Date: 17th February 2017 at 2:28pm
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It was a special day too for their manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck, who was celebrating his 53rd birthday on Thursday.

“We believed in our own qualities,” Vanhaezebrouck said. “We were not afraid to play, and that is a victory in itself for me. I told them to believe it was possible to win. To do that was the cherry on the cake for me.”

Tottenham will  still be favourites to turn the tie around in front of their own fans at Wembley but the national stadium has not proven a happy hunting ground for them this season.

They lost two of their three games there in the Champions League group stage, a record that proved key to them failing to go through.

Going to Wembley is mythical,” Vanhaezebrouck added. “The most important thing for us was to make it a game, to avoid losing 4-0. That can happen for the best.

Now we can really make a game of it. We made the return game a very interesting game next week.”

PA Sport

 
Comments
  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • A waddle and a fork February 17, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    I had a dream that Jannsen was shit last night. What could it mean?

  • DAVID February 17, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Our away performances have been poor for most of the season, players appear to have no confidence and no motivation away from the Lane.

    Unless Poch can turn this around before the season ends, suspect we will be looking for a new coach.

    • Bruxie February 17, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      He’ll go to Arse….according to some.

      • A waddle and a fork February 17, 2017 at 6:45 pm

        NEVER

    • Freund or Foe February 17, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Fakinel Big D, not you as well? Doombaya my lord.

      • DAVID February 17, 2017 at 5:43 pm

        Embrace the doom and gloom!

        • Freund or Foe February 17, 2017 at 5:48 pm

          It`s football I suppose, that`s the way it rolls. Conte was supposedly nearly out of a job back in October, Pep was finished only last month, and now Barcelona are in meltdown. I`m quite content to ignore the hype and and see how things pan out. Flatulent Earthling.

          • Real Fan? February 17, 2017 at 5:56 pm

            I’m glad I’m not the only one who hasn’t had an oeuf yet.

          • DAVID February 17, 2017 at 5:57 pm

            I could be happy clapping again by Sunday afternoon, just not very confident based on recent away showings.
            I’ll be watching it from Villamoura so that should cheer me up even if the football doesn’t.

            • Freund or Foe February 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm

              Nice! Golfin David?

              • DAVID February 17, 2017 at 7:41 pm

                Yes, or trying at least.

    • VincentianMagic February 17, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      It’s a strange one – Poch’s body language reeks of frustration. Several of the players seem unwilling to put a shift in.
      Perhaps there’s movement behind the scenes?

      I agree that Poch may move on before next season.

      • DAVID February 17, 2017 at 5:46 pm

        Must admit I’m seriously pissed off with our recent non-performances but then you look of that picture of JD and the little boy with cancer and really, at the end of the day, what does football matter ?

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 17, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      That terrifys me considering the Lane is going to be no more. When we lose the magic of that place I hope we don’t do a spammers, even though the new ground will be much better than the London stadium.

  • richspurs February 17, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Good evening de-loonish-ional fellow optimists. Pocho has taken this bunch of overachievers to the highest level he can. Unfortunately they are not on his wavelength. Be prepared for seismic shift in the off season.

    • Freund or Foe February 17, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      Are we signing Rick Terr?

      • Bruxie February 17, 2017 at 5:37 pm

        That’s not even funny.

        Quaking in my boots.

  • Bruxie February 17, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Your last blog was a blinder.

    This one is like a Spurs line up against Wycombe.

    I agree with all that you said on the last one and can compare us with the Arse model.

    We have had the opportunity to buy decency but have favoured the mundane.

    Sunday is a distraction.

    We’ll win.

    Then what?

    • Barry 'da Yarp' Beats ♿️ February 17, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      To infinity and beyond!

  • Panama Paul February 17, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    A waddle and a fork
    We are both away in next weeks game against Hull. It makes me laugh when one off posters come on here and say ‘thanks for getting behind the team’ etc etc. How about the fucking team get behind us a bit too. Dembele going on about how Gent wanted it more than they did. How they were more motivated:
    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/17/tottenham-underestimated-gent-mousa-dembele-wake-up
    GENT NOT HULL…jesus

    Yeah, Hull would’ve scored more!

    • A waddle and a fork February 17, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      Sad but true. Have to say that Gent looked exuberant and organised. We just cant seem to take teams on at the minute. A lot of players are turning their back in possession.

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 17, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    If we can’t cope with gent then forget shaktar, Roma, Lyon, even man utd. The f.a cup is the trophy we can win. If only that we play at the Lane in home ties.

  • VincentianMagic February 17, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    I usually try and be neutral whenever I post on this forum, and see the light at the end of the tunnel.

    I draw the line at yesterday’s performance, it was fu55ing sh55!

    Any Spurs fans that travelled to watch that shower of sh&& should be refunded forthwith.

    That is all.

  • Panama Paul February 17, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Vertonghen sends simple message to Spurs teammate on Twitter while watching Gent match HITC 22:03

    “Thanks Eric for keeping my spot warm”

  • A waddle and a fork February 17, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    We are both away in next weeks game against Hull. It makes me laugh when one off posters come on here and say ‘thanks for getting behind the team’ etc etc. How about the fucking team get behind us a bit too. Dembele going on about how Gent wanted it more than they did. How they were more motivated:

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/17/tottenham-underestimated-gent-mousa-dembele-wake-up

    • A waddle and a fork February 17, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      We are both away in next weeks game against Hull. It makes me laugh when one off posters come on here and say ‘thanks for getting behind the team’ etc etc. How about the fucking team get behind us a bit too. Dembele going on about how Gent wanted it more than they did. How they were more motivated:

      https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/17/tottenham-underestimated-gent-mousa-dembele-wake-up

      GENT NOT HULL…jesus

      • Panama Paul February 17, 2017 at 3:47 pm

        This “nderestimating” the opposition seems to be a current malaise with Spurs at the moment and has a negative impact on the on pitch performance. Show the opposition some respect. Treat every side as if they are your greatest rival and then go out, perform, and beat them. Get that mentality right and we’ll go along way towards being a successful team. We shouldn’t expect to just turn up and the have the opposition roll over for us.

        • Panama Paul February 17, 2017 at 3:52 pm

          ^then have the opposition roll over for us.

  • Gus February 17, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    I can see us playing out a 1-1 draw in the return leg and losing out on away goals

    • Camus February 17, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      I wouldn’t shed a tear for the Ropey. I would for the FA Cup.

      • Gus February 17, 2017 at 3:26 pm

        The Ropey is dopey. We’ll travel all over Europe and get knocked out by some crack Spanish outfit

        • Gus February 17, 2017 at 3:28 pm

          Less travel and easier opposition in the FAC, but we are so inconsistent we’re bound to lose to the first decent team we come up against

          • Camus February 17, 2017 at 3:29 pm

            Fulham.

          • sarge February 17, 2017 at 3:47 pm

            I’d like him to go all out for both of them. But our odds look better for the Europa. All the fat cats are still in the FA cup, except Liverpool. EC looks more straightforward in terms of oppos. Winning it also carries more prestige and provides CL place and cash. For once, let’s live up to the ‘one of the favourites’ tag and just go for it, with everything. Otherwise we’ll be settling for “the best starting eleven in the pl, who can beat anyone on their day’™ trophy.

    • Panama Paul February 17, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      Nice to see someone confident of us scoring, Gus.

  • Camus February 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    It’s Bielsa I blame. He’s the Godfather.
    Maybe the Donald can take him out?

    • Gus February 17, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Who the devil is Bielsa Bub?

      • Pocha Smurf February 17, 2017 at 3:24 pm

        Hahaha, good one

        • Spurstacus 💋 February 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm

  • Barry 'da Yarp' Beats ♿️ February 17, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Does the proprietor of this blog not believe in the Lord?
    My comments are continually being moderated, but I know the man upstairs shall show me the way.

    • A waddle and a fork February 17, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      He’s probably well into Satan. If satan liked biscuits.

  • AccringtonSpurs February 17, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Going to watch the match again.

    • Camus February 17, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Adieu, my friend. We had some good times.

    • Pocha Smurf February 17, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Good grief man, don’t do it!

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 17, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Watch benfica v Dortmund instead. The most clearly fixed match I’ve seen in while. Aybamayang was a disgrace.

  • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 17, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Glad everyone is looking on the bright side of life this morning

    • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      FFS WE ARE TOTTENHAM!!!!!!

      • Pocha Smurf February 17, 2017 at 3:01 pm

        Therein lies the problem. Maybe a name change would do the trick cause it’s too late to relocate the stadium out of the area.

      • Panama Paul February 17, 2017 at 3:05 pm

        WE ARE SPURS(Y)!

    • Horndog 😎 February 17, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      Well there is this: Moussa Sissoko says Tottenham will come back stronger.

      • Panama Paul February 17, 2017 at 3:04 pm

        Based upon this particular individual’s on pitch performances, why would anyone believe anything that falls out of that Gallic t*at’s mouth?

        • Panama Paul February 17, 2017 at 3:08 pm

          Less talking, more walking

      • Spurstacus 💋 February 17, 2017 at 3:04 pm

        MOSO (the Mofo) will come good. How do I know? Taff said he would; and what Taff knows about football can be written on the head of a pin.

        • MysteriousStranger February 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm

          Did he?

          • Spurstacus 💋 February 17, 2017 at 3:22 pm

            He didn’t not.

            • MysteriousStranger February 17, 2017 at 3:23 pm

              Are you sure?

              • Spurstacus 💋 February 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm

                I’m certainly not unsure.

                • McG ⚽⚽ February 17, 2017 at 4:53 pm

                  So you’re uncetainly sure? I heard he learnt to write his name on a grain of rice too..

  • Pocha Smurf February 17, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    The rot starts at the head. Under 18s are 3 -0 down to fulham with 1 minute to go.

    • Barry 'da Yarp' Beats ♿️ February 17, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      We’re lulling then into a false sense of security, it’s all part of the Lords master plan. Believe!

    • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 17, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Negative post!! It’s not over yet!!!

      • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 17, 2017 at 2:55 pm

        It is now

        • Pocha Smurf February 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm

          The under 16s down to the under 5s should disband.

          • Camus February 17, 2017 at 3:15 pm

            Just imagine them all playing according to the one philosophy, eh?

  • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 17, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    We saved ourself from this while saving ourselves with Liverpool for the last game…a great strategy to delay gratification of our messianic manager… There is an end game in all of this…. Im.. er.. sure It surely or sorely be unveiled at some point with some revelant hindsight by some of our finest here explaining away how it all ends up like any good story might….The hero dies only for the town to be taken over by the liars and Bragg arts while Mr Nice Guy moves to Spain

    • Panama Paul February 17, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Our approach to some of these games is a bit like a virgin saving herself for the wedding night and then letting her guard down and getting shafted by Larry the Lounge Lizard (cos he looks harmless enough).

  • Camus February 17, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Vanhaezebrouck for Poch.
    Would you?

    • Panama Paul February 17, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      What is it and is it painful?

    • Spurstacus 💋 February 17, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      That’s the sort of manager acquisition Chelsea indulge in, and look how they’ve turned out.

  • Panama Paul February 17, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Er hello, is this the self harm hotline? My name is P__l and I’ve been a Spurs fan for 25 years. Recently I have started trying to rip my eyeballs out of their sockets or nail my knackers to the furniture whenever I see or listen to Spurs playing. Is this normal? Unfortunately this behaviour seems to manifest itself in the post Christmas part of the season but some times earlier (2pts 8 games). I may also be delusional with an unsubstantiated hope that it will get better every week/ month/ season. However the unfolding disappointment is beginning to take its toll on my mental health. The sound bites emanating from the club, manager and players is making me want to projectile vomit in their general direction and /or remove my ears. You couldn’t make some of this stuff up but clearly they did. What would you suggest I do? PS glad i’m not a arsenal fan at the moment but that’s scraping the bottom of the barrel.

    • Horndog 😎 February 17, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      You are not harming yourself unless you are nailing your sack to an oak table. Just saying.

      • Panama Paul February 17, 2017 at 2:48 pm

        That’s a relief.

      • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 17, 2017 at 2:52 pm

        HD Ever heard of VELCRO ffs?????

        • Horndog 😎 February 17, 2017 at 2:55 pm

          Just following Lahdedah’s lead. I don’t have any original thoughts.

          • Spurstacus 💋 February 17, 2017 at 2:55 pm

            I’ve heard that before.

            • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 17, 2017 at 2:56 pm

              You don’t have any!

              • Horndog 😎 February 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm

                Well, I do think of you and Spurstacus as legends.

                • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 17, 2017 at 2:58 pm

                  I’m a legend
                  He’s a bellend

                  • Spurstacus 💋 February 17, 2017 at 3:01 pm

                    It’s harsh, but I’ll take it.

          • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm

            H D

            D for Ditto

    • Camus February 17, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      Unless you support Real, Barca, Bayern, Chelsea or City, the life of a football fan is unremitting misery.
      There is one answer only – stop caring.

      • Panama Paul February 17, 2017 at 2:49 pm

        Chelsea?. Please., I do have some principles.

        • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 17, 2017 at 2:52 pm

          Barça has beens
          Tottenham Barely was

          • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 17, 2017 at 3:14 pm

            Yep. The barca golden years are ending…like they were always going to, another cycle. But English football has destroyed its whole identity and set up from kids upwards the style of that fad. Knee jerk, weak and stupid. If I had a quid for every goal I’ve seen from a defense pissing about on the edge of their own area and giving the ball away, I’d be a rich, rich fella,

  • Panama Paul February 17, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Question for Poch. How do you expect to win anything if you keep shooting yourself in the foot (repeatedly)?

    • Camus February 17, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Answer:- He doesn’t expect to win anything.

    • Spurstacus 💋 February 17, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Good afternoon, listener. What’s your name, and where’re calling from?

    • Freund or Foe February 17, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      I`d suggest that expecting to win is shooting yourself in the foot.

      • Horndog 😎 February 17, 2017 at 2:45 pm

        🔫👟

        • Spurstacus 💋 February 17, 2017 at 2:54 pm

          *👣🔫

          • Horndog 😎 February 17, 2017 at 2:56 pm

            Gotcha, does no good to shoot a shoe. 😂

            • Spurstacus 💋 February 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm

              Speshly if the shoe is not in the firing line. 😂

    • Harry Hotspur February 17, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      Is the answer the Hop Trip and Slump?

      • Panama Paul February 17, 2017 at 2:50 pm

        The Cripple Jump?

  • Spurstacus 💋 February 17, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Er, Heiny, old man, I think you’ll find it’s ‘we’ who have made the return leg interesting.

    • Horndog 😎 February 17, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      Spurts, old buddy, I believe, you sir, are spot on. 🔘🔛

      • Spurstacus 💋 February 17, 2017 at 2:45 pm

        Coming from you, Horny, that means a lot.

        • Horndog 😎 February 17, 2017 at 2:46 pm

          I am a convicted babbler.

          • Spurstacus 💋 February 17, 2017 at 2:49 pm

            I’ll not brook that suggestion, at all.

  • Freund or Foe February 17, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Third world.

  • Camus February 17, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Second in command.

    • Camus February 17, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      The Myth of Sisyphus.

  • Spurstacus 💋 February 17, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Me again.

    • Spurstacus 💋 February 17, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      That’s mythical, baby.