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Pochettino's formation?

Pochettino's formation?

The US tour and games against Celtic and Schalke were quite interesting to watch and already it seems the new gaffer has changed our system.

In the US, some of our play was exceptional, Celtic performance very good (albeit against reserves) and Schalke saw another win, although for me a far less fluid performance. One obvious thing was how Poch seems to have favoured a back four, two in the space in front (Capoue and Mason in USA, Bentaleb and Holtby v's Schalke) and the the three (Eriksen, Lamela, Lennon) and a lone striker.

Lennon seems to be on the left, as has Townsend when he comes on and Eriksen largely right and Lamela central. So, the question is - who should be the two or three or one and will Poch change his system dependent on opponents?

For me, the two would be Capoue and Dembele ( although Holtby has looked energetic and Mason / Carroll also better than Bentaleb).

Written by Windlespur



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Writer:Windlespur
Date:Sunday August 10 2014
Time: 6:32PM

Comments

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First good article in a while!
jvd
10/08/2014 18:42:00
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Not a fan of eriksen out wide, always been a big fan of having your most creative player through the middle. Trust his judgement and I am very much looking forward to seeing how we play against west ham
spurticus87
10/08/2014 18:46:00
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I'd like Capoue, with whom? probably Holtby as it is ATM. If MS comes from Saints then he will one of those 2 in front of back 4. I don't think Dembele is up to MP's pressing game. He certainly slows down the fast moving forward play.
longtimespur
10/08/2014 18:52:00
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Bentelab would be my 3rd if not 4th choice. Sorry, but IMO, he offers less than any others in that area. May be a loan for him, especially if MS is signed. Besides, we may be having the same issue with an overloaded midfield as per under AVB....an area well overdue for pruning. COYS!
Critical_Spur
10/08/2014 18:52:00
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I thought the opening period was excellent. We dominated the play and were unlucky not to have a couple of opportunities to Ade and Lennon work on through balls. Obvious that we will play a diamond formation op front with Ade at the top and Eriksen in the middle but behind Lennon and Lamella with two of Capoue/Sandro/Bentaleb/Holtby behind them and in front of the back four which is likely to be made up of 2 of Verts/Kaboul/Dier flanked by Davies and Naughton.

Lennon and Lamella and Ade will be constantly looking for through balls from Eriksen and players behind him. The through balls don't always have to be on goal, they could be wide of goal and to the goal line with Lennon/Lamella running to them to cut back into the 18 yard box for the oncoming players to fire in. Really excited by what I am seeing. Very attacking. Need to get the goal scoring boots on.
jvd
10/08/2014 18:54:00
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Eriksen was played on the left and he drifted inside leaving Rose exposed. If he drifts in from the right, he will leave Walker exposed. Lennon on the left might be because he can get back and help Davies/Rose. Eriksen should be central for me, where hopefully he can help dictate the game like Modric did.
vicspur
10/08/2014 18:55:00
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LTS, I( think it unfair to judge Demebele on previous performances as we have yet to see him under Poch. If Rose and AT can be transformed, then surely Dembele can be coached to add to his game, i.e., learn to release earlier. With the trio AM of Lennon, Eriksen and Lamela, Dembele may produce the goods.
Critical_Spur
10/08/2014 18:55:00
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Depending on the 1 up front. who the 3 should be. If Soldado is the 1 then Lamela must play in the 3. Just think they are on the same wave length. Not so important with Ade as the 1 up front.
longtimespur
10/08/2014 18:57:00
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Critical, good point on dembele, I think that Avb wanted to slow the game down constantly and it could be the reason for his current playing style! Very interested to see how he performs under poch
spurticus87
10/08/2014 19:00:00
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Critical ... I'm always hopeful that players can be improved. I'm judging Dembele on the time he's been at THFC, not just last season.
longtimespur
10/08/2014 19:01:00
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I wouldn't say that Poch has transformed any players as yet. We haven't kicked off the season and we'll have to wait and see. Players like Rose, Townsend and Lennon have had their roles redefined within a team that is in the process of being restructured, that's all.
MAN ON!
10/08/2014 19:23:00
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Essentially its the same formation as AVB except with a bit more interchanging of positions in the forward line and a little less rigidity. So we will probably be easier on the eye but less solid. A lot depends on whether Lamela and Erikssen can step up and be our new Bale and Modric. Whatever we do the competition for top 4 is fierce this year. We need to use squad better and get through to the Europa knockouts without killing ourselves.
StillRickyVilla
10/08/2014 19:26:00
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MAN ON!, fair enough...not transformed....fully ....yet! However, they are being coached and seems they are adapting. Unfortunately I haven't seen much of that happening with Daws - the adapting that is!
Critical_Spur
10/08/2014 19:29:00
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Jod, i also thought we looked good in 1st half yesterday...a lot better than last season. Seems like Poch. is going for various tactical moves, like beating the high line teams, and Park the bus teams, with plan C for the opposition playing in between.. so we can be fluid during games, and switch to match tactics against us, to stop our play....
Block D Spurs
10/08/2014 19:32:00
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Critical_Spur. May be they are being transformed and are doing well at adapting.... I think they are more confident in their roles and more aware of whats being asked of them. I think AVB ended up confusing the poor blighters with over doing the tactical stuff. Sherwood gave them the freedom but the tactics were all over the place. Hopefully MP is the happy medium.
MAN ON!
10/08/2014 19:35:00
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Longtime spur - that is my concern about Bentaleb - he slows things down and more often than not goes backwards Scotty parkeresque. I do think Dembele can use his skill and pace and create more if he is alongside Capoue.
Windlespur
10/08/2014 19:39:00
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Vid spur - i disagree as whenever one of the three drifted in Holtby or Bentaleb covered yesterday and in US, mason and Capoue did the same. That is why we need those two players (whoever they are) to fill that space and protect the defence. I am liking it, we look less open and exposed.
Windlespur
10/08/2014 19:41:00
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Agree MANON - nobody has been transformed yet. Rosé played very well yesterday and I am not his biggest fan, so positive, but a little premature before we have any points on the board. Davies and a new manager will have shown Rosé it is make or break and then the five year deal has given him security, so up to him to perform as he did yesterday all season.
Windlespur
10/08/2014 19:45:00
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Windlespur. I agree. You can't expect an attacking mid to be covering for a full-back when he himself is supposed to be part of the attack that has just broken-down.
MAN ON!
10/08/2014 19:46:00
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Windlespur.. It's a good article for debate. Short and to the point.
MAN ON!
10/08/2014 19:49:00
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When I watched us last season at The Emirates and even at home v goons and against man city and Liverpool both home and away, we just looked so exposed. Against teams such as the above, we need to close the spaces and stop them playing. We did not do that and stuck to a 442 with no sandro or Capoue holding. CAPOUE really could be critical for us this season. I remember watching him in the first game of last season at palace and in the second half he made more interceptions than any other player in the whole 90 of every match. Clearly injuries and a lack of manager confidence, plus settling in time saw a poor season. In pre season he has looked fantastic in that role, not the best on the ball, but does what we need - disciplined, intercepts, tackles, fills space and protects the defence. Hope yesterday's absence was just cautionary and he is not injured or being sold. does anyone know ???????
Windlespur
10/08/2014 19:52:00
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I noticed yesterday that as soon as Rose or Naughton received the ball and were on the front foot that either Kaboul or Dier tucked in immediately to fill the gap. They looked well-drilled for the short time they've had with MP's coaching... Dyer has had 5 minutes!
MAN ON!
10/08/2014 19:53:00
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Capoue was MOM in that Palace game. His first game!
MAN ON!
10/08/2014 19:54:00
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Windlespur, "CAPOUE really could be critical for us". No probs, call me Capoue if you like!
Critical_Spur
10/08/2014 19:57:00
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Benteleb will become a monster. Dembele is a fav of mine but Poch has not used him at all, is he still injured? Will he ever play for us again.?


Starting XI

..........................Adebayor..........................
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(........1......).........Eriksen................Lamela
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....Capoue/Paulinho......Holtby/Benteleb.....
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Davies.........Verts..........Dier...........Walker?
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............................Lloris..............................


LW/LAM... I left it blank because i still think that Lennon/Townsend are the weak links. They may bring a bit of speed to the wings but we get no goals out of them. Townsend his only on-target shot luckily put in the back of the net by Soldado but apart from that it is and has always been 5/10... same with Lennon 5/10.

Id prefer to start with CEBALLOS at LWF/LAM...

Will WALKER start soon... still think he has the potential to be one of the top RB's in the world, and one of the fastest. But i have been surprisingly impressed with NAUGHTON's progression since Poch took over. MUSACCHIO can also play at RB so i am hoping we do get the fella.

DIER was my stand out performer yesterday, due to his age and lack of time with the team. What an immense buy that will turn out to be... 4m is a steal... Nice one son! I would like to see him start alongside Verts, with hopefully someone like Musachio swapping him.

Davies/Rose... its actually a tough one as i think that Rose has stepped up his game...

CAPOUE/BENTELEB or CAPOUE/HOLTBY looks on the cards, DEMBELE? SANDRO? PAULINHO? MASON? CARROLL? now i get what POCH has recently said... we have more than 25 players.. we have to get rid of a few basicaly... will these 5 get a start ahead of the 4 previously mentioned.??

LAMELA & ERIKSEN pick themselves...

KANE & ADEBAYOR over SOLDADO.. wake up Bobby!
Yidmarks
10/08/2014 20:02:00
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Yes he was and he only played 33 minutes, but made six interceptions, which was more than all the players of three pl sides in the entire 90. CRITICAL - i would play you next to Capoue in the two :)
Windlespur
10/08/2014 20:03:00
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Kane needs to play every week on a good loan to see how good he is. based on yesterday's awful and at times embarrassing display, he is not the striker we need to fight for top four.
Windlespur
10/08/2014 20:06:00
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Capoue & Bentaleb to start for me although would be very difficult not play Holtby despite the fact Ive never been a fan. Although the fact it so open to debate shows nobody is really rising to the top. Ericsen central and Lamela off the right, Lennon left for me, again though Townsend instead of Lamela wouldn't be an issue Interchanging is fine but id predominantly like to see Erricsen more central. The big issue for me though and a bit of an elephant in the room is can & will Poch vary things. Mourinho for example is a master at varying tactics to suit. AVB on the other hand had one approach and that was it. I hope MP shows variation at times this season, because the likes of Rogers are setting a very high standard. It was evident that Soton literally blew us off the park and started better than virtually ant other team we played last season. It was very impressive. However they dropped off the pace late in the game and lost both. Our better squad should be a factor but Im not convinced A high tempo high pressing game is sustainable for a full EPL season and I hope we have variation throughout the season.
gatch75
10/08/2014 20:21:00
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I think the system that Poch is trying to instil gives all 3 of the AM's the freedom to play left, right or central and continuously interchange. We shouldn't get hung up whether Lamela is better in the middle or Eriksen can't play wide. It simply doesn't work that way as they play with freedom and when we lose the ball they simply tuck into whichever position makes most sense.

Saying that, we definitely need the players in other positions to be disciplined. One full back goes, one holds and the centre half shifts over to make a 3. We've already noticed that as well as the holding midfielder dropping in and making a back 5 at times.
muttley
10/08/2014 20:23:00
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It also makes you wonder whether Poch could get Sandro and Capoue sitting behind Paulinho, Dembele and Eriksen. That's a very powerful looking midfield for some tough away games.
muttley
10/08/2014 20:28:00
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does it really matter what formation you have if the players dont put in the effort in the first place. we have lots of options and formations to pick from. no bettter test 1st game after last season
123spurs
10/08/2014 20:48:00
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Yidmarks I would love to see Dembele in that left midfield role. He would be so difficult to deal with. His strength and ability to glide past players will cause the defence loads of problems. He has the potential to win loads of free kicks in dangerous areas. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
10/08/2014 20:52:00
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i want us to score more goals from corners
123spurs
10/08/2014 20:54:00
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aka - agree, Dembele running at pace into that channel between full-back and centre half is something we haven't seen enough of in a Spurs shirt.
muttley
10/08/2014 21:24:00
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Great debate guys and some interesting and as always, different ideas and preferences. Dembele in that left midfield role going forward or as one of tHe two would be my preference also. He is so strong, great control and talented. Just hope he is injury free as you sense he was not proper fit all last year. I remember a disastrous trip to Fulham where we were 4-0 down by half time in the cup and Dembele destroyed us. Paulinho is the one i have seen little from so far and not sure where he fits in.....
Windlespur
10/08/2014 21:36:00
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Windlespur - we only have 3 injuries up on physioroom.com and unfortunately Dembele is one of them. The other 2 are Dawson and Chiriches.
muttley
10/08/2014 21:45:00
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I think we will see several different options deployed during the first quarter of the season and I don't anticipate great results during that period since, as PeterB pointed out on another thread, we have not yet attained the fluency that will hopefully come from more time on the training pitch and match reviews. I thought we looked poor yesterday compared to some of our tour games, and the opposition was not that much better than the MLS teams we played. Whether this was due to injury prevention or subtle changes in tactics I'm not sure but we will have to up our game next week if we are to avoid further embarrassment. Some of our key players are lacking consistency and have yet to show any real form so far. Lamela and Eriksen in particular have not yet taken control of any game and that is what they must do if we are to seriously compete. As it stands, I think this is just another transition season and we cannot expect CL qualification given the way other contenders are strengthening compared to us and the need for Poch to see who really can contribute in the EPL and who is surplus to requirements. He can't really judge on the pre-season games we have had given the weakness of the opposition teams. I am going to support wholeheartedly but not expect anything this season other than some entertaining games and the re-structuring of the squad depending upon performances. At present there are too many unknowns with our squad. The league games will provide answers.
Harry-Kari
10/08/2014 21:48:00
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HK - don't disagree. We also have 5 games in 15 days taking us right up to transfer deadline day. That would suggest Poch will use plenty of players in August. We also have Adebayor with ACN qualifiers in Sep, Oct and Nov so Soldado will be an important player.
muttley
10/08/2014 22:04:00
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well we can't rely on a kid trying to breakthrough for goals (Kane) so it's ade or Soldado but definitely Soldado when Ade goes walk about...not really a choice there and two up will be impossible for large parts of the season, better have another plan b....if we're still discussing andros then we have given up hope of trying to get top4...a year older than Lamela who proved himself in that football backwater Argentina before scoring goals for fun in that easy to score in league, Serie A, Andros has shown he's unable to perform in league 1, the championship and last year with an extended run in his favoured position in the PL he showed how to starve the striker whilst handing possession back to their keeper every time he blazed over(but he did score from a cross!) and he's a bit injury prone to boot!...Bentaleb has shown flashes but is far from the finished article and shouldn't be being developed at the expense of other stronger players....so if Poch wants to go with 'Yoof' Holtby looks a good bet, Lamela has shown his class consistently in the past as has Davies, Dier worked his way to the top (suffered due to contractual issues) we have some good youngsters but we can't get all sentimental about those that are just not at the level to which we aspire....and we can't be a training academy...
shedboy2
10/08/2014 22:04:00
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can't see Pool selling us Agger but he'd be a good addition imo...still not long till the season kicks off and we've only done the business we should have done last year (LB, GK) I guess we'll have to wait another year for a left forward/striker....
shedboy2
10/08/2014 22:10:00
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Muttley, was going to make the same point that I thought the AM berths were interchangeable yesterday which makes it difficult to stop if you are the opposition. Disciplined full backs with the DM covering when caught is a must. Thought we kept the ball well 1st half and obvious we are more comfortable with 1 and 2 touch football. Could be a good roller coaster to watch this season.
CoysRus
10/08/2014 22:11:00
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Sort of on the same topic, but read today that Harry is talking about hiring Hoddle to help him transform QPR into a 3-5-2 team. That's after Rodgers has played that system in a few games. When you think about it, Vertonghen, Chiriches and Kaboul love running with the ball and would be interesting to see all 3 of them together or 2 of the either side of Dier. We could then have our full backs pushed on and play with 2 strikers or Lamela as the 2nd striker. I doubt it will happen as Poch loves his 4-2-3-1 but it's food for thought how versatile our squad is.
muttley
10/08/2014 22:12:00
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Can't argue with that post Harry-Kari. Good news is the players seem to respond well to Pocho. They are playing much better now than TS imo and more attack minded than AVB. All this in a short space of time and with largely 2nd string players on tour. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
10/08/2014 22:26:00
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Interesting reading Jay jaffa on goal.com waxing lyrical over bentalab yesterday then reading other views on here. Amazing how people can view things so differently. Very much a game of opinions.
gatch75
10/08/2014 22:27:00
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Harry-Kari is right, 100% spot on another transitional year thanks to Mr Knee Jerker extraordinaire. Personally would not have appointed Poch as I think we can ill afford another coach dismissal/walk in the short term and he hasn't proven himself as a coach. Watch United go this season, a proven winner, players will respect and perform for him. Having appointed Pochettino we have to support him through thick and thin, some results won't go our way let's keep the knees in check. COYS.
ItalianYiddo
10/08/2014 22:32:00
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to me its all about the player, let a player player hes own game within the tactics an formation etc, its like LB dont go past the half way line but why restrict him of that, if you go forward make sure u can get back, its all about decision making, same a attackers do what ur capable of but if you lose the ball u better track back , which should be common knowledge
123spurs
10/08/2014 22:39:00
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just look what the LVG has done with man u, it has turned into big brother style, if moyes done that he be laughed at but LVG does it an the same players buy into it.
123spurs
10/08/2014 22:42:00
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Pochettino suggests our squad is too big, something that we have known for at least 2 seasons. The question is, how do we trim it. There are reports that both Dawson and Kaboul, two of our more saleable surplus players are refusing to go, preferring to stay, in Kaboul's case to run down his contract, in Dawson's, he wants to "fight for his place", no doubt with half an eye on a testimonial in the near future. We are not exactly snowed under with offers for fringe players, so how do we shift them, if nobody wants them? This highlights the nonsense of giving a player of Rose's quality a 5 year deal, how do you shift him a couple of seasons down the line, when you wish to upgrade, this policy only burdens the club with fringe players we can't shift, it is a self inflicted problem. 5 year deals should be used only for the players who you are determined to keep, those that are key to the team, and critical for the future, not bread and butter players, who if they refuse a contract offer and leave, would have virtually no ill effect on the team.
Frank
10/08/2014 23:07:00
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Apparently Walker will miss start of season - Mail reporting and Poch has said still some pelvic issues. a real shame as with some guidance, he could be a great player for us this season. However, hear that Drogba is out for six months, our nemesis :)
Windlespur
10/08/2014 23:10:00
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simple frank dont register them in 25 man squad so they cant play in PL fo us, to muchplayer power these days, let them rot
123spurs
10/08/2014 23:13:00
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Frank - think that it will be quite easy to shift a few, even if out on loan in the coming weeks. bae, maybe Carroll, hopefully Kane etc.
Windlespur
10/08/2014 23:13:00
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as i said to much plaer power, im sure if RM wanted daws he be off in a shot
123spurs
10/08/2014 23:15:00
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frank bale was just as bad a rose if not worse, im not saying rose will be like bale, but he was almost sold for less then 5 mil to Birmingham. u cant predict the future, man u pre season with same team as moyes, LVG manage to beat RM inter milan and liverpool
123spurs
10/08/2014 23:22:00
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why did we spend 10 mil on davies? what EXP has ge got?
123spurs
10/08/2014 23:25:00
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Any way you look at it, we have to reduce squad numbers. The easy way out would be to loan Fryers, Mason, Fredericks, Ceballos and Carroll to get them playing time elsewhere. The harder option will be to shift 2 or 3 of the senior players. I still think we'll see things happen with Dawson/Kaboul/Chiriches and Paulinho/Sandro/Dembele and perhaps even Townsend/Chadli. One thing is certain, I bet we're all watching Sky Sports News on August 31st !!!
muttley
10/08/2014 23:37:00
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its all ifs and buts at the end of the day, why is sturridge scoring an failed at city and chelsea
123spurs
10/08/2014 23:38:00
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muttley. new manager but same ol story so role on 31st
123spurs
11/08/2014
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I would not be surprised with this line up for WU;

Lloris

Naughton - Kaboul - Verts - Davies

Capoue - Dembele

Lamella - Eriksen - Ade

Soldado

Subs; Vorm, Dier, Rose, Sandro, Lennon, Holtby
jvd
11/08/2014 00:11:00
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With the above line up you could switch out Dembele for Holtby if Dembele is unfit and bring in Bentaleb as a sub. But to me you have to find a way to play Ade and Soldado and Ade plays on the left fairly well. However the depth we have is unbelievable when you think of the names left off. We simply have to move some guys.
jvd
11/08/2014 00:16:00
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Additionally moving some guys on and bring in Depay and schneiderlin would make this team a formidable force. Musacchio would be good only if we can move Daws and Fryers.
jvd
11/08/2014 00:18:00
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SRV ... When you say ‘A lot depends on whether Lamela and Erikssen can step up and be our new Bale and Modric’ I don’t see how that can happen. I have seen nothing to suggest that they are anywhere near close to being that good. I’d like it to happen but, to me, it’s like hoping Kane will step up to be the new Messi. They are what they are.
Geofspurs
11/08/2014 01:50:00
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We have skilful players for whatever formation MP opts to use. Seems to me that the one thing every player needs to have instilled in them is ‘awareness’. They need to be completely aware of where they should be, and what they should be doing, when they DON”T have the ball. They need to be completely aware of making the right decisions, decisions that optimise team performance, when they DO have the ball. If this does not happen then there will be very little difference from last season. I think this will be a make or break season for quite a few of our players. If they are to improve their performance this season it will come from their heads, not their feet, because that is what will make them a better TEAM. Imo.
Geofspurs
11/08/2014 02:13:00
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4 3 3 best formation lloris rose vert kaboul walker bck 4.... capoe sandro holding erikson cam and lennon/townsend ade lamela up top as it stands quality off bench...
Lapras Woodman
11/08/2014 03:18:00
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Judging by yday can we assume Capoue is now injured and unavailable for West Ham?
jordtheyid
11/08/2014 04:40:00
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As for the article I like the way Poch has us looking forward early. We just dont have the creativity (particularly wide and centrally in midfield) to make it a success. Our central midfielders lack passing ability over long distances which limits our ability to switch play quickly. Dembele certainly doesn't improve this and all Paulinho can do is run about. Shneiderlin was the key but once again Levy left it late and we have ended up with some bang average signings. I mean is he going to spend any proper money at all?
jordtheyid
11/08/2014 04:48:00
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Jordtheyid.. while agreeing that MS is a player we need. But he is overpriced, and not being released. To pay well over the odds is not beneficial to THFC with the financial balance of the squad and the new stadium build now. Anyway it is like paying £40k for a car worth £20k nobody in their right mind will do that.. Dier is not an average signing, he is very good, and can be a star defender in PL.
Block D Spurs
11/08/2014 07:29:00
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Frank writes, "5 year deals should be used only for the players who you are determined to keep, those that are key to the team, and critical for the future, not bread and butter players, who if they refuse a contract offer and leave, would have virtually no ill effect on the team." I agree Frank, but the Key players you speak of, Daniel Levy is not determined to keep! Because he always has and always will see these 'KEY' players' as a means to an end, players he can use to raise revenue to buy more players... So the great players are sold, and the likes of Dawson, Rose, JJ etc get the long term deals...
Pele10
11/08/2014 08:23:00
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Lapras, can't argue with your line up probably pretty close to the one we'll see v West Ham. Capoue and Sandro might be a tad too negative. I still think Soldado works better with the attacking front three from a creative stand point but I think he will struggle for goals again this season. Also walker injured so Noughton to start.
Slurms McKenzie
11/08/2014 08:35:00
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Pele10, the great players are bought for silly money by other teams, as long as real madrid and the likes are willing to drop 60-90 million on a player then no one is safe. 5 year contracts protect the clubs invest and drive up the price when bids come in, nothing more.
Slurms McKenzie
11/08/2014 08:39:00
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Block D Spurs, perhaps MP feels overpaying for just one player will add extra value to the rest of the team which will more than make up for the extra cost in buying the player (sum of the parts being more than the individual parts and all that rubbish)
In-spurs-ational
11/08/2014 08:40:00
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Watching the Charity Shield conformed my biggest, fear! Arsenal have made it through the rough times of stadium debt... It has been a long hard drawn out battle for them staying in the Champions League and paying off those huge bank loans, but the AFC board are now being rewarded for their 'to dare is to do' attitude... Meanwhile back at the Lane Big Joe and his apprentice missed the most amazing opportunity to hit the Gooners when they were down a few seasons back, choose not to invest in the squad when the Arsenal were shaking, even without the burden of stadium debt, and now AFC are back stronger than ever! The difference between the two great North London giants??? Only one! The Arsenal fans have top quality ownership and a super smart board of directors, whilst we Spurs fans, well we have ENIC...
Pele10
11/08/2014 08:40:00
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Geof following on from your post, we have struggled in the past because we tend to build a team around one star player who then gets injured or bought and we have no plan B. Rather then Eriksen or Lamela become the next Modric or Bale, I want to see them and chadli, ceballos, holtby, capoue, bentaleb, townsend, mason paulinho, dembele and sandro develop into a dynamic midfield who can each play within the formation without a noticable drop in form 6-8 very good players is preferable to on world class and 7 average!
Slurms McKenzie
11/08/2014 08:44:00
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Pele10, I also watched the Charity sheild and I saw a near full strenght Arsenal control a first half against the City reserves playing with poor tactics. I then saw the City reserves change tactics at half time and dominate the game, yes gerrude got a wonder goal from a freak defection and City just didn't have their scoring boots on. Also remember the last team to beat city in the charity sheild finished 7th!
Slurms McKenzie
11/08/2014 08:49:00
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Pochettino's formation?...he MUST be able to vary it or we will get found out and end up mid table...4231 is a good formation and option for us but 352 is a great counter to 4231 and ideal to play in a league when most are playing one up top...we have some really good players, we have some pretty average ones and we have some that are not and will never be top PL players but what we don't have is enough variety, we don't have enough strikers and we don't have a LW...yet again the season is about to start and our board have hamstrung us....we'll win nothing. People will call to get behind the team, support the players etc yet our own board can't be bothered to try and put out the best team possible (they can't even be bothered to hire the best coach possible!)...it's pathetic to watch this lot not trying and worse to support them for it.....our transfer policy, squad management and dealings are a dogs breakfast....
shedboy2
11/08/2014 09:07:00
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Once again, we go into the season with a squad that is no where near ready. We still have serious weaknesses in defence and attack and considering we are up against it anyway for a top four place it is nothing short of incompetence that we are so far from being ready. We play Liverpool very early and whilst they have done there business and are fully prepared, we will be putting out a patchwork team. We seem to put in ridiculous bids for players in June/July and when they are turned down, we wait until the last few days of the window before we go back in and if we get them, we get them and if we don't then we don't. In the meantime, all of our rivals have completed their business and are good to go in time for the start of the season. Will things ever be any different. I don't think so.
DoncasterHotspur
11/08/2014 09:10:00
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