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Monday, 16 January 2017

Gary Neville: Is Spurs squad strong enough?


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Another ex-manchester United winner, Gary Neville, is unsure like his former teammate paul Scholes, that Tottenham can win the Premier League this season. he likes what is happening at the club and loves watching Spurs play.

“Tottenham are a joy to watch and the way they play the game under Mauricio Pochettino. What they are doing there is very good, the young players coming through, there’s a pathway there and a belief and an identity to the team. 
“Can they win the league? The doubt I have is I’m not sure they are strong enough in depth and when the games kick in again, I’m just not sure they have enough, but actually I love watching them and wonder whether they’ve got a strong enough, robust enough spine to win the league and see it though to the end.”

That squad strength will be tested in the coming weeks with Jan Vertonghen believed to have a bad injury after turning his ankle stretching for a ball on Saturday lunchtime against WBA. Kevin Wimmer or Ben Davies will have to deputise if Mauricio Pochettino retains a back three. With the Europa League kicking in in a month Danny Rose may well have a lot of work to do.

To rest him means resting Ben Davies, although he hasn't had much football thanks to an injury of his own. Wimmer and Davies might have to do a bit of rotating. How will we handle that, we'll have to see, but it may well answer Neville's question and determine our season.


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Scholes Spurs won't win the title


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 Ex-Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes knows what it takes to win Premier League titles, domestic Cups and European trophies.

His record can't be denied and he has doubts about the Spurs side now sitting in second place in the table. He is not sure we are mentally up to it as he hasn't seen is beat the big teams in March and April as the season closes in on its climax. He explained his view to BT Sport at the weekend.

“Tottenham are a really, really good team. I just think they have to prove that when it comes to March and April that they can win the big games. We haven’t quite seen that. 
“Is it their style of play? They do play a really quick tempo, a fast style of football – can that last until the end of the season? It didn’t last year, they just tailed off. 
“I love watching Tottenham. Great manager, great team to watch. I just don’t think that when it comes to March, April, that they’ll have the bottle to go and win the big games. If Tottenham were ever going to win the league it was last year.”

We have just beaten Chelsea and have a big game next week against Manchester City away at the Etihad, just the sort of game Scholes is talking about. Time to make a statement perhaps.


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Driussi trots out the part line


TRANSFER TALK

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South American players all seem to answer transfer speculation in the same way, presumably that all stems from their media training. Young River Plate striker Sebastian Driussi trotted it out when he was asked about the transfer speculation linking him with a move away from Argentina.

"I have not had any specific offers. So I try to be isolated from those things. My mind is in River."

They all seem to talk about no specific offers or my agent deals with that. Agents have a greater involvement in where a player ends up playing than perhaps in Europe. The problem being third-party ownership because, despite they not being allowed to influence where a player move, they do.

If you had an investment you would want that investment to do the best for you, not themselves. The investors want a big money move, they don't really want their investment being bought out cheaply by Premier League clubs, hence we see few young Brazilians or Argentinian's in England unless they have been to Europe first, like Erik Lamela.


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Tottenham delivering lessons


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Rome wasn't built in a day, some supporters forgot that. It took Sir Alex Ferguson time to turn Manchester United around and supporters wanted him sacked, but look what he built. At Spurs we have Mauricio Pochettino trying to do the same thing with a club with less money.

We have to first build within our mean and then built the infastructure to increase our means, both as we know are happening. The fact that we are competing above our financial weight now is very encouraging for the future.

"To be together and every player happy and part of our Tottenham family, I think we have a very good atmosphere around the club, our supporters are amazing and I think this is a very good mix between the club, the supporters, the players, the staff. 
"I think it's amazing day by day how we feel, how we live on the training ground, that is important thing in the end, to try to win big things, to fight. It's an advantage for us. 
"Last season was the first time for 99 percent of the players fighting for big things like to win the Premier League and the important thing is that you are clever, we are showing that we are clever and we learn a lot and we are more mature but it is true like in life, every day you can improve and you can learn. 
"If you are open and your mind is open, that is a good thing and we are showing this season that we are more mature, we compete better, and we missed that maybe a little bit last season. I am the same, maybe a little bit fatter than last season. 
"I think we are in completely different period and completely different momentum and last season was last season. 
"It's true now is a coincidence and maybe we play City like last season but we will be different, it will be tough, but every game, every season is completely different and today was a good example because always in the last season or the season before it was difficult for us to break West Bromwich, it was a nightmare game for us and today look how it was. 
"It is important to learn and to know, too, every game is important and difficult and if you are ready and focused like today, you can compete. 
"We are showing after 21 games that we can compete and we are in a very good position. It is true that the gap with Chelsea is still big but there is a lot of games ahead until the end of the season."

That vision of a young team, learning a system, staying together through a bond and improving as a unit to compete with the top clubs is being built. 

I was ridiculed by some for suggesting this was the way forward after we played Basel, for suggesting we had to mentally change at Spurs, for suggesting we had to have open minds and stay positive, for suggesting we need to make tiny improvements to all aspects of the club, for suggesting Spurs TV's interaction with fans needed a major overhaul.

You can not just look at life on a day-to-day basis, you'll never get anywhere. You have to have a vision of where you want to get to and devise a way of getting there, that must then be implemented, adjusted, but stuck with along the way. If you don't try to achieve anything in life you'll plod along and stay in the relative same position you are.

Spurs are showing fans the way. There are many lessons the club showing, if you want to learn from them they are all there for you to make an even greater success of your life.



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No money grabbers left for the Chinese at Spurs


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Harry Kane doesn't think the Chinese throwing money about will affect Spurs at all, he can't see any player leaving at such exciting times for the club. He has naturally been asked about the money he could earn out in China.

"People are going to speculate about that but you can see how good a shape the club is in. The future is very bright. We've got one of the best managers in the world, if not the best. I'm pretty sure he'd stay. He's started a project here, we've got the stadium coming, so the future is very bright. 
"Performances like West Brom and winning games like that, the next step for us is winning trophies, so hopefully we can do that this season and push us onto the world scale. I'd be very surprised if any of our players went out there, especially within the next couple of seasons.  
"What we've got going on here is something very great and I think it would be silly for the players here whoever maybe come and go not to be part of it."

Mauricio Pochettino was asked the same at a pre-game press conference and gave a similar response, it won't affect Spurs because the club doesn't need to sell players, it is financially one of the healthiest clubs in the Premier League despite spending £750 million on a new stadium.

He was asked again this week because Diego Costa has been offered £500,000-a-week and reports suggest a row will boss Conte who is alleged to have yelled at him 'Go to China'.

"My reaction was [one of] indifference because, luckily it is not my problem, it's not my business. You know, what can you do when an offer like this arrives? From a country that is like that? 
"It's crazy money. It looks like they broke the market, if it's true what we read in the media. If it's true, it's unbelievable, unbelievable. But we will see what happens, and [there's] nothing to do."
The youngsters are at a club that sits second in the Premier League with their careers ahead of them. Going to China is the end of an international career so the only pull is money and that is just the type of player we have been trying to remove from Tottenham.


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Pochettino the ruthless and clinical coach


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"When you sign a contract as a player, you need to understand that you don't sign o play, you sign to train. Then you wait for the decision of the manager to pick the players. This is football."

That explanation from Mauricio Pochettino should put to bed the theory that players have to be given games in the first-team to have been given a chance. You have a chance every day in training to demonstrate that you should be picked and when you are you have to be in peak condition physically and mentally to provide your best football and have an impact of the game.

Nobody has a divine right to play, hey have to prove it on the training ground. Those players who rebel against this aren't going to stay at the club very long. We have seen several players leave after a bust-up, Adebayor, Kaboul, Lennon, Capoue, Townsend.

He isn't a manager to cross, there is his way or no way. The players have to buy into how he wants to do things and do them, whether you agree with them or not. He comes across as a very nice guy, but there is that ruthless streak there.

I think perhaps some of our fans are starting to understand the no excuses policy, that if we lose it is down to us to do something better, not the fault of someone else. The players have that responsibility on the pitch, a wayward pass or failure to make a run will more often be seen now with a player raising his hand in apology to his teammate or teammates.

Were remonstrate with a referee far less, we have players sitting on the ground in protest far less, we have far less players feigning injury. If you remember Roberto Soldado he used to stay on he floor when he perceived he had been found even when the referee played on.

Back to my Kaizen approach, you improve tiny aspects in every player and that adds up to a greater improvement in the team as a whole and we are seeing the benefits of that approach now.


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Pochettino has changed youth development at Tottenham


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The changing face of youth development at Tottenham Hotspur can be seen by the number of loans deals now made.

Mauricio Pochettino has told the press that young players can be developed better at Tottenham and can learn the way Tottenham want them to play best by staying and being coached at Hotspur Way.

That stems from a belief that his coaching is better for these youngsters than others, which it is. Tottenham players have to have immense fitness levels. They get worked hard and a player has to become used to that when they sign. Several players we have signed have had to get 'Tottenham fit' so retaining youngsters at the club means they grow up with our fitness levels.

They also learn a system inside out, they learn feet positioning they learn that a foot or a change of angle can cut off a passing lane and learn the roles of their teammates. Passing and movement of key to our game, the more you can drill into a player how to see what opportunities there are on a football pitch the better.

Our play is like moving a whole series of cogs. It isn't good enough to see one cog, one pass, you have to know the whole series so you can instigate a passing sequence, take part in a passing sequence or anticipate a passing sequence is going to take place.

harry Winks and Josh Onomah have never been loaned out by Pochettino, hey have been retained at the club and we can see that Harry Winks is getting regular game time and is trusted by Pochettino because of the work he has been able to put in with him on the training field. The academy staff love the Argentinian because he works with and gives youth a chance.

He is what a youth coach dreams of and we fans are glad we have him.


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Sunday, 15 January 2017

How will next week affect the Premier League table?


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An excellent Sunday for Tottenham Hotspur and we didn't play. Manchester City lost heavily and Liverpool drew with Manchester United.

Premier League Table

  1. Chelsea 52pts GD+30
  2. SPURS 45pts GD+29
  3. Liverpool 45pts GD+25
  4. Arsenal 44pts GD+26
  5. Man City 42pts GD+15
  6. Man Utd 40pts GD+12

Premier League Fixtures Week 22

Saturday 21 January
Liverpool v Swansea City (12:30)
Stoke City v Manchester United (3pm)
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur (5:30pm)

Sunday 22 January
Arsenal v Burnley (2:15pm)
Chelsea v Hull City (4:30pm)

You have to assume Liverpool will beat a woeful Swansea City side, who will hope to have Tom Carroll available for selection. Arsenal should beat Burnley, a team who are poor away from home and score very few goals. Hull City shouldn't be a match for Chelsea so the table will hinge on our result against Manchester City.

A loss and we will slip to fourth with Chelsea 10 points ahead of us, Liverpool 3 above us and Arsenal 2 above us.

Should we get a draw then Chelsea should be 9 points above us, Liverpool 2 points above us and Arsenal 1 point.

A win of course and all remains the same.


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Kane and Alli



Harry Kane has joined Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe on three hat-tricks for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League era. The three goalscorers are joint top, but you would expect Kane to have the outright mantle soon.

Of the last 10 goals scored in the league, Harry Kane has netted 5 and Dele Alli has netted 5. The pair have struck a rich vein of form and Dele looks better in front of goal now than ge did earlier in the season. He had a goal disallowed for offside, quite rightly, but it was still an excellent finish with the outside of the right foot.

Kane has reached 60 goals faster than any other Spurs player, again in the Premier League era, the next best being Teddy Sheringham. Theiry Henry took 104 games to score 62 goals, Harry Kane has done it in 102.

Everything points to Kane being a special striker, and to think some of our forum dweller fans, who know better than Pochettino, thought he was a Championship player!


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Walker - we want to achieve big things


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Walker - we want to achieve big things

Kyle Walker believes there is a togetherness in this group of players that is helping to spur each other on. There seems a genuine bond when we score a goal, the goalscorer doesn't try to take all the credit, those that play their part aren't forgotten and that s,all detail is an important point.

"Before we had the likes of Gareth, Adebayor was flying, Modric, Van der Vaart, King, Huddlestone, Azza, so there were players in that dressing room that I looked around and I'm missing names out like Crouchy, Kranjcar, it was fantastic.  
"But this as a team, a team of togetherness and that's in the dressing room on a Saturday, Monday to Friday it's probably better and it's more together. So listen, we're young, we're still learning, we want to achieve big things. As I said before it's still very early in the season and we just need to keep playing how we're playing and listen to the gaffer and just doing what we are doing really."


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