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Wont be able to catch the match later due to the timeslot! :( First one I've missed in ages, have faith the boys will get the job done against a Swansea team in decent form!

COYS!!
Don't worry mate, you can catch the game ("again") tomorrow!
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Oh damn, thought it was today LOL. Hahah still won't be able to watch it though :(
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Let's hope we get another winning run going, starting tomorrow. :)
I'm expecting a response from the players! Should be a really good game.
I'm pretty busy at the moment but thought I'd still slip in a few lines about my impression of the final. How it in the end panned out had probably been quite predictable. We know that Mourinho is a master and has a Chelsea team currently the strongest in England, capable of playing exactly how they're instructed and change tactics during the course of the game.
We can also appreciate how Pochettino set up our team, to have a solid and composed defensive unit, with Bentaleb and Mason in front of our back four, with pace and effort poured into our flanks. Unfortunately, it only partly worked and if I'm honest that was always going to be the case here.

I was hugely impressed with Bentaleb and Dier. Two young blokes who play with an unreal confidence and composure and they're still developing! If we can only keep these two guys at the club they got to have a great future ahead of them. Danny Rose is also definitely growing into an influential left back. However, we succeeded with very little despite all the pacey kilometers bombed up and down the flanks. Chadli played a fantastic match when we beat Chelsea on new year's day but has otherwise been underwhelming for a long period. Townsend will give any left back some exercise but as long as he's half decent he will also keep Townsend from producing anything of note. The same is the case with Walker on the attack, so in that respect Rose is the least predictable and offers more than the other three. When this concurred with Mourinho to a great extent succeeded to pacify Eriksen and Kane, then we can easily be allowed ball possession without having the creativity to be really dangerous. Chelsea on the other hand were. It's a great credit to the defensive team unit that we didn't lose by a bigger margin.

The two goals we let in were cheap and a bit self destructive and all fitted in with Mourinho's game plan. After we had been pretty sound and focused in nearly 45 minutes, Chadli switched off and instead of getting into a proper position to challenge for that ball with Ivanovic he was lazy and nonchalant about it. As soft as it may have been, it was totally unnecessary to let the referee award them a freekick in that position. Those who have followed this team could see what was coming. Some calamitous defending, a loose ball, an unlucky deflection...
The second half never really took off for us. We never really threatened. Another deflection, which Lloris absolutely can't be blamed for, and it was all over. While I watched our lack of creativity and, should I say, lack of self belief, I wondered a bit about the player who statistically has created the most goal scoring opportunities for us this season sitting on the bench. Like Dembele, he struggled to get into the game when they both eventually came on, but Lamela still had more intent and more successful passes in his 20 minutes than Townsend had all the time he was on. I personally believe our chances would have been better with Dembele and Lamela as the two helping Eriksen and Kane. Chadli and Townsend definitely failed to do so. I think Pochettino is doing a great job but it has been mentioned here before; he doesn't seem to be a tactical game changer when it isn't working. When he eventually put on Soldado as a second striker, we knew he had resigned. My thoughts: when Mason was taken off (probably because he had run himself empty), why not put on Stambouli to join up with Bentaleb, instead of having Dembele too far back. At the same time take Chadli off - pull Eriksen wide, Dembele behind Kane and Lamela for Townsend - but those changes were needed much earlier.
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GREAT game guys. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

I can honestly say, that ever since I've been watching the EPL, this Spurs team is one of the strongest I've seen. it's obviously still in transition, like us, but wow. the potential you have in your team with all those young players is amazing. with an average age of 23.5yrs in your line-up for that final, you guys will surely be reaching those heights (and more) for years to come.
Good luck to you guys now for the rest of the league. :)
I thought the final was fairly tame but you're right we've got some amazing young talent.
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RIP Dave Mackay.
One of the greatest!
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Never saw him play but everybody that speaks about him rates him as one our all time greats.

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Such a legend both in Scotland and England! He won the league both as a player (with Spurs and in Scotland with Heart of Midlothian) and as a manager (with Derby).
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I feel so empty after that... After dominating the flow of the game, with our midfielders (especially Bentaleb) running the show, it was two deflected goals that were the difference.

We have our back four for the future. Dier is going to be a bloody star, and if we can keep Vertonghen, with Rose and Walker learning every day, we will have the best back four in the league in a few seasons (and 3 of them young and English)..

The bad luck that we experience is unrivalled in any other team. But the future under Pochettino is bright. If he stays this summer, we have huge hope. If Levy fires him, I will stop following Spurs for at least a season.

I don't have Wifi at the moment, so won't be able to post for a few weeks, but come mid-march, I'll be a regular as before.

Keep your heads up lads, we deserved to win against one of the best teams in Europe. Pochettino is bringing the best out of our youngsters and is slowly creating the team that he wants, and with a couple of additions in the summer, we will win something or get top 4 next season. For the first time in years I can say that with confidence.

COYS!!! COYS!!! COYS!!!

p.s I bloody hate Fazio

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why hate Fazio? :/
I prefer Dier to him too tbh, but Fazio has much to offer IMO. Our team is littered with mistakes regardless of who starts in defence tbh.
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Luck had nothing to do with it to be honest. It was a stupid foul by Chadli when he had all the time in the world to get to that ball first and clear it. Then the defending of the freekick was just naive and rubbish. There were 4 Tottenham players all lined up ready to head that ball clear, but Rose heads it straight into the danger zone and it's not picked up. We never got back into the game after that. Chelsea had it easy.

Spurs played decent, we didn't play badly but we didn't play well enough to win it. Mourinho and his team used their vast experience to their advantage and executed their gameplan perfectly. We ran out of steam and couldn't effectively press high for the whole game. Our attack wasn't clinical enough and we didn't create enough chances. Kane never got into the game. Rose and Walker always present great attacking intent but with no end product. Eriksen, Mason and especially Bentaleb had a good game in the middle of the park. Dier and Vertonghen were solid with what they had to deal with. We lacked the killer instinct needed to win a final; Chelsea didn't.

At the end of the day, what else can you expect from one of the best teams/managers around right now who had all week to prepare against us. This was a Wembley/Final debut for a lot of the players and they can only learn from this experience.

Onwards and upwards. There is a bright future ahead of this young team, and I'm sure there will be more Wembley finals to come. Now to focus on the league and fight for a CL spot.

COYS
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1) Chadli foul on Ivanovic was ridiculously soft. Ivanovic pisses me off, he's a straw house masquerading as one made of brick. Literally got brushed on the arm and went down. Can't believe the linesman gave it.

2) The FK defending was poor yes but how is it not lucky that it deflected straight to Terry and then Terry's shot deflected into the net?

3) Second goal was a cross that could've been caught by Lloris or deflected out for a corner. But no, our luck was terrible so it went straight into the net.

That's not mentioning the reffing, like Dembele being fouled in their box, Harry getting manhandled in the box on a corner. I feel like if we had gone down as softly as they did on every challenge, the result would have been different.
@SS

1. Soft or not, it was a foul. Ivanovic goes down always and even Chadli, I'm sure, must be aware of that. You can't risk silly attempts to foul against a team with so many good headers of the ball.

2. Lucky? Yes, maybe. We made our own luck(lack of it) by not clearing our lines.

3. That 2nd goal was really hard to take. Walker did just about enough IMO. Wicked deflection left Hugo with no chance.
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@SS Like I said really, Chelsea (and Mourinho in particular) used their experience. They drew in fouls, and won the calls, maybe we should have dived more, but we didn't and thus in the end didn't get any calls.

You say it got deflected to Terry, but I say it was our poor defending which meant the ball wasn't cleared properly and eventually fell to Terry who was in the right position. In any case, was there a wrong position to be in for Terry? We had complete zonal marking and didn't mark any Chelsea players. That isn't Chelsea, that is Spurs naivety and poor defending.

At the end of the day, we didn't play well enough to beat Chelsea. Everything would have turned out differently had we scored first but we didn't.
@Suraj, Chadli wasn't even attempting to foul FFS. You are making it sound like he was trying to be sneaky about it. No, he was literally just setting himself to take the ball down and was unfortunate enough to touch Ivanovic.

@FayJay, of course poor defending was involved, but sometimes you get away with those sometimes you don't. And we definitely didn't on Sunday. Two deflections in quick succession to put the ball in the back of the net is lucky no matter what went before. That plus the second goal makes it really difficult to not feel hard done by.
It was lazy by Chadli and totally avoidable.
Haha SS, we both know that neither is going to change our views on that incident. Let's just move on from it. :D

Looking forward to tomorrow. Hope we win the next 2 on the bounce and move on from the last couple of weeks.
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Hope we win the next 12.
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Spurs vs Sydney FC! May 20th should be made official on Friday! All you Aussie and Kiwi yids!
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May 20th? Are you sure? That's not possible. We play our final league match on 24th May.
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Sorry! May 30th!
Tough break guys, but I think Jose says it best: ‘First of all I want to say that in the middle of my happiness is space to think about Mauricio Pochettino, his staff and Tottenham as a team and a club,’ said the Blues boss. ‘I met him in Spain many years ago as a player and then when he was a young manager when I was at Real Madrid. He came to England, proved himself, nobody game him anything for free.

‘He did fantastic work at Southampton, came to a big club like Tottenham and is building a fantastic team. They gave us a hard final, they made us be humble and think about the game strategically.

:)
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Respect to Mourinho for his comments after the match.
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Proud of Mauricio and team today, hopefully this is the first of many cup finals!
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Lets be honest. None of us expected this season to involve a Cup final, or even be this close in the fight for 4th place for a considerable portion of the year. We're doing quite well overall, with a few things needed to be ironed out. The time we'll truly see Poch truly shine through will be from 2016-2017 season, where the team will be well and truly his.

Patience is key, and like Kalopsia says, lets be proud of the team today. After the start to the season, we've come back rather well.
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Hard luck guys
good thing was the referee was good
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Referee was good? Hahahahahaha

Close match, 2-0 is harsh on us, Chelsea got lucky both on the pitch and with the ref.

Two deflections did us in, foul which led to the first goal was incredibly soft and there was clear shirt pulling in the Chelsea box that went uncalled. I also still don't know how Costa came out of the match without a yellow.

Enjoy your cup win.
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Chadli had no reason to foul Ivanovic he was going no where
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He didn't foul him
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@Drogbalampard, except it wasn't a foul or at least it should not have been called one.
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it was a soft one but Ivanavic made the most of it since he is like a tank that falls like a feather
Bentaleb/Walker our best players on the night imo. We just didn't seem to have the energy today, even though the players did play well.

Our defending on set pieces still as poor as ever, leading to the goal.

Chelsea had the luck today with some questionable calls from the ref and the walker deflection, and once they went 2-0 they sat back and do what they do best, and it worked.

Can't really say we were the better side as we barely created any clear cut chances, but 2-0 is a very flattering scoreline for Chelsea.

Really dissappointing week :(
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Bentaleb was great! He was my motm for us.
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Our set piece defense is one of the worst in the league. We've conceded time and again in this, and most of the mistakes have come from defenders who fall asleep and let a player they were supposed to be marking through for a clear header. Something we'll need to fix in the summer, and I'm sure Poch will be just as disappointed with the frequency of mistakes.


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