Spurs 1-1 Leicester: (match report)

Spurs 1-1 Leicester: (match report)

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The lads played out a 1-1 draw with the Champions on Saturday afternoon at the Lane, in what proved to be a frustrating result for Mauricio Pochettino’s side who lacked creativity in the match. We started the match with the upper hand against the Foxes and the Lillywhites early attacking intent almost paid off on 13 minutes, after Alli fired a first time effort from 20 yards out, Alli’s shot Stinging the gloves of Schmeichel who made a decent save. Claudio Ranieri’s structured side were most impressive in the final third and our defence had to be alert as the foxes went close on more than one occasion in the first half. On 33 minutes Shinji Okazaki put the ball narrowly over the crossbar after getting onto Mahrez’s cross and shortly afterwards Christian Fuchs went close after striking a powerful long range volley. With the interval nearing the first half seemed to be heading for a draw, but on the stroke of half time Spurs were awarded a penalty after Vincent Janssen was was brought to the ground after Robert Huth pulled Janssen in the penalty area. A confident Janssen stepped up to power the ball beyond Schmeichel and into the back of the net.

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The second half started in disastrous fashion for Pochettino’s side after they conceded after just three minutes. Leicesters equaliser came about after Wanyama headed the ball to our defence, only for it be put through to Vardy who surged down the right channel before putting a low cross into Musa who converted from close range. Spurs attacked in the minutes that followed and they forced numerous fine saves out of Leicester City keeper Kasper Scheimchel. With four minutes remaining of normal time Spurs came desperately close to getting a late winner through centre back Jan Vertonghen after he met Victor Wanyama’s cross inside the box to power a good header against the crossbar. Deep in the four minutes of additional time Spurs went close to snatching a dramatic winner once more after Rose fired an effort from a tight angle inside the area, but his lashed effort hit the side netting. The final score Spurs 1-1 Leicester. Spurs go again on Wednesday as they face Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley in the UEFA Champions league.
My man of the match: Vincent Janssen, the goalscorer was unlucky to have gotten more Janssen worked incredibly hard against Leicesters imposing defence and he took his penalty well.

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Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c); Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose; Dembele, Wanyama (Winks 87); Eriksen, Alli (Nkoudou 83), Son; Janssen. Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Davies, Carter-Vickers, Onomah.
Leicester (4-3-2-1): Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan (c), Fuchs; Mahrez (Albrighton 72), Drinkwater, King; Musa (Schlupp 68), Okazaki (Ulloa 78); Vardy. Substitutes (not used): Zieler, Hernandez, Gray, Amartey.
Goals: Spurs – Janssen 44 (pen); Leicester – Musa 48.
Yellow cards: Spurs – Rose, Son, Wanyama; Leicester – Mahrez, Musa, Vardy, Simpson.
Referee: Robert Madley.
Attendance: 31,868

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Spurs under 23’s 1-1 Manchester United: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 1-1 Manchester United: (match report)

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On Friday afternoon our under 23 side drew 1-1 to Manchester United at Hotspur Way, Ugo Ehiogu’s side put in a very good performance against Man united and were unlucky not to have taken all three points. It was a great team performance by the young Lillywhites and they impressed throughout the entirety of the match. The match started pretty evenly with Spurs passing the ball around nicely across the field however, Warren Joyce’s side took the lead in the 20th minute after a wonderful solo effort from Joe Riley. Riley went forward down the left wing before cutting past the sliding Owens inside the box, tucking the ball beyond the reach of Glover. It didn’t take the lads long to respond and just over ten minutes late Spurs got a well deserved equaliser from Shayon Harrison. Anthony Georgiou found Goddard who hit his effort first time from 20 yards out, but his effort was blocked by a defender with the alert Shayon Harrison there to slot home with a fine finish. Man united almost regained the lead on the stroke of half time after Matthew Willock rushed through into the box only to have the ball taken off him by Charlie Owens who produced a magnificent sliding challenge from behind.

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We were by far the better side in the second half as Ehiogu’s team went in search for the winner. In the 69th minute we came close to taking the lead with two good chances in less than a minute, Walker Peters burst down the right channel only to see his fine effort saved well by Dean Henderson. Soon afterwards Shayon Harrison met Georgiou’s cross inside the box, but the strikers effort was blocked well by the alert united defender Regan Poole. Late on inthe match Shayon Harrison had the chance to net the winner for Spurs after substitute Shilow Tracey sent the ball into the box Harrison tried his best but just couldn’t make significant contact with the ball as it went wide of the left post. The final score Spurs 1-1 Manchester United, the players can be proud of their performance against a very good Man United side, up next for Ehiogu’s side are Arsenal in mid November.

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The lads had an excellent game yesterday and there were many impressive performances, I though Anthony Georgiou was excellent down the flanks, his pace, skill and eagerness to put balls into the box caused a constant problem for the united defence. Goalscorer Shayon Harrison also had a good game, constantly pressing Harrison was excellent on the ball and he was unlucky not to add more goals to his account. Kyle Walker-Peters adapted well to playing on the right wing, the 19 year old made many good runs and beat his man on many occasions and was unlucky not to score the winner in the second half, Walker-Peters dropped back to full back later on in the game after Joe Muscatt was substituted. Spurs were very assured at the back with Christian Maghoma and Charlie Owens being solid throughout the match making some excellent challenges and interceptions.
My man of the match: Anthony Georgiou, Georgiou was excellent down the left wing he worked incredibly hard and constantly wanted to attack and put the ball into danger area.

Spurs: Glover, Muscatt (Tracey 83), Stylianides (Bennetts 87), Amos (c), Owens, Maghoma, Walker-Peters, Walkes, Harrison, Goddard (Pritchard 68), Georgiou. Substitute (not used): Austin (GK)
Manchester United: Henderson, Williams, Tuanzebe (c), Poole, Riley, Goss (Kehinde 77), Olosunde (Warren 82), Redmond, Willock, Harrop (Mitchell 58), El Fitouri. Substitutes (not used): Scott, O’Hara (GK).
Goals: Spurs – Harrison 31; Manchester United – Riley 20.
Yellow cards: Spurs – Muscatt 45+1, Georgiou 68, Pritchard 79; Manchester United – Harrop 17, Williams 50, Tuanzebe 88.
Referee: Alan Young.
Attendance: 180.

Spurs under 23’s v Manchester United: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s v Manchester United: (match preview)

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Venue: Hotspur Way
Date: Friday 28th October 12:00pm
Live: MUTV

This afternoon Spurs under 23’s face Manchester United’s development squad at Hotspur way in the PL2, Ugo Ehiogu’s side have struggled for form this season with numerous players having been missing through injury. Today’s encounter with the Red Devil’s will be a fascinating match, it will be intriguing to see how our development squad fare against Warren Joyce’s talented pool of players. With a whole load of talented prospects on their books such as Axel Tuanzebe and Regan Poole, today’s match will be yet another very tough test for the Lillywhites who have yet to find their rhythm this season, a big negative for Spurs is that the talented Marcus Edwards is out injured. However, I still feel that Spurs have the players to get a result against Man United at Hotspur Way.

My predicted lineup: Glover, Walker-Peters, Walkes, Maghoma, Muscatt, Amos,Pritchard, Tracey, Goddard, Georgiou, Harrison.

One to watch: Manchester United’s talented young centre back Axel Tuanzebe.

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Spurs 1-2 Liverpool: (match report)

Spurs 1-2 Liverpool: (match report)

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Spurs were knocked out of the EFL cup on Tuesday night by Liverpool at Anfield as the reds defeated our young side 2-1. It was an entertaining cup tie as Mauricio Pochettino’s second string squad battled hard against a tough Liverpool side. The home side started the game well as they went forward at every opportunity, Jurgen Klopp’s side took a somewhat fortuitous lead in the ninth minute, after Nkoudou slipped just outside the box Marko Grujic capitalised and hit a deflected effort at goal which fell into the path of Sturbridge who prodded the ball into the back of the net despite Vorm’s best efforts, it seemed as if Vorm also slipped whilst attempting to deny Sturridge. Liverpool continued to attack and shortly afterwards Sturridge almost doubled the reds lead, after being found free in the box the England international hit a weak effort which went straight into the hands of Michel Vorm. After struggling in the opening 20 minutes Spurs went close to equalising at the other end after Janssen narrowly headed over after meeting Trippier’s cross at the back post.

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Liverpool didn’t alter their style of play in the second half and just over ten minutes in Vorm was forced into making an excellent save as he denied Divorck Origi’s powerful effort with a strong hand. Shortly after the hour mark Liverpool doubled their lead with Daniel Sturridge’s second goal of the game, after being played through by Wijnaldum, Sturridge slotted a composed finish past Vorm and into the back of the net. Since Erik Lamela’s introduction Spurs’s attack was bolstered by the Argentines creativity and on 76 minutes Lamela won a penalty after being tripped by Lucas in the penalty area. Up stepped Janssen who converted his penalty with a fine finish to get his second goal for Spurs. Shortly after Liverpool almost put the game out of sight after Sturridge’s curling effort was deflected on to the cross bar. With two minutes remaining Erik Lamela found debutant Shayon Harrison with a wonderful pass however, Harrison couldn’t chest the ball down in time as Mignolet gathered the ball from his feet, the final score Spurs 1-2 Liverpool.

Michel Vorm was excellent in between the sticks, Vorm made a string of top class saves to deny the reds. I thought that goalscorer Vincent Janssen had a terrific game up front apart from despatching his penalty with nerves of steel, Janssen worked incredibly hard throughout the match working tirelessly to get in to goalscoring positions. In addition the Netherlands international showcased great courage and physicality causing the Liverpool defenders bother throughout the match. Erik Lamela made a big impact on the game since coming on in the second half, Lamela’s creativity and class shone throughout, winning Spurs’s penalty Lamela was incredibly effective behind Janssen and his brilliant pass late on almost saw Harrison get a dramatic late equaliser. As much as I understand and respect Pochettino’s decision to rest many players I still thought Pochettino fielded too weak a squad against Klopp’s side. I felt as if we had put just one more regular in the lineup then I believe that we would have progressed to the quarter finals. However, a win against Leicester on Saturday would erase Spurs fans disappointment suffered in midweek.

 
My man of the match: Michel Vorm, The Dutchman made a string of top class saves to deny the reds from winning with a greater goal margin.

Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold (Clyne 68), Lucas (c), Klavan, Moreno; Stewart, Grujic (Can 89), Ejaria, Wijnaldum; Origi (Ings 68), Sturridge. Substitutes (not used): Karius, Lovren, Lallana, Mane.
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Vorm; Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Davies; Dier (c) (Wanyama 67), Winks; Onomah, Carroll (Lamela 61), Nkoudou (Harrison 83); Janssen. Substitutes (not used): Lopez, Walkes, Vertonghen, Amos.
Yellow cards: Liverpool – Alexander-Arnold 26, Ings 82, Grujic 84; Spurs – Winks 90+1, Wimmer 90+2.
Referee: Jonathan Moss.
Attendance: 53,051.

Spurs v Liverpool: (match preview)

Spurs v Liverpool: (match preview)

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Venue: Anfield
Date: Tuesday 25th October 19:45pm
Live: Sky Sports 1
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Head2Heads: 1-1, 1-1, 0-0, 3-2 Liverpool, 3-0 Liverpool.

Liverpool were with out a doubt the toughest team that the lads have come up against this season, we faced Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side back in August and the reds attacking style of play and intensity caused us problems throughout the match, we were quite fortunate to end up drawing that game 1-1. Liverpool have been in red hot form this season, Klopp’s men have won eight of their eleven games that they have played in all competitions, and the reds have been playing superb pressing football, quite similar to ours in style. Anfield is a fortress and tonight’s game is going to be an incredibly tough one, regardless of the team Mauricio Pochettino fields I have full faith in his team selection and I know that we can defeat Klopp’s albeit with a youthful side. Klopp may also field a weakened side but Liverpools danger men Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane could all start. Liverpools defence is not their fortieth and our attack could cause many problems for the home side tonight. It’s going a fantastic occasion for the fans, with so many traveling up to Liverpool, the atmosphere at the world famous ground is going to be special and hopefully we can progress to the quarter finals of the EFL cup. COYS

Team news: Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld remain unavailable through injury whilst youngster Marcus Edwards has been ruled out for seven weeks through injury. Moussa Sissoko will also miss tonight’s match after the Frenchman was charged by the FA and given a three match ban for his elbow on Bournemouths Harry Arter at the weekend. Meanwhile the following youth players may well have traveled to Liverpool with the main squad, all the players were missing from Spurs under 23’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester on Monday evening. The players that were absent from Monday evenings PL2 match against Leicester were Kyle Walker-Peters, Alfie Whiteman, Anton Walkes, Shayon Harrison and Luke Amos.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Vorm, Walker-Peters, Dier, Carter-Vickers, Davies, Wanyama, Winks, Onomah, Eriksen, Nkoudou, Son.

My predicted scoreline: 1-1 courtesy of a goal from Son and Spurs to win 2-1 in extra time courtesy of a winner from Eriksen.

One to watch: Liverpools inform winger Philippe Coutinho.

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Spurs under 23’s v Leicester: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s v Leicester: (match preview)

Venue: The King Power stadium
Date: Monday 24th October 19:00pm
Live: Check Spurs’s official twitter account for live updates.

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Tomorrow evening our development squad face Leicester city under 23’s at the King Power stadium in the PL2. Ugo Ehiogu’s side have struggled so far in the newly formed PL2, picking up just six points from seven games, but tomorrow evenings match presents a great chance to end their bad run and to boost their confidence in the process. The foxes development side have also struggled this season, they currently sit bottom of the table. Our under 21’s side defeated Leicester 3-0 in this fixture last season, and I believe that our under 23’s are the better team and should defeat the foxes tomorrow. I assume Tom Glover will be left out of tomorrow’s squad, the Australian goalkeeper was on international duty with the Socceroos under 19 squad, Australia were eliminated from the Asian u19 championship on Friday, so I doubt Glover will be ready to play tomorrrow. Our senior side play Liverpool on Tuesday night in the EFL cup, so its possible that a couple of younger players will travel up to Merseyside with the main team. I reckon Marcus Edwards and Shayon Harrison would be the most likely to travel. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if Kyle Walker-Peters and Anton Walkes were included in Pochettino’s squad.

 
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Walker-Peters, Owens, Walkes, Muscatt, Amos, Marsh, Tracey, Goddard, Georgiou, Loft.

One to watch: Leicesters talented striker Admiral Muskwe.

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Spurs 0-0 Bournemouth: (match report)

Spurs 0-0 Bournemouth: (match report)

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Spurs were unable to Score against Bournemouth on Saturday lunch time as Mauricio Pochettino’s side fought out a goalless draw on the south coast. Eddie Howe’s side were fearless from the offing as they attacked with great intent early on, and the cherries were denied an early lead after Hugo Lloris denied former Spurs man Charlie Daniels with a tremendous save. Daniels was found in the box by Dan Gosling who squared it to the former academy graduate however, the defenders effort was turned excellently on to the top of the crossbar by Lloris. We continued to find our rhythm in the game and on 17 minutes we almost took the lead through Erik Lamela’s curling long range shot which clipped the post before going out of play. We were the much better side in the second half as we dominated play with 67% of possession, but despite creating a couple of half chances early on we struggled to break down a stubborn Bournemouth defence. However, despite our control of the second half the cherries almost grabbed a late winner as they caught us on the break, but star performers Jan Vertonghen and Victor Wanyama denied the hosts with key challenges to ensure Spurs held on to a point. Undoubtedly Mauricio Pochettino will not be chuffed with yesterday’s result, but it is by no means a bad result, we are still the only unbeaten side in the league and we have a string of important games coming up starting with a trip to Liverpool in the EFL cup on Tuesday.

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I thought we lacked our usual sharpness a little yesterday, taking in to consideration our trip to Germany in midweek where he fought out a highly competitive draw with Leverkusen. However, I think it was Bournemouths structured style of play which caught us out yesterday, Howe’s side worked incredibly hard and none more so than Republic of Ireland international Harry Artrer who was incredible in the centre of midfield. Arter’s hard work and high intensity caused us bother through out the game and I believe that he was one of the main reasons why we didn’t pick up all three points yesterday. Jan Vertonghen and Victor Wanyama were our two best players on the day, Vertonghen’s decision making was top class and the Belgium international made some terrific challenges including a decisive sliding tackle in the penalty area late on. Wanyama is proving to be a fantastic player for Spurs since his arrival in the summer, Wanyama put in another excellent performance yesterday, he was a powerhouse in the midfield making numerous important interceptions. Some questioned why Son and Alli were taken off in the second half but I would imagine that Pochettino was thinking about Tuesdays tough league cup tie against Liverpool at Anfield. Meanwhile Moussa Sissoko’s elbow on Harry Arter in the second half may well mean that the winger faces disciplinary charges by the FA.
My MOTM: Jan Vertonghen, the Belgian centre back put in an excellent performance making some crucial challenges and interceptions.

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AFC Bournemouth (4-2-3-1): Boruc; Smith, Francis (c), Cook, Daniels; Gosling, Arter; Ibe (Gradel 60), Wilshere, King (Fraser 88); Wilson (Afobe 82). Substitutes (not used):Federici, Ake, Mings, Mousset.
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c); Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli (Sissoko 71), Lamela; Son (Janssen 61). Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Wimmer, Davies, Winks.

Yellow cards: AFC Bournemouth – Gosling 39, Gradel 67; Spurs – Lamela 18, Vertonghen 35, Alli 37, Rose 43.

Referee: Craig Pawson.
Attendance: 11,201.

Mixed fortunes for our youth sides against Chelsea on Saturday :

Mixed fortunes for our youth sides against Chelsea on Saturday :

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It was a mixed day for our youth sides yesterday as both our under 18’s and under 16’s faced Chelsea at Hotspur Way. Our under 18’s played out a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Hotspur way in what was an exciting game of football, in which John McDermott’s side impressed against a top class blues side. Chelsea took the lead through Guehi after the youngster converted from the following corner. However, Spurs equalised soon after through Samuel Shashoua who rounded the goalkeeper before slotting home after being played in by Dylan Duncan. Chelsea failed to convert a second half penalty as Spurs clutched on to a good point, in what was a very good performance from the Lillywhites. Meanwhile, our under 16’s were defeated 1-0 by Chelsea under 16’s.
Spurs U18s: De Bie, Hinds (Lock 73), Tsaroulla, Skipp, Marsh (c), Tanganga, Shashoua, Duncan, Griffiths (Sterling 65), Roles, Bennetts. Substitutes (not used): Reynolds, Dinzeyi, Austin (GK).

An in depth report of the under 18’s match is provided on the Spurs website: http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/under-18s/match/report/spurs-u18-v-chelsea-match-report-221016/

Spurs v Bournemouth: (match preview)

Spurs v Bournemouth: (match preview)

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Venue: Vitality stadium
Date: Saturday 22nd October 12:30pm
Live: Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports Mix
Referee: Craig Pawson
Head2Heads: 3-0 Spurs, 5-1 Spurs.

Later today Spurs face Bournemouth at the Vitality stadium as Mauricio Pochettino’s side look to return to winning ways after having drawn their last two matches. Spurs face a tough test on the south coast as Eddie Howe’s attacking side have a potent attack with the likes of Callum Wilson, Josh King and Jordan Ibe all on the cherries books. We defeated Bournemouth 5-1 in this fixture last season but today’s game will be a trickier contest, Howe’s team are now an established premier league side and the Lillywhites are missing two of their most important players through injury. However, I do believe that we will defeat the Cherries fairly comfortably as I reckon our attacking prowess will prove too much for Howe’s side. COYS

Team news: Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld both remain sidelined through injury whilst fullback Danny Rose is a doubt after picking up a foot injury in Leverkusen on Tuesday.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lloris, Walker, Wimmer, Vertonghen, Davies, Dembele, Wanyama, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Janssen.

My predicted scoreline: 3-0 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Son x2 and Christian Eriksen.

One to watch: Bournemouths prolific striker Callum Wilson.

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Three Spurs youngsters called up to England under 17 squad:

Three Spurs youngsters called up to England under 17 squad:

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Three of our youngsters have been included in the England under 17 squad for next weeks Euro under 17 qualifiers against Azerbaijan, Romania and Austria. The three youngsters that have been called up are Timothy Eyoma, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and Tashan Oakley-Boothe. Timothy Eyoma is a talented centre back who has featured on numerous occasions for our under 18’s and under 19’s so far this season, the first year scholar has so far adapted really well to under 18 football and Eyoma looks like a really good prospect. The young centre back played for England under 16’s on a numerous occasions last season. In addition talented right back Brooklyn Lyons-Foster is another player to have been called up, Lyons-Foster who is still a school boy is a highly rated talent in our academy and the youngster is already showing Huge potential having been called up to under 17’s yet again. Another player called up is Tashan Oakley-Boothe, the 16 year old midfielder has really impressed for our under 18’s this season and the midfielder has already featured twice for our under 23’s this season as well as being a regular starter for our under 19’s in the UEFA Youth league. Oakley-Boothe is a fantastic talent and he was recently included in the Guardians article which included their 20 best talents in the premier league that were born in the year 2000.

 

Meanwhile Scotlands under 16 squad has been announced for the forthcoming Victory shield tournament and talented Spurs under 15’s centre back Luis Binks has been included in their squad. A link providing Scotland’s full squad is provided in the link below.
http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/scottish_fa_news.cfm?page=2986&newsCategoryID=6&newsID=16580