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Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool

7 Premiership points out of 9, 10 Goals in 4 matches! And at last! Soldado on the score sheet so some momentum to carry us into a busy December schedule. Question: When you see the amount of chances we had in the 6 yard box against Sunderland, you have to ask: if Soldado had played instead of Defoe would a couple of them have gone in? Let`s face it the higher the intensity of our game the more chances we create, the more chances we provide the better Soldado will be. So let`s please play some direct football and not this sideways push and pass.

Back to reality......Liverpool or rather, Loiuse Suarez and his backing group! So who and how do we play this one especially with a reshuffled back four? Cut off the supply to Suarez for a start, Dawson will have to play so let`s pray he doesn`t get turned every five minutes otherwise Lloris will have to play as a sweeper as well as a keeper! This game will be won or lost in the midfield because that is where the supply to Suarez will be and now that Liverpool`s engine room Gerrard is out they won`t be able to spray the ball around the pitch, distribution will be more box to box rather than threaded aerial passes, which means passes in the channels will have to be cut out before they get to Suarez. One thing is for sure Liverpool will not come to park the bus, which means there will be space at WHL, a commodity that has been very scarce recently when you look at how Wet Spam, Hull and then Newcastle clogged up our midfield and crowded the last 3rd of the pitch.

To be fair without Suarez Liverpool look very ordinary. Sturridge is injured but a Coutinho/Suarez duo is still going to be a handful. Against Wet Spam the Liverpool score flattered them. Gerrard went off with a hamstring and although Wet Spam were behind Liverpool did not look that comfortable. Away from home Liverpool struggle but our home form ain`t exactly good either! What we need is the same level of intensity and concentration that we showed Manure, in fact, we could probably do with Sandro looking after Suarez whilst we put Townsend and Lennon on either wing and give Liverpool`s back four something to think about! Unfortunately, we do not have any height up front which means crosses into the box will be on the deck not in the air. Adebayour looks like a busted flush, he can`t even get in the same post code let alone in the side at the moment!!

Demebele would work in this game because of his ability to change direction and break through first and second tackles but he must release the ball earlier and he must play higher up the pitch. Given that Gerrard will not be there it will be a battle between Sandro Paulinho and Dembele vs Joe Allen, Coutinho and probably Lucas, as Henderson is a doubt.

Lennon and Townsend have to be playing because we need width. When Leighton Baines went off injured early in the second half of the Merseyside derby Martinez brought on Gerard Deulofeu to make sure Everton continued to have width and moved Gareth Barry to left-back. That is because Martinez knows that Liverpool are vulnerable to genuine speed on the flanks.

Liverpool like to get men in the box, they always crowd the 6 yard box when they get a cross in. Sterling could play but he still looks very raw and although he has pace he does not have the control yet. Victor Moses however could get the nod and he will need to be dealt with. We can`t afford to play the high line and press high up the pitch and leave all that space behind us because one lost ball in possession in midfield will be an open invitation for Suarez. Walker is going to have a busy day! We need to play if from the back and get the ball out to the wide men we cannot allow the ball to be lost in the middle of the park because Liverpool will exploit us at the breakdown.

Liverpool will start to get frustrated if they don`t get the space they want or the possession and I do not think they have the quality on the bench that we have. The game will probably be decided in the last 20 minutes as I can see this being a tight match. We can`t rely on our outfield players to supply the goals so we need to create chances in and around the box which means Lennon and Townsend have to get that ball into the 6 yard box as many times as possible for Soldado. I would prefer Soldado to Defoe for this one especially now he has his touch back.

These are the games that define our season. A win at the Lane would set us up for a real assault on the top 3. I can see scum coming unstuck at Citeh on Saturday and someone dropping points between Newcastle and Southampton and a tight one at Chavski and the Villans. We showed what we can do against Manure and we nearly took that game so let`s step it up a gear and take it to the Pool, get an early goal and make them come out to play us and leave some space for Lennon, Walker and Townsend to exploit.

COYS!

Written by OyVeh Maria



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Writer:OyVeh Maria
Date:Friday December 13 2013
Time: 6:00PM

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3-0 Spurs!! COYS
Geofspurs
13/12/2013 18:05:00
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As the article says, an early goal would set things up. Liverpool would have to come at us and with Lennon right and Townsend left we will have pace and space to exploit the gaps. Soldado needs to play as long as he pulled up okay after Thursday. I'd keep Capoue in the backline; with Sandro in front of him Suarez might find things a bit tougher. I'd also play Chiriches. Can't wait to see AVB's team selection. Be interesting to see the teams this thread produces, too!
Geofspurs
13/12/2013 18:18:00
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Loris,Rose,Vlad,Capoue,Walker,Dembele,Sandro,Paulinho,Lennon,Townsend,Soldado.Second half bring on Lamela for Lennon on right,Holtby or Eriksen for Dembele.
Greavesaboveall
13/12/2013 18:32:00
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I agree with Capoue and Vlad in the back four Geoff. Daws isn't quick enough against the likes of Suarez. They haven't enough from the front to need Daws quality at heading. Lloris in goal with Walker and Rose/Fryers at LB. Sandro and Holtby with Lennon Lamela and Townsend and Soldado/Defoe up front.
longtimespur
13/12/2013 18:35:00
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Forgot about Paulinho, maybe him instead of Lamela.
longtimespur
13/12/2013 18:37:00
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I can't see Daws not playing..as unsuited as he is for dealing with Suarez....he's our only fit CB at the moment....Capoue had to make a great last ditch tackle against Anji if that was suarez it's in the back of the net...(although i think it was Fryers mistake) Will kaboul or more likely Vald be fit?....if so wich partnership has played together most often?.....I suspect it'll be Daws and Vlad....
shedboy2
13/12/2013 18:42:00
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I'd go with Soldado and Kaboul (if fit) but think the team may look like this...

........................Defoe....................
Townsend..........Pauli.............Lennon..
..........Dembele.........Sandro..............
Rose........Vlad.................Daws........Walker.....
........................Lloris..............................
shedboy2
13/12/2013 18:45:00
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Good point about Gerrard not being there to spray the passes, OyVeh. However, do not underestimate Joe Allen's passing ability. As i stated on the other article, Bradley Allen, youth team coach and doing punditry on BBC's coverage of our game last night, said that Defoe will be starting. Even after Soldado's hat-trick, he was asked if it would change things, his response was "it won't make a difference".. IF he's correct, ouch for Soldado. Also, IF Allen is correct, surely his bosses will be pi$$ed off that he's announcing team plans to the world, 3 days before our game?
coopsieyid
13/12/2013 18:55:00
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For all the fear about Suarez tearing Dawson a new one, he's never done it before. Not saying he can't, or won't. Just stating that he hasn't done it yet. Hasn't it also been something like 5 years since they last beat us at WHL?

$hit, there's lots of things that could change tomorrow, lol..
coopsieyid
13/12/2013 18:59:00
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shedboy - I'd say you're bang on the money, re "no way Dawson won't be playing".. It's all well and good that a few of us think KiriKesh and Carpool ;-) would be a good pairing, they could well be BUT it's surely MASSIVELY unlikely that AVB will pick a team without a fully fit, senior Centre Back? Probably say the same for any manager, to be fair.

As for your team, shed, I like it :-). I've got 1 thing to ask about it, would you 'give license' for Dembele & Paulinho to switch every now & again? We've seen over the last few matches that Dembele is MUCH better when 'set free', and allowed to express himself further up the pitch. Heck, it won the last match for us. then again, we've seen Paulinho, time and time again, arrive into the box at just the right time, goals are sure to 'flow' soon. Maybe switching could be the best thing for each of them? Dembele could have 30 minutes of 'doing his thing' as one of the 3, then he could take a rest for the next 30 minutes, whilst Paulinho goes and 'does his thing' and Pauli sits alongside Sandro & picks up the scraps. Hope all that made sense.

coopsieyid
13/12/2013 19:08:00
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I think you have to play your best XI leaving impact subs to do just that, impact the game. I would start Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Rose, Sandro, Dembele, Paulinho, Chadli, Lennon, Soldado. Townsend, Defoe and Lamela as impact subs, Naughton and Capoue, just in case, maybe Sigurdsson or Holtby and then Friedel. COYS
peterballb
13/12/2013 19:13:00
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coops- I would allow Dembele some freedom as imo I think Sandro does a better job of screening on his own.....so you could look at it like this as well:

..........................Soldado....................
Townsend...Dembele.....Pauli.....Lennon..
...........................Sandro..................
Rose.............Vlad............Daws........Walker.....
............................Lloris..............................

I also would be tempted with Chadli to start as per peter's reasoning...I just think Townsend does start quickly and being at home he can help us set the tempo...
shedboy2
13/12/2013 19:24:00
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The question is how do you fit Holtby, Sandro, Dembele and Paulinho into the three spaces available to them. Holtby's been playing great and scoring class goals, Sandro is a beast, Dembele was strong last night and we'll need that against Liverpool, and Paulinho is stuck on to start... Definitely like to see Townsend left and Azza right. Townsend looks much more of a team player when he cuts in from the left, doesn't always want to shoot with his weaker foot, Lennon destroyed Liverpool last season, scored the eventual winner and in the second half chased and shut their players down so much I even saw Adebayor run after someone once....no joke.... WHL will be rocking Sunday, we've been starved of a decent KO time recently and 4pm will feel like a Saturday 5:45 ko... My money is on Holtby who doesnt make the cut but if AVB wants to go with a faster paced attacking team it could be Dembele. COYMFS !!
T.H.F.Chris
13/12/2013 19:32:00
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Nothing I can say to that, shedboy. Quality post!
coopsieyid
13/12/2013 19:33:00
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Oh and don't forget young Christian Eriksen is back !!
T.H.F.Chris
13/12/2013 19:38:00
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WTF, I have just seen the scum have only given us 8% ticket allocation as opposed to the 15% we are entitled to, f6(king w4£kers !!!!
T.H.F.Chris
13/12/2013 19:42:00
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Like your team shed boy, but I have a massive man crush on holtby at the moment. Sandro needs to be in coutinho's face cutting off supply and flair. Slightly more confident after reading the article. 2-0 to spurs.
van der haart lane
13/12/2013 19:45:00
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Lot's of post's mention this Pool player and that Pool player, who ever AVB picks, will also know all about them, but we have players who can hurt them all over the park, a lot is made of Suarez, yes his a very good player, a very clever player, but he is also a complete ''hot head'' now Dawson is not the quickest, but his not slow and he will get stuck into Suarez make no mistake about that, if we start at a high tempo, get them on the back foot, no reason why we can't get into an early lead, be aware of them from set plays, get Suarez rattled and on a early yellow and he will be off. I can see us winning and Suarez sent off.
spu 4 life
13/12/2013 20:31:00
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Come on you SPURS & Win Win Win !
Madaboutspurs
13/12/2013 21:07:00
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Dawson to play and marshall his defence, making for an afternoon of frustration for the talented but despicable Suarez.
Hotspur 1882
13/12/2013 21:15:00
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I like Oyveh Maria's pre-match articles. Very informative. Thanks. We can win this game if we play to our potential. We fear nobody. Let's do this. COYS...WINX3!
Madaboutspurs
13/12/2013 21:16:00
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I can see a place for Holtby to shut off allen...and that may happen but for me the mid 3 of Sandro, Dembele and pauli is powerful....
shedboy2
13/12/2013 21:25:00
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Hmm, some interesting (and seemingly obvious) choices of team selection, but I think some peeps will be not too happy with whatever team AVB puts out. Now judging by how AVB goes about EL and PL and noting the players that played full (and almost) 90 mins against Anzhi, IMO, the team would be more like, Lloris, Walker (omitted Thurs), Daws (Capt and omitted Thurs), Vlad (if fit) else Capoue, Rose (should be ready), Lenon , Sandro, Pauly (all omitted Thurs), Dembele (for 75 mins), Chadli (omitted Thurs), Defoe (saved for this match).

If we need to chase the game, Soldado on for Dembele. Townsend on for Chadli. Hotby may come on as the last sub to harass every Liverpool player towards the end!

I think we did well containing Suarez in previous matches, but he only needs ONE chance as has shown in the past, Would require our defence to be very alert. I personally think Liverpool with come with a plan to play possession footy and rely on a break or a moment of magic. They are not a ‘hoof it’ team. But I think we have a monster midfield in Sandro, Dembele and Paulinho to muscle them out of the game. Expect at least 5 bookings in this match!

Time to get in to HYPER GEL mode!. Might Spurs to win3-1. COYS!
Critical_Spur
13/12/2013 23:16:00
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BTW, OyVeh, another great pre-match article. Thanks.
Critical_Spur
13/12/2013 23:20:00
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coopsie ... good point about Dembele and Paulinho ... but I'm not sure they need license to swap; I think they could do that as a normal part of the game anyway. They are both fairly intelligent players and should be able to work out that if one has the opportunity to move forward, the other gives him cover. It's just a matter of how well they read the game and see the dangers. When they all know each other's game well, that's the kind of understanding between players that will make our team so good. I just woke up and not sure if this is clear! ;)
Geofspurs
14/12/2013 01:22:00
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spu ...I'd like to think your post is an accurate prediction!
Geofspurs
14/12/2013 01:23:00
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critical ... dead right about not pleasing everyone with the team selection; that's because we have so many good players, and you've gotta love that. ;)
Geofspurs
14/12/2013 01:27:00
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My starting 11 for Liverpool. I can see defoe going missing in a game like this. ..........................Soldado.................... Townsend..............Holtby...........Lennon.. ......................Dembele.....Pauliniho.................. Rose.............Vlad............Daws........Walker..... ............................Lloris..............................
Rapm
14/12/2013 02:15:00
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- Loris, Walker, Dawson, Capue, Vlad, Sandro, Demb, Paul, Lennon, Chad, Defo. - is my guess. Pool RB needs marking, be it Johnson/ana. They like to use their Fb's, lennon will have the other side. Defo needs Chad for target man. Capue is doing too well, Rose not ready to risk in big game, AVB should value his fitness over single game, imo. That's our most dominant MF line up. 2 goals from MF, Dembe/Paul, at least. Walker (right side) big time offensive, left defensive.
ardone
14/12/2013 02:54:00
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ardone ... looks good but maybe Soldado for Defoe, and Townsend for Chadli. Mind you, they could come off the bench in any case. Whatever team plays there will be some great options on the bench ... and that's where AVB comes in!
Geofspurs
14/12/2013 05:44:00
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Some people talk about AVB's lack of experience. Some say look at what he did with Porto. Some people talk about certain players not being good enough. Some sing their praises. Some of us say a win is a win. Some say, regardless of the result, we should be playing better football. Some of us believe that we have our best ever squad. Some say yes, but we need time to gel. Some say we are short of a couple of world class players. Some say, that after spending all that money, if we don't finish in the top four then we are in decline. Others say they would be content with top 6 and a trophy. Some don't care. Most of us do care. Andre's the bees knees. Villas-Boas is a clown. No plan B. We are lucky. We are unlucky. We can't score. We will score. Inverted wingers are rubbish. Lennon on the right. Townsend on the left. Siggy is *****. Chadli is *****. Kyle N is *****. Michael Dawson is *****. Brad is past it. Adebayor is a waste of space. Andros can't shoot to save his life. Arsenal are looking good. United looking bad. Chelsea are boring. City are scoring so many goals. Spurs can't score enough. The Trophy cabinet is half full. No, it's half empty! The future is Lilywhite. The future is grey. Levy is God. Levy is a senseless fool. Joe Lewis is God. Lewis is the devil incarnate. Blah, blah, blah! Blah, blah, blah! We are Spurs. THFC. Yid Army. Lilywhites! Tottenham 3-1 Liverpool.
MAN ON!
14/12/2013 05:49:00
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Man On.. you got all the views, in one post... well done.. lol COYS
Block D Spurs
14/12/2013 06:42:00
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MAN ON ... I'm proud of you, mate ... Oh, Yes, and about the trophy cabinet ... we're going to need a bigger one!! COYS
Geofspurs
14/12/2013 07:16:00
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Man ON - Do you do sign language?
Love totty
14/12/2013 07:42:00
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Funny post, MAN ON :-)
Madaboutspurs
14/12/2013 07:47:00
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I wouldn't be unhappy if both Chadli and Defoe start. Bringing Townsend and Soldado on for the last 20 to wrap it up would be a smart move. Gutted if neither Lennon, Sandro nor Dembele start. I think Holtby's improvement threatens Paulinho's place but it's still Paulinho for me.
Love totty
14/12/2013 07:53:00
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I agree with everything in your post MAN!
Geofspurs
14/12/2013 08:22:00
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interesting to see if he sets us not to lose or to win, seems to me he favours the former ethos even at home, that story largely is around Chadli v Townsend left. Like somebody else said I quite like the look of Capoue at the back, he looks good defensively, stays on his feet and is great at brining it out, Chiriches for me too. I think he is likely to start Dawson though. With Totty ref Paulinho still shading it over Holtby, assuming Sandro and Dembele are starters. AVB could go with Sandro/Paulinho and Holtby which IMO would be a mistake.
tophobunty1882
14/12/2013 08:48:00
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great post MAN ON!
jacobslad
14/12/2013 08:58:00
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Man On the cabinet is empty, fully empty.....Totty why dont we do it the other way around start fast and try to kill the game off, just like liverpool do at home, the way you suggest there is the current AVB way and it leads to us really struggling in most games. At least one time we should give it a go the positive front foot way. Geof I agree with you agreeing with everything in ManOn's post which is in my top 5 hall of fame posts now. I rented my Hall of Fame from Peter.
tophobunty1882
14/12/2013 09:15:00
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MAN ON I never new you were such a good poet....
T.H.F.Chris
14/12/2013 09:38:00
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Spurs...7/5........Liverpool...2/1.
Cider spurs
14/12/2013 09:53:00
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HaHa topho. I don't think it makes much difference, topho, if AVB sets it up to defend or attack ... because if Townsend and Lennon play we will be attacking anyway!
Geofspurs
14/12/2013 09:56:00
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Daws not play???...Are we forgetting that he is the club captain?. Capoue can do a grand job in defence agreed. However, it is not a position that he enjoys playing. Seems strange that we were all concerned with Verts annoyance at playing Left back, some even fearing it would result in him wanting to leave. When this is the case, why would some now wish to do exactly the same thing with Capoue?.
Cider spurs
14/12/2013 10:04:00
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I may be wrong....but I think AVB likes a Tall player on at least one of the wings, up front. I.E...to capitalise on the far post ball.
82spursdebut
14/12/2013 10:10:00
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MAN ON!- nice summary, we can all log off now...;)
shedboy2
14/12/2013 10:12:00
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cider, I think vertonghen has always been considerably more vocal in his displeasure of playing out of position, in fact the reason he was not interested in arsenal was because they wanted to play him as a defensive midfielder as well. The fact that he is rarely chosen as CB for Belgium is likely a factor too, if he plays out of position for club I guess he is more likely to for country too. I have not seen any suggestion that capoue is resentful of playing CB though, it is a position he has played quite a bit I believe and in the interviews I have read he seems to be well up for it, eager to prove himself against suarez etc
Guernman
14/12/2013 10:30:00
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Smash the midfield and the games for the taking. Henderson should be fit, although not the brightest light in the Liverpool team, he can pick a pass, often quick balls wide. Allen if i recall, had one of the best pass completion percentages. Think he was at Swansea at the time?. Lucas, likes a tackle. Likes his yellow cards also.

Whilst i think we have more than them in Midfield we have to be on our game. gerrard is a big loss for them, but let's not forget as has been mntioned by many before, Liverpool along with Arsenal have been playing some of the best attacking football thus far this season. This has not all been as a result of Gerrard. I hope Rose is back, Johnson will need marshalling with his forward runs from RB. Leads me nicely on to Townsend, i would like to see him start, help us to get the lead, take the attack to Liverpool. Now, if we get the lead and are comfortable keep him on by all means, if however Liverpool dominate in attack, Chadli offers more defensively than Townsend, bring him on. I'm not sure if i want a MF of all three of Sandro, Paulinho and Dembele. Sandro is a must, Paulinho i cannot deny puts himself in positions to shoot at goal every game. Good at getting into the box with late runs. So, maybe Dembele could be the one i'd consider omitting. Very good at going past players and tackles well, here's the thing, does he do enough wiyh the ball after his good work. At times i'm not so sure. he does offer alot in many factors of his game, but for one so capable of beating players, his assists and goal returns are frugal at best. We may see an improvement as he has now hopefully been allowed further forward, but if a player is to play in the hole or 10, then is it not be considered a creative, goalscoring slot?. Is this Dembele?. Holtby..yes, Eriksen..yes, Chadli..yes, Lamela..yes. it's alright us bossing Midfield with power, we do however need a little creativity and guile to add to this or otherwise it means nothing.
Cider spurs
14/12/2013 10:37:00
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Geof I dont think Townsend will play unless we are in trouble. Cider Capoue is very happy to play CB, Verts is not very happy to play LB. Verts will leave next season if we dont make top4, playing LB makes it an easier decision for him if he plays LB a lot
tophobunty1882
14/12/2013 10:38:00
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Dembele must play Cider.
tophobunty1882
14/12/2013 10:45:00
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Looking forward to watching City v Arsenal tonight ... the best thing about it is, Spurs will win without kicking a ball!
Geofspurs
14/12/2013 10:46:00
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2 changes, for me, from the Sunderland game. Sandro for Holtby and Rose for Vertonghen.
82spursdebut
14/12/2013 10:48:00
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oops...Rose for Naughton.
82spursdebut
14/12/2013 10:50:00
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A bit irrelevant but.. Ledley King vs Suarez, can never forget this performance. Danny Rose also played in this game.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RryeJ5KzfIk
Guyver
14/12/2013 11:02:00
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Nice one Man On.
chrishove123
14/12/2013 11:04:00
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On a separate note & a light hearted bit of fun

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1888496-tottenhams-sandro-says-he-does-not-cry-team-puts-his-words-to-the-test?

I've said it before & I'll say it again, Sandro should be our Club Captain. COYS
True Spurs Supporter
14/12/2013 11:08:00
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we need A STRONG REFEREE for this game as Suarez will DIVE all over the place....I'd quite like to see him get two yellows and sent off for DIVING.....
shedboy2
14/12/2013 11:34:00
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Guyver- what a player King was, made it look so easy, pace, power, passing, heading he had the lot.....
shedboy2
14/12/2013 11:36:00
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Shedboy I remember an interview Henry made when asked who was the best defender he had ever played against (might have been prem) he said Ledley was the best fairest defender he had ever played against, the one who never needed to foul to be a great defender...
tophobunty1882
14/12/2013 11:40:00
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That just about sums King up, topho. Pity the footballing Gods were not kinder to him!
Geofspurs
14/12/2013 12:11:00
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yes shedboy, he was also a very intelligent footballer, rarely caught out of position. Just 8 yellows in his premiership career and never sent off. To think he'd have probably been even better minus the injuries is a scary thought. The perfect centre back.
Guyver
14/12/2013 12:20:00
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So now we have the acid test. After the mauling at the Etihad, we have put together a run of decent results. Firstly we had the hard working, and reasonably creditable, draw v Man Utd (although it was 2 more points dropped at home), then we had the win at Fulham, due to an inspired 20 minutes, after 70 minutes of abject dross, with 2 long range specials winning it. This was followed by the Sunderland win, courtesy of an own goal, and a moment of selective blindness by Lee Mason, but during which in the second half we actually, for the first time all season, started to look like a Spurs team, as many of us remember one. In both games we had to concede, before we woke up. We have then won the group in the EL unbeaten, (although a rank poor group), against a team that can't buy a win in their own league. Before we do hand stands, we should remember that both Fulham, and Sunderland, are in the bottom 3, and Man Utd have well publicised troubles. Tomorrow we face in Liverpool, probably our most realistic opposition, together with Everton, likely to prevent a Spurs top 4 finish. We now need to show that we are up there with the better clubs in the league, rather than just being "flat track bullies". We have met 5 teams from the likely top 6 in Arsenal, Man City, Chelsea, Everton, Man Utd, we have managed only 3 points from the 15 available, so we really must beat Liverpool to demonstrate that we deserve to be in top 6 company and to start to rescue our poor home record this season. Before the January window opens, we also play both Southampton and Man Utd (A). We really need the points, because of our abysmal GD compared to all of the rest, which is in effect a 1 point handicap. So it is time for the navel gazing to stop, the celebration of mediocrity to cease, and time to step up to the plate, and prove our PL top 4 credentials. So come on AVB and the team, let's start from here, and put together a concerted challenge for a top 4 finish, now that Soldado may have started firing, and we at last look like we are at least trying, to play like a true Spurs team, with some pace and penetration.
Frank
14/12/2013 12:40:00
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Geof, very true. You know I'm still not sure I have ever seen a better CB. A bit like Bobby Moore but with pace and genuinely hard.
tophobunty1882
14/12/2013 12:54:00
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Well said Frank ... but, let's not get too morbid if things don't go our way. There's a lot of the season to go and we can only improve!
Geofspurs
14/12/2013 12:55:00
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very good and fair post Frank.
tophobunty1882
14/12/2013 12:55:00
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topho ... certainly had the consistency and reliability of Moore! Moore probably went up-field a bit more though. So, maybe he was better at attacking and king was better at defending?!
Geofspurs
14/12/2013 13:20:00
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.Shed, I like this team of yours .........................Soldado.................... Townsend...Dembele.....Pauli.....Lennon.. ...........................Sandro.................. Rose.............Vlad............Daws........Walker..... ............................Lloris.............................. Townsend is the position up for grabs. Chadli played well with Rose at the start of the season or even Holtby so as to have him in the side. Townsend may do better if him comes on as a sub against worn out defenders. Will Lamella make the bench?
Halfmoon
14/12/2013 13:31:00
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Referee is Jonathan Moss, no relation to Jonathan Ross
spu 4 life
14/12/2013 13:42:00
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Halfmoon- agree, it is the position that is open. As to our bench it's difficult, someone will miss out....Lamela, Capoue, Chadli, brad, Naughton, Defoe, holtby, Gylfi, Eriksen Kaboul (if fit) can't all be involved
shedboy2
14/12/2013 14:04:00
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We can't say that this is the acid test, Frank as no one single game can ever be. I do agree however with your sentiments and will only really be convinced that a corner has been turned when we show that we can consistently comfortably see off the poorer teams.
Love totty
14/12/2013 14:04:00
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spu 4 life- what about Kate or Stirling?...;)
shedboy2
14/12/2013 14:05:00
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Topho - re Chadli/Townsend etc, I think that is how AVB will start and I can see the pros and cons as long as they stay left while Lennon and Walker savage them down the right flank. I don't think he can yet drop Defoe after his good showing against Sunderland where he was a tad unlucky.
Love totty
14/12/2013 14:09:00
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trouble is I think Defoe is more suited to Holtby and through balls but with Lennon and townsend we can feed Soldado the crosses...
shedboy2
14/12/2013 14:17:00
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Halfmoon, have you seen Holtby play left side? dont ruin is career please....LT Chadli will not stay left enough, but I think thats how AVB likes it, to play Rose and expect him to bomb up and down the pitch after being out for so many weeks is a big ask, another reason to start Townsend over Chadli apart from the oppo preferring Chadli to start i see nothing in it for us. Defoe yes not an easy call, I can see why he should start again. His movement last two game IMO was much better than soldado before and to a very large degree it helped to create spaces which werent there previously, taking into account they were both bottom 3 of course.
tophobunty1882
14/12/2013 14:41:00
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Shed would you play Holtby or Dembele if the choice was between the two?
tophobunty1882
14/12/2013 14:41:00
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