Thank the good Lord for Spurs. They always try to play decent football when they come to OT. And they always lose.
It’s 21 years since they won at OT. I was there. They were at Old Trafford in 1992, the last game before the old Stretford End was pulled down, and of course they lost. It was Gary Lineker’s last game in England and a strange thing happened when he scored, as he inevitably would. The crowd applauded him. But United fans know their football, and they know their footballers.
But Spurs expect to lose when they come to OT. I reckon they expected to lose last season even when they were 2-0 up. They certainly expected to lose yesterday, despite their recent heroics. On paper United were there for the taking. Spurs had just beaten the team that had just beaten us. The two best English footballers were injured. But they were beaten before they walked on the field. You could see it in the half-hearted challenges, in giving the ball away without being screamed at by a teammate, in not even having the heart to complain about either of the penalties.
(And before any outraged Spurs fans put out a contract on me, yes I do know that they were the last team to win a league game at OT after United went 2-0 up. 4th September 1976).
It’s a psychological old game is football.