Spurs on brink as Poch defends changes

After the first leg of their Europa League tie against Borussia Dortmund, Pochettino defended the seven changes he made to his Tottenham saying that he had “no regrets” after his saw his side lose 3-0.

Seven changes is one thing but it would be unfair to take anything away from the Dortmund performance on the night. Tottenham weren’t awful by any stretch of the imagination, just Dortmund – particularly in the final third of the field – were just devastating, with speed, movement and efficiency. It really wasn’t hard to see why the German side under Thomas Tuchel currently sit second in the league and only 5pts behind Pep’s Bayern. Continue reading “Spurs on brink as Poch defends changes”

North London to Madrid for this Tottenham Ace?

In the last 5 years, the path from White Hart Lane to the Bernabeu is well trodden. First Luka Modric swapped North London for the Spanish capital, and then the world most expensive player gave into the overtures of Florentino Perez as Gareth Bale broke out his pigeon Spanish to the assembled press to say how chuffed he was to play for Los Blancos.

Florentino Perez’s next target though isn’t as easy a capture. With rumoured competition from Chelsea and Manchester United for his signature, a new contract in the pipeline with Champions League football on the horizon. This isn’t a rumour about Harry Kane, this is about the rise of Pochettino, the young Argentine manager who has the world at his feet.

La Gazzete Dello Sport reported in the last week that Florentino Perez is already thinking about axing the enigmatic Zizou as Real Madrid coach after Real’s defeat to Atletico in the Madrid derby but would Pochettino swap Tottenham for Los Blancos? Continue reading “North London to Madrid for this Tottenham Ace?”

Should Poch return for a fit Saido?

This winter has seen the return of two of the great sagas. Star Wars more re-emerged from exile curtesy of a Disney reboot. Han Solo was once more gallivanting around the universe with his furry friend in tow. The second, not quite so revered saga admittedly but oh so real, was that of Saido Berahino and another transfer window.

In that galaxy far, far away that is the Midlands, everything surrounding Berahino seems to be descending into something rather farcical. Last summer, Berahino had the world at his feet. His breakthrough season last year saw the young Englishman score 14 goals in the Premier League in a West Brom side that is hardly famed for notching some big numbers in the ‘GF’ column of the table under Tony Pulis. Interest was always going to be inevitable and it seemed Tottenham were in pole position to acquire Berahino’s services. Then it never happened. In fact, it turned all rather sour. West Brom accused Tottenham of operating unprofessional. Jeremy Peace seemed aggrieved with Daniel Levy’s negotiation tactics as much as he did the instalments the fee would arrive. £22million plus bonuses seemed a reasonable sum. West Brom refused to sell, refused Berahino’s transfer request and told Tottenham to go do one. Continue reading “Should Poch return for a fit Saido?”

Poch keeps Faith for Potential Title Run In

Predicted XI’s

Norwich: Rudd, Pinto, Klose, Bassong, Brady, Howson, Dorrans, Redmond, Naismith, Hoolahan, Bamford

Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier Alderweireld, Vimmer, Rose, Dier, Dembélé, Lamela, Erikson, Alli, Kane

In the Premier League this season where nothing is certain and the stakes are so high, the January transfer window has seen a tale of two halves of the table. The great quandary of stick or twist has seen the players with the short stacks roll the dice, as teams who might see themselves in a relegation scrap sought to improve their chances of reaping the rewards of the TV cash cow of next season. Norwich undoubtedly fall amongst the chancer’s post-January window. Continue reading “Poch keeps Faith for Potential Title Run In”

Predicted XI’s Tottenham vs. Sunderland, 16-01-16

Predicted XI’s

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembélé, Eriksen, Alli, Lamela, Kane

Sunderland: Mannone, Jones, O’Shea, Brown, van Aanholt, Johnson, Cattermole, M’Vila, Lens, Borini, Defore

In a league where Tottenham have been somewhat un-‘Spursy’ in their unbeaten run up till facing Newcastle a month ago, the mid-week defeat to Leicester City was further proof that this is a Spurs side that are still maturing under the tutelage of Pochettino. Continue reading “Predicted XI’s Tottenham vs. Sunderland, 16-01-16”

A Game of Change at White Hart Lane

Tottenham vs. Leicester City, FA Cup Third Round 10-1-16

Predicted XI’s

Tottenham: Vorm, Tripper, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose, Carroll, Bentaleb, Lamela, Onomah, Chadli, Son

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Moore, Wasilewski, Huth, de Laet, Dyer, Inler, King, Gray, Okazaki, Ulloa

One of the better ties in this year’s third round sees the unlikely sounding title contenders of Tottenham hosting Leicester at White Hart Lane. Whilst Tottenham’s consistency of racking up points (albeit a little heavy on the draws) is a clear sign of progression under Pochettino, the job Ranieri is doing at Leicester City is unfathomable. Continue reading “A Game of Change at White Hart Lane”

Tottenham vs Arsenal – Capital One Cup 3rd Round, 23/09/2015

When I came back from work I was somewhat excited at the prospect of watching a decent cup derby. The League Cup had been somewhat generous this year with two derbies; Villa against Birmingham the night before and a mid-week North London derby at such an early round brought a little magic to the darken September evening. Not quite the glitz and heritage of the FA Cup but surely a little more enticing than the next round of the Great British Bake Off and yet I was left a little disappointed by the show at White Hart Lane. Here we had a battle of styles; Wenger’s philosophy of possession against Pochettino’s high pressing game in a fixture which just seemingly delivers goals for fun, a cash cow of excitement. Yet this game was more about the lack of fluency than anything else. Continue reading “Tottenham vs Arsenal – Capital One Cup 3rd Round, 23/09/2015”