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Behind the scenes video for that remarkable Citeh game. 

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Pochettino clearly unhappy with his ‘unsettled’ squad – a reference to Eriksen’s situation. 

But Poch makes an excellent point about it being unfair to compared Citeh and Spurs, with the former’s financial resources. In that light, this is a massive point.

Regarding VAR, Poch has changed his position – his team has benefited in key decisions – but if the decision was against Spurs? We shall see…  

Also, ridiculous for media to ask managers about what will happen in the future (regarding uncertainty in the squad). Nobody can predict the future, it’s just an opinion, which will be meaningless. But well, y’know media idiots as usual. 

LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE!!! CITEH 2 SPURS 2

By all accounts, Spurs did not deserve this point at the Etihad. Citeh had battered Spurs and either due to the brilliance of Spurs’ Man of the Match Hugo Lloris or their own lack clinical finishing, Citeh could not get the win their performance merited. 

And when Gabriel Jesus put the ball in the back in the net from a corner in stoppage, Citeh thought they had done it! But just like four months ago in the Champions League quarter-final, a late winner was chalked off by VAR. 

Last time around it was an offside decision, this time it was handball in the lead-up to the goal. Harsh perhaps but correct according to the letter of the new law. Citeh were livid of course but there’s no arguing with the fact that a correct decision was made, however unjust it might seem. 

From a perspective, we will take the point of course. We were definitely second best and Citeh attacked in waves – our players just could not cope with their expensively assembled side yet again but somehow dug deep to spring yet another surprise at the Etihad. 

Both Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura had taken their chances to tie up the match and that at least demonstrates clinical finishing which would often be Spurs’ Achilles heel. And considering that the likes of Son Heung-Min, Dele Alli, Ryan Sessegnon and Giovanni Lo Celso were still unavailable for selection, this result will give Spurs confidence in their pursuit of Premier League glory this season. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

Match Preview : Man City (Away)

Ahhh this fixture – Citeh away – now conjures up memories of a famous Champions League quarter-final victory last season. 

But while that’s a good starting point, that win should never define our finest hour at the Etihad Stadium and we need to believe that there’s still more to come from Spurs. 

And while Spurs were struggling to overcome a dogged Aston Villa last week, Citeh thrashed the Hammers at a canter, looking very much they were indeed going to carry on like they have done in the last 2 seasons. 

Still, I think Spurs – despite many key players still being available – have the means to give Citeh a much harder fight than the hapless Hammers did. 

Although it seems a bit fanciful to expect a narrow win here, a battling draw might be more probable result. 

Possible line-up : Lloris, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose, Sissoko, Winks, Ndombele, Eriksen, Moura, Kane. 

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If Harry remains injury-free this season, he will win the Golden Boot no worries.

Déjà vu : Spurs 3 Villa 1

When Villa’s Scottish midfielder John McGuin put the newly-promoted side ahead in the 9th minute very much against the run of play, it all seemed so typical Spurs. 

Prior to that, Spurs had been dominant with Lucas Moura missing a gild-edged opportunity. What a difference that might have made. Once Villa went in front, it made Spurs’ task that much more harder as Villa effectively ‘parked the bus’ and invited Spurs to camp in their half. 

Spurs found the going tough, mainly because there was zero movement amongst the attacking trio of Harry Kane, Moura and Erik Lamela. Kane had a chance or two but could not convert. 

For some reason, Spurs always take a long time to get going – if they had been more clinical, the path to victory might have been easier. As it was, it took over 70s minutes, with unsettled playmaker Christian Eriksen now in the thick of the action, to equalise when record signing Tanguy Ndombele scored from outside the box with a well-placed hit. 

Spurs also have the knack of scoring late winners and they did not disappoint as talisman Harry Kane delivered in the 86th and 90th minute respectively, to pick up a deserved three points. 

Compared to the comprehensive victories of Man City and Liverpool, this win looked too close for comfort as far as Spurs were concerned. Sure, many top players were unavailable viz. Son Heung-Min, Dele Alli, Giovani Lo Celso, Ryan Sessegnon, Serge Aurier etc BUT that should not be an excuse for Spurs struggling to put away a side that will most probably be battling relegation the entire season. 

Would it have been different if Eriksen was playing from the start? Did he – as some pundits suggest – make all the difference? Of course, Eriksen at the peak of his powers is a tremendous asset but does he want to stay? Considering the cooling of interest amongst the top European clubs for Eriksen’s services, he might consider staying put for one more season but without the club losing out on a significant payday. We shall see … 

In any case, a win is a win and for now, this is a good start to a new season! 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

Match Preview : Aston Villa (Home) 10 August 2…

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The day has finally come! 

It has been slightly over two months since we were disappointed in the Champions League final and in that time, the status of our club has risen visibly as the arrivals of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon demonstrate. Not to mention the serious links with Dybala, which sadly did not bear fruit. 

With a decent pre-season under our belt, Spurs look fairly confident going into this opening day against newly-promoted side Aston Villa. Managed by Dean Smith, the Villains have been busy in the transfer market since beating Derby County in that Wembley play-off final, spending over £100m on 12 (!) players.

Of course, that was precisely the strategy of Fulham last season with relegation the result! Thus, it remains to be seen if Villa can avoid the Cottagers fate despite adopting the same strategy. 

Villa will find Spurs a tough challenge, especially on the back of good pre-season form, performing well in matches against Juventus, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Inter. I believe Spurs are more than ready to get an opening day win. 

That said, there are worryingly a lot of names on the unavailable list viz, Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min, Juan Foyth, Ryan Sessegnon and Ben Davies. Unlikely to start are the likes of Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama and Serge Aurier, all having just returned to full training. 

Still, we have enough depth in our current squad to secure all three points. 

Possible lineup : Lloris, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Sissoko, Winks, Ndombele, Lamela, Moura, Kane. 

(With Lo Celso on the bench) 

Note – It should be interesting to see whether Poch plays the unsettled Eriksen. Seems like a huge risk to play him, despite Poch’s assurances that all his players have a professional attitude. Eriksen’s performances during pre-season would suggest otherwise. We shall see. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

Welcome to Tottenham, Gio Lo Celso! 

Welcome to Tottenham, Gio Lo Celso! 

Not only does Gio have a couple of fellow countrymen to bed him in, there are also a couple of ex-PSG colleagues (Serge Aurier and Lucas Moura) to provide Gio with that familiarity that will make settling in that much more easier!

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

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“I am so happy”

As always, Pochettino is very candid about his thoughts & feelings ahead of Spurs’ opening game against newly-promoted Aston Villa. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

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Are you ready for the new season? 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!