Results for Spurs vs Tromso

Vlad Chiriches work permit arrives

4:55 pm
At long last Vlad Chiriches work permit has arrived so it is possible for him to feature tonight. Even though he has been frustrated by the wait he has of course been training so he has the fitness and has experienced our system in training.

For those of you who want to watch the game tonight it is being covered by ITV4 following the Valencia vs Swansea game. The programme starts at 5.30pm (17.30hrs) with kick-off at 6pm (18.00hrs).

The Tottenham Hotspur vs Tromso game starts at 8.05pm (20.05hrs) if you only want to tune in for our game. If you are in the US you can find it on Fox Sports 1, Dish network 150 and Direct TV channel 219.

On Football Focus on Saturday is an interview with Jermain Defoe where he talks about what Andre Villas Boas has said to him and about not wanting to be an impact substitute.

Leyton Orient's latest legal challenge to West Ham taking over tenancy of the Olympic Stadium has failed. The rules in place that say no club can move within 2 miles of another seemingly will be ignored. The point of the Premier League and the FA making rules is what?

Watch Tottenham Hotspur vs Tromsø live on Thursday, September 19, 2013:

In Canada at 15:05 ET on: Sportsnet World Online, Sportsnet Ontario / East / West / Pacific, TVA Sports

Internationally at 19:05 GMT on: UEFA Match Centre

In Norway at 21:05 CET on: C Sports Live, MAX Norge

In UK at 20:05 BST on: ITV 4

In USA at 15:05 ET on: Fox Soccer 2Go, Fox Sports 1, SiriusXM FC, ESPN3

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Priority is the league, Tromso manager + Erik Thorstvedt pointers.

1:21 pm
Our former goalkeeper turned TV pundit back home in Norway Erik Thorstvedt has been speaking to the club and an article appears in the programme ahead of tonight's clash against Norwegian side Tromso.

“I live over here in Norway and I work with the Premier League on TV, and I’ve seen every Spurs game so far this season.

“Tromso have had a disappointing season. They have been quite good for the last two seasons, but they’re in real danger of actually getting relegated this time, so that may influence the way they go about the competition.

“They have a young guy in their team called Josh Pritchard, who is from Stockport originally, and he has come over on loan from Fulham, so I’m sure it will be a special moment for him if he gets the chance to play against Spurs.

“They’ve also got a really, really quick right back called Hans Norbye, and their striker is a good finisher.
“Spurs should perhaps be more concerned about November 28, which is the second time the clubs will meet, as it’s late in the year and Tromso is the northernmost top level team in Norway and the weather conditions could be pretty harsh.”

Tromso are only out of a relegation place on goal difference despite beating top of the table Tosenborg on Sunday. They play the team bottom of the Tippeligaen next, Sarpsborg 08 away from home and then the team occupying that final relegation place, third from bottom side Start.

Tromso manager Christensen told Tromso based Norwegian newspaper Nordlys that he will priortise their up coming important league games.

"I said clearly in the dressing room that we won't compromise on the Tippeligaen. We are going to make some changes against Tottenham, I can almost guarantee that.

"Some will play all three games, but there are more who won't play all three. If you choose with your heart and not your brain you will push yourself into a corner. Two are the most important from the next three matches, the two in the Tippeligaen."

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AVB on Chiriches, Lennon, Chadli & Lamela

10:37 am
News from the injury front ahead of tonights Europa League tie against Tromso at The Lane, which you can see on ITV4, is that Etienne Capoue is obviously still out with his ankle injury, Lennon will be out maybe for another couple of weeks and we are still waiting on the paperwork for Vlad Chiriches.

Andre Villas-Boas on Vlad Chiriches: “We are expecting [the paperwork] anytime soon, it could have even arrived today [yesterday], but it hasn’t and he’s not going to be involved.

“I think for Bulgaria and Romania the process takes a bit longer. Sometimes it happens quicker.

“At the moment we are waiting for the post to arrive for the player to be registered. As awkward as it may look and sound, that is the reality. Obviously the player is frustrated with the situation but we can’t do anything about it.”

Andre Villas-Boas on Nacer Chadli: “Chadli was not involved against Norwich and won’t be involved against Tromso because he hasn’t recovered from a slight strain that he has.”

Andre Villas-Boas on Erik Lamela: “It was finally good for us to have him training for three days with the team. At the moment he’s selected for the game and I think his quality will threaten to be in the team very soon."

Andre Villas-Boas on Aaron Lennon: “With Lennon we’re still making steady progress on his foot injury.

“Unfortunately for us it’s taking more time than we expected. It’s not a stress fracture, it’s a stress response on the bone of his foot.

“It’s very very difficult because it’s a situation in which we have to allow the pain to disappear completely. He still feels the pain, so maybe one more week or two more weeks, I don’t know.”

AVB on Chiriches, Lennon, Chadli & Lamela AVB on Chiriches, Lennon, Chadli & Lamela Reviewed by THBlogNews on 10:37 am Rating: 5

Spurs vs Tromso

6:47 pm
It's Tromso at White Hart Lane tomorrow tonight in the Europa League group stages. The tournament while still being seen by the small minded as not worth bothering with, has grown in importance for Spurs under Andre Villas-Boas.

With the desire to build a winning mentality within the club every tournament is now important, winning is not just something you turn on and off at will. Former captain Steve Perryman is in no doubt about the tournaments importance.

“For me it is a ­fantastic competition. It always was. And it really does take some winning so I am immensely proud to be have been involved in three finals.

"That doesn't make it a second rate competition, far from it. It gave us some special nights at White Hart Lane, memorable ones and there is something different about European football at the Lane, the atmosphere is really vibrant.

“There was a school of thought when we was playing in it that it was more difficult to win in some ways than the European Cup. Invariably, you played teams that were improving, on the up if you like. You often found that the teams in the UEFA Cup were teams that were progressing and quite often finished that season as champions of their own league.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t quite manage to do that but the competition gave us some fantastic memories.

“If I had to recall one, it would be when we played AC Milan back in 1972. I scored two goals at White Hart Lane that helped get us through and that season we beat Wolves in the final.

“And we beat Feyenoord one night at home by 4-2 .... and they had Johan Cruyff in their line-up. Glenn Hoddle was magnificent that night.

“Ajax, Bayern Munich. All wonderful matches against top clubs.

“And I believe Tottenham can do really well this season. They put out a strong team against Dinamo Tblisi and still had a whole list of big names not even involved.

“They have put together a really strong squad and bought well in the summer. That means they can handle the fixtures and really make a big bid to win the trophy. It provides you with fantastic experiences.

“Yes, you play against some of the big names in European football. But you also travel to remote places and play opposition you have never heard of until the draw.

“But that is a test in itself because you are going into the unknown. You have no idea what you are facing and that is a test in itself. You have to learn to contend with the travel but you are better for that.

“Andre Villas-Boas will take it seriously, I am sure of that. And they have the talent in numbers to go all the way.”

We now have a squad who all naturally want to play so a degree of rotation will have to be used to ensure players aren't burnt out later in the season. Keeping everyone happy is not going to be easy

There are players returning from injury, new signings to be integrated and others just sitting on a bench desperate for a game. Thursday night football now offers us an opportunity to play a strong side, but not the first eleven.

Tromso are making changes to their team as they have an important relegation fixture at the weekend.

Hugo Lloris has been ill recently so a break for him wouldn't go amiss which gives a game to Friedel or Gomes. Kyle Naughton needs a game and Younis Kaboul who may well captain the side not only needs game time to get match fit but games to learn our high line system of play.

Who is likely to start alongside him depends upon Chiriches work permit which still hadn't been sorted by the weekend. If it still hasn't come through then Vertonghen may well play with Rose at left-back.

Sandro didn't start at the weekend so I'd expect to see him anchor the midfield with Holtby and Eriksen completing the trio. I'd give Paulinho a complete rest with games on Sunday and Tuesday coming up.

Upfront Defoe simply has to be given a game leaving only the wide areas. Chadli didn't play at the weekend because of an abductor injury and he is still out, as is Aaron Lennon. AVB has spoken about Lamela getting more game time over the coming games (3 in 6 days).

"It was finally good for us to have a few days training with the team and there is a possibility he could start against Tromso. He is selected for the game and a player of his quality will threaten to be in the team very soon.

"He has played in different positions up front from a young age. When he left River Plate, first he played behind the striker, then on the left, then as a right winger. The experience he has in three positions means he is creative in all three positions."

He needs game time to help integrate himself so I would play him on one wing with Townsend making up my XI.

Naughton Kaboul (c) Vertonghen Rose
Holtby Sandro Eriksen
Townsend Defoe Lamela

Subs: Gomes, Walker, Dawson, Sigurdsson, Dembele, Kane, Soldado

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