League Cup | Fresh Spurs - Part 3

League Cup

Player Ratings – Spurs 4 – 0 Newcastle United

Tottenham booked themselves a place in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup with an emphatic 4-0 win over Premier League opponents Newcastle United.

It was a Glory Glory night for Spurs as young breakthrough Nabil Bentaleb registered his first senior goal in a Spurs shirt to hand us a half time lead after Jak Alnwick had spilled Christian Eriksen’s corner.

And after the break Spurs showed no signs of slowing up, with Nacer Chadli repeating the trick that the Toon pulled on us in the League just a few weeks back by slotting home less than a minute after the restart.

That was a blow from which Alan Pardew’s side never recovered, and Harry Kane’s 19th goal of the season sealed the win after Mousa Dembele and Andros Townsend’s interchange on the edge of the box saw the Englishman through one on one.

There was just enough time for Roberto Soldado to tap home Christian Eriksen’s rebounded shot before the renditions of “Spurs Are On The Way To Wembley” dominated the remainder of the game.

Player Ratings

Michel Vorm 7 – A wonderfully impressive finish to the game from Vorm who had little to do until the final 20 minutes. Tested by Armstrong and Perez late on, Vorm proved he is a vital second team keeper.

Vlad Chiriches 7 – Began showing signs of a real right back tonight, especially when he tested Alnwick with his Walker-esque 25-yard drive. Stood the test of Gouffran well and Cabella didn’t phase him.

Federico Fazio 7 – I think this was a really solid game from Fazio who seems to have struck up a partnership with Jan finally. Stays on his feet in the tackle and is invaluable defending set-pieces. Riviere had nothing.

Jan Vertonghen 8 – Last time I claimed Jan was back to his best he then continued to embarrass himself against Loic Remy of Chelsea, so I wont say that again. But Jan’s reading of the game is as good as it gets and he was unlucky to have a goal-bound header cleared off the line by Haiadara.

Danny Rose 7 – Was an excellent outlet on the left flank which was opened up after Nacer Chadli left the field. He and the Belgian had linked up well in the first half but in the second he was given grass to run at.

Benjamin Stambouli 7 – Played an important role – more so in the second half – in covering Bentaleb’s forward ventures. Missed a few tackles but was overall impressive, doing what he does best.

Nabil Bentaleb 8 – This kid is special, and tonight he was fantastic. Grabbed his first senior Tottenham goal and deserved it, too. Has run his socks off and got a great ovation for it.

Nacer Chadli 7 – Scored a superb goal just 30 seconds into the second period, and reached the byline countless times. Not afraid to take the cross on on his weaker foot – take heed Lamela.

Christian Eriksen 8 – Running the show again! Must have had double the touches of any other player, he was absolutely everywhere. Deserved a goal for sure and his set-pieces have improved wonderfully.

Harry Kane 7 – 19 goals this season? That’s ridiculous! Nobody deserves his place in the semi-finals as much as Harry, who’s now scored every round this season. Took his goal wonderfully and stuck to his number 9 position better than recent occasions as a lone striker.

SUBS

Mousa Dembele 7 – An important sub, came on and bulked out the midfield as well as adding some creativity. Involved in Kane’s goal.

Roberto Soldado 6 – Came on and grabbed a goal – probably should have had 2 if he could stay onside.

Etienne Capoue N/a

We’ve been drawn against Sheffield United in the Semi Final of the Capital One Cup. Avoiding Chelsea AND Liverpool to give us our best chance of a trophy in years.

We’re expected to get there. Whether that will play to our strengths or not remains to be seen, but a vastly inferior opposition now stands in our way.

Lets enjoy this while it lasts.

Quee Seraa Seraaaa…

Lamela Dropped! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Newcastle

It’s the Capital One Cup last eight and it is Newcastle who will be travelling to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham on Wednesday. The game must be decided on the night, meaning that extra-time and penalties will be carried out if needed. The visitors come to North London with a lot of injuries, eight to be exact reports Alan Pardew. This could be Tottenham’s best chance of winning a trophy in Mauricio Pochettino’s debut season at Spurs. After all, we are very close to the final of the competition at Wembley, the winner of this being awarded with a two-legged tie in the last four. Here is the team news and predicted line-up.

Team News:

Pochettino has said that he will not rush Emmanuel Adebayor back into action after he has returned to training from compassionate leave, although he is back earlier than expected, he will not start against Newcastle.

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

Goalkeeper: Michel Vorm:

After a very long spell on the sidelines, it seems that Michel Vorm has now become the cup goalkeeper after he started last Thursday in Turkey against Besiktas. I expect him to start again on Wednesday.

Defence: Kyle Naughton, Vlad Chiriches, Federico Fazio, Ben Davies:

Ahead of a busy Christmas schedule, Pochettino will be looking to rest a couple of his key defenders such as, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen. Federico Fazio may be dropped on Saturday after a pretty poor showing against Swansea, but he could, start ahead of Younes Kaboul, who make a horrible error last Thursday. Danny Rose could return to the Premier League starting eleven after a spell out, so he could be rested, and Ben Davies could start.

Midfield (Holding): Benjamin Stambouli, Mousa Dembele:

These two have had two pretty decent games in the last week and could both start together, looking to boss the area in the middle of the park. Dembele played well on Sunday from the bench, and so did Stambouli, but the Belgian showed up glimpses of what he can really do in the Europa League last week.

Midfield (Attacking): Andros Townsend, Harry Kane, Nacer Chadli:

After a spell on this sidelines with injury, Nacer Chadli has yet to start a Premier League game since his return and I think he could start here to get some more minutes under his belt against strong opposition. Sky said earlier this week that Harry Kane is a very important player for Tottenham at the moment, and you would have to say that this is true, so I think that he will make to starting eleven too. He could start in midfield, but easily push up to join the striker up front.

Striker: Roberto Soldado:

With Emmanuel Adebayor still out, Roberto Soldado is the man to start up front for me. This is a great opportunity for him to get another goal and start to build his confidence up again, something he has been lacking in recent times.

Lamela The Difference: Player Ratings: Spurs 2-0 Brighton

Michel Vorm- 6

He wasn’t called upon too often, but when he was, he rose to the task sufficiently. He looked a bit sloppy early on, that was shown when he passed the ball straight out of play for a corner.

Kyle Naughton- 7

I thought Kyle had a really good game returning from injury. He showed real attacking intent when moving up the pitch, and didn’t forget his defensive duties, allowing little down his wing.

Jan Vertonghen- 6

Jan made a couple of surging runs forward and allowed little past him for the whole ninety minutes. He made a last ditch tackle when the scores were locked at 0-0.

Federico Fazio- 6

He had much the same performance as Vertonghen on the night. He could have used his height more to get on the end of some good crosses that were delivered in at times from corners.

Ben Davies- 6

Ben looked pretty solid at the back, but when getting forward he looked hesitant when getting forward and didn’t quite know what to do when he burst into attacking positions.

Benjamin Stambouli- 6

He linked up play well in the middle of the park and had one shot early on that fizzed wide of the mark. Other than that, it was another strong performance from the summer signing.

Mousa Dembele- 6

Moussa played much like Stambouli in the middle, but we need to see more of those driving strong runs that we used to see from the Belgian that caused defences trouble.

Andros Townsend- 5

It wasn’t really one his best nights as he failed to get good crosses into the box. I felt that he was also quite wasteful when cutting inside and shooting like he usually does.

Nacer Chadli- 5

He didn’t really have too much of an impact on the game after coming on off the bench.  He lost the ball with his first touch, but made some surging runs in the closing stages.

Aaron Lennon- 6

He came off at half-time as he seemed to have picked up a knock, but in the 45 minutes that he did play, he performed generally well, creating some chances and getting into some good positions.

Erik Lamela- 8

He turned the game on its head after coming on for Lennon. He brought some trickery and pace to the game and latched onto a Roberto Soldado pass  to score his goal with a neat finish.

Harry Kane- 7

He contributed with another goal to see us to a well-earned victory. This wasn’t one of his better performances, but he looked good in the first half and showed strikers instinct for his goal.

Paulinho-  N/A

The Brazilian was only on the pitch for little over five minutes, and only managed to string a few passes together.

Roberto Soldado- 6

It was a frustrating night for Soldado. He was making the right runs, but not receiving the ball, which disheartened him a bit. He hit the crossbar and again, his link-up play was good.

‘Pochettino The Real Winner!’ Fans React To 2-0 Win Over Brighton

Tottenham cruised to victory at White Hart Lane, progressing to the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Brighton. Mauricio Pochettino made some important substitutions that changed the game as Erik Lamela and Harry Kane got the two Spurs goals. In the next phase of the Capital One Cup, Spurs face Newcastle at home. One fan claimed that Pochettino was the real winner on a night that saw his changes had a massive impact on the final outcome of the match. Here is how the fans and players on Twitter reacted to the win.

After linking up well for the goal, many fans other than Nikhil suggested that Pochettino should start the two of them together at the same time so they can link up as they did against Brighton. Other claimed that the reason for the good chemistry between the two is a result of their great friendship off the patch as well as on it.

Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Brighton

Tottenham will be eager to get back to winning ways after a loss at home to Newcastle on Sunday afternoon. As usual as we switch competitions, Maurcio Pochettino is expected to make wholesale changes to the side that started against Newcastle as we look to progress into the next phase of the Capital One Cup. We face Brighton, who are just two points above the Championship relegation spots. Here is the team news and predicted lineup.

Team News:

Our woes in the right-back position continue as Kyle Naughton is still out nursing an ankle injury, whilst Kyle Walker remains out after undergoing abdominal surgery last month. Nabil Bentaleb is also out on contention.

Predicted Lineup: (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Michel Vorm
Vorm hasn’t had too much game time thus far since joining Tottenham. He has been out of contention for a large chunk of this season whilst he completes a ‘fitness regime’. The former Swansea stopper has a good chance of starting now. He did feature in our last Capital One Cup match at home to Nottingham Forest.

Defence: Eric Dier, Younes Kaboul, Vlad Chiriches, Ben Davies
Eric Dier must start at right-back despite his costly errors at the weekend. Otherwise, you would have to start plunging players into a position that they have never played before and that would be too risky. After Kaboul hit out at players for being defeated, he needs to start and lead by example.

Midfield: (Holding) Benjamin Stambouli, Moussa Dembele
If he starts, Dembele will be key in the sense that he can drive and run at the Brighton defence from that holding role. Stambouli will be playing the Etienne Capoue role, holding back whilst other push higher up the pitch.

Midfield: (Attacking): Aaron Lennon, Harry Kane, Erik Lamela
I simply think that Erik Lamela needs confidence. That will then allow him to kick on in the Premier League, something that he hasn’t done yet. Harry Kane needs to start after he scored a hat-trick last week in the Europa League and is in a good run of form.

Forward: Roberto Soldado
Much like Lamela, Soldado is very short of confidence and needs a boost of confidence. If he starts, this is a fantastic opportunity for him to bag a couple of goals. As we saw on Sunday, he can link up with Kane very well, and if they both start, the two of them could be very hard to play against.