Category: football

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!!!

For 44 minutes, it seemed that the Mourinho bubble was going to burst in spectacular fashion as his Spurs team trailed Greek champions Olympiacos 0-2 in a key Champions League home fixture. 

Spurs’ first half performance was in stark contrast to that in the West Ham game over the weekend. No energy, no ideas and nervous defending led to the visitors taking a deserved two goal lead within 20 minutes! 

Mourinho – surprisingly made only one change – Rose replacing the injured Davies – from the West Ham starting line-up. But after 30 minutes, Mourinho make a drastic & decisive alteration to the game plan, taking off defensive midfielder Dier and putting creative attacking midfield (the out of form) Eriksen. 

Definitely, this tactical switch resulted in more offensive play from the home team and they were ‘rewarded’ when Dele Alli profited from a defensive error to half the deficit on the stroke of half-time. 

That good fortune – and Mourinho’s half-time team talk – galvanised the team and Spurs turned the match on its head scoring three more goals to take maximum points and qualify for the knockout stages. 

The confidence evident in the second half brought about two clinical Kane finishes sandwiching a sweet strike from Aurier (!) to provide Mourinho with two successive victories in his short Spurs tenure. 

Dele Alli deserves special mention for his improved second half, displaying once more the vim and verve which has characterise his best performances. Certainly, Alli will be a lynchpin in Mourinho’s future plans. 

With Ndombele, Lo Celso and Sessegnon hardly figuring so far in Mourinho’s tenure thus far, it is perhaps exciting to note that there is more that can be expected from this squad as Mourinho continues to mould them in his own image. 

While the manner of the win demonstrated character, Mourinho must be very concerned about Spurs’ brittle defence, conceding 4 goals in 2 games against less than stellar teams. Sure, the sublime forward play – resulting in 7 goals – provide joy but bittersweet is the knowledge that greater challenges are ahead. 

One feels that there is definitely more to come from Spurs and Mourinho in the days to come. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

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The humble one began his tenure as Spurs’ head coach with an away win at West Ham – Spurs first Premier League win on their travels for almost a year. 

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Jose Mourinho kept to his new image with these words post-match : "It’s not about me; it’s about the players and club. I will hate if somebody says ‘Jose made an impact.’ I made no impact. Nothing. I just helped them a little bit to win this match.“

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Truth be told. Mourinho selected a team that echoed the best days of Pochettino’s Spurs. A 4-2-3-1 formation that crucially played Dele Alli behind Harry Kane in a number ten role. For 70s minutes at least, Spurs played the Hammers off the park, with a deserved commanding three goal lead. 

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By all accounts, Mourinho’s humble words rang true, the new coach did nothing radical. However, the difference in the players’ confidence and attitude was marked and in contrast to recent league form. 

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Noticeably, there was a whole lot of vim and zest about Dele Alli’s performance as he linked play brilliantly in Spurs’ offence. And while it is true that West Ham’s defending was shambolic, the home team had no answer for the cut and thrust of Spurs’ play. 

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Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane all profited from Alli’s Man of the Match performance with a three goal lead established early in the 2nd half. However, the fact that Spurs faded badly in the last 10 minutes will be a cause of concern (not to mention the concession of two goals) for Mourinho but there is time for him to fix that. 

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There is no doubt that this much-needed win bore the thumbprint of the best of Pochettino’s management, there is no doubt that despite his protestations to the contrary Jose Mourinho did indeed make an impact. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

It’s back to business for Tottenham Hotspur after days of shocks and reluctant acceptance of the new normal. Yes, Jose Mourinho is the new head coach of Spurs and he leads his charges into a traditionally difficult fixture – away to West Ham United. 

Since his appointment, Mourinho has been making all the right noises publicly, paying tribute to the work of Mauricio Pochettino, praising his current squad and buying into the vision set out by chairman Daniel Levy. 

Whether or not any of this is true or simply an excellent PR exercise, the real test is on the pitch and really that’s the ONLY thing that matters to Spurs fans. Despite our affection for Pochettino (and what he has achieved), there’s no escaping the fact that our form in 2019 has been poor. Relegation form, in fact. With recent games and results casting a pall over everything related to Spurs. 

No more arguments over what might have been as all we have is the here and now with Mourinho and fingers crossed, we long-suffering Spurs fans will finally get the results that we deserve – Mourinho can talk all he wants, the irrefutable evidence of his impact will be seen in the upcoming games – with West Ham coming up first on Saturday.

Both Spurs and the Hammers have been having torrid times in recent games and so, this is a crucial match for both teams. It has to be noted that the last time Mourinho was at the London Stadium with Man Utd he lost 1-3 and the Hammers will be looking for a similar result, especially in the knowledge that their team typically raise their game for these fixtures, viewing it as some kind of cup final. 

Will Spurs get the benefit of a new coach bounce – Spurs fans are entitled to expect nothing less, considering Mourinho’s vaunted reputation. Emotionally, the players may also want to do well as a tribute to the departed Pochettino, though it would be all too little too late. Thus, I fully expect Spurs to get all three points. Nothing else matters. 

Starting line-up? Who knows. What is evident is that the likes of Lloris, Lamela and Vorm are out, with Ndombele and Vertonghen due for late fitness tests. Mourinho will probably keep faith with his favoured 4-3-3 formation but your guess as good as mine. 

Gazzaniga, Foyth, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Ndombele, Sissoko, Alli, Lo Celso, Son, Kane. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

Oh what a farce. 

Spurs now have not won in five league games, having failed to hold on to a lead AGAIN. Toothless in attack and fragile in defence. Not sure what to say anymore, to be honest. 

Champions league hangover? The brilliance of Sheffield United – one of the league’s in-form sides? Inconsistent performances? Injuries to key players? Poor tactics and substitutions from Poch? 

Who knows? Confidence levels are at an all-time low. The players ran around like headless chickens and only Gazzaniga, Lo Celso and Sonny were perhaps put in a decent shift. 

Spurs were fortunate not to lose this game. Our only goal came from a mistake which Sonny punished. And sure, folks will moan about that silly VAR decision but remember the goal they chalked off against Leicester? What goes around comes around, I guess?

Yes it’s still early November and nothing is decided at this point of the season blah blah blah BUT the signs are ominous. Poch deserves to stay to turn things around but at the moment it’s difficult to see how. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

The mid-week thrashing of Red Star was so unexpected that Spurs fans are not quite sure what to make of the result. 

How is it possible that Spurs can perform so well in the two matches against the Serbian champions (with an aggregate score of 9-0!) and yet struggle to win in the Premier League. 

Fact is, Spurs have not won in the League since that 2-1 with 10 men against Southampton and their recent record reads – two losses and two draws – form that does not inspire any confidence. 

Spurs fans main concern is that Poch will decide to rotate the lineup and thus destroy any possibility of positive momentum from the Red Star win. Which makes little sense as there will be an international break after the Blades encounter, so what will Poch be resting players for? 

It was great to see Ndombele and Lo Celso start and Sessegnon coming on as a late substitutes as it gave the team a freshness it has been lacking of late. If Poch decides to rest these players then it will simply play into the hands of Sheffield United. Especially if Poch puts his faith in Eriksen yet again. 

Thus, I am not bothering with a line-up prediction because Poch seems to lost the plot in that regard. Sheffield United is one of the form teams in the Premier League and to play unmotivated players will be a fatal mistake. Hopefully not!

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

Everton’s Cenk Tosun earns draw with Spurs in game marred by Gomes injury:

Spurs are truly lost at sea now. At this rate, Spurs will be in a relegation dogfight soon, if they aren’t in one already. Sure, one might argue that Spurs were unlucky not to win this one, with the freak injury to Gomes and the referee’s bizarre decision to change a yellow to red for poor Son Heung-Min, turning the tide back in Everton’s favour. 

That all said, Spurs only needed to hold on for 15 minutes but not this team. Not anymore. The fight is gone. 

Even the once magical Poch is now regularly fucking up. After the horror show from Eriksen at Anfield, Poch chose to rely on him again for most of this game and once more Eriksen did nothing to justify selection. What does Eriksen have to do to be dropped? Seriously??!!!

Cannot see Spurs winning the next two games, away to Red Star and home to the in-form Sheffield United. Gonna be a cold hard winter. if Poch does not wake up his ideas, we will be well and truly fucked by January.  

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

Historically we have a good record at Goodison BUT it all hingers on who Pochettino selects. If he continues to put his faith in underperforming players then we will get what we deserve – another defeat. 

Play NDombele, Lo Celso, Davies, Foyth and Sessegnon, for fuck’s sake and leave the likes of Eriksen, Aurier and Rose behind. Time to move forward. 

The result was not a big shock when you consider Spurs’ abysmal record at Anfield. But what was shocking instead, was Mauricio Pochettino’s baffling selection of Christian Eriksen, who was a passenger for the entire time he was on the pitch! 

Perhaps Pochettino felt that with Erik Lamela’s injury (again!) and Giovani Lo Celso’s lack of match fitness, Eriksen was his only option but at the moment, I would rather have an academy player than Eriksen anytime. Why Pochettino continues to rely on him is indeed a head scratcher. Maybe more drama for that diabolical Amazon series is needed!

But to be fair, the rest of the Spurs midfield were quite woeful especially in the face of Liverpool’s relentless pressing and movement. Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli were made to look like novices almost throughout the game. And when you think that the vaunted Spurs midfielders are all full internationals, it makes their pathetic display even more shameful. 

Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min were the bright sparks despite the utter lack of service from their midfield. Kane capitalising on two fortuitous deflections off Son’s optimistic shot to put Spurs in front in less than a minute after the kick-off. Son was also very unlucky early in the second half, hitting the bar after being sent away by a delicious ball from Paulo Gazzaniga.

And speaking of the Argentine goalkeeper, Gazzaniga was magnificent and for long periods stood alone in the way of any Liverpool onslaught – pulling off save after save in defiance of Liverpool’s complete domination of the match. Any doubts about his abilities were put to rest yesterday and he has proven to be a reliable deputy for the injured Hugo Lloris and maybe a future number one. 

Sadly, Liverpool took advantage of an error from Danny Rose (again) to equalise and then a dubious penalty when Serge Aurier was unlucky to have kicked Sadio Mane accidentally in the box. 

But in truth that was expected as referee Anthony Taylor was a homer all the way, handing out yellows to Spurs players like confetti and behaving very biased in favour of Liverpool. The best example was booking Sissoko for pushing a Liverpool player when Salah had gotten away with the exact same action moments before! Disgraceful!!

Spurs find themselves firmly entrenched in mid-table now with Everton away coming up next week. We have the players to get ourselves out of this predicament BUT Pochettino have to start playing them and not constantly rely on the deadwood! 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!