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It`s Ok Lads..It`s Only Tottenham! (Preview Away v Man Utd)

It`s Ok Lads..It`s Only Tottenham! (Preview Away v Man Utd)


It`s Ok Lads …………….it`s Only Tottenham!

So was the famous pre-match comment of Sir Alex before a game at Old Trafford against Spurs. As Gary Neville used to say "Spurs were always "flakey" at OT. Well we`ll see how confident United are against us this season. The dynamics have changed and the shift of footballing ability has seen us win 2 out of our last 3 matches against United which shows that Poch knows how to play and beat Jose. In fact Jose has only won twice against the top five teams (Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs, City & Liverpool) home and away since he took charge at United last year. United play noticeably better at home, winning all four Premier League games at Old Trafford and keeping a clean sheet in each one and that`s without some of their most influential players but, when they do get back, United will be a handful so now is probably a good time to play them at the Theatre of Dreams. United have endured a spate of injuries in the last month, leaving their midfield short and with a suspect defense. Pogba- Ibrahimovic -Carrick - Rojo and Fellaini are all missing Eric Bailly will be back as will be Jones and they will need them as Smalling has been left to do all the heavy lifting recently.

This one will be all about tactics especially if Harry Kane is not fit. If we win this one it will be one in the eye for Pep who thinks we are all Kane and no Spurs. We have seen recently that having all the possession does not provide us with goals. We proved against Dortmund, Real Madrid and Liverpool that we can give the opposition the ball and hit teams on the counter! Let`s face it, United are still seen as a soft touch at the back to a quality attack! Spurs by contrast have a more solid defence, if you don`t count losing a 2-0 lead to West Ham!

There is nothing between us in terms of our respective PL records this season, we have both lost once, we have both drawn two and we have both won 6. On paper this should be a draw but then there is the Kane factor and whether he can play if he does he will get in between Smalling and Jones. As long as there is the space at the back for counter attacks we should win it but if Jose decides to have 9 at the back and 1 up front we`ll struggle! Despite 80% possession at Huddersfield United only got 3 shots on target and Mourinho told his players that their attitude stank! I doubt the United team will need booting up for this one so it`s all about how we contain United and whether Poch comes to United with the intention of stealing the game as he did against Real Madrid.

Huddersfield won because they wanted it more and they matched United for passion and aggression. We can show aggression and we can show United that we want it more but we have to be solid at the back. Lukaku has either scored or assisted in eight of his last 10 Premier League games (eight goals, two assists), but, when you look at his goals, many have come at the end of a match when the game has been pretty well won. Don`t get me wrong Lukaku will need handling and Verts and Alders will have to make sure he doesn`t get room in the box. Lukaku won`t go back and get a ball though, he waits for the service which means we have to cut off his supply. Valencia is a power house and his runs along with Youngs gives United a lot of width Herrera and Mata in Midfield are the engine room and you have to wonder whether Poch would rather play Winks than Dembele whilst he nurses Dembele back to some level of fitness.

Herrera and Martial were singled out by Moaning Mourinho because of their poor performance against the Tykes so that midfield paring may change. Herrera has not been a regular for United so far this season, with summer signing Nemanja Matic taking his place in the first-team, Rashford has pace and, as a team, you would say United have more pace than us but can they get past Aurier and Davies? Rashford can be brilliant and quite naïve at the same time and does run himself into cul de sacs. Liverpool raised their game against United and that game was a shut out so hopefully Poch will look at that and pick up some early clues. We can`t afford to go to sleep like we did on Wednesday night. Although beating West Ham would have been nice, in the grander scheme of things getting into the quarter finals would have added a huge fixture congestion for us in December so maybe that defeat was supposed to happen!

Expect a back 5 of Aurier Verts Alders Sanchez and maybe Davies over Rose with Dier sitting in front and Winks taking the ball to the box, the question is whether Poch will play Kane or start Lorente and Eriksen just behind or tinker around with the midfield to try and outnumber United in Midfield and drop Dele deeper. Poch only needs a win or a draw Mourinho has to win to send a message, and to do that in these kind of games, means the best form of defence will be attack. A fast start for us would be ideal. Mourinho has failed to win all 19 Premier League games in which his side have been two goals behind. If we can hold the mighty Real we can certainly get more out of this United game, especially if we show the same concentration levels as we did at the Bernabéu then we must come away with some kind of result. COYS!



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Writer:OyVeh Maria
Date:Friday October 27 2017
Time: 8:43AM

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Good article, OyVeh. Not sure that it's a draw on paper .... home advantage is a huge factor. A 3-0 win to Spurs and then we can start to hunt down City!
Geofspurs
27/10/2017 09:45:00
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No Kane, no gain I suspect. Dier and Alli have been off form all season, Llorente hasn’t acclimatised to our system or rather we don’t have a system that plays to his strengths and I suspect Lukaku will concentrate on Sanchez. We really need Eriksen to step up and someone to help Winks control the MF. If Kane doesn’t play then Son is the only real attacker we have and he looked knackered on Wednesday. Headaches for Poch, just hope he has a cure.
Harry-Kari
27/10/2017 09:54:00
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Llorente? Is he not an attacker?

Spurs have won 5 and drawn one their last 6 PL matches. United have won 3 drawn 2 and lost 1. Lets not let one poor result against the Hammers get in the way of the fact that we are on a par with United in the PL standings and that we have the better, current form.

Hot Tottingham
27/10/2017 10:06:00
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Reasonable article Oy Veh.... It seems Harry will be rested for R Madrid game on Wednesday, So Lorente upfront with Sonny. IMO...shape Poch should go for, 352 with Dele MF with Winksy & Erikson Davies Trippier outside. Toby sanchez Verts, Lloris. As Oy Veh says, contain Utd. MF and hit them on break.
Block D Spurs
27/10/2017 10:24:00
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We beat Man U and WBA do the unthinkable and win at home against City. Spurs will be just 2 points away in 2nd place. - These things do happen you know. In football. :-)
Hot Tottingham
27/10/2017 10:27:00
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Been confirmed no Kane for tomorrow, and Wednesday is a maybe. Still dont think we will lose tomorrow, but cant see us winning now, ill settle for a draw.
Ossie
27/10/2017 10:37:00
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It's only with out Kane, now poch had to take full blame as 4-1 up against pool and kept him on until late few minute's total madness as we now have a striker who has no goals.
123spurs
27/10/2017 11:05:00
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Don't worry 123. Kane went the whole month of August without a goal. Llorente has scored a good few goals himself, in his long career. I'm sure he hasn't forgotten how it's done.
Hot Tottingham
27/10/2017 11:17:00
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The most enjoyment I get from beating teams managed by Jose is watching his post-match interview. I think he’s got a Uni degree in ‘Creative Excuses and How To Avoid Blame’. Hope he has to put his degree to good use on Saturday. If Kane doesn't play I wonder how long it will take him to force his way back into contention after we beat United without him. I had a dream ....
Geofspurs
27/10/2017 11:18:00
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Maybe Poch wasn't being so stupid after all when taking Llorente off the other night. If we had equalised and he had then played the full extra time as well, he'd be knackered for tomorrow, along with Harry. If's and buts and maybes. Hopefully some tactics will help.
Hot Tottingham
27/10/2017 11:22:00
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Yeah!! 123spurs is right again !! Sorry man but like all you ever do is criticize. Hamstring injuries can happen in training, running to catch the bus, you can’t wrap players in cotton wool all the time and take them out only when needed. Let’s have some faith that we aren’t really Harry Kane’s team for real. Only way to ensure that we put egg on Guardiola’s face is to beat ManU! COYS!
jvd
27/10/2017 11:23:00
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.... Or even trying to run through a parked bus.
Hot Tottingham
27/10/2017 11:34:00
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I pulled a hamstring getting out of bed one morning, long ago. It's true! If I had stayed in bed, all wrapped up and warm, it may never have happened. Swings and roundabouts!
Hot Tottingham
27/10/2017 11:36:00
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When Kane was crocked last season our stats were: We went six games without a victory, dropping points to West Brom, Bournemouth and Leicester and losing to Liverpool in the EFL Cup and Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League. We scored significantly fewer goals too. Kane netted more than one-third of our league goals last campaign. 3 teams held us scoreless whilst Kane was out - Bayer twice and Bournemouth. In the 29 games featuring Kane, opponents have kept clean sheets on just four occasions. This time around we have arguably a stronger defence and we can still play slick attacking football as we saw in the first half against West Ham. Dele will not be so lazy as he was on Wednesday but not having Kane means Jose has more resources to choke us up front and he will do just that, he will neutralise Eriksen and Dele and that will affect the service to Lorente or Son so it has to be soak up the pressure and hit them on the counter football just like we did against Real.
OyVeh Maria
27/10/2017 11:43:00
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I can't imagine not playing Kane against Man U was ever part of the plan. MP is great, but he has to own up to his mistake of leaving Kane on too long against Liverpool. I said in another thread that there was no reason to leave Kane on after the 70th minute. MP has to hold his hand up for that one. The silver lining is a fresh Kane for Real, but I have to believe that we would ideally have had Kane available for both games.
BelgianSpur
27/10/2017 11:46:00
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We could easily say that losing Kane last season for all those games has prepared us well for losing him for the odd game or more in this season. With a twist of irony and a dash of optimism, I think we will do just fine.
Hot Tottingham
27/10/2017 11:49:00
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It's obvious that MP didn't plan for Kane not to play. It's also obvious that he will be missed. But hey, maybe we will only beat them by the 1 goal and not the 4 or 5.
Hot Tottingham
27/10/2017 11:53:00
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It's not a mistake leaving Kane on against Liverpool. It's just the unfortunate outcome of leaving him on. Maybe (probably) MP had every intention of resting Kane for WHU and wanted a fully fit Llorente for that match, knowing Harry would be sharp and ready for United. Again, it's all if's and buts. We now deal with the facts and we are still a strong outfit without Harry. Without Dele and Sons goals last season, where would we have finished in the PL?
Hot Tottingham
27/10/2017 12:01:00
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Yes, a lot of ifs and buts, but MP does have a habit of leaving subs until last 5/10 mins. Hardly surprising Llorente is not up to speed in competitive games. Even v Huddersfield, he appeared almost at death. I agree that injuries can happen any time, but when asked about Kane's injury straight after Liverpool game, Poch said something along the lines of tiredness, playing 3 games in a week. Surely, that alone was a good reason to take him off earlier v Liverpool? Here's hoping he won't be missed against United. It wouldn't surprise me if Poch doesn't start with Llorente, but Son leading the line. MP has surprised everyone with his recent starting selections, so perhaps he has another surprise lined up..... I think Dembele will start. We will be tighter defensively and rely strictly on breaks. May be time for Eriksen to shine and Dele to take the accolades....
Critical_Spur
27/10/2017 12:38:00
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Poch has a habit of subbing Harry for whoever, late in matches but it's not the same for all positions in the team. Many managers do this and to me it's for obvious reasons. Could it be that it's purely tactical that he reserves his only out and out attacking sub for a good reason. I think it's to do with the more pressing dilemma of perhaps losing the goalkeeper, or a defender or two. It may not always work out like that but it's just a personal theory. But it's not unusual for this to happen with most teams. I think. Unless it's out of desperation or your main goalscorer just isn't doing it and is having a bad day. - I'm not sure if that makes sense to anyone but at least I know what I mean. :-)
Hot Tottingham
27/10/2017 13:01:00
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In other words... strikers (especially on form, top strikers) mostly will only get subbed early for a good but negative reason (injury or a poor showing) but, if it's all going well for them, they are usually left on.
Hot Tottingham
27/10/2017 13:18:00
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Ahh, the anticipation! The thought of a great victory, of glory, of the Sunday headlines of a brilliant away win without our star striker, of standing alone in second place on the table. Enjoy the thoughts now because tomorrow reality bites and anything can happen. Gotta love football!
Geofspurs
27/10/2017 13:34:00
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And Poch says: “It’s not an excuse that there is no Harry Kane tomorrow. We have Fernando, Son, we have options. We’ll take the best decision for the team.” - Yeah well, he would say that, wouldn't he?!
Hot Tottingham
27/10/2017 13:45:00
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Agree with Critical. I was at the game v Liverpool and Harry seemed to tire after his second goal. He wasn't chasing the ball like he normally does, he was less involved. He just looked tired. I think MP is doing his best to keep Kane happy. Kane was on a hat trick, so MP may have decided to leave him on to try to get that 3rd goal. Sometimes you have to do what's best for the team and with the game out of hand, and Kane being that tired, he should have come off. Even if it wasn't to bring Llorente on. He could have thrown NKoudou on and played Son as a striker, or come up with yet another solution. Kane works harder than many other strikers who wait for the ball to fall to them. He runs farther, sprints more and it's only fair to expect that he's probably not going to last as long as a "fox in the box" (Inzaghi-type player) who only comes alive when the ball is near him.
BelgianSpur
27/10/2017 13:52:00
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It's strange I know but even though they've all been crap so far this season, I'd definitely play Eriksen, Son, Dele, Sissoko Dier and Llorente. The rest will pick themselves............ Apparently Poch is having the day off in order to recover from Wednesday nights embarrassment.
Hot Tottingham
27/10/2017 13:54:00
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Jvd I call it as it is, constructive criticism, sometimes the truth hurts and people can't handle it, I don't have to agree with, to be in the click here. My opinions are valid, coys
123spurs
27/10/2017 14:02:00
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BelgianSpur, I'm not disagreeing with you or CS on this. I'm just offering alternatives as to what MP may have been thinking. I didn't have a clue of course but even now with hindsight I still don't know why he didn't sub him earlier. Even so, Harry was looking ok to me right up until he pulled up and I was also there, not too far away from the action and watching intently. It's easy for us all now to to say, "Hey Poch, I told you so"! If he had not got his injury and did go on to score his hat trick we would all be talking about how great he is and that the man is as strong as an Ox and just keeps on going until he drops. Well, unfortunately this time he dropped, and before the final whistle, not after it. If Harry is not tiring toward the end of any match then it's not the Harry we have come to know and we'd all be saying that somethings not quite right with him and... Why is he not his usual self?
Hot Tottingham
27/10/2017 14:08:00
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123spurs. There is no click (or clique) on this site. I'm disagreed with all the time and have been abused and called many names on here and disliked by many. You seem to get away without any such abuse. You say what you like old chap. But just don't expect nobody to react to what you say. By the way 123 I'm far more hurt by lies, than any truth of any matter.
Hot Tottingham
27/10/2017 14:14:00
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HT, tbf, I know what you are saying about late subs and I agree that often you leave ONE sub as late as possible, in case of injuries or sending off, thus covering yourself for the unknown. The issue I have is that our fringe players when called upon have done very little. I don't care how good they are on the training ground, but their cameo's in competitive games have left a lot to be desired, so much so that some (e.g., GKN) give you the impression that they have gone backwards. To think Jannsen got slated and yet I wouldn't say Fernando has pulled up any trees either. Against Spammers, I'd have loved to have seen KWP who has signed a new contract recently..... haven't seen him much this season, same for Georgiu. On paper we appear to have better depth than last season, but on evidence thus far I am not sure. May be they are all waiting for the 'new signing' of Lamela to make the difference!
Critical_Spur
27/10/2017 15:53:00
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I blame MP for not having hindsight, all those games Kane played 90mins and not get an injury, he really should have known this time he will pull a hamstring. But this is where our TW will be tested, I wasnt happy with Llorente, as I dont think he suits our suits, but now is his chance to prove me wrong (even tho I feel he will play Son upfront)
Ossie
27/10/2017 16:19:00
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Ossie, I know you are jesting with that post (I presume!), but we are talking THREE high intensity games in 7 days (Spam, RM, Pool) and as someone mentioned above, Harry probably expends the most energy of any of our players. Hence the concern about fatigue and risk. Anyway, done and dusted and hope others produce a TEAM SPURS performance. COYS!
Critical_Spur
27/10/2017 16:28:00
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Anyway, enough already on the irrepressible (irreplaceable?) Harry Kane and the (irresponsible) stupid iriot, Mauricio Pochettino. Harry can't play/won't play and there ain't nothing we can do about it. He needed a rest anyway.

I reckon it should go something like this: Hugo (Howler) Lloris in goal; Serge (liability) Aurier, Toby, Davinson (can't pass) Sanchez, Jan, Ben (He-aint-no-Rose) Davies; Eric Dier, Harry (the other one) Winks: Christian (goes-missin'-in-the-big-games) Eriksen, Dele (School Playground) Alli, Heung-Min Son; Fernando (on me 'ead Son) Llorente. Pick a formation. Any formation you like

I'm going for a Tottenham win. (I always do). Manchester United ONE, Tottenham Hotspur THREE.

Hot Tottingham
27/10/2017 17:32:00
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For whatever reason, managers rarely take of there star attackers, even if the team is winning by a significant margin. Player power maybe, but you often see the likes of Ronaldo and Messi scoring their 4 goal in the 88th minute or whatever, in a 1 sided thrashing. I know Spanish league is generally slower paced, but same happens in the EPL. As for Kane being out, he's always struggled against Man Utd for some reason, not to say we won't miss him this time.
Guyver
27/10/2017 18:16:00
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http://www.goal.com/en/news/kane-breaks-man-united-jinx-with-first-ever-goal-against/muzxb5uj8hne1s4qtc3ct6xps

and that was when Man Utd played their B team focusing on the Europa league final.
Guyver
27/10/2017 18:18:00
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So Kane out. i personally would go either 4 3 3 or 3 4 3 with wing backs but he may well go for 3 4 2 1 and play Llorente as loan striker?. I would expect Dier and Dembele in the middle even though Winks has played well, but he could play Winks as well to try and win the midfield. I think I would like to win the midfield and would probably drop Son and use him as a sub. Play Llorente to help defend corners because we have lost Kane defensive abilities. So at back, usual players with 2 wing backs in Aruier and possibly Davies. Then Dier in front of the back 3 and with Dembele patrolling the midfield and Dele, Eriksen and Llorente. Point is we have options from the bench as well with Winks, Son, Rose, and may be even Lamela! and of course Sissoko. It's a tough one but for me winning the midfield is the key and if we play Llorente we have to play to his strengths otherwise it will be a waste of a player.

they will be up for it now we have no Kane and they lost their last PL match, and for us a win would show we are still on track and Wednesday was a blip! even a draw would be ok at this time of the season away to Utd, but please not a loss.

Overall its going to be very tough and if there was a time to overcome our poor record at Utd it's NOW.
It'sME
27/10/2017 18:30:00
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By the way I think Kane pushed himself in that Liverpool game, he ran from one end of the pitch to other near the end of the game, and he worked so hard for so long. Poch has already admitted that it's hard because players always want to play and that the media and fans put pressure on the players, saying play he is challening lakaku etc he wants goals, but Poch said they are not machines and from the interview it seems like the Huddersfield game was when poch was listening to his fitnness coaches and he himself felt kane needed rest and he even said after people put pressure on the players to keep playing, now Kane suffers, the team suffer, he was basically making a point that its a hard job trying to keep everyone happy and that the pressure from players always wanting to play is intensified when you then get the media and fans interferring.

I could see kane worked very hard in that Liverpool game and that run was heroic but silly and I think he just needed to be a little more clever with his work rate, but he wanted the win against them. I think you will see poch rest players more now, and we will see that happen a bit more often.

It is hard for strikers because if they are on a hat trick chasing golden boot you want to give them as much opportunity to get goals but sometimes you have to think of the team and the bigger picture and listen to the fitness coach and manager.

poch doesn't like to rush players back, I think he could improve on subs by subbing players a little sooner if the game is going ok, but how often are we 3 goals up because that is what you need to secure a win with 20mins to go really, then its still a risk making changes.

I think Poch doesn't like to make changes unless it's tactical, he prefers to pick the team who can do the job for the 90mins, but may be he needs to change that a bit, but in reality have we ever really had a decent inform 2nd striker in the last few seasons who we feel confortable bringing on for 20-30mins, I don't think we have, and I don't think we have now because Llorente hasn't fitted in yet not his fault, players not playing to his strengths and of course missed pre season. A fit Llorente and if the players can get the ball in the area to him then Poch can trust him, but it hasn't clicked yet.
It'sME
27/10/2017 18:43:00
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If Llorente plays, he's got to score. So far he has been way off the pace and is slowly becoming a Soldado/Janssen. Son is a much better prospect but that would make us lightweight up front. Time for Dele to stop showboating and score some more. We never get the run of the ball at O.T. and there have been some ghastly decisions against us. A draw would be a massive boost. Without Kane, we have little chance. Maybe we should park the bus?
wentworth
27/10/2017 20:43:00
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It'sMe, Sorry but I have to disagree with your first paragraph @ 18:43. If Poch succumbs to player, media and fans' demands then he is in the wrong job and should be politician instead! There's no way he selects players due to external pressures. He did use Sonny as a wing back v Chelsea in the cup last year.....Poch's decision...full stop.

Anyway, as per your thoughts, I too think that in the absence of Kane we will be conservative in our attacks and will try to throttle their advances in the midfield. Wouldn't surprise me if Dier, Dembele and Winks all start. Failing that, Winks starts over Dembele and the latter to tighten up late 2nd half if not much in the game. I'd like Llorente to start and Son to be an impact sub....but think it will be the other way round. Lloris, Aurier, Toby, Jan, Davies (will he risk Rose?), Dier, Winks, Dele, Eriksen, Sissoko, Son.
critical_spur
27/10/2017 21:06:00
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Just noticed I missed out Sanchez from my line-up...so Sissoko out.
critical_spur
28/10/2017 00:16:00
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Personally I'm glad Kane's not playing. I thought he should be dropped in any case. Let's face it, he has become so boring and predictable to watch. All he does is score goals ... goals, goals, goals ... boring, boring, boring! He contributes nothing else to the team. After all, how many throw-ins does he take? Or corners? Or goal-kicks? How many times does he dive in his own penalty area? Hopeless. Now he's gone we can see what some of our real world-class stars are capable of.
Geofspurs
28/10/2017 00:30:00
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And further .... does Kane ever roll around on the ground, his face screwed up in agony, whenever an opposition player looks at him? No, he doesn't! Does he ever argue with the referee at every decision? No, he doesn't! He's just not interested! But far worse, and more worrying, than all of these very valid criticisms .... has Kane ever, even once, been late for a game? No!!! I rest my case.
Geofspurs
28/10/2017 00:57:00
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Oh Geof don't make me laugh. No do. It's just that I'm not very good at it. People just seem to get angry with me when I attempt my own brand of humour.
Hot Tottingham
28/10/2017 01:00:00
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I'll probably get banned again for it again..... It's not like I'm racist or sexist or Spursist or anything. Is it? Is it? Up the Tottenham High Road! And back again!
Hot Tottingham
28/10/2017 01:05:00
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HT ... I know. I couldn't help myself. I've never rated Kane. I think I still miss Soldado. Obviously I enjoy your, often weird, humour. Maybe it's a generation thing?
Geofspurs
28/10/2017 01:15:00
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Alright all, I was probably being a touch too conservative and far too realistic with my score prediction of 4-1 to the Spurs. I mean 3-1. I apologise in advance if we do better than that and Hugo doesn't actually F-Up and he gets to keep another (boring) clean sheet.
Hot Tottingham
28/10/2017 01:19:00
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HT ... Now we've got the benefit of Kane not playing I was thinking of revising my prediction to 5-0 .... it's got to be easier now.
Geofspurs
28/10/2017 01:25:00
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In my world I'm totally normal...... If that is at all possible in this, mine or any other world. - But this is Spurs-World and anything goes...... THFC 5-0 MU. Sorry. MU 0-5 Spurs. I know. I'm being silly now. I admit, we're so definitely gonna lose! Especially now we don't have Greavesie playing...... I mean Kansey! I don't know what I mean... Anymore. I thought Tim Sherwood might work out quite well with a back 4 of Andros and his twin brother Townsend, Uncle Tom Carroll, Johnny let's-go-kick-a -ball, and all!
Hot Tottingham
28/10/2017 01:34:00
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But, I've long since settled down with a more realistic version of my dream-team. Whereby if anyone just turns up, gets picked by Poch and knows where the changing room is, I'm quite happy.
Hot Tottingham
28/10/2017 01:44:00
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Clappy, even.
Hot Tottingham
28/10/2017 01:45:00
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I have to work now. So, Good Night.
Hot Tottingham
28/10/2017 01:46:00
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Just one more thing beforeI I do go... Aint Jose M a ............ Funny little man!
Hot Tottingham
28/10/2017 01:52:00
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Yes, he is (if 'funny' is defined as 'unrealistically arrogant'). You're off to work .... I'm off to breakfast!
Geofspurs
28/10/2017 02:22:00
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Here's a thought. Looking at the poll we all seem to be divided on the result outcome ... win, draw, or lose. Now, if any of us asked any of our players if they thought they were going to win, draw, or lose this game, we would expect them all to say, win .... and we'd all be very angry if they didn't have a positive attitude and say, WIN! Why aren't ALL supporters as positive and optimistic as they would expect the players to be?
Geofspurs
28/10/2017 02:59:00
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And that goes for every game we play.
Geofspurs
28/10/2017 05:27:00
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If Jose is arrogant, he is at the wrong club. Should fit in perfectly with our arrogant players. On a serious note, Dele and Eriksen to score today, Sonny to hit the bar, Aurier to go in with at least 5 sliding tackles. I think Poch will need a rest after today's game as it's a long way from the dug out to the touch line....long way to spit out water. 2-0 Spurs!
Critical_Spur
28/10/2017 09:43:00
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Whilst i'm enjoying my retirement in sunny Spain, today is a sad day as I will miss my regular hospitality day out at OT. After three losses on the trot we're due a result. There's no doubt that OT is a huge advantage for them when their tails are up but stop them playing and the crowd will get restless. Our support will be fantastic as always, even without my little lone voice in the North Stand. COYS, another great result like 2012/13 pulease. Sissoko could be key if Dembele not fit.
Love totty
28/10/2017 10:36:00
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If Llorente doesn't play today, you'd have to question why he was signed. He's not a player for the future, he was signed exactly for this reason. As opposed to Janssen who had never been tried in a top league, and Son who had never really played as an out and out striker frequently before joining, Llorente is a proven striker in the PL and a proven winner at international level. There can be no questions about his pedigree. If he fails to impose himself at Spurs, it will solely be a tactical problem. If Fernando had a bad game against WHU (didn't see the game), I would say that it was probably a failure to play to his strengths rather than an inadequate player. Those strengths were well documented before we signed Llorente, so if we fail to use those strengths, we will have made a recruitment error...again.
BelgianSpur
28/10/2017 10:47:00
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BS .... I agree. I'd be surprised if he doesn't start, unless MP has some cleverly devious game plan.
Geofspurs
28/10/2017 11:18:00
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Team to play Man Utd: Lloris, Aurier, Davies, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dier, Winks, Eriksen, Alli, Sissoko, Son.

Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Rose, Sanchez, Llorente, Dembele, Nkoudou.
Critical_Spur
28/10/2017 11:21:00
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There you go...Llorente on bench!
Critical_Spur
28/10/2017 11:21:00
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Well, my post at 27/10/2017 21:06:00 had it spot on!... whilst on a roll, 2-1 spurs!
Critical_Spur
28/10/2017 11:28:00
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BS .... Okay, I'm surprised!
Geofspurs
28/10/2017 11:28:00
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It's baffling. Unless Llorente isn't fully fit, why isn't he playing?
BelgianSpur
28/10/2017 11:29:00
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Pretty confused about that line up. No recognised striker and the sturdy looking Sanchez on the bench. Maybe Poch has one eye on the Madrid game? There's still goals in that team though. I'm not too optimistic about this one, so getting anything from the game will be a positive.
Fanman
28/10/2017 11:35:00
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BS - not sure I would read too much into Llorente not starting. I think Poch tends to play the players for a certain game. i thought Llorente may get nod for defedning corners but on the other hand I think his lack of pace and fitness may just not be suitable for this game.

I think Llorente signing was debateable anyway. First capable player but his style and lack of pre season was the two issues I was totally unsure even though I thought in some ways a good signing. How many players struggle when they don't have a pre season under Poch? and is our play about crosses into the box, long ball etc - no.

I think Llorente signed earlier and a winger signed who can cross would have worked better, but we don't have that winger type player and Llorente unfit without pre season was a bad start. feel for him.

Todays game is going to be very hard with or without kane, we need a big performance from Eriksen, Dele and Son and I am suprosed about Sissoko beating a start over Dembele but he does seem to play better when Aurier is playing but he is nothing like Dembele. Anyway going to be hard and a draw will be good result.
It'sME
28/10/2017 11:37:00
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CS ... Good call on the team.
Geofspurs
28/10/2017 11:41:00
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Lloris is a good keeper but his distribution is really becoming a problem.
BelgianSpur
28/10/2017 12:35:00
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Well, Sissoko had a chance to become a her! Still, we're matching them pretty well. Shows how much we miss Kane, he would've been a nightmare for their defence. It's nick-able. COYS!
Critical_Spur
28/10/2017 13:18:00
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her=hero! Lol!
Critical_Spur
28/10/2017 13:19:00
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Not good enough so far. Ali, Sissoko, and Erickson below par. Too many misplaced passes. Hope Poch doesn't leave the substitutions too late this time if those three don't improve.
Stan Rosenthal
28/10/2017 13:26:00
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We're not playing too bad - considering we're away at OT. Capable of nicking one
Durbanspur
28/10/2017 13:56:00
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That could have been it Dele!!!
Durbanspur
28/10/2017 13:57:00
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Another ******ing soft goal at OT
Durbanspur
28/10/2017 14:00:00
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We are the Harry Kane team. Absolutely toothless without him. Shocking display.
hudderspur
28/10/2017 14:13:00
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It really hurts to lose this one to a very ordinary United.
Durbanspur
28/10/2017 14:13:00
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