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Discussion in 'Breakfast with Gazza (with Sachmoneious Bullcrap)' started by DrewDawg, May 31, 2017.
He's one of our own!!
French call of Wanyama's screamer:
7 points from United - Liverpool - NLD back to back to back is exactly what they needed.
With Toby coming back this week, this team looks deep, dangerous and flexible. On to Turin.
I thought it was a little risky playing that high line against the notorious PEA, but they did a good job turning him and Ozil into non-factors. Probably should have been 3-0 but missed some chances and Cech kept them in it.
Agreed @Kliq , they're going to need to finish better down the stretch, but this is a big result. Although Dele put in some good defense today, I'd like to see Lamela begin to get some starts. I assume Moura will help in that regard too, but continuing some level of rotation for Son, Eriksen (who was MOTM along with Dembele for me today), and Dele will be key. Also, unless Llorente starts playing better, Kane's legs will likely fall off this season. Wait for his underperformance in the WC.
It’s hard to believe a year ago Dele scored 20 goals; I agree he worked hard today but he has lacked any scorer’s touch so far this season. The attempt he had when it was a bouncing ball up towards Cech and he just poked it well wide of the net; it was just so predictable that he would screw that up.
I’m afraid he is going to be one of those young English players that have matriculated over the last ten years that show great promise early in their careers only to set up a disappointing career.
I thought the same about Sterling, but that dude has put up stellar numbers this season. So, there's always hope I guess?
Sterling is almost the exception compared to Sturridge, Barkley, Welbeck, Walcott, etc.
Totally agree. I was and still am astonished that Sterling remains in MANC's rotation. I for sure thought he would get passed and thought it was a laughable transfer at the time.
Doesn't have 101.... but an easy way to waste 40 minutes
Lol I watched that last night. Good old #37.
Sturridge can’t stay healthy. Went off within three minutes today. Same with Welbeck. I’m more surprised when I see him out there than anything else.
Watching Juve game, Aurier is just brutal. I'd be very happy to not see him in a big game again. He's a walking yellow card and has had multiple giveaways.
Well, he's not playing in the return match.
I'm actually glad I was working during this game because just watching the crappy Italain highlight video made me nervous, and I knew the result. To me, Juventus checked off all the boxes about what makes a Serie A team annoying; save for that excellent finish by Higuain for the first goal. A lot of hard challenges and always the first to fall on the turf. Hopefully they can use the away-goal advantage and head to the Quarterfinals.
This has been a brutal stretch, with Spurs playing four straight traditional powers, two of which are on the road, and they have a W-D-W-D to show for it; great work from this bunch.
I missed the first ten minutes, so for me it was a dominating Spurs performance!
Seriously, it was impressive how much possession Spurs had. Even after Eriksen tied it, Juve could not generate anything other than counters. We did look sketchy in the back. Would assume Toby will be back for the Wembley replay.
That's all true .. but Spurs are dammed lucky to have not given up 4 .. and all to Higuain no less.
Really encouraging performance today. The midfield and attack were superb, although the defense was shaky. I like Aurier, but I guess matches like today are why he was available. Both Serge and Davies were pretty bad today. Dele lost track of Higuain on the first goal, but why isn't a CB marking the dangerous CF? Dembele had an insanely good match. Eriksen gets MOTM, but Dembele is 3 stars along with Kane. Dier had an uncharacteristically bad match. Lamela was pretty good in his first big match [near] full 90, and Dele was more efficient than usual. Thought Son should've been on 15-20 minutes that he was, but hard to complain with Poch. Get Toby back and the FBs straightened out, and I like Spurs chances. In the return leg, I'd like to see them stay aggressive and try and pip a goal.
And were a bit unlucky that a point-blank header by Harry f'ing Kane was read psychically by Buffon and parried.
Higuain's first was a jaw-dropper though. I've never seen anyone do anything like that, an in-line pivot volley like a booster rocket. Like an old Zlatan special delivery.
Lamela is back. Good choice by Poch.
His bite is there - and useful today, just needs to find that last bit of mental magic.
And the schedule lines up perfectly--we've come through the steel of the last few weeks, 4 games against top teams--3 in PL and now Juventus, with 7 of 9 PL points, and then 2 away goals and they now get Rochdale (likely relegated from League 1 in few months) then Crystal Palace, Huddersfield, JUVENTUS, Bournemouth, and Newcastle.
Let's not Spurs it up.
Managing to get through that stretch without losing any ground in the top 4 race was huge (instead they gained ground). While Spurs play weaker sides the next four weeks, Chelsea and Arsenal have to play City, and Chelsea/United and United/Liverpool have to play each other. If Spurs can hold serve there will be opportunities to gain ground on the teams around them.
Also, the team is finally getting healthy which means they now have something like real depth. They went toe-to-toe with Juve last night while not starting Son, Wanyama, Lucas, Alderweireld, Rose, or Winks. The squad goes 17-18 deep now instead of the 13-14 of a couple years ago.
You can go play with the table calculator here: http://www.worldfootball.net/table_calculator/eng-premier-league/
Spurs play 11 more PL games, and only 2 against top 6 sides--Man City and Chelsea. If they take care of business elsewhere, just getting a point against Chelsea should be enough to make the final game against Leicester meaningless. Chelsea still has ManU, ManCity, and Liverpool in addition to playing Spurs.
The key for me over the last four games has been Dembele. He's my favorite player on the team besides Kane, so it's been awesome to see him back in elite form after he looked sluggish earlier this season.
Agree with this. Dembele has been absolute class the past couple of weeks. He has stabilized the midfield which allows the 3 AMFs to roam freely and create a lot of challenging situations for the opposing defense. Eriksen in particular seems to have stepped up his game and has really stirred the drink for this offense.
Interesting to see Kane try to drag out the defense to the sidelines yesterday. He would drift out to the left in the second half while the 3 AMFs made intelligent runs through the middle. Juve likely had a system in place to neutralize Harry and Poch countered by letting his creative players take tons of space in the middle.
The side for the FA cup tie at Rochdale is an entirely rotated starting XI from the team that started at Juve:
I think that's the right call. What I also like about this is that Spurs have enough depth now that they can roll out a complete second string that actually has quite a few good players.
A strong second XI with real firepower on the bench. Nice to see!
Going to need a second half comeback again. Tell me again why Llorente or Sissoko ever play? I know it’s a league one side, and we need to rest players, but we need to start winning trophies to keep players here.
So they should play in the knockout matches in the CL or in the Premier League matches vs probably better opposition than today? But of course, run the first 11 into the ground in 55 matches + WC games! Oléééééé!
I’m not saying they have to all play every game, but a completely all different starting 11 for the game mid-week? This is the 5th round of the FA cup, they should be trying to put their best team out there to win trophies.
I feel this has been Son's worst game in a long time. Just terrible first touches in the first half. I wonder if he's pissed off to be included on the B team.
Gotta love the FA Cup, but you can’t mess around with a Leauge One team, you can’t keep playing these replays to go with their already busy schedule.
I know this is the conventional wisdom...but if Spurs play a second XI in the replay, which they certainly will, and they win, which they certainly will, where's the harm in this? It just means getting some of your lesser-used players more match fitness and experience, which should make them more capable of contributing down the stretch. Maybe the real problem is that Pochettino will have to devote his time to planning and practicing for Rochdale instead of having a whole week to focus on the next Premiership fixture...but for the players, I feel this is an overrated worry.
Also...that Davies control and finish at the end to tie the match was a thing of beauty. Rochdale played very, very well.