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Nov 242010
 

(Goals at bottom of article)

Happy days being a Spurs fan, I actually bet my mate a tenner we would do better than them in this seasons Champions League competition, after half an hour of the Young Boys game he sent me a text telling me to get his tenner ready, how things have changed since then.

Tonight was a night where I think most of us felt confident right from the word go and the lads put in a performance and got a win without really having to move into top gear.

 

The ever improving Younes Kaboul got his second goal in as many matches before Luka Modric hit a Van der Vaart style goal against Villa with a lovely dummy before slotting home. Spurs could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty by Bale before Crouch made it 3-0 and sent Spurs into the knockout stages.

So we had the hardest group out of all the English clubs and we have sailed through. Is just qualifying enough or do we want top spot and hope for a kind draw in the next phase. Should Harry still field a strong team and hope to beat Twente or get a point that will see us top the group and improve our chances. I think he should, I would love to play the likes of Barca or Real Madrid but would like to progress one more round before that happens.

Whatever happens from now on, we have done ourselves proud, Rangers and Celtic have only qualified once in however many attempts, we have done it in style at the first attempt. Even Arsenal have yet to qualify and we have done it with a game to spare in a group which had some big European teams in, including the Champions.

Was happy with Aaron Lennon tonight, he seems to have the confidence to beat the last defender and put the cross in, he didn’t rush his crossing he picked out his man on two occasions and got two great assists. Younes Kaboul and William Gallas are getting better and better, game by game and now seem to have formed a good partnership at the back. Younes will become one of Europe’s top defenders, he has all the attributes, once he can keep his concentration for 90mins I have no doubt of that.

All in all a good team performance, everyone had a decent game and done their job and more importantly won their individual battles.

Coys!!!

Nov 212010
 

Following up from my last blog I had a lovely piece of work sent in by a fan, picture is by Nick and Martin Fry in Jersey, good work lads.

You might remember a similar picture made up of the Argentina team of 98 and if you wish to see that picture it is in my previous blog which you can find a link to over on the right.

As we all know we beat Arsenal Saturday, good goal by bale and another by Kaboul at the end but there was one goal which lead to us being awarded a penalty. Take a look below to see what I am talking about.

Now obviously I expect I will get slated by this by Arsenal fans, let me just take this opportunity to say this is a light hearted bit of banter that we have waited a long time to give you guys as you have dominated the derby’s for years. If you are a true Arsenal fan you have to admit that your players need a good old fashioned telling off for the way they bottle it when in a wall and for that, your players fully deserve to have pictures like this made up.

Oct 312010
 

Fair enough we lost to one of the country’s top teams yesterday but watching the performance there was a few reasons why we will still struggle to get an away win against one of the top teams.

Firstly even at 1-0 down the players didn’t ask enough questions of Manchester United, it’s almost like they lacked the self belief that they were good enough to get a point, you could almost see the belief go out of the players the moment Van der Vaart walked off the pitch.

Secondly, we don’t have a settled team this year, apart from our midfield we have different strikers and different defenders playing each game. Yesterday it was Kaboul and Gallas and to my amazement I though Gallas actually had the better game for once. The trouble is we have to settled pairing this season which will always cost you goals, no matter how good the defenders are if they aren’t a settled pair then goals will be shipped in.

The biggest problem and it’s there for all to see, our strikers just are not good enough to threaten the top teams, Pav is the best we have but personally I don’t think Crouch and Keane are good enough anymore. We all said it all summer long that we needed a top striker. I can understand why Harry likes a 4-5-1 with the team he has got but he needs to understand while that is all well and good he needs to have a striker in the Spurs team who can actually play the lone striker role. Defoe is a great striker but I don’t even think he is cut out for a lone role. Yesterday we started with one up top which was Robbie Keane but the end of the game we had Crouch and Pav up front. This needs to be addressed in January, I now believe that Levy and Redknapp can see that they made a big mistake not buying a striker in January.

Oct 252010
 

Now some of you might agree with what I am about to say and some of you probably won’t but as always I would like to hear your comments below.

Last season Aaron Lennon was nothing short of amazing for us, teams were having to double up on him in an attempt to keep him quiet. All was going well until his injury which kept him out for a few months. Since coming back towards the end of last season he has not been the same player. He had a poor World Cup and still hasn’t been as good as he was last season for us.

Lennon seems to be lacking confidence in taking on players, something that used to come to him naturally but this season he seems to be looking for the simple pass. I have heard some fans say that at the moment Lennon is cheating in the Tottenham team and not pulling his weight, he only seems to be interested if he has the ball at his feet. It is a mixture of these things which has seen Redknapp drop him to the bench in recent weeks, a player that was once a dead cert to start now has genuine concerns of being left on the bench.

There is one thing that has come out of this and I would love to hear if anyone else has noticed this or if it’s just me being deluded. I have noticed that his crossing seems to have improved, maybe because he is not running at pace so much which means he has more control over his crosses. He has put in a few lovely crosses for Crouch recently and put in an absolute peach the other day. Also his crossing with his left foot seems to have improved no ends as well, he seems unfazed on whether the ball is on his right or left.

So a few negatives and a positive in my book, but for me I want Lennon to be the player he was for most of last season, because now we have Bale on the left if Lennon could rediscover his true form then teams would really fear us.

Oct 142010
 

Tottenham shot stopper Heurelho Gomes has tipped the club to go on a strong run in the Champions League this season. Spurs are well placed in their group on 4 points from 2 games but face two tough games away and at home to holders Inter Milan.

Gomes was interviewed by ‘Champions’ the official magazine of the Champions League and said:

“I am an optimist. When I joined Spurs, I said my goal was to win the Premier League. People laughed, but that’s how I am. If we make the knockout stages, anything could happen.”

The 29-year-old was also asked how the squad at Spurs compares to the one at PSV five years ago.

“It’s tricky to compare, but maybe you can point to the absence of superstars and the presence of young players willing to work their socks off. That PSV side, for example, had only Phillip Cocu as a famous name, but the other players showed that no team would walk over us. I see the same spirit at Spurs and hope we can emulate 2004-05. We have a group that is growing together at the same time and individuals who are making progress. Gareth Bale, for example, is coming along really well.”

Spurs are playing in their debut season in the Champions League and started with a 2-2 draw away to Werder Bremen followed by a 4-1 demolition of FC Twente at home. Next week will see the team travel to the San Siro to face champions Inter Milan and Gomes is full of confidence that Tottenham can pull off a shock.

Oct 042010
 

Inter Milan and former Portsmouth midfielder Sulley Muntari’s time at Inter looks to be coming to an end, fueling speculation that Harry Redknapp is waiting to pounce with an offer for his former player in January. Harry had Muntari under his wings during his Portsmouth days and is a big fan of the player.

La Gazzetta dello Sport claims his adventure in Milan has already been signed off after he stormed out of San Siro during Inter’s derby d’Italia against Juventus on Sunday.

Clearly unhappy at his latest exclusion from the matchday squad, Muntari took his protests far, and rather than obey orders to sit in the stands, he left altogether – a sign he no longer wants to be involved with the club. Under Mourinho Muntari was a prominent figure and a vital part of the treble winning Inter team but Rafa Benitez has no plans for the midfielder. His career at Inter seems to be all but over and early indications in Italy show that Tottenham’s Harry Redknapp is waiting in the wings.

Spurs now play Inter back to back in the Champions League over the coming weeks and talks could be set to begin as early as then, should a deal be reached in January then expect to see Wilson Palacios shipped out of White Hart Lane.

Oct 032010
 

Now I know a lot of people will be raving about Rafel Van der Vaart after the week he has had but is he already a God with us Spurs fans? Yesterday against Villa he won us the match, he was inspirational against FC Twente on Wednesday also. Van der Vaart has now scored in each of his three home matches for Spurs.

I followed this guy since he was at Ajax and I was hoping we would get him when he was in his early twenty’s but he rather surprisingly went to Hamburg. There is no doubt in my mind that Van der Vaart will be the signing of the season, when he was at Hamburg in Germany he was top scorer for his club three seasons in a row which goes to show the goal scoring ability he has, he also captained the German club which shows he is also a leader.

First time I saw this Rafael in action was when he was a youngster, I went on a stag weekend to Amsterdam and we went to an Ajax game and he was head and shoulders above the rest of the players on the pitch. I was shocked when no big European club took him off of Ajax, he would have been a great signing for Liverpool, United, Arsenal and Chelsea back then but nobody would gamble on him. Their cautiousness is now our gain, we have one of the best attacking midfielders in world football.

Van der Vaart is so good when it comes to reading the game, he gets himself in the right positions to create chances. His vision is second to none and along with that he nine times out of ten picks the right option for a pass, whether it be a simple pass or a final defence splitting pass. He has qualities that come instinctively, qualities that you can’t coach players. The last time Tottenham had a player who had a top top football brain was Teddy Sheringham and Van der Vaart isn’t too far off.

Tottenham have got a real bargain, £8 million wouldn’t even buy his right leg if I was his manager and why Real Madrid wanted to get rid of him especially at that price I will never know. Now he is at Tottenham I am sure he will become a hero and be adored by all the fans, there were a few skeptics who didn’t know much about him but I have never seen a player change the opinion of so many in such a short space of time. He will add the goals that we have been missing for years, he will be our Gerrard, Lampard and Scholes.

Let’s just hope we keep him fit, Van der Vaart loves playing football and we love watching him play. I hope he is loyal and doesn’t do a Berbatov on us, that is why I believe it is more important than ever that we finish in the top four again so we can hold on to players like Van der Vaart, Modric and Bale because I fear if we don’t , Man Utd and Chelsea will come knocking.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the the man himself Rafel Van der Vaart.

Sep 302010
 

It was great to see Heurelho back for us in the Champions League this week and you could see the confidence oozing throughout the back four. Gomes had been out for the last month through a groin injury and we have really missed him in my opinion. Some people never quite understand just how big of an influence and important it is having a keeper that the defenders are confident in. Whether or not his judgment is always right, the important thing is that he is confident enough to come for every cross and this confidence passes through the rest of the team.

Although Carlo Cudicini had provided cover and made some good saves during this period, there’s nothing like having the club’s number one fit again. King, Hutton, BAE and Bassong all looked so much more comfortable at the back last night know that they had the big man behind them. As someone that has played football all my life I know how much it improves my game having a solid keeper behind me to rely on should I need him. The Tottenham back four and Midfield will now not be as cautious at the back and will not be afraid to push on and attack meaning we won’t have to play as deep.

Gomes has shaken off his reputation of being a calamity after a bad start to his Tottenham career which saw Harry Redknapp losing his patience with the Brazilian to become one of the Premiership’s top goalkeepers. Without a keeper like Gomes in goal last season I don’t think we would even be playing Champions League football this season, that’s not to say I am taking anything away from the rest of the team. Gomes stood big last night to make one good save of note and although didn’t really have much to do last night don’t underestimate the influence his sheer presence had on the rest of the team. We started the season by battering Manchester City but not managing to break them down, and who was in goal for that game? Gomes! Since he has been out injured you could see how the team looked a bit more nervous and didn’t play with freedom and confidence. Trust me now we have the big man back in between the sticks I think we will be seeing a better free flowing Tottenham and they will prove me right by destroying Villa this weekend. To back up my point you only have to look at what happend to Newcastle as soon as they sold Shay Given.

Sep 092010
 

Talking to Spurs TV, Rafael Van der Vaart says we have one of the best squads in Europe and declares he is really looking forward to playing for the club.

He sounds just like Martin Jol which makes me love him even more. Roll on Saturday where hopefully we will get to see him in action.

Following his first training session with the club gave an interview for Spurs TV where he speaks of his ambition.

Sep 092010
 

Article from http://triffictottenham.co.uk
Today Rafael Van der Vaart met his new team mates for his first training session with the lads. Van der Vaart signed on deadline day for around £8million in what was considered a bargain buy by many. He has vented his frustration at being sub for Holland so will Harry give him the same treatment or chuck him straight into the mix on Saturday, a player with Van der Vaart’s experience and ability shouldn’t need time to adjust.

I for one can’t wait to see him play, I would love to see him start on Saturday but he may be on the bench, I am sure he will play some part as Harry will want him to play against Werder Bremen on Tuesday so getting some minutes in a Spurs shirt before hand would help.

 

 

 

Van der Vaart and Harry posing for the camera with his new Spurs shirt. Harry looks proud to have captured a player of real quality, he has never been able to sign players of this stature at his previous clubs.

 

 

 

Van der Vaart gets down the business with his first training session, god knows what Crouchy is playing at in the background but Rafael doesn’t look impressed by his antics.

 

 

 

Sep 092010
 

Bristol City have signed Danny Rose on loan for the rest of the season. The deal had been tipped for a few weeks and Harry recently stated he was willing to loan his youngsters out to gain experience from first team football.

Danny Rose made his first Premiership start for Tottenham in April last season in the north London derby where he scored one of the goals of the season on his debut.

“He’s one we feel would enhance the squad in terms of the position he plays and we’ve been looking for a left-sider for a while now,” Millen said.

Harry has been clever here though, there is the option to recall Rose should Tottenham feel he is needed back at the club.

Sep 092010
 

OK so Tottenham have been hit with the news that Defoe faces a 6 week lay off due to the ankle injury he picked up laying for England in midweek. It’s a blow for the club because Defoe had looked as though he had shaken off his groin injury and found some form at last before his latest set back. The news comes as a double blow because in the previous game we all saw what happend to Michael Dawson.

So that’s two of our top players out, we know Gallas, Bassong and King will share most of the center back duties while Dawson recovers but up top who is likely to be Harry’s number one striker in Defoe’s absence. The odds are on Pavluychenko being the main man, he seems to be a different player than this time last year, he has found confidence and it seems as though his confidence in himself has been passed on to Harry as the Spurs manager now rates Pav more highly.

Crouchy will still be used as he was but Robbie Keane may get more game time than he might have expected over the coming weeks but in the event we do play a 4-5-1 formation with the arrival of Van der Vaart then Pavluychenko will probably be the lone striker. So hopefully we hear the chants of super Pav over the next few weeks. There is only the small matter of our first Champions League game on Tuesday after we travel to the Hawthorns at the weekend to take on West Brom.

So Pavluychenko may finally get an extended run in the team, he seems to enjoy putting on a Spurs shirt once again and I have every faith he will do us proud, Crouchy and Keano will also play a big part for the next 6 weeks with games coming thick and fast Harry is going to have to rotate the squad. It is nice that now we finally have a big squad that we can cope with injuries with sufficent cover.