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Dele Delivers!

Dele Delivers!

Dele Delivers.

Dele dumbfounds Detractors.

He should have had a hat-trick, last night he showed what he is capable of; he applied himself. He wanted it, he played his heart out and all of the siren calls to drop him to the bench has now been silenced - at least until he has another small dip, although my bet is he won`t now, he is buzzing.

I also have to mention the wonderful and fast maturing Winks, there are still some who think he isn`t good enough and never will be, last night he dominated, he held the ball, he jinked, he moved and every pass was a positive one, he made their midfield chase shadows. He kept the ball at will. I continue to believe he will be our greatest how grown midfielder in the modern era. It wouldn`t surprise me if he is in future on of the first name son the England team sheet, and he is yet to play one full season.

Almost too difficult to get my thoughts in line about last night performance as it was so magnificent, so comprehensive, so utterly conclusive that I and a small group of friends who attended ended up in the West End celebrating hard into the wee hours.

First, I`ll hold my hands up..

In the forum on the match thread just before I was leaving (and my confidence was and always is at it is weakest), I said this: "I don't want to be negative, but I think we are going to be up against a different *better* RM tonight - I really don't think they are playing too well, but first time at Wembley and after the first leg, they have a point to prove.

Hope I'm wrong, but suspect we will do well to scrape a draw; they just have so much talent at their disposal if their heads are right then we are really going to have our hands full and IF Poch plays Llorente and Harry together again, they'll be ready for us this time.'

Yep, that's what I said...(all red faced now)..

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Before I could even digest what I wrote I was properly put in my place for thinking such thoughts by 'Tarrico the Yid`, who said this:

"They can't improve that defence though. They are so open at the back I think we will exploit them."

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He was of course absolutely spot on.

They really couldn`t cope with us, I`ll game plan was perfection itelf and the weaknesses that Tarrico had spotted were mercilessly exploited. Even Trippier who I`ve been less than effusive about on occasion never put a foot wrong, he was outstanding.

(For the Poch detrators, if you can't see his qualities now, you never will).

One great side show last night was a friend who comes from Barcelona who as you might have guessed has a burning hatred for Real Madrid, as we started dominating he jumped up and down, as we scored he went berserk and as we won, he was incomprehensible and cried, yes cried with joy.

We were laughing our heads off at him all night,our mood was jubilant, until of course he ruined it and said "we will have to get him before the Madridiots - we don't care what he costs, we need to get him before Coutinho " - (it`s clear there is a whole new level of hatred now exists between the clubs supporters after recent political events in Spain).

In amongst all this I had a Friend called Robbie who was stupidly away with his family on a half term break, who`d normally he`d be with us;

I Texted him as we went 1-0 up :

"I hope you`re watching this?'

Robbie: "Sports bar couldn`t get a f******* signal, listening on 5 live back at the Villa, gutted! I will kill her [his wife] for making me be away tonight!"

Then we went 2:0 up.

The texts continued:

Robbie: "OMG!" Did you record the game?

Me: 'yes, when you back?

Robbie "land 10 p.m. Heathrow Saturday night"

Me: "OK we can watch it again Sunday."

Meanwhile 3-0.

Robbie: "no no no no , have to watch it as soon as I get back, I`ve just threatened to divorce the Mrs for making me miss this game, I won`t sleep until I watch it !!"

After the game we ended up in the West End and celebrated until we couldn`t anymore.

As I said, sorry this is such a short incoherent report, but I`m hoping your evening was just as great and memorable; we are a Champions league side and a few short steps away from greatness, and this is as much as you will get from me today, my bed, a box of paracetamol and gallon of water awaits.

Sweet dreams all.

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Date:Thursday November 2 2017
Time: 11:37AM


Dele Delivers?! Is it a Dele Alli Team? They ALL delivered. COYS!
02/11/2017 12:10:00
CS .... Dead right, but goal scorers always get the glory. Just a fact of football, i suppose.
02/11/2017 12:15:00
Every so often you get one of these games where you almost float out of the stadium and then relive the match with complete strangers as you wait for the train, not really caring about how long the journey takes. Actually I don't think Dele was on top form overall last night - I've certainly seen him play better. The fact he can score two without being at his best tells you just how good he is. Trippier was something of an unsung hero, he was outstanding. Even without scoring Kane terrified Madrid's defenders. The performance highlighted the importance of qualifying for the champions league every year. We got it wrong last season and we learnt from our mistakes. But in order to profit from that you have to come back the next year.
02/11/2017 12:22:00

Dele has been a bit off this season. I still think he has worked hard and put a lot of effort into most of his performances. I just think his confidence and sharpness has been a wee bit astray.

To follow on from jod saying he wasn't even at his best last night but still scored 2... (I agree). Even when not being at his best overall, he has now managed to score 7 goals for Tottenham in just 13 app's this season. Which is close to his impressive average of last season.

Hot Tottingham
02/11/2017 12:40:00
jod .... I agree. He doesn't seem to get much mention from the game but I thought Davies was pretty outstanding, too. Our squad has several like-for-like back-up players now.
02/11/2017 12:41:00
Dele is the youngest player in spurs team has been since he made his debut as a young 19 year old that's why he is a star delivers goals at a rate even seasoned pros can't match. Gets lots of stick for his attitude, however, he wasn't brought up in perfect environment and to get out of that start to life and still make it in football is a testament to his will to succeed.
02/11/2017 12:46:00
You know what tickled me most last night, it was Ronaldo doing is step overs and Trippier just kept his eye on the ball rather than the jig as if to say, carry on buddy, but you ain't fooling me with that. And Ronaldo ended up passing it backwards! I know the guy is a great footballer, but not half puts on a face when things don't go his way.
02/11/2017 12:48:00
well said palmover.
02/11/2017 12:51:00
Well said Palmover. And as was pointed out last night a few times in the commentary, it is just 5 years since the lad made his debut at MK Dons, to get to where he is now. A lad that even just over a couple of seasons ago was deemed to expensive for Liverpool to take a gamble on by forking out the mere £5m for him that Levy and Spurs thankfully did.
Hot Tottingham
02/11/2017 12:53:00
palmover - Not quite, Davison Sanchez is actually two months younger. Winks is only a two months older and to have three 21 year olds playing like that against Real Madrid is incredible. The attitude question is probably highlighted because of the comparison with Harry Kane who has as close to the perfect attitude as we are ever likely to see.
02/11/2017 12:55:00
I wonder if Foyth will get the nod now that Toby is injured?....the youngest!
02/11/2017 12:57:00
I think Dele has been below his best form since the start of this season but, as HT points out, he has not stopped scoring goals. Now he's had a few league games and is back on track in the CL, I imagine his confidence will be boosted and he'll be off and running again. If MP brings everyone back to earth I think Palace are in for a torrid game on Sunday.
02/11/2017 13:03:00
Anyone else read the alliteration at the start of the article in Captain Turbots voice from Paw Patrol or is that show driving me to actual insanity haha
02/11/2017 13:05:00
But yes, this wasn't just the Dele Alli show. Let's just look at who was playing last night AND who wasn't (at least at the start). Halfway through the first half our mustn't lose 'top' defender Toby goes off and Dier manfully steps back into his place whilst the young Davinson Sanchez slips over from the centre on to the right of the 3 man defence. There's Sanchez himself, and Winks, looking totally cool, unfazed and in control whilst being the two current youngest guys in the team. Against Ronaldo and all, no less! No Wanyama or Dembele (until late on), both deemed undroppable last season. No Son. No Rose. No Lamela, blah blah. (Sorry to remind you Palmover, but no Walker either). How does it work? How does it all come together? I think Pochettino is probably the man with all the answers.
Hot Tottingham
02/11/2017 13:06:00
Foyth won't start. I don't think he will be first team ready this season. Dier will step in given that we need to accommodate for our wealth of midfield options by giving Dembele and Sissoko much deserved and much needed first team action. How strong is our squad!!!!!
02/11/2017 13:09:00
...and if Zaha fancies himself as a Spurs player next season and if we do actually want him to be one, he had better not punish his future team mates by having a blinder yet again for the poor poor Palace.
Hot Tottingham
02/11/2017 13:16:00
And.... If Poch is ever to return to Spain in the near future and it is for Real, can we please have Zidane in exchange.
Hot Tottingham
02/11/2017 13:19:00
spurticus, I recognise the age and experience issue with Foyth, but we don't have THAT much depth in midfield. If Dier drops back, we only really have Dembele (needs to be nursed) and Wanyama (being nursed!). Aurier is a width/WB... not sure who else you had in mind.... unless my brain is still in a 'buzz' mode from last night.
02/11/2017 13:29:00
If Rose is fit, we could just as easily play a back 3 of Vertonghen, Sanchez and Ben Davies (who plays there for Wales). There is no need to throw Foyth in the deep end. Dier is an obvious choice but we have contingency plans too. I have never shied away from being an Eric Dier fan on VS and in real life, and his versatility makes him such an asset for me. Shearer singled him out against Man U, which I thought was unfair because he played a good game overall (and I'm not sure he's ever going to win a foot race with Martial anyways). After watching extended highlights, I thought he looked very good last night. Every player will make mistakes (even Toby, so assured most of the time, was guilty against WHU), but it seems that Dier's are somehow blown out of proportion. Another personal favourite of mine, SuperJan, has also been in very impressive form for the last 18 months. In Belgium he has always been rated higher than Toby and this season he is certainly showing why (and that's not to say that Toby is performing poorly). As HT has said, all the Alli critics simply need to look at his output, not just last night but since the beginning of the season, to conclude that even in so-so form, he has produced important goals. If he is finding form (like the last weeks suggest), our competitors better watch out.
02/11/2017 13:51:00
Jan is quite simply just getting better and better. Stronger and even faster!
Hot Tottingham
02/11/2017 14:03:00
Has Harry, (no, not that one), taken over from Moussa, (no not THAT one)? We've all seen Moussa Dembele spending more and more time off the pitch due to age and injuries, and young Winks seems to have stepped into his position with no overall detriment to the team. Do you see him as the natural successor to the Moose? I was thinking that a bid for Ross Barkley could bring him into the team as a long term successor for Moose, but now I can see him being brought in as cover for Harry Winks! Also, how good is Davinson Sanchez? His price, (£42m?) is already looking to be an absolute bargain!! He's dropped into the first team and already looks as though he's been playing there for years. Another couple of seasons learning from the best defensive pairing in the Premiership and he'll be priceless!
02/11/2017 14:22:00
SB61 ... If Winks keeps progressing and performing as well as he has he will make it impossible to leave him out. He is shaping up to be one of the main stories of this season. Lucky us! How many more Harrys are there in the academy?
02/11/2017 14:41:00
Geof, for the third goal, did you notice the very well balanced midfielder collect the ball, remain calm, quickly look up and pick a pin point pass to set the attack under way? Did it remind you of anyone?
02/11/2017 15:18:00
Dele Ali is an outstanding prospect at his tender age. Yes he is inconsistent, yes he has an "edgy" attitude which sometimes crosses the line, this is down to his age, his self belief, and his confidence. He will mature and get even better than he is now, his attitude will improve with age, but if you take his edge off him you will lose what makes him the force he will increasingly become. Our objective as a club should be to nurture and enjoy his talent for as long as we have him, as ultimately he will eventually leave for one of the really massive clubs, the only ones who will be able to afford him. Deli Ali is a once in a generation talent and should be recognised as such.
02/11/2017 19:26:00
spurticus .... Of course it did .... Soldado! Right? :-)
03/11/2017 07:14:00
Or .... he-who-should-not-be-named!
03/11/2017 07:16:00

Good post Frank. ... How many great and/or well loved players have there ever been, that on occasion, or even regularly, got or get pulled up on having a so-called attitude problem?

You're right about Dele's edginess being part of his "force" as a player. A player with great natural, footballing ability.

Hot Tottingham
03/11/2017 08:02:00

It's funny but, when we were 3-0 up against Real, passing the ball around freely and almost taking the pi$$, as though it were a practice game and, with the Wembley crowd ringing out aloud with the triumphant shouts of "OLE", I didn't hear or read anything about us being too arrogant, or see any complaints about us "showboating", as was the case during and after the WHU game

Then again, that was a 'cup final' and this was merely a group match against a mediocre Real Madrid team. ;-)

Hot Tottingham
03/11/2017 08:29:00
I know he's young, but does he need a paper round, too?
03/11/2017 10:06:00
There has to be a slight concern about Dele's attitude and the manner in which such a young man deals with fortune and fame. Gazza and Best eventually lost the plot. Kane would be the perfect role model for him or any other aspiring young footballer. Fortunately, Dele enjoys the support and guidance of a manager he obviously respects so there is no major issue now and, hopefully, there never will be.
03/11/2017 10:13:00
Im in total agreement BS, great post, same with HT you on good form
03/11/2017 11:15:00
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