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Premier League Preview: Spurs v Watford

No more 'Spursy'! The pressures on Chelsea now not us!

Roberto Soldado was not exactly a success for us even though he was a proven goal scorer but Bobby was one of the 'Magnificent 7' bought by Andre Villas-Boas. The comparisons between Bobby and Janssen have of course dragged on but you know what? Vincent is starting to grow into the job. His two assists at Swansea were very similar in style to the way Soldado used to slide the ball, back to goal, on to the on-coming attacker and you can see how his role as a second striker is more about assists than actually scoring goals. Poch will have seen that and I wouldn't be surprised if he gets a start against Watford instead of Sissoko, who really is looking lost. Poch will have a nice headache now with Janssen coming on, Kane coming back and Son in form! I hope Poch can find a place for all three as Son has really carried the line for Spurs in Kane's absence. Spurs are a team of momentum, we have had wonderfully gifted players and even Levy said some of our football last season was 'sublime'. We could play some of the best football in the country. But then we would either run into the wrong opponent, or run out of ideas and drop points with really disappointing performances. We would either play well and win or play badly and lose. Doing a 'Spursy' was the phrase that was born. Not anymore! Poch wants us to win all of our last eight games and why not? We have the belief now! Even the Chelsea players are feeling the pressure, stating they won't crack!

Watford head to White Hart Lane on Saturday on the back of a 2-0 victory over the Baggies, with a bang in form M'Baye Niang's and the old warrior Troy Deeney. That win moved Watford up to ninth in the Premier League table, 10 points clear of the relegation zone. Watford's Midfielder Doucoure says the Hornets can play with freedom this weekend having all but secured their safety in the top flight. 'Tottenham is a very strong team and will put up a very good fight against us,' Doucoure says '...we have won two games (in a row) and I think we have to go White Hart Lane with confidence to try to win away.'The pressure is on Tottenham. Now we are ninth we don't have a chance to be relegated and Tottenham fight for the title. 'The pressure is on them, we have nothing to lose and have to play free like against West Brom. If we can do that you can see what we can do.' Attacking midfielder Roberto Pereyra has a knee injury, while Ben Watson, Mauro Zarate, Christian Kabasele, Valon Behrami and Younes Kaboul are all major doubts for the game, Sebastian Prodl may return, however, but has he overcome his rib problem? None of the last six meetings between Watford and Spurs have resulted in draws, so the odds of them cancelling us out and getting a draw are slim.

The joy of scoring three goals in the last six minutes against Swansea was one of those OMG moments! Spurs are now the first team in Premier League history to be losing in the 88th minute before going on to win by two goals! We are fast losing our 'Spursy' tag. Yes, we were hoping City would have at least held the Chelski to a draw but you can't take it away from our boys, our dramatic late victory at the Liberty Stadium was just the latest chapter in what is turning out be the roller coaster ride of all rides this season. Dumped out of Europe, twice! whilst turning it on, on the domestic front, we may have a seven-point gap to close but Antonio Conte's men continue to hold their breath as Spurs start to show relentless consistency especially at home...and this is Tottenham without Kane, three wins from their three games scoring seven goals without him! Imagine what it's going be like when he is back for the Bournemouth game! We are unbeaten in 15 league matches in front of our own fans having won each of the last 10 in a row, Watford will be walking into a bear pit of noise on Saturday. Watford have lost seven and earned just a single victory in their last 10 matches on the road. They have also failed to score in five of their last seven league away games, Walter Mazzarri's team have scored just three times in their last six visits to the Lane. We have won seven league games out of ten without conceding. If we beat Watford it would mean a sixth consecutive win and put us 5 points away of Chelski as they go into battle with a tricky Bournemouth side who did the biz for us against the Pool.

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham are punching above their weight in English football as we try to end nine-years without a trophy. 'I hear people say that Tottenham must win a trophy this season or next, but come on,' he said. 'When you compare us with six or seven other clubs in the Premier League, you start to realise that we deserve a lot of credit. Spurs don't have football World against us this year.' Nobody wants to win titles more than we do — the chairman, the players, and the fans. But look at the other teams in the top six, look at the investment, and look at the different things happening in the Premier League. 'Rather than talking about winning trophies, we need to see that Tottenham deserve full credit and to be shown more respect. We all want trophies but we need to be more realistic. Winning a trophy is not as easy as, for example, going to the shop and buying a pen. If at the end of the season we finish in the top four, it is good for us. I have heard both Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola saying that finishing in the top four of the Premier League is like winning a trophy elsewhere. It is very tough to finish in the top four. The competition is massive, so for Tottenham to be there, fighting, is a big credit to our players, the club, everyone. To be where we are is a massive achievement for us.'

It's one game at a time for Poch no one is going to get ahead of themselves this time!

COYS!



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Writer:OyVeh Maria
Date:Friday April 7 2017
Time: 11:00AM

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Games and match day articles coming thick and fast! Hope you don't suffer a burn-out Oyveh! COYS!
Critical_Spur
07/04/2017 11:05:00
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If Gomes starts, I'd want our AM's to follow up every shot at their goal ready for the spill! Of late he has been reproducing the Gomes moment on regular basis.
Critical_Spur
07/04/2017 11:12:00
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This game has got Geof's prediction written all over it. Alli, Eriksen and Jannsen on the score sheet. COYS!
Critical_Spur
07/04/2017 11:14:00
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7-0!
Dele-Arri
07/04/2017 11:17:00
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1 goal for each minute of added time.
Dele-Arri
07/04/2017 11:20:00
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Ha, ha, Nice one Dele-Arri. That's be fine as long as we don't have to live through being a goal down for 88 mins!
Critical_Spur
07/04/2017 11:21:00
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HI Critical.......I've got Games and Match Day Articles coming our of my ying yang at the moment! but when we are in this kind of form the articles write themselves, Supporters are buzzing, Social Media and Mobile phones full of defensive, angry vitriolic comments from Le Arse Supporters and the Chav Rent Boys, we've even got Conte worried .....lovin it! When we meet the Woolwich on the 30th April they will only have 5 matches left if we win at the Lane on the 30th, and I fully expect us to, we could be 14 points clear of them with 4 matches left so the irony of the 30th April is that, it will be the game that finally gets rid of that particular monkey off our back and buries Sunday the 25 April 2004 when the so called "invincibles" sealed the Prem title at WHL. I was watching shelf side on that day and its stuck in my gut ever since. I am literally counting the days down to the 30th! COYS!
OyVeh Maria
07/04/2017 11:37:00
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I'm serious about the 7-0!
Dele-Arri
07/04/2017 11:42:00
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Glad your enthusiasm is following the lads on the pitch and fans worldwide OyVeh. Life is good! COYS!
Critical_Spur
07/04/2017 11:51:00
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OyVeh - if we could seal the fact that we will finish above them on that day, that would be a celebration for the ages! With Kane adding insult to injury by scoring a hat trick!
BelgianSpur
07/04/2017 12:27:00
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Kane is back to full training, and could take part in tomorrow game according to MP!
Ossie
07/04/2017 14:03:00
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Amazing news! Harry is a robot, harry is a robot, lala la la
shelf88
07/04/2017 14:09:00
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Lopez may also make his first start for the club, depending on Lloris and Vorm recovering from illness and injury respectively. Rose expected back before Arsenal.
BelgianSpur
07/04/2017 14:13:00
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Looking good. Hope we smash Watford out of site tomorrow and Bournemouth can get a result.
shelf88
07/04/2017 14:33:00
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Harry Kane could be back even as a sub but Vorm and Lloris may not be well enough which means our 3rd Choice Goalie this season is becoming a nightmare for illnesses and injuries! I still Hope Janssen starts and Kane may not be needed it would be a blow for Janssen to be relegated to the bench again when he was just getting his eye in!
OyVeh Maria
07/04/2017 14:44:00
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Agree OyVeh. Kane can come on after 70 mins and bag a double hat trick and the golden boot to go with it
shelf88
07/04/2017 15:13:00
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Poch has got a real selection choice now, he has to give Janssen time on the pitch and maybe nurse Harry to the really big games like the FA Cup Semi and the NLD and United. SON on the left would be a good move until Rose is back but Sissoko on the right is proving to be a problem. He is not in sync with the rest of the players, I notice at one point he was running ahead of Son in the Swansea game and pointing to where he wanted the ball but Son didnt play the slide ball and went for it himself which tells a lot about how he is viewed by the front line. Shame he has so much potential, big frame loads of power could be great on the ball but he just hasn't shown anything like the player that played in the Euro's. I don't think the Premiership is his type of league he should move on to Italy or France. Should he play against Watford...well if he cant make an impression against a side like Watford what chance has he playing against Woolwich or Manure at home in a few weeks time!
OyVeh Maria
07/04/2017 15:23:00
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Once again we have a "must win" game v Watford. This time it is at WHL where we have had an impressive and resolute and very successful season. Surely Watford are not good enough, and not the team to upset the party.
Frank
07/04/2017 16:31:00
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Games like tomorrow, we should continue to build up our goal difference as you never know. :o) Jannsen brace please. COYS!
critical_spur
07/04/2017 22:58:00
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We, really just need to carry on. We are doing well above expectations imo. Beginning of the season I was chuffed at the thought of getting 4th place and a cup run. Well, we have the Cup run and we are 2nd. We are 5 points clear we effectively have 2 game s in hand. Leicester and crystal palace. Therefore if we beat Watford today we will be 8 points clear of Liverpool. After 30 games ... and only 21 for them to play for.
E17YID
08/04/2017 04:06:00
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H Lloris. Dier, Alderwiereld, Vertonghen. Walker, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies. Eriksen, Dele Alli. Harry Kane. 3-4-2-1.
Dele-Arri
08/04/2017 05:57:00
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A double would be nice but realistically just the making the cup final and a top four finish would represent a tremendous achievement for this team. Some posters only want trophies but would you swap a cup win for a top four finish ahead of the scum?
Love totty
08/04/2017 10:15:00
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Any news on the line up can't find it anywhere
E17YID
08/04/2017 10:31:00
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The line-up will be announced an hour before kick off.
Tino
08/04/2017 10:36:00
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I'd be tempted with Trippier over Walker. Jannsen and Son both to start and Harry given a run-out at about 75 mins.
Critical_Spur
08/04/2017 10:40:00
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Thanks tino, was wondering if lloris and vorm were still out.... if so Lopez will debut. Who will be sub keeper Lol.... completely agree re Janssen and son. No place for sissoko I hope NKD .. he needs more minutes ... I think he will be ok give him a full season next year before we judge, jansssen seems to be coming good, and I really hope he does. To prove me and others wrong.
E17YID
08/04/2017 10:47:00
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Just for you, E17YID. Lloris (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Son, Eriksen, Dele, Janssen. Subs: Lopez, Walker, Wimmer, Nkoudou, Sissoko, Wanyama, Kane.
Dele-Arri
08/04/2017 11:25:00
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Watford: Gomes (GK) (c); Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas; Janmaat, Cleverley, Doucouré, Amrabat; Niang, Okaka, Success.
Dele-Arri
08/04/2017 11:28:00
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Bang on my choice! Got a lotta goals in that line-up. COYS!
Critical_Spur
08/04/2017 11:28:00
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... and you, Critical_Spur
Dele-Arri
08/04/2017 11:29:00
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Vincent Janssen hat-trick.
Dele-Arri
08/04/2017 11:30:00
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Mr Arri, thank you greatly sir. ... a good line up .... Kane on the bench .. that's so good.
E17YID
08/04/2017 11:31:00
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With my prediction for line-up coming true, am gonna rush out and get my lottery numbers on! COYS! BTW, 3-0 (sorry Geof!), Jannsen brace.
Critical_Spur
08/04/2017 11:38:00
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And, I'll be bold to predict an Eriksen shot leading to a Gomes spill and Jannsen tap-in!
Critical_Spur
08/04/2017 11:39:00
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Critical_Spur. Don't forget the Grand National! My pick: Drop Out Joe.
Dele-Arri
08/04/2017 11:42:00
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DA, don't know much about the horses, so just a lucky dip on the national for me!
Critical_Spur
08/04/2017 11:53:00
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Dele-Arri, just looking at the names of horses, trying to find links with today's game at WHL....just for fun...

Drop-out Joe = Sissoko, The Last Samur(A)i - Sonny, Wounded Warrior = Watford, Perfect Candidate = Poch, The Young Master = Alli, Double Shuffle = Jannsen + Sonny. COYS!
Critical_Spur
08/04/2017 12:00:00
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Nice one Critical. Nice one Jan and Son?!
Dele-Arri
08/04/2017 12:04:00
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How bloody unlucky for Janssen.
E17YID
08/04/2017 12:46:00
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Erm, that was sensational.
E17YID
08/04/2017 13:03:00
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Yes!!!!!!!!
E17YID
08/04/2017 13:04:00
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Fantastic start, keep it going coys
123spurs
08/04/2017 13:08:00
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Feeling for Janssen but he should have put away one of his 3 excellent chances. His face when celebrating Son's goal tells the whole story. He is now completely deflated. 3-0 at the half. Hope we don't go to sleep in 2nd half but go on to score at least 5. Keep the clean sheet please.
jvd
08/04/2017 13:14:00
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Bottlers!
Dele-Arri
08/04/2017 13:16:00
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Watford, that is to say.
Dele-Arri
08/04/2017 13:17:00
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Careful lads....steady on on the goal tally. Levy might cash in on Harry seeing we are knocking them in from all over!
Critical_Spur
08/04/2017 13:23:00
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With this cushion I can see both Harry and N'Koudou getting at least 15 mins. Sissoko can clock off early!
Critical_Spur
08/04/2017 13:24:00
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This team on current form are ruthless. Long may it continue ... we just need to now win the next 9 games :/
E17YID
08/04/2017 13:25:00
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Good game. Welcome back D.
jerkinmahjurgen
08/04/2017 13:39:00
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When I said VJ hat-trick, I meant Harry hat-trick of course.
Dele-Arri
08/04/2017 13:47:00
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3rd sub way to late, let's not burn out players.gotta feel for subs and janssen
123spurs
08/04/2017 14:04:00
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Trippier MOTD!
stu_u2k
08/04/2017 14:07:00
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Ops.... Trippier man of the match! Soo many great balls in!
stu_u2k
08/04/2017 14:08:00
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Damn even Alan Smith agrees. Well played KT!
stu_u2k
08/04/2017 14:14:00
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Great 3 points, it was expected no doubt, haven't really been tested since Liverpool loss, now let's hope chelsea slip up. Coys
123spurs
08/04/2017 14:16:00
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So glad my choice Trippier paid off. I think he'd do well against all those 'lower positioned' teams and keep walker for the big boys. COYS!
Critical_Spur
08/04/2017 14:19:00
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Harry Kanes been practicing freekicks I see. Trippier was brilliant, his crossing/passing is a real weapon vs overly defensive teams. Feel sorry for Janssen. Started the game confidently, but as soon as he missed those chances, his head dropped and he went back into his shell.
Guyver
08/04/2017 14:19:00
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I'm gutted. Not one of my predictions came up. Roll on Drop Out Joe. (Sissoko).
Dele-Arri
08/04/2017 14:20:00
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Another clean sheet. Great for the confidence, though Watford didn't offer much. COYS!
Critical_Spur
08/04/2017 14:20:00
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Critical_Spur, ditto on Trippier
Guyver
08/04/2017 14:20:00
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Greatings from Pernambuco. Arrived in Brasil yesterday. Watched 65 minutes of the match on a dodgy stream that took a while to achieve. So so so proud of my Spurs. Dominant three points today. Lots of love to all from the southern hemisphere.
Falstaff the Fool
08/04/2017 14:22:00
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Now need B'mouth to do us two favours... take points off the Chavs and pass them on to us next Saturday!
Critical_Spur
08/04/2017 14:25:00
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Well we beat a team we were supposed to beat. That seems so innocuous to say but a couple of seasons ago, we could easily have slipped up against a "Watford " when something was on the line. Not these days. Well played lads. I would love to see a replay of Kane's free kick on the final seconds of the game. Off the bar! WHL would have erupted if that had gone in.
jvd
08/04/2017 14:29:00
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Not much to worry about in that one. Come on Bournemouth, do the right thing.
Geofspurs
08/04/2017 14:45:00
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Brilliant performance.Great result. Very difficult to pick Man of the Match. Could have been 6,7 or 8. Such a good all round team and squad. Even Sissoko looked ok.Feel so sorry for Janssen..he has such bad luck. No need to sell much in the summer or to buy. Someone who loves playing at Wembley???
wentworth
08/04/2017 14:54:00
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If I were Poch, I'd get the goals on the training pitch made a little smaller!
Critical_Spur
08/04/2017 15:04:00
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Has 'Totteringhams Day' just become 'Arsenders Day'?
Geofspurs
08/04/2017 16:29:00
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Another great team performance. Scored 4, could have been 8. Disappointed for Son that he didn't get his hat trick, although to be fair he got the chances and it was his doing. Kane could have scored 2, great to have him back. All 4 goals very well taken. Who still wants to sell Dier (although to be fair, he does look much more comfortable playing DM)? My only gripe today, and I expect this not to be popular, is Janssen missing a sitter. What is it going to take? I am already expecting posts about his desire/work ethic/..., but another start and no goals, and there can be no complaints about service today. But overall a hugely positive performance from the team and MP. I am a big Eddie Howe fan today.
BelgianSpur
08/04/2017 16:34:00
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BS ....What makes it worse for Vincent is that he can see everyone else scoring for fun. He looked more subdued as the game progressed. Badly needs a goal (obviously).
Geofspurs
08/04/2017 17:04:00
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Missed the game but what a great result. Well done to the lads and Poch. Keep going.
Harry-Kari
08/04/2017 18:24:00
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Great result and performance, another 3 points, keep them coming to cement our CL spot and all is good.
Kong
08/04/2017 19:35:00
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Six on the bounce, impressive. I think next week with Chelski at Manu we have a chance to peg them back to 4 or 5 pts, if that happens, I think we can do it, they will bottle it. In our favour is the fact Maureen would sooner boil his head in a bucket of ***** than lose.
Thats Entertainment
08/04/2017 20:40:00
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At WHL yesterday... Ali Dier and Son tremendous goals against a 6'5 tall Gomes, who is a good shot stopper. My views of Trippier is a great RB who crosses are spot on, Walker can do with lessons on this. Jansen will still be battling and helping the team, and for his goal that will build confidence for next season. Moussa was the target of some heavy treatment from Watford CF and MF, well done ref allow play on for Dele's goal, and then yellow card for the Watford player who fouled Moussa. On here last season there were posters saying get rid of Son but Poch. had his faith in Son repaid now. I think it will be the same for Jansen, regardless of what some fans and Journalists / Agents say, in Poch. we trust... However about Sissoko I'm uncertain he has to improve a lot. So a very good win.. onto the next game.... COYS
Block D Spurs
09/04/2017 09:39:00
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I agree with all of that, Block D, although I do feel Walkers delivery has also improved. It's incredible that we're on course to better last seasons achievements.
jerkinmahjurgen
09/04/2017 10:34:00
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is says a lot for the squad mentality that poch has built that tripper comes in for a rare premier league start and puts in a man of the match performance. Absolute love what pochettino has done for this club
Guernman
09/04/2017 13:25:00
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