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Tottenham 2016-17: No really, 3rd place was fine

Discussion in 'Breakfast with Gazza (with Sachmoneious Bullcrap)' started by DrewDawg, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. coremiller

    coremiller Member SoSH Member

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    Well that sucked. Not a good performance today. Spurs' away performances against the top sides have left something to be desired this year.

    The good news is that the fixtures are about to get kinder. Spurs have only six away games remaining, and the highest ranked team they play away is West Ham in 10th. 7 of their next 9 are against teams in the bottom half, and the other two are home fixtures against Everton and Stoke.
     
  2. coremiller

    coremiller Member SoSH Member

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    After a poor 1-0 loss away to Gent in the Europa League, Spurs righted the ship today, cruising by Fulham 3-0 in the FA Cup, with Kane grabbing a hat trick. Vertonghen also returned to the lineup for the first time in a month, which was a welcome sight.

    They've drawn Millwall at home in the quarters, which is a good draw, avoiding the other big clubs. They'll be solid favorites to get to the semis and should be able to beat Millwall while rotating some key players (they played today without Dier, Dembele, and Walker).

    Despite the poor performance on Thursday, I'd hope Spurs can beat Gent (currently 8th in the Belgian 1st Divsion) by more than 1 goal at home and progress.
     
  3. Tangled Up In Red

    Tangled Up In Red Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I think with Jan back, it could be argued that Dier is not a "key player" this season. Wanyama has taken firm hold of DCM while Eric has looked shaky filling in at CB.
    Regardless, once Rose is back, we can see a return to 3 CB + wing backs.
     
  4. coremiller

    coremiller Member SoSH Member

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    I don't agree. Wanyama has taken hold of DCM because Dier has been playing a lot more CB. Dier is a key to the 3CB system, plus both Alderweireld and Vertonghen have missed time so Dier has had to cover for them. Against aggressive pressing teams, Wanyama's lack of quality on the ball becomes a problem. It was a real issue in the Liverpool game, for example.

    Getting Rose back next month will be big. Spurs have only lost three league games this season and it's not a coincidence that Rose was out for two of them. Davies has not been up to snuff and I think we need to add a new backup LB to the summer shopping list.
     
  5. coremiller

    coremiller Member SoSH Member

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    Nevermind. Ugh.
     
  6. eddiew112

    eddiew112 Member SoSH Member

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    Ugh is right. Hopefully we can exercise the Wembley demons if we advance in the FA Cup. The timing of this move really sucks in the short term, WHL has been a fortress this year. If the local council turns down our request to open up Wembley's full capacity for all of our home games, is Milton Keynes back in play?
     
  7. eddiew112

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    Nice win yesterday against an overmatched Stoke thanks to a great performance from Kane in the 1st half. Once again, we looked fantastic with 3 at the back. Spurs are unbeaten at home with 9 clean sheets thus far. Can we stay at WHL forever please?
     
  8. eddiew112

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    Was at WHL for the game on Sunday, great to see a win and a tough, competitive game. I feel like Spurs-Everton is a fixture that has always delivered in recent memory. There were a lot of positives to take away, but I was encouraged by Ben Davies' performance. He battled with Coleman all game and got forward well. Kane was fantastic again.

    I also got over to the Den to scout Millwall against MK Dons. The fans seem up for the game (constant chants of "Tottenham Hotspur, we're coming from you," which the MK Dons away section answered with "Dele Alli, he's coming for you), but we really should take care of them at home quite easily.
     
  9. Kliq

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    Kane has been magnificent these past couple games. I don't really know how to describe why he is so good except that he just doesn't let that many scoring opportunities go by without putting one in the back of the net.
     
  10. DrewDawg

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    He now leads the EPL in goals despite being 7 goals back of leader when he came back from his multi-game absence.
     
  11. Kliq

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    Yeah, I mean if he wasn't injured we are talking about a 30+ goal season, which in the EPL is really something.
     
  12. Mugsy's Jock

    Mugsy's Jock Longtime Member Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Kane being led down tunnel with an injured ankle in early minutes of Millwall game... Gentlemen, start your novenas...
     
  13. DrewDawg

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    One wonders why he walked on it up the tunnel

    After today they have a game next week then 2 week break.
     
  14. Jimy Hendrix

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    Big of Son to lay that off while on a hat trick. I'd have expected his selfish side to win out there.
     
  15. Shelterdog

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  16. Mugsy's Jock

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  17. coremiller

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    Good job seeing off a decent Southampton team today, even if the second half was a little nervier than I'd like. The next four are against bottom-half teams: Burnley, Swansea, Watford, and Bournemouth, so they've gotten a little lucky to hit an easier run of fixtures while Kane is out. Those four are followed by the FA Cup semi against Chelsea and then the last-ever North London Derby at White Hart Lane. Let's hope Kane is back by then.
     
  18. Zososoxfan

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    I would prioritize qualifying for UCL over winning the FA for this year's team. Is that accepted or are there supporters out there that are hell-bent on getting some hardware?
     
  19. Gunfighter 09

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    I think that is accepted, but winning some hardware going through Chelsea and Arsenal is an unspeakably great scenario.

    The only place it is a choice so far is with Kane's return. If it is close before the Chelsea match, I think Levy and Poch will do the right thing and hold Kane out for the PL stretch run.
     

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