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Precisely the tonic we needed after the tepid defeat at Old Trafford. 

Right from the kick-off, Spurs looked like a team with an overwhelming desire to win. Poor Burnley had no answer to the potent attacking play of Kane, Moura, Dele and Son. 

And Son provided the highlight of the match with a world class individual effort, picking the ball just outside his own penalty box and then racing down the length of the field, evading Burnley defenders’ desperate tackles before calmly slotting home. 

Kane opened the scoring with an early goal, putting a rocket past the helpless Pope, an indication of the day the Burnley goalkeeper was going to have. This was quickly followed up by a dynamic team move with ended up with Moura prodding home from close range. 

In the second half, Spurs took their foot off the pedal somewhat but still managed engineer a brace of goals – from Kane and Sissoko (!) to complete an excellent day out. 

Jose Mourinho would have been especially pleased with the clean sheet though to be honest, Aurier did nothing to enhance his reputation as a defender as he allowed Burnley winger McNeill too much time and space to deliver decent crosses throughout the game. Luckily for Spurs, nothing worked for the visiting strikers but certainly a problem to take note. 

Still work to be done BUT Spurs still heading in the right direction under Mourinho. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

Midweek Old Trafford defeat somewhat brought Spurs back down to earth after the semi-euphoria of Jose Mourinho’s first three matches. The team reverted back to type – tepid, lacklustre and indecisive, all hallmarks of this troubled season thus far. 

Thankfully, there isn’t too much time to sulk over these issues as the December fixture crunch brings a competent Burnley side to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to provide another stern test. 

The Lancashire club is only two points off Spurs in 12th place but have lost their last two games giving Spurs the chance to continue the Mourinho rehabilitation with another three points.

What has concerned Spurs fans – aside from our defensive frailties – is the relative lack of game time for Lo Celso, Ndombele and Sessegnon and the continued reliance on Eriksen, despite rumours that the Dane has set his sights on a transfer. 

The Burnley encounter would be a perfect opportunity for Mourinho to declare his intentions regarding our trio of new recruits – do they have a place in Mourinho’s vision or will the Head Coach look elsewhere down the line?

Certainly, it was obvious that the players looked jaded in midweek and Mourinho might need to freshen the team and make full use of the squad available to him. Somehow I doubt it and would assume that Mourinho will continue to rely on the same group of players. 

Possible lineup : Gazzaniga, Aurier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dier, Ndombele, Dele, Lo Celso, Son, Kane. 

Whatever the selection, this is 3 points for the taking and anything less would be a massive disappointment.  

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

TFB Premier League Log Prediction 2019/20

1. Man City

2. Liverpool

3. Tottenham

4. Arsenal

5. Everton

6. Chelsea

7. Man United

8. Leicester

9. Wolves

10. Watford

11. Bournemouth

12. West Ham

13. Aston Villa

14. Crystal Palace

15. Southampton

16. Burnley

17. Norwich City

18. Brighton & Hove

19. Newcastle United

20. Sheffield United

Am not disappointed with this result to be honest. Have never believed that Spurs have been in the title race. For me, it’s always been top 4 from day 1 and in any case, it’s Man City’s title all the way. 

But what was annoying of course was the media narrative. Title contenders? Nope. Never a single moment this season. But of course, the media build us up to pull us down. Inevitably. 

Considering how we have been punching way above our weight in recent weeks with injuries etc it was only a matter of time before we would get unstuck. And Burnley away was that game. 

We were probably lucky to beat them at Wembley and this time our luck ran out. Say what you want about the corner from which Burnley got their opening goal, this defeat was mainly down to defensive errors from both Serge Aurier and Danny Rose. Upfront Son Heung-Min and Christian Eriksen were below par. 

The really important takeaway is that Harry Kane is well and truly back. Didn’t look rusty and he took his goal with some aplomb. He’s definitely up and running and that is crucial with Chelsea, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund looming. 

I sincerely hope the media leaves Spurs alone from now on and let us complete the job of Champions League qualification without any more unnecessary fuss. 

Credit to Burnley – they rode their luck, defended very well and took their chances. For Spurs, it’s time to re-group for the challenges ahead. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

After the sensational 3-0 Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund, Spurs have had a 10-day match break AND also welcomed back both Harry Kane and Ben Davies to training. 

Thus, the signs are very good for Spurs going into this crucial fixture against in-form Burnley at Turf Moor. With Liverpool playing Man Utd and Man City involved in the Carabao Cup final, a win today might bring Spurs within two points of the league leaders. 

With only Dele Alli a definite absentee, manager Mauricio Pochettino has many options at his disposal as he plots another 3 points on the road for Spurs – one of the best records in Europe. 

Pochettino will still have to consider the key matches that will come and thick fast after this fixture – a derby double-header in the Premier League at Chelsea (Wednesday, 8pm) and then Arsenal at Wembley (Saturday week, 12.30pm) followed by the Champions League Round of 16, second leg at Borussia Dortmund (Tuesday 5 March, 8pm).

Nothing less than 3 points will do. 

Possible line-up : Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Moura, Son. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

Spurs left it late once again but got the result they needed to keep their season simmering nicely. 

Despite the numerous obstacles viz. injuries galore, inclement weather, stubborn Burnley defending, player fatigue and a temporary home that has lost its appeal, manager Mauricio Pochettino and his team kept plugging away to the very end. 

Burnley effectively parked the bus. Their intent was clear from the get go and Spurs found it extremely difficult to create any chances. Pochettino had shuffled his pack somewhat with injuries and the midweek Carabao Cup quarter-final against the Arsenal to consider. 

Ben Davies was drafted in as a centre-back to partner Toby Alderweireld in the absences of Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez, Juan Foyth AND Eric Dier, while 18 year old Oliver Skipp was given his Premier League debut in central midfield. Key performers Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min and Harry Winks were all rested on the bench.

Along with Fernando Llorente, Son and Eriksen were brought on after the hour mark as Pochettino attempted to find a solution to Burnley’s defensive tactics. And when the assistant referee signalled four minutes of injury time, it did look like Spurs’ best efforts for the day would be in vain. 

But then, Kieron Tripper hoisted a hopeful punt towards Llorente and even though he missed the ball, he distracted two Burnley centre-backs enough for Dele Alli to get the ball to Harry Kane. Kane held the ball up for a second and then laid off a gorgeous pass to the unmarked Eriksen to cooly finish and win the game!

Ironically, it was good ol’ route one football that finally did Burnley in. Pochettino’s substitutions had worked a charm and proved that Spurs did indeed have a Plan B AND that Spurs were capable of winning ugly when the going went tough. 

This was Pochettino’s 100th Premier League win and the best points total after 17 games for Spurs. Kudos to Pochettino and the team for doing whatever was necessary to keep Spurs fans smiling. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

A true test of the quality and the mentality of the Spurs players is being able to bring their ‘A’ game to a routine Premier League game like this as they did in the midweek game at the Nou Camp. 

What Spurs must avoid is a Champions League hangover, something very evident in the defeat at the Emirates. No repeat will be tolerated.

The physical conditioning will also be a factor for manager Mauricio Pochettino to consider and with injured defenders like Serge Aurier, Kieron Tripper, Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth possibly unavailable, Pochettino may not have much of a choice in his team selection. 

With the midweek Carabao Quarter-Finals against the Arsenal on the horizon as well, the fixtures certainly complicate the issue for Pochettino. BUT this is exactly what being a successful team is all about.

I believe that whatever team Pochettino puts out will be too good for struggling Burnley and though it will be a difficult challenge, Spurs will continue to march on with another comfortable three points in their pursuit of a top 4 place. 

Predicted lineup : Lloris, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Sissoko, Eriksen, Lamela, Moura, Kane. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

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Predicted Premier League Table 2018/19

1. Manchester City

2. Liverpool

3. Manchester United

4. Arsenal

5. Chelsea

6. Tottenham Hotspur

7. Everton

8. West Ham United

9. Leicester City

10. Wolverhampton Wanderers

11. Crystal Palace

12. Fulham

13. Burnley

14. Watford

15. Southampton

16. Brighton and Hove Albion

17. Bournemouth

18. Newcastle

19. Huddersfield

20. Cardiff City