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A lot has been said about the way AVB set about the task of developing a squad capable of breaking the top 4 stranglehold.

We'll never know now the full reasons behind his departure, or whether given more time/money/influence he would have been ultimately successful. Things are never black and white are they? He did get a record points haul but failed to win the hearts and minds of the fans, club management and I think in the end the players too.

Its water under the bridge and a new day has dawned with the coming of the Pochettino era but can we already see similarities in the two approaches? Maybe not in the absurdly high line, but with the deployment of two holding midfielders and one striker. Do you remember the prolonged debates we had about the inversion of wingers? Does the floating 4 have echoes of that?

Clearly there will be differences of emphasis and how well Mr P inculcates his ideas to the squad. Then there is the question of horses for courses. Is there a 'best eleven' to be deployed for crunch games and cup finals, injuries permitting, or different set-ups with different personnel for different circumstances?

For quite a long time I thought that AVB was going to come good. Whilst the football was beautiful at times under Harry, results against the top teams were poor and eventually the bus parkers found ways of having us over. To his credit, AVB changed that to in his first season a large extent; we became hard to beat and our away record was tremendous.

Unfortunately we then seemed unable to get any fluency at home and the rest is history. So what advice do you give Mr P? Play the same Spurs way home and away or deploy different systems and personnel? Is Bentaleb better than Dembele in either scenario? Will Paulinho get us more goals on the counter attack away from home? Is Lennon more disciplined than Lamela. Who helps us rescue the lost cause or batten down the hatches to see out the last 10 minutes?

Are any of these considerations pertinent in who to buy and who to sell? Put yourself in his shoes and indulge in a little punditry, home and away.

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Date:Wednesday August 27 2014

Time: 4:02PM

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In Poch I trust! COYS!
Critical_Spur
Nice article, though I feel it is way to early to be advising/predicting how and whom to play and the formations. We've had two relatively easy games so far. It is against Liverpool that we get a truer assessment of not only the squad, players, but more so the REAL test for the manager. Thus far Poch has impressed with his quad management. His substitutions have been virtually spot on. Come Sunday final whistle, we will have a better idea. COYS!
Critical_Spur
Team and tactics are dictated by the opposition and the ground we're playing in. I'm hopeful Mr Poch has the nous to alter the team and style to fit the circumstancec. IMPIT too!
longtimespur
He failed to impress enough fans / management alike and that is why he isn't at the helm anymore. I hope this doesn't turn into a massive AVB discussion. I'm much too excited about Lamela, Chadli and Dier showing form to debate old news!

I can't see MoPo changing anything from the QPR game for when we vs Liverpool, but I think MoPo will rotate the team based on what he thinks will work against different opposition.
RyanHotSpur
May be a consensus here! Also think we have enough squad depth in the midfield department to play a wide range of formations and tactics that may work as equally sufficient as each other.
RyanHotSpur
I'd be just as much interested in knowing where Soldado fits in to Poch's plans. I expect him to start against Limassol, but what about his PL appearnaces, considering the way the checmistry with Lamela, Eriksen + Lennon worked in pre-season? Dependent upon Schneider's potential move, Sandro may again be left out... at the same time, need to be avoiding burn-outs with the likes of Capoue.
Critical_Spur
I think we may have finally got the man dan as been trying to get since enic came in so i am totally with critical spur on this one. All signs are good so far that poch is a winner throw and throw.coys
bazdog
Critical - perhaps I am being overly critical and judging Soldado on his poor goal tally last season but I personally hope we can recoup some money for the lad. I much prefer Kane as it stands and I think he has worked hard enough to deserve some repaid faith. He has looked a much more confident player since the backend of last season. Had a great pre-season too. Obviously 2 strikers isn't a great number to work with across all competitions so I would expect a replacement, but who that's likely to be if anything materialises I'm not sure.

As for Sandro I can't see him fitting into Pochettino's system currently. Bentaleb and Dembele look to be the like the main candidates to play alongside Capoue, and I think this helps to play the fast flowing pressing football we're trying to play. Love Sandro but I can see him being replaced in the near future for someone with a bit more agility on and off the ball.
RyanHotSpur
Reading comments on his time at Southampton the one thing that really seemed to screw up Pochettino's system was when the opposition played with two out and out strikers and his central defenders found themselves one v one. Of course it tends to be the better teams that play that way. The one thing our new system lacks is pace up front, you are really depending on the full backs to supply it, that could be a problem in some situations. One obvious problem would be if teams with wingers pinned back our full backs since we are so dependent on them for width. How the opposition set up is more important than whether we are home or away. Of course as QPR showed the attitude is even more important than the formation. You can tweak things without actually changing the formation. You could leave out Capoue, play Bentalab as the anchor and bring in another midfield player as the utility man if you didn't think you were going to be under much pressure. Conversely a midfield pairing of Capoue and Sandro (if he's still here) would boost the defence at the cost of less support for the attackers, you could stiffen the defence a bit further by swapping one of the three behind the striker for Bentalab again at the cost of the attack. Pochettino has already shown he's prepared to play Townsend and Lennon as part of his three and has said you need to use 25 players in a season not 11. I suspect the basic structure will be pretty much as we saw on Sunday. How the manager tweaks it for different situations and how well he rotates players will be the test.
jod
I think that an exciting difference between AVB and pochettino is that the Argentinian will clearly encourage our attacking creative players to be totally free to create, overlap, and pretty much do what they like, whereas AVB seemed to be dictating exactly what he wanted all over the pitch and therefore while we were harder to beat nothing flowed naturally for us in the final third. I think an approach of having strict roles, discipline and hard work in defence and getting the ball back, but allowing the creative players freedom is the way to go, but this was clearly not on the AVB agenda except for Bale. We have already seen what players like lamela and ericsson are capable of when let loose...
Guernman
Pinched from sporting life website. Poch: "I think we have to play a lot of games and it is possible you play tomorrow, then don't play in the next Premier League game, but the most important thing is understanding that we need to choose for the games..... "It is only 11 in each game after that another three impact players come in..... "We have an unbelievable squad and my job is not only to put my philosophy in the club or on the pitch on how we need to play, but I need choice and that is my job.".......
MAN ON!
I think we have a squad equipped to deal with anything but the worst injury crisis. In terms of formations we have the players to play any kind of system but our squad is certainly more suited to a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 system. We still need to ship out a few players because the squad as we all know is bloated if anything. Given the rumours and such like I'd say if we moved on Sandro, Mason, BAE and Chiriches and brought in Fazio I'd say we would have a pretty balanced squad with lots of quality and depth all over the pitch. Im not expecting any of this but if that was what happened over the next couple of days I'd say we done good.
Greekos
MP talking about the CB's.... "We need to have different options in this position," he said. "Okay, we have Younes Kaboul, we have Vertonghen, we have Vlad, we have Dier, we have Fryers, Veljkovic..... "All different players, all different characteristics and it's important to add some players and after you can choose in every game the best options."
MAN ON!
MAN ON!, when I read quotes like that (Sporting Life), I get a buzz! The man is making all the right noises and so far his decision making has been great. Before anyone reminds me, yes, it's early days and work in progress. I like the WHOLE philosophy adopted by the WHOLE club......so far! COYS!
Critical_Spur
I've read reports that Robbie won't be fit for tomorrow night, something about back/neck niggles? This will give Kane a chance to show what he can do, and I'd love to see him gobble it up. He's paid his dues, bided his time, and the Europa League might be just the showcase he's been waiting for. I think Jod's point about attitude being as/more important than formation. Placement and position(s) can be tweaked in-game, but mentality is either their from the get-go or not at all. There seems to be a great togetherness about our lot so far, and even (dare I say it?!) a touch of the old confidence/arrogance that we're usually accused of but very rarely shown of late. We all know it's early days, but so far they're lovely and sunny onest!! Come on you beautiful Spurs!!!
LilyWhiteHart
BTW, MAN ON!, you are becoming very good at cut 'n paste! Keep it up as not everyone scours the web to share such snippets. Coopsie was great at it! COYS!
Critical_Spur
in the qpr game we saw Vrtonghan come in for the suspended Naughton with Dier moving to right back and Chadli in for Lennon. i think Poch spotted QPR are a big side and bringing in Chadli made alot of sense to help defend set pieces. Good common sense Poch
spurs-stelios
Should have said I *Like* Jod's point......and no, that's NOT a Carry On double entendre!!!
LilyWhiteHart
AVB and Harry both became predictable when playing at home to the lesser teams, time will tell with MP, very impressed with pass accuracy on Sunday, bodes well.
Thats Entertainment
One of the problems with AVB was getting men into the box, i couldnt understand why no-one was moving forward into the danger area during his time with us. All very well holding the ball in the final 3rd waiting for that perfect opportunity but against disciplined teams parking the bus that opportunity never comes. You have to gamble by getting forward, thats what I enjoyed about the QPR game, the players got forward in numbers got goals.
coys1717
Coys1717, another thing of note v QPR was the number of time we broke with intent, often 3 v 3 but for the final ball or the control letting us down. With time the chemistry will improve and I expect to see some of the 'lower end' teams to get truly battered. The lads never took their foot off the pedal for the whole 90 mins. COYS!
Critical_Spur
Some sensible posts - agree that as supporters we sometimes get ahead of ourselves but nothing wrong with that, we're allowed to! Going to stick my neck out and say that Poch certainly looks the business - looking forward to Sunday.
Durbanspur
Couldn't agree more with Bazdog's point... Great start - hope it keeps going .... Coaches do make a difference - this is a case in point - so far !!!
Highgatespur
Like that sentiment in your last post Critical .... My regret is that I'm not there !!! COTMS !!!
Highgatespur
Signings are also very important, and it's important you have a coach that knows what signings are needed to actually improve the team, regardless of whether it is on the pitch (Dier) or off the pitch (Davies, pushing Rose).

Extremely happy with our transfer business this window, which is something I've never said before. We've had a much needed defensive overhaul, and the only thing that I believe remains outstanding is a fox in the box striker.
RyanHotSpur
Highgate, I truly feel for you mate....and I mean that most sincerely. Your attachment to Spurs comes through every post of yours. Still, no doubt your distant attachment and the unfolding of Poch era will keeps you well engrossed this season......starting this Sunday! BTW, you working long hours there? My bro in Petro chemical was out there for a while....12-18 hr shifts appeared the norm!
Critical_Spur
we have our new CB. its official
topspur53
Correction: Harry had better record vs top 4 than AVB. AVB was FAR worse vs bus parkers. It is far too early to judge Poch, but AVB never really had our team looking good on the pitch - vs weak teams, middling teams, strong teams. Eventually AVB may have got it going a bit, but the football was not inspiring confidence, and the results and thrashings just made it too much to bear. Poch has already got us looking good in his second team. The passing looks infinitely better thus far. Bigger tests to follow, so lets see.
TonyRich
Absolutely critical, if pooch gets the mix right we should be a pretty dangerous team this year.
coys1717
I still think we lack options up front, after all we have just 3 recognised strikers, in Adebayor who is likely to go to the ACON in January if Togo qualify, no doubt returning in his own time, as he does, and who is likely at any time, to throw his toys out of the pram, and sulk, as he has before. We also have Soldado, a striker who just doesn't "strike", and just does not appear to be the type to profit in the EPL, appears fragile, and already he is apparently injured, after very few minutes, but unfortunately won't be greatly missed. Then we have Harry Kane, a very promising young player destined for great things, if he continues to develop, but is he ready for regular and sustained exposure to PL games. The question is, do these players give us sufficient options to cover all formations, injuries, loss of form, suspensions, or change in attitude and motivation (Adebayor). Is any one of them likely to bag 15-20 PL goals this season, I doubt it. Yes we have some exciting AMFers who will come up with some goals, but any good team, still needs a striker/strikers who can occupy defenders, and force the opposition to take notice, and change their tactics to deal with him/them. We talk about how we should set up to counter the opposition, but appear to talk less about how we might force the good teams to worry about us. Without a threatening striker/s we are unlikely to do so. I think it rather disappointing that we have had the 3 months of the window to sort out what has been a long standing problem, previously masked by Gareth Bale's goal returns, but now that he has gone, an obvious shortcoming, without anybody being seriously mentioned. Because we scored 4 goals at the weekend v QPR, we should not think that the problem has gone away, after all, how much trouble did we cause a very moderate West Ham in the first game, until Eric Dier cropped up.
Frank
SSN on screen saying we have signed the defender on a four year deal
BigSpursFan
Fazio is a Spurs player, registration with the FA done
spu 4 life
Just saw that BSF. Who's next?

Quite alot of transfers considering MoPo said we shouldn't expect any this window lol
RyanHotSpur
Frank, I think it will be a rarity to see 2 up top in any game, unless we are chasing it in the final 10 mins. there is (for a change) plenty creativity and goals in the supporting AM's. I agree though an injury + ANC could scupper that department.
Critical_Spur
FAZIO confirmed on Spurs Twitter ..
Yidmarks
Yep. A few people have commented on the main apparent difference. AVB seemed to practically ban runs/numbers in the box, and crosses into the box. There may have been reasons - i.e. a tactic such as do not cross unless in certain scenarios. But it just meant that nothing happened. Our wingers suffered as a result, and Bale hence asked to go central... To me, the whole point of having 3 attackers behind a front man is to buzz around and baffle the defenders. They need a degree of freedom within obvious limits, and AVB was far too rigid for me. He did not have the defence for his insane high line at Chelsea or us, yet still persevered with it. He did not have the Porto-style strikeforce to play his system either, yet persevered without looking like succeeding. His first season at Spurs had good results overall, but we never looked convincing. Yes win ugly, but that luck eventually runs out unless you end up doing well in games generally.
TonyRich
Fazulous news! COYS!
Critical_Spur
http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11675/9443160/mauricio-pochettino-says-roberto-soldado-and-andros-townsend-remain-in-tottenham-plans
Critical_Spur
Welcome to WHL Fazio.. You great big Argentinian donkey you!
MAN ON!
Personally I am not getting carried away yet, two easy games lets see what happens Sunday.

From what I can see away games we probably will not press so high due to opposition pressing forward, but at home I think we will press more.

I see a difference between Poch and AVB in the forward attacking play. Under Poch the forward players are moving more and rotating more, sticking to orders but not sticking rigidly to a position.

I see imporvement that area. However, we haven't been tested enough to know how he will respond to better teams, whether he will employ the same game plan. I think the system suits us having a DM (Capoue) and Bentaleb as being able to defend and attack but I would prefer to see two DM against Liverpool, Capoue and Sandro although that is unlikely to happen as Sandro hasn't played enough.

We don't know how defense will cope either, Rose and Vertonghen are last seasons players and so is Kaboul but will our new signing play a big part this season and what about Dier he has done very well.

From what I can see Poch will use the whole squad and rotate players especially the forward line, keep them fresh.
BigSpursFan
Frank - yep we look a tad light up front. However it was clear that the defence was a priority - as it was neglected the season before. 4 signings there, and we are stronger. However like others, I think that we are ok for now. I would rather wait and see what Ade - Soldado - Kane can do now that our system is loosened up. Benteke to come back to fitness before January, and we could pounce there if the guy finds his form.
TonyRich
The Key thing is for us to BUILD on the current positivity. Reports seem to indicate players want to stay, players united, players enjoying themselves under Poch & belief. What Levy has to try to do (not always possible) is deliver on what Poch wants - hopefully we have NOT given up on Morgan S or Jay R coming in & Sandro, Paulinho & Townsend making way. Spurs community rumours indicate still trying with above (maybe a loan for Paulinho - as stock dropped sooo much). Lets see - just need to trust the manager & support him (clearly with Moutinho & william we didn't with AVB).
Windlespur
Don't know much about Fazio, but all I got from this article was, exceptionally good in the air but.. Titus Bramble. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2177289-is-federico-fazio-future-tottenham-hotspur-transfer-bust
Guyver
Tottenham Hotspur ‏@SpursOfficial 8m.......... "@Fede2Fazio: I come to Tottenham because I think it’s a very good team, a very good club, very good fans." #WelcomeFazio........ One Federico... There's only one.... Sorry, Who's Federico? I call him Fantazio! He must be good, he plays for Spurs!
MAN ON!
Welcome Mr Fazio - let's be having you !!!
Highgatespur
Will he still be here in 9 1/2 years from now? One Michael Dawson.....
MAN ON!
Fantazio! is that a walt disney film?
spu 4 life
If his with us for 9 1/2 years he will be nearly 39, so I would no
spu 4 life
Guyver - That link has painted Fazio in such an awful light. I hope he is far less of a liability than those snippets show!
RyanHotSpur
3 wins from 3 games...7 goals scored, one conceded. Cannot ask for more !?.....except please repeat in the next 3 games.
82spursdebut
From a thoroughly good guy to a very naughty boy... I can't wait for the Chelsea match.
MAN ON!
Folks put the tissues away - ole Michael will do ok on £50k a week ... Here's to the future ... Don't know about the new bloke but we do have Dier super Verts(hopefully) chirches fryers Kaboul et al ... The future is bright !!! COTMS !!!
Highgatespur
Highgatespur... So, where in the Middle East are you and what is your new job?
MAN ON!
Frank ... Sorry but if I didn't feel down about Spurs you sure would make me. You must be a real fun guy to drink with. I'm a similar age to you and I think that, with your negativity, I would have died by now. We can't play the same football we used to in the 50/60s as much as I'd love to. Lighten up and look forward to this new season under a new manager that the players seem to have taken to and want to play for. Yes we have deficiencies but we seem to be trying to fill them. COYS
longtimespur
82spursdebut - great start so far ... Yet why are people tempted compare a egotistical one with another one - I will never know ... All signings are the ones we needed and NONE predicted by the beloved ITKs!!! COTMS !!!
Highgatespur
hope the guy does well, was obviously second choice after we failed to get the Musacchio deal over the line. lets hope he proves to be the right 1 afterall
spurs-stelios
Critical - yup it's difficult but there are worse things ... Luckily no long hours as such out by 6 back by 5 which is a lot less than in England !!! B****y boiling here though and no one seems to have heard of spurs here !!!
Highgatespur
Not sure this defender is that fast which may be a problem in the Pl but apparently he is good in the air. We will have to see and trust Poch has made the right decision, besides did any of us have any idea of any of the signings.
BigSpursFan
Not fast but good in the air and only 3 years younger than Dawson... Michael, not fast, very good in the air and only 3 years older than Fazio.
MAN ON!
BSF that's my point - none of us do know what signings we are going to make - we don't make claims that we know a bit more than others whereas ITKs do ... It's a moot point really...
Highgatespur
angelodundee-I think his ability in the air is what is impressive but his tackles and pace are not as good although I read he has improved on dealing with pacey forwards. I thought Dawson was a problem because his lack of pace so unsure why we have gone for a player who isn't the fastest. Compared to the other defender he made half as many tackles but won twice as many headers, so why the turnaround. If Poch wanted a tackler in Musacchio why then go for a header when that deal fell through. I suppose we have to trust Poch second choice. Welcome to the lane
BigSpursFan
Ali, Bomaye....... Let's get ready to rubble!
MAN ON!
Highgatespur.... So, where in the Middle East are you and what is your new job?
MAN ON!
I've read that Fazio has a good interception stat as well as his aerial prowess.
longtimespur
In Kuwait Man On! S'pose My posts will irritate you from further afield as you can continue to mock them from your place...
Highgatespur
Possibly 3m for Dawson and 8m for Fazio.
MAN ON!
Highgatespur. I've not been mocking you.... I was genuinely interested. What is your line of work?
MAN ON!
yeah and i am flying the moon tomorrow and all highgate
tarkan mardinCOYS
I read Fazio was £8mill + vat @20% and Daws was £6 mill
longtimespur
I also read £6 mill but just saw 3m on another website. I think it must be closer to 6m
MAN ON!
all the best michael dawson,so brutally hounded out of whl it seems
tarkan mardinCOYS
League cup draw tonight, wonder who we'll get?
longtimespur
Poch must know very well what Fazio is all about. Ardiles has said he doesn't really know him but Mauricio has spoken highly of him. If he starts off as well as Dier, we'll be alright.
MAN ON!
Look North, my local TV news program welcomed Dawson and said around £3mill. So who knows?
longtimespur
Has angelodundee broken some sort of record here ? Dismissing Fazio's chances of succeeding at Spurs within two hours of singing for the club ? Have you seen the guy play yet besides the 20 secs clips... WOW ... Unbelievable !!!! Hope fazio proves you wrong !
Highgatespur
RyanHotSpur, I know, you'd struggle to get footage like that of Ledley thats for sure. Hopefully those errors are few and far between and Fazio proves to be a good buy.
Guyver
There is a huge difference in how the formation plays. AVB was very defensive and used possession to kill games off with the hope that we could score a goal and the opposition none. It worked many times but was most boring to watch. I remember making a statement after one game where we had nicked a 1-0 result whilst coming under a lot of pressure..."I never was worried that they would score". That for me summed up the AVB era. Unfortunately injuries to key defenders like Kaboul, Dawson and Verts as well as Sandro and Dembele and BAE's fall off of form, led to his defensive downfall and he started 2013/14 in poor fashion, ultimately leading to his demise as the entire fan base and management lost confidence in his capability to continue.

Poch on the other hand uses possession to attack. Very similar formations but the goal is not to play around in the backfield but to play around the middle with the front 4 moving and looking for angles and spaces where a good run would invite a through ball or a chip through or over the defense.

The possession game in both cases limits the opposition to the amount of opportunities they have to score but Poch's focus would seem to be more attack oriented.
jvd
jvd.. That's a good summary of the two.
MAN ON!
Hey Highgate, welcome to the ME, just up the road from me, I am in Dubai. What are you doing in Kuwait, a bit warm at the minute but will cool down soon, lol. Good luck in your new venture. Make sure you hooked up to Bein Sports, we get all games live, especially on a Sunday, the messing us around on the Saturday 3pm kick off at the moment, something to do with pubs in UK being able to get the feed. Apparently they will sort it out soon, at least we have RIchard a keys and Andy Gray, better than listening to Neville and Charagger. Anyway welcome to ME and let me know if you ever in Dubai, catch up for a game and a cold one. Coys
markyboy40
MM I'm slowly coming around to the idea - the big TV screens always have the sky 4 or some African game on - so the laptop connected to the TV will do for now ... Thank god the time difference is only 2/3 hours ... Saw the EL and QPR game fine ... Enjoyed the manure result didn't have the nrg to go out ... The land if AC is not agreeing with me !!!! Looking forward to Sunday but will probably miss the first half ... But there are ways I'm sure!!! Love - ah Maldives beautiful place ... As for the food here I think they are trying to beat Camden high street for fast good take away shops ... Good quality though!! Take care.
Highgatespur
Man On! I sincerely not able to answer that !
Highgatespur
Man of mystery versus man of on!
MAN ON!
Markyboy40 - thanks mate... Used download beinsports back home but not been successful here yet ... Any tips gratefully accepted .... Take care
Highgatespur
You are right there Man On!!!
Highgatespur
A touch early to start assessing the strength and weakness of Pochettino style. We were dead lucky to get any points at West Ham and played relegation candidates on Sunday. Yes I and the rest of the crowd enjoyed watching Spurs play some great football, specially first half, but let's remember this was a "go out and run around a bit" Redknapp side, I will be more than surprised if we play another side that will give us the freedom of the park.

Obviously Liverpool will be a good yardstick, we are good enough to beat them if we win the midfield battle, it will be interesting to see if he picks young Bentaleb again as I thought he was the weakest link on Sunday. COYS.
ItalianYiddo
There is a huge difference in how the formation plays. AVB was very defensive and used possession to kill games off with the hope that (BALE) could score a (WONDER) goal and the opposition none.

Fixed
Guyver
IY I know but I bet it felt real good to be there !!!
Highgatespur
Good to watch Highgate, was really chuffed for Lamela, shut a lot of the doubters up, the boy has talent!
ItalianYiddo
Has anybody seen news of Verts signing a new contract yet?
longtimespur
IY our lads played some fantastic football against QPR and it brought a smile to my face. Granted the team is poor and we haven't faced a top 4 team yet, but for once we should applaud them. We have all been through the mill for so many years that my train of thought is ok; lets not get carried away but we played some brilliant football. Lamela, Chadli, Rose and Dier are coming along well and Pocho seems to know what he's doing. We can actually see a pattern in our play, something that was missing under TS and it's refreshing to see some fast continental style football. Bring it on. Oh and welcome Fazio! COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
Long it may continue James, everyone played well, I thought Rose had his best game for us other than the game with "that" goal, Chadli showed why coaches like him and Lamela....he will get better with every game, I think Poch will spur him on.
ItalianYiddo
Who would you prefer to Fazio, angel?
Thats Entertainment
Hear, hear IY. Good to see you back mate! What is your take on Fazio IY? Not seen him play but I watched the whole game of Sevilla v Barca on YouTube and he didn't look out of his depth. Got into good positions and his distribution was excellent. I read against Real Madrid he was brilliant and it took a Ronaldo free kick to beat them. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
If MP wants him that's good enough for me, I'm no expert, like some on this site!
Thats Entertainment
Can't say I know much about him James other that he's a big guy, I'm sure Mauricio knows all about him and that is all that matters. COYS.
ItalianYiddo
Is Dublin still on his self imposed exile?
ItalianYiddo
Agree TE and IY. In Pocho I trust. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
What are you on AVB was a footballing literate obsessed with lateral dull football with the ball moved sideways until your opponent dies for boredom. Only they never did, he was carried by Gareth Bale. Pochetinno fast tempo pressing game has it's DNA in Arrigo sacchi's Milan. Thank the lord the fake is exiled in Russia.
spurdon
Excellent posts IY - you can say that again ....
Highgatespur
Hohoho angelodundee ... Certainly a quick fire put down on the player while the ink is still drying ....
Highgatespur
Angelo ... re: one slow one for another, a lot of Dawson's problems were lack of positioning and reading of the game not just his lack of speed. I am assuming MP has chosen Fazio because he can and does do both also he's 3 years younger. Levy probably because he hasn't cost a lot of money.
longtimespur
Can I please join that list james ...
Highgatespur
IY yup dublins due return is after the TW shuts ....
Highgatespur
spurdon, AVB is boring Zenit's fans now, 4-0 on aggregate against the Belgian champions in the CL qualifier. Now they have to suffer the group stages, poor sods.
ItalianYiddo
Thanks Highgate, not long then......is Dublin scouting for Spurs?
ItalianYiddo
Highgate, why you talking to Topho?
Thats Entertainment
Of course Highgatespur :) COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
Thats Entertainment Because Highgatespur has the right to talk to who he wants & Tophobunty is a great poster IMO.
Who are you to judge ?
Fanny adams
this fazio dude is really slow.so pairing him up with vertonghen(another slow coach)does not bode well.
tarkan mardinCOYS
why didnt we go for ryan shawcross?
tarkan mardinCOYS
I have never seen Fazio play so don't know what he can do. Good luck to him and hope it turns out well. We now have a good selection of CB's to choose from. Pochettino has basically brought an entire defence.
Kong
It is not all about speed, vertonghen is not fast but is quality, he might form a good partnership with Fazio, who knows who will play together.
Kong
Not sure we will buy a striker angelodundee, I would think someone would have to leave for that to happen, they need to act fast as the deadline is approaching.
Kong
Angelodundee, you are right but we don't know what pairing will play, we might see kaboul and one other play or verts and Dier, don't think fazio should start on Sunday, too soon for him. Is he really that slow?
Kong
Nottingham forest at home in the capital cup.
Kong
Let's see how he goes, hope chiriches does not get sold and is given a chance. We need options available.
Kong
Not judging bigcock, wasn't taking to you was I, plus couldn't give a phuck who you think is "great"
Thats Entertainment
We have until Monday to make any more transfers, will it be a last minute special, we will soon find out.
Kong
I can see players going out but not sure who will come in and where. I think we will still try for schneiderlin until the last minute and that sandro will go and maybe even paulinho, don't know about a striker as I can see us going for a foreign striker again if we were. Like you said can we improve, I hope we will.
Kong

.........................Adebayor/Soldado..............................
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Lamela/Lennon.....Eriksen/Kane..Chadli/Towns/Ceballos
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......Capoue/Dembele........Benteleb/Paulinho-Sandro....
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Rose/Davies...Verts/Kabs..Fazio/Dier..Dier/Naug/Walker
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............................. ..Lloris/Vorm....................................
Yidmarks
Schneiderlen would be perfect - to replace Paulinho/Sandro/Holtby

Jay-Rod or Hernandez would be perfect - to replace Townsend/Lennon

Looks like VLAD is getting a game tommorow, me thinks he might stay now... thats VERTS, KABS, FAZIO, DIER, FRYERS and VLAD at CB.... is it KABS or VLAD that will get the chop, or will we keep them both?
>br>
Could Holtby be on his way to Hamburg?
Yidmarks
angel, do you thunk we'll loan out yer man Andros again!
Thats Entertainment
Mehdi Benatia has joined Bayern for 30m.. i thought that VLAD would have been his replacement, but his inclusion in the squad tells me otherwise...

He might not play i guess...
Yidmarks
TE , how are you doing mate ? I didn't realize I was communicating with he banned one... all this traveling and feeling sorry for myself re Spurs has got to me more than I thought.... I gotta wise up now haven't I ?!!! Thanks for the heads up - really dislike the thought of communicating who make racists remarks... Where's Ox then - searching out another article from a goon ? hope not !!! Take care mate - up the mighty Spurs = on telly tomorrow night ? My seat ...... ger off I say ger off LOL!!! MRP and DL showing more style than ever thought!!! Come on YOU SPURS!!!!!
Highgatespur
MM - can't think of a season where I didn't think the Mighty Spurs weren't gonna win the league - this year is no difference... nah there is one !!! Tottenham for the League ....
Highgatespur
Oh no I hear Danny Rose is being called up b Woy - is this the start of the end for Danny Rose like AT ... Hope he's not picked.... I really would like to see how good MRP is....
Highgatespur
Kong. amazing the whole defense has been bought - really like the quietly quietly style of MRP.... Well done that man .. looking forward to see him albeit through the 2D version!!! COTMS!!!
Highgatespur
Highgate, I'm fine, hope you are as well, yeah thought you didn't know who you was talking to. on ITV4 I think, your seat has doubt gone to a good home, take care mate COYSS!
Thats Entertainment
Looking forward to CC against Forest. Me, my mum and my son support Tottenham of course. My dad and my sister support Forest.

Not be an easy game, they are doing well under Pearce. Dawson old club how auspicious.

Poch says he is not naming captain until end of transfer window. Hmm.

If Fazio has come I would expect Poch sees him as a starter and I expect Vertonghen so does that mean Kaboul will not start. Unless Fazio doesn't settle I would have thought he is first choice, not sure Kaboul will be happy or Vlad. Still we need depth, may be Poch will keep them happy by rotating. Or could we see one of Vlad or Kaboul leave. I would expect Dier to play Europa and is Fazio a right sided CB if he is we seem top heavy on that side a weak on the left side, CB.
BigSpursFan
QPR lost again
BigSpursFan
TE hello - I've kept my ST!!! Couldn't and won't give it up - I paid for the seat already - forgot to stop the auto payment!!! Hoping the stream will be great.... I am liking MRP's style more by the minute.... COTMS!!
Highgatespur
BSF - he's a Left sided CB - QPR = down !!!
Highgatespur
There obviously needs to be consistency in our performances both home and away ... historically we’ve been way better at home but the last two seasons has seen a significant improvement in our away games. As to what advice MP needs ... he doesn’t need any advice, he just needs the time and space to do his thing, imo.
Geofspurs
A CB is all I wanted so thanks for that MP.
Geofspurs
There will come a time, near or far, when we lose a game, (shock! horror!). When that happens it will be very interesting to see how this site deals with it. COYS!
Geofspurs
Good posts Geofspurs. I say give MP 2 full seasons. I like his style of play. Even if we don't win, it is not going to bore us to death.
Madaboutspurs
Yep, agree with you there. Should be an easy game tonight followed by a tough, but winnable, game on Sunday. It's a good thing we play so well after EL games. lol
Geofspurs
From what I've read and seen so far Fazio plays left side as well as right and plays in midfield when needed. So he's good in the air, strong, good at reading the game (so speed is not vital) not fast and is very good at dribbling, anticipating and passing. Let's face it, small fast opponents (most will be small compared to Fazio) will be thorn for any defender (did you see Sturridge leave Kompany for dead with his quick feet). I just can't believe some posters are judging him already (he's slow - yep) when he's not kicked a player and ball in anger yet in a Spurs shirt and these same posters can judge Fazio when they have admitted to not seeing him play? Seriously :( COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
Geof I think it will be a mix bag as usual. I think most will react like most rational people would giving that Pocho has just started his career with us. He wants to mould a squad he thinks will compete on all fronts and he needs time. We just need to be patient. Will Man Utd fans be patient with LVG? Interesting times there I tell ya :) COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
a.k.a.james1spurs... It looks like we've bought two quite flexible CB's, with both looking able and comfortable playing left or right. Dier is looking good wherever he is on the pitch. Hopefully Fazio can adjust quickly to the PL and be just as promising.
MAN ON!
For me our improvement in the backline is the most exciting and promising thing for some time. The team needs a solid base to build on. Hope we've got that now!
Geofspurs
I can understand people being a little uncertain about a player coming in that is not familiar to supporters and, in such a crucial position as CB, knowing how vulnerable we were defensively last season. After a little bit of research I've found some very positive words on Fazio about how strong and fearless he is in the tackle, as well as being sharp and comfortable on the ball. (Speed of mind as opposed to fleet of foot). He is also supposed to be very commanding in the air. I look forward to seeing him in action.
MAN ON!
I wonder if MP will throw him at Pool on Sunday? That would be jumping in at the deep end!
Geofspurs
Yea I'm very happy so far, good transfers, goood tactics, good attitude, good results, good press comments, whats not to like.
Slurms McKenzie
I don't like Mauricio's ill fitting tracksuits!
MAN ON!
Can't please everyone now can ya?
Geofspurs
Slurms McKenzie... We've even got to see Levy with a smile on his face after receiving a bucket full of ice over his little hair free head!
MAN ON!
angelodundee.... I can't believe that supporters will not be just a little bit nervous and apprehensive about Fazio when he gets to play his first PL match. I will be, having not knowingly seen the guy play before.
MAN ON!
Pocho, Broomfield, Baldini and Levy would have sat down and discussed about Fazio. They know more about Fazio then we do. Fazio must have met thier criteria otherwise he'll still be at Sevilla. Time will tell if they're right but I back them 100% to get it right at Spurs. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
a.k.a.james1spurs. I back them too but it won't stop my nerves. ;-)
MAN ON!
Even an experienced PL player such as Rio looked nervous in an unfamiliar team last sunday and playing in a formation new to him. It's never easy.
MAN ON!
Angelo - did you mean to say "judge him before we bury him"? :)
Love totty
Highgate....Hope you have a decent Aircon machine. If you get cold pop over to Phoenix...seems warm here always..

Maybe Dier is our new striker !!! COYS

ro6ertj
Can't base it on last season. It was under a different set up. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
 

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