Match Review, Tottenham vs Dinamo Tbilisi. (2nd leg)

Tottenham 3-0 Dinamo Tbilisi. Aggregate: Tottenham 8-0 Dinamo Tbilisi.

Defoe 40′, Defoe 47′, Holtby 69′. (Spurs Goals)

We finished the job off in style, and have secured our place in the Europa League group stages. Dinamo Tbilisi were poor in both games, but we were completely professional, and played perfectly to win both games comfortably. We dominated the second leg completely, and went two goals ahead before half time with Defoe getting both goals. We continued our domination in the second half, and we created some good chances, and got the third goal through a stunning Lewis Holtby strike. I was really impressed with how we went about our work, and the amount of goals we scored will give us a lot of confidence going into the North London Derby.

The whole team really impressed me. The youngsters looked very comfortable, and the likes of Sandro, Kaboul and Holtby returning from injury put in top class performances, and look fully fit for the new season. Lewis Holtby in particular really played well. A top performance, from a top prospect. I’ve always rated him, but he didn’t have a great time last season, but showed his class brilliantly against Tbilisi. An assist and his first goal for Spurs topped off a great night for Lewis. Tom Carroll was great, the young midfielder showed his vision and passing range, and put in a composed performance. Naughton was one that surprised me, he was solid at the back and my new nickname for him is ‘Mr Reliable’ as he can be used in a range of different positions, and do well. Defoe scored two goals, and is now fifth in the all time Spurs goalscoring record. A true legend at the Lane. Our next game is a massive one. The North London Derby against Arsenal, and it’s sure to be a cracker. The game is on Sunday, 1st September with kick off a 4:00pm. COYS!

My player ratings for the team that faced Dinamo Tbilisi at the Lane:
Friedel – 7
Walker – 7
Kaboul – 9
Vertonghen – 9
Naughton – 8
Townsend – 7
Sandro – 7
Carroll – 9
Sigurdsson – 6
Holtby – 9 Man of the Match
Defoe – 8

Kane – 5
Fryers – 6
Dembele – N/A

Match Preview, Tottenham vs Dinamo Tbilisi. (2nd Leg)

(First Leg: Dinamo Tbilisi 0-5 Tottenham.)

We go into this game at the Lane with a more than comfortable lead. Europa League group stages are within touching distance. All we’ve got to do now is finish the job off. Nothing is impossible in football, but with the aggregate scoreline, this is as close as it gets to impossible for Tbilisi to turn this around. We destroyed them in the first leg, and another good win would be good for confidence, but this time I expect the youngsters to have a run out. I’m sure Tbilisi will go out there with nothing the lose, and try to get a win, which would only be consolation, so we’ll still have to be alert to the threat. Finishing off the job in style is needed.

A young team is what I expect. With the minor issue of the North London Derby coming up, we will have to rest our starters. With the big squad we have, there will be no problems in doing this, we should still get through. Tom Carroll deserves a chance, and so I expect him to get minutes against Tbilisi! Great passer of the ball, and a classy midfield player all round, who has been great so far for the U21’s. Also, Harry Kane deserves a start upfront. He has been scoring for fun for the U21’s and so I think he can show his worth against Tbilisi. Sandro should get back out there, which will increase his match fitness, as well as Younes Kaboul and Lewis Holtby. Should be a fairly easy game for us. The game is live on ITV 4, Thursday 29th August, coverage starts at 7:30pm. COYS!!

My predicted team to face Dinamo Tbilisi at the Lane:
Naughton – Dawson – Fryers – Rose
Townsend – Sandro – Carroll – Sigurdsson

Match Review, Dinamo Tbilisi vs Tottenham. (First Leg)

Dinamo Tbilisi 0 – 5 Tottenham

Townsend 12′, Paulinho 44′, Soldado 58′, Rose 64′ and Soldado 67′. (Spurs goals)

A great win in the first leg of the tie. It seems we’ve all but assured our place in the Group Stages of the Europa League. We still have to finish the job off at White Hart Lane, but it is extremely unlikely we’ll let this sort of lead slip. We dominated for the whole game, and we had too much quality for a fairly poor Tbilisi side. They didn’t offer a threat, and we were scoring goals of top quality for fun all night. Very happy we showed full concentration in this game, a game we could have quite easily had the mentality that we were just going to show up and win, something we’ve done a lot in the past. Very pleased with all the new signings performances as well!

The whole team impressed we today, but especially Andros Townsend. He showed he is capable of holding down a regular place in the Spurs side. He showed something his competitor, Aaron Lennon doesn’t. The final product. Was involved in almost every attack, and more importantly, most of the goals. Really impressed by him, and he could have a starting berth against Swansea on Sunday! Soldado continued his goal scoring antics with two today, and he’s already showing his poaching ability in a Spurs shirt. Etienne Capoue started his first game for Spurs, and really impressed. Composure on the ball, and didn’t make a mistake all game. Hopefully starts on Sunday! Gylfi Sigurdsson was the only player I was disappointed by, he was all over the place and looked really slow. Hope he improves, as he’ll need to, to keep his place in the side. Good win, and a step closer to the Group Stages, now to finish it off at home in the next leg. Our next game is on Sunday, 25th August against Swansea at White Hart Lane, with kick off at 4pm. COYS!

My player ratings for the team that faced Dinamo Tbilisi:
Lloris – 9
Naughton – 8
Dawson – 7
Kaboul – 8
Rose – 7
Townsend – 9 Man of the Match
Capoue – 9
Paulinho – 8
Sigurdsson – 5
Dembele – 7
Soldado – 7

Chadli – 6
Carroll – N/A
Kane – N/A

Match Preview, Dinamo Tbilisi vs Tottenham. (First Leg)

Our Europa League campaign starts here. A trip to Georgia in the two legged tie to take us to the Group Stages. On paper, we should cruise into the Group Stages, but away from home, in what is expected to be a hostile environment, it could prove a difficult task. I wasn’t too happy about having to qualify after coming fifth, but it’s another game for the youngsters, and team building, so it has it’s positives, but it has a few negatives, as it is close to our game against Swansea on Sunday. I fully expect a weakened team though. Honestly, and I think this goes for most, I don’t know what Dinamo Tbilisi can offer in this game, but it’ll be interesting to see!

Expecting a younger, and weaker team to face Tbilisi, but one certainly capable of a win against a supposedly weak team. We’ve got a lot of strength in depth, so I’m confident we can see off the challenge away from home, and finish off the tie at White Hart Lane. Etienne Capoue could get his first start for Spurs, and he’ll give us a lot of stability, and it’ll be great to see him play fully in a Spurs shirt, Sandro has a run for his money in the defensive midfield role, for sure! I wouldn’t expect Soldado to start, so Jermain Defoe should come in, or Harry Kane, who has been impressing for the Under 21’s. Solid Brad Friedel in goal is expected, with Lloris getting a rest on the bench. Younes Kaboul could get a start as he returns from an injury, which is a massive plus. Other youngsters I’d like to see get minutes are the extremely promising Tom Carroll and possibly the improving Shaq Coulthirst. Always nice to win, and it’ll be good for the youngsters to get some minutes with the first team. The game is being shown live on ITV 4, on Thursday, August 22nd, Kick Off at 5:00pm. COYS!

My predicted line up for the game in Georgia:
Naughton – Dawson – Kaboul – Fryers
Townsend – Capoue – Carroll – Chadli

Choosing a line up is obviously very difficult in a game like this, any team could be picked!