When the significance of the game is brought to the fore, we become humans again. Football, as a form of escapism, is perfect way for fans to distract themselves from the realities of life, but the necessity to switch is something that throws us off guard. Sport, unfortunately, has the trouble of encountering tragedy frequently. That said, it can be content in the knowledge that its community will always preserve its human instincts; there are things more important in life.
Right now Tottenham boast the longest unbeaten run in the league and a defensive record that cannot be bettered. Liverpool visit White hart Lane on Saturday under new boss Jurgen Klopp. Of course it would be very Spursy to be swept away by the tide of renewed Scouse optimism. But Spurs aren't Spursy anymore.
Ryan Mason's England debut will live long in his memory, not because he made his first appearance in Turin against Italy
Perhaps it's sod's law that three days after they've finally put together a good performance Spurs have to go to Chelsea who look more or less unbeatable. On the other hand, maybe this is exactly the right time to visit Stamford Bridge...
Pochettino, Levy and almost all of the players were about to be subjected to a tsunami of the internet's choicest football rage. I say 'almost' all of the players because among the lethargic, highly paid, multinational superstars were a couple of notable exceptions in Ryan Mason and Harry Kane.
t wasn't a pretty performance from Spurs but that wasn't the point. Pochettino desperately needed to show who is boss and to take something away from the game. He achieved both these crucial objectives and with his authority now re-asserted, he will be steely in his determination to ensure the renewed impetus and resolve are maintained.