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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Midfield to blame for the goals


Midfield must take their share of the responsibility



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Yep. We all thought this would be the turning point. We seem to save defensive errors for these big games away too

The above quote is the generally perceived view, but it is wrong.

The first goal was not because we committed a foul outside our own box that we didn't need to make perhaps. That was not the cause.

As a coach, I have talked before about finding the root of a problem and solving that. What happens after the root of the problem is the effect of that so solve that any the problem doesn't arise.

The problem was on the edge of their box where we gave the ball away with a weak pass, something we did several times and something which I am constantly showing we do wrong. Passes should be zipped, not rolled so opponents do not have that chance to steal the ball.

I'd have to check but if I remember right the same thing happened for the second goal, so while the defence made mistakes (no excuse for Son's tackle), the root cause was in midfield outside their box. That is where responsibility initially lies. Had those errors not been made then players would not have been in the situations they were and would not have had to make the decisions they made.

Yes, decision making at that point wasn't of the standard we need, but we put them in that position by giving away the ball easily with an unforced error.









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Friday, 21 April 2017

Costa, Bruma, Zaha - Key stats give a clear winner


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The Twitter profile of Ben Fairthorne tell sus he worked for CNN, Base Soccer, The Sun, The Mail, IPC Media, Nuts Magazine and Frank PR. Also that he worked at a football agency with predominately Arsenal and Spurs players.

He has tweeted that Daniel Levy met with the agents of Douglas Costa today and mentions his potential fee as £25.12 million (€30m - AUS$42.87m - US$32.18m). In another Tweet he suggests Spurs only want one of Costa or Zaha and it depends upon how difficult Zaha is to sign and presumably what sort of fee they are going to insist upon.

We'll have our valuation and won't just pay what another club demands, common negotiation in all businesses. We are also interested in Bruma of course at Galatasaray.

Costa is a left-footed left winger, Bruma is a right-footed left winger and Zaha is a right-footed right winger.

Eriksen generally operates from the left, Son can operate on either side, Lamela generally operates on the right. Arguably we need a player for either side.

Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich) - Born: 14 September 1990 (age 26 years)
Bruma (Galatasaray) - Born: 24 October 1994 (age 22 years)
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) - Born: 10 November 1992 (age 24 years)

Over to the Squawka matrix to see how they compare. First goals and assists.


Given that Bruma and Zaha have played more games and more minutes than Costa in their respective leagues, a look at the same statistics per 90 minutes will give a more accurate assessment.


Zaha comes out bottom for goals but top for assists, while Costa is bottom for assists and Bruma top for goals.

Moving onto pass completion and key passes I'll show them per 90 minutes again but the totals are Costa 30 key passes, Bruma 43 and Zaha 23.



Bruma is tops for pass completion, Zaha is bottom and Costa is top for key passes, Zaha is bottom again. Now let's move on to shooting and accuracy, Costa has taken 35 shots, Bruma 36 shots and Zaha 42 shots, again the graphic will show the per 90 minutes figures.


Costa has the most shots per 90 minutes, Zaha is bottom, Bruma is the most accurate, followed by Zaha with Costa bottom.

The last graphic shows the successful take-ons and chances created per 90 minutes. The totals for chances created are Costa 22, Bruma 49 and Zaha 32.


So Bruma is the most successful taking on an opponent, Zaha is the least successful, Costa creates the most chances per 90 minutes and Zaha creates the least.

RECAP PER 90 MINS

Goals: 1st Bruma, 2nd Costa, 3rd Zaha
Assists: 1st Zaha, 2nd Bruma, 3rd Costa
Pass Completion: 1st Bruma, 2nd Costa, 3rd Zaha
Key Passes: 1st Costa, 2nd Bruma, 3rd Zaha
Shooting: 1st Costa, 2nd Bruma, 3rd Zaha
Accuracy: 1st Bruma, 2nd Zaha, 3rd Costa
Successful take-ons: 1st Bruma, 2nd Costa, 3rd Zaha
Chances Created: 1st Costa, 2nd Bruma, 3rd Zaha

Costa (£25m): 1st 3, 2nd 3, 3rd 2
Bruma (£9m): 1st 4, 2nd 4, 3rd 0
Zaha (£30m): 1st 1, 2nd 1, 3rd 6

Looking at those figures Bruma at £9 million looks a clear winner but which one would you want for the money?

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Two tactics, 2-0 both times


SPURS vCHELSEA



Dele Alli buried Chelsea last time when we targeted the left-hand side channel between Victor Moses at right-back and César Azpilicueta at right centre-back. Moses is not a natural defender and Spaniard Azpilicueta is only 1.78m (5ft 10in).

The opening graphic above shows our ball movement for the first goal where we dragged players away from Christian Eriksen to give him the chance to cross for Alli to nod home. The second goal was incredibly similar, another Eriksen cross from a similar position to Alli for him to head home again.



Key for both graphics
No. 2 Kyle Walker
No. 3 Danny Rose
No. 4 Toby Alderweireld
No. 5 Jan Vertonghen
No. 10 Harry Kane
No. 12 Victor Wanyama
No. 15 Eric Dier
No. 19 Mousa Dembele
No. 20 Dele Alli
No. 23 Christian Eriksen

In scoring the two goals everyone was involved. We then controlled the game to come out easy winners in the end with Dele Alli being named Man of the Match.

Jose Mourinho simply stopped the supply line to Costa, man marking Hazard and Pedro to which Chelsea had no answers. His speedy forwards, one a winger, then caused the high-line Chelsea defence a lot of problems.

Two tactics that worked against the league leaders, no reason why they won't work again.

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Thauvin for N'Koudou?


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RMC Sport is a private French-Monégasque radio station broadcasting from France with studios in Paris and Monte Carlo. They have reported that  Tottenham have renewed our interest in Newcastle United flop Florian Thauvin, now at Olympique de Marseille.

The 24-year-old (25 next January) former French Under-21 winger was the subject of interest from us before he joined Newcastle United (then in the Premier League) on 19 August 2015 when he signed a five-year deal, for a reported fee of £15 million (€17.93m - AUS$25.48m - US$19.19m).

On 31 January 2016, Newcastle United announced Thauvin would return to Olympique de Marseille on loan for the rest of the season. In July last year, Thauvin held talks with Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez and the pair agreed on another season-long loan at the French club. There is a clause in that loan deal that gives Olympique de Marseille the option to make the deal permanent this summer for £9.8 million (€11.71m - AUS$16.64m - US$12.54m).

Pochettinio is reported to have asked the opinion of Marcelo Bielsa, whose style of play has influenced Pochettino tremendously. Bielsa once claimed Thauvin was one of the best players he had ever worked with when he was head coach of Olympique de Marseille.

RMC report Spanish side Valencia and Italian side Inter Milan are both interested in him and they we have spoken to his entourage to sound out the idea of a move back to England. Current Olympique de Marseilles coach Franck Passi would like to keep him but perhaps we have a carrot in Georges-Kevin N'Koudou.

Do we keep him, have we decided he doesn't have the desire to turn potential into ability? If we decide to let him leave then returning him to the Mediterranean coast club in exchange for Thauvin could be an option.

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Kane: "Tottenham is home, simple as that."



The Premier League World Special programme on Tottenham Hotspur aired on Sky Sports 1 had a piece from Harry Kane where he was being interviewed and was asked the question:
Interviewer: "Describe Tottenham" Harry Kane: "Tottenham is home. Simple as that."

His response once again reaffirmed to manchester United and all the other clubs casting envious glances his way that he is where he wants to be, he ain't going nowhere.

A selection of Harry Kane's career Premier League goals, by club:
Stoke City 6 (7 appearances) 
West Bromwich Albion 6 (5 appearances) 
BOURNEMOUTH 6 (3 appearances) 
Arsenal 5 (4 appearances) 
West Ham United 5 (8 appearances)

Also in that 25-minute Premier League programme was Daniel Levy suggesting that you get more out of a home grown player who comes through the academy than you do a bought player, you get more loyalty.

He is exactly right and when the academy players see the likes of Harry Kane and Harry Winks playing in the first team it shows them that if they work hard enough and make themselves good enough they will get the chance to play, despite the fact they are young.

He reminded our plastic fans, those who only see a cheque book, that as a club we simply could not sustain spending tens of millions every transfer season and that we had to find another way to compete while still building the club.

Success doesn't come overnight. If there isn't a culture of success at a club then it has to be nurtured. As you should all know by now, mentality is everything in sport, mentality will take you further than you can otherwise achieve. Are these players more skillful than their predecessors, no, but they do have a far better mentality.

Last night on the Premier League programme there were constant references to mentality and belief in relation to the relegation fight. It was about belief and fear, fear paralyses and causes mistakes, it makes you play within yourself, belief makes you take the chance, be more adventurous and makes you play better, makes your team play better.

Harry Kane didn't have the physical attributes when he was young, but he had a burning desire and it is that desire more than anything else which has taken him to where he is today. It is the same burning desire that Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale possess, it takes a player to another level.

Tim Sherwood was once asked who were the best trainers during the period where he pointed out to Daniel Levy that we had a group of players who were only here for the money, he answered Harry Kane and Andros Townsend

Since 2014/2015 Harry Kane has: 3x PFA Young Player of the Year Nominations 3x PFA Player of the Year Nominations
3x PFA Team of the Year 1x Young Player of the Year Trophy
66 Premier League goals in 96 games

If you haven't seen the Premier League World Special you can watch it here:
Tottenham Hotspur World Special

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70 clean sheets in 100 matches


The best centre-back pairing in the Premier League


Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are probably the best central defensive partnership in the Premier League. Their record together as a central-back pairing is remarkable.

The pair have managed to keep 70 clean sheets in 160 matches, which is a goal conceded every 104.08 minutes.

28-year-old (29 next March) Alderweireld and 29-year-old (30 next April) Vertonghen have now won over 100 matches together as a centre-back pairing (they have also played games at right-back and left-back for Belgium).

Another remarkable statistic is that Alderweireld has conceded just 16 fouls for us in close to 5,500 Premier League minutes since the start of last season.

This season we have conceded 374 fouls and Alderweireld has conceded just 7 of those! That's 7 fouls in 24 games, one every 295 minutes.

Ahead of Saturday, it is good to know he has never lost to Chelsea, a record he, and we, obviously hope he retains on Saturday.

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Still at Spurs and still remaining at Spurs



Lloris 99% certain to stay at Tottenham - that story I penned on 15 February 2015 stemmed from all the rubbish being written about him joining Manchester United and my knowledge that he had found his kindred spirit, his soulmate in Mauricio Pochettino.

It flew in the face of the mainstream press and time has shown it to be spot on. Sometimes there is more to football than money, sometimes there is happiness, sometimes there is a project and the realisation that you could be part of something special.

"My destiny is linked to Mauricio, it's a certainty. He matters a lot to me. Our relationship goes beyond football, it's a match, and one day he will be the best manager in the world. For me he is already. His presence and our relationship are the most important elements for me."

That is what he told Le Figaro in March 2017 and ESPN asked him what he meant by that, although it seems perfectly plain.

"The main reason [why I'm still at Tottenham] is Mauricio Pochettino. That's the truth and I cannot hide that. It's very clear. It just means I have a lot of respect for the man, a lot of respect for the manager. We have a great connection and when you get something strong like that, it's never easy to find it again in your life or in your career. It's very simple. 
"And then, in football, everything is impossible. The only thing that I know is that I enjoy my time at Tottenham and especially under Mauricio Pochettino. I believe that with him the club can reach the level we all want. 
"I still remember the first time I spoke to him by phone, just a few days after he signed here as manager. It was very simple. He tried to describe his philosophy of football, the way he wants to play, the way he wants the team to work. And his ambition. He's a winner and he has a lot of ambition, individually. 
"He has created something very special inside this building [Hotspur Way] because I can tell you that the club we are at the moment is not the same as it was before he signed. I could talk a lot about him but this is not the right place."

Since that 2015 article was penned the bond between them has grown even stronger, that hasn't stopped the press linking him with Manchester United again, they just ignore what gets in the way of their story.

To create success, you have to have a happy environment and Lloris has always been happy at Tottenham and happy with life off the field too, also very important. It is harder to leave a soulmate who has created the right environment for players to work and has shown himself capable of improving a club. Spurs are in the midst of something special, there is a long way to go but the turnaround of the club in such a short space of time is remarkable.

The players who were here for themselves have all gone, it's the team or nothing now and nobody wants to miss a game in case they can't get back in the side. That is the mentality that has been created, if you get a chance you must take it, no excuses. That drives each and every player to improve. If you can't handle that you get send packing.

Lloris is quiet, he isn't a tub-thumper, he doesn't need to give motivational speeches because each player motivates themselves. Perform or be dropped. That internal motivation is stronger than any external motivation and produces greater results.

Why would anyone want to leave Spurs right now? Hugo certainly doesn't.

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Apparently, Pochettino gave a 'fiery' response



More from the pre-game press conference.

Has Toby Alderweireld been offered or rejected a new contract?

Pochettino - "I never speak about rumours. You've got to speak with Daniel and discover. If some clubs are interested in some players, it's very clear that they need to go and knock on the door of Daniel Levy. The players that will leave the club is always our decision, the club's decision. All the players today have contracts for the next 2 or 3 years minimum, and we're not worried about the players.

"I invite all the clubs that want players from Tottenham to come to the training ground and visit our chairman Daniel Levy. I think Toby is playing and that is the second season at the club, nobody has doubts about Toby."

Apparently, according to the Daily and Sunday Express, this is a 'fiery' response which we will politely call inaccurate reporting.

Anyone who has ever seen a Mauricio Pochettino press conference knows ther e are never fiery responses. The answer Pochettino gave was consistent and normal for him. He has many a time said he doesn't talk about rumours and said before that clubs have to speak to Daniel Levy.

The press want to make an issue out of invention from an Italian journalist with a lousy track record of being right. Strange how a Italian journalist who is a friend of an Italian managing Chelsea should know what a Belgian has told a club in England.

The British press don't care if a story is right or wrong, so you have to question the ethics of journalists who write these stories and headlines that misreport events only add to the distrust and opinion people hold about them.

first we had Maxwell stealing the pension fund money of his employees, then we had the phone hacking and the lies peddled by newspaper staff.

If this is interpreted as Mauricio Pochettino giving a fiery response then the journalist concerned must spend his whole day frightened out of his wits. He should seek help.

Interested in Michael Keane? Douglas Costa?

Pochettino - "Many rumours, eh? I cannot speak about rumours. If we focus on one rumour, maybe we need to speak about not players but myself and different things. Today we must be focused on Saturday and the end of the season, and all that happens about players in, players out, you will know when we finish the season."

Amazing the same answer,I do not speak about rumours, was this a fiery response too?

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Success comes after failure, Champions League a learning curve



Mauricio Pochettino has held his pre-game 'feed the media machine' press conference, the obligation for all managers and all clubs.

Do Spurs need to win a trophy this season?
Pochettino - "It's true that we are doing a good season in the Premier League and FA Cup and we feel a little bit disappointed about the Champions League.

"It was a period when we struggled to compete against Monaco -- you can see Monaco is in the semi-final, we were competing with a very good team. In Premier League and FA Cup, now we have the chance to fight for big things. For us, it's more important to focus and enjoy the game.

"To play under our philosophy, to learn, grow up, we're in a different process, a different moment to Chelsea. It's impossible to compare the clubs, the teams when fighting for FAC and PL title, too."

Success comes after failure and while some would say we took the UEFA Champions League by storm last time and enlivened a tired competition, this is a younger group of players. This is a group of players learning their craft under a manager who improves players as opposed to simply piecing together expensive purchases.

Last season the Premier League as a learning curve, we have been stronger this season and our entry into the UEFA Champions league perhaps exposed a lack of depth within the squad and was an education for our young players again. You would expect us to fare better next season, having learned from this one, which is a point Hugo Lloris made.

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Lack of game reading skills suggest Janssen is not for Spurs


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Good evening folks. Not content with trying to buy every Dembele we can find we have now started on the Janssen's it seems.

With Vincent Janssen at the club we thought he need a fellow namesake so have been taking a look at 26-year-old (27 next February) Swedish international (he has 14 caps) centre-back Pontus Sven Gustav Jansson.

My immediate question, especially when I see his age, is which foot does he use. Eric Dier, Tober Alderweireld, Cameron Carter-Vickers (who will undoubtedly play a greater part next season) are all right footed, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin Wimmer and Ben Davies are all left-footed.

If Kevin Wimmer leaves as is likely then we need a backup for Vertonghen, if Ben Davies is not going to be moved there, if we buy Luke Shaw. A lot of if's to cover several different eventualities. The point is we will be looking for a left-footed centre-back, not a right-footed one and this chappie is right-footed.

It might be a tiny point to some but to a coach it is a significant one, blocking crosses with your main foot means there is less room for error and it's these little things that improve a side. Attention to detail.

The 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) tall Leeds United centre-back is on loan from Torino, for whom he has played 16 games. He joined Leeds on 18 August 2016 on a season-long loan with a clause to make the deal permanent at the end of the loan period. Since then, on 2 February 2017, Jansson signed a permanent three-year contract with Leeds worth £3.5 million which would officially take place when his loan expires at the end of the 2016/17 season.

It appears, through his agent Martin Dahlin, as if Janssen wants to play Premier League football next season with Southampton interested at £10 million. As usual with any player now it seems Tottenham, Liverpool, and Chelsea are thrown at the story, we must be watching every player on the planet!

"He has set his sights on playing in the Premier League next season, that much I can say.But right now he focuses solely on Leeds"

One potential problem. Kevin Wimmer is prone to get booked early in a game and walk a tightrope for the remainder. When you look at Toby Alderweireld and how he reads a game so well he doesn't have to foul, he has made just 7 all season, alarm bells ring when a defender regularly picks up yellow cards.

This chap Janssen has 13 in 32 Championship games and 14 in 34 games in all competitions. The Premier League is faster than the Championship, the players are at a different level so you would expect him to pick up more bookings.With that many cards, he can't be reading the game well enough. which suggests a ceiling to his ability level. The number of cards and the lack of game reading skills his bookings suggest are an issue.

We need defenders of the calibre of Alderweireld, not serial yellow card offenders. Players who concede free-kicks around our area are players who put us under pressure. Just look at Danny Rose a few years ago, he was diving into challenges left, right and centre, always giving away free-kicks and getting yellow cards. Now he stays on his feet, picks and chooses his challenges better. You want to be teaching those things to a young player, not a player of 26 or 27 who has had no Premier League experience.

He looks highly unlikely to be a player we would be purchasing to sit on our bench. If you are going to train someone in your way of playing, you don't really want to be doing that with a player who is going to turn 27 during the season. You want to be doing it with a younger player who has more years ahead of him and who you are therefore going to get more value out of, plus have an opportunity of receiving a greater transfer fee if that player happens to decide to leave.

Source: Expressen

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