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Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris ruled out until new year with dislocated elbow:

Bad news for Spurs and our captain of course BUT one wonders if this will be a blessing in disguise. Lloris has been making mistakes of late – Southampton and this incident at Brighton very recent examples. Also, his kicking leaves a whole lot to be desired. 

Two implications come to mind. 

One, is Gazzaniga good enough for the rigours of the Premier League? So far, he has not really let the team down when called upon AND his kicking is so much better than Lloris. Might be Gazza’s chance to make the position his own. Who knows?

Two, Harry Kane will now take over as captain and I think this might be a good thing in light of the poor results and the mediocre team performances. Kane is passionate about Spurs and he could be the right man to give these prima donnas a kick up their collective arses! 


For 10 minutes, it seemed that Spurs were trying their best to undo their good start to this game. 

Tanguy Ndombele had given Spurs the lead in the 24th minute after excellent work from Son Heung-Min on the left but incredibly, on the half hour mark, Serge Aurier’s second yellow card in quick succession left Spurs with only 10 men for virtually an hour and then captain Hugo Lloris gifted Danny Ings with an equaliser with an awful howler. 

But credit to Spurs, they did not hang their heads in dejection. Harry Kane used his to get the ball to Son who then interchanged passes with Eriksen before the latter found Kane in the penalty box, who then finished with his usual aplomb! 

Spurs needed to survive an entire half defending that narrow lead, which they did with much commitment and determination as Lloris somewhat redeemed himself with two world class saves. Southampton could not exploit their numerical advantage and Spurs pocketed three vital points that hopefully will kickstart their season. 


Seems hard to believe but there are some Spurs ‘fans’ parroting the media narrative that it’s time to replace manager Mauricio Pochettino as he has “taken the club as far as he can”. 

Not only is this disloyal but also non-sensical. 5 months ago, Pochettino led Spurs to an unprecedented Champions League final, and after a couple of poor results, Poch has to go? Ridiculous! 

Sure, the euphoria of the Palace thrashing has evaporated with the last 3 away games, and even though that sequence included an embarrassing defeat (on pens) to League Two side Colchester United, there is no reason to panic yet. 

Spurs have the players to get things on track again, against Southampton today at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Like Spurs, Southampton have had patchy league form, though the Saints registered an emphatic 4-0 Carabao Cup win over local rivals Portsmouth in mid-week. Saints striker Danny Ings grabbed a brace that night and will certainly be one of the danger men for Southampton. 

But in all likelihood, the main focus for Spurs will be to start well with intensity, pace and clinical finishing, like we did against Palace. In that respect, it makes sense them to play a similar system as we did that day. 

Giovanni Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon remain unavailable for Premier League action and considering the importance of this game, I expect Pochettino not to take any chances with his selection. 

Possible lineup : Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Alli, Lamela, Son, Kane. 



(via Mauricio Pochettino Full Pre-Match Press Conference – Arsenal v Tottenham – Premier League – YouTube)

Poch in a much better mood, by all accounts. 

Making fun of the stupid rumours of his leaving, shutting down a journalist’s criticism of Davinson Sanchez and joking about wanting to kick Paul Merson! 

He’s magic, you know!






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