Date: 1st August 2017 at 4:37pm
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is to take his squad to a training camp in Catalonia less than a day after the start of their Premier League season.

The former Barcelona boss will return to his homeland for a four-day stay – which includes a friendly against LaLiga debutants Girona – just hours after kicking off their campaign at newcomers Brighton on August 12.

City say it is a chance for Guardiola to work with the full squad as some players missed the pre-season trip to the United States.

Director of football Txiki Begiristain told mancity.com: “This trip is a great opportunity for Pep to work with his full squad in an intensive training camp.

“We have had some players away on international duty this summer, which means Pep hasn’t had the chance to work for long with the whole squad.

“The game itself promises to be a fantastic spectacle, as Girona finalise their own preparations for their debut campaign in LaLiga.”


It will be interesting to see if Pep’s attention to the importance of preseason training gives his side an advantage of any description.

The transfer of Bonzo was said to be processed in a timely fashion precisely in order to allow Walker a chance to participate in all the ‘getting to know you, getting to know all about you’ stuff at City.

This isn’t a stick to beat Levy with per se, but do you think preseasons have a value? They must have with new additions and existing personal alike, surely?

 
Comments
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  • East Stand August 2, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Porky – “In three years, my experience with Daniel has always been trying to find a player to improve. The difference is were they the right or wrong signing?”

    Says it all…

  • Harry Hotspur August 2, 2017 at 9:31 am
  • SpurAndy 🍒π August 2, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Thanks for the report MiT, good to know you and your son enjoyed it despite the performance.

  • MiT August 2, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Friends –

    Had a fantastic time in Nashville. Sat in first row in the midst of the Spurs section and sang the entire match. Even while going down 0-3, we sang it up, while the opposite section was a library.

    Our lads were afraid of 2 things: They were afraid of Kyle Walker, and they were afraid of losing to Kyle Walker.

    Spurs played rigidly, and they continuously got drawn out of the middle on Walker’s side. They repeatedly yielded to pressure, and thus the match was lost, and lost badly.

    Our boys will adjust to face this Man City squad more competitively, but it is now my strong opinion that in selling Walker to City, City gained ground, while Spurs lost ground. Kieran will serve adequately, and will provide more service, but he will never draw the opposition out of shape and open the middle as Walker did.

    Onward and forward. The Nashville experience of singing through adversity made my son and me very proud to be a part of such a great fanbase.

    • Camus August 2, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Interesting thoughts, mate. Nice one.
      Re. Walker, for me, it’s simple…
      You don’t sell him to a direct title challenger rival UNLESS you have a LIKE-FOR-LIKE replacement lined up and ready to come in.

      If we’re selling him and relying on Trippier and KWP, we’re weakened.

      If we’re selling him and looking to replace with a young prospect like Toljan or Henrichs, we’re weakened.

      We appear to have had no plan to adequately replace him. Or maybe Pereira was the plan but we wouldn’t pay £22mill.

  • Camus August 2, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Still Nil Nil August 1, 2017 at 10:31 pm
    “The players being ‘linked’ are too lightweight.
    Stocking fillers not the main present.
    …..
    But there is no like for like replacement for any first team player.
    Pipe and slippers season coming right up.”

    This is how I see it too, mate. I don’t believe in “They cannot strengthen the team” (Comolli) or “‘It’s so difficult to convince good players to come and then be on the bench.” (Poch)

    We are the only team struggling in this regard. And yet we won nothing. It doesn’t add up.

  • AccringtonSpurs August 2, 2017 at 7:37 am

    How many interlulls are there between now and xmas? Is it three?

  • AccringtonSpurs August 2, 2017 at 7:36 am

    One month to go before we sign some players…

  • Ufluckinplic August 2, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Morning all, so nice to be waking up in my home city and being in the same time zone of the majority on this blog. Saturday will be a slow drive past the ground to have a butcher’s at where we are with the construction. Been catching up with the comments below and thought I’d give my pennies worth. I agree Poch should be in the driving seat, but from Levy’s point of view he sees us finishing higher and higher the last few seasons. So from his pov his transfer policy works. I don’t think during his tenure that we have ever bought a player very early in the window. He’s happy to sell early if the price is right, but even then he can hang on to the last minute to screw someone over. My frustration at the moment is we could again go very close to the title if Levy strengthened the squad in a couple of vital places.

    Enough said I’m now off for a full English and another day of being a tour guide for the Chinese horde, I mean family with me.

    • 61SpursNut🌰 August 2, 2017 at 7:36 am

      Have a great time UFP. Top tip: Get out of the car and have a walk round the stadium.

      • Still Nil Nil August 2, 2017 at 8:16 am

        Welcome home UFP and welcome to your extended family.
        Hope things have settled on the fledgling front buddy.

    • SpurAndy 🍒π August 2, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Enjoy the day UFP.

  • Ethan August 2, 2017 at 7:04 am

    The onus should not be on the manager to force the chairman’s hand – the onus should be on the chairman to do what’s good for the club. Poch having to force Levy’s hand would be a last resort as that would likely do irreparable damage to their relationship but I disagree that the blame lies with Poch for not pressuring Levy enough. Enough excusing making for Levy by the flat earthers.

  • A waddle and a fork August 2, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Sounds knackering to me

  • Syd August 2, 2017 at 1:08 am

    I agree with Ronwol about Poch’s leverage.

    If Poch tells Levy “OK I have had enough, you are not backing me, the team, the club or the fans” and walks – stating to the world he is leaving because he cannot work with Levy what do you think will happen to the rest of the players who all know could be earning as much a 2 to 3 times more at another club. If there is no loyalty by Levy then why should they be loyal. They will leave in droves we will have nothing and come new stadium time our Under 23’s will be kicking off and no new players would want to come here.

    Poch said last said season he wanted the transfers completed early and again this has not happened. Levy would be mugged from all corners of the earth forcing Joe to do something with him even if he owns 29%…something would definitely have to be done.

    I totally agree with Ron, Poch has the leverage…very much so unless Levy is not worried about the above scenario.

    Even right now Levy is tardy once again and I sense some frustration from all corners including Poch. It is getting a bit edgy now….ten days to kick off…FFS

    From a business point of view and making money he is very good, however from a football side of things his skill set shows. The trouble being he will never allow anyone to have any sort of control over the purse strings. Never!

    • Caspurs♿️ August 2, 2017 at 1:23 am

      Sadly Syd, the bottom line for Levy and Lewis is the value of the business, sorry football club, rather than showing ambition on the football pitch.
      I think Levy wouldn’t think twice about showing Poch the door, if it came to it.

      • Syd August 2, 2017 at 1:36 am

        You know Cas in some distorted way I hope that happens. the back lash would be unbelievable and I am sure note ven Levy could survive it. I would hope people would not go to the games, players put in transfer requests etc.
        Let’s just hope having some money to spend Poch can make us stronger …if he has that money to spend….He says we are in the market and at this point I believe him.

        • mikespurs August 2, 2017 at 1:50 am

          God i hope that doesnt happin. Just got this tott till i die tattoo down my face. If i cant fly over & show it off once a year……..i might start to think it was a mistake

    • mikespurs August 2, 2017 at 1:42 am

      Very true in my opinion. I wonder if theres another double edged sword in play. Lets say a. Morata didnt wanna come to play second fiddle.
      B. The rumors are true that wages are largely insentive based. ( two big assumptions i know)
      C. You sign to train
      That puts us in a place very desireable for a young player who thinks they got it to come. But for what we are looking for in this window it kinda of hurts us. Crazy money being played all over the league to possible sit the bench & if players think our starting 11 is almost undropable. Even with some smart rotation theyd never get there payday through insentives. Does that show a lack of ambition from the club, players or both. Id love to think a player would say f…it, ill fight my way onto the team that i think can win the title with a great coach………but levy isint the only business man in the room.

      Good god……..im grasping at straws at this point.

  • Syd August 2, 2017 at 12:42 am

    I like what Poch said in this pressie when talking about his approach to Morata 2 years ago and Morata indicated he did not want to be on the bench behind Kane.

    “We understand that Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, [Eric] Dier, [Toby] Alderweireld are really good players. They want to win but need to feel the pressure a little bit to improve every season.

    “If there’s no competition in behind it’s normal to drop your motivation, it’s normal to drop everything that you do. And then it’s difficult to win”.

    This tells me we are definitely in the market although he no doubt would have wanted it done earlier and the fact his nominated targets we might not get.
    The one player that fits into what he said is Trippier who has no REAL competition for his spot. KWP is not up to scratch or even close (at this time).

    • Horndog August 2, 2017 at 12:49 am

      I guess Tripps is the definition of what Poch was talking about. He pushed Walker out the door.

      • Syd August 2, 2017 at 1:09 am

        Yep Stevie exactly right but nothing really good enough behind Trips. I am sure this is one position he will be filling. Shirley he wouldn’t let Walker go with no plan in mind.

        • Caspurs♿️ August 2, 2017 at 1:17 am

          FAKINEL SYD!!
          I’ll be up all night trying to read all that!

          • Syd August 2, 2017 at 1:36 am

            I’ll join you….

          • Syd August 2, 2017 at 1:37 am

            I’ll put the kettle on then?

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 August 2, 2017 at 12:03 am

    ronwol196061
    He is a businessman.He gives a shit.
    He thinks he has the cards. But to me Poch has the cards.
    Poch needs to not confront Levy but frame the discussion to show its a benefit to Levy to buy 2 or 3 good players.
    If Levy lost Poch.He would have to start again.Players would leave and fans would take a rest and not pay the prices.
    It would be a disaster for Levy.Joe might take a ride up the Thames again
    And many would tell them to fuck off.
    Its in Pochs hands

    • Nick August 2, 2017 at 12:10 am

      Trouble is Ron it’s not in Poch’s hand it’s in Levy’s & the boards.It is fundamentally a business as you say & they judge success by profit over trophies & I,hand on heart believe we have punched above our weight for years.Are we better or bigger than any team in the top tier ? Until we have large capacity & bigger income No I don’t think so

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 August 2, 2017 at 12:36 am

        Think what the loss of Poch woukd look like
        The replacement value of Poch,of the players AND fans (a hiatus for them)that will leave…

    • Horndog August 2, 2017 at 12:11 am

      We just might find out if that is the case.

    • Caspurs♿️ August 2, 2017 at 12:14 am

      Oh Ron, what are we gonna do with you eh?

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 August 2, 2017 at 12:34 am

        Stick me in with Levy and give me 700 million quid

        • Caspurs♿️ August 2, 2017 at 12:40 am

          Ron you know I would if I could, I’m sure if anyone could grind Levy down, it would be you. 😘

          • ronwol196061🇨🇦 August 2, 2017 at 12:42 am

            He needs to be shaken…he is too smug…..he needs to feel a little vulnerable

  • Matt August 1, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Good question. We should ask Daniel Finkelstein to do an analysis. My guess would be, intellectually you’d say say yes, but answer would be little correlation. Sadly I think this year a bit of Levy Brinkmanship is required. We don’t have the cache of Man U and we can’t change our wage structure in one season to suddenly pay, say, Barkley 130k (we need to change that but over time, it can’t be done in a year). And unlike other years because our first 11 or 12 is very good, we’re shopping upper end. So, while I’d agree spending 40-50m on, say, Kovacic just reflects market price, also getting him to accept a wage in comparative terms to, say Kane i.e. Less, is difficult. Frustrating but growing pains for us I think.

    • Caspurs♿️ August 2, 2017 at 12:21 am

      Just an example, but Kovacic is on £60k a week at RM, so would he be interested in earning more at Spurs, say £85-90k? Who knows as all this is conjecture.
      Just because players are at big European clubs, doesn’t necessarily mean they’re being paid top dollar.

      • Matt August 2, 2017 at 12:39 am

        Yeah I read that somewhere and I was really surprised, perhaps I should have used Barkley as an example. Just think if for example players like Barshuyi are on 130k (again just what I read) most of the quality we want are wanting 100k minimum.

      • Syd August 2, 2017 at 1:12 am

        That’s true Cas but I think he may have announced himself to the world in that last game for Real a couple of days ago, if he had not already. He was the best player on the paddock, cracking goal as well. I think most clubs who are thinking of him are probably willing to pay over the 100K mark.
        If I was REAL I would keep him now and up his wages on a five year contract.

        • Caspurs♿️ August 2, 2017 at 1:16 am

          I guess it’s down to what the player and RM want. RM have just bought another player in his position, which could leave him 2nd or even 3rd choice.
          We don’t even know whether he wants to leave or not, as the stories are emanating from one source in Spain, hardly reliable imo.

  • Nick August 1, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Interesting the poch chooses now to state that Morata declined joining us as he didn’t want to rival Kane.Personally I don’t see why prem clubs always seek to sign players that are at best squad players at the worlds top table,especially as in this case at £70m.Tit for tat for conte’s comments on Kane I know but he obviously wanted the boy as he’d chased him for a couple of years.Is it true? Who knows perhaps he just didn’t fancy earning £50k a week but it shows poch has targets & wants competition in all positions & that has to be recognised as positive

  • Caspurs♿️ August 1, 2017 at 11:34 pm
    • mikespurs August 1, 2017 at 11:51 pm

      Not bad. Breaks down what we already know. Levys plans read like a spread sheet

    • Matt August 2, 2017 at 12:35 am

      It’s well worth a read.

      • caveman August 2, 2017 at 12:55 am

        What does it say?

    • Harry Hotspur August 2, 2017 at 7:41 am

      The stadium is being paid for from loans and sponsorships players are bought from operating profits.

      #SaveYouClicking

    • East Stand August 1, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      Interesting, the last bit about Alli basically is saying that they want Barkley as competion.

      He’s saying that he can’t attract players to sit on the bench but that’s the whole point, if we paid them more money then they would come and fill whatever squad role was asked of them.

      Our lack of quality back up players and competition for places is down to not spending.

      Lewis should just lend the money to bolster the squad, if we won the league then he’d get his money back and some on the value of the club as champions…

    • Nick August 2, 2017 at 12:04 am

      It is very difficult for us as a club at the moment to push on.we are not at the top table we don’t have those dollars coming in to compete by spending so we have to drop down a level on the kind of players we can attract.We have a policy in place at the moment which despite criticism is a sound financial policy of trying to buy young potential.As poch has said it’s hard to buy better players than our first 11 while still sticking to our policy & financial restraints.As a fan for over 30 years & having had a season ticket when we were absolutely dire,Yes it would be great if we won trophies but is that the be all & end all of being a fan? I liked Gerry Francis as a boss as he tried to play football.Martin jol again I quite appreciate as a manager who tried to find the Tottenham way.So to see poch building what he has is in my opinion the greatest time of my Tottenham fan ship.Id love it to progress into success but in honesty I’d rather watch us play good football,have a beer,kick the dog & tell everyone that cares to listen that we are only one player away,Than to watch to shit that Utd dished out last season & won a cup.So be honest We are where we deserve to be,on merit & the criticism is what keeps us interested isn’t it?

      • SpurAndy 🍒π August 2, 2017 at 8:33 am

        Tend to agree with that view Nick.

    • Harry Hotspur August 2, 2017 at 7:42 am

      Difficult. But like saying Hiroshima was ‘dusty’…

  • AntSpurs August 1, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Just out of interest, would Nike have signed without premise on what will happen this season ?

    • Jim,Newry Spur. August 1, 2017 at 10:42 pm

      I think so United have been putrid recently but still pulled off huge shirt deals and other endorsements.

      • AntSpurs August 1, 2017 at 11:12 pm

        Yeah you’re right Jim, im clutching at hope for dear life 😊

      • Lilywhite without the II August 2, 2017 at 12:56 am

        They won 2 cups = winners = what Nike want…

    • East Stand August 1, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      They’ve spread their risk have Nike. Us, Chavcheats and Citeh have deals with them. They expect one of those three to be League winners…

    • AccringtonSpurs August 2, 2017 at 7:41 am

      There may now be a deal to be done in bringing a Nike-sponsored player to the club.

  • Lilywhite August 1, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    No new players in, yet. A starter gone. Paper thin squad. Wembley. Dembele, Wanyama, Winks not 100%. Rose, Son, Lamela (currently/indefinitely) out. Jeezus.

    Looks to me like we’d better get some mofo’s in quick, pray no one else gets hurt, Wanyama, Rose and Son come back soon, and hunker down w the following starting 11 in the meantime:

    —————————Kane
    ————Eriksen—————-Dele
    —————Dembele—-Wanyama
    Davies——————————————Trippier
    —————————-Dier
    ————–Verts——————Toby
    —————————Lloris

    Bench: what’s the point?

    • Syd August 2, 2017 at 1:40 am

      I think the 3 biggest weaknesses in team are Davies, Trips and Dier

  • Still Nil Nil August 1, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    The players being ‘linked’ are too lightweight.
    Stocking fillers not the main present.
    The more I think of it, I think Barkley if signed would be an asset in a year or so once poch has got him trained his way.
    But these others gray, king etc aren’t fit to lace the first teams boots.
    What’s happened with the star player from ebbsfleet ffs?
    I think mahrez could be an asset too.
    But even then there’s no direct challenge for a first team spot, to make the current first team think they’ve got to perform to keep their places.
    Rose took Davies challenge to him.
    Walker bottled it.
    But there is no like for like replacement for any first team player.
    Pipe and slippers season coming right up.

    • AntSpurs August 1, 2017 at 10:42 pm

      Cigar and loafers.

    • East Stand August 1, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      I’d like to see some players that bring something a little different to freshen things up now and again.

      Walker and Rose provided pace in the team, Trippier isn’t slow himself but I would like to see it in other positions now and again. Kane, Alli, Eriksen, Son, Dembele are all of similar pace and Vinny isn’t quick either. No clue has a bit of zip but is he up to in quality wise?

      Pace, power and sumfink different to freshen it up for me, we won’t get anyone to walk straight in the side that’s for sure. We don’t pay enough to do that…

    • Harry Hotspur August 2, 2017 at 7:45 am

      Stocking fillers is a brilliant description Nillisimo. Our bench is littered with stuff that you only half unwrap, see what it is and then move on to the next parcel.

  • Jim,Newry Spur. August 1, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    I think Daniel would be thrilled with fourth place and chance of CL again, he’s got his excuses already, Wemberley, poor little Tottenham couldn’t compete with the filthy rich. He’ll come out smelling of roses either way. Poch will be the fall guy.

    • AntSpurs August 1, 2017 at 10:30 pm

      If Poch goes it will be a domino rally. Including Levys profits. That would be disaster. Unless he’s a Schmuck 😂

      • Jim,Newry Spur. August 1, 2017 at 10:36 pm

        If we lose Poch the games up, he’s a once in a lifetime coach, he could transform Spurs, the way Wenger did for Woolwich, I think he’s literally irreplaceable. Daniel as usual will f*ck it up, pennywise and pound foolish.

      • Jim,Newry Spur. August 1, 2017 at 10:41 pm

        Levy likes a profit but only up to a point. How many times did he fail to invest in January windows when a Champions League place was within reach and all the extra income, but was to miserable to spend.

        • AntSpurs August 1, 2017 at 10:46 pm

          I agree he’s been a schmuck in the past. He’s had no faith or intent on the footballing side but if now when he’s made all his big bollocks moves on the business side and looking at a 1 or 2b sale value. I would guess that he couldn’t start again without having a heart attack.

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 August 1, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    I think the ONLY thing that could change things is Poch plays some brinkmanship with Baldy.
    Poch dont be a schmuck if you were sitting across from Baldy playing poker you can destroy him.
    Take a big breath and have the balls.

    • David Dillenberg August 1, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      Ron If Poch was culpable for the Sissy fiasco surely Levy holds all the aces which he does anyway.

      • AntSpurs August 1, 2017 at 10:29 pm

        I think that was when Poch won

    • AntSpurs August 1, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      I would guess theyre playing strip poker now cause it’s all under control 😜

    • Caspurs♿️ August 1, 2017 at 10:50 pm

      Ron I dont think you understand Levy, he doesn’t give a shit, in his world, what he says goes, endov.

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 August 1, 2017 at 11:47 pm

        He is a businessman.He gives a shit.
        He thinks he has the cards. But to me Poch has the cards.
        Poch needs to not confront Levy but frame the discussion to show its a benefit to Levy to buy 2 or 3 good players.
        If Levy lost Poch.He would have to start again.Players would leave and fans would take a rest and not pay the prices.
        It would be a disaster for Levy.Joe might take a ride up the Thames again
        And many would tell them to fuck off.
        Its in Pochs hands

  • AntSpurs August 1, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Whilst we need a few signings they need to be the right ones. If we’re talking about Ross, Josh, Shaw, or the like then they don’t need much. The city players do !! It’s good times

  • Horndog August 1, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Here is what I think right now. If our season started right now or even in two weeks (which it will) we are woefully understaffed. Granted we have a strong starting eleven and a relatively thin bench. We are about to tackle Wembley and four overall competitions. We gave an owner who controls all player purchases, is the king of being on the cheap and a manager who is Houdini. Gentlemen and lady (Spursy) we are in a bit of trouble. This is shaping up to be a long year. It won’t stop me from being the best fan I can be but I am also very concerned about our FOOTBALL future. There, I said it.

    • MysteriousStranger August 1, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      Agreed. Yet again we’re playing catch up.

      • AntSpurs August 1, 2017 at 9:59 pm

        Maybe they’re catching on to something…our tails…or dust

    • AntSpurs August 1, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      It would be lovely to hear Poch say, hold on to your knickers boys and girls were ready ….and we’ll take the lot of ya….but he wouldn’t do that anyways…it’s the filosifee…fair play you see.

    • David Dillenberg August 1, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      Currently both chairman and manager are singing from the same hymn sheet but for how much longer in what is likely to prove a very challenging season.

      • AntSpurs August 1, 2017 at 10:17 pm

        City face a tougher one IMO

        • David Dillenberg August 1, 2017 at 10:18 pm

          True but they seemingly look well equipped to mount a serious campaign on all fronts.

          • Willy juice August 1, 2017 at 10:20 pm

            Seemingly!!! They are fucking only short of been handed the ducking trophy! The squad they have is top notch!

            • AntSpurs August 1, 2017 at 10:22 pm

              True. But they don’t have Poch

          • AntSpurs August 1, 2017 at 10:21 pm

            True. And I’m sure they’d have taken Hk, Dele, Dier, Lloris, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen at least

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 August 1, 2017 at 10:13 pm

      Im glad you did HD
      I have one leg on the bandwagon

      • Camus August 1, 2017 at 10:17 pm

        Strike up the band for one last time, Ron.

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦 August 1, 2017 at 10:19 pm

          Hit it Camus!!!

      • Horndog August 1, 2017 at 10:18 pm

        Maybe we can enter a three legged race.😬

        • East Stand August 1, 2017 at 11:37 pm

          You mean breed with like a tridroped type creature? Ron can do the foreplay bit!!

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 August 1, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      Agree HD
      We need some more creativity in CM mostly
      We need one more back up striker
      A seasoned back up full back hopefull can play left or right
      CM key for quality. Dembele is great but we need more creativity from there.
      Fucking stupid not to find one quality man for the position WE HAVE THE MONEY

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 August 1, 2017 at 10:18 pm

        Could get a winger too but quality needed

      • Horndog August 1, 2017 at 10:19 pm

        That is the rub that has finally gotten me Ron.

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦 August 1, 2017 at 10:21 pm

          Yep!!!

  • AntSpurs August 1, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    I think the Pep pre season situation here is slightly more desperate. Could go either way. He has spent an astronomical amount and is on his reputation depends on it. So whilst the more games together is important, he has players expecting to play from the off. How many will be unsettled after having a great pre season to then be stuck on the bench and be pissed off. He doesn’t know his team and so its highly risky but hey, he has to do something. As we have a settled team, any acquisitions can come a little later. If we have faith in 1 or 2 or 3 youngsters than lets play em !

    • MysteriousStranger August 1, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      • AntSpurs August 1, 2017 at 9:57 pm

        😘

  • legoverlass August 1, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    When a whole seasons campaign can hinge on one or two points or even goal average then the importance of not shipping points and goals at the beginning of the new season becomes increasingly important. Therefore the importance of a good preseason cannot be underestimated. How many times have we started slowly and lost momentum and points/goals that have cost us deal at the end of the season. It has definitely cost us titles in the past three years. Still it is only important to owners who run football clubs. Real estate development business owners however don’t give a t**s!

  • Camus August 1, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    My tuppence worth is that pre-season is really important.
    Granted, our lads are all settled now and know the drill which is great, but for any newbies they will miss all the pre-season bonding and we’ll be asking them to stay in a hotel for a while, move clubs once the season’s already started (disruptive), move house once the season’s started (even more disruptive), try to settle, bond with everyone, settle their families, go through Poch’s arduous training AND make an impact on the pitch when they get an opportunity, all at the same time…

    It’s no wonder we sign so many duds that don’t make it. It’s hard to have any kind of sympathies for millionaires, but we certainly muck ours about with our late trolley dash shopping. And we hardly make the newbies feel welcome either – making them wait all summer in some cases, live in hotels for weeks on end, make them miss all the training while we haggle over fees to try to get them as cheap as possible (because we value them so highly). We save a few mill here and there, of course, but all in all I think it’s a poor approach, and counter-productive.

    • McG ⚽⚽ August 1, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      You have to view last seasons signings as this preseasons beneficiaries. So, we’ll see Voodoo & Janssen come good, like Son did last year. This seasons signings will come good next season. It’s easier to deal with when you figure it out…

      • Still Nil Nil August 1, 2017 at 9:34 pm

        This seasons signings???

        • Camus August 1, 2017 at 9:50 pm

          Hmm. So you’re saying forfeit a year and be okay with that, McG?
          Do other clubs do that? Salah is banging them in already…

          • McG ⚽⚽ August 1, 2017 at 9:51 pm

            No I’m not ok with it, but that’s how it seems to be!

            • McG ⚽⚽ August 1, 2017 at 9:52 pm

              Nilly, I still see us siging three players, Barkley, a RB & another midfielder.

              • Still Nil Nil August 1, 2017 at 10:24 pm

                Just being facetious buddy

  • Camus August 1, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    In an article about Toljan (now valued at £13mill by Hoffenheim, apparently), Lyall Thomas writes:-

    “Tottenham are yet to make a signing this summer but hope to add a new attacking-midfielder, with interest in Everton’s Ross Barkley, Leicester’s Demarai Gray and Bournemouth’s Josh King.”

    “…with interest in…”
    Could be another quiet week, lads.

  • mattspurs August 1, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Last season you gave Spurs a load of grief for playing in the Audi Cup too close to the start of the season. This season we seem to have gone at it pretty gently. Man City going away to play during the season seems a touch odd. That said City don’t have a first choice 11 yet, Spurs’ first 11 will pick itself (from those not injured!). City will have a load of £20m+ players who won’t even make the bench, we’ve got Sissoko.

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 August 1, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Seems like Levy may pull the rabiot out of the hat….rabiot rabiot rabiot

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 August 1, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    We just signed Provolone
    Not sure if its for the Sainsburys or the cheese room.

    • MysteriousStranger August 1, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      It is not easy to get in most UK supermarkets. I love Provolone.

      • Caspurs♿️ August 1, 2017 at 9:58 pm

        Never heard of it, divulge your tawdry secret..

  • YidInExile August 1, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Levy Lebied us again, we all know who and what he is, yet we keep expecting him to be someone else, and then slate him when he doesnt

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 August 1, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      I still have 1% faith but Im a complete schmuck putz

      • YidInExile August 1, 2017 at 8:58 pm

        Arent we all

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦 August 1, 2017 at 9:20 pm

          Yes we are.
          I wish I had more faith. Harry is right in a lot of ways but Im hanging in with a little bit of hope that Levy schmuck will bring some sweetness to the cheese room with a signing or two for the fans.

          • East Stand August 1, 2017 at 11:25 pm

            He throws a few crumbs our way now and again Ron, VDV was one and Sissy was his latest effort.

            Levy – “Let them eat cake? no facking way, mouldy old cheese mate!!”

        • McG ⚽⚽ August 1, 2017 at 9:20 pm

          I feel a massive schmuck as it happens! Was convinced we’d have our business in order this time round. Still say we’ll sign three players, month to go yet….

  • AccringtonSpurs August 1, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Giovanni Simeone rumour:

    http://www.spurscommunity.co.uk/index.php?threads/giovanni-simeone.129623/

    (Diego Simeone’s son – centre forward)

  • richspurs August 1, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Ask me wife about the value of the preseason to the meat in da oven…..
    cannot repeat what she says in this not registered with the GPO as a media thingy.

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 August 1, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Its not call preseason Rich its called foreplay

  • David Dillenberg August 1, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Digressing if somebody out there can enlighten me as to a more sultry romantic song than Chris Issak’s all time timeless classic Wicked Game I am all ears! IMO his superb silky voice is amazing.
    Elvis, Orbison and Issak.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcb8XIbgbDA

    • East Stand August 1, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      Yes, Dingles that album with Wicked Game on was very good and in particular that single. As you say, very Orbison and Elvis but he made it his own. Lovey guitar on it too, great atmosphere…

      • David Dillenberg August 1, 2017 at 8:12 pm

        Never heard of Issak until now.

        • David Dillenberg August 1, 2017 at 8:15 pm

          Admittedly REM supplied endless classics. Not sure as good as mesmerising as Wicked Game.

          • East Stand August 1, 2017 at 8:26 pm

            There’s a lot of good pop, rock and soul music out there DD, it’s a broad church and there’s lots of mesmerising stuff to be heard.

          • Willie! August 1, 2017 at 8:54 pm

            Sade, Love Deluxe.
            Definition of sultry in the 1990s.

            • McG ⚽⚽ August 1, 2017 at 9:21 pm

              Good call, I like bit of Sade as it happens!

        • East Stand August 1, 2017 at 8:24 pm

          You are more of a classical music bod aren’t you? Never heard of Chris Issak? I’d excuse you if you were either under 25 or over 75!!

          • David Dillenberg August 1, 2017 at 8:33 pm

            Easty Poxy is the classical / Jazl bod not moi! Yes, true Issak escaped me but pleased have discovered his music.

            • East Stand August 1, 2017 at 11:27 pm

              So what do you normally listen to DD, what gets you all worked up and feeling funky?

    • McG ⚽⚽ August 1, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      I recon this one’s not far off…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyoTvgPn0rU

      • David Dillenberg August 1, 2017 at 8:35 pm

        McG – was a big hit but IMO not in the same league as Issak.

  • David Dillenberg August 1, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Spurs are keeping tabs on Demarai Gray but say they are unwilling to pay Leicester’s asking price, which is apparently in excess of £20m. Next!

    • East Stand August 1, 2017 at 11:29 pm

      I wouldn’t keep tabs on any one with a name like Demarai, sounds more like a type of sugar than a footballer…

  • Sexy Beast August 1, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Being linked to Rabiot again……………….

    • David Dillenberg August 1, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      Ditt: Coric!

      • David Dillenberg August 1, 2017 at 7:47 pm

        *Ditto

        • Freund or Foe August 1, 2017 at 7:50 pm

          Ditt Ditto? Never heard of him.

          • SpurAndy 🍒π August 1, 2017 at 8:01 pm

            Brother of Beth.

          • MiT August 1, 2017 at 8:07 pm

            Ditt Ditto is the fella who tried to pump up his name by inserting it into the refrain of Fly Like an Eagle by Steve Miller Band.

      • East Stand August 1, 2017 at 8:10 pm

        Coric and Rabiot are the new Damiao’s, just an old non story that keeps being regurgitated…

  • Harry Hotspur August 1, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    ed

    the sooner people realise that lewis and levy are in the cheese business, not soccer, the quicker they will realise what is wrong……

    “ed & HH sitting in tree…”

    • East Stand August 1, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      … along with Easteee…

    • 💋 August 1, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      Does Camus know? I sense a cat fight.

  • Superspoz 🔪 August 1, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Preseason is good. It prepares the team to be in tip top shape for the long hard season ahead. A bit like pre-ejaculate fluid.It prepares the urethra for the semen and helps in lubrication during sexual intercourse.

    Or summink like that, I don’t know, go away.

  • BrizzleSpur August 1, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    I think if you’re bringing in 3/4 players who you want in your first team – definitely.

    If you already have a first team then not so much.

  • Andreas August 1, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Soon pochetino will realise that he will only get his second or third choice players and is wasting his time at our club cause winning trophies is not high on the priorities list.
    When enic sell up at some time in the future, that is when we will compete with the mega plastic clubs
    I hope our manager stays but I think he will leave as well
    as our top players ,if we screw up all the hard work poch has done

    • Sexy Beast August 1, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      If he leaves there will be a mass excodus like there was at Southampton.

      • Freund or Foe August 1, 2017 at 7:34 pm

        Movement of Jah people.

  • JimmyGrievance August 1, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Pre season is for …. In no particular order

    Fitness.

    New tactics

    Bring in potentials from the academy

    Introduce new signings to their new team mates.

    Levy’s pre season ….. play matches half way round the world to increase brand awareness. Sod anything that’s really important !

  • The man who shot the man who shot Liberty Valence August 1, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    The Gay Irish Prime Minister is to attend an MGBGT Pride breakfast in Belfast this coming Saturday, i hope the DUP will have something to say on the matter.
    Many years ago i used to have a British Racing Green MGBGT with Wire Wheels, thought i was Jack the Lad in it.
    My handle seems to be different on each iPad as i charged them up today, oh wait they aren’t iPads they are Milk Crates.

    • Stevo1987 August 1, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      I haven’t got nothing against these people but they do seem to want to ram it down ones throat so to speak. Yeah, and I said that on purpose.

      • East Stand August 1, 2017 at 7:59 pm

        Some people want to keep the whole ‘victim’ status of what is no known as LGBT going. Nobody’s bothered about sexuality these days are they as long as it only involves adults? So what that backward countries and cultures haven’t caught up, there’re behind on everything else too.

        Let’s all have a big party to ‘celebrate’ being heterosexual just for the sake of it shall we?

  • Vikingyid August 1, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Important

  • ed August 1, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    the sooner people realise that lewis and levy are in the cheese business, not soccer, the quicker they will realise what is wrong……

    • David Dillenberg August 1, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      Once Spurs are eventually owned by a “Sugar Daddy” presumably we shall witness a different emphasis on transfer activity. Until that happens Daniel’s boat sails along serenely!

  • Northstand Nutter August 1, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Camus’ list yesterday of those who missed pre season is not encouraging:
    Fraizer Campbell
    Louis Saha
    VDV (after an £18mill move to Bayern collapsed the day before)
    Dempsey
    Lloris
    Stambouli
    N’Koudou
    Sissoko
    Pau Lopez (loan)

    Basically only VDV and Hugo ( though he recently admitted it took him awhile to settle) have worked out.

    • Harry Hotspur August 1, 2017 at 7:27 pm

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      • Freund or Foe August 1, 2017 at 7:29 pm

        Get on with what? Oh, sorry. I misunderstood.

      • Stevo1987 August 1, 2017 at 7:31 pm

        Look I’m not bald and I’m not a poof. I haven’t even been confused. Oh? not me?

  • JuandeInternational August 1, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Why do they need to fly to Spain for that? I know the weather isn’t all that in the UK but August is still technically summer.

  • SpurAndy 🍒π August 1, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    “This trip is a great opportunity for Pep to work with his full squad in an intensive training camp.”
    If only they had some decent training facilities like us.

    • Harry Hotspur August 1, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      He he he you haven’t seen their facilities have you 🤣

      • Caspurs♿️ August 1, 2017 at 5:37 pm

        • Harry Hotspur August 1, 2017 at 5:44 pm

          FFS this is the VERY last time I tolerate my iCloud being hacked by you wretched plebs!!!

  • Devonshirespur August 1, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    I think for us the importance of pre-season is a bit different to City. Both teams play a high energy style so need to be really up to speed fitness-wise to make it work. But for Spurs, this team has largely been together for 2 seasons now, it shouldnt take too much for them to click back into gear. City have just rebuilt 4 of their 5 defensive positions. They need time together to drill their work and the pressure is on City to deliver given they have Pep who has spent £+350m, they have no excuses but to succeed.

    Our danger is that we pick up injuries early, then the back up immediately weakens the team and our bench is suddenly full of kids. If we avoid injury then we can afford to manage the introduction of the new / fringe players over time. If we are forced into relying on these backup players then we may struggle.

    Given the injuries to Son and Lamela, the possible departure of Sisokko, we are already looking a bit threadbare and need some new faces in before KO, else we’re relying on Onomah and Edwards to make a difference.

    • Harry Hotspur August 1, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      Onomah and Edwards are incapable of making a difference.

      I hope to eat those words, ideally they won’t be fed to me in mushed form when I’m in a nursing home.

      • caveman August 1, 2017 at 5:15 pm

        I don’t think you will, but you might with No’Cluedo, he’s looking sharp. I have changed my mind about this lad.

        • Harry Hotspur August 1, 2017 at 5:23 pm

          May your god go with you.

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦 August 1, 2017 at 5:45 pm

          I live you Cavey!!! You are right!!!
          Ge got too much bad press… HERE!!!

          • McG ⚽⚽ August 1, 2017 at 6:41 pm

            Hooray, vote for Cluedo!!

            • AntSpurs August 1, 2017 at 6:54 pm

              Yeeeee …dough. Nice one Cavey. Hooray + a few for N’koudou.

        • Syd August 2, 2017 at 12:39 am

          I agree too Cavey

      • East Stand August 1, 2017 at 8:21 pm

        ‘Yamaha’ I have a bit of hope for got a good engine!!

        In all seriousnessishness, Onomah might still have something to show. Edwards is the kind of player loads of clubs have, skilful, tricky but without the rest of what’s needed to make it as a top player.

        I see another Pritchard there…

    • Ronan August 1, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      As caveman said below, Poch specifically said he wanted transfer business done early this time so newbies could adapt to his methods and be ready to fire from the off. Then again, it”s not like this had the potential to be a historic season for Spurs if things had been done as he wanted, so I guess it hardly matters.

      • caveman August 1, 2017 at 5:28 pm

        No it hardly matters, but Levy could have shown support for his manager by making it happen seeing as he specifically asked for it to happen. They were talking two different languages the other day, Levy saying the young’uns were ready to be blooded in the first team and Poch saying there will definitely be two or three new recruits.

        • Ronan August 1, 2017 at 5:32 pm

          It just makes you wonder how much Levy wants to win the league, or even keep our coach and top players from becoming disillusioned with the club.

          • East Stand August 1, 2017 at 8:30 pm

            Levy usually will have sacked the manager by now so you’ll have to excuse the bald one a bit, he’s in unchartered waters.

            In fact it wouldn’t surprise me if he wants Poch gone for when we go into the new ground. A manager that’s too popular and ambitious is like kryptonite to the likes of Levy…

  • WitTank August 1, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    no point us having a pre-season at all as there’s no new players. What a waste of time when you can be selling shirts

  • Steve Marks August 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I always think pre season is really important. It’s like starting a new job anywhere, you need settling in time, a chance to understand the way things operate etc. Than again, they could always just run around a bit!

  • Caveman August 1, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Of course, preseason is why Poch said last season that he wanted to get his business done early so that everyone was ready for the new season. But no Levy doesn’t seem to give a toss about results or the wellbeing of players, just what’s in the duffle bag. He’s an absolute disaster as a chairman of a football club.

  • Caveman August 1, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Is it little me