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FA Cup S/F Preview: Chelsea v Spurs

FA Cup S/F Preview: Chelsea v Spurs

I feel a Semi coming on! - Not surprising given the way we are playing right now!

Chelsea can be outplayed. A win against the Blues on Saturday means more than being in another FA Cup Final it would confirm that Spurs are the best team in the Prem and it would place even more pressure on Chelski to win the League. For Spurs it's a chance to play this game like it's a home fixture cos, let's face it, Levy is still on the fence about playing at Wembley next season and so a good performance on Saturday will give us the chance to see if we can look more comfortable using Wembley as our temporary home. Wembley as a pitch works for and against us. For the quarter back passes of Dier and Alderwiereld it's a perfect width to play the long ball out to Walker and Son but for a high pressing game there is a lot more space to have to close. But! Will Poch play 3 at the back and will Poch stick with his cup side and leave Walker on the bench for Trippier and play Vorm instead of Lloris and go with 4 at the back? We have to get in around the back of their back 3 which is why Son and Walker have to play. Poch must surely get more success playing both wide men and trying to slip Kane and Alli in through the channels. At United the pace of Valencia, Lingard, Rashford and Young made life uncomfortable for Chelsea's back 3 and we need to do the same. You can bet Conte will come at us from the wide positions, especially against Davies, who he will see as our weakest link so expect Chelski attacks to be coming in from the left.

After a run of eight consecutive wins in the Premier League and two recent losses from Chelsea you have to say we are the form team going into this one. The 2012 Chelsea vs Spurs FA Cup Semi Final 5-1 defeat also needs to be avenged, so you could call this game a season decider! Ardiles stated on Twitter, 'Next Saturday's game is getting more and more important by the hour. We have to play our football. We are better than them.' We have to believe that! We have everything going for us in terms of momentum. The teams' chemistry has never been so good. Chelski were 10 points clear of us for ages, now it's down to just 4 points and even if we don't overhaul those final four points it's good to see the Blues sweat. Gary Cahill said after the United result: 'We weren't at the races and it makes us a bit angry. Let's hope it's an off day and it doesn't cost us too much. We have to react in the right way. We have to dust ourselves off and prepare for a huge semi-final, and then we go again with some important home games coming up. There`s only six games left, and we are still in a good position. We need to realise it`s not over, we need to realise there are points to play for, and we have to dig in. No one is going to give us this league, we have to work for it like we have done for the majority of this season. We reacted after we lost to Crystal Palace, we bounced back with two wins, so it's a similar thing. We have to go again. We are still in a great position.'

Conte's 3-4-3 formation has been a tough nut to crack this season but Jose Mourinho's masterplan showed how Conte's set up can be dissected. Eden Hazard spent most of the day at Old Trafford looking for a ball to play with because Ander Herrera kept him quiet. Can Dier manage Hazard better than Wanyama or should it be left to Dembele, Moussa knows Hazard better? If we silence their engine, Chelsea's attack will effectively be taken out of the game. Diego Costa will spend the game starting fires around the pitch and trying to get penalties to make up for the fact he has only scored 5 goals in the last 16 games and only 1 in the last 7 games and is blaming a lack of service for his lack of goals. Hopefully Costa will get himself sent off, that's why the Chelsea fans think he is a liability and don't want Conte to play him! Pedro is not firing so Conte may start Fabregas. There are some big questions we could ask of Chelsea in mid-field and up front. Fellaini, Herrera and Darmian neutralised Chelsea and so it must be that Wanyama, Dembele and Dier must do the same job.

We cracked the Chelsea code and spoilt the party for them at WHL in January but this will not be the same game. This is a one-off game so form may not come into it, this will be all about the occasion and who performs the best on the day. Conte is a leader, he almost plays the game with his players, his touchline antics replicate what is going on, on the pitch, so he can be an inspirational but, he can also be a downer for his team if he is unhappy with any of his players. Conte won eight Serie A titles as a player and manager, and one Champions League title as a player. However, it is as a runner-up that he remembers most, he was a three-time runner-up in the Champions League with Juventus so you can bet he will take defeat badly. Against United he was subdued and that crept on to the pitch to his players. The secret of getting under Chelsea's skin is to win the 50-50 ball, always be first to the ball and spoil Chelsea's passing game and keep Hazard quiet. There is no doubt when a team gets on top Conte and Chelsea's attitude changes. Spurs don't have to be the attackers for this game we can afford to be the counter attackers. Chelsea are arrogant, they think they have a right-of-passage to Silverware because they spend money to buy their trophies. They are not a club, they are a showroom full of expensive players! It would be unthinkable and unbearable to have Chelsea do the double because it will always be seen in the history books as the double over Spurs. If we can't catch them in the League, so be it, but, we have to win this one and set up an FA Cup Final with City proving to everyone that you can build the best team in the Premiership using young home grown talent without spending millions. It also means if City beat the Woolwich on Sunday we can get the video of that Ricky Villa goal dusted off to show what we did to City in 1981!

COYS!



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Writer:OyVeh Maria
Date:Thursday April 20 2017
Time: 8:42AM

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RichiRich
20/04/2017 09:16:00
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Coys
123spurs
20/04/2017 09:28:00
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Sorry Ghana. But when he played a 3 they all started.
E17YID
20/04/2017 10:12:00
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However, team of the year Cahill and Luiz better than Toby and Jan ffs, who voted for them over the best defence .. lloris is better than de gea...
E17YID
20/04/2017 10:13:00
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I think you were right about MO, CJ and DA Geof! On that note, where's turkish?!
Critical_Spur
20/04/2017 10:44:00
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Man U stopped Hazard, and therefore stopped Chelsea. I would stick to the 3-at-the-back system, with Dier & Wanyama tasked with picking up Hazard where possible. Apart from that, we have momentum, form, hunger plus the return of Kane in our locker. That should be enough. The rest is for the lads to pull out the performance on the day.
TonyRich
20/04/2017 10:49:00
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Ghana ...it all depends on who Poch trusts the most in terms of marshaling Hazard ....Dier or Wanyama? Your right 12 into 11 cant go but Poch wont drop Son, not the form he is in so the strike force will be Dembele Eriksen and Kane with Son and Alli either side with hopefully Walker and Davies providing the width that just leaves Poch with a choice, personally I think it will be a back four with Dier coming on later for Dembele if we are winning the game my only question is who is faster at turning if Hazard turns them Dier of Wanyama? out of the two Wanyama is a better tackler but his passing isn't great Dier is a better passer but he can make mistakes that can turn a finely balanced game . There is also the space between our back four and Wanyama and Dembele, were going to need to counter quickly which means Son and Walker are in for lung busting 90 minutes and Son in particular cant be looking after Davies and carrying the ball up field which means Wanyama will have some defending to do on the left hand side because you can bet Conte will be aiming his guns at Davies! If ever we are missing Rose it will for this one!
OyVeh Maria
20/04/2017 10:53:00
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E17, that's always the trouble when assessing a goalie's performance. He become a standout player behind a sheit defence and having to make endless saves. I agree with you, imo, Llloris is better that De Gea. Foster at WBA often looks the best keeper as did Krul a couple of seasons back.
Critical_Spur
20/04/2017 11:07:00
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Moses & Pedro will attack our weak spot [Davies] with their superior pace.Monaco did us at Wembley with their fast counter attacks.Poch has to find an answer to this danger. Wanyama would be my choice to man mark Hazard as Dier is too slow on the turn. If we solve these 2 problems we can beat Chelsea. I think we have enough fluidity up front with Son,Alli,Kane & Eriksen to keep Luiz & Cahill chasing shadows.
Greavesaboveall
20/04/2017 11:09:00
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I'd keep Son for his obvious attacking threat, but also to compensate for lack of pace on the LHS. Davies will need to control his forward forays. This is gonna be one heck of a tactical battle. Can't wait! COYS!
Critical_Spur
20/04/2017 11:15:00
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Oh, the pressure! A Spurs loss won’t damage our reputation as long as we are competitive. A Chelsea loss will damage their reputation whether they are competitive or not.
Geofspurs
20/04/2017 12:03:00
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We’ve had an easy run to get this far in the cup but if we win the next two games we will have earned the trophy.
Geofspurs
20/04/2017 12:04:00
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Tottenham 3 – 0 Chelsea.
Geofspurs
20/04/2017 12:05:00
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Critcal .... You can't keep a good Man down!
Geofspurs
20/04/2017 12:09:00
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Mind you .... it might be 4-0 because playing at home is worth a goal.
Geofspurs
20/04/2017 12:11:00
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We have been shocking when playing at Wembley so far, I'd go for spurs if was at whl.
123spurs
20/04/2017 13:22:00
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123spurs, there's been a lot of changes and work that's gone on since our disastrous showing at Wembley. We are title contenders, in form team, rested and injury-returning players, the mentality backed up by the recent form, the general lift, a wiser and sharper squad, the media and pundit (as well as all of us) praising what's happening at Spurs and imo, winning a lot of neutral football fans along the way. I expect this to be the game of the season for worldwide audience now that Barcelona got knocked out of the CL!. Honestly, if we fail to turn up again because of Wembley, I'd insist Levy looks at utilising 3/4 WHL next season! We have to adapt and hope our training ground pitch has been widened beyond Wembley dimensions for the lads to adapt. COYS!
Critical_Spur
20/04/2017 14:06:00
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Critical .... We could always ground-share with the neighbours!!!
Geofspurs
20/04/2017 14:30:00
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Lloris
Walker Dier Alderweireld Vertonghen Davies
Wanyama
Dembele
Eriksen Alli
Kane

Unfortunately, with the return of Kane it'll mean Son will have to miss out. I dont think there's any doubt we'll go with 3 at the back. Especially considering we outplayed them at WHL in January with this set up.

I expect the game to be tight eventually won late on when Son is introduced. He's so clinical in front of goal and with fresh legs he'll run all over their joke of a defence.

I doubt these Chelsea player know what's coming for them at the weekend. Their fans do...and they are sh****ng themselves!!
KierzoSBC
20/04/2017 14:34:00
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Yup I agree, lllrois is. World asss but when have two world ass defenders in front you are overlooked.
E17YID
20/04/2017 15:49:00
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Our formation changes throughout every game more than most teams because of the movement of our players resulting from their positions not being rigidly adhered to .... which most teams seem to find confusing. I'm confused too.
Geofspurs
20/04/2017 18:28:00
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Geof, wash your mouth out re ground sharing! The only thing I ever want to share with them is my opinion of telling them that the sleeping giant awakens....the cockerel is flexing it's wings ready for the 65K roar! COYS!
critical_spur
20/04/2017 18:44:00
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Tempting to play same formation we did at home to them. I think i would play same team as last week on the larger pitch. There is a shout for Wanyama to replace Dier in midfield. Decisions decisions..
asherthesmasher
20/04/2017 19:34:00
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This is defining game for me. Win this we could be double winners. If not don't the league will happen for us. So proud of where we have gotten to. If we come away with nothing this i hope it does not stunt our growth on the pitch.
asherthesmasher
20/04/2017 19:42:00
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I agree with you asher,,. We are at point where we will really find out about Poch's man-management skills, from the point of view of psychological impact each result will have on individuals. Matters could swing from very highs to lowest of lows in the next few weeks. Last season, our meh finish was probably due to the defeat at the Bridge. There's a lot at stake this weekend. Mental preparation may well be the key. COYS!
critical_spur
20/04/2017 23:53:00
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Hope it's not raining.
Geofspurs
21/04/2017 08:16:00
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respect and much love to Ugo Ehiogu..........great guy, great coach....Go out on to the Wembley turf tomorrow lads and do it for Ugo!
OyVeh Maria
21/04/2017 09:23:00
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Sad tragic news that Ugo has passed away after yesterday's incident. Top player, top coach, top fella RIP.
Frank
21/04/2017 09:41:00
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Press are saying that Conte may make up to 4 changes with no David Luiz in the back 3...he'll be as sick as a sky full if that's true! they are saying Terry will play along side Cahill hope that's right cos JT's lost at least 2 yards ....Alli will turn him on a sixpence! No Chelsea rent Boy Trolls on Spurs VS ! just shows you they aint feeling quite so cocky!
OyVeh Maria
21/04/2017 11:05:00
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Shocked to hear about Ugo....RIP, but excited about tomorrow, first time in a while Im going into a Chelsea game feeling quietly confident.
Ossie
21/04/2017 11:25:00
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Tragic loss of a member of the Spurs family. Some credit has to go to Ehiogu for the nurturing of our academy as likes of Winks, Onomah, Kane, Edwards, etc must all have come through his guidance. Hope the Lillywhites do for him. COYS!
Critical_Spur
21/04/2017 11:57:00
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Dele-Arri, your post at 6:11. Yes, it ain't no final tomorrow, but surely there's been a HUUUUUGE change in our standing and imo, a lot does hinge on how we negotiate the game tomorrow and the outcome may well have repercussions for BOTH sides. It's not a make or break and the last final was when we WERE the underdogs, when we'd only just come through the turmoil of manager merry-go-round and barely had a time to start our new project. Not so much disagreeing with what you posted but adding to express the significance of this game. Open top bus....room for Jack and his Wheelchair?
Critical_Spur
21/04/2017 12:05:00
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Well it is the final game before the final.
Geofspurs
21/04/2017 12:16:00
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Latest Press report States: Chelsea’s defensive key players Thibaut Courtois (ankle) and Marcos Alonso (illness) missed out on Chelsea’s heavy defeat against Manchester United last Sunday, but are expected to return for tomorrow’s game fully fit. However, a fresh injury update signals that Chelsea will however be without their vice-captain Gary Cahill, who has spent the last two nights at a hospital getting tested over a mystery flu. It’s thought that the bug has also gone through Victor Moses and Diego Costa, but it shouldn’t be that serious with them.
OyVeh Maria
21/04/2017 12:19:00
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This is only the second time since the second world war that the first-and second-placed teams in the league have met in the FA Cup semi-final, that is why Saturday is more than just a semi final its a very rare type of fixture. It is arguably an even more consequential fixture than when such sides have met in the final itself, because it comes right in the heat of the title race and can direct the destination of two trophies rather than one! Brilliant! I hope the match matches the expectation!
OyVeh Maria
21/04/2017 12:36:00
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OyVeh Maria - Mystery flu or lasagna perhaps....?
TonyRich
21/04/2017 13:05:00
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Such sad news re ugo... so young such a wasted talent ... we need to win for him. No excuses
E17YID
21/04/2017 13:41:00
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Rich - Depends who his Chef is!
OyVeh Maria
21/04/2017 13:49:00
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I don't think this semi will have a great bearing on the title race, one way or the other. The coaches will ensure that the players look on it as a one off, keeping each it in it's own box. Looking at the two run ins, we will still need to pull off a miracle to win the title irrespective of the SF result. Not only have they the easier games, they have more home games left than us. We should just view the semi as one step closer to a Wembley FA Cup Final, and the chance to win an elusive trophy, ideally winning it against Ar$hole Whingers mob.
Frank
21/04/2017 15:32:00
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I'd start exactly the same 11 as started against Bournemouth. Wanyama will be off pace, an early Yellow would be terrible. Erisken, Dele, Son & Kane starting give them something to think about. Want to see us play our game, lets take it to them. I worry that if we drop Dier it might upset things. Likewise, reverting to 3 CBs.... Terribly sad news about Ugo - who by all accounts was incredibly well thought of by everyone he came into contact with. Lets do him proud in the 44th minute tomorrow, and lets get us to a final! COYS
Freundian Slip
21/04/2017 16:49:00
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Well said Freund!
OyVeh Maria
21/04/2017 22:16:00
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Match day! COYS
Geofspurs
22/04/2017 04:06:00
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12 hours til kick off. No pressure on us to win. So sick of he papers saying how well Chelsea have done. Fail to mention the 100's of millions spent. The fact they had only domestic games ... oh the fact they only played poor to oust mourihino ... we are the underdogs .. we are the upcoming team
E17YID
22/04/2017 05:20:00
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2-1 Win for us today, same as 67.
Thats Entertainment
22/04/2017 08:18:00
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I'm looking forward to a hard game, with spurs just edging it. As players wearing black armbands for UGO I hope it inspires them to win for him and themselves and fans. 2-1 spurs
Block D Spurs
22/04/2017 09:00:00
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7 hours 15
E17YID
22/04/2017 09:51:00
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Completely agree BDS, we need to win this and dedicate it to, ugo. MP should just say UGO would be pround of a win that's all the motivation needed
E17YID
22/04/2017 09:53:00
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Dele-Arri, that suggestion re stopping Hazard to stop Chelsea. True that it's a team game but sometime, if not often, that 'special' player CAN make all the difference. After all, we too had a 'single-handed' game winner in our team....Gareth! It only takes one moment of magic to turn the game on it's head. Also, against Man U, Hazard was completely shut-out and one can't say that the rest of the Chelsea team didn't turn up....or were bottlers.....or even lacked winning mentality! As a tam, I fully expect a fantastic endeavour and our momentum maintained. COYS!
Critical_Spur
22/04/2017 10:14:00
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tam = team! And less than 7 hours! COYS!
Critical_Spur
22/04/2017 10:16:00
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If Terry starts today, I would be surprised and very happy due to the fact the guy is finished. I just can't see Conte giving us the advantage.
Thats Entertainment
22/04/2017 10:53:00
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5 Hours!
Geofspurs
22/04/2017 11:41:00
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5 hours Geof?!...should be done and dusted in your time zone...was it 3-0?! COYS!
Critical_Spur
22/04/2017 13:04:00
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I expect a tough very close game which will have me shaking and my heart thumping. But I can't go against our recent form so I'm going with a score of 4-0 for the mighty Spurs! COYS!
jvd
22/04/2017 13:32:00
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Let's tear them a new one! COY!
stu_u2k
22/04/2017 14:01:00
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am so nervous about this game. At a stage in our development which is so so exciting, with an incredible young team led by one of the best managers in the world today (and by far the best we have had in my lifetime), there is one major stumbling block which threatens to derail things, and that is Wembley bloody stadium. If we were playing at the lane we would wipe the floor with them, I am confident of that. But our main opponent today is Wembley, where we have won just one in the last 8, and that was against a pretty woeful CKSA Moscow and losing five times. We just haven't turned up there. The prospect of having to play all our home games next season there is already a huge concern, so we need to do something pretty sharpish to change this trend. It means today's match takes on unprecendented importance. Win and we have a title race, lose and we increase the spectre of the Wembley curse and the dilema of whether we should use it next season. We have been waiting for our new stadium for years but who amongst us wouldn't now rather another season at the lane just when we are showing ourselves to be the best team in the country. The timing seems so unfair, and yet so typical of being a spurs supporter. Let's hope we turn our Wembley luck around today!
Guernman
22/04/2017 14:05:00
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COYS COYS COYS COYS our time
bazdog
22/04/2017 14:16:00
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Can't wait to see how the players start this game. Will they be up for it? Will they be in fast mode from the onset? Will we be clinical in front of goal? 2 and a half hours to go! Come on Kane! Come on Deli! Come on Eriksen! Come on Mousa! COYS!!
jvd
22/04/2017 14:16:00
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interesting. we dropped davis so it looks like jan at LB and a back 4
Guernman
22/04/2017 16:12:00
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costa and hazard on the bench
Guernman
22/04/2017 16:13:00
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NO walker, that's a massive surprise, showing faith in trippier.
E17YID
22/04/2017 16:29:00
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Question is, is Trippier playing RWB or RB that will tell us if they're playing 3331 or 433. I personally would have preferred Walker but IPIT. COYS!
jvd
22/04/2017 16:53:00
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Who would have guessed Walker, Hazard and Costa on the bench....? Looks like Conte targeting our wings, and Poch anticipating....I hope!
TonyRich
22/04/2017 17:04:00
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Strange team from Chelsea, are they helping us try and win this game, no excuse not to win now.
123spurs
22/04/2017 17:10:00
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Shocking goal to let In so early. Game cud be over already with all the hype on here and heavy favorites tag and Chelsea with there 2 star players out.
123spurs
22/04/2017 17:19:00
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Fecking yessssss Harry
Tino
22/04/2017 17:29:00
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oh, danny rose...
Guernman
22/04/2017 17:56:00
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Dominating again since the goal and son does something stupid, losing and they have no hazard or Costa,
123spurs
22/04/2017 17:59:00
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Sorry, this change of players as royally *****ed us up ... son wtf was he doing ffs no excuses ... the ref is on their side .. Utter shambles ... MP needs to kick them up the *****ing arse and sort it
E17YID
22/04/2017 18:00:00
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Why is son the wing back,
123spurs
22/04/2017 18:00:00
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We give away a free kick and a needless penalty and the scum are leading ..l it's our own fault .l. I was nervous before kick off now annoyed as they are there for the taking and we along with Atkinson are doing our best to let them win. ... why change the team why
E17YID
22/04/2017 18:05:00
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Bad tackle from Son but no doubt in my mind that Moses dived or at the least deliberately tripped himself. Poor defending by Son in the end. All the possession and two freaking set pieces give them the advantage. I do not like Son having to defend and he is providing little in attack. He just isn't that effective against fresh defenenders. Better coming off the bench. I would like to Davies brought on for Son.
jvd
22/04/2017 18:05:00
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Put a leash on your dogs. Stamping, handling the ball outside the box . . . lmao
StamfordDLion
22/04/2017 18:05:00
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He who laughs last Stamfordcat. He who laughs last.
jvd
22/04/2017 18:09:00
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A bit like side show bob head butting eriksen
E17YID
22/04/2017 18:09:00
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Triggered. lmao
StamfordDLion
22/04/2017 18:10:00
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