Blowing

Pedro Mendes and Steve Archibald are supported by Danny Murphy on drums at the Tottenham Hotspur summer barbecue in Daniel Levy’s back garden in the summer of 2018, which, with hindsight, seems a much simpler time…

I guess there’s no shame in getting pasted by City considering the form they’re in at the moment, and even in the happier days of Pochettino’s 2017/18 third-placed Wembley season there was a pre-Christmas 4-1 pasting at The Etihad.

That defeat came in match-week 18 and left us in seventh, a mammoth 21 points off City in first though only three points off Liverpool in fourth. Arsenal and Burnley were the other two sides squatting between us and the fabled CL qualifying spots.

If we can react the same way to last weekend’s defeat as we did to that 2017 one, we’re probably going to be alright. We went on a fourteen game unbeaten run, winning eleven, and wouldn’t taste defeat again until City came to Wembley and gave us another pasting.

Here’s hoping they don’t do that to us at Wembley later this season…

Most of us probably doubt this incarnation of Tottenham have that sort of run in them, but it’s easy to forget that between the Sheffield United debacle last season and that late winner for Liverpool late last year, Spurs played eighteen Premier League games and won eleven, drew six and only lost that solitary game against Everton on the opening day of this season. We faced Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City across that run of games.

That was then and this is now, though, and right now we’re ninth and seven points off Chelsea in fourth and six off West Ham in fifth, although with a game in hand. Across our last five league games, we’ve lost to every team not called West Brom. If we lose today, we probably have to face up to the fact we’re going to finish lower in the table than West Ham for what I think will be the first time since Glen Roeder guided them to seventh in 2001-02 and Hoddle had us right where we find ourselves now, nowhere special in ninth, though we did enjoy a day out in Cardiff that season, losing 1-2 to Blackburn in the League Cup Final at The Millennium Stadium, an experience which, with hindsight, makes it all seem alright.

Back to the more recent past, and this fixture last season came in match-week thirteen with us sitting in fourteenth having just sacked Pochettino following the 2-7 Bayern result and a run of two losses and three draws in the Premier League. Dele set Son up for our first goal under Mourinho and then produced that sublime falling backwards back-heel flick in the build-up to Moura’s glorious second. A beautiful Kane header from an excellent Aurier cross had us coasting at 0-3 before the usual frailties set in and we ended up clinging on for the win.

That we couldn’t repeat the same trick earlier this season when they came to The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and we raced into yet another 3-0 lead and then had numerous chances to make it four or more is probably up there alongside that late Anfield defeat to Liverpool as the sliding doors moment of our season so far.

I still think Bale should have had a penalty for a push from Yarmolenko when he put that chance to make it 4-2 wide, and while they don’t show it in the above highlights and my memory of it might be deluding me, if that push on Bale wasn’t a foul, then neither was Aurier’s challenge which led to the free-kick Lanzini eventually scored their third from.

But that’s the sort of thing that happens in football, and at no time in that game did we look defensively secure whenever West Ham were on the ball, and we’re now approaching Mourinho’s fiftieth Premier League game in charge of Spurs and seem no closer to solving the frailties which have been haunting us since the 73rd minute of his first one and became increasingly apparent through the final ten months or so of Pochettino’s time at the helm.

Outside of last week’s pretty limp surrender to City, though, it does feel as if a bit of verve has crept back into performances since that dire run of three defeats on the bounce against Liverpool, Brighton and Chelsea. The West Brom win was a good watch at least until we got the second, the Everton result was gutting but the opening period and the overall attacking performance was great, and there was plenty to enjoy in the win against Wolfsberger, who, now we’ve pretty much guaranteed progression against, must always be referred to as Little Wolfsberger, despite beating Feyenoord and CSKA Moscow in the group stages.

We need to build on it, though, and if we’re going to be able to look at the final Premier League table with any sense of pride this season – irrespective of whether we do somehow end up clinching fourth, which I’m no longer thinking about, being honest – today’s a must win. Moyes and West Ham are having their best season in years, but while they’ve had some great results – they’ve beaten Leicester, Leeds, Everton and Villa away – their home form includes an opening day defeat to Newcastle and 1-3 losses to Manchester United and Liverpool. They’ve also dropped points to Palace and Brighton at home and only beaten Burnley and West Brom by the odd goal. We’ve only ever lost there once, beating them 2-3, 0-1, 1-3 (League Cup), and 2-3 since that painful 1-0 defeat on our first ever visit helped Conte’s Chelsea wrap up the league.

A win today would be lovely, and a performance to merit it rather than some dire smash and grab even better. The team selection is going to be an interesting indication of just how confident Mourinho feels in his post and his squad, but looking at the respective talents both managers have to call on, there really shouldn’t be any contest.

Come on you Spurs!

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Funkenschlag!
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7 months ago

Anyone remind you of?

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SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Krusty.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
7 months ago

Big week on the FFL coming up with 14 teams playing twice!
Be wise with your wildcards.

Funkenschlag!
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7 months ago

Excellent!!!
Wes Anderson’s animation: Isle of Dogs just beginning on ch 4 (+1)

Funkenschlag!
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7 months ago

Eyed be more comfortable if citeh gotta second.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
7 months ago

All clubs have periods of resurgence and success. It might be transitory but while the sun shines they make hay. Some even manage to make hay while it’s pissing down with rain, a facup won and then getting relegated. Tottenham have managed to find a new business model, irrespective of the meteorological conditions they can’t find the hay seeds.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

I think you have to take into account that nobody expected building a brand spanking new 62,000 seater stadium and associated debt to immediately see it sit empty.

Always Spurs.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

True Chauv, I know some will disagree but I think that was the right decision at the time and although we’re not in a good place now I still think ultimately it will have been the right decision. The only way we have any hope to consistently challenge the big boys is by having more money. Unless we never get back to normal that has to be the way to get more funds.

Sjd
Sjd
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

That didn’t change the playing personnel who at times have killed it.

DAVID
DAVID
7 months ago

Citeh are the Harlem globetrotters of the football World, surely winning the CL this season?
We will do them in the Ropey final though

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Reply to  DAVID

It’s a given.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago
Reply to  DAVID

And Spurs are the Washington Generals.

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
7 months ago

Well thats a good start, only 4 more needed.

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago
Reply to  89Spurs 👁

Yurp…

Funkenschlag!
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7 months ago

So who’s up for joining my Nager’s in group?
There’s a special offer on at the moment, no registration fee!! 🤣

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

I don’t want a tailor’s dummy!

Funkenschlag!
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7 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Who then?

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Dunno yet.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Pards.

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago

Fat Sam

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
7 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Would prefer Sam to Pards.

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago
Reply to  89Spurs 👁

Defensively…Sam.

Relegation…Pards.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Klinsmann, worth a laugh.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

The way I’m feeling I don’t think it matters. We’ll manage to fuckit up whether it’s klopp or pep…

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

or keeny jacket.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

JA

Funkenschlag!
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7 months ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

Joan of Arc?

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
7 months ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

Just About?

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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7 months ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

José Aht?

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago

0-1 citeh!

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago

Cheer me up Citeh…5-0.

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago

We looked better in the 2nd half.

Why?

Because we attacked more and kept the ball away from Dier, Sanchez and Hugo.

Sell all three.

Sticking a kid in at right back?

Do me a favour.

I’d rather see Funk’s baking recipes.

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

I’m in the JM out crew, now.

Sooner the better.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
7 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

His “style” of football was never right for Spurs or Man Utd either for that matter both teams have a tradition of attacking football not hitem on the break stuff

Funkenschlag!
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7 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

I think give JM to the end of the season (bugger all to lose now), plan properly and get the RIGHT manager in.

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

What really pisses me off is his treatment of Dele.

Funkenschlag!
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7 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Always thought his aura had faded somewhat, and his divisive methods nowadays only seem to create issues, rather than galvanise the group.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

If there’s one thing I don’t like about Jose–and there isn’t just one; there are lots–is this gaslighting crap about how the better team lost. From Sky:

“The result should be a different one.”

THFC boss Jose Mourinho was disappointed losing at West Ham and believed they deserved to come away with the points.

cavey
cavey
7 months ago

He’s an arrogant BULLSHITTER. He’s also a busted flush!

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago

Whiff of desperation. I think Cavey’s description is more apt though.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

‘Never mind your lying eyes, we’ve been the much better team in all these losses and deserved to win. It’s so unfair to lose when we are so much better than the opposition.’

The thing is a lot of people will roll with that.

Last edited 7 months ago by SeattleSpursGuy
cavey
cavey
7 months ago

But when we can’t get past their defenders, I’m at a loss to agree with Mourinho ‘the best team lost’, Did they heck!

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago
Reply to  cavey

We were the best team in the second half…when we had given two goals away.

After taht we should have got a draw.

Funkenschlag!
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7 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Same old story, only show attacking intent when the score isnt going our way, Palace, Wolves, spam.. And yet this mentality has nothing to do with him, what exactly does he do to earn that fookin MASSIVE salary????

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Reply to  cavey

Table doesn’t lie, we’re not the worst but we’re a long way from the best.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

The conventional wisdom is Jose knows how to spot a defender, but on current evidence I wonder. He buys Doherty but deploys him differently than Wolves and in ways he can’t seem to pull off. Gives Toby a new contract but he seems to be 3rd choice, so you have to wonder why. Persists with the error strewn Dier-Sanchez pairing (not that there’s much choice). Plays Tanga at RB where he’s not very effective, even though he’s a CB by training and we need help there.

Defensive Manager who can’t sort out the defending.

Funkenschlag!
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7 months ago

Just look at who he signed at utd, hardly encouraging.

Funkenschlag!
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7 months ago

Thats me orange and honey glaze dun..

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

José Mourinho has earned 81 points after 50 league matches in charge of Spurs, his lowest total at this stage in any managerial stint:

124 points – Porto
126 – Chelsea (1st spell)
113 – Inter
123 – Real Madrid
114 – Chelsea (2nd spell)
95 – Man Utd
81 – Spurs

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
7 months ago

Bodes well for his next team.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

The Spursy has beaten the Special One.

Funkenschlag!
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7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

*The fossilised one

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

Harry Hotspur seems to have gone off Jose. Unless this is supposed to be ironic?

Now is Daniel Levy’s time to leap into action and lead from the front, to remind all his faithful supporters that he is still as razor-sharp as he ever was at running this club, one that was absolutely nothing before he took it by the scruff of its neck.

Hiring José Mourinho was an out-of-character move by our illustrious CEO, almost as if the great man knew in his heart of hearts that dispensing with Mauricio Pochettino was a mistake.

It is clear now for all to see that Mourinho is a busted flush, a dinosaur, the Portuguese Pulis called him out for being while I was foolishly defending the indefensible.

Who should replace the Portuguese? One would imagine that the queue of coaches willing to add their names to the list would be a long one. Brendan Rodgers must be keen to get out of the quite dreadful Leicester City, and Julian Nagelsmann must also be itching to unshackle himself from Red Bull Leipzig, a side he has clearly outgrown.

There’s no doubt about it, even though most of these Spurs players cost Poch his job, and are now repeating history with the current gaffer, Levy really ought to act, if only to provide us all with a good laugh, with his next thrilling instalment of ‘How To Run A Football Club Like No Other’.

I, for one, cannot wait for the next successful chapter.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago

Haha, he just can’t let go of his love for the Special One. It’s like listening to someone in a cult.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Three of those letters in the last word anyhow…

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

😏

Flat Oeuf
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7 months ago

The only way Jose is getting descent dosh this summer is by selling. ENIC posting big Covid losses and taking government grants does not make for a summer splurge.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago
Reply to  Flat Oeuf

Sadly I think Kane will make the decision who to sell for us.

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Flat Oeuf

OR. Win the Ropey and get promise of Champions League money.

I know it’s a bloody long shot with ManU and Leicester in the competition too.

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Does anyone trust Jose enough to give him loadsa money? Would loadsa money really help? If the best tune he can get out of this squad is mid table, then my answers are no, no.

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

We need defenders. That’s what’s undermining the team. José ought to know a decent defender.

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Like Docherty?

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

He looked decent at Wolves. As a wing back with minimal defensive duties. Basically not a defender, more a winger who tracked back.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

He was a good player at Wolves. I suspect he’s being asked to do something he’s not capable with.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Agree. Round peg Square Hole.

Mind you I’m bitterly disappointed by his crosses when he does get forward.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Might just be confidence. A lack of it can play havoc with form.

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Although saying that he wanted Dier at United. Which now looks like misjudgement.

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

We went from the best defence in the league for half the games this season to an utter shitshow. Jose’s defend at all costs tactics after that marvellous win at ManC killed this team, killed their confidence, killed their ability to do the most basic things like passing. I’m not saying Sanchez, Dier, etc are title winning defenders, but they’re nowhere near as bad as they are looking right now.

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Bring back Rose!

Funkenschlag!
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7 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

What I have never seen from JM, is a manager that inspired and motivated the players like other managers have, Poch, Klopp, even Rodgers.
Some may claim he is just being ‘pragmatic’, but the truth is it’s just negative, and I very much doubt players find that approach particularly motivating.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

Jose Mourinho: “We have problems in the team that I cannot resolve by myself as a coach.”

We are apparently unfixable.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Laying the foundation for requiring dosh this summer.

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
7 months ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

Don’t get me all excited.

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
7 months ago

That’ll help their confidence. Well played Jose, looking after number one again (and I don’t mean Hugo).

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago

Wowsers, sound of Levy flicking through his manager rolodex.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

Pay Jose 15m a year to avoid rebuilding the team.

Jose says the team is good enough so no rebuild is needed.

Jose predictably can’t get a tune out them.

Hey, Levy a rebuild is needed!

Jose, you said no rebuild is needed. No money for that.

This group is shit. A rebuild is needed.

No money…..

All so predictable and self inflicted.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago

It’s what we’re good at SSG,

1) Get new manager
2) Get on board the new manager train
3) Sign some players
4) Do the ‘this time I really think we can do it’ dance
5) Watch it slowly turn into the Crouchy robot dance.
6) Wait for the inevitable conclusion
7) Get new manager…

Rinse and repeat ad infinitum.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago

Had to go help sort out an issue at my son’s house and got in just as it started. Saw the goal and then turned off. Just couldn’t be bothered. Sad state of affairs really.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

And therein lies the problem Danno. We now see a draw against the Spammers as a descent result! 😏

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
7 months ago

*one of the problems.

Flat Oeuf
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7 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

*one of the descents.

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
7 months ago
Reply to  Flat Oeuf

How very condescenting 🤣

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Reply to  Flat Oeuf

True and true. Couldn’t even be bovvered to check a goal when I heard the notifications on my phone. Maybe I need to go into stasis for a hundred years and maybe by them we might be capable of winning summat? Whaddya fink?

Flat Oeuf
Admin
7 months ago

A decent descent into unconsciousness sounds good to me.

Matt
Matt
7 months ago

I think you hit it on the head Dan; we’re so much less than the sum of the parts. We have some great talent but where Poch over achieved, Jose is under achieving. Good news was, I went for a coffee with my daughter rather than watching it!

Flat Oeuf
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7 months ago
Reply to  Matt

There was a good article by Jack Pitt-thingy in The Atlantic about the Poch era and the mistakes made. Poch turned our 1st XI into something special, but once Walker left it starting disintegrating. Also we moved to Wembley and the high press for 50 games a season wasn’t realistic on such a big pitch…along with he fact that teams had got wise and begun to park the bus, which we struggled to dismantle.

Flat Oeuf
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7 months ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

Yes I mentioned I have a friend who said that Levy didn’t actually ‘like’ the way Poch death with him and would’ve sacked him before had results not been as good as they were. But then my take was that Poch was very (too) loyal in public when there was no money for transfers and didn’t use his leverage well enough.

Flat Oeuf
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7 months ago
Reply to  Flat Oeuf

I mean a friend who had some dealings with Levy during the period.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

I think any reasonable expectation of Top 4 is gone (it could happen, but we’d be relying on luck more than anything). And Jose will know that. Look for weakened teams in the league as he goes for the Ropey.

Matt
Matt
7 months ago

I’d agree that’s what we should do but with MU; Leicester; Arse all still in I can’t see us having a prayer. Can you believe it? Writing off the Europa because the mighty Leicester stand in our way!

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Matt

Leicester stood in our way before. And Poch was at his height then.

Northern Spur
Northern Spur
7 months ago

I’m surprised José isn’t playing the vaccine card.

Flat Oeuf
Admin
7 months ago

How can a defeat to Wet Spam ins some ways almost feel like a win because we actually had a go and Bale looked like he might come good? Jose is a witch doctor

Flat Oeuf
Admin
7 months ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

Much more! That felt catastrophic. This merely predictable. Which is a measure of how far we’ve fallen.

DAVID
DAVID
7 months ago

If Arsenal win today..

Jan Vertiginous
Jan Vertiginous
7 months ago
Reply to  DAVID

…at least we’ll have a game in hand.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
7 months ago

That’s our worst points haul over six games since Ramos. Nice one, José.

Funkenschlag!
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7 months ago

The Pointless Wum..

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
7 months ago

Oh dear…

Bru Chimp McG
Bru Chimp McG
7 months ago

Jose skating on thin ice… No doubt we’ll win ropey now!

Bru Chimp McG
Bru Chimp McG
7 months ago

Dier, Snatchez, Davies & Doherty all gotta go, not good enough.

Bru Chimp McG
Bru Chimp McG
7 months ago
Reply to  Bru Chimp McG

Might as well chuck Aurrier in there too

Flat Oeuf
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7 months ago

José’s selections and subs are becoming increasingly difficult to understand. Doherty for Tanganga – why? The former not good enough and it just demoralises the latter. IF you don’t trust Lamela not to get a red, then don’t start him (even though he had a good first half in a poor bunch).

Flat Oeuf
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7 months ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

Could have been, but if it was tactical it made no sense and didn’t work.

Flat Oeuf
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7 months ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

I can get with putting another attacker on as a last-ditch measure and Reggie is only just coming back, but it all stills smells of desperation.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

Gotta go back to 2014 for the last time we failed to beat West Ham in a season.

Bru Chimp McG
Bru Chimp McG
7 months ago

Why is Jugs not playing? Joke.

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
7 months ago
Reply to  Bru Chimp McG

He’s become just as useless.

Bru Chimp McG
Bru Chimp McG
7 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

More so than the pair of Bambi’s on roller skates we played today??!

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
7 months ago
Reply to  Bru Chimp McG

I can’t see too much in it.

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
7 months ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

We desperately need the players we have to earn their fucking shirts. Lack of confidence, Jose fear, whatever it is, these guys aren’t playing to anywhere near their potential. I want to see them giving it their all, they currently seem incapable.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
7 months ago

Puts the tin lid on this weekend found out a much loved friend died of cancer on Thursday then on a trivia point this preformance..

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
7 months ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

Sorry to hear that mate.

Flat Oeuf
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7 months ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

Horrible disease, sorry to hear that Mystic.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Sky pundits now talking utter shit thinking West Ham deserved three points. They were lucky.

MiT
MiT
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

This is Spurs’ proper place. They are mentally shot, play only to the level of their competition, and this is the typical result of doing that.

Very mentally weak squad.