.....Like most of you, I will not be making the trip to Moscow, which involves jumping through Russia's visa hoops, as well as being one of the more expensive trips to make. The Spurs official site posted this important advice to travellers - http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/travel-advice-for-fans-travelling-to-cska-moscow-v-spurs-champions-league-220916/ - and I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable trip. Unfortunately there has been plenty of negative publicity about the Russian fans, who lived down to their reputation in France this summer. Let's hope the story tomorrow is about football only! (and a Spurs win!)......
This old codger will not sleep soundly until Pochettino and his Sonshine Boys – and the faithful travelling Spurs supporters – are back home safely from tomorrow’s Championship League assignment in Moscow.
It is no secret that CSKA is a breeding ground for the hooligan vermin that continue to poison the Russian game. They are a small minority, but can cause mayhem with their dedication to mindless violence.
If you are travelling to Moscow please be careful, and follow the advice not to advertise your affinity to Tottenham with tell-tale replica shirts and blue and white scarves. It is so sad to have to write such warning words, but anybody who witnessed the Russian thugs in action during the recent Euro 2016 championships will know they are evil in their intent and indiscriminate about who they target......
Who needs Harry Kane when for the second time this season Son Heung-min popped up with a smashing brace. His second goal was a real cracker, and confirmed Spurs’ utter domination of the first half at The Riverside Stadium where we were playing for the first time in 8 years. Things have changed around the stadium in the intervening period with some development on what used to be waste land where I believe once upon a time Margaret Thatcher walked. In nearby North Ormesby, where our party spent the pre-match, there has also been some development, although as a whole, Middlesbrough still doesn’t look too bright. Spurs certainly shone brightly, and over the course of the game had nearly 60% of the possession. When Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanaka switched Jordan Rhodes for Negredo and the pacy Adama Traore for Ramirez, Spurs were put under more pressure. The home side scored, and we fans were made to sweat out the last quarter of a game we should have won by a street.
There was no sign of Danny Rose, Eric Dier, or Mousa Dembele, all of whom have been recovering from injury or knocks. Hopefully, Mauricio Pochettino is “managing the minutes” and all three will appear in Moscow on Tuesday night, with a full five days before next Sunday’s already mouth-watering game against Manchester City Spurs should be able to choose from virtually all the squad, with the exception of Kane.......
While I travel North to see our Premier League game at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium, Ray Lo is travelling south and west across the land to report on the latest games for our Premier League 2 and Under 18 sides. Ray's first game was at Southampton and then he travelled to Swansea for an under-18 match........
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It was a case of all boxes ticked emphatically tonight for Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs team in a comfortable 5-0 win over Justin Edinburgh's League One visitors Gillingham. Firstly, the Spurs manager was able to change all eleven starting positions after Sunday's match against Sunderland. Cameron Carter-Vickers and Harry Winks made their full debuts. In the case of centre-back Carter-Vickers it was his first senior appearance, after a successful pre-season and several non-appearances on the bench in early Premier League games.
Josh Onomah scored his first senior goal, and yet another youngster - 17 year old Marcus Edwards - also got a 10 minute cameo during which he also nearly scored.
Pochettino was able to include a decent blend of experienced players in the shape of captain on the night Christian Eriksen, and Erik Lamela, who had not started on Sunday. Kevin Wimmer, who is after all, a full International for Austria, made his first start of the season, and there was experience in both full back positions provide by Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier, also appearing for the first time this season.
The two midfielders in front of the back four were not particularly defensive, but in truth that was not a trait they needed tonight against a team that so rarely threatened Spurs. Both Winks and Carroll played with bags of confidence, coupled with good sharp passing skills. There was plenty to admire in this team and their performance........
Spurs dominated possession in a game they were expected to win convincingly, but determined goalkeeping, coupled with some lack of invention and a killer touch meant that home fans were made to sweat over the destination of the three points right till the end of the game. The result takes us to third place behind Man City and Everton, above Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man Utd. Mourinho's team lost for the third consecutive time this week. It is the first time the "Special One" (perhaps not so special) has lost three consecutive games since 2002, when he was in charge of Porto.
Mauricio Pochettino certainly did ring the changes, as he had suggested in his pre-match press conferences. Eric Dier fell back to centre back, with Alderweireld and Vertonghen shifting across to the left. Ben Davies was relegated to the bench. Wanyama played beside Mousa Dembele, making his first Premier League appearance following his suspension. Sissoko made his first start for Spurs, playing on the right of midfield, with Alli to his left and Son Heung-min on the left. Harry Kane led the line.........
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