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We are off to the Ukraine to face the wrath of Juande Ramos. His article in the Daily Mail states that Levy was to blame for his departure by cashing in on strikers Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane in the summer and failing to buy his two prime targets David Villa and Eto`o as replacements. That then opened the usual can of worms about Daniel Levy and Enic so we all had a good natter on VS about how wonderful Levy is or isn`t, depending on which side of the Profit and Loss  account you want to sit.
 
This is our last chance to win a bit of silverware this season and you have to hope that the squad is big enough for Sherwood to have a Europa League side and a Premiership side. If we get past Dnipro we face either PAOK or Benfica in the last 16. The first leg of which will be at the Lane.
 
We won a football game 4-0! And away from home! Not only that Sherwood managed to blow everyone`s brains with the team selection and the formation. Where did that one come from? Capoue sitting in front of the back four with Bentaleb and Paulinho playing higher up the pitch and Dembele coming in from the right was an "interesting" formation. Mind you Hugo Lloris was the reason why we kept the Magpies out of the game, some of his saves were unbelievable and all the more reason why we need to get fourth place otherwise some of our key players, like Lloris could decide to go if we don`t make Champions League.
 
Adebayor is now running the show. He plays as a spare centre back when we are defending set piece`s, he holds the ball up in midfield whilst we a get a move started and then he arrives in the final third looking for work.
 
I doubt if Sherwood would ask Ade to play in the Europa which means Soldado will be leading the line. £30m Lamela is out for another 6 weeks with a back problem. Chiriches is still out and Dnipro maybe too soon for Sandro, Siggy may be back though, as may be Rose.  Capoue looked good in his new role and Chadli could be a contender. The question is; will Sherwood use Bentaleb? Townsend could probably do with some game time where as Walker could do with a night off even though the squad will have had 9 days off because of our lack of involvement in the FA Cup. We have a winnable game at Norwich after Dnipro so that may have a bearing on the squad choice.
 
But what of our opponents? We seem to be spending a lot of our Europa League games in the Eastern European sector. Anzi Makhachkala, Sheriff Tiraspol and now Dnipro who our currently 4th in their League. They had a good win at CSKA Moskow on Valentines night although they did get 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Dinamo Moskow a couple of days before. Dnipro have reached the last 32 just 3 times since the start of the Europa League. Their last 3 meetings against English Clubs have been; won 1 lost 2, the last defeat being against Middlesborough in 2005/2006 who went on to get to the final.
The last time we met a Ukranian Team in the Europa it was Shaktar Donetsk when we drew 1-1 at the Lane and then lost 2-0 at their place. Dnipro's Yevhen Seleznyov came off the bench to score Shakhtar's second goal in that game. Dnipro have won three of their four European home games this season, but have yet to record a victory in ten fixtures in the last phase of a UEFA competition, with their matches to date ending ;D5 - L5.

Spurs are on an eight-game winning streak in the EL, home and away, with just 2 goals conceded in this year`s campaign, in fact, we have not lost over 90 minutes in our last ten European fixtures. It was Basel that beat Dnipro last season to qualify to the last 16 only to beat us on penalties and "that" Adebayor penalty!

There are now 5 more teams that have dropped out of the Champions League; Napoli, Shakhtar, AFC Ajax; Porto and this year`s final hosts, Juventus, who will be in the mix, so the final part of the competition will be a tough one.

Jermain Defoe is joint top scorer in the competition this season with 5 goals. Defoe is 11th on the all-time leaderboard alongside Dennis Bergkamp, Martin Chivers, Jürgen Klinsmann, Óscar Cardozo, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Dnipro goalkeeper Alexandru Vlad and Tottenham defender Vlad Chiricheş were team-mates at FC Internaţional Curtea de Argeş in 2008/09 and at FC Pandurii Târgu Jiu in the 2011/12 season and Dnipro's Czech goalkeeper Jan Lastůvka played in England with Fulham FC, Blackburn Rovers FC and West Ham. Dnipro's Croatia forward, Nikola Kalinić joined the club in 2011 after spending the previous two seasons in England with Blackburn.  

Ukraine and Italy are the most represented nations in this seasons knock out stages with four teams each out of the final 32. Last season Dnipro were the top scorers in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League group stage with 16 goals.

Ramos took over Dnipro in 2010. He led Sevilla to back-to-back UEFA Cup successes in 2005/06 and 2006/07, before his now infamous spell in charge of Spurs but he also coached Real Madrid CF and PFC CSKA Moskva.
 
This will be Tim`s first taste of EL football so it would be interesting to know if he has done his home work on Dnipro. A draw away would be a good result as Dnipro have struggled when playing in England. You have to fancy us for the last 16 again and meeting a glamour side like Benfica.  

Written by OyVeh Maria



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Writer:OyVeh Maria
Date:Wednesday February 19 2014
Time: 6:27AM

Comments

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A 1-0 win for us will be acceptable.. Ramos will motivate his team, and will have a go at us... hence my 1-0 (or more !)
Block D Spurs
19/02/2014 07:46:00
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Ts will need to rotate.. so we can expect walker rested, brad in goal.. daws in for kaboom...fryers in, for rose.. ade out, soldado in..siggy in. ericsson in..dembele out.
Block D Spurs
19/02/2014 07:49:00
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Good to see what fryers can do as LB.. and Naughton at RB..
Block D Spurs
19/02/2014 07:50:00
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Soldado needs to score.. build him back up in confidence.. otherwise he will be out in summer..
Block D Spurs
19/02/2014 07:51:00
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Just me here again.. lol
Block D Spurs
19/02/2014 07:52:00
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Anyway, i will be interested in what Ramos will do against us, he has an agenda with Levy...so i expect Daniel has told TS win this game..
Block D Spurs
19/02/2014 07:54:00
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Feels like the Marie Celeste on here.... lol
Block D Spurs
19/02/2014 07:55:00
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Hello... anyone there???
Block D Spurs
19/02/2014 07:55:00
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Well is this site like the rest of non London Vital Teams at the moment...ghostly...
Block D Spurs
19/02/2014 07:57:00
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Never mind is this a record in posts OX ??
Block D Spurs
19/02/2014 07:57:00
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I hope all our fans in Ukraine will be safe, and return home ok... COYS
Block D Spurs
19/02/2014 08:00:00
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By the way, what is the situation of TS in Euro games?.. he not got his management badges, so will Stefan be the official manager ?
Block D Spurs
19/02/2014 08:02:00
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Block .... Looks like you had a lot of possession after the Kick-off!! I like the idea of Fryers and Naughton in the backline. They would both benefit from the experience. Be good to see Soldado score as well. 3-0 Spurs!
Geofspurs
19/02/2014 08:04:00
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Cheers oyveh, nice bit of research in this, good work mate.
Dublin Hotspur
19/02/2014 08:04:00
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Morning block D. Having an interesting chat I see! All well mate?
Dublin Hotspur
19/02/2014 08:04:00
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Can Tim manage in Europe?... Dunno actually.
Dublin Hotspur
19/02/2014 08:06:00
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Hi dublin.. I had a good chat with.. me.. myself .. and i... lol
Block D Spurs
19/02/2014 08:07:00
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Geof.. G'Day..how did i guess you would say a 3-0 win for spurs... :-)
Block D Spurs
19/02/2014 08:08:00
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Dublin.. at 12 consecutive posts on Vital Spurs article.. (well done again OyVeh) beats Norwich Spurs record of 9 posts i think?.. Thanks for allowing me this little bit of a record Ox..
Block D Spurs
19/02/2014 08:13:00
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Good morning Dublin, Block D and Good day Geof. 3-0! (David Colman) COYS!
James1
19/02/2014 08:15:00
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Hello James1.. we now know our aussie friend as 3-0 Geof.. lol
Block D Spurs
19/02/2014 08:17:00
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Morning James
Dublin Hotspur
19/02/2014 08:17:00
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morning Geof
Dublin Hotspur
19/02/2014 08:18:00
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morning Jim Bob
Dublin Hotspur
19/02/2014 08:18:00
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I have a feeling the game might be postponed.
jacobslad
19/02/2014 08:21:00
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Yes bad riots there.. hope all fans & players are ok..
Block D Spurs
19/02/2014 08:25:00
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cancel it as its not in europe and its not safe.
tophobunty01
19/02/2014 08:30:00
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I think we should put a good strong team out and try to win decisively! 3-0 would be fine Geof, Then go out and beat Norwich with a bit of rotation there if needed, as they are probably weaker than Dnipro, and then if we go into next weeks home leg in the EL with that lead, we can start some of the less high profile players in that match and rest some first picks so we are at full strength for the Cardiff game the following Sunday. We should then have some good recovery time to get everything together for the Chelsea and Arsenal games. Arsenal play away to Bayern on the 11th March, if we get through v Dnipro we will play the next round on the 13th, so Goons will have a slight advantage on rest time, but I believe our squad is deeper than theirs so we can juggle those two fixtures as we see fit. Lets go all the way!
Dublin Hotspur
19/02/2014 08:31:00
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If they do cancel, it could be rescheduled at a neutral ground which would be no harm, but it would need to be in the next week or so as the next round starts in 3 weeks!
Dublin Hotspur
19/02/2014 08:34:00
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Hahaha Geof could have been called worse Block D! Do you think the game will be called off? If so it will be a bonus (depends how you look at it). Gives us more time to focus on the league game. COYS!
James1
19/02/2014 08:36:00
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Looks bad on news this morning James 1... not sure if FIFA will cancel..
Block D Spurs
19/02/2014 08:41:00
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Hi Guys ... What's with all this 'good morning' stuff?! It's 4:45pm here in the future. Block ... you must be psychic ... or I must be predictable!
Geofspurs
19/02/2014 08:42:00
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When Soldado starts scoring regularly, or his replacement does, I will promote myself to 4-0! :-)
Geofspurs
19/02/2014 08:43:00
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Dublin ... I like your thoughts for the next couple of weeks. I'd be quite happy if all it worked according to plan.
Geofspurs
19/02/2014 08:47:00
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A bit difficult to cancel as it will throw out the already heavily congested Europa League schedule for the remaining games. If Dnipro can't safely host it this evening then they should forfeit the first leg 3-0. That's for you Geof!
SpuriousLife
19/02/2014 08:47:00
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Block D it looks quite hostile to say the least. Like youbsaid I hope the fans arw ok and don't get caught up in that mess. COYS
James1
19/02/2014 08:54:00
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Thank you spurious ... and I will dedicate the win to you!
Geofspurs
19/02/2014 08:56:00
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My phone is losing its marbles!
James1
19/02/2014 08:57:00
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Can't believe UEFA haven't done anything about Kiev v Valencia.
jacobslad
19/02/2014 08:59:00
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If the game were to be played at a neutral ground, I'd suggest the Emirates ... Spurs fans would get a decent ticket allocation at the ground for once!!
Geofspurs
19/02/2014 09:03:00
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Dnipro is located far away from Kiev, where the main problems are. When Spurs' game vs Everton was called off due to riots, games elsewhere went ahead... The severity of the uprising in Kiev could dictate any judgement, and given that it is all anti government, you probably would rather not visit a country going through a potential revolution... If anything, you could see the game canned and then re-staged in a neighbouring country - which would not be good for us. The other bad thing is that we are bound to have zero support over there if the game does go ahead.... As jacobslad said. If Kiev game going ahead, then ours surely would too.
TonyRich
19/02/2014 09:09:00
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As per the game: Brad in goal. I would play Rose, Daws, Verts, Walker. I would not play Fryers in the away game, but would consider him for the home game. We have had a long rest, and the defence needs to be relatively strong to give the rest of a team a chance. Midfield: Chadli, Lennon on wings. Chadli has experience in Europe, and needs a game. Capoue is fresh and is a must. Pair him up with Paulinho. Then I would have Siggy behind Soldado. Townsend to come on for either winger in second half.
TonyRich
19/02/2014 09:14:00
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According to another site (ITK), discussions with FO, UEFA and Spurs are taking place this morning and decision to be announced midday.
jacobslad
19/02/2014 09:24:00
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Tony, I like the line up, but would put eriksen in behind soldado instead of siggy and sub swap them if needs be. Re the match, I hope it goes ahead as otherwise it's gonna end up being rescheduled around the Chelsea game. Much rather be able to play around with the team v Norwich or Cardiff! Gonna get busy if it is moved!
Dublin Hotspur
19/02/2014 09:27:00
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Dublin - Eriksen was rested vs Newcastle, so perhaps up for it. Just trying to find the right balance between rotation, strength and experience. Agreed that rearranging the game would be terrible for us. We just had a long break, and it would be bad to follow it with a volley of tricky fixtures.
TonyRich
19/02/2014 09:36:00
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I'd maybe play lloris for this one too tony, and if we get a good lead going into leg 2 we can put friedel in then. Less risk the better for this one. If we lose or draw we will have more pressure to put out our strongest team next week, and after the rest we just had I think the boys should be well capable of winning this by a margin and then look at it for the home leg.
Dublin Hotspur
19/02/2014 09:51:00
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I agree with Eriksen behind Soldado. TS could start the same team at Norwich as he did at Newcastle, and Eriksen would still be on the bench if needed. We really need to win the next four games, before the fixtures get a bit tricky. Be interesting to see what the team will be ... especially how TS plays the Kid in the next two games.
Geofspurs
19/02/2014 09:52:00
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my earlier post asking whether TS could manage in Europe…. I wasn't questioning Tims ability, but whether he is allowed to manage a team with no badges… Just for the record before someone jumps all over me! LOL
Dublin Hotspur
19/02/2014 10:08:00
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Geofspurs - Eriksen destroyed Norwich at the Lane. Would want him to have another crack at them definitely. Norwich may be struggling to win these days, but they just drew with Citeh - so not at easy as it appears.... we must go all out for the win vs Norwich. To have any chance of 4th, we ideally need to take max points from Norwich & Cardiff before we go thru a tricky patch of games in March.
TonyRich
19/02/2014 10:13:00
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You've always had it in for Tim. Dublin, I can see through your thinly veiled lies about coaching badges...
Slurms McKenzie
19/02/2014 10:18:00
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Morning all, Happy Christmas Geof!
Slurms McKenzie
19/02/2014 10:19:00
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Wouldn't mind seeing Chadli from the off for tomorrow's game. Siggy and Townsend the other two behind the striker. Capoue in the holding role and Paulinho and Bentaleb just in front. Then bring in Lennon, erisken and Dembele for the weekend?
Slurms McKenzie
19/02/2014 10:21:00
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I think its important that Eriksen plays against Dnipro. He was rested for the Newcastle game and I think its brillaint man management from Timmy as not all our class players have to play every game. Keeps plays refreshed when other players and teams with far smaller squads begin to tire. Never seen Dnipro play but with Timmy we always go on the offence and I, for one as looking very forward to the game.
Lady Tottingham
19/02/2014 10:22:00
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Dublin - I agree that rules are rules. When Gareth Southgate became manager without the badges, there was a whole hoo-hah about it. Now it seems fine...? I am not complaining because it is going better than before Tim turned up. We in this country have an incredibly low number of badge-qualified coaches as compared to Germany and Spain...who "coincidentally" are two of the favourites for the World cup.... Hmmm.....
TonyRich
19/02/2014 10:23:00
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Oops one too many! in the middle there, Oneday will hardly notice, would he? Just take out Bentaleb and leave Siggy and Paulinho in the middle with Capoue cover the defensive midfield. Paulinho probably needs the game time more then Bentaleb.
Slurms McKenzie
19/02/2014 10:26:00
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Or play Dembele and Bentaleb and drop Siggy. Then unleash a central midfield of Paulie and Erisken agains tNorwich. Or Play Siggy on the left and Cadli on the right and then bring Townsend on after 50/60 minutes for which ever more is more rubbish?
Slurms McKenzie
19/02/2014 10:29:00
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Or go balls out fo rthe win and play lennon right and townsend left with Capoue Paulie and Erisken in the middle. Ade up top...
Slurms McKenzie
19/02/2014 10:30:00
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Okay My eleven is Lloris, Noughton, dawson, Verts, Fryers, Capoue, Lennon, erisken, Paulinho, Chadli and Ade. With erisken and Chadli switching between the left wing the just behind the striker.
Slurms McKenzie
19/02/2014 10:32:00
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Got there in the end slurms!! Like that team, and to be fair Fryers can't be any worse than rose at LB so give him a shot, and I actually think Naughton is better than Walker as RB so give him a shot. need strong cover in Def and DM as they have yer man who I can't spell's name who will try to burst through. Thats a nice strong MF and attack Mr McKenzie, and I do think we should go all out to win by a margin and take the pressure off next week! But I do think Robbie should play the 2 EL games, he has goals in the comp and needs some more to get his confidence up, which has been shot all season. another hat trick from Robbie would be amazing for him and us!
Dublin Hotspur
19/02/2014 10:41:00
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Evening Standard reporting that Gomes is in talks with Leeds regarding a loan spell.
Dublin Hotspur
19/02/2014 11:03:00
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I reckon we should make the most of it; it's all downhill when TS gets his badges and innovation goes out the window!

Not sure what the team will be, and there's too many options to speculate. As long as there's 11 players wearing Spurs shirts they'll be fine!
Geofspurs
19/02/2014 11:04:00
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The game is going ahead
Lee Treend
19/02/2014 11:09:00
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Thats good news Lee, as the prep has been done. stay safe to all the loyal travelling fans, keep your passports on you and enjoy the match… then get the hell out of dodge!
Dublin Hotspur
19/02/2014 11:11:00
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gomez needs to go and play,his been sitting on his backside doing nothing for so long and earning shatloads.get some pride man
ghulamville
19/02/2014 11:14:00
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Dublin, I asked the same question about Tm's position (manager-wise) in Europa before. Seems no one really knows. I guess it is academical as he will still be sitting amongst all the coaches in the dug-out, as long as he is not sitting on a seat that has a 'head coach' label on it!! AND..may be he is not allow to allowed to stride up and down by the touchline!

What if the game gets called off, does that mean the home leg becomes the 1st leg or that too gets postponed?
Critical_Spur
19/02/2014 11:19:00
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on another note,the prandelli links are getting sstronger by the minute.i was very impressed with him in the euros
ghulamville
19/02/2014 11:23:00
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game on as Lee said:
http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/tottenhams-europa-league-tie-in-ukraine-gets-goahead-9138167.html
jacobslad
19/02/2014 11:25:00
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http://hereisthecity.com/en-gb/2014/02/18/five-facts-about-rumoured-spurs-managerial-target-prandelli/
ghulamville
19/02/2014 11:26:00
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critical somebody answered the sherwood europe coaching question a while back on another thread. would not play Ade slurms if he gets crocked we could be f....d for the season, we paid 26 million for the other guy, give him a go.
tophobunty1882
19/02/2014 11:29:00
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Critical, does that mean we don't get to see Timmy and les doing the touch line boogie? Gutted!
Dublin Hotspur
19/02/2014 11:31:00
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What was the outcome regarding managing in Europe, does anyone know?
Dublin Hotspur
19/02/2014 11:34:00
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I want to see the boogie again!
Dublin Hotspur
19/02/2014 11:36:00
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Logos, if you are about, can you put up the boogie again? Just incase Tim has to be strapped to his assistant coach seat for this match!!
Dublin Hotspur
19/02/2014 11:37:00
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I'd like to see Veljkovic, Coulthirst and Fryers all start. Friedel or Gomes in goal. Wouldn't even take our key players at the moment......Egobayor, Verts, lloris (IMO). Certainly wouldn't want to see them play. Then its about who plays at Norwich, and work around that. Play as many young black players as possible, it'll be a baptism of fire for them.
jacobslad
19/02/2014 11:41:00
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Soldado scored a goal in open play in the Europa league for us last year. Or did I just dream that?
Greavesaboveall
19/02/2014 11:42:00
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