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Showing posts with label Spurs vs Bayer Leverkusen. Show all posts
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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Pochettino - The little things make a difference


Most fans don't see that it makes any difference, but Mauricio Pochettino made it clear at his pre-game press conference that the tiny things matter is preparation for a game. All the off-field stuff has an impact, the parking, the route to take, where friends and family are, where the singing fans are, the changing rooms, everything.

This time around the players haven't got to process new information, they have had the experience and taken it on board. Now that is all out of the way the performance should improve, that is his hope anyway.

Nobody knows how the players will react. It is another of the mental tests, which last season they handled very well until the final few games. The pressure is on right now and if we can get through the first press from the German side we have a chance to hurt them. Pochettino will be looking to see that we do that. It should be another fascinating game.


Video: Mauricio Pochettino press conference


Mauricio Pochettino held his pre-game press conference yesterday for the assembled media and as usual, it was just over 7 minutes long. You can see the full public question and answer session in the video below.


Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Leverkusen might have a chance to sneak this one


UEFA Champions League Group E is very tight ahead of the round of fixtures in Week 4.

Champions League – Group E

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Champions League – Group E

Wednesday, 2 November 2016
CSKA Moscow
Tottenham Hotspur
Bayer Leverkusen

Tottenham are at the adopted Wembley and the side didn't really turn up for the first game against Monaco, making silly mistakes to put us 2-0 down. Journalist and author Raphael Honigstein (he is the German football correspondent for The Guardian) was asked how he thought the game would go.

"Leverkusen are hoping for a similar type of dynamic, that Spurs will not play with the same type of vigour, the same urgency that they showed at White Hart Lane which is a real fortress in European nights, unless Dortmund come there.

"But that might be a bit of a bonus for Leverkusen. They are not in great form themselves, they did away to Wolfsburg on Saturday, but in the first half were completely dominated at the Volkswagon Arena and were lucky to go into half-time 0-0, but in the second half came back really strongly, a draw was the right result.

"So you really see a similar type of game happening with not too many chances, they're canceling each other out with their pressing game. I just think away from home, with the pressure being a little bit more on Spurs and their unfamiliar surroundings, Leverkusen might actually have a chance to sneak this one."


Spurs have a problem at Wembley

Roger Schmidt, the Bayer Leverkusen coach, is under pressure with his side sitting 10th in the Bundesliga having won four, lost four and drawn one. In nine games they have scored 13 goals and let in 13 goals.

Journalist and author Raphael Honigstein (he is the German football correspondent for The Guardian) was asked his opinion on the BT European Football Show.

"It's an absolutely huge game because they gave themselves not enough of a chance after playing so well for the first two games. They took those leads against CSKA Moscow and away to Monaco. Two draws, the third draw, which was decent result against a very strong Spurs side at home. 
"Now they still, after 3 games are without a win on the board and this is a team that wants to definitely qualify for the next round, that took Atletico Madrid to penalties a couple of years ago and did really well. They need to get the results that are really in line if you look at the quality of the squad they have at their disposal."

When James Richardson suggested to him that they are excited about playing at Wembley he simply replied that they were 'very' excited. That highlights a problem Spurs have, teams raise their game because it is Wembley. Wembley means something in world football, it is not just another venue.

Against Monaco the players didn't raise their game, some were not focussed on the game in the way they should have been, the occasion got to them. This will be a big test against a decent side who press well. We will need to be on top of our game for this one.


Voller - Tottenham are unbelievably good


Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Völler, himself a World Cup winner and a UEFA Champions League winner, spoke to BT Sport ahead of his sides midweek game against us in glowing terms.

Q: Tottenham's style of play is very similar to Leverkusen's, it's very fast and it's direct: what are you expecting from this game?

A: "Yes, that's correct. In fact our coach was in the stadium for Tottenham against Manchester City. He flew in to watch the game and came back fascinated by Tottenham and how they played against Manchester City.

"Just as we try to do, they knock the opponent off their stride by putting pressure on, by pressing, by forcing mistakes and winning the second ball and then attacking the opposition at lightening speed. That makes Tottenham unbelievably good and so it's a real hurdle for us.

"We have real respect for Tottenham."


Friday, 30 September 2016

Spurs sell out Wembley again

Tottenham Hotspur have announced that we have sold out Wembley for a second time. We will need to put in a better performance than we did in the first Wembley game where the occasion seemed to get to a few.

We were dreadful defensively but in Russia showed we were overawed by the Champions League stage. The second Wembley tie, this time against Bayer Leverkusen will see a better performance I expect.

There will be a bit of familiarity about the day, the travelling, the atmosphere, the whole Wembley experience and that should help settle players, bringing out a better performance.

LEVERKUSEN TICKET UPDATE: As of last night, all tickets that had been made available to us were sold out – just under 80,000.


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