Spurs under 23’s versus Arsenal: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Arsenal: (match preview)

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North London Derby day is upon us, our under 23’s host arch rivals Arsenal on Monday lunch time at Hotspur way in an important PL2 encounter, for Burnett’s side. The gunners development squad have started the season in fine form and currently occupy third spot, with a game in hand. After doing the double over us last season, Burnett’s side will hoping to return to winning ways with victory over Arsenal, but with players such as Reiss Nelson, Francis Coquelin and Chuba Akpom all likely to be involved, that objective will be a very hard one to achieve. I will be covering tomorrows game from Hotspur Way and shall have my match report up by late evening, what a game this promises to be. COYS!

Absentees: TJ Eyoma, Tashan Oakley-Boothe and Jaden Brown.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Marsh, C.Maghoma, Tanganga, Bennetts, Skipp, Amos, S.Shashoua, Pritchard (c), Georgiou, Harrison.

My score prediction: 2-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals From Samuel Shashoua and Shayon Harrison.

One to watch: One of the most talented up and coming young English forwards, the versatile Reiss Nelson who has already played for the senior team this season, has already bagged six league goals for the gunners development squad and will be a real creative threat going forward.

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Spurs under 18’s 1-2 Fulham: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 1-2 Fulham: (match report)

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Our under 18’s were to fall to another late defeat when they met london rivals Fulham at a cold and blustery Hotspur way this morning. It was a really entertaining game which consisted of free flowing attacking football from both sides in what were difficult conditions, it was a disappointing result for Parker’s lads. They managed to dominate possession, but in the end they were to be defeated by a counter attacking Fulham side, who with the pace of the powerful Sonny Hilton, caught us out at crucial times during the match, there were some really positive displays from our lads though, and it was definitely a performance that warranted a point. Spurs got the game started at a very windy Hotspur way, with the game getting off to the worst possible start for Parker’s side when the cottagers took the lead inside six minutes. Spurs’ defence were caught by surprise when centre half Moroyin Omolabi was robbed of possession by Cameron Thompson on the edge of the Spurs penalty area, as Thompson ran through on goal before slotting the ball under De Bie to make it 1-0 to the visitors, Omolabi couldn’t believe it. Fulham had come at us with a real attacking intent from the very start, in a game which was really being affected by the wind. A first good attacking move from Spurs followed when Patterson slipped through Maghoma inside the Fulham box, his resulting effort being well blocked by Spence. A much more attacking Jamie Reynolds then tested Ashby-Hammond with a decent curling effort as Parker’s side started to grow in to the game.

But it was from Reynolds effort where the cottagers were to catch us on the break, as Sonny Hilton powered down the left flank before eventually forcing De Bie into making a good stop, as Lyons-Foster cleared the loose ball away from danger. Paris Maghoma done brilliantly when he tricked his way into the Fulham penalty area before being brought down by a Fulham player, his protests went in vain. Parker’s side had really started to get a grip on the game forcing Fulham into playing much deeper, and they were desperately unlucky not to equalise just before the half hour mark. When Patterson played the ball down the line to Hinds, his excellent first time effort came cannoning off of the crossbar. Spurs were now dominating possession and were looking a real threat down the flanks. A penalty shout for when Matt Lock’s cross hit a a Fulham hand was dismissed, as the young lilywhites continued to push Steve Wigley’s side. Fulham were looking to catch us out on the break, the cottagers almost doubling their lead through the potent Hilton, when he latched on to a through ball before hitting his low effort against De Bie’s post, as it ricocheted clear. Parker’s side were desperate to draw level before the break, Reynolds and Mukendi combining well shortly before the interval as the formers deflected effort came crashing off the crossbar. Chris Kelly then came close for the visitors at the other end, to cap off an entertaining first half of football.

The cottagers got the second half underway, testing our lads early on when Tyrese Francois’ low effort forced De Bie into making a low diving save. The driving force behind our creativity was the relentless Shashoua, the number 8 was constantly forcing the visitors in to making errors as he instigated good passages of play for Spurs. Parker’s team eventually drew level on 52 minutes after Reo Griffiths netted his seventh goal of the season to make the game wide open. After he powered home Matt Lock’s teasing cross at the far post after some good work from Lock to win the ball in the first place. Spurs were looking the far more likely side to find a winner following their leveller, Maghoma curling a free kick wide, as Spurs continued to control the game. However, it was the 16 year old midfielder who gave away possession in a dangerous area moments later though Maghoma managed to recover and make a crucial challenge before Fulham had a go at goal. The cottagers continued to be dangerous on the counter attack, as showed once again through Hilton as he went on a powerful long run before passing the ball to Francois’ whose effort was blocked first through Omolabi and then through Maghoma, as Spurs got let off the hook. Griffiths and Patterson combined well at the other end though the skilful Patterson couldn’t trouble Ashby-Hammond. The prominent Jamie Reynolds then tested the Fulham keeper with a thumping effort after receiving an incisive pass from Hinds, as the game began to frantically gather pace.

Although Parker’s side were dominating possession they still allowed the visitors to have a couple of good chances of their own. One of these came after De Havilland’s free kick dipped narrowly wide of the Spurs goal. Then a decisive header from Matt Lock denied a dangerous opening for the visitors. However, the game was to be lost in disappointing circumstances after Paris Maghoma gave away a late penalty after a foul on Kelly. Thompson stepped up to convert from the spot, despite a good hand from De Bie. Spurs regained their domination on the game in the final minutes, a late promising chance saw substitute Rodel Richards play through Griffiths on goal, but a last ditch challenge brought the move to a grinding halt. The final score from what was another thrilling game involving these two sides, Fulham 2-1 Spurs. Next up for Parker’s lads is a home under 18 premier league cup tie against none other then Fulham. COYS

 

Player reviews:
– Jonathan De Bie: Wasn’t too busy today despite the two goals we conceded, made some good saves and looked solid in his overall play particularly his distribution.
– Matt Lock: Another very good attacking performance from the attack minded fullback. Was really good going forward, did well to create our goal.
– Moroyin Omolabi: Made an unfortunate error which lead to the opener but he recovered well and had a solid game at centre half.
– Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Also very solid and decisive in his defending, Lyons-Foster is a defender who seems to favour the standing tackle. He had a fine game against Fulham, he played the ball out really well from the back.
– Tariq Hinds: Prominent both going forward and in defending, Hinds stood out during today’s game. Particularly when he went forward, he was desperately unlucky not to get on the score sheet.
– Paris Maghoma: Some flashes of brilliance from Maghoma during the match, though a tad sloppy at times. His close ball control and forward runs caused the Fulham defence problems.
– Jamie Reynolds: Operating in his natural central midfield position rather than at left back, Reynolds produced a really good performance, very neat and composed.
– Phoenix Patterson: Patterson’s low centre of gravity and quick turn of pace were on show against Fulham, on occasions. He was creative down the right flank and switched with Mukendi on occasions, he provided a spark to the game.
– Jeremie Mukendi: Really positive performance from the fast winger, impressed me today.
– Reo Griffiths: Showcased some exquisite pieces of skill and showed some great technique throughout the game, took his goal really well to continue his fine form.
– Rodel Richards: Really good attacking cameo, gave us a different edge when he came on. Also made a magnificent crunching challenge which was much to the spectators liking.

My man of the match: Armando Shashoua. There was no player more influential than Armando Shashoua in today’s game. He’s presence was immense in a Spurs side that lacked a bit of a cutting edge going forward. He was the hardest worker on the field by a mile, he pressed ridiculously well the whole game and showed extraordinary stamina for that of a 16 year old. Operating as a number 8 (not too dissimilar to Winks in fact) he made interception after interception and instigated many of our attacking moves. He was constantly finding pockets of space and creating good passages of play through his guile and footballing brain. Such an intelligent player and a leader on the pitch, he is a player for Spurs fans to keep an eye on over the coming seasons.

Spurs U18s: De Bie (c), Lock, Hinds, P Maghoma, Lyons-Foster, Omolabi, Mukendi, A Shashoua, Griffiths, Reynolds, Patterson (Richards 82). Substitutes (not used): Freeman, Pochettino, Statham, Tainio.
Goal: Reo Griffiths (52)

Under 18’s Goals scored this season: Reo Griffiths-7
Phoenix Patterson -2
Dilan Markanday- 3
Jamie Bowden- 1
Moroyin Omolabi-1

Assists: Phoenix Patterson- 4
Jamie Bowden-1
Matt Lock- 2
Jeremie Mukendi-1

Spurs under 18’s versus Fulham: (match preview)

Spurs under 18’s versus Fulham: (match preview)

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This fixture has seen some absolute crackers in recent seasons, of the three that I attended last season there were 11 goals and two of them were thrilling games. It’s a London Derby with added significance, its Spurs under 18’s head coach Scott Parker’s first time meeting his old club since retiring as a player at the end of last season. Whilst our lads will be hoping to follow on from last Saturdays 3-1 win over West Ham. The cottagers have started the season well and currently occupy third spot in the southern section of the under 18 league with 13 points from 7 league games. And Steve Wigley’s side will be looking to return to winning ways tomorrow morning. Fulham’s Academy has produced some real starlets out of their academy over the last few seasons, the Sessegnon twins, Dennis Adeniran and Patrick Roberts are just some of the players that come to mind, it will be interesting to see how they play tomorrow. As always I will be covering tomorrows game and shall have my report up by Saturday afternoon. COYS

This game will be the first of five Spurs games which I’ll be attending in successive days over the coming week, a win against Fulham would be a nice way to start off the weekend. COYS

My predicted lineup: De Bie(c), Lock, Lyons-Foster, Omolabi, Reynolds, Hinds, P.Maghoma, Mukendi, A,Shashoua, P.Patterson, Griffiths.

My predicted score line: Spurs 5-3. COYS!

One to watch: Desperately unlucky to miss out on the England u17 World Cup squad, talented midfielder Matt O’Riley is my ‘one to watch tomorrow’. O’Riley who has already made his senior debut for Fulham in the Carabao cup at the age of just 16, is a player of immense potential. The 17 year old will pose a real attacking and creative threat from the centre of the park, something he showed during last seasons 3-0 victory over us at Hotspur way where he scored a stunning long range goal.

Spurs versus Liverpool:(match preview)

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No team came closer to beating us at White Hart Lane than Liverpool last season, Jurgen Klopp’s attacking side stunned us and were desperately unlucky not to have beaten us in the 1-1 draw at the beginning of last season. Over a season later and we host the reds again this time in a mouth watering home match at Wembley, on Sunday afternoon in the premier league. What a game this one is going to be, two of the leagues most attack minded sides facing each other, it promises to be a real treat of a game. Following on from our fabulous draw with Real Madrid in midweek, Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be high on confidence going into this game. However, so will Jurgen Klopp’s side who dismantled Maribor 7-0 in midweek in one of the biggest away wins in champions league history. Though their form can be somewhat erratic, the reds can rip apart any side on their day. Their formidable front three consisting of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane is one of the best in Europe, though the latter is injured their attack still provides great pace and creativity, and will really test our defenders especially on the vast Wembley pitch. When the fixtures were drawn up over the summer, this was the one game that I feared the most mainly due to the size of the Wembley pitch and the pace that the Merseyside club posses. Klopp’s side move the ball around very quickly and are devastating on the counter attack, and though they are not the best defensively they have the capabilities to really test us.

Of course with our brilliant recent form and blossoming side, I’m confident going into this game but I feel that a win will still be a tough objective to achieve. Our home form over recent seasons has been pretty dire against Liverpool but I’m hopeful that this game will be an exception, I cannot wait for this one! COYS

Absentees: Lamela and Dembele.

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

My score prediction: 3-2 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Son, Harry Kane and Serge Aurier.

One to watch: Liverpools pacy and skilful Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah has been one of Liverpool’s star players so far this campaign. Since signing from Roma in the summer, Salah has already scored four league goals and has provided one assist so far this season.

Spurs 1-1 Real Madrid: (some thoughts on the game)

Spurs 1-1 Real Madrid: (some thoughts on the game)

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It was a famous, famous night in Madrid on Tuesday as Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side produced one of their finest and most impressive performances under his tenure in the Spanish capital. Rather than doing a report or going into great detail about the game, which has already been done hundreds of times since Tuesdays game. I thought I’d share a couple of my thoughts on that brilliant team performance which leaves us on the cusp of qualifying for the knockout stages of the UEFA champions league. No one could have expected the lineup for the game at the Santiago Bernabéu, the surprise inclusion of Fernando Llorente up front as a target man and the deep lying Harry Winks as a holding midfielder, showed just another tactical master stroke, by Pochettino in a highly effective Spurs side. During the 1-1 draw which we could even have won, such was the potent chances we were able to create. There were so many fantastic performances, but I’m just going to focus on three players in particular. New signing Serge Aurier put in his best performance yet in a Spurs shirt since his summer arrival from PSG. The impact he had on the game from right back was immense not only was he rock solid down the flank, he produced a dazzling attacking display which with his pace and power, really propelled us going forward.

His excellent cross to create the opening goal was a thing of beauty, and it wasn’t the only wonderful ball he put into the area. Yes, he did concede the penalty after his challenge on Toni Kroos resulted in Ronaldo’s equaliser from the spot. But the Ivory Coast international put in the complete performance at right back, he was so assured and comfortable in dealing with the Real Madrid front line, his experience from his PSG days evident. But he also provided the pace which Kyle Walker once provided on the counter attack. Aurier may have a bit of a competitive streak to his game but the 24 year old is a brilliant defender whose best years are still ahead of him. Academy graduate Harry Winks stole the show against Real Madrid with his colossal performance as a holding midfielder against the galacticos. The 21 year old put in a performance which grabbed the plaudits of many across the globe, though us Spurs fans have seen him put in shifts like that before, his performance at the Bernabéu was still remarkable. His deftly accurate and slick passing combined with his decisiveness and ice cool composure in the centre of the park, saw him adapt perfectly to a high tempo game which included some world class midfielders. We saw his more defensive side which he showcased with such aplomb, Winks’ decisive defending and ball retention saved us on quite a few occasions against a formidable Real Madrid attack. The 21 year old from Hemel Hempstead put his name on the world stage with a brilliant performance from that of a young man with the world at his feet, Pochettino’s faith in him couldn’t have been more evident.

The final player I’d like to talk about is another new signing, versatile Colombian centre half Davinson Sanchez. The 21 year old operated as a right side centre half, and his influence on the game was nothing short of immense. Sanchez has adapted so quickly to Pochettino’s style of play and posed with his biggest challenge yet against players of the ilk of Cristiano Ronaldo, he produced his finest performance thus far in a Spurs shirt. Sanchez’s awareness, composure and decisiveness were all top notch, he was unfazed with defending against Cristiano Ronaldo. And he defended against the Portuguese super star with the maturity of a veteran, along side Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier in the Spurs back three. Our performance against the holders of this prestigious competition, was one in which each and every Spurs fan and player alike can savour, what a contrast to last seasons campaign this is proving to be. COYS

Spurs under 19’s 1-1 Real Madrid: (match report)

Spurs under 19’s 1-1 Real Madrid: (match report)

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On a night where are senior squad put in one of their finest performances since Pochettino took charge, it would be easy to forget about how good a job Scott Parker’s side done just a couple of hours before hands on Tuesday evening. Following the sheer elation of that game I thought I’d take a day or so to saviour that result, before writing this report. Played at the sparsely attended Alfredo Di Stefano stadium, and if I’m going to be honest it did feel a bit odd watching this group of players on the big screen. Parker and Mcdermott will undoubtedly view the 1-1 draw achieved in Madrid as a big success, not only was it a vital away point that we picked up. It was also a top team performance which showed off how great are players really are. It was a steady start to the game, Spurs containing possession in the opening minutes. But it was the young lilywhites who were to make the first meaningful attacking foray, when Keanan Bennetts dangerous curling cross was cleared by a Madrid defender on 8 minutes. Then, mere seconds later Jack Roles cut a lovely pass back to Edwards, whose following attempt forced Fernandez into action. A long range effort from Oscar flew over Austin’s crossbar as the home side looked to respond. Then followed another brilliant chance for Spurs, when Roles’ sublime through ball sent the onrushing Sterling through on goal. However, Sterling’s tame low effort was saved comfortably by Fernandez, as Real Madrid were let off the hook again.

Spurs were really taking the game to Real Madrid as they created some good chances going forward. The prominent Jack Roles whipping a dangerous ball across the face of the goal, then young Tariq Hinds embarked on a promising run down the right flank, before curling an effort wide. Parker’s lads looked incredibly organised and were snuffing out any danger that Real produced, limited mainly to long range efforts. One of which was easily gathered by Austin on 25 minutes. As the rain came gushing down so did the opening goal, when Spurs took a much deserved lead just before the half hour mark. The move all started after Samuel Shashoua went on a brilliant attacking run down the left before sending a delightful cross into the box. Which was met by an off balance Sterling, whose effort was parried away by Fernandez into the path of Edwards who quickly laid the ball off to none other than Jack Roles who had managed to find an empty pocket of space, the Cypriot youth internationals emphatic finish putting us into a deserved lead. Baeza’s dipping effort was well saved by Austin as the home team looked to find a quick equaliser, but the scores should have been level after Oscar received a lovely lofted pass in the area, but he couldn’t convert. Then came a dangerous free kick, conceded by Lyons-Foster on the edge of the area, but Oscar’s resulting effort sailed high and wide.

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Our lads almost doubled their lead on the stroke of half time when the creative Shashoua curled in another peach of a cross to Sterling, whose header forced Fernandez into making a spectacular reflex save, it had been all Spurs in the first 45. The second half suited the home side better, they came out and showed more quality in the final third. Lyons-Foster getting a vital head on the ball to deny a Real Madrid player a clear goalscoring opportunity, then the potent Oscar came close to levelling, when his side footed effort on the edge of the area flew just over Austin’s bar. Kazaiah Sterling felt hard done by when the referee didn’t award a penalty at the other end when he was brought down from behind by a defender, as Spurs continued to pressurise the home side. Despite Madrid’s resurgence in the second half our lads continued to create good chances of their own. The lively Marcus Edwards playing a nice ball in to Sterling which was only intercepted by a Real defender.

An attacking onslaught by Real Madrid followed, Gomez’s deflected effort dipping just over Austin’s goal, only due to a vital block from Skipp. A good save from Austin followed, but he could do nothing to prevent Real’s equaliser on 71 minutes. When Gomez managed to poke home a dangerous cross from the left, leaving Austin helpless in the goal as it flashed past him. Real were passing the ball about well and were growing in confidence following their leveller. 17 year old Reo Griffiths came on to replace Roles as Parker looked to inject some pace into the game. A brilliant curling free kick from Oscar on 81 minutes was tipped over the bar by Austin as Real Madrid pushed for a winner. Massively important blocks by Tanganga followed as Real Madrid edged dangerously close to a late winner. A teasing ball across the face of the Spurs goal was only missed by the tiniest of margins by Gomez, as Spurs continued to defend really well. A brilliant diving save from a magnificent Austin thwarted Vacas Ruiz’s powerful effort. Then the colossal defending of Tanganga saved us yet again, when he made a heroic late interception.

Madrid continued to trouble us, carving through our defence on another occasion late on, Baeza forcing Austin into a low save from close range. Then followed a great late chance for Spurs when substitute Paris Maghoma slipped through the onrushing Griffiths but his pass couldn’t quite find Sterling in time. A hugely entertaining game ending in a brilliant 1-1 draw for Parker’s young side a brilliant, brilliant performance from our lads. COYS

 

Player reviews:
– Brandon Austin: Made no fewer than eight saves, his presence in goal was immense, made some crucial and really difficult saves to secure the point, looked very confident.
– Tariq Hinds: Really good going forward, also looked very assured defensively.
– Keanan Bennetts: Not as attacking as usual from left wing back, but Bennetts was very solid defensively.
– George Marsh: Was immense in the holding midfield position probably his finest performance this season, Marsh was flawless and effective.
– Japhet Tanganga: I was very close to awarding Tanganga man of the match for his performance against Leicester on Friday, but he done more then enough to secure it for his performance in Spain. Heroic was an understatement, I lost count of how many vital last ditch challenges Tanganga made in the box, he was rock solid in every aspect of his game. His long range passing was also superb, as always. I’m still to think of who he reminds me of, but he really is a brilliant prospect!
– Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Really assured performance from the 17 year old, so decisive and calm in his defending and overall play.
– Jack Roles: It was only his first start of the season unbelievably, and Roles made a great impression on Tuesday evenings game. He was tidy and creative from the centre of midfield, but it was his special ability to find pockets of space which was so effective. Roles is so clinical in front of goal and his brilliantly taken one against Real Madrid certainly won’t be his last of this season.
– Oliver Skipp: Typically influential performance from the 17 year old starlet, his pressing, defending and dominance of the midfield rightfully winning him many plaudits from fans.
– Kazaiah Sterling: Could have had a brace on another day, really positive display, got into great positions.
– Marcus Edwards: Lively and creative down the right wing.
– Samuel Shashoua: Yet again Shashoua had a profound impact on the game, he was one of the main sources of creativity in the game, his runs, crossing and balance were all top draw. He created the first goal.
– Reo Griffiths: Decent cameo.
– Paris Maghoma: Bright cameo, looked good on the ball. Still only 16 years of age.

 

My man of the match: Japhet Tanganga. I was very close to awarding Tanganga man of the match for his performance against Leicester on Friday, but he done more then enough to secure for his performance in Spain. Heroic was an understatement, I lost count of how many vital last ditch challenges Tanganga made in the box, he was rock solid in every aspect of his game. His long range passing was superb as always. I’m still to think of who he reminds me of, but he really is a brilliant prospect!

 

Real Madrid: Fernandez, Zabarte (c), Garcia, Baeza Pérez, Adri, Álex Martín, López (Vacas Ruiz 46), Martin, Dani Gómez, Óscar, Alberto. Substitutes (not used): Ramos, Fidalgo, Moreno Román, Rodríguez Martínez, Garay, Rodríguez, Delgado.

Spurs: Austin, Hinds, Bennetts, Marsh, Tanganga, Lyons-Foster, Roles (Griffiths 71), Skipp, Sterling, Edwards (c, P Maghoma 83), S Shashoua. Substitutes (not used): De Bie, Reynolds, Omolabi, A Shashoua, Patterson.

Goals: Real Madrid – Dani Gómez 71; Spurs – Roles 29.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Marsh 34, Skipp 80, Sterling 90+1.

Referee: Joao Pinheiro.

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

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

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This seasons UEFA youth league adventure continues for our youngsters on Tuesday evening just a few hours before our seniors big game. John McDermott’s under 19 side will take on Real Madrid’s youngsters in a 5pm kick off, which is live on BT sport 3. This young side, which has won one and lost one in their group face a crucial but tough challenge against the Spanish side, it will be fascinating to see how they fair. I shall be writing a report on this game. COYS

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

My predicted score line: 2-2

Spurs versus Real Madrid: (match preview)

Spurs versus Real Madrid: (match preview)

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Spurs versus Real Madrid in the champions league under the lights of the world famous Santiago Bernabéu, is an occasion which fans have been dreaming about for years. That dream will become a reality this evening when our inform lads take on the greatest club side in the world on their own patch. As good as we are and as hard to beat as we are, is a draw to high an expectation against the holders of the competition? A team which includes mercurial talents such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Isco and Sergio Ramos. Zidane’s side although not exactly firing on all four cylinders at the moment have the potential to play us off the park. Pochettino’s side regardless of the team selection will have to stand tall and give their all, and for that our supporters will be proud. I cannot wait for this one! COYS

Absentees: Davies, Lamela, Nkoudou, Wanyama, Alli.

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

Subs from: Vorm, Rose, Foyth, Trippier, Llorente, Winks, Georgiou.

My score prediction: 2-2 courtesy of goals from Sissoko and Kane.

One to watch: One of the very best, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The continued rise of Christian Eriksen:

The continued rise of Christian Eriksen:

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“it’s almost unimaginable to think of Mauricio Pochettino’s blossoming Spurs side without the Danish magician at the heart of it.”

The 30th August 2013 was the day in which Andre Villas Boas’ summer spending spree came to an end, following the pending big money departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. On that day a young Danish attacking midfielder by the name of Christian Erisken signed personal terms with Spurs at Hotspur way. A success story in between a whole host of other marquee signings who could never quite adapt to life at Spurs, Christian Eriksen was and has been a remarkable exception. The young Dane who was being sought after by a host of top European clubs during his emergence at Dutch Eredivsie club Ajax, had been signed to AVB’s post Bale side as an exciting young buy. It was after all for today’s meagre transfer fee of just £11 million pounds. Fast forward four and a bit years later and it’s almost unimaginable to think of Mauricio Pochettino’s blossoming Spurs side without the Danish magician at the heart of it. The Denmark international now 25, netted his 45th goal in Spurs colours at the weekend, when he scored the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at Wembley. Ask any Spurs fan what Eriksen’s greatest quality is and they won’t say goals, they’ll highlight his unique ability to create. The young Dane from the town of Middelfart in central Denmark, has developed into one of the most visionary players in the current game, and also one of the most underrated.

The attacking midfielder joined Spurs as a player of immense potential, he went on to show that in his first two and a half seasons at the lilywhites. However, in the last year Eriksen has gone from being a very good player into becoming a world class one. Arguably our most prized asset the attacking gem more often than not runs games on his own, with his ridiculously high work rate, remarkable vision and supreme footballing brain. Erisken’s stats over the last year read that of one of the finest playmakers in the world. Capped just the 73 times for his country, Eriksen has grown immensely as a player under the tutelage of Pochettino. Awarded Spurs’ player of the season last term for his influence on our title challenging side, his footballing education at Ajax plain to see throughout the campaign. There have been times in big games in previous seasons where I felt that Eriksen faded away a bit from the heat of the action, that is no longer the case, he has shown remarkable consistency and strength and has risen to the occasion when called upon. Since joining Spurs the 25 year old has accumulated a total of 46 assists for the lilywhites (that’s not including domestic cup competitions) add the 45 goals to that and it highlights just how profound an impact he has had in a relatively short space of time.

The former Ajax man is the ultimate Pochettino player if ever there was one, he presses non stops, covers more ground than any of his team mates, links up well with the team and most importantly of all provides the on the field brains behind our attacking quality. Four years of Christian Erisken at Spurs has shown us that we have yet another world class player amongst a team of stars, but it gets better, he hasn’t even reached his peak yet. With the ability to grow even more as a footballer. The master creator is as essential to this current team as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and the man himself Mauricio Pochettino, long may this brilliant player continue to flourish in lilywhite.

Spurs’ loanees: (The weekly round up)

Spurs’ loanees: (The weekly round up)

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Tom Glover: The Australian youth international started his second consecutive game for Central Coast Mariners on Saturday morning, as the A league club took on WS Wanderers away from home. The game finished in a 2-2 draw with Glover making just the one save in the match. Up next for the Mariners is another away game, this time against Perth Glory.

Cameron Carter-Vickers: The 19 year old centre half started yet another game for the blades on Saturday afternoon. As Chris Wilder’s side recorded a 1-0 home victory over Ipswich town at Bramall Lane which means United stay in third position in the championship table. The Spurs loanee who picked up a yellow card in stoppage time, lined up in the centre of a back three, and from the reviews that I’ve been reading it sounds like he had a very good game.

Josh Onomah: Onomah came on as a 73rd minute substitute in Aston Villa’s 2-0 defeat to rivals Wolves on Saturday evening.

Connor Ogilvie: Connor Ogilvie completed the second half of Gillingham’s 1-0 away win over Peterborough, Ogilvie came on as a 46th minute substitute to replace left back Bradley Garmston.

Vincent Janssen: Vincent Janssen came on as a 71st minute substitute, in Fenerbache’s 3-1 league victory over Yeni Malatyaspor on Sunday evening.

Anton Walkes: Anton Walkes completed the whole of Atlanta’s 0-0 draw with New York Red Bulls on Sunday night, in the MLS. The defender played the game at right back.