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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City

Two games into the season and Spurs will have in my opinion played the teams that will finish first and second in this season`s Prem, so if we get another negative result, perhaps we should look for some perspective and not get carried away.

Saying that, Spurs have a great record against City, winning eleven out of the last fourteen games between the sides, but we all know that with the unlimited funds at Eastlands, this is a City side to compare with the best in Europe, let alone the Premiership. Not quite a match for Barcelona yet, as Harry states, but give them time and who knows.

Tottenham`s new boy, Emmanuel Adebayor, will again have to watch this game from the stands, as he is unable to face his contracted club, so I assume there will be a final chance for Jermain Defoe to stake a claim to play over Roman Pavlyuchenko, who was terrible on Thursday in my opinion and simply didn`t look interested, whilst it would appear that Peter Crouch will be leaving the club in the next few days and as he is injured, he won`t get an opportunity to say good bye to the Spurs fans

Also definitely out tomorrow are Ledley King, William Gallas, Sandro, Wilson Palacios, Steven Pienaar and Danny Rose, but Jermaine Jenas and Kyle Walker are both expected to return after recovering from their virus. Whether Walker will get the nod over Vedran Corluka will be one of the interesting calls for Harry, and in reality it is a case of choosing whether you want to play an attacking player, who isn`t quite there defensively or a defensive player, who isn`t quite there offensively. A tough call for Harry, especially against the likes of either David Silva or Sami Nasri on the City left.

Elsewhere in defence, I can`t see too many surprises, with Friedel deserving another start over Gomes, and Dawson, Kaboul and BAE getting the other places. In midfield, the big call will be whether Luka Modric starts the game, which may well signify his immediate future. If he plays, you assume unless a massive offer arrives in Daniel Levy`s inbox, he will stay, but if he doesn`t start, you get the impression he is already heading towards the exit door.

If all is well between now and kick off, I would hope and expect a Spurs line up of, Friedel, Walker, Dawson, Kaboul, BAE, Lennon, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale, VdV and Defoe, but I can see there being the major debate over who starts at right back, with my preference for Walker being that we have to give him the games and time to establish himself and with City usually playing a more narrow, 4-2-3-1, Walker`s greater offensive ability might cause problems, whilst am I alone in thinking he has actually not been too bad with his defensive duties?

For me a decent Spurs performance and a draw, wouldn`t be a bad result, whilst a defeat wouldn`t be the end of the world, as long as we start to pick up points against Wolves and Liverpool in the coming weeks. City will be a massive test for our defensive ability, but have looked slightly vulnerable in that area themselves, and will again miss their excellent defensive midfielder Nigel De Jong tomorrow, which for me is a plus for Spurs.

If Spurs can win this, it will be a massive boost for the team and give real credence to our belief that we can make the top four this season, but I have a feeling that the points will be shared tomorrow and will go with a 1-1 draw...

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Writer:OxfordSpur
Date:Saturday August 27 2011
Time: 3:35PM

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We'll get battered!!
coopsieyid
27/08/2011 15:41:00
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can't play Defoe alone up front...
spurswede
27/08/2011 15:42:00
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yeah coopsie, Harry already presented his excuses :)
logos8
27/08/2011 15:43:00
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Where should I go to chat with Spurs supporters?
Shannon
27/08/2011 15:51:00
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Have to agree with coopsie we will take a right beating tomorrow shows how far City have come and with our line up we haven't really moved at all. Adebayor will make a difference to us but we desperately need Sandro back in the midfield as and when we get those two into the side we will be a match for anyone
Spurs Allday
27/08/2011 15:54:00
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I just wish it was the FIRST battering we were going to get this season. Unfortunately, we've currently got 0 points, sit bottom of the league, with a -3 goal difference, and we're about to face a team with Tevez, Aguero, Nasri, Silva, Yaya Toure, Dzeko, Richards, DeJong etc etc. Still, Dawson will cope with that :-(
coopsieyid
27/08/2011 15:54:00
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If we had Sandro fully fit i would be a little more confident. I could probably see Corluka starting ahead of walker tomoro.
01tottenham
27/08/2011 15:54:00
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I totally dont have any confidence with our defense. We need Gallas or King fit. Also without any protection for back 4 in midfield, Silva is going to run riots tomorrow. I just feel, we can just go for all or nothing approach. Give it all in attack, simply because we dont have any defense.
sydqcb5
27/08/2011 15:58:00
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Sorry Shannon. Should we not say what we truthfully think? Should I only say what I think everyone wants to hear?. Am I not allowed to voice my personal opinion about this particular article?.

OK, I'm sorry everyone. Spurs are playing against a right shower of $hit on Sunday. They have no quality whatsoever, and we've got far too much for them to deal with. We're gona fackin slaughter them. I'll go for a 23-0 home win.. COYS
coopsieyid
27/08/2011 15:59:00
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Spurs to win 2-0
MikeStylez
27/08/2011 15:59:00
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Bolton played quite well against $hitty and almost deserved a draw... certainly we can have that performance as well... but when I imagine Nasri, Silva, Toure, Aguero & Tevez against our defence... I really don't know what to say. Last season they were better then us in the league considering goals scored and goals conceded... and when you consider that this year they upgraded with Nasri and Aguero and Dzeko is finding his form getting used to pl... Samba would have been good for us in such a game, but still not enough :)
logos8
27/08/2011 16:00:00
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If crouch plays we win
TalentfromGod
27/08/2011 16:00:00
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why the negativity guys?! ive already put a fiver on spurs winning 3-1 and a fiver on spurs winning 3-2, we've got it in the bag surely, ive won like £3.50 in the bookies before so i know me stuff ;)
Dap-Spur
27/08/2011 16:02:00
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oh and Norwich looking quite good against them Wan*&*s Chelski http://www.firstrowsports.eu/watch/80662/1/watch-chelsea-vs-norwich-city.html
Dap-Spur
27/08/2011 16:04:00
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Redknapp will have a plan. Spurs will win
TalentfromGod
27/08/2011 16:04:00
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Why so much pessimism? We were 3% short of possession away from home at Old Trafford and had as much or more chance on goal than Utd. But it just wasn't to be. We always dominate teams now, and have good chances to score just our inept strikers can't score, but now we have Ade I'm sure we'll pick up wins against minor teams and bigger teams. Sure, Ade can't play against City but we always dominate them and outplay them like kids. I think we'll get a win esp' at home, or at least a draw with both sides scoring a couple/few each.
MikeStylez
27/08/2011 16:05:00
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Torres has been *****e, which i LOVE to see......Dannism!!
Dap-Spur
27/08/2011 16:05:00
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We'll be all right. City look potent but Bolton got two goals against them - their defence isn't impregnable. Losing 3-0 to Man U at Old Trafford made us look worse than we were. In the first half we were competitive and had more chances than them. It all went wrong in the last half hour, and even then Defoe hit the post (at 2-0) with 12 minutes left and we could have made a game of it. We have a good side and, whether we win or not, I expect us to make a good match of it tomorrow. I certainly do not expect us to get slaughtered at WHL!
Shannon
27/08/2011 16:08:00
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Our no.14 has some making up to do. He can start by schhooling City in midfield
TalentfromGod
27/08/2011 16:09:00
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GET IN Grant Holt!!!!
spursftw
27/08/2011 16:17:00
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This will be our first league home game..... I am sure the boys will not be going in just defensively minded. We have the flair, passion, the ability and in most areas, player-for-player we can match City. It will also be down to the tactics. The Yid Army will be our 12th player!
CharlieSpurs
27/08/2011 16:24:00
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"Redknapp will have a plan. Spurs will win" TalentfromGod.............. really???? Harry had a plan last year but that own goal from Crouch made everything happen didn't it? This is football, you can never know what will happen...
logos8
27/08/2011 16:28:00
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Man I was so happy when Norwich scored. Nice goal too... Is Modric watching? :)
logos8
27/08/2011 16:29:00
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Swansea keeping a clean sheet at the moment, be great for Caulker if they keep consecutive clean sheets
Spurs Allday
27/08/2011 16:32:00
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I really hope it atleast stays 1-1 if not a win for Norwich. It might shut the chelsea fans up who come on here...
spursftw
27/08/2011 16:33:00
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oh well nevermind... chelsea penalty and ruddy off.. typical.
spursftw
27/08/2011 16:34:00
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lol such a dive from ramires.... leaps over the keeper...
spursftw
27/08/2011 16:34:00
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Ramires was already on his way down before he was touched, typical chelski cheating and a ref with no bottle to give the right decision
philbill
27/08/2011 16:37:00
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and such a shame because the red card was harsh. penalty: ok, maybe... red card: no.
logos8
27/08/2011 16:38:00
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Meh it's about the least you would expect. Lucky to beat West Brom and now lucky to beat Norwich. Norwich were worthy of atleast a point. Equalled Chelsea up until the penalty.
spursftw
27/08/2011 16:41:00
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Redknapp has just come out and said "Don't be surprised if we challenge for the title this year". How long before he says we're not gonna challenge and 5th "is as good as it gets". I think he plays mind-games with himself and probably gets confused.
Chrissybwoy
27/08/2011 16:43:00
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We couldn't score against a VERY inexperienced Man Utd back 4 (inexperienced as in how often they've played together, and age). We never looked like scoring past them. They also happened to hale half their first team missing lol. Yet still had no problem beating us 3-0. You can say all you want about "we matched them for 55mins" etc etc. The game lasts for 90 FFS...

So what on earth gives people the impression that we're not only going to score against a much more 'bonded', and tighter Man City defence. We're also going to beat them, whilst containing the likes of Dzeko, Yaya Toure, Aguero, Tevez, Silva, Nasri, Balotelli etc etc??.... I should coco!!

MikeStylez - "we always batter them and outplay them like kids".. And where did that get us last season? And we've done what, to make ourselves better? Do you REALLY, hand on heart, believe that we'll dominate and outplay them like kids, when their midfield could consist of Silva & Nasri, with Toure protecting them, flanked by Dzeko/Tevez, Aguero up top etc etc??. I'm sure Modric is well and truly up for the challenge, and can cope with all that on his own!!
coopsieyid
27/08/2011 16:45:00
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Oh and Dap, your post about the bookies, had me in stitches mate. Thankyou lol
coopsieyid
27/08/2011 16:46:00
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dap, coopsie... nice posts :)
logos8
27/08/2011 16:49:00
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why does vdv play off that fish for brains defoe, why cant he play up there alongside him
123spurs
27/08/2011 16:52:00
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I believe we have a good chance to bounce back. I would never play one upfront as some suggest here. Let's hope we beat those *****eh and get back to challenge the title. I must say that we need one CB knowing how fragile we are with Gallas and King. Now, I am hoping I will have power to watch the game and getting prepared to weather the storm in NYC. Its just me, myself and Irene today :)
kosovo_spurs
27/08/2011 16:55:00
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123spurs why isn't vdv 100% fit? why isn't he a team player? such a big mystery this guy huh?
logos8
27/08/2011 16:55:00
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and almost forgot... why does he have a bear belly? (just kidding)
logos8
27/08/2011 16:55:00
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I have already written us off,,,So that said we will proberbly play out of our skins and get something more than nothing out the game, maybe the lads might like to show Adebayor what they are made of,,,,you never know do you! oh well its nice to dream ;-) C.O.Y.S
Born&BredSpur
27/08/2011 16:56:00
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If Harry really said "Don't be surprised if we challenge for the title this year"... he is senile or has alzheimer's...
logos8
27/08/2011 16:57:00
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I will be shocked, if we managed to get a point at home to city. Thats how much I rate city this season and how disappointed I am with spurs already....
spursftw
27/08/2011 16:57:00
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cant say why he aint 100%fit maybe thats why RM got rid of him, we seem to be a bunch of indvidual players just put together to make 11.
123spurs
27/08/2011 16:58:00
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how can you say that you can't compete with the big 4 clubs, and say Man City are better than Barca... but still claim you are going to challenge for the title?
logos8
27/08/2011 16:58:00
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BBC saying Palacios will be a stoke player in the next 48hrs. I'd imagine a bid for Hutton is on its way as well and Warnock is hoping for further additions fingers crossed he comes in for Jenas lets hope we see these guys going out very soon :)
Spurs Allday
27/08/2011 17:00:00
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bleeding chelski gits, 3-1 win but Norwich looked damn good against them up until the pen, defo a pen i'd say but no way red. Not too bothered about playing them at the moment, if we keep Modric it will be a lovely day with lots of texts to me pals. But yes back to the topic in hand, I seriously think we will struggle against city and the manchester globetrotters they are pound for pound (see what i did there) a stronger team and Dawson to me has looked a tad dodgy the past few games, if it was King and Kaboul i would be much happier, i do think Harry will play Walker though as he will want to attack from the start. Not sure if Tevez will start but if he does it may be that point in your life to go take a lovely walk with the missus that she always talks about and you've "never had time" for :p
Dap-Spur
27/08/2011 17:03:00
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Chrissy, mate. I had the exact same thought when I saw about the comments Harry made. What a facking dick!!

logos - I also had the exact same thought as you, when I read the post from TfG.. though he most definately is NOT a dick!! CharlieSpurs - "player-for-player we can match City". WHAT?? Giz a toke on whatever it is you've got, please. OK, who is a match for Hart?.. Who is a match for Richards?.. Kompany??.. Lescott?.. Toure?.. Silva?.. Nasri?.. And don't even get me started on the strikers lol.. I'm sure you'll have no problem telling me how we'll match Dzeko, Tevez, Aguero and Balotelli. With Jermain, Peter and Roman LMFAO.....

Bloody hell, their subs are as good/better than many of our starters. Barry is better than any of our DM who are not called Sandro. Adam Johnson is better than Lennon. Milner is as good as any midfielder we have who isn't called Sandro, Modder Focker or Rafa (debatable that he's a midfielder)..

Sorry Charlie, I'm not having a go at you. I just can't see how on earth you think that "player for player we can match City"??
coopsieyid
27/08/2011 17:04:00
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City fan here, I think most of us would take a draw away at WHL. After the pummeling we took last year and sneaked out with a point, a lot of us have some justifiable trepidation. We do seem to have become more attacking this term (once De Jong got injured anyway), so it should be a very entertaining game. Really looking forward to it.
thecamelsfoot
27/08/2011 17:05:00
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we drew at home with the oilers last season, first match, i think we can go one better, second match, this season. Charlie at RB for me he has lost weight and much more solid than Walker defensively.
cheshireyid
27/08/2011 17:08:00
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@coopsie, Gareth Barry isn't fit to lace Gary Docherty's boots..
Chrissybwoy
27/08/2011 17:08:00
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To think we had those ********s by the throat last year at the lane. They somehow managed to fluke a draw thanks to our 'super' strike force. The win at their gaff was another stroke of good fortune. We need to be fired up against them and take no shiiiiiiiiitt, hey are still a bunch of mercenaries at the core.
zombie-greavsie
27/08/2011 17:09:00
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Yep! a bunch of very willing and very able merceneries though, eh!
Born&BredSpur
27/08/2011 17:11:00
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by PnR61 » Sat Aug 27, 2011 3:17 pm "Staight out of the PnR spy network...............................the signing of Parker will enable Modric to leave.............................but only a bid of £35 mill plus add-ons can make this happen...........................you heard it here first marmites"
coopsieyid
27/08/2011 17:12:00
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every game is different so hold on to all ur negative thoughts until game is over, we battered them last season 1st game even though it was a draw, bolton gifted city goals, chelscum struggling in there 3 easy games, ya they look good on paper. we will have to up our game, id say we will take the lead but end up a draw COYS in harry i trust
123spurs
27/08/2011 17:13:00
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I held on to my negative thoughts in the United game 123 mate,,,,,look where that got me! trust me, aim low and anything else will be a bonus!!
Born&BredSpur
27/08/2011 17:16:00
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Hahaha B&B, I like your philosophy boss!
Chrissybwoy
27/08/2011 17:17:00
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You know it makes sense Chrissybwoy! lofl
Born&BredSpur
27/08/2011 17:18:00
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Harry took us to fourth, and then fifth, in a competitive league and its a bit sickening when he gets slated and his achievements aren't acknowledged. I know, I know, some will say any manager could have done it with the talent at his disposal. And I agree he has his personal flaws, he's defensive about his mistakes and he probably talks too much. But let's give some credit where it's due and let's exercise some moderation and balance in how we insult our manager, who probably has one of the trickier jobs in English football.
Shannon
27/08/2011 17:18:00
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agree with putting out an attacking side out force city to caution.....fast flowing footy can put us in the drivers seat....im a yid so i say a win for the yids....coys
rovinella62spurs
27/08/2011 17:20:00
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city will go 4-4-2 for this game. mancini knows that he cant go to places like ours anymore and just try and get a point. he'll probably play aguero and dzeko up top. good point about walker tho, i wouldve liked corluka to start against united but seeing that city's left winger in theory is usually silva but he he never actually plays there and is always in the middle, walker may not have someone to mark and can run up the wing. vdv should either play on the right or be a sub with defoe and pav up top.
laneno14
27/08/2011 17:24:00
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Quite simply we'd need the Yid Army to BATTER their fans into utter silence, raise the roof & enforce the belief that our season is full of positive promise. So we don't have Sandro, King & Gallas, no Ade, BUT we do have Modders, VDV, Bale, Lennon & JD. We're at home so we have to attack them, my only hesitation is @ RB. Walker has excellent attacking quality tho shaky defending vs Charlie who links up great with Lennon but usually stays back & is a better defender then Kyle (although Charlie's hardly great). I'd have to see who looked more capable in training to decide that 1. I know we're capable of the win but the my gut tells me a draw (but maybe its just heartburn ?) COYS
True Spurs Supporter
27/08/2011 17:26:00
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Harry gets slated because he never takes the blame, never admits to knowing about signings that might pose a risk (i.e vdv, sandro), tactically inept, in games and training, (quote vdv), tries to sign players like joe cole, never makes subs at the right time, was pleased for West Ham when they beat us and not to mention stockpiling us with average players and not cofirming that he wants to stay or leave for england. Yes getting us 4th was a great achievement but keeping us there with a couple of players would have been a greater achievement.
Camb-Spur
27/08/2011 17:28:00
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LMAO @ Chrissybwoy's post about Barry & Docherty..
coopsieyid
27/08/2011 17:28:00
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True story coops.
Chrissybwoy
27/08/2011 17:29:00
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May I ask who has insulted our saviour of a manager in this topic, Shannon??. I've seen a few people comment about the puzzling and extremely contradictory statement he made about winning the league, but nothing insulting or disregarding of what he's done in the past. As far as I can see, he's getting all the credit he's due at the moment. I believe credit comes after doing something worthy of being credited??
coopsieyid
27/08/2011 17:34:00
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I just did coopsie, oops!
Camb-Spur
27/08/2011 17:36:00
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Am I entitled to ask, WHY Harry would want to get involved in the Nasri saga! WHAT has it got to do with him ???
Born&BredSpur
27/08/2011 17:39:00
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Oh fu** it, I'll say something positive. Just to get the Coopsiebashers off my back.. If we play Kaboul in the centre of defence, we won't lose by as many as we would if he wasn't playing.. COYS
coopsieyid
27/08/2011 17:40:00
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"I had the exact same thought when I saw about the comments Harry made. What a facking dick!!" Unjustifiable, really, and uncalled for. And I wasn't referring only to what was on here but a general trend of attacking the manager in an extremelt disrespectful way considering his achievements. He irritates me too sometimes, but I do acknowledge that a manager who has taken a side to the Champions league and then finished in the top five probably knows a bit about football. Not as much as some of the people on here, but a bit.
Shannon
27/08/2011 17:41:00
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BABS because he cant stay out of the flipping media!
Camb-Spur
27/08/2011 17:41:00
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2 - 1 spurs, city don't like playing us and we will do a job on them at the lane thats positive coops
spurticus87
27/08/2011 17:42:00
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Camp-Spur, I can forgive him most of those, but when he was pleased that West Ham beat us I was so angry I almost prolapsed.
Chrissybwoy
27/08/2011 17:42:00
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F@CK 'Arry......he's a decent dude....but just too indifferent to our team's cause.....one can tell by the way he talks in his interviews.....he's cool and loose with his statements and that's alright to a certain extent....but he just doesn't show he cares in the end.....I know its just a job...but in this field one requires to add that care/passion......more so if your not that good.... SO F@CK 'Arry, the inept careless asshat!!!!!
dcruzer
27/08/2011 17:43:00
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It's all names on paper, City were rat droppings against bolton and they were at home, so if spurs play with confidence instead of Arry telling them they will most likely lose this one because city are better than Barca. We can get a result and by result I think a draw will do.But go all out for a win. It happened at united we got mesmerised by the Old trafford jinx, the spending power etc when in reality they were a team of nervous youngsters. But we played like cowards and got what we deserved. Its time to show some steel and take the big guns down.COYS.
Slyspur
27/08/2011 17:44:00
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Slyspur, not sure if you noticed or not but, those names on paper actually have an end product! ball in the back of the net.
Born&BredSpur
27/08/2011 17:49:00
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If we beat Man City, does that mean we're better than Barcelona then?
Chrissybwoy
27/08/2011 17:51:00
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