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Chelsea v Tottenham

The game at the Bridge on Sunday is sure to be a very competitive affair.

Chelsea will be out for revenge for last season's pains we helped inflict on them, and may even have Robinho from Real Madrid as their new signing to parade.

They are likely to be missing the services of Ballack.Mikel, Essien and Drogba are also looking doubtful.

Of course they will also have a new manager in their dug-out in the shape of old pitbull Scolari, so Terry and Co will want to show him just what they can do against their old North London rivals.

As for us it is a race to see whether we will have the services of Pavlyuchenko in time to face them.If not, and if Berbatov is considered a write-off, it looks like it will be Darren Bent up front all on his lonesome again.

Ramos has promised to go for an attacking game and I am sure the boys will be fired up to give a good account of themselves in order to try and finally chalk up some league points.

With Chelsea's unbeaten home record though it is going to be a big ask to expect us to come away with anything from the game.




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Date:Friday August 29 2008

Time: 11:03PM

Your Comments

We should just go and park the team bus in front of their goal....
Othello
Agreed Othello - if we don't I fear a 'cricket score. The line between courage and stupidity is a very thin one.
Little Yeti
We need to put out a team to be hard to break down and not a team to play football as we may get a spanking. Keep it tight with O`hara in the middle and Bentley on the right and Play Bale LB and the rest picks itself. we can get a draw but we must frustrate Chavs..watch us go and win now.
cockeril
Berbatov hat trick be positive
johna
i think its negative thinking thats got us into this 2match losing streak to start with. we are spurs we are meant to go all out attack and try for a win everytime. thats how are squad should play, if not why have we brought in all these attacking mids. we need to stop being cautious and go for it. squad for chelsea should be. gomes-zakora-dawson-woodgate-bale(back 4) king(DM) bentley-modric-dos santos(attackin mid) then 2 of either berbatov/pav/bent
THE_BLACK_MESSI
Didn't think it was negative thinking that got us these two defeats.... we've gone out and attacked teams but had no service to the lone front man meaning nothing was finished. How are we gonna play the same formation against the Chavs? They'll hit us on the counter time and time again as all the pretty moves in midfield will be broken down before we even hit the lone striker once again. It could be an absolute disaster. If Berbatov grew up and actually played for us and we played two up front against Chelsea, we may have a chance. A lone striker will get picked up by their good defence time and time again.
Othello
Agree Othello, we will get ripped to shreds if we keep the same midfield of JJ and Luka and BAE will be taken to the cleaners..Dawson...we might as well concede defeat before the game starts if he plays. No one is expecting us to win so lets frustrate them and nick a goal
cockeril
i didnt mention anytrhing about a lone striker. i want 2 up front either berba,pav or bent. bent has bin isolated up front on his own with not enough support from midfield. if u play a lone striker the midfield should bomb forward at every chance. that only happened after we went a goal down to sunderland
THE_BLACK_MESSI
all this hype sayin we have no chance which is prob is true but we still have to go there with no fear, an go for it, it will see what we are made of an also ramos etc. be a nice suprise if we ended ther run at him coys
123spurs
TBM what would your team be and would Lennon start;-)
cockeril
I know you didn't mention the lone striker... I was responding to the "i think its negative thinking thats got us into this 2match losing streak to start with" line.
Othello
Bad omen.. Im home sunday and will be able to watch the match on TV and to date every game ive seen on the box we have lost. Maybe i wont watch it and see if the curse could be lifted.
DevonSpurs
i think king in DM would help dawson and woodgate no end. almost like a back 3 so bale and zakora can get forward and frustrate chelsea
THE_BLACK_MESSI
my team is above cockril
THE_BLACK_MESSI
played 3 lost 3 bottom of the league lol makes grim reading, tbh i rxpected to lose both our away games anyway. Anything from this game will be a massive bonus even if its just a good performance. Villa at home next week is the big one.
HuddersfieldYiddo
i would use lennon in the last 20mins and make him use as much energy in the last 20mins as other players would in 90mins. let him run riot wen every1 else is tired
THE_BLACK_MESSI
King is struggling at Cb let alone the demands of DM, I cannot see Jr doing that in fact I can see him playing the same players in the same formation in the same positions and playing for a win if it pays of all will be forgiven if it does not he won`t be too bothered he has a system and style and he will not compromise IMO.
cockeril
i know king is struggling to be fair. just 2yrs ago wen he was filling in DM for england he was so competent but yeah he's a different man these days
THE_BLACK_MESSI
lets hope the players r as positive as you lot. i would never say we was gonna win. cos would'nt want2put the mockers on us. but on the othert hand would never be as pessimistic as you lot.COYS
dspurs64
Away to Chelski? This match might actually suit Bent. I think we should go defensive and just play on the counter, as teams have done to us. Bent will probably have more space to run into, than in previous matches. Gio must start imo, the more pace the better. Maybe King in DM for this 1 off match wouldnt be such a bad Idea, but definitely not in the long term, his knee's won't be up to it.
Guyver
I don't expect many changes from last week, but I would like to see Gunter play Right Back instead of Zokora. I don't know why he hasn't started the other two games, so would be about time. King and Woody at CB, Bale Left Back. Bentley RM, Gio LM. JJ will start whether some of you guys like it or not and will play CM with Modric. I'd like to see either Hudd or O'Hara play DM and Bent up front alone to start. We need to keep it fairly tight. Berbatov is gone so dream on johna. If the new boy Pav is signed in time he should be on the bench with Lennon. Don't understandwhy we let Pekhart go out on loan. Give these guys a bloody go! Trying to be positive, but realism keeps kicking in and telling me we're in for the roughest ride so far. We don't have the same belief as we had in Feb for the CC final and a lot of that is to do with Keane going as he was great for keeping others buzzing. Ledley doesn't seem the same and appears to be still finding his way back. Therefore his motivation in regard to others is missing. JJ is not a leader, so someone else needs to step up and in a team of lots of new boys that's a big ask. Ramos needs to prove himself over the next few weeks. Learning the language would be a good place to start!
Royston
The chances of us beating Chelsea at the Bridge, especially in our current form are quite slim however if we were to get a win (and we have proved we can beat them both in the cup and the league) it would give us a massive boost of confidence and really kick start our season and get us back on track. There are lots of people that say we should park a bus in front of goal but I think if we are to have any chance of beating them we have to take the game to them and go on the offensive. I am curious to see what formation Ramos put’s out but if it were me I would play the players in there strongest positions. We have already seen with Fabio what can happen when you play players out of position. Give Gunter a chance at right back, play Bentley in his favoured right hand position. Bring Modric further forward. He is a quality player but is being wasted playing in the position he has been in the last two games. And weather we like him or not Berbatov must play.
Tottenham Till I Die
I’m with JR 100%, we need to go there with No Fear and win. Vital Spurs won’t publish my article on how Spurs can defeat Chelsea, but they are not the only ones who lack bottle. Terry clearly bottled it when the Wigan bloke took a header over him. Not much of an enforcer if he’s scared of hurting his face. Chelsea hide all kinds of weaknesses behind the brilliant keeping of Cech, but look at the Turan and Taylor goals and you’ll discover that he literally has an Achilles Heel. Kick it hard and low, straight at his feet, then charge it down to put the fear in him. Cech is the ruler of the air, but since his head injury he’s slightly hesitant to go to ground, and therefore not unbeatable. Then there’s Ashley Cole protecting his hamstring. Lennon can run him until it snaps. We can bully these mugs if we go there breathing fire. COYS!!!
Spurs+JR=Wembley
Whether we like Berbatov or not doesn't matter any more mate. He's played his last game for us and will be playing for Manure next week.
Royston
def agree jus a matter of time, glad to see en dof it
123spurs
Chances of a Spurs win is slim even though we could do with a draw very nicely! I'd play BERBATOV in that game if I were Ramos....
ForeverUnited
You maybe right Royston, you maybe right but at the moment he is still a Spurs player and until I see him wearing and Manchester Utd shirt he will remain one.
Tottenham Till I Die
how come he wasnt ment to be in right frame of mind last week to play what so diff about this week
123spurs
We must go and try and play our own game thats what we must do. Like ramos is saying, we have not played the football we have showed we can play and for me going there to make it tough to score against isnt the answer, not under the Ramos regime and style. We will have our fair share of the ball im sure of it. Need to get over our anxieties and trust eachother and this game could kickstart our season.
asherthesmasher
lol @ royston
asherthesmasher
We had ten men in our first two games. Let's hope we have eleven this time. In short, drop that cr_p who wears the armband, and I don't mean Ledders.
hiano
Agreed, can we drop J(anus), and install O'Hara for starters, and does anyone know if Clive Allen is fit? I am sick to the death of this will he /wont he crap, it's dragging... Buy the Russian, buy Corluka, buy Veloso, then hopefully we will have something to talk about... I am quite frankly bored to death, it's like watching re runs of Groundhog Day, but without the humour............. Shelfsidepaddy (Satwa branch, Dubai, over there)
shelfsidepaddy
Dear Forever United and assorted gimps, I am a strong supporter of freedom of speech, however please feel free to :- 1) Pass your GCSE's. 2) TYPE IN CAPS 3) Get your return ticket to Hampshire, if you can find the National Express Office. Twunts
shelfsidepaddy
Hmm so let me get this right we attack two teams that sit deep and get picked off...so we should now sit deep against a team that will come and attack us? We shouldn't worry about a tonking and get right at Chelski...as long as we keep the tempo high we have the craft and guile to break them down and the younger legs to force and keep the pace...
shedboy1
well i think on sunday most spurs fans are in for a shock as jj will be our second striker, well link up man between midfield and bent as listening to interviews from last week i think he impressed poyet and ramos, this then leaves space for hudd toi come in beside modric, so my team for sunday(not that its worth a damn) gomes-zokora-woodgate-king-bale-huddlestone-modric-bentley-o'hara-jenas-bent, and no berbatov he won't even be on the bench
carlowspur
Well JJ will play so get used to it. I reckon Daws and Zok will play aswell. If that happens game over before kickoff. I would like to see a midfield of Bentley JJ Hudd O'Hara. Modric behind the striker, likely to be Bent. Won't happen though. This game will show me if Ramos has learnt from his mistakes in the previous two games.
Real Deal
I think this particular game will be more suited to Darren Bent, Chelsea will be playing a higher line than our previous oppositions hence that should give him the space to exploit behind there back line, lets hope so anyway
Aussie'spur
Agree with RD Ramos will pick the same team and formation and probably the play the same players out of position also. AS your right the game should be better suited to Bent but has the first two games effected his confidence? he seems a little fragile to me when it comes to confidence, He was flying pre- Season and he really needs a goal to keep him firing.
cockeril
As long as we don't lump high balls to him like against Sunderland, then Bent may thrive. Despite his height, he's not a target man.
Othello
we need to play a 4-5-1 that converts into a 4-3-3 when we're attacking. Gio and Bentley out wide, supporting Bent in attack, as Deco and J Cole do for Chelsea. play 3 CM's (Huddlestone, O'Hara, Modric). And back 4 of Gunter, King, Woodgate and Bale. SORTED
alexbaruch1993
just got newcastle away in the carling cup, tricky game we never do well up there, well this season goes from strength to strength
carlowspur
Newcastle are much improved and are a lot tighter than before that`s more than tricky it could be another route to Uefa closed..lets wait and see what the transfer window brings us.....
cockeril
Alex are you suggesting JR drop our vice-Captain..I agree with your line up 100%
cockeril
Me too! It's a balanced formation that could easily adapt to the 4 3 3 if needed! But unfortunately we don't get to pick so Mr. Ramos if you're watchin ( and why wouldn't he ?? :p) Alex's team to start !!!!!
spurs1901
Why drop Zokora and play Gunter in such a high-pressure game such as this? Has Zokora really played that badly, because from what I have seen, he's done very very well at right back so far this season.
Othello
Shedboy1, are you saying we should go blow for blow against superior opposition? I disagree, we need to counter the obvious advantages they have over us (power, skill, experience, ect) if we don't get this tactically right, we don't stand a chance! We are a quick side, so playing on the counter, away to a side like Chelski sounds good to me. i just hope the midfield don't give them time on the ball to pick their passes, as we have done in our last 2 games. We defo need to increase the work rate and close down players quicker.
Guyver
Gunter made his debut for us at Manure in the cup and played well. We lost, but it wasn't down to him. Any game in the prem these days is pressure, so when will we ever play him. He was signed as no.2 to Hutton and he IS a right back. Zokora wins some people over because he's wholehearted, but he aint good enough and never will be. The manager obviously disagrees though as he keeps playing him. Come to think of it, it's been a while since Zokora actually played as a midfielder!
Royston
I am with you on Zokora Royston He is a jack of all trades and is a a handy squad player but he is no DM or RB he cannot tackle but he`s quick;-0
cockeril
Guyver, you're spot on. Who are we trying to kid? We cannot take them on in a goalfest, because it plays to their strengths and they have more firepower AND confidence than us right now. We have to keep it tight and play on the break. We do have speed, but we can't be as open in midfield as in the last two games or we'll get stuffed. Alex's team above is the same as mine earlier apart from I had JJ in instead of either Hudd or O'Hara and I only did that beacuse thats what Ramos will do.
Royston
We need some happy news! Toon away in the Lager Cup and now they've just extended Zok's contract! Where's the news on new players? It's been a week now! Do we always have to wait until 11:55pm on deadline day? I have chewed my nails down to stumps....!
hotspur_72
By the way, I wish I could tyep proprely! (Beacuse???)
Royston
Guyver - I'm not saying go toe to toe with them (whatever that entails) but if we try to park the bus and sit deep as some people are suggesting we will lose. That plays straight to their advantages of power & experience. The important thing is to go there and play attacking, ambitious football - not my words but JR's. I just hope that players take some responsibility for tracking and closing down. I think we have just as much skill in our side and without Drogba & Cole we could push them...may just as well be hung for a lamb as a sheep....to dare is to do and all that.
shedboy1
right, somebody explain to me, please how come Defoe and Kaboul are now good enough to play 1st team football under "arry and are actually playing very well???...
virtian
kaboul is apparently having a shocker according to soccer saturday on skysports
WhoAreWeYidArmy1882
Zok just signed new contract...was hoping someone would come in for him,KPB wanted by Celtic on loan could be perfect for all parties that.
CoxintheBox
I mean "arry picks him every game. th eother thing I mean is our board greediness brought us here with no decent stricker at hand, they sold Defoe when the whole world knew offers for Berbs were imminent, they sold Keane to the first who came knocking on th edoor wothout thinking what would happen if Berbs gets even more sulky wich eventually happenned, well I really can;t understand how people around can't see where the roots of the whole funny sitiation we are know lie
virtian
*striker*
virtian
Defoe was always going to find it tough to be in our starting 11 as long as Keano was around. Trouble is when we sold him we didn't know Keano would be leaving so soon after. If Defoe had held on a little longer, he would have been in the first team given our present situation. As for Kaboul, if he had kept his trap shut, he would still have been with us, and he would have done much better than Dawson has for us.
hiano
I appreciate Defoe was not playing as long as we had Keane but my point was we knew Berbs was leaving sooner rather than later
virtian
Pavlyuchenko has signed. Picture says it all and is from the spurs site, official confirmation beckoning..... http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/uploads/assets/240x359/players/roman_pavlyuchenko/roman_pavlyuchenko240.jpg
WhoAreWeYidArmy1882
Agree with hiano, Defoe was good, but not good enough to get in every week with keane and Berbatov. He wanted to go in Jan to get a game every week. No one at the club could have anticipated that Keane's boyhood heroes were about to come in for him at the end of last season. They turned his head and that's the only reason why we let him go. Kaboul is not suddenly playing great for Pompey, Distin and the traitor are having to cover for him all of the time and 'arry's boys haven't exactly made the best of starts have they?
Royston
Virtian, I appreciate that the club knew that Berbatov might be the subject of offers at the end of last season, but that was half a season away in Jan and given what a sulky b'strd he is, who knows if he might've stayed or gone at that time? Apart from that, Defoe and Keane never exactly banged in the goals when they played as a pair did they?
Royston
well, not sure how we are going to feel come the end of the season if we are under Pompey again..... I for one would be devastated
virtian
a good news at last, a new striker in the club, welcome Pav!
virtian
Welcome Pav,hope it works out,hope Arshavin signs to keep you company,along with Veloso and Corluka!
CoxintheBox
Would the signing have happened today? I'm kind of wishing that the news was delayed and he had signed yesterday so that he can play against the Chavs tomorrow.
Othello
Has he signed to late to play tomorrow?Ah ****
CoxintheBox
welcome Pav good luck i hope you do well for us
HuddersfieldYiddo
let's hope it's a good clean game :-)
merlin
Pav signed, but he's playing with the Russian National Team this week. He won't be available tomorrow. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=567855&sec=england&cc=5901
NYSpursFan
Welcome Pav, so will he be a Rebrov or a Berbatov? We really need at least a point on the board tmrw! COYS
Hotspur74
As good as a 'lucky' draw away to Chelsea would be ... we really need the 3pts ... if like is expected we lose, we will be rock bottom with no points and 15 odd days until we play again ... at this point everyone has at least one £ucking point on the table ... if we lose and have nothing ... man I dunno ... depressing or what lol!?
OnlyOneHotspur
unless berby gets his head out of his arse!!! we're going to have a slamming, i can't see our new signing pav welcome to a magnificant club by the way, getting the pace of the premier league on his first game, that's if he's eligable play. Fingers crossed for tomorrow..... that's all i hope is that we actually play and get some shots on goal coz the last two games we were abismal when it came to take control and actually shoot at the bloody target! COME ON YOU SPURS!!! i don't another week of ribbing..
vengy08
black messi, dan straight with berba and pav up front. we will get back the fear factor that is missing from our strikers.
hardcore_spurs
I fear we're going to gift Chelsea an easy 3 points today with another bizarre team selection. That'll be nine points out of nine for them and well on their way to the title. So why not mix it up a bit anyway and see if Gunter has what it takes? We can't protect the lad forever. My team: Gomes / Bale, King, Woodgate, Gunter / Hudd / GDS, Modric, Bentley, Lennon / Bent. God help us if Bent picks up a knock early on. Ramos XI: Zokora / Zokora, Zokora Jenas, Zokora / Zokora / Tea lady, Ball boy, Zokora, Poyet / Assou-Ekotto.
allen49
By the way we've just offered Tea Lady a new 75 year deal on 10 miion pounds an hour with a signing-on bonus of 600 billion.
allen49
Assou-Ekotto isn't a bad player, and Zokora gets too much stick ... he isn't an amazing player but he isn't as totally useless as we make out ... he is a full blown 1st team player for Ivory Coast (who are head and shoulders above England IMO).
OnlyOneHotspur
OnlyOne: Well I agree with both those points, but my argument (flippant as it may have appeared) is that there are better players in the squad for their positions. I have no problem with Zokora as a professional, his attitude has been exemplary (apart from the odd dive), but he is no right back; Bale should be starting at LB, not BAE. Modric is wasted at DM. Why was Pekhart put out on loan when Bent is our only striker? etc etc etc I could go on. There are two extremes here: fans who criticize everything, and fans who refuse to see the truth. I'm doing my best to stay somewhere in the middle.
allen49
Watched Dads Army last night and everytime Frazier said " We are Doomed" i just couldnt stop thinking about todays game.......
DevonSpurs
My insiders at the Lane have some breaking news which might put a new dimension into todays game, aparently while serving iced tea at Spurs lodge on Thursday my informant spotted Wayne Diesel doing some light training. In his words " Wayne looked very sharpe and cut up the tea lady and ball boy on every occasion". Ramos just when we think you have lost your way you have some cunning plan up your sleeve.
DevonSpurs
Hope the news gets better this evening, i have just played in a Vets game out here this arvo and i think ive done my ACL, I refuse to go to the hospital as i want too make sure ime around to watch the game this evening [Perth time] Bloody painfull tho. I will have to get more than a few throthy ones down my kneck to dull the pain, then have tomorrow off.
Aussie'spur
*neck*
Aussie'spur
Gunter in Zokora & King start! Lennon & BAE dropped and no Berbs looks like he may be history. COYS!!!!
cockeril
Just seen the lineup, ZOk is RB, and Gunter is LB least king is playing again with woodgate. Bentley to right wing (thank ****) Bale left wing, jenas and modric in the middle. Dos Santos behind Bent, seems we are going 4-4-1-1
ManilaYid
Chelsea have put Bosingwa on right wing, essien back in the middle with Lampard, Cole on the left. Also playing 4-4-1-1 with Deco supporting Anelka. Should make for an interesting match
ManilaYid
no Lennon ............phew at last we may see our top players actually playing in their positions!!!
Scott Spur
zokora to have a blinder!!!!!!COYS
cookie301
This game could bring the best out of Bent, the previous teams have parked the Bus, Chelsea could leave some space behind the back four to exploit!!!!!
cookie301
anbyone have a link to watch online ...its not on ifutbal....please
Spurs78
The reason why Ramos hasn't been picking Gunter is obvious now ...
OnlyOneHotspur
for this game play: gomes, Zokora, Dawson, Woodgate, Bale...King, Jenas...bentely, Modric, GDS..Bent( well prob. be hemmed back alot so bent and GDS speed will be vital on the break). Having said this would berba not be willing to help out his dream team. Then bring in corluka for dm then start with: gomes...Zokora,King, Woodgate, Bale...Corluka, Jenas, Modric, Bentley...Pavlychenko,Bent
meee93
I think Gunters done ok mate, we look O.K Jenas and Zokora just too sloppy at times but thats to be expected. The problem is Bents too isolated upfront on his own he really needs a strike partner.
HuddersfieldYiddo
Zok imo is having a top game, Gunter doing really well aswell, we are sitting too deep tho, were just inviting trouble.
Aussie'spur
u could try http://www.iraqgoals.com/?page_id=18 spurs78
mission
now we have JJ at right back? what is JR thinking?
CutSpurs
1-1 final score. Modric looked really good today. playing further up the pitch definitely suits him better. gio looked out of sorts.. still too raw in my opinion. i know i might get crucified when i say this but if we had berba today, we actually could have won.
hardcore_spurs
Aussie, not sure if i was watching the same game as you m8, i thought Zokora was poor, couldn't hit a barn door with his passing and was clumsy in the tackle. On the other hand, have we found Jenas' position finally? RB - thought he was great there, plenty of pace, good tackiling and height to boot.
Scott Spur
I didn't think Gunter did well at all ... at least nothing special ... Zokora had a blinding game ... Jenas ... well ... like you said its to be expected. It was kind of a dull game to be honest, perhaps Chelsea my feel they should have won taking into consideration the chances they had in the first half ... we got a lucky break ... the second half was a non-event. I think we will be a far superior prospect with two strikers ... bring on Villa I guess ... COYS?!
OnlyOneHotspur
Good battling performance away from home, at least we can go into the international break without 0 points
Scott Spur
Well SS We could'nt of been watching the same game, apart from a couple of forward of square passes that went into touch, i thought Zok was sound, tackled when he had too, broke up play quiet well, without being outstanding i thought he did a very good job
Aussie'spur
End of the day its a very well deserved point against the probable champions. Thought Gomes was terrific, there is no way Robbo would have come and claimed so many crosses, i know he is a mistake waiting too happen, but i would rather that than a mistake in the making.
Aussie'spur
Please don't knock that performance. Chelsea really struggled to break down a very organised spurs team today(benefiting from a comanding goalkeeper at last!!!) Of course one or two quick/clever players going forward would of given us a better chance on the break but hopefully they will come. Subs made were spot on and timed just right. You will never get many chances away at the top four so well done to Bent for taking his one clear cut situation with decent composure! Well done Spurs!!!
Adie13
hc-s. Spot on mate, if we had of had Berbs playing i think yes we could of won it, but saying that i thought Bent did a good job up there on his own, just wish he could hold it up a bit more so others can join in instead of laying the ball backwards 10-20m nearly every time
Aussie'spur
Sorry, there were a few missed tackles which could of dropped us in it and he kept being dragged wide, maybe he likes the RB role. I would love him to fulfill the potential we all thought he had when he signed, but so far he hasn't and nothing i have seen today makes me think he will. Unless he starts to put in 'outstanding' performances as his shirt demands what is the point of Didier Zokora, apart from a squad player. We need a DM which is better all round for sure.
Scott Spur
Scott Spur, I'm not sure you watched the same game either. Zokora was one of our best players. You can't dismiss him on account of a couple of missed passes. He ran his heart out in midfield - tackled, harassed and drove the others FORWARD, a direction Janus, who was supposed to do the same job in the last couple of games, can't seem to understand. Now that we have Pav, I hope we revert to 4-4-2 for Villa and keep Zok and Modric in the middle.
hiano
Gomes was really solid today and made some crucial saves and interventions. King and Woodgate are starting to get an understanding, and apart from the odd occasion really kept Anelka and Deco quiet. Zokora played DM for 60mins and did a good job, he pressurised the ball, made some good tackles and even managed to pick out a couple of passes. Santos struggled but did create a good oppurtunity, Bentley was quiet, Jenas was Jenas, Bale seemed to struggle with Santos ahead of him Belleti and Bosingwa were weak though so that was a let off, but Gunter was sound, stopped the Coles doing anything of worth IMO
ManilaYid
Apart from that Gomes was great and what a throw that boy has!!!
Scott Spur
Great result, not to many teams can leave stanford bridge with a point, better formation, better preformances, better organisation, better team spirit, just better really!!!!
hotspur89
Oh and Bent did well poaching his goal, but other than that struggled to control the ball, ended up heading it on into no-mans land a lot of the time.
ManilaYid
I gotta say we look pretty sound wif Hudd and Zok in the middle and I thought Zok was pretty darn good today, Gomes Commanded well and I heard him shouting all the way down in Oz!! Dont be too hard on Gunter really didnt support Bentley today but its a tough ask to start against Chelsea at the Bridge knowing ur going up against Deco at his age and he really did do much wrong. I was really disappointed wif Gio expected better, but at least Modric looks like to be settling in abit. Anyway there are my two cents!!
Lily_White
Manila, Bentley was quiet, but part of that is that JR seems convinced he should play on the left wing. Mind you, there was no point in him crossing the ball when Bent was the only guy to receive it.
Scott Spur
SS Bentley started on the right no joy, moved to left no joy in the end he needed to be subbed
Lily_White
Bent worked hard and didn't get a 'killer' pass from anyone except Fat Frank for the goal, which he did very well to bury. All in all quite alot of positives to take away...........roll on midnight monday!!
Scott Spur
so i wouldnt blame Ramos for playing him on the left
Lily_White
Lily, So you reckon that switching a left foot player from the left (Gio) and vice versa with Bentley is the way to go? I thought we all were unanimous about how bad that worked in the last two disasterous games
Scott Spur
Maybe we should play him in goal if he doesnt score in the 1st five minutes next time?
Scott Spur
I'm all for mixing the play up for a bit each game, it can for the opposition defence to reshuffle and create a hole or two, but not as a proper formation that JR seems to play for whole halves of matches. BTW a certain Mr Capello seems to like playing players out of position and its worked for him as well as JR so far............
Scott Spur
Scott, my biggest issue with Bentley today was his deliverey at set pieces, he didnt put the ball in the danger area enough which can be key in tight games. We had a far few corners to really test Chelsea but he failed to get the ball into players like woodgate and king. He mainly played on the RW until Santos came off, but Cole kept him quiet by marking him tightly, I think Modric is to blame a bit, he didnt make have that good a movement up front with Bent so the wingers didnt have much of an outlet, especially with Jenas playing deeper, and Zokora even deeper still
ManilaYid
Still he supported Gunter well enough, and to be fair it looked like our both teams tactics cancelled stopped both teams using the wings, with a lot of the play coming through the middle
ManilaYid
Miracles do happen----we were up against top class today but amazingly nicked a draw.We needed luck and we got it .Our midfeield still looks very lightweight---Gio not in it,Modric ok but nothing special,Jenas--nothing but a reasonable right back,Zok did ok except for a couple of poor passes--at least he tries for 94 minutes.Lennon still pathetic (should have been sold)--has no strength or guile--just runs fast and loses the ball;he did nothing when he came on except give away a foul and fall over.Bent was totally lost but had some luck with the goal.Pluses were Gomes,Bale,Woody and King.No matter who we sign,were nothing more than mid-table at the most but please please no relelgation struggle.We need at least three more top players--- C.H.,D.M. and striker with all round ability(Berbatov comes to mind!!!)We got a point but we were totally outclassed by top players--don't think any of our lot would have been picked for Chelsea today---Woody,King and Bale might have made the bench.Thanks for the point we desperately needed it.
wentworth
Sorry m8 JR switched Bentley and Gio at half time so was again a diliberate tactic he favours. I agree with you on Bentleys deliveries tho, he usually is better than that, next game......
Scott Spur
Just got home, didn't see any of the game, how was Gunter at right back? When I looked at the team sheet I thought "Blimey... Is Ramos finally starting to see sense?" Was our first choice back four basically a solid one?
allen49
SS either Flank didnt matter Bentley wasnt gettin it done sometimes when things arent workin on the right you move to the left and really chelsea's left flank was exposed Hell even O'Hara created Chances on that flank I agree Manilla he's dead ball was great but we noe it can be
Lily_White
Well played spurs. I wasn't expecting it but well played. Lot of commitment today
Taimur
wasn't*
Lily_White
Gunter looked a little out of depth, but was composed and made some decent tackles, Joe Cole did very little all game so Gunter must of been doing something right. A. Cole was a bit more handy, and Bentley didnt always track back and support. Given time though I think Gunter can do a good job there, he has loads of pace, and height too, just needs to watch when he goes to ground
ManilaYid
Lily, this isnt for me a case of a problem with the flanks, this is a tactic that JR has used in all three games this season!! Why?? Have you got one instance where it has delivered? Do you personally think it ever will??
Scott Spur
Why buy a talented RW player and play him on the left??
Scott Spur
Scott im with you, I was so pleased to see Bentley back on the RW at the kick-off but we still don't have a backup/proper left winger so when Dos Santos struggles Bentley is always going to be the one moved to the LW thats why I wish we would go back for Capel
ManilaYid
Our options on the leftwing are: Dos Santos, Modric, Bale, Bentley, Gilberto, and possibly Lennon, none of these are out and out wingers so its still a troubling position for us. I hope Dos Santos can grow into the position though, his biggest issue is covering the oppositions RB when he goes forward, which leaves Bale exposed, he very Ginola like all be it that he doesnt quiet have the magic Ginola had but he does have the potential
ManilaYid
Capel would be a great signing and Bentley i'm sure prefer to shoot from the left anyway, but we had O'Hara and Gilberto on the bench, coupled with Bale gives us a solution for the left. BTW, Arshavin if he does come played on the left for Zenit, may be a solution also...
Scott Spur
*solution for the game, not long term
Scott Spur
I guess when we get a settled squad this sort of stuff will works itself out, solid display tho.
Scott Spur
First off I agree wif you that Bentley should play RW but I am only defending JR for today's game at chelsea, Bosingwa was absolutely crap and a player of bentley's quality should be able to exploit that. I noe Gio is a lefty and all that but for me he is too Raw and really tries to do too much. Fact is We Have no established LEFT MID and that means that someone has to play on that flank and JR sees Bentley as the best possible solution. Whether it will work or not who noes but the fact remains we have no Left footer that can play there cept Bale who is really needed at LB (during chelsea game). I would normally feel sorry for players like Bentley who are forced to play in an unprefered postion but he did say he could play on the left, dont claim it if it aint true
Lily_White
wentworth nice to see Spurs fan have the guts to say they were lucky.Any how wish u all the best for future.
Saimon_blues
Ok Lily thats fine, but then why keep Gio on? If he cant play on his own side why stick him on his least favoured side and expect him to do any better? Whatever way you sugar coat it, it still doesnt make sense at all
Scott Spur
Who said we were lucky!!! Well fought battle there and your goal was as lucky as ours!!
Scott Spur
Think both teams had their share of luck, we were lucky with our goal, and Anelka firing over from close range when he should of buried it, but you got lucky with your goal too as well as getting the corner that led to the goal. All in all I think we did a good job at holding Chelsea to mostly long range efforts. Total of 3 shots between us on target the whole game tells the story though.
ManilaYid
laters all..........
Scott Spur
I just want to ask again: did the starting back four look solid? because that seems to be a much more important issue than the left midfield conundrum. We have so many good attacking players that will sort itself out, but our problem for years has been a top quality, settled back four. Did we look like we had something like that today? Please tell me yes!
allen49
Yes!
ManilaYid
Anelka and Deco looked pretty ordinary today, same goes for Cole, Bellitti and Bosingwa were biggest threat along with Lampard hitting long rangers. Chelsea could not get beyond our back line, mainly because we were strong and organised, a much much better defensive display than we saw in the last 2 matches, and hopefully if King can stay fit they will be able to improve with time *fingers crossed*
ManilaYid
I said we wer lucky cos they had about 20 shots on goal with at least three sitters missed and a couple of top saves as well.We had one shot.
wentworth
Wentworth Chelsea had 2 shots on target, and 10 off target admittedly they hit the post once, and had that Anelka effort which he could of done better with, but other than possesion they hardly dominated us, and their goal was a huge chunk of luck just like ours
ManilaYid
damn we were good!!! even better when Jenas was moved out of the midfield, add Pav to Bent and we'll rock!! This game was another example of how important a goog goalkeeper is for the whole team spirit and overall results
virtian
and yes, Gunter is "the" Hutton back-up, Zokora is to play as a DM if playing at all, I have said this many times before, will say it again THudd must start every game!!!
virtian
Sounds good! So we've finally sorted RB out... Next is the JJ puzzle... Judging by the article in the Guardian yesterday he's a guaranteed starter for the whole season. You know that expression "somebody up there likes me"? JJ seems to have requisitioned about a million people's ration of that. Football's biggest mystery. What do Ramos, Jol, McClaren and Capello see that we don't? I don't get it. But then I have no idea why Lampard starts for England every game either, so I guess some things are over our heads. Or something.
allen49
ManilaYid --Chelsea had loads of chances in the match I was watching---Lampard,Anelka,Essien,Malouda all missed sitters.We had one strike on goal and luckily it went in.Are you saying "we wuz robbed"??We battled today which was pleasing but there were long periods when we were under the cosh in the game I watched.
wentworth
Great game from Spurs! Since everyone is on a high, why don't jus slide Berba down into Carrington......
ForeverUnited
What does anyone think of a swap deal of Berba 4 fraiser and cash?
Jesus Freak
I cannot believe what I am reading..Zokora was good, Gunter was poor, Bent was good,.... Zokora was shocking as was Luka and King was not himself and Gunter did OK. Lets not paper over the cracks here I am delighted we drew but we were one very lucky team. We scored a well taken goal just before half time form a lucky deflection which lifted us in a game we never looked like scoring. Lampard had 3 shots in the first 10 mins when he was unmarked where was Zokora.? We were extremely lucky the Chavs had an off day and we were damn lucky. We only came alive when O`Hara and Hudd came on. O`Hara first contribution was a to split Cashley Cole in half what commitment I did not see anything like that tackle for Zokora in 90 mins also JJ was shocking too. Gomez, Woody, Hudd, O`Hara and Gunter were the best players for us. We need options up front and fast and Luka is proving me right as he looks lost without the ball. A few peeps are not going to like it but it`s my opinion and that`s the way I saw it.
cockeril
I thought it was a pretty decent display considering we were playing Chelsea at the Bridge. The main problem for me is Bent was winning a lot of headers and flick ons but he had noone running beyond him. Bentley, Gio and Modric should have supported him more. But defensively we looked ok, bar the couple of times we let them through. I expected a convincing defeat today and I am glad we came out with the point. If we can sort out a better counter attack plan and not leave Bent alone we will be ok. Not sure I like the 4-5-1. Lets have Pav and another striker in an go back to old faithful 4-4-2 I think.
Eemton
Cockeril: It sounds to me like that Hudd + O'Hara central midfield partnership is the way to go. Slowly, slowly, the best eleven are picking themselves... A proper right back at right back, fancy that! (Some) players in their proper positions, and we get our first point. QED.
allen49
Oh and for the record I think, with the exception of his two hospital passes to Gunter, Zokora played very well today. He was disciplined and stayed in his holding role, didn't get dragged about and kept Deco and Lampard very quiet. If he can consistently perform like that I wouldn't have a problem with him as our holding midfielder. Its whether he can add that consistency to his game that remains to be seen. If we don't sign a holding midfielder, be sure Ramos sees his quality and will play him every game. Hence the new 4 year deal I guess.
Eemton
Yippee--were not bottom.
wentworth
Wentworth "Lampard,Anelka,Essien,Malouda all missed sitters" Lampard had one shot on target that was saved well by Gomes, Anelka missed a sitter, Essien hit the bar and Malouda did his normal trick of fluffing his chance, also A. Cole had a good chance but pulled it wide, so with the goal thats still only 2 shoots on target. I'm not saying we were robbed, just that Chelsea didn't play too well, maybe thats lucky fo us, or maybe its coz we defended well, Scolari seems to think we did pretty good, limiting their chances, you seem the only one who believes Chelsea peppered our goal, IMO they didn't, they had a lot of the ball but struggled to break us down, and I personnally think it was more about tactics, and team work than luck that got us the result
ManilaYid
kalou had a sitter as well Lampard had 3 shots in the first 10 mins and Zok lost his man loadsa times he cannot pick up runners but I thought Luka was a 2/10 he was shocking and as of yet he looks a 6 million player not 16! Allen your right but I doubt Ramos sees it that way. For me the first name on that team sheet would be O`Hara who did not lose possession once in 30 mins and Hudd would be second. I know I am not crackers but Zokora was pants along with JJ and Luka why can people not see that. maybe if we lost by 2/3 goals which we easily could of then they would be more finger wagging. Vila next at least Pav will be on board-and it should help the midfield more.
cockeril
Can't wait to see the highlights of this on MOTD2. From what I've been reading here we had a decent afternoon and I bet Ramos is delighted. Now if we can have some serious Veloso, Corluka, Falcao and Arshavin activity before tomorrow night our season might be up and running. Hutton back soon. So happy for Bent, who deserves an MBE for putting up with all the ********* going on around him for so long. I have faith in the squad. We WILL do something this season. COYS!!!
allen49
******** = b o l l o c k s
allen49
cockeril u expect zokora to try and stop deco and then run in 1 second to stop Lampard from shoting from 25-30 yards !!! agree allen well done Bent and Gunter and Zakora played a blinder
No1Yido
Gomez was brilliant today - took total command of he area. Defence looked OK, midfield saw a lot of the ball but didn't do a lot with it but at least we stopped them playing. I thought Gunter played well. Shut Cole up for most of the game. Although Chelsea didn't ply well I think a lot of that was down to us getting the tactics right. Still worried about defensive cover and our midfield looks very 2nd rate. JJ reminds you of kids at school playing football, always willing but never getting a touch.
deanokeano
This was a real "Chrurchillian" effort by Spurs today and we should be proud of all the team! Gomes was my joint MOTM with Zokora! Gomes prowled the area like a bloody tiger and was superb on crosses (I loved Robbo but he would have been in deep S*** today!) and Zokora was outstanding in midfoeld and closing down Deco. King, Woodgate and Bent were superb in defence and Modric is coming on nicely now as he pushes up more. Jenas was a bit better and did a decent job at RB! However, Gio and bently were not in it today and Hudd and Lennon made a big difference when they came on. Bent pugged alone up front resolutely and was full value for his stirke - if only he had some more support - Come on Ye Pav! A great overall result and, now hopefully with Berba****off going with Campbell in return (good makeweight!). Not sure if Corluka will come now the way City's playing but Gunter was Ok today and will get better...but we still need cover for King! All round a good day and there are better days ahead! COYS
canadianraptor
hey, not on subject, but do you win anything by winning the head to head in the fantasy league cause i am drilling everyone in mine.
attwooll9
and we played good, need more chace on goal but held the ball well and besides 1 terrible pass zok did alringht. it seems ramos only really uses his tactics in the bigger games which bothers me but at least we got a point
attwooll9
Finally, Ramos selected the right team in correct positions and look at the result. A draw against the best team in their country on their home patch is a great result, even if you forget about the fact that they are our bogey team. Modric looked much better playing in his correct, AM position. As for Bent a great poachers goal and not much else but he was playing against the best CB pairing in the Premiership.
Officer X
the team played good together but it is evident we need 2 strikers up top not 1
attwooll9
zokora didnt play well gave the ball away too much! happy with a point but need to start playing a bit better in midfield.
simmo10
at last some others who saw the game.........cos the rest of ya must of been watching a rerun of an Ivory Coast game, cos Zokora was pants!!!!..........lol
Scott Spur
I though I was going bonkers for a minute at last some reality1 I was not the only one who thought ZOk was awful and JJ was next with Luka. Our Midfield barring Bentley were shocking. How can views be so different as some fans and I would say the majority on here thought Zok was MOM!!...LOL!! ASTOUNDING!!
cockeril
Zokora had a great game. In fact I believe Sky reporters and pundits thought he did as well. Lets go with the professionals shall we. However I do agree JJ was below par, he always is. Not a bad RB though. Modric had a few glimpses but far too quiet.
Eemton
I wish people will lay off zokora and jj. They contributed massively today and still they get crucified. we made a very good team look quite ordinary and had it not been for those *****s keane and berbacock who unsettled us with there departure(s), then we could have done much more in this game. How would any other team cope if they lost 3 of their top 4 strikers within a short period? so lay off the aggro or if you really want to then slag off the ones who really deserve to be slagged such as keane and berba.
powerspur
They were pretty poor today but some of that was down to the way we frustrated them. We were not a threat up front at all and all too often Bent would head the ball on to an invisible partner but at last we had a defense that you could be confident and a dominant GK again. The midfield is like a ticking bomb ready to do something brilliant or foolish at a moments notice. Someone like a Hargreaves or the possible Diarra who would allow them to F*** up every now and again without blowing the game. Carrick played that role to great effect.Tomorrows a big day guys and i just hope we are in for a happy surprise.
PAXTOM
I have briefly read through these comments and i totaly agree with COCKERIL 'S comments Zok is like a headless chicken. mod is lightweight. what game were some of you lot watching!!!
BUSKISPUR
Cockeril even Garth Crooks has Zok in his team of the week, the boy had a good game, it wasnt special but it solid, Ramos must also agree coz instead of sticking Zok at RB he kept him in his position and moved Jenas instead. So apart from the odd miss pass, which he did very few of this time out what did he do that was so bad?
ManilaYid
Remember we were playing Chelsea at the Bridge, one of THE hardest fixtures on the list, and they have arguably one of the best midfield 4 in the world, so Zok must of done something right to stop them dominating us
ManilaYid
OMG ramos finally got his tactics spot on. playing an actual right b ack, the wingers on their correct wings but with the freedom to change over in order to fully exploit the full backs and most importantly HE HAD A MIDFIELD ANCHOR MAN THANK *****. Zokara did well in that role but he needs to work on his passing big time.
Chingy5
Got too disagree with Cockeril and some others, Zokora imo had a good game, he broke up play well and in general used the ball quiet well. Its sad that when some people dislike certain players,and thats fair enough as we all have our own opinions, its just that sometimes we only see the negatives in that player and struggle too see anything positive, I am not one of Zoks biggest fans but credit where credit is due
Aussie'spur
Your point is well deserved. Judging from this match and against Wigan, Chelski is not yet this super team that will win everything that most people are saying. Other teams should take notice and give chelski a go like your team & Wigan did and might come away with a result.
BMF
It's funny, Lampard always seems to get a big help from deflections. But this time it back fired on him and gave Bent a chance to score.
BMF
BMF, Its an old saying but a true one "You make your own luck" With regards to Lampard, he will shoot at just about any given oppertunity and rightly so "Failure to shoot is failure to score" As a coach you should teach them too shoot but most importantly to keep the shot low, if its along the ground but going wide it is very possiable oe even likely to be deflected on target, whereas if its high it only serves too give the opposition a goal kick.
Aussie'spur
BMF, not being funny mate, but are you a Spurs fan ? Serious. Some of your posts indicate to me that you follow someone else, yet you post on here quiet regularly.
Aussie'spur
Having seen the game and watched the highlights, it was a decent rearguard effort. Gomes surprised me and played very well. Zokora was ok, but again his distribution was poor. There is a little point in a DM, who immediately gives the ball away. I doubt Pavlychenko will be paired with Bent. His signing is to give the team options and an alternative to Bent - we only have one senior striker in Bent at the moment. What was disappointing though was the continued isolation of Bent. The 4-2-3-1 is a great system but relies on one of the '3' running on to the flick ons of the '1' or making themselves available when he holds the ball up. I saw none of this and that certainly begs the question of what the **** do they do on the training pitch, as DosSantos, Modric, and Bentley rarely made themselves available. The number of times Bent won the ball for it to fall harmlessly for Cech or Terry borders on the criminal. Gunter had a great full debut so why wasn't he selected from the start of the season? Huddlestone also looked good when he came on and 'put himself about'. A point deserved for hard effort and work, but I am afraid I saw little to suggest we will finish this season any higher than last.
Little Yeti
No, I'm not a spurs supporter, I'm a dirty, dirty, Arsenal fan. :) Got some mates who are spurs fans that why I'm more nicer than some of the Arsenal fans. I'm a person who believes spurs and arsenal fans can live in harmony that's why I post here.
BMF
HIS NAME IS CORLUKA, HE IS BEST MATES WITH LUKA, LA LA LA LA YIDS, LA LA LA LA YIDS - well happy! Boys quality
ExiL
LY are you sure mate, firstly yes i agree that Bent did win some headers but the headers were hardly directed into space for a supporting midfielder to exploit, mostly the headers went harmlessly up in the air or straight down Carvahlo or Terrys throat, and as far as holding the ball up dont make me laugh, bent does not have the correct technique to be able too hold the ball up, he merely controls it back towards his own goal, imo the only way he will hold the ball up is if he physicaly picks the bloody thing up but even then he would probally drop it, dont get me wrong i thought he did a sterling job up there on his lonesome but i think you and many others aer expecting him too do things he is not capeable of doing. As for your suggestion that we wont finish any higher than last, ffs now even i am starting to believe you may be KB or P and R or most likely both. And with regards to your interpretation and opinion that the 4-2-3-1 is "a great system" its only as good as the players that are employed to play in that system, on some topics you do know your s*** but on others quiet frankly you strike me as being quiet clueless.
Aussie'spur
BMF, fair enough mate, imo it is healthy to have critical opinions from the dark side as long as they are constuctive. Good onya mate.
Aussie'spur
LY he will prob be played with bent because everyone has seen how isolated he has been on his own so pav will give him that support.
Chingy5
also aussie how can you say bents headers were harmless, if he had been getting the proper support from jj and modric then they would have been fine but instead he just had to head and hope someone would help him out
Chingy5
i agree with Aussie, bent is woeful !! his touch and control are terrible not to mention his final ball , all you hav3 to do is look at the goal , he missed his control completely thankfully and it ran on sweet for him (or was it a missstroke of genious) i think not !!!!! one time modric give him the ball and the wee man didnt even look for a return pass cause he knew bentyballs was gonna mess it up
South L/Derry Spurs
Is no-one writing any new articles to comment on today !!!! i'm bored to death at work !!!!!!!!
South L/Derry Spurs
I would like to see Bent actualy control the ball then shield it with his body then lay the ball off to not only one but two supporting players, just as Berbs did but as i have said previously Bent is not capeable of that, if we are to rely on long balls and flick ons to a second striker then god help us, reminds me of Watford with Blissett and the tall bean pole of a striker [Kenyon ?] they had. we are Spurs not Watford. And yes South L/D Spurs, his first touch after Franks through ball was terrible but he was quick enough to get away with it.
Aussie'spur
please can someone tell me , have we signed pav or not cos im sure i saw it on the official site but now its not there and im thinking was i dreaming or something?
mission
He a spur Mission.
Aussie'spur
Just read that Corluka has signed. Got a question for anyone if they can answer. Is he cup tied for the uefa cos he played for City in their qualifier?
Grapes26
grapes: yes.
allen49
http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11675_4079049,00.html BERBA TO MAN CITY!?!?!??! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Although it'd be funny to see ol' red nose lose out to citeh. He can say goodbye to his champions league football and big club dream f****** stupid bulgarian
kenfish
so who else we gonna get if anyone?
mission
Haha I LOVE IT!!! Berbatov to City!!! 32million!!!! A big Up Yours to Fergie from Daniel Levy and Manchester City. And you have to laugh at Berbatov. Youve been a big baby despite being a Hero at Spurs and now youve only engineered a move to Man City haha!!! W*nker!!!! And even if he rejects Man City, Manure will be forced to up there bid by millions and Levy will have won. And Corluka has signed!!! Im sooo Happy!!!
HuddersfieldYiddo
i read in the paper yesterday we were going to get pompeys diarra because pompey had no money and we offered 12m. he would be a bargain. I hope manchester city sign berba but he will just not agree personal term so he wont go. why would he go man city when they cant offer him anything we cant apart from more money. It might make manchester united up there bid, that would be the best possibility wouldnt it. I would also like to see arshavin come to the lane finally. I also heard that fraiser cambell could be part of the deal for berbatov which could be intresting. We are apperently going for a double deal for milito and garcia. what does everybody else think?
ng9-yid
AussieSpur, last night on Match of the Day they showed a number of clips where Bent won the ball, Bentley-Modric-DosSantos were all in the frame, but none of them had made a forward run. They marked out a shaded area into which the players could have run, but none of the three made a run. Therefore no pressure was put on the Chelsea back four. It happened too many times to count, Bent beating Carvalho or Terry, knocking it into space and the 3 attacking midfielders simply watching. It does not matter who our striker is if the midfield behind don't support him and give the team an advantage in numbers. It seems clear that Ramos/Comolli bought players to fit this system, the lone striker supported by attacking midfielders which suggests something is amiss on the training field. And as for finishing 11th - I can name 10 sides who have been more impressive than us to date, or at least seem more likely to score goals and I have to include the likes of West Ham, Man City and even Middlesborough amongst those teams. The managers there seem to have got the formation, tactics and players all working there. One point via a rearguard action has not overcome the paucity of our previous two performances.
Little Yeti
Ly, i do not have the privelage of watching MOTD and i do not dispute there views but TV technology can be misleading "A little learning is a dangerous thing" Sure they can "shade" all the areas they want where THEY think Bentley, Moddy and Gio COULD have run, did they by any chance shade any areas where THEY thought that Bent could or should of played the ball or should of held the ball up ? Were the pundits on MOTD aware of Ramos's instructions, NO of course they was'nt, you talk out of your a*** a lot of the time, and what happened to 11th posi ffs, we have just shot up the league 10 f*****g places in half an hour, in your previous post you said "I cannot see us finishing higher than last" Make your mind up is it bottom or mid table ?? Another KB trait, changing your facts around.
Aussie'spur
Another point LY, Ramos/Comoli bought these players in the belief that Keane was going to be part of the squad and naivley berba too, we should and most likely did anticipate Berba's move but Keane's was totaly out of the blue.
Aussie'spur
AussieSpur I see where the misunderstanding has occured. When I said "but I am afraid I saw little to suggest we will finish this season any higher than last", I meant as in 'last season'. I certainly don't think we'll finish in the bottom three. Regarding Keane, I thought many sensed he didn't fit into Ramos's plans. I've heard several people remark that.
Little Yeti
Fair play Little Yeti. I agree with you on Ramos/Keane, i in fact was one of those that suggested Robbie maybe did'nt fit into his plans, but that still did not prepare us for his sudden departure. But alls cool, i had had a bad day yesterday
Aussie'spur
 

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1. Spursex 264
2. MAN ON! 210
3. Slurms McKenzie 190
4. Real Deal 175
5. spurdon 161
6. Geofspurs 116
7. Pollo 111
8. Kinygerbils 97
9. griddo 94
10. tarkan mardinCOYS 94

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
West Ham 0 - 1 Spurs

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
5. Swansea 1 1 0 0 1 3
6. Aston Villa 1 1 0 0 1 3
7. Hull City 1 1 0 0 1 3
8. Spurs 1 1 0 0 1 3
9. Everton 1 0 1 0 0 1
10. Leicester City 1 0 1 0 0 1
11. Sunderland 1 0 1 0 0 1

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Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Spurs MOTM against West Ham?
Suggested By:  Vital Spurs
Lloris 55%
Naughton 3%
Dier 24%
Kaboul 0%
Rose 1%
Capoue 8%
Bentaleb 2%
Lamela 1%
Eriksen 0%
Lennon 1%
Adebayor 0%
Holtby 3%
Townsend 1%
Kane 1%