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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Celtic.

Game four of our pre season and it could be bigged up as facing the champions of Scotland or based on this weeks CL capitulation, it could be our easiest game yet.

Of course, English v Scottish games always have that bit of spice and the Scots, usually up their game for the occasion. However a 4-1 Champions league drubbing against the Poles, Legia Warsaw, would indicate that there is little quality or cohesion in this Celtic side and this shouldn`t be too much trouble for Spurs and will be more about more minutes under the players belts and also a means to develop the teams playing style and ethos.

Though the World Cup and injured players are now back in training, it would appear that only Adebayor, Sandro and Bentaleb, will get to see any action today but whether they will start is another thing. Just one point, is Chiriches still injured or just out of the picture at the moment? This game will be interesting to see how far Pochettino is willing to look at settling in players into a team that is more like a Premiership starting line up at this stage. Without the World Cup players, is there really much point in looking at a settled team, but I can imagine that a few will get more minutes that others, as we build towards next weekends game against Schalke.

You certainly see Lloris and Vertonghen as definite starters in the Prem, but will tonight see Dawson and Kaboul paired together? Neither look like long term solutions in this regime, so will they be used to develop Fryers and the so far impressive Veljkovic while they are with us? So far this pre season there have been some very positive displays, Holtby, Rose and Lamela have all shone of the senior players, whilst I add Ryan Mason to Veljkovic as youngsters who have really impressed. I am also really wanting to see Eriksen and Lamela get more minutes to build an understanding, as they have the potential to be devastating together.

As for Celtic, you assume they will once again walk the SPL, but that means little, when there seems to be more interest in their second tier than the first. After losing so badly in Poland, you imagine that they will still have all eyes on next Wednesdays return leg, even if they look to have no chance, so will we see a team that probably could do without this game and will just go through the motions, this afternoon? I hope not, but either way, I sadly don`t see this as much of a test for Poch`s boys, or is that Bhoys...

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Writer:OxfordSpur
Date:Saturday August 2 2014
Time: 12:13PM

Comments

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Regardless of who plays I suppose it's another opportunity for us to see how Poch will set up and apply his tactics. A good work-out is needed but I wouldn't expect them to over exert themselves. It does depend a lot on how Celtic also approach the match.
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 12:22:00
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3-0 Spurs!
Geofspurs
02/08/2014 12:25:00
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Woohoo! My first live Spurs game ever! COYS!!!
Jables
02/08/2014 12:26:00
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Will we see Vorm and Lloris play or will we still stick with Brad? I'm not even sure who is in the full squad today.
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 12:27:00
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Jables. You're in Helsinki? Enjoy the match...
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 12:29:00
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Celtic is a good opponent for our team right now. Hope it will be a combative affair with our team continuing to implement the philosophy of The Poch.
Lady Tottingham
02/08/2014 12:49:00
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Would love to c a front 3 of Holtby, Ericson and Llama working together behind Soldier/Ade, i think we can rip defences to pieces. Mason/Sandro/Capoue/Nabil to hold, Vorm in goal, no Brad. Can Dier Straits play yet or still subject to a medical?
10iscoach
02/08/2014 12:51:00
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dont know why celtic are playing this fixture given it is sandwiched between a champions league tie.its quite odd
tarkan mardinCOYS
02/08/2014 12:51:00
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I've just read that all the world cup players have stayed at home to train apart from Bentaleb who is with the Squad today.
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 12:52:00
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10iscoach.. Dier is now a fully signed up Spurs player but I don't think he's with the first team squad.
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 12:54:00
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the game is on bet365 stream
tarkan mardinCOYS
02/08/2014 12:56:00
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A meaningless game that Celtic really don't want. It'll give Poch a chance to look at some of the returning WC players under match conditions and a chance for the players to get more match minutes under their belts.
spurboy61
02/08/2014 12:57:00
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Coops, is Townsend gonna run at Daws or something? probably only defender he can beat given the form he has showed preseason. with his shooting ability he may have a chance of beating Friedl, but that may be a little unkind to Brad cos he cant wear his glasses...
10iscoach
02/08/2014 13:02:00
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Does anyone know what time the game starts? In SA we get terrific football coverage on DSTV. we get to c every premiership game within 2 days, most of them live, every La Liga, 60% live, ditto for Serie A and BundesLiga. Have wathched all WC games live, Every CL and EL match for last 2 years, watched every Spurs game, cup or league live last. Last 2 seasons seen every preseason game live. been lucky. apparently i get to see todays as well, just dont know time.
10iscoach
02/08/2014 13:13:00
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Any viable links for the game today?
spurfect one
02/08/2014 13:23:00
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Spurfect one... i think a link was mentioned above, on bet365 thread
10iscoach
02/08/2014 13:28:00
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Just read, thank you 10iscoach.
spurfect one
02/08/2014 13:30:00
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#THFC team v @celticfc: Friedel, Naughton, Dawson, Kaboul, Davies, Mason, Capoue, Holtby, Kane, Townsend, Soldado. #COYS
Kong
02/08/2014 13:31:00
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#THFC subs: McGee, Fredericks, Fryers, Rose, Veljkovic, Bentaleb, Eriksen, Lamela, Lennon, Sandro, Adebayor #COYS
Kong
02/08/2014 13:31:00
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1:30 PM Our team today: Friedel, Naughton, Dawson, Kaboul, Davies, Mason, Capoue, Holtby, Kane, Townsend, Soldado.Our subs today: McGee, Fredericks, Fryers, Rose, Veljkovic, Bentaleb, Eriksen, Lamela, Lennon, Sandro, Adebayor.
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 13:33:00
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Kong, you're too fast for me......
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 13:33:00
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Man on, very close :)
Kong
02/08/2014 13:34:00
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1st team v subs would be a cracking match!
HershamSpur
02/08/2014 13:34:00
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My money would go on the subs!
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 13:36:00
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MANON, yes I'm at the game. Quite a lot of Spurs shirts, me including, some Celtic shirts too, even a couple of Chelsea ones wtf! Eriksen and Lamela betterplay the whole second half or I might freak out.
Jables
02/08/2014 13:38:00
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Man on - agreed!
HershamSpur
02/08/2014 13:40:00
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My money would be on the subs Hersham. sandro and Bent behind Eeriksen, lamela, lennon and Ade. running at Mason and Cpaoue in front of Daws and Kaboul. would seem fair really.....
10iscoach
02/08/2014 13:41:00
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wouldn't...seem fair. sorry
10iscoach
02/08/2014 13:42:00
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It's a mix of youth and experience on and off the bench. Makes sense to me.
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 13:44:00
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as opposed to Mason and Capoue sitting in front of Holtby, Townsend, kane and Soldado, running at Sandro, Bent, in front of Velk and Fryers. hmmm, subs i think....
10iscoach
02/08/2014 13:45:00
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Subs are vulnerable at LB ;-)
HershamSpur
02/08/2014 13:50:00
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Whats the scout on him Coops? any more news on Musacchio, gone a bit quiet on Newsnow, just really fancy him next to Verts, seems solid. But i said same about Chiriches, and it turned out he cudnt head a beachball. back to the game, what will our second team do to the Celtic second team. either of our teams, start or subs, could play PL and avoid relegation comfortably, and thats without new signings or internationals. Spurs 4-1
10iscoach
02/08/2014 13:51:00
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Jables you gotta post and keep us informed. Only get delayed game tonight unfort.
10iscoach
02/08/2014 13:53:00
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hope fredericks gets 45mins'.
82spursdebut
02/08/2014 13:54:00
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Glad to see Mason starting, was quietly impressive in the USA I really liked his passing range. Will be good to see him tested today. Judging by the first half side it could be boring, Townsend dribbling up his own bottom is a guarantee. Hope Holtby puts in another decent shift, seems to have gone quiet on him leaving.
jordtheyid
02/08/2014 14:05:00
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So, Dier is another on a 5 year deal. Levy now a 5-year man!
Critical_Spur
02/08/2014 14:09:00
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tx Coops. were u an investigative journalist or something. ur ability to dig up info is incredible. glad i have no dirty laundry, well... the missus may disagree. who killed JFK?
10iscoach
02/08/2014 14:10:00
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Anyone been watching the match? Any updates?
HershamSpur
02/08/2014 14:14:00
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I wonder how the players we actually do already have will do today? I predict that one of our forwards will score from open play.... Andros?
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 14:14:00
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Coops-I expected that, a extra game behind closed doors. Not seen enough of WC players. Thats good news if it happens.

What is all this about, Lascelles, coops do you think we are really in for him and he is on his way?.

Mushacchio - isn't he a bit short to play with Vertonghen?.

Its hard to know what is truth and what is not these days
BigSpursFan
02/08/2014 14:16:00
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HershamSpur... Kicks off in 15 mins, but I think Geof already knows the result.
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 14:16:00
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I have a live stream on www.stream2u. they say game starts at 15h30, and their clock shows 15h17. Jables, update please.
10iscoach
02/08/2014 14:17:00
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I am really starting to worry about our defence, Kaboul and Dawson will simply not cut it, in fact they will get cut up every week and buying an under21 does not really sound like we are making an effort to do something about it.

At the start of pre-season we needed GK cover, LB, CB and CF. So far we only have LB and cover. Could be another long season if we don't do something quickly.
T.H.F.Chris
02/08/2014 14:18:00
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Cheers guys. Apologies, thought it was a 13.30 KO.
HershamSpur
02/08/2014 14:19:00
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www.stream2u.me sorry
10iscoach
02/08/2014 14:19:00
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COYS! Enjoy the match everyone.... It's only a friendly, not a cup final against the enemy... ;-)
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 14:26:00
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any links please
krafty007
02/08/2014 14:44:00
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http://ch3.tugalive.eu
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 14:46:00
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2-0. Kane and Soldado!
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 14:47:00
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Dawson injured and subbed for Zeki...
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 14:51:00
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Mason looks the real deal, very very comfortable. Holtby running this game like Hoddle and Gazza used to. if we sell either of them, i sincerely hope we get good money. Rather keep them both.
10iscoach
02/08/2014 14:52:00
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capoue looks a class above, best player on the pitch so far....andros has had a couple of decent runs and an assist...credit where it's due (but I don't think he'll brush by two players like that in the PL..;))
shedboy2
02/08/2014 14:52:00
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Good news, Daws off injured. Why Vorm not playing? Farewell to Friedl perhaps
10iscoach
02/08/2014 14:53:00
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I could run this game!
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 14:53:00
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With the shift Holtby (1.5) and Capoue(8mil) are putting in, do we need to pay 27 for MS. I know Celtic very poor, but Holtby been doing this entire preseason. Mason costs us nothing and his passing range reminds me of Hudd at his best. and he can move around a bit lol
10iscoach
02/08/2014 14:58:00
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man on!- not sure they need another linesman...;)
shedboy2
02/08/2014 14:59:00
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10iscoach. I'm not sure that I'm watching the same match as you... It's just a stroll around in the park. ;-)
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 15:01:00
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shedboy2... Don't be abusive!
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 15:02:00
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Soldado scores but still needs 2 goes at it... Go on Roberto!
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 15:03:00
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I'm gonna set myself up for a lynching here. Soldado to get 15+ this season (no, not penalties). His knowledge of where space is is gonna create many opps, and the way we are setting up to play, i think we have the players around him to tee him up regularly. Holtby is better around the box creatively than any other player we have, senses strikers runs intuitively, alla Defoe last season in EL.
10iscoach
02/08/2014 15:07:00
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10iscoach... We'll probably need him to be scoring 20+. !5 is not asking for too much.
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 15:09:00
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Goals, on youtube for a limited time only:

Kane
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pdkOrOLjejU

Soldado
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YnmkNm5kdWw
T.H.F.Chris
02/08/2014 15:14:00
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Mateo Musacchio is not in Villarreal's squad today to face Middlesborough, with suggestions he's close to joining us.
Kong
02/08/2014 15:14:00
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I know it must have sounded good at the time, but this really isn't a good match for pre season. I'm sure they work harder in training (during their warm up).
In-spurs-ational
02/08/2014 15:15:00
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This Celtic B team is really Crap. Dunno if they will beat the USA womens team. stroll is about right Man On.
10iscoach
02/08/2014 15:15:00
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kiss of death there
In-spurs-ational
02/08/2014 15:16:00
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Fryers own goal!
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 15:17:00
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And then sheer stupidity, AGAIN. how many soft goals do we concede???? against a terrible side tooo. Oi.......
10iscoach
02/08/2014 15:17:00
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oh well, at least our players have scored all the goals
In-spurs-ational
02/08/2014 15:17:00
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10iscoach that was AVB's biggest down fall imo. Holtby and Defoe linked together really well in EL then they never played together in prem, every time Holtby came on Defoe wasnt there. Football is built around partnerships and AVB's continuous chopping and changing created a totally disjointed team... Let's hope you're right and Holtby can link with 20 goal plus a season Soldado (man on's right, we need 20 from him)...
T.H.F.Chris
02/08/2014 15:18:00
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Holtby!
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 15:20:00
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That was a weird goal they scored everyone seems to have stopped playing after the first save. Good goal Holtby :P
Rapm
02/08/2014 15:20:00
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coopsieyid... I'll try it second half. Cheers.
MAN ON!
02/08/2014 15:21:00
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10iscoach, that's been our main problem. It doesn't matter how many we score (although we've just scored again) if we keep letting in goals like that. I'm sure last season's top four are really worried.
In-spurs-ational
02/08/2014 15:21:00
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Capoue amongst others has been a breath of fresh air so far this pre season. Surely we can't be thinking of getting rid.
Kong
02/08/2014 15:23:00
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