Oh what a season it should have been with Amazon Prime filming Tottenham Hotspur 2019/2020 season. Fresh off of the Champions League Final, and the epic run to it (although disappointing final), no major summer tournaments so players got a full rest (minus Foyth), and the first full season in Tottenham’s shiny new home in N17. It had the makings of a great season, and it started off pretty damn fine.
Today was supposed to be the last game of the season. For Tottenham that would have been away to Palace. I was always going to write this, and had already planned this post for today.
Winning their opening match of the season against Aston Villa (although they did concede first), with Ndombele scoring on his Premier League debut and Harry Kane finally scoring at the new ground not once but twice. Then there was the trip to Manchester City, the second game of the season, and a draw would make Spurs fans very happy, and somehow Spurs came away with a point in the 2-2 draw, and fans were already thinking ‘this could be a good season’. Although a loss to Newcastle at home would follow (oh dear), and throwing away a 2-0 lead at half time over North London Rivals Arsenal (it ended in a 2-2 draw), might have been the beginning of what was supposed to be an epic season that none really saw coming…
Amazon Prime have followed a range of sport teams for the last few years, notably Manchester City and Leeds, but with a brand new stadium there was a feeling that 2019/20 was going to be THE season for Tottenham, but it just wasn’t meant to be.
As soon as it was announced that Amazon Prime would be following Tottenham’s season, nothing seemed to go right, however, what was about to unfold would make for an interesting season to say the least – and one that every football fan would want to watch.
Most would say the season turned when Spurs travelled to Leicester. Kane scored first, before Son thought he had netted the second, but with a finger-nail offside the tables turned and Spurs ended up losing 2-1. Then came the shocking 7-2 defeat at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stages.
Now Amazon couldn’t have filmed the last season at WHL could they, when WHL was a fortress, only drawing twice at home the entire season and not losing at home whatsoever. Instead they pick the year when fan favourite manager Pochettino gets the sack and is replaced by Mourinho; a shocking defeat away to Colchester United in the League Cup; Harry Kane getting injured on New Year’s Day with Levy deciding to not buy a back up striker in January (oh and they lost the match to Southampton); an awful first and second leg performance against RB Leipzig in the UCL Last 16; an FA CUP penalty shoot out defeat at home to Norwich in the Cup; and who can forget the last action in front of a crowd at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Eric Dier climbing into the stands to confront a ‘fan’ (was a great moment ngl).
What a strange season, and Amazon has filmed it all. The best part, the season isn’t over yet. Who knows how and when football will return, but maybe it has been a blessing in disguise for Tottenham Hotspur. A fully fit Kane, Sissoko and Son back, but with no fans, and who knows how these players (all teams) are match fit, the last part of the season is going to be strange.
Who knows when the series will be out on Amazon Prime, but it looks like it is going to be drama filled, and even as a Tottenham supporter, I am looking forward to it (even if this is a season I want to forget).
Side note – Why couldn’t have Amazon decided to film Liverpool?