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Chicago Fire Vs. Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs enter their final game of their three game tour, with so far more positives that negatives in my opinion.

Sure there has been plenty of rust and a juggling of personnel, and I`m sure there will be more of that tonight, but in a squad that is without ten senior players from last season, I feel we have plenty to feel good about or at least not to be to dismayed over.

Defensively we have been a bit of a mess, but Danny Rose has looked better so far, whilst we also have the new arrival of Ben Davies to add surety and competition. In the centre, Milos, Veljkovic, at 18, looks a very composed young player. is he someone that Mauricio Pochettino will look ti trust with some defensive duties this season. For me, he has looked better that Zeki Fryers in the role, however is that also due to the quality of their partners>\

Anyone watching Erik Lamela in Toronto, must have got excited. The idea of him and Christian Eriksen gelling is mouthwatering, whilst I also feel that Soldado looked clever in creation and movement, whilst Lewis Holtby has been busy and imaginative. Surely Andros Townsend will feel better for his goal and another 45 mins, whilst the same will apply to Etienne Capoue, who I felt covered his defensive duties excellently on Thursday morning.

Tonight, I feel we will have pretty much the same method of swapping the team around. That seems sensible, when we are still without so many players. lets look at fitness and getting the playing patterns more ingrained, as opposed to looking at a best XI. I feel that Poch has the idea of team over individuals, therefore fitness and understanding the system is what really counts even over another win tonight...



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Writer:OxfordSpur
Date:Saturday July 26 2014
Time: 10:08PM

Comments

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Hope the 2nd half team does better this time around! COYS!
Critical_Spur
26/07/2014 22:17:00
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Good to take a look at some players but with lots of players still not available. Dawson, Soldado and a couple others are literally playing for their Spurs career!
LuvWhites
26/07/2014 22:17:00
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Same team that played 1st half at Toronto, but swap Mason for Holtby, have been impressed with his play pre-season. Most of the younger players have played well, agree Ox Veljkovic has been solid in defence.
CanUkSpur
26/07/2014 22:17:00
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Come on you Spurs!!!!! Looking forward to Lamela again ... Wgwerever you go you always take Lamela with you .... Lalalala Lamela!!! COTMS!!!
Highgatespur
26/07/2014 22:19:00
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Another three goals....let's keep the tally going! Soldado + Lamela to shine......and Andros and Hotby in the A team! COYS!
Critical_Spur
26/07/2014 22:20:00
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Highgate, we need to change that tune to read....everywhere Ugo... :0)
Critical_Spur
26/07/2014 22:21:00
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Have been impressed with all the youngsters - reckon Dawson on last legs Hull probably beckoning - or is it QPR ? Thought the front line have done well so far (both first halves) the link up play has been fantastic... Soldado playing very well - another goal will help - but Townsend.... whooops... COTMS
Highgatespur
26/07/2014 22:24:00
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Critical - nice one - glad you understood my (lack of) typing skills !! Hopefully the 1st half v Toronto forward 6 will start again!
Highgatespur
26/07/2014 22:27:00
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Mix them up again but try to get abetter balance in the two sides put out than the toronto game. Three dmf playing in front of daws in his half game.lamela is only warming up thank god for that. Coys
bazdog
26/07/2014 22:27:00
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What time is game??????
LuvWhites
26/07/2014 22:32:00
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Highgate, I was trying to give our U21 coach a bit of exposure in the lyrics!

I'd like to see a more balanced Team A and B, else you are bordering on segregation!
Critical_Spur
26/07/2014 22:50:00
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LuvWhites, depends where you are. UK time 1:00 AM!
Critical_Spur
26/07/2014 22:57:00
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Luvwhites it's 11pm now KO 1 AM
longtimespur
26/07/2014 23:01:00
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Critical seems like we're back to the weather again!
longtimespur
26/07/2014 23:04:00
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would love to see this bunch on for 45mins..

..........................Soldado....................
..Townsend...........................Eriksen..
.........................Lamela......................
....Capoue............................Holtby....
..........................................................
Davies....Verts.......Velkjovic.....Walker
.........................................................
.....................Lloris.............................


think there is some decent footbal to be played by this X1
Yidmarks
26/07/2014 23:19:00
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3am kick-off here...

Sitting in the garden with the laptop.... i will either see the whole match or end up waking up being beaten by bugs...

COYS
Yidmarks
26/07/2014 23:22:00
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I am not convinced that this wholesale change at half achieves much. Putting the likes of Andros, Hotby and Kane amongst the 2nd tier served little purpose IMO. May be they were to act as 'leaders'?..and I deliberately excluded Dawson from that list! Makes more sense to overlap some the backbone/quality players in to 2nd half. Did Kane look average because of average players around him, Hotby (a lot of energy), but little end result because quality missing alongside? Surely fitness levels must be rising and I expect some of the players to stay on for nearer 75 mins. COYS!
Critical_Spur
26/07/2014 23:35:00
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Yidmarks, that's a nice formation and I too would like to be entertained by that group. However, be interesting see what it may look like with WC returnees + Ade in the fold.
Critical_Spur
26/07/2014 23:40:00
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BT SPORT 2 free for sticking with the bad service.but worth it to see the spurs other than my internet for spurs tv living in the hills.coys.
bazdog
27/07/2014 00:03:00
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To any one at spurs please sign bakkali.thankyou best regards.one team.
bazdog
27/07/2014 00:06:00
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Yidmarks ... I posted on the last article about Capoue and Holtby as the 2.Not over sure I'd include Andros but it'd be good to see if he's learning from MP.
longtimespur
27/07/2014 00:09:00
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Our team tonight: Freidel, Walker, Dawson, Veljkovic, Rose, Holtby, Capoue, Mason, Townsend, Lamela, Kane.
longtimespur
27/07/2014 00:10:00
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Our team tonight: Freidel, Walker, Dawson, Veljkovic, Rose, Holtby, Capoue, Mason, Townsend, Lamela, Kane.
longtimespur
27/07/2014 00:11:00
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Our subs tonight: McGee, Fredericks, Naughton, Davies, Kaboul, Lennon, Eriksen, Ceballos, Falque, Soldado
longtimespur
27/07/2014 00:11:00
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Looking at the subs, Dawson might be playing 90 minutes
longtimespur
27/07/2014 00:13:00
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Critical the well done was for the Ugo mention! IMO the least publicised appointment perhaps 'unveiled' with MRP!!!! LOL ... Btw I did think it was an attempt to mix it up last time - hopefully more so tonight. Gonna stay up !!!
Highgatespur
27/07/2014 00:14:00
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Wonder if Mason or Holtby will be with Capoue or whether they'll be a 3 and go forward as and when. Floating 3 up front as well.
longtimespur
27/07/2014 00:20:00
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Sorry Highgate, you have a better command of the language than me and sometimes it goes over my head, Lol! Yep, I'm up for the game too!
Lts, I think we will see Kaboom + Naughton 2nd half. Unless Dawson has shown something in training that he deserves a stay of execution! COYS!
Critical_Spur
27/07/2014 00:24:00
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Interesting team - might be seeing how veljkovic reacts with Dawson / Kaboul ... Let's see if the improvement in Rose and Townsend continues / starts ... Will be definitively staying up ...
Highgatespur
27/07/2014 00:25:00
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Oh, sheet!, think I bolded the site!...best leg it!. Be back with a fix! COYS!
Critical_Spur
27/07/2014 00:25:00
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Critical .... what you done? Bold of you .lol. Yes I missed Kaboul among the subs.
longtimespur
27/07/2014 00:27:00
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Fixed I hope! COYS!
Critical_Spur
27/07/2014 00:27:00
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I hope to stay awake for the game too. COYS
longtimespur
27/07/2014 00:29:00
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Hope my BT Sports won't play up.
longtimespur
27/07/2014 00:32:00
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Well done critical fixed !! That's probably the first time that commended me on my command of English !!! Thanks Critical ;-)

does that first half team verbally look like it includes most of those who've yet to get into the groove ? Especially at the back ? Probably thinking too much into them !! COTMS
Highgatespur
27/07/2014 00:32:00
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HGS I would say it's most of these need to get up to speed and keep Lamela running as he did last game. Confidence in scoring!
longtimespur
27/07/2014 00:38:00
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Lamela was well supported by Soldado and I think he should click with Kane also. My only worry is AT getting in the way of things and glory-hunting. Hotby and Capoue should be fine as some wanted to see that combo. Daws and Rose in defence?....let's hope Rose is on a progression curve, but not sure I can say the same for Daws....finger crossed may be! COYS!
Critical_Spur
27/07/2014 00:40:00
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Enjoy the game night owls!
MrFrancis
27/07/2014 00:41:00
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Mr Francis are there Sheff Weds fans on here?
longtimespur
27/07/2014 00:46:00
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Right I'm off to watch. Enjoy the game all. COYS
longtimespur
27/07/2014 00:50:00
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Trevor Francis, first UK one million pound player, I believe.
No I am Tottenham for my sins.
MrFrancis
27/07/2014 00:51:00
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Here we go ten minutes of live bloopers on 'Spurs TV'.
Keller has no affection for Spurs what so ever.
MrFrancis
27/07/2014 00:53:00
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Verts & Velkjovic will hopefully get a good run out together.. Im hoping there is some chemistry between them, as they could well be our starting CB's in the PL... I can see Poch wanting/needing to seriously look at who will play alongside Verts, and why not the youngster! Unless we bring in a new CB like Vlaar or Shawcross id be playing Velkjovic over Kaboom.

Id be interested to see A front 4 of Eriksen, Lamela, Ceballos & Soldado/ Ade (when he returns from recovering from HIV in Africa... as i believe the story to be so far)
Yidmarks
27/07/2014 01:01:00
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3am here... just about staying awake.. just sat and wrote the above... then realized Verts is no where to be seen.
Yidmarks
27/07/2014 01:04:00
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Yidmarks,
You beat me, it is 2am where I am (Barcelona),
Where are you based?
MrFrancis
27/07/2014 01:08:00
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OK... my point was... i think that Verts alongside Velkjovic would be perfect in the PL...

Youth alongside experiance and a player that can be moulded... as Poch was a CB he has the opportunity to make him a much better player and a player that plays Poch footy...
Yidmarks
27/07/2014 01:08:00
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And that Ade has Malaria Virus!... Like Slurms, you need coffee LTS!
Critical_Spur
27/07/2014 01:09:00
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oops!..I meant yidmarks!
Critical_Spur
27/07/2014 01:10:00
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Come on Spurs, missed the goal, whats the line up? LVG has a point about these monster pre-season tours. Especially in an international tournament year. The commentators on my thread seem a bit more clued in!
Slurms McKenzie
27/07/2014 01:25:00
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We look awful shakey at the back! Is Dawson playing in this half?
Slurms McKenzie
27/07/2014 01:28:00
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Ooh just a slightly better pass from townsend and Lamela was in, good to see townsend being aware of Lamela's run and trying to find him.
Slurms McKenzie
27/07/2014 01:31:00
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High pressure defense is the new Spurs way, working well Chicago have to shift the ball very quickly meaning passes are going astray. Great save Brad!
Slurms McKenzie
27/07/2014 01:35:00
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Nice unselfish play by Hoiltby for the goal ... Mason shpwing up well as is Veljkovic.
Highgatespur
27/07/2014 01:36:00
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Focus is the the feeling of clarity and alertness! When did focus become a feeling? Still I could do with some of that now!
Slurms McKenzie
27/07/2014 01:37:00
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Again great movement from the attackers an new Pochettino trait! Seems to be alot of space in front of our back four nott sure mason is strong enough to boss the midfield. Lamela looks a class apart!
Slurms McKenzie
27/07/2014 01:39:00
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Good call Yidmarks 0 was really impressed with Veljkovuc ever since he came on as a sub - a loy of composure ... The 'V" mean !!!
Highgatespur
27/07/2014 01:41:00
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Our main striker will struggle for goals their role seems to be as a foil for the three attacking midfielders! Not sure Ade will like this approach!
Slurms McKenzie
27/07/2014 01:42:00
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Rose and Veljkovic seem to be working well together, Walker and Dawson look alot less comfortable. Lamela making the late night worth while very lively and threatens everytime he has the ball
Slurms McKenzie
27/07/2014 01:46:00
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Great shots by Lamela but woeful crosses by Andros and Kyle.
Highgatespur
27/07/2014 01:48:00
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I think Mason is suppose to cover the left flank when Chicago have ball because there is no one dropping back from the front. Its not working huge amount of space infront of Rose and Veljkovic. Capoue and Holtby are working much better on the right side.
Slurms McKenzie
27/07/2014 01:53:00
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Townsend, Lamela, Holtby and kane just not as fluid as Lennon, Eriksen, Lamela and Soldado.
Slurms McKenzie
27/07/2014 01:55:00
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Holtby working hard around the pitch, Lamela looking impressive, Townsend the weak link. Not enough going forward and no tracking back on the left wing.
Slurms McKenzie
27/07/2014 01:58:00
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Ward's doing well as well...
Highgatespur
27/07/2014 01:59:00
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Capoue and Holtby closing down a lot of attacks between them and shielding Walker and Dawson. Mason, Veljkovic and Rose having to an awful lot of work on their side. Enjoyable first half better passing by either side in the final third and there could have been at least two more goals each!
Slurms McKenzie
27/07/2014 02:00:00
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I know it's preseason but that was poor from us.
Jables
27/07/2014 02:01:00
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What crosses Highgate? something we are very much lacking the odd attack to down to the byline and swing in a decent cross, everything is down the middle all the time!
Slurms McKenzie
27/07/2014 02:02:00
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Lamela class above the rest. If he can do the same in the PL and stay fit then I see big things coming from him. For me Townsend once again shows he is just not that good, his movement is one dimensional and I cannot see him being a starter by a long chalk. Holtby works hard and needs better players around him to shine, he is useful. Kane is a bit laboured imo and the attack is not slick like it was first half of last game, Lamela hasn't good enough players around him to hurt opposition. Defense hasn't really been tested and I think Capoue and Mason have been steady, Mason has done ok and Capoue is improving with fitness but the left side in front of Rose is exposed again. I would love to se Lamela with Eriksen and Lennon again but may not happen if Poch changes the whole team again.
BigSpursFan
27/07/2014 02:03:00
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@Slurms... your comment about Ade not liking this set up: he always says it's about the team, not him scoring goals. ;)
Jables
27/07/2014 02:03:00
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Fair comment re fluidity Slurms
Highgatespur
27/07/2014 02:04:00
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Jables that's a bit harsh we controlled the game without really pinning them back and we are a goal up. Certainly there are weaknesses and it will be interesting to see what the second half team look like and if Poch addresses these issues!
Slurms McKenzie
27/07/2014 02:04:00
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Hmm, some nice play, but have to give different combo's a chance. Hasn't quite worked, but threatening to. Nicked a goal, the type our defenders would can easily relate to! Walker and Townsend imo running in to dead ends. Kane, apart from the goal, not threatened. Hotby the new box to boxer. Let's hope for proper buzz in 2nd half. COYS!
Critical_Spur
27/07/2014 02:05:00
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Jables I thought Ade said it was all about the me in Team!
Slurms McKenzie
27/07/2014 02:06:00
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Not having a pop at ade more so speculating on how his style will fit in. I now he likes to go looking for the ball and drops back or out wide to give an option, but Poch's system sees to require the striker to remain in t he attacking role - which is novel!
Slurms McKenzie
27/07/2014 02:09:00
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I do think Ade when he is up for it will press harder than Kane and Soldado, but its when he is up for it.

Tonight Townsend weakest link again, he just hasn't got a clue how to move, create or press. ALL he wants to do is run with the ball, but he gets pushed into no mans land. He isn't intelligent or slick enough to make a difference, a lot to learn AT, Poch will demand more.
BigSpursFan
27/07/2014 02:09:00
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Sluirms there wre two attempts to cross not from the byeline but from around the 18 yard area ... both awful...
Highgatespur
27/07/2014 02:09:00
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