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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Schalke.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Schalke.

As the making money and friends tour is completed, it's Poch and his boys that will make their anticipated home debuts this afternoon.

In terms of new faces, we haven't seen anything too drastic, but there is a realistic feel good factor, over the way we seem to be looking to play, with the emphasis on the team, as opposed to individuals.

It would seem that several of our World Cup players will either be missing or only playing a minor part today and that actually sounds good to me, as Poch doesn't seem to be influenced by names or reputations and seems happy to show faith in players that have so far performed well in the four other pre season games.

That may well also apply to the Shalke team, who the likes of Draxler, Howedes, Huntelaar and our former 'legend' Prince Boateng are all WC participants, but who might not be deemed ready to face Spurs.

Shalke, were the the best of the rest in Germany, as they finished third behind Bayern and Dortmond, so we should expect a tough game, which is just what we need to test our players, especially after last weekends pathetic showing from Celtic...



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Writer:OxfordSpur
Date:Saturday August 9 2014
Time: 10:31AM

Comments

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play the guys who will start v the hammers
tarkan mardinCOYS
09/08/2014 10:35:00
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i expect paulinho,jan and dembele to feature
tarkan mardinCOYS
09/08/2014 10:36:00
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Agreed, play 'the' team for this one.
Tottenham Hotcore
09/08/2014 10:38:00
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3 articles in half an hour Ox, freeing up the rest of your day? Need to start focusing on the West Ham game and who and how we will play against them. Can't stomach the thought of losing to that lot again!
spurticus87
09/08/2014 10:43:00
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dont know what to expect from schalke tbh.they got smashed at home v newcastle 3-1.
tarkan mardinCOYS
09/08/2014 10:46:00
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Ideally, Play what you think is your first 11 ( if you know it !!?)....3-0 up at half time....bring on the 2nd string players. Perfect preparation plan.....we'll see.
82spursdebut
09/08/2014 10:49:00
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If Shalke field a team anything like they did against Wet Spam then I think even our reserves could have fun with them. It would be nice to see strong lineups from both sides so we can get a view of what to expect for our opening PL game. I mean I know it will be 3 points for Spurs but I'd like to know how many goals I can expect to see :)
RyanHotSpur
09/08/2014 10:57:00
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If MP knows his first XI (and I have my doubts) then he should play them at some point today. Preferably at the start of the game. I'd like to see both the Brazilians play at some point as well as this new guy Dier who I know little about. The other two new guys from Swansea are class acts and can be relied upon for a decent performance. Vorm on for the second half would be a bonus. Finally - give Lamella the whole 90.
CarryOnSpurs
09/08/2014 11:10:00
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Anyone hear anything on the supposed midweek behind closed doors match? Surely with all these club insiders we should know if there was a game, who played, who we played and what was the score?
Slurms McKenzie
09/08/2014 11:16:00
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What time is kick off?
Slurms McKenzie
09/08/2014 11:26:00
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3pm KO
CarryOnSpurs
09/08/2014 11:55:00
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Spurs to win 3-0!!
Geofspurs
09/08/2014 12:03:00
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According to our tickets Kick Off is 5.30pm COYS FOYT
Godspur'e
09/08/2014 12:17:00
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Kick off is at 530 I think with live coverage on ITV4 from 515 BST.
Highgatespur
09/08/2014 12:19:00
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5.30pm kick off. Poch will still mix it up and give players a chance. He has selected a formation and style of play and then will fit the right players into that for the right matches. Today will be fun.
Windlespur
09/08/2014 12:22:00
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Keep Capoue protecting that space in front of back four, get Dembele playing where mason has been and let Lennon, Lamela and Eriksen create in front of them. No spot in that set up for the average Paulinho in my opinion.
Windlespur
09/08/2014 12:30:00
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Holtby should also be knocking òn door should Lamela or Lennon not turn up.
Windlespur
09/08/2014 12:31:00
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Sorry for off-topic, but was intrigued by this:

http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11688/9413670/transfer-news-heurelho-gomes-lifts-the-lid-on-tottenham-frustration

One quote in that which stood out for me was...

“When Tottenham signed Lloris, Andre Villas-Boas told me he had not asked to sign him......"
Critical_Spur
09/08/2014 13:07:00
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I hope we see both teams strong their respective managers idea of a first XI. Be the perfect test for us in terms of stepping up into the next season. a 3-1 Spurs with a Lamela goal and assist would do a nice time out.
ThundaJay
09/08/2014 13:18:00
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I really hope that Eric Dier plays and will show some on here who say, he is one for future, that he is certainly good enough. He is older than Everton's John Stones who had a very good season and got called up by Woy, is 6ft 2 and has had a very good footballing education playing in Portugal and at every England level u21 and below. He may reassure some of you and is same age as Caulker when he made debut for us. Good enough, so old enough. play him and he will get better and better - lets face it, won't be any worse than what we saw last year and talk in Portugal is we have got ourselves a real talent...
Windlespur
09/08/2014 13:19:00
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Critical, what Gomez doesn't say is that he refused to move for a pay cut, so was happy to sit till end of contract. good riddance to a clown.
Windlespur
09/08/2014 13:20:00
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I agree Windlespur - I just wish the ex players just keep quiet - they got their money !!!
Highgatespur
09/08/2014 13:23:00
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Critical spur, I do not think that Quote means anything. I.e..I remember the Van der Vaart / Harry Quote...i.e...Mr.Levy phoned Harry and said...we can sign VDV...for X amount. Harry..said cor ! yeah he is world class....love to work with him on board. Thus, I doubt very very much that AVB said...Don't sign Lloris.
82spursdebut
09/08/2014 13:23:00
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Windlespur, Highgate, he also goes on to say that QPR wanted him but 6 million was too much! I am not defending Gomes, but tbf, he should've been allowed tol eave just to cut our losses and save on payroll. We continued paying his wages for what?...so that Levy could play his bean counter role? Shame to see someone's prime being screwed up by a Club. But hey ho, yeah, we'll all need move on from that episode as long as lessons are learnt. COYS!
Critical_Spur
09/08/2014 13:33:00
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Shame about Gomes' consistency. He was quality in snippets.
RyanHotSpur
09/08/2014 13:37:00
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Loved Gomes...but just wobbled too much in the highest demands.
82spursdebut
09/08/2014 13:39:00
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Critical - who's being the bean counter (an insulting term for a successful man IMO) Gomes refused to drop his salary demands with new club - screwed his own career IMO. He's left so why bother talking about the club ? He got his money didn't he ? Hardly destitute ... COTMS
Highgatespur
09/08/2014 13:53:00
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I don't like Gomes talking in the press. What I recall is that there were teams in for him. I recall Harry, as with Pav, not wanting to let him go as we'd be short. I also recall that it was an issue of valuation. What I do not recall is him complaining about wages. We hold on to players we don't want for far too long. Once Friedel had come in, Gomes was not going to play for Harry. I thought AVB would give him a chance, but he was clearly unconvinced as well. As for Lloris, reports after AVB left suggested he did not want Lloris. That does not necessarily mean he did not want him just that he wanted another player. Moutinho, Leandro, Willian etc. AVB just had the decency to keep such things internal. I presume Gomes said wtf, I thought I was back-up and he was told, you were. Not my call. They have bought LLoris. Gomes should be professional enough to just get on with it. COYS
peterballb
09/08/2014 14:34:00
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Why not 6 Geof :) COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
09/08/2014 14:35:00
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With hindsight Highgate, yes, incorrect reference to our chairman. As much as I have voiced my views on the excellent work ENIC have done over their tenure, sometimes the man does tend to drag things out for the sake of 'for a few dollars more'. I, nonetheless, sympathise with Gomes for his career being stalled once he was ostracised at Spurs.
Critical_Spur
09/08/2014 15:03:00
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PeterB, you keep presenting AVB as some God from Mount Olympus who would have made us into CL winners if only the real world had not got in the way. He demonstrated at Chelsea that he could not be successful even with the higher calibre of players there. At Spurs he demonstrated that he could not succeed with a group of lesser players. You keep attacking Harry for his signings policy but when he made statements like "there is no one better out there than we have already" whet he was saying was that there was no one that Levy would be prepared to pay for that was any better. AVB is similar in my view to van Gaal who reminds everyone how successful he has been at top clubs which is relatively easy if you have half a brain and some of the world's best players. Whilst Poch wasn't my first choice I am hopeful that he will show how to create success from an average bunch of players that we currently have. If he does that he will qualify as an excellent manager, especially compared to AVB.
Harry-Kari
09/08/2014 15:29:00
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Peter, how are you mate? I have to agree with Harry-Kari though. The only thing AVB proved was that he had limited man management skills. For all his faults Harry got us 2 top 4 positions. I'm hopeful for Poch but feel in another 18 months we will have another new manager and no further forward!!
RAF Yid
09/08/2014 15:42:00
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Careful lads, Peter has all the stats to show that getting failing at two PL clubs in two years is actually a sign of greatness.
Love totty
09/08/2014 15:54:00
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AVB had the highest win percentage of any of the modern managers.
RAF Yid
09/08/2014 16:09:00
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I’ll be surprised if the team that plays today is the same one to face WHU next week. I think MP is still working it out (couldn’t do it myself) and he has another week and several training sessions before the season starts. It will be a work in progress for some time unless MP is a miracle worker ... by the end of the season we should know if he’s truly the messiah, or just a very naughty boy!
Geofspurs
09/08/2014 16:15:00
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James ... Well I suppose there could be three in each half!
Geofspurs
09/08/2014 16:16:00
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Harry-Kari what do you mean by average bunch of players? Average in ability or performance last season? Considering the turmoil at Spurs ( if it was Liverpool or Man Utd we wouldn't hear the end of it in the press) we did well to get top six. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
09/08/2014 16:18:00
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Critical - gotta agree with you regarding the man's negotiation skills there. But Gomes could've taken a pay cut if he was so eager to leave ... Anyway...
Highgatespur
09/08/2014 16:19:00
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James - totally agree ....
Highgatespur
09/08/2014 16:20:00
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team news anybody?
tarkan mardinCOYS
09/08/2014 16:26:00
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james-average in both i would say
tarkan mardinCOYS
09/08/2014 16:27:00
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4:37 PM Our team today: Lloris; Naughton, Dier, Kaboul, Rose; Bentaleb, Holtby; Eriksen, Lamela, Lennon; Adebayor
MAN ON!
09/08/2014 16:42:00
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4:37 PM Our team today: Lloris; Naughton, Dier, Kaboul, Rose; Bentaleb, Holtby; Eriksen, Lamela, Lennon; Adebayor
MAN ON!
09/08/2014 16:42:00
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4:40 PM Our subs today: Friedel, Fredericks, Fryers, Davies, Veljkovic, Carroll, Ceballos, Sandro, Townsend, Kane, Soldado
MAN ON!
09/08/2014 16:42:00
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Team news is on Twitter
In-spurs-ational
09/08/2014 16:42:00
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wheres dawson.ridicilous
tarkan mardinCOYS
09/08/2014 16:43:00
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Is that the 1st half and 2nd half teams there MAN ON! ?!
Critical_Spur
09/08/2014 16:43:00
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The team: Lloris; Naughton, Dier, Kaboul, Rose; Bentaleb, Holtby; Eriksen, Lamela, Lennon; Adebayor Subs: Friedel, Fredericks, Fryers, Davies, Veljkovic, Carroll, Ceballos, Sandro, Townsend, Kane, Soldado....interesting selection.
muttley
09/08/2014 16:44:00
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I'll double check...
MAN ON!
09/08/2014 16:44:00
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So what RAF? The EL was largely the reason for that. We won nothing and lost the fans at the Lane and in our armchairs with the most boring brand of football I've ever had the misfortune to sit through while watching Spurs. I will however never forget my unadulterated joy at OT when we won there in his first season when hopes were high.
Love totty
09/08/2014 16:44:00
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No Dembele or Paulinho eh?
Love totty
09/08/2014 16:46:00
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Dawson picked up an injury against Celtic, Tarkan.
Love totty
09/08/2014 16:47:00
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To suggest that AVB failed at Chelsea and Spurs is silly. What yardstick do you use for his failure? Do you use the Abramovic yardstick that sacked Ancelotti and Mourinho for winning the league and Di Matteo for winning the CL or do you use the Levy yardstick of loyalty personified, just don't ask the umpteen managers he's sacked. If AVB is such a failure why is he one of the highest paid coaches in the world coaching a CL team? Yes he wasn't faultless, yes he made mistakes but to not let him finish the season taking into account the amount of players coming in with no pre-season was pathetic from Levy.
ItalianYiddo
09/08/2014 16:47:00
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Where is Capoue ?
Thats Entertainment
09/08/2014 16:47:00
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italian-avb was crap.it took a complete novice in tim sherwood to show him up.
tarkan mardinCOYS
09/08/2014 16:50:00
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World cup players, been training at Lodge, 10 players following different programme, said on official site.
Thats Entertainment
09/08/2014 16:52:00
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Who the hell are AVB and Sherwood anyway!? Please don't mention any one called Harry, unless it's Kane.
MAN ON!
09/08/2014 16:52:00
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My Goatee informs me that we will win this one by 4-1. He's never wrong!
MAN ON!
09/08/2014 16:54:00
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So no Worm, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Chiriches, Ekotto, Capoue, Dembele, Paulinho and Chadli one week before the season starts. Only at Spurs !!!
muttley
09/08/2014 16:56:00
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this is i a bizzare line up with so many ommissions.
tarkan mardinCOYS
09/08/2014 16:58:00
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Yeah, well my goldfish is saying 3-2, has been wrong in the past though!
Thats Entertainment
09/08/2014 16:59:00
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Love Totty, I would take Harry over AVB all day long. I was suggesting the stats are favourable for AVB. To me, our failing is not keeping a manager for a long period. Too quick to change!!
RAF Yid
09/08/2014 17:00:00
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Interesting to see how we cope without Capoue. Looking forward to seeing Dier.
Harry-Kari
09/08/2014 17:03:00
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They've all been sold mutely!
MAN ON!
09/08/2014 17:06:00
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What's ridiculous Tarkan, Dawson's rubbish!?? I think it's genius... Hopefully he'll be gone next week! Good chance for Dier and Kaboom to stake a claim to start next week. Dawson shouldn't be near the first team.
LuvWhites
09/08/2014 17:07:00
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Muttley, who is Worm?
MAN ON!
09/08/2014 17:08:00
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Muttely... Why is not having BAE so strange?? He won't be in 25man squad this year!
LuvWhites
09/08/2014 17:09:00
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what is the schalke team?
tarkan mardinCOYS
09/08/2014 17:13:00
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Man On - Michael Worm.

LuvWhites - I'm not in denial either about the "extras" Spurs continually stockpile. Ekotto is still a WC player and we're paying his wages so I expect us to either use him or sell him.
muttley
09/08/2014 17:13:00
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Who's gonna be first with the words: "well played Rose" and "great goal Andros?" I'm just gonna slag 'em all off myself. No favouritism from me today...
MAN ON!
09/08/2014 17:15:00
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Sorry to pick you up mutely but it's Michel Vorm...
MAN ON!
09/08/2014 17:18:00
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Harry-Kari, his remit at Chelsea was to bring along the younger players as it was obvious that the older players were holding things up. He did what he was asked, and the owner decided to allow the players ton be the boss. Same thing happened at Spurs where Adebayor, and what he wants, is more important than the team. You win nothing when there are players that are better than the others and don't have to work like the others. Look at AVB's win percentage as a manager. He's not a god, but with all of his "failure" he stacks up there. Also is one of the very few to ever win the treble. Oh, I know, everyone is doing it. The press and fans never wanted him, neither at Chelsea, nor at Spurs. Whatever. Harry and his one cup and 40% win percentage is all that. Ramos 45% win percentage and as many titles in England as Harry has, AVB and his 60% win percentage and his treble know nothing. Pochettino and his 35% win percentage is better than them all. Chelsea fans had no time for Benitez either. The fans and the press know what they like. It often has absolutely nothing to do with quality. It's like arguing with people who make their own wine and beer without any real ability, know how, or quality ingredients. Whatever.

Pochettino is our coach. That's who we have. Others are in the past where they belong, rightly, or wrongly. They will all, in time, be judged for what they did, or didn't do. Exciting football that ships three points every week and sees us not able to compete in cups gets really old really quick. In the end, you play to the style and quality of players you have. It's why teams park the bus. They are doing what they have to do to keep the cash cow that is the PL. Sometimes, winning ugly is the only way you will do it because others just have a higher level of quality. This is not rhythmic gymnastics. There are no style points, no matter what the press and the fans state. It's about points in the table. No matter. One week to sort out this year's squad and then qualify for the group stages. COYS
peterballb
09/08/2014 17:19:00
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Sorry spellcheck muttely.
MAN ON!
09/08/2014 17:19:00
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Good reception for MP....
MAN ON!
09/08/2014 17:20:00
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Enjoy the win everyone..... Lamela to score at least one.
MAN ON!
09/08/2014 17:21:00
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