Besiktas v Spurs – match preview (Thurs 11 Dec)

EUROPA LEAGUE GROUP C
Venue: Ataturk Stadium, Istanbul
Date: Thursday, 11 December
Kick-off: 18:00 GMT

If we’re serious about going far into, and maybe even winning, this competition then we need to do a job on Besiktas tonight.

We’re two points above them in the group and both teams are guaranteed to finish in the top two, so all that remains to be decided is who finishes top and gets the ‘easier’ route into the latter stages of the competition.

Such is the demands on managers at this time of year, Pochettino has left a lot of first teamers in London (Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Kyle Naughton) to keep them fit and rested ahead of a difficult league game on Sunday against Swansea – so tonight he will no doubt be looking to get the draw we need using a second-string team and some youngsters.

As well as the exciting youngsters who have made the trip to Turkey – Harry Winks and Jonah Onomah are tipped to get some game time – tonight may also see the long awaited return to action for Kyle Walker.

Hugo earns us a point! Spurs 0 – 0 Crystal Palace match report (Sat 6 Dec)

I’ve given myself a good 24 hours before writing this report, because if I tried to write it last night after getting home from the match this page would just be covered with swear words!

It was a very disappointing and frustrating afternoon for us Spurs fans yesterday, but I think it’s important not to get too carried away with the doom and gloom.

A lot of Spurs fans have taken to Twitter since yesterday’s match to slate everything from the players, the chairman, the manager and even their fellow fans.

This isn’t really very productive, though, so instead of joining the chorus of disenchantment I’m going to attempt to clutch at straws and look for some positives. After all, that’s what Spurs fans are good at!

Spurs v Palace match preview (Sat 6 Dec)

Now that the annual defeat away to Chelsea has been and gone, Spurs can look forward to what appears to be a season-defining December.

With Palace at home followed by Swansea (A), Burnley (H), and Leicester (A) in the league before we come up against Man U (H) on 28 December, a good run of wins could put our season well and truly on track.

On the other hand, more dodgy performances and bad results over the next four games will leave us wallowing in mid-table obscurity – and with Man U and Chelsea back-to-back at the turn of the year it’s paramount we bag a lot of points before then.

Spurs beaten by better team – Chelsea 3 – 0 Spurs match report (Wed 3 Dec)

We all knew deep down that a win would be asking a bit too much, and so it proved as a much superior Chelsea swatted away our challenge without really getting out of 3rd gear.

For the first 15 minutes or so we looked very good and probably deserved to be at least 1-0 up, with Kane hitting the bar and then wasting a great opportunity by firing wide.

By the 22 minute though we were suddenly 2-0 down and out of the game, thanks to some good old fashioned poor defending and sloppy play.

It has to happen eventually! Spurs v Chelsea match preview (Wed 3 Dec)

As well know, our record at Stamford Bridge isn’t very good. In fact, it’s the worst record for an away team at a particular ground in Premier League history.

The good thing about such stand-out records though, is that they have to end eventually.

We’re always nervy when a team comes to White Hart Lane on the back of a poor run of form, or if a striker is up against us who hasn’t scored for months – because we know the record is bound to end spectacularly against us.

That’s exactly how Chelsea feel about this fixture – they know they will lose it eventually, and the longer it goes on the worse it will be for them when it does happen.

Spurs, fans and players alike, are flying after our tremendous win/performance against Everton on Sunday, and now we are daring to dream.

Could this finally be the year we beat the Chavs in their own back yard?

Spurs 2 – 1 Everton – match report

Passion. Grit. Determination. Purpose.

It’s what we Spurs fans have been crying out for from this team for months – and today we got it in spades.

Going into today’s game against a good Everton team, there was a lot of doom and gloom swirling around. Some of it was plain old negativity, but most of it was justified.

Our performances have been poor over the past few months – although we’ve somehow managed to pick up some undeserved wins away from home, at White Hart Lane we’ve bordered on embarrassing (particularly the Liverpool, West Brom, Newcastle and Stoke games).

Today though, we saw a Spurs team brimming with energy and passion.

Spurs v Everton match preview (Sun 30 Nov)

Who else is more than a little bit worried about this game?

I’m very worried – and if you read through some of my previous match previews you’ll see I’m usually quite an optimistic and hopeful Spurs fan. Not so much this weekend, though.

Everton are a much better team than Villa, Stoke and Hull. We may have picked up two wins out of the those last three Premier League fixtures, but we were outplayed in all of them – and arguably only won against Villa and Hull because they both had a man sent off.

If we play tomorrow like we have done in the past few games, Everton will most likely take us to the cleaners – just like Liverpool did earlier in the season.

Hull 1 – 2 Spurs – match report (Sun 23 Nov)

Christian Eriksen came to the rescue for Spurs, dragging us to victory with an assist and a goal at the KC Stadium.

The Dane’s performance summed up our afternoon – he was very poor and wasteful in the first half, but then came out with renewed purpose in the second half.

Just like the Villa game though we were helped massively by the red card, but we’ve nicked another very valuable three points that take us back into the top half of the table and (fingers crossed) will provide a platform for the players to start building up some confidence.

Time to stand up and be counted – Spurs v Hull match preview (Sun 23 Nov)

It definitely feels like the Stoke game was a watershed moment for this current Spurs squad.

There’s no shame in losing 1-2 at home to any team in the Premier League, but the performance that day was shockingly bad – minimal effort, minimal desire, maximal shame.

What followed felt like a turning point though, with senior squad members like Lloris, Vertonghen and Dembele coming out and recognising there’s a big problem at Spurs and the players need to do their bit to sort it out.

Spurs are officially in trouble – Spurs v Stoke City match report (Sun 9 Nov)

 

You’d think that with over 25 years of following Spurs behind me, I’d know better than to get optimistic – even when we’re at home against an under-performing mid-table Premier League team who hadn’t won away for nearly three months. But that’s exactly what I did this weekend, calling for Spurs to ‘get their act together and put Stoke away early’ in my match preview.

But yet again they let me and every other Spurs fan down with another insipid performance in front of their loyal home fans.