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Soldado, Lloris, AVB, Bale, Redknapp

9:02 am
Roberto Soldado marked his territory yesterday scoring on his debut from the penalty spot in the 1-1 draw with Espanyol at White Hart Lane. Who exactly was going to take our penalties is the last 2 years has been a bit of a mystery, Defoe is awful at them, Ade could take one and Bale knows how to kick a ball, but they are Soldado's department now. The cool way in which he took it shows they are in good hands.

According to French sports daily L'Equipe, Monaco are considering a move for Hugo Lloris having been turned down in their approaches for Marseille's Steve Madanda, Saint-Etienne's Stephane Ruffier and Barcelona's Victor Valdes.

Gareth Bale will apparently link up with Wales next week but as to his Spurs future Andre Villas-Boas wouldn't discuss it. It was known a long time before that he would take no part in yet another Spurs game with the season only a week away and AVB indicated he wouldn't play against Crystal Palace either.

Villas-Boas said: "The only thing I can say about the stories is I am not going to comment because everybody has speculated a lot. There are some different stories, some which are not true, with people inventing without knowledge of what is going on.

"The only thing I can tell you is the player is under the treatment of the medical department for this pain in the foot which is disturbing him.

"He has been called up for his national team [for a friendly match against the Republic of Ireland], our medical department is going to be in contact with the Wales medical department to make sure they have everything available in terms of giving information on how the player has been doing in these last weeks.

"Regarding the speculation, I don't want to extend myself further than I have told you.

"The only thing we can do is make information available to the Welsh FA. If he gets to a fixture available to play it is because he hasn't felt pain. He is training on his own so there is a possibility he makes a recovery.

He was asked if Bale would be playing against Crystal Palace and AVB answered he wouldn't be fit.

"If we manage to recover the player, but obviously he is far far off fitness regarding what the others have done. It is three weeks since he played for Tottenham so I wouldn't expect him to play for us."

Jamie Redknapp has his say again, he is keen for Bale to go to Madrid as he is looking at it from a players viewpoint.

He claims Tottenham are resigned to losing Gareth Bale to Real Madrid because he has 'outgrown' the club.

"I feel sorry for the real Madrid people dealing with Daniel and I mean that in the nicest possible way" says former Spurs midfielder Redknapp. Every pound is a prisoner with Daniel.  He will make it so difficult for them.

"What Spurs are trying to do is get their work done, then go and sell Bale.  But it won’t happen until the end of the window.  Daniel knows full well that if he sells Bale first, then rings up about a player, clubs will ask far more. It’s a poker game and Daniel is the best player in town.

"I still believe it will happen because he wants to go. I’ve spoken to some of the players at Tottenham and they have said he’s outgrown the club now. I read Gareth Bale wrong because he’s a quiet lad and I wasn’t sure he wanted to go at this point.

"But fair enough, he seems to know he’s ready and it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Until Tottenham change their wage structure it’s always going to be the stumbling block to keep their best players.

"Last year they were too reliant on Bale and maybe now it will be more of a team effort. They’ve signed a lot of excellent players. I don’t think Daniel would have been too happy to have signed Soldado for that kind of money (£26m) age his age (28) but it’s very hard to sign a quality centre forward these days. They are assembling a very strong squad in almost every position.

He finishes mentioning the risk to Spurs keeping Bale until the end of the window but as it is clear Bale won't be playing before the window shuts it hardly applies this time. "You could see the disruption before Spurs sold Luka Modric. They had a bad start and got trounced by Man City and Man Utd. Modric was sulking and didn’t want to play."

Soldado, Lloris, AVB, Bale, Redknapp Soldado, Lloris, AVB, Bale, Redknapp Reviewed by THBlogNews on 9:02 am Rating: 5

One bout under AVB's belt, bring on bout number two

10:30 pm
A year is a devil of a long time in the life of a Premier League football manager, none more so than our own AVB.

Hounded out of Chelsea by old men unwilling to change. The press were having a field day, punch after punch rained down on him. Abramovich stopped the fight and declared AVB the loser. The young pretender went away to lick his wounds. Daniel Levy saw his opportunity. One mistake doesn't suddenly mean a loss of ability, he just needed someone to have faith in him.

Joe Lewis wanted Harry Redknapp out, so Levy was in a strong position, a man of quality was available cheap. Unfortunately England didn't play ball and wouldn't pay the compensation to take Harry from us, so appointed a dinosaur on cheap wages to take the nation's football backwards. Never mind, a guy regarded as one of the best up and coming managers in world football was available and whilst Chelsea paid £15.5 million to get him, he was available on a free to Daniel, just the sort of deal he likes.

Out with the old, in with the new. A new young man with ambition, with vitality and a vision that matched our own, to build a dynasty of success based around youth.

Optimism abounded, a new world class training facility, a new season dawned, a new approach, new ideas, a new mentality, the no excuse culture was born. Time for his first bout.

Round One saw AVB saw gentle sparring, a no lose approach which saw forwards taken off for defensive players to protect what we had. Things did not go to plan, the opposition spotted our weakness and kept grabbing late points.

Round Two brought a change of approach. Hanging on was dispensed with, a subtle shift in Bale's role pushing him wider and further forward brought greater belief and the results started to flow.

Round Three saw more of the same, a period on top, picking off opponents as we went about our work.

Round Four again saw AVB make a tactical change, Bale was given a free role, the gamble that his attacking would outweigh the defensive problems it would create. A period of adjustment.

Round Five and we receive a blow, Sandro falls injured, we have to regroup and eek out points.

Round Six and we went for the knock out, racking up the points the end of the bout was in sight.

Round Seven and we started to tie up, tension, fear allowed opponents back in.

Round Eight and it's tight, we are fight on guts, it'll come down to a points decision. Alas it doesn't go our way.

His first bout for us and a narrow points defeat but there was promise, something to work on. The coach knows his boxer now and is working areas to take him to the next level.

Bring on bout number two.

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One bout under AVB's belt, bring on bout number two One bout under AVB's belt, bring on bout number two Reviewed by THBlogNews on 10:30 pm Rating: 5

Who would you rather Harry let go?

7:01 pm
With the commotion relating to the apparent Bent/Bentley/Pavlyuchenko departure(s), who would you actually like to see leave the club?

We felt a bit let down when we read the reports surrounding our Russian striker a few weeks ago. He surely deserves at least another season, after all, he's been playing continuously since March 2008.

As far as we're concerned, Bent and Bentley can pack their bags. Although we feel that Darren Bent is a useful Premier League striker, he just hasn't managed to perform at Spurs.

As for Bentley, the less said the better.
Who would you rather Harry let go? Who would you rather Harry let go? Reviewed by PoshSpur on 7:01 pm Rating: 5

The gameplan for Sunday

11:58 am
We are all familiar with Harry Redknapp’s prioritisation policy, but our manager knows the importance of Sunday’s Carling Cup final clash with Manchester United. He had a taste of Wembley glory last season with Portsmouth and more silverware, gained through upsetting the best team in Europe will be another notable feather in his managerial cap.

Victory would also be a boost to a team that has faced the ignominy of a relegation battle all season, securing European qualification at a time when our UEFA Cup fixtures are viewed as little more than a hindrance. It is hoped they would not be next season.

However, retention of the trophy and qualification for the first season of the Europa League somehow seems as far away as it did when we embarked on the campaign in the dark days of early season.

Manchester United have an aura of invincibility that makes their target of winning the five tournaments they entered this season eminently achievable. 10 straight Premier League wins and one goal conceded in their last 15 league matches shows the size of Spurs’ task. How will we defeat the Red Devils and repeat last year’s success?

That victory over Chelsea is the first place to look. Players intimidated by our opponents only need look at those who constructed that famous win – as the cliché goes, anything is possible in football and we must not lack self-belief.

Tactically Harry might well use our recent FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford as a blueprint. Although a 2-1 reverse was the final outcome, the manager was pleased with the way our five-man midfield stifled United’s threat, with the doubling up on Cristiano Ronaldo particularly successful.

Spurs played that match under-strength and with a clear counter-attacking mentality, and whilst we will not start the final in the same defensive frame of mind, the absence of Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and Fraizer Campbell might force Harry to again play Luka Modric behind Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Darren Bent appears to be on borrowed time at the club and can expect a place on the bench – having no striking cover on the sidelines might be dangerous.

Wilson Palacios is also unavailable, so Didier Zokora will perform ball-winning duties alongside Jermaine Jenas, who will need to support the front man with his bursts from midfield that have been lacking this season. Tom Huddlestone had a good impact as a substitute last year and we might need him again to come on to pick passes as we search for goals.

The back four will pick itself (fitness permitting) with the containment of Ronaldo and Dimitar Berbatov a priority. Our former striker was allowed too much space in the FA Cup tie and Ledley King will be keen to prevent him dropping deep and enjoying time on the ball.

Heurelho Gomes will be back between the sticks, which should not alarm Spurs fans as much as they might fear – Carlo Cudicini was as unsure on set pieces against Hull City as the Brazilian has been at any point this season. United are as dangerous from corners and free kicks as anyone and it does not need saying that they are threatening enough without being gifted soft goals.

The final should be a tight, low-scoring affair and we should hope Spurs’ frustrating tactics can produce a 1-0 win, the scoreline that United have benefited from so much recently. They have conceded more than once just three times in 26 league matches, meaning a clean sheet is crucial to our hopes of victory.

Written by Philip Oliver, a Tottenham Hotspur supporter and professional sports writer who blogs about Carling Cup gambling and football in general.
The gameplan for Sunday The gameplan for Sunday Reviewed by PoshSpur on 11:58 am Rating: 5

Redknapp Speaking with Everton

Sandra Redknapp has been spotted speaking with Everton's David Moyes.

It's believed that she's been signed in a bid to solve Everton's striker problems.

....thank you very much!!
Redknapp Speaking with Everton Redknapp Speaking with Everton Reviewed by Frank Spencer on 1:49 pm Rating: 5
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