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St Jude – The Patron Saint Of Lost Casuses

With Wasdan off duty tonight (huge respect and thanks to him for bloeugin throughout this season), it behoeufs me to try to cobble something together. It’s been a while, so do be gentle – or just skip this bit and start commenting.

What a week, eh?

From dwindling hope in the run-up to the Everton game…to absolutely none after it…to a classic Spurs fan’s glimmer as Wet Spam, Liverpool and Chelsea all drop points…to a raging torrent as Mourninho gets the tin tack. Top 4 is back on! Well, at least until tonight. But I’ll take a sunny Wednesday with the dastardly Super League on the back burner. How much worse than the new dastardly Champions League is it, by the way?

Anyway, back to Southampton at home, a tie with banana-skin not so much ‘written all over it‘, as indelibly tattooed deep into our psyche when we’re in a position to give us half a chance of putting pressure on those around us. But…but. Now we have Sir Ryan of Mason at the helm, a nice guy, Spurs through and through, who’s already ruled out any joshing from his previous teammates (“There won’t be banter between me and the lads.”). Could he do the unthinkable and give us the kind of bounce that only Jump4Joy Bouncy Castles could hope for in their dreams?

For me it’s implausible. These players have been so psychologically damaged by 4 years of being nearly-men under Poch, followed by the worst of Mourinho’s psy-ops, that they will stutter again at the first sight of a goal threat. I’m sure Ryan will be looking to insert Bale and Dele back in the team asap and “get us on the front foot” but scoring goals is not really my concern (even without Kaneinho). It’s what happens when a team like Southampton break into the open space we’ve left behind as the New Buccaneering Spurs™️. Walker-Peters careering down the flank. Che Adams, or just as bad, Danny Ings in the middle. Or both. Ward-Prowse able to deliver the kind of dead-ball Eriksen can only dream of. Bednarek or Vestegaard to swat Toby/Eric/Davinson out of the way. Stuff of nightmares.

After that cold bath, let me put another scenario. Ryan Mason has actually been at the Club throughout this period coaching the U17s, U18s, U23s. He either knows these 1st team players or in passing around Hotspur Way. He can lean on Harry and PEH for some ideas as to how best to set up. He can’t reasonably expect to coach anything new in 48 hours. All he needs to do is pick an attacking side, give them his trust and belief and have them run araaand a bit. Bale and Dele looked great together when given the chance. Sonny is due a proper bit of form…

And so to selections. My take is that we have 2 attacking full backs and Davies & Doherty are injured anyway. So play to their strengths. If we’re doing that we need to be solid in front of the defence but not so much so that we don’t have any creativity in midfield (ie not 2 DMs). This is the team I would like to see play (with PEH told to shield the Back 4):

Lloris

Aurier Rodon Alderweireld Reguilon

NDombele Hojbjerg (DM) Lo Celso

Bale Dele Sonny

Author: Flat Oeuf

A blog dedicated to aficionados of the chicken badge of Tottenham Hotspur FC, unashamedly revelling in the agony and ecstasy of every moment of every game....no matter who finds themselves fortunate enough, in any given season, to be the stewards, manager or players of the best club in the world. COYFS!

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ronwol196061
ronwol196061
5 months ago

That was a bit too quick….
A quick hello from me
Hope everyone is doing well.
Just wanted to say hi to everyone
And hope you are all doing ok
Cheers
Ronwol

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
5 months ago

A quick

Flat Oeuf
Flat Oeuf
5 months ago

Who’s bloeugging today pls? I’ll be working up until kick off. Would love a guest bloeug from an unexpected sauce…

Flat Oeuf
Flat Oeuf
5 months ago
Reply to  Flat Oeuf

If none of you will, I’ll copy and paste The Boy’s blog 🙂

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  Flat Oeuf

Well if that’s not enough to scare the bejesus out of us.
https://flatoeuf.com/toby-alderweireld-confident-positive-ryan-mason-can-deliver-silverware/

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
5 months ago

Exciting day, nothing but positively from me today!

We got Norfolk in chance… 😁

Chauveljn
5 months ago

Gareth’s a big game player. I feel he is the key. If he turns it on we’re in this match.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Could be right Chauv. Fingers crossed 🤞.

Northern Spur
Northern Spur
5 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Deffo!

Northern Spur
Northern Spur
5 months ago

For a moment, I thought you were Stevo!!

wasdanspurs
5 months ago

COYS! No bloeug from me but I’ll be tuning in to see Ryan lead the boys out into the glorious Wembley sunlight. After months of apathy, can’t wait.

On another note, I see Ceferin has compared The Dirty Dozen to flat earthers. Our influence grows by the day!!

Northern Spur
Northern Spur
5 months ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

Kane out for the big day?
WasDan out for the big day!
This ain’t working out well so far!!

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
5 months ago

It’s a glorious day down here in the south west, sun is shining and the place is looking great.
Just got to get ready for the match this afternoon, going to fire up the BBQ at lunch time, washed down with a couple of tinnys.
By the time Kick off comes around will be ready for the game, flag will be flying high and proud COYS. Do it for the fans, and the team.

Chauveljn
5 months ago
Reply to  89Spurs 👁

Perfect day for it. Having lunch in my son’s garden and wearing my Spurs sun hat.

My feeling is we’ll get better as the match goes on, so the lads have to stay in the game.

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
5 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Nice one.

Northern Spur
Northern Spur
5 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I hope that’s not code for defend deep for 85mins, chaps!!

Northern Spur
Northern Spur
5 months ago
Reply to  89Spurs 👁

I’m going to watch in the grounds of a local pub. I don’t know what to fear most: covid or city!

Flat Oeuf
Flat Oeuf
5 months ago

It’s Match Day. I’ve been awake on and off throughout the night. Can’t help meself.
We’re playing in the Final and we’re gonna win the Cup! COYS!

Northern Spur
Northern Spur
5 months ago
Reply to  Flat Oeuf

…for Tottingham!!!

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
5 months ago

No marigolds or cake tins. It on !!

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
5 months ago

YID ARMY, YID ARMY , YID ARMY

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
5 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

When spurs to up to lift ‘re league cup , wheel be there , wheel be there , C OYMFS

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
5 months ago

Cheers Matty and Daveed (we,’re worth it) , always wondered if teddy (Mattys staffy) is named after Edward sheringham ? Holding myself down .just finished polishing my boys boots tomorra. Pain like you won’t believe from the covid. 6 months and ongoing . But peps getting a taster tomorra. COYS

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
5 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Boots for his game tomorrow , he strides like Glen hoddle with the commitment of sissy. It s a difficult one . 13 years we’ve been waiting . Well up for it , COOOOYYYYSSS

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
5 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

And for sexy who thinks I’m a jinx, I was born the year we got promoted back to division 1 (78) my sis was born when Ricky did his thing and we got the FA cup (81) , my other did was born in 91 (fa cup again) . Owner to prison the year we win the carling cup(99) and my son was born the last time we won the cup (2008)

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
5 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Other sis, the one I dont get in with was born the year we lost the fa cup (87)

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
5 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

😁

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
5 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Ronnie saw it all

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
5 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj
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AntSpurj
Reply to  AntSpurj

Spot the cup

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
5 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

went to prison 99

merrance
merrance
5 months ago

arold declared fit, by himself I suspect

Chauveljn
5 months ago
Reply to  merrance

Keep Pep guessing… 🤔

Chauveljn
5 months ago
Reply to  merrance

I hope he isn’t jeopardising his long term fitness. He could afford to miss our next match against Sheffield United to give himself a proper recovery time.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
5 months ago

The pundits and other teams’ fans laughing at Spurs inclusion in the ESL misunderstand the reasons we were asked to join.

Is the Premier League the most popular league in the world? Yes, by a long margin. The ESL was meant to pull in a lot of eyeballs, so having several English teams made sense.

Are Spurs one of the most popular teams in the Premier League? Yes. Spurs are heavily supported in England and have been steadily growing support worldwide over the last decade. A lot of those eyeballs the ESL want would belong to Spurs fans.

Do Spurs have the best new stadium around? Yes, and that would definitely be a factor in a shiny new super league.

Are Spurs one of the richest, most valuable clubs in the world? Yes, number 10 on the latest valuation list. ESL was to be a league of heavy hitters and Spurs qualify on that score.

The mocking comes from the idea that ESL was meant to be the 12-15 best teams in Europe. We certainly are not that currently, but with the advantages I listed above, and the infusion of money from the ESL, we would be in the position to become the sort of club.

Let them laugh. When the next version of ESL gets trotted out—and it will; there’s too much money in it–Spurs will be asked to join again.

While this closed shop football is a bad idea for the game, and I’d prefer it not to happen, I was not at all surprised that we were invited in.

Chauveljn
5 months ago

You’re wrong there Seattle. According to current UEFA rankings by coefficient, Spurs are in 15th place, Inter are 26th and AC are 53rd. If you exclude Bayern, PSG and Dortmund who didn’t want to join the ESL, that takes us into the 12th place.

We’re the sixth placed PL team. There by merit based on European performances under Pochettino basically.

With all the other points you listed it’s obvious why we were included. Those who mock us have very limited, and frankly prejudiced reasons for doing so or they’d admit we are a big club.

Last edited 5 months ago by Chauveljn
SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
5 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Does it feel like we’re the 15th best team in Europe? Doesn’t to me.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
5 months ago

No 1 in the world

Chauveljn
5 months ago

A temporary loss of form…

Chauveljn
5 months ago

I’d add Spurs were pioneers too. First British club to win a European trophy, first to make it two trophies as well. We have history.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
5 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Sadly due to media bias in a quiz queston most non Spurs fans would answer Man Utd or Liverpool as the first english club to win a european trophy..

DAVID
DAVID
5 months ago

Looking forward to Danno’s blockbuster blog for the final, got to be at least 20,000 words.
Should rally the troops.

Chauveljn
5 months ago
Reply to  DAVID

I think he can’t do it due to pressure of work.

DAVID
DAVID
5 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Pah! 19,500 words then.

merrance
merrance
5 months ago

dedicated to our new manager with the 100% win %age. long may it continue.

Chauveljn
5 months ago
Reply to  merrance

That’s Funky with a big ‘F’.

Chauveljn
5 months ago

We weren’t meant to win in 2008 either. Chelsea had Cech, Terry, Carvalho, Essien, Lampard, Drogba, Anelka, Ballack in their side and were defending the cup.

DAVID
DAVID
5 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

That’s true and we were good value in the end.
I was glad for a lot of our players who had won very little.

merrance
merrance
5 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

audere et facere
woodgate took our motto at face value with a unique goal.

DAVID
DAVID
5 months ago

Going to be an interesting game tomorrow, small chance of winning but you never know.

Northern Spur
Northern Spur
5 months ago
Reply to  DAVID

Any news on the fitness of Kane, de Bruyne and Aguero?

DAVID
DAVID
5 months ago
Reply to  Northern Spur

No mate, I don’t think Kane will play unfortunately but that’s purely a guess.
De Bruyne would be a huge loss for them.

Chauveljn
5 months ago
Reply to  Northern Spur

He did light training on the pitch yesterday. Don’t know about today.

He’ll be on the bench irrespective. If we’re winning he’d come on for the last minute, surely? The irony of winning silverware WITHOUT Kane is off the scale.

DAVID
DAVID
5 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Bring him on just before the penalty shoot out.

Matt
Matt
5 months ago

Danny Mills theory is that Spurs sacked Jose before the final because he was on a big bonus to win a trophy. That’s daft. Isn’t it? 🤔

stevo1987
stevo1987
5 months ago
Reply to  Matt

Yes it is.

Chauveljn
5 months ago
Reply to  Matt

Alasdair Gold has also said that he heard hints from inside the club, last Monday. There was an inevitable bonus payable for winning silverware plus it would make it harder to sack him, a decision already made. It just pushed that moment forward.

Paleo
Paleo
5 months ago
Reply to  Matt

Heard that rumour plenty of times, very plausible imo

Northern Spur
Northern Spur
5 months ago

I watched BBC Football Focus for the first time in absolute ages. There was next to no mention of the League Cup final and I couldn’t help wondering if the absence of TV rights for a competition means it’s not important/ doesn’t exist in the eyes of these broadcasters.

Chauveljn
5 months ago
Reply to  Northern Spur

If it was City v United it’d get mentioned…

Chauveljn
5 months ago

Listened to 606 for a short while and heard Chris Sutton and Robbie Savage mock Spurs as a top club and mock our chances of winning tomorrow. And yet there’s no media bias and it’s all in my head? Normally they’d big up the underdog in a cup tie, but as it’s Spurs we are fair game for relentless knocking it seems.

No digs at Arsenal for the ESL, just Spurs.

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
5 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Don’t worry Chauvy, you can’t educate pork!

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Maybe it’s because we’re in a final tomorrow and the Arse aren’t. I don’t think any sane person would put us in with much if a chance tomorrow so are they mocking or just pointing out the obvious? We have a chance, a sluggers chance, but in both teams current form I’d say we have at best a 20% chance of winning.

Last edited 5 months ago by SpurAndy🍒🥧
Paleo
Paleo
5 months ago

If we win it by some strange chance,it will automatically become a tin pot cup,and any glee by our fans will be ridiculed anyway.Bring it on.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  Paleo

Pretty sure there’ll be initial wild celebrations but followed shortly by ridicule by some fans that Levy has only one us two tin pot cups in 20 years.

Chauveljn
5 months ago
Reply to  Paleo

Bang on Paleo. It’s systematic in some quarters. Of course the reality is that the League Cup is the poor relation of trophies but whilst it sees full strength teams from the likes of City, winning it is still meaningful.

Paleo
Paleo
5 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Sutton has always knocked us,never heard a good word from him about Tottenham,trouble is he’s nearly always right.You’d have to go back to the days of Brian Moore for a bias free commentary.Try not to let it get under your skin

Northern Spur
Northern Spur
5 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I had to switch it off after hearing caller after caller trying to out-do each other with the size of punishment that should be meted out to the big six. 2yr European bans, £100million fines… blah blah. Robbie Savage was no better!

Northern Spur
Northern Spur
5 months ago
Reply to  Northern Spur

I didn’t hear anyone acknowledge the favour it might have done for the game in terms of turning the light on power wielded by the clubs but more so the PL, Uefa, etc!!

Chauveljn
5 months ago
Reply to  Northern Spur

Their ‘informed comments’ are as banal as some of their callers. If they can’t see the suggestion of a 2 year ban would probably instigate the Super League for certain, can’t the BBC employ someone with a brain to field these calls cogently?

DAVID
DAVID
5 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I suspect the only punishment the 6 face is potential breach of any contract they signed for the super league.
Despite the outrage from all quarters, UEFA and Fifa will be happy to have maintained the status quo.

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