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http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11095/9392912/transfer-news-vlad-chiriches-attracting-interest-from-italian-club-as-roma
I'm in the minority here, but I do hope he's shipped out if we can manage to sign another central defender.
@Mag, decent, but not top4 player, right?
He is a good ball player. I have been saying this since we signed him. He makes it look ridiculously easy at times and at the other times, he suffers from 'David Luiz syndrome'
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He'd make a decent CDM, but his positioning is beyond woeful in defense. He might have the time to learn, but the position is so crucial, that I'm not really sure we have the time to afford his blunders till he learns to be better. That's why Caulker was sold, and that is why, in my opinion, Vlad should be sold. If not for Hugo, we'd have conceded a lot more goals last year, and we cannot expect top notch goalkeeping can save us from so many blunders. As Suraj says, he is a player like David Luiz. Flashy, and makes people notice. But in a league as quick and punishing as the EPL, that trait is a liability.
McEvoy has gotten his first loan to Peterborough United in the League One.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28464499

Hope he does well. He's quite talented, but he didn't have as great a season last year in relation to the two before that. He'll turn 20 soon, so the next couple of seasons are important for him to prove he can play to the level expected of a premier league club.
LOL! I didn't realize you supported the club, Senor Godzilla. Give us an update of how he's doing from time to time, will ya? Thanks!
Don't worry we will develop him well:p
What's going to happen with our wingers? We have Townsend, Eriksen, Lamela, Lennon, Chadli, Falque and used to have Siggy. They can't all play at once.
There not all wingers mate I see what your saying though :) That's life at a top club, good to have competition for places. We'll have plenty of games this season as well, factor in injuries and that list will get smaller (Hopefully not many!) It's a good squad of players we've got.
Yeah. Agreed with both Kalopsia and FayJay. There need to be a good 4-5 people vying for the two spots (LW/RW). These areas are the ones where people catch a lot of hamstring injuries really quickly, and having a young player in there is only a good thing. Eriksen will be playing centrally, and even otherwise, every indication seems to show that Lamela, Eriksen, Holtby, Chadli, Lennon, Townsend will all be playing in a very fluid three man attack behind the striker. This is a high mobility and high pressure system, and it'd be difficult for people to maintain fitness through the season. Depth is key.

Also, with the effectiveness in which deals were done this term in the sale of Livermore, Siggs and the release of Gomes (yes, he was our third keeper. Kinda forgot about him), the refusal to re-sign Caulker on high wages (apparently)...and strengthening the worst hit area last season at LB... I see this as a very strong statement of knowing the squad. There is no argument form me as yet about the way dealings have been done, and I've decided to trust the management this season about the way they visualize the squad will be built up as.
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We have Townsend, Lamela, Lennon, Falque and Chadli as wingers. I'm sure Eriksen will be utilised in the number 10 role more, like he has done for the couple of pre-season friendlies.

Don't worry mate, Poch knows what he's doing. We are getting strengthened in the areas which need to be and are willing to let go of players that are deemed surplus. The Sigurdsson swap for Ben Davies and Vorm is testament to that.
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Was just wondering.. what will be your objectives for this season? Top 4? Europa?
For me?

1) Erradicate the poor quality of football and start playing some very attractive football like I know we are capable of.

2) Start playing as a team. We're a bunch of individuals, and that needs to be removed.

3) Play better against the "big teams". Last season, we looked scared out there at times. That just is the sort of mentality that will get us nowhere.

If we can look out for these three things, then the results will come on their own.
1) and 2) are somewhat the same point, Mag. What I wanted to know was which position in the table you want at the end of the season? Is it okay if you play well and show signs of brilliance even if you end up losing, or do you want to see more of the ability to grind out results when you're doing everything but score?

@AdrianLuca, so if you don't get top 4 will you brand the season a failure?
Definitly top 4. I think Liverpool will drop out and United probably won't do well, again.
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Not really, I will if we finish below 6th though.
They go so far hand in hand, Niru, it can be viewed as the same point. But it is like trying to run... you've first got to learn how to walk. The table is something I'm not bothered with at this point of time. I won't brand the season a failure if we start playing good football and finish 6th. But I will brand it a failure if we play like last season and finish 5th. There needs to be some direction to the club, and that's what I want this season. A sense of direction and purpose. Heck, I'll even go as far as saying, finishing 6th or 7th and winning the EL would be a huge success.
This might seem weird, but I think United will do well and it will be extremely tight next season for top 4 places. Herrera seems like a great signing and coupled with Van Gaal will ensure they head in the right direction with a good structure. In my opinion, its almost impossible to predict who will be in the top 4 next season, it seems no team is guaranteed a top 4 place and that is why we all love the EPL. One thing is for sure, nobody should be underestimating anyone at this stage, anyways it will be interesting to see which team will go the 'distance'.
This is potentially going to be the toughest season for Spurs in my opinion. All the top teams are getting stronger:
Mourinho has no excuse now of being in "transition" phase and he is fully focused on trying to win everything possible, as well as building a title winning team, as he has stated in his press conferences so far.
Van Gaal will bring Man Utd back to its former glory, not right back up at the top but definitely back into the top four where they belong.
Pelligrini and Man City will be strong as usual.
Wenger and Arsenal have begun loosening their purse strings and are bringing in real quality into their side in the last couple of seasons. Ozil from last season and Sanchez this season, and they are still working on bringing players in. Real contenders again as usual.

Realistically at best I'm honestly looking at a top 6 finish. Rodger's liverpool team is hard to judge. With the sale of Suarez I think their team is mediocre at best and Rodgers has fallen into his habits of buying overpriced mediocre players once again. You can have a dig at Spurs with the Bale money, but Rodgers brought in 14 players or so over 2 years and only 3 of them were any good, Sturridge, Mignolet and Coutinho. Henderson you can argue has more recently stepped up, but I don't rate him and think he's overpriced. Losing Suarez and having more than just Premier League to contend in I feel Liverpool and Rodgers may be found out in the following season.

Saying all this, my objective would be winning Europa League. Without a doubt I think that is our best chance to get into Champions League for next season but more importantly it also gives us a Trophy to brag about.

To dare is to do! COYS!

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Hmm. Hope you guys do well!

(But not too well :P)
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I hope spurs break into the top 4 if it means keeping united out...We need to bring them back down to earth..they are just getting too many lucrative sponsorship deals..few years outside of Europe will fix that
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I base my expectations on previous season. Anything less than that is a failure in my book.
So, basically we won't be a failure by any stretch IMO. Football will be better. I expect a bit more professionalism.

TOP 4 or a cup final would be a success in my book. We can't do worse than last season.
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Experience of a lifetime for me. Absolutely amazing. Seeing the players right there in front of you is just so surreal. And then getting to talk to Daniel Levy is just on another level. For all those who haven't got to see a live football match in their life, you definitely need to make sure you see one soon, because it is a beautiful experience.

I'll write a few scouting reports in a longer post later, currently just reveling in my happiness.
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Was wondering if you did go and how it turned out. Great to hear you had such a good time bud! Didn't Levy offer to sell you something for an exhorbitant price and succeed? He did get 8 million quid for Livermore :D
Well he just passed by me in the aisle, on his way down to the pitch so I just told him that he's doing a great job, he just smiled.

But yeah, great stuff. Atmosphere was pretty good, considering it's Canada.

And gotta say Lamela, Soldado and Capoue were excellent. Kaboul too.
Glad you enjoyed it and saw a huge number of spurs players!
First live game is a very surreal experience.

My first trip to WHL was when Spurs got rolled over 6-1 by Chelsea, tor Andre flo with a second half hat trick.

Will you now start going to MLS games?
Ouch, Andy. Ouch. lol.

Yeah. The atmosphere this pre-season is pretty decent. We're doing well in marketing the club as a "brand" (can't believe I just used that phrase. I ought to go vomit). So you did the right thing telling Levy he's doing a good job :P I suppose it must have been a nice change for him too, hearing a nice word of praise instead of "BUY DOFWUEEO!"
nice finishes from Lamela. want to see many of them this season.
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Yep, hope he has a great season
Well, I missed the game. It wasn't a surprise as it was on at 5 30 AM my time and I was working all the way till 2 30 AM. I'm looking to LockStock to provide a fullgame video somehow :D
No worries, If I find a link for the second half I'll send it your way. Oh man this site has problems haha
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i36uoU42cLc

Here's the first half Mag :)
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@Kalopsia. Thanks a lot. :)
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English commentary link, if any. I know I am asking for too much. :P
Is there any wonder that even those like me who want to stay away keep coming back to this board? You lot are absolutely brilliant. Cheers Kalopsia! I can do without the commentary, usually s**t anyway :D
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I watched that half so far. And there are things that I like and things that I'm going to keep an eye out for. I like Lamela's finishing and first touch, but I'm worried about his positioning. Eriksen had a very tough time because of his roaming, as did Soldado. He went everywhere and the rest of the team had to work extra time to make up for that. I'm happy with Soldado, Lennon, Kaboul, Davies. all of them put in a good shift and worked hard for the team.

And how pleasing is it to see 3 successful crosses from the LB in one half of the game?!
@MAg: I think Poch prefers the front 4 to float around. I agree that Eriksen had a tough time. It was his 1st appearance this season. That could be another possible reason. I won't be taking anything substantial from these early friendlies. The Final friendly against Schalke might be a far truer gauge of how the team will set up in the early matches.
Yeah. I agree. And nothing to worry about really, I don't judge the players on it. Was just trying to make out what the system is that we're going to play. Heck, this first half could have been a "get Lamela's confidence up" half even. The point I was trying to make is I wonder if Eriksen is capable of roaming to the right as much as he has. I remember Holtby doing the same in the earlier game (didn't see this game's second half yet).

So far, the CB's move towards the wings a little. The CDMs stay in place and defend. Wing backs alternate in width. And when Lennon was crossing, it tends to become 2 strikers with either Lamela or Eriksen moving up front to meet the ball. The front 4 are very very very mobile though, and a heck lot of flicks and one touch passing. Loving what I see :) All we need to do is give Poch and the squad some time. This drastic change from dull and drab football/shoot from 40 yards won't come overnight.
Little late but congrats on getting Davis and Vorm.
Cheers mate.
Townsend! great finish! 3-2 Spurs!
It was a great finish, but his crossing has been poor. Lots of balls sent way over the box.
Yeah I agree, definitely something he needs to work on. Looked lively though, made some really good driving runs from the middle of the park.
Give him time to get used to playing on the left. We know he has a good left foot, just has to get used to playing over there
I'd like to see him drive right to the by line, either square the ball across goal or cut it back. You see him get in these really wide positions but he doesn't seem to have the technique to pick a player out in those really wide area's. .

It does hi light our need for another top CB imo tho, If Kaboul could stay fit that'd be a huge bonus but if he can't I just don't know who'd pair with Verts and do well. We will con seed more goals this season with Daws at the back, the pace of the game has gotten away from him (Meant to be below Mag)
I'll keep to the principle of not being too critical of players in pre-season. They're told to try new things, and the likes of Dawson, Rose and Townsend have more to prove and learn than anyone else in the team. As long as they pick up where they are making mistakes on and work towards improving that, I'm happy. Remember guys, these are nothing but glorified practice sessions.
That's the thing with Rose and Townsend, though. Going by last season's performances, they don't seem to even recognize their mistakes/shortcomings.

Now, whenever I see Rose initiate a tackle, I call foul before there's even contact. Townsend wasn't that bad, but like you said, it's a glorified training session. He'll f**k up soon enough. LOL
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I hear ya. I didn't see the second half, so I cannot comment. But Dawson, Rose and Townsend are under a lot of pressure. This new system doesn't suit them much. Of the three mentioned, the one I see actually adapating to this is Rose.
Rose didn't look to shabby in the second half, put in a great cross that Kane should've buried! Daws just backs off to much, allows the striker to drop short and receive the ball far to easily. I think he knows If he gets to tight to attacking player they'll just do him, he looks far to cumbersome
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Dawson has to go, he's not up to standard anymore. Sitting off defenders, not marking anyone
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Watch that second goal, wtf is Dawson doing. .
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