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vs. Monaco

A Guest Blog from Tom Canton

It has been 5 years since Tottenham were last in the Champions League.

Fans of the club would have been rather pleased to avoid one of the big teams from pot 1, after drawing Russian champions CSKA Moscow.

However, pulling out Champions League regular Bayer Leverkusen and Ligue 1 title challengers Monaco may have unsettled the nerves slightly.

Spurs’ first fixture is against the principality club.

Although Monaco were drawn from pot 4, the club are currently riding high at the top of Ligue 1 and 3 points ahead of 7th placed PSG.

In fact, Monaco have already recorded an impressive 3-1 victory over the current French champions this season.

Spurs will certainly have to look out for the in-form Fabinho; the Brazilian wing-back who is currently plying his trade in central midfield has scored 3 goals in 4 matches. Joao Moutinho, off the back of winning Euro 2016, will also be a threat and compatriot Bernado Silva will also look to cause the Premier League side problems.

Spurs have no new injury issues going into the European tie; Danny Rose is still out with a hamstring strain, with Welsh international Ben Davies expected to deputise. Mauricio Pochettino will be boosted by the availability of Moussa Dembele; the Belgian had been suspended from Premier League action after an altercation with Chelsea’s Diego Costa towards the back end of last season.

Spurs will play at Wembley stadium for the match; similar to their North-London rivals Arsenal, who spent time there during the Emirates stadium build.

It remains to be seen how the unfamiliar surroundings will affect their performances, be that positive or negative.

Whilst more fans will be able to attend matches, the alien environment could have an undesired effect on mentality.

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

  • Dakes September 14, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    If the support at Wembley tonight is of the standard on the new blog then it doesn’t bode well.

    New blog!

  • Gloster1861 September 14, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Caspurs
    Andy I can’t decide which hand bag best suits the occasion, aaaahh, decisions decisions…

    Remember to pack a brick as well as the purse.

  • Gloster1861 September 14, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    dave
    Hankering over vellum …. interesting!

    Nowt wrong having a hank from time to time.

    • dave September 14, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      “I’m a hanker, I’m a hanker
      and it does me good, as it bloody well should,
      I’m a hanker, I’m a hanker,
      and I’m always pullin’ my …. erm …. vellum?

  • ThatPieceofHalibut September 14, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    445 am kick off Live here in Brisbane…can hardly wait!!!……..

    • Dakes September 14, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      Lucky fish, getting to watch it before me. No spoilers please.

      • Caspurs♿️ September 14, 2016 at 12:26 pm

        How do you work that out?

      • ThatPieceofHalibut September 14, 2016 at 12:26 pm

        Keeping Schtum Dakesy

        • Caspurs♿️ September 14, 2016 at 12:28 pm

          We’re 3-1 up at the mo, goals from…

          • ThatPieceofHalibut September 14, 2016 at 12:41 pm

            Boys singing the house down…amazin atmosphere, Lamela just gets his second after kanes opener…..

    • LingLongMan ? September 14, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      I’ll be up at the same time, Can wait either.
      Hope you are watching it too Syd, up in the hills.

      • LingLongMan ? September 14, 2016 at 12:29 pm

        Can? you silly can’t

      • ThatPieceofHalibut September 14, 2016 at 12:42 pm

        where are you LLL….Sydney?

  • Caspurs♿️ September 14, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    If SpurAndy wasn’t on his shed roof, he could snaffle himself a ticket for tonights game. According to the Standard, Spurs have put a further 1200 tickets up for sale.

    • Dakes September 14, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      I think those have evaporated as well Cas.

    • 61SpursNut? September 14, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      That was on the THFC.com last night.

  • Gavlav September 14, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    On the grounds that I’ve learned my lesson from last European night football I’m setting off now. Hopefully I’ll manage to get there 20 minutes into the match again and miss most of the action

    • Caspurs♿️ September 14, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      There’s always the second half, so don’t panic!

      • Caspurs♿️ September 14, 2016 at 12:14 pm

        You driving or getting the train Gav?

    • Freund or Foe September 14, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      You coming Gav??! Yay!

      • Freund or Foe September 14, 2016 at 12:31 pm

        Party time.

  • sideshowbob September 14, 2016 at 11:43 am

    there has to be a chant with Wembley and Dele and Démbélé

    • Frontwheel 2 September 14, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      We’re playin at Wemberly
      probably with Deli
      And maybe Demberly
      I like Dairy Lea
      And Fanee.

    • dave September 14, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      We’re playin’ at Wemberly
      with Delli and Dembele,
      to win by 2 goals or 3,
      would be flippin* loverly

      *ono

  • ThatPieceofHalibut September 14, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Moutinho has been quoted saying he was minutes from signing with us at the end of a transfer window…I wonder what happened there then H…get diggin….or should I just say Levy kaiboshed it cos he was too much!….bloody nut grindin again.

    • UnkleTaff September 14, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Third-party ownership issues as I recall.

      • Caspurs♿️ September 14, 2016 at 12:01 pm

        I thought that was resolved, but too late, therefor leaving no time for the paperwork to be done.
        Not necessarily my view as to what occurred tho.

    • Gloster1861 September 14, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      Moutinho? Shirley we’ve moved on from him? That was AVB’s pick, and therefore I would guess Poch isn’t bovvered by him.

  • Salt in the Wound September 14, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Just to rain on parades and piss on chips, I’ve watched the Stoke goals over and over. Cleanses the pipes a bit but I couldn’t help noticing that not many arms went up in the air from the boys in white as the goals went in. Sure, everybody runs in for the group hug, because that’s expected but the body language was telling a different story – there are tensed up guys wearing the chicken badge, and Wemberlees not a place to feel like its not all working. . COYS, remember the Alamo.

    • caveman September 14, 2016 at 11:06 am

      Did they have the horn, maybe.

    • Caspurs♿️ September 14, 2016 at 11:18 am

      I did like what Dier said, it’s a nice distraction. Poch and the lads need to remember the league is our priority, and view the CL as good experience for the future.

      • Dakes September 14, 2016 at 11:19 am

        May it be a good experience for your future tonight Cas

        • Caspurs♿️ September 14, 2016 at 11:20 am

          That it will sir.

          • caveman September 14, 2016 at 11:36 am

            Yeah Cas, enjoy and report back any craic.

            • Caspurs♿️ September 14, 2016 at 12:01 pm

              Will try me best Guvnor. ?

  • Frontwheel 2 September 14, 2016 at 10:32 am

    I’ve got the horn.

    • sideshowbob September 14, 2016 at 10:44 am

      can you get a tune out ofit ?

      • LingLongMan ? September 14, 2016 at 11:01 am

        Ask Horndog.

    • ThatPieceofHalibut September 14, 2016 at 11:06 am

      not another one!

  • Gloster1861 September 14, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I’ll be looking out for TheBoyHotspur.com banner being unfurled tonight between Caspurs and Mysterious Stranger.

    • Dakes September 14, 2016 at 10:23 am

      It should be a gigantic surfer surfing over them

      • Gloster1861 September 14, 2016 at 10:25 am

        I wonder how many flags Wembley will allow, as compared to the Lane.

    • MysteriousStranger September 14, 2016 at 11:13 am

      It’s a prohibited item, so I’ve decided to leave it at home.

  • Freund or Foe September 14, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I never dreamed that I would climb
    Over the moon in ecstasy
    But nevertheless, it’s there that I’m
    Shortly about to be
    ‘Cause I’ve got a golden ticket
    I’ve got a golden chance to make my way
    And with a golden ticket, it’s a golden day

    • Gloster1861 September 14, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Lovely.

      • Freund or Foe September 14, 2016 at 10:11 am

        The snozzberries taste like snozzberries.

        • Gloster1861 September 14, 2016 at 10:15 am

          Do you make your own frobscottle?

          • Freund or Foe September 14, 2016 at 10:16 am

            No, but I have been known as a whizzpopper. Always regret it next day.

            • Gloster1861 September 14, 2016 at 10:18 am

              Have a great day.

  • McG ⚽⚽ September 14, 2016 at 9:17 am
    • Gloster1861 September 14, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Hmmm. From article.

      Comolli says Tottenham have progressed more than any other club in Europe over the last 15 years under Levy.

      He added: “Tottenham are surely the club in Europe that has progressed most on all fronts in fifteen years, and thanks to him.”

      Manchester City were relegated in 2001. I think that puts Comolli’s opinion (and ignorance) in some context

      • Freund or Foe September 14, 2016 at 9:59 am

        But we`ve got an extremely pretty training ground.

        • Gloster1861 September 14, 2016 at 10:01 am

          We have indeed. And all thanks to Levy. No other club in the UK have a training ground I believe.

          • Freund or Foe September 14, 2016 at 10:09 am

            It`s got grass, goals, a car park. Luxury I tell ya. Luxury.

            • Gloster1861 September 14, 2016 at 10:12 am

              Yes, and thanks to Daniel they don’t even have to use their jumpers to mark the goalposts now.

              • Freund or Foe September 14, 2016 at 10:22 am

                Thanks Glos, will try our very best.

                • Freund or Foe September 14, 2016 at 10:22 am

                  That was for up there ^

                  • Gloster1861 September 14, 2016 at 10:23 am

                    No explanation needed.

            • ThatPieceofHalibut September 14, 2016 at 11:08 am

              Luxury?…..wheres a yorkshireman when you need him!

              • Caspurs♿️ September 14, 2016 at 12:24 pm

                Squatting on a bucket in a damp out house, whilst claiming it’s gods country.

  • Caspurs♿️ September 14, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Ah, tis a loverly mornin to be sure.

    • SpurAndy September 14, 2016 at 9:02 am

      You girls have a good time tonight. Anything other than a win will be on your heads. COYS!

      • Caspurs♿️ September 14, 2016 at 11:23 am

        Andy I can’t decide which hand bag best suits the occasion, aaaahh, decisions decisions…

  • sideshowbob September 14, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Aussie swiss,,Basel matches are being sold as a package for all CL games including arse,, only back rows left ,, can’t find tickets for one match..

    • Aussie in Switzerland September 14, 2016 at 8:56 am

      No worries. Cheers mate

  • sideshowbob September 14, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Superspoz has been banned till March 2849….
    put it in your filofax folks

    • BabaSpurs? September 14, 2016 at 8:56 am

      Filofax Bob? Talk about blast from the past along with Pacman, pagers and when mobile phones were anything but. Ah the good ‘ol days.

      • Gloster1861 September 14, 2016 at 9:43 am

        Can’t beat paper and pencil. I’m still hankering after quill pens and vellum.

        • dave September 14, 2016 at 10:31 am

          Hankering over vellum …. interesting!

      • Freund or Foe September 14, 2016 at 9:59 am

        I get a leather filofax every xmas from one of my German suppliers. I think they are trying to tell me to be more organised.

  • sideshowbob September 14, 2016 at 7:59 am

    The Green Man, may be symbolic of the new productive Spurs, good choice…

    • Freund or Foe September 14, 2016 at 8:15 am

      I thought it was symbolic of how Cas will look by kick off.

      • sideshowbob September 14, 2016 at 8:19 am

        no kaya b4 a match

  • Freund or Foe September 14, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Another day, another dollar.
    Anyone got plans for this eve? Nice weather for a BBQ maybe?

    • sideshowbob September 14, 2016 at 7:52 am

      early night

    • UnkleTaff September 14, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Wednesday night is quiz night — I can’t let the girls down.

      It’s fullmatchesandshows.com for me when I get back home.

      • Real Fan? September 14, 2016 at 10:11 am

        Excuse me, I didn’t hear that. Did you say quare’s night?

        • Freund or Foe September 14, 2016 at 10:15 am

          You can`t let the girls go down?

  • Johnny Paycheck September 14, 2016 at 4:52 am

    So here’s the thing: Poch needs to drop Harry and give Janssen a start for this game. Not because Janssen is going to be a world beater, but because Harry badly needs a rest and just does not look anywhere near his best. Janssen will hold the ball, and his position better than Harry just now. And we can still have Harry on the bench.

    • Real Fan? September 14, 2016 at 5:51 am

      Not gonna happen and nor should it. Drop Kane for our first CL game that he did so much to earn us when he’s just got off the mark in the PL? Rest him against Sunderland if necessary.

      • Gus September 14, 2016 at 6:43 am

        +1

      • Gloster1861 September 14, 2016 at 7:16 am

        +2

        Try being realistic. Janssen off the bench last 15 minutes for Harry if it’s put to bed, or joining Harry if needing to win it.

        • Aussie in Switzerland September 14, 2016 at 8:22 am

          Or half a game if 0-0 at half time with Harry looking dross

    • Devonshirespur September 14, 2016 at 6:49 am

      Kane scored last time out. This will energise him. He also looked shot this time last year and took 8 games to score, but once he did he never looked back.

      Our UCL opener is not the time to rest him….Sunderland at home might be though but we don’t know how Janssen is looking in training.

    • Steviesmozz September 14, 2016 at 7:07 am

      What a luxury to have that option!

  • Lahdedah September 14, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Northern Spur
    I have my ticket for Wembley + I gather from a reliable source – Spurstacus – that there may be a 6.30pm pre-match gathering of the HH posse at The Torch nr Wembley Park station. I hope to meet as many of you as possible, and to make sure you can recognise me I’ll be the one wearing a spurs scarf. #COYS

    I am envious. Who is going to the gathering? Is this the match that Ron et al are planning to attend? I would nail my bollocks to a bar stool to be there for a gathering + a CL game.

    • Horndog September 14, 2016 at 4:07 am

      Lahde, ask Harry to send me your email address, I will fill you in.

    • Steviesmozz September 14, 2016 at 7:06 am

      It’s not this one, although I think we are all meeting up at the Green Man pub in Wembley today for Cas and MS ( might I suggest that you put one hand over one eye in order to eradicate double vision whilst watching the game ??) and early evening for the rest of us. ⚽️⚽️⚽️?

  • melcyid September 14, 2016 at 1:25 am

    get to sleep you lot its christmas in the morning.

    • caveman September 14, 2016 at 1:32 am

      It feels like it. Listening to Poch today and looking at that match on Saturday, I’m beginning to think that we have a great team and will win something this season. I want the title Poch.

  • caveman September 14, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Hope all you ‘Boy Hotspur’ guys enjoy the meet up tomorrow night, so pissed off I won’t be there to put faces to names. Have a good one and tell us all the banter afterwards. COYS.

    • Gloster1861 September 14, 2016 at 1:03 am

      Still Nil Nil can collect all your finger prints off the glasses …..

      • Aussie in Switzerland September 14, 2016 at 8:23 am

        Leave some DNA on his collar

  • Brooklyn Hotspur September 14, 2016 at 12:55 am

    I might not be able to be there but I can’t wait to see the sight of all those Spurs fans packing out Wembley. My Client Reference Number will be used in anger this season for one last spin in the old girl (not the hooker this time) before she’s torn down. Now to come up with this season’s excuse to go the UK ‘for business’ and expense the shit out of it! COYS!!

  • 61SpursNut? September 14, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Today’s the day!

    • Horndog ? September 14, 2016 at 12:27 am

      It’s still tomorrow here, but I get your drift Nutsford, give ’em hell!

  • Northern Spur September 13, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    I have my ticket for Wembley + I gather from a reliable source – Spurstacus – that there may be a 6.30pm pre-match gathering of the HH posse at The Torch nr Wembley Park station. I hope to meet as many of you as possible, and to make sure you can recognise me I’ll be the one wearing a spurs scarf. #COYS

    • 61SpursNut? September 14, 2016 at 12:07 am

      We’re heading for the Green Man.

      • Northern Spur September 14, 2016 at 12:15 am

        Where’s that exactly? What time?

        • MysteriousStranger September 14, 2016 at 12:41 am

          Cas and I are aiming for somewhere between 4 and 5pm and others have said 6pm to 6:30pm!

          • Gloster1861 September 14, 2016 at 1:02 am

            I’m not going to wish for a good competitive match. I’m going to wish to see Spurs administer a caning to Monaco. Three up by halftime so you can enjoy the second half.

            • Gus September 14, 2016 at 5:45 am

              Shock and awe

  • Horndog September 13, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    I suck at Wronglish Champions League as well. I am in a suck phase.

  • Ronwol196061 September 13, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Stub Hub are sending a bus load of
    people down Wembley way to flog the 61,000 they have

    • Gloster1861 September 13, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      ??????

      It’s funny because it’s true,……?

  • Ronwol196061 September 13, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Just did the pools for the first time in my life and got 23 draws

    • 61SpursNut? September 13, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      … out of one spliff.

      • Caspurs♿️ September 13, 2016 at 10:35 pm

        Kingsize..

        • Ronwol196061 September 13, 2016 at 10:36 pm

          Cough Cough…

    • Gloster1861 September 13, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      How many lines did you do?

      • OnOurWayToWembley September 13, 2016 at 11:12 pm

        I’d have to do about 200 if I was naughty .

        • Gloster1861 September 13, 2016 at 11:18 pm

          200 lines is not to be sniffed at.

          • 61SpursNut? September 13, 2016 at 11:20 pm

            I’d like a straw poll on that one.

          • OnOurWayToWembley September 13, 2016 at 11:22 pm

            Okey Cokey ?

  • Gloster1861 September 13, 2016 at 10:22 pm
    • Caspurs♿️ September 13, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      *Winton

      • 61SpursNut? September 13, 2016 at 10:27 pm

        Your rite.

        • Caspurs♿️ September 13, 2016 at 10:29 pm

          I live by the law of averages.

          • 61SpursNut? September 13, 2016 at 10:31 pm

            You’re a mean fella.

          • Gloster1861 September 13, 2016 at 10:59 pm

            I wouldn’t cross the road on that basis.

  • Caspurs♿️ September 13, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Splendid, a lock in!

  • gus September 13, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    80000 mostly yids in for the first game back in the big time for 5 years? The crowd should be pumping!! I hope all of the posters here have a great night and a winning result!! COYS

  • Superspoz September 13, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Tom Canton! You suck. Tell me something I don’t know.

    That weren’t too harsh was it?

    • Harry Hotspur September 13, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      Harsh enough to earn the rest of us a month off from you.

      Happy now?

  • Superspoz September 13, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    *twat removed*

    HH: God forbid that aspiring writers be given an even break by some meaningless wanker that reads a football blog.

    I hope you really enjoyed your nanosecond of control.
    Did I say a month? Let’s make it 10,000 months.

  • BabaSpurs? September 13, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Fakinel ! Harts is top of the Wronglish SuperBru CL !
    And at trailing in last place is….Mr Winner. ?

    • 61SpursNut? September 13, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      And you … and me … and Cavey.

      • Caspurs♿️ September 13, 2016 at 10:25 pm

        As long as it’s not McGloaty face, that’ll do me.

        • 61SpursNut? September 13, 2016 at 10:26 pm

          You would love it if he was bottom as well, love it!

          • Caspurs♿️ September 13, 2016 at 10:27 pm

            That would be a symphony to my ears..

          • BabaSpurs? September 14, 2016 at 9:00 am

            I thought Mr Winner was McG.

      • BabaSpurs? September 14, 2016 at 8:59 am

        I know! Good thing it’s alphabetical.

  • danspurs September 13, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Tonight’s blog is hosted by DanSpurs. Flat earthers and realists welcome. And Horndog, as he’s already here. Got my ticket to Wembley between my teeth as I type. Old hooker or not, can’t wait!!!!

  • danspurs September 13, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Sad to see Celtic get hammered but glad for Brendan Brent. Never forgave him for his ‘won’t be doing a Spurs’ comments when he was in charge of the good ship Dipper.

    • Horndog September 13, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      validated his standing as a complete wanker

      • danspurs September 13, 2016 at 10:13 pm

        Yep. He’d already had a pop about AVB’s sacking and going on about how lucky he was to be with the Dippers as they were a much better run club than us… how long did he last after getting them 2nd?

        • Brooklyn Hotspur September 13, 2016 at 10:39 pm

          Absolutely detest Brenda…he probably thought Scottish football was a nice place to hide while looking to add an easy trophy or two…bwuahahahaha!

          The man is stealing a living in Football…let’s just say we won’t catch Poch doing a Rodgers!

          • Gloster1861 September 13, 2016 at 11:10 pm

            After he fails at Celtic, he’ll probably manage Donegal Celtic.

  • danspurs September 13, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    “Arsenal were planning to send on striker Lucas Perez, but having grabbed an equaliser it’s now holding midfielder Mohamed Elneny coming on in place of Mesut Ozil, indicating Arsene Wenger will be happy to take home a point.”

    Planning on the last 16 again I see. What a very rich old man Arsene Wenger has become over these past few years.

  • danspurs September 13, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Am I alone?

    • Horndog September 13, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      no longer ?

      • danspurs September 13, 2016 at 9:36 pm

        Phew.

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