Date: 14th September 2017 at 10:01am
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Watching the game on BT Sport was painful – even at 3-1 with 20 minutes to go the commentary team had foreseen a scenario whereby the opposition who hadn’t scored since the 11th minute were close to scoring 3 and winning the game.

Beyond that niggle last night was a ridiculous pleasure, one where we witnessed the most comprehensive Tottenham performance in a decade.

Spurs looked every inch a Champions League grade side, playing with a focused intensity that was too much, even for seasoned operator like Borussia Dortmund.

Poch lined up the team perfectly and we need to bin the notion of using a 4 at the back at Wembley. A brief drop of boring sanity here. The situation with the pitch size at that hell hole is that the extra 500m² ends up being in the middle of the park.

Playing a 3 gives us that 5 I was talking about a couple of weeks ago. This makes us heavier where it counts.  Last night even though Mousa was frequently left a bit dazed and confused, he didn’t have to rest all his hopes on Dier and instead Aurier, Alderwiereld and to a lesser extent Sanchez swept as they cleaned.

This is the protest I’ve felt about Spurs in a decade. We had a mental and physical strength that was an unmitigated joy to behold.

I’ve rarely been as angry with Spurs when we are beamed around the globe throwing games and looking like substandard chancers making the numbers up. Last night Tottenham looked like a team to beat if you’ve serious thoughts of winning this particular pot.

More please.

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

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 September 14, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Our defence was so strong,it was valerian steel as we invited in the science of Borussias system and did not bend and whoke they were busy with Arse type pretty passing our trojan horses,Kane and Son of Kane eluded the germanic army and hit them hard.
    There must have been a new strategy for them after the respite at hakf time as they obviosly were stung by the counter and our strength took its toll on them.
    Brilliant Poch and lads

  • LemonSpur September 14, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Love how your autocorrect changes “best” to “protest”!

  • BERNARD September 14, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    i think this is the first time under Poch we have put out a strong side in Europe instead of giving games to squad players to rest players for P/L i might be wrong but did enjoy last night

  • Harry Hotspur September 14, 2017 at 11:15 am
  • Bruxie September 14, 2017 at 11:12 am

    At last.
    We have signed two “up and running” players in Aurier and Sanchez.
    And it’s changed our mindset and tactical outlook.

    Some nerve wracking moments but what a performance.

    Aurier doesn’t chase sticks and is better on that showing than Walker. And only cost half as much!
    There’s a song there somewhere.

    To FoF: Must have been your proximity to the Dortmund fans. Atmosphere was ok at the other end. Best moment…We’re the Park Lane….We’re the Shelf Side banter. And we are in the same places.

    COYS

  • A waddle and a fork September 14, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Some of that fast break football was a joy to behold. Eriksens sweeping first touch and remarkable vision is a joy to behold right now!

  • Wig September 14, 2017 at 11:09 am

    I was there last night and it really was a tactical masterpiece by Spurs. It can be a bit nervy watching your team sit back and invite them to keep the ball and attack, but our defence was bloody solid. Aurier and Sanches look like they’ve been with us for years, good riddance Walker and Wimmer! The only negative was our atmosphere, fans were so quiet and its incredible to see the dortmund fans going mental all game long

    • Still Nil Nil September 14, 2017 at 11:10 am

      Away fans tend to be noisier
      Spurs fans away are very noisy

      • A waddle and a fork September 14, 2017 at 11:12 am

        The away fans are all bunched together at Wembley so can generate that noise too

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? September 14, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Last night at the Lane would av been something. These arenas don’t conduct the energy as well. Its easier for a small section of away fans to create an atmosphere. Numbers mean nothing. With the Park lane, Paxton and shelf you had a chemistry there. The new stadium is arena designed too. Itl be better than Wembley I’m sure but you won’t re create the magic.

    • Erik September 14, 2017 at 11:19 am

      The atmosphere was brilliant FFS.

      • Wig September 14, 2017 at 11:21 am

        Where were you sat, because I’ll make sure I’m in that block next time. Don’t get me wrong I had a fab time and it was a great game, but I’ve definitely enjoyed better atmospheres.

        • Erik September 14, 2017 at 11:24 am

          Block 133, and it was rocking.

          • maximum spursman September 14, 2017 at 2:26 pm

            Block 130 also!

    • Jim,Newry Spur. September 14, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Now we have a strategy for Chelsea and their like, always believed we had the players to counter attack any opposition.

  • Andreas September 14, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Must admit the Dortmund fans were very good, and their team despite injuries are quality, but we played like a true c l team, composed and not gun ho.
    We showed our quality, and in the end could have scored 5/6 to embarrass them. I want to know why we missed out on Aubamayang ,he is class and we should pay whatever it cost to sign him, even if he is out only signing next summer.

    • maximum spursman September 14, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      Entirely agree incl Aubemeyang – excellent player ( as was their team).

  • 61SpursNut🌰 September 14, 2017 at 11:01 am

    gloster1861
    Is the match available to replay?
    Now we mustn’t let the intensity drop for Swansea. Which would be classic Spursy.

    Try footballorigin dot com

  • AccringtonSpurs September 14, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Poch got it spot on. Selection. Bench. Tactics.

    Last year’s experience was valuable.

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? September 14, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Thought the media would be flogging Kane today but talksport are more concerned with dele and how he’s bound to go. Important result last night but I’ve seen more complete performances recently. 2-0 Chelsea was one. 2nd half was much better, Dortmund are quality but 9 first team players is a lot to lose. We were destined to win, it had that Inter Milan night feel about it.

  • Rich g September 14, 2017 at 10:59 am

    500 squuare meters bigger,yeah right

  • Threelagoon September 14, 2017 at 10:57 am

    It’s not an additional 500 sqm, which would be huge. Just about 10 sq m or about 100 sq ft (5m longer and 2m wider). I understand we are talking about tiny margins for elite sport, but the difference is not great, about 0.13%.

    • 61SpursNut🌰 September 14, 2017 at 11:07 am

      Correct in regards to you first 6 words, it’s an additional 440 sq m or about 4,736 sq ft or about 6.5% larger playing area.

      • East Stand September 14, 2017 at 11:10 am

        Oreo need a bit of space around him, he’s a big lad!!

  • East Stand September 14, 2017 at 10:54 am

    A different performance and for the better.

    Poch has always been fully into press, press, press, often it has blown teams away but sometimes against more clever and/or defensive opposition blow as it might it has failed to blow some of the opposition’s particular house down.

    The back three/five is a great way of getting bodies in and around the areas that matter and with 3 central defenders who can all step out and into midfield with composure the press can still be on or you can stand off a bit and soak it up better.

    Oreo already better than Walker, just wary of mistimed two footer popping up, hopefully not.

    Sanchez has slotted in like he’s been at the club a decade and just knowing that you have a proven, experienced winner on the bench to cover for Kane or offer something different is refreshing change too. A shit scared Vinny didn’t exactly translate confidence to the rest of the side.

    Lets hope this was turning point. I seem to remember people on here saying that Poch never had a ‘plan-B’, well here it is. A different system while still having the 4321 press, press machine in reserve to change things.

    Why didn’t we sell NoCluedo? He seem further away from getting into this side than Marcus Edwards. Nice to see some Levy transfer lunacy still knocking about, it would feel weird if everything made sense…

  • Scarface September 14, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I watched City v whoever on the weekend and I noticed why English footballers are second rate. Mendy destroyed Pool on his left side with great anticipation and movement. His skill level was vastly greater than Walker. Sorry I don’t want to slag British players but Walker is typical of mediocre English players. He’s a crab….side ways, backwards and little else. He never once made it into Pools box or delivered a cross high or low to his team mates. Bluntly he was making up the numbers. Serge in one performance destroyed him and sorry to say Trips as well. Far more savvy technically than Walker and Co..

  • 61SpursNut🌰 September 14, 2017 at 10:43 am

    From Woodgate to Wembleygate.

  • Frontwheel 2 September 14, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Koln 7/1 to beat the goons,wishful thinking,or worth a punt?

    • 61SpursNut🌰 September 14, 2017 at 10:51 am

      Defo worth a punt.

      • Still Nil Nil September 14, 2017 at 10:53 am

        Is he playing?

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? September 14, 2017 at 11:04 am

      Maybe the draw.

  • LingLongMan 🚯 September 14, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Hell Yes!!!!

  • Freund or Foe September 14, 2017 at 10:34 am

    I`m afraid that I have to concede that Wembley is, in fact, a footballing hell hole. I was sat above the away fans, so maybe I missed/couldn`t hear our own fans very well, but there was little atmosphere that I could hear, that`s without the complete pain in the arse it is to get there and get in.
    It is certainly different for Cup final type games, where the stadium is split into 2 equal sets of fans. That works, we can sing along to the songs at the same time.
    On the way home last night I found myself thinking that I dodged a bullet by not getting a season ticket, repeating last night 2-3 times per month for the next 9 months would drive me mental.

    • Still Nil Nil September 14, 2017 at 10:35 am

      But you got to see me FoFty!!!

      • Freund or Foe September 14, 2017 at 10:40 am

        Silver lining!
        Don`t get me wrong Nilly, great result, great to see the new boys play. Maybe if they`d let us buy beer at halftime I`d have a different opinion!

        • Still Nil Nil September 14, 2017 at 10:49 am

          Seriously?
          You couldn’t get a bevvy?

          The rules around football matches is strange compared to other sports.
          No drinking insight of the football pitch.

          Yet go to a cricket match and sit in the sun all day long drinking all the beer you can carry into the ground is ok.

          Or a rugby match where fans sit together openly drinking in the stands.

          Football fans in comparison are treated like animals.

          In some respects it’s deserving when you see how a small minority of twats behave, but not to even allowed a cheeky beer at half time is ridiculous.

          It makes me laugh when they take the bottle tops off your drinks when you enter a stadium in case ‘you piss in the bottle and throw it at the pitch’ ffs.

          I always take spare bottle tops when I take my kids to replace the ones the stewards nick off me.
          I buy their drinks in a supermarket at 10 times cheaper prices so I don’t get ripped a new one by the stadiums inflated prices.

          Fans are treated very badly at football games.

          • East Stand September 14, 2017 at 11:04 am

            Talk Shite have nothing else to talk about other than bullshit, and I though this place was bad!!

          • East Stand September 14, 2017 at 11:08 am

            Treated like children Nilly, and when you consider that crowds are generally older, better off and far less rough than they used to be it doesn’t really make sense.

            Having said that it only takes couple of pissed up middle aged blokes swearing and saying things they shouldn’t to mess things up for everyone else, but then again those people will be tanked up from the boozer anyway. Bit strange really…

    • Al September 14, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Correct, it’s crap for atmosphere. Probably not great for anyone, and for our atmosphere, it’s now filtered with tourists and first timers. However, it’s definitely better than it was for the champions league games last year. At least some songs are sticking and carrying around the ground now.

      I think 3/5 at the back at Wembley can seriously change our game on that pitch as H says, and hopefully bossing a few games will shift that atmosphere too. Bring on the swans on sat. A comprehensive, convincing performance will keep this train rolling on.

  • Camus September 14, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I was watching a stream which had Clive Allen co-commentating. Not sure who he was working for. I usually have plenty of time for his thoughts but even after we’d gone 2-1 up with 2 superb goals, all he could talk about was Yarmolenko’s goal. Maybe he had the Spurs jitters.

    • LingLongMan 🚯 September 14, 2017 at 10:46 am

      He was the commentator for me here in Aus and all I could think was how he kept talking about BVB and Yanker’s goal and Bang Bang’s non goal.

      • Still Nil Nil September 14, 2017 at 10:51 am

        Great finish from bang bang tho
        Surprised he’s still at Dortmund

        • East Stand September 14, 2017 at 11:09 am

          Yarmolenko’s was good too. Credit where credit’s due, I’d have both of those players at Spurs…

  • Frontwheel 2 September 14, 2017 at 10:22 am

    I’m confused listening to post match expert talk,did we win the game?

    • gloster1861 September 14, 2017 at 10:29 am

      No, Dortmund beat us 5-3.

      Even the ITV highlights programme spat out their ‘ praise’ through gritted teeth.

      • Frontwheel 2 September 14, 2017 at 10:32 am

        Roy Keane was ok

        • Still Nil Nil September 14, 2017 at 10:33 am

          He’s a bit of a Spurs fan by all accounts.
          Love listening to souness too especially when kicks terry henrys arse

          • Frontwheel 2 September 14, 2017 at 10:36 am

            Schoolboy yiddo,never had thought that when he played us.

            • Still Nil Nil September 14, 2017 at 10:52 am

              He played like that against everybody which showed how professional he was even if he was a big of a thug at times
              Souness was the same

  • Spiderneil September 14, 2017 at 10:22 am

    It tickles me that the Arse are playing tonight. Tickles me greatly. Hopefully this will really affect their weekend performances like it has ours in the past. Slippery slope anyone??

    • 61SpursNut🌰 September 14, 2017 at 10:47 am

      Yes please.

  • Spursy September 14, 2017 at 10:21 am

    It was an absolute classic of desire and fortitude – our desire and fortitude.

    Poch had studied those past vids big time and got it spot on.

    I thought I was in a parallel universe with that BT coverage. My son was totally shocked and saying, ‘Can’t they see what’s happening?’ I had to explain the old footballing cartel is being broken up – by us – and they don’t like it. He just knows he goes to school today to his best mates, Liverpool and Arsenal respectively, and has a Glory Day! Woo hoo!

    • gloster1861 September 14, 2017 at 10:23 am

      They can’t abide Spurs gate crashing their little club.

  • Still Nil Nil September 14, 2017 at 10:19 am

    How long will verts ban be?

    • Spiderneil September 14, 2017 at 10:20 am

      Two yellas is normally one game I believe.

    • gloster1861 September 14, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Just the Cyprus game surely for two yellows.

      • Still Nil Nil September 14, 2017 at 10:23 am

        Back 4 for that game unless filth gets a debut

  • OrganicPaper September 14, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Im watching the game again now (BT Sport 3 if anyone else has fuck all motivation to ‘work from home’ 🙂 )
    Watching with the knowledge of what will come makes it a far calmer affair, and with this clarity one can see how well Poch set us up for this game.
    I agree H, on this pitch 3 at the back makes perfect sense. Its also evident that now Poch has the personnel to adapt and adjust our system depending on the opponent and the pitch.
    Bring on Real

    • Spiderneil September 14, 2017 at 10:19 am

      I think by the time Real come to Wembley, there’s potential for that back 3 to have really shored up and time for Serge to settle in. If this happens we have every chance of holding Real and possibly even nicking a goal or two!

    • gloster1861 September 14, 2017 at 10:19 am

      The bench was still suspect. Three defenders and Shitsoko. Only Llorente and Winks offered any game changers if needed. Thankfully we managed without needing to chase the game.

      • SkySportsJews September 14, 2017 at 10:32 am

        Dele, Wanyama, Rose (and Lamela) to add to that when they are fit or return from suspension. The bench is fine

  • Frontwheel 2 September 14, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Rained off work today,I think I’ll watch the entire game again,still got stirrings in the nether regions.Phooaarr missus

    • Still Nil Nil September 14, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Are you a county cricketer Fronty?!

      • Frontwheel 2 September 14, 2017 at 10:33 am

        Yes(if its a bad thing)

      • Frontwheel 2 September 14, 2017 at 10:35 am

        Carpenter,mean’t to be on a roof today,no chance in Kerry,

        • Still Nil Nil September 14, 2017 at 10:36 am

          Bet you get a lot of rained off days there

  • gloster1861 September 14, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Is the match available to replay?

    Now we mustn’t let the intensity drop for Swansea. Which would be classic Spursy.

  • Spiderneil September 14, 2017 at 10:10 am

    I didn’t make it to Wembley in the end but it was wonderful to watch on the tellyvision. Hoping we play with the same intensity against Apoel otherwise it could be a tricky fixture.

  • Spiderneil September 14, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Wooooohoooooooo