It was an all too familiar feeling for Tottenham Hotspur supporters on Saturday afternoon, as their side fell to a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final.
Although Spurs’ habit of failing to show up in big matches continued, supporters should keep the faith as the club has a bright future ahead.
Even though the 2017/18 season will end trophyless, seeing their silverware drought extended to over a decade, there are still reasons to cheer in north London.
This year, Spurs have finally cemented themselves as London’s top club, a massive achievement that illustrates their superiority over their capital rivals.
Tottenham are all but guaranteed to finish above dreaded neighbours Arsenal for the second season in a row, and with Arsene Wenger on his way out this summer, the Gunners will suddenly be a team in transition and tumult.
In addition, Spurs look set to finish above Chelsea and secure Champions League qualification over the Blues, a laudable feat. Furthermore, Antonio Conte’s reign at Stamford Bridge looks likely to end, plunging Chelsea into yet another search for a new manager.
Spurs are clearly better poised for long-term success than their London rivals. Mauricio Pochettino is one of the best managers in the league and will be at White Hart Lane for many seasons to come.
A young British core forms the heartbeat of the team, with superstars Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, and Harry Winks all 24 years or younger.
And with the long-anticipated move to their state-of-the-art new stadium coming up next season, Spurs will finally leave Wembley behind and recreate their feared home fortress.
Although there are many areas for improvement, such as increasing transfer investments and signing a reliable backup for Kane, there is no crisis brewing for Spurs.
The FA Cup loss will sting, but the Tottenham faithful should take heart in their club’s positive path.