Match Review, Tottenham vs AEL Limassol. (2nd Leg)

Match: Thursday 28th August 2014.

Competition: Europa League play-off second leg.

Venue: White Hart Lane.

Result: Tottenham 3-0 AEL Limassol. (5-1 win on aggregate)

Tottenham GoalScorers: Kane 45′, Paulinho 49′ & Townsend (pen) 66′.

Tottenham Hotspur are through to the Europa League group stages after a fairly stress free two legged tie against AEL Limassol. We controlled the second leg from start to finish, on the ball very calm, although not put under much pressure from the Cypriot side. We were very professional and got the job done, scoring 3 goals and getting a clean sheet; that is very pleasing and now we must hope our good form continues under stiffer opposition in the Premier League on Sunday, Liverpool. Focusing on this game, we didn’t play incredibly well, but we continued to create chances, pass the ball relatively well, find the net and keep very tight at the back.

In the first half, we dominated, and early in the game we earned a penalty after good work from Paulinho who found Kyle Naughton on the right flank, who when in the box poked the ball before the goalkeeper and was taken out as the referee awarded a penalty, but the ‘keeper came off worse and a head injury forced him off; the replacement ‘keeper Pulpo came on and had to face a penalty from Harry Kane, and he came off better, saving the penalty after a poor spot-kick from Kane. After his penalty miss, Harry Kane didn’t let his head drop and continued to probe, probe and probe, and after sloppy play from Limassol, the ball fell to Paulinho who slid the ball through to Kane and he slotted the ball home in emphatic fashion. 1-0, and now the tie was surely past the Cypriot champions.

In the second half, we continued to press well, Sandro especially breaking up play and starting attacks very well from central midfield. Vlad Chiriches performed his trademark dribble from the back in the 48th minute, but lost the ball, only to win the ball back into the path of Paulinho who dropped his shoulder and finished the ball low into the corner to make it 2-0 and to get his first goal of the season. Comfortable on the ball, we continued to control the pace of the game and create chances, with the most of them falling to Harry Kane who was unable to get his second or third of the game, which will be disappointing for him. We continued to put Limassol under pressure and Kyle Naughton, who found himself in the box chipped the ball which hit a hand and another penalty was awarded, somewhat harshly but Andros Townsend stepped up and guided the kick into the bottom right hand corner, 3-0 at the 66th minute and the game dwindled from that moment on. A comfortable win.

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There were quite a few stand out performers; but my man of the match was Sandro, he was very impressive in the centre of the park. His tackling was crisp and his passing simple; exactly what you need from a defensive midfielder, especially next to the more advanced Mousa Dembele and Paulinho who were also very impressive in this game. In defence, Vlad Chiriches did very well on his return from injury, he broke up play and passed the ball well; and got the assist to top it off. There are rumours of Vlad leaving, but I’m very keen on keeping him in the squad, he’s a very good squad player and could possibly become more than that in the future too. Upfront, Harry Kane did very well, swift turns, decent link up play and a solid work rate – but he’ll be disappointed with his finishing, which he does have to improve on, being only 21 though he will only continue to improve.

A very professional win, and through to the Europa League group stages. Now we look forward to the Premier League; Liverpool at White Hart Lane on Sunday 31st August. A massive game. Follow @AddictedToSpurs for it all! COYS!!

My player ratings for the team that faced AEL Limassol:
Lloris – 8
Naughton – 7.5
Kaboul – 7
Chiriches – 8.5
Davies – 8.5
Sandro – 9 – Man of the Match.
Dembele – 7.5
Paulinho – 8.5
Lennon – 7
Townsend – 7
Kane – 8.

Subs:
Veljkovic – N/A
Holtby – N/A.

Match highlights from our 3-0 win over AEL Limassol:

Pochettino’s post match press conference:

Match Review, Tottenham vs Aston Villa.

Match: Sunday 11th May 2014.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: White Hart Lane.

Result: Tottenham 3-0 Aston Villa.

Tottenham GoalScorers: Paulinho 14′, Baker OG 35′ and Adebayor (pen) 38′.

The season comes to a close in fantastic style. We know it’s not been a season to rejoice about, but it’s extremely nice to finish it on a high and now put it behind us and move on, becoming stronger next season and fighting even harder than ever before to finish where we want to be. This win means that we finish 6th, with 69 points ahead of Manchester United and securing our place in the Europa League for next season. I’m already looking forward to next season!

In the first half, we were electrifying. Aston Villa couldn’t deal with the quality we had running through the team and to top off our dominance, we got our first goal in the first 15 minutes of a Premier League game, through Paulinho, who got his 8th goal of the season after Gylfi Sigurdsson slid through a pass and Harry Kane knocked it on for the Brazilian, who then saw his shot saved but on the rebound slotted home to make it 1-0. We continued our dominance after the goal, with Villa looking like they were on the beach already. We passed the ball well and found pockets of space continuously and then in the 35th minute we doubled our lead, Danny Rose smashing the ball across the goal and it inadvertently hit Aston Villa’s Nathan Baker and diverted into the goal for 2-0, and now we were cruising. Only 2 minutes later, a Sandro shot was sent flying through a group of players and then hit Gabby Agbonlahor’s arm in the box, and the referee pointed to the spot. Emmanuel Adebayor stepped up and finished expertly into the roof of the net. Game. Set. Match. The second half was like a training session, there weren’t many chances, but we controlled the game and played some good stuff, and getting some youngsters on the pitch to top it all off. Veljkovic, Pritchard and Bentaleb all made it out and played well after coming on.

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For me, man of the match goes to Paulinho. He played with freedom, intelligence and also got his goal. He has been given a lot of stick this season, unfairly in my eyes, and today he showed why we have to keep hold of him and build with him in the team next season. The main reason we saw Paulinho at his best is the inclusion of Sandro in the team alongside him, they both have a connection, they know when one is staying back and the other going forward and they both cover for each other. Sandro gave the midfield some much needed stability and strength. One reason we’ve had such a disappointing season is that we haven’t had Sandro, Paulinho and Dembele fit together enough or at all. They are the core that drive this team on, and we haven’t had that. Next season I want those three together more often, under Sherwood or not. Along with Sandro and Paulinho, I think Christian Eriksen and Vlad Chiriches played very well today, they are players I am really looking forward to seeing in the shirt next season.

It’s been a difficult season but we must put it behind us and push on into the new season! Thank you all for sticking with the team and reading my posts, on the web, on twitter, on Instagram and vine! It’s been a pleasure and I wish you all a great summer and get ready for the 2014/15 season! We’ll be here though, with transfer news, our season review, loan watch review, kit launch and managerial stories and announcements! Join me there at @AddictedToSpurs. COYS!!

My player ratings for the team that beat Aston Villa:
Lloris – 8
Naughton – 7
Dawson – 8
Chiriches – 8
Rose – 6
Sigurdsson – 7
Paulinho – 9 – Man of the Match.
Sandro – 8
Eriksen – 8
Kane – 7
Adebayor – 8.

Subs:
Veljkovic – 7
Bentaleb – 6
Pritchard – N/A.

Match highlights from our 3-0 win:

Tim Sherwood’s post match thoughts:

Match Review, Tottenham vs Manchester United.

Match: Sunday 1st December 2013.

Premier League

Tottenham 2-2 Manchester United.

Tottenham goals: Kyle Walker 18′, Sandro 54′.

Manchester United goals: Wayne Rooney 32′, 57′ (pen).

We’re back in the goals! A great performance and just what we needed. It’s a shame we couldn’t get more from the game, because I thought we deserved the win, although a point and two goals against the Champions is a good result to have after the abysmal performances and results against Newcastle and Manchester City. We started the game brightly, with some good passing, creating good chances through the pace of Aaron Lennon and midfield power of Mousa Dembele and Paulinho. I was really pleased with the speed of our game and the way we were looking to attack and hurt Manchester United, we as fans want more of that from the team, very positive signs for the rest of the season. We got the breakthrough, a brilliant free kick from Kyle Walker underneath the wall with power made it 1-0, that’s his first goal of the season and what a great time to get it! Exactly 1 year after his last goal. We continued to play well, but United got back into the game more and more, then got level after a lucky deflection off Kyle Walker fell to Wayne Rooney who finished it well, disappointing! We came back really well in the second half, with more good passing and a few more chances before the beast, Sandro, let fly from 30 yards and the ball rippled the net, our goal of the season so far, stunning goal from a magnificent player. The lead was short-lived as Danny Welbeck was fouled in the box by Hugo Lloris to earn United a penalty and Rooney was never going to miss. We continued to push and push, and came close a few times, but couldn’t get the win that we arguably deserved.

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Great performances all over the park, most notably coming from Kyle Walker; he has had a very good season so far, showing his defensive solidity and his offensive guile as well, was his best performance of the season, with a goal and some fantastic crosses into the box, while keeping United as quiet as possible on his right hand side. Aaron Lennon and Walker’s partnership on the right was one massive positive from the game, they caused multiple problems and it seems Lennon is back to his best, giving us that natural width we have so badly lacked this season. Sandro has been getting better and better as the season goes on, and he was brilliant again, not just his unbelievable strike to put us 2-1 ahead, but his work rate and desire to win the game. Everyone dreams of a team of Sandro’s. The passion and will-to-win that the players showed on the pitch was exactly what I wanted, it makes me very encouraged about the future, as doubt had creeped into my mind about how much the players were up for the rigours of the Premier League and if they actually wanted to play for Spurs, my prayers were answered and they showed that hunger, long may that hunger and desire continue to run through the Spurs team, and AVB. Vlad Chiriches is settling in very well at Spurs; his composure and ability on the ball for a centre back in the Premier League is outstanding, I am very happy we have him in our team, as time goes on he will certainly get better and better. The pressure on AVB that the press speculated has been lifted after the result, but the big games are the ones against Fulham, Sunderland and Southampton that are coming up; 9 points are needed from those three to put us back in the hunt for Champions League places.

Good result, brilliant performance. But much more work to come in this busy December schedule, up next is Fulham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday 4th December, with kick off at 7:45pm. After Fulham sack our former manager Martin Jol, they’ll be keen to make a response, but we need to get a run of wins together. COYS!!

My player ratings for the team that faced Manchester United at White Hart Lane:
Lloris – 7
Walker – 9 – Man of the Match.
Dawson – 7
Chiriches – 8
Vertonghen – 8
Paulinho – 7
Sandro – 9
Lennon – 9
Dembele – 8
Chadli – 6
Soldado – 5

Subs:
Townsend – 6
Defoe – N/A
Sigurdsson – N/A

Match highlights of our 2-2 draw with Manchester United:

AVB’s post match reaction:

Match Preview, Manchester City vs Tottenham.

Match: Sunday 24th November 2013.

Premier League

Finally we return to action, for what has felt like an age after our abysmal defeat to Newcastle at the Lane, we have the chance to redeem ourselves; and what better way to do it with a win at the Etihad? It’s not been the easiest start to the season, with a struggle for goals and three dreadful defeats to Arsenal, West Ham and Newcastle, but there has been a shimmer of light, with some good performances, so it’s not all bad, especially away from home where we have been exceptional in most matches. Defensively we are solid, so now we just have to find a way of getting that round thing in that rectangular thing, it can’t be that hard… No easy games in the Premier League, we figured that out the hard way, twice, but this is an extremely big challenge for us, to try to beat Manchester City on their own turf is something that hasn’t been done at all this season, and that’s the same with getting a draw, it’s normally a foregone conclusion Manchester City win, but, that’s what they said about Manchester United last season, and we went there, did the impossible and got the win. Anything is possible as the old saying goes, so let’s, in the words of Sandro ‘Win, win, win.’

Manchester City have not had a very convincing start to the season, sitting in a disappointing 8th position in the league, 1 point behind Spurs in 7th, scoring 19 more goals… While having a 100% record at the Etihad so far this season, their away form has let them down only winning 17% of their 6 games, losing 67%. But we visit the Etihad, so their away form really doesn’t matter to us, but neither should their home form, because we have an outstanding away record, winning 3, drawing 1 and losing 1, conceding only 1 goal in the process, the best in Europe. So we go there without fear, but with confidence. Manchester City are missing some important players for Sunday’s clash; Vincent Kompany their captain is out through injury, along with David Silva another key player and talented striker Stefan Jovetic, so that’s a plus, even though the players to replace them are world class too! Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Alvaro Negredo have been in scintillating form this season, and will the players we need to contain if we want any chance of winning the game.

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Erik Lamela. Sandro. Lloris. All must start against Man City on Sunday in my view, Lamela is high on confidence and we need the creativity to score more goals and break down a resolute Manchester City defence at the Etihad, while we need Sandro to break up the play and contain the threat of the brilliant Yaya Toure, Sandro has become one of our most important players in my opinion, and Lloris speaks for himself, we missed him so much against Newcastle and now he’s fit there is no doubt he’ll be in the starting 11. The team news is positive, with the whole squad available for the game on Sunday except for Christian Eriksen (4 weeks) and Danny Rose (2-3 weeks), which means Vlad Chiriches, Nacer Chadli, Ezequiel Fryers, Hugo Lloris and Emmanuel Adebayor are fit and in contention for a start. With Danny Rose still out with injury, I expect to see Jan Vertonghen continue his job at left back, with Vlad Chiriches and Michael Dawson continuing to build their partnership at centre back. As Christian Eriksen is out with an ankle injury, Lewis Holtby is expected to start and I feel that’s the right decision, Lewis has been good for us so far this season and we need that to continue, with an even bigger performance on Sunday. I would like to see Andros Townsend switch to the left hand side, with Erik Lamela fitting in on the right, I think that’s what we will see in the future, so with Lamela high on confidence I believe it’s the right time to see how it could work.

Match Stats ahead of our game with Man City provided by FourFourTwo

– No Barclays Premier League ground has seen more goals scored this season so far than the Etihad Stadium (22).

– The last time that Tottenham failed to score in three successive Barclays Premier League matches was back in January 2009.

– Of the 114 different players to have scored at least 40 Premier League goals, only Thierry Henry (122) has a better minutes per goal average than Sergio Aguero (123) in the competition.

– Man City have lost seven of the 26 Premier League games that Vincent Kompany hasn’t started since the start of 2011-12 (27%), compared to just 13% (8 of 61) when he’s started.

– No side has seen fewer players score a Premier League goal this season than Tottenham (4).

– Eden Dzeko has scored more goals against Tottenham Hotspur than any other side in the Premier League (5). Four of these came in a single game; Manchester City’s 5-1 defeat of Spurs at White Hart Lane in August 2011.

– 14 of the 18 goals scored in the last four Premier League meetings between these two sides have been netted in the second half.

– Tottenham have won the same number of points away from home this season as they have at White Hart Lane (10), this despite playing one game less away.

– Spurs have attempted the most shots a goal this season (157 – excluding blocked), but have the worst shot conversion rate (5.7%).

– Tottenham Hotspur have made the most long throws in the Premier League this season (120) – at least 45 more than any other side.

My preferred team to face Manchester City at the Etihad:
4-2-3-1
Lloris
Walker – Dawson – Chriches – Vertonghen
Sandro – Dembele
Lamela – Holtby – Townsend
Soldado

AVB talks to the press ahead of Sunday’s clash with City:

Etienne Capoue, the French Tank.

Yet another signing in what has been a brilliant window so far. Etienne Capoue has joined Spurs from Toulouse in a reported £9 million deal and a 4 year contract. The 25 year old French international known as the ‘French Tank’ back in his homeland is a centre defensive midfielder, but can also dip into the centre back position when required.

Competion.

Etienne will have to work hard to gain a place in the first team, with the quality we have in this area, but he will give our starters a run for their money, and this is always good. Squad depth and competition for places is needed when you build a squad trying to challenge for top honours. Capoue plays in the same position as Sandro, and it is now a battle between them for the starting spot.

Needed?

Personally, I think Capoue was needed. With Huddlestone leaving to Hull, Livermore to Hull on loan, and Scott Parker looking to be out the door, there is a definite space for Capoue. He is a better player than those three, and a France international, so it is good business to offload them and bring in Etienne in my opinion. We already had a very strong competition for places in the midfield with Holtby, Sigurdsson and Carroll, but they are much more attacking players. We lacked a back up for Sandro, and I’m very glad we now have it.

Attributes.

Capoue is a tank. He is so strong, with and without the ball. He can sit in front of the defence and make key tackles and interceptions. He made more successful interceptions than Mousa Dembele, Frank Lampard and Tom Cleverley combined last year in France, which shows you how important he is defensively. He scored 7 goals last season for Toulouse, and for a defensive midfielder/centre back, this is very impressive. A definite threat from set pieces. Experts on the game in France say he was the best player in the league last year apart from PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which is massive praise indeed. Also, the Toulouse president explained Capoue as the best player Toulouse have produced in 20 years.

Summary.

This signing could turn out as a shrewd move from Daniel Levy and AVB, as he is highly rated in France, and with the World Cup coming up for Capoue he will want to show what he can do, and be starting regularly. A hard task, but it seems as though he has the ability to really push Sandro, Paulinho and Dembele for their starting berth.

Another signing, and more to come. Looking good for the new season. COYS!

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Paulinho, our new Brazilian.

Welcome to Spurs, Paulinho! We’ve signed the Brazilian international for a reported fee of £17 million, our new transfer record, the transfer was highly expected, but there were worries that another club could come in and nick him away from us, but we finished the deal off quickly, and that is with big thanks to Daniel Levy and Franco Baldini for getting it done and making Paulinho a Spurs player!

Paulinho is a box to box midfielder that works his socks off all game. He’s the core of the team. He breaks up play with his defensive abilities, but then he also has incredible ability to play with the ball at his feet, he can run at defences and create opportunities, which is something we have maybe lacked in, in the past. I’d explain Paulinho as a mix between Sandro and Dembele. Paulinho also has the ability to score goals, and on big occasions. His ariel prowess will be a major asset from set pieces, and he can get you 5-10 goals a season, this is also something we’ve lacked, goals from other players except Bale.

Paulinho was a fan favourite at Corinthians, being the player that lights up on the big stage, for example against Chelsea in the Club World Cup where he put in an unstoppable performance in the centre of midfield. He played 86 times for Corinthians netting 20 times, and for a more defensive midfielder, that’s a stunning record. He also has played 17 times for his country, netting 5 times, and he’s become a very important player for Brazil, and the Brazil fans and Scolari their coach believes him to be their most important player after Neymar.

The Confederations Cup that has just recently past, showed the quality that Paulinho has. He was brilliant in almost every game, and was voted the third best player of the tournament behind Iniesta in second and Neymar in first. He was voted better than Suarez, Ramos, and Pirlo which shows how good he was. The Spurs fans who didn’t know much about him, took note that we were getting a gem during this tournament.

Paulinho will fit perfectly into AVB’s plans for a 4-3-3 formation. A midfield three of Sandro, Paulinho and Dembélé will be one that will scare opponents. There is a lot of power, pace and technical ability in the midfield that should control most games. Sandro being the most defensive player, breaking up play, playing in front of the back four, and playing the ball to either Dembele or Paulinho to try and move it forward. Paulinho will help out defensively, but he will also be a figure that will attack, hence the title ‘box to box’ midfielder. I would like then to see Dembele attack more, he was used very defensively last season, and this affected his goalscoring, and his assist rate, so it’ll be nice to see him have a bigger role this season!

So, welcome Paulinho! Lets hope he can have a big impact for us, and we can win some trophies, and get top four with him in the side! COYS!!

Have a look at this video of our new signing!

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Younes Kaboul, the return.

Younes Kaboul is back, we have missed him this whole season, he is perfect for our team at centre back. We play the high line, and Kaboul is the main player for that system, his pace to go with strikers, his tackling ability make him one of the best centre backs we have, and I’m so glad he is back. Younes makes the team stronger, he is a leader, his experience will be useful to our team, and he will make our other centre back Jan Vertonghen an even better player. Our best back four includes Jan and Younes as the centre back partnership, with Walker at right back, and Assou-Ekotto and left back. This back four is so strong, and will be extremely hard to get past with the player’s pace, and defensive ability.

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Younes should make his comeback this season, but next season, he will make a big impact, we have needed him, and urged for him to get back, but he is back now, and it’s a massive boost. He obviously has the ability, as we saw last season, he was our best player all season in my opinion. He has the ability to improve, and I think he will, it will take him time to get back to his best, but when he does, he will be better than even. The injury that happened to him was a bad one, the same sort of knee injury as Sandro, it is painful, and if the surgery doesn’t go well, it can ruin you for a while, but both Sandro’s and Kaboul’s surgeries went really well, and they will be back, stronger then before. He is going to be like a new signing, really happy he is back. Finally! Kaboom! COYS!!

Match Review, Tottenham vs Reading

Tottenham 3-1 Reading

A brilliant performance and a massive three points in the race for the top four. We looked composed when we went down 1-0, and came back quickly and strongly through Michael Dawson. The second half was then a story of Spurs attacking and Reading defending, it’s happened numerous amount of times at the Lane, and it looks as though finally we have learnt a way to break teams down and get vital wins against lesser opposition, Reading, with all due respect, were lesser opposition and we dealt with them accordingly. We had a brief spell of nerves where Reading had chances when we were winning by just one goal, but Clint Dempsey shattered those nerves and brought delight to every Spurs fan with a deflected third goal to seal the victory.

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Aaron Lennon was sublime, everything about his game today was spot on, he made Harte’s day a misery and sparked almost every attack single handedly, with Bale out we needed him to perform and he did exactly that. Kyle Naughton is showing why he is being selected, it’s taken some time but he has now implemented himself as a very big competitor for the left back position. Michael Dawson was fantastic, his passion passed through every player on the pitch and when he scored you could see the pure delight on his face. Tottenham through and through. Adebayor improved slightly, and got a very important goal to his name, he still needs to improve and start taking his chances better than he has been. What a win, we have been on a brilliant run through the difficult Christmas period, lets hope we can improve further and push for the highest position possible. Our next Premier League game is against QPR at Loftus Road; but before that we have Coventry at the Lane in the FA cup. COYS!!

My player ratings for the match against Reading:
Lloris – 8
Walker – 8
Dawson – 9
Vertonghen – 8
Naughton – 9
Lennon – 10 man of the match
Sandro – 9
Dembele – 9 1/2
Sigurdsson – 9
Adebayor – 7
Defoe – 7 1/2

Subs:
Dempsey – 8
Parker – 8
Livermore – 7

Match Review, Aston Villa vs Tottenham

Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham

We dominated the first half of the match but nothing would go in for us, corner after corner was played in and we couldn’t capitalise, this led to a few unnerving feelings for Spurs fans, maybe it wasn’t our day. Again. In the second half, Aston Villa started to have more possession, and chances were coming there way, but then the most important goal of the day came from the master finisher Jermain Defoe, this forced Villa out of their shells even further, and it started to become a bit of a slaughtering, goal after goal. Credit to Villa, they never gave up and they kept trying to push forward, but in the end our attacking and defensive quality was too much for their inexperienced side. I think Villa have a side that can make it out of the scrap they are in now, and in 2-3 years time when their players have matured, they could become a big team in England once again.

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Even though Jermain Defoe got the crucial first goal, it was simply one of the best Gareth Bale performances I have ever seen, he was just perfect today, he scored a wonderful hat-trick and contributed to the team in every department, simply world class. Kyle Naughton was impressive, he was good with the ball, and hardly gave away possession, and when called upon defensively, he was up to the task. The only negative to this game was Adebayor’s performance, once again he was lacklustre and had hardly any enthusiasm to make the difference, but we had Bale for that. Sigurdsson was exciting when he came on, looked like he wanted to make the impact, and wanted to be playing, unlike Adebayor. Sigurdsson should get a few starts now after two good performances off the bench against Stoke and now Villa. Sandro was back to his usual self today, disciplined and was quietly tracking runs and sweeping up the danger. There were a lot of positives and very few negatives, the most important thing is that we got the three points and move back up to fourth. Our next game is against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. COYS!!

My player ratings for the team that faced Aston Villa:
Lloris – 8
Walker – 8
Gallas – 8
Vertonghen – 8
Naughton – 8 1/2
Lennon – 7 1/2
Sandro – 9
Dembele – 9
Bale – 10 man of the match
Adebayor – 6
Defoe – 8

Subs:
Sigurdsson – 9
Parker – 8
Townsend – 7

Match Preview, Aston Villa vs Tottenham

Aston Villa have a very young squad, but a very talented squad. They didn’t have the best start to the season but they slowly got into the rhythm of the Premier League, the set back was against Chelsea, a massive 8-0 thrashing that must have effected the mind sets of the young players. Aston Villa will want to bounce back after that defeat so if we underestimate them, with the attacking quality that they have, we will get punished. Benteke and Weimann are Villa’s biggest threats and if we control the service into them we should be able to get a clean sheet quite easily, but knowing us it will still be a big task to get the coveted ‘clean sheet’.

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Kyle Walker is going back to his club that we loaned him out to, and where he got the important Premier League experience that made him the player he is now. Gareth Bale is as always going to play a big part and hopefully hit the top form he was at before his hamstring injury. Scott Parker could start after Sandro’s disappointing performance against Stoke City. Clint Dempsey will hopefully come back into the team after returning to training after his groin problem, and this should be an improvement to Adebayor’s below par performances since his return after his three match ban. This game could go either way, it could be very tight, or there could be a thrashing in store for Villa. Hopefully we can get full points and get back to winning ways, the game is being shown on Sky Sports at 5pm. COYS!!

My preferred team to face Aston Villa:
Lloris
Walker – Dawson – Caulker – Vertonghen
Lennon – Dembele – Parker – Bale
Dempsey
Defoe