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MCFC v THFC - Do Spurs Have What The Supporters Don't?

11:46 am

Do Spurs Have What The Supporters Don't?

It's been a while, have to rest my eye and change the theme to support Adsense again, not something I'm good at I have to say. Anyway, I keep dipping into Twitter and the place is full of failure mentalities.

A post asked which Bournemouth players we should try to sign.

My answer was none. Callum Wilson is too old, as is Joshua King and neither would want to play second fiddle to Harry Kane anyway.

The others, quite frankly, are not good enough for where we are now. We are not the club we were 30 or 40 years ago, nor are we the same club we were 5 years ago.

We have more money now, we have a new stadium that will bring in more money. No we don't have the budget of Man City, Man Utd, Barcelona, Real Madrid etc., but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be trying to sign the best young talent in the world.

We tried to sign Anthony Martial, none of those Bournemouth players are at his level, we tried to sign Matthijs de Ligt, none of them are at that level. We didn't succeed, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try.

Leicester City didn't win the Premier League because they listened to everyone who said they couldn't do it. Our own fans are saying we shouldn't try and sign top players, that is a failure mentality, we will win nothing adopting that approach.

We go into a game tonight few expected us to still be in. How many of our supporters actually thought we could win the first leg, which we did without Harry Kane who had departed to Fabian Delph's deliberate stamp on his ankle.

This second Tweet shows the failure mentality of our supporters again.

You aim high to achieve something lesser before you succeed in the big prize. What you don't do is limit your ambition to something smaller or you'll never grow enough. Success is not the end, it is just one step towards something higher, regular success, a Premier League title or a Champions League.

A winning mentality believes you can win anything, that it is possible on your day. The aim is to have as many of those days as you can while you continue to build.

Manchester City are not invincible. They have played us twice at our place this season and scored one goal.

You win by creating the right environment to achieve success. The club are providing that with the facilities, the manager and the players are growing, learning. The fans though are left behind, too many still expect failure, too many create an atmosphere of failure, they should be creating an environment of success, but them not everyone has that winning mentality.

Liverpool beat Man City in last years Champions League and reached the final, they were nowhere near the team they are this season and indeed Spurs were a better side. We blew it in 2 minutes against Juventus in both legs.

For some insane reason, few of our fans gave us a chance against Borussia Dortmund. They overrated the opposition because statistically, we were the 53% favourites.

We might not be the favourites against City, but we have our noses in front and we are one good performance away from the semi-finals where Ajax await.

It will be a nervous night, how we deal with those nerves will be critical. We have to learn to thrive on pressure, to turn the butterflies in your stomach into performance. Trouble is, there are 11 stomachs.

The job of the coach is too weed out those who can't handle the pressure and replace them with those who can. It's the only way we'll win things. Players can learn, but that does not mean all will learn, it depends upon their mental makeup.

It is a game we need players to stand up and be counted, talk of dropping Hugo Lloris is plain stupid, he has won a World Cup. It is these big games you want and need those who have experienced the greatest pressure and those who you think can.

Tottenham can get through tonight so let's all enjoy the anticipation and the game.


MCFC v THFC - Do Spurs Have What The Supporters Don't? MCFC v THFC - Do Spurs Have What The Supporters Don't? Reviewed by THBlogNews on 11:46 am Rating: 5

Champions League Qualification Quarter-Finals Results

7:25 am

Champions League Qualification Quarter-Finals Results

Champions League Qualification Quarter-Finals Results

UEFA Champions League Qualification Quarter-Finals

FC BATE Borisov (Belarus) defeated HJK Helsinki (Finland)
FC Astana (Kazakhstan) defeated FC Midtjylland (Denmark)
Qarabağ (Azerbaijan) defeated Futboll Klub Kukësi (Albania)
Malmö FF (Sweden) defeated CFR Cluj (Romania)
Red Star Belgrade (Serbia) defeated FK Sūduva (Lithuania)
PAOK F.C (Greece) defeated Basel (Switzerland)
MOL Vidi (Hungary) defeated Ludogrets (Bulgaria)
Ajax (Holland) defeated Sturm Graz (Austria)
Champions League Qualification Quarter-Finals Results Champions League Qualification Quarter-Finals Results Reviewed by THBlogNews on 7:25 am Rating: 5

A look at the Champions League tonight

9:41 am

Champions League Predictions

UEFA Champions League Week 2 Games

Sevilla CF vs Maribor
Spartak Moscow vs Liverpool
SSC Napoli vs Feyenoord Rotterdam
Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Besiktas JK vs RB Leipzig
AS Monaco vs FC Porto
Bv09 Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid
APOEL Nicosia vs Tottenham Hotspur

Sevilla and Napoli look the home bankers of the games being played in the UEFA Champions League tonight. Manchester City have improved immensely after a season learning what Pep Guardiola wants and of Gabriel Jesus getting used to the Premier League. He came on as a substitute against us last season and looked a high quality player that would become a world star and thrive over here.

Liverpool are favourites to travel to Russia and get a result. Their opponents Spartak Moscow have been a mediocre team for the past decade and return to winning ways last season, which now sees them back in the UEFA Champions League, however, they have returned to being a mediocre team this season and that is good news for Jurgen Klopp.

Tottenham will be taking note of this game because 25-year-old (26 next January) Dutch winger Quincy Promes has scored 49 goals in 90 games since joining them in 2015. He is a player we have been linked with previously and is their leading scorer this season with 6 goals in 9 games.

Of the other games, we need to come back from Cyprus with three points and put ourselves in a strong position ahead of our next game away to Real Madrid. It is fingers crossed that Borussia Dortmund can do us a favour and play out a draw with Real Madrid. Or should we be hoping that the Germans lose their second game and hand us some breathing space?

Red Bull Leipzig are possibly an underestimated side and I can see them getting a result in Turkey with French champions Monaco may have to settle for a draw against Portuguese side Porto.


A look at the Champions League tonight A look at the Champions League tonight Reviewed by THBlogNews on 9:41 am Rating: 5

We almost bought Aubameyang, now we have Kane

7:29 am

We can breath a sigh of relief after we won our tough opening  UEFA Champions League campaign with a 3-1 victory against a ide we had never beaten, in fact we had never taken a point off them.

We had played Borussia Dortmund twice in Europe and lost both times, scoring one goal and conceding 5. That was in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League where we lost 2-1 at home and 3-0 away in the Round of 16.

We managed to change that last night, but it wasn't easy, especially in the first half when Dortmund were showing u how to pass and move with the ball. They also showed us the pace at which to pass and looked very dangerous. We had several last ditch interceptions, but then we are playing in the best competition in Europe, it wasn't meant to be easy.

The poor referee for the game  was the same referee who was in charge of our opening UEFA Champions League game against semi-finalists Monaco at Wembley last season, Gianluca Rocca. His Italian team of consist of Elenito Di Libertore and Mauro Tonolini with the 4th referee being Alberto Tegoni. Jab Vertonghen was unlucky to be sent off for a flailing arm, nobody else was booked for one and he was shown a straight red.

I believe he is going to get a 1 match ban and not a three for a straight red as the referee didn't follow the correct procedure and show a yellow before the red. The Dortmund player was caught with a flailing hand, not an elbow as one website dishonestly shouts it.

That will mean in the next game Eric Dier stepping into the back three and someone replacing him in defensive midfield. I'd be surprised if Foyth played although it is APOEL so he could make his debut. The game isn't until the 26th September (Tuesday), but even so, Wanyama is unlikely to be ready so Harry Winks may get a start.

We faced a striker who we tried to purchase 5 years ago and he wasn't far off joining. In his five years at Dortmund, 28-year-old (29 next June) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored a total of 126 goals in 194 competitive game and his finishing last night was superb, fortunately he was given offside.

Pulisic showed why everyone wants to buy him, but fortunately we showed ourselves to be dangerous on the counter attack as we tore them apart again and again. With better finishing we could have scored 6 or 7 but games rarely go that way.

new buy Serge Aurier showed he is every bit as good as Kyle Walker so perhaps those fans moaning about his sle, a sale he wanted, will realise we did the right thing waiting for him all summer.

I'm delighted we won, as we all are, but feel we dodged a bullet, it was a game we could so easily have lost and certainly one our youngsters can learn from. Dele Alli would have had a field day and he may be important in the away tie, where we will need away goals, unless we have already secured passage of course.


We almost bought Aubameyang, now we have Kane We almost bought Aubameyang, now we have Kane Reviewed by THBlogNews on 7:29 am Rating: 5

CL squad shows the importance of developing our youth players

9:27 am


Vincent Janssen and Eric Lamela have been left out of Spurs UEFA Champions League squad for the group stages and some have assumed it is because Pochettino doesn't rate Janssen and Eric Lamela is still injured.

To a degree that is true, Fernando Llorente has gone into the squad in place of Janssen, there is no hiding that and Erik Lamela has to develop fitness and then match fitness, which the Premier League and domestic cup competitions can provide.

Selecting squads is not as easy as you might think with the UEFA qualifying rules on player legibility, rules designed toi encourage players to produce their own players. That should explain to soime why our youth development system is important and how it takes years to bring a player like Harry Winks through who can increase our club trained quota, which is too low. It stands at one, when really we need three.

Under UEFA Champions League rules there are two sets of players, List A and List B. These are broken down further.

List A

locally trained players dictate the number of non-locally trained players you can have in a squad.

Who are our 'locally trained player'?

This isn't as simple as you would think as there are two different categories here also.

Category 1 - Club-trained players –  these are players who were on Spurs books for three years between the ages of 15 and 21

Category 2 - Association-trained players - The England Football Association, Welsh Football Association, Scottish Football Association for instance are all separate associations.  Any player who was on another football club's books in the same association (in our case the English Football Association) for three years between the ages of 15 and 21. No club can have more than four association-trained players among their eight nominees on List A.

Harry Kane, therefore, is a locally trained player, while Ben Davies was under the Welsh FA so is not a locally trained player, nor is Eric Dier who grew up in Portugal with Sporting and came through their system.

We have to bare all this in mind when working in the transfer market, we can't just go and buy any player, nor can we go and buy any premier League player or any British player, the rules are all about where a player was trained in those formative years.

The Premier League have similar rules for home grown and non-home grown players. That's why a player like Kyle Walker can command a fee greater than you would expect, because he was going to an English club and developed under the English Football Association. He is valuable for a club's UEFA Champions League quota.

List B

A player may be registered on List B if he is born on, or after, 1 January 1995 and has been eligible to play for the club concerned for any uninterrupted period of two years since his 15th birthday (players aged 16 may be registered if they have been registered with the club for the previous two years). Clubs are entitled to register an unlimited number of players on List B during the season, but the list must be submitted by no later than 24:00CET the day before a match.

That's the official simplified version of the full rules taken from the official UEFA website. Harry Winks isn't named in List A because through age he qualifies for List B, where as Dele Alli, a few months older, is in List A.

Harry Kane is the only club trained player in the squad, with a further three association trained players In Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose and Dele Alli.

UEFA rules state that if a club can only field two club trained players then their UEFA Champions League List A can only comprise 21 players.

Had we gone out and bought further foreign players, then we would have had to leave out more than just Vincent Janssen and Eric Lamela and that would perhaps hamper a player like Juan Foyth or Georges-Kevin N'Koudou who we want to develop.

Tottenham Hotspur Squad

Hugo Lloris
Michel Vorm
Paulo Gazzaniga

Kieran Trippier - association trained
Danny Rose - association trained
Toby Alderweireld
Jan Vertonghen
Davinson Sanchez
Juan Foyth
Serge Aurier
Ben Davies

Victor Wanyama
Georges-Kevin N’Koudou
Eric Dier
Moussa Sissoko
Mousa Dembele
Dele Alli - association trained
Christian Eriksen

Heung-Min Son
Harry Kane - club trained
Fernando Llorente


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CL squad shows the importance of developing our youth players CL squad shows the importance of developing our youth players Reviewed by THBlogNews on 9:27 am Rating: 5

Should Spurs target the Premier League or the Europa League?

7:00 pm

Will it be easier to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season through the UEFA Europa League or the Premier League?

As it stands at the minute we have a little gap to close. Plenty of time to do that and when we get our full first team back you would hope that we could then go on a winning run and place some pressure on the other contenders for the top four.

Is the top four a more attainable goal than a Europa League victory? Should we play our strongest side in Europe or should we be using the squad and hoping we are good enough?

Should we buy extra quality in January, if it is available mid-season when other clubs don't want to let their players leave?

There is plenty for Pochettino to ponder, we'll have to wait a while to find out the answers.

Should Spurs target the Premier League or the Europa League? Should Spurs target the Premier League or the Europa League? Reviewed by THBlogNews on 7:00 pm Rating: 5

We should tun up tonight

2:30 pm
Victor Wanyama is looking forward to the must win game tonight and fortunately, we are away from home and two poor performances at Wembley. Those supposed fans who want us to lose need their heads tested. Hardly true fans at all.

Game day

When we played Monaco in the UEFA Europa League they held no fears and we should easily have beaten them at their place, but yet again our finishing wasn't up to par and we gifted them an equalising goal.

At Wembley, they looked an improved outfit, although that may have been helped by us being so poor. Defensively we were all at sea and we simply gifted them two goals to give ourselves an uphill task we couldn't complete.

In this Champions League campaign it is difficult to know how we will perform, we were excellent away to Bayer Leverkusen for 45 minutes and then we weren't in the game, while we beat CSKA Moscow by a solitary goal we had to wait a while for. being away we should turn up tonight, the worry id the home tie.

We should tun up tonight We should tun up tonight Reviewed by THBlogNews on 2:30 pm Rating: 5

Pochettino is right

10:16 pm
Three reasons Tottenham fans should really hope they lose to Monaco.

That headline sums up Football Fancast and why it is such a diabolical website. What right minded Spurs fan wants the club out of the UEFA Champions League?

How are we going to improve as a club if we don't play against the best opposition, test ourselves and learn from the experience?

Clearly the author of this piece has never achieved anything, that is clear from the defeatest attitude. Such an attitude is the opposite of that required to be successful. If we can't handle the Champions League and the Premier League, how are we going to handle it next season or the season after.

It is imperative we remain in the Champions League and progress to the knockout stages, especially as there is a break from the competition in 2 games time until February. Fortunately, Mauricio Pochettino doesn't have such a defeatist attitude and believes the opposite is true, so do I and so should you.

Pochettino is right Pochettino is right Reviewed by THBlogNews on 10:16 pm Rating: 5

Leverkusen might have a chance to sneak this one

7:00 pm


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."

Leverkusen might have a chance to sneak this one Leverkusen might have a chance to sneak this one Reviewed by THBlogNews on 7:00 pm Rating: 5

Voller - Tottenham are unbelievably good

12:30 pm


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."

Voller - Tottenham are unbelievably good Voller - Tottenham are unbelievably good Reviewed by THBlogNews on 12:30 pm Rating: 5

Spurs sell out Wembley again

7:38 am
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.

Spurs sell out Wembley again Spurs sell out Wembley again Reviewed by THBlogNews on 7:38 am Rating: 5

Full game plus highlights

5:00 pm



It took until the 71st minute for us to get the goal that won the game in Russia nd get our Champions League campaign off the mark. If you didn't get to see the game or would like to see it again then the full match plus highlights shows can be found at the following link.

CSKA Noscow vs Tottenham Hotspur

If you watch th first half keep an eye on Wanyama when Alderweireld has the ball you'll see he drifts behind players so he can't receive the ball where he needs to be at an angle where he can receive it. A small matter but one that needs addressing and one that marks Dier out as a better player.

CSKA Moskva vs Tottenham Hotspur Highlights and Full Match
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 27 September 2016
Stadium: Stadion PFK CSKA (Moskva)
Referee: Antonio Mateu

Full game plus highlights Full game plus highlights Reviewed by THBlogNews on 5:00 pm Rating: 5

Who had 100% pass success rate and who was bottom?

7:32 am

CSKA Moscow 0 SPURS 1

The other result in the group made it a very good night for Tottenham as we now sit second in Group E with three points, Monaco are top with four, Bayer Leverkusen third with two points and CSKA Moscow bottom with one point.

As you would expect playing ay home they created some chances but we were by far the better side and fully deserved the victory. We had 65% of the possession away from home, 22 attempts on goal, with only 2 on target though. We had 10 shots off target and 10 blocked. We had double the number of corners, 8 and made 698 passes to their 341 of which 608 were successfully completed.

We had 68% possession in the first-half and 62%in the second. We had 8 goal attempts in the first-half and 14 in the second. We had one shot on goals and 5 off target in each half, while we had 2 shots blocked in the first-half and 8 in the second.

We had 2 corner kicks in the first-half and 6 in the second, Lloris had to make 1 save in each half. We played 392 passes in the first-half, successfully completing 345 of them. In the second we played 306 passes, successfully completing 263.

Pass Success and Total Passes

  1. Harry Winks 100% - 15
  2. Georges-Kevin N'Koudou 92.9% - 14
  3. Kieran Trippier 91.9% - 74
  4. Victor Wanyama 88.8% - 80
  5. Son Heung-min 87.8% - 49
  6. Toby Alderweireld 86.8% - 76
  7. Christian Eriksen 85.9% - 85
  8. Jan Vertonghen 85.2% - 54
  9. Erik Lamela 83.3% - 60
  10. Ben davies 82.7% - 81
  11. Hugo Lloris 80.8% 26
  12. Vincent Janssen 77.5% - 17
  13. Dele Alli 73.5% - 49

Unused subs: Michel Vorm, Kevin Wimmer, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Kyle walker, Josh Onomah

Who had 100% pass success rate and who was bottom? Who had 100% pass success rate and who was bottom? Reviewed by THBlogNews on 7:32 am Rating: 5

Tottenham fix

5:17 pm

There is plenty of football for you tomorrow for us Tottenham fans with two games to watch live.

Our tie with CSKA Moscow from Russia will once again be available for anyone to live stream on, as well as being free-to-air on BT Sport Showcase (Freeview channel number 59).
The squad, deprived of Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Moussa Sissoko have travelled the 1,355 miles which takes 3 hours 45 minutes. Moscow is 2 hours ahead of London.

Prior to that game you can get a real Tottenham fix by watching tomorrow's UEFA Youth League match against CSKA Moscow which is live on BT Sport 3. Kickoff at 12:00 noon and there will be Internet streams available if you are outside of the UK of course.

Tottenham fix Tottenham fix Reviewed by THBlogNews on 5:17 pm Rating: 5

Video: Harry Kane answering press quetions

5:00 pm


Not the result we would all have hoped and the side will have to learn from this experience, complacency is not an option.

Harry Kane answered reporters questions in the press room after the game and the video below is nearly 4 minutes of that. Play the video to hear what he has to say.

Video: Harry Kane answering press quetions Video: Harry Kane answering press quetions Reviewed by THBlogNews on 5:00 pm Rating: 5

Team to face Monaco

5:00 pm


The team to face Monaco at home in the opening UEFA Champions League fixture is a tough one to call. The Premier League take priority, but this is the UEFA Champions League and we will want to do well. The group, to be honest, is there to be won so we should be looking to win it, not just qualify.

Starting well will be important and we have a lot of games coming up, we have just played the first of 7 games in 20 days. Squad rotation will be vital and having a squad where you can bring players in who don't weaken the team essential.

Hugo Lloris will obviously start in goal and Kyle Walker may be rested at right-back. Kieran Trippier may take over alongside Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Ben Davies, with Danny Rose out injured.

Eric Dier is a warhorse and seems to just keep going and I'd expect to see him partnering the returning Moussa Dembele. Not only does he need game time but we need to rotate the squad also and he is not a bad rotation option! I don't think we'll be throwing in Harry Winks or Tom Carroll for such an important game and Wanyama may be set for a rest..

Harry Kane will start as the lone striker which just leaves the three behind him. Playing a French side Georges-Kevin N'Koudou could make the bench, depending upon what Pochettino has seen in training. It is more likely though that he will wait until the League Cup tie against Gillingham to introduce him.

Moussa Sissoko could well be set for more minutes from the bench as Pochettino looks to ease him into the Spurs way of doing things.

Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Erik Lamela and Son Heung-min look to be fighting for three places. Despite his two goal haul at the weekend Son may take his place on the bench and be used again against Sunderland at the weekend.

Lamela, Eriksen, Alli and Kane are the four players most used to playing together so for the opening game, where we would want to get off to a winning start, sticking with these four makes sense.

Predicted Spurs XI
Lloris (c)
Trippier Alderweireld Vertonghen Davies
Dier Dembele
Lamela Alli Eriksen

Subs: Vorm, Walker, Wimmer, Sissoko, Wanyama, Son, Janssen

Team to face Monaco Team to face Monaco Reviewed by THBlogNews on 5:00 pm Rating: 5

Players must mentally be at Wenbley to win a football match

12:30 pm


The player signings continue as Spurs look to tie down a happy squad to contracts that give them and us some security. The latest to pen a new deal is Eric Dier, following hot on the heels of Kyle Walker and reportedly Jan Vertonghen.

Right now the fans and the players are excited by the Champions League, it is a new experience for most of them and Wembley is a sapping pitch. Plus the fact that they will be playing in front of a sellout Wembley stadium, it will be a special night as Mauricio Pochettino told reporters.

"It is difficult to describe the feeling because when we were training with a Champions League ball, with the Champions League logo on our kit, it was exciting for everyone. 
"Then at Wembley there will be nearly 90,000 fans. I cannot imagine what it will be like when we walk down the tunnel to the pitch. It will be an emotional moment. 
"We need to go there and behave naturally. We will have the same routine as we do at White Hart Lane - arrive three-and-a-half hours before the game, have some meetings, prepare for the match in a normal way. 
"We trust ourselves and the way we play. It is a good chance for us to play on a big pitch but in the end we need to adapt, not find excuses. 
"When you play on a big pitch it can help a team who try to build from the back, as we do, because you have more space. Yes, it is bigger than White Hart Lane but we are not worried about our physical condition."

It is all too easy to get caught up in the atmosphere, but as a professional athlete you have to be able to handle the big occasion and everything that surrounds it. You can't let it affect you, you leave that to everyone else. At the end of the day you are there to win a football match, not to savour an experience.

Players must mentally be at Wenbley to win a football match Players must mentally be at Wenbley to win a football match Reviewed by THBlogNews on 12:30 pm Rating: 5

1 day to go

10:00 pm


I day to go now before we play at our UEFA Champions League home, our second home, Wembley.

The table below shows the prize money for the three-year cycle 2015-2018. Whilst it isn't a concern when we play, the more points we get in the group stages the more revenue we generate. The prize money for a draw remains the same but you now get an extra £840,000 if you win.

The following is an extract taken from the official UEFA website
Group stage onward
Forecast revenues
  • The net amount available to participating clubs will be split on a 60:40 basis between fixed amounts and variable amounts (market pool).
  • Based on the net amount of €1.2689bn, the fixed amounts will be €761.9m (group stage allocations, performance and qualification bonuses) and the variable amounts 507m (market pool).
Fixed amounts (€761.9m)
  • Basil allocation for each clug in group stage: €12.7m.
  • Performance bonus per group win: 1.5m 
  • Performance bonus per group draw: €500,000 per draw.
  • Non-distributed amounts (€500,000 per draw) will be pooled and redistributed among the clubs playing in the group stage in amounts proportionate to their number of wins.
  • Round of 16 appearance: €6
  • Quarter-final appearance: €6.5
  • Semi-finalist appearance 7.5m
  • The UEFA Champions League winners can expect to receive €15.5and the runners-up 11m, inclusive of their share of ticket revenue from the final (no additional amount will be paid to the finalists in relation to ticketing as was customary in the past).
A club could therefore receive, at best, €57.2m, not including their play-off allocations or market pool share

1 day to go 1 day to go Reviewed by THBlogNews on 10:00 pm Rating: 5

The Tottenham name is on everyone's lips

11:00 pm
It's a sellout. Tottenham have sold out Wembley for the opening UEFA Champions League group game against Monaco, which will beat the attendances achieved by Arsenal and set a new attendance record for our biggest ever crowd. Our fans were delighted at the ticker prices and have responded for which Daniel Levy is delighted. It all increases media awareness and puts the Tottenham Hotspur name in front to people.

“The response from our fans has been fantastic and is testament to just how big this football club is. This is going to be the best attended Champions League home game in Britain ever – what a way for us to mark our return to the competition.”

A football first business model means generating the income to compete on level terms with the financially richer teams. You can't pay top wages without generating the revenue to do so. Some it seems can't, or more accurately, don't want to grasp that fundamental.

Building a new stadium and new revenue streams is part of that as Sir Alex Ferguson recognised and has spoken about on many occasions. Still we have fans trying to suggest Sir Alex Ferguson is wrong when he says to achieve success on the pitch you have to achieve success off the pitch first. I think Sir Alex has a little more idea of what it takes myself.

Filling Wembley stadium puts our name on the lips of the media, building a state of the art new stadium does the same and is essential to build the Tottenham brand and thus build the income to invest in the football.

Our sustainability approach takes time to build, it has taken a long time to get the stadium off the ground with discussions over an NFL franchise. The suggested spend spend spend business model proposed by others is a model to keep Tottenham below the elite, as we simply don't have the business revenue to support their agenda. It is a model that will hold us back, a model that would not have allowed the stadium to be built. Football isn't building the stadium, business is, commercial revenue is, sponsorship is, partnership deals are.

You can't have one without the other. Where are Newcastle United, the next richest club after us? We finished third in the league and are in the Champions League thanks to our chairman, not because of him, as you all know.

Mauricio Pochettino asked for players, he got players, he insisted he wanted Sissoko when Isco decided to stay at Real Madrid and he got Sissoko. The chairman backed the manager again, but apparently that isn't putting football first

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Champions League Opponents: Monaco

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Monaco hold no fears having played them last season. They are not the moneybags team they were for a brief period and their tiny stadium often sees top stars wanting to leave after a season. Their coach Leonardo Jardim was appointed in July 2014, which makes us a trio of coaches in this group appointed that summer. The development of team philosophies, as Pochettino puts it, should be well embedded by now so no excuse not knowing what to expect from each other.

The game in Monaco last season in the UEFA Europa League saw us draw 1-1, a game we should easily have won. Once again we were not clinical enough in front of goal, but at White Hart Lane there was no mistake. These are two fixtures we can go into with confidence and the short travelling distance is a bonus.

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Official club name:AS Monaco
Address:7 avenue des Castelans
98000 Monaco
Tel:+33 (377) 9205
Fax:+33 (377) 9205
Foundation:Aug 23, 1924

Monaco (FRA)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 58
• How they qualified: third in Ligue 1, play-off winners
• Previous group stage campaigns: 6 (last appearance: 2014/15)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League play-offs/UEFA Europa League group stage
• Best European Cup performance: runners-up (2003/04)


Squad Value: £153.47-million (€179.59m - AUS$386.43m - US$202.90m)

40Loïc BadiashileFrance05/02/1998
16Morgan De SanctisItaly26/03/1977
1Danijel SubašićCroatia27/10/1984
30Seydou SySenegal12/12/1995
Mehdi BeneddineFrance26/02/1996
34Abdou DialloFrance04/05/1996
25Kamil GlikPoland03/02/1988
23Benjamin MendyFrance17/07/1994
47Kévin N'DoramFrance22/01/1996
24Andrea RaggiItaly24/06/1984
6Ricardo CarvalhoPortugal18/05/1978
19Djibril SidibéFrance29/07/1992
32Marcel TisserandCongo DR10/01/1993
38Almamy TouréMali28/04/1996
12Farès BahlouliFrance08/04/1995
14Tiemoué BakayokoFrance17/08/1994
10Bernardo SilvaPortugal10/08/1994
Adrien BongiovanniBelgium20/09/1999
7Nabil DirarMorocco25/02/1986
28Corentin JeanFrance15/07/1995
8João MoutinhoPortugal08/09/1986
27Thomas LemarFrance12/11/1995
Jonathan MexiqueFrance10/03/1995
Rúben VinagrePortugal09/04/1999
20Adama TraoréMali28/06/1995
11Guido CarrilloArgentina25/06/1991
9Radamel FalcaoColombia10/02/1986
18Valère GermainFrance17/04/1990
17Ivan CavaleiroPortugal18/10/1993
29Kylian MbappéFrance20/12/1998
9Vágner LoveBrazil11/06/1984
Leonardo JardimPortugal01/08/1974
Ass. Manager
António VieiraPortugal13/12/1963
André AmitranoFrance30/11/1957


Summer Transfer Window 2016/17 Season

  • In: Morgan De Sanctis (Roma), Kamil Glik (Torino), Djibril Sidibé (LOSC), Benjamin Mendy (Marseille)
  • Out: Jérémy Toulalan (Bordeaux), Paul Nardi (Rennes, loan)

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