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http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2014/jul/24/ben-davies-tottenham-swansea-defender

Decent article IMO. Maybe, a tad underplays his qualities/attributes but a fair perspective.
Grabbed this from theboyhotspur.com

Its an interview with Schneiderlin about the way Pochettino likes to play

You spoke about pressing earlier, does Pochettino like to isolate the player in possession, or does he prefer playing 1v1 all across the field?

First of all, we have to close the central zones. He keeps saying it’s the heart of play and there’s always more options from the central zones: switches of play etc…

He emphasises on blocking passing lanes. Anyway when I do press, I try to leave the worst passing option possible to the opponent.

Pochettino asks us not to give the opponent the choice. But it requires a massive amount of work from a collective point of view. It’s not surprising after six or seven months working on it that we’re now able to harass and fully imbalance some of the teams we face.

We couldn’t do that from the start as it’s a massive work put in at training.

He wants us to recover the ball as high as possible, so for that it’s usually up to a forward to trigger the pressing ; so then we’ve to follow.

Personally, I sometimes have to leave my zone to help on one side if a winger who was out of position because he was in a forward zone and couldn’t fall back in time.

I’m the closest to the ball to intervene so then even if I’m tired, I’m kicking my ass. So then, the winger has to fill my zone and then we switch positions.

This is the basic philosophy.

We have precise drills and patterns depending of the situation. On goal kicks, if they attack from the right side etc.

Pochettino is all about detail, really. I recall that he showed us from the start that a meter or half a meter could block two passing lanes in midfield.

We just had to move a step ahead or orientating our body a given way to face the opponent in order to put him into trouble

How is all that implemented on daily basis at training?


You’re ought to know we play a 11v11 game every Wednesday. It’s often against the reserves, or the academy ; youths basically but intensity is maximal.

The staff implements several patterns of play depending of the situations. And as we changed the system – because Pochettino likes to play with a 10 and a lone striker – because Osvaldo and Lambert are both out and out forwards, it requires adaptation

We work on patterns to get the ball out from the back on goal kicks: the last two games, both CM had to get to both angles of the penalty box while the two CB had to spread to both sides of the box.

Full backs have to get close to the byline and the midway line. The purpose is to get the ball out from the back on ground and not hoofing the ball on Lambert.

If the pass toward Wanyama isn’t possible, we have the two center backs. If opponents close us down, so then both full backs are unmarked in a free zone. The aim is to find them as soon as possible in order to write off the most opposing players as we can.

If ever we don’t have a short option, that means that the opponent has closed us down as a team ans so then we’ve to play long on Lambert because it will be 1v1 in the air. But we often change that pattern because opponents adapts after a couple of games.

While attacking, there’s also the will to pass the ball on the floor and stretch opposing defences. Hence how crucial is your role as you’re a specialist to switch the play?


We must know how to oxygenate play, dictating the rhythm, surprise the opponent. Pochettino asks me to switch the play often because he likes that.

He wants us to develop a genuine playing identity. Even falling back as a team is necessary, he gives us license to attack. He wants his full backs to get into attacking positions, put under pressure opponent’s wingers. We always have to scan around.
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http://www.thetottenhamway.com/2014/07/24/toronto-fc-vs-spurs-detailed-tactical-analysis/


Definitely worth a read, picked up on the formation much quicker than I did. I thought it was a 2-2-3-3 in attack, but this makes muuuuuch more sense.
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you know..it might just be perfect to exploit united's new 3-4-1-2 system:P
Who do you guys think will be your Breakthrough player this season???

Im thinking Lamela, since he seems that hes settled in England now, and plus i need one more winger, and Lamela is cheap enough for my dream team
Lol. Lamela's hardly an unknown to be a breakthrough player. True, it'd be the first time he'll probably really showcase his potential in a Spurs shirt, but he was terrific for Roma. Just ask any Roma fan. 13goals still hates me for signing Lamela :P Yes. He'd make a very good purchase in dream teams and the likes.

Holtby is one I'm personally gunning for. He showed some real potential at Schalke, but never really showed people just how good he is or why some people like myself are so hopeful about him. He won't be a starter, but certainly is a good player to excel for us. Similarly, Soldado will be our main striker by the end of the season.

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As far as players coming in to their own, keep an eye on Kane, Holtby, Soldado...I expect Capoue to play a big part, and I sincerely hope Verts and Kaboom form the partnership we've been hoping for. I don't know what to expect from Dembele/Paulinho/Chadli/Chiriches/Ade, and I'd be surprised to see all of those 5 at the lane come September.

Lamela is going to Tear. It. Up.
(Or I'll cry myself to sleep :D )
Im looking forward to seeing Davies play, not only cos he was 20 mill cheaper than sure, but the faces of MU fans when they see Davies outshine Shaw in everything lol
Lol. Strange days where it looks like a lot of people want to see united fail.
Strange days? Since I started following football, lot of people want Man Utd to fail! :P
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Lol Magneto, dont tell me u didnt have a massive smile when u saw their position last season
http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11095/9392912/transfer-news-vlad-chiriches-attracting-interest-from-italian-club-as-roma
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I'm in the minority here, but I do hope he's shipped out if we can manage to sign another central defender.
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@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!
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Don't worry we will develop him well:p
http://tottenhamhotspur.blogspot.com/2014/07/baby-bale-will-play-tomorrow.html?

So now tottenham is cloning players it seems:p
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I have to say I'm really happy that the forum has awakened,during the world cup this place was dead,so I'm happy some of the regulars are back in force,my laptop is broke and I only have my phone,so my write ups won't be as much as they used to but I'll still contribute daily 😊😊

Just want to say to mag aswell,my ps3 name is
Billy-mcg89
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Any contributions are good, Rogue. You've been a little silent in recent months, so I wondered what happened. I'll add you up on the PS3 later on. Mine is Magneto1080
Me too! My little spurs hideaway is back in full swing and if we all keep coming back despite the bugs you know we must have something good going!
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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I'm setting really low expectations for this season,cos I'm tired of getting let down.
I'll say top6 some good cup runs and playing brilliant closing down football will be good enough for me.I have no position desire though.
I think pool will drop from the top 4 and be replaced by United,with arsenal fighting with city n chavs for the title imo
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!"
I don't live here, so no won't be going to MLS games. I am watching Spurs vs Schalke in on the 7th of August at White Hart Lane though, that will be the proper, real experience I'm sure.
Just so you know, I reallllly hate you right now :P


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