Addicted To Spurs – Announcement.

Hi everyone,

This announcement is to say that Addicted To Spurs is no more. I’ve come to the decision after a lot of thinking and discussion that I will no longer be running the page. This means no more previews, reviews or posts on the website or news, opinions and photos on my social channels of twitter and Instagram.

I have had a brilliant time running the accounts and posting on my beloved Tottenham for over 4 years, but now is the time to call it a day. The interaction, following and support for the page has been overwhelming and I’m so thankful for all of your support. I started this project as a 14 year old and I couldn’t have dreamt for my hobby of writing on Spurs to become something so much more.

This post is simply to say thank you to everyone that has followed Addicted To Spurs and read my posts since 2012, and also voted for me in the 2014 football blogging awards – which I was so honoured to win – so thank you for that.

You can now follow me on my personal account on Twitter here: @CameronJSims – where I will still be giving you my opinions on Tottenham!

It’s been a pleasure running Addicted To Spurs and I want to thank you all once again for making this what it has become.

Addicted To Spurs may be ending but my addiction for Tottenham is still alive and well.

Yours,

Cameron – creator of Addicted To Spurs.

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Addicted To Spurs – Football Blogging Award winner 2014!

Thank you everyone that voted for Addicted to Spurs in the Football Blogging awards! Writing this just to say a massive thank you as I came out on top in the fans’ best club blog category. It really is a massive achievement for me and I can’t stress enough how grateful I am to everyone that has voted, but also to the people that read my work, comment & interact with me on a daily basis. It’s a pleasure to share my views with you and I’m really thankful to all of you. I was up against some really talented writers in my category and met some really interested people; which made it all the more enriching of an experience.

After 2 and a bit years of running Addicted To Spurs, to gain the amount of followers, views & fans I have is incredible and its testament to the incredible Tottenham fan base and social community. From what started as a hobby has turned into so much more and when I began all of this I would have never imagined it to have taken me so far. Now hopefully I can grow even further. My name really does reflect how amazingly addicted I am to Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. I’m sure you’ve all realised, I really can’t smile without them!

I had a fantastic time up in Manchester, thanks to the organisers, sponsors & founders of the FBAs. To win is really special. Thank you to all that voted once again, it’s down to you I’m writing this now. Let’s hope I can have some good things to write about Tottenham in the near future! Up the Spurs!

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Remember you can follow me on Twitter here: @AddictedToSpurs, and also on Instagram here: addictedtospurs. Thanks again!

The Football Blogging Awards – Vote for Addicted To Spurs!

If you have been following me on Twitter, or read my earlier blog piece, you would know that I am competing in the Football Blogging Awards – also known as the FBAs. Thank you to all that have voted, as I have made the final 10 candidates for the club blogging award! This in itself is a massive achievement and once again I thank everyone for their votes. Now, as a finalist, I need every single vote that I can get to fight off some very stern opposition. This post is to notify everyone on how to vote for Addicted To Spurs as the best Club blogger of 2014. There are two easy ways to vote – via Twitter, or via the Football Blogging Award’s website.

To vote for me on Twitter, use this click to tweet link: http://ctt.ec/3M3E4 – after the tweet is sent, that’s it, you have voted for me. It only takes a second, so if you appreciate my blogs then I’d be eternally grateful if you could vote for me.

If Twitter isn’t your style, but you’d like to share your Addicted To Spurs love, you can vote for me online here – http://www.footballbloggingawards.co.uk/vote-now/ – all you have to do is enter your Name and email accordingly, select Addicted To Spurs in the ‘club’ section and register your vote. After, you will receive an email to confirm your vote. That is it!

I can’t stress enough as to how grateful I am to everyone voting for me. Thank you and get voting! COYS!!

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Vote for Addicted To Spurs in the Football Blogging Awards 2014 on Twitter!

If you would like to vote for me – Addicted to Spurs – in the football blogging awards of 2014 for best #club blogger, you can by simply clicking this link and using your Twitter account to tweet the following: http://ctt.ec/1M273.

As always, I thank you for your support for this site. I hope I can continue to grow as I have done in the past 2 years of having this blog! It’d be greatly appreciated if you could spare a tweet to vote for me! Thank You once again. Up the Spurs!

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Welcome to Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino!

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that our new Head Coach will be 42 year old Mauricio Pochettino on a 5 year deal after he resigned from his post as First team manager at Southampton. He is joined by assistant coach Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino as First team coach and Toni Jiménez as goalkeeper coach, who all worked with him closely at Southampton & Espanyol.

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Mauricio Pochettino’s Career.

Mauricio Pochettino is a 42 year old manager, who was born in Murphy, Argentina. He is a former centre back who has played for Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina, before moving to Espanyol in Spain, before joining Bordeaux in France, Paris Saint Germain in France again, & then returning to Espanyol. His career spanned from 1988 until 2006, in that time he played 578 times, scoring 29 times. He also played 20 times for Argentina scoring 2 goals.

Mauricio Pochettino started his managerial journey in 2009, when he was appointed Espanyol manager, the club were at the bottom of La Liga when he took charge in January, but under his guidance managed to escape relegation by a long way, finishing 10th. Mauricio then guided a young and inexperienced Espanyol side to 11th in 2010, but then secures a wonderful season in 2011, when he took Espanyol to 8th just one place outside a place in Europe, which with the team he had there, is remarkable. He spent another full season in 2012, but couldn’t replicate the same sort of season, but as others improved their teams ahead of his, Espanyol’s team continued to be using youth players, the club finished 14th, only 5 points off the relegation spots.

Espanyol then had horrible financial problems, forcing the club to sell their best players & these off the field problems were directly effecting the results on the pitch, & Pochettino’s efforts weren’t enough to stop a land slide in results & saw his team at the bottom of La Liga, and then, the club and Pochettino decided to terminate his contract by mutual consent with enormous regret and disapproval among the fans. During his time at Espanyol, Pochettino had to sell all his star players that were developed through his youth system, including Dani Osvaldo, Jose Callejon and Victor Ruiz. The club didn’t replace these stars due to financial problems, and could only use youth, much older players with short contracts & loan signings. Pochettino brought through 20 youth players to the Espanyol first team in his time there, a spectacular amount. Pochettino managed 161 games for Espanyol, winning 52 games, drawing 38 and losing 70 times. This looks poor, of course, but in the circumstances he was under his time there has to be seen as a success, on his part, but the club above him failed in their duty.

After leaving Espanyol in Late November, Pochettino landed a big Premier League job in late January with Southampton. Saint’s Chairman Nicola Cortese saw the potential in Mauricio, who replaced the highly popular Nigel Adkins who got Southampton into the Premier League, but the club were only 3 points off of the relegation places and Mauricio Pochettino was brought in with a history of making teams a regular in the top devision & threatening the European places. He did exactly that in his first season, securing 14th place, and recording wins over Chelsea and Manchester City. He impressed with his high tempo football, with an emphasis on attacking football, building from the back and getting the best out of his individual players, while creating an ethos that the team didn’t need to be afraid of the big clubs, inspiring the victories at St Mary’s to Chelsea and Manchester City. In that time, Pochettino visited White Hart Lane and lost 1-0 due to Gareth Bale’s late goal. I thought that day Southampton were outstanding, they restricted us and frustrated us and Gareth Bale really was the only difference between the sides.

In what turned out to be his last season at Southampton, Pochettino had his best season. They started the season wonderfully, and the football Southampton were playing was delightful to watch and at the time many of our fans were jealous of the football Pochettino was bringing to St Mary’s. During the first half they were there to be shot at, playing with no fear with a core of young, talented Englishman throughout the side, which were promoted through the youth system, such as Lallana, Chambers and Shaw as well as Rodriguez and Lambert. Southampton were 4th in November, but dropped off that pace after a run of playing very difficult games. But, the Southampton team were consistent in playing extremely attractive football and getting good results which in the end guided them to their best ever Premier League finish, 8th.

You may say that Pochettino underachieved with a good squad at Southampton, but I disagree. He built Southampton into a good squad, adding Dejan Lovren & Victor Wanyama who played vital parts in the Saints’ season, along with the new youth prospects Callum Chambers and James Ward-Prowse. Also, Pochettino brought out the best in Adam Lallana who was absolutely incredible and earned an England World Cup call up through Pochettino’s influence, as well as Ricky Lambert and Jay Rodriguez who scored a remarkable 17 goals and his game was really well suited to Pochettino’s system. Pochettino’s strength is getting the absolute best from what he has at his disposal.

The Future under Pochettino.

Mauricio Pochettino has signed a long term, 5 year deal at the club, and prides himself on seeing out projects with clubs, he said that the project that he had with Southampton had come to an end, and so now he is looking to start a new journey, and I think we are fortunate to be the club in which he sees a future with. 5 years is a long time in football. A long, long time in football. It’s paramount that we give Pochettino the time to integrate his type of football into the Tottenham squad and bring in his own players to create ‘Pochettino’s Tottenham’.

We can’t predict what the future will hold. Nobody can. But we can show hope, belief and expectation in what we want and think it will be like. Under Pochettino I expect the future to be bright. Brighter than it has been since Harry Redknapp took us to the Champions League quarter finals. The project we had with AVB prospered in the first season of his 3 year deal, but, was halted with poor football and bad decisions. What we could get, is the project we ever so wanted under Andre Villas-Boas. To get the team playing attractive, yet effective football.

Mauricio Pochettino’s style of play includes high pressurising, lots of possession & effective swash buckling counter attacking football. That, in itself, is the way Tottenham strive to play. We lacked discipline in defence last season, and Pochettino, as well as being effective offensively, makes his teams strong and hard to break down in defence. Tottenham’s current squad suits Pochettino’s style. One of the many reasons I believe Daniel Levy decided to opt with Pochettino, to see his investment on the young, talented players he brought in fit into his system and get the players playing to the best of their abilities.

It’s difficult to say whether Pochettino will see out his contract. A lot of things can happen which are unforeseeable & the history would suggest Daniel Levy is not too patient with managers and giving them time to implement their ideas, but also the fans, not being willing to see out long term projects because of impatience and extremely high expectations, which some would say are completely unrealistic. What we have to do as fans is unite behind the new Head Coach and support the team through the thick and the thin.

My opinion.

I am extremely happy with this appointment. I think Pochettino suits our club and I believe that he will prove those who don’t believe he is the person to take the club forward wrong in due course, but he could use a good start! Having a person with ambition, passion and classiness take over at the club is lovely to have. His ability to get the best out of the team he manages is exciting, and I can’t wait to see how he adapts to Tottenham and how the players perform under his leadership. Having his Assistants come with him is a big bonus for us, he can build something as a group and I believe strongly, that after waiting so long for things to ‘click’, we could have our wishes come true under Mauricio Pochettino.

We are going on another adventure. We will learn to love Pochettino, just like the Southampton fans did after meeting his appointment with disdain. I am extremely excited to see what the future holds under Mauricio Pochettino. Wishing him all the best of luck, and of course, COYS!!

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Tottenham Pre Season dates, 2013.

Here’s a little round up of what us Spurs fans have to look forward to this Summer in pre season.

It’s a big pre season for us as we need everyone fit and ready for a massive season.

These are our confirmed pre season fixtures for our first team:

(All times are for British time zones)

July 16 – Swindon Town, County Ground. 7pm. Final Score: 1-1.

July 19 – Colchester United, Community Stadium. 7pm. Final Score: 0-0.

July 24 – Sunderland, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong – Barclays Asia Trophy. 11am. 3-1 loss.

July 27 – South China, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong – Barclays Asia Trophy. 11am. 6-0 win.

August 3 – AS Monaco, Stade Louis II. 5.30pm. 5-2 loss.

August 10 – Espanyol, White Hart Lane. 5.30pm. 1-1.

If you have any questions feel free to drop a comment! COYS!

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Match Preview, Carlisle vs Tottenham

I’ve heard a lot of fans say that it’s important we win something this year, and I agree, any piece of silverware is good for morale and and good for the club as a whole. Carlisle, on paper should be an easy win, but we’re away from home on a pitch that could possibly be poor, so we need to be on our game. I expect the Europa league to be our main competition but the Capital One Cup should be treated with the utmost respect. It’s a trophy we have won in the recent past and we also got to the final under Harry Redknapp, but quite a bit has changed since then. The team need to keep on winning to keep the mentality right, and these competitions are perfect for that. The negatives about this competition are that it raises our game tally, and with the depth of our squad being quite small it could affect our main focus, the Premier League.

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I expect the team to be slightly weaker than our Premier League team with Gallas, Friedel and Bale the likeliest players to be rested. Tom Huddlestone is expected to get his first start of the season, which I believe to be a big boost because of his raw talent to pick a pass.

The lineup may look like this:

Lloris
Walker – Caulker – Dawson – Vertonghen
Lennon – Huddlestone – Townsend
Sigurdsson – Dempsey
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Match Preview, Tottenham vs QPR

This is a big game for our season, if we don’t win I expect fans to get on the back of AVB. Our home form over the last couple of years has been impeccable and I’d like it to continue. We were impressive against Reading and it was a good win away from home but there were impurities in our performance which we need to purify. QPR had a good result at home to Chelsea last weekend 0-0, Julio Cesar their stand out player. They are unstable at the back and that is why they are after our man Dawson, we need to utilise this weakness with precise passing and well timed attacks, if we do this early in the game and get a goal, I don’t see QPR coming back from that. It seems that Spurs need to score two goals before the 70th minute for us to be safe because late goals conceded is a problem and clean sheets are needed, concentration needs to be high at all times.

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We were good against Lazio and I was very impressed by Kyle Naughton’s performance at left back, I heard he could be out for this game against QPR which would be a massive blow for him after just gaining a starting place. If he is unfit I would expect Andros Townsend to fill in or Vertonghen could move over to left back, with Gallas and Caulker playing centre back roles. Defoe and Dempsey could be a very good partnership up front and with Adebayor Injured, both Dempsey and Defoe should start. It’s a big game for our season and I predict a good win, but it’s up to the players on the pitch to deliver their best. COYS!!

Match Preview, Tottenham vs Lazio

This game is Champions League standard! It’s two massive teams in Europe and a good game should be upon us. The Europa League was taken very seriously by Martin Jol and we got to the Quarter Finals, under Redknapp though it was taken as a chance to play the youngsters against decent competition. AVB has won the Europa League with Porto before and knows what it takes to win. It looks like he wants to succeed in this cup again with Spurs and I support this completely. Our ‘second’ team is a very strong one, the likes of Lloris, Caulker, Livermore and Townsend to name a few! I expect these kind of players to play a part in this cup, although our more regular players should get games as well as our squad is not extremely deep. I think this competition is a big opportunity to continue winning games and building morale within the squad and I think the fans could do with a few big European nights at the lane!

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Our opponents Lazio are very talented with very skilled players such as Hernanes and Klose. Hernanes is a player we were linked with in the summer but he was out of our price range and we signed Dembele and Dempsey instead. Klose is a goal scoring legend for Germany and this means our defence has to be on top form if we want to stop that duo. Lazio won their last game 3-1 away from home against Chievo, the same score line as our game at Reading. I’m very excited about this game and hoping for a long run in the Europa League! COYS!

Match Preview Reading vs Tottenham

This game against Reading could shape our season. It will show what we are to expect from this season, Champions League or a steady Europa League (AGAIN). The Tottenham team need to go out and win against Reading nothing less, it’s important we get this first win otherwise doubt will creep in the players minds and that’s when things go downhill. At the moment the players are in great spirits and that’s the main thing the players believe in what AVB is doing at spurs.

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AVB has said that Tottenham will play attacking football and try to pass well, so Dembele should be included to make us tick in midfield. I also expect us to play two attacking midfielders and Sandro holding. Adebayor should get his first start but Defoe has the backing of AVB it seems as he has started every game so far. Adebayor is better at holding the ball up and playing the lone striker role as he did under Redknapp last season, but Defoe is born finisher and has been playing well for England and has worked extremely hard for the team. He had a standing ovation against Norwich. The centre back partnership between Gallas and Vertonghen looks steady and I expect them to start again against Reading. Dempsey should play a part but it looks like it would be from the bench, he could be the difference if the game is going badly. Friedel will play in goal and keep his number 1 spot, AVB has confirmed this to Sky Sports News.

All I can say now is COYS!!