Date: 19th March 2018 at 11:36am
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It’s official. Spurs are favourites to win the FA cup.

There are only 3 sides in it now, as anyone who had the misfortune of catching a glimpse of the game against Wigan.

The problem Tottenham face is that both Mourinho and Conte are looking for consolation prizes.

The most complex coach in all of this is undoubtedly Mauricio Pochettino, who has become a born again psycho-Buddhist.

The Just For Men manager has spent the last few months telling anyone who’ll listen that winning silverware is all a bit gauche and facile; true winning comes from within and to those who can master a zen-like state of pursuing philosophy and process.

So when Spurs go out because the Blues and United turn it on, and we struggle because Poch makes the conscious decision to be better prepared for a Premier League game, nobody will be able to complain because he did tell us time and agains he was always operating on a higher plain.

This is the THFC narrative now, they’ve gone from pleading poverty, to this latest and literal construct, of building something. I’ve never witnessed anything quite like it. A football club that doesn’t allow itself to get distracted from it’s unnamed ultimate mission by winning stuff.

The closest people out there to this are the jive peddling beauty companies who are permanently trying to not get sued for false advertising. So they invent words that sound scientific to describe their anti-aging creams and lotions. 58% of 19 women surveyed who expressed an opinion said they could feel noticeable benefits after applying a gallon of Pro-Regenutra-Vita on a daily basis. 

Pochettino has been sailing into beauty cream marketing territory at an increasing rate of knots for some time now. He tells us that the winning of trophies is just a passing fancy. You are better off in the long run enjoying the eternal sunshine of developing a philosophy and fine tuning a winning process. The Mumbo jumbo exists because to tell the fans Spurs are hungry to win a cup would be false advertising.

If you apply fistfuls of Pro-Regenutra-Vita to your face, you probably won’t look any older afterwards. If you let Poch manage your football team, you probably won’t win any fewer trophies than the last guy did.

Poch says he’s a winner, but he really doesn’t sound like one.

How does Poch keep the players motivated, or is the politicised mess just reserved for us?

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

  • Syd March 20, 2018 at 4:07 am

    Kane’s injury could not have come at a better time if it was to come at all. He might be back very soon. I know they said april, but they didn’t say whether it was April fools day or the 30th of april.

  • killer cushion March 19, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    spursys spot on. poch is playing it down to take the pressure off. we havnt coped well with pressure. its a tactic. its all we can win now and obviously poch wants to win as much as the rest of us…. he won a cup or two in spain didnt he? .. pochs english isnt great, its easy to take alot of what he says out of context… his point in that interview was that the premier league and champions league was more important than the fa cup. and he was building a team to compete and win at the highest level.. consistantly… it does take a mentality/philosophy to achieve this.. sir alex and manure had it down to a tee….problem is that one also needs the players as well… we are definitly shy of a few winners in the players department… spondoolies or some clever scouting needed

  • Spursy March 19, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    He’s merely keeping pressure off of the squad, Harry.

  • mattspurs March 19, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    It’s what Poch did last season

    Sentimentality is a fine thing but Lloris is better and with him in goal we are a stronger team. Kane hasn’t started an FA Cup game but if fit he’ll play in the semi surely?

    • mattspurs March 19, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Dropping Vorm…

    • paul March 19, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      No room for sentiment in the final anf ‘IF’ fit re HK is the question Matt, reputation or not the boys have been doing great without him, as they did before, he shouldn’t be on that pitch unless 100% and showing it in training the days before

      • Randy Lee March 19, 2018 at 3:39 pm

        agreed re HK if he aint 100% fit do not play him, as for Vorm he is the cup keeper, you cant fuck the arrangements like that IMO, it brings bad luck, remember the last final with Chelsea or the semi final hugo was poor, its also undeserved. Hugo had his chance in the CL. should have saved that the opener in the first leg against Juve.

  • paul March 19, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    National transportation strike on Thursday in France. Just checked with BA and they say my Thursday flight there not affected. Question is do i believe them? All the ATC’s on strike so how can they fly over French airspace let alone land there??

    • OrganicPaper March 19, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      The French are always on strike, Paul. Especially the ATC’s (at least many times when I want to travel) so expect disruption but not mass cancellations
      I speak from more than one experience of being affected by striking french ATC’s both flying too France and over it. I assume they draft in the amateurs to have a go for the day 🙂

      • paul March 19, 2018 at 3:01 pm

        That’s what i thought, must be key management personnel that have had training etc,, anyway as long as they can get us in the zone i’m sure the BA pilot can get us on the ground!

    • paul March 19, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      Noice!
      Anything on the cheese room?

      • SPURSTY I Shrank the Yids 💋 March 19, 2018 at 2:32 pm

        A dollop of chutney.

    • SpurAndy 🍒π March 19, 2018 at 2:29 pm
      • Caspurs♿️ March 19, 2018 at 2:50 pm

        How many libraries have you been banned from now?

    • UnkleTaff March 19, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      There was a Chelsea supporter on 606 last night saying he’s concerned that they might be playing at Wembley for four years as that’s how long it might take to redevelop Stamford Bridge.

      Perhaps they might like Daniel Levy to project-manage the job?

      • SPURSTY I Shrank the Yids 💋 March 19, 2018 at 2:49 pm

        You menace.

      • Real Fan? March 19, 2018 at 3:19 pm

        If our experience is anything to go by, they should relish the opportunity.

        • Caspurs♿️ March 19, 2018 at 3:25 pm

          I especially like the post match queuing.

          • Real Fan? March 19, 2018 at 3:29 pm

            Great fun when we’ve won, which we have pretty regularly.

      • Syd March 20, 2018 at 3:20 am

        Or perhaps we should extend our lease on wembley 4 years and rent it to them for a motza

  • gloster1861 March 19, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    If you had a choice, beat Chelsea at the Bridge to nail on a top four finish, or beat them in the final?

    • gloster1861 March 19, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      Bearing in mind that we’d condemn the racists to the Ropey and help to get Hazard, Courtois, Willian to leave.

      • paul March 19, 2018 at 2:06 pm

        In that case i think you need to re-word the question then Glos. Beat Chelsea in the final or beat them to quzlify for the CL at their expense and thus condemn them..etc

        • paul March 19, 2018 at 2:08 pm

          If i HAD to choose then i’d take CL qualification at their expense

    • paul March 19, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      Hobson’s

    • Spiderneil March 19, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      Can I haz both plz?

    • David Dillenberg March 19, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      Beat them in the Final!

    • OrganicPaper March 19, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      you norty bugger, Glos. Thats a horrible question! But I guess Id take a top 4 at the bridge. On balance it means more and has more significance in modern football. I would love a pot though

    • Nick March 19, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      Got to be beat them in the final.If we don’t qualify fo CL it’s over 38 games,to lose a final & we’re Spursy all over again.Either way the media would find a way to vilify us

    • 61SpursNut🌰 March 19, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      I refuse to accept that choice. Fanks anyway.

    • Real Fan? March 19, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      Its a pot for me this year.

  • gloster1861 March 19, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    caveman
    I cannot understand all the negativity. We haven’t lost in the league since AUGUST FFS. What is wrong with you people. The WBA fans are more positive.

    Apart from Man U in October, Leicester and arsenal in November, and Man City in December, that is. And drawing with Saints and West Ham recently, both relegation candidates.

    Clearly all is well.

    • paul March 19, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      I can not understand why an intelligent airing of supporters genuine concerns and personal opinions is being characterised as ‘negativity’.

      • 61SpursNut🌰 March 19, 2018 at 2:05 pm

        Probably because of the negative slant and absence of positivity therein, in many cases.

        • paul March 19, 2018 at 2:11 pm

          Airing one’s concerns is by default talking about our fears, not usually a lesson in positivity is it? Haven’t seen anyone say we’re shit and we’re going to lose

          • OrganicPaper March 19, 2018 at 2:14 pm

            we’re shit and we’re going to lose 🙂

            • paul March 19, 2018 at 2:15 pm

              I’m here all week

              • OrganicPaper March 19, 2018 at 2:18 pm

                Sorry, couldn’t resist though!

          • SPURSTY I Shrank the Yids 💋 March 19, 2018 at 2:33 pm

            You haven’t been reading very carefully.

            • Rich g March 19, 2018 at 5:45 pm

              Indeed…..

  • SPURSTY I Shrank the Yids 💋 March 19, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Gus
    We got found out by Juve, we need to play to win not play not to lose

    Forensic analcyst.

    • SPURSTY I Shrank the Yids 💋 March 19, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Or alternatively aim to score at least one more goal than them.

      • paul March 19, 2018 at 1:40 pm

        I knew we’d been going wrong somewhere, complex game this fussball

  • Kaizad March 19, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    If you disect the obtuse frog a little, you may shockingly discover a fascinating term – media management

  • Limerick AL. March 19, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    The Dressing Room Debate is easily solved. Just unscrew the sign on the Door, change them around, I cant see Manure players even noticing ! Poch ? There is something missing there.

  • Horndog 🇺🇸 March 19, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    My ass is chapped. Will this cream work on it?

    • Harry Hotspur March 19, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      If you want fewer chaps on your ass, this may be the solution.

      • Horndog March 19, 2018 at 1:14 pm

        bahahahahaha

      • SPURSTY I Shrank the Yids 💋 March 19, 2018 at 1:27 pm

        I cracked a smile at that jokette!

    • Aussie in Switzerland March 19, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      Paw paw ointment…. Australia’s gift to the world, one day guaranteed cure

  • Peej March 19, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Where can I get this cream, looks good?

    • paul March 19, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      I use ‘Chap-off’ anti-mincing cream. It’s more of an ointment than a cream though

      • gloster1861 March 19, 2018 at 1:57 pm

        Can you get it as a repellant spray?

        • 💋 March 19, 2018 at 2:04 pm

          Dunno, couldn’t get anywhere near to ask.

  • DAVID March 19, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Can’t believe we are worried about having to fit in 2 midweek games between now and the end of the season and contemplating having to rotate the squad.
    Have a look at non-league teams, due to match postponements, my local team, Billericay , are playing matches every 48/ 72 hours between now and the end of the season and there are other teams having to do the same.
    Man up and get on with it!

    • Wig March 19, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      Totally agree. Surely we can rotate the odd couple players around these fixtures without losing the team strength. Vorm, Rose, Aurier, Alderweireld, Wanyama and Moura have all done good jobs when used in preference of Lloris, Davies, Trippier, Sanchez, Dier and Lamela or others, with many of these arguably the first 11 choice, so we should have enough depth to cope. Main concern is getting Kane fit again for the run-in

  • Harry Hotspur March 19, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    caveman

    I cannot understand all the negativity. We haven’t lost in the league since AUGUST FFS. What is wrong with you people. The WBA fans are more positive.

    What negativity? I quote verbatim and you people either deny he said it, or whine as if I made him say it.

  • UnkleTaff March 19, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    According to NUFC we can expect an announcement for this rescheduled game “on or around Monday 19 March”.

    Which is, er, today.

    • Caspurs♿️ March 19, 2018 at 12:29 pm

      I say let them wait.

  • caveman March 19, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    I cannot understand all the negativity. We haven’t lost in the league since AUGUST FFS. What is wrong with you people. The WBA fans are more positive.

    • AntSpurs March 19, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      Yeah Cavey, you shower ‘em with positive vibes.

    • DAVID March 19, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      Imagine what it will be like on the day of the semi final Cavey.

      • SPURSTY I Shrank the Yids 💋 March 19, 2018 at 1:29 pm

        Some of ’em were starting Saturday, straight after the easy win that took us into the semis.

    • mattspurs March 19, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      ‘At home’?

      • Wig March 19, 2018 at 1:31 pm

        Indeed, away we have lost at Man Utd, Arsenal, Leicester and City

    • Al March 19, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      Lost a few important ones in the cups though. And this is the cup we’re discussing.

      • mattspurs March 19, 2018 at 1:48 pm

        We’ve lost one important cup game, the Juve tie – in the League Cup we played a second string team because it wasn’t important and got punished for it

  • gus March 19, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Despite being the form team, ManU and Chelski will be very difficult in sudden death games. Both clubs, weakened or not, have won things when we have not. We have a habit of playing good football but not winning the game. We shall see if any of the tough lessons of the Juve game have been learned or not. It’s two games to glory, if we can’t raise our level for that and the EPL race to the top 4, there is something wrong

  • Randy Lee March 19, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    once again i think it will come down to when the pressure cooker is on who will boil first, historically its us! we tend to fold when called upon. Utd no doubt will be up for this and they have the players and manager to win the game ugly if necessary, this will not be anything like the PL beating we gave them earlier this year i am sure. but its a game we can win IF Poch plays his cards right. then on to the final where i have no doubts Chelsea will be waiting. A team that hates us with a passion, players who tend to play out of their skin whenever we face them, our players who tend to fold (Eriksen)when we play them. similar to how Eriksen loves playing against Swansea hazard has a thing for scoring against us as does Willian, we were tactically out done by Chelsea at wembley in the first game of the season so all this home advantage stuff is complete bollocks, i am almost certain Jose is plotting our downfall as we speak. 3 minutes of madness and individual mistakes is what i can smell and is all it will take to fuck this season up, i just hope Poch realises how important this is to get the final and win, i dont care how we win just win the cup, of course i hope and pray i am wrong with the above analysis however either way my overall worry is how another big defeat will effect the mindset of the players.

    • SpurAndy 🍒π March 19, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      Wonder how Manure players feel? Slaughtered and hung out to dry by their manager on more than one occasion. Getting the bird from their own fans because of the style of play. Blown it big time in the CL. The noisy neighbours keeping them up most of the night. Don’t think they’ll be going into the semi with anything like a semi on. All we have to fear is history but there’s absolutely no reason if we discount that why we should go into this match fearing them.

      • Gus March 19, 2018 at 12:53 pm

        We got found out by Juve, we need to play to win not play not to lose

        • SpurAndy 🍒π March 19, 2018 at 12:57 pm

          Absolutely Gus and personally I thought we did play to win against Juve. It was just a few minutes of inexperience and loss of attention that done us imo.

          • Randy Lee March 19, 2018 at 1:01 pm

            keyword for this crucial game experience !

            • SpurAndy 🍒π March 19, 2018 at 1:11 pm

              My key word is belief. They’ve got the tools but they have to believe they can use them and win.

              • Randy Lee March 19, 2018 at 3:40 pm

                yes i am sure we believed we could beat Juve, however it was 5-10 mins of inexperience that cost us! that is my point.

  • UnkleTaff March 19, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    If the BBC have got this right the semi-final matches could be very interesting indeed:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/fa-cup/scores-fixtures/2018-04

    • Accy March 19, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      no way

    • Horndog 🇺🇸 March 19, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      Remember Wembley is a big pitch, it surely can handle four squads at once. 😬

    • Limerick AL. March 19, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      Var will be needed.

  • mattspurs March 19, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Does Vorm now step aside for the FA Cup?

    • Randy Lee March 19, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      that would be criminal!

      • mattspurs March 19, 2018 at 12:22 pm

        So we should play a weaker team in cup?

        • AntSpurs March 19, 2018 at 12:24 pm

          You say weaker, I say different.

          • DAVID March 19, 2018 at 12:26 pm

            Not sure there is much between Vorm and Hugo who does seem to reserve mistakes for the bigger games.

            • Caspurs♿️ March 19, 2018 at 12:30 pm

              If it goes to penalties, Vorm would be my choice.

          • Aussie in Switzerland March 19, 2018 at 2:12 pm

            Stick with Vorm

        • Randy Lee March 19, 2018 at 12:26 pm

          i still remember the Lloris mistake in the semi final, he has that in him when the really pressure is on IMO, it would also be massively unfair to Vorm who has been brilliant all the way

          • mattspurs March 19, 2018 at 12:48 pm

            I think that’s overstating it a touch – we’ve been fairly blessed with playing shit teams , Vorm isn’t the reason we’re in the semi.

            • Randy Lee March 19, 2018 at 1:04 pm

              Is he not part of the 11! i have no doubt most fans will want Lloris in goal, it will however be a tough decision for Poch to make i think.

              • Mattspurs March 19, 2018 at 1:17 pm

                You said he’d been ‘brilliant all the way’ – he’s played for sure but has he been brilliant? Rochdale and Newport both exposed his weakness from crosses I thought?

                • Wig March 19, 2018 at 1:25 pm

                  Vorm is our cup keeper, and has been part of the cup team’s progress to the semis. to drop him in favour of Lloris would be undeserved and beyond harsh

        • SpurAndy 🍒π March 19, 2018 at 12:32 pm

          I’d give em a half each. Rock, paper, scissors to decide who goes first.

  • paul March 19, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    If we crash and burn against Manure/Cheatski in the FA cup who’s to say the psychological/de-motivational effect of that won’t end up bolloxing our chances of top four anyway. Not that many matches left now, sharp end of the season, let’s just try and go all out and win them all shall we?

    • Caspurs♿️ March 19, 2018 at 12:07 pm

      Unlikely.

      • paul March 19, 2018 at 12:08 pm

        which part!?

        • 💋 March 19, 2018 at 2:07 pm

          The big that starts wit If and ends with ?

  • witTank March 19, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    You naughty naught boy Harry. Laughing my bollocks off at your rose.

    Fundamentally its true of course, we are building a very strange beast here in the shiny new UFO that’s landed in Tottenham High Street.

    I’ll finish off with a quote from Bill Nicholson. A season without silverware is a failure for a club like Tottenham Hotspur

    • VincentianMagic March 19, 2018 at 12:04 pm

      If only the Bill Nicholson philosophy could transmit itself to the higher echelons within the club.

  • paul March 19, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    If i want a fistful of pro-regenutra i’ll spend half an hour on pornhub

  • mattspurs March 19, 2018 at 11:59 am

    It’s sad but qualifying for the Champions League is far more important than winning the FA pot. No CL next season will leave our first team players more exposed to being poached.
    The games against Chelsea and City before the semi final are far more important. The big question will be when the Newcastle and Brighton games get rescheduled to. Based on previous seasons we’ll probably have to play Newcastle midweek before the cup game – if Poch rests players, which game should he do it for?

    • Accy March 19, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      Newcastle aren’t all that – so start the bench warmers. Bring on better players after 60 minutes.

      Go all out against Man U.

      We should be able to play 2 games a week regardless.

      • mattspurs March 19, 2018 at 12:20 pm

        In 2012 Norwich were 14th, we lost 2-1 at home, then we played our strongest team (+Cudicini) in the cup and lost 5-1, then we lost 1-0 to 16th placed QPR (to basically keep them up).

    • VincentianMagic March 19, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      It’s tricky but Poch should play his strongest team from here on in. Apart from Kane we have a full squad, so we should be ok. I don’t think we are good enough to pick and choose at this time.

      What I will say is that I’d feel a lot more confident had we actually signed a decent CF last summer; one that actually fitted our style of play. I don’t dislike Llorente, but he looks well off the pace at times.

      • Accy March 19, 2018 at 12:04 pm

        This is down to Levy. Year after year after year.

        • VincentianMagic March 19, 2018 at 12:10 pm

          This Summer will really be a make or break IMHO. We probably have one season in the new home to win something and challenge for honours otherwise players will be cherry-picked by the likes of Real, etc.

          With the additional monies arriving allied to sales of the likes of Rose, Llorente, N’Cluedo and Janssen, we should be able to attract a few decent players.

          Some quality competition for Kane, Eriksen and Dembele as well as a Rose replacement are key. If Utd want Rose, then they can give us Martial and a few million. Then add this to the above sales and get a LB – Sessegnon for example or similar.

          Reuss is entering the latter stages of his contract and could be available for a reasonable fee. Not sure who we could get as a CF, but we need a pacy, mobile target man – maybe Dembele or Kluivert?

          Add the likes of Sessegnon, Martial, Reuss and Dembele to our squad (or similar) and we could go places IMO… but I guess I’m guilty of playing the transfer wish list game, so I’ll shut up now and save this for a future debate.

      • mattspurs March 19, 2018 at 12:09 pm

        We’ve got two fixture that now need to be played midweek – at some point Poch will have to make a decision resting and rotating. Simply, we can’t play our strongest team every match here on in.

  • 💋 March 19, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Can we swap our right wing activists:

    For Canada’s?:

    • VincentianMagic March 19, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      Absolutely not – ours has fantastic comic value.

    • gloster1861 March 19, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      No way. It’s not enough to be the embodiment of bigotry, you’ve got to look the part and Witchfinder General Hopkins is perfect.

      • Aussie in Switzerland March 19, 2018 at 2:16 pm

        One is 25 years younger

        • Aussie in Switzerland March 19, 2018 at 2:17 pm

          And is far more entertaining

  • VincentianMagic March 19, 2018 at 11:58 am

    We definitely need to play our strongest available team and try and win the FA Cup. It sends out a terrible message if all we are interested in is 4th place.

    If Poch adopts this attitude don’t be surprised if we lose in the semi and finish 5th in the league. If so, it’s a disastrous season heading into our new stadium.

    Hopefully common sense will prevail.

    • mattspurs March 19, 2018 at 12:07 pm

      The decision will probably be made before the United game. Newcastle likely to be rescheduled the same week as the semi so he’ll either rest players for the Newcastle game or save them for United.
      Personally I’m still scarred from Redknapp resting Modric and others against Norwich the week before the semi against Chelsea – ended up losing three in a row and ended up not qualifying for the CL. Hazard didn’t come, Modric left and we were set back 5 years.

    • Wig March 19, 2018 at 1:20 pm

      We played a strong team against Swansea, and I can’t imagine he will be resting players in the FA cup semi. The only exception being Vorm, I reckon he will keep him as our cup keeper

      • gloster1861 March 19, 2018 at 1:45 pm

        Vorm isn’t worse than Lloris.

  • paul March 19, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Deep bruv, analysin da philosophisin an that..

  • Accy March 19, 2018 at 11:55 am

    It’s a get-out clause – If we win, hooray. If we don’t, no biggy, didn’t really want it, anyway.

  • alan wright March 19, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Um. Chelsea 13-8; Spurs 2-1. Favourites?

    • Harry Hotspur March 19, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      That’s one example. There are more favouring Spurs hence the image from Oddschecker above.

      • 61SpursNut🌰 March 19, 2018 at 2:10 pm

        Every single example shown in that image has Chelsea as favourites.

        • Caspurs♿️ March 19, 2018 at 2:14 pm

          Pedant!

          • 61SpursNut🌰 March 19, 2018 at 2:20 pm

            It’s my form of social service.

  • Caspurs♿️ March 19, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Numero uno!

  • caveman March 19, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Brilliant

    • Caspurs♿️ March 19, 2018 at 11:47 am

      Cheers Cavey. 👍