Category: COYS

How did we win that? Even Jose Mourinho admitted that Southampton were the better side. Well, once more the Mourinho factor kicks in to earn a victory despite a poor performance. 

To be fair, at 75 minutes, after Danny Ings had out the Saints 2-1 ahead, it looked all over for Spurs and deservedly so. Even though we took an early lead with a lucky deflected Ndombele goal, Spurs were tepid, ponderous and lacklustre for most of the game. Southampton were dominant (with 67% possession at one stage) and deserved to go through. 

But then, things clicked for Spurs in the last 15 minutes. Subs Dele Alli and Gedson Fernandes made THE difference. The move which led to the equaliser began with a cheeky Dele flick and as the play moved forward Dele had the decisive touch to put Lucas Moura in a position to score, which he did with aplomb! 

Dele and Gedson were both in the winning goal. Breaking through the Saints defence, Dele played a sumptuous through ball for Son Heung-Min and Sonny was brought down for a deserved penalty. And with two minutes left on the clock, Sonny cooly converted to send us into the 5th round!

If you wanted to focus on negatives, there were many. Vertonghen, Ndombele (despite his goal), Sessegnon, Tanganga, Dier all looked off the pace. Without Lo Celso or Dele for most of the game, there was no link to the front players which meant that Sonny and Lucas were also struggling. Yes, two ugly lucky wins in four games but Mourinho knows he has a massive task ahead if we are to get something out of this wretched season. 

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Spurs have got a new hero, Steven Bergwijn, signed from PSV before the close of the transfer window & scoring a crucial goal on his debut. 

Citeh fans will argue that this Spurs win was lucky and very ugly – I will not dispute that – but when you consider that Raheem Sterling should have been sent out for his horror tackle on Dele Alli, thereby reducing Citeh to NINE men when Oleksandr Zinchenko was red-carded in the 2nd half, then maybe Citeh were the lucky & ugly ones!

Not only that but Ilkay Gundogan missed a gild-edged chance to score when Hugo Lloris saved his penalty, and not to mention the numerous glaring chances that Citeh spurned, then perhaps Citeh should look to themselves and wonder why their Billionaire Boys were misfiring!

Son Heung-Min made the game relatively safe in the 70th minute but Spurs continued to defend deep without the ball (only 33% possession) and ground out a vital 3 points, Mourinho-styled it must be said, which brings us closer to Chelsea and that coveted Top 4 spot. 

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There was a moment just before Spurs’ winner where loud boos reverberated around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as it appeared that bottom club Norwich were gaining the ascendancy in this game. 

Luckily for Spurs, in the next attacking move, Dele Alli’s shot was deflected and looped over Norwich keeper Tim Krul gifting Son Heung-Min with an open goal, which he did not spurn. 

Spurs hung on for the remaining 10 minutes to take three precious points but it was far from convincing. Spurs had ended the first half ahead with a typical Alli goal, their first Premier League goal in four games (!) and looked comfortable in the lead. 

But that confidence vanished in the 2nd half when Norwich took the game to Spurs and suddenly, Spurs looked lost at sea. The hapless Ryan Sessegnon conceded a penalty which Teemu Pukki converted and Spurs looked to be on the ropes till luck turned their way. 

Clear and obvious that with the injuries to Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko, Ben Davies and the whole Christian Eriksen transfer saga, this Spurs squad is in a very bad place. Daniel Levy is to blame, having neglected squad development in last couple of transfer windows. 

That all said, apart from Liverpool, the rest of the Premier League clubs have been so inconsistent that Spurs are still only six points away from the top 4, even though we are clearly having a poor transitional season. 

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Highlights? You have got to be joking.

This was a dire match to watch for both sets of fans. The only difference is that Saints got a goal. 

Yet another insipid lifeless away performance from Spurs – a common feature of 2019 now repeats into the new year. Not a good sign. 

Spurs have to buy in January! If not, mid-table mediocrity awaits. A mammoth task for Jose Mourinho cuz our much-vaunted squad looks unmotivated to do even the simple things. Sigh. 

Yet another opportunity to pick up points in this hectic Xmas season. 

Whilst Norwich lie at the bottom of the league, Spurs would do well not to under-estimate the Canaries. After all, they have already beaten the champions, Man City, on home turf, so anything is still possible. 

Once more, this is an away win on paper but Spurs have to consider the cost of the victory over Brighton on Boxing Day as yellow cards shown to Sissoko and Winks resulted in suspensions for this crucial game.

Which makes Mourinho’s selection quite tricky especially as apart from Dier, neither Ndombele and Wanyama have really started under the new head coach in the last month. I expect Mourinho to keep most of his favoured line-up intact save for the enforced absences. 

A narrow win for Spurs wouid be the perfect end to 2019!

Possible line-up : Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Dier, Ndombele, Lo Celso, Alli, Moura, Kane. 

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As pretty as Dele Alli’s goal was to win this tight encounter, it did not reflect Spurs’ overall performance in this hard-fought Boxing Day fixture against a feisty Brighton side. 

In the first half, the old habits of early season Spurs were on full display. Ponderous toothless attack, nervous defending and general apathy amongst the players about how to get the better of (admittedly) inferior opposition. 

Kudos to head coach Jose Mourinho for changing things around in the second half. The introduction of Giovani Lo Celso brought greater urgency to Spurs’ offensive approach. Lucas Moura’s endeavour was rewarded with a huge slice of fortune which gave Harry Kane two bites of the cherry before burying Spurs’ equaliser emphatically. 

Then, Christian Eriksen was brought on and suddenly gaps were opening up in Brighton’s middle third for Spurs to exploit. Eriksen acquitted himself well with a lovely ball that found Serge Aurier in the penalty box and the wing back’s flick found Dele Alli in space to instinctively lift the ball over Brighton’s Matt Ryan for a brilliant team goal that proved to be the winner. 

That was the 72nd minute and Mourinho took immediate action to secure the three points with a defensive substitution that more or less brought Spurs home. This victory was absolutely vital as it returned Spurs to winning ways and with Chelsea losing to Southampton, narrowed the gap to the top 4 back to three points.  

All that mattered were the three points and that was achieved. Kudos. 

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Spurs and Jose Mourinho were brought crashing down to earth in that lacklustre defeat to Chelsea, casting doubts on the sustainability of the mini-revival that the new head coach had engineered in his first month in the job. 

That dire performance was compared to another – the awful 0-3 reverse on the South Coast that summed up Spurs’ woes this season. Fact is, these poor displays have typified the dilemma that Spurs find themselves in this season – too many matches in which our vaunted players do not bother to turn up! 

Today’s Boxing Day fixture gives these same players the perfect opportunity to get revenge over Brighton and to get back on track for the Top 4 battle. However, problems with our defensive formation, central midfield, AND the absence of Son Heung-Min through suspension stand in the way of success. 

Which is where Mourinho needs to come up with solutions to decisively handle these clear-cut problems. Son’s absence hopefully will lead to the return of Giovani Lo Celso to the starting lineup. 

I say “hopefully” because there is every chance that Mourinho will start the wantaway Christian Eriksen, even though the Dane has done nothing to warrant inclusion. There is a certain perverse logic in Mourinho (and Pochettino before him) continuing to place faith in a player who clearly does not give a fuck about the club anymore. 

But that’s the main issue with this Spurs squad – they are certainly good enough to beat any team but the winning mentality is sometimes not evident at all. Formation and tactics play their part as well and this is supposed to be areas in which Mourinho is the expert. Well, he demonstrated none of that in the Chelsea game which was particularly worrying. 

On paper, this should be an easy win for Spurs but Spurs are notorious for making things difficult for themselves – Son getting red carded is the prime example of that – and so your guess is as good as mine. 

Possible line-up : Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Winks, Ndombele, Dele, Lo Celso, Moura, Kane. 

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Disgraceful. 

Putting aside the fact that this was a crucial home game against Top 4 challengers, this was a London derby and yet the Spurs players never turned up! Not only that but Jose Mourinho got his tactics and selection WRONG and was outwitted by a newbie. So much for the Special One!

To compound matters, horrendous individual errors from Paulo Gazzaniga and Son Heung-Min made things easy for Chelsea. Not that any of the other players will be able to escape blame for this disaster of a performance. 

Now we Spurs fans love Sonny but seriously, he cannot be so naive & indisciplined as to be sent off already three times this year – yes I know the Everton red was rescinded but it made no difference to the final result – Mourinho has to sort Sonny out! No excuses for such careless behaviour!

We saw in the Wolves game that the central midfield combination of Eric Dier and Moussa Sissoko just does not work and that Jan Vertonghen is exposed and vulnerable when played in this full back/centre back role. Without any other player covering, it gave Chelsea acres of space in that area of the pitch and its was exploited to the hilt. 

Surely, Tanguy Ndombele should have started instead of Dier and once more we lost the midfield battle and could not get going offensively. Again, perhaps Lo Celso should have come on instead of the ultimately ineffective Eriksen. Baffling! 

Why does Mourinho insist on employing this strategy when it has not worked against the top teams. Yes we should be encouraged by most of the results so far but the performances against Man Utd and Chelsea are very worrying. Mourinho has only been in the job for a month, so it’s still a learning process for him and the players but some of these key issues need sorting out and soon! 

Brighton at home coming up on Boxing day to get things back on track!!!

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The Big One. No exaggeration. 

Mourinho vs Lampard. Fourth vs Fifth. London rivalry. 

Expect a cracker as points and pride are at stake with a few side narratives to consider as well. 

Not much to say except that Mourinho has had another training week with the squad and they will be ready to have a go at Chelsea. Do not believe that Mourinho will make too many changes but would like to see Ndombele coming in for Dier. We will see! Spurs to edge the match!

Possible line-up : Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Ndombele, Sissoko, Dele, Moura, Son, Kane. 

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Probably the most significant win of Jose Mourinho’s short reign at Spurs so far. While it was not the dominant, freewheeling performance we witnessed last week against Burnley, this gritty, gutsy display demonstrated a winning mentality from Spurs rarely seen this year. 

No argument that Wolves were probably the better team and deserved to win but it’s the result that matters. Spurs dug in deep to defend in numbers and when that failed, Paulo Gazzaniga did an admirable job in fending away the Wolves attempts. 

Perhaps Spurs played deep because of their early lead, earned by an exquisite individual effort from Lucas Moura. Apart from a gild-edged chance which Eric Dier planted onto the post, Spurs were rarely an attacking threat for the rest of the game. 

Until the very end in fact. When Mourinho sent Christian Eriksen on in the 89 minute, Spurs fans were mostly upset and incredulous at the decision. But the canny Mourinho saw that perhaps in the final minutes, Eriksen’s ability at set pieces might pay dividends. 

But surely even Mourinho could not have predicted that winner from Jan Vertonghen. Eriksen’s superb corner found the unmarked Belgian who guided the ball firmly into the Wolves net. This was Spurs turning a well-earned point into an excellent three! A rarity certainly in recent times but welcomed!

This result presents Spurs with the perfect opportunity to get back into the top four at the expense of Chelsea, when the London rivals clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next week! Who would have thought that when Mourinho was appointed? Exciting times!! 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!