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Spurs and a Half Test

After the boring international games and friendlies, we all hope at vital here that our players remain fit and injury free.

Injuries are a cause for concern and sincerely I for one wait with trepidation and anxiety till the break is over to access the squad and what damage control would be needed if any of our first teamers are unfortunately injured.

Alas guys, let us be optimistic and not filled with despair as our players don't get usually injured on the international stage.

Spurs are a team that are on form and are among a few of us playing good football presently in the league, they have good players in Dembele, Dempsey, Sigurdsson, Sandro, Vertoghen and a dangerous Defoe, to ignore their attacking threat would be suicidal, but a weakness we can explore will be their defence, which is nothing to write home about if not for the brilliance of Brad Friedel.

AVB will definitely be out for a revenge mission, but we can easily peg him back if we remain focused and use the right player selection.

Spurs is a team that thrive on pace and I envisage a highly entertaining game and bookings as usual, if RDM wins this game, it will announce us as firm title contenders and if we end up coming with a point which is more likely since the teams are always competitive between themselves.

Another line of worry will be that most Spurs players won't be participating as much as our players internationally, so RDM needs to be careful and wary of spurs abundant energy.

Moreover, we have a game that is as fierce as Spurs game in the Champions League against a Shaktar Donestk side which have not been beaten in 30 games in all competitions, a team that drew with a high flying Juve team in their home ground and was just unlucky not to have bagged the 3 points at stake. They have players who won't be going to any international games too and will have two weeks of more training and rest, players like William, Texeira, Costa and whoever they have there are fantastic players that don't have international commitments yet, so we need to be careful both in their home and away game to us, after which we'll host Man Utd in a double header both in the Premier League and Capital One Cup.

I think it is safe to say that the honeymoon is over for both RDM and Chelsea, now is the time for all Chelsea players to earn their pay and show the quality in face of stiff oppositions.

What is your take guys?

Can we triumph in this game rush?




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Writer: desmondadonis Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday October 11 2012

Time: 4:39PM

Your Comments

Only time'll tell.
chuks09
Cech. Ivanovic/Azpil. Cahill/Terry. Luis. Cole. (Mikel. Ramires)(must). Mata. Oscar. Hazard/Moses.. Torres/Sturridge.
chuks09
Is this was a test u would have got 30%... Lazy write up, poor facts, incorrect assessment and lack of knowledge on the subject....
Mix26
Be afraid, be very very afraid. You are correct, we are in form but so are you. By the way.....we have TEN people on International duty be it full or otherwise. I see a close game at WHL but a 2 - 1 win for us will do very nicely. I think Mr Hate will be sitting this one out due to the start of his suspension.
Andre's Crouching
Chuks lineup can do a decent job, we can beat spurs with that team or atleast a draw, Mix26 u are already scared of our threat aint u? I admit that its a lazy writeup, but my friends will have something to have a healthy debate on....andre's crouching, u have a good point by saying u guys are in form and both teams are fired up, I disagree that u guys will win, worst case scenario will be a draw, I can bet on it, we have over 14 first teamers on international duty.
Desmondadonis
Desmondadonis....14 team members on International duty is a huge amount I must say. Still you can only play 11 at any one time the same as us. If we can keep Mata quite then we home and hosed, I hope. Dembele will have a field day along with Ade, who I expect to play instead of Defoe.
Andre's Crouching
Point of correction @desmond.. Worst result 4, poor result should be chelsea winning 2-1. But normal result 3-1, 2-0, good result. 'Ll be the repeat of fa.cup semi final. Remember that??? Chelsea 5 - 1 Spurs.
chuks09
Chuks09, seriously mate, let's not be cocky right now, we all know spurs have almost the same talents as we do, when u look at bale,lennon, defoe,dembele,clint dempsey (who scores against us) and a couple of other players not to forget that obstinate and determined keeper friedel, it won't be a walk in the park, I'll be over joyous if we win, but I have a hunch that it might be a tie
Desmondadonis
Chuks09..............Cup semi-final....you cling to that mate. This is a different Spurs team and just in case you have forgotten a different Manager. The ghost of AVB hangs over you!
Andre's Crouching
COME ON YOU SPURS.. AVB WILL HAVE HIS REVENGE...

THE 15m PAYOFF WONT BE WORTH NOTHING AFTER WE DO U 3-1...

COYS
Yidmarks
Are u spurs guys really serious? So based on avb's revenge mission, u guys are going to win? U had better come debate ur points with pure proper football debate....aint u guys worried that RDM might know all his gimmicks and methods?
Desmondadonis
I think revenge will be the furthest thing in AVB's mind if I'm truthful. I think the media (all forms) have tried to discredit and unsttle him after what happened with you guys. As long as his players stick to his game plan and not get involved in anything untoward, he will be pleased. As long as the game goes without malice and everbody conducts themselves with in the laws,then we should have a good match. Although you have started the season very well, congrats on that, I think this will be your toughest game so far.
Andre's Crouching
I can't/don't see us (chelsea) losing this match. At worst, we'll score one goal than spurs.
chuks09
cant wait, will be a cracking game, ive really enjoyed watching chelsea so far this season which HAS NOT BEEN THE CASE for the last few seasons. some really exciting players on the ball in Hazard, Oscar and Mata. i read a stat somewhere yesterday that chelsea had created more chances than any other side from counter attacks this season in the prem and Spurs are 2nd with regards to that stat. got me thinking this will either be like a basketball game end to end or a very caget affair with no side looking to over commit bodies forward. will be very interesting. may the best team on the day win.
spurs-stelios
why do people sound so sacred of spurs. Avb was ***** for us. We are top of the league. We have the best defence and we are scoring for fun. Lets be positive people
Blue India
@Spurs fans. Don't start telling me AVB doesn't want swift revenge! In his very first interview as Spurs manager he took more snide swipes at Chelsea than I could count. That's what he wants more than anything, a win against Chelsea.
Hazzabee
I can't call the game to be honest, both sides are due a loss. I think we're the better side, with better players, but WHL does get rather emotional when we come to town and always gets the Spurs players fired up. I really can't call it. Both managers know a lot about each other, but both teams are drastically different from last year. Ones things for certain though, Spurs are a lot more bothered about this game than we are, and if we do end up losing it, boy will we know it. Every VS member will flood over here and stay until Christmas. You have been warned. But we are the better side and if we play like we have done in the last few games, we should get the 3 points.
Hazzabee
Luis, Oscar & Ramires are all on show for the brazil.
chuks09
Lolzzz@hazzabee.. Funny you. Till Christmas???
chuks09
The FA has issued a statement on Ashley Cole and a misconduct charge, plus there is further news on Ryan Bertrand 's illness. The statement on Cole reads: ' Ashley Cole has admitted an FA charge in relation to a Twitter comment which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute. 'Cole has requested a non-personal hearing, the date of which has yet to be set' Cole is currently with the England squad ahead of Friday evening's match against San Marino however Bertrand withdrew on Thursday morning and returned to Chelsea. He will be reassessed on Sunday ahead of England's World Cup qualifier against Poland on Tuesday. The news of Bertrand's condition is he has a systemic viral infection.
chuks09
+ Wayne Rooney To captain England???
chuks09
Oscar is flying high.
chuks09
Goal from Oscar.
chuks09
Another goal from Oscar.
chuks09
Amazingly some spurs fan in here have been very calm and intelligent with their debate, are u guys respectful of our footie as we are of urs or what's the real deal? I agree with andre's crouching, spurs stelios and hazzabee, this game ought to be highly entertaining and I wish both teams to be injury free, a win will be good for chelsea but I won't complain if we get to draw, oscar is ripping iraq apart as we are here debating, combine I'm with mata and a well rested mata and we'll be a huge threat, add moses and a rearing to go marin in the mix! Wow we'll be explosive.
Desmondadonis
@desmond... That's very scary... Fresh & Angry Mata
chuks09
And It's 5-0 from the wonderous neymar.
chuks09
Final whistle. Brazil 6-0 Iraq. Goals from Oscar.2, Kaka, Hulk, Neymar & Lucas
chuks09
Thank you for the update chuks09, I hope our chelsea contigent are not injured or overused? Who was the captain? I am glad that oscar is in form, with mata too on form now, I am so glad, our up coming games won't be all doom and gloom then.
Desmondadonis
Desmondadonis - Some spurs fans are intelligent, as indeed some Chelsea fans are, I would even go as far as to say some gooners are as well. I have been a spurs fan since the late 1950's, I used to go regularly to spurs matches in those days, I saw all the glory, the double winning side, the European cup matches, it was a fabulous time to be a spurs fan. When spurs were playing away on a Saturday, too far to travel, I would go to Chelsea or Arsenal, Fulhum or Charlton, whoever was playing at home with what looked like the best match. I was, and still am, not just a spurs fan, but a FOOTBALL fan. It was vastly different in those days gone by, there was no crowd segregation, fans of both teams were all mixed in together, yes of course there was banter, HARMLESS banter, like me, people had their favourite team, but they also were also FOOTBALL fans, they liked to see a good game and appreciated a good team even if it wasn't their own team. In later years, all this hate that has sprung up *****es me off. It's stupid, it's immature, it's ridiculous and it's self destructive. In the early 1960's there were many Arsenal and Chelsea fans who regularly went to WHL because they wanted to watch a good team with some great players, even coming from a spurs fan, that team was a joy to watch. How many fans theses days would go to a rival ground to watch a rival team play? Not many, they wouldn't do it on "principal". How stupid, they are depriving themselves of watching good teams and good football matches. I would always welcome good intelligent discussion with rival fans - even gooners, lol. Trouble is that not many rival fans are capable of it without resorting to insults etc, etc. As for the coming game with you guys, it's a tough call. You have some very good players, so do we. If our team clicks on the day, you will be hard pushed for sure. We haven't been playing as well as we can play in all games so far, I just hope we click on the day. May the best team win, (as long as it's spurs, lol)
Hot_Spur
Both Oscar and Ramires played till 81mins, Luis completed the match even with the scare of a knock.
chuks09
Oscar Should be the Man Of The Match.
chuks09
@Hot_Spur.. Me speechless.. As you've said.. Let the best team win. The best teams are always ontop, so.. Thanks for the Good wishes.. Chelsea Till I Faint.
chuks09
chuks09 - Oscar MOTM? Well you would say that wouldn't you, lol. MOTM was the Iraq goalkeeper, if it wasn't for him Brazil would have won by a cricket score.
Hot_Spur
I DON'T ALWAYS SCORE GOALS, BUT WHEN I DO I SCORE 2 AT A TIME. Oscar.
chuks09
@hot_spur. The made many saves but he chipped in 6goals remember??? Oscar is the MOTM
chuks09
Hot_spur is the real deal I have seen from a rival fan, u go watch ur rivals play? If that is not football loving then I wonder what really is, I like ur approach and I envy it,good comment and I hope we get to watch good footie by next week saturday and may the best team win and it should be chelsea!!! Thank u for making my night!!!
Desmondadonis
I didn't get to see the brazil game, but I read from goal that oscar and sabri or whatever they call the iraqi goal keeper and the woodwork reduced the goals
Desmondadonis
LoLZZ@Desmond.. Oscar is Good.
chuks09
Desmondadonis - You're welcome. I don't go to matches any more, I'm 72 years old and frankly, I can't afford the prices any more. But yes I would go to rival grounds if I was still attending matches, these days I have to be content with watching live streams and MOTD. I wasn't the only football fan that went to rival teams matches back in the old days. The whole attitude was different then, as indeed the attitude and mentality to many things in life was different then, so much has changed in my lifetime, and in most cases, not for the better !! I just find this bitter hatred that exists between rival fans these days so pathetically stupid. The majority are not FOOTBALL fans any more, having a favourite team does not have to mean insulting and abusing people just because their favourite team is a different one. Many moons ago I've been to matches where, at the end of a game, a team who had played exceptionally well was clapped off the pitch by OPPOSING fans !! THAT is truly being a FOOTBALL supporter. Sadly those days are long gone and football is the worse for it.
Hot_Spur
True Talk@Hot_Spur.. But the match officials are not helping matters nowadays, dey do as they want and as they were told to do. That's one of the main reason of the hatred, when some fans are too bias to admit the mistake/partial of the refs.. When other fans are jealous of there rival's success, etc
chuks09
Wow @Hit_Spur am in awe of ur comments. These are the kind of fans I wish we had on VF. @chuks09, I didn't catch the Brazil game either can u tell me how menezes integrated Oscar and kaka in one midfield. What positions and in what formation did they play?
manzo2k6
Manzo2k6 good question, @chuks9 manzo raised a good point I neglected to point out, I'll be hlad if u can clarify so we'll know if its applicable to our current chelsea setup, @hot_spur, its a pity that loyal football fans like u are being relegated to watching from home due to the high price of tickets, u are really an awesome person and seriously u made me see football from a new angle. The question is are there still neutrals who go and watch other clubs play today other than their favorite club?
Desmondadonis
Tottenham - Chelsea ..... 4me is the best fixture of the season, full of passion full of class and both sets of fans are top class!! (mostly;) and I F in love it!! the 3pts @ OT went a little way towards healing the wounds your lot left after ur CL victory.. somehow..But fair plays to ya you got it in the end, be it at our expense I cheered ya...weird day that was I tell ya.. emotional! However-the way I see it a narrow margin loss for yourselfs will b benificial to every1 and b a blessing in disquise 4 u , OBVIOUSLY your not gonna see it that way but trust me it does :) I hope 1day I can take my boys.. and girls.. to the lane and the bridge to witness this derby like my ol man did me, which will prob be the new lane by then ... but hey thats life!! and desmond im sure theres plenty more gems out there like our Hot_Spur.. problems being tickets I guess.. Anyways good luck nancy bois your gonna need it, 2-1 spurs hazza to score 1st COYS ;) T4E
BiG4theCockERawL
I didn't catched the match either, i was following through goal.com live commentary. Brazil lined up 4-4-2. Luis and silva are the central backs, macello & andreano are the full backs,ramires played more defensive midfield, oscar and kaka interchanging in the number 10 role and the left midfield. neymar and hulk are the two forwards
chuks09
Hot_Spur.Thank you for your sensible and objective post.I agree with you.As for the game,I think AVB has been preparing for this game for a long time.However,Di Matteo will be aware of his methods.It will be interesting to see how they both plan out their respective tactics.Very very interesting,if I may say so.But I give Spurs the edge as the game is at White Hart Lane.Going for a 2-1 win for Spurs.Defoe will get a brace and in my opinion,he is the most underrated striker the world has ever seen.I don't understand why Spurs fans want Adebayor to start ahead of him.Defoe,even at the age of 29,is a beast.I may get abused by people,but I rate him above Van Persie.Agree or disagree,thats my opinion.He's a goal-scoring machine.He delivers in the big games.I hope Chelsea get him as a second-choice.And AVB has done the right thing by starting him in all the games.Hope he does not start against us and Adebayor starts,but unfortunately that won't be the case.If we can keep him quiet,then we have a very very good chance of winning.
cfc250
@cfc... Buy defoe??? At 29??? Why not buy saha??? Or close??? Or even raul???
chuks09
chucks09.Thats my opinion.Maybe,you disagree.I suggested this because he's world's one of the best.His wage demands won't be high and he won't mind deputising Falcao.We can't get a better second-choice than him.Raul is 35.Saha is 34.Defoe is 29.Big big difference.And please don't turn this into another striker debate.When another article will come up regarding,we will have a proper discussion.I apologise for shifting away from the theme of the article.
cfc250
Laughing hard at chuks09 sarcasm riddened comment, @bigthecockrawl I see where u are going with ur comment and I am sure ticket prices kept more fans at home than ever, real fans who are passionate about their club, about the outcome of the game I think we all are in the same boat when we say its a 2-1 win, but it will be a chelsea's win.
Desmondadonis
@cfc250 I share ur sentiments at branding defoe as a dangerous striker, he is a shoot first striker and they are the most dangerous, why spurs fan don't see what we are seeing in him, guess they know him better than us.
Desmondadonis
Desmond,I don't want to turn this into striker debate.What I am saying is that we should keep Defoe quiet.Di Matteo should better plan something to keep him quiet otherwise he can murder our defence.
cfc250
good game indeed DESMOND and I hasten to add that we'll need to be at our very best, ManUre was damaged in the 1st half by playing half-hearted so we will definitely need to be pinpoint for the gunshot :)
@Mq
Let the games come. We have the players to do the duty and come up victors. They are the games that will define our preparedness for the hard times. We need to show character and come up with the right combination to win them all.
Kendemsblue
i'm full of confidence that we will win.remember arsenal?everyone says that they're title contender when hold city at etihad stadium but look after that.they lost against us at their own turf..
Chelsea n Torres Fan
A repeat of the 1-5 thrashing we gave them will do for me we are due a win a 3 Point Lane.
Elbowz
I fell in love with Spurs team about 3 seasons ago, i really liked Harry and was sad he was sacked.
SameX
@cfc250 I also share your sentiments on Defoe, I see him as a deadly CF and very difficult to deal with, Spurs fans dont really rate him but i rate him highly.
SameX
As for the game, Spurs destroyed a slow ManU side that were not interested in the game, Evans, Rio, Evra were crap in that game, they were too slow, they played with no passion and hunger, they ran like pregnant women, Bale,Lennon and Defoe took advantage of them with their pace. United's midfield was dead, Carrick - Scholes dissapered in the first half and gave Sandro-Dembele an easy day, Kagawa was too weak for the physical Sandro and was having a really bad day.
SameX
@cfc..Cech. Ivanovic. Terry. Luis. Cole. Mikel. Lampard. Ramires. Ryan. Mata. Torres. This squad'll be able to stop Defoe. Right???
chuks09
2 counter attacks were enough to destroy ManU and Lingardeerd did not help matters, he was really poor between the sticks, United came back to life in the second half and Spurs were crap especially in midfield, they could not keep the ball, they misplaced several passes, Dembele's defensive deficiency was exposed and Sandro was left to do all the work, their defence was as porous as seive, they could not deal with RVP,Rooney and Kagawa's movements. AvB withdrew Dembele for Huddlestone but to no avail. United dominated the game from 2nd half but they lost due to their poor defence that were crap for Spurs 3rd goal on the counter.
SameX
@cfc250 yea, the matteo needs to plan well as avb though he is an ass atimes knows what he is doing, so we need to suprise them, first with our selection, I'll like moses to play a part if he is up for it in the 2nd half, @mq, if u noticed the manutd game, they outplayed man itd in the first half and bale's pace is frightening along with lennon, we'll need to be very savvy,@kedemsblue, yes let the games come as it will be a real test to show if our coach is brilliant or just a puppet, the outcome of this game will make all chelsea fans change their opinion about RDM, either good or bad, its up to him.@chelseantorres fan if we underestimate spurs we'll be punished like man utd, spurs plays differently to arsenal, they counter attack and play on the ground fluidly, it won't be easy as u think,@elbows a repeat of 5-1 of last season will never happen at the white hart lane, I am 80% sure, the reason is spurs have more quality players now and a coach that will want to prove a point,@samex I love the way they play too and they are not a dirty team, they allow u to play and are very entertaining, they always give chelsea a fight along with everton, Guys why aint we worried about shaktar donestk or man utd? Or are we taking it a game at a time?
Desmondadonis
LoL @CHUKS are you intimating we drop Hazard & Oscar for that game?? I'll know for sure that we have the wrong manager....
@Mq
Had United been more organized in defence, the match would have ended 3:0
SameX
our RB (Iva) for Bale will be our archilles heel SAMEX because I'm sure AVB will want to exploit that. Add Lennon for a fast but not as good Cole and they have the wings covered...we'll most likely be hit on the counter especially if Lamps plays on the pivot with Mikel
@Mq
were it not for 2 setpieces we would've lost 2nil to the Ar$es SAMEX that reasoning and 'what it' thinking is unrealistic
@Mq
Let them worry about us & our threats not the opposite. Cech. Iva/Azpi. Terry/Cahill. Luis. Mikel. Rami. Oscar(2goals hero). Mata(fresh and ready). Hazard & Torres. 'Ll do a perfect job.
chuks09
@mq. According to @cfc. We really need to stop their threats.. That's the squad that stops barca & b.munich's threats. Lolzzz
chuks09
Oscar can do the job of minimizing bale's threat.
chuks09
we need to outscore the opposition to win...
@Mq
I don't mean arsenal don't play fluidly, its just that the way spurs is different from them, and I didn't mean the spurs game alone will determine who RDM is, but the games we have this month which are all tough, our depth will be needed badly now, I am happy that marin and sturridge will be available and our players all injury free, most especially luis, who always get a knock in his games for the selecao
Desmondadonis
our starting 11 vs the Ars$es should do the trick....and I don't see Azpi starting yet, most likely in the Carling Cup games
@Mq
@mq..spot-on.. Just outscore them. I remember the hypes made before our juventus game.
chuks09
Marin is 1 tackle away from another injury DESMOND I wouldn't mention him at all. I warned about the excitement of a 6Mil "Messi" and look now, he can't even start or be on the bench, tells you a great deal...
@Mq
I mentioned azpil because of his pace.but it's worth mentioning @least he's our player
chuks09
If we are very organized in midfield and defence they will not score a goal and we will exposed their porous defence with the deadly movements of Hazard-Oscar-Torres-Mata. Mikel-Ramires must start as our Pivot and kill any threat from Dembele and Defoe. I will like Ramires to Man-Mark Dembele and give him no room till he is frustrated. Sandro tends to venture forward, God helps their defence if they are left to face out attacking 4 alone. Iva should stay back and give no room for Bale to get into the box or deliver crosses. Cole should time his runs and keep an eye on Lennon. Torres will see at least 4 good chances to score, if he can score 2 we will win the game. Cahill-Luiz have all the pace, hunger and energy to counter their pace upfront.
SameX
I think marin is fit but he's been monitored to avoid a long time injury..his time 'll soon come
chuks09
My prediction for the game is- we will keep a clean sheet and score 3 wicked goals.
SameX
Bale has been playing a free role in most of their matches. Tym 'll tell where avb'll deploy him that day.
chuks09
Iva can't control bale alone, I'll use him for 65mins and if he is on a yellow by then, I'll use cesar azpilicueta as damage control, cole will stop lennon with ramires's help, our final four will also give spurs problems as their main threat in the wing, we'll need a marin and moses when they tire out in the second half, marin and moses will take their defence to the cleaners as they would be tired by that time
Desmondadonis
LoLZZZ@samex... I hope so. But i believe Torres'll make us Proud come 20th.
chuks09
Perfect Squad Selection + Good Performance + Spot-On Subs + Luck = Winning
chuks09
They have their own worries too. How to stop Hazard, Mata, Oscar, Torres & Co's
chuks09
@MQ If Iva reduces his forward runs, Bale will do nothing all day. Iva is not fast but he is strong defensively and will be like a 3rd central defender for us. And you underrate Ashley so much that you fail to realize he is the best left-back in the world, he keep us in the games against Barca and Bayern, he is a very intelligient player, he times his runs well, he may not be as fast as he used to be but he makes up for it with his experience and brilliance. Some people dont know what they have till they loose it. Tell me any left back that is better than Cole on earth???
SameX
@samex, I really doubt that, we are playing at their ground bro, its their fcking ground where we havnt won in almost four years or more,@mq, be patient with marin, he's a chelsea buy and they believe he can be our new robben
Desmondadonis
@samex.. Forget the left back debate.
chuks09
@desmond.. Their ground or not. I hope RDM'll not try what he did against QPR.. Nowadays there's nothing like home or away.. Or have you 4gotten The Champions League Final???
chuks09
The good thing about Mata-Oscar-Hazard is they are very hard to mark,they are not lazy, they can all score goals from nothing, they are beginning understand themselves, they are very mobile and are everywhere, plus they are all on fire at the moment. Torres makes their work easy as he also loves to roam and make assists. Rami is another beast that will track you down in defence and attacks with massive energy and desire, he is deadly when running with the ball, he can score goals and he never gets tired. I am not worried about Spurs tbh, United have not won @ the Bridge for donkey years. Its Shakhtar that should be our worry as DESMOND have rightly said.
SameX
@samex.. There're a big difference between confidence & over-confidence. One After the Other Man. Slow and Steady.
chuks09
SameX.Exactly.I was telling Desmond about Shakthar a few days ago.That team is very very underrated.I remember they have beaten Arsenal and Barcelona in the past.They are the dark horses of the tournament.Won't be surprised if they top the group and we end up 2nd and Juventus get kicked out.I feel tahts the way this group will turn out to be.And it won't surprise if me Shakthar knocks out one of the big guns in the knockout stages.But I am wooried about Spurs and Shakthar more than Man UTD.
cfc250
@Chucks okay sir, slow and steady
SameX
Agree with you @cfc250
SameX
Cfc250, you know I never underated shaktar or spurs.I am worried so worried about this teams
Desmondadonis
Yes.But I take it one game at a time and we better have a gameplan against Spurs.AVB(whatever people think about him),in my opinion,is very good tactically.
cfc250
Shakthar have won 30 games of their last 32, including 25 in a row. Very tough game.
Mia Maynard
Only time'll tell.
chuks09
It is imperative that we take this game seriously, as we should all EPL games, this is not LaLiga, there are no gimmes. Respecting our opponents will bode well for us in the long run...but we should fear no-one. something special is happening at the bridge, we are becoming a force to be reckoned with in all apsecs of the game where before we were just direc, now we can be direct and intricate while remaining defensively astute as well. So in short, we respect all opponents, but fear no one.
Gian-Franco/Luca
still call Ca$hley the best LB in the world?? The first 3 games we played we conceded goals from the left side, and who was playing LB then??
@Mq
Off topic, since no one is giving us a progress report anymore, but this will do a bit for one of our prospective stars www.watfordobserver.co.uk/sport/watfordfc/watfordfcnews/9980843._/
Desmondadonis
True gianfrancozola, mia u are spot on with the shaktar stats, they've been unbeaten since last year against porto in 2011
Desmondadonis
OK you guys, you've all had your say, here it is from spurs perspective. Firstly, somebody mentioned the difference between confidence and over confidence. I see much of the latter on this forum. It's all very well to talk about "our defence can do this" and "our midfield can do that" and "our attack can do something else" and at the same time totally ignoring the fact that spurs also have a defence, midfield and attack. I've seen a couple of comments that spurs defence is weak. That is not true. Walker, Caulker, Vertnghen, Eskotto is a very good back four, all are Internationals and Vertonghen is world class. With Sandro and Dembele in midfield, Sandro is a monster, there is very little that gets past him and Dembele can dribble past players as if they were not there. We have the two fastest wingers in the PL in Bale and Lennon and you guys who think they can be stopped so easily, maybe you should stop and take a reality check. :-) In the debate over the difference between Defoe and Ade, the reason most spurs fans prefer Ade is because he brings so much more to the team as a whole. Defoe is selfish, he's a "shoot on sight" merchant who only plays for himself, not the team. Ade is very UNselfish, he plays for the team and because of this he makes the attack so much more fluid and dangerous than Defoe does. Ade scored 18 goals with 12 assists last season in 35 games, Defoe scored 17 goals with zero assists. That's the difference. Ade not only scores himself but he creates goals for others as well and the team plays so much better overall with Ade. He is a much more complete player than Defoe. I sincerely hope Ade starts against you guys, if Defoe starts I fear the worst. As for the comments about RDM knowing AVB's methods, what seems to have been conveniently forgotten is that it works both ways !! AVB also knows RDM's methods. A word about AVB, I know most Chelsea fans regard him as a useless manager because of what happened at Chelsea but my personal opinion is that he is a very astute and clever guy. I think he was let down by the boss at Chelsea. He was hired to do a job and when he started to implement the changes he was hired to do, some of the old players rebelled. Instead of the boss backing his manager, he sacked him. Now having said that, I do accept (and I think AVB accepts and has admitted) that he made the mistake of trying to change the set-up too quickly and that was the reason for the run of bad results. Even so, the boss should have backed his manager rather than the players. I personally think that eventually Chelsea fans (and Roman) will regret having sacked AVB. Changes, especially big changes take time, he wasn't given time at Chelsea. He will be given time at spurs. The signs at spurs are good, that is already becoming clear, AVB will over the next year or two, strengthen the squad bit by bit into what will be a PL title winning team. I think we are already capable of top four in spite of losing Modric and VdV, in another couple of years we'll be challenging for the PL title. As for the coming game, lets hope it's exciting and may the best team win. (Which isn't always the case).
Hot_Spur
Hot_spur, I am not mad enough to take u guys for granted, I saw vertoghen and he is not world class yet, he might get there bit not now, he is very attacking but defensively I think he is not that awesome, I won't argue about the rest as u are right and unegkect ur monster keeper brad freidel who is a world class keeper imo.
Desmondadonis
Desmond - Vertonghen has been playing out of his best position recently because of injury to Eskotto. I agree he is not a world class left back, he was exposed against Nani in the ManU game. However, he IS world class at centre back which is his favourite position. Eskotto is now back from injury so Vertonghen can play centre back against you guys - fortunately.
Hot_Spur
Hot Spur...the players (RDM included as he was also a player) showed why the boss was right to back them, because they won when AVB was booted out. Having said that i am no fool, I know that AVB is better than what he showed at CFC and he is hardworking to a fault which is good in his profession and it shows that he will be successful in the long run. He has learned from his errors and is doing well at Spurs with a smaller budget. I respect him now, as he is no longer a problem at CFC. Spurs are going to be a force to be reckoned with IF AVB has tweaked his methodology and all signs point to the fact he has...so good on you guys, much respect and may the best club win, it will not be too embarrassing losing to Spurs at WHL. But given the back story to this match, a CFC loss will most definitely bite.
Gian-Franco/Luca
Gian-Franco - You are right up to a point, it was really about the run of bad results and Roman being impatient for success. Had the results been better I guess AVB would not have been sacked. I'm sure the results would have come, had AVB been given more time but Roman was too impatient. However, I'm happy with what AVB has done at spurs so far, considering the massive changes in players in and out it is starting to gel. I'm suspect it will get better as the season goes on. The aim this season is a top 4 place, I think we have a good chance of that. With some strengthening in January and again next summer we may possibly be challenging for PL title next year, if not the following year. As you rightly say, a CFC loss will bite. I'm sure deep down AVB feels resentment and believes he was treated unfairly. A win next week would give him great satisfaction and help to give him closure on the Chelsea affair. Anyway, good discussion, nice to discuss with some sensible rival fans for a change instead of the usual morons who are not real football fans at all.
Hot_Spur
Hot_Spur.Could you provide the stats?18 goals by Adebayr in how many games and 17 goals by Defoe in how many games?I am sure it will be in Defoe's favour.He's a beast.Adebayor is not as effective against tough oppositions as Defoe is.
cfc250
Cfc250, would argue about spurs players with a spurs fan? Its like a spurs fan arguing that hazard is better than mata in midfield no.10 role
Desmondadonis
cfc250 - If you watch spurs regularly as I and most spurs supporters do, you will see that it's the opposite to what you are saying. Defoe is lethal against weak teams/defences but he is impotent against strong teams. He is too easy to mark out of the game by good defenders. Ade is very difficult to handle, his movement and link up play is far superior to Defoe. Ade's overall PL stats are 78 goals in 171 appearances, that's a goal every 2.19 appearances. Defoe's overall PL stats are 112 goals in 328 appearances, that's a goal every 2,92 appearances. That's a big difference, Ade is close to a goal every 2 while Defoe is almost a goal every 3 appearances. Add to that, Ade has loads of assists whereas Defoe almost never assists, he always wants to shoot even when team mates are in a much better position to score. Ade is a far better player than Defoe. The vast majority of spurs fans prefer Ade, there has to be a good reason for that !!
Hot_Spur
Desmond - Spot on mate, nobody watches a team and it's players more critically than it's own supporters
Hot_Spur
I think Romeu and Ramires midfield wil be more lethal, plus Romeu wil be fresher having rested over the int'l break.
Ohans
Hot_Spur.You fans must be knowing better.But Adebayor played at Arsenal with Fabregas and co which made his job easier.Defoe played at Portsmouth.However,I respect your opinion as you watch the two week in week out.
cfc250
Yes. Romeu was lively when given the chance in that game against Norwich with his runs and desire to shoot from distance. He is a player that needs to see games this season to develop more.
Kendemsblue
i wonder why some people keep promoting romeu.everyone already knew that romeu is better than lampard at pivot.i believe there is already a discussion between the manager and the board regarding romeu's buyback clause so that he won't play many games until his clause expire next summer.it's because romeu will definitely make it in the 1st team if being given chances and move to barca after that.then we can call it our loss barca gain if that scenario happen..
Chelsea n Torres Fan
Maybe ohans and kendemsblue have both forgotten we will be facing a rejuvenated spurs side and not another relegation bound team like norwich.you should knw by now that romeu is a back up player to mikel.so,hw do you nw think romeu is going to start ahead of obi mikel in a big game like this?
obimikelisdbest
@cfc... What is with you and defoe???
chuks09
@obimikel.. No mind dem, because romeu came in against norwich and played two shots he's now better than mikel. Na wa
chuks09
Chuks09,obimikelisthebest, give the guys a break now, if mikel gets injured against liberia today I doubt if RDM will even field romeu, if I was RDM I'll be alternating both players depending on the games, there are some games that mikel will suit and there are some that romeu will be perfect,what I will pray for is that, the coach u choose intelligently...bale scored a cracker yesterday and he is always capable of that as its no a fluke, I hope to God he doesn't crack that against us and I'll like sturridge to feature at some point against spurs, maybe for 20 mins
Desmondadonis
Rdm should give Oscar the job to limit Bale's threat
chuks09
Desmond - Yes bale scored a cracker but not only that he ran Scotland ragged for the whole 90 minutes, providing crosses and chances galore for his team mates which were all wasted. I hope he's on that form against you guys. Who was it in an earlier post that dismissed Bale as being easy to deal with? I guess whoever it was has never seen Bale in full flow, he's unstoppable. My big fear is that at some point Real Madrid or Barca will come knocking for him, knowing Levy he won't be able to resist making a huge profit on him. Looking forward to the game, I hope none of your players get injured as well as ours. I want to see both teams at full strength.
Hot_Spur
chuks09 - Isn't using Oscar to mark Bale a waste of Oscar's attacking talent? Some of the best defenders in the world haven't been able to stop Bale, (ask Maicon and Ferdinand), Oscar is an attacking midfielder.
Hot_Spur
oscar is an attacking midfielder and we should be use him to his potential and not waste his talent by giving him job to defend players or else he would turn into be a defending midfielder....let he mata and hazard play freely we have mikel ramiers and defenders to do that job...rather than thinking about their strenght and how to stop them we should think how to use our strength to the maximum...
shlok27
LoLzzz@hot.spur.. Those're retired defenders.
chuks09
Nigeria 6-1 Liberia. Moses scored 2goals, while Mikel scored 1 from the Penalty spot.
chuks09
Moses 2goals, 1assist, Mikel 1goal, 1assist
chuks09
chucs09 - It seems you scoff at any player that isn't wearing a Chelsea shirt. Ferdinand and Maicon are far from "retired" and still very highly rated. Maicon especially is still one of the very best defenders in the world, he was rated No.1 fullback in the world until very recently. Chelsea are not the only club in the world with good players.
Hot_Spur
@hot_spur.. Like you said.. (They were) maicon played one of his best football under mourinho. & ferdinand??? No comment.
chuks09
Oscar will never be placed to mark bale. Its a waste of his talent. Like @sholk said we have defenders for that. We just have to try to impose our own game on them. It wnt be easy.
manzo2k6
I think there's mutual respect for both sides although am sure the press will paint the fixture differently. It shld be an exciting game.
manzo2k6
One of the best 3 games we are braced to watch in the coming 2 weeks. We win them, am convinced that we will be making it to the top of the league and the qualification to the next round of champions league guaranteed.
Kendemsblue
Let us take a game at a time and maintain the top for the season till end
Kendemsblue
 

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