Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Full game plus highlights



It took until the 71st minute for us to get the goal that won the game in Russia nd get our Champions League campaign off the mark. If you didn't get to see the game or would like to see it again then the full match plus highlights shows can be found at the following link.

CSKA Noscow vs Tottenham Hotspur

If you watch th first half keep an eye on Wanyama when Alderweireld has the ball you'll see he drifts behind players so he can't receive the ball where he needs to be at an angle where he can receive it. A small matter but one that needs addressing and one that marks Dier out as a better player.

CSKA Moskva vs Tottenham Hotspur Highlights and Full Match
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 27 September 2016
Stadium: Stadion PFK CSKA (Moskva)
Referee: Antonio Mateu

Sonny awayday

Sonny awayday

Son Heung-min continued his fine form with another goal to win us the tie against CSKA Moscow in the Russian capital which will do our growing South Korean fanbase and merchandising range no harm at all.

"I think it is key. It is very important that not only Harry, who was good before his injury and scored, that now another player has scored and that is very important for the team. 
"I feel very pleased for Sonny. He is on fire and to keep this form is very important for us."

Mauricio Pochettino decided not to let him leave in the summer when he asked if he could feeling he had a lot more to give. That decision and the price tag we placed on him are being vindicated by him at the moment with 5 goals in 4 games and securing victories for us away to Stoke, away to Middlesbrough and now away to CSKA Moscow.

Chelsea interest in Ben Davies growing


New Chelsea boss has been searching for defensive reinforcements with the possibility of playing a back three. He has been watching Ben Davies who plays the role for Wales and as a left-back for us so is seen as a potential left-sided player in the system.

The 23-year-old (24 nxt April) will be a target for Chelsea in January sources have told ESPN as Marcos Alonso has not impressed Conte. It is highly unlikely that daniel Levy will want to sell one of our players to a rival.

Apparently, Chelsea tried to sign him this summer but were clearly unsuccessful, I don't see that much has changed. Davies is a home grown player something Chelsea continually struggle with so he would command a premium fee as a result.

N'Koudou confirms initial promise

N'Koudou confirms initial promise

One pleasing aspect from the game last night was the confirmation of initial thoughts after the Gillingham game when I suggested that Georges-Kevin N'Koudou looked a better prospect than Clinton Njie after only 30 minutes of football. I think his performance last night confirmed that.

When he came on against CSKA he immediately skipped past players and caused them problems, plus his pace was allowing him to sprint back and cover when we were in danger of being over;loaded. His display was highly encouraging and he looks a certainty to start the next League Cup tie against Liverpool now.

His pace is a weapon that we can bring on in games in the second half to exploit space, tired minds and tired legs.

"We tried to find more mobility in our offensive position. It is for that reason we changed Vincent for N'Koudou, to have more pace down the sides."

Wanyama positioning was causing problems


I noticed one small point we will need to work on from one specific player. In the next game, I'll have to keep an eye on Eric Dier to confirm what I suspect to be his superior positioning.

Victor Wanyams was a problem for Spurs in the first half against CSKA Moscow, I didn't keep an eye on him in the second half to see if he improved.

I'm not talking about his defensive play, although he was stroking the ball about far too lazily at times, but his positional play when we have the ball. He was not making himself available when our centre-backs had the ball. I made a point of watched his positioning and he was rarely available.

He was taking up positions behind players so there was no way he could receive the ball, he needed to be like Dier. If you look at the sight line a player with the ball has then with Dier he can play the ball to him, with Wanyama he can't.

That makes a difference. The centre-backs were having to play longer balls more often than we usually do, which gives the opposition a greater chance of stealing the ball.