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Man City Might Put 4 Or More Past This Spurs Side In The League Cup Final And José Knows It – opinion
By Harry Hotspur -

Beating a side like Fulham – courtesy of an own goal – just about sums this squad up.

Away from the utterly delusional chitter-chatter about Bale being back, Tottenham looked impoverished against even the most meagre of Premier League opponents this evening. Despite lots of huffing and puffing, Scotty Parker sadly lacks a real striker. Had they had one or maybe two, we’d have been sunk.

Who knows how José Mourinho truly feels this evening. I’m sure his responses will be diplomatic. The truth is that the poor man is quite possibly facing the biggest PR task of his career. If this is Spurs with just one player out of the Squad, then we are officially in trouble.

Defensively Spurs look vulnerable, and our midfield was porous. I genuinely fear for this season. Being in a final is a lifetime way from winning one. Being in the last 16 of the Europa is another lifetime way from winning that tournament.

So for all the wise guys that bemoaned me for not getting aboard the Chuckle Bus, here’s you’re proof.

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Tangangry
Tangangry
1 month ago

Hmm, I dunno, they were decent enough in the first half then seemed to poop their pants when a little pressure was applied second half.

Paul Donovan
Paul Donovan
1 month ago

There is nothing wrong with all the constructive criticism We all want Spurs to be , well like Man City are. We all see the problems. But shouldnt Mourinho & Levy be seeing it.
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JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago

The difference in last night’s performance can be attributed to two things …. Doherty & Davies. Where Regulon & Aurier stood on Sunday these two, like when Sissoko and Winks play or Dier and Sanchez we become a blunt instrument.

There are mistakes in Aurier, and yes he can stink the place out. Even when he does, he’s better than Doherty.

Jose has a choice now. Try and play an 11 they he knows has fewer mistakes in it than other permutations. This means that unless absolutely needed. Sissoko, Winks, Dier, Davies and Doherty never pull on the shirt again. Or he gambles, like I think he did last night and we scrape ugly 1-0’s till season end.

Lord Croker
Lord Croker
1 month ago

If the stadium was full last night I speculate that the scoreline would have been different. The players must be bored to fak playing in a lifeless atmosphere of only hearing the coaching staff gobbling off. The fake crowd sound dubbed on the streams plays to the people and reminds their brains of how it used to be. It’s fake. Same as mask wearing, another fake illusion of plastic trying to be sold as gold.

Last edited 1 month ago by Lord Croker
SimonSpur
SimonSpur
1 month ago
Reply to  Lord Croker

You raise an interesting point. If we had crowds in the stadiums, I do wonder how different the PL table would be. Liverpool unbeaten at home in something like three years, suddenly lose five at home on the trot.

Last edited 1 month ago by Ragnar
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago

You’re right H they might, but anything can happen in a final, and I feel much more confident with Maureen leading us against Pep, (rather than Botchs first against Maureens chavs, why did Botch leave the Moose on the bench 😔)… Fulham have beaten Everton and Leicester, drawn with the Scouse, took the likes of the Chavs and Manure and City all the way similar to us..Scottys lot are organised and know how to fight, hence all the draws and close losses. They need Mitrovic back on form…. Yeah we should have buried them first half, but we shut up shop in the end, refused to fold, clean sheet 3 points, good win, Up the Yids.

Nispur
Nispur
1 month ago

I think I did see my first choice Centre Back this evening.

Shame he was playing for Fulham!

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago

FULL-TIMELiverpool 0-1 Chelsea
All over and Liverpool suffer a fifth home defeat in a row.
[BBC Sport]

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago

Their last PL home win being against Spurs!

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago

When we topped the PL table!!!

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago

It’s a calamitous title defence but I got told off for laughing at that on tonight’s live blog…

Its what it is, irrespective of spurs

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago

Morning DD. Comments on other thread was shut down after one day, right after I replied to you…. You asked ‘ please humour me to which boxes does Aurier tick?’… Well you ticked the 3 boxes where he fails agreed, the Bonzo’ness which he has improved on, the poor crossing which definitely needs improving, and shooting but not many right backs are prolific to be fair… Now boxes he ticks? I was a fan of him before Maureen arrived and claimed he could turn him into a world class player. He’s got the minerals…. This season based on non shot xg saved/90, no spurs defender has been more effective than Aurier. He has saved 0.18 per 90 along with Toby and Sanchez… Aurier also ranks as the second best creator in current Spurs ranks averaging loads of key passes…. Considering his brother was murdered and Spurs have struggled, he’s having a decent season from an underlying numbers perspective he deserves credit… In terms of non shot xg/90 from passes Aurier ranks second best amongst current players with 0.31. He is fourth best in overall ball progression…. Another key point is that Aurier has racked up his stats being first choice and playing the bigger games and harder opponents….. Power Serge is the most underrated player we have in my opinion.. He can defend, he can attack, he’s strong and powerful and he fights.

makatiandy
makatiandy
1 month ago

Thanks for that. Much appreciated.

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago

Ta.
A fair assessment but still need an upgrade!!

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago

Aye, we need a few upgrades. I would still keep Aurier though. Underrated. He has the edge.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Ah Sound thanks mate, will make sure I’m quicker.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago

A win is a win but nothing convincing that we are heading anywhere hugely important.

Despite the on shortcomings with aspects of the personnel, we were hot shy after going one up,surrendering possession yet again, all the hallmarks as so often of Jose’s general approach.

It feels this team has had the idea of ‘going for the jugular’ coached out of them. If Jose doesn’t get to bring in what he needs to play his way affectively then persisting with this group of players with this coach is utterly pointless.

Clinging on at times against relegation fodder, getting excited after beating two of the worst sides in the division? Not for me thanks. Good to win but we are generally rather sh*t these days, there is no escaping it and there seem to be no imminent solution on the horizon… 🤔

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

I don’t think we stop playing after scoring – we usually get several chances even after the goal. If we convert the two Kane chances, we’re 3-0 up and it’s a vastly different game.

The passivity seeps in after half time, which is a bit worrying, considering the amount of times that has happened this season. Just what goes on in that dressing room? Or is it really the case that we can’t play at full tempo for 90 minutes?

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago
Reply to  CzechSpur

I think we have individual players who can’t maintain full tempo and intensity/focus for two halves of football 100%

Ndombele, Dele, Son, Moura, Lamela, Bale…the list goes on

England Mike
England Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  SpursGoliath

We do not dominate the midfield areas, and are too easy to get through.

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago
Reply to  CzechSpur

In situations when our backs are against the wall requiring leaders on the pitch (no where to be seen in the 2nd half) surely it makes sense that the captaincy of the side should now be handed over to the feisty Dane for the remainder of the season?

Last edited 1 month ago by David Dillenberg
Andrew Fraser
Andrew Fraser
1 month ago

Agreed. On the subject of Joe Rodon again, JM says he is perfect in training and always impresses him. So get him in the team.

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew Fraser

Perhaps Jose is wrapping him up in cotton wool for the League Cup Final?!!!

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago
Reply to  CzechSpur

We have been poor in the second half compared to in the first in about 75% of our games this season. Dunno what it is, perhaps Jose doesn’t gee them up in the right way at half time? Perhaps he talks and focuses more about winning the defensive battles and the rest takes care of itself? It’s weird…

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

Its the rubbish players. Davies and Doherty are second choice. Fulhams right back (I think) was a really good passer and he was switching and whipping balls everywhere dangerous. Son nor Davies had the sense to stop him. They were doubling up on Doherty….. And our key players like Son Kane Bale, it wasn’t happening for them either….. So I see it as a good 3 points… Anyone can beat anyone in our league.. We need to keep momentum right now, every point is precious, so is the confidence, clean sheets good too.

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
1 month ago

Yes, there’s no way that City team should even break a sweat to win the League cup final, but I suspect it’s Jose’s trophy.

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
1 month ago

As long as the odds are long and the bookies back open it’s dandy.

Last edited 1 month ago by Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
1 month ago

And like I said….we got the Pep v Jose story….in December it I thought it would be the league….but it’s happened nonetheless.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago

One off game, you never know. But I agree, on this evidence we are toast in that final.

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

Given that virtually all teams are toast currently playing our all conquering opponent, despite the underdogs tag I live in hope that we can defy the odds by beating City in the final!!
Yes a tough ask but it can be done. How I am not sure!

Last edited 1 month ago by David Dillenberg
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago

2021…. As long as the boys are superstitious then the double is on.

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

Should be toast. But we will win it.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago

That’s football, to quote the great man; “it’s a funny old game” RIP Saint btw…

England Mike
England Mike
1 month ago

Bit of a tease going on here I reckon, I’ll take that victory and the performance that got it, I thought Fulham played well and we snatched the win, but a win is a win under Mourinho.

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago
Reply to  England Mike

I’ll take the victory but not the performance. First half good. Second half dreadful!

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago

Typical Jose, foot fully off the gas and try and nick it on the break…

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

Not sure it was a case of us intentionally taking our foot off the gas rather that Fulham upped their game and bossed the second half!

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago

It never is ‘intentionally’ but there’s something about our mentality that we become unsteady and look slightly lost for an identity or a mentality in games. Perhaps it’s a transition from Poch to Jose still not complete. However, the team looks bereft of direction at times…

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago
Reply to  England Mike

A loss is a loss too, as we’ve been experiencing of late!

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago

Fine margins.

Earlier in the season Son was smashing in one every other game, long range or solo efforts, and putting us two of more ahead.

That was almost a bonus. Kane also is having a funny spell for him, he’s scoring…but missing more than usual.

If you go two or more ahead in a game like this it changes things massively – I think Fulham fold in this game 2 down and probably let in more.

At 1-0 with games running out then sure the bottom half side who are in probably the best form the last few months will throw everything at it.

A slightly duff 5 out of 10 performance but there’s signs things might improve pretty soon. I’m more worried about the attack than defence, how we only scored one goal in that first half I don’t know – wasteful doesn’t cover it.

City could well beat us, they’re rightly favourites, but there’s some signs of life – I was more worried when Kane was injured a few weeks ago. Still think we’ll end the season on a high – the squad has more options in some sort of form now.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago
Reply to  SpursGoliath

So nothing to do with us being cr*p in the 2nd half then? 🤔

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago
Reply to  SpursGoliath

A ‘slightly duff performance’? What, like all the other ones this season?

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

We played well enough first half to go 2 up was my main point I guess.

Plus playing relegation threatened teams isn’t always fun with a third of the season to go.

The season has been up and down in terms of results and ‘style’, could still end on a high – sorry if that’s not what you want to hear :/

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  SpursGoliath

Yeah mate we should have buried them first half.. It was a typical football match, a game of two halves.. Look at Fulhams results, they give everyone a fight.

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago

Simply based on the law of diminishing returns as Man City are due to lose a League Cup final this could be the one!!

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago

If anyone knows how to beat Peps lot, then its Maureen mate…. We’ve done them once already this season 2-0 and they were all over us..

Madcap
Madcap
1 month ago

What a sad and negative post. Please go and support another team.

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
1 month ago
Reply to  Madcap

who shall we support, just out of interest ?

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago
Reply to  Madcap

Oh yes, ok. If you say so sir!! 😂

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

The equivalent HH version of a Man City blog must be a real love in full of happiness and nil discontent. Boring really!!

Andrew Fraser
Andrew Fraser
1 month ago
Reply to  Madcap

Not sad and negative just brutally honest.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew Fraser

Ha ha, funny answers… Some glory supporters do switch as well.

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
1 month ago

We are startlingly incapable of sustaining our performance levels for 90 minutes – often a pretty decent first half is followed by a dogsh.t second where we pray Palace/Wolves/Fulham/Newcastle/West Ham don’t score (and they usually do).

When we do get our 30-40 minutes of good football, we MUST score as many as we possibly can so that we can sit on that in the rest of the game – if we score just once, it’s very tough to survive, as the defensive balance is not good enough.

Provided most people are fit, Reguilon and Aurier start the final, which will make a big difference – I can’t believe how flat Doherty and Davies make us. Will that be enough to stop City? …

Better start stocking up on liquor.

Sandro
Sandro
1 month ago

Proof – if anyone needs it – that most of our players lack self beleif when put under pressure. I was embarassed watching that second half. Choose your reply from the following;
“we won didn’t we”
“winning when you don’t play well is the sign of a good team”
“3 wins in a row and peole still complain”
“real supporters back their team no matter what”

Bernie
Bernie
1 month ago
Reply to  Sandro

Got to wonder if it might be time for Mourinho to review his half-time team talks. Whatever he’s saying, it sure as hell ain’t working.

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago
Reply to  Bernie

True, we never come out firing first ten minutes of a 2nd half