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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Big Yellow Taxi warning for Spurs.


Big Yellow Taxi
Read on: all will be revealed.
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 I missed the actual live excitement of the game but caught up with it on a download yesterday. And actually 'live excitement' is not a totally gross exaggeration. The traditionally close scoreline always has the potential for  an outbreak of nailbiting.

This was the sixth consecutive single goal victory in the Premiership between us and Southampton. Apart from a glaring miss by Mete late on Lloris was relatively unbothered. This was a much needed win for the team and the coach and moved us up from 12th to 6th.

Actually only goal difference and alphabetics keeps us from 4th. But 6th is about right and where I predict us to be at the end of the season. With only 7 games played it is too early to draw any precise conclusions.

Chelsea have made the early running and will probably win the Premiership by 5 or more points but only 3 points separate 4th (Man Utd) from 16th (Stoke). It's all still to play for as they say.

What of the Pochinetto Project; the Mauricio Masterplan; the Argentinian Assignment? Well it was launched in some style into the choppy waters of the Premiership with yet another new man on the bridge against QPR but has been stuck in the doldrums from time to time.

It's still rolling on although it gets stuck in the mud at times. Up to it's axles against W.Brom. Just to show that Musings can mix its metaphors with the best of them, But there looked to be bursts of progress against Southampton.

Even Adebayor sprinted about for the first ten minutes of each half and came alive for his part in the Erickson goal. But you get the impression that he's not  fully signed up. You get the same money whatever effort you put in.

 Lamela who is the only one who really understands the Argentinian for 'press you bastards' was prominent. With both sides initially closing down quickly the centre of the park was very congested but we had the better of it in the end.

Erickson whose goal was crucial  would like to take more part but doesn't really have the energy. But with a more settled back line  even Vertonghen looked happier. Marginally. Injury to Naughton bought on Dier and there was minimal disruption.

Danny Rose had recovered from his injury and played well. Strange that there were concerns over the fitness of the two most abused players in the team. You don't know what you've got till it's gone as Joni used to sing. Naughton could be out for six weeks.

 Some said that Kaboul was edgy but I didn't see that myself. I thought he looked strong and decisive. If he was yellow carded for his nothing foul on Mete then as the last man he should have been sent off but he was not forced to walk the plank.

Lets face it though against Southampton and Besitkas we prospered because their strikers were slightly worse than ours. Chadli our top scorer made a clever layoff for the assist. Another of the 'You don't know what you've got' fraternity.

Capoue emerged as a key player, Lloris was relatively unbothered. None of their players were significantly better than ours so if we've got any pieces of eight going spare I would blow it all on a figurehead for the front end of the ship.

Vertonghen was quietly effective which is how I like my centre halves; Mason didn't look out of place in the starting lineup and as at Arsenal we seemed to be taking a more strategic approach. The passing was quicker and we got forward  with some degree of urgency.

We are getting less possession but more points. And what do points mean? There are no awards for keeping the ball to ourselves other than that the opposition can't score if we've got the ball. A very unSpurs like philosophy to my mind.

So a re-evaluation is going on of our assets and Rose has not yet been displaced by Davies. Let Mauricio have a good look before the next window. Remember that Cinderella was found skulking in the scullery.

We paved Paradise and put up a Parking Lot. There might be a warning there for those eagerly awaiting the next transfer window. Let's clean up this lot first; there might be some stained glass hidden under the dust.

By all means sell Ade, Townsend, Lennon, Chiriches, Soldado, Paulinho, Chadli if you can replace them with something better but make sure you've examined the horse's teeth and got a second opinion.

Always look a gift horse in the mouth. It's got to be fed after all.

Jimmy's Video Spot:
Had to be really. The wonderful Joni Mitchell In Concert in 1970. Prawn sandwich audience didn't recognize the intro. Shame about the frock Joni but the song is on a piece of vinyl that I still play. You're welcome.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

What's Lamela ever done for us?.








Mauricio's Secret Weapon: A pressing Machine!










This could be the start of something good. Let's hear it for the boys. Experienced internationals have given way to the younger generation in our search for effort and heart.

Against Forest and Arsenal we had a sprinkling of home grown and younger players on the pitch at various times providing a balance of the enthusiasm of youth and the experience of, well experience.
It worked for Pochettino at Southampton and it might just work at Spurs.

Ryan Mason got his chance in the Premiership after his enterprising appearance against Forest against the advice of many including me. But Mauricio was right and the boy played well again.

He turned in some impressive stats particularly on forward passes:


..................................Touches......Accurate Passes......Fwd Passes

Danny Rose ......................54...............19........................8
Ryan Mason......................51................25......................18
Etienne Capoue ................50................27......................12



















He was also right about Kaboul who was named captain against the advice of many including me. But he played the game of his life against Arsenal and was MOM by several football pitches.

This clearly upset Adebayor who in protest against not being given the top job has declared a go slow. However newly appointed Vertonghen although not signing a new five year contract to replace his old four year one turned in his best performance for some time.

So hats off to Mr. Pochettino who appears to know his squad better than the average fan. He changed his match attire and his tactics to suit the occasion. Out went pressing, except for the suit, and in came solid defence and rapid counter attack.

And it nearly worked with Chadli's goal giving us the lead for nearly 20 minutes after some sound defending by the back five. Lamela provided the assist once again. It was his sixth of the season and no-one else is even close.

So the answer to the question 'What has Lamela ever done for us ?' is 'Provided the assists for over a third of our goals. He can be irritating but he has a talent we are clearly short of; the ability to spot a run and deliver a pass.

We defended 15 Arsenal corners successfully and got a point with 31% possession. Against W. Brom we had over 60% possession and got nothing for it. Slippery things statistics and I only use them when they prove my point.

My point here and Mauricio seems to agree is that there is more than one way to skin a cat and I hope we see more of this Mourinho like flexibility of approach. (No cats were harmed in the writing of this blog by the way)

So is this the week that things turned the corner for Spurs? After all a week is just as long in football as it is in politics.Turning corners is a cliche for writing about Spurs. It seems more of a labyrinth at times. We turn so many corners we sometimes bump into ourselves coming back.

But something has changed. Reports are that Mauricio let rip at the post West. Brom team meeting. The message seemed to be 'Shape up or ship out. My way or no way.' The inclusion of Mason seemed designed to reinforce this message.

For most of the Forest game it appeared that we had not taken Mauricio's words on board. But it came good in the end with the arrival of Mason and Kane. Mason scored a cracker and Soldado diverted a wayward shot from Townsend (What other sort are there?)

Kane finished coolly from a through ball by Lamela. A very similar goal to the one against Arsenal where top scorer Chadli was set up by top assister Erik the Argentinian. Youth to the left of us: youth to the right of us. Well Nacer is only 25.

We have tough tie on Thursday in the Europa against Besitkas but home advantage and new found confidence and momentum should see us take the points. Expect several changes ahead of the game against high flying Southampton.

They are due altitude nose bleeds any time now but the desire to beat their old manager and his equal desire to build on the events of this week should produce a game high in intensity, tactical craftiness and several goals. Hopefully Spurs to win by the odd goal in 5.

Obviously we need a balance of youth and age. We used to have the Bale/Modric axis but as usual we couldn't hold on to them. However the future is bright and we need to build a new axis of the Lamela, Kane, Mason/ Vertonghen, Lloris type.

We have sold the heart and heartbeat of the team in recent seasons but after transplant and cloning advances in medical science it is not impossible to rebuild or grow it again.

Jimmy's Video Spot.
I'm hoping that this marks some sort of milestone this season. Ryan Mason's equalizer; a poacher's delight from Soldado; Lamela sets up Harry Kane  and grazes the post; Mauricio comes from behind to win; his substitutions are timely and effective.


















Monday, 22 September 2014

Tin Man Tottenham: if he only had a heart.

If I only had a heart and now I've run out of steam.

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The Wizard of Oz Edition.

 So how was it for you? Make that, just how bad was it for you?
Worst you've ever seen Spurs play? Ever?
Worst you've seen Spurs play at White Hart Lane only?
Worst you've ever seen since the Premiership began?
Worst since ENIC took over?
Worst this calendar year?
Worst since Mauricio took over?
Or perhaps you disagree and feel we were unlucky with the ref, the pitch, the crowd, the weather and the opposition.

Plenty of support for the first two, very little for the last.
Shock horror Spurs fans stand united at last.

From back to front, Lloris of course excluded, and from start to finish, team selection, substitutions,
individual performances, effort, add your own criterion, this was a mess. I was going to put a dog's dinner but my dog wouldn't even sniff at it.

Our new captain burdened by the cares of office looked decidedly edgy but then who wouldn't playing alongside Chiriches who had his ineptly exciting side on full display. Our new vice captain went AWOL from the start.

The other one having fallen out with Pochettino was confined to barracks. Allegedly. Whatever could go wrong for Mauricio has gone wrong and in some style. But he has only himself to blame with his team and captaincy decisions.

His half time talk, rant, plea whatever, inspired the team to plumb new depths of apathy and substitutions were too little, too late again.

 Adebayor and Chiriches should have been off at half time if not sooner. Chiriches and Kaboul should never have been paired.

As for the rest Danny Rose was MOM again which tells a lot of the story. Capoue made some impact in the first half and Lamela tried but showed no vision. Eriksen gave a master class in how not to take free kicks and corners. 

Dier for Chiriches and the much maligned Kyle Naughton in his place would have been sensible. OK Mauricio you've made your point to the management we have an unbalanced squad but don't push your luck..

When the bottom of the league team' supporters are chanting 'Can we play you every week?' you begin to hope you've reached rock bottom and that the only way is up. But Forest in the Capital 1 Cup on Wednesday might test that theory, possibly to destruction.

The next few fixtures might prove terminal for Pochettino's prospects Oh yes they might. Four managers in a year makes you suspect that something is up. The spectre of Santini and Ramos rears up.

So here's another little quiz to take your mind off the impending visit to Arsenal which could be dramatic but not in a nice way. 

How long has Mauricio got?
  1. Gone by Xmas
  2. Gone before the next transfer window.
  3. Gone by Jimmy Greaves and my birthday. (20th Feb. since you ask)
  4. Will see out the season.
  5. 18 months, same as the average for all last dozen or so managers
  6. Will see out his contract.
Good odds available on 6) I'll warrant. Might have a sneaky sixpence on 4) but things had better look up soon.

Even Cane Hoy who probably don't care much about the football anyway, they're another Investment Company for Christ's sake, watched this one from behind the sofa which is where I'll be Saturday tea-time.

Normally I would opt for the take a draw now option ahead of a visit to The Emirates but to be honest at the moment I would take loss and a show of spirit.

Mr. Pochettino has a plan and a system, a vision even but not the players to implement it. At this stage of the season best to stop ramming square pegs into round holes. Just let them go on and run about a bit.

Which would be a lot more than they did on Sunday. I don't suppose Mauricio is short of good advice. Apart from The Musings that is. Harry will pop up soon and opine,' With that squad he should win the league. Timothy is sniggering in the shadows.

Of course there will be some in the, bad day at the office; early days; Coach exploring his squad; W.Brom not as bad as they are painted party. I've been there myself often. Too often. But Sunday really stole the Garibaldi.

Those that don't learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them. Mauricio has dug himself into a hole with this squad and you know the advice: Stop digging.

Back to basics. Courage and heart and effort. Pick those that give a damn. Is it too late to get Dawson, Holtby and Sandro back? Bentaleb and Kane are in the same boat. What they lack in talent they more than make up for with attitude.

Jimmy's Video  clip: Somewhere over the rainbow.

Made for Spurs: blue birds flying; dare to dream; dreams coming true; clouds far behind; troubles melting away. Somewhere over the rainbow, well it certainly wasn't at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high.
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Dreams really do come true
Someday I'll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top that's where you'll find me
Somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly
And the dream that you dare to, why, oh why can't I?


Been dreaming too long mate. Reality eventually dawns. Well this week anyway

 

Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Elephant in the Room at Spurs.

Sorry Jumbo you're standing in the way of progress.

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I've still got the old Jumbo my dad made out of an army blanket wrapped in what's left of a piece of flannel that I used to chew on. He was a tailor and had a tidy barrack sideline in soft toys, mainly elephants and rhinoceros because of the colour.

I say 'used to' because I don't need my childhood comfort blanket now: I support Spurs instead comfortingly the same under whichever new manager Levy appoints. Dominating but failing to win is now a basic component of our DNA .

Same old, same old or as the French more elegantly put it plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose (“the more it changes, the more it's the same thing”).

Worried? Headaches? Support Tottenham and everything falls into perspective. A reassuring glimpse of the old blue and white stadium, 115 yrs old and still going strong is like meeting an old mate that owes you a drink.

The news that he has died leaves a big hole in your life and no recent Johny Come Lately's will ever fill the gap. He may be richer and always stand his round but some things and their memories are irreplaceable.

News that the new stadium will be delayed perhaps until 2020 or whenever is no surprise. We've waited for getting on for a decade for the shiny state of the art thingy that is planned to overshadow Sainsbury's.

We will appreciate it all the more for having to wait as I used to be told. Instant gratification is bad for the soul. We want a new stadium. When do we want it? Yesterday. Why do we want it? Well anyone who's anyone has got one.

The thinking is that with vastly increased match day turnover; a naming rights deal; an upgrade on the investment company that  runs us enables us punch our weight but at a higher level.

You are what you spend these days. We are the sixth biggest club in terms of spending and we finished sixth last season, are sixth as I speak and are most likely to finish sixth again this season. In the meantime the football outcomes remain the same.

Of course it's early days in the Pochettino revolution, the football against Sunderland showed quite long periods of some style. We were ahead twice and came out of the blocks in both halves with intent and pace.

Lamela and Dembele battered the woodwork; Eriksen was at the centre of things again; Lamela clearly understood the Argentinian for 'press' even if a few others didn't. But we only took a single point when we should have taken all three.

A deflected Johnson shot wiped out Chadli's opener and it was all square within five minutes. A late OG from a needless free kick took care of Eriksen's early second half goal. Late goals, conceding from set pieces, haven't they both been abolished under the new regime.

Mauricio bewailed our lack of killer instinct and any day now the phrase 'mental strength' will rear it's ugly head. However mental strength does not determine which side of the post the ball goes.

The referee allowed Clattermole and his mates to hack and chop until the 80th minute by which time it was a tad late and the damage had been done. Then he booked five of theirs and one of ours, Dier, rightly peeved at not getting a penalty.

Clattermole was expecting an England call up apparently. Presumably for the British Army Ground Clearing and Tree Felling Division and not the England football team. Lamela was particularly favoured by his attentions.

But let's not blame the ref. We had the chances and fluffed them. Adebayor could have had a couple, even so he was involved in both goals They offered little and without our help would have scored none and got nothing.

But 'twas ever thus, well at least for the past decade or so. We no longer have the R word in the back of our minds; the squad is certainly improving and most live in hope of new owners and a new stadium.

But as I tuck up in bed with Jumbo tonight I wonder if things have changed all that much. It's true that Levy hasn't bankrupted us but you can't help feeling that the Archway Engineering blockage should have been cleared by now.

If we had given them what they were asking when the gap was rumored to be £2million  we could be moving into a new Stadium 2 or 3 years ahead of even the most positive estimates. How much would that have been worth?

So plenty of positives in the long and short term but an uneasy feeling that we've seen this movie before. We know how it ends. As the picture fades and the lights come up the hero didn't get the girl
but his faithful old horse is still with him.

Actually his faithful old elephant in this case. I bow to the inevitable but I don't have to like it. Ambition gave up on me years ago.

Jimmy's Video Spot.
For those with kids or grandchildren over ten here's what replaces Bob the Builder . A Minecraft reconstruction of the iconic White Hart Lane. One to cut out and keep. Though I suspect there's no rush.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Delivery for Mr. Pochinetto.


Delivery for Mr. Pochinetto
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Well it was never going to last was  it? As soon as we faced a half decent side it all went wobbly and Liverpool are more than half decent. Mauricio Pochinetto welcome to White Hart Lane.
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 His face in the second half revealed that he now realises exactly what he's taken on. I hope his  wife hid the cat. Did anyone play well today against a slicker faster Liverpool side?

 Eriksen is still stuck in an airport lounge somewhere after his holidays and his set piece kicking is straight out of the Hugo Lloris 'Distribution for Boys' manual.

One or two tried but to little effect. Adebayor and Lamela in particular but they repeatedly  failed to release the ball quickly enough. Chadli and Ade had gilt edged chances at crucial moments. The price of gilts has obviously fallen.

Liverpool roared from the blocks at the start of both halves and the game was virtually over within 50 minutes. Or we played as if it was. There were some serious errors of judgement particularly from Kaboul.

Even Lloris was affected. Moreno dispossessed Townsend on the half way line when Andros took his first touch, then outpaced him over 50 yds and bore down on Hugo who stood Freidalised in the six yard area.

 He left him just enough room to squeeze a shot home for their third. Lloris wrongly supposed that one of defenders, say for example Kaboul, would head him off. There was no sign of Dier at this point or any other of the senior staff either.

Dier is young but should know better than to make such a soft a penalty decision easy for the ref for the second. Capoue was an onlooker for the first goal.  We had plenty of defenders on duty but no sense of urgency or positioning.

A catalogue of errors as they say and each one punished by a lively Liverpool side that look as if they will be challenging once again for the Top four even without the dentist's best friend.

 Capoue, last weeks best thing since sliced bread has quickly gone stale if not mouldy. Chadli can be found  in the same supermarket aisle. Look for the 'Marked down; approaching sell by date' basket. Townsend  could well be in there if you look carefully.

Of course I'm going over the top. Just like last week but in the opposite direction, but you wouldn't want it any other way I'm sure. 'Out of over-reaction cometh forth truth' as it says in the Musing's Dictionary of Quotations..

It's a pity we have to play any actual games at all in many ways. 'Reality is too much for mankind to bear' as some old dusty sage once remarked. He's not wrong as far as Spurs are concerned. Is that the sound of bubbles bursting.

He also remarked that the World ends not with a bang but with a whimper. A pretty apt description of our seasons over most of the past decades. Facing reality is not a sign of depression however. I hope so for Mauricio's sake.

There is work to be done here, though rather more then some might have thought. Not a time then for curling up in a ball by the corner flag. Or even curling up in the corner flag with a ball. Or even.....

There we were after an unbeaten pre-season, progress in the Europa on Thursday, and two Premiership wins busily building trophies in the air. But they were all against inferior opponents which gave us no guide to the travails on Sunday.

Flat track bullies indeed. But we all know that this is inevitably another Year of Transition. I've said sixth all along and I stick by it. Two steps forward, two steps back at best. The best you can say is that the result was not as bad as it might have been and has been lately.

So I'm not downhearted yet. Being slapped in the face by the wet haddock that was Liverpool is just as likely to wake us up as knock us down. Individual errors apart for which no manager can be held responsible the team looked out of sorts.

The pressing was half- hearted in the main and the lack of incisive passing was striking. This was not a team with belief etched on their foreheads. Two more winnable games before Arsenal against whom I would take a draw now if offered.

The transfer window usually brings out the worst in the fans and Daniel Levy but he'll be happy, we made £6million on the window + the Defoe money, £13 million since January. Count them beans Daniel.

 Here's the ACDC (Actual Completed Deals Confirmed.)

In

Ben Davies
Michel Vorm
Eric Dier
DeAndre Yedlin
Federico Fazio
Benjamin Stambouli

Out

Gylfi Sigurdsson
Jake Livermore
Iago Falque
Michael Dawson
Zeki Fryers
Sandro

Good window/bad window? Are they better than those they replace? Do they fit the system better? The manager didn't get any of his priorities so Time, the Great Healer, will tell. It might all look better in a month's time or worse of course.

If he's happy then I'm happy. Probably not over the moon at the moment: quad trimmed; some rough diamonds to polish; key players retained. But we have stood still whilst rivals have moved forward.

Jimmy's Video Spot.
Here's one we signed earlier and probably the pick. If he settles. Federico Fazio. 27  years old, 6'5'' and Argentinian, obviously. £8-10 million. (That works out at about  £ 1.5 million pounds per foot, or £125,000 an inch) So a bargain in today's terms if he's as good as they say.

The video clearly demonstrates  that he can smile, wink, sit, stand walk and sign his name. More than enough to be going on with . Well you didn't want to see the video of the Liverpool goals did you?

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Pochettino to shuffle the pack again.


The end of a perfect day.
Or just another false dawn.
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Don' be silly, of course I'm going to get carried away. Best performance in every way since we beat Newcastle 5-0 under Harry over two years ago. We're on our third manager since then but this was a welcome glimpse of the proper Spurs.

Of course we're not even nearly there yet and we've had more false dawns at Spurs than breathtaking sunsets but two  Premiership wins albeit against mediocre opposition and top of the League unusually for us on goal difference will do for now.

 The next game against Liverpool will tell us a lot more but they looked vulnerable against Man. City last night. We've picked some of the low hanging fruit so now for the higher reaches of the Premiership tree.


While we're on a fruity theme, in the 30' a popular song of the day was 'Life is just a bowl of cherries'. It was of a rather philosophical bent about living in the day and enjoying the moment and I recommend it to all Spurs fans for the next few days.

We certainly served up a varied fruit salad against QPR, and the scoreline was the cream on top. A scrappy last minute win against W.Ham did little to prepare us for the riches displayed on Sunday.

We were fighting the twin hoodoos of a Sunday lunchtime fixture after the Europa win on Thursday night and the threat of the return of the mighty Harry.

Skilful rotation of his forces by Mauricio, who I could easily get to like, and a purposeful game plan put paid and in some style to a tired looking Redknapp and a tired looking QPR.

 All dead men walking by the looks of things though there are rumours that Harry will be offered a new contract. Or Tony F. has taken out a contract. I'm not sure which.

Harry's life seem to be flashing before him as he sat slumped in has seat even as his team were conceding more space, more possession and more. goals. Meanwhile Pochinetto was a hive of activity on the touchline to make sure there was no let up.

Harry is 4/1 to be the next manager sacked whilst Sam Allardyce is favourite at 2/1. Surely just a coincidence that they both had the misfortune to come up against a revitalised Spurs. Brenden Rogers be afraid, be very afraid. 4/1 hmmm.

Did our new man discover the secret of a successful fruit Sundae? Well it seems to be at least four parts hard work and endeavour to four parts talent and a couple of the essential dashes of good fortune here and there.

Against W.Ham we waited over an hour and a half for a goal to come but on Sunday four came along together. All the players against QPR bar Dier were available last season so it might just be a case of last years signings coming good under a more purposeful game plan and a fitter squad.

 Have we nearly gelled yet? You can change the proportions to suit yourselves but pressing from he front is important if not always fully delivered  and an expectation that even the flair players will contribute to all aspects of the game.

 Even Eriksen was not found wanting and Lamela has already shown that he is up for a fight. With Capoue adding strength as well as good distribution to the midfield alongside the 19 yr. old Bentaleb, one of Timothy's better ideas, we dominated from the start.

 Just 12 minutes for the first of Chadli's well taken pair. A goal in the first 20 minutes for a welcome change. Chadli's pass down the line for Rose whose early ball flummoxed a bewildered looking Ferdinand for the 4th. was another from the bowl of exotic fruits.

Another old stager, something of a Harry specialty, Dunne didn't even make it out after halftime and both might be regretting listening to Harry's beguiling words, though Tony Fernades lavish hospitality might have played a part.

Fitness and effort played a part against Limassol and W.Ham again down to Pochinetto's  insistence on the work ethic side of the game, double training sessions and all. Late lapses of concentration may have been dumped in the dustbin of Spurs recent history

Kaboul, not quite his old self, was caught out by a speculative straight long ball but Phillips fluffed the chance. Otherwise with Vertonghen growing more confident by the minute and both full backs playing very well Lloris completed the weekend crossword in L'Equipe well before half time.

Several players had a claim for MOM: Lamela certainly caught the eye and his run and cross for Chadli's second was a peach, or whatever your favourite fruit might be. His fierce dipping corner was headed in at the near post by Dier.

Rose has a claim for his best performance in a Spur's shirt and Capoue as well as Lamela, Eriksen and Chadli  all made telling contributions.

 Lamela will be the popular choice partly due to the relief that many fans will feel that our record signing might be worth the money.

A hatrick from Soldado on Thursday would complete the rehabilitation of all but  Chiriches and Paulinho though both have shown glimpses of their real ability at times.

Of course the strands of hope and achievement might unravel against Liverpool but for the moment the momentum and confidence of three straight wins and a fourth on the cards against Limassol and playing at home might just do the trick.

We are moving the ball from the back more quickly and from the midfield more precisely. There is a positive feel to the attitude and the play. The third goal came at the end of a two minute, 48 pass move and  every player was involved.

Under AVB a 48 pass move was always a possibility, possession being the name of the game, but it might not have taken us far over the half way line and would have taken most of the match to complete.

I know, it was only two teams that might be fighting relegation and there are tougher tests to come. But we are nicely set up to beat Limassol and we might just sweep Liverpool away. They certainly looked vulnerable against Man City.

Well as Doris Day amongst others used to sing: ' We're not here to stay; we're on a short holiday
Life is just a bowl of cherries Don't take it serious, it's too mysterious'.

We may be top today but it's probably only temporary; enjoy it while you can.

Jimmy's predictions.
Liverpool (Ever cautious as befits the President of the Take a Draw Society) 2-2.
Limassol. Clear win with the team comprising anyone not needed for Liverpool and Lloris. 2-0

Those we have loved.
Michael Dawson to Hull for a ridiculously cheap £3 million (allegedly). I thought he left weeks ago.

Those we haven't quite got to love enough yet.
Andros Townsend in part exchange for Sneiderlin. Not really a goer 3/10 chance.

Those we might get to love.
Defender Federico Fazio from Sevilla for £10 million give or take. Done according to 'insiders'.

Jimmy's Video Spot. (Spurs 48 pass move video has been blocked by the F.A.  (Meanies.)
So Daniel Levy gets down and with the lads for the ice bucket challenge. Nominated by AVB. No hard feelings there then! Nominating Perez has probably scuttled our chances of Christiano coming or the return of Modric and Bale.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Opportunity knocks for Pochettino.

We're definitely going somewhere.
Just not sure where or how far yet.
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 Thought I'd give it a couple of weeks before I launched into my definitive analysis of the season so far; our prospects for the future; who should leave; who might come in; how long Mauricio will last; when the new Stadium will be completed and other related Spurs matters.

Actually that's a load of hogwash. Missed the W.Ham game due to family holiday commitments and the Limassol tie as I was on a plane returning from same. Two games missed, two wins. Anyone like to sponsor me not to watch Spurs for a few games? Or a season or two?

But I've read all my fellow bloggers; the Spurs websites; all the papers; and watched the highlights and downloads. Not a patch on watching it live and taking a personal view as the drama unfolds of course. That's what you pay us bloggers for.

We might easily have lost the West Ham game after a harsh sending off for Kyle Naughton. A red card that we didn't even appeal apparently. Noble rolled his penalty wide after scoring his previous ten.

Eric Dier scored the winner in injury time to seal his reputation for at least as long as Danny Rose did after scoring that goal against Arsenal. What he was doing up there to get on the end of a thoughtful ball from Harry Kane not even he can tell you.

But let the record books show that he launched Mauricio's career and expunged some of the ugly memories of last season in one fell swoop at the Bolyn ground. He also put to bed the chance of us bloggers weaving cunning puns around his name. But he's young there's plenty of time.

In Greece we lulled them into a false sense of security before Lamela  and Soldado repaid some of their eye watering fees. Not eye watering for me, it's not my money, well very little of it. Actually it's not DL's money either. The Bale Inheritance funded it and more.

The defending was a shambles for the goal  and another chance saved by Hugo's legs but as long as we score more than we concede, the Tottenham way if you will, then the faithful will go home happy. Actually the faithful rarely go home happy whatever the result.

Lamela is showing signs of class and Soldado's goal was straight out of his Valencia songbook. Eric also set up Kane for the winner. We have talked up all three of them on The Musings and as it says on the tin, 'We are not always wrong'.

So what about our new favourite Argentinian, Mauricio Pochettino? He has been well received on the whole and two wins from two competitive games will do nothing to dampen the enthusiasm. Timely and effective substitutions, beating our second favourite adversary with ten men for an hour, last minute victories,coming from behind away from home.

What's not to admire? And he speaks the lingo better than most of our recent managers. If he can put one over on Harry on Sunday, six from two you might say, he might have convinced a lot more of the waverers. He has a plan but unlike AVB it includes positive football not mere possession.

We have the players for pressing from the front, well we will when Ade is up to speed, but not the defenders for the high line, especially with the other Kyle still worryingly out. Lloris is pretty nippy but he can't be everywhere.

If we had had a more strenuous and purposeful pre-season and not allowed the abacus brigade to walk all over the men in track suits and boots then our new leader might not be having to sort out his best squad as we approach September.

Of course having key players return late from the World Cup and the nonsense of allowing transfers after the season has started always causes some confusion. But so far, so good.

Paulinho has done nothing to re-build  his reputation, Townsend has reverted to one man band mode, Bentaleb still looks decent and Ben Davies is surprisingly no better than Danny Rose. But it's early days and the fixture fixer has been more benign than we might have hoped.

We don't do ITK on Musings unless we're really desperate for material. Which of our players hasn't been linked with a move away?  And which available player out there hasn't been the subject of a Spurs 'swoop'?
We probably still need another centre half especially if Daws goes.

But we have more than enough new players already of whom only Eriksen could be said to be a success and he hasn't exactly shone so far this season. Too many incomers scuppered AVB last season, and Mauricio deserves a little breathing space.

Interesting that Levy couldn't supply AVB with his main objective Moutinho and history repeats itself with the failure to secure Sneiderlin. Did I see the headline 'Schneiderlin done' somewhere?  But there's still a few days to go folks. Watch this space.

Golden Spoon awards: (New feature)
Erik Lamela, Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Mauricio.

Wooden Spoon:
Paulinho scoops the pot so far by all accounts.

Jimmy's Video Spot:
A game not widely available especially if you're 39000 feet up. Three minutes of our latest European adventure starring Erik Lamela who changed the game when he replaced Townsend on 70 minutes with Harry and Roberto in supporting roles.
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