Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City match preview:
Venue: The Etihad stadium (City of Manchester stadium)
Date:Sunday the 14th of February 16:15pm
Head2Heads:Spurs4-1,Man City1-0,Man City4-1
Live coverage:Sky Sports 1 and BBC radio 5 live.
Preview:The lads will walk out on to the Etihad pitch this Sunday afternoon with the hunger of winners in their stomach,as they look to make it seven wins out of seven and to cement their place at the top end of the table. Furthermore, the echoes of past glory will ring loudly in the players ears, as the fans gather the belief that this group of players can fiercely challenge for the league title.However, we face a Manchester City side that posses a host of world class pedigree,with the formidable Sergio Agüero and Yaya Touré amongst a cluster of the talent that the billionaires have on their books. Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer will face arguably their greatest challenge yet, as the sheer artistry of Agüero awaits them.The Argentine already has fourteen league goals to his name this season.However daunting the opposition may seem our players are as always more than capable of flattening the highly inconsistent Lancashire club, as we showed expertly in our early season triumph at the lane as we won 4-1 against the sky blues. Till Sunday at least we can relax,until the most important game of our season takes place this Valentine’s Day.COYS⚽️
Team news:Jan Vertonghen and Clinton Njié again miss out through injury. The rotation of the full backs is again likely to take place as Pochettino will look to inject more pace in to our game,with Walker and Rose likely to return to the starting eleven. Son may return to the wing in place for Érik Lamela.
My prediction:3-2 Spurs with goals from Rose,Alli and Son.
My predicted lineup: 4-4-4-1: Lloris,Walker,Alderweireld,Wimmer,Rose,Eriksen,Dier,Dembele,Son,Alli,Kane
Son Heung-Min;Tottenham’s talented and versatile attacker:
– Born in Chuncheon,South Korea
– After signing for Spurs last summer for £22 million,Son became the most expensive Asian footballer in history
– Previous clubs: FC Seoul,Hamburger SV and Bayer Leverkusen
– Son’s father also played football professionally, Son Woong-Jung was capped at international level for South Korea, he has since gone on to become a manager.
Son Heung-Min’s signing for us in late August of 2015 provided much excitement amongst the Tottenham faithful, as we had acquired one of the hottest young talents in German football. Son who is a versatile attacker can shoot equally as well with either foot, his searing pace and incredible long shooting ability made him formidable for Bayer Leverkusen over the last few seasons. Son netted on 29 occasions in 87 matches for Leverkusen in his stint at the Bundesliga club. Son quickly won over the fans at the lane after making his home debut against Qarabağ FK in the Europa league, Son scored 2 as he exhibited his sharpness and clinical nature,his eagerness to shoot pleased the crowd as it marked a dream debut for the South Korean. Three days after his brace Son hit again, netting the winner against Crystal Palace in the league and over the next couple of games his performances had the fans in high morale as they realised we had yet another proven goalscorer at our club. However injuries have somewhat blighted Son’s recent progress at the club, having missed a month through injury, his sharpness has slightly depreciated as to has his goal scoring account.He has barely completed the full 90 minutes of a game over the last few months, yet there a good signs that he is beginning to regain his form. Son netted two vital goals,against Watford in the league he converted with an audacious back heel in the 87th minute and against Leicester in the FA cup where he fired us into the lead with an exceptionally powerful shot. Pochettino spoke phlegmatically of his striking options,as the recent January transfer window provided many a rumour of a striker being signed, Pochettino noted Son’s goal scoring ability and of him being more than capable to score over the coming months as he re-emphasised the fact that we didn’t need to sign a striker.
I also share Pochettino’s view on the striking situation as I believe Son is a highly effective goal scorer and that he provides something the squad as a whole lacks, which is pace. Son possesses an abundance of pace along with his close ball control he fits perfectly into the role of a winger left or right and the role of an attacking midfielder and if needed he can also play as a centre forward which he is as equally adept to. Son has all the qualities to become a star at Spurs he is still only 23, he will continue to develop and his first season in the premier league will provide him with an invaluable amount of experience, he may not be firing on all four cylinders at present. However, I thoroughly believe he will flourish in the near future for Spurs he is certainly a player of champions league pedigree and we should be extremely grateful that we have him on our books and hats off to Pochettino,Levy and Mitchell for acquiring the South Korean forward who will again be looking to make an impact in our pivotal match against Manchester City on Sunday.COYS⚽️
A video highliting Son’s successful stint at Leverkusen:
Statistics this season:
Our under 21’s drew one all at St Mary’s against a fine Southampton side earlier this evening. As Ugo Ehiogu bolstered our starting 11 with the inclusion of Nabil Bentaleb,Joshua Onomah,Luke McGee and Harry Winks. However a draw was the fair result with both sides having a fair share of opportunities, we impressed on several fronts,our defence looked far more comfortable than in recent outings as well as a cluster of impressive individual performances,so their are plenty of positives to take from this evenings draw. Southamptons young starlet Jake Hesketh scored a most glorious of goals, as he curled a finessed effort past a helpless Luke McGee to give the saints the lead. However our persistence and midfield prowess shone through as we equalised in the 76th minute courtesy of a fine run from Sonupe who’s cross rebounded out to Nabil Bentaleb who fired home from inside the box, 1-1! The Algerian internationals effort will go down as a Will Miller goal, after it clipped Miller just before it hit the back of the net. 1-1 it finished on the south coast tonight. If you would like to watch highlights of the game do check out the Southampton YouTube page or the Spurs website.
Southampton U21s: Gazzaniga, Martina, Debayo (Vokins 6), Reed, Mugabi, Jones, Sims, Gape (c), Gallagher, Juanmi, Hesketh. Substitutes (not used): Olomola, Little, Bakary, Lewis (GK).
Spurs U21s: McGee, Walker-Peters, Georgiou, Amos, Carter-Vickers, Bentaleb (c), Miller, Winks (Lesniak 81), Harrison (Sonupe 70), Onomah (Goddard 81), Walkes. Substitute (not used): Voss (GK).
– Born in Wels,Austria
– Position:Centre back
– Kevin was awarded his first senior cap for Austria against USA in 2013
– Previous clubs: FC Köln and LASK Linz
– His first sporting passion was skiing and he won junior ski races.
Since arriving in north London from FC Köln last summer for a fee of £4.3 million pounds, the Austrian internationals game time had been limited to cup games. However, the 24 year old was thrown right in to the mix after the unfortunate injury of fellow key performer Jan Vertonghen in our recent match at Crystal Palace, and since Vertonghen’s injury Kevin Wimmer’s presence in the defence has been immense. With his excellent long ball passing and utterly complete defensive displays, Wimmer possesses all the key attributes that a top class centre back has. In addition his composure and intelligence are of the highest quality, as well as his decisiveness,his interceptions and challenges exhibit the sheer class the Austrian has. Although Wimmer’s natural position is at centre back he can also play at left back, with his physical presence and pace he is hard to shrug off the ball.A prime example of this was against Watford where the inform striker Odion Igalho was unable to get a shot on goal as Wimmer expertly dealt with the striker, overwhelming him with his strength and superb positioning.
Wimmer doesn’t try and be too clever whilst he has the ball at his feet he plays it away from danger or puts a searching long ball forward to the attack, his style of play in fact is similar to his teammate Toby Alderweireld and they follow the main principles of defence. The slightly older and more experienced Alderweireld will provide Kevin with an invaluable influence as it will contribute heavily to his development. It will be intriguing to see how Wimmer faces up against the wizardry of Sergio Aguero in next weeks clash against Man City,the Austrian is definitely capable of controlling Aguero and limiting his opportunities however hard it may be. The 6 foot 1 inch defender may turn out to be one of our best signings in years, he has fantastic technical abilities that will continue to grow, and he’s at the best club for his development and future successes, he is yet another excellent signing that Pochettino has made, and our defence is looking as solid as can be. Furthermore the Austrian’s form and rise up the ranks will probably cement his place in Austria’s squad for Euro 2016.
Statistics from this season:
- Dominic Ball played the full 90 minutes in midfield for Rangers in their 0-0 stalemate in the Scottish cup against Kilmarnock, another clean sheet for the youngster.
- Grant Ward played the whole of Rotherham’s match against Bolton in the Sky bet Championship as they were defeated 2-1 at the Macron stadium.
- Connor Ogilvie played the entirety of Stevenage’s 1-0 defeat against Crawley in league 2 ,at left back.
- Alex Pritchard played the whole of the second half as he made his debut for West Brom in their 1-0 away defeat against Newcastle in the premier league.
Spurs under 18’s won 2-1 away to Swansea earlier today as the hugely talented striker Kazaiah Sterling scored a brace as Spurs played out an impressive victory in South Wales.
Spurs under 16’s 8-1 MK Dons: Our under 16’s won earlier in spectacular fashion as they thrashed MK Dons 8-1 in the under 16 league. Reo rivaldo Griffiths as pictured below scored 4 goals and assisted 2 in the victory, Tashan Oakley Boothe scored one as did an unnamed trialist and an own goal from a Dons player. However I am unable to report on the other two scorers as I was unable to find out who they were.
We hosted Watford in what was an extremely blustery affair as the wind proved pivotal in deciding the outlay of the match, as long balls became a normality,with the away side using them to uproot us in our quest for victory.
The game itself had an added incentive after Manchester City fell to a three one defeat at the hands of table toppers Leicester in the early kick off, which meant a win for the lilywhites this afternoon would send us to second in the league table. The first half started with Spurs playing quick and crisp attacking football against a highly structured and defensively minded Watford side. The hornets limited are chances in the opening stages of the game as they heavily congested the midfield in order to thwart our creativity in the middle of the park. However, Mousa Dembele was immense as a deep lying midfielder, making some key interceptions and forward driving runs, as his sheer strength overwhelmed the Watford midfield. Another key performer in the opening stages was Kieran Trippier as he was impeccable both in defending and attacking as he searched out Harry Kane with his pin point crosses. Our biggest chance of the first half came on the half hour mark as Ben Davies reached a fine pass and surged forward in to the box as he hit his effort with some venom as it was deflected narrowly wide of the left post. A few minutes afterwards Davies found himself again in a good position after a golden touch to bring down the ball in the same position in the box his attempt was however clasped by former Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. Shortly before the end of the first half Harry Kane came close after he was superbly picked out by Eric Dier’s wonderful cross in, although Kane was unable to keep his volley in the box down, the scoreline remained 0-0 at the break.
The second half brought with it a revised approach for Spurs and we started it with a sparkle as the chances came in, Trippier was again continuing his promising runs up the right flank and feeding in inviting crosses. And it was Tripper who broke the deadlock in the 64th minute, the recent introduction of Dele Alli brought with it a new edge to the game and the 19 year old assisted Trippier.Alli sprinted down the left wing after some superb midfield work by Dembele, Alli took the ball with great skill and picked out the unmarked Trippier who he assisted with a delightful outside of the boot pass from the edge of the byline and Trippier hammered home with the instinctive technique of a striker, 1-0 Spurs. We continued to improve after taking the lead and we were unfortunate not to have doubled our lead after Son’s close range effort was saved in style by Gomes. The pressure didn’t stop as every Spurs player played sublimely in their respective positions, the defence was magnificent and Trippier was undoubtedly the man of the match. In addition the central defensive partnership of Wimmer and Alderweireld proved as effective as a brick wall as the inform Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney didn’t have a sniff of a chance.
The atmosphere was fantastic from the fans as it spurred the players on to a special win. That win moves us up to second 5 points adrift of the leaders Leicester, it sounds surreal but feels fantastic. Every, Spurs fan is in awe of our play our tenacity and most importantly of the excellence of Mauricio Pochettino,who is providing the platform for winners a squad full of talent and a future so bright one must not dare envisage the success that can come with it as the brightness can overwhelm you. We played arguably one of our greatest performances of the season it could have been 3 or 4 nil but it doesn’t matter as the lads were performing out of their skin, and have put the doubters to bed. Spurs are title contenders and no one can argue with
that now, 6 wins on the trot. COYS⚽️
England under 17’s drew 1-1 against Portugal under 17’s in the opening match of the Algarve tournament. Three of our under 18’s played in the match Japhet Tanganga and Jaden Brown started in defence whilst Samuel Shashoua also started, in an attacking midfield position. Shashoua was vital in England earning the draw as he netted the equaliser for the three lions in the 46th minute. A very bright start for the talented Spurs trio their next match is against Germany under 17’s on Sunday afternoon. For more information on the match, check out the FA’s link below.
Spurs v Watford
Venue: White Hart Lane
Date: Saturday 4th of February 15:00
Head2heads: Last three matches against Watford: 2-1 Spurs, 1-0 Spurs, 2-1 Spurs.
Live coverage: Not being broadcasted in the uk, live updates provide on the @Spursofficial Twitter feed.
Preview: We go into this match on the back of five straight wins and we face Watford at the lane this Saturday. The hornets are a very well structured side and have hugely impressed in the Premier league this season under the leadership of Quique Sánchez Flores. The newly promoted side have well surpassed the expectation of avoiding relegation and sit comfortably in 9th position in the league table. The formidable striking partnership of Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney have netted 20 times in the league between them this season, and our defence will have a massive job on their hands trying to keep the two of them at bay in what will be a huge test for the lads. Consistency is key and Spurs have been in excellent form of late with Kane firing on all four cylinders and the rest of the side having performed exceptionally of late. We are certainly very capable of defeating the hornets on Saturday in what shall be an intriguing battle.COYS⚽️
Team news: Ryan Mason is likely to be on the bench as he is back fit again after recovering from a lengthy injury. Meanwhile, Dele Alli will undergo scans next week in the hope of solving what caused his dizziness against Norwich in midweek, but he is still likely to feature on Saturday. However, Jan Vertonghen and Clinton Njie remain injured. In regards to the starting eleven the two fullbacks could be rotated with Davies and Trippier looking to come back into the team. Whilst Lamela could replace Son on the right wing.
My prediction: 2-1 Spurs with goals from Lamela and Kane.
Formidable striking duo Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo are the ones to watch this Saturday afternoon.
Spurs 3 Norwich 0:
This evenings result was absolutely phenomenal, the team put in and outstanding
performance in every aspect of the game and the great bonus of Arsenal drawing 0-0 to Southampton adds to the incredible delight, we have now moved to 3rd position in the league table! In addition we have now won five on the trot.
The deadlock was broken in less than two minutes as Christian Eriksen’s effort was palmed away by Declan Rudd right in to path of Dele Alli and the nimble footed teenager perfectly despatched his effort, he pounced and made no mistake as he fired us into an early lead on a chilly winters night at Carrow road. Our high intensity didn’t drop in the aftermath of our early lead and our ultimate power on the field provided Norwich with a whole host of defensive problems. Eighteen minutes in and another great chance presented itself for Spurs, Kane surged towards the byline and cleverly pulled the ball back to Son who flicked a fine effort against the outside of the post. Over ten minutes had gone since that glorious opportunity to double our lead had taken place, but yet another great opportunity presented itself a Dele Alli shot thwarted by Rudd resulted with Kane being fouled by former Spurs man Bassong on the follow up, and the referee awarded the penalty. Kane stepped up and rolled the ball into the back of the net, as cool as you like, 2-0 Spurs.
Our domination and dictation of play was overwhelming the faltering canaries and two minutes after the goal Kane powered a brilliant effort against the post, a millimetre away from making it three for the lillywhites. And before the first half came to a close, our creativity provided us with a couple of fabulous chances most notably of which came to Dele Alli after a precise cross from Danny Rose found him after his run was executed with perfection, Alli’s header went a whisker wide of the post, 2-0 to Spurs at the interval. The second half had barely started when Norwich attacked us looking for a way back in to the match, Matt Jarvis crossed as Naismith headed a fraction wide of the goal. Two minutes after the Scotsman’s effort Norwich had the ball in the back of the net Bassong had headed the ball in to the goal but it was ruled offside. The long period that followed was a sequence of fine passing from Spurs, the excellent holding of possession was exhibited by the team, as we established ourselves expertly on the stage with the hope of tiring the out of form Norwich. Our defensive partnership of Alderweireld and Wimmer was of the highest quality with both performing outstandingly in the heart of our defence. Our best player of the match Harry Kane unleashed a powerful effort against the post on 82 minutes with his shot rebounding away from danger. However, the England international got a deserved second and wrapped up a three nil win for us in the 90th minute. Some poor defending gifted Kane with a one on one opportunity with Rudd and Kane expertly tucked the ball in to the back of the net, the final score Spurs 3 Norwich 0.
The genius Mauricio Pochettino masterminds another exceptional win making it five wins on the bounce and our exceptional tenacity and our rapidly improving philosophy has every Tottenham fan foaming at the mouth.Something extraordinary is in the making at this football club, has a modern day Bill Nicholson arrived? Dare I guess But Pochettino has us all dreaming of those glory,glory days. COYS
Spurs v Norwich match preview:
Venue: Carrow road
Date: February 2nd 19:45 pm
Live coverage: Not being broadcasted in the UK. However there are live updates on the @Spursofficial Twitter feed.
Match preview: Our form of late has showed just how vast our talent with in the squad is, as Mauricio Pochettino is able to rotate a successful side, we’ve won 4 on the bounce now. However the Canaries stand in our way of making it 5 in a row. A couple of players will return to action following being rested against colchester on Saturday, most notably Dele Alli who will return for this evening’s game. Every game is imperative at this stage of the season and beating Norwich tonight is paramount to us strengthening our place in the top four. However the canaries have shown that they’ve got goals in them as they exhibited in their 5-4 defeat against Liverpool recently. Their attack tonight will provide a threat to our defence, Mbokani,Naismith and Redmond have 12 goals combined in the league this season and new signing Patrick Bamford will be looking to open his account tonight. The pace of Robbie Brady on the left flank will see Kyle Walker likely return at right back, the Canaries manager Alex Neil has Norwich playing fast attacking football which can carve open the defence if executed correctly. Norwich showed at White Hart Lane in December just how dangerous they are on the break but we were able to overcome their technique and ran out comfortable 3-0 winners on the day. We’ll being looking to replicate that scoreline tonight although it will be a challenge with Norwich fighting for their Premier League status and desperate not to get beat, were up against it but we’re also very capable of getting those 3 points tonight and the players will be raring to go. COYS⚽️
One to watch: Dieumurci Mbokani
Injured players: Vertonghen (knee),Clinton (knee), Ryan mason back in full training but unlikely to be risked this evening.
My score prediction: 3-1 Spurs with goals scored by Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Heung Min-Son.
Predicted line up: