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‘Unplayable’ Spurs Fans Delighted With This Man’s Performance vs Chelsea

Spurs blew the title race wide open with a 2-0 win over league leaders Chelsea at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night. 

Antonio Conte’s side arrived at the home of Spurs off the back of thirteen straight wins in the Premier League, chasing a record of fourteen straight wins to beat a record set by Spurs’ North London rivals Arsenal.

Mauricio Pochettino matched Conte’s 3-4-3 system, and as a result, few chances came either team’s away in the first period in what was an evenly matched contest. Eden Hazard went closest for Chelsea, firing just wide in the early stages of the match.

The two sides looked to be going into the break on level terms, but it was Spurs who struck first in stoppage time. Christian Eriksen wasn’t closed down on the edge of the Chelsea box, whipped a lovely ball into the box, and there was Dele Alli, who headed beyond Thibaut Courtois to ensure Spurs went into the break a goal to the good.

Spurs would have expected Chelsea to make a fast start to the second half, and they did just that. Hazard went close again for the Blues, heading just wide from close range.

However, the Lilywhites halted the Chelsea charge, and it was the same combination as in the first half that broke down the Chelsea defence. Eriksen whipped yet another dangerous ball into the box, and it was Dele Alli on the end of it again. He headed the ball back across goal and beyond Courtois to double Tottenham’s lead.

Spurs slowed the game down and sat back just a little, stopping the Blues from creating anything at all. Diego Costa stung the hands of Hugo Lloris in the Spurs goal, but the visitors had very few chances to get back into the game before Spurs took all three points.

Dele Alli put in yet another excellent performance for Spurs, scoring the two all important goals. The Englishman struggled to get into the game in the first half, but worked his socks off and got his reward in the end. Alli scored two goals, completed two take ons, won 50% of his tackles and 50% of his aerial duels. Here is how Spurs fans reacted on Twitter to Alli’s performance.

The 3-5-2 Starting XI Mauricio Pochettino Must Play If Spurs Are To Beat Chelsea

Chelsea pay a visit to White Hart Lane on fire. They have won their last thirteen games in the Premier League, and are bidding to break Arsenal’s record of consecutive wins. A win for Spurs however not only helps other teams in the title race, but also hauls themselves into contention. 

It’s a massive game in the context of this season, and here is the starting eleven that Mauricio Pochettino should name in a 3-5-2 formation if Spurs are to win this game.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Goes without saying that Hugo should start in between the sticks. He is a top quality goalkeeper and Spurs will need his saves if they are going to take all three points.

CB: Eric Dier

Mr. Versatile might have to slot in at centre-back here. It will be between him and Kevin Wimmer for a starting spot at the back if Pochettino decides to play with a three at the back formation.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

After a patchy season so far in terms of injuries, we hope that the Belgian has an injury-free rest of the season. He looked solid against Watford, and we hope for more of the same here.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

We have seen many interesting battles between Jan Vertonghen and Diego Costa over the last couple of years, and it is likely that he will be man-marking him again. The defence will need to be strong if Spurs are to get a result against Antonio Conte’s side.

RWB: Kyle Walker

Pochettino might look to match Chelsea in their formation, and deploy wing-backs. Kyle Walker will look to get forward and cause problems, getting crosses into the box. But as we know, Walker is more than capable defensively should he be needed back.

LWB: Danny Rose

Rose has been playing very well in the last few weeks, and will be trusted in playing a similar role to Kyle Walker but on the left-hand side. Spurs were exposed for the second goal at Stamford Bridge on the Chelsea right, and Rose will look to eliminate the possibility of this happening again.

Mauricio Pochettino Must Make This Big Tactical Decision Prior To Chelsea Clash, What Should He Do?

Spurs welcome fierce rivals Chelsea to White Hart Lane on Wednesday night, in what is a huge clash in terms of this year’s Premier League title race. But there is one big decision that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino must make prior to the game, that could prove crucial to the outcome of the game. 

We can all take a very good guess that Antonio Conte will set up his side in a 3-4-3 formation, as he has done since the start of October, but there is a little more uncertainty as to which formation Mauricio Pochettino will set up his side in.

As has been the case in many games this season, we saw Spurs play in a 4-2-3-1 formation against Southampton last Wednesday, but Pochettino set up his team in a 3-5-2 formation on New Year’s Day against Watford. The question is, what will the Argentine do on Wednesday night at White Hart Lane?

Obviously taking into account the opposition, there are pros and cons to both formations when playing against Chelsea. Starting with the 4-2-3-1 formation, how this formation is played depends on the attitude of the full-backs and how much they push on. They can either stay back and take care of their wingers, or they can try to push their winger back by looking to cause problems going forward at every opportunity. This is something that Kyle Walker and Danny Rose are both very good at doing.

In every team, there must be a mix of your physical players in the defensive midfield, the likes of Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama, and your creative players such as Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli. An advantage to playing this system against Chelsea is that Spurs will be able to play both Wanyama and Dembele in the middle of the park without having to sacrifice either Eriksen or Alli.

However, you would think that against Chelsea, a side that play with a lot of pace and width, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker would be kept rather busy, without being able to get forward. This eliminates a big part of the Spurs attack, the full-backs causing problems.

That is one of the reasons I would lean towards playing a 3-5-2 formation against Chelsea. This provides a little more defensive solidity. The wing-backs can drop in to defend, just as they did at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal, and at least one of them can get forward when in possession and cause problems going forward.

The formation matches Chelsea, and if the wing-backs do their job defensively, the Blues are matched in the width that they offer. It gives a nice balance. The wing-backs can drop in and defend if they need to, but also have the licence to get forward with a reduced risk of getting caught on the break.

The only drawback to Mauricio Pochettino in playing this formation is that Spurs would have to sacrifice either one of the strong defensive midfielders or an attacking midfield player. That is another decision he would have to make.

For those exact reasons, that is why Mauricio Pocehttino should set up his team in a 3-5-2 formation on Wednesday night against Chelsea, if Spurs are to beat Antonio Conte’s side.

Sissoko Starts: Tottenham Team News & Predicted Line-Up To Face Chelsea

Spurs come up against Chelsea in a mammoth clash at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night. With a win, Chelsea can beat Arsenal’s record of thirteen consecutive wins in the league and go eight points clear at the top of the Premier League. A Spurs win would see the gap stay at five and keep Spurs and others in the race for the title. 

Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen are available again after they served their suspensions against Watford, whilst Erik Lamela remains out with a hip problem. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Hugo would have been disappointed not to have kept a clean sheet on New Year’s Day against Watford, conceding in stoppage time. It is pretty much guaranteed that he will start here.

RB: Kyle Walker

Kieran Trippier really impressed me and many others when he stepped in on Sunday, providing two assists for the opening goals. However, this game against Chelsea will be more of a physical battle, which Walker is more suited to in my opinion.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen will be rested up nicely after his suspension that ruled him out of the Watford game. He will have his hands full here against Chelsea, that is for sure.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Alderweireld has had a shaky few months. He spent a lengthy spell on the sidelines with various injuries. He returned to the starting line-up momentarily, but then was ruled out of the Southampton game with a virus. However, he returned against Watford, and all being well, he should start here.

LB: Danny Rose

Rose has been on fire in recent games. He has been a huge threat going forward recently, but he will have to aware of his defensive duties if Mauricio Pochettio plays a four at the back system. He was rested in the second half against Watford, suggesting that he will start at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.

Spurs Face Battle To Keep Hold Of These Two Key Men, Huge Bids Incoming

Spurs could face a battle to keep hold of key man Harry Kane and Dele Alli when this season comes to a close and the summer transfer window opens. 

According to CalcioMercato, Manchester United are set to make a move for Tottenham’s Harry Kane over the summer, as a long-term replacement for current striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However, the deal hinges on whether or not Manchester United finish in the top four this season, and then if Spurs manage to secure Champions League football for next season.

Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on signing the England international, who has scored 59 goals in 100 Premier League appearances. He is so keen on securing the services of Kane, United could offer Spurs as much as £80m for Kane.

The Daily Mirror report that Dele Alli could end up moving to Real Madrid in the summer with the Spanish giants reportedly very interested in the 20-year-old. Despite a recent dip in form, Alli has come alive for Spurs in recent weeks, netting five times in three games for the Lilywhites.

It is reported that Mauricio Pochettino wants £50m for the attacking midfielder, but ideally he would like to see the former MK Dons man stay at Spurs as the North Londoners make the transition into their new stadium in the next few seasons. Tying him down to a new contract may have will give Spurs fans confidence that he will stay, but will the temptation of playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world prove to be too much for the youngster?

Will either of these deals happen over the summer?

As I have said, the Harry Kane to Manchester United deal hinges on United finishing in the top four, and Spurs not. As it stands, I would say that Spurs have a better chance of securing Champions League football than the Red Devils, making the Harry Kane deal unlikely.

Even if Spurs were to miss out on the top four and United were to make the cut, I still think the transfer is unlikely. We have repeatedly heard Kane talk about how much he loves the club and so on, and I think this is a genuine feeling Harry has towards Tottenham. I personally cannot see him making the switch to Mourinho’s side considering how happy he is at moment with Spurs.

On the other hand, the Dele Alli deals seem a little more likely to me, but still unlikely. It is true that the temptation might prove to be too much for Alli and he could end up trying to force a move to Real Madrid. However, if this was to happen, I think that Mauricio Pochettino would talk the Englishman into staying. Spurs are moving in the right direct at the moment, and Pochettino seems like a man who would not let his best players leave the club without a serious fight.

Liverpool Set To Rival Tottenham To The Signing Of Championship Star In January

Spurs are reportedly interested in making a move for Norwich winger Jacob Murphy during the January transfer window, but will face competition from Liverpool for the youngster’s signature. 

The Daily Mirror report that both clubs are interested in the winger, but they claim that Liverpool are set to offer to loan Murphy back to Norwich for the rest of the season in an attempt to beat Spurs to their man.

Norwich are struggling in the Championship, losing eight of their last eleven league games after a bright start to the season. The Canaries sit in 12th in the second tier of English football, and with promotion looking unlikely for Alex Neil’s side this season, Murphy might jump at the chance of a move to a Premier League club.

The Mirror also state that Mauricio Pochettino has been impressed with the 21-year-old’s performances for Norwich this season, and has sent scouts to watch him in the Championship ahead of a potential January move.

Both clubs seem to be neck-and-neck in the race to secure the services of Jacob Murphy from Norwich, but reports suggest that Liverpool are confident that they will beat Tottenham to his signature by loaning him back to Carrow Road for the rest of the season, and this alone will be enough to beat Spurs to this deal.

Murphy has been in good form for Norwich this term, bagging five goals and five assists already at this midway stage of the season. The winger has also created 21 chances this season, and made 16 key passes in 20 league appearances under Alex Neil.

Do Spurs need Jacob Murphy, and is a move to White Hart Lane likely?

In terms of wingers when playing a 4-2-3-1 formation, Spurs have the injured Erik Lamela, Hueng-min Son, Christian Eriksen, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Moussa Sissoko. That makes five players fighting for two spots, and that is when Mauricio Pochettino decides to play in 4-2-3-1.

N’Koudou has lacked game time, and so has Moussa Sissoko, so you feel that they have much more to offer for Spurs both this season and in future seasons. So, in short, no Spurs do not NEED Jacob Murphy. This would make you think that this would rule Spurs out of the running after Pochettino said he only wants players that will slot straight into the team and make a huge difference in the January transfer window.

However, Mauricio Pochettino likes to work with young players, he likes to watch them grow into better players, and with the price likely to be fairly low, he might be tempted to give Daniel Levy a nudge and bid for Murphy in this January transfer window.

Player Ratings: Watford 1-4 Spurs- Lilywhites Run Riot At Vicarage Road

Spurs started as they mean to go on in 2017 with a thumping 4-1 win over Watford on New Year’s Day. A Harry Kane brace and a Dele Alli double helped Spurs on their way to victory in a contest that was over by half-time. Here are the player ratings from the 4-1 win. 

Hugo Lloris- 7

Hardly had a save to make all game. He will be disappointed not to keep the clean sheet, but in the end it has no significance at all.

Eric Dier- 7

It was once again a back three deployed by Mauricio Pochettino, and I thought Eric Dier had a good game. Not only was his defending good, but he looked to pose a threat going forward, successful or not.

Toby Alderweireld- 7

A welcome return back into the side for Toby Alderweireld. He had a solid game and managed to keep the threat posed by Deeney and Ighalo to a minimum.

Kevin Wimmer- 7

Wimmer slotted into the side well at Vicarage Road. He is a good squad player for Spurs, and on his day is a good defender. I think Spurs should keep hold of him during January and for the rest of the season.

Kieran Trippier- 9

Outstanding. Trippier had an amazing game in the absence of the suspended Kyle Walker. He created two chances, and created two goals as a result. A excellent performance from the 26-year-old, who should be given more chances in the first team.

Danny Rose- 7

Didn’t quite hit the heights of previous games, but still looked solid. He looked a little tired, and it was a smart move to replace him with Ben Davies ahead of the crunch clash with Chelsea on Wednesday night.

‘Should Start More Often’ Spurs Fans Heap Praise Onto This Man Following Watford Thrashing

Spurs got the New Year off to the best possible start with a 4-1 win over struggling Watford. The win lifts Mauricio Pochettino’s side into the top four going into the next round of fixtures.

Spurs dominated the game from the start, and you could sense a goal was coming when Dele Alli crashed a magnificent effort off the bar. In fact, the opener came just 24 seconds later. Kieran Trippier slid a lovely ball through to Harry Kane, who finished at the near post beyond Gomes.

A second goal was to follow soon after. Trippier was the creator once again as he whipped a great cross into the box. Kane was first to it between two Watford defenders to fire Spurs two goals to the good.

Younes Kaboul would have been keen to impress former manager Mauricio Pochettino on his visit to Vicarage Road following his comments about the Argentine boss in the week, but it was his error that led to the third goal just before half-time. Kaboul should have cleared a second ball, but slipped and gave the chance to Dele Alli, who made no mistake in tucking the ball into the back of the net.

The Englishman added his second just after the break. Harry Kane played the ball through to Alli, who took a touch before sliding the ball under Gomes. Tottenham took their foot off the gas slightly, and Watford scored a conciliation goal in stoppage time as Kaboul bundled the ball into the net.

Kieran Trippier put in a highly impressive performance for Spurs, playing in a right wing-back role in the absence of Kyle Walker. The 26-year-old created two chances, both turning into goals, won 75% of his tackles and put 4 crosses into the box. Here is how Spurs fans reacted to Trippier’s fantastic display.

3 Signings Tottenham Could Complete In The Next 7 Days

The New Year brings with it the excitement of the January mid-season transfer window. As we edge ever closer to 2017, clubs will have already identified their key targets and will be looking to make their moves. Here are three transfers Tottenham could complete in the opening week of the January transfer window. 

1) Ross Barkley

Despite scoring yesterday in the 2-2 draw with Hull, Ronald Koeman has not been impressed with midfielder Ross Barkley in recent weeks, and while he is still rated at £30m by others clubs, Everton could be tempted to sell up during the January transfer window if the price is right.

Reports last week had suggested that if Spurs were to contact that Toffees about a potential move, Koeman would try for a straight swap deal. A deal that would see Barkley move to North London and Koeman finally land his target Moussa Sissoko after dramatically missing out on the Frenchman back in the summer.

However, this swap deal is highly unlikely, and if these reports are correct that Koeman is keen on this swap deal, I am sure he will learn in the very near future that Sissoko is not for sale and will not be used in any transfer deal. A bold big of £30m or higher from Daniel Levy at the very start of the transfer window would surely make a good start to negotiations, and we could see a swift deal.

From what I have seen from Barkley this season, he is not worth the £30m that it will take to bring him to White Hart Lane. He may add a bit of squad depth, but not much more. He is no better than what we already have in the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen. A £30m deal would be a huge mistake, but who knows, it could happen.

Spurs Eye Sensational Swoop For La Liga Duo In January

According to separate reports from the Daily Express and the Daily Mirror, Spurs are set to make exciting moves for Real Madrid duo Isco and Pepe, as Mauricio Pochettino looks to strengthen his squad over the January transfer window. 

The Daily Express report that Spanish website Okdiario claim that Spurs along with a host of Premier League clubs are interested in signing Pepe in the New Year. Spurs collapsed defensively at the end of last season, shipping nine goals in the final three games against Chelsea, Southampton and Newcastle in the midst of title pain, and ended up finishing third behind bitter rivals Arsenal.

It seemed that the best defensive pair in the Premier League, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen crumbled under the pressure, and Mauricio Pochettino is keen to add experience to the defensive ranks at Spurs. In terms of experience, Pepe has been and done it all, and would be the perfect signing.

The Real Madrid star has won it all with the Spanish giants and is keen to find a new challenge, and Spurs would seem a side that have big ambitions. However, if the Lilywhites are to pull this deal off, they would have to beat Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City to his signature, who are all interested in Pepe’s services.

The Daily Mirror claim that Real Madrid midfielder Isco is unhappy with the amount of game time he is getting at the Santiago Bernabeu, and is keen on a move away from Madrid. Spurs could be ready to pounce in January as they look to land one of their long-term targets.

The Spaniard has played the full ninety minutes for Real Madrid just twice this season, and a move away would surely secure the talented playmaker more time out on the pitch. Despite making twelve appearances this season, it is thought that Isco would like to feature each and every week and for the full ninety minutes, something tat is not happening at Real Madrid.

If the Spanish international were to move to White Hart Lane in the New Year, would he slot straight into the team? That would depend on the form of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli as well as Heung-min Son. Erik Lamela will also be back soon from injury. Isco is a quality player that would fit in well at Spurs, and has shown he can make a difference at Real Madrid, providing three assists this season, creating 18 chances, making 15 key passes in his 12 La Liga appearances.