Power shift? Only in Poch’s engine transmission, little else…
I’m still buzzing over our glorious win vs. that lot.
But then this power shift nonsense has made me think.
Compared to 10/15 years ago, yes – we and they are pretty much on a keel. On the pitch, at least. Off the pitch, we still have a far bigger brand, more trophies, more revenues, etc.
I received some comical messages in one of the previews I did for the game. They were a mix of “oh! you’re a scared gooner!” to “you think we’re on your case now!”
Nonetheless, for this supposed power shift to happen, for me at least the following needs to occur:
– Consistently higher league finishes. One season is not enough.
– More trophies over a sustained period. Just like Liverpool won more than Man U in the 1970s/80s, and vice versa in the Premier League era, then they have to vis a vis us. Even in a period of progress for them, we’ve still achieved things and they’ve won shit.
– Better players, achieving more at domestic, European, and international levels. At the moment, they do have many good players. But so do we. Our players, despite not being as well-coached as theirs, currently do well at international level. Giroud is the seventh highest scorer in French history, and could be just behind our own Henry when he retires. Not bad for our second string striker, eh? Kane is the best English striker, but he still has not won a major trophy, even though he has got two back to back Golden Boots.
– Fanbase and financials. We outdo them in those metrics, inclusive of revenues, brand value, market cap, social media followers, etc. However, whilst their new ground will surely boost their match-day income, ours is high (arguably the highest in the world) due to our Club Level and generally higher prices than other clubs.
Spurs will have some corporate/high-end features, though they want an emphasis towards the real fan and not day-trippers. In that case, they may not be able to rival our revenues, especially with concerns that higher prices are deterring “hardcore” fans from attending live football. It may be that our atmosphere is comparatively bad due to our higher prices, who knows?
Considering the comments I got on my preview pieces, I wonder what the same Tottenham fans are thinking now, especially when their boy Kane was half-fit in our game? I do not fear Spurs, and I can/will accept if they’re ever better than us. But then here I’m just stating how I believe this “power shift” should emerge, that’s all.
Power is not just based on who finishes higher than who. It is over a sustained period, and must account for many things in that span. Barca were better than Real Madrid from 2006 to 2014. Real Madrid have been better since then. Rangers were better than Celtic from the early 1990s to the early 2000s. Though for various reasons, Celtic have overtaken Rangers since th were
In all of these rivalries, it has been defined by who has been more successful over many seasons. And to say they were better than us last year is pretty moot, since we won something and they didn’t. Trophies are the pinnacle of football, nay sport. No track and field athlete is satisfied with solely competing at IAAFs or the Olympics. No boxer is solely satisfied with just managing to fight a contender. S/he wants to win the title, and at best be the undisputed champion.
So, if the same (or other) Lillywhites wish to say I am “scared”, or “bitter”, go ahead. I will await and read your comments with great glee, especially since many of your lot in other media said you’d smash us. It’s the pride that gets you, eh?
Though to finish, I’d love an FA Cup Final vs. your lot. It’s about time we met in a major final, and we usually win them, which you haven’t of late….