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Spurs v Real Madrid - Play The Man, Not The Shirt!

Spurs v Real Madrid - Play The Man, Not The Shirt!


Play the Man not the shirt! …and can we have our Dele Alli back!

In many respects this second game at Wembley against Real will be even harder than the first game as Zidane is a bit of a wounded Tiger at the moment. Real Madrid arrive with the worst start to a league season since 2012-13 - they have picked up just 20 points in 10 games and are eight behind leaders Barcelona. The last time they started this badly the team won nothing and Mourinho lost his job. Poch may have missed Harry but Real Madrid are wondering what has happened to Cristiano Ronaldo`s form. They are also missing Dani Carvajal and Keylor Navas and the out of sorts Marcelo and Karim Benzema. Apparently, Zidane had to field questions regarding the players commitment after their defeat by Girona on Sunday but rumour has it it`s the Spanish league that is failing to motivate them this season.

Real`s lack of concentration could well be an area that Spurs could benefit from. Just as we have been guilty over the last two games of sloppy play letting stupid goals in so Zidane has pointed to a lack of concentration in key moments. Zidane tried to introduce some pace against Girona in wide areas with Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez but it simply didn't work on Sunday and the good news for Poch is that Girona played the same wing-backs system Spurs played at the Bernabeu.

However, Zidane will know our tactics and so our defence will have to show the highest levels of understanding and concentration. The stats don`t lie; Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last 30 Champions League group games (W22 D8), their last defeat was back in October 2012 away against Dortmund. Real have failed to score only once in their last 53 Champions League group games (Paris SG 0-0 Real Madrid in October 2015).

Losing to a Lukaku header would have been one thing but losing to a long ball over the top is something else. Whilst we never really ever showed much invention in front of goal we did match United in almost every department except the most vital one, scoring! And some of the issues we had against United need to be ironed out before Wednesdays match. Chances will be very rare in front of the Real goal on Wednesday night so we can`t afford missing the kind of opportunities that Dele Alli squandered on Saturday.

The plain truth is we don`t have a striker that can make things happen the way Harry does and this is something Poch has to address. Llorente has the potential but he needs a system that plays to his strengths rather than slotting into a team that is built around Kane. Although losing on Wednesday night won`t really dent our European campaign it would be 3 defeats on the trot, something Poch would not want to have happen. A win at Wembley against Real would secure us a place in the knockout stages, should Borussia Dortmund and APOEL draw in their fixture, but, I can`t see Dortmund drawing at home, however, if we draw against Real then a draw in Germany would be enough to see us through.

It is unlikely Poch will pick the same team that played in the first leg at the Bernabéu because Dele Alli is back. Although Kane looks like he will make it, if Kane can`t make it, it could be Alli supporting Llorente. It was a good formula in the first tie and it worked, just! but the concentration levels have to be every bit as high as they were in Madrid. This may be a home tie but it`s more of an even venue for both clubs than if this game was at White Hart Lane where the atmosphere would have been more intense and the ground less familiar and smaller.

There is news of Isco picking up a knock which will no doubt worry Real, who could be without Mateo Kovacic, Dani Carvajal, Keylor Navas, Raphael Varane. But with the depth of squad Real have it`s a bit like the United game where the depth of quality on the bench is far greater than ours. The fact that we are competing on the same level as Real and United is testimony to Poch`s coaching ability. We are 3 times smaller financially than United and Real but we are still able to compete and hold our own.

This game will require a mighty effort and you have to say that if we concede the first goal it will be a long evening so it`s really important to strike first. Whatever the score it`s going to be a tight game with maybe 1 goal in it. You have to say with Kane in the team we stand a chance but without him we may not have that ability to bury the odd lose ball or pick up on that one defensive mistake that can turn a game. Its small margins but, as Harry showed in the first leg, he was in the right place at the right time and created the unforced error that gave us the lead.

Eriksen and Alli only showed glimpses of what they should be able to do against United, their telepathy and movement will be required on Wednesday if we are to produce any kind of threat. Whilst Dembele could have a say in this game he is still out of nick and not really up to match sharpness. I also think he has lost a yard and the one thing we can`t afford to do is lose the ball and have our attacking moves breakdown as Ronny will be living off the shoulder of our defence, give Ronaldo just a chink of light he will kill us so we had better not switch off like we did at United!



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Writer:OyVeh Maria
Date:Wednesday November 1 2017
Time: 7:31AM

Comments

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Good article OyVeh. I don't think the team is built around Kane ... it's more that he fits perfectly with the formation and style Poch favours. I think our lads will also play like wounded tigers after the United game. Whatever happens I hope it's a hard competitive game and expect the result to be Spurs 3-0 Madrid. It's a 3:45am KO for me!
Geofspurs
01/11/2017 09:41:00
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It would also be nice to smash our attendance record. There will never be a better game to do it!
Geofspurs
01/11/2017 10:06:00
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Assuming Kane is fit, I'd start Llorente with him again as in the 1st leg. He has a lot of experience not only in general but of Spanish football in particular, which could be vital. I'd swap Son for Sissoko and bring in Rose and Trippier as wing backs. There's no place for Dele in that lineup but we've done fine so far in Europe without him. In Europe, not giving up possession cheaply is paramount. In the EPL the ball comes back quite quickly but not so in Europe, even against the lesser teams. Dele has been a long way off the pace so far this season and a lot of moves have broken down when he's in possession. We simply cannot afford that tonight. If Dembele was fully fit I'd play him instead of Dier but he doesn't look to be there yet. And I think a draw would be a fine result tonight, so Dier's defensive qualities will be important. My team: Lloris, Tripper, Toby, Sanchez, Rose, Winks, Dier, Eriksen, Son, Kane and Llorente.
Gary Onedaysoon
01/11/2017 10:08:00
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I expect a different line up and approach to suck RM in, keep them guessing. I wouldn't play Llorente in this one, he has not improved and the team are not playing to his strengths. I would get him on the pitch towards the end if we need a goal or need some defending from corners and may be his time will come in the FA cup.

However, we nustn't risk kane but I think he will start.

I am not fussed about starting Dele, he has not been on form and he needs to earn his place but I think he will start. I would go for Dembele Winks and Dier in the middle with two wing backs and kane and Dele/Son but what do I know
It'sME
01/11/2017 10:40:00
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It'sME, you know as much as the rest of us. I'm fairly certain Poch will start Dele tonight anyway. Poch has been talking about Dele's slow start to the season and he has partly attributed it to his lack of motivation on missing out in the Champions league campaign so far, which is a poor indictment of Dele's attitude really, given that he was solely to blame. But he's young and still learning (hopefully) and he'll be back tonight.
Gary Onedaysoon
01/11/2017 10:53:00
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Nice one Oyveh.

Personally, I would start with Llorente and Kane and bring Sonny on midway through 2nd half. Similarly, I'd stick with Winks over Dembele (for more fluidity) and the latter to come on 2nd half to close out the game....if needed. Of course 'naughty' Dele will start, but I don't wanna see him DeleDallying in the final 3rd as if we lose the ball, they will hurt us with counter. Eriksen better bring his 'A' game. Back 3 of Toby, Sanchez and Jan. WB's is an area that I suspect Poch may tinker. Trippier v Aurier and Davies v Rose. I'd like Aurier and Rose. This a showcase game for the world. A record full stadium and all eyes on this game, a spectacle it will be. COYS!

Oh, I'd be happy with a draw as minimum.
Critical_Spur
01/11/2017 11:18:00
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Gary ... No Jan?
Geofspurs
01/11/2017 11:47:00
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I still think Poch ought to mix it up to keep RM guessing but it's so hard, what I would really like is to see Lamela on the bench and get last 15mins - the lad needs it, and what a game to come back in and hopefully give him the mental stregth to push on and put his injury nightmares behind him. I personally think a fit and on form Lamela before injury where he was getting getter although still frustrating at times means a better squad for us.

i also think if Lamela gets back to his best and continues to improve he will push Eriksen and Dele and I also think so will Barkley who once fit and on form and under Poch will be a great addition to this squad. For me no brainer Barkley or Sissoko.

I wouldn't mind Dembele from Celtic either, but can't see us getting him because he will want first team footy. Tonight I seriously have no idea who will start. Does Rose deserve a start over Davies who has done litle wrong and missed out in first game. Is Aurier any better than Trippier at the moment?. Does Winks start due to his performance against them in the first game, if so who drops out? Dembele is brilliant on his day, but can he warrant a start over the inform maturing Winks and the stability and versitility of Dier? Some people moan at Dier when he makes mistakes, but lets not forget, he is a fit young man who is asked to play different roles, how many players can do that, play different roles and remain steady, bound to make odd mistakes.
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Is Sanchez ready to come back in or is he a little rusty after not playing in thelast couple of games?.

Questions, questions questions - I don't have the answers but I have one preference, if kane is fit and not a risk I like him to play. My 2nd preference is not to over complicate it and fit players in, but play players in their naturla position but keep them guessing. My heart says we can win this or at least get a draw, but my head is telling me 'be aware', RM don't usually mess up when the pressure is on. They will want to make ammends for the first game and the last game they played, and now they know us better they will be better equipped - so it's going to be harder imo. However, we shouldn't be scared of them, my final preference or should I say 'desire' is for Eriksen to dictate this game, turn up because if he fails to do so then we need to address this next season. We need better for such games because quite frankly, although I love Eriksen, this area has not imporved, he doesn't turn up in big games, he doesn't dictate the game and he doesn't control the games enough against big teams and if he can't do that then we need someone who can because it's his position and style that win games for us, the creator.
It'sME
01/11/2017 12:11:00
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Of course Geof, Jan should be in there.
Gary Onedaysoon
01/11/2017 13:33:00
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I wouldn't be surprised to see Kane on the bench and given only 30 minutes or so. Poch tends to bench players fresh off an injury and ease them back in, obviously Kane could prove an exception, but maybe not because it is so important that he stays 100% fit
Guernman
01/11/2017 14:15:00
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I wasn't far off from getting the selection right for the 1st game. So, my line-up would be: Hugo, Aurier, Toby, Sanchez, Jan, Rose, Dier, Winks, Dele, Eriksen and Kane. Rose would be handy for pace and then Dele can concentrate on his AM role. If Rose doesn't start, imo, he's as good as gone. My bench doesn't look too shabby with Vorm, Sissoko, Davies, Tripp, Son + Llorente.
Critical_Spur
01/11/2017 14:28:00
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When I attempt to pick the team I end up with 3 more players that I want to be in it but I've already got eleven. I guess that means our squad is pretty good.
Geofspurs
01/11/2017 15:04:00
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Happens to me all the time Geof, end up with a team of 12 or 13 and my personal dislike for a player kicks in and they get thrown on the scrap heap....I mean the bench! So, Sissoko didn't make it for me!
Critical_Spur
01/11/2017 15:20:00
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Time seems to be going so slow - youths are doing alright I see. Really excited about tonight, really hope we beta them or at least get a draw, with a good performance. Don't like Linkekar and Benzema spit, it will only fuel Benzema to prove a point.

COYS whoever plays
It'sME
01/11/2017 15:52:00
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Poch got it right in the first leg.I trust him far more than any suggestions I could make.I just hope it is the great contest it was before.This is the tie the world will be watching & I'm so proud of my team to have got to this level.COYS.
Greavesaboveall
01/11/2017 16:29:00
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Well done U19's (3-2 win). Same for the seniors please!.... Seniors?...Winks is only 21...
Critical_Spur
01/11/2017 16:44:00
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Well done youngsters with that 3-2 win now lets do the same senior players.

I was watching Edwards closely in that 2nd half and he is lightweight and I agree with Poch he needs to work harder but he did ok as they all did. I thought our defenders were very good.
It'sME
01/11/2017 16:47:00
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Slower wing backs selected. So looking to defend 1st and look to break. Considering this being a home time, thought he may have gone with the two pacey options instead.
Critical_Spur
01/11/2017 18:52:00
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It's 3:15 am and I'm feeling nervous. Should get the team selection any minute. Looking forward to that! Enjoy the game people. COYS!
Geofspurs
01/11/2017 19:07:00
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I'm gutted! ..... Shoulda been 5 or 6!
Hot Tottingham
01/11/2017 21:26:00
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Well ! That was pretty comfortable!!!
Durbanspur
01/11/2017 21:27:00
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Great result, but last 10 mins we were all over the place.
123spurs
01/11/2017 21:28:00
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Well, we were all over Wembley! From back to front...
Hot Tottingham
01/11/2017 21:32:00
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Lets not get carried away, RM were nowhere near their usual self and we got lucky a few times. I thought we played pretty good but it was a strange game because it was open and edgy, with players on both sides losing the ball, we just capitalised from them more than RM did, but had they been on form we would have got punished. However, we can only beat what is front of us and we did that, even though we got sloppy towards the end after Kane went of.

Sissoko has now missed two clear shots on goal from edge of area in last two games, says it all. Dele was better although he still lost ball on occassions, but over all we were good and did what we had to do. Shame about Toby that is concerning. Well done lads proud of you and another win at wembley.
It'sME
01/11/2017 21:37:00
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Group of death - qualified with two games to go - hmm - just show you 'football is a funnly old game'.
It'sME
01/11/2017 21:39:00
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I'll follow on It'sMe, that, If we were on form, we would've slaughtered them.
Hot Tottingham
01/11/2017 21:39:00
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We defended like the fighting Cockerels that we are........ Celebrate, don't pontificate..... (Too much).
Hot Tottingham
01/11/2017 21:41:00
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We won we won we won won won - Were through we through we Tottenham through and through YES
It'sME
01/11/2017 21:46:00
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Sooooooooooo Happppppppy - Now lets go on a 20 game unbeaten run
It'sME
01/11/2017 21:49:00
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It'sME. I'm happy that your happy.....
Hot Tottingham
01/11/2017 21:49:00
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How sweet it is, way to go you SPURS. Way to go Poch.
CanUkSpur
01/11/2017 22:10:00
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legendary
Guernman
01/11/2017 22:11:00
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What a night and what a game! We dominated Real Madrid... let that sink in... We dominated Real Madrid!!!! They were not as poor as they have been made out to be. Their offence was completely nullified by our defence. Watching our back 5 move as a unit, from side to side, backwards and forwards, in a perfect line and in perfect unison was a joy to behold. We gave them nothing until it was too late for them too do anything about it. The best defender in the Premier League went off injured and it had zero impact on our unison and our defensive shape... What a ridiculously well drilled and well coached team!!!! We bullied them with our superior fitness, strength, hunger and desire... Well done lads :):):):):)
spurticus87
01/11/2017 22:15:00
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One word...EPIC! Fantastic effort by ALL, Players. Poch and Fans. Oh what a night! Great spectacle, both teams relentless. We clearly made more incisive openings and could easily have been 6-1, 7-5!

Harry as usual put in a great shift, but due the injury, still looked under the weather. Alli's miss with the header reminded me of a similar miss v Soke last season when Poch punched the ground!,,, but hey, the lad did well. Marcelo tried his tricks but the ref was having none of it. We could've had a penalty or two.

My closing thoughts.... Hope Levy is not wining and dining the 'special relationship' RM president. Poch + Kane + Alli = stadium paid off!
critical_spur
01/11/2017 22:16:00
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I thought Dele and Eriksen played better tonight in a big game and kane was Kane. Make no mistake Sanchez came straight back in and played well and so did Dier, once again going from midfield to defence. Winks was steady and I thought Trippier had a good game with Davies once again being steady.

I don't think any one expected us to go through with 2 games left, do we rest players or go for top spot. Would love to see Lamela back for the next two CL games were there is nothing to lose, so no real pressure on him.

Now we have to get our energy back and head right and take 3 points on Sunday.
It'sME
01/11/2017 22:17:00
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Devastated that it didn't end 3-0!!! :-)
Geofspurs
01/11/2017 22:23:00
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CriticalSpur - no way, Kane is going no where, he is happy and he will want to play at the new stadium next season, I seriously think most of the players will want to so I am not too concerned for next season excpet for possibly Toby who hasn't signed a new contract yet. Next season is going to be a big one for these players, who wouldn't want to play there and if they continue improving it may well bring us something special in the first season. For me top 4 this season is going to be good enough so we get CL next season in our new stadium, that in itself is a achievment with the wembley factor which I must say we seem to be comfortable now even though we concede, our play is so much better than it was compared t the first few games, the lads are and have adjusted imo
It'sME
01/11/2017 22:24:00
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Both wing-backs were brilliant,. Eriksen did really well in the second half. Winks must be on a high with the way his season is going. Fantastic win with the whole of the football world watching.
Geofspurs
01/11/2017 22:27:00
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Does anyone know the attendance?
Geofspurs
01/11/2017 22:28:00
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And we should top the group that was supposed to be a fight between us and Dortmund for 2nd and 3rd places. Should we start dreaming of glory?
Geofspurs
01/11/2017 22:31:00
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It'sMe, it was tongue in cheek! But RM are due a revamp soon as the players get older and no new Galactico's added! Ronaldo looked a real frustrated figure. The look on his face was priceless!

As for Toby, looked like hamstring.
critical_spur
01/11/2017 22:35:00
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Great win but why oh why did Poch bring on Sisokko for Toby when the obvious sub was Dembele. Sisokko hardly made any contribution to the game, gave away free kicks in dangerous areas and completely messed up a clear scoring opportunity. Had Real been up to their normal form this substitution could have cost us the match. Wonder if this had something to do with Sisokko's contract?
Stan Rosenthal
01/11/2017 22:35:00
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Geof, 83,728. Hope your early morning watching was worth it. :0)...Sorry to hear about the NOT 3-0. There's always Sunday.
critical_spur
01/11/2017 22:37:00
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Stan, I too was a bit surprised by Poch's decision to bring on Sissoko. But Dembele needs to be used sparingly and I thought when he came on, for 10/15 mins we were in total control....I lost count of how many consecutive passes we made at one stage. I was screaming out for the same in the last 10 mins when we seemed to start losing our composure. I thought Dembele escaped a red card tonight.
critical_spur
01/11/2017 22:43:00
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CS ... I think it was worth it! Thanks for the attendance info. I'm too awake to sleep now but I've got all day for that. I agree that Dembele was very lucky ... he should have been sent off. Seemed to me that he played with too much uncontrolled anger. Not sure why. But, hey, who cares now?
Geofspurs
01/11/2017 22:50:00
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If we play like that against Palace, we might just lose.
Hot Tottingham
01/11/2017 23:05:00
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I thought the best move of the match resulted in Spurs third goal. The move was strictly for the quick and the dead.
Geofspurs
01/11/2017 23:13:00
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We played some great, neat and concise passing football at times (what's new), and Harry's great strength and persistence created the opening for the first goal. Dele made his luck with some nice skill and strength for the second and had a great bit of strength and skill to start the move for the 3rd. Skill and strength can win you stuff. But as many will quite readily say... We ain't won nothin' yet! I'll say, We Ain't seen Nothin' Yet...... B b b b baby!
Hot Tottingham
01/11/2017 23:23:00
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These are the days, these are the days. COYS. :)
Arky
01/11/2017 23:31:00
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Remember, remember for it was in November! COYS :)
Arky
01/11/2017 23:33:00
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I hate November!
Hot Tottingham
01/11/2017 23:40:00
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If we can scrape a point against Palace we'll be looking good. It'll be tough .... we never do well at Wembley.
Geofspurs
02/11/2017 00:13:00
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We’ve just finished a run of games involving Madrid, Pool, WHU, United, Madrid ... three competitions. We were fine in the PL games, erratic in the League Cup game, and totally awesome in both CL games. I’ll take that!
Geofspurs
02/11/2017 00:21:00
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All in all, just a routine Spursy performance that will reverberate around Europe for a few days.
Geofspurs
02/11/2017 00:23:00
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We owed them a stuffing from the peter crouch era...ronaldo for that dive for manu at whl a few yrs back..and for us the fans .. Raaaayyyyy...feeling good...wonderful good. Everytime I think about Madrid... I feel good. Well done lads...coys
1
02/11/2017 01:10:00
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Words can't describe the praises they deserve... that game was beyond real .. what a reply to the defeated to utd. Winks really is on the way to being top top class ..
E17YID
02/11/2017 03:18:00
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Well, don't I feel stupid for suggesting dropping Dele! He was superb last night - by far his best game of the season. He's a player who can clearly rise to the big occasion. I can think of a few superlative individual performances but it would be churlish to pick out any one player in what was a supreme team performance. What a contrast this European campaign has been to previous years. Just need to make sure we top the group now.
Gary Onedaysoon
02/11/2017 05:29:00
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Well we have passed a lot of hurdles under Poch. We are nearly there just need to address those poor away performances against top six sides and take that final step to win something. The future is bright if we can hold on to these players.

I just hope we get a result against palace and go on a decent run in the PL now. Once again well done lads.
It'sME
02/11/2017 09:01:00
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Now it's the morning after the night before.... What a brilliant spurs performance. We looked very good, and at times pinged the ball around the pitch like.. Real Madrid...lol... From my seat on halfway line I got a good view of the game, defensive unit was very good, Jan and toby until he went off Eric did well replacing him. Trippier needs to do more first time crosses Dele's goal proves it works !.. Erikson was tracking Modric and he was calm and professional putting the ball away for 3rd goal,.. Dele trying his more serious game. We should have won 5-1 but sissoko again missed a good chance as did Dele. Credit to Lloris a little nervous at start but settled and held the ball when shots at goal. Its this that I noticed Renaldo was disheartened by. The crowd was fantastic, and noise of 83,000 made it feel like WHL...I think Wembley has not seen that kind of support from the whole crowd at a single game. Hope you all heard the Glory Glory song at the end ?? COYS
Block D Spurs
02/11/2017 09:41:00
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Good to see you back again HT, great post 01/11/2017 22:53:00!! Great game, great result, and yes I'm gonna get carried away and why not, we have finally arrived, and to think we beat Real with both Sanchez and Sissoko in the team. Thought Dier was wicked, as well as Jan.
Ossie
02/11/2017 09:50:00
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BDS .... Wished I'd been there instead of in front of the TV. Onwards and upwards.
Geofspurs
02/11/2017 09:51:00
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I missed the game because I was at a Metallica concert in Antwerp. It seems I missed a good one. I did not rate our chances to win the group/qualify with 2 games to go. I though Dortmund would give us a better run for our money (it does baffle me that the only got 2 points from 2 games against Limassol though). Well done to the team.
BelgianSpur
02/11/2017 09:53:00
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I think Trippier has more assists this season than most attacking midfielder players have from the PL. In the PL, he has Just two less than De Bruyne, who has 6 and the same (4) as a man called Walker. -We are lucky to have 4 extremely good and effective wing-backs in our squad. And, as Hoddle pointed out last night, our bench was full of "1st team players". In other words; Strong!
Hot Tottingham
02/11/2017 09:55:00
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We have no upped the bar with this win, we also need to be back it with a top 4 finish and maybe and fa cup. Our players are hot property and also poch.
123spurs
02/11/2017 09:57:00
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Ossie. Thanks. I thought I needed a break from here but how can I ignore last nights performance and not comment. :-)
Hot Tottingham
02/11/2017 09:59:00
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BS. You could say that Spurs last night were more than half way to... Never-Never Land.
Hot Tottingham
02/11/2017 10:01:00
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Along with Dier, (especially when he stepped back to cover for Toby) and Jan in the heart of our defence, I have to say that I thought Sanchez too was fantastic. The guy is just 21 and he has a very cool head on him. What with Winks once again controlling the midfield against 3 of the best in world football, It seems like age is just number.
Hot Tottingham
02/11/2017 10:17:00
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Harry Winks certainly outshone his former Spurs idle (Modric), last night.
Hot Tottingham
02/11/2017 10:20:00
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I loved Dele's post-match response last night when asked if he was surprised at how Spurs dominated Real. "No"... He said matter-of-factly and without any arrogance. He, as I have been saying on here, said they believed they were good enough to beat them and, it certainly showed.
Hot Tottingham
02/11/2017 10:25:00
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Wow! 69 posts before and after a historic win. Everyone must be happy or drunk. What a great game. I had to watch it 6 hours delayed so I had to isolate myself from all news and people!! Worth it! Still managed to miss the first 29 minutes of the game but what a fantastic balance. Overjoyed. I trust these players now realize just how good they really are and turn it on in the PL. we only have to win against Apoel and we top the group! When last has RM played second fiddle to any team? English team never!
jvd
02/11/2017 10:26:00
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Winks is getting better and better....looks like he'll be playing at the world cup.
Ossie
02/11/2017 10:36:00
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Just for the record Dele said this:"We spoke after the game at their place and said we couldn't believe how much space we had at times and that the easy pass looked too obvious at times and we were too sloppy.

"I think we knew that if we were solid at the back we'd get the chances and with the team we've got here we don't just want to be competing with these teams, we want to be winning.

"It was a fantastic performance from us. We stuck to the game plan and made a lot of chances - it could have been more but we're very happy with the result."

He spoke calmly and with maturity. As did Eriksen. Neither went overboard or got over-excited. They were as professional and eloquent with their responses, as they were on the field of play.

Hot Tottingham
02/11/2017 10:38:00
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Great result, tremendous performance, made Real Madrid look decidedly ordinary. What a difference it makes to us when the opponents come to play, rather than retreat in numbers and defend for a point. We are now 2 games from emulating HR's team in reaching the CL last 8, and who knows perhaps going on further. Will this MP team make history.
Frank
02/11/2017 11:00:00
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I have ALMOST forgotten about the defeat to the Spammers!
Critical_Spur
02/11/2017 11:11:00
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I just watched the game again. It was so different .... I was so calm!!
Geofspurs
02/11/2017 11:29:00
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