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Aug 062010
 

Well there you go,finally the draw has been made and we have been given to play against Young Boys of Switzerland.The first leg is away from home on the 17th/18th August,with the following game to take place a week latter on the 24th/25th August.So I suppose this begs the question as to how we should approach our very first sortie into the Champions League? Will we play the 4,5,1 that Harry has been raving about since the end of last season? Perhaps ,especially in the first game as he will not wish to play too open and risk being knocked out before we’ve even started.

One thought however that springs to mind is,do we actually have a striker which could operate in the lone position? I know Harry has been trying a few out during pre- season,with both Keane and Pav playing that role but whether it actually benefits their game is a question that needs to be raised.

Another query doing the rounds recently is,Should we risk Ledley in the Champions League or do we save him for our push on the title? Seriously though,would it be fair on a player which along with so many others gave his all last season to take us too the heights of the aforesaid Champions League,only then to decide not to give him a go,after all he is our most talented defender and I can hear the derisory calls now if we fail to let him lose only to be knocked out after the two games.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW

Young Boys v Spurs
Braga v Sevilla
Werder Bremen v Sampdoria
Zenit v Auxerre
Dynamo Kiev v Ajax

Again your comments are most welcome,and don’t forget to take a look around the Triific Tottenham Forum.

Jul 092010
 

Uruguay world cup star reopens door back to the Premiership but could it be career over for Spurs’ England defender?

Change of heart? Forlan refuses to rule out move back to England.

Supposed Redknapp target Diego Forlan has refused to rule out a move away from Atletico Madrid this summer.

The Uruguayan striker is chasing the Golden Boot at this summer’s World Cup in South Africa having already scored four goals in his country’s route to Saturday’s third place play off against the Germans.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has been open when speaking of his admiration of Forlan, but the former Man Utd man has previously ruled out a return to the Premier League.

The striker struggled during his spellat Old Trafford, however, he has since flourished with more than 100 goals in Spain for Villareal and Atletico to draw the attention of a number of top clubs around Europe.

And Forlan admits that he would consider a summer move, telling Sky Sports News: “They have to be a good offer and we have to see.

“I am very happy in Madrid and the way the city and the team are always with me.

“(But) you never know. If it is a good offer we have to see if the team wants me to leave or not and then we have to sit and talk.”

End of the Road? Woody suffers yet more injury woe!

Meanwhile one player for whom the future does not look quite so bright is our injury jinxed England centre half Jonathon Woodgate.

Woodgate is running out of time to save his Spurs career, according to boss Harry Redknapp.

Woodgate played the disappointing total of only three games last season and failed to manage a single appearence from November onwards.

Redknapp has now warned the 30 year-old he will have ‘big problems’ if a persistent groin injury is not cured soon.

“We’ve really got to monitor him and see where he’s at because it’s been a year now for Jonathan and he’s really got to be coming back and playing now” said Redknapp.

“If he doesn’t, if he’s not going to be back pretty soon, he’s got big problems, so it is an area we’re looking at. Sebastien Bassong did well for us last year so we’ll see how we go.”

Woody will always be remembered by Spurs fans for his winner against Chelsea in the League Cup final, but sentiment can only take you so far and if he fails to recover soon we won’t be too disappointed to see him removed from the payroll. For a player once considered to be Englands’s best centre half, it could be a very sad end to what could have been such a great career!

Jul 082010
 

I should do this for a living, look at the quality of that little beauty! Is this what we will all be wearing next season?, this sponsorship deal with Autonomy is for Premiership games only and will run for 2 years, leaving the door open for sponsorship deals for cup competitions.

Some say this way forward is a master stroke by Mr Levy, especially as we are likely to be playing Champions League football, other sponsorships will be on the cards for that which will certainly be worth a few million pounds.Then you have the FA Cup and Carling Cup which may have seperate deals or one deal for both cups .Will other clubs take a note from our book and start following our sponsorship revolution.

So if you look at the image to the left this could look something like what we will be wearing on 14th August for the first home game of the season agaisnt City. You can be sure that due to this sponsorship deal being left till the last minute they have a lot of shirts on standby ready to be printed on for immediate release in the stores. Our new shirts are usually released by now but due to the complex of this seasons new stance on how Daniel Levy wants sponsorship deals to be made for different cup competitions we have had to wait untill now just to find out.

If there shirt on your left was to look anything remotely like I have tried to imitate would you be happy with that as our final shirt or are the fans expecting better?

Autonomy are a global leader in infrastructure software and listed on the FTSE 100 index. They are currently the UK’s largest software company and as part of the deal Autonomy will work with Tottenham in a consultative support role to enhance services to the fans.

We may get branded by other clubs as greedy for having different sponsors for different competitions but let me tell you that is just jelousy talking at the fact that Levy has made a shrude move and really revolutionized and got all he can from sponsorships which will only further enhance the clubs financial stability and spending power in the transfer market.


Jul 052010
 

I been recently looking back at Everton when they finished 4th in 2005 but failed at the final qualifying round of the Champions League and how it affected them. It took the wind right out of their sails almost instantly, a feeling that can only be compared to a by kick in the nads by and angry donkey,and took them months to recover from the shattered confidence of all the players.

It is important Tottenham don’t make the same mistake, because if we do then there is every possiblity of another appaling start to the season which could also see Harry lose his job, leaving us back to square one. The confidence of the players and the belief they had will be instantaniously gone and will take 3 to 4 months to get it out of their mind. If the fans are unable to forget so easily how could we expect the players to should the unthinkable happen. I don’t know about you but I couldn’t handle the thought of the smug gooners I work with everyday if Spurs didn’t qualify.

On the brighter side I do believe we will qualify and here are the positives. Yes it will be a big ask for our players having to play midweek and weekend games most weeks but hopefully Harry knows this and will strengthen the squad soon. However playing in the Champions League will give our team the hunger and confidence to push on. Playing with and agaisnt other players of Champions League quality and knowing they have earned that right to compete will make our players better players through the priceless experience Europe’s Elite competition brings.

Come mid August we may find ourselves more nervous than the Manchester City match, a feeling most of us never thought possible, pull the armchairs out once again lads, to hide behind should the nerves set in once more. Squeeky bum time? too right, this is it and there are no second chances. This will be our most defining moment, one fixture over 2 legs will decide whether its months of “what if’s” or months of sitting in front of the tv on a tuesday and wednesday night with the biggest smile on our faces and the proud feeling we will get when that Champions League music starts to play and our Tottenham Heroes walk out and bring Champions League football to the worlds finest stage, White Hart Lane!