Say what you like about the ethically ambiguous, reportedly-exploitative decision-makers over at Amazon – but they know a football story when they see one.
When they chose to do a documentary on Manchester City in 2017, it just so happened that Pep Guardiola’s side went on to register a league record 100 points, winning the Premier League by a league record margin and generally being one of the best teams English football has ever seen.
When they chose to do a documentary on Tottenham Hotspur last year, they might have been hoping for a similar success story. As it happens, they have struck gold…but for an entirely different reason.
That reason being that Spurs have been an absolute mess. The documentary, reportedly pencilled in for a late release, promises to be less All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur and more Tottenham ‘Til I Die given what’s gone on at the club since the summer.
This week alone we’ve had Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min fighting on the pitch during a 1-0 victory over Everton…
…followed by a hilariously awful 0-0 draw with Bournemouth, in which Spurs’ were saved from defeat by a dramatic VAR decision. Mourinho’s side were bad in that one; so bad they prompted him to storm out of an interview early.
Going a little further back, we had Eric Dier storming into the stand to confront a fan, while there was also that 7-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich – probably not what the Prime Video executives had pictured when they signed on to film last season’s finalists.
Of course, none of that will be the main selling point. Mauricio Pochettino’s dramatic sacking, followed by the appointment of José Mourinho about 30 seconds later; that’ll put another billion quid in Jeff Bezos’ pocket by itself.
You have to feel for the Spurs fans on this one, but hey – after being embarrassingly eliminated from both domestic cups this season, at least they might finally win a trophy.
As for the rest of us, well it’s been a rough year. Amazon’s latest offering gives us something to look forward to, and for that we should be grateful…sort of.
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