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Tottenham Fan Channel's Farcical City Team Selection Sums Up Arsenal Sentiments

Tottenham Fan Channel's Farcical City Team Selection Sums Up Arsenal Sentiments
Eoin Harrington
By Eoin Harrington Updated
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There is set to be a very strange atmosphere in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday night, as Spurs face title-chasing Manchester City in their final home game of the season.

Aston Villa's draw against Liverpool on Monday has given Spurs a glimmer of hope in their chase for Champions League football - though Ange Postecoglou's side now must win both of their final two games to have any hope of playing in the European Cup next season.


For many Spurs fans, however, there is a far bigger prize at play on Tuesday night: the potential to deny bitter rivals Arsenal a first league title in 20 years.

As it stands, Arsenal stand one point ahead of back-to-back-to-back defending champions Manchester City in the Premier League table but, crucially, Tuesday's game marks City's game in hand over their title rivals. With Arsenal boasting the superior goal difference, a win is required for City to put themselves back in the driving seat of the title race ahead of Sunday's final day.

Looking from the outside in, this would seem to be a conundrum of epic proportions for Tottenham fans. Is a memorable victory over Europe's top side and keeping your Champions League hopes alive really worth potentially playing a pivotal role in handing the league title to your fiercest rivals?

One match preview from a prominent Tottenham fan channel on YouTube would appear to give an insight into just how few Spurs fans actually want their team to win in North London on Tuesday night.


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Tottenham fan channel sums up attitude to City game amid Arsenal title charge

WeAreTottenhamTV is one of the most followed Spurs fan channels on YouTube, run by brothers Ben and Simeon Daniel.


They have accrued over 166,000 subscribers over the past seven years and stand as one of the most prominent voices for Spurs fans on social media - which only makes their match preview of their clash with Manchester City all the more hilarious.

They begin by debating whether Spurs fans will celebrate if their opponents go ahead (their answer is ambiguous, suggesting there could well be some cheers from the home crowd should Erling Haaland and co. rack up the goals). They then debate what their own personal reaction will be should Spurs go ahead, setting up Arsenal for a title win.


Ben: Me and you in the stadium tomorrow, Spurs go 1-0 up - are you cheering?

Simeon: Maybe if it was early enough that City can still turn it around! It's going to be so weird. I do wonder what it will be like if we do go 1-0 up, I'm really intrigued. I think there will be enough fans cheering that there will be a cheer.

Ben: I can't bring myself not to cheer a Spurs goal. I just probably couldn't put myself in that situation. I probably will cheer it...but it will be a much more muted cheer, it will probably after a second be like, 'what am I doing here? Arsenal are about to win the title.'

Simeon: Just imagine celebrating Arsenal winning the league. They'll say it again, they'll say they won the league at our ground. I just can't hack that.

Ben: We cannot let this happen on our watch, in our stadium. We cannot hand Arsenal the title.

Sim's comments refer to the last time Arsenal won the league in the 'Invincibles' season of 2003-04, when the title was clinched in a classic 5-4 victory at the old White Hart Lane.


Though Ben and Sim appear to be in two minds as to whether they want to see Spurs win on Tuesday night, their tongue-in-cheek team selection for the game perhaps gives an insight into their true desires.

To begin by selecting Bryan Gil in goal ("He can just about touch the crossbar") is perhaps the epitome of their thinking in the ridiculous selection. The Daniel brothers went on to select the likes of rejects Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez alongside themselves and fellow Spurs content creators - summing up the feelings of some Spurs fans towards Tuesday night's game.

Of course, most reasonable Tottenham fans will want to see their team win on Tuesday regardless of circumstances, though the potential to aid Arsenal will of course sting. Manager Ange Postecoglou addressed the mixed sentiment earlier this week, saying that fans who actively wanted Spurs to lose needed "counselling":


If you're going by social media then 99 per cent of them will [want Spurs to lose] but please don't tell me that's your world. If it is, you need counselling. I understand rivalry but I'll never understand anyone wanting their own team to lose.

Tottenham do have one of the strongest records in the Premier League against Manchester City, losing just one of their last five league meetings against Pep Guardiola's side. They are, however, in woeful form, and perhaps the question of whether or not the fans want their team to win is a moot point - they are unlikely to in any scenario.

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