Thursday, 29 September 2016

A chance to show we belong at the top


A chance to show we belong at the top

Next up is Manchester City at White Hart Lane on Sunday live on Sky Sports 1 from 1.30 with kick-off at 2.15pm.

Moussa Sissoko will face a late fitness test and we may well be welcoming back Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose with Kyle Walker restored to the team. That will give us fresh legs although Tuesday to Sunday is plenty of time to recover from our midweek exertions.

Paul Merson predicts a 2-2 draw and says Spurs have to be given credit for the tricky start to the season.

"Which City will turn up? My worry with the manager was how he would cope over here. In Spain and Germany the big sides turn up for games and half the time they wipe the floor with the opposition. 
"But what was John Stones doing on the bench against Celtic? Aleksandar Kolarov was at centre-half and then the ball comes in, he misses it like an eight-year-old and they concede a third. 
"I thought Swansea were unlucky last week in the first half against City and they will miss Kevin De Bruyne. 
"I think Spurs will get a result. They are a good team and are also unbeaten. They haven't played great but they have had some tricky games so you have to give them credit."

This is a top of the table clash with the only two unbeaten teams in the Premier League clashing. Man City will b without Kevin De Bruyne and Vincent Kompany, Nolito is banned and Yaya Toure has been banned bu the club. Sergio Agureo has 10 goals in 9 games against us.



Manchester City have had an easy start to the season playing five of the bottom six while Spurs have already had to tackle fourth placed Liverpool, who have beaten both Arsenal and Chelsea, fifth placed Everton and seventh placed Crystal Palace.

This game is the chance to remind everyone we are a top team and that we will be challenging again this season

Spurs roll out another signing

The Tottenham PR machine churns out another story with the contract signing of yet another player, this time 18-year-old (19 in December) Cameron Carter-Vickers who is currently a regular on our bench as backup to Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.

"Obviously the new deal shows the manager has faith in me. I've been here since I was ten, eleven, just working hard and trying to get to this stage now. Obviously I want to push on more but it means a lot. It's taking your game up another level and getting that little bit better. In my opinion we have two of the best centre-backs in the league here, so to train with them every day and watch them play, I can only learn from them and it can only make me better."

Carter-Vickers holds dual nationality and could play at senior level for England even though he has represented USA at every level from Under-17 to Under-23. However the USA believe that it isn't an issue and he is fully committed to representing USA.

German press savage Bentaleb again

German press savage Bentaleb again

The Schalke managing director Christian Heidel says that Nabil Bentaleb and Benjamin Stambouli both have a touch of arrogance after they were initially praised by him.

National German newspaper Bild suggest the pair have a mentality misery because they keep losing in ball in dangerous situations. In another article they name the pair as part of the Schalke Slackers, players who are to use the club as a stepping stone to another and that Bentaleb is too arrogant in his play.

In yet another article it is suggested he isn't putting the effort in with Schalke having lost all 5 of their opening games and sitting bottom of the Bundesliga table.

Bild then suggest the players have been given a 30 minutes lesson on the values of the club and again refer to Heidel's comments that some players demonstrate poor mentality and a lack of character.

In their latest article they suggest Stambouli and Bentaleb are fair weather players, fine when things are going right but hopeless in a crisis. They suggest they drag players down instead of lifting them up.

Why is Bentaleb getting all this criticism? Because he was bought to be their midfield general and now they are finding out that he isn't at the level he was hyped up to be at.

Individual video: Son Heung-min performance vs CSKA Moscow

The man of the moment Son Heung-min stepped up to secure our win in Russia, netting after a lovely through ball from Lamela.

Son had 7 goal attempts, touched the ball 49 times and had a pass success rate of 87.8%. You can see his full performance on the ball in the video below.

Pochettino showing belief in Winks

The ESPN pundits didn't expect Tottenham to be challenging in the top four and even though it is early in the season they now think we will be challenging in the top four this season. In addition, they didn't expect us to go to Russia and will, they expected us to lose and be all but out of the group. As it was we defied their expectations again and won a difficult tie with the travelling and injuries.

That is exactly what I was talking about in a recent article pundits, the media and even some of our own fans don't take us seriously and we almost slip under the radar. People are so attuned to spending money that if somebody doesn't splash the cash they can't be improving whereas Pochettino is showing that a manager can make a difference.

Pochettino uses the word, Lloris uses the word, belief. Pochettino shows belief in his players and the latest to benefit from that is Harry Winks. he started against Gillingham, came on against Middlesbrough and came on at an important time in the Champions League game. As the commentators  said at the time, he must have great faith in him to bring him on when we had to defend our lead.

"I'm playing with top, top quality players and every day I'm improving. I'm learning from a great manager as well. He teaches us a lot and his philosophy suits me to a tee. I'm enjoying my time here.
"I look up to a lot of the boys who have been there and done that. As a midfielder I look up to all of them, Dembele, Dier... Wanyama has helped me out a lot, especially in preseason. But I just want to grow my own game and any bit of advice I can get from anyone, I'll take. 
"I want more, a lot more, but I understand I'm young and I have to bide my time and be patient. I'll just continue to work hard and hopefully go forward from there. 
"It's great for us, all us young, aspiring academy boys. We want to be where Harry is, where Ryan Mason was, Tom Carroll, players like that. We want to get there and to see them succeed and doing so well only gives us more motivation to get there."