- Dec 16, 2010
Apparently Son broke his arm in the game Sunday and is now out 6-8 weeks. Because of course he did.
Is it Troy Parrott time?
Is it Troy Parrott time?
Not according to Jose -- Says he's not ready.Apparently Son broke his arm in the game Sunday and is now out 6-8 weeks. Because of course he did.
Is it Troy Parrott time?
It's not perfect, but my choice is Lucas. He's so good at receiving the ball and can play with his back to goal a bit. Have to hope that surrounding him with combinations or all of Dele, Lamela, and Bergwijn will make it work. What a shit show this year my goodness.Not according to Jose -- Says he's not ready.
Maybe Dele up top in a false 9? Or you just keep playing with Lucas up top and add Lamela into the mix. Bergewijn is another option, but there's simply no actual striker other than Parrot on the squad.
To retain their goal threat, Tottenham will likely need to move creative midfielder Giovani Lo Celso further forward. He has previously played as an attacking midfielder for Real Betis and Argentina, but began his career at Spurs on the right, where he could cut onto his left foot.
Moussa Sissoko’s injury has meant Lo Celso predominantly playing as a deeper-lying central midfielder in the last few weeks but Son’s absence could now see him moved further forward.
Should Lo Celso leave his current No 8 role, the burden would then be on Tanguy Ndombele to step in and partner Harry Winks in central midfield. Ndombele certainly has the talent to fulfill such a role but has yet to prove he is fit enough to put together a run of games.
I think we might see more of Gedson as well. He's been electric in his cameo stints.
No team can press effectively for more than 60-70 minutes so its hard to tell whether that was a tactical change occasioned by the goal or whether playing deeper without the ball was the plan all along and they just happened to score roughly around the same time they would have to make that tactical adjustment anyway. Its also worth noting that RBL had a great chance once playing on the break, better than any chance Spurs generated when allowed more of the ball, but Schick hit it straight at the keeper.Pundits are taking Spurs to task a bit for this match, but I think there's a good chance we'll look back in a couple weeks and it will be Lepzig that made the tactical mistakes. After getting the 1 away goal, they stopped pressing, and started holding back and time wasting.
1-0 with an away goal is a good result, but it doesn't come close to putting the tie away. There's a much bigger payoff of a second away goal in a game you're playing well in vs risk of a Spurs equalizer.
If Spurs score first in Germany, they're in the drivers seat now. I think Nagelsman showed a little but of inexperience.
Even if he can just give the first 60 and then Gedson comes on to see it out it would be enormous (especially pared with Lo Celso).Heading in to the 6 pointer at Chelsea, Ndombele remains the biggest question mark. He shown what a difference he makes in short spells.
Is he only a 20 minute player at this point (nursing an injury?)? Or was Jose saving his legs for 70+ minutes at the Bridge? I really, really hope it is the latter.
His antics are top-class, though, and extremely annoying when he's going against your team, especially since he always seems to come off his line early:Tim Krul is great at saving penalties, right? Well it turns out that is not strictly true.
Krul's cameo in the 2014 World Cup quarter-final was the stuff of legend. He came on in the final minute of extra time for the Netherlands against Costa Rica, specifically for the shootout.
But he has actually only saved two of the last 20 he has faced during matches (excluding shootouts) since 2012-13.
"Everyone says I am good at penalties so I knew I'd better start saving some," he told BBC Sport after the shootout.
The Athletic also has an article today about his reputation/legend on penalties.His water bottle had a list of Spurs players and which direction they would go.
His mind games seemed to rattle the Spurs players as he took ages to get ready each time, often checking his bottle, and he came off his line for several penalties - although it was not picked up by the officials...
"Me and my coach do our homework, I had them on my bottle, it all happens in a shootout."
Regardless, Ben Roberts (Brighton's goalkeeping coach) had the best quote about Krul:The 31-year-old former Newcastle goalkeeper has a penalty reputation that precedes him. In Salvador at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Krul, whose two saves took the Netherlands into the semi-finals, had replaced Jasper Cillessen in the final seconds of extra time after being considered a penalty-saving specialist...
Krul has pulled off some outstanding saves from 12 yards. He has also provoked some extremely poor efforts from those he is facing. Both results are what makes the Dutchman so good at the scenario. He is not shy in having a word with the outfield player he is about to face, seconds before they begin their run-up. He smiles, is a ball of unsustainable energy, with arms flung against the crossbar to make it reverberate. He is already in their head, getting away with as much as he possibly can, invading space and making himself heard when all his rival wants to do is focus.
He’s a top bloke — with an awful Geordie mullet.
I love to think about how BB would handle this. At a minimum, BB would have end of practice sprints banking on a make or miss. Maybe the losing side of a PK competition runs only. I'm sure he'd also make them take PKs from sogging wet conditions, torn up conditions, and everything in between.Penalty shootouts absolutely cut both ways, and I’m not sure we have the right methodology for analyzing them. Let’s be clear: I hate them in every possible form. It’s like deciding a game of chess by playing a hand of poker.
A professional footballer can put a ball on a dime from 30 yards. They don’t even think about passing or trapping. It’s the absolute equivalent of playing catch in baseball. For some reason, when you put a guy with a ball twelve yards from an enormous goal (24’ x 8’), something happens. It’s like a ballplayer in his prime is sent out to throw a ceremonial first pitch, but suddenly can’t toss the ball to the catcher. Even guessing correctly, the most athletic goalkeeper in the world can’t stop a shot to at least 25% of the goal, probably more. You’d think a professional footballer could easily find those spots and hit them every time. Something I can’t fathom makes it incredibly difficult.
There’s less data on the takers in a shootout. These guys don’t take their team’s regular penalties. That means they’re also not regulars at the spot. While the keeper might not have data on a kicker, the kicker doesn’t have the experience or the comfort that comes from that situation. A goalkeeper’s head games can absolutely influence an inexperienced taker. Krul’s antics probably wouldn’t phase a team’s first or backup shooter, but #3 or #4? Probably.
A keeper that has a high success rate in saving penalties in the league won’t necessarily translate to a shootout, especially if he relies on data. Conversely, a keeper well-versed in head games, like Krul, might be more successful in a shootout against inexperienced shooters, but he can’t crack a regular. In Germany 2006, two of the world’s best faced off In a final: Buffon and Barthez. There were no saves. It’s just not a skill game. It’s a head game.
I think Toby has actually been pretty good this season, but is playing out of position most of the time. His service with balls over the top have been a rare highlight this year.At this moment, who would you actually want to see on the squad next season?
Kane, Son, Dele, Sanchez, GLC, Bergy, Sess, Sissoko, Gedson, Tang, Skipp. Everyone else is expendable to me.
Sure, I don't have a real problem with those guys, or someone like Gaz either. Spurs obviously can't turn over 2/3 of the squad, even though I might want them to.I think Toby has actually been pretty good this season, but is playing out of position most of the time. His service with balls over the top have been a rare highlight this year.
Lucas and Lamela both have their uses, especially if they come off the bench. Asking them to be your strikers full-time is going to expose them.
Take, for instance, the summer a few years back when Spurs were in the market for Wilfried Zaha. Levy emailed Steve Parish, the Crystal Palace chairman, with a £14 million offer that was dismissed out of hand. Zaha had just enjoyed a fine season at Selhurst Park, helping his team to the FA Cup final, but Spurs valued him at less than the £16 million Palace had paid United to bring him back to the club in 2015. Parish said at the time: “It’s ridiculous. I can’t imagine that they’re serious.”
Undeterred, Levy then started up a new discussion, asking whether Palace would be interested in Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason. Parish asked for a price. Levy suggested £14 million. A bit high, but room to negotiate. In response, Levy then, as if clinching a check-mate move with the pieces in place, allegedly proposed a straight swap deal for Zaha to alleviate any concerns Palace had over the cash commitment. In the end, Parish stopped replying to the emails and Mason went to Hull City for £10 million.
That's not the "official" military service duty that lasts for 18 months.