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  1. #1751
    Quote Originally Posted by hudson View Post
    With time and maybe a decent shot in the transfer market, I'm sure he'll get some consistency. He's shrewd tactician.
    Yup, I didn’t expect him to come in and instantly sort out all our problems and get us playing consistently at our best. Our league form has been poor for pretty close to a year (we lost more PL matches in 2019 than any other team) and I don’t think anyone comes in and fixes that overnight. Stabilise us this season, decide who he wants to keep, get rid of, bring in, and then I think next season it can be properly judged as a Mourinho team.

    Not that it’s impossible for us to finish off this season well. I think we’ve got a decent chance of finishing 4th as all the teams fighting for it at the moment are pretty inconsistent: Chelsea looked like they were right up there with Leicester and Man City but have really fallen away; we were 12 points behind Chelsea, cut it down to 3 with a good run, but have hit a sticky patch to halt our progress; Man Utd and Wolves have been win a couple, lose a couple in recent games, etc..

    And you never know what might happen in the FA Cup or Europe.

  2. #1752
    Almost too annoyed at the game and result yesterday to post but I forced myself.

    Not a good 'holiday' season for Spurs. It can only get better.

  3. #1753
    Not a great performance yesterday, but at least we're not out, and while we could have done without a replay I am happy that Woodgate and Keane get to bring their team to the new stadium.

    First half was a bit meh and Boro had the best chance of the half, we were lucky not to go behind but Gazza and Alderweireld did really well to block the goal bound shots. We had more possession but lacked a cutting edge. Poor goal to concede in the second half with the straight ball over the top and the Boro player merrily sauntering past our centre-backs.

    Once Lamela and Lo Celso came on we looked better, got the equaliser, and it was basically one way traffic for the rest of the match but our final ball was lacking and we didn't test their keeper THAT much. He had to pull off one great save from Moura but I think we'd need to have forced him into a few more saves like that to say we really deserved to win. I think Boro fully merited getting a replay.

    The players are really going to have to push themselves and raise their game to get anything out of the upcoming Liverpool match.

  4. #1754
    Quote Originally Posted by EJG1980 View Post
    Not a great performance yesterday, but at least we're not out, and while we could have done without a replay I am happy that Woodgate and Keane get to bring their team to the new stadium.

    First half was a bit meh and Boro had the best chance of the half, we were lucky not to go behind but Gazza and Alderweireld did really well to block the goal bound shots. We had more possession but lacked a cutting edge. Poor goal to concede in the second half with the straight ball over the top and the Boro player merrily sauntering past our centre-backs.

    Once Lamela and Lo Celso came on we looked better, got the equaliser, and it was basically one way traffic for the rest of the match but our final ball was lacking and we didn't test their keeper THAT much. He had to pull off one great save from Moura but I think we'd need to have forced him into a few more saves like that to say we really deserved to win. I think Boro fully merited getting a replay.

    The players are really going to have to push themselves and raise their game to get anything out of the upcoming Liverpool match.
    My other half has a boro ST. She really enjoyed the match, and said it could have gone ether way. I fancied boro to get a result as their form has sky rocketed, where as spuzz has tailed off.

  5. #1755
    Spurs should have won the match even if they did not deserve it. How Aurier missed even hitting the target with that shot I just do not know.

    Lucas Moura, as has so often been the case when Kane is not available, was the only Spurs guy who really seem sparky and up for it, particularly in the final third. But when you're not creating that many chances you have to take those you get and Spurs didn't.

    I was not surprised at the result TBH. 'Boro sometimes caused problems for Spurs when they were in the Premiership. There are just some sides like that, trouble is there are too many of those who, on paper are inferior but Spurs seem to underestimate or think they can muddle through and it can end up embarrassing. West Ham, WBA, and Stoke come to mind.

  6. #1756
    Another visit to Southampton awaits in round four, if we can win the replay.

    At least the preparation should be easy; Mourinho just needs to put in a video of the recent league match and say “Don’t play like this.”

    Edit: nice, the replay is being shown live on BBC One.

    Not so nice, Moussa Sissoko had surgery on a knee injury picked up against Southampton and is not expected to return to training until April.

    I'm not usually an advocate of buying just to cover injuries as you end up with a bloated squad when the injured players return, but our squad is so stretched and in need of a refresh at the mo that a couple of January signings to inject some fresh impetus and ease the burden on the rest of the squad would not go amiss. Have a clear out in the summer if needed.
    Last edited by EJG1980; 07-01-2020 at 03:57 PM.

  7. #1757
    Thanks. I just saw that myself the BBC were going to televise it live and was going to post about it here but I see you've added the info to your previous post. Looking forward to it.

    Always worries me when they do that because you get the feeling somebody thinks it could be memorable match for all the wrong reasons from the Spurs point of view. They do love a FA Cup 'upset'.

    There are the usual rumours you see about players during the transfer windows. One report said Inter Milan had offered 20m for Eriksen but that has been denied by one of the guys who actually writes the cheques. So that sounds like rubbish but there are more plausible stories about Spurs trying to get other players on loan rather than purchase outright for just the sort of reasons you describe.

  8. #1758
    There's a Danish journalist (I forget the name) who insists the Erkisen to Inter move is a goer this January, so, we'll have to wait and see.

    The club just announced that Kane is having surgery on his tendon and is expected to return to training in April. That's a long time to have no recognised out and out striker available to the squad so I hope we go for someone in January rather than use Son out of position during that time, even if he does usually do a good job when asked to play there.

    We've been linked with Krzysztof Piatek of Milan, which I think would be a decent signing. He was excellent for Genoa, and continued his good form in the first few months when Milan signed him from them. I think he's been unlucky since because, as all strikers do, he hit a barren patch, and it seems Milan instantly lost faith rather than having the patience to let him play through it. So this season he's been in and out and they never give him enough of a run of games to reestablish his rhythm.

    So he could come to us for a fresh start, knows he's going to have a good three months to prove himself without having to worry about competition from Kane, could be exactly what he needs. He's not cup tied for Europe either. A bit of a punt, but one worth taking I reckon.

  9. #1759
    Worth a punt yes. Definitely need a HK and Sissoko replacement - both out until April; that's bad.

    Usually what happens when HK is not there Eriksen and Son end up scoring the goals. I think it more likely now will be Lucas and Son performing that role. But we need more players and if Spurs don't buy or at least get on loan a couple of decent alternatives in this window it will be very worrying.

    Some suggestions that we might be after Wilfred Zaha too. Unlikely CP will want to let him go but grease their palms with some big dosh and it might be a runner.

    EDIT

    Pity about the Liverpool game yesterday; not an unexpected result but Just having watched highlights on MotD with Liverpool having the upper hand in the first half Spurs were actually unlucky not to get at least a point out of it. Good performance generally though.
    Last edited by fallenangle; 12-01-2020 at 02:09 PM. Reason: typos

  10. #1760
    Yeah, before the match I and a lot of fans were thinking "Just don't get thrashed!" so I was quite surprised to end the match feeling disappointed that we'd passed up the chance to get a point.

    First half I think we were a bit too defensive, and though we did have one good chance for Alli and a few other counters, we were still limiting ourselves too much and inviting more Liverpool pressure than was needed. For the majority of the half the defence did really well repelling Liverpool attacks, only the post hit from Chamberlain and Van Dijk header were brown trousers moments, so it's a shame that the only goal we conceded was again partially concentration related.

    Liverpool were on top and deserved to take the lead but you don't want to give them a helping hand by letting them waltz straight into the box from a throw in. I don't blame Tanganga for Firmino getting past him, no shame in being beaten by a fantastic player with a top class touch and turn.

    Second half we had a much better balance between trying to stay solid at the back and trying to take the game to Liverpool up front, and it was much more of an even contest. Then once Lo Celso and Lamela came on I think it's fair to say that we were on top for the final twenty minutes.

    They were both very aggressive with their pressing and harrying and that spread throughout the team, which really helped put us firmly on the front foot. Big chance for Son from a position where he'd normally bury it, and I've no idea how the Lo Celso chance didn't go in. There was a Lo Celso ball fizzed across the six yard box that nobody got on the end of, and we had a few other moves with good build up but mediocre shots at the end.

    So nothing to show for it but a lot of encouragement in the second half performance, with a number of first choice players injured, against unarguably the best team on the planet right now. The improved defensive display was very welcome, and Tanganga had a brilliant debut, not phased at all by debuting in such a big match and I don't see any reason he shouldn't keep his place in the team.

    I was gonna talk about Sanchez too but I've rambled on so much already that I think I'll leave it there for now

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