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Dec 142013

The Spurs managed a strong end to the group stages of their Europa league campaign with a convincing 4-1 win over Anzhi Makhachkala. The win was never seriously in question and Tottenham dominated from start to end. They were attacking and inventive in play making even while having rested 7 players from their last assignment.

Soldado who has himself admitted that he needs to score more goals from open play for Tottenham scored his first hat trick for the club and irrespective of the quality of opposition, it is sure to give him much needed confidence ahead of the game against Liverpool. He scored twice in the first half before getting his hat trick with a penalty in the second half.

I’m extremely happy for him,” Villas-Boas said. “He’s been waiting for a moment like this and it finally happened tonight with a hat-trick. It will be a major boost for a player who has been very professional and deserves respect.”

“As a striker, you have to persist and persist; finishing off the situations you are given and that final touch hasn’t been there for him recently. It will be a great boost of confidence for him.”

Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen returning from injury added a bit more relevance to this game. Rose started and Eriksen too got in a decent amount of playing time. Rose in particular has been missed with the balance on the left suffering in his absence. Erik Lamela too had a great game providing a lovely ball to Soldado which he converted for his second goal.

The team has been unbeaten since the 6-0 against City and would look to continue that form heading into the game against Liverpool.

 Posted by at 13:00
Dec 122013

An interesting transfer rumor has been popping up today with Blackpool and England under 21 player Tom Ince being linked to a possible move to White Hart Lane. The Blackpool player is highly rated and has been attracting a lot of attention from bigger teams. Although all the interest has been in striker speculation, it is possible that Villas-Boas will look to add to his mid-field as well.

Of course no transfer news is complete with at least one striker being reportedly pursued by Tottanham. This time its Brazillian Luiz Gustavo who is in the spotlight. Tottenham are reportedly willing to buy out his current contract for 20 milli0n pounds. Arsenal was very interested in signing Luiz over the summer, so it will be all the more sweeter if he decides to shift base to White Hart Lane.

In sombre news, there is still no rumor, story or even a flight of someones fancy of Adebayor moving anywhere away from Tottenham.

 Posted by at 20:30
Dec 122013

In what is terrible news for all football fans except Spurs fanatics, Gerrard’s injury is expected to keep him out of action for at least six weeks and this has given Brenden Rogers a headache ahead of the match against Tottenham. Jordan Henderson is also unsure of being fit for the match this weekend after he received a nasty tackle in Liverpools last game against West Ham.

The absence of Gerrard will be a huge blow to Liverpool and hence directly boosts our chances! Liverpool have been looking to strengthen their mid field in the upcoming transfer season. Tottenham will see a couple of players return from injury in the match against Anzhi tonight. The return of Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen will be a welcome boost ahead of  a packed schedule for the Spurs in which they play 6 matches in the next couple of weeks.

Looks like the stars are aligning.

 Posted by at 16:30
Dec 122013

It is a match that has no bearing on the fortune of either team in the competition involved. However, there are still a lot of things to look forward to in this match. The form and fitness of returning players like Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen will attract a lot of attention. Villas-Boas has been using the Europa League to ring in the changes, almost like practice for the Premier League, and he said that the rotation policy would continue.

Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen and Vlad Chiriches are missing the game due to injury. It is unlikely that Rose will start the game although he can be expected to come on a substitute for the last half hour of the game. Youngsters Shaquile Coulthirst, Ryan Fredericks and Laste Dombaxe may also be in line for some game time.

With an important match against Liverpool at White Hart Lane coming up for the Spurs, an uneventful win to maintain their 100% record in the group stages so far will all that Villas-boas will be looking for. The team has been on an upward swing lately with consecutive wins and the manager will be hoping to build on that in the packed winter to follow.

The Russian team has seen a reversal in fortunes as big name players have left the club and the owner has decided to cut back on spending. Following the departures of Roberto Carlos, Samuel Eto’o, Willian and Christopher Samba, they have won only two of their last 28 games. They have also already made it to the next stage of the tournament.

 Posted by at 13:00
Dec 102013

Crazy rumor of the day. A couple of online publications are carrying stories on a rift between Levy and Villas-Boas that may result in the former Chelsea manager moving on from Tottenham at the end of the season. I am inclined not to give much thought to this rumor although the timing is sure strange coming as it is after two victories for the Spurs.

Continuity at the club to build a team for the future is essential in my opinion otherwise we remain in constant limbo. The report goes on to claim that the Spurs boss is hoping for a resignation from Villas-Boas at the end of the season and that he had even started looking for potential replacements. The disagreement apparently being over the purchases made during the last transfer season.

My view. Its those scumbags from Arsenal who are planting these stories ahead of our clash in the FA cup. Where we will trounce them. I sincerely hope. And pray. I am very excited for that game. Very.

 Posted by at 20:00
Dec 102013

It had to happen. In the middle of a winter that will define our season with matches against teams that  include  United, City, Liverpool. In the middle of a rebuilding process after a 6-0 drubbing threatened to derail our entire year. In the middle of the transfer madness and wild speculation where every striker in the world is our potential target.

We drew Arsenal in the FA cup.

Now it is fair to say that I have a deep rooted hatred for everything Arsenal. The rivalry between our clubs goes back a long way but it is only in the recent history that we have started to achieve parity. The chance to square off against them in the FA cup, even if it is only the third round, is mouth watering.

Not for a second was I grim about a tough draw this early in the cup. I in fact jumped in joy at the prospect of bloodying the noses of our neighbors. We go into the match as underdogs and it will be Arsenal who have more to lose from the game than us. They are currently seeing a return to form of players that were written off by others as well as their own fans and are currently at the top of the league. Even thought the match is still far away and we have other big teams to look forward too. Everything from this moment on will be in relation to the Arsenal match. Every injury scare, form of key players, potential acquisitions and even departures. Everything.

It is time to plan the invasion. It really does not get bigger than this.

 Posted by at 16:30
Dec 102013

The win against Sunderland was so much better than the one against Fulham. We showed real incisiveness and created a lot of chances, had a fluid feel to the mid field and defended better too. Whats that you say? I am reading too much into a win against the bottom placed team in the league? Maybe, I am but consecutive victories after a strong draw heading into the mad schedule this December should restore some confidence into our supposedly doomed team.

We are a win away from Champions league position people. Stop waiting for the crisis to occur and get behind this team!!

The game itself was fun. We again gave up the lead just as we started dominating possession. The Goal was a blunder by Lloris who is still, in my opinion, among the best out there. This last performance will however continue to bring up discussion about his post concussion performance. Defoe was so much better today. He was incisive and a good day would have had a couple of goals to his name from open play. He hit the wood work and missed a couple of opportunities in the box but a couple of performances like this and he just might find himself staying on at White Hart Lane contrary to immense speculation in the media.

AVB continued to baffle with changes to the defense and starting eleven but they are working and I still think he is still experimenting with different combinations looking for a set up that he feels fits with the style of play he wants the team to imbibe as well as one that the players he has are comfortable with. I am officially giving up on future predictions of what the manager should do because I clearly do not have a clue.

Not dropping points against Fulham and Sunderland was a big achievement for the team on the  back of immense pressure from all quarters. Cheers to that. Liverpool next on our turf..cannot wait!

 Posted by at 11:17
Dec 072013

Yes. That is how it goes. Another day, another forward looking to leave his club and another clutch of stories linking that forward to Tottenham. The latest to join this club of players is Argentinian forward Ezequiel Lavezzi. If the reports are to be believed then it is once again  Tottenham and Arsenal who are interested. The speculation is due to the fact that both clubs have signaled their intentions to bolster their attacking line ups this transfer season.

The Paris Saint-Germain player has struggled for game time this season and looks keen to end his stay in France.

Lavezzi said,

“I do not know [what will happen in the future],” said Lavezzi.

“A player never knows exactly all these things. But what I can tell you is that I will do everything to change my situation in Paris because I did not give my best shot and I do not want this to continue.”

I personally do not see him ending up at White Hart Lane and am keen to chalk this one up to the far fetched highly unlikely rumors category.

 Posted by at 20:00
Dec 072013

Game day gets me super pumped and this second premier league game in the span of a few days seems like a bonus. Only, this one has me a little worried. On paper we start as the stronger side and our immediate string of results encourages that line of thought, however travelling to the stadium of lights has never been the easiest outing for teams. Sunderland were fierce against Chelsea ending up on the losing side even after managing three goals. They are currently at the bottom of the table and have nothing to lose, on top of that they seem to believe in their attacking style of play even though the results have not been encouraging.

Umm..that is sort of what I would like the Spurs to be like. Believe in themselves. The match against Fulham will have jolted our players a bit and I expect a much better showing in this game. But expectations have rarely meant much this season.

The Spurs are unbeaten in their last six meetings against Sunderland and they can also expect Dembele to return to action this game. It looks likely that Defoe will be persisted with as the striker. AVB is unlikely to relegate him to the bench after one game although I would rather see Soldado make the starting eleven.

A few of the Sunderland players have been making bold statements about how Tottenham is no where as good as Chelsea and that the Black Cats would be looking for full points. It sounds a bit like bluster to me and I am hoping that they provide our players openings in trying to back up what they said.

 Posted by at 14:00

Tottenham battles for Argentine midfielder against Manchester United, Arsenal, and Southampton?

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Dec 072013

Reports in Spain have suggested that Tottenham has joined the queue for Valencia midfielder Ever Banega as one of the most interested parties along with Manchester United.  Arsenal and Southampton are also reportedly linked to this latest transfer battle.

Last week, rumours began linking Banega with a move to Manchester United, but it seems like they are far from the only club interested.  Banega’s agent Marcelo Simonian also stated that “several clubs” were interested.  While Valencia are reluctant to let Banega – who showed incredible form this season after the departure of striker Robert Soldado –  go, current financial troubles indicate that they will do so for a reasonable offer.  Will Tottenham come out ahead on this one?



 Posted by at 11:00
Dec 062013

Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has expressed his desire to leave the club on multiple occasions and now it finally seems like he is getting his wish. He was brought over to the club for 8 million pounds in 2008 from PSV Eindhoven but he never quite fit the club ethos.

Harry found him to be too erratic and prone to blunders. With the arrival of Brad Friedel and Hugo Lloris, Gomes has found himself forgotten at Tottenham.

Gomes expressed his anger while speaking to Sambafoot. He said that the club had not helped him out and were rather more keen on recovering the money spent on him.

Gomes said, “I often tried to leave Tottenham, but they have always kept from me going.

“I had several proposals but they were insufficient for the club. It’s very complicated. They want to recover the €10million (£8.2m) they invested in me five years ago. It is not possible.

“I was ready to go to Germany (Hoffenheim). Hoffenheim wanted to buy me permanently but Tottenham blocked the move for financial questions. I always tried to leave, but Tottenham has never helped me.”

Gomes has now revealed that he has managed to negotiate an understanding with Tottenham and is looking to move to Brazil this January. He also claimed that at 32 he still had a number of good years of Goalkeeping ahead of him and still harbored hopes of making the national team for the World Cup.

 Posted by at 20:00
Dec 062013

Quantum physics has some basis to believe that there are a number of parallel universes which exist in which different actions and decisions are taken than those in our universe. Its hard to wrap your head around but I can guarantee one thing, AVB has lost his job in all those where Fulham beat us 1-0.

Following the twitter feed and talking to people during the match, you could generally feel that he was already a foregone conclusion. There are numerous reports in the media, both print and digital, about how fans, management even owners at the Lane are unhappy with AVB. They remind you how the 110 million spent should be giving you instant returns or the style of play that is un-spur like. One paper even carried report of how the board were going to lean on AVB to accomodate two strikers in the playing eleven. That is pretty daft!

Let the man manage! The fact that his job was on the line after the City bashing was common knowledge but till when must he manage under the threat of being booted out? I honestly do not know the answer to that one. Maybe till the next unexpected bad result. Will that thought allow him to lay the foundations of a strong team which may challenge for the title next year? We are still within three points of a champions league berth. Is that not a good position to be in when we supposedly have not even started to find our feet? The fact that all the players have come out and stood strongly in support of AVB should stand for something.

This week our team travels to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland where I again expect our team to win. But this season so far has been greatly inconsistent and to take anything for granted is foolish. Sensing the mood at the present, anything less than a win may mean a new manager at our club.

 Posted by at 15:30