By now, we can see a familiar pattern emerging for Spurs, that of the two center mids in Paulinho and Moussa Dembele and center halves Jan Vertonghen and Michael Dawson dominating the middle of the pitch.
Something unforeseen happened just shy of 50 minutes into Tottenham's opening match of the season against newly promoted Crystal Palace on Sunday. Referee Mark Clattenburg blew his whistle, pointed to the penalty spot, and allowed a Spurs player to take a free kick at goal.
Nowadays, soccer is rapidly gaining in popularity over here. It is also big business. NBC recently paid a quarter of a billion dollars for the U.S. broadcasting rights to the Premiership for this season and the next two -- that's almost $220,000 per game.
Inside and outside stadiums throughout Brazil one saw banners and placards in English and in Portuguese. Online media and social utilities like Facebook and Twitter feature pages and live citizen journalist updates in both languages.
I remember the ball hitting the back of the net to put City up 3 to 2, then next thing I know the pitch is filled with Manchester City fans crying tears of celebration. What had happened was far too dramatic to have been real, right?