing the best out of players others deemed as lost causes and a coach who quite clearly spends hours on organisation and fitness in training.