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Tottenham v Manchester United - Team Sheets - 31-1-18

Tottenham v Manchester United - Team Sheets - 31-1-18

Tottenham are at Wembley with Manchester United the visitors for the latest Premier League game.

This will be an 8pm kick-off as we look to secure all three points with a win, if possible.

With the team sheets in we know the starting XI.

Line ups

Tottenham
Lloris
Trippier
Sanchez
Vertonghen
Davies
Dier
Dembele
Eriksen
Alli
Son Heung-min
Kane

Substitutes
Rose
Lamela
Wanyama
Vorm
Sissoko
Llorente
Walker-Peters

Man Utd
de Gea
A Valencia
Smalling
Jones
Young
Matic
Pogba
Lingard
Sanchez
R Lukaku
Martial

Substitutes
Rojo
Mata
Rashford
Romero
Herrera
Shaw
Fellaini

Would you say there are any surprises for you with this selection the boss has gone with or will this side get the job done?

Fixtures

TUESDAY 30TH JANUARY
Swansea City v Arsenal 19:45
West Ham United v Crystal Palace 19:45
Huddersfield Town v Liverpool 20:00

WEDNESDAY 31ST JANUARY
Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth 19:45
Everton v Leicester City 19:45
Newcastle United v Burnley 19:45
Southampton v Brighton & Hove Albion 19:45
Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion 20:00
Stoke City v Watford 20:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United 20:00

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Wednesday January 31 2018
Time: 7:03PM

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What's up with our old site? I haven't been able to log in with my vital name in weeks. I'm curious to see what name crops up with this google account to log in. Now to Spurs: are we getting Neymar's teammate or not this window. Thought Lukas Moura was in London already. Problems with paperwork and the work permit? Spurs 2 x 1 today. This is a must win if we're to keep our movement into a regular top four position. Don't want to see us move into new park without CL. Come on Son. Come on Arry. Two goals, one each. Lloris to let in a clunker. But we'll leave today with three points in our account. COYS.
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 19:28:00
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Freaking ell. First post? In the old days this wouldn't a appened.
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 19:29:00
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And who the hell is David O'Brien? Thought he supported Santa Cruz or some other third level club. This is the big time, O'B. Spurs forever.
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 19:30:00
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Still, I'd rather log in with my vital name of old. Just can't get it to work anymore. Bloody rubbish, that. Now I look Irish. What the... ?
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 19:32:00
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Is the site dying? Do I need to paint a face on a football to accompany me on this deserted island?
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 19:34:00
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The lads are on the pitch. Huzzah. Thanks and praises.
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 19:35:00
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Coopsie come home.
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 19:48:00
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Fannie Adams? Big Cock? not so much.
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 19:49:00
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Hugo, Harry with new beards. 3 x 1.
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 19:51:00
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God, you've go to dislike that Mourinho. Arrogance is never attractive.
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 19:55:00
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Erickson inside 10 seconds!!!!!!!!!
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 19:55:00
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Now that's a welcome back to the site. COYS.
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 19:56:00
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Back line looking very suspect. Why are they asleep?
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 19:58:00
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Ericksen at 11 seconds. What a start!
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 20:00:00
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Jones oh Jones oh Jones. 2 x 0. Silly play Jones.
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 20:24:00
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2 x 0 is A okay. intervalo. don't let down in the second half, lads. don't let down.
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 20:43:00
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Now that was a penalty. Mariner bottled it, he took Ali first and then touched the ball slightly
philbill
31/01/2018 20:44:00
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Seems like Harry hasn't really been in the match so far. He's been a half step off throughout, no?
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 20:45:00
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Harry's hold up play and distribution up front has been superb. Makes a huge difference when the ball does not keep coming back
philbill
31/01/2018 20:48:00
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ah. finally said something that drew a play mate here. Whew.
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 20:59:00
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Still think that Harry has been a half step behind his usual. But Harry off by half step is better than 99% of the players in the world.
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 21:00:00
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But almost 50 minutes into a match and Harry hasn't yet a goal. That's not right, is it? I expect 1.5 goals per half. He's led to to expect that.
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 21:02:00
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Stand by what I wrote earlier. 66th minute and Kane missing a shot he usually would put away. half step behind his usual stuff.
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 21:20:00
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Always a great satisfaction to take three points from Manure. With Mourinho there it is all the sweeter.
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 21:46:00
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We humiliated them.
Guyver
31/01/2018 21:48:00
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Should have scored 4 or 5 though
Guyver
31/01/2018 21:48:00
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That was too easy, only poor player was trippier, he came on ok after goal 2 ... this will be such a massive confidence boost, we need a draw at anfield... no more signings for us today Levy was at Wembley.
E17YID
31/01/2018 21:50:00
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Wow! Didn't expect that. Great result, superb performance. Top all round team performance. Good substitutions. Loved it.
wentworth
31/01/2018 22:17:00
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Sorry E17, I thought Trippier was a 7. Played well, defended well and attacked well. We should have scored at least 4. Son not passing to Kane for the easy tap in was a sin. Our defense was totally dominant. Lots of interceptions and getting bodies in front of people. However the main reason for our dominance was that we went back to a pressing game. Something we haven’t done for many games. We pressed the crap out of them and they made mistake after mistake. I really hope we continue to use the press against all teams, especially against Liverpool on the weekend.
jvd
31/01/2018 22:29:00
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Impressive performance tonight, Thought Verts & Sanchez (ours) were brilliant in defence, Poch must best happy with the result. Looking forward to the match with the scousers. Missing Oy Veys pre match articles. COYS
CanUkSpur
31/01/2018 22:32:00
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I am really disappointed that the management of Vital Spurs have not seen it fit to advise what the heck has gone wrong with the Article section. Where are all our posters Geofspurs, Hot Tottenham, Belgian Spurs, Critical and the entire bunch?
jvd
31/01/2018 22:34:00
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Verts, Sanchez, Dembele, ali and Ce were all top draw. My only complaint is that spurs should have scored 4. Great win and puts spurs in good position for top4. Like the way lloriss kick long instead of passing it around hopefully it's something spurs employ more.
palmover
31/01/2018 22:47:00
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jvd, your match observations @ 22:29 imo were spot on. I'd definitely put the win down to the return of pressing. Just never allowed united time and hassled them off the ball in numbers. It was pure delight watching that display and some of the flicks and tricks were great as most of them came off. Dembele was a maestro again. I thought Verts had a great game... in fact I'd be hard pushed to name the MoTM. Eriksen, the guy who goes missing in big games, also delivered. Kane a tad unlucky not to get his 100th. I'd say we made United look poor. Mourinho's bus had the wheels come off. Great start to the so called run of difficult games. Looking forward to this attitude being maintained. COYS!
critical_spur
31/01/2018 23:25:00
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I have a feeling that today's signing will be a success for us. Good day all round.
David O'Brien
31/01/2018 23:27:00
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E17YID...............you've got to be kidding, if you take Eriksen out Trippier would have been most peoples MOTM! Most of the TV pundits thought so as well.
TQ2Spurs
31/01/2018 23:35:00
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Yea I thought trippier had a great game, great team performance, next up Liverpool we have to smash em as will be watching with my pool mate haha
MrYIDuk
01/02/2018 00:07:00
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Wow 81,978 attendance!.
critical_spur
01/02/2018 00:38:00
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Imagine a couple years back we had supporters questioning if we could fill a 60K stadium. We’ve beaten that figure almost every game this season. NP filling our New WHL!!
jvd
01/02/2018 00:43:00
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All 11 players were excellent today. For me that was the best performance of my the season. At 2-0 united were always in the game still as 2-1 would have made for a frantic finish. It would have been good to get to 3-0. But to be fair united were toothless in the second half as we totally controlled the game, and they never looked like scoring. Pochettino has to be given credit for addressing issues with certain players and improving them, must notably Trippier and Davies who have been poor lately but were excellent today. My ratings Lloris 8 Trippier 8 Sanchez 8 Vertonghen 9 Davies 8 Dier 7 Dembele 8 Eriksen 9 Alli 9 Son 7 Kane 8. Kane didn’t have his shooting boots on but his all round play was immense. Alli could have got an 8 and a lot of people would probably give him a 7 but for me his movement and work rate were top class. Usually even when we play really well the is a player that wasn’t quite with it but today all 11 were excellent.
Dier by name
01/02/2018 01:35:00
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Im sorry, I just felt Trippier, needed to step up and cement his place, he did not do that ... few times he still passed back sideways when he should of whipped a cross in .. as said previously he played well after the second goal .... I was impressed with Davies, he stepped up.
E17YID
01/02/2018 03:33:00
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Just watched the game (delayed recording). What a heap of crap. Poor team selection by MP, no goals from Kane, poor link-up play in midfield, and another slow start .... which created 11 seconds of stress and disappointment. We were so lucky to get three points .... if we'd allowed them to have the ball we could have lost! I just hope we improve for the Anfield game.
Geofspurs
01/02/2018 03:58:00
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Outstanding performance. Best of the season considering the opposition. I raised concerns before the game about a Dier/Dembele combo as lacking pace, but it was United's midfield that looked ponderous, so kudos to those two and glad to be proven wrong. There were great performances all over the pitch but Eriksen just edged the MotM for me. He really is the heartbeat of the team. Totally agree with the comments on our pressing game. I've mentioned it before how it has been lacking this season but when we apply it, it really helps raise our game. Superb.
Gary Onedaysoon
01/02/2018 07:16:00
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Gary .... That's exactly what I said, but I used different words! :-)
Geofspurs
01/02/2018 07:21:00
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When you think we have Toby, Rose, Wanyama, Lamela, Aurier and now Moura, sitting in the wings, it's looking promising. And who could have forecast the Chelsea result? They're away to Watford and at home to WBA next two games, but then they have 2 away games against the Manchester clubs.
Gary Onedaysoon
01/02/2018 07:57:00
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The Sanchez/Verts partnership is has a bit of everything speed, aggression and poise. Sanchez does make the odd mistake but has the speed to recover also verts covers sanchez well. If spurs stick to a back 4 i would not want to split the partnership even for Toby who i rate highly, however, Sanchez's performances have made it more likely that Toby will be sold in the summer.
palmover
01/02/2018 08:48:00
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Dier did ok, however, early in the game he tried to gift Man.u away back into the game. I maintain that Dier only looks good when Dembele runs the midfield. Dier is a good squad player but doesn't make my spurs best 11.
palmover
01/02/2018 08:52:00
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I think the Moura signing will make the players happy especially Rose as i am sure he didn't have to google Moura.
palmover
01/02/2018 08:55:00
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Very professional performance. Eriksen showed yesterday how we're just a different team when he plays. We may not be defined by one player, but certain players do seem to make the team tick. How we have missed him. With Rose and maybe Toby back in contention for Liverpool, things are looking up. Chelsea losing again is just the icing on the cake.
BelgianSpur
01/02/2018 09:30:00
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I was reading the reactions to the Moura signing. This is the BBC's take "Impressive pace and dribbling ability, the flexibility to play centrally or out wide, quick feet and skills which get fans off their seats - on his day he can be exceptional. Lucas was a big part of Laurent Blanc's successful PSG side, and last season under Unai Emery he scored 19 goals and set up 11, including a run of seven goals in 12 matches. But the campaign also summed up his frustrating inconsistency and he has a habit of disappearing during games". They go on to say that MP might be just the right coach to further develop him. The sentiment is echoed buy French journalist Julien Laurens: "He didn't really want to leave Paris; he just had a baby not long ago and he was very happy there. But he knows he is not going to play so he was a bit forced out by the club....He's got a game where he's going to get a lot of knocks and a lot of kicks because he has the ball and he dribbles past people. If he can cope with that sort of aggression I think he'll be fine...Some might say he still hasn't fulfilled all his potential and that is true. He just needs a bit more consistency. He maybe needs a different manager to look after him and make him improve, which maybe Unai Emery and Laurent Blanc didn't really do that much. Pochettino might be the perfect guy and Spurs the perfect club for him....Spurs fans - Maybe don't expect too much between now and May, but maybe more for next season and I think that's why Spurs are doing the deal now." Fair analysis, let's hope Moura hits the ground running though. The replay against Newport might be a perfect stage for him to announce himself.
BelgianSpur
01/02/2018 09:36:00
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Very true re our pressing game or lack of it this season. There was a misconception, that because we are playing on a bigger pitch this season, that we've run more per game, but the last time I checked, we've actually run less this season per game, than we did last, although we do still run more km's per game than most teams in the EPL. That being said, pressing isn't the most effective strategy against bus parkers, which has been our achilles heel this season. Liverpool as well, to a certain extent.
Guyver
01/02/2018 10:28:00
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An imperious, outstanding performance, the score line undoubtedly flattered Utd, in fact if there is a criticism of our lads it is 22 shots, only 9 on target, only two goals. Mr. Marriner lived up to his reputation by disallowing a stuck on penalty when Ali was cut down. Eriksen was majestic, what a MFer, he gave a master class, Pogba who. 1 point I would make, as I have previously, is that our gate receipts at Wembley are strongly suggesting that the new ground capacity of 62,000 is not big enough. The difference in gate receipts for 20,000 last night at £50/ticket would have been £1,000,000. Although we wouldn't get 82,000 every week, but we are getting in excess of 62,000 in virtually every home game.
Frank
01/02/2018 10:29:00
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As jvd says, it wasn't long ago Spurs fans were questioning whether we could consistently fill a 60k stadium.
Guyver
01/02/2018 10:46:00
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I suppose you build stadiums with a long term view in mind, for the best times and the worst. Right now, we've got arguably the best striker in world football playing for us, and a very good group of players. Would we be filling the stadium if Spurs were 14th? Football being cyclical, one can never be sure of anything and we can't rule out the possibility of being worse off in 10/15 years (I hope not). And there's nothing worse than a huge stadium which sits half empty for most games.
BelgianSpur
01/02/2018 10:56:00
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I don't like going to Wembley from South London... But it felt quite good on the return home last night. Anyhow, I did my bit whilst there. I sang my heart out and didn't once have to say to one single Spurs supporter; "Of course we can win this"! The only negative on the night is that I didn't score and neither did Harry. Up the Spurs!
Hot Tottingham
01/02/2018 10:59:00
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The new Stadiums capacity was increased last year from originally being around 56,000 to 61 odd thousand. This week THFC has requested to increase it by another 500 or so to 62,000. I also think there was an official restriction on the numbers to begin with. Still, it will have the greatest capacity of all London clubs.
Hot Tottingham
01/02/2018 11:09:00
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It's all about N17 infrastructure I should imagine, even if we did request a much larger capacity stadium to begin with... 70-80,000 descending onto Tottenham High Road on a Wednesday night? Murder!
Hot Tottingham
01/02/2018 11:26:00
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The spurs squad looks better with the inclusion of Moura. The only players who definitely need to be moved on in the summer are: Janssen, Gkn and Lorente. Spurs should have a look at Jordan ayew i think he could play understudy to H.K. He can play centrally or wing attack meaning he could get game time even if H.K is playing.
palmover
01/02/2018 11:30:00
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Hot Tottingham, so is 62k max capacity? Meaning it cannot be expanded further in future?
Guyver
01/02/2018 11:32:00
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Guyver, I'm not sure. I know that once the building was under way that it was realised it could accommodate more bodies than originally planned for but as for the future, I'm not sure. I suppose that if standing is eventually reintroduced and once the Tottenham areas transport links have been vastly improved then that may change.
Hot Tottingham
01/02/2018 11:37:00
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In the 60's WHL was getting regular crowds around the late 60-70 thousands. But London was a far different and much less populated place back then and health and safety etc was not a huge consideration...
Hot Tottingham
01/02/2018 11:40:00
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Ok, just wondered, as I can only see the club growing from strength to strength.
Guyver
01/02/2018 11:47:00
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HT .... The 60's saw crowds in the region of 57/58 thousand. I'm guessing you had a good day out yesterday.
Geofspurs
01/02/2018 11:53:00
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And... When Spurs were relegated last and played in the old 2nd division, I went to most home matches. I think the average gate was probably around the 30,000 or so mark. I don't recall if that was a good average for a 2nd division match, or not.
Hot Tottingham
01/02/2018 11:56:00
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Geofspurs. Okay, cheers for that....... I had a great time. That was some performance and the Wembley crowd enjoyed it to the full. We took the Mickey out of United and it was sweeter than sweet. Not as good as the best WHL nights but still...
Hot Tottingham
01/02/2018 11:59:00
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Also way back when and right into the 80's, top flight football was still very affordable for most to attend. Hence some reasonably big crowds even when the team was not always performing so well.
Hot Tottingham
01/02/2018 12:05:00
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Out of curiosity, I looked up the 60-61 double winning season. Our home attendance for the Man U fixture was 55,442. We won that match 4-1! Our biggest home attendance for the season was v the Arsenal. (No surprise there). Spurs won that one 4-2.
Hot Tottingham
01/02/2018 12:28:00
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Against Arsenal the crowd was 65,251...
Hot Tottingham
01/02/2018 12:30:00
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HT ... It would have been 65,250 if I'd stayed home. :-)
Geofspurs
01/02/2018 12:35:00
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Lucas Moura has really good English, that makes life a lot easier.
Guyver
01/02/2018 13:54:00
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Great performance all around. Not much to add to what others have said really. Our pressing game made a huge different and made United look quite flat. I don't think we can press like that every game, as the lads will tire, but when we're playing teams that don't park the bus it forces errors. We need another top performance like that against pool and the gooners - who both have suspect defences. I'm glad we actually addressed an area of the field that was in need in Moura, as we needed a pacy, tricky winger. Hopefully he can hit the ground running. Not sure who makes way for him if he does. Eriksen has shown that we need him, as he's the closest thing we have to a play maker. Alli will never be dropped, so that leaves Son, who's improved so much recently (aside from his greediness) that it makes him difficult to drop also. Son will not put up with being on the bench regularly, but I think Poch will drop him IF Moura does well.
Fanman
01/02/2018 14:33:00
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There's also the issue of when Toby is fit. Presumably he'll be a starter still but it will have to be as part of a back five as Sanchez can hardly be dropped. That means one of our AMs will have to make way unless we play with only one CM which Poch seems loathe to do.
Gary Onedaysoon
01/02/2018 14:38:00
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Amazing what a great performance by our lads can do to the mood when awakening the following day. Great victory on the pitch vs José the Evil One and Manure, and what I think will be a very good signing. Front line of Harry, Son, and Lucas Moura sounds like a potentially exciting mixture. Gobs of options for CE to distribute the ball. I want Winks back and up to his potential.
David O'Brien
01/02/2018 14:38:00
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Let's not think about Lucas Moura being a one-for-one replacement in the structure we now are playing. The player to see far less time on the pitch is likely to be Sissoko. If it's not Sissoko, then Poch isn't being creative with his set up. Verts, Toby, Sanchez, Rose, Aurier, Harry, Son, Moura, and fill in the other two. Wanyama and Dembele? Winks? Dier? Lamela? Trippier? The youngsters? That's a lot of talent to rotate, depending on fitness and the strategic requirements of the particular opponent. No real excuse, other than injuries, that we cannot have a fit and rested set of players starting just about every match.
David O'Brien
01/02/2018 14:46:00
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Of course, Poch needs to develop Plan B, Plan C, Plan D, etc. Too much and too varied talent not be be able to prepare for many styles and formations depending on exigencies of opponent and conditions. I'd like to see the rotations an substitutions a bit more mixed than they have been, but the addition of Lucas Mouras, if he adapts to EPL as I expect he can, open up options. Poch, show us your creative side.
David O'Brien
01/02/2018 14:51:00
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Dembele's physical presence and ability to maintain the ball can wear down opponents. Start him and let him wear them down. With 25 minutes to play replace him with speed to take advantage of the drained energy he's caused. Dembele is wear down (breaking down) with age, so start him but don't have him play more that an hour or so. We've got the depth now--with returning players and a new one--to play more flexibly within a match. Press, hold the ball and frustrate them, wear them down, and than amp up the attack in the last 25 minutes. (And start each match with a goal at 11 seconds, lol.)
David O'Brien
01/02/2018 14:56:00
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