Date: 3rd October 2018 at 10:10am
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Mauricio Pochettino has delivered his Barcelona pre match presser and revealed that 4 first team regulars will be absent not just for tonight’s Champions League game, but until after the forthcoming international break.

Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Serge Aurier and Michel Vorm are all unavailable.

The impact this decimation will have doesn’t need explaining to anyone, however what we are talking about here are consequences, not just bad luck or hard cheese.

Unless you are stupid, you will know that all football teams get injuries. It’s part and parcel (to quote Sadiq Khan) of playing football.

Like all matters that are ‘part and parcel’ of everyday life, by their very nature it’s their reoccurring nature that allows us to adopt strategies to ourselves. Think flood barriers, preventive medicine, er… suntan lotion.

Unless you’re Daniel Levy of course. If you’re Daniel Levy all of these routine challenges fall from the sky like lightening bolts from angry gods; only the offering of prayer after the event might ease the carnage.

We were the only football club in Europe’s top 5 leagues not to buy a single player, in the summer window.

‘Tottenham Hotspur’ will be a pub quiz answer in years to come.

Maybe we’ll beat Barca and this will all be soon forgotten. Which only serves to reiterate my view that IF we ever win anything again under ENIC it will be despite them.

Meanwhile, Levy pauses to metaphorically screw up yet another meeting slip.

Another punt he took with our money, that didn’t come in.


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

  • Willie! October 4, 2018 at 5:10 am

    Not sure what “server maintenance” entailed, but this blog is all buggered up on Firefox here in the States.

    • Harry Hotspur October 4, 2018 at 6:17 am

      Clear your cache, mate

  • Tappaspur October 4, 2018 at 12:04 am

    I’m over it. Want us out of the cl. We are not ready YET. Wish we never had to play in the europa league though. Lets just keep it domestic for now I think.

  • Tappaspur October 3, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    When it comes to facilities and all the rest of it TOTTENHAM are up there with the best. But the football team is a mid table European outfit.

  • dilly October 3, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Seeing fans snigger in the crowd after woefully ballooning his shot into row Z I actually feel sorry for £29M Sissoko probably ranking as one of our worst ever signings ever!

    • dilly October 3, 2018 at 10:58 pm

      and yet Poch still plays him. The mind boggles!

  • BARD October 3, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Don’t invest. Get injuries. Lose games. Fuck off you little bald cunt.

    • cavey October 3, 2018 at 10:44 pm

      What has David Silva ever done to you?

      • dilly October 3, 2018 at 10:52 pm

        If only we had a David Silva. His species is called a CREATIVE MIDFIELDER!!

        • dilly October 3, 2018 at 10:53 pm

          *rare species.

          • Tappaspur October 3, 2018 at 10:55 pm

            He’d soon get sick and tired of his moves not being completed. “Whats the point he aint gonna foresee the pass anyway.

    • dilly October 3, 2018 at 10:48 pm

      If you have got a cool £3bn + you may have your wish!!

      • dilly October 3, 2018 at 10:48 pm

        *response to Bard.

    • Tappaspur October 3, 2018 at 10:50 pm

      Shinny money making machine comes first. They dont want what we want.

  • cavey October 3, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    I quite enjoyed the game. Think Poch has too many favourites. FFS, Lloris, Sissoko, Llorante, what can be said about that trio.

    Lloris 1 Piss poor. No way captain material.
    Davies 7 Steady if not spectacular.
    Alderweireld 8 Good enough to play for Barca, probably will.
    Sanchez 7 Very hard work all game. Was beaten a few times, but learning.
    Trippier 7 .Has improved so so much since he was rediscovered at the WC.
    Wanyama 7 – worked hard but his fitness levels are still at 75%.
    Lamella 8 Ran his socks off and scored a wonderful goal.
    Winks 6 – when he finally woke up he was a very good 9.
    Son 5 – wasn’t at the races, except for his strike and disallowed goal.
    Moura 8 – worked so hard, deserved a goal, has made the grade at Spurs.
    Kane 8 – worked so hard was always in the mix, took his goal beautifully.

    Subs
    Sissoko 2 – dire, the less said the better. He wouldn’t make the grade a Leyton Orient.
    Dier 5 – dire.
    Llorante 3 – dire.

    • dilly October 3, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      Not sure why Davies gets 7? He offers nothing and IMO out of his depth at this level.
      And Wanyama 7?

  • Tappaspur October 3, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    Players out blah blah blah. SQUAD.

    • dilly October 3, 2018 at 10:31 pm

      ENIC out more likely!

      • Tappaspur October 3, 2018 at 10:32 pm

        SIMPLE.

  • cavey October 3, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Lloris was so bad tonight , he’s no longer fit to wear the shirt. I’d sell him in a heartbeat. He’s long past his sell-by date.

    • dilly October 3, 2018 at 10:30 pm

      Whilst praise for the side for giving it a go IMO we have been totally outclassed by both Barcelona and Liverpool respectively. Where Spurs go from here is anbodys guess but sadly it’s unlikely winning any elusive silverwar again this season Do me a favour why blame useless Sissoko , simply blame Poch for bringing on Sissoko. Limited Winks upped his game for a while but he aint the solution. Kane was isolated up front and Son has badly regressed. Davis tries but not good enough at this level. Moura tried but simply not enough quality.

      • dilly October 3, 2018 at 10:31 pm

        *Silverware

  • Tappaspur October 3, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    If poch was managing that barca squad they would’ve beaten us by more

  • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    I read somewhere Poch doesn’t like Gazza because he kicks out from the back and not pass it out as he likes to play.

    • baz October 3, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      People are getting a bit too carried away with the Gazza bloke at the moment.

      • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 10:21 pm

        True & I’m one of them, when did Hugo last keep a clean sheet.

      • Tappaspur October 3, 2018 at 10:31 pm

        The hype is boosting him, confidence. Its not making him overconfident. Hype him yes

  • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Hugo was drunk again I think.

    • baz October 3, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      Another high profile blunder means he will be with us for a few more seasons

  • legoverlass October 3, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    “I am appy with my side”.. I am calm, I am relaxed,

  • legoverlass October 3, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Nice challenge by Sissoko…. we are slip sliding away . Thanks ENIC… you own a football club first and foremeost. Stick your billion dollar stadium up your cheese emporium and f**K off into the sunset.

  • Cabspur October 3, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Was quite fun for 20 mins ,well lets face it it could have been a lot worse.

  • Lilywhite without the II October 3, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    run out, burnt out, we need a buyout…..

  • baz October 3, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    No comment

  • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Fuk

  • Lilywhite without the II October 3, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    love the desire but someone have a shot!

  • Lilywhite without the II October 3, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    theres someone from block c just walked on the pitch…does anyone know..

  • Lilywhite without the II October 3, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    better from winks

    • Cabspur October 3, 2018 at 9:41 pm

      That banana at half time has kicked in. We could actually nick a draw here.

      • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 9:42 pm

        Shhhhh

  • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Another broken player, who we got left?

    • baz October 3, 2018 at 9:40 pm

      Bare bones and dregs

  • Lilywhite without the II October 3, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    well done lala…

  • baz October 3, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Come on boys

  • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    He tried to bite him

  • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    He kicked him ffs

  • Lilywhite without the II October 3, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    where’s the diagonal balls, through passes…ffs…

  • Lilywhite without the II October 3, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    “sideways spurs” they call us…well, I’m sure someone does..

  • legoverlass October 3, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    The Moose strikes again…..

    • baz October 3, 2018 at 9:28 pm

      He’s consistent

  • LLL October 3, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Fuck me. How are we still in this

    • Lilywhite without the II October 3, 2018 at 9:28 pm

      they are teasing us…

  • Lilywhite without the II October 3, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    hehehe Sissoko..

  • baz October 3, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Hugoooo

  • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Best player today for us

  • Lilywhite without the II October 3, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Dier……STOP PASSING BACKWARDS AHHHHHHHGGGGHH!!!!!!

  • Cabspur October 3, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Hope Part 2 ?? nah:)

  • Lilywhite without the II October 3, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    fuck me, a shot!! and we score….

    • baz October 3, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      That wasn’t meant to happen

  • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Oh no it’s Sissoko

    • baz October 3, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      On for Kane I hope

    • East Stand October 3, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      Barca are shitting themselves now!!

      • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 9:25 pm

        With laughter

  • East Stand October 3, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    This is what you get when you only pretend to be ambitious, you get found out.

    ENIC are complete wankers. Night night…

    • Lilywhite without the II October 3, 2018 at 9:20 pm

      While the property portfolio grows, our team is diminishing….

      • baz October 3, 2018 at 9:22 pm

        Capital investment is their game

      • East Stand October 3, 2018 at 9:23 pm

        Which is EXACTLY as Levy and Uncle Joe planned it…

  • legoverlass October 3, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    How many times do we leave a player out wide totally unmarked….

    • baz October 3, 2018 at 9:18 pm

      Many, many many

    • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 9:20 pm

      Every

  • LLL October 3, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Fun while it lasted

  • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    3rd time

  • YidInExile October 3, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    How much worse will this get

  • baz October 3, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Oh dear

  • JimNewrySpur. October 3, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Playing with us.

  • Cabspur October 3, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Took it very well ,lets not mention they hit the post twice before. Hope?

    • JimNewrySpur. October 3, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      Hopelessly.

      • Cabspur October 3, 2018 at 9:15 pm

        Well thats a no then.

      • baz October 3, 2018 at 9:15 pm

        Doesn’t sound good

  • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Kano

  • baz October 3, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Wow

  • JimNewrySpur. October 3, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    I’ll rephrase that.

    • Lilywhite without the II October 3, 2018 at 9:11 pm

      well, we do have HK….fank fuck

  • Lilywhite without the II October 3, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    GET IN KANE!!

  • JimNewrySpur. October 3, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Wembley is a blessing in disguise, imagine stinking out the New Lane with this streaming pile of horse dodo.

  • baz October 3, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Right where we left off. Giving possession away cheaply

  • LLL October 3, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Wanyama and Winks against Barca’s midfield. Thanks Daniel

    • JimNewrySpur. October 3, 2018 at 9:06 pm

      Winks has picked up a nasty habit of giving the ball away.

  • Lilywhite without the II October 3, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    I’m not angry today….I had a ticket but decided not to go…this is a strange season for me, I’m genuinely falling out of love going to watch Spurs (Wembley doesn’t help)…..its not losing a game, i’ve sat and watched us play shit and lose plenty…….just sick of the ballshit from the club..its like having Theresa May in charge, cant believe a word they say….
    “Spurs are too big to go for the League and FA cup”…”we are too good to buy new players”, “we need a 1b pound stadium”…NO, NO, NO!!

    • Tappaspur October 3, 2018 at 8:57 pm

      Why didn’t you sell that ticket to me? 🙂

      • Lilywhite without the II October 3, 2018 at 8:58 pm

        I’ll email it to you if you want to watch the 2nd half..

        • Tappaspur October 3, 2018 at 9:02 pm

          Were it the lane id be there in 3 mins on my bicycle

      • YidInExile October 3, 2018 at 8:58 pm

        Did you a favor innit

  • Tappaspur October 3, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    I’m saying nothing. Too busy shaking my head. Ok I will. They are winning because they have better players. SIMPLE. Only one person to blame. No matter what systems we could/would/should have used they have the players to nullify us.

  • legoverlass October 3, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Do we look like scoring? Our midfield is rank. Why is Davies playing? Trippier never defends his space out wide. Up front lots of pointless running about but no real quality. No way we will qualify for the knock out stages of the CL. We are no were near a CL side at the moment… not even sure we are a Wafa Cup side either…

    • YidInExile October 3, 2018 at 8:56 pm

      All true

      Squad is paper thin

      This is Barca so it doesnt show, but much lesser teams will give us a hard time

      Im thinking the Spam

  • Cabspur October 3, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Well fucked up for the first goal the second was a worldy ,we are working hard and wont be able to keep it up,,they are enjoying it.

  • YidInExile October 3, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Our worst half this season?

    Or is it that we finally met an actual team?

    • baz October 3, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      Finally bumped into a team that know how to play

    • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 8:57 pm

      Worst half by this team yes.

      • YidInExile October 3, 2018 at 9:00 pm

        This squad here, they will never be better than what they are now

  • LLL October 3, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Barcelona have played with more and more confidence through the half, like they’re slowly been realising how shit we are

  • Cabspur October 3, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Which player to get sent off first?? Wanyama for me.

    • Lilywhite without the II October 3, 2018 at 8:45 pm

      ok, 5-1 Lamela 🤣

      • YidInExile October 3, 2018 at 8:46 pm

        Lamela, or Sanchez

        • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 8:46 pm

          Can’t pick two

          • YidInExile October 3, 2018 at 8:47 pm

            Ok then

            Davies

            • YidInExile October 3, 2018 at 8:47 pm

              Or Lucas

            • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 8:47 pm

              Winks for me

              • YidInExile October 3, 2018 at 8:48 pm

                Good outside bet there

  • Lilywhite without the II October 3, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Think your server is sick HH…

  • Lilywhite without the II October 3, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Midfield is boarder-line Stoke’esk…

    • YidInExile October 3, 2018 at 8:42 pm

      Stoke’s is better

      • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 8:45 pm

        Yep

  • LLL October 3, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    I’d take the 2-0 now

  • Lilywhite without the II October 3, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    its ok, we’ll get them on the home leg……………………………

  • LLL October 3, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Dog dirt

  • Cabspur October 3, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    nicely taken ,shit back pass from us though.

    • baz October 3, 2018 at 8:31 pm

      Our own worst enemies

  • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Boo hoo

  • baz October 3, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Funk me

  • Lilywhite without the II October 3, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Fucking obsession with passing the ball back is infuriating !!

  • YidInExile October 3, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Wanyama is just as bad as Dier

    Davies, Winks and Son, are just mediocre

    Other than that we are what we are

    • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      Shut up you Fukin whinger

      • YidInExile October 3, 2018 at 8:29 pm

        So I take it you like what you see?

        Enjoy bruv

        • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 8:31 pm

          Didn’t say that did I.

          • YidInExile October 3, 2018 at 8:33 pm

            Didn’t think so

            I have a right to whing as we are proper shit

            • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 8:36 pm

              It’s a bit boring reading that’s all

              • YidInExile October 3, 2018 at 8:37 pm

                Agreed

                Worse seeing it though

                • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 8:40 pm

                  True dat

  • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    The biscuits position

  • JimNewrySpur. October 3, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Usually I’d be up for this, but am curiously unexcited.

    • Cabspur October 3, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      i have felt that from the start of the season,knackered players ,no new season and ground nightmare… writing on the wall.

      • Cabspur October 3, 2018 at 8:54 pm

        no new players*

  • Cabspur October 3, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    fucking ref loves them a bit…

    • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 8:23 pm

      👍

  • JimNewrySpur. October 3, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Nul points.

  • baz October 3, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Lucas is a Don.

    • YidInExile October 3, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      They are all 2nd tier footballers

      • baz October 3, 2018 at 8:23 pm

        Yeah. Most of our players are just missing that little something

        • YidInExile October 3, 2018 at 8:24 pm

          True dat

  • YidInExile October 3, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Big boys came to town, now we look like what we realy are

    • JimNewrySpur. October 3, 2018 at 8:17 pm

      Not even vintage Barca.

  • baz October 3, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Just got here. So did Hugo have one of his episodes?

    • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      👍

      • baz October 3, 2018 at 8:13 pm

        At least nobody in their right minds will want to buy him

  • JimNewrySpur October 3, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Lazy.

  • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Fukin hugo

  • Cabspur October 3, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    oh god…

  • Sid Trotter October 3, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Have you seen there front 3 – FECK!

    • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      Scary huh.

      • Harry Hotspur October 3, 2018 at 8:03 pm

        Gonna be a long night

        Hugo’s off his rocker

        • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 8:05 pm

          Again

  • Tappaspur October 3, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Davies starting. I give up!

    • Cabspur October 3, 2018 at 7:59 pm

      Yeah bit gutted about that .

  • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    COYFS!

  • Cabspur October 3, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Hello is anyone out there ?? Our bench looks very strong tonight:) ,any links chaps?

  • MiT October 3, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Completely agree. Despite ENIC.

  • Aussie in Switzerland October 3, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    I am just thankful that Harry purged all the “Never Trumpers” from commenting here, before the current bullshit started happening in the States…..

    Never liked Ronaldo, but now that he has been accused of rape, which is odds on a false claim since he is a raving homo, I am a fan.

    • Harry Hotspur October 3, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      No no no, they weren’t purged.

      They all decided to boycott me on exactly the same day at the same time.

      Additionally my traffic has collapsed because they aren’t clogging up the comments section any more.

      Never Trumpers and Me Too-ers endlessly smiling in a prefab dinghy.

      • Aussie in Switzerland October 3, 2018 at 7:12 pm

        Hehehe

  • paul October 3, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    It’s Levy time..

    • paul October 3, 2018 at 7:08 pm

      ie: no fucking players bought, crucial injuries abound and we’re at home to Barca after bending over for a soft one in Italy..

      • paul October 3, 2018 at 7:08 pm

        THAT’S Levy Time mudderfuckas

  • ross loughlin October 3, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    This could get messi

  • Exile October 3, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    It is probably fair to say if we had our best team out we probably would get beat by Barcelona. They might not be as good as the teams of the early part of this decade but they still a very accomplished side. However due to the injury crisis the club is suffered greatly we will be going into the game with what could be described at best a mid table premier league team.
    All this demonstrates the criminal neglect that the ownership who have prioritised investment in a regeneration project to line their own pockets rather than the playing staff. The sheer contempt that the ownership hold for the fans has been well and truly showcased over the sorry stadium saga and the non existent investment in the playing resources.
    For levy it is hopefully payback time from the fans

    • Harry Hotspur October 3, 2018 at 5:30 pm

      It’s okay folks, Villa have binned Steve Bruce.

      We’ve now got a backup plan.

  • Only Me. October 3, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    May only be me, but looking at the absent players – we have cover for Serge and Vorm. Some would say Dembele too (I wouldn’t, but some would argue at £90k a week, Sissy should be capable or Winks…). Jan we have cover in terms of changing formation to 2 at the back, or Dier or Foyth…again, Dier and Foyth are not in the same league, but Levy could argue they are cover. Erickson is a clanger, creativity has been an issue for us for years and we should have bought to cover…however, again…Moura, Son, Alli and Lamela… Our issues are actually less to do with not having cover, more to do with your Ferarri going into the garage and you get a Fiesta as a courtesy car, does a job, just not a great one comparatively. If we had gone shopping in the window, I wouldn’t have thought we would have bought sufficient cover for Jan or Ericksson, but I would have expected us to get a top cover for Dembele…especially if you consider his age and tendancy to enjoy the company of the physio.

    • only you October 3, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      with you on this it was always gonna be a car crash waiting to happen

  • Accy October 3, 2018 at 11:54 am
  • Marbella Spur October 3, 2018 at 11:02 am

    There were players available in the last transfer window who fitted our criteria. Apart from being reasonably priced, they all had one other thing in common, they had all been scouted extensively by Spurs. Maddison, now at Leicester, Brooks now at Bournemouth, Diop at West Ham and Grealish. Unfortunately, Levy’s track record of dithering, gazundering and offering luncheon vouchers as part payment now regularly blows up in his face. You can only imagine what the response is when the CEOs of any club receives an incoming call from our overpaid, overrated chairman.

  • Ronan October 3, 2018 at 11:01 am

    No CE, Dele, Moose or Jan guarantees a hell of a tester tonight. A barren bench the rotting fruit of a stellar Levy summer.
    But since I’m going there have to be vestiges of hope to cling onto. Memories of a draw at the Bernabeu achieved with winks and sissy in midfield, a wardrobe on casters up front … Poch stating total belief in the few still standing … Failing all else, the immortal words of Teddy Best: “….there’s always a f*ckin way.”

    • Harry Hotspur October 3, 2018 at 11:34 am

      Good old Teddy!

  • MrChickenHead October 3, 2018 at 10:59 am

    You just end up with no where to go, nothing to tell the gooners or Chavs or anyone really, in your day to day. Brown paper, sticky tape, pipe cleaners, clag. So over it.

  • Tappaspur October 3, 2018 at 10:35 am

    The question is. Is levy kicking himself for not adding quality? Oh yeah no one out there good enough!

  • WitTank October 3, 2018 at 10:31 am

    HH, did you bang your t-shirt model ?

    • Harry Hotspur October 3, 2018 at 10:50 am

      That is a grotesquely sexist thing to say.