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Question, how long is Jay Rodriguez out for?
BBC journalist Ben Smith tweeted that we've made an enquiry for Jay Rodriguez.
http://windycoys.com/2014/07/under-21s-in-france/?

Our U21s look a little light this year. McEvoy's gone too, and at the moment, Fryers and Veljkovic are with us as well. Will be interesting to see if anyone can break through this season. We've got a new defensive U-21 coach as well in Ehiogu, who I believe is heading the U-21 side now.
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.
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That article seems to confuse itself about how good Ben Davies is in attack. Lol. One moment, he isn't all that great, and then there's a whole excerpt of how he scored a particular goal while attacking :P

One thing is for certain. Davies is not a finished article and even in his interviews with SpursTV, he's said the same. He's got to improve in defensive positioning against tricky wingers, and understand when to move forward a bit better. He's still well better than Rose, but I'm glad he's got his feet on the ground and hopefully Poch will be able to help him grow as a footballer. He's not got the same pace as some of the quicker wingbacks, so he's got to play with more intelligence. Luckily, he's got a high team ethic instilled in him.
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
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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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