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Who’ll Be Staring Into The Spiral Of Defeat?

Who’ll Be Staring Into The Spiral Of Defeat?

Gary Neville said: ‘I think Chelsea should get over the line but if their is a reduction in the gap to two points I think Chelsea would be under significant pressure and they would be in trouble,’ said Neville.

‘I think when you’ve let a ten-point lead go down to two, you’ve got a completely different mentality.

Tottenham are hunting, they’re chasing, they’re young and you wouldn’t see them do what they did last year where they faded away. The hunger would be there, that belief.

‘When you lose momentum at this time of the season, momentum is everything, the legs go, they’re heavy, the mind goes, you make mistakes.’

Neville is absolutely spot on.

The momentum is currently with Spurs. Not with Chelsea.

Pochettino will have the lads absolutely revved up to take the Blue Racists by the throat this weekend.

Whoever wins Saturday’s game will be given a colossal injection of self belief. None of this fingers crossed rubbish, but an evidence based boost.

The winner will believe that they can win both the cup and the league.

The loser will have to resist the spiral of defeat. The loser will have to kid themselves that the game didn’t;t matter, it was blip and that their hopes in the other competition are very much still alive.

This FA cup semi-final is the biggest game of the season for both sides by some distance.

So what will it be, a paradigm shift to announce the final arrival of Spurs, or a reminder that Chelsea are still Chelsea and for all the huff and puff, little of any real consequence has occurred.

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

  • Devonshirespur April 18, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    If we do lose it will probably give them the boost to see them over the line.

    If they lose, it will be 2 defeats in 2, and 3 in 5. Its bound to make the self doubt start to really bite.

    What i like is that at 4 pts and with our superior GD they dare not even draw their next game. Every game starts as even and if opposition can frustrate CFC then they might start to panic a bit in games. They have a style which is somewhat passive, looking to soak any pressure and counter attack rather than really taking the game to the opposition like Spurs do (especially at WHL). So trying to force a victory is not really their style and Utd will have shown the way to stopping them. No one has really found a way to stop us. We even brush the defensive sides aside now without any issues, which was our undoing earlier in the season.

    Its still a long shot but our respective confidence are at opposite ends of the scale and the result at the weekend will either flip that, or reinforce it.

    • Harry Hotspur April 18, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      YOUR ACCOUNT HAS BEEN HACKED – THAT WAS WORTH READING

  • 89Spurs 👁 April 18, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Blogo Nuevo

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 April 18, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Chelsea partly blame virus for off-colour display against Manchester United

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/18/chelsea-partly-blame-virus-for-off-colour-display-against-manchester-united

    I hope those scumbags dont take their viruses to Wembley
    (The Viruses sing ‘We’re on our way to Wembley)

  • richspurs April 18, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    If Pochos plan with Wembley occupation is akin to what hes done with this team over the this season, then im all for it n him too.

  • Horndog 😎 April 18, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    I think the mind game rhetoric will ramp up significantly from both ourselves and Chelsea. The match Saturday will be as much mental as physical. The strongest team between the ears will win. Will we have what it takes?, or will we be mental midgets? Therein lies Poch’s biggest challenge.

  • richspurs April 18, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Eish. So much crap on here today, toys out the cot n all that.

  • Frontwheel 2 April 18, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    And another thing,all this birthday stuff gets on my tits.

    • Spurstacus 💋 April 18, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      How quare.

    • UnkleTaff April 18, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Mine too.

  • Frontwheel 2 April 18, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    I’m not leaving,I fucking love abuse,Harry you cunt.

    • The Great White Hope April 18, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      I’ve thought about leaving many times but all my friends are here so i stay just for them.

      • Spurstacus 💋 April 18, 2017 at 3:54 pm

        I’ve thought about you leaving many times too. You keep coming back though; like a bad penny, or is it a bed smell? It’s something bad, anyway. Oh, well.

      • Harry Hotspur April 18, 2017 at 4:36 pm

        Fas, this just keeps getting better and better.

    • Harry Hotspur April 18, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      I love you too, you mindless fat poof.

      • Frontwheel 2 April 18, 2017 at 4:52 pm

        Yes,there’s a stirring in my pance

        • Harry Hotspur April 18, 2017 at 5:27 pm

          Swing ’em

  • UnkleTaff April 18, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    I’m less concerned with the Chelsea game than the Man City one that will follow it.

    • AccringtonSpurs April 18, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Injuries are a concern – can see at least one from this weekend’s clash.

      • UnkleTaff April 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

        To Hazard, hopefully.

  • legendary greavesy April 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Wembly is a myth two things that make it so are 1.We played champions league there against teams we underestimated plus at the time we weren’t playing anywhere near the standard of now 2 Now we will be playing teams we know we play every week !! This game will go along way to dispelling the Wembley Myth

  • Spurs Dreamer April 18, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    I have a bad feeling that this temporary move to Wembley or whatever ground Levy chooses will see our form suffer. WHL is a fortress and without it, I can see us struggling to replicate this season’s form on a consistent basis?!

    • Gus April 18, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Regardless of our concerns about Wembley we are going to have to get to grips with playing in a larger stadium on a bigger pitch. Unless they plan to mark out another narrow pitch in our huge new home

  • legendary greavesy April 18, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    For what its worth same starting eleven as against b/mouth press high onto Kante and spurs will win 3 — 0

  • legendary greavesy April 18, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Sad to hear Syd as I believe you live downunder as well have a break consider the 99% that do value your input as for H I got a thankyou on the last blog I just might get a superlative of the sort you received on the next

  • Syd April 18, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    SAYING GOODBYE:
    Hi folks, just wanted to say au revoire to all my friends on this site.

    To be honest I have had enough of Harry’s insults. I made a comment on the previous blog and was greeted with absolute childish crap. My goodness what makes a person insult some one like this even if he genuinely thought he was on a much higher plain of intelligence. It’s simply disgraceful.

    Anyway, 99% of the people on here are fantastic and I will miss the rhetoric greatly but somewhere along the insult chain you draw the line of self pride and mine I am afraid has had enough.

    As far HALIBUT is concerned I will update you all through Ron.

    Take care folks, I am off and I wish you all the very best. Greg

    • Freünd or Foe April 18, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      I really don’t get that mate. You’re stopping something you obviously really enjoy for what?

    • Horndog April 18, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      Sad

    • The Great White Hope April 18, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      Great pity, i have enjoyed Syd’s input, a lot of really good people have left the site, some excellent posters over the years, i get this sort of crap almost daily, ducks back to me but i’ve always been a hard man. What one person says is rarely the view of others, i sincerely hope you reconsider otherwise they will brand you a wimp, better to stand your corner, after all You are Right !

      • Harry Hotspur April 18, 2017 at 2:26 pm

        Oh here we go. ‘Pity me’ from Wing Commander Bullshit himself.

        Listen mate, you get abuse solely because you’re either a WUM or a compulsive liar.

        Stick that into your accumulator.

        • The Great White Hope April 18, 2017 at 2:36 pm

          Make your mind up for goodness sake !

    • gus April 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      Do go mate. I get you feel slighted but FFS this is the internet!! Where else can you go to shoot the shit with a bunch of fellow Spurs tragics. Don’t sweat the occasional dressing down by the boss. Stay.

      • The Great White Hope April 18, 2017 at 1:38 pm

        90% of those who post are decent normal people in the real world, the other 25% are lacking in any social skills and it invariably shows in their posts, you wouldn’t ever ask them to dinner but at least the blog is your chance to show alliegence and support for the Club and fellow supporters (the decent ones).

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 April 18, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      Syd sorry to see you go.Not sure what put you over the top and I hadnt read so many interactions with Harry.
      Youve been a steady voice here so Im quite shocked by it. I dont think you are the type to do things in in a flash without thinking about it. I thonk here we all get into moods,its only human.We ALL do it.
      I would hope you would reconsider (reconsyder) because you do add to the conversation.
      Part of the reason I am here is because Harrys site has an edge to it. It isnt homogenized or pasterized and when there is an edge to anythingvit can slip over at times but thats the biz we have chosen.
      Take a day or two Syd snd rethink. We all with happy for you to come back.
      It aint gonna change dont expect that,maybe go with the flow
      All the best Greg!

      • Harry Hotspur April 18, 2017 at 2:01 pm

        “I hadnt read so many interactions with Harry”

        This is because he’s making it up, Ron.

        • Harry Hotspur April 18, 2017 at 2:15 pm

          No time whatsoever for forum suicide notes.

          I get asked IF we do the double THEN will I believe things are improving? No, petal. You ask away with mentally debilitating questions and then burst into tears when I tell you to grow up.

          This season really has brought some fucking idiots out of the woodwork.

          Next time you’re praying, include me out.

    • Harry Hotspur April 18, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      Good bye.

      You won’t be missed.

      I told you to grow up. If that’s ripped you soul out, then the problem is yours, not mine.

      • The Great White Hope April 18, 2017 at 2:33 pm

        Subtle as a Brick !
        WTF is Greg ? What’s all that about ?

    • Frontwheel 2 April 18, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Sidney,grow a fucking pair and give some verbal back.

      • The Great White Hope April 18, 2017 at 3:39 pm

        I think his name must be Greg and he’s from Sydney in Australia thought never once noted him say “Have a nice day.”

      • Freünd or Foe April 18, 2017 at 3:49 pm

        Fair dinkum.

        • The Great White Hope April 18, 2017 at 3:58 pm

          Fair dinkum Cobbler

          • Aussie in Switzerland April 19, 2017 at 2:28 am

            Cobber, not cobbler……and Syd is acting like a Kiwi

  • powerdaddy April 18, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Traditionally spurs would hope for and probably need a ref blunder or a freak injury etc to get anything out of a meeting with the team top of the league. Come Saturday, if we play as well as we can chelsea will lose. There is nothing they can do. Apart from hoping for a ref blunder or freak injury etc. This is what should be rejoiced.
    We have finally arrived.

  • UnkleTaff April 18, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    We might win the league this season. We might win the Cup. We might even win both. Or we’ll win neither.

    To be honest, whatever happens in the future, nothing is going to detract right now from the enjoyment that this season’s ride is giving me.

    • Freünd or Foe April 18, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      It could be over in 2 games, it could be historical in 8. I think that’s plenty good reason to be enjoying it now.

      • gus April 18, 2017 at 1:31 pm

        Enjoy the ride, that is the way

  • UnkleTaff April 18, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    wE

    • UnkleTaff April 18, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Fail.

      • Real Fan? April 18, 2017 at 12:22 pm

        A bit negative by your standards.

        How about: ‘wE….succeed’?

  • AccringtonSpurs April 18, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Neville gave an interesting analysis of Tottenham’s system at work after the game last night. Showed how the players are constantly reading the play to reposition themselves correctly. Highlighted how difficult that is and how well coached the team have become. Was a really interesting analysis.

  • The Great White Hope April 18, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    No one will be hiding behind the Sofa on Saturday, that’s how far we’ve come in the past 3 seasons, we are virtually at home for this game, Saturday is our date with destiny, a day when boys become men, i have no doubt about the outcome, bring it on !

  • caveman April 18, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Ronwol1960-61 April 18, 2017 at 11:54 am
    AS far as Poch goes.If he believes in the club then whatever he says makes sense. He has built this team from certain types of players that work into his system. At Southampton were they all great? No. Liverpool thought they all were and over payed for them but what made the team and the players look good was the system.
    Chile doent have all great players.They have some.But they won the Copa despite that.It was the system. Atletico have become more of a force by starting out in this system.
    We made some mistakes.Who hasn’t? But look what we are doing now. I am continuing to watch and see where we are at and so far its mostly good. 2nd best in the Premier League so far.
    Even Mourinho dumped his ‘stars’ to play a bit more of our system. They was great. Poch should get more credit for the system he brought. Ive doubted him a lot but lately am seeing a fantastic flow from us as the system develops more dynamic play in the final third.

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    caveman April 18, 2017 at 12:00 pm
    Ron, you wrote there exactly what I was thinking about Poch. I’ve doubted him when we were getting draw after draw because I didn’t know if he had the tools to break teams that parked the bus down. He has proven that this team are now equipped to do that and that’s down to coaching and tweaking the system as well as players ‘coming of age’.

    • Ronwol1960-61 April 18, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      Yes Poch twice has shown he can change it up. He has tried 3 at the back and that created an extra midfielder and lately he has been using 2 in the middle along with pushing Dembele further up. Both of those created more dynamic play up front as it created more flexibility showing Poch himself was more flexible.
      This game at Wembley will be interesting because we wonder on the bigger field if Poch will open it up or close it down against Chelsea. I do trust what he has been doing as we are seeing our game expand beyond through the final third more so lately.
      Lets see.

      • AccringtonSpurs April 18, 2017 at 12:15 pm

        I think whether we play 3 at the back or 4, or use both systems within a game, we’re looking formidable. Last time we played Chelsea we used a 3 and matched them man for man. this time I wonder whether a back 4 that morphs into a 3 is more of a guessing game for Conte.

        • Ronwol1960-61 April 18, 2017 at 12:18 pm

          I agree.I wondered if Poch was too stuck to be able to change his ideas and I guess he didn’t earlier as he wanted them to get that right and when he felt comfortable enough that they got it he could start moveing players around and changing it up. This is the key. They go the discipline right first and they development.
          That’s what makes me have more faith in Poch.

          • AccringtonSpurs April 18, 2017 at 12:20 pm

            +1

            i found his lack of plan B and always bringing the ball inside and narrow absolutely infuriating. Now we’re coming through the middle and making plays off the wings – it’s a joy to finally see the progression

            • Ronwol1960-61 April 18, 2017 at 12:23 pm

              Exactly!
              I was thinking it must be a lack of creativity with our players but maybe it wasn’t.maybe Poch disciplined them to not go out of the system and now that they have the system right that they can expand more as we have seen with both Eriksen and Dembele through the middle

              • Ronwol1960-61 April 18, 2017 at 12:25 pm

                I don’t think it was a coincidence that Eriksen dribbled three players inside and Dembele two or three times went right into the box

                • AccringtonSpurs April 18, 2017 at 12:28 pm

                  yeh I wonder whether game to game Poch identifies a different hit man within the team to be the guy the others make plays for? I expect against Chelsea Dembele will play a different role.

                  • Ronwol1960-61 April 18, 2017 at 12:30 pm

                    He may even go back the three in the middle I’m not sure.But that is good that we don’t know it means there are more choices now he has changed it up a bit.
                    And I agree very much with your idea that even in one game he could change things and move more fluid or not.This would be brilliant especially on the Wembley field

                  • Ronwol1960-61 April 18, 2017 at 12:31 pm

                    Gotta go great chat though
                    On to Saturday though I wont be watching it live!

                  • UnkleTaff April 18, 2017 at 12:35 pm

                    I suspect the game plan will be to nullify the threats posed by Hazard and Kante. Utd showed just how ineffective Chelsea are as a team if this is done properly.

                    Costa we don’t need to worry about as his head is already in China waiting for the rest of him to follow over the summer.

            • Ronwol1960-61 April 18, 2017 at 12:28 pm

              Last season and early this season Rose was doing great work down the wing and it was one of our main threats,now we are talking more chances inside

  • Horndog April 18, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    100% agree that this FA Cup semi final, and it’s ramifications, make it the biggest match of the year. I, for one, can’t wait.

    • Ronwol1960-61 April 18, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      The game is far more important not only for the glory of getting to the final but also for our momentum and seing a message to Chelsea. Stunting them after the United game they were flat on wont help their psyche so I do agree with the importance of this game.

  • MysteriousStranger April 18, 2017 at 11:58 am

    I expect we’ll beat them in the semi, lose out to them for the League title, and get beaten on pens in the FA Cup Final.

    • Horndog April 18, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      Howdy, MS, how’s things?

      • MysteriousStranger April 18, 2017 at 12:13 pm

        Bad HD, bad! Hope things are better with you! How’s the all singing, all dancing barbecue/smoker? I’ve been imagining getting something along the same lines ever since you mentioned it.

        • Freünd or Foe April 18, 2017 at 12:15 pm

          Wasssap Mys?

        • Horndog April 18, 2017 at 12:23 pm

          The smoker is fantastic, really turns the amatuer cooking up a notch. You need patience, since things take longer but it is worth it. I am learning. Hope things improve on your front.

          • MysteriousStranger April 18, 2017 at 12:39 pm

            Cool, sounds good! The next few months are going to be a bit of a bastard, but no pain, no gain, etc. Got a few more twists and turns to look forward to over the summer. Hopefully it will all end well. Winning the League would provide a welcome tonic and boost!

            • Freünd or Foe April 18, 2017 at 12:42 pm

              Wishes of bestness, lots.

              • Horndog April 18, 2017 at 12:43 pm

                +1

              • MysteriousStranger April 18, 2017 at 12:52 pm

                Cheers gents.

                • Real Fan? April 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm

                  Good luck with it, Mys

  • MysteriousStranger April 18, 2017 at 11:55 am

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