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Spurs v Benfica: The Report!

Spurs v Benfica: The Report!

Well, I think that well and truly answered my question. Is the League in Portugal really a true benchmark for performance? Yep!.

Not really too sure about the biggest surprise, Harry Kane's starting berth over Soldado, or the fact that Tim called Kane 'Rooneyesque'. Anyway, hopefully not too scathing, but not many positives to follow I'm afraid. Right, let's crack on!.

We started in a 4-4-2 type formation, with Kane supposedly the player to utilise the space in behind Ade and drop deeper to Midfield, whilst I understand he needs minutes, when playing Eriksen Left, I feel Soldado in behind Ade allows for him to play some of those defence splitting passes he has achieved thus far. Strange choice. Add to this because of the lack of space afforded in behind Ade, was Kane the right option, for me it took a wandering type who goes looking for the ball. Something Rooney does well. Kane, with age on his side, maybe in time, but that role takes a lot more than he has as of yet with no space.

Lloris, couple of good saves, couple of day trips out of his box, my, how he likes a trip out. Whilst I can't deny his shot stopping ability, there does always seem to be one or two heart stopping moments per game. Yes he usually gets away with them, but fine lines indeed. Great shot stopper, couple of flaps a game. Gomes springs to mind.

Walker, had a run around, took the worst throw in this season, Kaboul, I'm glad he's back, but what was that all about defending those corners? Vert's, could have been a little more switched on for their opener, did o.k, again Naughton at fault for the opener, two LBs on bench, RB played out of position, Why?. Could Fryers and Rose not share a half each if required?.

Sandro, love your enthusiasm, but we really need to keep 11 players on the pitch. Yes your role is always going to see fouls committed, and yes, you are still getting back up to speed. However, let's try and take the Yellow in the latter stages as opposed to the first 9 minutes, could have easily gone on another day on the totting up process, same as against Chelsea. Paulinho, really, Brazilian flair?, I'd suggest Brazilian Slack. What a load of tosh, could not pass, tackle, shoot. Sorry, it was poor. World cup year mate, it's in your homeland, you interested?.

Well, I've mentioned Kane, but not the fact he had the ball took from him when dropping deep to try and get involved, very deep in fact, one shot later coupled with a fine save from Lloris, corner, goal. He did however link well with Eriksen to win a free kick, a peach of a goal resulted, scored by my MOTM Eriksen. He looks a cut above, yes he's the creative so he should be easy on the eye, but he seems to pick the right options, is always looking to do something, dare I say more composed than the elders?, Maybe the hole reason is his youthfulness, he holds no fear, doesn't over think things nor panics. Shining light in a fading season.

Lennon, like Walker, did some running, he did whip one cross in, and at one point when trying to beat his man, had to stop, the pass back was on, but no, he went at his man again, failed to cross, but avoided the easy option and gave it a go. Fancy that, a winger running at a defender to try and get past him. Ade, long balls hit up to him for us to feed off. Problem being, I think we must have eaten too much at lunchtime, feeding time was definitely over. Always hard for him, their back line was a very well drilled unit. Had one shot that should have at least hit the target but skewed wide, I for one can forgive him that, after all, he's come in and produced well thus far. In fact, of late, he's the reason we have hope to cling onto.

Right, so the long balls didn't really work, but we kept with it. Benfica played the way we have been hoping to witness Spurs play this season. A cohesive unit, not filled with superstars, but attacking at pace as a unit, pressing together, defending as a unit. Confident in one touch passing, quick bursts from back to front. Amazing what can be achieved when playing as a team. We yet again created our demise with mistakes, great pass for their opener, but sloppy passing before and after make no mistake.

Dawson will be gutted, all those long balls he could have punted up to Ade, but the funniest comment of the night has to go to the commentator.'Every time Tottenham have a corner Benfica have all eleven players in their Eighteen yard box, I think they are concerned with Spurs and their corner threat'. Comedy at it's finest, only funny thing, was the fact that I believe if we had put a few balls on their keeper we might have had some joy, appeared a little shaky to me, and he had hardly anything to do. Not sure if we've added to the injury list, we are still in the race for top 4 and the Europa, that said, we're over the edge, fingers clinging on in desperation. Have we the strength to claw our way back up, or like Jesus Jorge, maybe just wave a couple of fingers back and let the downward spiral begin?.   

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Writer:Cider spur
Date:Friday March 14 2014
Time: 5:29AM

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Cider - nice article. Can't argue with any of that. What has shocked me is the team's complete inability to setup defensively nowadays. At the start of the season, we would have been happy to have Lloris, Walker, Kaboul and Vertonghen in the same back line with Sandro and Paulinho shielding. Adding a reserve player like Naughton at LB is not ideal but would never have weakened us that much with the other 6 playing. We would have called that a solid foundation to a team that would allow our flair players like Eriksen, Lennon and Adebayor to have a field day. It just seems like every team that play against us can pick us apart at will and we're likely to concede from every set piece. Nobody knows what their role is in the side and that's unforgivable for Tim.

At the other end, we're now back to where we were under AVB. We're not creating chances, we're not getting crosses in and the biggest concern last night was we can't even push the ball around. At least before we had loads of possession but couldn't get in goalscoring positions. Now we can't seem to do either.

As fans we're just consigned to another couple of months of this and then perhaps we can turn the corner with a new manager. The squad is OK. In fact it's very good if we could just get the right man to lead it. We need a couple of players to finish it but must not see wholesale changes again. We also need a manager who can bring the very best out of guys Lamela, Eriksen, Soldado and Chadli whilst helping to bring consistency to Lloris, Walker, Paulinho, Dembele, Vertonghen etc.
muttley
14/03/2014 06:03:00
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We seem to be going backwards and we might as well forget winning any game playing like this. Spurs are in real danger of losing out European qualification for next season. The injuries and form is the worst I've seen for years. Normally I'm quite upbeat but I can honestly say I've never felt so dejected. We need someone with bags of experience to help out Tim. God I wish we still had AVB. COYS!
James1
14/03/2014 06:12:00
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As for Kane, whilst he did no worse than many others I'm not sure the experiment worked tactically. Having Eriksen central and one of Townsend, Chadli or Rose operating on the left would have made much more sense.
muttley
14/03/2014 06:15:00
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Levy will need to pull something out of the bag. He will be lynched next season if he doesn't bring in a top coach and a kitty to bring in top replacements. Roll on the WC. COYS!
James1
14/03/2014 06:16:00
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Sherwood has got to go! Keeps getting the tactics wrong but worse still has clearly lost the dressing room. Anyone got David Pleat's phone number?
ParkLane67
14/03/2014 06:18:00
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You're right Mutley. We needed width..Rose is a natural winger and could have done a job there as well. COYS!
James1
14/03/2014 06:22:00
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James - I think you can always bring in top replacements. What we need as well though is a manager who can bring the best out of the current players. We should be the envy of other teams with players like Lloris, Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Paulinho, Sandro, Eriksen etc. We should be the team that looks like it is only a couple of players from greatness. Instead, we look like a club in complete disarray with a Sunday pub manager in charge.
muttley
14/03/2014 06:29:00
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Sherwood is so far out of his depth im actually starting to feel sorry for him. I cant think of one positive thing to say. The dressing room has quite clearly gone. Tims notion that if each individual is "up and at em" this somehow will translate to a cohesive team performance is laughable. Illustrated perfectly last night - totally reminded me of watching a typical england stone-age performance v a team like spain. Completely unprofessional interviews, losing it bizarrely on the touchline. Any semblance of respect the players might have had for tim will have evaporated almost as quickly as our exit from the various cups under his management. Shocking again from levy. Clueless handling of the club on the football side. As has been said our only hope is to bring in a top experienced manager fast to unite the club. Its currently a shambles yet bizarrely we have our best squad of players ever.
StillRickyVilla
14/03/2014 06:44:00
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The sheer passion created by the north london derby gives us a punchers chance in the next game. But make no mistake this season is over. Wake me up when this is over.
StillRickyVilla
14/03/2014 06:51:00
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Spuds is a useless team. after spending all the cash 110 M pounds you still can't beat a feeder club to Chelsea. In the year Chelsea won the UCL they thumped them home and away. last season they beat them again to win the Europa league. You lot thought it was an easy task playing them. if you spend over 100 M you have to deliver in the pitch. Come Sunday we will come to your backyard and whip your sorry ass to the 3 points. you deserve to be in the Championship
papsy
14/03/2014 07:04:00
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Mutley yes that is my thinking too. RDB or LVG will be able to put a system into place that everyone will understand and more importantly get the players to express themselves. The replacements I'm talking about are the fringe players and possibly 1 or two first team players. COYS!
James1
14/03/2014 07:25:00
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I have faith that one day Sherwood will get it right, it'll be harder for him not to when he tries something new every game...and that's the problem, I mean he's probably already got it right for the personnel we have and then changed it again the following week. He needs to base it on a compromise between what he wants to do and the players we have and then just stick with it and tweak rather than make drastic changes every game. I'm struggling to be critical of the players when they just look baffled all the time. Paulinho in particular we know is a good player, but clearly wants to be behind the striker. Eriksen is our most creative and snappy passer but is isolated out on the left? Why not give Sandro an outlet by having Eriksen beside him, put Paulinho behind the striker and have Townsend left so we have direct pace out wide and creativity and scoring ability running through the middle? At the very least I just wish he'd have faith in something and stick with it because at the moment he just looks like he's panicking and clueless and a couple more games like last night and there'll be no doubt he is.
flipper
14/03/2014 07:25:00
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Another Gooner troll.. they only post on here when we loose a game.. How many trophies they won in 9 years..that would be NIL... this gooner should go to chavs, as mentions them and not his / her own team...what was their result against a Euro Club? this week.. lost again... muppet..
Block D Spurs
14/03/2014 07:29:00
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To me they are clear favourites before the game but I didn't think again we would make it as easy as we could from them. We pick the wrong players and played the wrong shape. Fryers left Townsend in front of him and Eriksen central would have helped. Sherwood i of course limited by his in experience, and also by the August window which set us problems when we wasted so much money of too many wrong players and didn't buy players who would produce this season. Many things need to happen for this to be as bad as they appear to be right now.
thfc1006
14/03/2014 07:37:00
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By Sunday, am sure we are going to better our goal difference. At least a 5-0 will help us catch up with Looserpool and that west London club. not forgetting the guaranteed 3 points. LOOSERS! hahahahahahahhahaaha! Don't forget we are in the FA Cup will surly end the trophy drought
papsy
14/03/2014 07:38:00
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Sandro and Paulinho playing central in a 2 is never going to be that good. they are too similar in many key ways, limited by lack of pace. Paulinho was a poor signing because he doesn't want to play for us. With his mind right he could be a good asset but never in a two man midfield and the problem is playing him you need to often not play Eriksen or Dembele who will both offer more, more often. I think they guy is a waste of money largely along with Lamela, Soldado and Chadli. August was the start of our problems.
thfc1006
14/03/2014 07:40:00
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Flipper.. TS won't have the time to get it right.. he clearly needs to get his top level coaching badges, and start managing at a championship.. League 1 or 2 club. Then he could be top level in 3 or 4 years.. Or accept a position as assistant manager / coach to LVG or similar manager, learn, get his management badges.. then in 3 years will have some good tactical ability, and know how to handle top international players. At the moment his is not good enough.. sad but true.
Block D Spurs
14/03/2014 07:45:00
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Stop trying to insult people when you can't even spell small words. It's loser, dumbass...you'd think a gooner of all people would know how to spell the word that's defined their recent history...
flipper
14/03/2014 07:46:00
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muttley..I too believe we have good players, just too many occasions where only one or two are putting in the type of performances we know they are capable of. We have some who have excelled in foreign leagues, some under performing and a constant desire to continually chop and change formation. We need a strong manager who can bring the performances back out of these players, tweaking formations as required. I believe the talent is there, i just don't believe Sherwood is the man to pull it back out of them.
Cider spurs
14/03/2014 07:46:00
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Spuds the only team to spend 100 M and are worse than they were before. AVB must be laughing his head off. considering all the compensation money he has in the bank
papsy
14/03/2014 07:48:00
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@flipper heard of the word typo error? feel sorry for you lot
papsy
14/03/2014 07:50:00
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papsy please turnover for the spuddies pls pls pls? I need to go 10 points ahead of you Scums, ok? KTBFFH.
HGH Magic
14/03/2014 07:51:00
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Is this a crises meeting or what? everyone here seems to know better than ya pathetic manager. LOL
papsy
14/03/2014 07:53:00
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Block D, yeah I've pretty much come to the same conclusion, and even though I hope I'm wrong he's running out of time to prove it enough that we could have any confidence of going into next season with him still in charge. It's not just the results, it's the manner of the results and that he's had the job long enough now that he should be certain how he wants the team to set up and play.
flipper
14/03/2014 07:53:00
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Thfc1006 those players u call a waste of money are all top top players regular internationals for brazil, argentina etc. We have the quality (bar possibly at left back) they just need managing correctly. None of them have faith in where the club is going, none of them have respect for tim and they are being told to go out and run about with no direction or tactics as we are clearly too good to worry about the opposition or our own pattern of play for that matter. Shambles. The frustrating thing is we DO have the players but levys judgement on the management side of things is appalling.
StillRickyVilla
14/03/2014 07:54:00
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Papsy..."typo error" that is not a word my dear friend, that is two words. Keep up!. No need for thanks, I understand you have enough on your plate supporting the nomadic tribe from Woolwich.
Cider spurs
14/03/2014 07:56:00
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papsy, yeah sure it is...a typo twice on the same word, you keep telling yourself that, dumbass.
flipper
14/03/2014 07:56:00
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We certainly have had two managers managing them badly StillRicky, the second one has an excuse, but the poor management is only part of this problem. Buying the wrong collection of players in the first place is the bigger problem i think
thfc1006
14/03/2014 07:58:00
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papsy..."crises".....That's a crisis right there!. Stick around, i'm certain with a bit of guidance we can get you to learn your ABCs before the days end.
Cider spurs
14/03/2014 08:01:00
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thfc1006, definitely true about buying the wrong collection of players. With the money we received we finally had the chance to buy the players the team needed rather than continuing the 'buy to develop' philosophy. All we can hope for now is they do at the least fit that philosophy and the majority come good going forward. I also hope they're given a chance to do that and there aren't too many outgoings in the summer and we bring in the experienced LB, extra CB and striker we desperately need.
flipper
14/03/2014 08:06:00
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@Cider spurs Well thanks a lot. i have tried my best considering English is not my first language. how about trying your hands on Portuguese? yh i thought so, your sorry ass is lost
papsy
14/03/2014 08:16:00
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I was absolutely flabbergasted by yet another insipid, disinterested and gutless display by our team (with the exception of Eriksen and Kaboul who at least tried to change things up a bit) last night. I hoped a night's sleep would give me a different perspective on it this morning. Unfortunately I was wrong. I grew up as a young lad going to Spurs not wondering if we would win but wondering how many we would win by. By the end of the 80s that had changed to wondering if we'd win. Through the 90s and early 2000s we were pretty dire but NEVER, EVER did I go to Spurs like I do now - wondering how many we will lose by and hoping against hope that we don't get yet another battering. That is unacceptable for a club with our perceived ambition. We are a shambles from the top of the boardroom all the way to the pitch. Pathetic, gutless, clueless, directionless and embarrassing from the Chairman to the players and everyone in between. They should hang their heads in shame just like we have do to game after game as fans of what was once a football club people aspired to be like. Not anymore.
SpuriousLife
14/03/2014 08:19:00
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papsy..LOL!.
Cider spurs
14/03/2014 08:21:00
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It is time to pull the trigger on Tim. He is a donkey and out of his depth. this is the worst spurs team for a very long time. All i ask is that each player is in their natural position. Then the team selects itself based on form and ability. We have good players although we have been unlucky with injuries. For me eriksen is our best player, the new bale, the lock picker, the playmaker. We must build a team around him. He must play in the middle in the pocket - the old van der vaart position in harry's 4-4-1-1 - and never on the left. It was demented to have kane as the number 10 ahead of our best player. At chelsea, he had lennon in the position, when chadli could have played there. Jozispur Jozispur
Duma Gqubule
14/03/2014 08:21:00
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Flipper I think we probably needed 4 last summer, the problem is we bought 7 and only 1 possibly 2 look like good buys now for any number of reasons. We needed the AM to open chances up a left back and a good goalscorer. We didn't buy a left back and we bought the wrong striker. I can see 3 of the 7 leaving, possibly 4 plus Verts and Lloris this summer. Too many mistakes and you can't simply blame it all on Sherwood as some appear to be driving at. It's all about CL going forward and we have made too many mistakes as a club to make it this season and last.
thfc1006
14/03/2014 08:32:00
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Can't disagree to much with the article, Kane as number 10 it the final nail in the cofin for me. Many are stating Tim has lost the dressing room, I don't really think he had it in the first place. Even more embarrassing was Jenas talking more sense than what comes out of Tim's mouth. We need to ride this season out, nothing to play for and to be honest I'd prefer to give up 5th spot so next season the new manager has less to concentrate on which in turn will hopefully get us back on track. Since making the CL we've gone backwards and we are now the laughing stock. Levy is the common denominated in everything that has gone wrong in recent seasons.
yiddyboy
14/03/2014 08:37:00
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Tim is doing a great great job. Serves you spuddies right; a naïve coach for a naïve 'club'. COYS lol
HGH Magic
14/03/2014 08:40:00
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I hope Levy wakes up this morning and realise he needs to fix this now. Tim needs a helping hand before it all implodes. Maybe Freund could take over for the remaining games. COYS!
James1
14/03/2014 08:40:00
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Yiddyboy re: Levy. I couldn't agree more. Levy needs to back down from football affairs pronto. We need a footballing man to recognise a good coach who can do a job for Spurs. Enough is enough..Levy and ENIC are doing great in terms of finance but he is making a mockery of this club. COYS!
James1
14/03/2014 08:46:00
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Levy won't do anything for now and when (if) he replaces Sherwood in the summer it will be done to ensure ENIC's financial wellbeing and stability first and footballing success second .
sandroman
14/03/2014 08:48:00
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Morning Spuds, you were all over the shop last night, something is really gone wrong at your club. The players you have should be doing so much better than they are.

Anyway putting together a scouting report over on Vital Arsenal, did I hear that you picked up a few injuries last night? Ade, Sandro and Naughton (no loss there in fairness) are all doubts for Sunday?

Galway Gooner
14/03/2014 08:50:00
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For me, our biggest problem is that we don´t have good enough creative passers of the ball in the middle of the park..too predictable..too easy too read..With a player like Huddlestone forexample we had an alternative too open teams up with good penetrating passes long or short..with our holding midfielders we have now it`s plain boring short passes sideways. Paulinho is a mediocre player for me, a "glamourous" and expensive Jenas! Could have bought Jordon Mutch for half the price and a better player. We need too get Lennon on the run forward on the right touchline a whole lot more! Same with Townsend on the left. Harry Kane is certainly a player i like! He`s a good hold up player although had hoped he would be a little stronger in the air, but if you give Kane as much time on the field as a certain Soldado, i`m certain he would bring a whole lot to the team, not least goals! Invest more in english players and give Tim more time! I`m confident he will get it right given time too mould his own team. I like what he says and thinks, and too be honest it`s great too see a manager show some passion and anger just like myself after a match like the two we have just witnessed. It`s exactly what Tim says..work for their money and future on the pitch or get lost! Honest and refreshing! In Tim we have a talented manager just like Rodgers who can build a good and stable future..don`t throw it away with a dutch pensioner!
Martin The Viking
14/03/2014 08:54:00
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James , not looking for an argument but Levy doing great in terms of the financial side of things benefits no one but himself and his boss ,none of us will ever see a penny of their financial success .He can step down but Lewis will replace him with someone else who serves Lewis' needs first .I know it sounds negative but whilst ENIC are owners , footballing success ,other than staying close enough to the pack to ensure the gains they have made in their 14 years is maintained , will be a by- product of their ownership .
sandroman
14/03/2014 08:59:00
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It was all going wrong anyway but yesterday proved how far wrong we have gone. This season looks like being a waste. We have now had two managers and still getting poor performances, AVB was very rigid his tactics and Sherwood has a total lack of tactics. These players don't know what to do. We could have signed anyone else in the summer and we would still have the same problems, we played Kane as a number 10, naughton left back which I could understand if Fryers was kept as CB cover incase of an injury. Sherwood is digging himself deeper and deeper but we could have had better players but the same results would have happened with Sherwood in charge.
Kong
14/03/2014 09:00:00
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We look lost. Rudderless. Uninspired. Unmotivated. Tired. Regardless of player ability that is the managers fault.
Kong
14/03/2014 09:04:00
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James, Freund was whom I was thinking of when AVB left. As an interim manager, But Tum wanted it long term! No way Levy will swallow his pride and displace Tim. We are not ina relegation battle, so Tim will be allowed to see the out the season. My biggest worry is that the talent at the Lane is being made to rot (in a world cup year) and even with the a new manager in summer, it may not be so easy for players to recover from the confidence bashing of this season. Many will want out. :(
Critical_Spur
14/03/2014 09:06:00
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holtby better than all our midfilder we have now paulinoo passin is poor lennon does nuffin now days when was the last he did anything good
stephenspurs1210
14/03/2014 09:12:00
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un-organised at the back, disjointed through the middle, light up front . Benfica were better organised, they attacked with pace and intent, I cant forgive the fact that the tallest player on the field scored from 2 set pieces, its almost like Benfica were trying to aim for him. Sorry Tim, i'm confused with what you are actually doing on the training ground. Although he's not solely to blame, our team doesnt seem to be able to pass properly, short or long, through balls. If your setting up a counter attack the ball has to be played into the stride of the player not behind him so he has to stop.
coys1717
14/03/2014 09:12:00
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As a team, all credit to Benfica who should be an inspiration to us in terms of a team unit and work ethic, combined with technical quality
oxfordspur
14/03/2014 09:15:00
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For the record I though Kane was one of the better players on the pitch yesterday, although he indirectly contributed to them scoring. His work rate was good, he was winning aerial battles. Pauliniho on the other hand, WTF is up with that guy, cant retain possession, cant pass, cant tackle.
coys1717
14/03/2014 09:31:00
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Sandroman all good mate. I hear you. ENIC have brought financial stability to this club, which I'm thankful for and the training facilities is the best in Europe so we're told, but yes I would love the owners to spend big, but can we do it? I fear another Leeds or an Irving Scholar situation. Critical you may be right but maybe he'll feel the heat by his bosses. The only positive I can think off is we can concentrate on one objective - CL position for next season. COYS!
James1
14/03/2014 09:33:00
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Looks like the days of free flowing football (3 or 4 years ago) are over for a while.

I've put a poem on the end of the other Benfica thread to help find some perspective.
Geofspurs
14/03/2014 09:35:00
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James1 - Levy will always be involved in football affairs, thats the problem. He loves it!!!
Tim will remain until the end of the season although we should already announce the new manager as City/United could also be looking come May. Get the green light from Van Gaal and make an announcement, if Tim doesn't like it let him quit and stick Dawson in charge as player/manager until May. It doens't matter who's in the hot seat now, this season is over interms of achieving top4/silverware. At least then the current bunch will have a few months to think about whether they want to give it a crack with Van Gaal or not.
yiddyboy
14/03/2014 09:35:00
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It's starting to look at lot like christmas, we just keep giving other teams presents. The saving grace is, we only have in total another 10 games to suffer. Tim your making a joke of Jesus in your interview ''they are better than us, he lacks class etc'' interviews sounding more like a mini Harry Redknapp, well they do to me. We could go back over post's made when this draw came out, most said ''we may beat Dnipro, but we won't beat Benfica'' so last night was not a surprise. Mentioned to Coops ''coops what did i say in a post, i can't go through another season like this one again regardless of the remaining season's results, he has to be replaced, this can only go 3 ways shortly, only my gut feeling is unless we step up to the plate, the wrong way'' Read more: http://www.spurs.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=7516674#ixzz2vvYrmdU1 The players look totally demoralised and lacking in confidence, not only within, but in others, this clear the air meeting after chelsea, that never had much bearing last night. Levy putting Tim in charge, was one a cheap option at the time, having moved AVB on. He had no intention of going for another clubs manager, that involves a cost to him, so he sounded out LVG, who is interested, but not at the time doing two jobs, taking Holland to the world cup first, I just hope Levy has him very much in mind for next season, we need a manager/coach, who has class and can make us better in the future.
spu 4 life
14/03/2014 09:36:00
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James1 - we might have the best training facilities in Europe but the actual training we do in those facilities must be the worst in Europe. I've seen better formations, tactics and performances at my local park on a Sunday morning.
SpuriousLife
14/03/2014 09:36:00
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Look on the bright side, at least we now know that Lennon nor Kane are No10's. Ok, we all knew that anyway but we've had our Tim confirm it.
yiddyboy
14/03/2014 09:37:00
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I missed the game as I was moshing it up at the stiff Little fingers gig last night! I was gutted they were on the same night as spurs, but in hindsight I think I'm glad I missed it!
was it really that bad?? I did drop my pint when I saw the teamsheet, again! Why was Robbie not playing? Confidence boosting goal then dropped for 2 big games! Turin.... Always wanted to go there. Ah well!!
Dublin Hotspur
14/03/2014 09:38:00
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Galway, this morning we are still in Europe. On Sherwood, he was only ever going to be here as a filler until the end of the season, that remains the same. The damage was done before he came along. I had us down for 6th at the start of this season and we are ahead of that at the moment, still think we will finish 6th. You can't screw up as often as we have as a club in 18 months and expect to go forward. Let's learn from this, buy the right type of player in the summer and try to move forward with whoever our new manager will be. Kong playing Kane at number 10 is not our problem, our problems started at the point when Harry went to court, we have made a series of poor decisions since then, the result as we see now. We are likely to finish 1 place lower than last season with similar points, we are not in free fall but this series of bad decisions are moving us backwards. How do we move forward? I think Critical makes a good point Stefan Freund would have made sense until the end of the season.
thfc1006
14/03/2014 09:41:00
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I wonder what tactics we will use on Sunday and what experiments we will see, in the last two games we have seen Walker as a RW, Kane as a number 10, what surprises will we see on Sunday.
Kong
14/03/2014 09:42:00
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It was just awful! I can't wait untill next season. Change of manager and personnel definetly needed!
spurticus87
14/03/2014 09:45:00
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SpuriousLife I couldn't agree more. COYS!
James1
14/03/2014 09:46:00
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At least there's a great days racing at Cheltenham to cheer me up!
Dublin Hotspur
14/03/2014 09:48:00
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THFC1006, welcome to the forum as you said in a previous thread you was new, its like I already know you :). I never said Kane was the problem overall, Sherwood cannot be immune from criticism even if we knew he is a stop gap. We have various problems and Sherwood is doing further damage even if it was bad before he come along. We have not improved since AVB. It is time to make the right decision and appoint the right manager and structure.
Kong
14/03/2014 09:50:00
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Well, what can I say. Gutted. I was actually more upset, angry and disappointed last night than I was over the Chelsea game. The reason being that it blatantly clear that TS is nowhere near ready to manage a premier league club. His team selection was a joke. His “tactics” were a joke. Anyone can just say pump it long to ADE who didn’t win a single header all half but he stuck with it. His substitutions were shambolic. Kane should have been off at Half time FFS. Eriksen BEHIND PHUCKING ADE and Townsend or chadli on the left. Then after 60mins when it was clear ADE was having another off day bring on Robbie as the no9. But no. He waited until the game was beyond us and made a few ineffective token changes

He’s just not cut out for it at all. The players have given in, but in all fairness they just aren’t good enough. We have average all over the pitch. TBH vertonghen can go to barca, paulinho can happily go to Madrid, walker can go to Monaco…we need a change. We are clearly stuck with TS until the end of the season as there is no point changing again. BUT if LVG comes that won’t be until after the WC, so we are talking July FFS. So no proper pre-season again, players that he doesn’t know so guess what….another year of transition. Levy has completely ruined this club now. One bad mistake after another. I’ll be honest the I feel now im not even bothering watching it on Sunday. It will be just another 3-4 goal hammering.
hudderspur
14/03/2014 09:51:00
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Dublin it was awful mate. Eriksen was the only beacon of light in terms of attacking threat. Ade should have hit the target but went for power rather than placement. Can't get any worse can it? COYS!
James1
14/03/2014 09:51:00
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Oxfordspur that's true about Benfica, they were clear favourites to win this tie as they are a better unit, stable, confident and had positive momentum coming into the game. Add it all up and they were always likely to be hard to beat. It's not over yet, but equally we could be on the end of a hiding over there.
thfc1006
14/03/2014 09:52:00
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Glad you enjoyed the gig Dublin. How's the ears? Still ringing lol. COYS!
James1
14/03/2014 09:53:00
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Still ringing! Great gig! They've still got it!
Dublin Hotspur
14/03/2014 10:00:00
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From a Chelsea fan, I wish you luck on Sunday, all things come to an end at sometime. Hoping for a result against a Jose team that hasn`t lost a league game in 75 matches and playing against the best team in Portugal right now, was never going to be an easy task. The fact is that Spurs will now be underdogs against your fiercest rivals and have nothing to lose. In football as painful as it is sometimes, you never know what is around the corner. 1-0 Spurs. Do us both a favour.
Blueheart9
14/03/2014 10:05:00
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Kong yes Sherwood must accept criticism, but he is not the cause, he should never have been put in place. Yes we need to get it right next time, the last two managers and the appointment of Baldini and the August window have added up to what we have now, I am sure there are other reasons, like the players not playing well more often than not and poor attitudes.
thfc1006
14/03/2014 10:18:00
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Hudderspur - I said the same about the Arsenal game. I don't think I can bring myself to watch it as we are playing so poorly that a defeat by less than 3 clear goals will seem like a small victory. How sad is it that we've sunk so low?
SpuriousLife
14/03/2014 10:20:00
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Blueheart ... Very true!
Geofspurs
14/03/2014 10:22:00
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Before the chelsea games tickets on Stubhub for the Arsenal game were in the £100's, today there are starting from £55 upwards.
Kong
14/03/2014 10:23:00
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I agree THFC1006, Sherwood is not the cause but he is contributing to it. Levy appointed him so he should take responsibility. Wonder if any fans will show their anger towards Levy on Sunday.
Kong
14/03/2014 10:25:00
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hudderspur agree 100%
topspur53
14/03/2014 10:26:00
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