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Dec 132010
 

Following yesterday’s Chelsea game Harry Redknapp talked about his central defenders after he was down to his last fit pair in Michael Dawson and Sebastian Bassong and even Dawson himself has just returned from a 3 month lay off.

“Michael did well. It’s his first week back and I had to play him.

“I was hoping Kaboul would be fit, Gallas did his hamstring on Friday, so we had to throw Michael in. I was worried he wouldn’t last the game and you have to be careful. He’s done great, a fantastic competitor and an amazing fellow.

“Kaboul could be back next week. I don’t know when Gallas will be back. He stretched for the ball and felt it tear.

“We’ve coped okay whoever has come in. Luckily we’ve got plenty of centre-halves who’ve done well.”

Harry then talked about Tottenham club captain Ledley King and a possible return. “Ledley is improving and he might be back soon.

“We have a date for Ledley to have an operation. The surgeon is available until December 23 but is then away for four weeks so we have to make a decision by then.

“He’s coming on well. If he feels okay we will not operate. If he has to have it, it will be five weeks. But he’s feeling good.”

So hopefully either Kaboul or King is fit for next weekend, even to just go on the bench because if something happens to Dawson or Bassong we have nothing left.

Dec 102010
 

Tottenham club captain Ledley King has received a major boost after being told his groin problem doesn’t need surgery. King had missed the past couple of months with Tottenham through his troublesome groin and fear he would need surgery. Ledley flew out to Copenhagen to see a specialist who gave him the all clear and also told him he can start training again next week.

Tottenham assistant manager Joe Jordan said:

“If all goes will and he continues to improve, Ledley will be back with the squad next week,”

“We’ve tried not to go down the route of surgery, but instead make progress by strengthening the muscles in that area. He feels that there has been an improvement and we will continue like this.”

Good news, wouldn’t it be amazing if in the new year we could boast fit defenders like King Woodgate, Dawson, Gallas, Kaboul and Bassong. Yeah I know I am dreaming but you never know.

Dec 102010
 

You will have to forgive me for this one because I know primarily we are a Tottenham blog but I just want to discuss the Newcastle situation at the moment.

Chris Hughton, done a fantastic job in his first managers position since leaving Tottenaham. He steadied the ship and got the team playing again as a unit, they worked for each other. The players loved him and the fans recognized what a great job he had done. Chris took Newcastle United back up to the Premiership where they looked comfortable in mid table but that twat Ashley wanted a big name manager in and was waiting weeks for Newcastle to lose another game so he could sack Hughton.

Anyway so Mike Ashley wanted a big name manager in so what does he do? he appoints Alan Pardew! Come on that is an insult to Chris Hughton, he has done a better job in his short time as a manager than Pardew has his whole career. To be fair to Pardew I thought he done a decent job at reading then I thought he was a bit harshly treated at West Ham but come on what has this bloke ever done that warrants sacking Hughton and replacing him with Pardew. I might be able to understand if it was Jose Mourinho who replaced Hughton.

I am sorry to all you Newcastle fans, you have been through a lot the past few years but Ashley has got it wrong and I think you all know it. I will poke my eyeballs out with a rusty spoon if Pardew is successful with Newcastle but I can really see this upsetting things again and I can really see that eventually you will slump down the table again.

Your chairman is an embarrassment to football, he doesn’t have a clue and he doesn’t listen to the fans and most of all he has disrespected Chris Hughton who has done a great job and replaced him with a pony manager. I think it tells its own story when you see the small number of people who turned up to welcome Pardew to the club compared to previous managers. Us Spurs fans know how you feel, whenever we lost our managers we used to end up with David Pleat.

Once again I feel for you Newcastle fans, things were starting to look up for you, hopefully they still will but I am not so confident anymore. You deserve better than the chairman you have.

Dec 092010
 

The rumours are gathering momentum that Aston Villa are set to make their move in a £6 million deal for Tottenham and Ireland striker Robbie Keane.

Keane wants out of Tottenham after falling down the pecking order to 4th choice striker at the club and with his wages of £60,000 a week Spurs are desperate to offload. Robbie accepts he will take a pay cut when he moves on.

Villa have been looking at Keane since the summer but a deal never materialized after Martin O’neill left the club. Gerard Houllier however has reignited his interest in Keane and the rumours are spreading that Villa are set to make an offer anytime soon as they fear they may miss out because of the other clubs sniffing around.

Tottenham will look to invest the money they make on Keane in their own new signings in January.

Dec 082010
 

I normally love watching the latest act of idiocy on Tyneside, be it calls for a “boycoutt” or another fumbling screw-up from Mike Ashley.  I hate the ongoing media love-in over the Geordies and their football, the way we’re always being told we “don’t understand how much football means” in the North East, and I enjoy watching them being taken down a peg or two. But the sacking of Chris Hughton has absolutely appalled me, and not just because of Hughton’s Spurs past. It’s such a ridiculous decision that I can’t help but be outraged, and for once, I really do feel sorry for Geordie fans, who had thought there was finally some stability and pride back at their club, only to see the chubby purveyor of jockstraps who calls himself their owner needlessly ruin it all again. And their obvious confusion and anger sent me on a trip down memory lane to our own dark days of “we want our Tottenham back” misery. Haven’t heard that sung for a while. Remember singing it at Leyton Orient before going absolutely mental when Gary Doherty scuffed an injury time winner? God, we were pathetic.

Football is a fickle game, and as we cruise into the CL knockout stages, we should remember one thing – until very recently, we rivalled Newcastle as the biggest circus in the Premier League, and one day we probably will again. Right now is an absolutely sublime time to be a Tottenham fan, and we should enjoy it while we can.

Just in case you’d missed it, take a look at Pot One for the upcoming Champions League last 16 draw:

Schalke 04, Manchester United, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Shaktar Donetsk, Tottenham Hotspur.

There we are, one of an elite eight clubs at the pinnacle of global club football. It’s what we’ve been waiting for, for years and years and years. Who would have imagined it that day on the terraces at Brisbane Road?And yet I’ve noticed that some fans seem to have already started taking it all for granted.

Against Werder Bremen a couple of weeks back, I was stunned to see fans leaving in large numbers well before the final whistle. We were about to qualify for the Champions League last sixteen, having never before been in the competition at all, and yet people thought beating the traffic was more important  than clapping the team off? Are we already so infected with “Big 4” arrogance that we can’t appreciate what we’re seeing, and give this side the love they deserve?

This season has seen us come from behind to beat the Scum away, destroy the reigning European Champions at the Lane, witness one of our players become one of the most talked about midfielders in the world, top the Champions League scoring charts, break records and set Europe’s top club competition alight. It is, to borrow a phrase, Schoolboy’s Own stuff. Let’s make sure that the atmosphere at the Lane reflects that, and let’s think very, very carefully before we bitch about anything, because before you know it we could be appointing Alan Pardew.

Dec 082010
 

I know some people don’t like ITK stuff and I don’t usually do it myself and if anyone else who knows anything can confirm before I get slated that would be great.

Someone I know who’s in the Spurs academy said good old Jonathan Woodgate was doing some light training this week and looked to be ok.

Woodgate had an operation a couple of months ago which Harry said was his final throw of the dice. It was reported a few weeks ago that everything seemed to be so far so good and Woodgate was doing some work in the gym. Jermain Defoe said the same. Sources tell me he has started light training and running this week.

Harry said that Woodgate would eventually undergo a month of intense training and if he can come through that without any setbacks he will be back in the Spurs 25 man squad in January.

If true then it’s good news, would be like a new signing to have Woody back. Obviously it would take him a while to regain his sharpness and he probably wouldn’t be as sharp as he was before but he will still have enough to be a top defender for us.

Dec 082010
 

*UPDATED*

Here is the final list of who we could face in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

In this round we can’t face any English teams neither can we face a team that has won their group, it has to be a 2nd place team from another group.

Eight of the 16 teams in the draw – those that won their sections in the group stage – are seeded, with the eight runners-up unseeded. The runners-up are drawn first and play the first-leg matches at home. They cannot be paired with either the winners from their section or clubs from the same association. The draw will be on 17th December.

1) Lyon (Runners up group B)

2) Valencia (Runners up group c)

3) FC Copenhagen ( Runners up group D)

4) Roma (Group E)

5) Marseille (Group F)

6) AC Milan (Group G)

7) Shakhtar Donetsk (Group H if Arsenal top the group after tonight)

So who would you fancy and who would you like to avoid?

Dec 032010
 

I have had a couple of texts from my mates saying that FIFA has all but said that Panorama was a big factor in why England done so poorly in the World Cup bid so thought I would do some digging and try to establish the truth behind the corruption at Fifa.

Doing some research it looks as though this may be the case. Panorama aired on Monday exposed the corruption in FIFA and had a list of bribes taken by FIFA officials over the years which totalled more than £100,000,000. The Fifa vice-president, Jack Warner, said that the timing of the Panorama programme was a “death wish” for England 2018. And in the event it was he who gave the English bid the kiss of death.

The Sunday Times recently published an inquiry, which led to the suspension of two executive committee members on suspicion of taking bribes for World Cup votes. Panorama exposed many other FIFA officials of taking bribes over the years and these very men had the fate of England’s World Cup bid in their hands.

Executive member from Cyprus Marios Lefkaritis believes the British media did damage England’s chances of hosting the World Cup. England bid chief executive Andy Anson claimed on Friday that Fifa had blamed the British media for their negative coverage of world football’s governing body.

So with even FIFA blaming the English media for harming England’s World Cup bid did we ever really stand a chance. Sepp Blatter never really gave England’s bid any credit all through the campaign. I believe it was decided long ago that FIFA would rather hell freeze over than give us the World Cup.

Are England too naive, do we genuinely believe that the best bid wins the World Cup, is that why we remained confident when it’s really about backhanders and officials selling votes to the highest bidders?

Toughts?

If anyone hasn’t seen Panorama from Monday then you can watch it below. Have a look at the part where it shows the demands FIFA makes to each  bidders government before it will even consider letting them host a Worlc Cup, they basically want each country to change it’s laws so FIFA can make as much money as possible.

If you have watched this then you will be astonished at all the evidence and it will concern you greatly that these people are in charge of world football when it appears that a lot of them don’t care about the game and are only in it to exploit their position for financial gain.

Aug 122010
 

Well …… the time is almost upon us. Events in South Africa have been put firmly to the back of our minds and the serious business of the Premier League can now take centre stage.

On 5th May Peter Crouch headed us to a 1-0 win over Roberto Mancini’s side at Eastlands ….. and a season double over our Manchester rivals.

Same Again Please !!! - Crouch Breaks City Hearts

Now, in just a couple of days time, City visit the Lane equipped with new signings Yaya Toure, David Silva, Jerome Boateng and Aleksandar Kolarov ….. a side with £75m of improvements since our last meeting ….. and counting !

With only Sandro in for us so far and the Brazilian unable to make an appearance for Harry Redknapp’s side until his current commitments have been fulfilled, the Spurs line up should have a familiar look with Gio Dos Santos the only player looking ready to gate crash our first XI.

EARLY TEAM NEWS …..

Gareth Bale should make the line-up for Spurs after shaking off the knock that forced him to miss out Wales’ midweek match with Luxembourg.

Roman Pavlyuchenko is still suffering with a hamstring injury and looks likely to miss out.

Jonathan Woodgate is still nowhere near a first-team return.

THE TRIFFIC PREDICTIONS …..

Well, they may have spent big but, Villareal aside, Harrys boys have had a decent pre-season so the City clash should not be striking fear into our boys on the opening day!

With confidence high following our Champions League qualification last time out … at the expense of City, you’d like to think that we could repeat our opening result against Liverpool from last season.

ALDO PREDICTS : 2-1 Spurs

COXIE PREDICTS : 1-1 Draw

As usual, live coverage of the game can be found in the Triffic Forum so be sure to sign up before the big Kick-Off to catch all the action and to be able to chat with fellow Spurs before, during and after the games !

You can sign up to the forum <<HERE>> !!!

Jul 292010
 

Well the big guns are back for tonights match  but will they be rested or will they play? Anyway as you know the past couple of games I have set up a new page for the games streams, well tonight it is in the FORUM only, just click the link and login or register, the streams are embedded into the Tottenham vs Villarreal topic so you can watch and chat, I will work on adding more. There are fewer streams around tonight but I have managed to dig a couple out for you guys.

The world cup players are back but some of the youngsters have been in good form in pre season so far, so will Harry stick with some of them? It is our first home friendly and there will surely be a decent atmosphere at the Lane. Harry seems to change his formation to  a 5-4-1 or 4-3-3 only to later revert to 4-4-2 later on in recent games, but I guess that is what a friendly match is for.

Personally I think it’s important that some of the World Cup boys get some fitness and get a good half an hour on the pitch, these are the players that will be opening agaisnt City in 2 weeks so we don’t have long left to prepare them. We are the favourites for the win and I fully expect the boys to deliver, it’s a shame we haven’t had no new signings to take a look at for tonight but who knows, maybe next week.

Don’t forget to check back here tomorrow morning for a match review and highlights if I can find some, if you know of any before I do use the contact me page and give me the link. I am going for a 2-1 win tonight, leave your predictions below.

Watch all the action from 8pm in the Forum , either login or register to be able to view the boards. Enjoy the match!

Jul 252010
 

The winner takes all final match of our Barclays New York Challenge series against Portugese side Sporting Lisbon.

Red Bull Arena - New York

TEAM NEWS : (From Official Club Website)

Cudicini, Hutton, Corluka, Walker, Naughton; Kranjcar, Jenas, Huddlestone, Bale, Taarabt, Keane.

SUBS – Jansson, Button, Kaboul, Pavlyuchenko, Rose, Mason, Townsend, Obika, Smith, Butcher.

After Sporting beat Man City 2-0 with 2 strikes from Harry Redknapp target Yannick Djalo combined with our 2-1 victory over Thierry Henry’s NY Red Bulls, the stage has been set nicely for the two sides to meet with a 6:00pm kick off on Sunday evening.

Visit our Match Page above – or click the forum and register <<HERE>> to find live coverage or links to streams of the match. You can also click the Bet365 banner if you want and create a free account and watch it there for improved picture quality

Use the forum to discuss the match as it happens and for extra streams you won’t find on the streams page, will be updated between now and kick off.

Sporting beat our opening Premiership day opponents Manchester City yesterday so they won’t be no pushovers. Hopefully it proves to be a better match than the NY Red Bulls match.

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