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‘A Win Is A Win’: Spurs Fans React To 1-0 Win Over Sunderland

Spurs struggled over the line at White Hart Lane today to beat Sunderland 1-0 courtesy of a second half Harry Kane goal, who capitalised on some poor defending from the Black Cats back line. 

The visitors offered very little going forward in reality, but Spurs’ inability to kill of the game with a second goal set up a nervy last ten minutes or so.

Tottenham were not at their best by far, and failed to take advantage of the many chances that fell their way in the 1-0 win. The victory takes Spurs up to third place and maintains their unbeaten start to the Premier League season, picking up 11 points from five games along the way.

Injuries will be a worry for Mauricio Pochettino as he saw Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier and Harry Kane limp off, Dembele and Dier with hamstring problems and Harry Kane sustaining an ankle injury.

Spurs fans took to Twitter after the game to voice their opinions, and this is how they reacted to Spurs’ 1-0 win over Sunderland.

Janssen Starts! Tottenham Teams News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Sunderland

Following a disappointing Champions League result at Wembley in midweek, Spurs must pick themselves up, and fast, because the next game against Sunderland back at White Hart Lane is just around the corner.

Pochettino has hinted that he may tinker with the Spurs line-up following the defeat at the hands of Monaco at midweek, and has challenged his team to be more consistent with their performances.

Danny Rose is the only player our for this weekend with a hamstring injury. Here is our predicted Tottenham line-up to face Sunderland.

GK: Hugo Lloris

The Frenchman wasn’t really at fault for either of the goals at Wembley in midweek, and they were in fact Monaco’s only shots on target. Lloris can feel confident of keeping his starting spot.

RB: Kieran Trippier

Kyle Walker played well on Wednesday, but with Pochettino hinting at rotations, Trippier could well find himself in the starting line-up on Sunday.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Looked defensively solid for most of the game at Wembley, and I feel the centre-back pairing will remain the same for our return to league action at the weekend.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

The Belgian put in one of his worst performances in a while, the way he backed off Bernado Silva for the first goal was shameful, but hopefully Vertonghen will put this behind him and return to top form here should he start.

LB: Ben Davies

With Danny Rose still not in the picture for selection, Ben Davies should get another run-out at left-back against Sunderland.

CDM: Mousa Dembele

Dembele looked excellent following his introduction at half-time and bossed that midfield and showed exactly how much we have missed the Belgian in his suspension period. It is great to have him back again, and he should make his first start of the season here.

CDM: Victor Wanyama

Wanyama hasn’t quite lived up to expectation so far yet this season, but with Eric Dier starting in midweek, Wanyama could well get his chance here with Pochettino expected to make changes this weekend.

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UCL Player Ratings: Tottenham 1-2 Monaco

In front of a record crowd at Wembley, Spurs were unable to recover from a slow, sluggish start that saw then 0-2 down in just over 30 minutes. Despite Toby Alderweireld pulling a goal back for Spurs just before half-time, goals from Bernado Silva and Thomas Lemar were enough for Monaco to get their Champions League campaign off to a winning start. Here are the Spurs player ratings. 

Hugo Lloris- 5

Apart from the two goals, the Frenchman didn’t really have too much to do at all. I thought he was unlucky with the two goals, especially the first, nothing he could do about the strike from Bernado Silva

Kyle Walker- 6

Looked a threat going forward for a large portion of the night, bombing down that right-hand side as he so often does well. However, I feel his final ball or cross could have been better at times.

Toby Alderwireld- 5

Was solid enough, but despite the well-taken goal, not quite up to his usual standards to be honest. He gave the ball away in the second half when under no pressure at all with a poor touch, fortunately the resulting attack came to nothing worth mentioning.

Jan Vertonghen- 5

Really shouldn’t have backed off Bernado Silva and let him run as he did, if he defends a little more aggressively in that sitiatuion and puts a foot in then Wednesday evening might have been a different story altogether.

Ben Davies- 5

Would certainly like to see Davies become more of an attacking threat and be a little more like Danny Rose, but defensively I think his performance was just about good enough.

Eric Dier- 5

Didn’t really look himself on Wedensday night under the Wembley lights, but after a dodgy and nervy first half performance, the defensive midfielder picked his game up a but in the second period before he was replaced by Moussa Sissoko.

Dele Alli- 6

Alli was deployed in a deeper role than usual in the first half, and the substitution of Son for Dembele at the break allowed him to push forward in the second half. He worked hard in the deeper role and you cannot fault his work rate, but I feel the youngster is at his best playing just behind the striker.

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3 Key Players For Tottenham If They Are To Beat Monaco

Following a comfortable 4-0 victory away at Stoke over the weekend, Spurs enter their first Champions League Group Stage match on a high as they prepare to line-up against their French opponents Monaco.

Spurs’ pot four opposition have made an extremely strong start to the French league season, dispatching the Champions PSG 3-1 a couple of weeks ago. Here are three players that will be crucial to Tottenham if they are to win on their return to Europe’s top competition.

1) Toby Alderweireld

The Belgian defender has proved to be as solid as a rock in the Spurs defence, helping Pochettino’s side to their second clean sheet of the season at Stoke.

The attacking threat from Monaco will be stronger than that offered up by Stoke on Saturday for sure, so Alderweireld will have to be alert against a strong Monaco attack that includes Bernado Silva. The French league leaders have scored 12 league goals in just four games, and the Spurs back line, Alderweireld included, will have to be alert in order to keep a clean sheet.

Monaco have a wealth of attacking options available to them, and with both Joao Moutinho and Falcao playing under half an hour in the 4-1 league win away at Lille over the weekend, both could feature from the start on Wednesday, providing an extremely dangerous attacking threat.

Tottenham’s 3 Best Performers In Stoke City Thrashing

Tottenham moved into the top 4 and maintained their unbeaten to the season with a scintillating 4-0 win away to Stoke, a trip that usually causes problems for teams, no matter how talented. Pochettino had been experimenting with his line up so far this season and although perhaps aided by some poor Stoke City defending, Spurs finally clicked into top gear on Saturday. Here are our top 3 performers from the game.

1 – Son Heung-min

Who else? Son, who was almost sold by Tottenham this summer, was given a chance ahead of Erik Lamela, who had started the season impressively. Son took his performance to the next level though, showing what a goal threat he is by scoring a brace and he also notched up an assist. The 24-year-old has bags of potential and hopefully with the added amount of games, the South Korean will get the minutes he needs to grow and realise his potential. He made 3 key passes, and although he was dispossessed 4 times, Son was successful with 81.6% of his passes. It would be great to see more performances like this from Son, as when we signed him we all knew about his potential, but he has so far, only shown flashes of his best. His performance against Stoke was surely his best performance in a Tottenham shirt to date. Hopefully there is more to come from him.

Debut For Sissoko! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Stoke

Team News:

Hugo Lloris is set to return, and is fit to make the trip to Stoke. Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele are set to be the only absentees from the squad, with Dembele serving his ban, and Rose out through injury.

Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1):

GK: Hugo Lloris

As revealed by Mauricio Pochettino on Thursday, Lloris is once again available for selection after recovering slightly ahead of schedule from his hamstring injury picked up in the first game of the season away at Everton. Michel Vorm provided good cover in the two-and-a-half games he played, and Pochettino has admitted he has a tough choice ahead of him.

LB: Ben Davies

Danny Rose is out for this weekend with a hamstring injury obtained away on international duty, with the extent of the injury yet to be revealed. Step forward Ben Davies, who was regularly used by Pochettino last season. More often than not, the Welshman put more than a good shift in, and should do the same here.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen and Alderweireld are in my opinion up there with the best centre-back partnerships in the country, and Pochettino would be stupid to leave either of the Belgian pair on the bench without good reason. Spurs conceded 35 goals last season in the Premier League, the joint best in the league, with Vertonghen and Alderweireld starting the majority of the games. Long may the partnership continue.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Another excellent display from 27-year-old a couple of weeks ago against Liverpool. Where the rest of the starting eleven looked average or below-par, Alderweireld continued to keep solidarity at the back, making an excellent tackle in the second half to deny Liverpool a second. It would be a huge shock if he wasn’t to start.

RB: Kyle Walker

Walker went off injured in the game against Liverpool, but played for England during the international break, so there is no reason why he wouldn’t make an appearance again here. Walker has enjoyed a solid start to the season, both defensively and going forward, providing the assist for Erik Lamela’s equaliser at Everton.

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3 Positions Where Mauricio Pochettino Could Utilise New £30million Signing

With just a couple of minutes left in the transfer window remaining, Tottennham managed to get the £30m transfer deal over the line that would see Frenchman Moussa Sissoko make a deadline day move from Championship outfit Newcastle to Spurs in a record-breaking move.

In just a week-and-a-half after putting pen to paper, the midfield powerhouse could well make his Premier League debut away at Stoke City this weekend, and here are three positions that he might find himself playing in on Saturday afternoon, and indeed, for the rest of the season.

1) Right-Attacking Midfielder (RAM)

This is a position that Sissoko will be familiar with and has played in before, and he will look to challenge Erik Lamela for a starting spot playing on the right-hand side.

The power of the 27-year-old will provide exactly what Pochettino is looking for in the attacking positions, offering something a little different to what he already has at his disposal with the likes of Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela.

“We need a player who is more direct, more aggressive offensively,” the Argentine said before the close of the transfer window, and I believe that Sissoko can provide exactly that, attacking the opposition left-back with both pace and power.

5 Front Four Combinations That Could Lead Spurs To Success This Season

As we already know, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino prefers the 4-2-3-1 formation to others when setting up his starting line-ups. Spurs managed to add three attacking players to the squad over the course of the summer transfer window, Vincent Janssen, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Moussa Sissoko. With these three summer additions, we look at five ways in which Pochettino could set up his ‘front four’ over the coming season. Use the navigation below to work around the post.

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——————–Kane———————–

Eriksen———-Alli—————Lamela

This was the front four that started the game against Liverpool at White Hart Lane, and to say that they were not at their best would be an understatement. We saw Lamela and Eriksen switch wings midway through the game, but this attempt to spark creativity after a slight shape change following the injury of Kyle Walker in the end had minimal impact.

We saw this front four work well last season, showing an excellent understanding and flair during our challenge for the title, and despite two new players coming in at the end of the window, I expect Pochettino to still make regular use of the combination of Eriksen, Alli and Lamela playing behind Harry Kane up top.

Moussa Sissoko: More Of A Panic Buy Than Anything To Me

When the news filtered through that Spurs had decided to go ahead and match Everton’s £30m bid for Moussa Sissoko, we could sense two things, firstly, we were into Levy time with an hour left before the transfer window slammed shut, but secondly, and perhaps more importantly, we could sense desperation within that club-record £30m bid. 

Yes, the Frenchman has been known to produce a piece of magic from time-to-time in his spell in the north-east, but for me, these moments have been few and far between, and the new Spurs signing has been known to disappear in games, playing a part in the relegation of Newcastle United at the end of last season, so I would like to ask, why have Spurs forked out £30m for an unreliable and inconsistent midfielder?

Many are quick to criticise Sissoko, and you can be forgiven for doing so, if you are judging the 27-year-old purely on domestic performances, in particular before Rafa Benitez took charge at St James Park, but on the European stage in his home country for France, the former Newcastle man was a completely different animal, and has received huge praise for his performances in the European Championships, most notably in the semi-finals and the final.

The Frenchman’s performances also seemed to change for the better after Benitez came in to try and steer Newcastle clear of the drop, and Sissoko began to show a little more desire in his play, starting to carry the ball forward with more purpose and working harder for the team. This is the Sissoko we would like to see at Spurs, but the question hangs, can Pochettino bring the very best out of Sissoko?

Surely I am not the only Spurs fan who sensed desperation in Daniel Levy’s £30m bid in the final hour of the transfer window? The situation for Levy was that he had seen Ryan Mason, Nacer Chadli and Nabil Bentaleb leave the club on either a temporary or permanent basis n recent times, losing some of the squad depth that will prove key in the season ahead, and needed somebody to fill the gap.

The Chairman had also seen Paul Mitchell leave the club over the summer, with the main reason for that being missing out on key targets, and did not want to further upset key figures at the club such as the manager himself after he missed out on key men over the summer window, Michy Batshuayi for example.

So, Levy had to do something, he had to bring somebody in, and as usual, it was done at the very last minute, resulting in £30m being spent on Sissoko. As we have discussed before, the Frenchman’s performances have improved over the last few months, but we have little evidence that the midfielder will be able to show this kind of form on a consistent basis or for the whole Premier League season. Perhaps if the problem was recognised earlier on in the window, and Pochettino along with Levy took a step back to think, I believe that money could have been better spent.

However, I hope that I am proved wrong over the next few months as Sissoko begins life at Tottenham Hotspur.

3 Players That Must Stay Fit For Tottenham To Be Competitive This Season

In a season that could have been so much more than it turned out to be, Spurs managed to achieve a third-placed finish, which brought with it the return of Tottenham to Europe’s top competition, the Champions League.

However, in a strange campaign just gone, we not only saw Leicester City win the title, we also saw Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City endure poor and under-par campaigns. With those three big guns bringing in new recruits both in the dugout and on the pitch, it is fair to say that this Premier League season will be much more competitive than the last one, and Spurs will for sure find it harder to break into the top four once again. Mauricio Pochettino will also have the added challenge of juggling the Champions League as well as the Premier League, and finding the correct formula for the Lilywhites to succeed in both competitions.

If Spurs are to find their way into the top four for a second year in a row, here are three players that I believe MUST stay fit throughout the season. Use the navigation below to move through the post.

1) Toby Alderweireld

In their title challenge last season, Spurs had the joint best defensive record in the league, conceding just 35 goals in 38 games, a record that could be matched only by Manchester United under the negative Louis van Gaal.

The Belgian centre-back played a huge part in helping Spurs keep clean sheets, making crucial last ditch challenges as well as being able to form strong, solid partnerships with either Jan Vertonghen and Kevin Wimmer. The Belgian international has become known for his quality defensive work, but his classic calm distribution from the back.

Not only is the 27-year-old defensive sound, he also managed to pose a huge threat in an attacking sense too, making presence known in the penalty area, especially from corners. Alderweireld was probably Spurs’ most consistent player last season, starting all 38 Premier League games, and bagging himself four goals from centre-back.