Match Preview, Tottenham vs Sunderland.

Match date & time: Saturday 17th January 2015. 3pm GMT kick off.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: White Hart Lane.

TV: Not televised in the UK. Worldwide TV listings HERE.

The games are coming around very quickly at this moment in time, and we are in a crucial period of the season in which we have the opportunity to go to Wembley in the Capital One Cup against Sheffield United, as well as progress in the FA Cup against Leicester, and all the while we have big games in the Premier League, where we will be looking to pick up maximum points away to West Brom, but first, our full attention must be on the game at the Lane against Sunderland, and pick up to the three points to keep us well in the hunt with the top sides in the League. Our home games against lower opposition are absolutely vital, with all points in the Premier League so valuable, we need to capitalise on all of our opportunities, and this struggling Sunderland side is a good opportunity to get three points on the board, even though it’s never an easy game. After losing away at Crystal Palace, in what was a very frustrating and unfortunate game, with a buoyant Palace side able to fight back – and in the end it was a big three points dropped; and now we need to try to make up for it and keep momentum going and beat Sunderland to get points on the board, but also to get back to winning ways heading into some massive games this month. After beating Burnley 4-2 in the FA Cup, we gained back a little bit of momentum, but in the cup it is different to the Premier League, and our importance in performance and results is mostly judged on our League form, which has been good up until our slip up to Palace – and we will be hoping that it is just a slip up, and we can get right back up and on track with a win against the Black Cats.

Sunderland sit 16th in the Premier League table, and are in the relegation battle this season, with former Spur Gus Poyet in a little bit of a situation after winning only once in ten games and twice in 13, with 20 points from 21 games, which certainly isn’t setting the world alight, and they have developed a reputation for being the draw specialists of the Premier League, with only 3 wins this season, and 11 draws, which I am sure would be frustrating for the Sunderland fans, and Gus Poyet will be hoping he can get some more wins on the board to help guard from criticism and release the pressure on Poyet and Sunderland. The Black Cats have had some tough fixtures recently, and haven’t picked up any points in the last two games against Liverpool and Arsenal, and if they go three games without any points on the board, I’m sure Poyet’s job will be in jeopardy. But, from a Tottenham perspective, it’s a real chance to finish off what is already a wounded animal. The last time we faced Sunderland, earlier this season, we drew 2-2, with Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen scoring in a game where we just couldn’t get the three points despite going ahead twice. The last time we faced Sunderland at the Lane, was last season, where despite going behind, we came back to win comfortably 5-1, with Emmanuel Adebayor getting two goals, with Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane and Gylfi Sigurdsson also getting on the scoresheet in the emphatic victory. A repeat scoreline would be most welcome.

The team news for Sunderland is that former Spur Jermain Defoe, who made his move to Sunderland on Friday, is eligible to face his former club at his former home stadium for Sunderland, but as he hasn’t played competitive football in four months, and after only one training session with Sunderland, it is difficult to see him starting and playing the majority of the game. With Defoe, eligible, Liam Bridcutt (suspended), Steven Fletcher (groin), Lee Cattermole (groin) and Anthony Reveillere (calf) are out, with Jack Rodwell (hamstring) an injury doubt, and will undergo a late fitness test. Sunderland have some good players, and after obtaining Jermain Defoe they hope that they have signed a player to bring them goals and experience, and after his time at Tottenham, we know that he can, when on form, cause havoc to any defence, and he has a great eye for goal… Especially when it’s a debut, and he has scored on every debut that he has had, so betting on a Defoe goal seems like easy money! Along with Defoe, Connor Wickham is another goal threat where goal threats are scarce; he runs the channels well and can cause problems and make himself a nuisance, but he only has 2 goals, and that isn’t the return he would have wanted with the threat he poses; the young striker can play on the flanks as well and puts in a good shift for the side. Winger Adam Johnson is probably Sunderland’s biggest outlet for pace and effectiveness, and he has 5 goals so far this season in all competitions, but hasn’t been able to register an assist for his team mates, which is probably a bad stat for his team mates, rather than Johnson himself, as he has created 20 chances, the second highest after Sebastian Larsson with 39, who is their set piece specialist. There are some really good players in this Sunderland side, and if they get some momentum in their play I am sure they can cause us problems.Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 22.46.49
The team news for Tottenham is that Erik Lamela (calf) and Ryan Mason (hamstring) remain out, while Nabil Bentaleb is with Algeria at the African Cup of Nations. Federico Fazio (illness), Vlad Chiriches (back) and Younes Kaboul (illness) are doubts, while Emmanuel Adebayor is still available, despite not playing since early November against Stoke at the Lane. New signing DeAndre Yedlin doesn’t seem to be ready to make his debut as of yet, and is definitely unlikely to be thrown into Premier League action. With Fazio, Chiriches & Kaboul doubts, it seems we are a little short on centre backs, and that could mean Eric Dier being put into central defence, after not starting a game since the home draw to Crystal Palace in early December. Hopefully he isn’t rusty!

There is no doubting that Harry Kane has been phenomenal in recent times, and we will be looking to him once again to provide the finishing touch against the side he scored his first Premier League goal against, last season in the 5-1 win at the Lane; it was definitely the first of many and he is on his way to becoming indispensable to the side, and he has already cemented himself as one of the best strikers in the League at the moment, on form and on quality. I believe Kane is consistently improving under Mauricio Pochettino, and I hope that this development will continue and he will become an amazing asset for us. The man who makes us tick, and the person we need to perform to find gaps in tight games at home is Christian Eriksen, as he has two goals in his last two games against the black cats, it seems he has made quite the habit of performing against Sunderland; hopefully he can grab another goal and help us break down their defence and find those gaps again! The three musketeers of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen is completed by Nacer Chadli, who is a constant goal threat in every situation, from corners, with his right and left foot, as well as his ability to score from outside the box, he has become a crucial player to us and he has been a big improvement from last season. After the Burnley game, Paulinho and Andros Townsend received plaudits, and both are pushing hard for first team berths, with Townsend already cementing a place ahead of Aaron Lennon while Erik Lamela remains out, and Paulinho returning from the abyss to reclaim what seems to be a bit of his old form, and improvement means opportunities, even for someone who looked as though his Tottenham career looked unstable to say the least, with Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason out, it could be an opportunity for him to prove his worth in the Premier League after some decent performances in the cups and from the bench, and he has been very patient and not made a fuss, which I think is very honourable. Andros Townsend performed really well against Burnley and hopefully he is finding form once again as well and can become very effective on that right flank for Tottenham in the absence of Erik Lamela.

Match stats & facts provided by Opta:

– Christian Eriksen has netted in both of his Barclays Premier League appearances against Sunderland.

– Sunderland managed to net two goals despite only having one shot on target in the reverse fixture at the Stadium of Light earlier this season against the Londoners.

– Tottenham are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League games against the Black Cats (W6 D3).

– Defeat last time out against Manchester City (2-3) ended a run of five on the road without loss for the Black Cats in the Premier League (W3 D2). It also ended a run of four consecutive clean sheets away from home.

– Spurs are unbeaten in their last five Premier League home games (W3 D2).

– Tottenham Hotspur have recovered 12 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, the most in the top flight.

– Harry Kane has scored six goals in his last six Premier League games for Spurs.

– Nacer Chadli has provided an assist in four of his last five league appearances for Tottenham.

– Spurs have given away six penalties in the Premier League; two more than any other side in the division.

– Sunderland have scored a higher proportion of their goals in the final 15 minutes of Barclays Premier League games than any other side (33%).

A big game to get back on track and return to winning ways in the Premier League, and one in which we will be welcoming back an old friend and now a new foe in Jermain Defoe; but let’s hope it isn’t a happy return for him on the pitch! The game isn’t being shown live on TV, but I will be providing match updates, including goal updates, photos, videos and much more from my twitter account; follow me there, @AddictedToSpurs. Let’s get three points!! COYS!!

My predicted/preferred team to face Sunderland at White Hart Lane:
4-2-3-1
Lloris
Walker – Dier – Vertonghen – Rose
Stambouli – Paulinho
Townsend – Eriksen – Chadli
Kane.

Mauricio Pochettino’s pre match press conference:

Transfer Window Review – January 2014

We didn’t sign anyone this transfer window, there were calls from fans to sign another striker and a left back, but we did neither and I think that is due to many things. Personally, I am not disappointed we didn’t sign anyone, if anything I am pleased we didn’t panic and shake the squad up even more, which certainly isn’t needed. What we need, which is what Sherwood thinks, is our injured players to return to the pitch and give a big push until the end of the season for Champions League football, that’s the aim, we’ve got the players to do that. We need them to perform and get us there.

The teams around us didn’t do a lot of business:

Manchester City and Liverpool signed nobody! City maybe didn’t need anyone, but I think Liverpool needed at least 1-2 players for squad depth.

Manchester United signed Mata, which although is a brilliant signing you could say they didn’t particularly need him, I think there are a lot of other areas of the pitch they needed to strengthen.

Arsenal only signed Kallstrom on loan. In my opinion probably needing a striker.

Everton made two signings, Lacina Traore on loan and Aiden McGeady, two good signings though.

Chelsea were busy, but sold Mata, signed Salah and Matic with Zouma coming in and being loaned out straight away.

What other teams did shows that the January window isn’t a good time to make signings, especially long term signings, for us, signing nobody showed that nobody worth buying was there. I can’t think of many realistic signings that would hugely improve or improve our squad at all.

Our departures in January…

Jermain Defoe to Toronto for £6 million. – Expected departure, he’s here to stay until March, will be sad to see him leave as he has been a great player for us over the years. We’ll have a great send off for him in his last few games.

Simon Dawkins to Derby for an undisclosed fee. – After being on loan and impressing, the 24 year old has finally left Spurs permanently, good luck to him, was never going to get the chance at the Lane.

Shaquile Coulthirst to Leyton Orient on loan. – The young striker has impressed for our youth side, now he gets the chance to strut his stuff and score some goals with some experience under his belt!

Jon Obika to Brighton on loan. – Forever on loan, now 23 years old, it doesn’t seem he’s got a future at Spurs. It’s a chance for him to score goals to secure a permanent deal away from Spurs I presume.

Ryan Fredericks to Millwall on loan. – Big future for Ryan at the club, he has also signed a new deal at Spurs until 2017 and this loan will be great for him, I’ve been really impressed with him for the U21s and for the first team. Now he can gain some experience and get into the first team next season.

Adam Smith to Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee. – Upsetting it hasn’t worked out for Adam at Spurs, after a few appearances in the first team some thought he could be direct back up to Kyle Walker, but with the emergence of Fredericks it seems he’s no longer needed in the future.

Lewis Holtby on loan to Fulham. – I’m glad Holtby can get first team football in the Premier League, he deserves that. A brilliant player who will probably keep Fulham in the League, he needs to show his quality at the Whites and then come back to Tottenham next season even better and even stronger. I still have confidence Lewis has a big future at Spurs. I’ll miss him for the rest of the season though!

The deals that never materialised.

Dimitar Berbatov to Spurs. – Dimitar ended up at Monaco on Deadline Day permanently from Fulham! After being heavily linked, it is reported Sherwood said no to possibly signing the Bulgarian striker. I was on the fence about his signing, on one hand he is a player who disrespected our club greatly when leaving to Manchester United, on the other hand he was still the player that made my mouth-water when I watched. Difficult to chose. But, it’s not happened, so we don’t have to worry about the backlash!

Etienne Capoue to Napoli. – The deal didn’t go through! Yay! I’m happy he’s stayed, been one of our better signings, early on he was incredible for us, now he gets to stay and continue his time at the club. Good news, although I must say I thought he would depart. Maybe his goal against Manchester City persuaded Sherwood to keep him!

Conclusion.

Nothing special! Not many shocks and not any incomings. Some may have wanted a left back or a striker but I fully believe we have the squad to compete heavily for the top four places. Thank God it’s all over, we can fully concentrate of football. No excuses now! Let’s have a right crack at it! COYS!!

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Match Preview, Swansea vs Tottenham.

Match date & time: Sunday 19th January 2014. Kick off 1:30pm.

Venue: Liberty Stadium.

Competition: Premier League.

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1.

It’s been a topsy turvy week of transfer news which has seen nobody go out or come in, but rumours remain as they always will. Finally we get back to the business that matters and what we all love football for, actually playing football! A very difficult game in prospect up in South Wales, but our current form is good, especially away from home this season, so I think we should go into the game with confidence of getting all three points. Last time out, we got passed Crystal Palace at home thanks to a good second half performance, Crystal Palace deserve credit for their performance but the performance all round wasn’t good enough and I expect better, seeing as we won 2-0 and got the job done, I can’t complain too much. Last time we faced Swansea was at White Hart Lane early in the season, winning 1-0 courtesy of, yes you guessed it, a Soldado penalty. A lot has changed since then, but our away form remains and we’ll be hoping to add another three points to the tally this weekend.

If I had to describe Swansea’s season in a word, that word would be inconsistent. 13th may look okay for a team like Swansea, but in reality they will look at where they are with disappointment I think. They are only three points off the relegation zone and if they were to hit a bad patch of form it really could go terribly wrong for the Swans. I believe they will survive relegation, but everyone is beating everyone this season and it is incredible how tight it is, that you just don’t know. On the flip side to being 13th, with a win against us it’s possible they can propel into the top half! The team news for Swansea is that Jose Canas, Roland Lamah, Pablo Hernandez, Michu, Nathan Dyer and Garry Monk are out of the game with us, while Michel Vorm, Dwight Tiendalli and Jonathan de Guzman are doubts for the Welsh club. The player we need to be careful of is Wilfried Bony; he’s been in good form recently, scoring goals against both Manchester Clubs and he is a big threat in the air, and on the deck. He’s Swansea’s figure head and we need to quell that threat, a big job for Dawson and Chiriches.

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The Team News for us is good news I feel. Although, Jan Vertonghen (ankle), Younes Kaboul (everything) and Paulinho (ankle) remain out with Kyle Walker an injury doubt, we have a host of players coming back into contention. Andros Townsend, Sandro, Erik Lamela and Gylfi Sigurdsson are all back fit and have a chance of playing. After Townsend’s 45 mins for the U21s against Newcastle, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him at least on the bench. I would expect all of Sandro, Lamela and possibly Sigurdsson to make the bench. Etienne Capoue and Lewis Holtby have been included in the provisional squad, despite rumours of a move for them both. Jermain Defoe has flown over to Toronto to complete his move, take photos and be introduced to his new fans, but he’s still a Spurs player for now and he’s got a job to do! I think it’s more than likely that Sherwood decides to drop Soldado, and play Defoe after his goal against Crystal Palace. Adebayor and Defoe up front could be a real handful for the Swansea defence, and I think Defoe would really benefit from Adebayor’s link up play. I do rate Soldado, and think he will come good for us, but he doesn’t warrant a start for me. With Kyle Walker a doubt, and Ryan Fredericks off on loan to Millwall, Kyle Naughton is in line to start on his favoured right side of defense, so I hope he plays as well as he did when he came on against Crystal Palace, that sort of performance is something I can live with. On the wings, even with Townsend and Lamela back in contention, Aaron Lennon and Christian Eriksen remain as they have done really really well, providing goals and assists in games. Especially impressed with Eriksen recently, he can become our most important player if he keeps producing the sort of performances he has recently!

Another great game in prospect between two teams who play attractive attacking football. Let’s hope we come out on the right side of the scoreline! You can follow all the action on our twitter page @AddictedToSpurs, we’ll provide match updates, pictures, videos and more! Let’s get a win! COYS!!

Match stats and facts provided by FourFourTwo.

– Swansea City have won just two of their last 15 Premier League home matches (W2 D6 L7).

– Tottenham have won four and lost none of the five Barclays Premier League meetings with Swansea.

– Swansea have conceded first in their last five matches.

– Tottenham have lost just three of their last 21 Premier League away games and have won the last four in a row (W13 D5 L3).

– Swansea have more yellow cards for dissent this season than any other side (10).

– Swansea have had more goals in the second half in their last four home matches against top-six teams.

– The Liberty Stadium has seen more second half goals than any other Premier League stadium this season (24).

– Under Andre Villas-Boas, Tottenham had the lowest conversion rate in the Premier League (7%) but in the period under Tim Sherwood they have the highest rate in the division (23%).

– Spurs have had Over 2.5 goals in their last five away matches.

– This season, Tottenham have averaged 2.2 goals per Premier League game under Sherwood, compared to 0.94 under AVB.

– Spurs have taken 210 long throws this season, 60 more than any other side in the Premier League.

– Swansea have had draw/loss results in their last three home defeats against top-six teams.

– Swansea have averaged 60% possession in games this season, the highest figure in the Premier League in 2013-14.

– Tottenham have conceded only four goals from set-pieces this season, a joint-low in the Premier League.

My predicted team to face Swansea at the Liberty:
4-4-2
Lloris
Naughton – Dawson – Chiriches – Rose
Lennon – Dembele – Bentaleb – Eriksen
Defoe – Adebayor.

Tim Sherwood full press conference pre Swansea:

Match Review, Tottenham vs FC Sheriff Tiraspol.

Match: Thursday 7th November 2013.

Europa League

Tottenham 2-1 FC Sheriff

Goals for Spurs: Erik Lamela 60′, Jermain Defoe (pen) 67′

Goal for Sheriff: Isa 72′

With this three points, we have secured our place in the Europa League knock-out stages with two games to spare. A great achievement, continuing our 100% record in the competition, while putting in a good display. First half we started very well, moving the ball around exquisitely, while making some very good chances, but the breakthrough was elusive, yet another half with all the possession, but no killer instinct, disappointing, although it was promising start to the game. Sheriff defended for their lives, hurling players at the ball to stop shots, while setting up with what seemed to be an eight man defence. Very difficult to break down. In the second half, we didn’t come out all guns blazing, we were patient, and let the opposition tire, looking for that little bit of space. Finally, after a brilliant defensive performance from Sheriff, we broke through; a lovely little dink from Christian Eriksen deflected into the path of Erik Lamela, who finished it expertly to the delight of everyone in the stadium and watching at home, a massive goal for Spurs, and an even bigger one for our record signing. We then pushed on, playing with a swagger, and earned a penalty from a dazzling run from the confident Erik Lamela, which set the stage for Jermain Defoe to break Martin Chivers’ record and become our European top goalscorer, he duly delivered, another great moment from the match. A very frustrating goal conceded dampened our spirits, we’re just so used to getting clean sheets! A well taken goal from Isa brought Sheriff back into the game, but it wasn’t enough, and we went on to win the game.

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Erik Lamela has arrived ladies and gentleman! Better late than never, eh? It was well worth the wait as the Argentine international showed his worth putting in a great performance, and a match winning one too. Straight from the first minute, he looked focused, confident and ready to show his true class, he was all over the pitch, passing well, making some penetrating runs, and coming close on a few occasions. The goal is just what he needed, a big boost of his confidence, hopefully now he can kick on and have a great season, starting him against Newcastle would be great. A goal and an assist, man of the match. Jermain Defoe has done it, he’s broken the record and become our all time leading goalscorer in Europe, a great goalscorer throughout his career, and a deserved place in Tottenham history. I’m not his biggest fan, but I admire and thank him for what he has done in his career. Etienne Capoue has returned, and he put in a very solid performance in the middle of the park, great passing display and defensively a rock as ever, a crucial part of the squad this year. Mousa Dembele really impressed me, we all know about his ability on the ball, to beat a man and keep possession, but today he showed a little bit more of an attacking threat, which is what we like to see, a partnership with Capoue looks promising to me. Disappointed with Christian Eriksen, despite his assist, I thought he looked disinterested, we know he’s capable of so much more, and while being out of the team, he has to show when he’s got the chance that he’s the man for the number 10 role, we want more Christian!

We’re through, and we did it in style, four wins out of four in the group with two games to go. Our next game is in the Premier League as we face Newcastle at White Hart Lane on Sunday 10th November, kick off at 12pm live on Sky Sports. Our next Europa League game is against Tromsø on Thursday 28th November away in Norway. COYS!!

My player ratings for the team that faced Sheriff at the Lane:
Friedel – 6
Walker – 7
Kaboul – 7
Vertonghen – 7
Naughton – 6
Capoue – 7
Dembele – 8
Lamela – 9 – Man of the Match.
Eriksen – 5
Sigurdsson – 6
Defoe – 7

Subs:
Paulinho – 6
Kane – 6
Holtby – N/A

Highlights of our 2-1 over Sheriff:

Match Preview, Tottenham vs FC Sheriff Tiraspol.

Match: Thursday 7th November 2013. Kick off: 8:05pm.

Europa League

A big game and a 100% must win. If we win on Thursday, we are through to the knockout rounds of the Europa League, and continue our 100% record in the tournament, we need to get through as early as possible so we can rest our players in the final two remaining games against Tromsø and Anzhi Makhachkala, but obviously, securing a place in the knockout round is something we want to do, so the motivation to win is big. Our inability to score goals and play free attacking football has been highly documented, we registered a 0-0 draw with Everon at the weekend in which our attacking performance disappointed once again, we as fans are waiting for it to click, and I’m sure it will, but it needs to happen soon! While our attacking play is lacking, our defensive performances have been sublime, not conceding a single goal in the Europa League so far, hopefully this continues against Sheriff! Last time out against Sheriff, we won 2-0 away from home, far from a convincing win; they surprised us with their fast attacking football, but their finishing was appalling, and ours was quite clinical, so we won the game with a seeming comfortably score line.

FC Sheriff are a tough side, who attack with purpose and pace, they can cause problems for teams, especially teams who like to attack like ourselves. It’ll be a very difficult, but it’s one we should win, at home, we’ll be confident of getting a result. They sit top of the Moldovan league, with 35 points from 14 games, 7 points ahead of their nearest rivals Costuleni, having a very impressive goal difference of 33, they like scoring goals! Isa is their biggest threat, he plays up top for the Moldovan champions and he showed in our game with them that he has pace and the ability to hold up the ball and get midfielders into the game. We’ve got to keep him quiet. Other players to look out for are Jhulliam, Cadû and Ricardinho; all Brazilian!

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I expect changes to the team, but still a very strong one. The players need to go out and show their attacking prowess, and get a big win at the Lane, for the fans more than anyone else, we want to get this game done and dusted early, and book our place in the knockout stages. Chances for a lot of so called ‘fringe’ players to make a mark, and show their worth to the squad, the most noteworthy being our record signing, Erik Lamela, he hasn’t particularly taken North London by storm like some Spurs fans wanted, but he’s slowly improving and put in a good performance in his last game against Hull in the Capital One Cup, showing glimpses of his undoubted quality. He’s settling into a new environment, but we want to see some good performances, and get his confidence up, so he has the chance against Sheriff. Jermain Defoe is expected to lead the line, our top scorer in the Europa League, always pops up with a goal in these games, with the service he could receive from Eriksen, Lamela and Sigurdsson, he’s in good hands. Etienne Capoue is back! He is in contention for a place in the line up, and it’s a great pleasure to have him back in the squad, an important player, with great quality, looking forward to seeing him back in action after his lengthy injury. The team news is that Danny Rose, Sandro, Zeki Fryers and Emmanuel Adebayor are all out of the game through injury, while Kyle Naughton and Etienne Capoue come back into the frame. Hugo Lloris is also fit and available for selection after his heavy blow to the head, but Brad Friedel is expected to start.

Should be a fast paced and exciting game! It is being shown live on ITV 4, with coverage starting at 7:45pm on Thursday 7th November, kick off at 8:05pm. Let’s hope we can show our offensive ability, as well as our defensive stability and light up White Hart Lane once again. COYS!!

My preferred team to face FC Sheriff at White Hart Lane:
4-2-3-1
Friedel
Walker – Dawson – Kaboul – Naughton
Capoue – Dembele
Lamela – Eriksen – Sigurdsson
Defoe

AVB’s press conference pre Sheriff:

Match Review, Anzhi Makhachkala vs Tottenham.

Thursday 3rd October 2013

Europa League

Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham. Defoe 34′, Chadli 39′.

Professional performance from the lads in a game that we were more than expected to get a result. We were dominant, and we deserved the three points to keep us at the top of our group in the Europa League. We weren’t amazing, but we got the job done fairly easily and didn’t leave room for any upsets. In the first half we passed the ball around really well and controlled the game, Lewis Holtby and Mousa Dembele at the heart of our control. We couldn’t find the decisive pass to open up the Anzhi defensive unit that was being relatively sturdy. Finally, Lewis Holtby picked a delightful pass through to Jermain Defoe who slotted home clinically, as usual, to make it 7 goals for the season and 5 in the Europa League. Quickly after another delicious ball from Holtby set Walker away down the right to set up Nacer Chadli who finished well in the box for his second Spurs goal. The second half was very, well, boring. Anzhi pushed into the game a bit more, but we held on and completed a good win.

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No real stand out performances for this game. I don’t think anyone was bad, as it was difficult conditions on a cold night in Russia, the bobbles on the pitch didn’t help us to play our game, and made it difficult for both attack and defence. Vlad Chiriches impressed me with his composure and ability to run with the ball, a little shaky at points but this is down to nerves, and I think he’s trying overly hard to impress after just coming into the team, maybe physically he needs to continue to work and get stronger as Lacina Traoré of Anzhi was a real test, although he is 6ft 8. Lewis Holtby was another top player, his creativity in the end won us the game, very important he impresses, and at this rate he deserves a place, although it is very tough competition! Jermain Defoe is one goal off Martin Chivers’ European record, maybe getting the record at White Hart Lane is destiny, got his customary goal today, and maybe should have got a couple more! Younes Kaboul looked brilliant today, so unfortunate with his injuries, I hope to God he gets fully fit and stays fit because when he is, he is my first choice centre back alongside Jan Vertonghen. One last thing, can I urge EVERYONE to give the new signings time. Erik Lamela received some extremely naive criticism, as a 21 year old who doesn’t speak any English he needs time to settle in. He will be amazing for us, in time.

A good win, another clean sheet. We now face West Ham on Sunday, 6th October in the Premier League. Our next Europa League fixture is on the 24th October away at Sherrif. COYS!!

My player ratings for the team that faced Anzhi at the Saturn Stadium:
Lloris – 8
Walker – 7
Chiriches – 8
Kaboul – 8
Fryers – 7
Sandro – 6
Dembele – 8 Man of the Match
Lamela – 6
Holtby – 8
Chadli – 7
Defoe – 6

Subs:
Dawson – 6
Sigurdsson – N/A
Eriksen – N/A

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.

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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

Subs:
Kane – 5
Fryers – 6
Dembele – N/A

International Round Up. 29th May, 2013.

We had four players involved in internationals last night, Clint Dempsey for the US, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele for Belgium and Jermain Defoe for England.

Belgium 4-2 USA

Clint Dempsey captained his USA team, and had a good game, grabbing an assist and a goal from the penalty spot. He played the full 90 minutes, but couldn’t prevent his team from losing 4-2 to a very good Belgium side.

Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele also featured in what turned out to be a very exciting game. Jan played the full 90 minutes and put in a solid defensive effort to help his team to victory. Mousa Dembele looked tired throughout the game, and was substituted at Half Time, he didn’t really make much of an impact on the game.

Here are a few pictures from the Game:

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England 1-1 Republic of Ireland

Only Jermain Defoe featured for England in this game, our striker didn’t start, but came on for Daniel Sturridge in the 34th minute. Jermain only had a couple of half chances, but didn’t have the impact that he, or Roy Hodgson would have wanted. Unfortunate. England, on a whole were really poor, and I’d like to say I was really angered by Roy Hodgson’s decision to leave out Aaron Lennon and Michael Dawson from the squad. Poor decision. Poor result. Same old England.

Here are a few pictures from the game:

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More internationals are coming up, including Lewis Holtby with the Germany U21s, and Steven Caulker for the England U21s in the U21 Euro 2013.

Lets hope all our players come back from their international duties with no injuries, and have a nice break to come back fresh in July for pre season. COYS!