Tottenham Hotspur 2019-20: GUYS I LOVE THE BANTZ

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Son played in the 1st WC qualifier win vs. Turkmenistan (2-0). A disappointing and lackluster effort from the squad (Turkmenistan is ranked #135 in the world) but Son escaped without any injuries.
 

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Put me in the pro-banter camp. What are we really going to talk about if we can't go into each others threads and insinuate that Spurs have blown their chance at winning anything meaningful and will soon descend back into mediocrity, that Arsenal have become a second tier club led by the Spanish Brendan Rodgers, that United have experienced the most astounding fall from grace short of AC Milan in football history, that Liverpool still haven't won the league in 30 years, that Chelsea are nothing more than the unity of a famously racist fanbase and a bunch of Russian oil money, and that everything City accomplishes will always be accompanied by a massive asterisk because they're playing on highly unethical cheat mode, funding their pretty football with the blood of imported slave labor and the tears of human rights activists?
...and that Everton will finish seventh again.
 

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Put me in the pro-banter camp. What are we really going to talk about if we can't go into each others threads and insinuate that Spurs have blown their chance at winning anything meaningful and will soon descend back into mediocrity, that Arsenal have become a second tier club led by the Spanish Brendan Rodgers, that United have experienced the most astounding fall from grace short of AC Milan in football history, that Liverpool still haven't won the league in 30 years, that Chelsea are nothing more than the unity of a famously racist fanbase and a bunch of Russian oil money, and that everything City accomplishes will always be accompanied by a massive asterisk because they're playing on highly unethical cheat mode, funding their pretty football with the blood of imported slave labor and the tears of human rights activists?
Where can I buy this on a T-shirt?
 

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Put me in the pro-banter camp. What are we really going to talk about if we can't go into each others threads and insinuate that Spurs have blown their chance at winning anything meaningful and will soon descend back into mediocrity, that Arsenal have become a second tier club led by the Spanish Brendan Rodgers, that United have experienced the most astounding fall from grace short of AC Milan in football history, that Liverpool still haven't won the league in 30 years, that Chelsea are nothing more than the unity of a famously racist fanbase and a bunch of Russian oil money, and that everything City accomplishes will always be accompanied by a massive asterisk because they're playing on highly unethical cheat mode, funding their pretty football with the blood of imported slave labor and the tears of human rights activists?
This is excellent but if you were going for peak banter you, ahem, slipped up.
 

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Is that a Steven Gerrard reference directed at an Arsenal fan? You need to work on your game, son.
Mostly I meant you missed a golden opportunity to troll Liverpool fans, who deserve it for starting this whole diversion.

But my Thursday nights are clear this year, I'll set aside some time for this.
 

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Nothing but good things to say about today's game. Spurs were the better side from the start and dominated the game, earning their most convincing result of the season. A few times a year, Son goes off and basically wins a game by himself and we were treated to that today. Aurier looked good in his first appearance of the season and Lamela continues his good form. Still waiting on seeing DESK together all at once, but at least today we did see the Belgians paired up once again.

It has been an odd first five games, the draw against City followed up by the crushing loss to Newcastle and then a draw with Arsenal, and then the international break. Today was a sign of how good things can be when this team plays up to its potential, and with Olympiacos in the UCL this week followed by league games against Leicester, Southampton, Brighton and Watford, a chance to go on a bit of a winning streak is in play.
 

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Nothing but good things to say about today's game. Spurs were the better side from the start and dominated the game, earning their most convincing result of the season. A few times a year, Son goes off and basically wins a game by himself and we were treated to that today. Aurier looked good in his first appearance of the season and Lamela continues his good form. Still waiting on seeing DESK together all at once, but at least today we did see the Belgians paired up once again.

It has been an odd first five games, the draw against City followed up by the crushing loss to Newcastle and then a draw with Arsenal, and then the international break. Today was a sign of how good things can be when this team plays up to its potential, and with Olympiacos in the UCL this week followed by league games against Leicester, Southampton, Brighton and Watford, a chance to go on a bit of a winning streak is in play.
This. Saturday's match was what this team can look like when it's all clicking. All the discussion about RB this summer confused me because I'm a huge fan of Aurier and he showed why he should be a big part of the club this season. In a way, the tactics on Saturday got everyone what they wanted with Sissoko at RB. When in possession, Spurs were in a 3-3-2-2 / 3-1-4-2 with Sissoko dropping into the back 3, Rose and Aurier flanking Winks and providing width, Lamela and Eriksen creating havoc between the lines, and Son and Kane doing their thang up front. When Aurier was in position at RB in defense, Sissoko moved in front of him and gave the MF the MF the muscle it needs if Winks is going to be a regista. I also thought Winks had an outstanding match and I'm not completely sold on him yet. I freely admit that I underestimated Eriksen's value to this club going into the season (when I thought he would be gone), but TBF I'd still like to see how this team looks with GLC or Dele in a similar role. I thought for sure Lamela would be gone from WHL by now but his renaissance has been a huge boon in this early part of the season. My love for Argentine Spurs knows no bounds (get better soon Foyth!). Hopefully Dele and Tanguay are healthy going into the busy next month. Very fun and exciting time for Spurs.
 

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Waiting for contact, feeling it, and going down easy isn't my definition of a dive. IF that's the case Salah dives literally every matchday. SO does Messi.
I'm with you on your larger point, it's not my definition either. But Messi is famous for trying to stay up at all costs, believing that he's always at an advantage. He's usually right. The amount of foul-worthy contact he's absorbed and run right through would probably give Neymar the shakes.

I won't say I've never seen Messi "go down easy", but it's probably by far the least of any forward at a top euro club, adjusted for number of opportunities. Maybe Aguero's in spitting distance. By those standards Kane (and everyone) certainly goes down more easily. But he is certainly not a simulator.
 

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Yeah and both will probably start in 3 days against Leicester. Saves them almost 7 hours on a plane.
 

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Having a competent right-back really helped. Poch emphasized moving the ball faster upfield and that was also a key factor.

Son's two goals were quality but really liked the pass to Kane, before he crossed it over to Lamela. This was exciting football (well, at least for the first half).

7 matches in 20-odd days. I'm curious to see when Sonny gets a break.
 

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Rose and Aurier did not travel to Greece. Both started the PL game on Saturday.

That...seems risky. Davies and KWP are fine backups, but sitting both starting FBs (Aurier is in the best XI IMO) is certainly a gamble. Perhaps the plan is to utilize a 3-4-2-1/3-4-1-2 to minimize their defensive responsibilities?
 

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It used to be normal for Poch to rotate the fullbacks for the midweek games. I remember for a while Walker/Rose played all the league fixtures and Trippier/Davies played all the European fixtures, but I think that was back when Spurs were still in the Europa League.

Maybe a reasonable gamble against Olympiacos and certainly against Red Star. I expect we'll see the first string for the Bayern matches.
 

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So... two left backs? I think we may see Toby at RB after Davo's performance there recently.
I bet Dav starts at RB--Poch doesn't seem to prioritize it much and Toby's distribution is best utilized from the middle. In any event, this will be a 3 DF in possession, with Davies pushing up and Jan-Toby-Sanchez at the back. In any event, I'm surprised KWP didn't make the XI, but it tells me that the MF 3 will all be asked to push higher with Winksy likely giving some cover to Davies.
 

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I bet Dav starts at RB--Poch doesn't seem to prioritize it much and Toby's distribution is best utilized from the middle. In any event, this will be a 3 DF in possession, with Davies pushing up and Jan-Toby-Sanchez at the back. In any event, I'm surprised KWP didn't make the XI, but it tells me that the MF 3 will all be asked to push higher with Winksy likely giving some cover to Davies.
Davies pressing led directly to the second goal.
 
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Davies pressing led directly to the second goa.
I assume you mean the first goal. If so, that's true to an extent but that was really a terrific goal. For the scorer to take that touch at a full sprint and finish from that angle was impressive. Could Davies have tried to get goalside position? Sure, and Jan was in the vicinity as well. But overall, I'll chalk that up to good offense.
 

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I assume you mean the first goal. If so, that's true to an extent but that was really a terrific goal. For the scorer to take that touch at a full sprint and finish from that angle was impressive. Could Davies have tried to get goalside position? Sure, and Jan was in the vicinity as well. But overall, I'll chalk that up to good offense.
I'm talking about the Spurs second goal.