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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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Writer:Hartfelt
Date:Friday August 29 2008
Time: 11:03PM

Comments

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We should just go and park the team bus in front of their goal....
Othello
29/08/2008 23:08:00
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Agreed Othello - if we don't I fear a 'cricket score. The line between courage and stupidity is a very thin one.
Little Yeti
29/08/2008 23:10:00
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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
29/08/2008 23:16:00
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Berbatov hat trick be positive
johna
29/08/2008 23:18:00
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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
29/08/2008 23:21:00
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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
29/08/2008 23:26:00
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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
29/08/2008 23:30:00
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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
29/08/2008 23:32:00
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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
29/08/2008 23:34:00
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TBM what would your team be and would Lennon start;-)
cockeril
29/08/2008 23:34:00
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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
29/08/2008 23:35:00
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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
29/08/2008 23:35:00
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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
29/08/2008 23:35:00
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my team is above cockril
THE_BLACK_MESSI
29/08/2008 23:36:00
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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
29/08/2008 23:37:00
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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
29/08/2008 23:38:00
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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
29/08/2008 23:38:00
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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
29/08/2008 23:42:00
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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
29/08/2008 23:53:00
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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
30/08/2008 00:28:00
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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
30/08/2008 01:11:00
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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
30/08/2008 01:28:00
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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
30/08/2008 01:40:00
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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
30/08/2008 01:41:00
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def agree jus a matter of time, glad to see en dof it
123spurs
30/08/2008 01:45:00
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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
30/08/2008 01:46:00
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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
30/08/2008 01:47:00
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how come he wasnt ment to be in right frame of mind last week to play what so diff about this week
123spurs
30/08/2008 01:57:00
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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
30/08/2008 03:15:00
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lol @ royston
asherthesmasher
30/08/2008 03:22:00
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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
30/08/2008 04:34:00
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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
30/08/2008 06:53:00
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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
30/08/2008 06:57:00
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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
30/08/2008 09:06:00
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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
30/08/2008 10:28:00
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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
30/08/2008 10:52:00
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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
30/08/2008 10:57:00
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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
30/08/2008 12:18:00
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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
30/08/2008 12:25:00
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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
30/08/2008 13:00:00
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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
30/08/2008 13:31:00
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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
30/08/2008 13:45:00
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Alex are you suggesting JR drop our vice-Captain..I agree with your line up 100%
cockeril
30/08/2008 13:49:00
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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
30/08/2008 14:21:00
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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
30/08/2008 14:23:00
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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
30/08/2008 14:38:00
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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
30/08/2008 14:43:00
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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
30/08/2008 14:46:00
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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
30/08/2008 14:49:00
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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
30/08/2008 14:49:00
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By the way, I wish I could tyep proprely! (Beacuse???)
Royston
30/08/2008 14:54:00
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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
30/08/2008 15:11:00
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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
30/08/2008 15:54:00
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kaboul is apparently having a shocker according to soccer saturday on skysports
WhoAreWeYidArmy1882
30/08/2008 15:56:00
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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
30/08/2008 15:58:00
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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
30/08/2008 16:00:00
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*striker*
virtian
30/08/2008 16:01:00
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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
30/08/2008 16:05:00
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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
30/08/2008 16:08:00
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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
30/08/2008 16:12:00
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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
30/08/2008 16:14:00
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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
30/08/2008 16:21:00
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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
30/08/2008 16:33:00
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a good news at last, a new striker in the club, welcome Pav!
virtian
30/08/2008 16:56:00
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Welcome Pav,hope it works out,hope Arshavin signs to keep you company,along with Veloso and Corluka!
CoxintheBox
30/08/2008 17:11:00
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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
30/08/2008 17:17:00
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Has he signed to late to play tomorrow?Ah ****
CoxintheBox
30/08/2008 17:23:00
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welcome Pav good luck i hope you do well for us
HuddersfieldYiddo
30/08/2008 17:33:00
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let's hope it's a good clean game :-)
merlin
30/08/2008 17:47:00
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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
30/08/2008 18:30:00
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Welcome Pav, so will he be a Rebrov or a Berbatov? We really need at least a point on the board tmrw! COYS
Hotspur74
30/08/2008 19:27:00
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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
30/08/2008 19:48:00
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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
30/08/2008 21:04:00
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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
31/08/2008 01:24:00
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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
31/08/2008 04:32:00
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