Spurs versus Manchester City under 23’s (match preview)

Spurs versus Manchester City under 23’s (match preview)

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A busy week of football for Wayne Burnett’s side starts on Saturday with a trip up to Manchester to face Simon Davies’ (not the former Spurs player) Manchester City side in the PL2. A game which I will be unable to attend due to a fixture clash with the senior teams game with West Brom. Man City have started the season in decent form with 10 points from their first 10 league games, whilst Burnett’s team have struggled on the road. The game which kicks off at 13:00pm will be played at the blues impressive academy stadium with a match report hopefully being published by the club later that day. With our final Checkatrade trophy game against Barnet taking place on Tuesday, I’m guessing that Burnett will field an experienced group of youngsters against the blues, with the visit of Barnet presenting the opportunity for more under 18’s to feature. This fixture has produced some really memorable games over recent seasons going back to the old under 21 league, I remember joking with development squad defender Christian Maghoma after last seasons dramatic 2-2 draw, about just how crazy the games are when we play City. The season before last Maghoma seemed to have netted the winner deep in stoppage time to make it 3-2, only for City to equalise straight after kick off. Hopefully it will be another great experience for our lads. COYS

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Eyoma, Maghoma, Tanganga, Bennetts, Amos(c), Skipp, Edwards, Pritchard, S.Shashoua, Harrison.

Subs from: Austin, Marsh, Tracey, Sterling, Roles.

Doubtful: Nick Tsaroulla, Dylan Duncan.

My score prediction: 2-2.

One to watch: A star of England under 17’s recent World Cup campaign, midfielder Phil Foden is one of the hottest prospects in world football and a player that our lads will know well.

Spurs 2-1 Borussia Dortmund: (some post match thoughts)

Spurs 2-1 Borussia Dortmund: (some post match thoughts)

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Not many people thought that we’d top a champions league group containing Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. Well it happened, Pochettino’s side needed a win to do so, and they achieved that objective in a hard fought and deserved 2-1 win in Dortmund. It was a solid tactically astute showing from Pochettino’s side who were looking to respond following their disappointing 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at the weekend. Dortmund piled the pressure on us in the first half and looked the better team, Pochettino chose a very strong Spurs team which included Harry Kane upfront, he wanted us to secure that top spot on the night. The clever attacking football from Dortmund especially in the final third caused our defence some early problems which culminated in Aubameyang converting Yarmolenko’s pass just after 30 minutes. That goal seemed to spring Spurs into life, they showed more energy and craft and started to take control of the game, Harry Winks’ role as a holding midfielder key in this shift of play. Harry Kane’s trademark finish after receiving a Dele Alli pass shortly after the restart changed the complexion of the game and from that moment on it looked like there was only going to be one winner. Pochettino’s side were mature and went about things smartly, they passed the ball around well and created good openings, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son the most creative in the final third. Spurs found the winner in the 76th minute, Alli finding Son whose brilliant curling effort nestled into the top corner of Roman Burki’s net to secure the 3 points.

I’ll keep it brief, Sanchez was immense at the back, Winks dictated play, Alli created when it mattered and Son was phenomenal his workmate top class as was his finish. All eyes will be on manager less West Brom now who we face at Wembley on Saturday. COYS

Statistics: Senior: goal scorers: Alli-6
Davies-2
Kane-14
Eriksen-4
Son-4
Sissoko-2

 

Assists Eriksen-3
Trippier-7
Davies-2
Kane-4
Alli-4
Alderweireld-1
Sissoko-1
Son-2
Dier-1

 

Spurs under 19’s 3-1 Borussia Dortmund: (match report)

Spurs under 19’s 3-1 Borussia Dortmund: (match report)

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Spurs’ penultimate group game of their UEFA youth league campaign occurred yesterday, as Spurs travelled to Borussia Dortmund’s training ground to face the top of the table team. It was a spectacular and dominant display from Scott Parker’s lads, they dominated from the start, played intricate attacking football throughout and thwarted any creativity that Dortmund could come up with. The 3-1 victory for the lilywhites assures them of a place in the last 16, whilst a win against APOEL in the final group game will make sure they finish as group winners. Spurs got the game underway at Dortmund’s training ground as Spurs looked to assert there authority on the game. Tanganga made an important early block whilst the lively Samuel Shashoua done well to earn Spurs a corner down the left. The 18 year old then went on to embark on a jinking run down left, before setting Maghoma through, his first time effort being blocked by Unbehaun. Spurs’ bright start to the game saw them take an early and deserved lead courtesy of a fine move. It was an attacking move which saw Eyoma pass to Edwards down the right flank, he then picked out Shashoua in the box with a neat pass. Shashoua cooly slotting the ball into the bottom corner of Unbehaun’s net, 1-0. Spurs had put a foot hold on the game, dominating the central areas of the pitch Spurs soon pushed for a second.

And that second goal almost came a couple of minutes after our first, when Oliver Skipp’s brilliant curling long range effort cannoned off of Unbehaun’s crossbar, Skipp showing superb technique. It wasn’t to matter however, as Parker’s side doubled their lead on 18 minutes courtesy of some brilliant skill down the left from the potent Shashoua. It was a goal of real class which came about after a brilliant run down the left from the nimble footed Shashoua, managing to power his way past a Dortmund defender who got on a foot on the ball, only for left back Jaden Brown to slot home. It was a great finish from Brown who showed excellent feet to out wit a defender before tucking the ball home. Parker’s team were absolutely dominating the German club, Samuel Shashoua at the heart of Spurs’ attacking moves. Austin had been a spectator up until the 31st minute when an unfortunate goalkeeping error led to Dortmund pulling a goal back. Emre Aydinel’s free kick should have been a routine save for the youngster, but unfortunately Austin fumbled the shot which ended up squirming across the line, 2-1. Spurs threatened the home team soon afterwards through the lively Marcus Edwards whose run into the area and low centre of gravity, resulted in Osterhage bringing him down inside the box, with the referee immediately pointing to the spot. Unfortunately for Edwards (who has a remarkable penalty conversion rate) Unbehaun guessed the right way to make a top save to deny Spurs a two goal cushion.

TJ Eyoma made a decisive challenge at the other end to prevent a promising opening for Dortmund, but it was Spurs who were seeing more of the ball, creating a string of fine chances in the process. A long range effort was easily gathered by Austin before a lovely move late on in the half, saw them reestablish there two goal lead. It was an excellent goal which saw Spurs catch Die Borussen on the counter attack. Striker Kazaiah Sterling received the ball down the left flank after picking up an accurate Shashoua pass. Sterling continuing his foray towards goal before curling a sublime effort inside the far corner of Unbehaun’s net to give Spurs the lead that they so deserved going into the break. The hosts tested Spurs straight after the restart when Austin was forced into making a low save, but even though Spurs were less concerned on going forward, they continued to dictate the flow of the game. A quite comical moment occurred just after the hour mark, when a steward accidentally lifted the ball off the field of play when it hadn’t crossed the line, this resulted in some confusion for both sets of players and the referee, which resulted in Spurs giving Dortmund the ball, the last time I remember anything like that was in a senior game against West Brom some years ago. Dortmund had begun to play a more contained and defensive style of play as they looked to grow back into the game, this resulted in a far less entertaining second half. The ever impressive Shashoua done well to carry the ball away from a tricky situation, whilst the excellent Tanganga made an important block minutes later. Kazaiah Sterling forced Unbehaun into making an excellent save when he tried his luck with another curling effort from range. Meanwhile, 16 year old midfielder Paris Maghoma who had been brilliant in the centre of the park, almost scored a brilliant fourth for Spurs. After Unbehaun cleared the ball off his line, the confident 16 year old received the ball before trying a spectacular effort from over 35 yards out. And it almost came off were it not for a fine fingertip save from Unbehaun.

Substitute Jack Roles deep swinging corner was headed into the palms of Unbehaun by Tanganga shortly afterwards, Spurs had the game in control. Dortmund’s best chance of the half fell to Kampetsis on the edge of the Spurs box, his low drive flying inches wide of Austin’s goal. A late penalty shout from Sterling was waived away by the referee as Spurs went on to see out the game with a performance of the highest quality. COYS

Notable performances: Samuel Shashoua had the biggest influence on the game and was undoubtedly the man of the match. But it was an excellent team performance from Parker’s lads which saw them dominate every aspect of the game. Marcus Edwards was excellent with the ball at his feet and created some good chances, whilst Kazaiah Sterling’s fine movement and pressing up top resulted in him scoring an excellent goal. The defence was rock solid, Tanganga and Lyons-Foster snuffing out any dangerous balls that Dortmund tried to put through our defence. However, it was the performance of 16 year old Paris Maghoma in the centre of the park who won the most plaudits. I have seen Maghoma many times for our under 18’s this season and he has showed excellent potential. But his performance against Dortmund was his best so far, he was dominant in the midfield. Carried the ball well and advanced on many promising forward runs, playing his part in the third Spurs goal. I have a feeling the skilful midfielder will play a big part in our FA youth cup campaign which starts next Wednesday.

My man of the match: It has to go to winger Samuel Shashoua for a performance of the highest quality in Germany. The 18 year old starlet played a big part in all three of our goals, scoring one and creating two. And it’s not just his attacking play which was so impressive, all aspects of his play were top class against Dortmund. He tracked back well and pressed high throughout, and carried the ball out of dangerous situations deep inside his own half. The first team beckons in the not so distant future!

Dortmund (4-3-3): Unbehaun, Bruun Larsen (c), Killian, Pieper, Wanner, Osterhage, Kopacz, Sancho, Kampetsis, Aydinel, Ibrahim (Bulut 70). Substitutes (not used): Missner, Schwermann, Schell, Hawryluk, Pena-Zauner, Jano.

Spurs (4-2-3-1): Austin, Eyoma (Hinds 85), Tanganga, Lyons-Foster, Brown, Marsh, Skipp, S Shashoua (Bowden 89), P Maghoma, Edwards (c, Roles 73), Sterling. Substitutes (not used): De Bie, Reynolds, Griffiths, Richards.

Goals: Spurs – Shashoua 8, Brown 18, Sterling 44; Borussia Dortmund – Aydinel 31.

Yellow cards: Borussia Dortmund – Osterhage 90; Spurs – Tanganga 85, Austin 90+3.

Referee: Sandro Scharer (Switzerland).

Statistics: Under 19’s: Goals: Edwards-3
Bennetts-1
Sterling-3
Roles-1
Tanganga-1
S.Shashoua
Brown-1

Assists: Edwards-4
Tanganga-1
S.Shashoua-3
Sterling-1

 

Spurs under 19’s versus Borussia Dortmund: (match preview)

Spurs under 19’s versus Borussia Dortmund: (match preview)

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It feels like a long time ago when these two academy teams met in game week one of the UEFA youth league, Spurs recorded an emphatic 4-0 home victory over the renowned academy side. Spurs, who are in with a great chance of making the knockout stages, will face Dortmund at their training ground on Tuesday afternoon (kick off; 1pm) with the game being televised live on BT Sport 1. Top of the table Borussia Dortmund have three wins from four games and are on the cusp of qualifying for the knockout stage. The task is a big one for McDermott’s side, but if they can replicate their recent performance against Real Madrid, then their in with a fighting chance.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1)Austin, Eyoma, Lyons-Foster, Tanganga, Bennetts, Marsh, Bowden, Edwards, Roles, S.Shashoua, Sterling.

Subs from: De Bie, Hinds, P.Maghoma, A.Shashoua, P.Patterson, Griffiths, Reynolds.

My score prediction: 2-2.

One to watch: One of the best young talents in world football English winger Jadon Sancho will provide a real attacking threat if involved.

Spurs versus Borussia Dortmund: (match preview)

Spurs versus Borussia Dortmund: (match preview)

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Moving on from our North London Derby day defeat to Arsenal at the weekend, Spurs have champions league football to look forward to. Having already secured qualification to the knock out stages, Pochettino will likely make widespread rotation for the Dortmund game, even though top spot is still up for grabs. It is to my understanding that, if we achieve a win in the final group game with APOEL then that would see us secure top spot, on the head to head rule. Bearing that in mind there’s not a lot of pressure on the players shoulders ahead of this game. I would doubt Pochettino would risk the likes of Alli, Kane and Dembele against Dortmund, that could mean a couple of youth players get a spot on the bench. Despite their poor start to the campaign Peter Boz’s struggling Dortmund team will still go into this game as favourites, the intimidating Westfalenstadion the setting for what should be a highly intriguing game of football. There has been a bit of talk on social media that academy starlet Oliver Skipp (17) could make the squad, I would love that to happen but we’ll just have to wait and see what the team is. COYS

 

A recent piece I wrote on Oliver Skipp: https://superhotspur.com/2017/08/13/a-piece-on-oliver-skipps-remarkable-performance-against-sunderland-under-23s/

 

My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Lloris(c), Sanchez, Dier, Vertonghen, Aurier, Winks, Eriksen,Rose, Son, Dele, Llorente.

Subs from: Vorm, Davies, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Sissoko,Skipp, Georgiou.

My score prediction: 3-2 to Spurs courtesy of a hat trick from Son.

One to watch: Dortmund’s pacy and agile American winger Christian Pulisic, he really impressed me in the reverse meeting at Wembley.

The forgotten story of Spurs’ famous FA youth cup winning side of 1973/74:

The forgotten story of Spurs’ famous FA youth cup winning side of 1973/74:

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“It was probably the best moment any of that squad experienced in their football careers!”(Roger Gibbins)

Most Spurs fans will be unaware of Spurs’ triumphant FA Youth cup campaign of 1973/74. Under the tutelage of former Spurs assistant manager Pat Welton who led the under 18’s to the trophy for the first time a couple of years earlier, Welton led a talented group of Spurs youngsters to cup glory again in the famous 1973/74 campaign. I have long been intrigued by this team, unable to find much online over the past year, I contacted a key member of the side Roger Gibbins (who joined Spurs as an apprentice in 1971) who kindly agreed to do an interview with me (which starts below). Of the young Spurs players, many of whom went on to have successful footballing careers, was an array of talent. Roger Gibbins went on to have a blossoming career across all four divisions of the English football, notably at Cardiff City where he went on to become a house hold name. In the side there was the tricky winger and former Northern Ireland international Noel Brotherston who made one appearance for Spurs before going on to become a legend at Lancashire club Blackburn Rovers. Former Spurs men Neil Mcnab and Chris Jones are two more familiar names for Spurs fans, who were part of a young team that went on to forge successful careers in the game. This group of Academy players achieved a remarkable feat which if achieved in today’s game would have been plastered across the whole of social media, their names ingrained in the brain of every Spurs fan. Football for our current youth players has moved on a great deal since the mid 1970’s, but that same prestige and affection for the FA Youth Cup is still so evident in our current and recent under 18 sides.

Pat Welton’s side had to give their absolute all to make the final of England’s most prestigious youth football competition. Enduring some tough teams on route to the two legged final with Huddersfield. Spurs over came a brilliant young Leyton Orient side which included the legendary Laurie Cunningham. But perhaps the greatest achievement of that cup run was the semi final victory over bitter rivals Arsenal. To put it into context Arsenal probably had the best young group of players in England. An Arsenal which includes the legendary Irish trio of Frank Stapleton, Liam Brady and David O’Leary, Welton sides had a gruelling task to make the final. But they managed just that, overcoming an incredibly talented Arsenal team to book their place in the final against a physical Huddersfield side. The first leg at White Hart Lane ended in a 1-1 draw, forward John Margerrison getting Spurs’ goal, meaning Spurs had it all to do up in Yorkshire. The second leg was an incredibly close affair as Roger described to me. It went to extra time before none other than Mr.Roger Gibbins himself scored a dramatic late winner to achieve something that has only ever been achieved on three occasions in Spurs’ history. It was a fabulous and historic achievement for the young Spurs team of 74 and one in which meant a lot to the players and the club, in what was Bill Nicholson’s final season in charge of the senior team. The class of 74’s story is a remarkable and important one and it’s more relevant now than ever, with the connections with our club and producing youth talent so strong.

Roger and the group are legends of our club in their own right, they achieved a historic feat and we are all proud to call them one of our own. 43 years on from that triumphant cup campaign, our current under 18 side led by Scott Parker will be starting their youth cup campaign with a home tie against Preston on Wednesday week, as they look to make their mark on the history books of our famous Academy. COYS

Question1: What was it like being a scholar and training during that campaign?

Roger Gibbins: It was a brilliant time for me. I was a professional by this time playing regularly in the reserves and the campaign was so exciting. beating Arsenal in the semi final was the real highlight as they had such a strong side and were favourites.

Question 2: What are your greatest memories of being involved in that campaign?

Roger Gibbins: Beating Arsenal in the semi final and scoring the winning goal in the final!!!

Question 3: How did it feel to be crowned winners of the prestigious competition?

Roger Gibbins: It was one of the best moments in my whole career,very proud and felt on top of the world …… And Spurs had won it 3 or 4 years earlier I believe so it was great to emulate that team.

Question4: What was the season leading up to the final like for the team?

Roger Gibbins: Most of the team we’re regulars in the reserve team squad, so didn’t play in the youth team u-18 so much that season so to have a great FA youth cup run was special.

Question5: Who for you, were the standout players of the group?

Roger Gibbins: Stand out players for me were Andy Keeley(centre back) Neil McNab(midfield) John Margerrison(midfield) and Chris Jones(striker).

Question6: Were both legs of the final close games, was it a fiercely fought final?

Roger Gibbins: Yes both legs were very fiercely contested, Huddersfield were a very strong physical side and there was really not much in either leg, as the scoreline suggests.

Question 7: Do you remember how you and the team celebrated winning the competition and what it meant to you?

Roger Gibbins: I remember we celebrated in the dressing room with a bottle of champagne being sprayed over everyone and we were so happy I can’t explain it in words! It was probably the best moment any of that squad experienced in their football careers!

Question 8: As a player who went on to have a great career, What did you take from that experience into your senior career?

Roger Gibbins: know Chris Jones and Neil McNab went on to play for the 1st team at Spurs, and players like Micky Stead, Ian Smith, Mike Robinson, Noel Brotherstone ,Wayne Cegeilski, Andy Keeley & John Margerrison went on to play League football, but I think I was the player who had the longest career, playing 596 league games in all 4 divisions until I retired in 1993 at 37 years old.

Question 9: The late Noel Brotherston who played once for Spurs’ senior team, went on to become a Blackburn legend and international with Northern Ireland, what was the skilful winger like to play with?

Roger Gibbins: Noel was a very talented player and a quite shy unassuming lovely young man.Very good player to have in your team as he liked to have the ball, take players on, and deliver into the penalty area, he was a great outlet for us. A very sad day when he passed away far too young.

Question10: Are you still in touch with your fellow squad members of that campaign?

Roger Gibbins: Unfortunately I am not in contact with any of them!!!!!  It was 43 years ago mind you!!! …. it would be so lovely to have a reunion …could you arrange that?

Question 11: Finally, with the new FA youth cup campaign about to kick for Spurs’ current under 18’s side, with a home tie against Preston ‪next Wednesday‬. What would your advice be to the Spurs youngsters, many of which will be getting their first taste of the competition.

Roger Gibbins: Well the game has changed so much in the last 43 years, and I am sure the boys will be well prepared by the coaches at Spurs for this game and hopefully a good campaign …. but one thing I would say and this hasn’t changed in all these years: It’s a team game and generally the team that has the most desire, passion, team spirit and togetherness will come out on top …. that’s what we had in 1974! Good luck to the Spurs boys of 2017-18 👍

Joy for Spurs under 18’s in 5-2 victory over Swansea:

Joy for Spurs under 18’s in 5-2 victory over Swansea:

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Scott Parker’s side returned to winning ways with an emphatic 5-2 league victory over Swansea at their Landore training ground on Saturday morning. A very young side travelled including two schoolboys, centre half Malachi Walcott who completed the whole match and pacy winger J’neil Lloyd Bennett both of which I saw play at the recent academy showcase game in Cambridge. It sounded like Spurs were the much better side, with goals from Maurizio Pochettino, Reo Griffiths x2, Phoenix Patterson and Paris Maghoma ensuring that Spurs travelled back from South Wales with all three points. Up next for Parker’s lads is a North London Derby away to Arsenal, next Saturday. COYS

Under 18’s Goals scored this season: Reo Griffiths-9
Phoenix Patterson -3
Dilan Markanday- 3
Jamie Bowden- 1
Moroyin Omolabi-1
Rayan Clarke-1
Maurizio Pochettino-1
Paris Maghoma-1

Assists: Phoenix Patterson- 4
Jamie Bowden-1
Matt Lock- 2
Jeremie Mukendi-2
Jamie Reynolds-1
Reo Griffiths-1
J’neill Lloyd-Bennett-1

Spurs U18s: De Bie (c), Hinds, Reynolds, Bowden, Statham, Walcott, Pochettino (Lloyd-Bennett 70), P Maghoma, Griffiths, Patterson (A Shashoua 80), Mukendi (Clarke 62). Substitutes (not used): Freeman, Richards.

Spurs under 23’s 2-3 Chelsea:

Spurs under 23’s 2-3 Chelsea:

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In a game which saw Erik Lamela play his first competitive game of football in over a year, the presence of Spurs’ recuperating star wasn’t enough to earn Burnett’s side any points, in what was a fiercely contested London Derby in the PL2. Played at Hotspur Way, Burnett’s side fell behind inside the opening two minutes to a Taylor-Crossdale goal. However, the lilywhites responded swiftly with Shayon Harrison netting the leveller on 11 minutes. Though Spurs couldn’t hold on as Taylor-Crossdale scored his brace early on in the second half. The blues eventually going on to grab a third courtesy of Callum Hudson Odoi’s stoppage time penalty. Spurs did pull a goal back when substitute Kazaiah Sterling converted George Marsh’s cross, but there was no time to mount a comeback, the final score Spurs under 23’s 2-3 Chelsea. Up next for our under 23’s is a trip up north to face Man City next Sunday, it’s always an entertaining game when those two sides meet. COYS

Spurs: Whiteman, Marsh, Bennetts (C Maghoma 63), Skipp, Tanganga, Lyons-Foster, Tracey, Amos (c), Harrison, Edwards (Sterling 75), Lamela (Pritchard 60). Substitutes (not used): Austin, Loft.

Chelsea: Cumming, James, Chalobah, Clarke-Salter (c), Grant, Scott, St Clair, Sammut, Taylor-Crossdale (C Dasilva 88), Maddox (McCormick 66), Hudson-Odoi. Substitutes (not used): Bulka, K Hazard, Colley.

Goals: Spurs – Harrison 11, Sterling 90+4; Chelsea – Taylor-Crossdale 2, 53, Hudson-Odoi 90+2 (pen).

Yellow cards: Spurs – Pritchard 62, Whiteman 90+1; Chelsea – Chalobah 15, Sammut 79.

Referee: Christopher O’Donnell.

Attendance: 157.

U23’s 2017/18 statistics: Top scorers: Sterling-6
Loft-1
Duncan-2
Edwards-4
Tanganga-1
Pritchard-3
S.Shashoua-5
Bennetts: 1
Tracey-1
Harrison-2

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

 

Spurs 0-2 Arsenal: (some post match thoughts)

Spurs 0-2 Arsenal: (some post match thoughts)

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I wouldn’t have wanted to have been sat inside the Spurs dressing room during Mauricio Pochettino’s post match talk on Saturday. After our lads fell to a massively disappointing 2-0 Derby day defeat to bitter rivals Arsenal, at the Emirates stadium. It was for many a bit of a surprise result in a game in which many thought we would get something from. Playing Arsenal straight after a two week international break was the worst possible time, with little preparation and time for the Spurs players to get back in the groove it wouldn’t have made the game any easier. But I know that’s not an excuse for our lacklustre performance and certainty isn’t one in which our manager Mauricio Pochettino would use to justify our performance. Arsene Wenger’s team were the sharper of the two, although we had Kane and Alli back from injury the former of which was not right. They failed to make a positive impact on a game where for a large part of the first half, we gave a good account of ourselves. Despite our possession Arsenal seemed the potent team through out the game, energised by the creative Mesut Özil who formed a formidable front three along side Lacazette and Sanchez. Wenger’s side capitalised on the lack of energy that Spurs brought to the game, in particular they tried to target our defence which was missing the key figure of Alderweireld. For all the talk of an Arsenal on the decline our arch rivals are still one of the finest sides in the league with one of the best front threes. Arsenal passed the ball around quickly and with intent they carved openings through our midfield and defence and looked dangerous with the ball.

Christian Eriksen’s low effort on 35 minutes could have been a game changer but the Danes fine strike ended up ricocheting off of Cech’s near post. The real game changer occurred a minute or so afterwards, when what I thought was a good piece of defending by Sanchez, was deemed a foul by Mike Dean. From that set piece came Arsenal’s opener, Shkodran Mustafi getting on the end of Özil’s precise cross to loop the ball into the far corner of Lloris’ net. From that moment on Arsenal took control of the game they defended well, created numerous good chances and were fast paced in their play. Pochettino’s side never really recovered, his players looked a bit leggy with the exception of centre half Davinson Sanchez who was absolutely fantastic. Arsenal doubled their advantage on the stroke of half time through Alexis Sanchez. And comfortably went on to see out the second half picking up all three points from the first North London Derby of the season. Our players may have lost in hugely disappointing fashion but as always they gave their all against an Arsenal side who were on top of their game. Pochettino’s side could easily have ended up with the win had events taken a different turn, the first half decided the game. Moussa Sissoko put in a good shift in midfield whilst Sanchez was without doubt our man of the match. We may not have been at the races against Arsenal but in the end it just wasn’t to be our day. Up next for Pochettino’s side is a trip to Dortmund in game week 5 of the champions league. COYS

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

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

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My 100% record of attending this seasons under 23 games will come to an end this Saturday, when Spurs host Chelsea at Hotspur Way. Due to the North London Derby I will be unable to report on the game which doesn’t seem to be being shown on Chelsea TV. We are all aware of the talent that Chelsea’s youth team boast, though they sit beneath us in the league table (due to goal difference). Adrian Viveash’s side have some quality players which include Kylian Hazard, Ethan Ampadu and Reece James. Burnett’s side will be looking to bounce back from our feisty defeat to Villarreal B on Thursday, returning to league action with a full squad of players. Against a blues side who haven’t won on the road this campaign, it promises to be a fascinating game, the last time these sides met it ended in a highly competitive 2-2 draw. COYS

My predicted lineup: Austin, Eyoma, Tanganga, C.Maghoma, Bennetts, Skipp, Amos, Edwards, Pritchard(c), S.Shashoua, Harrison.

Doubtful: Tsaroulla, Dinzeyi, Brown.

Subs from: O’Reilly, Lyons-Foster, Tracey, Loft, Sterling.

My score prediction: 2-2.

One to watch: The blues skilful Belgian forward Charly Musonda (21).