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Highlights of the Carabao Cup tie between West…

Highlights of the Carabao Cup tie between West Ham and Spurs! 

Son’s double sees Spurs past West Ham and into…

Son’s double sees Spurs past West Ham and into quarter-final at Arsenal:

As expected Mauricio Pochettino rang the changes against the Hammers in the Carabao Cup but with the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min all starting, Spurs proved too good for West Ham to take their place in the quarter-finals where they will meet arch-rivals, Arsenal. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

Match Preview : Carabao Cup – West Ham United …

Back to the London Stadium a mere two days after losing disappointingly to the Champions Man City at Wembley. How seriously should Spurs and manager Mauricio Pochettino take this game? Especially with two tough games – Wolves away and PSV at home – coming thick and fast. 

Pochettino has hinted that he will not risk the players to try to win a trophy and that he will be err on the side of caution when selecting his team for the West Ham game. Certainly, this is the kind of match where the squad will be utilised to its fullest. 

In that light, with the returning to fitness of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and the mention of Eric Dier specifically by Poch, this is possible line-up :-

Gazzaniga, Aurier, Dier, Sanchez, Walker-Peters, Winks, Wanyama, Son, Eriksen, Alli, Llorente. 

Frankly, I would expect this line-up to get the club into the quarter-finals. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

West Ham 0 Spurs 1

Difficult match for the Spurs faithful to watch but the result is all that mattered! Despite hardly ever getting into top gear, Spurs did enough to achieve their 7th victory of the season and record the club’s best start to a Premier League season after nine matches!

With key players Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min and Moussa Dembele on the bench, with Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen unavailable still, manager Mauricio Pochettino relied on his squad players, notably Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko and especially Erik Lamela, to do the business against a motivated Hammers side. 

Honestly, Spurs were far from fluent and found it very tough to break down the Hammers in the crowded first half but Spurs took advantage of Andriy Yarmolenko’s forced substitution to take the lead. 

Kieron Tripper and Sissoko combined well on the right flank, before the latter delivered an inviting cross which the in-form Lamela headed home from close range. That goal and another close effort a minute later from Lamela and Davinson Sanchez, forcing Hammers goalie Łukasz Fabianski into a double save – brought a deserved half-time lead.

In the second half, thanks to the brilliance of skipper Hugo Lloris, Spurs managed to hold out as the Hammers – driven forward by their fans – sought to get something out of the game. But Spurs dug in and although offered little in the attacking sense did what was necessary to get all three points. 

If nothing else, Spurs demonstrated once again that they CAN win ugly and the squad players ARE proving their value and quality. Better yet, Pochettino has steeled his squad with a winning mentality that could be priceless as games come thick and fast. 

Also, with players returning to fitness – both Dembele and Eriksen came off the bench late in this game – Spurs are well poised to face the challenges coming up on three fronts. Next up – PSV and the mission to salvage their Champions League season!

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

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Match Preview : West Ham United (Away)

Another London derby brings Spurs into the “cauldron” that is the London Stadium as a tasty encounter between local rivals promises a battling encounter. 

West Ham – under new manager Manuel Pellegrini – have spent big money on new players and started the new season badly – 4 straight losses. But since then, the Hammers have recovered to currently sit at 15th place in the Premier League. 

As most Spurs fans will be keenly aware, form goes out of the window when it comes to matches with the Hammers. The fans and the team tends to consider these match-ups with Spurs as ‘cup finals’ of sorts and significantly raise their games. 

Spurs also have to contend with injuries and players returning from international duty and thus, although Spurs should be good enough to defeat the Hammers – as they did in the same fixture last season – but these factors might blunt Spurs’ efforts somewhat and a draw would probably be a good result. 

With Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose and Victor Wanyama unavailable, the line-up might look like this – 

Lloris, Trippier, Alderwiereld, Sanchez, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Son, Moura, Kane. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

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