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    The Daily ITK Discussion Thread - 30th November 2019

    This tracks to me. It seems like Poch's philosophy was to give our extremely talented squad the freedom to create, which meant not filling their heads with too many tactics. That resulted in some incredible acts of talent and genius over the years, but may also be the reason we haven't been able...
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    Player Watch: Paulo Gazzaniga

    According to these nerds, he has been saving .35 more goals a game than the average keeper would have if facing the same shots. This is tops in the league. Lloris was only an average shot blocker before his injury.
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    Player Watch: Juan Foyth

    Jose said after the Bayern match that Sess lost too many duels and needs to learn how to use his body better. I take it that's why Jose doesn't see Sess as a premier league LB at this point in his career. I do think we will see Sess as a winger.
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    Team V Wolves

    Interestingly, Jose said at today's press conference that Sunday's XI were picked before Wednesday's match against Bayern. I think that means we can rule Winks out because he was still rehabbing. Similarly, I think Foyth and Skipp are out, even though they did well, and Dier is in, even though...
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    Player Watch: Tanguy Ndombele

    Groin injuries are notoriously tricky. There are numerous muscles coming together in a small space, so it is difficult to diagnose the actual muscle, tendon, etc., injured. Because everything is jam packed down there, it is also harder to get the good blood flow needed to promote healing. And...
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    Club Statement - Pochettino leaves

    Poch is great, but not infallible. His apparent belief that we need a painful rebuild is just wrong. After a rebuild, what are the chances that we are going to get another Kane, Son, and Dele, all world class players entering the prime of their careers? He wanted to change systems, for some...
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    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    Trends matter. 99% of a flight might be perfect, but if the last 1% you are in a tailspin, hurtling towards the ground, maybe things are not so good after all.
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    Player Watch Player Watch: Moussa Sissoko

    I thought it was odd that no one in the wall jumped, but then remembered that Harry got his clock cleaned the previous game as part of the wall. I wonder, with the increased focus on concussions, whether players are being cautioned not to jump. I don't think they have enough time to calculate...
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    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    Yes, the ability to play from the back can come in handy. It stretches the field, and can lead to good scoring opportunities. It's how Spurs scored the equalizer against Barcelona and got us out of the CL group stage last year. But it is just a means to an end, and shouldn't be the only tool...
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    Match Threads Spurs vs Olympiacos - Match Thread

    Jose needs to steady the ship, so I'm on board with him selecting the same XI and employing the same basic tactics. He can then rotate in fresh legs if someone is gassed from Saturday, we need to change tactics, or we are up big and wants to experiment.
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    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    I loved Poch, but with JM and now possibly Campos coming in... It's like, I love my wife dearly, but if she hasn't performed for a year, and a top talent shows an interest in me AND in bringing in her equally talented friend into the relationship, she's out of here.
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    Player watch: Christian Eriksen

    Discipling an employee not for their performance, but to coerce them into signing a contract, would be so illegal under US law I figured there had to be a UK counterpart. If Spurs adopted a policy of benching players in their final year of a contract (a contract that Spurs agreed to, mind you) I...
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    Player watch: Christian Eriksen

    The possibility of a player leaving on a free is eminently foreseeable, and undoubtedly a savvy businessperson like Levy negotiates and budgets with that in mind. For example, Eriksen's relatively low wages over the last few years at least partially offsets the lack of return if he leaves on a...
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    Match Threads Arsenal vs Spurs - Match Thread

    3atb with Sissoko and Rose as wingbacks?
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    Team v Newcastle (H)

    I would love to see what this lineup would do: Lloris KWP Toby Jan Rose GLC Eriksen TN Lucas Kane Son
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    Player Watch: Tanguy Ndombele

    Considering that (1) this was his second game for us, (2) it was against perhaps the top team in the world, and (3) he is only 22 years old, Ndombele did insanely well. The vision, speed, and accuracy required to spring Lamela for his goal was a thing of beauty. If anything, the "bedding-in"...
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    Team v City

    The first goal they scored, Wanyama was the DM in the diamond, KDB dribbled straight at him from the right flank, while Aguerro cut in front of him. Wanyama momentarily went with Aguerro, which allowed KDB to get past Wanyama and go across the face of the box. This panicked our back 4 and...
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    Paulo Dybala

    The image rights holder may not have a claim against Spurs or the PL in this scenario, but would have a claim against Dybala that he is in breach of their image rights agreement.
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    Player watch: Danny Rose

    Or, Rose was curious what other opportunities were out there, and Poch didn't stand in the way.
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    Player Watch: Tanguy Ndombele

    I remember after Winks scored his last minute header, he said the staff were encouraging him to add goals to his game. Seems to be a theme.
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