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Spurs’ Starting XI vs The Red Bulls
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Red Bull Leipzig are young and have shown nerves in massive matches, especially when they are pressed hard. Constant pressure will lead to bad giveaways and quality counters for our speedy forwards.

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Have to attack the right side of their defence, particularly Klostermann, their right centre-back. He is suspect – he has poor footwork, makes poor decisions at times and will ball watch. 

Adams or Mukiele to his right are good attacking wingers, but not strong 1 on 1 defenders yet.

Jose-ball should work very well here against their high line. If Lucas can make runs across Upamecano to pull him out and then have Dele make runs behind him, we can open them up with long diagonals.  

This was a perfect match up for Sonny.  They are also suspect to attacks from out wide, but that is not Jose’s style.   

Take Werner out of the match, man-mark him if necessary.  They have played matches where they generated nearly 30 shots, more than 10 of those high quality (goals Kane would score most of the time), but come away with only a couple goals. 

They can be dreadful finishers (not Werner!). I think this is why they chose to go after Olmo – they had to improve the quality of their finishing.

How we could lose…

If we play the way we did on Sunday it will be a repeat of our first match against Bayern: We cannot turn the ball over in our own half as frequently as we did against Villa, or they will destroy us. 

Continuing to give away so many silly corners/set pieces.  They are lethal on set pieces; Nagelsmann has designed a seemingly endless number of creative set plays, all three of their centre-backs are great leapers, and their delivery from corners is superb. 

Sit back – drop back too deep.  Leipzig can cut open the tightest packed defences, similar to Man City.  We must stay compact and press them hard when they enter our zone.

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MrChickenHead
MrChickenHead
11 months ago

RB’s tactical fouling was very impressive tonight, fouled us out of the game.

Jonathan Hurst
Jonathan Hurst
11 months ago
Reply to  MrChickenHead

Excuses bud we didnt play for 70mins removing alli who arguably was one of the hardest working players helped and shows how we need to develop in all areas to take the next step

MrChickenHead
MrChickenHead
11 months ago
Reply to  Jonathan Hurst

Not an excuse, an observation. Totally agree with the rest though.

Jonathan Hurst
Jonathan Hurst
11 months ago
Reply to  MrChickenHead

Fair enough they did have a tendency to foul lol

Charles Crosby
11 months ago

Why the f**k doesn’t he play Tanganga in Aurier’s position? That has to be a no brainer!

Jonathan Hurst
Jonathan Hurst
11 months ago
Reply to  Charles Crosby

Aurier is the levy on the pitch in so many ways amazing but always leaves you shortchanged

Charles Crosby
11 months ago
Reply to  Jonathan Hurst

LOL Very true.

Mr_Nope
11 months ago

Frustrated beyond belief. I am getting tired crap that should have been addressed months if not years ago.

Legoverlassarisen
Legoverlassarisen
11 months ago

Turgid stuff. We have a team that don’t play for 75 mins and then we bring on players who should have started and play for the last 15 mins. That’s the tactic smash and grab football. Davies and Aurier really are not up to CL standard or even EPL. No overlapping, and crossing is useless. We cannot keep possession. A world class stadium and training ground and a squad that shows all the markings of owners who don’t give a f**k.

Charles Crosby
11 months ago

Davies is a light weight Dier.

Charles Crosby
11 months ago

How many first halfs have we thrown away this season?

Jonathan Hurst
Jonathan Hurst
11 months ago
Reply to  Charles Crosby

95%

Paul Terry
Paul Terry
11 months ago

Last 30 minutes much better in terms of chances created. Being crippled with injuries really isn’t helping

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
11 months ago
Reply to  Paul Terry

what chances?

Jonathan Hurst
Jonathan Hurst
11 months ago

Not perfect, not good but still hope coys

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
11 months ago

Some great players, some ok players, terrible tactics..

England Mike
England Mike
11 months ago

What a chance !

Jonathan Hurst
Jonathan Hurst
11 months ago

God I’m tired
Tired of this same ethos
Tired of no one really to blame
Cos they are all to blame
And that sucks
Tired of an incomplete puzzle
Tired of the missing pieces
Tired of watching a team which is so totally amazing yet crap at the same time
Tired of transfer seasons that fail
Tired of I told you so when it goes pete tong
Tired of the media berating us
God I’m tired

But I still love spurs and will be tired forever more

Eddie
Eddie
11 months ago

Ampadu has a fine range of passing,fortunately he hasn’t been tested defensively.

MrChickenHead
MrChickenHead
11 months ago

This is ugly football.

England Mike
England Mike
11 months ago

At least its not a pen.

Jonathan Hurst
Jonathan Hurst
11 months ago
Reply to  England Mike

This comment hasnt aged well lol

Harry Hotspur
11 months ago

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Lord Croker
Lord Croker
11 months ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Oh dear. Does Asby visit this blog?

Eddie
Eddie
11 months ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

They still walk amongst us.

England Mike
England Mike
11 months ago

Its a case of how long they maintain that high tempo and if we can create chances.

Willie!
11 months ago

Hoddle talking nonsense. If the goal keeper is captain, and Timo is standing over there totally unmarked, when your RB should be covering him – then yell at him and sort it out, captain.That’s as much on Hugo as Aurier.

Limerick AL.
Limerick AL.
11 months ago

Happy with a scoreless draw anyone ? Being honest our only chance of going through are away goals or a Pen shootout. It looks as though Jose has us set up for this.

daytripper
daytripper
11 months ago
Reply to  Limerick AL.

We have already been poisoned by Jose if we are happy with a scoreless draw. Their back line is dreadful, if we can’t score against them we are an embarrassment to the sport.

Jonathan Hurst
Jonathan Hurst
11 months ago
Reply to  daytripper

Dude it’s no defence vs no attack apparently it’s better to have no defense lol

Willie!
11 months ago
Reply to  Limerick AL.

We’re going to win this, after N’Dombele and Lamela get subbed on.

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
11 months ago

City stadium half empty…!…still hopefully West Ham get relegated..

MrChickenHead
MrChickenHead
11 months ago

Me too, TeeHee.

Charles Crosby
11 months ago

Not to worry the last ten minutes will be great.

Lord Croker
Lord Croker
11 months ago

Leipzig are working very hard out of possession. Still even Steven’s so we’re still in there in.

MrChickenHead
MrChickenHead
11 months ago
Reply to  Lord Croker

If Steven could even score that would be great.

daytripper
daytripper
11 months ago

My dream is that Jose is just a one season fill-in and we go out and bring in Nagelsmann this summer. That team is really fun to watch, I would love to see that style of football and that big brain managing us.

MrChickenHead
MrChickenHead
11 months ago

We are still in this…..just.

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
11 months ago

Even our throw-ins are depressing..

Limerick AL.
Limerick AL.
11 months ago

True. In defence or attack nobody wants the ball ?

Jonathan Hurst
Jonathan Hurst
11 months ago
Reply to  Limerick AL.

Starting to think we have a team do stupid they can only do the first instruction…jose said hold your positions so no one loves, jose says dont concede no one attacks etc

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
11 months ago

Team tactics “hold on tight, enjoy the ride”, “and if you can”, “just can”, “try and score a goal”…

Eleventstonedidiots
Eleventstonedidiots
11 months ago

Ledley Sanchez

Charles Crosby
11 months ago

Man of the match so far.

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
11 months ago

If Grimsby Town FC come to town they’d out-pass us..

Eddie
Eddie
11 months ago

Lloris and Sanchez earning their money tonight.

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
11 months ago

Why cant we just pass the ball….

Eddie
Eddie
11 months ago

Lo Celso made a lovely break from deep a while ago yet instead of making space for themselves our two attackers just ran alongside their defenders.Clueless.

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
11 months ago

Great ball Genson

Jonathan Hurst
Jonathan Hurst
11 months ago

How did dele managebto contorted to miss that ball )lol

Eleventstonedidiots
Eleventstonedidiots
11 months ago

Hopefully their energy levels will wane..

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
11 months ago

good attack…need a striker 🤔

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
11 months ago

Spurs coach..”right, try and pass, then pass, then pass again”…this time dont lose the ball…

England Mike
England Mike
11 months ago

Every time we break they take us out in cynical fashion.

Spurs est1882
Spurs est1882
11 months ago
Reply to  England Mike

So do Liverpool and city. It’s the best way to defend if your style is too commit players to attacking

Eddie
Eddie
11 months ago

Doesn’t Davies even in his wildest dreams think of playing the ball forward.

Eleventstonedidiots
Eleventstonedidiots
11 months ago

Dear God i hope LoCleso doesnt get injured

MrChickenHead
MrChickenHead
11 months ago

Could of been off by now.

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
11 months ago

Love Celso…..propa playa

Harry Hotspur
11 months ago

Jenas is killing my ears

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
11 months ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

he’s as sick of this as I am probably…what are we…

Eleventstonedidiots
Eleventstonedidiots
11 months ago

Sitting off sitting off. Winks struggling badly so far

Eleventstonedidiots
Eleventstonedidiots
11 months ago

Ropey start

Jonathan Hurst
Jonathan Hurst
11 months ago

Any quick links to a stream boys

Lord Croker
Lord Croker
11 months ago
Reply to  Jonathan Hurst
Harry Hotspur
11 months ago
Reply to  Jonathan Hurst

Hesgoal 👍

Jonathan Hurst
Jonathan Hurst
11 months ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Thanks btw

Limerick AL.
Limerick AL.
11 months ago

One Nil to THFC would be nice. Can we prevent an away goal ?

England Mike
England Mike
11 months ago

Big test for Ampadu .

daytripper
daytripper
11 months ago
Reply to  England Mike

They are showing him starting as the holding mid next to Laimer. I am curious if he will drop back and make them a 3-4-3. If he does drop to the back I really like our chances.

Harry Hotspur
11 months ago
Reply to  daytripper

Great contributions today, hugely appreciated 👍

Harry Hotspur
11 months ago

Well this will be interesting 🧐

MrChickenHead
MrChickenHead
11 months ago

I don’t think any of their backline are first choice 2 injured and the Upman suspended. Hope it work for us.

daytripper
daytripper
11 months ago
Reply to  MrChickenHead

True. Klostermann has been starting at RCB for the last few months, but he is a natural fullback. Angelino has been their first choice LB. He is still a total mess like he was at Man City, if anyone gets a stupid red card tonight it will be him.

They are lining up 4-2-3-1. This tells me that Nagelsmann is not scared of our attack and he is going to go for it. Should be a fun match!

Lord Croker
Lord Croker
11 months ago

No Dier. Hooray.