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  1. Nick-TopSpursMan

    Player Watch: Tanguy Ndombele

    I mean the tactical change was pretty clear. Instead of a back 5 we had a back 4, which in turn allowed us to push an extra man in to the attack, which gave the midfield an extra outlet, more width and Burnley another attacker to have to mark. In the first half, when Skipp and Ndombele got the...
  2. Nick-TopSpursMan

    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    As I mentioned a couple of times in my post, I was looking at it from a cold, neutral POV on how I think Levy will react. I would love nothing more than for us to turn it round, start playing good football and succeed. We all want Spurs to win. Also, I want Mourinho to change and succeed...
  3. Nick-TopSpursMan

    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    If we ignore which side of the fence you may be on regarding Mourinho, I think the only certainty is that if we lose another 2-4 games in a row Levy will sack Mourinho, regardless of whether we think it’s right or not. We have just lost 4 games in a row for the first time in 16 years. If that...
  4. Nick-TopSpursMan

    Who will Jose sell in the Summer ?

    Those saying Aurier is fine/can stay, do you realise that teams literally target that side of the pitch against us constantly? Every single match without fail teams get in behind him with ease. He’s unbelievably vulnerable to a simple ball behind him. He’s done ok going forward and he makes a...
  5. Nick-TopSpursMan

    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    I just don't see those green buds personally. Having said that, even though I disagree with you on this topic, I respect your willingness to debate this in-depth with balance, fair play to you :)👍
  6. Nick-TopSpursMan

    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    Scoring for fun? In December after the Utd game, we scored 5 against Burnley, played well that day. But after that in our next 5 PL games up to and including Southampton when Kane went off injured late second half, we scored 6 goals in the following 5 games, that's not really scoring for fun. We...
  7. Nick-TopSpursMan

    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    Porto winning the CL was his best ever achievement, 17 years ago when football was very different and he was a very different coach. At Inter he did a good job but he still didn't do anything like Poch did with us. Inter were champions before he joined them. He did well to win the CL. He...
  8. Nick-TopSpursMan

    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    Even when we had Son and Kane our style of play was still crap....
  9. Nick-TopSpursMan

    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    Well we do know because Mourinho has to spend money to be successful. We also know for a fact that Poch didn't need to spend money to be successful, he coached players to improve them instead and was one of the best coaches at doing that. Honestly the ungrateful attitude towards a manager that...
  10. Nick-TopSpursMan

    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    We wouldn't even have been up there in the first place as he'd never have been able to build the team Poch built on a shoe-string budget!
  11. Nick-TopSpursMan

    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    One of the reasons our players are so tired isn't just our injuries (look at how many games Wolves have played with a similar squad size if not smaller). It's because of our style of play. We surrender possession and chase the ball across our own half for large periods, shuffling constantly...
  12. Nick-TopSpursMan

    Player watch: Oliver Skipp

    Surely at a time when we desperately need a DM in our team it makes sense to play one of our best academy talents, who just so happens to be a quality young DM....
  13. Nick-TopSpursMan

    Player Watch Player Watch: Eric Dier

    Sees himself as a CB permanently and long term now: https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/eric-dier-tottenham-future-heart-defence-wolves-best-position-a4375951.html
  14. Nick-TopSpursMan

    Player Watch: Giovani Lo Celso

    Lol such a simplistic view when you consider how shocking we are as a team at the moment and the fact he is being deployed out of position, deep in midfield. He's created numerous openings which haven't been converted too and all of our good play comes through him. 7 PL starts btw and 825...
  15. Nick-TopSpursMan

    Player Watch: Giovani Lo Celso

    In Poch's last few games we had started to move away from the diamond. I believe long term the plan was to transition to a 4-3-3 shape. The last time we played the diamond formation was at home to Bayern.
  16. Nick-TopSpursMan

    Player Watch: Giovani Lo Celso

    Because with both of them we can finally play a proper 4-3-3 formation with a DM behind Ndombele and Lo Celso, mirroring Liverpool and City's midfield shape. We just need a DM and our manager to realise this shape is the optimum one for our squad.
  17. Nick-TopSpursMan

    Player Watch: Giovani Lo Celso

    Because sometimes that happens? And also because as I said we have no defensive shield in midfield to sweep those moments up. You'd probably notice it happen to players in Man City and Liverpool's teams except they have a Rodri/Fernandinho or Fabinho to sweep up in midfield... Even Leicester...
  18. Nick-TopSpursMan

    Player Watch: Giovani Lo Celso

    What we need is a DM. Someone mobile, physical and capable of shielding the back 4 and actually providing our midfield with a platform to play. Lo Celso should be in a 3 man midfield alongside a DM and another CM (Ndombele, Winks etc). This will release the shackles and allow him to get forward...
  19. Nick-TopSpursMan

    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    An isolated clip winning the ball around the halfway line isn't really pressing high though mate, it just shows how deep we were in the first place. And the fact remains as I said that we went with a structure where we basically had 2 CMs against their 4 central players and had a completely...
  20. Nick-TopSpursMan

    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    If you think we pressed high then we definitely watched a different game. Our wing backs pretty much never left their own half and as a team we were soooo deep, hence the analysis from Ferdinand, Crouch and Gudjohnsen highlighting this. The reason those players struggled (Winks, Lo Celso...
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