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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.

Liverpool Want Redknapp

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Jun 052010
 


(source: sky sports)
Liverpool are planning a shock move for Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, Sky Sports sources understand.

The Anfield outfit are searching for a new man at the helm after Rafa Benitez’s six-year reign was brought to an end by mutual consent on Thursday.

And Spurs boss Redknapp has emerged as a leading contender for the Reds hierarchy as they aim to bring stability back to Merseyside.

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish and managing director Christian Purslow have been charged with the task of identifying and selecting a replacement.

Dalglish knows Redknapp well having brought his son Jamie to Anfield in January 1991 when he was at the helm of the five-time European champions and the two families have been close ever since.
Reputation

Redknapp’s reputation as a transfer market wheeler-dealer has made him an attractive option for Liverpool, who are heavily in debt and could have only £5million to invest in new players if they do not trim their squad this summer.

The former Bournemouth, West Ham, Southampton and Portsmouth manager has transformed the fortunes of the White Hart Lane club since replacing Juande Ramos in October 2008.

Redknapp his since guided the club into the top four of the Premier League – ironically at the expense of Liverpool – and they have the prospect of UEFA Champions League football to look forward to next season.

Spurs would be loath to lose the services of Redknapp, who has been granted an impressive transfer budget during his time in North London, and are sure to fight hard to keep the 63-year-old.

Redknapp has only one year remaining on his current contract at White Hart Lane and talks over a new deal are yet to take place.

Now my view on this is almost laughable, why would Redknapp want to leave a top 4 club for a mid table side?. If the reds do decide to make a move for the Spurs boss I fully expect Harry to tell them thanks but no thanks.

Jun 012010
 

Right for all you guys unsure exactly how this Champions Lgeaue qualifying round works, I will try to explain it for you all to the best of my ability to give you a better idea of our chances.

Basically the qualifying rounds are split into 2 groups, the champions side and the non champions side of the qualifying rounds. Obviously Tottenham will be in the non champions side of the draw, but the teams in the half with the other champions of their domestic leagues are usually filled with teams from the smaller leagues which are usually entitled to only 1 Champions League place for their country anyway. The 15 teams who would be in the NON Champions Qualifying Round
based on current League position
4th Place in ENG, ESP, ITA
3rd Place in GER, FRA, RUS
2nd Place in UKR, NED, ROM , POR , TUR, GRE , SCO , BEL , SUI

There will be seedings and this will work in our favour, because we have had 2 Uefa Cup (Europa League) runs in the past few seasons we have ranked up points, Spurs are currently ranked 30th in Europe with a coefficient of 56.199. Anyway the seedings works based on the points, and how well other clubs from the same domestic leagues have performed in european competitions in recent seasons. With both of these taken into account we rank in the top 5 clubs in the qualifying round and will be seeded straight into the final qualifying round. The likes of Celtic will have to play in the 3rd qualifying round because they don’t get seeded. So the 3rd qualifying round will be made up of 10 teams in the non champions section, these are 5 teams which have gone through previous rounds and 5 more teams including celtic which have been seeded to come in at this stage. Whoever overcomes the 3rd qualifying round will then come through to the 4th and final qualifying round to face the top seeds (of which 1 will be us). The draw will see the top 5 seeds take on the teams from the 3rd qualifying round in a 2 leg match which will see the winners enter the Champions League proper. To clarify this in simple terms, we go straight into the 4th and final round of qualifying because English teams have a good record in Europe, and then we will be seeded in that round because we have ranked up our own points by our previous couple of seasons in the Uefa Cup.

15 Clubs who will be in the Non Champions Section of Qualifying
Spurs
Sevilla
Sampdoria
Werder Bremen
Auxerre

Zenit St Petesburg
Dinamo Kiev
Ajax
Unirea Urziceni (Still four teams could qualify in Romania)
Sporting Braga
Fenerbahce
PAOK Thessaloniki
Celtic
Gent
Young Boys

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The Five teams listed first will get a Bye to the 4th Qualifying Round
which will have 10 clubs

The 5 Teams Seeded for Round 3 Will be
Zenit St Petesburg
Ajax
Fenerbahce
Dinamo Kiev
Sporting Braga

The 5 Teams Seeded for Round 4 Should be
Sevilla
Werder Bremen
Zenit St Petesburg
Tottenham
Ajax

It’s funny because if Manchester City Or Aston Villa finished 4th this season they would have not been seeded because of their Uefa coefficient points would have not been enough. When the final qualifying round draw takes place we can expect to avoid Sevilla, Ajax, Weder Bremen, Zenit. We will face 1 of the teams who overcomes the 3rd qualifying round.

I hope this helps you all better understand how it works because it can be very confusing.

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