Pre-Match Blather

Pochettino has made a “technical decision” to omit defenders Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier from his side’s Champions League opener against Inter Milan.

relating to a particular subject, art, or craft, or its techniques.
“technical terms”
involving or concerned with applied and industrial sciences.
“an important technical achievement”
synonyms: practical, scientific, applied, applying science, non-theoretical; More
(in areas with guerrilla warfare) a small truck with a machine gun mounted on the back.
“the helicopters flew difficult night-time searches for technicals”

I’m assuming Poch isn’t referring to the noun in his description. Although on second thoughts it might be useful to bolster our leaky defence at dead ball situations.

In other news Dele Alli (hamstring) remains unavailable after missing Spurs’ defeat by Liverpool on Saturday, as does captain Hugo Lloris (thigh).

On the upside Moussa Sissoko (hamstring) is also absent for the match at the San Siro.

“You cannot bring 25 players and can only play 11,” said Pochettino.

“That is the reason. It was a technical decision. You can find it in the dictionary, maybe tactical also on the pitch – yes, it’s tactical too.”

Italian giants Inter Milan return to Champions League action following a six-year absence but suffered a 1-0 defeat by Parma on Saturday as their indifferent Serie A start continued.

Forward Mauro Icardi should return to Luciano Spalletti’s starting XI after the Argentine was a substitute in that match, but Danilo d’Ambrosio faces a late fitness test.

Simply the best or worse than all the rest.

Found this interesting article rating the 13 Tottenham managers that have been in charge since 1992,the start of the Premier League era. I’d forgotten that Doug Livermore and Ray Clemence were once in charge at the beginning of the era and were actually responsible for signing Teddy Sheringham. Controversially the have Hoddle only 8th best behind Sherwood in 5th! Is that possible or have we fallen into an alternative universe?
Pochettino is clearly the best we’ve had in this period but how do the others rate in terms of the order the article give them?

Is the Future Bright or Dystopian Black?

I came across this article recently concerning the future of football and with the imminent move by La Liga to host one match a year in America and huge conglomerates like Amazon and Facebook beginning to jostle to get some of the action the future landscape it seems is likely to change significantly in the coming years. According to the article the £1 billion yearly turnover is more than likely by 2030 for the big boys. This would almost certainly mean the £1 million per week wage would not be far behind.
The European Superleague still rears its head from time to time. Is it inevitable or just a figmentary (is that word real or a figment of my imagination? ) tool that will only ever be used to scare UEFA?
On the advertising front the perimeter advertising, with future new technology just around the corner, will be country specific irrespective of what country your viewing the match from. For example if you’re viewing from India it will be Indian sponsors showing, viewing from the UK, UK sponsors etc. Personally I find perimeter advertising an affront to my enjoyment of the beautiful game but I can see the day when any delay in the game, say for an injury, will produce advertising graphics displayed on the pitch, as they do to show the scores in Rugby and NFL.
In terms of TV viewing I think the future is more likely to be internet based rather than supplied by the current major TV companies, Sky, BT etc. Recently a new Internet based company, Eleven TV, streamed the PGA championship (one of the Majors) for free on Facebook which was the only way UK viewers could see it. This was a freeby to encourage sign up to the service for a monthly /annual fee but inevitably that will cost in the future I suspect. I can see companies like this plus Amazon and possibly Facebook and even Google carving up the PL match rights possibly taking the majority of the rights away from Sky and BT. Of course illegal streaming will probably always be there but legally viewing from a couple of TV stations as at present looks likely to be a thing of the past.
There’s a lot more in the article here: if you fancy a browse however it’s heavily opined by the infamous Ridsdale so his input should, I suggest, be taken with a pinch of salt.
So how do you see the future of the glorious game? Are you positive and see the increase in revenue, wages as a good thing or do you wish for the days when players worked in’t mines and were only allowed up for matches at weekends?

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The Boy in The Bubble

The thought occurred to me whilst having a cup of afternoon tea and tiffin that we, the football fan, live in a bubble (herein called The Bubble). Yes I hear you say, an outstanding epiphany that only Tibetan monks who have trained under the Lama could ever hope to achieve.

Allow me to digress at this point if I may but there’s a little known fact that the Dalai Lama is vegetarian. Every other day. The alternate days he eats meat. This could be why the chant ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ was originally called Omnivore Pass me the Ham. Sorry bout that but the first bit is apparently true. Who’d have thunk it.

Anyway, back to The Bubble. This Bubble transcends all other bubbles in the known universe. Unlike other bubbles The Bubble has only one immutable law which is that the inhabitants of The Bubble (Bubblians) dictate that all members must have an overwhelming and insatiable desire for silverware in the arena of Association Football. Law (1a) goes further to state that any Bubblian not pledging complete and undying fealty to the Association Football and not sacrificing all their worldly goods is deemed to be of lower order and worthy only to have insults and oaths hurled at him/her for ever more. They are to be shunned and cursed within an inch of their miserable, pointless lives.

Bubblians have little or no understanding that total, undying, everlasting commitment to The Association Football is not a given for all who inhabit the Association Football sphere.  Of course, when I say sphere I really mean 2 dimensional surface.  The Bubblians expect that every last grote must be subsumed into the quest for shiny keepsakes to be admired and lasciviously leered at like Stringfellow used to with a new exotic dancer.

The reality is of course that the world and the vast majority of its denizens spins its way round the cosmos not caring a jot whether [insert name here] club has bought a new striker (who isn’t really a striker but more like a winger that inverts far too often). And even less that the fans of [insert name here] club are happy/miserable/undecided/confused as to said purchase of a striker (who isn’t really a striker but more like a winger that inverts far too often). They don’t understand or appreciate the nuances of the 3-3-1-3 formation played by Ajax in the 94/95 season. The tactical genius of the 3-6-1 formation employed by Australia under their erstwhile manager Gus Hidinck in 2006.  Indeed which Bubblian can forget where they were the first time they saw the 3-6-0 lineup, otherwise known as the ‘false nine’. Ahhh, it seems like only yesterday. In fact in cosmological terms it was only yesterday, at the 2010 World Cup that old Vicente Delboy for Espanya produced that rabbit out of the hat with Cesc Fibreglass playing the false nine role to devastating effect (the little barsteward).

So there we have it. The Bubble, colonised by the fair minded, the rational, the non self-entitled. Woe betide anybody, in whatever position of power in the Association of Football who takes advantage of these righteous people by not giving all their worldly goods in the pursuit of an electro-plated, inscribed receptacle that’s of absolutely no use to man nor beast that doesn’t reside in The Bubble.