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VS Preview: Spurs v Swansea

The Llorente and Clement Reunion and…..Hello Wembley! There`s no place like home!

It took Harry Kane 169 games to score 100 goals for Spurs; 12 games fewer than Thierry Henry took to score 100 for Arsenal (181). After Dortmund, Kane rightly takes the headlines, but the win against Everton and Dortmund was a team performance, and it was Eriksen at his creative best at Goodison with a killer goal to top his performance off. Eriksen has grown under Poch and has become Spurs main creator. Eriksen created 16 goals in 2015/16, and 23, in 2016/17. He is well on the way to beating that this season - with four assists in just five games so far! To put Eriksen in perspective, the 20 assists he has provided in the 2017 calendar year so far make him the best playmaker across all the top European leagues. His closest rival to the crown of assist king in English football is Kevin De Brune of Man City with 12 goals this year. Eriksen is now the joint-highest scoring Dane in Premier League history, with 32 goals (level with Nicklas Bendtner).

Davinson Sanchez looks like the real deal and Poch may now have the best back 3 in the Prem. Poch played a midfield diamond last Saturday which negated the Everton threat and whilst Sissoko still can`t finish his position in that diamond meant he was more effective. He seems to suit a more central attacking role which is good as I can see Poch rotating Sissoko and Dembele more as the season progresses. Dier sitting in front of the back three and Alli, Eriksen and Sissoko all rotating, with one always furthest forward behind Kane, worked a treat. Wanyama may have to fight for his place with Dier now Sanchez looks like he has won the right to be part of a back three leaving Dier with no CB role to fill. We have now won 4 successive away games in the Premier League for the first time since January 2014 (five in a row). Everton are winless in their past 10 Premier League games against Spurs (D5 L5). We have now taken more points off Everton than any other Premiership team.

The Swans haven`t beaten us at home since their League Cup Victory in 1978 although they came close in 2016 at the Lane and it took a Rose and Chadli goal to win the match. In 2015 we had a 3-2 thriller at the Lane. Spurs have won 10 of their last 11 meetings with Swansea, scoring at least two goals in the last seven of those. In fact, Swansea have never beaten Spurs in 12 Premier League encounters. We, however, have now failed to keep a clean sheet in 11-successive matches at Wembley when last season we had 17 clean sheets. Swansea have no talisman Siggurdson in the side anymore and Llorente is now with us! So it`s down to the returning Wilfried Bony to lead the line. After seeing the Swans display against Newcastle you have to say they are looking like relegation candidates yet again. Their only success this season was against an even poorer Palace. They were hammered by United in August and fought out a lacklustre draw against Southampton who still haven`t hit form yet. It is more than a year since Swansea City's American takeover, and the jury remains out on the effect it has had on the club. Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien have had a rough first season which almost ended in relegation for the Swans last year. Kaplan and Levien admit to making mistakes and they are now on their third manager, Paul Clement, since they took over, which is never a good sign. Instead of investing more money on transfers Kaplan and Levien want to focus on expanding the Swans' scouting network and make the club self-sufficient, able to generate its own revenue streams to spend on the squad accordingly. Which means?…….they will be relegation candidates again this year!

Paul Clement was not impressed with his side last weekend. The Swans have now lost their opening two home league games of the season for the first time since 1985. Clement said "Very frustrating. I'm finding it difficult to understand why I saw what I saw. I'm very disappointed with the way that we played,' said Clement. 'Although the margin of defeat is very small, ultimately decided by a set-play, for me the difference in the two teams in the performance was much greater than that. I thought they were better than us. ' Swansea lacked creativity in attack and managed only a couple of chances, the best of which saw Tammy Abraham round goalkeeper Rob Elliot before seeing his shot blocked on the line by Lascelles. Clement gave their new Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches, who is on a season-long loan from Bayern Munich, a start. He comes with a big reputation and high expectations. However, the 20-year-old failed to make much of an impression as his occasional show of flair was undermined by wayward passing, with the stats showing he was dispossessed 23 times in the match. Swansea are without injured trio Ki Sung-yueng, Nathan Dyer and Kyle Bartley, who has been ruled out for the next three months. Both Leon Britton and Wilfried Bony are pushing for starting positions but both might end up as substitutes on Saturday.
Clement will have seen the Spurs performance against Dortmund and will have to ask his players to produce something special. One thing about winning is it builds confidence with 6 goals in two games we`ll be hungry for more. Expectations will now be on Spurs to go on a run this month to knock over the likes of Swansea, Barnsley, West Ham, Nicosia and Huddersfield Town. Contrast that with our October fixtures! We are going to have to be on top of our game because October could almost be described as a season defining month for us. We go from Bournemouth at Home to Real Madrid away! Liverpool Home to United away to Real Madrid at Home all in the space of 17 days!

Poch now has a selection headache; Wanyama should be fit, does Poch go for Trippier or Aurier for this one? Aurier has the speed of Walker and the madness of Assou Ekotto! Moussa tired visibly against Dortmund so does he go for the Sissoko, Dier, Alli ,Kane diamond? Will Llorente get 20 minutes?

How good is it to have so many selection problems at last?



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Writer:OyVeh Maria
Date:Friday September 15 2017
Time: 1:26PM

Comments

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OyVeh .... I love the line ' speed of Walker and madness of BAE'. Swansea 0 - 3 Spurs.
Geofspurs
15/09/2017 13:46:00
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Geof, is your prediction for the away game next year?....3-0 to the 'home' side!
Critical_Spur
15/09/2017 14:07:00
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Critical .... Oops! But I expect it will be for the away game too. lol
Geofspurs
15/09/2017 14:57:00
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On paper should be a straight forward "home" win. We will see whether there is any hang over from the CL game v Dortmund, and whether we have truly overcome the "Wembley effect". All things being equal we should have too much for them going forward with Kane, Eriksen, and Ali now back to last season form, and our defensive performances are very encouraging. I would agree with the 3-0 prediction, and I sincerely hope we are not crying in our beer afterwards. If Son is the one to miss out for Ali's return, it will be unfortunate after that amazing strike in the CL, but obviously Ali's return is simply a must.
Frank
15/09/2017 17:44:00
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If Poch picks Llorente for the final 20 minutes or so (giving Harry a rest), he will need some great crosses in from Trip & Davies to get his season going. Hope Sissoko plays & puts one in the back of the net, a goal would be a massive boost for his confidence and for us fans. Really enjoyed watching OUR team play over the last couple of seasons. COYS big win tomorrow at HOME.
CanUkSpur
15/09/2017 20:18:00
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I would like to see most of the same team that beat Dortmund. Alli back and I would be tempted to bring Winks for Dembele. I don't think we need two defensive midfielders v the Swans. I'd start with Aurier and introduce Tripp and Lloriente at about the 75 mins mark, depending on the score.
Critical_Spur
15/09/2017 20:43:00
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So many options now .... we need more letters in the alphabet for all the 'plans' MP has. I agree with 'Can' .... Sissoko just needs a goal. Be nice if it happens in this one.
Geofspurs
16/09/2017 00:38:00
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Definitely Trippier for Aurier, Alli for Son, Sissoko for Dembele, the rest pick themselves. We can rest a significant amount of the team for the game against Barnsley and play a couple youngsters and the rest of the squad. I would like to agree with Frank, we should have too much for them, just keep our focus and not look ahead. One game at a time. COYS!!!
jvd
16/09/2017 00:46:00
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I just think it is far too early in the season to talk about resting players, they need to build the momentum together, especially at Wembley. Aurier and Sanchez have not had a pre-season, so they should continue imo. Barnsley represents a perfect game to rotate. I am sure had it been v Burnley tomorrow, folks would've suggested resting players....we know what happened there even with our 'A' team. The players that need rest so early in the season are those that are carrying/nursing niggling injuries.
Critical_Spur
16/09/2017 01:07:00
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Don't care if we win ugly today, let Swans have the ball like Dortmund in CL. Poch knows its all about results now, 3pts today is a must to smash this Wembley myth the media love to spout...
Thats Entertainment
16/09/2017 08:19:00
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I also thought Aurier "madness" reminded me of Benny... He seemed to be not quite as fast as walker when in 1st half he was on the side where my seat is in tier 1 halfway line. But as he and sanchez will adapt to PL over next 10 games we will see better from them. Swansea are there to be beaten, on our current form...Llorente to score. spurs win 2-0 or more... COYS
Block D Spurs
16/09/2017 10:02:00
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Block D, I get the impression that Poch is adding real steel to our squad. I think our (young) squad had been too soft. Aurier is a beast as is Wanyama and it wouldn't surprise me to see Aurier pick up a few cards this season. Man, he not charged in to some duels v Dortmund and very surprised he didn't get carded as the player (on at least two occasions) ended up in a heap! ..... and yet Verts got 2nd yellow for what was a trailing arm contact.
Critical_Spur
16/09/2017 11:07:00
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Absolutely no way we let Swansea have the ball. This is back to normal, lots of possession but faster movement and lots of Spurs goals. We are a much better team than them, lots more quality. Not sure what their managers philosophy is but I suspect like most lesser teams against us, he will park the buss. We will need to have quick movement and some direct running. That's one reason I think we will see Sissoko given another run. Leave the Ranieri style "soak up the pressure and counter attack" for Real Madrid.
jvd
16/09/2017 13:50:00
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Looking at Crystal Palace v Southampton. Looks quite rainy in London. That may make a difference in how we play and who plays. After the Dortmund game I just want an easy win 3-0 or more will be acceptable. I don't think I can handle the pressure of a close game or the disappointment of a poor result.
jvd
16/09/2017 13:53:00
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Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Dier, Sissoko, Eriksen, Son, Alli, Kane
Critical_Spur
16/09/2017 16:58:00
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No Davies...
Critical_Spur
16/09/2017 16:59:00
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Looks like a lot of goals in MP's selection. Go for it! Enjoy the game lads.
Geofspurs
16/09/2017 17:00:00
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Well that was a pretty flat first half. Too slow in going forward, don't look like we are playing the Diamond formation. Looks like we have Sissoko on the right, Son playing LWB. I don't like it and I hope Poch changes it up right at the half. We are to slow in build up and no one running at the defense in the middle to create some confusion. Back to going left to right and back again. I would take Son off and bring in Ben Davies if he's on the bench. 45 minutes to get some goals. I thought we would be 2-0 up by now.
jvd
16/09/2017 18:12:00
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Here we go again, beat Dortmund 3-1, then back to slow slow quick quick slow, backwards and sideways with little or no goal threat. To fail to win this would be a disgrace really, against these.
Frank
16/09/2017 18:30:00
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not at all suprised, dominated som much why not pay 2 up ffs, posh ag
123spurs
16/09/2017 18:48:00
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poch again poor tactics
123spurs
16/09/2017 18:49:00
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dont worry out sub striker will get a couple of minutes
123spurs
16/09/2017 18:51:00
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this is why we will never go further, all the formations all the different tactics but still no plan b on how to break down a team. another 2 points dropped. shocking after mid week game.
123spurs
16/09/2017 19:07:00
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to predictable again from poch, if i can see it surely others can to
123spurs
16/09/2017 19:13:00
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Trippier at LWB was a complete waste of time, other than that, we obviously should have won, but clearly the Wembley problem isn't a myth. We've won both our away games, but failed to win any of our 3 "home" games.
Guyver
16/09/2017 19:15:00
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Or maybe there won't be a lot of goals.
Geofspurs
16/09/2017 19:16:00
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Definitely another Poch *****er. All I should have been withdrawn before Son.
Love totty
16/09/2017 19:17:00
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Absolutely Fing livid after that display. Except for a five minute period in second half we were toothless. Very upset with our players for the lackluster performance and with Poch for leaving Ben Davies out of the team for no fing reason. Son in PL is the man to bring on when you need to make something happen after 60 minutes. Really upset, Swansea shouldn't even be on the same field as us.
jvd
16/09/2017 19:18:00
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No matter the two non penalties, with the amount of possession, the quality of the players we have and the amount of shots we had on target we should have walked away with the three points. The reason we were so good against Dortmund was because they went toe to toe against us and let us play free flowing football, I've said it before and I'll say it again now, when we come up against a clever defence that stays in shape and holds it's discipline we haven't got a clue really. We may hit the odd lucky goal or have one move in four or five such games work, but otherwise we don't have anyone with the nous, intelligence with a quick enough mind and feet so we fail to break down these well packed, well disciplined defences. We also need to practice corners a lot more please.
chrishove123
16/09/2017 19:20:00
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What was with that starting selection? Why didn't he play the same team as Wednesday? Son doesn't belong as a full back. Alli did absolutely nothing to deserve to start today. Sissoko is plain useless. We were too predictable again today. Park the bus and watch us move the ball around to expected areas as usual, that's the key to getting points against us at Webley. Be prepared for a shed load more draws to come.
zombiespurs
16/09/2017 19:21:00
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Really poor. As usual we failed to address our weaknesses in the transfer window. No pace up front and no creativity in midfield. It will come back to bite us again and again this season.A healthy profit and exceptional balance sheet but the same old issues in the squad.
DoncasterHotspur
16/09/2017 19:21:00
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By-the-way Wembley is a non discussion, its nonsense. Most of these guys are internationals and play on large fields for their country. This is about starting on the front foot and at a high tempo against a lesser team. We went through this kind of performance about two seasons ago and I thought we were over it. Clearly I was wrong.
jvd
16/09/2017 19:27:00
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Slow build up play, lack of ruthlessness in front of goal, and sqaure passes will get us exactly what we got today, no goals.
spurfect one
16/09/2017 19:27:00
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Absolutely poor again. Not sure what Poch was doing, complete wrong team. Long season and we will be lucky to finish top 6. This is so frustrating.
markyboy40
16/09/2017 19:27:00
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Hi guys. Can anyone defend Poch after that display? Absolutely no idea how to beat lesser opposition, nobody can honestly say that we don't have the personnel to beat Swansea ( no offence intended, or offered by us). To remain, no sod it, to start with two defensive midfielders against such mediocre opposition is asking for trouble. I'm worry but if plan A and plan A1 doesn't work, Poch looks a little naive. Hate to say it but he's the one who needs to improve because the squad definitely has.
devils-advocaat
16/09/2017 19:32:00
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This game highlighted two of our main weaknesses, no gamechanger on the bench and Poch's substitutions. Contrast with Eddie Howe who brought on Ibes with 20 mins to go who turned the game for Bournemouth against Brighton.. Llorente should have replaced Alli who had yet another stinker not Son who was our most dangerous attacker. And what the hell was Trippier doing on the left when we had Davies on the bench, not to mention Dembele not replacing Sissoko much earlier in the game.
Stan Rosenthal
16/09/2017 19:35:00
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jvd, you can say wembley is a non discussion, but obviously it is. The evidence is our wembley record.
Guyver
16/09/2017 19:38:00
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there is no Wembley hoodoo just bad tactics. On current form Alli doesn't even merit a place on the bench. Come January we may as well sell him and buy a proper grown up. As i said after the Dortmund game Sanchez still has a lot to learn but the real problem as always was tactics which haven't changed from the last two seasons and consequently we still do not know how to break down buses or play against the high press. I cannot see 60,000 turning up to watch this crap every other week.
Harry-Kari
16/09/2017 19:41:00
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Well well, when will MP learn how to beat teams that come for a point, are disciplined and keep their shape. Our "home" form is going to cost us, we have already dropped 7 points out of 9. This rubbish about Wembley is just that, the problem is you can't play on a big pitch like we could on the postage stamp at WHL. We need more invention, more subtlety, more pace both going forward, in thought and in moving the ball. Results like this are simply unacceptable, our home form is mid table, simple as that. Come on MP start picking the right team, and get the game plan sorted out.
Frank
16/09/2017 19:52:00
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The difference between Wembley and away games is that the onus is on the home team to attack and this opens the game up and plays to our strengths, unless of course they are better than us. At Wembley, the onus is on us to attack and we are unable to break down well organised defences. We have had exactly the same problem at the Lane for several years now.
Harry-Kari
16/09/2017 19:56:00
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If our away form continues to be better than our home form, then you can't even use pitch size Frank, as most away pitches are about as big as Wembley, yet that hasn't stopped us winning away. Maybe the reasons for our Wembley struggles are less.. tangible and "simple".
Guyver
16/09/2017 19:58:00
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Poch completely nullified Trippier's crossing by moving him to the left. Aurier might be fast but his crosses were awful. Had Trippier been on the right when Llorente was brought on, we might just have sneaked a headed winner.
Firstman
16/09/2017 20:03:00
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When your build up play is so slow for most of the game with no defence cutting passes its always going to be difficult to break down a determined defence. I have lost my voice through shouting at the screen in frustration at the lack of urgency and square passes, and the 2 pens that were not given
philbill
16/09/2017 20:06:00
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As Frank says we are desperate for invention against packed defences. In the absence of buying someone in ( and doing that in the next transfer window will probably be too late) our only hope is getting Lamela fighting fit as soon as possible or doing all we can to develop the talents of Marcus Edwards
Stan Rosenthal
16/09/2017 20:08:00
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To me we lost that game even though it was a point for a draw.

IMO we lost it for 1) Poch team formation/selection dropping Davies and playing Son at LWB - why? It may be Davies has a knock, and while he is going to need a rest, then rest him mid week against Barnsley, not in a PL match and if he had a knock then I ask this - what about KWP, who evidently has played LB several times, at least he would have gave us balance and allowed Son to do what he does best, get behind the defence. We wasted the first half by playing Son LWB. 2) Then changes it to play Trippier LWB who was absolutely ineffective, but now what options did he have? 3) How is Sissoko getting more playing time before Winks? Ok Winks abkle is still slightly painful but he is on the bench, so he must be ok enough to play and surely he warrants a start over Sissoko? Again while Sissoko has done slightly better than last season, he is ineffective, what is he actually contributing? 4) With Poch weird selection, which felt a bit like he was trying to be 'too clever' it meant we had little option on the bench and so a poor Dele wasn't going to be subbed. If KWP had played LWB if Davies has a knock and then Son could have been on the bench and put pressure on Dele to perform. At the moment Dele seems to be getting away with medioca performances, which is expected as he is still young so we need options on the bench to keep him on his toes. 5) This performance is similar to many we saw last season, when we dropped points, draw too many games. We struggle to break down solid defences, with so mnay players behind the ball. We didn't address that with a 'clever' player coming in, so to deal with that you have to the follwoing imo. First pace on the wings to get behind the defence and drag them apart to create space. We haven't got it except for Son who was deployed as a LWB. 2nd crosses into the box to try and beat them in the air, get knock ons, our players are not crosses by nature, they pass in front of the defence. Our best crosser of the ball is Eriksen and Trippier, and Eriksen was playing deeper and central, which makes it more difficult to whip any kind of cross in and Trippier reluctantly didn't seem to want to cross, and when shifted to LWB was woeful, just kept making 5 yard passes to the side. 6) When Janssen used to come on it made little difference because he played with his back to goal and we continued to play in front of the defence, and he wasn't confident or clever enough to turn a player and create anything from nothing. So we now have a different kind of striker, one that wins the ball in the air and scores with his head. So to be effective he needs continual crosses, did we provide that when he came on - NO we continued to play ion front of the defence, just like we did when Janssen used to come on. Lorente will be the same, ineffective if we don't play to his strengths, he hardly touched the ball and had no service at all. 6) I thought another problem was out sideways and back passing and lack of movement up front. Poch has not managed to combat this with his signings, and our bench still looks weak when we have injuries. I really think if Davies had a knock then KWP should have played and that would have made our bench stronger with either Son/Dele on it.

Two points dropped again for me shouldn't have happened and the players were poor and so was Poch.

I still think Sissoko needs to go and we need a clever player who can cut defences open and I also think we need to look at our inability to get the ball into the area via crossing. All this playing in front of the defence is ineffective a majority of the time, and for me Dele needs to be dropped to give him something to think about.,br>
I hope Lamela comes back string and better and gives us that edge in such games or we get someone in who will. I fear for Llorente, he will be ineffective with that sort of display. Still early in the season, but it was a bad performance no matter what the stats say. i will say toby and verts were brilliant at trying to make things happen and Sanchex did well covering their back although he does have a mistake or two in him, but overall he is doing well and will get better. i think Aurier is going to have to improve on his crosses if he is to become a top defender, his crossers were poor not beating the first man and there were times he was hesitant to cross - why, because Trippier is the same.
It'sME
16/09/2017 20:38:00
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Does MP realise that you have to out score the opposition to win. You get 3 points for a win, 1 for a bore draw, but you get nowt for 75% possession so why bother, the opposition can just stand and watch the ball going from side to side and backwards slowly, we are so predictable.
Frank
16/09/2017 20:42:00
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On the plus side, we'll finish outside all the European competition qualification positions and win the league without the distraction nect season. That's if the eternal tightwad levy buys early. On second thoughts..........
devils-advocaat
16/09/2017 21:11:00
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What a shambles. Yet again we fail to beat a relegation side. Where was Davies, Dembele, Llorente, Winks? Sissoko and Ali should have been replaced early on when we knew their plan. We kept doing the same old stuff and they lapped it up. After 60 minutes, you have to change the game plan...drastically. What on earth was Trippier doing on the left??? Ridiculous. Terrible tactics today and 2 points thrown away. We do not learn. Has Ali had his head turned by circling agents?...he was not in it today.
wentworth
16/09/2017 22:04:00
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I attended the Burnley game which was a major let down, and I, as well as many others present thought the same. Then all the mugs turn up to watch even a worse display against a team, who in today's showing, will be fighting for survival. I was so angry watching the team, the same team, that entertained us only 3 days ago. The 1st half was bad enough and I thought Poch would put this right for the 2nd.... instead it was more of the same. Aurier couldn't cross for toffee, Trippier totally wasted on the left, Dele showboating as usual, and most of all, our shooting was abysmal, and that would be a gross understatement. Wot on earth do they practice on the training field, do they use rugby goals....friggin row z over 60% of the time. Sorry, but you can not defend today's showing.....in my book, the buck stops with Poch....full stop. There was me being optimistic that we won't play catch up this season....wishful thinking! Watch us rise?...... only if some of the players get their heads out of the clouds and Poch sorts his tactics out. F'n livid. Let's hear the usual culprits (players) come out with the same tripe, yeah, we need to be more clinical. Refund the money to the fans ffs.
Critical_Spur
16/09/2017 22:06:00
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Critical, jeez buddy. Don't mention the R word. Calm down Mr Levy I meant refund not relegation. Oh, it was refund that got ya going was it!?
devils-advocaat
16/09/2017 22:39:00
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On a serious note, it was our managers lack of flexibility that cost us points today. Nobody can, hand on heart, say that we're weaker this season. Far too defensive from the start against relegation candidates.
devils-advocaat
16/09/2017 22:44:00
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Sorry guys, I'm running off at the mouth now but we should have spent the money on lorentte 10 years ago when we first showed an interest. He's a completely different player now and definitely not a match winner.
devils-advocaat
16/09/2017 22:50:00
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devils-advocaat, I am sure come Monday I will be looking forward to the next episode singing COYS. Just venting my immediate post match angst!

On your 2nd and 3rd posts, well said. I said the same pre-match regarding a DM in the setup and it should've been blatantly obvious to Poch after just 10 mins. As for Llorente, I agree again. Poch buys players with certain strengths but forces them to play to his philosophy. Aurier who couldn't cross and Trippier wasted on the left. Llorente was an utter waste of a sub. Poch's got a lot to learn I am afraid. Of course now we gotta put up with the media's reference to Wembley.... imo, nowt to do with it. Give our team more room on the bigger pitch and they still can't find space, other than more of sideways, backwards.
Critical_Spur
16/09/2017 23:06:00
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devils-advocaat, right, the team is not weaker than last season. The manager isn't tactically worse either. Its more or less the same team, (if not better) as the one that scored more than anyone else, broke so many records and had no problem beating bus parkers last season, especially at home. The only difference is that our home games are now at Wembley, not WHL. Opponents will raise there game like its a cup final and we won't truly be on a "home pitch". Similar to West Ham last season. Or Arsenal at Wembley for 2 seasons in the CL (98/99, 99/00) where they struggled. Its all in the archives, we all predicted this season would be more difficult because of Wembley and now it's proving to pan out that way, we act surprised.
Guyver
17/09/2017 00:13:00
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Guyver, I woke up this morning with pretty much exactly what you wrote running around my somewhat hungover head.
devils-advocaat
17/09/2017 06:58:00
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Guyver, well said, but the poor performance of Alli, putting a right footer in a left foot position is poor ... trippier was so so poor. He is so one sided he proves he can't work on the left. Very disappointed at the result ... Alli, getting a new contract maybe he should donate hose wages .. he's been poor for a game or 2 now.
E17YID
17/09/2017 08:29:00
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Wouldn't it be nice if Poch took some responsibility for the result, poor team selection and poor substitutions. Then we might have some confidence that he will learn from his mistakes.
Stan Rosenthal
17/09/2017 11:29:00
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Before yesterday I wasn't buying the 'Wembley' thing but have changed my mind after yesterday! Also cannot imagine how Poch couldn't see that he had to change it at half time or soon after - it was so apparent that it wasn't working especially Trippier on the left.
Durbanspur
17/09/2017 11:49:00
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I'm reading the comments and unfortunately agreeing with many. Why? Because Poch has set the bar and it is very high. In the light of the new day I learn that Davies has a knock and couldn't play but as someone says why not play KWP. Why have 2 RWB on the squad for Swansea, when you could have one with the other who could play either side.To me the real problem is the mentality of our players. No matter what the quality of our squad was vastly better than the Swansea squad. If they had shown the determination to win that I expected then this would have had a different result. But when you go out to play and feel that you don't really have to work for it, it usually bites you in the arse and it did. Our players need to decide if they WANT to win the championship or trophies and play that way. When you WANT to win, you play with determination and urgency to quickly establish dominance and score so that your opponent cannot just sit and defend. You have to do everything to score in the first 20 minutes so you change the mindset of the opposition and force them to play more openly. This lazy attitude of our players against lesser opposition has to be rooted out if we are to go anywhere further. That should be Poch's immediate concern.
jvd
17/09/2017 15:20:00
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I agree with the above posts on views of our tactical game yesterday. Spurs have had a lazy or complacent attitude when playing "lower" teams, and then draw too many we should have won, happened 2 years now, cost us 2 title wins... I too was astounded to see tripps at LB and son defending. Did poch forget the game last season Sonny as full back, can't defend..gave away a penalty..?? All this sideways and back passing is so negative, no player wants to make the forwards passes. Dembele glides past players, Eriksen playing a forward position can split the opposition defense, yet did not happen...Ali not enough effort, Harry unlucky, SOn sky high shots, must get his head over the ball keep in down...in all a bad day at the office. Its this attitude and the dropping of points that has cost us silverware and will again this season... Need to play the systen at Everton, with plans B & C on this shape.
Block D Spurs
17/09/2017 19:36:00
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This might be regarded as a silly point but it might soften the blow for Spurs fans when we get results like this one if we at least knew that our views were getting through to Poch and the management. I don't see why they shouldn't. After all the fans are the lifeblood of any club and there cannot be any excuse for their views to be totally ignored in a club's set up. Can anyone running this site give us an answer?
Stan Rosenthal
18/09/2017 17:19:00
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Just watched the game. I didn’t see anything to worry about. I thought we just played our normal game. We did everything well but were so unlucky. We should have had one penalty, maybe two, and could have scored several more but, like Pool against Burnley, we couldn’t destroy the bus. We certainly managed to create several opportunities without being bothered defensively. Full credit to Swanse who came for a draw and got it. Very frustrating to watch even though I knew the score ....but It happens. That’s football.
Geofspurs
19/09/2017 06:29:00
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you got jokes Geof!!
Ossie
19/09/2017 11:48:00
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Geofspurs, can't see City in their present form not being able to "destroy the bus" in similar circumstances - even if the penalty decisions went against them.
Stan Rosenthal
19/09/2017 11:53:00
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