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Tottenham Hotspur vs. AEL Limassol

Following the glorious 4-0 thumping of QPR at the weekend, next on the list for Tottenham Hotspur and Mauricio Pochettino is negotiating what promises to be a tricky second leg against AEL Limassol, which would secure a place in the group stage of this year's Europa League. 

Theatrically, the tie remains in the balance, however, having grabbed two away goals in Cyprus, you would think most of the job has been done and Thursday night is just a case of seeing out what remains of the tie, with another clean sheet on the agenda this time, something we couldn't do in the first leg. 

As far as injuries are concerned, we don't look too bad, with the only long term absentee being Kyle Walker, yet Roberto Soldado has been ruled out of tomorrow night's match with back and neck injuries respectively. Good news however sees Vlad Chiriches being included in the squad after his return from a back injury that has kept him out since April, and the Romanian will be keen to make a good impression for the new man in charge after recent reports had been linking him to a move away from the club. 

Sandro, Paulinho and Lewis Holtby will also look to prove they still have something to offer, with the two Brazilians looking surplus to requirements so far, whilst I would like to see maybe one or two of Mason and/or Ceballos given some game time to continue their good work in pre-season. 

Line-up wise, like many other fans, I don't have a clear idea of who will get the nod, as Mauricio has used the large squad at his disposal quite wisely thus far and mixed it up frequently this season, but nevertheless I would guess he would go with something along these lines: Lloris, Naughton, Chiriches, Kaboul, Davies, Sandro, Paulinho, Mason, Holtby, Townsend, Kane. 

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Date:Thursday August 28 2014

Time: 4:37AM

Your Comments

COME ON YOU SPURS & WIN WIN WIN !!
Madaboutspurs
3-0 Spurs!
Geofspurs
I think the Aussie branch of VS just said it all!!
Geofspurs
I fail to see this one as a ‘tricky second leg’ ... not as tricky as the first one anyway. Should be a game everyone involved in Spurs can enjoy. Maybe give Lloris a day off for this?
Geofspurs
If Paulinho and Sandro have no involvement will it indicate they are both surplus to requirements?
Geofspurs
Thinking out loud ... if there is less-than-friendly rivalry between Brazil and Argentina and we have Brazilian and Argentinean players and manager ....? Just wondering. We're top of the league so I'm full of wonder!
Geofspurs
Should not be a difficult game unless we completely slack off, which we won't.
Madaboutspurs
Theatrically? Is the author a bit of a drama queen?
Love totty
Don't get the 'tricky' bit!
Geofspurs
TSB, no Lennon, I'm thinking similar: Lloris, Naughton, Chiriches, Jan, Davies, Sandro, Paulinho, Lennon, Holtby, Townsend, Kane.
RAF Yid
Geofspurs, it's "tricky" if we just turn up and expect to win. As long as we play to our abilities, we should avoid any MK sized shocks.
In-spurs-ational
I suppose any match can prove to be a tricky one, with football often being unpredictable. (Look at the Dons v United). If Limassol get an early goal and make a real game of it, you never know. Still, I do believe we can win this comfortably in front of what I expect to be a buoyant WHL crowd, after Sundays fun and games against QPR. Another 3, 4 or more Spurs' goals will lead us nicely into the Liverpool match, on a high and hopefully full of confidence. Up the Spurs!
MAN ON!
My prediction... Win against Limassol and then Liverpool......and Poch gets Barclay's Manager of the Month! COYS!
Critical_Spur
It has to be a big help that the game tonight is at home as well as the Liverpool match.
MAN ON!
You'd expect with our squad depth we'll field a lineup just as strong as the away game. Playing at home should make things easier for us, but never count your chickens before they hatch. We still need to do a job and the idea will still be to score at least 1 more than them. Hopefully another entertaining night of football for Spurs fans and football fans alike.
RyanHotSpur
angelodundee.. That's true. Harry and Hoddle did make it easy for us to look as impressive as we did.
MAN ON!
As an aside, can anybody explain why there are several stories on Spurs Media Watch claiming the we are hoping to qualify for the CL via the "Europa loophole"? I would suggest that if you win the Europa, (complete with the CL dropouts), you've proved yourself worthy of inclusion. (A bit like winning the CL and taking the place of the team that finished fourth in the league. That wouldn't happen would it? Oh, wait a minute.......)
spurboy61
It wouldn't be a loophole if say WE won the Europa league, but it would be a loophole if a CL group stage drop out won it the Europa league whilst failing to qualify via league position.
TonyRich
MP Barclays Manager of the Month, no thanks, that's the kiss of death, give it to Van Gaal spent over 130m and not won a game to date. Game tonight down at the lane, what's the team going to be, resting up as many as possible for sunday I hope and getting the job done without risk or injury. COYS.
spu 4 life
A slip-up tonight would be a disaster so I hope the team selected plays with the same verve as Sunday. We need to build on that momentum to take into the weekend game.
Love totty
At the game tonight. First game this season. I (personally) hope to see Davies play as I want Rose and Davies to fight for their spot. Besides, it would be good to have both as true options as they may suit different opponents and scenarios. I hope to see Naughton because his pre-season was reported to be pretty good. I would love to get a good look at Dier, but perhaps he should be given this game off. Besides that, I would like to see Holtby in the middle, Paulinho, Lennon and Kane. As for Mason, I haven't seen him play since a friendly match 3 years ago. Lastly, Vorm would be nice....what's up with that....?
TonyRich
Three straight wins at the Lane would do a lot to banish the horrors of last season, especially if one is against the BDs.
Love totty
Vorm will be available for the group stages if we get through. Pochtettino said Vorm was getting back to fitness or something like that.
Kong
Have a traffic day, night, afternoon all. Let's win it it in style.... and the Spurs go marching on...
MAN ON!
I really cant see Limassol scoring twice tonight, so I expect us to get through quite comfortably. Im not underestimating them, Im just confident my team will get through especially as we leading in the ie and playing at home.
Ossie
....I await Frank's post
Ossie
Best Liverpool and that gives us a 6 point head start for their champions league spot.
RyanHotSpur
TRIFFIC not Traffic!
MAN ON!
MAN ON!, I was going to say with the kids being back at school today, I've already had a traffic day.
In-spurs-ational
All I ask is that we treat this second leg as still a live tie, take AEL seriously, pick a decent side, roll up our sleeves and nullify them early on, and earn the right to play our more expansive football, and to relatively relax, enjoy ourselves, and win comfortably. We must guard against complacency, think this second leg is over, is a formality, better and bigger than us have fallen into this trap, and paid dearly for it. The same goes for the forthcoming League Cup tie v Notts Forest, that will be a proper game, they are no mugs, and deserve respect, we must not add our name to the list of PL clubs who have already bowed out.
Frank
Frank ... I don't think it would be treated any other way but seriously.
Geofspurs
Frank, in a way the MK Dons result was a good one for us. It knocked a premier league side out of a competition that is winnable for us and, with MP in the stands watching on, it showed him that unless you take each game seriously, you can seriously mess up.
In-spurs-ational
Hmm, So Poch was at MK Dons to watch ...........Welbeck?
Critical_Spur
Like to see Vorm in goal. Expecting to see Naughton at right back....and wondering if Holtby will be involved ( thinking he is wanted back in Germany ). As for Welbeck....looks like Mopo'..is looking to gain him on loan to a permanent move, covering the possible loss of Adebayor..to the ANC..qualifiers, this Autumn...and Winter. Be surprised if Man.utd would accept a loan deal...and help a competitor out.....but cannot predict football / Man.utd. If...it came to Buying Welbeck or loseing him to another team......I say go for it, for no more than £16mill'. "Come on you Spurs".
82spursdebut
Critical_Spur- should mean we don't sign him then....
shedboy2
82 you do know Vorm hasn't been selected in the EL squad so can't play this game...
Ossie
Ryan Fredericks has joined Championship side Middlesbrough on loan for the rest of the season.
MAN ON!
if my memory is correct vorm wasn't registered to play these matches i wonder if we didn't register him because of the contract dispute initially or just because of wc returnees...
shedboy2
I’d be surprised if United agreed a loan spell for Welbeck, given that we’d be seen as a major threat to their top four aspirations. But maybe they’d consider selling if MP goes in for him.
Geofspurs
Oh..thanks for the info'....take it, he is being lined up for the domestic cups.
82spursdebut
United will want to sell Wellbeck as his contract expires in just 18 months. 16M? I think he would fit right in at Spurs.
MAN ON!
As for the team with Soldado injured (supposedly) do we risk Ade? not for me....so Kane to lead the line....lennon right, Andros left with holtby in behind....the CM pairing of Dembele and Pauli behind for fitness...Naughton RB with Dier and Vlad at CB LB Davies....Brad in goal...
...........................Kane........................
Andros................Holtby.............Lennon
.............Dembele........Pauli..................
Davies............Vlad.....Dier......Naughton
...........................Brad.........................

The team should be good enough without risking anything for the Pool game...which is massive this early in the season...
shedboy2
Danny Rose named in the England Squad, at times last season I would have never thought this possible! However based on his performance on Sunday I take back my recent criticism of him and hope the competition from Davies for his position and the coaching from MOPO see's this form continue throughout the season?
Shefford-Spurs
shedboy2. That's the team I'd go for but I think Lloris will play.
MAN ON!
welbeck fits in if we want another HG who runs a lot but doesn't actually do very much...would much prefer Jay-rod if we need a HG although Destro, Konoplaynka, Benteke etc is where we should be putting the money....and why haven't we been linked to Doumbia!...;)
shedboy2
I'd say...Welbeck / Adebayor...would be pretty much like for like at THFC..(on the pitch). ...for the next few years. Who knows, maybe..overall he would offer more to THFC....value wise.
82spursdebut
Wellbeck does a lot. Once again, why are people intent on dismissing a player that was both a Ferguson and England choice?
MAN ON!
Shedboy Vorm himself said it was due to coming back from the WC, and wasn't fit enough......Im liking that team you put on.
Ossie
Becaause Man On we all have our opinions, Ferguson thought he was good enough, but apparently Van Gaal doesn't.
Ossie
Shed who is HG??
Ossie
Shedboy, You're probably shocked that not only has Rose been picked for England but Andros has to. ;-) Kane, Carroll, Dier and Pritchard are in the under21 squad.
MAN ON!
Ossie... I understand that but surely people can't just say he's no good as people are suggesting. LVG did choose him to play against MK Dons though.
MAN ON!
Jose didn't fancy Mata but it doesn't mean he's rubbish.
MAN ON!
Good day fellow spurs, having read this forum for many years I have finally decided to get involved. My lineup would be: Lloris, naughton Kaboul chiriches Davies, Dembele mason, Lennon holtby Townsend, Kane COYS
Block32
Good day...
MAN ON!
I was lucky enough to witness eriksen's 'takedown' during the QPR game was about 15ft away, that boy oozes class. The height that ball went too was just brilliant skill.
Block32
And other people could say they don't understand how you feel he would be good enough for Spurs judging on the performances he has put in for Man U recently? Im just asking as ive not seen the squad, did he get called up for England too?
Ossie
man on!- I'm not shocked...imo Roy should have been sacked..he's out of his depth...I mean he plays Gerrard in Regista role and doesn't even look at Thud...Rose at LB based on what? last season? because this season he's had two games one in which he was poor and made Downing look world class (where is he?) and the other when he wasn't attacked (although when Remy did run at him he gave away a free kick on the edge of the area!)...And welbeck is an OK player, not right for us...he doesn't score enough...as he demonstrated against MK Dons -you'd have thought him and sweet pea (little) could have scored one between them...Ossie- HG =Homegrown
shedboy2
shedboy2. I think Wellbeck would score at Spurs. I think that in our system he could work well... You know my feelings on the other two and yes Hodgson is maybe not the manager he used to be.
MAN ON!
Fredericks to Middlesbrough season loan.
longtimespur
Oh he did get called up for England...
Ossie
The England squad looks well balanced....22 players. Any actual other options available at the minute.....not many imo. Getting Wellbeck to THFC and loseing a few...will help THFC get back to a Balanced squad. Then...we can access and eventually eradicate and improve the weaklinks.
82spursdebut
Fredericks season loan to M'Boro'....another decent THFC decision.
82spursdebut
I don't want Wellbeck to replace anyone Rex. Besides, I thought you were insisting on a forward that doesn't need to score a lot because others will be chipping in. Wellbeck's ratio for England is good and I believe he can do it at Spurs. He's probably not coming anyway.
MAN ON!
SAF played him 40 times in his last season and although he didn't score a lot he kept using him in a PL winning season. He must have been doing something right.
MAN ON!
MP has said himself he was watching the MK dons match live during the week the only reason I can think he was there was to scout welbeck.
Block32
Block32... That's true.
MAN ON!
Well if he bases his decision on that game, he wont be coming Spurs!!!
Ossie
Shedboy2, Roy selects his squad from the top 4 teams + Southampton. So seeing we are atop, Roy couldn't resist..... and thinks we are only top because of Danny! COYS!

ps., Get Danny Welbeck in and Pele10 will have a field day with 3 Danny's at THFC!!!
Critical_Spur
Maybe our new forward will be the MK Dons, Will Grigg...
MAN ON!
I've never been to keen on welbeck as a player, but it could be the player we need for the system, he does press high and chases a lot of lost causes down if we could get this deal done and possibly Morgan in, shifting a few put well I think we could actually bring a trophy home this season with that squad. He who dares wins Rodney!
Block32
And MP is no Plonker........
MAN ON!
MAN ON as long as it's will grigg and not the other one (the gooner)
Block32
Block32... Which ones the Gooner? Or don't you want to say his name?
MAN ON!
Danny Rose made Downing look world class...!!!????...Danny helped THFC keep a clean sheet..what did Downing do !? Oh...I'm not Roys' greatest fan....especially when he names Wooney as captain. i.e...I believe it should be a centreback...i.e..facing forward..and not a forward player turning around and barking backwards when he is supposed to be keeping the opponents defenders busy !!...BUT...Roys' options are limited..
82spursdebut
Rex_Vulgaris... I still agree with you on that.
MAN ON!
MAN ON!, you in the agreeing mode again?!....btw, I agree too! :o~)
Critical_Spur
May be he went to try a Big MK Mac!
Critical_Spur
We should be proud when our players get picked for their national team. Knock Roy if you will but I'm still chuffed when a Spurs player is chosen. It shows we're doing something right.
MAN ON!
Critical_Spur... I don't agree with you agreeing with me..... Lunch time over back to bleedin' work. My lunch agreed with me so I'm happy...
MAN ON!
IS it just me or are we seeing history repeating itself at RB this year? Walker longer term injury, Noughton only recognised RB in the squad, young CB being used to cover? Starting to worry about lack of cover at RB now! Good move from Fredericks point of view they should be competing at the right end of the championship table hopefully he gets game time!
Slurms McKenzie
Greetings VS! I see things are now very rosy! Nice to see the sudden change in posters attitudes barring 1or2. No doubt the first few matches have proved difficult and testing as will every game but the recepie for success was there non the less with our very talented sqaud. Very happy with MP and his "philosophy" so far and long may it continue... Even long enough to shut some annoying haters up perhaps?
Mix26
re Wellbeck, based on his goals ratio last season would anyone have signed Chadli this season?
Slurms McKenzie
imo Jay rod is better than Welbeck....works as hard but has better timing and finishes more clinically...would people be so hopeful (because that is it can be based on) welbeck could score enough for us if he were coming from the Spammers instead on Manu? it's the Manu training that is carrying a bit more weight than it should...and he should have done better given the quality of players around him..82- Downing had Rose on toast if it was a boxing match the towel would have come in....Rose was poor against Spam....
shedboy2
Mix I will not be silenced and I still hate you!!! ;-)
Slurms McKenzie
slurms- perhaps not this season (what was chadli's goal ratio last year...5 in 34) but then again he was injured and played as a CM when he came back! so not that bad....
shedboy2
Rex, why would MP scout a Manchester utd side that he knew was a team of players that 90% of won't play again for United this season?
Block32
But Welbeck was played out of position regularly for United and he kept Rooney out of the side for a while, I don't think he is as bad as some are trying to make out, I can't stand his hair though!
Slurms McKenzie
rex- yes we have a fluid front 4 but one does lead the line (see Ade coming deep signals for Chadli to overlap)...and we need at least two who can hold the ball...welbeck will run and press but his decision making, timing (of runs and shots) and profligacy in front of goal makes me question his usefulness for us..if he did come it wouldn't be a terrible deal but I would view it as an opportunity to progress missed...
shedboy2
slurms - played out of position? what is his best position?...imo it's coming in as inside forward...he's not like a sturridge who is more clinical and so effective in the middle...
shedboy2
Admittedly with MK dons just down the road and utd in town it gives him a rare opportunity to see them, I think there is more to it than meets the eye though.
Block32
Maybe Pochettino just wanted a good laugh and so went to watch United? I mean LVG was expecting to be hammered maybe Poch was too???
Slurms McKenzie
MAN ON, not only do I not want to say his name I couldn't possibly spell it haha
Block32
Save our players for Liverpool, that is a proper match, this is an excuse of one with only the carrott of Champions League Football, would anyone like us to win the Championship Playoffs...means we qualify for the prem...... that said I think we will win this and all our Group games regardless of team.

MAN ON totally agree it is good to see Spurs players in the England squad, I can't see how it will fail to make them better players, look at Lampard, Gerard and Rooney, yes they are cr4p for England but all BRILLIANT premier league players.
T.H.F.Chris
Shedboy I don't think they deployed inside forwards at united and stuck him out wide on the wing. Welbeck wouldn't be my first choice, I'd prefer Bony for similar money, someone who is strong enough to lead the line and be a threat from crosses but still with enough skill to play as a link up man as well. Some one like Ade for example! Benteke and Jay rodriguez are both long term injuries so neither are a viable options this side of christmas!
Slurms McKenzie
Keep the winning habit going, Liverpool have a week to stew over their 3-1 beating Spurs winning four on the bounce is a much better platform to attack the game from! they can rest during the international break!
Slurms McKenzie
J-Rod is injured, will not pass a medical and no guarantee that he will regain his previous form. Massive gamble at this point and not a viable transfer target for the same reason!
Slurms McKenzie
Likewise Benteke!
Slurms McKenzie
NO shedboy ...Downing had his moments in the first half...But Rose won the duel...by helping spurs to a clean sheet over the 90 mins'.
82spursdebut
angelodundee- good choice of name....he talked a lot of sense...hope you can live up to the name...;)
shedboy2
Got to win tonight first before we start chewing nails about Sunday. To be honest at this stage of the season both teams would probably settle for a draw!
I Liverpool fail to put five goals past us will that mean we have improved or they have gone backward?

I also note with an arched eyebrow that all the football pundits who two weeks ago had Liverpool struggling with United and Everton to get that fourth place spot are now confidently telling everyone that they tipped Spurs for big things this season! As I recall all summer we have been written off based on the all the bad transfers from last season and lack of ability in our squad. What changed?
Slurms McKenzie
82- not at all...didn't see the game that way...Downing tore him a new one...Rose was awful on the day, we kept a clean sheet despite him not because of him....Capoue however was immense in both positions.
shedboy2
Still a full English LB on the books surely that adds at least five million to his Home grown price tag which adds at least 5 million more. So 10million+ because of his passport and England cap, his talent will then dictate the remaining balance!! Should Dier keep performing at his current level and should Walker regain his fitness we could easily have the bulk of the England back four playing for Spurs!
Slurms McKenzie
slurms-who is tipping us for big things?
tarkan mardinCOYS
slurms rarely did Welbeck keep chalk on his boots he always came in...I know Jay rod would be a risk but he's back in (light ) training and if we want one player for effectively two positions imo he's the better of the two in both positions and knows Poch and his style of play....but I also would much rather a player like Benteke up top and Konoplayanka on the left....
shedboy2
imo we are still behind the 8 ball in terms of bringing someone in who is a game changer.
tarkan mardinCOYS
If we sign Welbeck and Kane keeps improving and getting goals we could have the future English strike partnership at Spurs as well. Not to mention Townsend, a re-surgent Lennon, and youngsters Like Mason and Carroll. In a couple of years we could well have nearly half of a very poor international team playing for Spurs!!!
Slurms McKenzie
rex-lets wait and see,instead of jumping the gun.i for one think they have bought quite well.
tarkan mardinCOYS
Tarkan SSNHQ's conveyor belt of ex-pros and pundits! laughable really after two games, united now written off and Spurs title challengers!
Slurms McKenzie
Shedboy...If Rose was as bad as you say....then why didn't he sub' Rose at 45 mins' ?....he had Davies on the bench. Rose played his part in helping the defence keep a clean sheet over 90 mins'....and Downing..he contributed to a zero goals scored by the Wetspam forwards. Hence ...Rose is in the England squad and Downing cannot be claimed to be world class cos' he cannot get in the England squad when many others are absent.
82spursdebut
i predicted before a ball was kicked that pool would do well,but not sure about manure.
tarkan mardinCOYS
My prediction all summer has been City to win, Chelsea 2nd Arsenal in no mans land in third ad Us and Liverpool fighting it out for fourth. Everton to finish above united. But I am man enough to accept I might have been wrong about Arsenal!!!
Slurms McKenzie
Your wasting your time telling people on here that MP was looking at Danny Welbeck at MK Dons, must have been looking at Japseye or Chicken Tikka, but that's what Sky Sports said in the transfer round up, also Alex going for a Song has been told he can leave Barca and we have shown interest as reported in the same breath as Danny Welbeck, it's a bit like painting your ceiling white, some will still say it looks black.
spu 4 life
we need to offload soldao and use the dough to get a physical type of striker who can hold the ball up and bring others in the game.
tarkan mardinCOYS
Spu its more like buying white paint and being given a brochure with 56 different shades of white, all of which look white but at least, which ever one you eventually buy we can predict it is white!
Slurms McKenzie
wellbeck is as good a striker that we can get.a very underated player imo.
tarkan mardinCOYS
Tarkan I think you maybe right and Bony ticks all the boxes and is reasonably priced, proven in the premiership and we loving swapping players with Swansea!
Slurms McKenzie
Danny Rose has been made england captain SSNews
spu 4 life
theirs going to be a dog fight for alex song now that his been told his leaving.an upgrade on anything we have at the moment
tarkan mardinCOYS
82- if only it were all so simple...then we would have the world class andros and rose playing for us....Rose was ***** poor against Spam and we were lucky to win it....that's the way i saw it and no amount of re-writing of history will change that. jfyi Rose made Downing look world class does not mean that Downing is world class....
shedboy2
Rex its an idiom from athletics where a runner sets off before the starter gun as been fired. It can mean to do something too soon, especially without thinking carefully about it, or to do something before it should be done or to act or reach a decision before all information is at hand.
Slurms McKenzie
I would not be against Alex Song and Danny Welbeck joining us, they have a lot to offer, both would bring a lot to the party.
spu 4 life
rex-i think liverpool have got stronger this season.even with the loss of suarez.they have strenghtened
tarkan mardinCOYS
slurms- I think we already have the player in the welbeck/Jay rod mold who also ticks the HG box in Kane....signing welbeck will just restrict his chances...yes he still has to prove himself but we'd be much better off buying a player who can play up top and waiting on kane...if he doesn't kick on then go for a fully fit Jay rod....
shedboy2
If only you were a real spurs fan...Shedboy 2.....I mean fancy criticising your own teams players and praising the oppositions players......MOre so when Your own team are top of the prem' and doing very well ...Dear me..aint' no pleasing some !!...lol
82spursdebut
no way were liverpool were reliant on suarez than we were on gareth bale.people have tried to make this parallel,but i am not convinced
tarkan mardinCOYS
82- comprehension dear boy....
shedboy2
rex-this is myth thats been well and truly exploded.they have a slightly better points record whilst he was banned/injured.
tarkan mardinCOYS
i say daniel sturridge is more irreplaceable than suarez.he scores more goals against different oppositions.8 consecutive games scoring.
tarkan mardinCOYS
So if Ade plays in the ACON, we have two strikers Kane and Soldado, one is miss firing at present and I hope that changes, the other is young and full of potential, so is having 4 strikers adding another in Welbeck and bad idea, not as far as I'm concerned, but we all have different views, Alex Song is a very good holding midfield player and available on loan, yes we have Sandro, but we also have a different manager who has just sold our club captain, his paid to make big decisions, so what ever MP decides that will do for me. Let's get tonight out of the way, look forward to sunday and make it two more wins, Liverpool will be a hard game, but we will make it very hard for them, just like insole tonight.
spu 4 life
If welbeck is the best 'striker' we can get then we may all just pack up and go home....he has a lot of plus points but 'striker' isn't one....his stats that are meant to be good for England- 8 goals in 26 games...he has only scored against the might of san marino, scotland, Moldova, sweden and belgium....two of those in friendlies....
shedboy2
Will any of you get to see the game tonight? I’ve got a stinking cold and headache at the moment so I’m off to bed soon. I won’t know the result of this one until I wake up. Well, that’s not quite true; I know the result but I don’t know the scorers!
Geofspurs
on todays game-its a difficult one.if we rest everyone whos playing against pool we run the risk of letting AEL back into it.and they are not a bad outfit.
tarkan mardinCOYS
Rex-dont believe the hype.use your own loaf and dont go with what everyone wants you to believe.be an original thinker like me
tarkan mardinCOYS
Get well soon Geof! Lamela hat-trick if he plays :) COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
Good article and points made lads & lasses. I'd go for Lloris...Naughton, Kaboul, Veljkovic, Davies... Sandro, Paulinho... Lennon, Holtby, Townsend... Kane to start. COYS
melloSPUR
Good article and points made lads & lasses. I'd go for Lloris...Naughton, Kaboul, Veljkovic, Davies... Sandro, Paulinho... Lennon, Holtby, Townsend... Kane to start. COYS
melloSPUR
Cheer, James, sound good!
Geofspurs
Without knowing who may be heading out to another club, and therefore are not really suitable for selection, my team would be: Lloris; Fredricks(naughton for PL), Chiriches, Dier, Davies; Sandro, Paulinho; Lennon, Holtby, Townsend; Kane Also, think a draw at least against Pool is very, very realistic. We should leave last season's catastrophes in the past.
praguespurs
...and now I read Fredricks has been loaned out; Naughton it is then. Hard to say what the score will be but could see another 2-1 tbh (to us, of course ;p
praguespurs
mello ... I think you just picked a 22 man team?!
Geofspurs
With regards to Welbeck, I'd have him in a heart beat. Age and abilities are in his favour, with only his finishing to work on. He's a grafter that plays upfront. Sounds like the ideal person to start defensive pressing if that's what MoPo wants from the team. ... Some on here might only want to put up particular stats, stating he's only scored 1 in 5, but I doubt he's ever played a whole season as a striker, often being used wide due to his pace and dribbling ability. He's technically sound, just needs finishing (ruthlessness) training imo. At £16m he's got the English premium, so his value would be closer to £12m to suit people's tastes of value = quality. Alongside our youthful team, he will be a league winner, looking to inspire Spurs. Fergie had lots of faith in him and 9 in 25 league games in a terrible season for ManUre, isn't that bad, considering, is it? Bargain!
melloSPUR
REx - in fairness, Liverpool did look extremely good in the first half against Man City and dominated away, against a team that slaughtered us. The score was a case of Man City being very good & a couple of sloppy goals. Don't underestimate Liverpool (even without their star player) & they have brought some decent players to add to the squad which finished second. The pace of that Benfica lad was scary. COYS
Windlespur
Difficult tie in the League Cup ... ex European champions on more than one occasion! Now that IS tricky!
Geofspurs
I agree with you there Windlespur. They were very slick in that first 30 minutes and will cause us problems if we let them settle into their game. Hopefully injuries will have weakened them defensively as with Ballotelli likely to play a part, keeping a clean sheet will be difficult.
Love totty
That's it Rex, Welbeck isn't an improvement; he's merely at our current strikers' level
praguespurs
I'd take Bony or Welbeck but I don't think we need them. The team is set up to score goals from midfield ... and then of course there is Dier!
Geofspurs
I'm hoping to see an all Brazilian centre midfield tonight: Lloris, Naughton, Fazio (if eligible), Chiriches, Davies, Sandro, Paulinho, Lennon ,Holtby, Townsend, Kane - should be enough to get the job done. Think the two Brazilians lads need a fair crack of the whip - easy to slate the beast and his compatriot, but when fully fit Sandro is a powerhouse and Paulinho even got praise from Dim last season how he 'didn't know he could do that' etc etc. We'll see, gonna be cheering on Brucey's Hull too :) COYS
chavli
Thirty passes, through ball, score. Thirty more passes, lay off, shoot, score. Thirty passes, through ball, score. How many goals do we want? It’s easy when you know how.
Geofspurs
Night all! COYS!
Geofspurs
The only reason people are talking about Wellbeck is because he's now being linked strongly with Spurs..... Personally, I would prefer Bony or Benteke, (if ignoring his injury)........ I agree with Tarkan re: Liverpool. I think they have an improved squad, despite losing Suarez. I think they did very well without him at the start of last season and will do just as well this time. Suarez, regardless of his goals, could be seen as a liability if we are to be left field with our thoughts. After all, his absence through the ban, could well be the reason for them not winning the title, if you believe that they did badly miss him. Spurs will beat them on Sunday, of course, because we are the superior team. No problem. Up the Spurs!
MAN ON!
Man on, isn't that the only reason you mention Bony and Benteke? I personally would prefer the fore mentioned too, as would most football fans but we only mention them instead of Messi and Benzema because the media have mentioned a link previously.
RyanHotSpur
Danny Wellbeck is rubbish.
A striker who can`t score has no place in this team IMO if we sign Wellbeck i will cry.Players to come in to improve Spurs or it`s counter productive
Fanny adams
I'd say Welbeck is a good homegrown player to have in the 25 man squad, however I'd prefer him to be 3rd choice striker...
RyanHotSpur
RyanHotSpur... I know, but those two are at least feasible, seeing as they would be taking a step up to join Spurs. (I mean't that Wellbeck is the one that's all over the media today). ;-)
MAN ON!
Fanny adams.. You can say he's rubbish all you like of course, but he's quite obviously not.
MAN ON!
Fanny adams.. If Poch chooses to buy him will you change your tune about being positive with our new coach? Will you accept that MP doesn't think he is rubbish? After all, Fergie liked him.
MAN ON!
Welbeck > Lallana on paper so he isn't that bad. Like I said I wouldn't mind him taking a homegrown slot, but would prefer him to be 3rd choice
RyanHotSpur
Benteke IS the man... All I'm saying about Wellbeck is that if he came I don't think it's a bad shout. I wasn't thinking about him until his name popped up in relation to Spurs. Don't even know why I'm defending the guy to be honest....
MAN ON!
But Liverpool looked very poor at home against the Saints, the Sanits deserved the points in that game, I believe Liverpol's squad have strenghten in depth, but they don't look as dangerous as last year.
Ossie
man on- I agree he won't be a bad addition but imo we will have missed an opportunity to upgrade our quality up top....provided of course that we are only buying him and not buying Benteke as well!...;) I mean if we're swapping andros for Wellbeck and signing a top front man..then happy days!...
shedboy2
See you later for the match. Has to be a comfortable win, hasn't it?
MAN ON!
angelodundee If you swapped Lennon for Wellbeck you`d get rid of one player who can`t score for another who can`t score,counter productive.Both are too weak offensively & if Spurs want top 4 then we won`t with players who have a goal to game ratio of 1 every five.In fact Lennons may be 1 goal every 10 games,not even defenders should get away with that.

Eric Dier sums up for me why players like Lennon & Wellbeck should be embarrassed of their attacking contribution.
Fanny adams
Rex_Vulgaris.. That's why I put the ?.... I don't think they'll be a pushover.. Cheers all. Enjoy the match if you can.
MAN ON!
I really don't understand why some peeps are writing off some players before we've even signed them. Look, if Poch went to see Welbeck, I trust HIS judgement over any on here. How many said Rose should be despatched before the season kicked off? Many say 'in Poch I trust'. Well stick to it! Poch's choice, whilst to a degree depends on the PAST performance of an individual, IMO, is more to do with can HE coach him and will he adapt to the philosophy and will the team benefit ONCE he has been coached. If we are looking at Welbeck then fine, it will take him 3 to 4 games to adapt. So, by the time Ade saunters off to ACN, Welbeck should fit in seamlessly. COYS!
Critical_Spur
I am not Welbecks biggest fan, but his stats are better than Lallana. He is 23 years old, 20goals/90apps ( 1 in 4.5) for utd, 8goals/26 England (1 in 3.3), 16m is cheap when you look at Lallana, 26years old, 25m and 48goals/235app (1 in 4.9) for Saints and 0/9 caps England.. When you consider Ade is off on ACN duty, then it makes perfect sense to have someone who can play out wide or striker. Welbeck would be a really good addition to the squad. I don't consider Welbeck a better striker than Benteke or Bony but his all round game is much better than either and I would still try and sign an out and out striker, especially if Pocho wants to let Soldado go.
vicspur
Liverpool are in for a difficult season in my opinion. Not saying that they cannot finish top four, as they are capable... But things are going to be much harder for them for these reasons: a) Last season they had no Europe competition, AND got out of the cups early. Merely 43 games in ALL comps they contended with. Spurs played 53 games in all comps - including a trips to Russia, Romania and war-torn Ukraine! This season will different. b) Suarez. Irreplaceable. After a slow start here, those shots stopped hitting the woodwork, and started going in. The other thing is that he struck a great partnership with Sturridge - that cannot be replaced either. That created more goals than the sum of the parts. One bite later, and Suarez had to be replaced - which leads me to the next point. c) Balotelli - whilst his goal record is good, he just will not be as reliable to keep "trying" like Suarez did. But like Suarez, he is prone to the odd suspension and controversy. Not a good replacement in my eyes, but let's see. Lambert needs to be played, and isn't right now - and this will only slow his integration. d) Sturridge - a lot more rests on him. Not sure that he is up to it, but I think that he is a good player. e) defence - still leaky and easily conceded the most goals in the top 5. Without the same strikeforce, this will be felt. f) Ageing Gerrard - he had a great season up until that slip up! It would be amazing if he could repeat, but I would be surprised as he is bound to wane at some point. g) Less momentum - last season everything conspired (all the above points) to give Liverpool momentum. This momentum allowed them to grab points that weren't theirs to grab. Lot's of last minute points, and early goals leading to easy routs. Not sure that it will repeat. As for Man U, I thought that Van Gaal would have them back on track early. But something is wrong. Clearly they need a squad overhaul, but they spent all the cash on Stones and Di Maria! Bizarre. The squad has been ageing, crocked and thinning out for years, and nothing has been done. I am beginning to think that Moyes was not too much to blame for last season. Top four is definitely up for grabs for someone who wants it most - be it Everton, Us or someone else who can get momentum. We have to first see if we can repeat last weekend's showing vs Liverpool and other big boys first.
TonyRich
Angelodundee - Yes, I would have liked to see Lallana join us, but he is not worth 25m. Welbeck is worth 16m and his stats show him to be a bit better than Lallana at scoring.
vicspur
Last season I was pleased for us to be in EL, and don't get me wrong I always want us to do well in every competition but would it be the end of the world, if we failed tonight, just thinking it seemed to help Liverpool last season not being involved in EL.
Thats Entertainment
COYS
SpursOne2
Personal terms would have to be exquisite for Welbeck to join us. A Loan is easier? Also one less player for the gooners to look at. Bonus. Benteke won’t come villa will ask too much for him, plus Bent was pants for them the other night. COYS.
SpursOne2
SpursOne2 - Villa can try to ask too much for Benteke, but his price has gone down since the last time we went knocking. I cannot see him costing too much. The question mark is whether he can prove himself still worthy before January.
TonyRich
Tony didn't Benteke extend his contract not long after we "came knocking"? That to me would sign signals that's probably be more expensive / less available than our prior approach. Benteke for me actually possesses a real talent, very much unlike the one season wonders of Ba and Cisse.
RyanHotSpur
Amazingly some posters are coming back to true form and bugging up the redscousers !!! Critical - well said about in MRP - can't really complain about his judgements so far .... Long may if continue !!!
Highgatespur
TE - no way !!! More competitions we are in the better it is !!! We have a bud squad to be successful !!! COTMS !!!
Highgatespur
vicspur- really comparing llalana and welbeck? not the same type of player at all....llalana was over priced...welbeck may be about right but not the goal scorer we need....
shedboy2
Highgate, just thinking less is more sometimes, would be nice to win it though, CL place and all that, just reckon we could finish top four without it COYSS!
Thats Entertainment
More is more!

No trophies since Ramos won the carling cup! We need to challenge on all fronts not just a CL place via a strong PL finish. To do that we need a big enough squad with a wide range of qualities amongst our players. I wouldn't mind Welbeck, he is better than signing no forward at all. Success breeds success so let's go out there and win something, anything, if not everything!
RyanHotSpur
i wish we were in the champions league draw.
tarkan mardinCOYS
More is more! yeah, like that Ryan!
Thats Entertainment
Game isn't on telly box tonight is it?
Rapm
Shed - initially I was comparing price. Lallana was overpriced at 25m. Welbeck looks like a very good deal for 16m. Then I looked up the scoring stats, and Welbeck is a touch better. I was actually not trying to compare them directly as players. I can see Welbeck playing as a striker or 1 of the 3 attacking or in a 4-3-3. He would be a good addition to our squad for 16m for a 23 year old England international with 26 caps. Lallana is 26 years old with 9 caps. I think this is a very good deal. He is not an out and out striker like Benteke, and I wouldn't buy him on the premise. I just can't see many negatives in signing him.
vicspur
IMO scoring goals has always been Spurs downfall.So signing Danny Wellbeck a player who doesn`t score makes no sense to me.
I am writing Wellbeck off because everybody knows it was Van Persi who won manchester United the league,Spurs need to find their own Van Persie because IMO the contribtution by Wellbeck is not enough.

If Spurs played Manchester United i`d love for Wellbeck to be in their team,for me he is not a big threat.Occasional glimpses of form are not what Spurs need if they want to get around 75 points.

Spurs & Everton have both got 72 points in recent seasons & yet still not enough for Champions league.We need Soldado to come good & chip in plus another who will get around 15 to 20 goals a season.It`s what wins you games at the end of the day.
We need a Benteke type player over a Wellbeck one any day of the week.I was wrong about benteke & Tophobunty banged that drum about him countless times.Benteke is the sort of player Spurs need.We already have silky players in lamela & Eriksen,but we don`t have a double hard striker like benteke,or someone as lethal as van persie who can win a game on his own.Wellbeck is not a match winner when you`re playing bad.
A match winner when you`re playing bad or having a bad day & conjure up 3 points out of nowhere are worth their weight in gold.
Eric Dier for West Ham fine example,massive fan of his already.
Fanny adams
Personally I believe Welbeck can be bought outright of less than 15 mill. Most of the top 4 teams have more or less concluded their business (Man U are NOT top 4!). Apart from us, only Arsenal possibly need a striker to cover for Girooo. Manu U have accepted quite a low fee for Tom Cleverley (an England player). I think they'd be somewhat desperate to off-load considering LVG wants to do a Harry there! COYS!
Critical_Spur
Sorry, no longer buy the 'match winner' idea. Poch is building a TEAM. As a TEAM we've done OK so far wrt goals, one of the reasons we are sitting above the usual culprits. I don't care whom we've played against so far. Last season we couldn't score for toffee and we may have beaten QPR by a max of 2 goals. We couldn't beat W Ham, but we found another goal scorer. Wait 'til the understanding is fluid between the attacking mid-fielders. IMO, there are a lot of goals in the TEAM. Yes, we had Bale bailing us out and we moaned. Now we have several goal scorers and we want to go back to that 'game changer'? COYS!
Critical_Spur
Tophobunty also argued about Adebayor being our saviour up front which is clearly not the case. I don't see many differences in the type of game both Ade and Welbeck bring to the forward line, so in that alone we would be improving on age, attitude, homegrown quota and having a player that doesn't go missing for AFCON.

No one is saying Welbeck is what we need right now to solve the goal drought up front but he is an improvement at least for the above mentioned reasons and thus allows us to sell Soldado / Ade in the near future. I don't think we have a top striker lined up yet so perhaps it would be best to get the pieces in place now and focus on signings a real talent come January / next year.
RyanHotSpur
Talking about strikers notably Benteke and Bony, what about Jackson Martinez? I don't think anyone has made a bid for him.
vicspur
Criticalspur says he doesn`t buy the match winner idea yet we only have to look at Lloris for that.A match winner can come from anywhere on the park,& so can a match loser.
All about key points in games & game changing decisions,genius or errors.
Mark Noble misses a penalty,lloris saves from point blank,Dier steals the 3 points.Three massive key incidents during the game that got West ham no points & Spurs all 3.Every club needs these moments but cannot rely on them.
West ham fans must of been furious they never won & Spurs fans must be in disbelief that they did.
Similar to when Stalteri scored for us to win 4-3,fine lines & match winning moments.
Fanny adams
RyanHotSpur IMO it`s all about options & IMO Wellbeck is the wrong one for Spurs.What can Wellbeck bring us that we don`t already have in Lamela,Erikson,Chadlii etc
Fanny adams
Don't open this to$$ers web site more mickey mouse bo//ox. Sevilla say Fazio isn't a Tottenham player, lawyers being consulted Sport Witness 18:07 utter crap
spu 4 life
Tottenham Hotspur ‏@SpursOfficial 2m #THFC team: Lloris; Naughton, Chiriches, Kaboul, Davies, Dembele, Sandro; Lennon, Paulinho, Townsend; Kane. #COYS E
MAN ON!
subs: Friedel, Dier, Rose, Veljkovic, Chadli, Holtby, Adebayor
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angelodundee- eriksen played off the left for us....so I guess he's the same as welbeck, no? eriksen and Lallana are more comparable. Welbeck would however be an upgrade on Andros...;)
shedboy2
Let's see just how well Andros takes his goal tonight. A couple for Kane, maybe one for Holtby coming off the bench... Up the Spurs!
MAN ON!
Fanny adams, you touched on the exact point I am making, though mine was more in a roundabout way! A 'game changer' or a 'match winner' call it what you like, I don't believe we should be relying on ONE player to take the responsibility. You cite Lloris. But I can say Eriksen too has been the match winner as have others in glimpses. My point is if we have that TEAM spirit and mentality, everyone's a (or should be) a 'match winner. It's way too early to be almost 'demanding' that from indivduals. I thought there were several 'game changers' in the past three games. Let's see how many (if not the whole TEAM) bring that mentality to the table in January.
Critical_Spur
Good Luck to all the players tonight, it's OUR club. COYS.
spu 4 life
Limassol will ne confused.com, unsure of what to expect from out '2nd string' team! Great to have more internationals to call on! COYS!
Critical_Spur
Chiriches and Kaboul will be interesting. Likewise Sandro and Paulinho. Do your stuff lads and do it good.....
MAN ON!
Good to see chiriches, sandro and dembele getting starts, good team.
Kong
Our club is all about us the Team we all LOVE. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SrHcjOxnTc
spu 4 life
Kaboul starting today might mean he is not playing Sunday, don't know how many games he can play in quick succession.
Kong
Ok so we could do with one or two extras. Every team can. Our squad is still a pretty strong one...
MAN ON!
Lamela and Eriksen completely rested for Sunday game. They must be the 'match winners'! COYS!
Critical_Spur
Nice one Cyril, nice one spu!
MAN ON!
Highgate, hope you find a good 2-D pub in Kuwait. COYS!
Critical_Spur
Well, I am going for 3-0 (Kane, Pauli and Lennon). COYS!
Critical_Spur
good to see both brazilians start, puts an end to the conspiracy theories. It looks like paulinho will be playing higher up than dembele, but it will be interesting to see how much they rotate. good team. we really do have a decent squad :) looks like we have a manager who will utilise it too
Guernman
Wow, Sandro, Dembele and Paulinho starting together can't wait to see how they line up and how they perform. Loving the Pochettino era, looking forward to every game!
Slurms McKenzie
Hope Sandy has us all purring again! Clean slate for Vlad and Paulie. I will now sit back and let townsend and Kane impress me. Talk to you at half time.
Slurms McKenzie
Shocking attempt by the keeper but should only be a yellow!
Slurms McKenzie
penalty, yellow card and broken nose is sufficent punishment. I don't want a red because I want to see the lads play against 11. Lot of blood on the keepers face.
Slurms McKenzie
look at harry kane with the ball in his hand
tarkan mardinCOYS
Is the game on anywhere?? Cant find anywhere
gatch75
itv4 gatch
Guernman
http://u-peak.me/itv4.html
Critical_Spur
Guernamn Critical many thanks. only got ITV4 +1 for some reason
gatch75
KANENO!
MAN ON!
The wrath of Kane!
LongTimeSpursFan64
Can see why we bought Davies - caught my eye in this first half.
Durbanspur
best player by a distance was young harry kane.
tarkan mardinCOYS
Loved Pocho's expression after Kane's goal. He didn't look a happy man on the bench. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
Poch, ring up Koeman at southampton, i will volunteer to drive An"dross" down there, he is crap............not good enough, even though "woy" has him in his squad, get rid... 12 million in the bank for the extra striker we need, Kane looks good tonight.....Pauli, poor.....Dembele class, the Beast, well always good to watch. COYS
micky58
Decent first half, doing enough, but I have to say Townsend is a liability, no end product, 2 "shots" into the crowd, then a cynical yellow card, he really doesn't cut the mustard for me sorry. Another player looking jaded and not really up for it is Paulinho, just not the same player we signed. Sandro looking his old self, when he tackles em they stay tackled. Carry on as we are, keep going, we may score again. Get Townsend off, before he gets a second yellow, trust me he won't be missed.
Frank
missed pen, that's twice in the europa last one was Hearts @ the lane, but his not let it effect him this time and has played well and a very well taken goal, very much doing what is required.
spu 4 life
Incidentally, now we see why we paid £26M for a penalty taker.
Frank
Kane redeemed himself after the missed peno. Chiri has had a good return. Nice assist by Pauli. Seemingly game in the bag so we may see a bit more flair in the 2nd half.
Critical_Spur
Just shows you what a good judge Woy Dinosaur Hodgson is, picking Townsend in the England squad, if we ain't got better than him, we must be in the ****.
Frank
Kane and Sandro real stand out players, Kaboul bossing everything. Couple of flashes from lennon and a nice back heel to set up Kane. Vlad tidy and couple of strong challenges early early on. Ben davis has been solid as has noughton. Dembele has been very good. Paulinho has been quiet taken up some good positions and unlucky with one rebound off the keeper But doing what the manager wants and pounced on the mistake to set up the goalvwith a lovely pass. Townsend has been poor lacking pace and poor decisions and shots, not a happy bunny. Lennon, townsend and dembele too rigid. Paulinho and lennon have been switching but Townsend is sticking to the right wing.
Slurms McKenzie
Holtby for Townsend at HT anyone, don't risk Chadli
spu 4 life
Kane has quick feet for a big lad and surprisingly can turn very well. The boy has a lot going for him. His passing and movement off the ball has been superb. He just needs to keep playing. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
Micky58, absolutely spot on. I would say he is crap, but he ain't as good as that.
Frank
I must admit my patience is starting to wear thin with Andros and Aaron. Simply must do better. They are stand out weak links in this game.
RyanHotSpur
PAUL!
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Just need Lennon to score and my prediction comes true!!! COYS!
Critical_Spur
was that NEYMAR scoring that goal? High pressing wins the day
spu 4 life
Critical_Spur that will be in march next year then :-)
spu 4 life
Dross end get him off
spu 4 life
spu, Poch is the miracle man! I have hope. C'mon Lennon....make my day! COYS!
Critical_Spur
12 million for townsend? that seems like a good deal right now
Guernman
oh, so close critical :)
Guernman
ANDROS!
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perfect penalty, well done andros
Guernman
top pen, had do something right and he scored can't ask for more.
spu 4 life
Are you rangers in disguise!
RyanHotSpur
Critical_Spur icing on the cake if Lennon could score
spu 4 life
interestingly townsend is much more accurate shooting with his right foot. would still rather he pass though
Guernman
Professional and solid. Easy.
MAN ON!
After scoring his pen, he played a lot better, GOOD PERFORMANCE all round. Sandro tackles and they don't come out for the second half, BEAST he really is worth keeping.
spu 4 life
What's this all about? Apparently Fazio isn't our player yet. http://www.marca.com/2014/08/28/en/football/spanish_football/1409252437.html?
longtimespur
Menthis Depay scored another brace tonight . and we have Townsend. missed a trick there.
topspur53
Well played lads. Could have been a potential banana skin but they played to a tempo that made it hard for them to find any rhythm. Some very good performances tonight. Kane stood out, Naughton played well, Sandro looked good but he's lost a yard of pace imo. Nice goal Paulinho and he played much better in the 2nd half. Impressed with Dembele and Lennon played well. Nice pass into Kane and he should have scored himself. Townsend did well. Seen him play much better but lets get behind the boy. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
angelodundee, I agree with that summary. Despite being 'satisfied' with Kane, I think he has lot to work on. He was a menace tonight, did a lot of fancy stuff/trickery, but not the end product. The goal was well taken. More coaching please Poch. All in all no injuries and probably only 4 players from that team that will start against Liverpool. COYS!
Critical_Spur
This may sound a little harsh after such a comprehensive victory but we desperately need to strengthen our attack. Kane could easily of had 5 tonight and should have completed a hat trick at the very least. I realise that that may seem churlish but to win this competition or to finish in the top 4, we need at least 2 clinical finishers and we don't even have 1. Any more transfer business should be focused on front men.
devils-advocaat
All round good performance, lots of pressing when without the ball.
longtimespur
And least we found our cheaper penalty taker! :0)
Critical_Spur
We maybe better off with Andy Townsend than Andros Townsend, they will be about as good as each other. Just because he scores with a pen, it doesn't excuse a crap performance. There is no vacancy for somebody who does nowt but scores a penalty, we already have somebody fulfilling that role.
Frank
Good result, good performance, job done.
Kong
memphis *
topspur53
Nuff said Kong. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
Solid team performance. Sandro is back with a bang! A great performance from the Beast! Kane will be a great striker if he continues to develop, should have had a hat-trick today from all those chances, but good that he scored and he gets into those chances. Nice to see Milos get a few minutes!
Jables
Four games, scored 10, against 1 and we are work in progress! COYS!
Critical_Spur
Damn, Hull out on away goals to a team named Lokeren. Would have been nice for Daws, Jake and Thudd to play in the EL.
Jables
Good comprehensive win, there is an old saying "you can only beat what is in front of you" and Spurs were simply far too good, worked too hard, had too many better players than AEL. Most of the team enhanced their reputations, and we looked a good side for a second X1. Kane took his goal well, but really should have had a hatrick without the penalty. I thought Sandro was excellent, out of Lennon and Townsend, I thought Aaron won that hands down, Davies had a decent game as did Dembele, Kaboul, Chiriches was found out a couple of times in the air, Lloris only in the game on a total of 4 occasions, Naughton had an OK game, in fact it was an excellent team performance except for Townsend, I'm afraid he only makes a token contribution to the team, all fart and blow, with no end product to speak of, how many good crosses, or penetrative passes, did he make in 90 minutes.
Frank
More than you think Frank...
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This is the english version from Marca in spain, something to do with the money, has Pele got it, why did Levy give it to him to take over, so it reads; 08/28/2014 Sevilla are fuming at Federico Fazio. President José Castro talked to the media after leaving the traditional floral offering to the Virgin of the Kings, among other things assuring that the Argentinean is still a Sevilla player. "The player has a contract and the money may have been deposited with La Liga, but it is not in Sevilla's coffers. I don't understand what the player is doing in England. He will leave, but he will leave when his contract is terminated and it hasn't been yet", explained the executive, who added that the club is looking at taking disciplinary action against the Argentine. Castro acknowledged that "these things happen in football", before adding, "Obviously we're angry." "I'm not going to go into details regarding certain things about Fazio. I don't want to. It won't lead to anything. They've paid €10 million for him, which is his buy-out clause. We'll see if they have to pay more for him according to the rules." The Fazio bust-up is not over. It remains to be seen what steps are taken, what reactions are to come, and whether the player has anything to say. Fazio has already been unveiled by Spurs and wants to move on. "I've come to Tottenham because it is a great club and has fantastic fans", said the player in London. However, he will also have to come out and respond to this latest development. In other affairs, Castro talked about upcoming additions. He said that "the squad will be complete with the arrival of the centre-back, Kolodziejczak". Read more: Castro: "Fazio is still a Sevilla player" - MARCA.com (English version)
spu 4 life
Yes FAZIO has a message for you ''GET STUFFED'' 10meuros is his buy out clause and THFC have paid that, have a look down the side of the sofa your find it, you to$$ pot.
spu 4 life
Why do we never learn, Townsend has pace, stamina, good technique, and excellent work ethic. His decision making is his Achilles thats plain to see. But again the raw ingredients are there. He is a good coaches dream & guess what he will improve massively under this coaching staff. If we were to follow the same logic as we constantly seem to go through, Rose would not be getting an England cap next week he would be in a relegation dog fight after being given away. Kane would have been sold 2 years ago for thrupence to Scarborough when he was the latest player deemed not good enough. Im hopeful & confident we have a set up that will get the best out of talented players and not just rely on an unsustainable turnaround of players each window. And by the way Im not a blind optimist, Sherwood from day 1 was an unmitigated disaster waiting to happen whatever the points tally says.
gatch75
what a surprise Sevilla not happy with us....(sarcasm alert)...it'll be to do with the tax or when the money clears...they really don't like us do they...I wonder why...;)
shedboy2
Again poor from Andros townsend, no end product, poor shooting and loosing the ball. Sell for if we can get 12 mil that would be great business
123spurs
If we have actually paid the money into La Liga as instructed then Seville can simply Foxtrot Oscar, simple as that.
Frank
Sorry gatch75 I fear you are wrong, Townsend looks like a player like Downing, Johnson etc. who will have the odd outstanding game, but for the most part he will flatter to deceive, and be a liability.
Frank
a solid performance tonight...sandro pauli and dembele all trying to find fitness and get match sharp and they did seem to get better as the game went on (although tiring)...Kane -you can see there is a player in there...he's not one to rely on yet as he's not clinical enough...miss those chance in a Pl game and there may be no hiding or second chances...but a good player and he's busting a gut to come out. Davies solid display and a good shot saved by the keeper...won't be long before we see a switchover in the PL...the balls in Rose's court...lennon looked lively, had some good touches and was unlucky with a chip...Andros....Man On! was right a well taken goal! but as for his performance...let's just say it hasn't changed my opinion. We should take 12m from saints he might be able to carve out a decent career there or lower down but my fear is if we keep him, we'll wreck him as he's not up to level...Naughton cost us a pen that wasn't scored against Spam, tonight wins us a pen that wasn't scored...solid display. Kab's dominant and Vlad showed he has a good touch and close control...and still a tendency to get caught overplaying but solid enough and again working his way back to fitness....so a good run out, 90 mins in the legs of a lot who needed it - good calls by Poch....
shedboy2
gatch75- buying players with the revenue's generated is perfectly sustainable....as for Andros...he's good at dribbling fast....that is not all the raw talent required to turn him into a top footballer...the coaches can't teach everyone and they are not magicians, best we learn to concentrate our efforts on those with a bit more of a rounded skill set...
shedboy2
Frank - he looks more like Routledge to me....
shedboy2
COME ON YOU SPURS & We WON!
Madaboutspurs
Madaboutspurs- not only did we win....we didn't pick up any injuries, we got players closer to match sharp and didn't risk most of the first team...good calls from poch...generally a good night all round!
shedboy2
Frank, Shedboy its all about opinions. Personally I see a player with massive upside and is very coachable. I said the same about Rose months ago and whereas hes still got bust potential the improvement in a few months is plain to see. Rose has been asked to defend first and foremost and play within a shape instead of being asked to be a poor mans Roberto Carlos by Timmy. When Townsend has been left out he almost tries too hard, is greedy and makes poor decisions. When he plays simply and waits for his moments like his cameo against Spammers theres a player there. Ask yourself with 20 mins left in chasing a game will he at the very least not have an impact and create a chance from somewhere. My main issue with the likes of Rose Townsend, Naughton Bentaleb etc is that they have caused so much contrasting debate it almost feels like fans on either side either dont want them to succeed or there is blinding praise to win a perceived argument Maybe I fall into the latter category at times although I try to be balanced.
gatch75
Jamie O'Hara's contract with Wolves cancelled by mutual consent. A good player ruined by character weaknesses preventing him delivering on his potential. Not helped by his marital choice, very sad.
Frank
gatch - it is all about opinions...the game hinges on them. for me Andros has never shown anything other than flashes and they tend to be adrenaline, there is just so much that the boy doesn't have as his wasted golden opportunity tonight showed -teed up his shot almost hit the corner flag, caught in possession, taking the wrong option etc football intelligence is not easily coached and he's seriously lacking- the truth is he doesn't score or create anywhere near enough it's head down direct running and the directness is liked by quite a few but it's rarely dangerous...Rose is a converted winger and plays like one...where all the praise is coming from for this 'season' I don't know? he was poor against spam and didn't have much defending to do against QPR..and that is the season, 2 games! He can learn and can get better, having a Capoue in the team will help him no end as well. Bentaleb - is learning looks half decent nothing more should Sandro and Capoue really have been sitting on the bench instead of him last year!?....I want us to win and play as well as we can- if we can bring youngsters on slowly and if they are to the standard we need then great but I can't sit by and watch in silence (I gave andros 9 games last year despite knowing exactly what he'd do before the season started) while others players are getting it in Spades or sat in the dug out yet the main culprit is getting away scott free because he's a young HG....if you're good enough, you're old enough BUT if you're not good enough I don't care how old you are -you shouldn't be on the pitch when it matters....
shedboy2
Frank - agree with that one...
shedboy2
4 games, 4 wins, conceding only 1 goal, an excellent start to the season. What we need to do now, is to pick the right team, play the right system, ensure we are all on top of our game, and beat Liverpool at WHL on Sunday. There is one thing for certain, this will be a stern test, the hardest game so far, and if we are not at our best, we will get beaten. I just hope we don't get embarrassed, in the way we did against top clubs last season, but I think that that is unlikely.
Frank
Fair point Shedboy. Funnily out of all the players mentioned Im more convinced about Bentaleb than any of the others. Id pick him before Sandro and I think he has an excellent future. That said there's no nailed on World beater they can all go either way. Key thing for me is there's big upside, and the ingredients in all of them to be coached & improve significantly. It doesnt nor should it apply to all HG players. Dean Marney Johhny Jackson for example were very much flash in the pans and quickly found they level. I dont think anyone saw them as long term first teamers even at the time. Rose and Townsend may not make the first 11 regularly but even if they are worthy squad members thats fine by me.
gatch75
Frank, I think Poch needs to (IMO will) prepare them mentally. My guess is the team that played against QPR will mostly be the starting 11. This game will be a psychological barrier that the lads will have to prepare to overcome, just like the one against W Ham. Against W Ham (yes, the 1st game), there was some nervousness about the team. Lady luck was with us and we may need an element of that against Liverpool too. Having said that, the momentum of 4 wins will definitely help! COYS!
Critical_Spur
I must admit I am bricking it a bit about Liverpool. Our MF had the mother of roastings last year, I dont think I can remember a bigger shoeing in years. Even the City games weren't as lop sided.Every Facet of the game was a rout, from Daws being left 1 v 1 with Suarez, Paulinhos no show. All round carnage. Id take a draw hands down and Im hoping we look a more robust solid unit against a team who have players technical enough to mitigate our high press.
gatch75
I really like how MP is utilizing the entire squad. Big game on Sunday. Let's hope we are not all doom and gloom if we do not do well. btw, good pick on the score Criticalspur. So close.
Madaboutspurs
Another 3-0 win! Well done the lads! Well done MP!
Geofspurs
Wellbeck looks like Grace Jones. that's gotta change if we buy him.
gRAMMSTEIN
Yep ... He'd look a lot better as Halle Berry!!
Geofspurs
Halle Berry is alright!
Madaboutspurs
Wellbeck is like a less scary version of Grace Jones .lol
Madaboutspurs
Critical - watched the game with a brilliant feed from itv in the comforts of my living room ... Can't really stand the humiliation of being responded to by 'who?' When asking to put the spurs game on the screen .... Again watching the game in the comforts of my living room as it he game is being played in the middle of the working day here ! From my 2d stance really thought paulinho had a good one last night ....
Highgatespur
He's better looking than Grace but she's a better footballer!
Geofspurs
Frank, agree with you re Ohara - another one of the batch of 'Harry's youngsters' ? Such a shame ....
Highgatespur
Great display of fine attacking football.....almost unrecognizable from last year's ways, so much easier on the eye, even if Plimsole weren't really in it - surely that's down to us?..........It looks to me like the team ethic and pressing are starting to become ingrained throughout the squad (although we're only fit enough for portions of the games right now - watch us by mid-season!)...players who seem a little behind will catch up, let's not be too quick to elbow 'em.....COYS!
Brown-Baker-Henry
Frank/High ... I agree about O'Hara. I always liked the guy. Holtby reminds me of him.
Geofspurs
Wonderful to see both Pauli and Sandro Play! Hopefully there selections were not based on a fitness level show case for potential buyers? To succeed domestically and in Europe you need this level of quality in depth. Sandro and Pauli are vital in this respect for our chances of winning silverware and making the CL!!! Hopefully we will see both playing for Tottenham Hotspur for many years to come...
Pele10
Pele ... Hope you're right, mate, but I'm sitting on the fence for both of them.
Geofspurs
Don't panic too much about Liverpool. We have a whole season's worth of VT's to study the opposition and play a smart game, they have a handful of games to look at the new Spurs by. We equal Liverpool when you talk of player quality on the pitch, we just need to make sure the lads are playing their best, and what better way than to get behind them wind, rain or hail. COYS
RyanHotSpur
3-0 Geof. You're on a roll. Let's hope it's the same scoreline against Pool. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
I can get used to this, winning games and keeping clean sheets. Same again for Sunday please.
Kong
10 goals to 1 so far, 5 to 0 in the PL. Long may this sort of form continue!
RyanHotSpur
Kong ... No, that would become too boring after a while. We’ll still need the odd game full of despair, panic, and dark depression .... until we score the winner in extra time! :-)
Geofspurs
Best not slip up this weekend else Swansea (our nearest challengers) will be top!!!! They have (on paper) and easier game! COYS!
Critical_Spur
Spu4life like your thinking re manager of the month ... LvG definitely deserves it for convincing the board along with the hordes to spend millions on players who are willing to play non CL games for the millions per week at OT... Keep it up LvG... Imagine the uproar if MRP had not won the two PL games let alone the Europa games !!!! Food for thought ....
Highgatespur
O'Hara will be ok, Wolves needed to get him off the wage bill, as he was still on Prem Wages, which Wolves could no afford, now he's a free agent, who will no doubt get another team, his football career isn't over, just his time at Wolves.

As for yesterdays game, was as comfortable a game as games go, great pressing, was glad to see Dembele, Sandro (who I thought had a great game) and Pauli start. Im so glad to have my Spurs back after the dismal displays of the last few years.
Ossie
Good performance last night especially from Sandro, Dembele, Kane dont know what Pauliniho offers despite a goal and an assist the guy looks like a flake half the time.
coys1717
gatch, I was at the QPR game Bentaleb was our weakest player, he gave the ball away on at least three occasions, ok against QPR against Pool we will be punished. The boy is good but not good enough yet, I will be more than surprised if he starts on Sunday when we have so many more stronger options. COYS.
ItalianYiddo
Agree Ossie. Even if we lose to.Pool; I won't be too unhappy as long as we put in a good account of ourselves. I feel good times ahead without getting too carried away. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
Me too, James ... I'll be quite happy if we're competitive against Pool. How's the little one going?
Geofspurs
as top seeds we will be facing one of these from pot 2- Pot 2 SteauaSteaua(ROU) Standard LiègeStandard Liège(BEL) PAOKPAOK(GRE) CelticCeltic(SCO) BeşiktaşBeşiktaş(TUR) WolfsburgWolfsburg(GER) Club BruggeClub Brugge(BEL) DniproDnipro(UKR) TrabzonsporTrabzonspor(TUR) PanathinaikosPanathinaikos(GRE) Sparta PrahaSparta Praha(CZE) MönchengladbachMönchengladbach(GER)
tarkan mardinCOYS
Pot 3 EvertonEverton(ENG) Young BoysYoung Boys(SUI) Dinamo ZagrebDinamo Zagreb(CRO) ZürichZürich(SUI) EstorilEstoril(POR) LegiaLegia(POL) PartizanPartizan(SRB) TorinoTorino(ITA) FeyenoordFeyenoord(NED) St-ÉtienneSt-Étienne(FRA) GuingampGuingamp(FRA) Rio AveRio Ave(POR)
tarkan mardinCOYS
http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2015/draws/round=2000583/index.html Coming up live on the link, Europa Draw for the group stages.
spu 4 life
Pot 4 Dinamo MoskvaDinamo Moskva(RUS) KrasnodarKrasnodar(RUS) RijekaRijeka(CRO) LokerenLokeren(BEL) AsterasAsteras(GRE) Slovan BratislavaSlovan Bratislava(SVK) ApollonApollon(CYP) QarabağQarabağ(AZE) HJKHJK(FIN) AstraAstra(ROU) Dinamo MinskDinamo Minsk(BLR) AaBAaB(DEN)
tarkan mardinCOYS
ItalianYiddo, I agree with what you said about Nabil. However, imo, Nabil fits our 'A' team better than any of the three on show y'day (Sandro, Dembele + Pauli) in that our 'A' team is more about SPEED. I felt our forward movement was not as quick as against QPR and both Limassol and QPR are comparable. I accept he is still learning and there will e times we need muscle and better ball retention. So I expect Nab to start and may be one of Dembele or Sandro to help tighten up things towards the end. Pauli seemed way off pace and his body language is yet to be sorted (whether it's fitness or trnafer related, I am not sure). COYS!
Critical_Spur
that's an old link sorry guys, searching out up to date link for todays draw,
spu 4 life
Geof she loves a chat once she is fixed on you! Jessica is a nightmare to get her off to sleep. I blame her mother. Working night shifts as a nurse whilst carrying her doesn't help. Good thing is we think she's almost over her colic problems, but she is a fidget and hates her cot. Other than that she's great :) COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
Apologies for the off-topic post. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
12-00 uk time 13-00 CET (central european time) is the start of the draw
spu 4 life
really really hoping for sparta praha, zurich and slovan bratislava, these are all close enough to me to get to the games, would be nice to get one of them at least :)
Guernman
Everton are the nearest to me, but no thanks! COYS!
Critical_Spur
Guernman... Where are you based, if you don't mind me asking?
MAN ON!
Can we draw Crystal Palace? It's just a bus ride for me.
MAN ON!
Crystal Palace is nearest to me too, they should be allowed in the draw.
Kong
we cant draw everton because of country protection
tarkan mardinCOYS
Glad the colic problem is clearing, James. Hate it when the kids are sick.
Geofspurs
man on, I live in austria
Guernman
I don’t care who we get in the draw, we can beat them all. Distance wise, they are all on the other side of the planet .... or ten feet away on the TV!
Geofspurs
Guernman... Ok, thanks. So you're well placed for those clubs.
MAN ON!
keeping clear of Russia and the Ukraine would be good to miss in the draw, MAN ON not until the knock stages, when the CL teams come into it.
spu 4 life
tarkan ... it would make an interesting final though.
Geofspurs
Geofspurs... Will you be able to cope with the Thursday/Sunday schedule?
MAN ON!
man on, yes it would be a rare treat to see a game, I very rarely get to london. here's hoping :)
Guernman
Even the Ukranians have to steer clear of each other at the moment.
MAN ON!
Cheers Geof :) COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
There are some well known teams in the draw, AaBAaB or HJKHJK from Pot 4 could be tricky, well tricky pronouncing them that is.
Kong
Sorry but I really must add my bit about Townsend last night. When playing on the right wing their LB had him in his pocket and most of our problems came down their left flank. When he and Lennon switched wings most of our problems came down their right flank. He lost possession of the ball so many times and allowed them to counter (what little they did). I hope I'm wrong, and as such I wont go so far as to say there's nothing in the bloke bar speed but, MP really has got a job on his hands to get something out of him. He definitely is not a TEAM player. Nearly every time he had the ball it was "head down, do a few step overs and then lose the ball" Back to shooting again when a team mate was better positioned, although one great shot that was on target and he took the penalty really well. £12 mill? Snatch Saints hand off as well, give us MS or JR and we'll give them some cash adjustment too. So yes to the poll!!!!!
longtimespur
At this rate, I want a game everyday! How many days to Sunday?! Spurs are on a roll! COYS!
Critical_Spur
Oh and has Poch got the award for the best Season start in Spurs' history?!
Critical_Spur
What I liked about last nights performance is that with 9 changes from the QPR game the team played in a very similar fashion. They looked like part of a very good squad as opposed to being a second 11.
MAN ON!
Looks like Topho has been expunged again. AngeloDundee no more.
Love totty
Critical_Spur... They should give him a badge...
MAN ON!
MAN ... It won't be easy but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do!
Geofspurs
Sandro was immense last night, great tackles well timed, smart use of the ball , inceptions all over the place and drove forward in to their box on regular basis. MOTM performance for me. I note the bentaleb discussion further up but a fully fit Capoue and Sandro together would be a daunting prospect for any team to break down!

Paulinho was quiet but did what was asked, pressed the ball and set up Kane's goal as a result and got his own goal from the same work ethic, Clearly not fully match fit and needs his confidence rebuilt but a very useful squad member. The work rate and pressing was great to see, the lack of positional interchange from the attacking three did hamper us slightly. Townsend was weak in the first half the penalty seem to restore some of his confidence and he improved noticeably after that. He struck me a slightly petulant early on and I'm not sure dropping him last week spurred him on to put in a performance to impress the manager perhaps he wants a move away?

Quick note about Vlad who I have been doubtful of, he looked far more composed last night playing on the left of CB, brought the ball forward well and good pass selection and what a bit of pressing for Pualinho's goal capped off with a cheeky back heel, which Lennon also tried earlier and nearly pulled off as well! He also had some robust challenges with the AEL boys and a couple of strong shoulders to knock the Cypriots off the ball in the first half.
Noughton won two penalties last night obviously he and Soldado should be played together! good command of the right wing if left slightly exposed by Townsend and what commitment to win the first penalty. Kane has been praised for all his work rate and rightly so but the most impressive part of his game was the penalty save didn't knock his confidence and he continued to boss the AEL box. Great player in the making and future Ireland striker!
Slurms McKenzie
Slurms McKenzie... A very good summary but, I'm only saying that because I agree with all of it... ;-)
MAN ON!
I also am very happy to see Vlad emerge as a viable option at CB as we now have 5 senior CBs on the books, which as we learned two seasons ago is the number that is required for a sustained campaign. Kaboul Verts and Fozzy as first team options, Dier and Vlad and Veljkovic for Cups and Europa. Health competition will push all six players to improve! And if Kaboul moves on next summer then hopefully Veljkovic will be ready to step up. We now have a clearly line of progression in what has traditionally been our achillies heel!
Slurms McKenzie
Strange how Dembele snuck under the radar yet was involved in every attack, was always available as an out let and shimmied and swayed passed the Cypriots with ease. Looking at him play he strikes me as a player who doesn't know himself what he'll do when he receives the ball so must be a nightmare for the opposition to predict and defend! I thought there was a little bit of a lack of understanding between him and Paulinho but things improved when Paulinho drifted out left Lennon was willing but not really able, Left didn't really suit him, he was lost centrally and Townsend won't change in the first half. Good runs, tricky feet but still lacking in a threatening end product.
Slurms McKenzie
Man On great minds think alike! although they do say Fools seldom differ!
Slurms McKenzie
Fools can have great minds too you know.
MAN ON!
Only in their own minds Man On!
Slurms McKenzie
Very fair assessment there Slurms.
Ossie
On the other thread they see me as a fool. I concede that I am a fool. The great thing being, is that I don't care. It's only idle chitter-chatter, after all. None of it will affect our next result.
MAN ON!
Slurms Dembele had a superb game. He just muscles people off with his size and strength. He also distributed the ball very well and did not dwell on the ball like he did under AVB.But I will still go with Kane as my motm. Excellent movement off the ball, lovely quick feet fot a big bloke and surprisingly can turn very well. Used his strength and first touch very well in tight situations and his passing was excellent. He still has a lot to learn but I loved his composure for his goal. I've seen talented strikers fluff chances like that (too much time to think) and a certain Gooner in the 90's was a gifted instinctive striker but when he had time on the ball was useless. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
everybody shush.the draw is about to commence
tarkan mardinCOYS
Besiktas first up in our group.
Kong
Ouch Kong big test there.
Slurms McKenzie
A.K.A agree with what you say and I didn't mean my comment to come across as a pop at Dembele, I was just impressed that he controlled the game so well with out drawing attention to himself, I suppose he was a case of so many good performances all round! Sandro for me as MOTM simply because it was his first game back from his serious injury lay off and then the virus disrupting his pre-season and he brilliant right out of the blocks. Kane has clearly been given his chance this season and is flourishing in it. Must be some cracking strikers in the championship!
Slurms McKenzie
Guerman gets at least one game he can go to! I wonder will the fans be Partazan?
Slurms McKenzie
Tottenham Hotspur ‏@SpursOfficial 13s....... Group C is now complete: Tottenham Hotspur Besiktas FK Partizan Asteras Tripolis
MAN ON!
Where the Hell is asterix?
Slurms McKenzie
Turkey, Serbia and Greece, racking up the air miles this season.
Block32
Celtic got a real tough group!
Slurms McKenzie
Somewhere in Belgium?
MAN ON!
Block not too bad hopefully the Serbia away game is early in the season. wonder will the weather be kind to us? What are we talking about 4 hour flights for each game? better then Northern Europe or Russia!
Slurms McKenzie
its tougher than last years group.
tarkan mardinCOYS
Slurms, right down the bottom of Greece
Block32
thats a tough group for the toffeemen
tarkan mardinCOYS
No new article yet?? Come on OX
hudderspur
Not to bad a group, should be us and Besiktas fighting for top spot.
Kong
Sorry Slurms I was agreeing lol. Yes Sandro played superb. Not sure if it's match sharpness but he looks to have lost a yard of pace, but agree he was super. Ohh was that a sly dig at someone Slurms re: Kane labelled as a "Championship player" :) COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
Agreed, just glad we're not of to Icantfindacoatthickenoughtokeepmewarmistan. Shame we weren't thrown in against Sparta Prague though ;)
praguespurs
Besiktas looked strong against the gooners and were unlucky to be int eh Europa league at all! Don't know much about the other two only that Partizan have been Serbian champions 6 times int eh last eight seasons! And that they really have only been trading the title with Red Star. two team league? Asteras?? feck knows?? I never heard of them!
Slurms McKenzie
Yeah 4 hour flights for each, not as bad as others but could have been better with some French or Belgium teams.
Block32
Besiktas against Asteras will be good, nice Turkish v Greek rivalry.
Kong
They'll all be Championship players if we get relegated. We'll then have to spend a fortune replacing them all with PL standard players or we'll end up in League 1!
MAN ON!
What A.K.A me throw sly digs - never :-P
Slurms McKenzie
Hope the three teams are of a decent standard which will mean the games should be good to watch. as fun as watching us steam roll a team four or Five nil it doesn't really do much for our match sharpness! Certainly Besiktas could be a tough games if the lack of Champions league doesn't decimate their squad before the window closes. Paritzan the Celtic of Serbia?
Slurms McKenzie
I'm off to tell Poch who he should play on Sunday. Have a luvverly day Spud people...
MAN ON!
Reaction to the draw, FFS take care if any of you plan to travel away to Turkey for Besiktas the team Arse just knocked out of the CL, then comes Serbia for Partizan Belgrade, Grobari (Serbian Cyrillic: Гробари, English: Gravediggers or Undertakers) are the organized supporters of the Serbian football club Partizan Belgrade, f'king nutters, check them out on google, and Asteras Tripolis all greek to me, that's the off the pitch stuff to think about.
spu 4 life
Man On don't tell us who you select!
Slurms McKenzie
Who did Hull get?
Slurms McKenzie
Slurms, Dawson, without the EL!!
Critical_Spur
Dawson!!
Geofspurs
Critical ... You beat me to it!
Geofspurs
I see Arry is still making some classic quotes.
Geofspurs
Haha lads, looks like me and Man On aren't the only fools who think alike!
Slurms McKenzie
news that Fazio isn't our player yet (what cobblers!) in english form the express:

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/504460/Fazio-still-belongs-to-us-Sevilla-rage-as-Spurs-unveil-latest-signing

COYS ILIT IPIT TTID
YT_Boy
I love turkey, Istanbul especially. I can remember when the fans of a club set light to the stadium and fire engines have to be called..there were the usual banners saying ‘welcome to hell’. Overwhelming show from the fans, flares, chants it has to be seen really to get the idea. All designed to intimidate but ***** me it’s a sight to see, they deserve some respect. Great place to travel for non-football as well imo and you always have to be careful where ever you go. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KinmQNdOULc COYS.
SpursOne2
Alex Song, Hippo Head has shown interest in him Alex want's to return to the prem league, but I bet he never thought wet spam, also interest from Gala'tas, Napoli, Roma, tough decision then Alex, Torres agent in talks with AC Milan, special needs one want's Destro because Costa has an injury oh shame, Roma say his not for sale, Real Madrid want Falcao, Mr Bean at the immagrates is keeping silent, Arry has a new contract with QPR ''I never read anything, just sign it'' great interview, came across as not have a scooby doo as to whats going on with transfers, no news on sky regards Fazio transfer, what did Pele do with the money, last seen on a beach in Barbados, Levy is not happy, he got a text message ''Forgive him, his an idiot''
spu 4 life
SpursOne2 .... I love turkey too - especially at Christmas!
Geofspurs
Sorry to be off topic, but am so glad we got shot of 'arry. Against us, he sat totally clueless, the tactical genius. Am very surprised Fernandes is risking an extention. I'd have got Hoddle to takeover instead. He was very fortunate to have inherited a good but demoralised squad with us. I am grateful for what he achieved but IMO his football model was not sustainable. He can bring a lot of short term excitement but has no long term plans. Modern age manager needs to be able to do more than sticking his neck out of a car window lapping up media attention. Good luck to him and QPR. IMO, they will be battling to avoid relegation. In Poch we have a man with a plan. Levy must be really pleased seeing him so smug y;day! COYS!
Critical_Spur
alex song isnt that feckin old.why dont we move in for him
tarkan mardinCOYS
Tarkan, he is the same age as Fazio, wasn't you concerned about his age?
Kong
Capoue, Sandro, Dembele, and Bentaleb are probably four reasons why we don't. Possibly Holtby and Paulinho are two more and Wages is most likely the seventh reason tarkan
Slurms McKenzie
Fazio looks great in a Spurs shirt on the official website!
Slurms McKenzie
Its quiet on here today a little too quiet...
Slurms McKenzie
Quiet please, sshhhh
Kong
Slurms, the picture of Fazio on Spurs site is to wind up the Sevilla president!
Critical_Spur
kong-his a proven guy
tarkan mardinCOYS
Tarkan I don't think his gender was in dispute.
Slurms McKenzie
Can't get used to the third thread being the active one. I think we need a post Limassol pre Liverpool pend transfer window closing Article
Slurms McKenzie
Anyone else notice that with all the talk of needing new strikers or wingers or midfielders or CDM we've gone and signed four defenders and a goalkeeper!
Slurms McKenzie
Unless everyone else is on a different thread and forgot to tell us.
Kong
We don't need Song as Slurms as already pointed out we have many midfielders.
Kong
There is only one thing that will get a bit of action going on here: Was Levy right to sack AVB and replace him with Sherwood?
Slurms McKenzie
Kong that was my thinking too, its like we've been sent to the basement to mind a bee in a jar while important stuff happens else where!
Slurms McKenzie
They might let us out soon.
Kong
To answer my own question re Levy Sherwood and AVB - Yes and no!
Slurms McKenzie
Not if we let the bee out of the jar!
Slurms McKenzie
Won't answer that question as tempers might flare but should Levy have sacked Redknapp in the first place, discuss.
Kong
Did you get to see the game last night Kong? I enjoyed the first eight minutes plus seven minutes of injury time in the first half but the last ten minutes and injury time dragged a bit, Holtby and Veljkovic didn't really bring much to the party.
Slurms McKenzie
AVB was not sacked, he walked, couldn't resist.
Kong
I watched the recording of the game as couldn't see it live. It is hard watching a recording when knowing the score, can't help but forward it. I enjoyed the goals.
Kong
Kong I believe to answer that you have to study the events leading up to the managerial void that required the appointment of Rednapp. In essence you have to delve into the dark and murky waters of the Appointment of Juande Ramos while Martin Jol was still in the Job. But to get tot he nub of that issue you have to peel the onion that is the Santini affair and I don't think the public are ready for that expose!
Slurms McKenzie
Tell that to his boyfriend.
Geofspurs
Kong I wish AVB had walked won't that be great television, in his grey suit staring at this shoes as a light drizzle fell on him, taming his unruly curls. Possibly while he whistled the Hulk theme tune.
Slurms McKenzie
That was for up the thread a bit due to a time warp.
Geofspurs
Geof I'm tempted to say you don't know your arse from your elbow but it seems its other parts of the human anatomy you're having difficulty with!
Slurms McKenzie
Slurms - think most of us felt that we needed a new back up goalie, left back and centre back. So for me, strengthened in the right areas and ones which let us down last season.......... IMO of course
Windlespur
Slurms, that is a great way to walk out.
Kong
Weirdly I got what you were saying Geof!
Slurms McKenzie
We are not alone, great.
Kong
Windle buddy same hymn sheet!
Slurms McKenzie
See all you have to do is mention AVB and Sherwood in the same sentence...
Slurms McKenzie
We have addressed our back line issues, an experienced keeper, three young defenders and an experienced CB. Not bad at all.
Kong
Welbeck on loan or outright purchase and we are done! Get rid of ONE.....to arrive at ZERO net spend!
Critical_Spur
Crafty Business, nearly as good as turning Lamela, Chadli and Capoue into premiership standard players!
Slurms McKenzie
Yes, and Poch's wages are already covered by those transformations. Add Rose to the list too.....or should we wait til after the pool game?!
Critical_Spur
I miss AV and TS and XYZ ... actually I miss all the alphabet, I'm hopeless on keyboard.
Geofspurs
This has become a nonsense thread, right?
Geofspurs
Hi, I've been busy posting my predictions for the 2013-14 season on a VS, August 2012-13 thread. Every single poster on there is disagreeing with me. They say I'm both deluded and blind....
MAN ON!
Geof, yes it has but at least this is more pleasant then the usual nonsense these threads descend into!
Slurms McKenzie
MAN ON!, you must have got your predictions right if you were forecasting for 2012/13 season! COYS!
Critical_Spur
So that's the secret Man On, it only takes twelve months for anything you say to make sense ;-)
Slurms McKenzie
No, the sad thing is, all my predictions were wrong... I blame the Goat and other assorted ITK's!
MAN ON!
...and Geof, if you predict a 3-0 win for Sunday and you're right, I'll love you forever. If you're wrong, I'll never take you seriously again.
MAN ON!
Critical - still time for Townsend to Saints, Vlad to go to Roma, Soldado to Milan, Sandro to Napoli, Holtby to Germany, Paulinho to anywhere please and bring in Song, Schneiderlin, Benteke and Welbeck. We need a new thread...lol.
vicspur
.....and Poch to Palace.
MAN ON!
But it's just not the same without any abuse and negativity. I'm a stupid b*stard. That's more like it. Guess I'll get banned now.
Geofspurs
Heck Vicspur, you still expecting half the team to be shifted? Lastminute.com become firesale.com! The way Easyjet operate, that's wishful thinking! COYS!
Critical_Spur
Time for a movie and then sleep. Night guys.
Geofspurs
Geofspurs, try hitting the abuse button under your post!
Critical_Spur
I've reported myself for abuse on several occasions but Ox never takes me seriously.
MAN ON!
MAN ON!, change your name to Ohpot...in reverse and you can enjoy the banishment!
Critical_Spur
Though I thin NO NAM! is OK!
Critical_Spur
If your taking the car to our game on sunday, don't leave any valuables in sight and remove the wheels and put them in the boot, remember it's liverpool we are playing and you know what them theiving scouse lot are like, stevieeee jarrarddddd, jarrardddd.
spu 4 life
think.Doh!
Critical_Spur
Slurms are you into inverted wingers? COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
Last night game showed me that Holtby may be sacrificed, shame as he had the best pre season. I would still keep him but the lad wants to play and he didn't get a Europa game other than 10 mins which shows me he is down the pecking order.

kane is coming along and he showed his character after missing the penalty, well done.

Vlad looked decent on the left, may be he can play left side and he will be Vertonghen's back up, I will be happy with that.

Davies looked better. Lennon average but tried but I wasn't impressed with Townsend. He has a lot of work to do if he is to get a PL start. Chadli showed more in his first game against QPR than Townsend has shown in his games. Townsend when faced with a pacey defender struggles. Interesting how Lennon and Townsend are dropping out of the equation in the PL.

Sandro was very good, he was up for it and I would play him and Capoue against top teams especially away from home. he should stay.

Dembele looks trim and worked hard but again what does he give the team other than possession, does he create or score, No. Not good enough but decent squad player.

Paulinho I thought was better than previous games, he looked more relaxed and more up for it. He is better in as a forward player than a one of the two deeper midfielders, I would expect him to improve but whether he is going to be first choice at the moment I doubt. I think we are seeing the first eleven materalise now. I am unsure who will partner Capoue, but I think the forward line of Lamela, eriksen are certs and the other player to join them is up for grabs. Striker Ade seems to be the favourite to start in the PL. I think CB's is uncertain at the moment mainly die to dier doing better than we expected and now we have Fazio. Its all looking good.
BigSpursFan
Geofspurs - you won't be that lucky !!!
spu 4 life
a.k.a.james1spurs - I like the spicy chicken wingers
spu 4 life
Poch has a GSOH : http://www.caughtoffside.com/2014/08/29/video-tottenham-boss-mauricio-pochettino-cruelly-pranks-danny-rose-over-england-call-up/
spu 4 life
Lol spu 4 life :) COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
I get the feeling our last bit's of transfer business will be 1. getting Welbeck first, then 2 trying a swap deal with soton for Schneiderlin/Townsend.
spu 4 life
Inverted goalkeepers are all the rage in Aussie association football.
MAN ON!
Can't wait for Angel De Maria to get injured in the lower leg, then he will be known as Ankle Tia Maria.....
spu 4 life
Before I go, a little ITK birdie has just asked me if Slurms still has his WHU season ticket. WTF's that all about?!
Geofspurs
Woah! COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
Are you on a horse James?
MAN ON!
He was. He just fell off.
Geofspurs
BSF, a fair assessment of last night and the team in general. You said AM of Lamela and Eriksen and one place for grabs. The contenders imo are Lennon, AT and Chadli. I think fair to say Chadli is leading the pack. Both AT and Lennon likely to be impact options. If Welbeck arrives, then he and Chads can slug it out. COYS!
Critical_Spur
It is a shame that we just can't find a place for Holtby, he is a clever player, technically good and great determination.
vicspur
I feel hoarse lol! COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
Geof my hatred for West ham continues unabated, It galls me that we had a man sent off for such a minor offence and that we could only beat them 1-0. I hate West Ham!
Slurms McKenzie
vicspur Holtby is a super player. He's one of those players you want in your squad. I'd give him the opportunity to slug it out with the no 10 role but Lamela will fight for that if given the opportunity. You look at the squad and it's hard for him to replace any CM/DM and AM. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
I have a horrible feeling about this; Marca report that Real Madrid have pulled out of a 20m loan deal with Monaco for Falcao, and it's suggested Mr Bean with his previous connections with Monaco, that Falcao could be on his way to the immigrates, watch this space, the guy is a top top goalscorer.
spu 4 life
spu 4- you mean he won't be coming to us?..;)....that can be the effect of an injury early season, it can force teams into action....That's why I don't think we should be complacent and stick with what we have up front...imo that would come back to bite us...hard. Kane is a kid, Soldado currently injured and yet to click...leaving us just the ever reliable Ade...one red card or injury away...and then there is ACN! To ignore our need up front (now and succession for the two 'old' boys) would be folly...
shedboy2
Spu, who cares we've got Soldado!
Thats Entertainment
where's the 'Pool thread? it should be an interesting tactical battle...can Poch overcome the diamond? can we cope with sturridge and balotelli up top supported by Stirling? can they cope with our front 4? who will win the key midfield battle?....will they target our FB's? who will play RB?...very interesting this one....
shedboy2
The players surely must be out for revenge, 0-5 at home, that's got to hurt, not to mention 4-0 at Anfield, yeah we're going to smash em!! COYSS!!!
Thats Entertainment
Radamel Falcao has priced himself out of a job. Unless he takes a big pay cut he isn't going over to the scum. Stranger stuff has come to past at the end of the window though. Maybe blind Gepetto is desperate enough.
Arky
Critical - shame on you !!! No one can ever forget the 11 games and 11 wins to start the season off with !!!
Highgatespur
Regarding the Europa league group, what's the feeling? Besiktas will be a decent side coming down from the CL, and only 1 goal between them and Arsenal over two legs in the play off round, Partizan Belgrade will be a good side, they always are, they will be dour and physical, and they come from a fairly strong league. Then we have Greek side Asteras, and I have to be honest and say, I've never heard of them, presumably they will be "the whipping boys" of the group, but you never know, I remember Greece winning the Euros against all the odds. We could have had a weaker group, and we could have had teams closer to home, in france or Italy or Spain, but at least there are no trips to Russia, Sweden or Northern Norway, after Xmas, when the weather is fit to freeze your bollox off.
Frank
Not sure why there are links for 24m rated Bony. Unless Adebayor is on his way out I doubt Spurs will have 2 AFCON strikers on their books.

Apparently we have pulled out of the race to sign Rabiot and are looking at a CDM from Montpellier by the name of Benjamin Stombouli.

I can see the Welbeck loan happening but doubt Townsend will be swapped with Schniederlin. Happy to be wrong however.
RyanHotSpur
Highgate, I knew Icould rely on you to put the record straight! You seem to be the man that has all the Spurs history (in detail) etched in your terabyte of memory! Well done!

BTW, you get weekends off out there or on a slog 7 days a week? Hope you get to see more than 45 mins of the crunch match. COYS!
Critical_Spur
Surely Rosie was doing all the reading for ole 'arry - what an idiot !!!
Highgatespur
Correct me if I am wrong but as I understand it, we need to finish in the top two in the group. ideally we can win it, or we need to split Besiktas and Partizan Belgrade, and with the depth and versatility of our squad, we should manage to qualify to progress, without jeopardising our PL challenge.
Frank
So we've just agreed a 7M euro fee with Montpellier for Benjamin Stambouli. Officially tweeted by Montpellier... Well that was out of the blue. Looks like the Schneiderlin deal is dead then. At least one of our CM's must be leaving
rahn DMC
Spu4life no worries about the parked cars and the scousers the Tottenham parking officers will beat them to it - bet your life on it !!!!
Highgatespur
Brilliant sense of humour from MRP re Rose .... Great to get the team spirit going !!!! Love the things coming out of the Lane at the moment ...COTMS !!!
Highgatespur
Someone has already updated his Wiki profile to be a Spurs player!
Critical_Spur
Critical - maybe MRP can beat ole billy nicks record this year - who knows ??? Anyway have Friday and Saturday as the weekend... Hopefully will have darted home by ko on Sunday (2hrs ahead of BST) don't want to go the bars as lpool one of the best supported here amongst the population ... To which I say 'you don't know what you are doing !!!!' Dier to create a further new record ? Scoring in his first 3 pl games ?! COTMS!!!!
Highgatespur
2 new articles guys........
MAN ON!
Cool Highgate. Not sure about NOT having Sundays off though with EL quite a few games will be on Sunday. Looks like curse of ENIC! Take care mate don't let it grind you down. Poch will bring a weekly smile to your face. COYS!
Critical_Spur
New signing tonight!!!!! Another DM????? Strange...... ITK didn't mention this guy! Anyone heard of him!?? 24 from Montpelier. On another note why have we got to 500 posts without a new thread, poor show!!! New thread please....
LuvWhites
New player NEW THREAD please.
LuvWhites
Holy Shi7 we have signed or in the pipeline 24yr old Benjamin Stambouli, defensive midfield, god his quick across the ground, watched him a few times in the past future french international make no mistake, not one for scoring goals, but closing down players his excellent, tackles like Sandro, can pass with both feet and has amzing on the ball skills, we have just got a real gem, trust me this lad is good.
spu 4 life
I think we should stop jumping the gun. Some reports say he hasn't decided yet, two offers have been accepted.
BigSpursFan
Well if he decides not to play with the French captain and play alongside Capoue then he's truely bananas! COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
Holtby to Hamburg? Shame I liked him.
ItalianYiddo
 

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