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Kane Shines Again- Player Ratings: Asteras Tripolis 1-2 Tottenham

Tottenham survived a late scare to overcome Asteras Tripolis in the Premier League. Harry Kane scored again for Spurs as Federico Fazio picked up another red card in the closing stages of the match. Here are the individual player ratings.

Michel Vorm- 7

Saved well when he needed to and swept up expertly, could’ve maybe saved the penalty but otherwise did well

Ben Davies- 7

Often had a lot of room on the left and did well, passing was very good and produced several good attacks down the left flank early on

Jan Vertonghen- 6

Struggled against the long ball over the top, and especially in the second half he was caught out of position numerous times when the ball came high

Federico Fazio- 6

Also struggled with the long balls, gave away a needless penalty, not much contact but it still put us under pressure late on

Eric Dier- 6

Didn’t do much wrong defensively but was very cautious going forward, looks lost at Right-Back, would surely be better in the Centre of defence

Mousa Dembele- 6

Sometimes excellent with his distribution of the ball but often went missing too many times during the game

Benjamin Stambouli- 7

Kept us very solid in the midfield in the first half, very rarely wasted the ball and won most of his tackles, good display

Erik Lamela- 7

Was effective on both wings, created some good runs, often wasted the final ball when better options were available to him

Andros Townsend- 7

When he switched wings, he delivered some good crosses which troubled Asteras, pace was effective and he took his penalty superbly well

Christian Eriksen- 6

Again, didn’t have a great influence on the game, couldn’t create any chances, passing and fluidity on the ball was better tonight

Ryan Mason- 7

Once again, it was a great performance from Mason coming from the bench, he looked one of our best midfielders and showed why he is a Premier League regular.

Paulinho- 6

Paullinho was sent on with instructions to stay solid and close out the game, no impact was made by the Brazilian.

Roberto Soldado- 6

He had a whole half to get into the game, but he struggledd to have an impact on the game throughout the 45 minutes that he was on the field.

Harry Kane- 8

Another very good showing from Harry, constant threat in our attacks, neatly taken goal as well, must start vs Stoke on Sunday, keep it up, Harry!

Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Asteras Tripolis

Off the back of a Capital One Cup victory over Brighton, Tottenham got back to winning ways on Sunday when Harry Kane fired in a deflected free-kick in the 90th minute to beat Aston Villa. This time, it is the Europa League for Spurs, making that three competitions in three games for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. We face Asteras Tripolis, who Erik Lamela has fond memories of facing, famously scoring a rabona in a 5-1 win. Here is the Spurs team news and predicted line-up.

Team News: 

Many players have not made the trip to Asteras, all of Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul, Aaron Lennon, Kyle Naughton and Nabil Bentaleb are all still in London. Hugo Lloris is out through suspension after picking up a red card last time out against Asteras. As we know, Kyle Walker is a long-term absentee.

Predicted Line-Up: (4-2-3-1) 

Goalkeeper: Michel Vorm: 

Vorm is set to make his first European start for Tottenham after Lloris picked up a red card last time out in Europe, and Brad Friedel has been left in London. That now makes Vorm almost an odds on certainty to start against Asteras as he aims to impress Pochettino with a clean-sheet here.

Defence: Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Federico Fazio, Ben Davies: 

This selection is mainly due to squad rotation, giving Fazio a run-out in the starting line-up following his suspension, and with no Younes Kaboul, it is possible that Jan Vertonghen will take the captain’s armband for the night. It will be interested to see how Eric Dier gets on after his nightmare against Newcastle as he is likely to start as Kyle Naughton has been left at home. Ben Davies has admitted it has been tough so far at Spurs, and wants to push for a Premier League start, and he has the perfect chance to do this tonight.

Midfield (Holding): Benjamin Stambouli, Mousa Dembele: 

After a poor series of performances from Etienne Capoue, this could be the perfect chance to capitalise on this by putting in a good performance. If anybody, Stambouli could take his place if Pochettino chooses to leave him out as Stambouli a prepared more to sit back and protect the defence. He will have to play well to stay up the pecking order ahead of Nabil Bentaleb.

Midfield: (Attacking): Andros Townsend, Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen: 

I feel that Pochettino must start Roberto Soldado in the number ten role if he wishes to continue this trend. It will get him used to playing the position, and it will hopefully boost his confidence and he can start finding the net again. Christian Eriksen was out of form against Villa, hence being substituted at half-time. This is a good chance for Eriksen to rediscover his form, and Pochettino could try him out on the left to see if he can do the same as he did under Tim Sherwood.

Striker: Harry Kane: 

Harry simply must start up front for Spurs on Thursday night. The only reason for not starting him would be resting him for our home clash with Stoke on Sunday. Emmanuel Adebayor could start up top on his own, but I feel that Harry needs another start to keep racking up the goals and improving his tally for this season. If Soldado starts, then it would be a perfect time to try out this partnership between the Spaniard and Kane.

Three Ways Pochettino Tactically Shot Himself In The Foot Against Villa

Tottenham snatched a late three points at Villa Park due to a very late Harry Kane free-kick that took a deflection on it’s way into the back of the net. Inn many ways we were lucky to claim the win and here are three tactical flaws that Mauricio Pochettino made that nearly lost him the game.

1) Not tackling the height and threat of Christian Benteke

Since his return, Benteke has been improving every game he has played, and Pochettino did nothing to tackle his threat. We often saw Benteke jumping higher than all of our defenders and winning most headers, and the obvious solution to this would be starting Federico Fazio. Standing at around six foot and five inches, Fazio would be the perfect match for the Belgian, and would have stopped the threat of Benteke in the air. As it stood, Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen were no match for the tall Villa striker. We were only given a lifeline when Benteke was sent off just after the hour mark.

2) Not starting Harry Kane

As every Spurs fan will know, Harry Kane has been in excellent form during all cup competitions, and has hardly been given an opportunity in the Premier League. Only making appearances from the bench, Kane hasn’t been given the entire ninety minutes of a match to make a difference. However, the young Englishman only needed little over thirty seconds to make an impact on the game, running down the right, injecting some pace into the game and winning us a corner. Pochettino simply must start Harry Kane on Sunday against Stoke.

3) Playing Christian Eriksen on the right wing

For me, Eriksen is most effective playing in the number ten role, and this showed when he was substituted at half-time for Erik Lamela after a poor first half performance. I am not suggesting that the Dane should have been deployed in the number ten role, as I think that this would be better for Soldado in the long run. Eriksen has previously showed that he can play on the left hand side and behind the striker, but not on the right wing. Maybe it would have been better for the team if Lamela if had started in the position of Eriksen, as he is more suited to the role. There is time for experimenting, but away to Villa when your team is in times of trouble in the Premier League is not the right time to experiment.

So, to avoid losses in the future, Mauricio Pochettino must avoid these tactical errors and set up the team taking into account the opposition’s strengths as well as our own.

Why The New System We Saw Against Villa Will Suit Roberto Soldado

Yesterday, we saw Tottenham pick up a late 2-1 win over Aston Villa. That game saw Mauricio Pochettino fielding two strikers for the entire duration of the match. These two strikers didn’t line-up how you think they would.

The new system saw Roberto Soldado play just behind the striker, Emmanuel Adebayor or Harry Kane. You may say that there is no change in system, but it saw Soldado play as a number ten, but also helped out Adebayor or Kane up top, so effectively, we saw a 4-2-3-1 formation, sometimes changing into a 4-4-2 when Soldado chose to join the lone striker up top.

Now, onto who this will suit, and as you can tell by the title, I feel that it will suit Roberto Soldado the most. As we saw last season, Soldado struggled up front by himself, and often had to wait for the support from the midfield to come up before playing the ball through as he didn’t have the confidence or sheer pace to take on a defender.

On many occasions, this season as much as last, the Spaniard has dropped deep and sometimes has left us with no target man up front, leaving the midfield  with the responsibility of making goal scoring opportunities for themselves. Playing as the lone striker, the onus was on the Spaniard to score goals, and that is something he couln’t do from forty yards out.

That is why I think Soldado is suited to the number ten position, he can also link-up play very well with other, and the onus is not on him to score all the goals. This will hopefully take him of the mounting pressure off his shoulders and he can play with a bit more freedom, allowing him to roam from his position.

We hope that Mauricio Poochettino will keep this system, so we can hopefully get the best out of Roberto Soldado.

‘Great To See Passion’: Fans React To 2-1 Win Over Aston Villa

Reaction was positive from a Tottenham point of view as Mauricio Pochettino’s side snatched a late win over Aston Villa at Villa Park. It took an 83rd minute goal from Nacer Chadli to cancel out a 17th minute goal from Andreas Weimann. Then Harry Kane found a late winner from a free-kick on the 90th minute to give Spurs a late three points. Many on Twitter had previously been calling for the inclusion of Harry Kane in the Premier League, and this time their prayers were answered, albeit he didn’t start the match. One fan even said that this could be the turning point in our season. This is how the fans reacted on Twitter.

Other reaction throughout the game was a number of tweets stating that Kane would have scored a fantastic chance that out of form Emmanuel Adebayor squandered in the first half when Spurs found themselves 1-0 down and searching for an equaliser.

Chadli And Kane Earn Spurs Win: Aston Villa 1-2 Spurs: Player Ratings

Tottenham certainly left it late to snatch three points from Aston Villa at Villa Park. An 83rd minute equalizer from Nacer Chadli and a 90th minute free-kick from substitute Harry Kane got us the three points in a feisty affair that saw Christian Benteke sent off after laying a hand on Ryan Mason.

Hugo Lloris- 7

Helpless for Villa’s goal there was no chance of him saving that, saved well afterwards when he needed to and swept up expertly as usual.

Danny Rose- 6

Often had a lot of room on the left but was too wasteful in his crosses, Got caught out of position several time as well

Jan Vertonghen- 6

Was often too carless in defence, had lots of problems against Benteke for the first half, not very impressive today

Younes Kaboul- 6

Also struggled marking Benteke, often panicked with very nervous clearances and didn’t show much solidity for large parts of the game at the back

Kyle Naughton- 6

Didn’t do much wrong defensively but was very cautious going forward, very nervous in his tackles as well, got overrun by Weimann on several occasions

Etienne Capoue- 5

Very disappointing today, failed to clear the cross for Villa’s goal, lost possession too often and kept getting overrun by Villa, game passed him by

Ryan Mason- 8

Kept  us from going further behind, only man who was driving the ball forward, and trying to get us back into the game, very rarely wasted the ball and won most of his tackles

Nacer  Chadli- 7

Was effective on both wings, created some good runs, scored at the crucial time for us which helped us win, solid showing

Andros Townsend- 6

Wasn’t on for long but he delivered some good crosses which troubled Villa, pace was effective cutting open Villa’s defence, won the free-kick for our winner too

Christian Eriksen- 5

Very poor showing, didn’t have a great influence on the game, couldn’t create any chances, very poor game by his standards

Erik Lamela- 6

Struggled to make an impact for much of the 2nd half, made some driving runs to create chances but wasn’t effective enough in the final third

Emmanuel Adebayor- 6

Had two golden chances that he should’ve scored, but wasted, drifted offside too often, wasn’t as strong in the air as he usually is

Roberto Soldado- 7

Had a couple of solid chances that he should’ve done better, looked much more comfortable playing in a 2 and worked well with both Adebayor and Kane

Harry Kane 8:

Made a fantastic impact when he came on, looked more positive in our attacks, gave Villa’s defence trouble with his pace and strength and brilliant goal to win it, keep it up, Harry

Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Aston Villa

Spurs got back to winning ways when they beat Brighton 2-0 at White Hart Lane in the Capital One Cup. The goals came from Erik Lamela and Harry Kane, sparking huge debate over who should start at the weekend. Mauricio Pochettino has silenced this by hinting the Kane could be handed his first start of the Premier League season. Villa have not won in five games, scoring in none of them.

Team News: 

Spurs will travel to Villa Park without Kyle Walker and Nabil Bentaleb through injury. Kyle could be back soon, although the boos is not quite sure the exact date of the right-back’s return. Aaron Lennon is a doubt to make the starting eleven after picking up a knock on Wednesday.

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

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris: 

Hugo has been in fantastic form recently, and has kept us in many games for large periods of time. It is almost guaranteed that the Frenchman will start at Villa Park.

Defence: Kyle Naughton, Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul, Danny Rose

Vertonghen has said some positive things about the team this week, and performed well on Wednesday, getting in a last ditch tackle to keep the game goalless and should start alongside the captain Younes Kaboul. Eric Dier should be rested now that Naughton is back from injury, it is not his natural position at right-back, and this showed for the first Newcastle goal last week.

Midfield (Holding): Etienne Capoue, Ryan Mason

This has been the holding midfield partnership for the past few week, and was quite effective at Manchester City, although we lost 4-1, it allowed one extra man to help out in attack, whilst the other was happy to sit back and protect the defence.

Midfield (Attacking): Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli

Pochettino has liked to stay with this attacking three all the way through the Premier League season, and you can understand that decision with two them being our top two goalscorers in the Premier League. It could only be a matter of time before Erik Lamela bags his first league goal for Tottenham as he bagged another cup goal, his third in last two cup appearances. It will also only be a matter of time before we see the full potential of Lamela, as he turned the game on its head when he came on at half-time.

Striker: Harry Kane

Pochettino has already hinted that Kane will start on Sunday, and rightly so. He has been in terrific form in cup competitions such as the Europa League and the Capital One Cup. If he can transfer this form into the Premier League it would be a huge boost as we need goals from up front. However, Kane could start behind the striker, although this is unlikely as Pochettino may want to keep the same attacking three as he has done in recent weeks.

Vertonghen: “They have the right to expect things from us as players”

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has said that the Spurs fans are right to expect more from the players after a poor run of Premier League results. The Belgian has also stated why he thinks that Mauricio Pochettino’s side lost to Newcastle last Sunday.

“They have the right to expect things from us as players,”

“We want to do well and they expect us to do well – they have expectations like we do and of course they have to express it in some way.

“I understand they were not happy with a defeat at home to Newcastle. Nor are we.

“We are doing well in the cups, but we need a run of a couple of good games in the league.

“People thought we had started that when we drew against Arsenal and beat Southampton”

“Maybe we were unlucky that the international break came in between, but hopefully we can get back on track now.

“It is difficult to say what is missing. I don’t talk about being unlucky, but we had a good first half against Newcastle last weekend, and we were the better team.

“We lost a bit of belief after the equaliser and maybe a bit of luck. But we are working very hard and we believe in each other. We are getting close to what we want.

Fans will be boosted by the fact that Vertonghen refuses to talk about the side being unlucky on the road to defeat in some games, which shows that the centre-back believes that the actions of the team contribute fully to the final outcome of the match. Recent comments from other players, like Vertonghen has stated that they are becoming a team now in the sense that they all believe in each other and feel that they can rely on other players to push them to their absolute limits and bring the best out of each other, Mauricio Pochettino has contributed to this, like he did at Southampton, since his arrival.

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.