Date:Thursday November 22 2012
Game five of our European adventure, see's what would on paper have always been our toughest game of the group.
Whilst Spurs have done their best to make hard work of Europa qualification, they only stand two points behind the Italians, and could actually top the group should they win tonight. Equally a defeat and a likely Maribor win in Greece, could actually mean that gaining a top two place and therefore qualification into the last 32, would be out of their hands for the final game and the Slovenians, might fancy their chances of beating a perhaps understrength and already qualified Italian side in the final game.
Of course many Spurs fans would see European elimination as a positive thing, however, it would represent a major embarrassment to Andre Villas-Boas, as he has repeatedly stated how important the competition is to him and the club and the fact that he has regularly opted to play strong sides, would be seen as a big blow to the club, even if it actually made their Premiership campaign a little easier.
AVB will again be expected to play a strong side tonight, but I hope there is also common sense in his selection with Sundays game against West Ham in mind. With Adebayor suspended for the weekend, is there a logic in starting with him and leaving Jermain Defoe on the bench? Perhaps playing Adebayor with Clint Dempsey will also give an indication over whether there is any chemistry between the pair? We can all be heartened by the news that Mousa Dembele is back in full training, though AVB has already stated that he isn't match ready therefore is very unlikely to play. That is good news for me.
With Steven Caulker back, I would also like to see a games break for Jan Vertonghen, who has appeared to have been running on empty in the last couple of games, so would we be wise to start with Walker, Dawson, Caulker and Naughton at the back? Similarly in midfield, it would be nice to see some or all of Lennon, Sandro and Bale rested, but for such a key game, can AVB take the risk of weakening the side too much and facing the wrath of the media, should it end badly?
There is the possibility that we could see a midfield with Sigurdsson, Huddlestone, Carroll and Townsend starting and it isn't exactly useless, but it would seem to lack pace, experience and confidence in differing areas, so I feel it is too big an ask to expect to see anything more than a few token changes and lots of crossed fingers that we have fit and fresh faces to entertain West Ham on Sunday...
Date:Thursday November 22 2012
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Partizan. (Thursday November 27 2014)
Football Aid 2015 - Play at White Hart Lane! (Wednesday November 26 2014)
New Recruits & Transfer Policy (Wednesday November 26 2014)
Fire Devastates Archway! (Tuesday November 25 2014)
Is Our Dressing Room Divided? (Tuesday November 25 2014)
The Art of Defending is Dead! (Monday November 24 2014)
Hull City vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday November 22 2014)
The Poch Regime - An Interim Report (Thursday November 20 2014)
It's a funny old game … (Thursday November 20 2014)
Regression... (Wednesday November 19 2014)
|Everton braced for January raid
» Everton : 27/11/2014 10:23:00
|Injuries Continue To Mount Up For The Gunners
» Arsenal : 27/11/2014 10:20:00
» Arsenal : 27/11/2014 10:07:00
|Liverpool: Rodgers Praises 'Exceptional' Character
» Liverpool : 27/11/2014 09:24:00
|Tottenham Hotspur vs. Partizan.
» Spurs : 27/11/2014 09:07:00