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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Olympique Lyonnais

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Olympique Lyonnais

Olympique Lyonnais curently sit 2nd in France`s Ligue 1 but Lyon lost 3-1 at home to 11th Place LOSC Lille when they could have closed the gap on PSG their current form is very inconsistent.

Probably the most well known player in the Lyon side to us is midfielder Steed Malbranque who played for Spurs and was then sold to Sunderland. Lisandro Lopez, will be one of the key players in Olympique Lyon's and is reported to be none to happy at Lyon after his failed move to Juventus where the deal fell through as Juve thought Lisandro too expensive.

AVB will know Lisandro when he played at Porto. Lissandro claims he no longer wants to play on the left. The problem is, Bafé Gomis and his strong physical presence with the back facing the goal is probably more useful to the team in that position than the diminutive Licha. And the few attempts the manager Rémi Garde tried to field 2 strikers simultanously didn`t prove too successful either. So frustration has been growing on both sides.

Lisandro actually failed to join Tottenham on the last day of this window. Lyon Chairman Jean-Michel Aulas refused the 6ME offer made by Spurs, which is said to have frustrated the Argentine, who was rejoicing at the idea of playing alongside his close mate Hugo Lloris in a major league. Lisandro reportedly expressed to his relatives his total refusal to extend at Lyon and hence his willingness to go for zero euro in a year. Levy please note!

Their Manager is Rémi Garde. Garde started his playing career at Lyon in 1982, helping the club achieve promotion to Ligue 1 in 1989. Recently he has been linked with being a successor to Arsène Wenger? He has only been a manager for just 18 months but he is now second favourite with the bookmakers to replace Wenger. Garde is largely unknown on these shores but he took over at Lyons in June 2011. It is what he has done since, as well as his links with Wenger and Arsenal, that have catapulted him into contention. Garde took control of a Lyons team which had lost its way in recent years after winning seven successive titles from 2001-2008. Claude Puel, the former Lyons manager, spent £125m over three years without success. Garde, who was on the coaching staff for several title-winning years but more recently was running the academy, stepped up with a brief to slash the budget, mainly by shifting non-performing "stars" and promoting youth. He has not only done that, he has also steered the team past big-spending Paris Saint-Germain and done it while cruising into the knockout stages of the Europa League. Lyons are in that competition because Garde just failed to secure a Champions League place last season, but his team did win the French Cup. Garde could have been Lyons manager earlier; he was offered the chance to replace the departing Gérard Houllier in 2007 but turned it down preferring to work with the youngsters.

Garde has been asking his team for consistency. Lyon have been in irregular from one match to the other in 2013, and Garde is asking for more of a performance from his players. The first half of their season the team had ta similar start to us producing very dull 0-0 at Gerland versus Evian-Thonon-Gaillard but with the poor performances have been accompanied by their exit from the Coupe de France in Epinal (3-3, 2-4 on penalties).

Lyon have also seen some of their best player move they have lost Monzon, Novillo, Sidy Koné and of course Michel Bastos and although Ghezzal has been the most obvious replacement for Bastos, the leavers may actually not be the biggest problem Lyon have to manage, now that the transfer window is closed. Arguably, it`s the players who stayed.

AVB has an interesting selection conundrum to solve as we have Lyon on Thursday night and then one week later at their place the Stade Gerland. Then we have West Ham on Monday the 25th February.

If AVB is sincere about the EL then we can only assume that he will put out his strongest side. Playing at home AVB will want to take a winning margin to Lyon and maybe be a bit more defensive in the second leg. So, the question is who will AVB play and, given that by the 25th February at West Ham, we may have both Kaboul and Defoe back does that give AVB more options.

Written by OyVeh Maria

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Writer:OyVeh Maria
Date:Tuesday February 12 2013
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Im going 3-1 .
Adebayor to lead the line & get 2 . Vertonghen & BAE to come in .The season starts for Adabayor on Thusday ,but better late than never .
big cockeral
12/02/2013 14:55:00
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Do you reckon flowers and chocs for the missus will appease her seeing as she won't have my full attention during the game?!
Metal Spurs
12/02/2013 15:00:00
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just take her to the game. otherwise, surely it would be bad form to complain at you watching the match after you spend so much money on here. perhaps as an alternative, dont get her a thing, instigate a row, storm out and watch the game...
oxfordspur
12/02/2013 15:09:00
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My wife is working, how unfortunate ;) I'm saying good shout big c 3 - 1 with ade on the scoresheet,
spurticus87
12/02/2013 15:13:00
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Metal Spurs.....get her a match progamme as well mate, she'll be really overjoyed. Then while she's reading, nick he chocs...2 - 0 Spurs...good night all round.
Andre's Crouching
12/02/2013 15:14:00
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Ox second option always preferable. lol. I bought tickets to go to the game so I can avoid any issues for VD (valentines day). haha.
COYS R US
12/02/2013 15:14:00
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can sit back and enjoy these ties, nice to get away from the pressure of staying 4th for a few games. Basically its a champions league tie without the worry. If we win great, if we lose, who cares. The further we go in it the more it harms our 4th place bid. Im not saying thats right, thats just how football is today.
jimmy-yid
12/02/2013 15:16:00
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Back to the match up: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Vertonghen, Benny: Lenny, Parker, Siggy, Bale; Holtby; Ade: Subs Friedel, Walker, Dempsey, Obika, Caulker, Gallas/Livermore/Carrol/Thudd. Seems Dembele suffering from that nasty Cabaye tackle on his shin/ankle so a rest would be good for him before our next prem encounter in 13 days time. A nice win with a clean sheet, 2-0 would be good to take to France.
COYS R US
12/02/2013 15:23:00
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2-0 to Spurs stoppng the away goal will make life easier in France. But this will be a big test for us ahead of a very difficult couple of weeks. Great news about getting Kaboul and Defoe back but hope Ade does enough int he next ten days to keep Defoe as a super impact sub!
Slurms McKenzie
12/02/2013 15:24:00
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Looks like it is a good time to Play Lyon. For that reason...I say..be brave Avb..and go 3 /5 /2....test the waters. I can see spurs winning by 3-0 clear goals....which would be a excellent result. 2-0 would be very good. "come on you spurs".
82spursdebut
12/02/2013 15:26:00
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@OvVeh...very good article. Should be an interesting game. Maybe BAE,Gallas,Vert and Naughton will start. Dembele needs a rest.
dannylane
12/02/2013 15:28:00
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Clean sheet is essential. Big scoreline would be welcome. If Holtby, Ade and Sigurdsson could all get on the scoreline, it could really have us in a very positive mood. COYS
peterballb
12/02/2013 15:43:00
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I can see AVB putting out a strong team for the first leg and we must do our best in that game imo. I don't care what the result is come the second tie, ahead or behind, we have to be saving our STRONGEST team for the west spam tie. Lloris, Verts, Parker, Ade and at least one of our flying wingers. With the Chavs playing Man City we have a real chance of closing the gap, maybe even jumping up a place. COYS.
SpursOne2
12/02/2013 15:49:00
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I hope that Friedel uses all his years of experience for this game and says to AVB, ''It's Hugo's old team let him play in both legs'' The only time Friedel should be back between the sticks is if Hugo is injured, this is football not a charity, I'm all for R&R Rest & Rotation, but last time he played (friedel) the diffence had a mare, leeds away!!! I know AVB want's to win it, I do as well, but i'm still between the devil and the deep blue sea; Beware buying flowers guys, i did that for my x once and she said ''suppose i've got to open my legs for them'' My reply was ''Is that what you think of me, if i had known that i would have got a couple of extra bunches so they don't flop about''
spu 4 life
12/02/2013 15:55:00
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To win a European trophy in Villas Boas first year would be massive for the manager, the club and our standing in Europe. I expect the strongest line-up possible in both legs. The double-header is also set up beautifully with no PL games to worry about. And on ITV1 in front of the nation! Spurs to put on a show and go 3-0 up but Lyon to nick a late one to make us nervous for the 2nd leg as usual.
StillRickyVilla
12/02/2013 15:59:00
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In a funny sort of way if Adebayor kicks on from here he could feel like a new signing himself .
Been after that striker ,Adebayor could be that new striker .He`s been missing most of the season for various reasons so a run of games topped with much better performances from him .

I`d like to see Bale playing off Adebayor ,Dempsey move to the left ,Holby & parker in the middle .Walker Caulker ,Vertonghen & BAE back line .
Please no Friedel ,got to be the brilliant Lloris .Lyon are a good side & despite the tie itself being played over 2 legs ,Friedel just doesn`t have them anymore .
big cockeral
12/02/2013 16:04:00
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82 you and your 3-5-2, you make that suggestion every game....personally Im not as confident as most on here, as we have been dire in the EL this season, I can see 1-0 to us or 0-0/1-1, as I dont expect Lyon to be so open away from home in the first leg
Ossie
12/02/2013 16:10:00
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Ossie, are we at a stage where we will be looking to play as strong a side as possible. hopefully we get a decent cushion on thursday to enable us to rest a couple for West Ham after the 2nd leg
oxfordspur
12/02/2013 16:17:00
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We have to get a result thursday because our game against West ham will dictate our team selection next week!
Slurms McKenzie
12/02/2013 16:17:00
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Are we assuming that Lloris will start at least one and perhaps both of these games?
oxfordspur
12/02/2013 16:18:00
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If Friedel gets the nod, then AVB isn't taking it seriously Ox
yiddyboy
12/02/2013 16:22:00
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ossie....well we more or less...play 3 at the back anyway. I would just like to see.....Vertonghen, Caulker, Dawson (kaboul)...tried...like italy 1990...Wright / Butcher / Walker. I just think those 3 would eat up the ground they cover....plus would be a big threat at our corners. I.e.....a few easy goals would be nice, rather than hoping Bale can deliver every game. It's also......5 / 3 / 2...when defending. But if you gain control of the midfield ..i.e...further upfield....towards the opposition goal then peg them back, with the 3/5/2.........Bit like.....you will laugh at this.LOL........The Zulu....war technique was to bulls horn shape push back the enemy...and squeeze them. Thus...what i'm saying we squeeze the oppostion back in their ldefensive 3rd...attack from the sides and middle. BUT....i do like the 4, 4, 1, 1...system too....if we have fast wingers, which we have. Personnally, i think.....4,2,3,1.....doesn't hold enough width...but i'm not totally against it...and could see that working too.
82spursdebut
12/02/2013 16:24:00
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Ossie, I don't thnk we have been that poor. Referees decisions in both of the Lazio games cost us wins. We could have done better, but then the squad was still sorting itself out. It's been an interesting year. One in which we have not been abe to start our best XI together. As Sandro is out for the remainder of the season, that will be the case for the whole season. Win by at least 2 and have a clean sheet and we'll be looking great going to Lyon. COYS
peterballb
12/02/2013 16:24:00
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Ox, AVB has played a fairly strong team throughout the EL, so I expect him to do the same Thursday. I hope we will win by 3 goals and have an easier 2nd leg, but Lyon are a very good team, very experienced in Europe, this will be a very tough tie, won by the odd goal imo.
Ossie
12/02/2013 16:25:00
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It will be the strongest line-up possible in both legs. Even the modern day footballer is able to recover with 4 whole days off!
StillRickyVilla
12/02/2013 16:32:00
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To qualify for the CL in AVBs forst season would be massive for him, the club and our standing. Also will help keep players, sign players and will show how far we have come as a team. Even after all the changes, loosing a few key players. For me, put out a strong team for the first tie and get the win if we can. Then for the second leg we could not just 'rest' key players..but maybe keep them on the bench and give some of the other talented players itching to play a go. We will have options on the bench if needs be. Anyone looking at the prem fixtures will see how big a win at west ham will be. Also, playing Friedel in either on of these ties is fine by me. COYS.
SpursOne2
12/02/2013 16:37:00
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srv...very right there......Training is no great substitute for actual games. Can always do less training..........just need at least one full day recovery from a game, generally. Saying that, wouldn't surprise me..if Dembele was missing from the starting line up. I think he has taken a fair (large) share of the battles recently.
82spursdebut
12/02/2013 16:38:00
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Again, as Villas-Boas said earlier in the season. There's no point in 'resting' players in all other competitions (particularly European ones) and going all out for 4th in the league. Apart from winning phuck all again and watching Chelsea, Man U and City collect all the silverware in May, what do we do if we actually make the CL next season? I can tell you that judging by last time a lot on here will be willing AVB to rest players in the CL so we qualify again! What then, is the point in any of it I ask you!? We have to be able to manage 2 games a week and to compete for trophies and for league position. That is what we are doing. AVB will put out his strongest line-up and he should do.
StillRickyVilla
12/02/2013 16:43:00
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Disagree, come the second leg we may be in a position to do just that and keep players fresh for our Premier League game. That would be good management. I hope we go all out to win the first leg.
SpursOne2
12/02/2013 16:46:00
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srv...quite right again...........finals and silverware....is what matters. Something to show the children and grandchildren. Remember the memories.........NOT tell your kids, "well i helped my team to get 4th and into the champions league, a few times"...lol We must keep pushing on....and learn the art of winning.
82spursdebut
12/02/2013 16:51:00
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82, absolutely. A 4th place finish gives us nothing more than a greater opportunity to win trophies in the future (access to greater funds, sponsorship etc). So why would we give up the chance of winning NOW! Its an anomaly of the Sky Sports generation that i just cannot fathom. The end goal is, and always will be, to WIN, and hopefully win in STYLE. That's what Tottenham Hotspur should be all about. That's what people remember.
StillRickyVilla
12/02/2013 17:00:00
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I didnt say anything about just trying to finnish 4th did i? Or not try to win silverware. There are just bigger fish to fry than this tier 2 competition. We can get our selves in a good position to do both, and the PL is still a massive priority...i cant fathom why anyone would not want us to keep that in mind, or not want our team to play in the biggest European competition out there either. Again, i hope we try in the EL but i hope we are in a good position by the second leg. COYS.
SpursOne2
12/02/2013 17:12:00
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srv...this is what Avb...possibly is......or should be saying to his squad, now. He should be reminding them, that a players career is short and not many opportunities for greatness...espec' with the amount of competition. The platform is built.....now time to Entertain and Win, win , win. Should be a great euro' night thursday.
82spursdebut
12/02/2013 17:13:00
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Would love to win this cup like everyone else and think we have a big enough squad to do this and Maytain our league form. If I had to choose one it would be a 4th place finish. Only because I believe champions league football would benefit the club more. I'd go for friedel, Naughton, Dawson, Verts, BAE, Parker, Holtby, Lennon, Gylfi, Bale and Ade. Wish for a 3-0 first leg win. Would like to rest both Bale and Lennon for the away leg.
spurspanther
12/02/2013 17:14:00
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Spursone2......i wonder .....if you win the EL...and also qualify for the champions league. Do you get the choice of which one you wish to compete in, the following season ?
82spursdebut
12/02/2013 17:16:00
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82 you may be right about the 3-5-2, but at the business end of the season to me aint the time to try new formations. But for me 3-5-2 would lose Lennon, who has been one of our best players this season, as Walker would play right wing back. Im asuming Bale would play behind the striker in that formation yes?.

Peter maybe you right about the team finding itself in the early stages, but truth be told, we have effort in our squad to qualify at ease from that group. We was unlucky against Lazio at home, and barring the Maribor game at home, we was poor.
Ossie
12/02/2013 17:17:00
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ossie.....no......it would be Dembele,parker, lennon (inside right).......bale left, walker right...............holtby roaming round addy, up front. (like vdv to crouch). Bale can still go outside or diagonal towards goal..or even swop sides occaisionally with Walker....and continue to shoot, when ever poss'. But admittedly...those speedy wingbacks would have to do a lot of running....but i feel they are fast enough and capable. Plus you have the subs'....ready and waiting, if required. But......i like ekotto...and don't have a problem with Vertonghen at left back. Thus, i'm not fussed ...with whatever system he uses. I just would like....dempsey and siggy'...to be on the subs' bench, till we have at least seen the addy'/ holtby/ Bale / lennon ..combo' tried.
82spursdebut
12/02/2013 17:30:00
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I think ade will get a start alongside Dempsey, the usual midfield and a recall for 'the tong' and BAE, holtby on at 60mins for whoevers performing worst, I think it would be a little unfair to replace Dempsey with holtby just yet, he's always done a job for us wherever he's been asked to play.
sirlordos
12/02/2013 18:19:00
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Strongest side available is the only way to go. What if we throw the EL for the promise of CL football, finish 4th and Arsenal go on to win the CL? I know it probably won't happen, then again who here had Chelsea down to beat Barca over two legs and Bayern in their own back yard?
thfc1882whl
12/02/2013 18:48:00
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This game is as serious as any we have had in the PL. Done the nitty gritty of qualifying, it’s now time to really put our markers down in both PL and EL. We’ve had all the tinkering with the team, tactics, formations etc., it’s time to put all the hard work in to a nice run to the end of the season. What I am really looking to see in the team is that strong winning mentality. Being successful in Europe will get recognition and give confidence that should filter through to the PL. Field a strong side to play Lyon at home and hopefully with a worthy margin, see it out back in Lyon to conserve energy for the PL. If my memory serves me right, of the current squad, only Dawson (and may be BAE) has/have tasted playing in a final. The young squad needs to savour that level of success to develop. I will go for 3-0 at the lane. COYS!
Critical_Spur
12/02/2013 19:07:00
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Always play to win. That's how you build confidence and begin to believe in yourself. If you lose whilst trying your best you might feel bad but not discouraged. Unfortunately that's a habit we developed under HR where we focused on the League to the detriment of the team spirit. This is something AVB must overcome to build that invincible feeling.
jvd
12/02/2013 19:31:00
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off topic I like the reference to Defoe being a HITMAN in the following article http://www.touchlinetalk.com/spurs-ace-was-arrested-during-investigation/30691/?
Big Ron
12/02/2013 19:35:00
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any link for madrid v utd tonight?
thfan
12/02/2013 20:00:00
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oh it is tomorrow lol
thfan
12/02/2013 20:03:00
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sounds more like he hired a hitman Big Ron lol football gangsters
spurs-stelios
12/02/2013 21:33:00
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COME ON YOU SPURS and WIN WIN WIN !!!
Madaboutspurs
12/02/2013 22:00:00
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With no PL games in next 12 days, I guess we need to field a strong lineup. Having said that, I would make a few changes from last PL game. My XI would be ,

Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, BAE, Livermore,Gylfi, Bale, Lennon, Holtby, Adebayor
sydqcb5
12/02/2013 22:16:00
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Bench Dembele, Parker & Dempsey. Some here dont like Livermore. He is not the best, but he doesnt make any mistakes. With Sandro injured, I would try him there ahead of Parker & Hudd. And Gylfi desperately needs a game. He has not had a good season, but recent 5 games he has looked good when coming on. Hes just unlucky not to get a start.
sydqcb5
12/02/2013 22:19:00
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"Adebayor to lead the line & get 2 . Vertonghen & BAE to come in .The season starts for Adabayor on Thusday ,but better late than never." says big c!

Good show, big c. usually consistent in your negative assessments of Adebayor, but going for the positive today! Well done, lad.

Total knobhead
12/02/2013 22:20:00
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Just saw a tweet saying that Defoe was taken to the nick by old bill in a case involving death threats to two women stealing stuff from his house? Anything to this story or is it twitterings in the wind?
Total knobhead
12/02/2013 22:23:00
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Id like to see us start Siggy. AVB has been good at utilising his squad and the only time it has really backfired was at Leeds, where we had no strikers. Id like to see Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Verts, Benny, Siggy, Livermore, Dembele, Dempsey, Bale, Adebayor. Give Parker & Lennon a rest. Lennon could be a game changer off the bench. COYS
HuddersfieldYiddo
13/02/2013 01:35:00
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As for Livermore - He is what he is, an honest hardworking & often effective holding midfielder. He has his limitations but he's an excellent squaddy imo & deserves a start. Certainly above Huddlestone in the pecking order who imo was an embarrassment against Leeds both in performance and physical condition.
HuddersfieldYiddo
13/02/2013 01:38:00
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Think given Dembele's nasty end to Saturday's game, we might see Holtby moving back a little into the centre of the park and replacing Dembele as the creative midfield man. Would be interesting to see how he performs in that role. Adebayor has to get the start and kick off his season as others are saying here. Would put Gylfi in the hole with the option of rotating with Bale out to the left throughout. I think Parker will still start this one though I would agree with others that it would be nice to see Livermore getting an appearance. Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, BAE, Lennon, Parker, Holtby, Bale, Gylfi, Adebayor.
WhiteHartHotspur
13/02/2013 01:43:00
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From memory I think Livermore played quite well in the Europa League last year. Think he got a goal at some point.
WhiteHartHotspur
13/02/2013 01:45:00
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Total knobhead, here's the story, make of it what you will http://www.touchlinetalk.com/spurs-ace-was-arrested-during-investigation/30691/?
In-spurs-ational
13/02/2013 07:55:00
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Just seen that the exact same link was posted earlier. I should've gone to spec savers!
In-spurs-ational
13/02/2013 08:37:00
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thfc1882whl – Yes, the strongest side available especially for the first leg. But this is a learning curve for us, how to deal with 2 competitions in the PL and the EL. We may find ourselves in the CL again one day....and we will have to do the same. Manage the PL and the CL. If you consider Man U who have been doing this for a while, even this year they have been working the squad in the same way. They were looking to win key games, maybe resting players for the PL in other games. It’s tough as we learnt with our first time we qualified under Harry. I was trying to highlight this, AVB as we know wants to do well in this comp but he will also have one eye on the PL game against west ham (look at the fixtures around us that weekend – great opportunity if we can get the 3 points). Come the second leg, I think we can keep some key players fresh, coming on from the bench maybe later in the game if needs be. Or we can look to make some changes in the second half, taking players off. I’m all up for the glory, the silverware but also want us to keep the PL firmly at the up there on our priority list. I’m sure we can manage both with some hard work. Cheers.
SpursOne2
13/02/2013 09:04:00
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The key is utilizing your squad correctly. I think AVB has done a good job with this. I'd expect a strong lineup

Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, BAE, Lennon, Dembele, Parker, Bale, Holtby, Demspey.

I have a feeling AVB would rather upset Ade then Dempsey, who imo is more committed to the cause than Ade is.
yiddyboy
13/02/2013 09:29:00
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No one mentions Tom Carroll these days. Is he now yesterdays man(boy)? He didn't go on loan, either AVB wanted to keep him, or no one wanted him?
jacobslad
13/02/2013 10:03:00
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Adebayor to play in the first game, not the second. If he plays in Lyon he is unlikely to be back in time for the WHam game.
jacobslad
13/02/2013 10:08:00
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SpursOne, you nailed it with your last post. The only thing is Lyon are a CL quality side and so we would have to be exceptional on Thursday to have the tie already won after just one leg. We'll see.
StillRickyVilla
13/02/2013 10:09:00
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Rest Dembele play Holtby behind Ade with either Siggy or Carroll (happy jacobslad;-)) with parker in the middle. I'd go with sydqcb5 line up in France if we get a good result on thursday!
Slurms McKenzie
13/02/2013 10:50:00
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Lloris,walker,dawson,caulker,vertonghen,bale,lennon,parker,dembele(livermore),holtby,adebayor.....subs: friedel,naughton,ekotto,livermore(carroll),siggurdsen,dempsey,Kane /o'bika.
82spursdebut
13/02/2013 11:44:00
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AVB has to go for a strong team, especially with a good weeks break before the return leg. I very much doubt Dembele will play, think he took a bit of a clout on the shin so will be rested. AVB has a few big decisions to make, first ad foremost in the formation. He should play the usual 4-2-3-1 with parker and Holtby in centre midfield, bale LEFT, lennon right, and siggy behind ADE. But id bet anything he will once again start with Dempsey whom just completely throws the balance of the team. Hope bale has a good game, but he needs to remember it’s a team game and not Bale V Lyon. I know he will want to impress against such a recognised team in Europe but we will need to play as a unit to get a result.
hudderspur
13/02/2013 11:51:00
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Do you really all think Bale will start this game? He has taken a helluva clobbering these last few games. Sometimes its about risk management. I think we have the squad to see off Lyon and WHam without Bale. Give him a rest until the Arsenal game. That said keep him on the bench in case things go tits up.
jacobslad
13/02/2013 12:01:00
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Phuck Saint Valentine! Phuck Valentine's day!I'm going to catch the game and later meet me lovely girlfriend and probably sleep on the couch! 2-0 to spurs! my team wud be-Lloris(because he's facing his former club),Walker,Daws,Verts,BAE,holtby,Parker,Azza Siggi Bale and (love him or hate him)Ade uptop
SilwalYid
13/02/2013 12:07:00
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same team and formation as hudderspur mentioned.
SilwalYid
13/02/2013 12:12:00
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same team and formation as hudderspur mentioned.
SilwalYid
13/02/2013 12:12:00
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Given who was rested at the weekend, I would assume that AVB intends at the very least to field a very strong defence, no doubt with an eye to not conceding. I think he's done particularly well in this regard, as no matter of who's played where at the back we've remained consistently strong in that area. Although that's as much a testament to the quality that we have as his willingness to tinker with an area that it is often claimed needs to be "settled".
Normally, Friedel would be expected to step in, and I think he's good enough to be risked. But as has been pointed out, it being Lyon will probably make this an exception. In any case, I very much doubt that Lloris is suffering from burnout; there've been games where he could have popped off for a cup of tea at times without much danger to the goal.
I can see Bale sitting on the bench for this, and only coming on in extremis. Siggy or Dempsey out wide in his place. Lennon hasn't looked jaded, but he has played a lot, but I can't see us resting Lennon and Bale at the same time. Bentley with a jetpac, perhaps?Holtby can't need a rest, and I'm keen to see more of him, so he starts for my personal delectation. Parker in, Dembele to get a hip massage. One of the kids to get a run out.
Up front? Well, spoilt though we are for choice, I'd go with Adebayor.
darkenvai
13/02/2013 12:38:00
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TK - it's just the usual stuff for Defoe from the racist Met - 'someone' connected with him made a death threat, so they arrest JD. They once held him overnight after making a 'mistake' about him being banned from driving, and later arrested him for driving a Ferrari and being in possession of black skin. Just been watching BBC's Life on Mars - not much has changed since the 70's really. I'm sure there are still some good coppers around, but I knew a white bloke in the Met who resigned because he couldn't handle the racism. Sorry for rant. Can't wait for tomorrow night. Looks like we nearly signed Lopez last window. COYS!
DocHotspurs
13/02/2013 12:42:00
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I suspect lyon to sit back against us and try and hit us on the break in the first leg...so I'd rest Lennon for this one. Ade
Bale Dempsey Gylfi
Holtby Parker
BAE Vert Daws Walker
As for managing 2 games in a week....all very well and good unless your management is negligent and leaves you without Strikers!
shedboy2
13/02/2013 12:48:00
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Addy' to play in two games per week...he'll want a payrise !!..lol
82spursdebut
13/02/2013 13:06:00
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Not a great memory of the return leg against Olympique Lyonnais in 1967. After losing 1-0 at their place, we played some great free flowing football. Trouble was that every time we got ahead on aggegate, they got one back. It finished 4-3: My first experience of going out on away goals! Let's hope our defending is better this time. COYS
ParkLane67
13/02/2013 13:19:00
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Shedboy, i don't go along with this site's hysterical "we need more strikers or we are doomed" mentality. Clearly Villas Boas' preferred formation is to play ONE upfront. We have Defoe, Adebeyor and Dempsey. That's 3 who can play there for a start. How many do we need? People go on about us not solving the striker problem for 4 years- well that's why we bought Adebeyor. Not my choice at all but that was the striker we chose and i didn't see many moaning about his signing in the summer. We can't just 6 months later decide we don't fancy him and we need another one. As for quality of striker, that's another thing entirely, but the likes of Van Persie, Rooney etc don't grow on trees at the right price unfortunately! So if nobody comes available that is better than we got what's the point in signing them for the sake of it and bloating our squad again? That's what Redknapp used to do and it was killing us.
StillRickyVilla
13/02/2013 13:39:00
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Where we clearly need cover is for Bale and Lennon. We just don't have adequate quality and we look half the team without them. Also Dembele's playmaker role is crucial - but hopefully Holtby can play deeper. Probably why his move was made sooner.
StillRickyVilla
13/02/2013 13:42:00
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