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Spurs, AEF Limassol and beyond.
« on: August 30, 2014, 04:19:00 PM »
Spurs, AEF Limassol and beyond.
Instead of the Greeks bearing gifts it was the Cypriots. Their first lot of gifts were in the first leg, in the second match Ė with a further 4 gifts being offered - we rebuffed the first (a penalty; taken by Kane and sent straight to the substitute keeper), however we took the other three in the spirit they were presented to us and scored. This put us through to the next round, and we were grateful. In the process Ė this being Pochettinoís 4th match for Spurs Ė he became the first Spurs manager to win 4 in a row.
Harry Kane showed, however, that he needed to brush up on his penalty taking. But he made up for it by getting our first goal of the evening. This was followed by Paulinho who got our second Ė scoring three in a row in three matches in which he previously had played Ė by firing a low across. Townsend took over from Kane in taking the penalty and scored from the spot.
We had 66% of the match (the same as the QPR match), and 13 goals on target to their one. This two leg-victory means weíve only lost one match in our 12 outings in Europe. Townsend scored his first goal in 29 appearances for Spurs and country. He last scored against Aston Villa in October when we won 2-0. Pochettino made 9 changes for this match. This tells us that, apart from his main 11, he has good quality to back up any injuries we should have over the season. That should give Spurs, manager and fans alike plenty to be confident about. Another statistic is that Spurs have scored 21 goals in their last six home games.
By beating Limassol we are now in Group C of the Eruopa league competition and weíve been drawn against Besiktas (who the Gunners knocked out), Partizan Belgrade and Asteras Tripoli. These wonít be easy matches.
Our managerís comments after the game: "I have always believed in Harry since the first day. I think it is possible to miss penalties, but it is not important. He found a way to score, to play and did not let it affect his performance. He showed character and personality. He has a very strong mind and is a very good player. I am very pleased with the team. It was a very good performance. There are no easy games because the Europa League is difficult to play, but we played very, very, very well. We are very happy." Not only is he happy, but so are we; the supporters of this great club.
Over the four matches weíve grown steadily and patiently. Weíve seen good signs from the players, the managerís style and the bonding together of the team. Now to test that resolve and our managerís working philosophy we play host to Liverpool this Sunday. It wonít be an easy match, but it will show us how we can deal with tougher competition. We were beaten Ė or should I say stuffed Ė by the Reds last season (conceding 9 goals over two games). It might be interesting to note that while Pochettino managed Southampton they were beaten 3-0 on Southamptonís ground. But earlier that season Southampton travelled to Liverpool and beat them 1-0. Two contrasting results. I am sure Pochettino will take some very important lessons from those two matches when thinking about how to use his philosophy/ formation when coming up with a game plane in how to tackle the Liverpool threat this Sunday.
The talk Ė for Liverpool Ė this Sunday will be about Mario Balotelli. Brendan Rodgers regards him as a risk to the club, but a ďrisk worth taking.Ē Rodgers paid £16 million for him (he spend a further £84 million on replacing Luis Suarez).
This time around, against Liverpool, it will be a lot different for both teams. Spurs are better organised and seem to have a shared intelligence/ formation of purpose compared to last season. Liverpool last season had their biter player giving them their goals that helped them propel them up the league; he is now gone and replaced with the many (plus one controversial figure replacing another). For Spurs Lamela and Eriksen, both improved this season will cause the Liverpool midfield and defence problems. While Balotelli could be an unknown force for this match, as he will be getting to know his teammates thinking.
While we are at the top of the league, undefeated and havenít conceded a goal yet, Liverpool is currently 9th. Their first league match this season was against Southampton at Anfield and they beat Pochettinoís former club 2-1. However, they came unstock against the current Premier League Champions Manchester City and lost 3-1 at Cityís ground. In my last article I predicted that City will be battling with Chelsea for the Premier league title. So that match, this early in the season, was a hard testing one for Liverpool.
Whichever way this match goes it will be a high talking point. We both will have a little glimpse in how things COULD pan out for the rest of the season. Of course a defeat from either side doesnít mean the end, as both teams have potential to grow. I am predicting Spurs to win either 2-1 or 1-0.
   Until weíll meet again: #Don't know where, don't know when, but I know we'll meet again, some sunny day. Keep smiling through, just like Spurs fans always do. Till the Cockerel Chorus drives the dark clouds, far, far away and we finally claim our position with the elite teams of the world# Come on you Spurs!!

Iíve lived a life thatís full. Iíve travelled each and every highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Regrets, Iíve had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2014, 05:16:41 PM »
Now that is more like it and what I am happy to read.  :) :D :up:
Maybe next year...

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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2014, 05:38:06 PM »
Now that is more like it and what I am happy to read.  :) :D :up:

Thank you; at least I please you some of the time. :up:
Iíve lived a life thatís full. Iíve travelled each and every highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Regrets, Iíve had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2014, 12:13:37 AM »
        A well put together post Voice and I completely agree with Dimexi's comment, and as you said Sundays game against Liverpool will be a real test, personally I think a draw is on the cards, whilst a loss will not be the end of the world it will show whether or not we have improved. IMO I think all the signs are VERY VERY good and am looking forward to the season, and we have a very good chance of some much awaited success and Silverware. :up: :up:

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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2014, 07:57:07 AM »
        A well put together post Voice and I completely agree with Dimexi's comment, and as you said Sundays game against Liverpool will be a real test, personally I think a draw is on the cards, whilst a loss will not be the end of the world it will show whether or not we have improved. IMO I think all the signs are VERY VERY good and am looking forward to the season, and we have a very good chance of some much awaited success and Silverware. :up: :up:

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Thank you; I am always appreciative of comments; whether one agrees with what I write or not.

I am on here early, but am off to the match. I am feeling good about this match (I just hope my feelings don't let me down).

Our manager seems to be strengthening in the right positions.
Iíve lived a life thatís full. Iíve travelled each and every highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Regrets, Iíve had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2014, 01:27:54 PM »
Very interesting post Voice. Some people here do not always appreciate your views, but all views are valid imo.

Hope you are right about twinning today. this is very much our first test and I have a 3-1 win to us, so positiveness is very much my motto at the moment.

 :coys:

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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2014, 04:19:22 PM »
Very interesting post Voice. Some people here do not always appreciate your views, but all views are valid imo.

Hope you are right about twinning today. this is very much our first test and I have a 3-1 win to us, so positiveness is very much my motto at the moment.

 :coys:

Sadly it didn't turn out that way, however, I did add that a defeat either way for one of us wouldn't be the end. But we do need another striker and probably a creative attacking midfielder. I did see potential there, I just hope that our manager can get more out of what we've got.
Iíve lived a life thatís full. Iíve travelled each and every highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Regrets, Iíve had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2014, 02:33:11 AM »
Very interesting post Voice. Some people here do not always appreciate your views, but all views are valid imo.

Hope you are right about twinning today. this is very much our first test and I have a 3-1 win to us, so positiveness is very much my motto at the moment.

 :coys:

Sadly it didn't turn out that way, however, I did add that a defeat either way for one of us wouldn't be the end. But we do need another striker and probably a creative attacking midfielder. I did see potential there, I just hope that our manager can get more out of what we've got.

You saw potential? really? I must have missed something. One serious chance on goal does not a good team make!
Maybe next year...

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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2014, 04:33:00 PM »
Very interesting post Voice. Some people here do not always appreciate your views, but all views are valid imo.

Hope you are right about twinning today. this is very much our first test and I have a 3-1 win to us, so positiveness is very much my motto at the moment.

 :coys:

Sadly it didn't turn out that way, however, I did add that a defeat either way for one of us wouldn't be the end. But we do need another striker and probably a creative attacking midfielder. I did see potential there, I just hope that our manager can get more out of what we've got.

You saw potential? really? I must have missed something. One serious chance on goal does not a good team make!

Well, only time will tell if that potential I saw turns into something a lot bigger. If not then we are in serious trouble.
Iíve lived a life thatís full. Iíve travelled each and every highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Regrets, Iíve had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2014, 07:41:09 PM »
Very interesting post Voice. Some people here do not always appreciate your views, but all views are valid imo.

Hope you are right about twinning today. this is very much our first test and I have a 3-1 win to us, so positiveness is very much my motto at the moment.

 :coys:

Sadly it didn't turn out that way, however, I did add that a defeat either way for one of us wouldn't be the end. But we do need another striker and probably a creative attacking midfielder. I did see potential there, I just hope that our manager can get more out of what we've got.

You saw potential? really? I must have missed something. One serious chance on goal does not a good team make!

Well, only time will tell if that potential I saw turns into something a lot bigger. If not then we are in serious trouble.
I think we were all thinking the same when Villas-Boas took over, and then Sherwood etc...

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« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2014, 08:15:49 AM »
Very interesting post Voice. Some people here do not always appreciate your views, but all views are valid imo.

Hope you are right about twinning today. this is very much our first test and I have a 3-1 win to us, so positiveness is very much my motto at the moment.

 :coys:

Sadly it didn't turn out that way, however, I did add that a defeat either way for one of us wouldn't be the end. But we do need another striker and probably a creative attacking midfielder. I did see potential there, I just hope that our manager can get more out of what we've got.

You saw potential? really? I must have missed something. One serious chance on goal does not a good team make!

Well, only time will tell if that potential I saw turns into something a lot bigger. If not then we are in serious trouble.

.

Please don't give us the 'only time will tell' one liner. It has been used far too often and 18 out of the past 20 managers, the time told and it ended badly.

I am all for Pochettino making it 17 out of 20, in fact I think there is far more to hima dn inpires more confidence than AVB and Sherwood. I am not saying there isn't potential in the team and squad, but I could not see any of this in the Liverpool game. Please enlighten me as to the areas which showed any promise during that game. Was it in defence?, on the flank? the passing? the positioning? the build up? the work rate? the threat on goal? the attitude? the desire? the tackling? the runs off the ball? the substitutions? the tactics? the fans? the chants from the stands? the cup of tea at half time? or something I have missed?

Other than the cup of tea, which I am sure was very nice, which areas filled you with hope? (No dodging the question either Mr Politicianman  :up: )
« Last Edit: September 03, 2014, 08:17:29 AM by dimexi »
Maybe next year...

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« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2014, 06:03:17 PM »
Very interesting post Voice. Some people here do not always appreciate your views, but all views are valid imo.

Hope you are right about twinning today. this is very much our first test and I have a 3-1 win to us, so positiveness is very much my motto at the moment.

 :coys:

Sadly it didn't turn out that way, however, I did add that a defeat either way for one of us wouldn't be the end. But we do need another striker and probably a creative attacking midfielder. I did see potential there, I just hope that our manager can get more out of what we've got.

You saw potential? really? I must have missed something. One serious chance on goal does not a good team make!

Well, only time will tell if that potential I saw turns into something a lot bigger. If not then we are in serious trouble.

.

Please don't give us the 'only time will tell' one liner. It has been used far too often and 18 out of the past 20 managers, the time told and it ended badly.

I am all for Pochettino making it 17 out of 20, in fact I think there is far more to hima dn inpires more confidence than AVB and Sherwood. I am not saying there isn't potential in the team and squad, but I could not see any of this in the Liverpool game. Please enlighten me as to the areas which showed any promise during that game. Was it in defence?, on the flank? the passing? the positioning? the build up? the work rate? the threat on goal? the attitude? the desire? the tackling? the runs off the ball? the substitutions? the tactics? the fans? the chants from the stands? the cup of tea at half time? or something I have missed?

Other than the cup of tea, which I am sure was very nice, which areas filled you with hope? (No dodging the question either Mr Politicianman  :up: )

"Time will tell" maybe an old line, but true nevertheless. We all support Pochettino until we've had enough. That is football life.
Iíve lived a life thatís full. Iíve travelled each and every highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Regrets, Iíve had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

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« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2014, 08:25:58 AM »
Very interesting post Voice. Some people here do not always appreciate your views, but all views are valid imo.

Hope you are right about twinning today. this is very much our first test and I have a 3-1 win to us, so positiveness is very much my motto at the moment.

 :coys:

Sadly it didn't turn out that way, however, I did add that a defeat either way for one of us wouldn't be the end. But we do need another striker and probably a creative attacking midfielder. I did see potential there, I just hope that our manager can get more out of what we've got.

You saw potential? really? I must have missed something. One serious chance on goal does not a good team make!

Well, only time will tell if that potential I saw turns into something a lot bigger. If not then we are in serious trouble.

.

Please don't give us the 'only time will tell' one liner. It has been used far too often and 18 out of the past 20 managers, the time told and it ended badly.

I am all for Pochettino making it 17 out of 20, in fact I think there is far more to hima dn inpires more confidence than AVB and Sherwood. I am not saying there isn't potential in the team and squad, but I could not see any of this in the Liverpool game. Please enlighten me as to the areas which showed any promise during that game. Was it in defence?, on the flank? the passing? the positioning? the build up? the work rate? the threat on goal? the attitude? the desire? the tackling? the runs off the ball? the substitutions? the tactics? the fans? the chants from the stands? the cup of tea at half time? or something I have missed?

Other than the cup of tea, which I am sure was very nice, which areas filled you with hope? (No dodging the question either Mr Politicianman  :up: )

"Time will tell" maybe an old line, but true nevertheless. We all support Pochettino until we've had enough. That is football life.

DODGE!!! (now, how about you telling us about those positives?)
« Last Edit: September 04, 2014, 08:27:56 AM by dimexi »
Maybe next year...

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« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2014, 04:44:34 PM »
Very interesting post Voice. Some people here do not always appreciate your views, but all views are valid imo.

Hope you are right about twinning today. this is very much our first test and I have a 3-1 win to us, so positiveness is very much my motto at the moment.

 :coys:

Sadly it didn't turn out that way, however, I did add that a defeat either way for one of us wouldn't be the end. But we do need another striker and probably a creative attacking midfielder. I did see potential there, I just hope that our manager can get more out of what we've got.

You saw potential? really? I must have missed something. One serious chance on goal does not a good team make!

Well, only time will tell if that potential I saw turns into something a lot bigger. If not then we are in serious trouble.

.

Please don't give us the 'only time will tell' one liner. It has been used far too often and 18 out of the past 20 managers, the time told and it ended badly.

I am all for Pochettino making it 17 out of 20, in fact I think there is far more to hima dn inpires more confidence than AVB and Sherwood. I am not saying there isn't potential in the team and squad, but I could not see any of this in the Liverpool game. Please enlighten me as to the areas which showed any promise during that game. Was it in defence?, on the flank? the passing? the positioning? the build up? the work rate? the threat on goal? the attitude? the desire? the tackling? the runs off the ball? the substitutions? the tactics? the fans? the chants from the stands? the cup of tea at half time? or something I have missed?

Other than the cup of tea, which I am sure was very nice, which areas filled you with hope? (No dodging the question either Mr Politicianman  :up: )

"Time will tell" maybe an old line, but true nevertheless. We all support Pochettino until we've had enough. That is football life.

DODGE!!! (now, how about you telling us about those positives?)

You'll see when I put my next article up.
Iíve lived a life thatís full. Iíve travelled each and every highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Regrets, Iíve had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.