Spurs under 19’s versus Real Madrid: (match preview)

Spurs under 19’s versus Real Madrid: (match preview)

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Scott Parker’s under 19 side face a crucial UEFA Youth League group stage game tomorrow (Live on BT Sport, kick off: 15.00pm) when they host Real Madrid at Hotspur Way. With four points from their opening three games Spurs will be hoping to better there 1-1 draw in Madrid with a win tomorrow afternoon. As difficult as that will be to achieve, Spurs put in an excellent performance against a young Real Madrid side which includes talents such as Dani Gomez and Oscar, they are definitely capable of securing all 3 points. It will be fascinating to see how they fare. COYS

 

My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Austin, Lyons-Foster, Tanganga, Dinzeyi, Hinds, Skipp, Roles, Bennetts, S.Shashoua, Edwards, Sterling.

Subs from: De Bie, Griffiths, P.Maghoma, Lyons-Foster, P.Patterson, A.Shashoua, Lock.

My score prediction: 2-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Jack Roles and Kazaiah Sterling.

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Spurs versus Real Madrid: (match preview)

825676A9-F232-4368-ABDB-A2AD330E235AJust over two weeks have passed since our famous 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabéu, but Pochettino’s side who are on the cusp of qualifying for the knockout stages of the champions league. Will be facing Real Madrid (the current holders of the competition) again when they host the Spanish side at Wembley Stadium tomorrow evening. It’s a game in which all Spurs fans are looking forward to and rightly so, players and supporters alike deserve it. With key players such as Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane both out injured, whilst key man Isco is also a doubt through injury. There’s reason to feel confident, Spurs produced a brilliant performance up against Zinedine Zidane’s side in Madrid and there’s no reason why they can’t replicate that tomorrow. Real, who lost their last match against newly promoted Girona at the weekend haven’t been at their best this season, even with world class players such as Ronaldo and Kroos in their team, I’m feeling quietly confident that we can pull off a big surprise. COYS

My predicted lineup:(3-4-2-1) Lloris(c), Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Aurier, Winks, Dembele, Davies, Alli, Erisken, Kane.

Subs from: Vorm, Trippier, Dier, Rose, Sissoko, Son, Llorente.

My score prediction: 3-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Kane x2 and Dele Alli.

One to watch: World class midfielder and excellent passer, Toni Kroos.

Some post match thoughts on Spurs’ defeat to Manchester United:

Some post match thoughts on Spurs’ defeat to Manchester United:

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I thought I’d wait for a couple of days before I reflected on our narrow defeat to Manchester United at the weekend. It was a game with few clear cut chances, memorable pieces of play or much cutting edge. The game was to be decided by Anthony Martial’s late winner which was a cruel blow for Pochettino’s side who had done enough to earn a draw. The absence of our talisman Harry Kane was an evident factor throughout, and were he playing, he could well have balanced the game in our favour. But he wasn’t and Pochettino had to learn to adapt to that, playing the inform Son up front in a side which included a fair bit of rotation. As a matter of fact it was a dull game which didn’t throw up too many talking points, our lads managing to grow into the game after a difficult opening 15 minutes. And for large periods of the game we looked the more likely to find the opener, we looked really solid and composed at the back. Though there was an attacking potency missing up top, Pochettino’s side done well to create against one of Europe’s most defensive teams. Eriksen’s lovely lofted ball to Dele Alli inside the penalty area towards the tail end of the game saw Alli unable to quite adjust his body in time as he volleyed wide, in what was our best chance of the game. And from that opportunity came the winner, when minutes later Man United went on a good run down at the other end, which culminated in Martial’s winner.

It was a frustrating game especially after our hugely disappointing defeat to West Ham in the league cup, just a couple of days earlier. But it was one that we could take knowing that our lads had done their all even with limited resources. Very few sides are going to go to Old Trafford this season and come home with any points, our side pushed Mourinho’s team very close. But there’s no time to ponder, we have a massive Champions league game against Real Madrid on Wednesday. COYS

Spurs versus Manchester United: (match preview)

Spurs versus Manchester United: (match preview)

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How will Spurs cope without Harry Kane for the visit of Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime? Well Mauricio Pochettino’s side are going to have to, with Spurs announcing on Friday morning that their top scorer will be unavailable for selection against Man United due to a slight hamstring tear. This comes as a massive blow for our side, after the huge disappointments of midweek, where we managed to mess up a two goal lead over West Ham in the Carabao cup, with the final result ending in a surprise 3-2 defeat. The sheer disappointment of that defeat will resonate across the whole of the Spurs fan base, but in saying that it would swiftly be forgotten about if we could pull off a good result against United tomorrow. Mourinho’s excellent side who sit in second position above of us only on goal difference in the table, had started the season brilliantly well until an unexpected slip up away to Huddersfield last Saturday. However, that is likely to be a rare blip, and he will be desperate for his side to get all three points on Saturday when these two teams meet. COYS

My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Lloris(c), Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Aurier, Dier, Dembele, Davies, Alli, Eriksen, Son.

Subs from: Vorm, Trippier, Walker-Peters, Sissoko, Nkoudou, Georgiou, Llorente.

Absentees: Lamela, Kane, Wanyama.

My score prediction: 1-1. Courtesy of a goal from Dele.

One to watch: One of the leagues finest strikers, Belgian superstar Romelu Lukaku has netted 7 league goals so far this season.

Spurs under 23’s 0-1 Derby County: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 0-1 Derby County: (match report)

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Our under 23’s visit to the East Midlands on Friday evening was one of disappointment as Wayne Burnett’s side were frustrated by a very solid and well organised Derby side (one which included 34 year old centre half Jason Shackell) and in the end, the game was won by a mere one goal margin by the rams, at pride park. In all truth it was a quite frustrating game of football and even though our lads made a good impression on the game, it wasn’t enough to break down such a tenacious Derby defence, though for Loft and Sterling it would have been a great experience to come up against such an experienced centre half. After a slow opening couple of minutes the rams almost took an early lead, after Amos was robbed of possession which resulted in a Derby forward being played through on goal, but thankfully his lofted effort was met by Austin who made a fine reaction save to thwart the ball clear. Some good work from fullback Keanan Bennetts down the left forced a Spurs corner, which was cleared from danger. Spurs were pressing high (ie:Shashoua)and were trying to force a composed Derby team in to making errors, however an error was to come inside the Spurs penalty area after a mix up from an in swinging free kick ended up with Austin taking out Bennetts, but thankfully Tanganga was there to make an important block.

We were playing the passing game, playing it out from the back, a good chance for Burnett’s side came just after the 20 minute mark. When the prominent Shashoua’s tricky forward run saw him play a one two with Harrison before curling an effort inches wide of the right post. A vital block from the efficient Spurs skipper Amos stopped a good Derby chance. Though the home side were to test us again moments later after Callum Guy beat Bennetts down the flank before whipping a cross tantalisingly across the face of goal being missed by centremeters from a Derby forward. Neither side could really take a hold of the game, veteran centre half Shackell made a good challenge to deny Harrison a dangerous opening, as the game continued to lack any clear cut chances. The rams tried to carve through our alert defence, Austin was there to make a comfortable save from Babos’ effort, Tanganga showed tremendous skill moments later to get out of a tricky situation, whilst Harrison had a low effort gobbled up by Josh Barnes at the other end. A brilliant run from target man Ryan Loft saw him perform a Ricky Villaesque run into the penalty area before forcing Barnes into making a good low stop.

 

Then, followed a bad mistake from Amos who overplayed a situation and was hence robbed of the ball by a Derby player, luckily it was fired high over the cross bar, the home side were showing some impressive attacking play. Some really clever play from Shashoua who was under pressure, saw him get out of a tricky situation, as Spurs passed the ball around with real attacking intent. Oliver Skipp who had been impressive in the centre of the park was replaced by Pritchard at the interval, who took over the captains arm band, Pritchard quickly barking instructions to his team mates. Another vital block by Tanganga on 53 minutes prevented a good attack as the game started to become a little flat. Left back Bennetts went close shortly before the hour mark after showing some nice footwork inside the Derby box before smashing an effort against the side netting. However all of Spurs’ handwork was to be undone when winger Luke Thomas gave Derby the lead. It was a counter attacking move from Derby which resulted in Thomas’ curling an effort towards goal, which was most unfortunately turned into his own net by Maghoma leaving Austin with no chance, that goal could well go to the dubious goals committee.

Marcus Edwards had a penalty shout dismissed at the other end as Spurs looked to respond, Shashoua was brought off to replace Tracey down the right. Burnett’s side struggled to create chances against a rock solid Derby outfit who were defending brilliantly against us. Spurs were being limited to out of the box chances, Harrison hit a decent low effort just wide before claiming for the corner. The game had become quite dull up until Tanganga was forced into making an important clearance to clear Wassall’s effort at the far post. Then minutes later the Tottenham centre half got a vital head on Thomas’ curling effort. We never looked like we were going to equalise, the hosts were constantly nullifying any forward threat we posed. Spurs’ best chance of the second half came after we were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area. Marcus Edwards’ good up and down effort forcing Barnes into making an excellent save. There were no more chances of note for either side as Derby held on to win 1-0. Up next for Burnett’s side is a premier league international cup tie at home to Villarreal at the Lamex stadium, on the 14th of November.

Player reviews:
– Brandon Austin: Didn’t have an awful amount of saves to make, but he made a top class one in the beginning of the first half.
– George Marsh: Played well seems to be adapting well to the role of right back. Defended well and didn’t overplay situations, also put in some good crosses.
– Christian Maghoma: Had a good game, defended well and looked solid and composed when called into action.
– Japhet Tanganga: My man of the match, I thought Tanganga put in a really good defensive performance against Derby, made more crucial interventions/blocks than any one else, and played the ball out from the back by example, rock solid performance by the 18 year old.
– Keanan Bennetts: Had a really good game looked solid down the left, and also went on some really promising runs whipping a number of good crosses into the area.
– Oliver Skipp: Put in a fine shift in the first half before being brought of at half time, imposed himself well on the game and was there at important moments.
– Luke Amos: Thought the 20 year old had a really good game, he was efficient and broke up play really well.
– Samuel Shashoua: I thought the creative Shashoua was our best player until being brought off early on in the second half, in a substitution which I personally found odd. He created openings for Spurs, showed really good close ball control especially in tight situations, and tracked back well.
– Marcus Edwards: Potent on occasions, like Shashoua Edwards showed great ball control in tight situations, he was good going forward and was unlucky not have scored his late free kick.
– Shayon Harrison: A little quieter than usual, due mainly to the fact he was playing as a second striker and that he was up against a top defence. Still he managed to hit some good efforts on goal.
– Ryan Loft: Was a great experience for the target man who held his own against Shackell, constantly tussling with the veteran centre half, put in a good shift up top.
– Joe Pritchard: Came on at the interval and put in a tireless and battling display in the middle of the park, thought the skipper done really well.
– Shilow Tracey: The substitute didn’t see much of the ball.
– Kazaiah Sterling: Positive and lively cameo up top.

My man of the match: Japhet Tanganga. My man of the match, I thought Tanganga put in a really good defensive performance against Derby, made more crucial interventions/blocks than any one else, and played the ball out from the back by example, rock solid performance by the 18 year old.

 

Spurs under 23’s versus Derby County: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Derby County:

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The last time our under 23’s won on the road was against this evenings opposition, Derby county back in August of 2016. I will be making the trip to the East Midlands to report on this evenings game, a game in which Wayne Burnett’s side will be looking to build on their impressive 3-2 victory over rivals Arsenal on Monday. They come up against Darren Wassall’s young Derby team at the impressive pride park Stadium, Derby have won 3 of their last 4 games including an impressive 2-0 win over league leaders Liverpool in their last home match in the PL2. There’s always the possibility that Derby could field some senior players for this game, so a win will be a tough ask for Burnett’s side. Playing at pride park will be a brilliant experience for our youngsters, and I’ve a hopeful feeling that tonight’s game will be a very enjoyable one. COYS

My team prediction: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Marsh, C.Maghoma, Tanganga, Bennetts, Skipp, Pritchard(c), S.Shashoua, Roles, Edwards, Harrison.

Subs from:
De Bie, Amos, Roles, Loft, Sterling.

Doubtful: Dylan Duncan, Jaden Brown, Nick Tsaroulla.

Absent: TJ Eyoma and Tashan Oakley-Boothe.

My score prediction: 2-0 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Shashoua and Harrison.

One to watch: The rams 21 year old centre forward Chris Vernam.

Spurs under 16’s 3-1 Cambridge United: (match report)

Spurs under 16’s 3-1 Cambridge United: (match report)

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On Tuesday night I went to the Cambs glass stadium to watch our under 15/16’s take on Cambridge United at the U’s Abbey stadium. It was a bright and dominant performance from Spurs as they dominated the opposition in front of a crowd of over 600, the Pochettino philosophy clearly implanted in their style of play as they out done the U’s in every aspect of the game limiting them only to set piece chances. With no team sheets being given out on the night, frustratingly a lot of my report consists of players numbers, as I was only able to positively identify the following players with the rest, being unsure of: Kacper Kurylowicz, Luis Binks, Malachi Walcott, Enoch Asante, Noni Madeuke (10)?, Josh Gray?, Harvey White?, Dennis Cirkin? Unused subs: Kane Patterson and Rafferty Pedder. It was a very young Spurs side which was without highly rated Irish forward Troy Parrott who is away at the victory shield with his country. Their seemed to be a couple of under 14’s involved in the game, and their was one player who came on as a CAM (looked very intelligent) that could have been no more than 13. It was a very lively start by Spurs who were on the front foot from the minute go, playing some nice attacking football. Our number 11 put an effort just wide of goal after receiving a cross. The pacy wide man was causing a lot of trouble for the Cambridge players early on. A great chance followed Spurs’ 11 powered past a couple of Cambridge defenders down the left before crossing for 10 (Madueke I think) whose powerful effort was spectacularly thwarted by the goalkeeper. Spurs continued to pressurise a nervy Cambridge side, 11 curling an effort narrowly wide moments later.

Number 11 (who was excellent all game) continued to trouble Cambridge after he robbed them of possession inside the area before jinking his way past a couple of players, only to slip at a vital time. Spurs were absolutely dominating, they looked the more fitter and livelier side inside the first quarter of an hour, as they played the ball out from the back, with the composed duo of Binks and Walcott influential in this side of their game. A good low effort from Madeuke on the edge of the area had the keeper scrambling, he spilt the effort at the first attempt but then managed to clear the loose ball. Spurs came their closest to the breaking the deadlock after 4’s (White) long ball into the area was dropped by the Cambridge keeper. The alert Asante pounced, smashing the ball against the crossbar, before testing the keeper again seconds later with a powerful header. Binks also went close with a header minutes later, as the home side struggled to get the ball outside of their half. A great challenge from Spurs’ number 2 occurred at the other end as he snuffed out danger, he was brilliant all game both going forward and at defending. Another brilliant attacking move from Spurs ended in the keeper being forced into making a comfortable save as Cambridge continued to survive. Cambridge came close with a free kick, but Spurs were to shatter any confidence they had built up going forward, when they opened the scoring on 37 minutes courtesy of a stunning long range strike from White.

His free kick was initially blocked but the midfielder hammered home the rebound into the bottom right corner of the net, brilliant technique! Spurs continued their hold on the game, Noni Madueke almost doubling their lead when his free kick flew narrowly wide of goal, as Spurs’ fluent attacking football continued to outwit the home side. We should have doubled our advantage shortly after the restart, but 7 who was leaning back, could only manage to fire over the crossbar from close range. Cambridge then threatened at the other end when their winger curled narrowly wide following a counter attacking move which had exploited our defence. However, any fears of a comeback were put aside when Spurs doubled their advantage when 7 prodded home from the resulting corner kick to expose a tired looking Cambridge defence. Luis Binks got a vital head on the ball to clear a dangerous free kick at the other end, as the home side continued to lack that cutting edge. Spurs on the other case were looking for their third playing some nice football in the process, the newly introduced number 12 at the heart of things with his intricate play and quick feet. Cambridge began to grow more into the game and created some good chances, Walcott producing a good block to deny a Cambridge player. Everyone inside the Abbey stadium thought Spurs had got their third of the game when the potent Madeuke unleashed a thunderbolt of an effort on the edge of the area, which ended up coming off the underside of the bar and bouncing clear. There were numerous good counter attacking moves produced by Spurs as the game progressed. But the game was to be thrown on its head when the home side pulled back an unexpected goal. After converting a cross at Kurylowicz’s far post, but any chance of a comeback was swiftly ended by Spurs minutes later when Madeuke regained our two goal cushion.

Capping off a lovely attacking move with a precise finish to tuck the ball inside the bottom corner of the net. A trio of Spurs players including Madeuke lined up to create an orchestrated pose in front of the home fans as the young lads soaked up the atmosphere. Centre forward Enoch Asante almost put the icing on the cake minutes later when he weaved his way past a couple of Cambridge defenders before eventually forcing a top save from the keeper. Spurs saw out the remaining minutes with real ease and were much deserving of their 3-1 victory in what was a brilliant team performance from a talented young side. The whole Spurs team looked very promising. COYS

Player reviews: (Some players I’m not sure of*)
Luis Binks: So composed in his play but very decisive in his defending alongside fellow centre half Walcott, his long range passing ability was also very good.
Malachi Walcott: Similarly as composed, Walcott is a really talented centre half who has represented his country at youth level. On my second time seeing him play, I was really impressed with his reading of the game, focus and overall defending. Also liked to play the ball out from the back.
Kacper Kurylowicz: Made one good save, but other than that he wasn’t called into action much.
Harvey White*: Very tidy midfielder (a little like Skipp in style of play) took his goal brilliantly.
Noni Madeuke*: Excellent performance from the number 10, brilliant with the ball at his feet. The skilful Madeuke who has already featured for our under 18’s, possess brilliant close ball control and a low centre of gravity, he really ran the show against Cambridge. He was also very creative going forward and showed good strength, managing to shrug off players on numerous occasions.
Enoch Asante: Really like the look of the young centre forward, he lead the line well and was unlucky not to score.

 

 

Spurs under 23’s 3-2 Arsenal: (some thoughts on a thrilling North London Derby)

Spurs under 23’s 3-2 Arsenal: (some thoughts on a thrilling North London Derby)

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The first of two North London Derbys in the PL2 took place on Monday afternoon, as Wayne Burnett’s side hosted third placed Arsenal at Hotspur Way. Instead of doing my usual in depth match report due to the quick succession of games (which has meant I am behind on my reports), I thought I’d just write a couple of thoughts on a feisty game which saw Burnett’s side climb out of the relegation zone. Burnett’s side started the game in electric fashion taking a quick two goal lead inside the opening fifteen minutes courtesy of goals from Shayon Harrison(his first of the campaign) and Samuel Shashoua. Arsenal (whose side consisted of mostly under 18’s due to the league cup game the following night) pulled a goal back shortly afterwards, and grew into a frantic game which saw just the 8 yellow cards and two penalties. Japhet Tanganga was adjudged to have ‘caught’ the ball when he made a clearance inside the penalty area. Gifting Arsenal an opportunity from the spot, which was duly converted by Charlie Gilmour. A just as frantic and fast paced second half followed with golden chances for both sides, though what proved to be the winner for Spurs came after Spurs were awarded a penalty of their own after a foul on substitute Sterling inside the area. Penalty specialist Marcus Edwards sending his precise effort into the back of the net, to ensure a much needed and valued victory for Burnett’s side in front of a big crowd at the training centre, with former academy players Kyle Walker-Peters and Harry Winks amongst the fans cheering them on.

It was a really good performance from Burnett’s side, they passed the ball around really well and defended decisively for the majority of the game. There were three particularly impressive performances which I’ll focus on, starting with striker Shayon Harrison. On his first PL2 start of the season following a lengthy lay off with injury. The 20 year old centre forward put in a dazzling display against our North London rivals. He was so sharp and clinical in front of goal, there was much more to his game than just his well taken opener. He pressed high relentlessly, made good runs and moved the ball very quickly out of his feet, I’m sure he’ll reach double figures in no time! Watching Oliver Skipp (17) running midfields is nothing unusual, but once again his performance was a really eye catching one. His crisp passing, vision and powerful forward runs showed that he is much more than just a defensive midfielder, it’s young Skipp’s decisiveness and many crucial interventions to break up play, which saw him have such a big impact on the game. Our under 23’s are back in league action tomorrow with a visit to the East Midlands to face Derby County.

My man of the match: The intricate Samuel Shashoua was again at the heart of the action on Monday afternoon. Now a regular starter in Burnett’s side, the tricky winger was again one of the main sources of creativity. He was constantly creating chances with his slick ball play and movement off the ball, his excellently taken goal which came about due to his awareness was not the only vital contribution he made in the game. His late surging run which eventually lead to the penalty was due to his brilliant trickery and vision.

U23’s 2017/18 statistics: Top scorers: Sterling-5
Loft-1
Duncan-2
Edwards-4
Tanganga-1
Pritchard-3
S.Shashoua-5
Bennetts: 1
Tracey-1
Harrison-1

Assists: Skipp-1
Miller-1
Sterling-1
Pritchard-4
Edwards-2
Tracey-3
Eyoma-1
S.Shashoua-1
Brown-1
Sterling-3
Bennetts-2

Spurs 4-1 Liverpool: (some thoughts on a thrilling game of football)

Spurs 4-1 Liverpool: (some thoughts on a thrilling game of football)

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It was a day in which two of the premier leagues most attack minded sides faced each other, our beloved Spurs and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, and it certainly stood up to the billing. It was a game in which Pochettino’s in form side flourished in, against an attacking Liverpool side with a woeful defence, the Wembley curse had been well and truly broken with a superb 4-1 victory. There was champagne football on display from both sides though it was our lads who were the exceptional side, out playing Liverpool with some brilliant incisive football from just 36% of possession, the colossal Harry Kane at the heart of all the action. Carrying on from our famous 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in midweek, Pochettino’s side could never have looked fresher starting the game with some electric play, where we looked destined to score every time we approached the Liverpool goal. Harry Kane got things off to a brilliant start inside just 4 minutes when he latched on to Trippier’s pass before powering his way into the area and swivelling around the diving Mignolet with immaculate close ball control, before clinically tapping home. The 80,000 strong crowd (a premier league record) were in jubilant form and things were to get even better for them, when Spurs doubled their advantage a mere 8 minutes later, after the unstoppable Kane powered down the right wing, before shrugging off a hapless Lovren and crossing into Son, who clinically converted at the far post. Spurs could have gone three up after another brilliant move which resulted in Son smashing an effort off the crossbar as Liverpool continued to look dazed.

Spurs seemed destined to put the game to bed, but Liverpool had other ideas. Klopp’s side pulling a goal back when Salah clipped the ball home after receiving a long ball from Henderson. Liverpool then begun to make more of a mark on the game following Salah’s goal, good chances being created from both sides. However, the pivotal goal was scored for Spurs by Dele, when he capped of a perfect first half of football with a well measured volley on the edge of the penalty area, in additional time of the first half. A surprise half time guest which was none other than the legendary Diego Maradona prolonged the excitement. And it was straight after the interval when Spurs wrapped up proceedings after Harry Kane put the game to bed with a poachers finish inside the area following Eriksen’s resulting free kick which was totally missed by Mignolet, who went to punch. Spurs went on to control the game, and in truth we could have scored as many as six goals, such was our creativity and energy going forward. Our brilliant side played like a team of champions with the skill, class and intelligence to outplay one of the leagues finest sides with such a low
amount of possession (36%). It was yet another tactical masterclass from Pochettino he set his side up impeccably, with Dele Alli in a deeper creative role, Son coming in to form a diamond with Erisken and the centre of attention, a certain Mr.Harry Kane. It was that free flowing and confident football that we had seen over the course of the last month or so, really come into fruition and we looked unstoppable.

Klopp’s side set out to get us on the counter attack, but our brilliant start ended that plan meaning they were always on the back foot. There were three standout performances which I’ll be focusing on, starting with our superstar Harry Kane. There are no words to describe the magnificence of our talisman, Sunday’s game was played around him and every contribution he made to the game was significant. Contributing just the two goals and one assist, the powerful English striker put in one of his performances of the season giving the reds defence a torrid time in the process. You just had to see the runs he made, his positioning, strength and clinical ability in front of goal to show you why he is one of the Worlds very best. Though he did come off injured towards the tail end of the game (it appears it was just cramp) he’s sensational swashbuckling performance was that from a player at the top of his game who is more often than not impossible to defend against or nullify. With the absence of both Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama, Pochettino put Dele Alli in a deeper position against Liverpool as he formed a midfield partnership with Harry Winks. Dele had a tremendous game, and put in a performance to rival any premier league midfielder. Efficient and creative, Alli was so composed against the likes of Can and Henderson. He oozed class, combining his attacking play with a more defensive stance. The pocket of space he found, and the brilliant volley for our third and most decisive goal was so perfectly executed.

The other player who really impressed me was Jan Vertonghen, whose tenaciousness across the backline had just as big an impact on the game as Harry Kane did going forward. His timing and reading of the game was immaculate, the numerous important interceptions he made, was testament to his class on the pitch. Apologies for the late write up of the game. COYS

 

Statistics: Senior goal scorers: Alli-3
Davies-2
Kane-13
Eriksen-3
Son-2
Sissoko-1

 

Assists Eriksen-3
Trippier-6
Davies-2
Kane-3
Alli-2
Alderweireld-1
Sissoko-1

 

Spurs versus West Ham United: (match preview)

Spurs versus West Ham United: (match preview)

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The fourth round of this seasons Carabao cup is upon us, an intriguing London Derby for Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side will see them host rivals West Ham at Wembley Stadium later on today. At a time when West Ham’s manager Slavan Bilic is fighting for his job after a torrid start to the campaign. Following on from our dramatic 3-2 victory over the hammers at the London stadium, as well as a string of brilliant results our side couldn’t be more of a polar opposite to the hammers current situation. Our dazzling 4-1 victory over Liverpool on Sunday put any worries of a Wembley curse to bed. But with a much rotated team to the one that thrashed Liverpool expected, will it be enough to progress through to the quarterfinals of this important competition? COYS

My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Vorm, Sanchez, Vertonghen(c), Foyth, Walker-Peters, Dier, Dele, Rose, Son, Sissoko, Llorente.

Subs from: Gazzaniga, Trippier, Alderweireld, Winks, Nkoudou, Georgiou, Kane.

My score prediction: 3-1 to Spurs courtesy of a hat trick from Son.

One to watch: Unstoppable when fit, the aerial ability of striker Andy Carrol could prove to be a pivotal part of this evenings game and will be something that will push our defence to the limits.