Date: 4th November 2019 at 8:30pm
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Tottenham Hotspur’s disappointing season continued at the weekend with another poor showing against fellow Premier League side Everton, but this midweek (Wednesday) affords us another Champions League distraction as we face the return leg of our battle against Red Star Belgrade.

Having hosted them at White Hart Lane only a couple of weeks ago, Spurs took a much needed 5-0 victory on the night, and after recent results we could certainly do with similar again as at some point manager Mauricio Pochettino’s side will click properly…won’t they?

Having been withdrawn from the Everton squad owing to illness, Poch will be hopeful that England striker Harry Kane is back for this one, but given his sending off that should be appealed and rescinded, I guess it’s more a case of whether likeable Son Heung-Min is mentally right for this one given his reaction to the Andre Gomes injury.

Win, Lose Or Draw?

Win

Win

Lose

Lose

Draw

Draw

Which Spurs side will turn up on the night – at the moment it feels that’s anyone’s guess.

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  • Very worrying times – we might aswell enjoy the rest of this season’s CL depending on how far we get because we’re not going to be in it next season by the look of things. Distraught that we’re being shown up the way we are, had decent hopes of finishing top 4 again this season I felt at the start, now we’ll be lucky to get into the top 6 and qualify for EL the way things are going.

  • Gazza, Foyth, Toby, Verts, Davies, Sissoko, N’Dombele, Dele, Moura, Son, Kane assuming they’re all fit and ready to play. Foyth has to play RB and Davy has to be dropped, he’s turning into a liability just like Aurier and Rose so Vert’s in for him if fit to partner Toby. Sissoko and N’Dombele to continue in CM and Dele is starting to earn his corn and Moura deserves a run. Sonny and HK10 pick themselves. IF Foyth does not play RB and the likes of Verts and HK10 not fit and Sonny not up for it – I seriously fear for us – it’s bad enough as it is at the moment even if they’re all fit let alone with lots of missing players!

    P.S. It’s not the game to fully blood the likes of Sess and Lo Celso but I’d be interested in seeing more of them on Saturday at home to Sheff Utd all the same – maybe they can both start that game and bring freshness and fire to the line-up because it is desperately needed!

  • El jef. Sanchez is a RCD and not comfortable on the left side. Poch needs to put him back RCD as this is where he started with spurs and excelled, Toby / Jan to play this game. Lo Celso has to start in place of Eriksen as his performances are worse than useless, so there should be no more chances for CE from now to season end. As for sonny he should get back on the pitch and put the events of Everton game behind him… like getting back behind the wheel after a car crash (which the everton game was for sonny). So Dele back in his position central behind HK10, moura right wing. MF Moussa / Ndembele in MF. Foyyth and davies as Wide defence / WB
    Gazza in goal, as vorm may not be up to speed in goalkeeping training.

  • Son better be up for it EJ. After all, he won’t be available for the next 3 PL games and Kane may not be well enough yet for this one…

    I stopped predicting line-ups in recent weeks as I’m not quite sure what Poch is up to with most of his selections this season. And why he keeps on picking Christian, I haven’t a clue.

    I do like the fact that he is alternating Jan and Toby to play alongside Sanchez. About time I say.

    I’m pleased with Dele being back and I think he’s one of not many, that is looking good at the moment. Other than this, I still expect a win whoever is in the line-up on the night…

    Perhaps I’m blind, foolish and dumb but, I still believe that Spurs can and will find their good form of old turn this season around.

    Up the Spurs!

  • There is talk of Sonny not being in the travelling squad, I hope this isn’t the case as block 108 is right, he needs to get back out there as soon as possible. I do wonder though how much he and Aurier might be affected psychologically by being in some way (how ever unintended) involved in the injury to Gomes, it is surely going to affect their decision making around making tackles, at least for a while anyway.

  • If a footballer can’t get himself together after witnessing such an injury then maybe they should find another occupation. I understand that they were in shock. I aw Lucas, Son and Aurier all with their heads in their hands as soon as they saw what happened. But this is a contact sport and occasionally shit happens. They can’t let such things stop them playing. It’s about having strength of mind and a professional, sporting attitude. No room for feeling sorry for yourself and, sitting out games only gives them time and reason to dwell…

  • I don’t think I’m being harsh at all. I’m basically saying the same as block…

    If I were their manager or team mate, partner or whoever I would definitely want to empathise with them and offer my support. But I would still advise them to play. It won’t get any easier by missing a game or two. I think that it could get more difficult.

    Of course, footballers have top professional help at hand these days and sports psychologists to consult with. And if Son or any one of them really isn’t ready to play then okay they don’t play… No point. But I’d still feel they were being unprofessional tbh. But I’d support them nonetheless.

  • HT quite correct .

    The next thing we will be hearing is that Son is having counselling !!!

    Poch must play his best team and I am not in the camp of saying it is too early for new players .

    We bought them to play so let’s see what they can do since they can only be an upgrade on the mediocre performances given by some of the team so far this season ?

    Surely Celso’s passing percentage rate can only be higher than CE’s ?

  • HT … But we all deal with things in our own way. Life affects us all in varying degrees. Son wears his heart on his sleeve and is more emotional than many of his peers.

  • Yes, I get that Geof. Which is why I would personally be there for him. But, football is his job. And imo the best way to deal with it is to carry on with the job at hand.

    If Son can’ t handle it tomorrow then okay. But being a sensitive soul should never be a hindrance to life and getting the job done. It won’t be of any help to him, his team mates or even more importantly, Sanchez himself. It’s about being strong. And if a sportsman can’t be strong, then what?

    No one died…

  • I won’t be laying into him if he is genuinely not mentally fit to play. I’ll get it. I’m jut saying what I think would in most cases be the best thing for anyone to do… Get back on the horse, the bike, the pitch…

  • As an ex military man who has seen many things, the saying of “get back on the horse” is so true, or even back on the bike, the pitch as HT simply put it, because in the end it will do you the world of good “my Son”.

    As for tomorrow’s game, the real Spurs team we all know has to turn up, for their own sake as ours, their fans, this poor/crap run has gone on long enough, bring it to an end, my mentality is at stake for gods sake lol! COYS

  • PY …. I agree. But the question is, what is ‘the real Spurs team’ now? The answer is one we are all waiting for. The team of two seasons ago no longer exists due to changes in the squad. Personally I don’t see why we can’t be even better once we jump the hurdles we’re facing. For everything there is a season ….

  • El Jefe – to be honest, given the current state of affairs, I’m not so much worried about not being in the CL next year as I am about not being in the PL next year.

    As I said on the Everton thread, our current average is 1,18 points per game since the beginning of the season. Since the beginning of September it’s 1,12 points per game, and since the beginning of October it’s 0,5 points per game.

    At what point does the European campaign become an unnecessary hindrance in our fight to stay in the PL? I don’t think we’re there yet, but if our league form remains this poor, at some point the PL is going to have to take precedence on everything else.

  • I agree Geof… This is so obviously a transition time with Spurs and it can’t just be right, overnight. But the course of this season might just be enough time to see some improvement and a bit more reason for hope…

    • Have we ever tried playing Sanchez at RCB with Toby on the left? Surely the more experienced man would cope with it better. We need a win to take the pressure off our tie with Olympiakos so I hope Poch picks an attacking team.

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