What’s going so wrong at White Hart Lane?

Monday 11th November 2013.

What is going so wrong at White Hart Lane?

Form

We sit 7th in the League after 11 games with 20 points, 5 points off Arsenal at the top. We have played 3 teams in the top 8, gaining 2 points, a draw to Everton and Chelsea, and loss to Arsenal. We are not in a dreadful position, but it could be much, much better. The stand out defeats are to West Ham at Home and Newcastle at Home, two teams which we should have beaten, no doubt about that, we have the better team on paper and their form was nothing of a concern; particularly West Ham. With wins against those teams, we would have been top of the league, you can see why they are so frustrating, of course they happen from time to time, but two defeats like this in 11 games is extremely disappointing, if we want to aim for the top.

Signings

Most of our Summer signings have not hit the ground running like we’d hoped for, the sale of Gareth Bale hurt us deeply, something we could see coming but thought we could do enough to keep him. If Bale had to leave, serious reinvestments had to be made, and they happened, we signed seven international level players who had been key players for their retrospective teams, every single one. What we had hoped for is them to continue to be a ‘main man’ for Spurs as they had been for previous clubs. They need time, and we have to be patient with them, especially players as young as Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen, they need time to adapt, and they are starting to do that. Paulinho, Vlad Chiriches and Etienne Capoue have impressed with Nacer Chadli not having enough game time to judge, but Roberto Soldado has disappointed, we can sugar coat it as much as you want but he has to do more for an experienced striker who has proved himself at Champions League level and international level, although his service has been appalling.

Goals

We aren’t scoring enough. 9 goals in 11 Premier League games is simply unacceptable, especially as 3 of them were from the penalty spot. Our offensive play hasn’t clicked and our build up play is too slow, it’s not the Tottenham way, we were grown on attacking and exciting football, that’s the way we’ve played since we were founded back in 1882, it’s our philosophy. Playing with two inverted wingers is not the way to go forward, it hasn’t clicked and it is starving Soldado of chances, it needs to change and AVB needs to see that now. Yes, defensively we have been supreme, but we can’t be too cautious when a team like West Ham comes to the Lane, we need to use attack as our best form of defence in those sort of games in my eyes. ‘The game is about Glory, about doing things with a flourish’

Home form

Away is the new home for Tottenham Hotspur, a complete opposite of previous years; winning at home was a foregone conclusion while winning away was something of a luxury. We need to win our home games and make White Hart Lane a fortress again, AVB has blamed the fans, Dembele has blamed the size of the pitch, while Spurs fans blame AVB. What is the problem? Why do we find it so difficult at home, especially against the so called ‘smaller’ teams? It’s a mixture, the fans creating a negative atmosphere with too many moaners and groaners instead of singers and cheerers, there is no doubt home support helps, it gives that extra push to the players and we need to create that, we are responsible. The pitch is probably a silly excuse, we’ve played our football there for hundreds of years and scored goals and won games, although it’s the second smallest in the Premier League, it’s not a legitimate excuse to lose 3-0 to West Ham. The big problem I think is how difficult we find it to break teams down, the teams lower down set up to stop us, with 11 men behind the ball defending for their lives, so it’s going to be difficult, and will need players with creativity to find a way; I don’t like the football the teams play to win or draw the game, but if it’s how you beat us then they are going to use it.

Offensive line

It’s time to unleash Lamela into the Premier League, I really believe he could help a lot with creating and scoring goals; he has that raw ability to run a make something happen and create things for the strikers, while chipping in with a few himself, why won’t AVB let him at it, especially after the sort of performance he produced against FC Sheriff!? Andros Townsend shouldn’t play on the right hand side, that should be Lamela’s spot, with Townsend on the left. Townsend should play like an ‘early Bale’, getting to the byline and getting dangerous crosses into the box, he can use his right foot and cut in, but he can produce dangerous crosses, and I’d prefer he’d do it with his favoured foot. Upfront I think Soldado is the man, despite his poor start he is a player who given chances to put away, he can duly deliver, he can also bring others into play, unlike Defoe, only Adebayor can do that better; he’s a goal scorer, give him the conditions in which to score André!!

Conclusion

Andre Villas Boas is a great manager, who I believe in to take us to the top, he has the potential to get this spot on, but that needs to happen soon, otherwise there will be pressure on him. The obvious need for goals is one that needs to be addressed, if we click offensively, and stay solid defensively, we could be on to something special and challenge for trophies and the top four at least, but time is running out, we can’t be left behind and continue to lose ground in such a tight race. COYS!!

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Match Preview, Everton vs Tottenham.

Match: Sunday 3rd November 2013. Kick off 1:30pm. Live on Sky Sports 1 from 12:30pm.

Premier League

An exciting game in prospect, two teams who are fighting to get top four, both having very good starts to the season. Last time out in the Premier League, we scraped past a very resilient Hull City side at White Hart Lane 1-0, an uninspiring performance to say the least, but another three points and clean sheet that sits us in fourth place with nine games gone. We then faced up against Hull again in Capital One Cup, drawing 2-2 after extra time, winning 8-7 on penalties, another poor performance, but it wasn’t our first team, although a strong team, there was 8 changes from the game against Hull in the PL. It’s a very different proposition on Sunday, Everton will be playing a totally different game to that of Hull, more expansive, so you can expect a more open game, hopefully this gives more space to our creative players, and gives Soldado some more chances up front. Away from home we’ve been impressive, hopefully we can continue our great results at Goodison, but it’ll be a very difficult game for sure.

Everton have extremely talented individual players, with the players coming together to create a team able to challenge for the top four. I think the Toffees lack depth in their squad so will find it difficult later on in the season when injuries could strike, but their team can challenge any other team in the top six. They have started the season on fire, being the only team that is unbeaten at home in the League, sitting in sixth place, level on points with fifth place Southampton, two points ahead of Manchester City in seventh and four points ahead of the Champions Manchester United. They sit only one point behind Spurs in fourth, so it’s going to be a very interesting game! Their main threat is no doubt Romelu Lukaku, the big Belgian has had a stunning start to his Everton loan period from Chelsea, scoring five goals in five apperances, it’s going to be a miracle if we can stop him. Other than Lukaku, Everton have former Spur Steven Pienaar, Kevin Mirallas and Leighton Baines to help provide creativity and goals. Very tough game indeed!

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We need big performances from the team on Sunday, defensively, it will be our biggest test away from home, so concentration levels have got to be as high as possible, no mistakes, otherwise we will get punished. Andros Townsend has been a big player for us this season, and we need him to be on top form again as he faces up against one of the best left backs in the League, Leighton Baines. A tasty battle between the two English team mates. Massive game for our creative force, including Townsend, they need to create more opportunities for Soldado who has been starved of service, so Eriksen or Holtby, whoever starts, needs to up their game! Aaron Lennon needs to use his pace and width to our advantage, and get to the byline and get crosses into the box, and that’s the same with Townsend, switching wings and making it difficult for the full backs is what I want to see. Moving the ball quickly is key in this game, we’ve been too slow so far this season, so getting the ball to our creative players more quickly on the counter is important. Our best player at this, in my opinion, is Capoue, he breaks up the play superbly and his passing is very good, he’s back from injury, and I’d like him to start this game. Danny Rose is still out with injury, so Vertonghen will be needed at left back, which is disappointing, but Jan is more than capable. Nacer Chadli, Zeki Fryers and Emmanuel Adebayor are also out of the game, with Kyle Naughton a doubt. Andros Townsend is fit after his heavy fall against Hull, and Younes Kaboul and Capoue are available, although Younes isn’t expected to play as he played 120 minutes in the Capital One Cup. Paulinho played 120 mins also against Hull, and looked absolutely shattered during the game, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him rested.

Match Stats and Facts provided by FourFourTwo

– Everton have taken 28 points from their last 10 Premier League home games.

– Tottenham have won four games by one goal to nil in the Premier League this season, equalling their total from last season.

– Tottenham lost only two of their first 15 Premier League games at Goodison Park but have won none of the last six (D3 L3).

– Spurs last scored more than twice at Goodison Park in a league game back in August 1984 (W 4-1). They have played 28 games there since.

– Andros Townsend has had 22 shots from outside the box this season, only one fewer than Hull City have in total.

– Spurs have scored more penalties than any other side in the top-flight this season (3).

– No player has assisted more Premier League goals than Kevin Mirallas (4) this season.

– Tottenham have played more long passes than any Premier League side this season (557).

– Everton have made more last-man tackles (7) than any other side.

– Tottenham are yet to concede a goal to a non-London side in the Premier League this season.

My preferred team to face Everton at Goodison Park in the Premier League:
4-2-3-1
Lloris
Walker – Dawson – Chiriches – Vertonghen
Dembele – Capoue
Townsend – Holtby – Lennon
Soldado

A big game! You can follow my twitter, @AddictedtoSpurs, for updates during the game, videos of the goals, and pictures. Let’s get revenge on Halloween after our horror show last year against Everton. COYS!!

Andre Villas Boas ahead of our game with Everton:

What is Tottenham’s best 11?

Tottenham’s squad is undoubtedly one of the strongest and deepest in the Premier League, the amount of international regulars we have throughout the entire squad is staggering and holds us in good stead for the rest of this season and beyond, but what is the best starting 11 that can be put out in our biggest and most important games? It’s a difficult choice that will most likely differ in choice from one person to the next, but here is my choice and my reasons for picking them in my 11:

Formation

Early on in pre season it looked as though a change of style could occur, and we could go to a 4-3-3 formation, similar to Porto when AVB was in charge, but the addition of Eriksen who plays in the hole and also Lewis Holtby, means that we have stuck with the 4-2-3-1 formation, which adds more guile and creativity to the team than the 4-3-3. An easy choice. 4-2-3-1.

GK – Hugo Lloris

Most likely the easiest choice I have to make in the line-up. One of the best ‘keepers the Premier League has to offer. Fits our style of play with the high-line perfectly with his pace, agility and sharpness. Saved us numerous times so far this season, our nailed on number 1.

RB – Kyle Walker

Kyle certainly has his critics. Defensively he can be vulnerable, and his positioning is quite poor for a right back, but he is the best we have in the position and is still learning the game at 23. He will continue to improve defensively. Offensively, I think Walker is a real asset to the team, given the freedom to attack the right flank he can create for the team and cause threat to the opposition. Hopefully he improves more as the season continues.

RCB – Younes Kaboul

I think Younes is a quality centre back, who fits in with the way AVB plays. Pace, power and defensive composure. Two seasons ago he was arguably our best player, a rock at the back. Sadly, Kaboul really struggles with injuries, wether he can recover fully from these injuries is a definite question mark. I really hope he can, because if he becomes fit again, he will in my opinion start alongside Jan Vertonghen. While Younes isn’t fit, club captain Michael Dawson should get the nod.

LCB – Jan Vertonghen

Another easy decision. Vertonghen has cemented his place in our starting 11 from more-or-less day one. Commonly known as ‘Super Jan’, he performs consistently as one of the best centre backs in the league. On the ball he plays like a midfielder, off the ball, he plays like a world class defender, certainly one of our best players. Sometimes can be caught a little flat footed, but that’d be a very harsh judgement from myself.

LB – Danny Rose

Danny Rose proved himself in the Premier League with Sunderland on loan last season, being awarded player of the year. He’s come back, and he’s been very solid. An unsung hero so far this season. Offensively he has been good, but I’ve been disappointed with his final ball, hopefully it improves as he continues the season. Where I’ve been very impressed with Danny is defensively. Some picked him out as a ‘defensive liability’, but I don’t think this is the case at all. Sometimes he can be caught out while pushing up the pitch, but not too often as Jan Vertonghen is usually there to cover. When he is in defensive situations, he deals with them very well, he’s also made some extremely important blocks so far! Hopefully he continues his good form when he comes back into the team.

RCM – Paulinho

I’ve been very impressed with how Paulinho has settled into life at Spurs, he’s been one of the stand out players. Defensively he is strong and offensively, he’s even better! A true box to box midfielder that adds another goal threat to the team, but also a player who can pick a pass when needed. I believe he has to start, even with the fierce, and I mean FIERCE competition he is getting for his position from players like Capoue and Sandro.

LCM – Mousa Dembélé

My toughest decision in the team. Dembele, Sandro or Capoue. I was really tempted to put Sandro or Capoue in there, as they can add the defensive toughness to the team that Paulinho and Dembele possibly don’t have, certainly not like Capoue or Sandro do. Dembele makes us tick, I rate him very highly, his ability to glide past players and bring the ball out from defence to start attacks. To take him out could be a big mistake, but to leave him in could be a mistake in itself. Capoue has been phenomenal since coming in, and Sandro has been a rock for a while now. The toughest decision AVB will have to make is this one, in my opinion.

CAM – Christian Eriksen

Eriksen has been a great signing so far, bringing a creative touch to our powerful midfield. Controlled the game on his debut against Norwich and has already scored a beauty for us in the Europa League against Tromsø. It is still a tough decision to decide between Eriksen and Lewis Holtby. Both have been excellent so far this season, but Eriksen just tips it at the moment. Good competition for places in this area, with Erik Lamela able to play here as well.

RW – Erik Lamela

Erik hasn’t set the Premier League, or the Europa League by storm so far this season, and some may doubt his £30 million price tag, but I can assure you he will come good. 15 goals last season for AS Roma in Serie A, and at only 21, I truly believe he’ll be a star in the future. He hasn’t adapted to the physicality and pace of the Premier League just yet, and he also doesn’t speak English, but in time, when he does settle and maybe beef up a little, I believe he will gain his place in the Spurs side. The competition on the right flank is high, with the Premier League experienced Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend both fighting for the spot, but I think Erik will take it after he settles properly into the team.

LW – Andros Townsend

Having played right wing this season for both Spurs and England, it may be a bit of a surprise that I’ve placed him on the left. This would be my choice, to fit in two very very good wingers into the Spurs team, Lamela and Andros. Andros has lots of experience on the left, having started his career in the position, so I’d give him the left wing slot over Lamela. Townsend has shown he is very capable with both feet, he can come inside and shoot with his right, or have more of the option to go to the by-line and get a dangerous cross in. I believe this would get even more out of Townsend. He’s has a great start, hopefully he starts banging the goals in for Spurs like he has for England!

ST – Roberto Soldado

There is no doubt that Soldado has struggled to adapt to the Premier League’s pace and physicality, a bit like Erik Lamela. With only 2 goals in 7 games, which were from the penalty spot, it hasn’t been a great start for the Spaniard. It takes time, and I have faith in him to score the goals to help us reach the Champions League. His 24 goals last season in La Liga for Valencia show that he’s more than got it in his locker. His conversion rate in Spain was extraordinary, and when he finds his feet and gets the confidence back, I’m sure he’ll be banging them in for fun. His link up play has been excellent, despite not scoring, he’s made 11 chances for others in 7 games, which shows he helps us out in more ways than just goals.

Conclusion

It is very difficult to pick just 11 players, when the squad is so vast. Leaving out players like Sandro, Capoue, Sigurdsson, Chadli and Defoe is difficult, but it shows you the quality we have. I could name a second team quite easily, so the cup competitions should be quite an experience this season! It’s going to be a long season, and I think our squad will be right up there this season. Blips like against West Ham happen to the best teams, it’s how you respond that makes you a top team. COYS!!

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Match Preview, Tottenham vs West Ham.

Match: Sunday, 6th October 2013. Kick off, 4:00pm.

Premier League

Another London derby awaits us this weekend, our East London rivals West Ham visit the Lane. Every game in the Premier League is challenging and difficult, but this is a game we are more than expected to win, with the form we are in and the lack of form West Ham are in. We had to travel to Russia in the week, and got a relatively comfortable 2-0 win over Anzhi. A European hang over has been suggested, but with the squad depth we have, and the fitness levels of the players in the modern era being so high, I don’t see that as a possibility, hopefully we can get back to winning ways after our draw in another London derby against Chelsea. Getting a big win has to be the agenda, we haven’t scored three goals + in a Premier League game so far this season, hopefully we can get it against West Ham, would be extra sweet in a London derby.

West Ham do have good players, but scoring goals has been their downfall. With Andy Carroll a long time absentee, they don’t have that big threat in the air, and a goal scorer. Madibo Maiga has started up front for the Hammers, and he hasn’t impressed, having failed to score a goal this Premier League season so far, with our defensive record it appears this could be another game where he fails to hit the net. Mo Diame is a great player, a similar player to Mousa Dembele in midfield with his strength and ability on the ball, he could cause problems going forward, but the midfield battle can only be won by one team, surely that team is Spurs. Kevin Nolan is West Ham’s biggest goal threat, the attacking midfielder has shown that in his goalscoring record throughout his career, hopefully we can nullify his threat.

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Roberto Soldado has taken time to settle, he’s been in my opinion brilliant in his link up play, but he has lacked chances to show his finishing ability, against West Ham at White Hart Lane is a game in which I expect him to get chances, and I expect him to put them away. Pressure from Defoe has been big, so Roberto needs to step up and prove to the people who doubt him and prove me right that he is the man to lead the line for Spurs, and will score goals. I would start Soldado, and I think AVB would agree with me. Christian Eriksen has been great since coming in from Ajax, and this is a game I expect him to shine in again, hopefully he can create a profitable partnership with Soldado sooner rather than later. Gylfi Sigurdsson has been in great scoring form, his play from the left has been more than impressive, hopefully he can continue this form and help us to get the win at the Lane. I’d start Erik Lamela against West Ham, but Andros Townsend doesn’t deserve to be dropped after his impressive performance against Chelsea, I’m happy for Andros to be playing, but the time will come when Erik takes his place. Danny Rose, Etienne Capoue, Aaron Lennon, Younes Kaboul and Emmanuel Adebayor are not available, they should return to action after the international break (October 16th).

Match stats provided by Opta from tottenhamhotspur.com

– Spurs have won 15 and lost just two of their last 25 London derbies at home in the Barclays Premier League (D8).

– West Ham have fired in just 14 shots on target in the league this season. Spurs surpassed this tally in their third game of 2013-14.

– Tottenham have attempted more shots from open play than any other side in the Barclays Premier League this term (69).

– Only Roma’s Morgan De Sanctis (91%) has a better saves-to-shots ratio than Hugo Lloris (89%) of all regular goalkeepers in the top five European Leagues so far in 2013-14.

– Spurs’ players have touched the ball 159 times in the opposition box this season; more often than any other side.

– Tottenham have lost only one of their last 16 Premier League games at White Hart Lane (W11 D4).

– West Ham have won just 10 points in their last 10 Premier League London derbies (W3 D1 L6), losing the last four in a row.

My preferred/predicted team to face West Ham at White Hart Lane:
4-2-3-1
Lloris
Walker – Dawson – Chiriches – Vertonghen
Paulinho – Dembele
Townsend – Eriksen – Sigurdsson
Soldado

Match Review, Arsenal vs Tottenham.

Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham.
Giroud 23′

Obviously a more than disappointing day. Losing to Arsenal is never, ever good. I think both teams played quite poorly. Sloppy with the ball, no cutting edge and if you were a neutral, not a very entertaining game. They took the lead through Giroud after some really poor defending from Dawson and Vertonghen. First half, we were really poor and they deserved to be leading. Second half, we tried to push for the equaliser and dominated most of the half, but we still couldn’t find that cutting pass to open up Soldado or Defoe for a clear cut chance. The creativity is needed, that man can be Eriksen. A late push and a lot of nerves didn’t push an equaliser, and we lost the battle.

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There were not really any players that stood out as being great, overall a poor and not an exciting performance. We really need to improve, but it’s really early days and the team need to settle in. Townsend was impressive first half, but was a little too greedy. Still our only real threat going forward. Dembele needs to up his game if he wants to keep his place, with the midfield prowess we have. Dawson looks out of his depth in the high line and I can’t wait for Kaboul to be back fully fit. Erik Lamela came on and showed his class already, getting a few shots away and on the ball he looked a threat. Exciting. We can’t dwell on this at all. We move on. It’s a long season. Our next game is against Norwich at the Lane on the 14th September. COYS!

My player ratings for today’s team that faced Arsenal:
Lloris – 9 Man of the Match
Walker – 5
Dawson – 4
Vertonghen – 7
Rose – 6
Townsend – 6
Capoue – 5
Paulinho – 7
Dembele – 4
Chadli – 5
Soldado – 6

Subs:
Defoe – N/A
Sandro – 6
Lamela – 6

Match Preview, Arsenal vs Tottenham.

The North London Derby is a thing of beauty. The most exciting league game we are involved in all year. The ups and downs we’ve had with these games, the classics. It’s all just brilliant. Up there with the best derby’s in the world. The passion from the players, the passion from the fans, the awe that the neutrals look on in. I’ve experienced my fair share of North London Derby’s, you cry, you laugh, you scream, you celebrate. The emotion you go through is something special. Can’t wait to get stuck in once again. The tide is turning. Time to show them that North London is WHITE.

We’ve started this season really well. Two wins from two against Swansea and Crystal Palace. Hard fought victories for sure, but our first real test comes now. Arsenal at the Emirates. It’s the fixture that jumped up when the game’s were announced, and it’s now upon us. It’s going to be an extremely difficult game and a game that could go either way. It’s going to be end to end, nerve wracking and a great contest of two top notch teams. Even without signings, Arsenal are a very strong team, with some emerging talent. Aaron Ramsey has been great for them this season and is full of confidence, so he’ll be a threat for this match. The obvious threats of Walcott, Cazorla and Olivier Giroud. Defensively, I think we could take advantage. I’m really looking forward to a cracking game.

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We’ve signed three new players in Eriksen, Lamela and Chiriches this week and they are eligible to play against Arsenal, but after only one training session, they are unlikely to start. During the week we played very well against Tbilisi, and a lot of players impressed, most of all Lewis Holtby and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him start. Soldado needs a goal that doesn’t come from the penalty spot, and so I hope tomorrow is the day! Haha. I think Lamela will make an impact from the bench, he is fully fit after training and having pre season with Roma. I think Capoue will start over Sandro, so I really hope he keeps his cool and plays how well he has in the previous games. Townsend doesn’t deserve to be dropped so I fully expect him to start again. Make a name for yourself Andros. I’d like to see Kaboul and Vertonghen start at the back, but I think Dawson will regain his place as Kaboul played in mid week. It’s going to be a brilliant game. It’s being shown live on Sky Sports with coverage starting at 3pm on Sunday 1st September. COYS!!

My preferred/predicted team to face Arsenal at the Emirates:
Lloris
Walker – Dawson – Vertonghen – Rose
Paulinho – Capoue – Dembele
Townsend – Soldado – Chadli

Match Preview, Tottenham vs Coventry

This is our first game in the FA cup, a cup that we want to win. On paper we are the outstanding favourites, but anything can happen in the cup. Coventry are in League one, and so we could be putting out the youngsters. We are at home, so if we were to lose it would be disastrous! Coventry are a club in disarray after being relegated from the Championship and now sit eleventh in League One.

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Benoit Assou-Ekotto could be involved, and Scott Parker should have his first start after returning from injury. Players such as Tom Carroll, Iago Falque and Andros Townsend could all play a part as we try to get to the next round of the FA cup. Brad Friedel should start in goal to give Hugo Lloris a rest as he is now our only other ‘keeper after Carlo Cudicini left and Gomes looks to be on the way out. Gylfi Sigurdsson should start after some quality performances in the Premier League. I hope that we can get a big win and secure our place in the next round of the FA cup, the worst result would be a draw as we have had a lot of games and another one would not be appreciated. The game is at 3pm on Saturday at the Lane. The game unfortunately is not televised. COYS!!

My preferred team to face Coventry in the FA cup:
Friedel
Naughton – Gallas – Caulker – Assou-Ekotto
Falque – Parker – Carroll – Townsend
Sigurdsson
Adebayor

Match Preview, Panathinaikos vs Tottenham

I think we should go into this game with the knowledge that this is going to be tough. The Greek fans are known for their loud and disruptive behaviour, they always make it a very difficult place to go and win. The first goal in this game is crucial, if we get an early goal and keep the crowd tight lipped then I think we have a very good chance of winning the game, and winning it comfortably. However, if the game drags out and we haven’t scored by the second half, the game could turn against us and it may not be so easy to win. The Europa League is a trophy that we want to win, and with the quality we have it isn’t by any means out of reach.

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The team that we play should be strong with a dash of youth, a lot like the team we played against Lazio at the lane. The youngster Andros Townsend was impressive against Carlisle in the Capital One Cup and I expect him to have a role in this game. Townsend is a player with a heap of pace and power, a bit like Gareth Bale, he can get to the byline and put either a good ball in or cut in from the right and use his excellent left foot. He is a very good asset to any team. We may have to play a few more experienced players than we did against Lazio, because the atmosphere could cause problems for our younger players. The Gallas and Dawson partnership could be our best bet, although Caulker played against Manchester United in a massive game, and looked extremely calm and collected. Lloris should start in goal, in order to give Friedel a rest, he is a worthy replacement. I’m not sure whether or not Adebayor is fit enough to play, if he is I would expect him to start tomorrow night and give Defoe a much deserved break. COYS!!

Predicted team vs Panathinaikos:
Lloris
Walker – Gallas – Caulker – Vertonghen
Lennon – Sandro – Dembele – Townsend
Dempsey
Adebayor