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Spurs Odyssey Champions League Match Preview
· Borussia Dortmund v Spurs preview - Re-grouping in Germany

The club logo of Borussia Dortmund For Spurs the post-mortem following defeat at The Emirates on Saturday has just about concluded, but those who represent Spurs in Germany tomorrow know that the team's credentials are being re-examined, not just by the press and media at large, but also by their fans (me included).

The bottom line perhaps is Arsenal did to us what we have done in our best performances of the season so far. Against Dortmund on Matchday One, Real Madrid away and at home, and also in the Premier League at home against Liverpool, we let the opposition dominate possession hitting them where it hurt on the break and counter-attacking from deep in our half. The reverse was the case on Saturday lunchtime.

Mauricio Pochettino's team just have to get back to those winning ways tomorrow night, but writing this before team news, it is a mystery regarding which of the players are truly match-fit for this game. Was Danny Rose purposely left at Hotspur Way to prepare for this game? We will find out. Certainly "Poch" had no time for the negative rumour mill stories being propounded at the post-match press conferences...........

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Norman Giller's View - 20.11.17
· Pochettino did not budget for a driverless Spurs

Pochettino did not budget for a driverless Spurs

Let’s give Tottenham credit for leading the way into the new driverless car era. Mauricio Pochettino took a driverless team to the Emirates, and it crashed while being overtaken by an Arsenal side that had the accelerator flat to the floor.

Christian Eriksen, looking jaded after his hat-trick heroics for Denmark in Dublin, was continually stuck in a midfield traffic jam, while the much maligned Mesut Ozil was always in the driving seat for the Gooners.

Ozil can be mean, moody and sometimes magnificent. A pity for Spurs that the magnificent Ozil turned up for this NLD, while several Tottenham players – by their own high standards – were absent.

Yes, the first Arsenal goal followed a free-kick that should not have been given, and the second might have been marginally off-side. But you must be wearing a Lilywhite blindfold if you cannot concede that Arsenal deserved their victory.........

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· Arsenal 2 Spurs 0 - Out-fought and out-thought
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Once again, Spurs failed to apply themselves against their local rivals at their home anywhere near the degree to which the home side fought this game. The Spurs team were both out-fought on the field, and the manager was out-thought tactically. It has to be said that this ranks as one of the most disappointing Spurs performances against Arsenal in recent years, especially after 6 unbeaten Premier League meetings.

One or two questions arise, such as "Were all of our recently injured players fully match fit?" Dele Alli struggled to get any foothold in the game, and Harry Kane certainly did not look at his best. That last statement applies to most of the team to be honest, as hardly a good word can be said about any of them. Personally, I felt that Moussa Sissoko was one of our best outfield players, but I know most Spurs fans think that Davinson Sanchez was our best performer. Sanchez certainly acquitted himself well against his namesake, but I wouldn't say he was in control all the time. Mind you, that always applies to Sissoko.

Where Mauricio Pochettino was out-thought by Arsene Wenger was in the Arsenal attack, where Ozil, Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez formed a three-man attack ably supported by their full backs, and the likes of Aaron Ramsey............

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Spurs Development & Academy Reports, 2017-18
· Spurs 2 Chelsea 3 (PL2) - Lamela makes his long-awaited return
· Spurs' PL2 (& Checkatrade) fixtures and reports - 2017-18
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It was another close game despite the visitors having more possession than Spurs due to their high pressing and quick breaks. Once Spurs got going the game was fairly even and played mainly in the middle third. As with the Villarreal game in midweek Skipp found it hard to cope on his own with the pace of the attacking players he faced and needed the help of his captain. It was a good workout for Lamela who showed some of his passing skills without going into any hard tackles in the hour he was on. Chelsea's win and United's draw in the Manchester derby sees Spurs drop two places to tenth with a trip to Manchester City next Saturday............

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· Christian Eriksen Reveals Why Players Now Want To Join Tottenham

Referring to Mauricio Pochettino, Eriksen said: “He has given stability not only to me but to the whole club,”. “That’s the main thing for a player. You feel comfortable, you feel aware of everything around you and you don’t think about anything other than football when you’re on the pitch.

“All the players have long-term contracts. They feel safe being here. It’s why you commit your future to a place like this. On Pochettino, Eriksen added: “He gives his players a lot of confidence and he trusts to let them play......

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· The Dribbling Game

Spurs v Sheffield United 12th November, 1949

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Spurs Odyssey Premier League Match Report
· Spurs 1 Crystal Palace 0 - Son scores winner, but Gazzaniga saves the day.
· Spurs v Crystal Palace preview - Let's have another sparkler!

It was very much a case of "after the Lord Mayor's show" for Spurs today. We knew that we would be missing Hugo Lloris and Toby Alderweireld after they sustained injuries on Wednesday night against Real Madrid. Rumours surfaced a couple of hours before the game that Dele Alli had a hamstring injury, and when confirmed that was a third key player missing. Then we found that Michel Vorm had also suffered an injury, so number three keeper Paulo Gazzaniga had to make his debut. Mauricio Pochettino chose to rotate his full backs, although Ben Davies also suffered a knock on Wednesday. The bottom line was that the team fielded by Spurs was drastically changed, and arguably four or five key players short.

Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace matched the Spurs formation getting men behind the ball when necessary, but also having dangerous pace in the shape primarily of Wilfried Zaha to threaten Spurs on the counter. As a team, Spurs looked jaded to say the least, understandably after that marvellous Champions League win. It's a good job that the stalwart back three of Sanchez, Dier and Vertonghen were in fine form.

The fact is that Spurs did secure all three points, but they were made to fight hard for them. I was a little worried about Gazzaniga in the early stages, but he certainly grew into the game, and had to make several key saves.

As for Son, he might have scored the winner, and it was an excellent finish from the edge of the area, but he failed dismally with two further chances, when he had the goal and the veteran Speroni in the Palace goal at his mercy..........

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