Palate Cleanser from McG


I’ve taken the liberty of posting McG’s comment as a starter for ten. I hope that’s alright.

So who thinks Dembele shouldn’t start vs dips? I think playing Sanchez & not Dier was the major issue on Sunday. He’s a big game player & does raise his game. I’d like to see some more of winks, but not until he’s fully up to speed, & against some lesser sides first. Dembele to start against dips for me, should be nicely rested too.

  • Bruxie 04/09/2018 at 9:17 pm

    And breathe..!

    • Caspurs 04/09/2018 at 9:19 pm

      Holding your breath for that long Bruxie can’t be healthy.

      • Bruxie 04/09/2018 at 9:21 pm

        I’m purple.

  • Hartley 04/09/2018 at 9:18 pm

    Bravo McG and bravo Spurts!

    • Fat Bertha 04/09/2018 at 9:19 pm

      Woo Hoo!

      • McG ⚽⚽ 04/09/2018 at 9:26 pm

        Nice one Fats! Dead cheeky I know, can you remove his name from title of the previous blog?! He don’t deserve the recognition or free advertisement.

        • Chauvelin 04/09/2018 at 10:26 pm


          • Fat Bertha 04/09/2018 at 10:32 pm

            Is it Shrewsbury?

            • Chauvelin 04/09/2018 at 10:41 pm

              It’s Avogadro’s Number. Never checked it as an OS reference.

  • Bruxie 04/09/2018 at 9:19 pm

    Yep…start Moussa and Dier.
    Back 3?
    No. I’d take the risk.

    • Caspurs 04/09/2018 at 9:20 pm

      start Moussa and Dier?! Now I know you’ve lost the plot..

      • McG ⚽⚽ 04/09/2018 at 9:22 pm

        Didn’t we beat United away doing just that?!

        • Bruxie 04/09/2018 at 9:23 pm


          • Caspurs 04/09/2018 at 9:24 pm

            That’s the formation we should have reverted to after Watford started getting the upper hand.

            • McG ⚽⚽ 04/09/2018 at 9:29 pm

              Isn’t it?! Can’t say I understood Poch’s perseverance…

              • Hartley 04/09/2018 at 9:33 pm

                Jesus his assistant kept whispering Dier in his ear and Poch kept agreeing with him but for some reason didn’t bring him on?

                • Caspurs 04/09/2018 at 9:42 pm

                  Jesus was whispering whilst Dier was muttering..

                  • Shelfy 04/09/2018 at 10:21 pm

                    Jesus wept….. when he saw the final score

      • Bruxie 04/09/2018 at 9:22 pm

        Back 4.

  • Hartley 04/09/2018 at 9:20 pm

    Me and Ron don’t think Dembele should start

    • HD 🇺🇸 04/09/2018 at 9:22 pm

      Let’s make it a trio. Bring him on at 70 minutes.

      • Hartley 04/09/2018 at 9:23 pm

        You read my …er ..mind?

        • HD 🇺🇸 04/09/2018 at 9:28 pm

          Scary huh!

  • DAVID 04/09/2018 at 9:20 pm

    Typical Spurs, losing before the International break, 2 weeks suffering before they can get back to winning ways.

  • Danspurs 04/09/2018 at 9:21 pm

    Wasn’t it this fixture last year when poch played aurier left back? Anyone think he might try something unusual again this time around?

  • Ronwol196061 04/09/2018 at 9:22 pm

    Ronwol196061 04/09/2018 at 9:09 pm
    What Poch tried to do is get all the players playing more fluid.It worked but Watford’s defence was very tight and it was difficult to get through both through passes or with power and running.
    Nobody did anything special.
    Dembele was ahead of the back 5 and it was difficult for him to deal with the midfield by himself he was outnumbered and he is slower now.
    Liverpool poses a different problem but Poch often comes up with the right formation against them.
    I would put Winks in with Dier myself. But we play 3 CBs there will be two few to put the ball in the net. And if we go with two CB’s IM not sure we can hold Sallah,Mane and Firmino

    Hartley 04/09/2018 at 9:12 pm
    I fully agree

    Ronwol196061 04/09/2018 at 9:20 pm

  • Northern Spur 04/09/2018 at 9:23 pm

    I’m useless with tactical formations, but would be happy with the teams who played them at Wembley or Anfield last season. Not sure how I’d fit Moura into the line-up, which is a shame!

    • Superspoz 🏆 04/09/2018 at 9:34 pm

      Formations are easy. We play 4231 because because we have the perfect target man, dms and the perfect trio behind our striker. We dont play a 433 because we dont have wide players (full backs dont count as much in a 433). The343 doesn’t need 2 dms but it absolutely needs one forward thinking cm and 2 decent wing backs. If a dm used here instead of a tradition no.8 then the no.10 has to stay close him ie Eriksen with dembele vs Watford.
      Or summink like that.

      • Superspoz 🏆 04/09/2018 at 9:36 pm

        Having said that, vs bourmouth after Kane limped off, poch changed it to a 433 with lamela son and Alli as the front 3 and it worked a treat.

        • Caspurs 04/09/2018 at 9:37 pm

          We beat Swansea in the cup with that team and we looked really good.

      • Northern Spur 04/09/2018 at 9:40 pm

        Ah, now I understand. Thanks!

        Now, what about the offside rule?

        • Fat Bertha 04/09/2018 at 10:19 pm


  • Superspoz 🏆 04/09/2018 at 9:23 pm

    Well in that case I’m just going to copy and paste one of my replies.
    * blowing a raspberry emoji.

    We looked solid with the back 3 the season before last. The speedy Sanchez in between the “quarterbacks” that is Jan and Toby was genius by poch . And winks excelled in the middle vs Madrid last season. Can’t wait for his return.

    • McG ⚽⚽ 04/09/2018 at 9:32 pm

      We had speedy wing backs back then…

      • Superspoz 🏆 04/09/2018 at 9:36 pm


        • McG ⚽⚽ 04/09/2018 at 9:37 pm


        • Caspurs 04/09/2018 at 9:37 pm


  • Matt 04/09/2018 at 9:30 pm

    I have nothing of interest to add but I’m on hols and have a spare hour having a beer before sleep.

  • McG ⚽⚽ 04/09/2018 at 9:31 pm

    Where are you?!

    • Matt 04/09/2018 at 9:59 pm

      Santorini. I’d recommend it.

      • McG ⚽⚽ 04/09/2018 at 10:20 pm

        Looks lovely!!

      • Fat Bertha 04/09/2018 at 10:33 pm

        What about Ted?

        • Chauvelin 04/09/2018 at 10:39 pm

          Big Ted or Little Ted?

          • Chauvelin 04/09/2018 at 10:39 pm

            (That’s me in the middle).

            • Fat Bertha 04/09/2018 at 10:51 pm

              Hamble hasn’t aged a day.

              • Fat Bertha 04/09/2018 at 10:55 pm


                • Chauvelin 04/09/2018 at 11:06 pm

                  Lovely girl. Needed to keep her hands to herself though.

  • Shelfy 04/09/2018 at 9:33 pm

    One of the few games I missed last year was the Real Madrid game that Winks is supposed to have played so well and the rest of the games I saw him in he showed only glimpses of being a good player and seemed inconsistent to me even though I desperately wanted him to look good and was looking for positives.
    I think Dembele is a great option off the bench.
    I think he has some good moments as a starter but often doesn’t really move us forward. He sucks lots of opposition players to himself when he is on the ball which creates space for other players but doesn’t seem to me that the extra space gets exploited effectively. Whether that’s due to him or his teammates I am not sure but often the result is disappointing.
    To me he is an enigma. Brilliant on the ball at times but terrible when chasing back and giving away silly free kicks.
    Long term I hope Dier and Winks form a formidable partnership. Short term I don’t know if Winks is ready.
    Against Liverpool I expect we may see the return of Wanyama.

  • McG ⚽⚽ 04/09/2018 at 9:34 pm

    Back four & keep room in the side for Moura please!

  • Ronwol196061 04/09/2018 at 9:38 pm

    I think Winks has to show more creatively and also a determination to make things happen. If he can do that,the CM position is open. Eriksen and Dele did not make the area their own in this last game. We need more from the position

    • McG ⚽⚽ 04/09/2018 at 9:42 pm

      We should have Son, Lamela & Wanyama back for dips. Prob the first time we’ve had a full squad of first teamers to pick from in around 4 years.

      • Shelfy 04/09/2018 at 9:46 pm

        I told her indoors I thought our bench lacked creativity before the Watford game. We missed having either Son or Lamela. It is often good to have a creative player come on after an hour or so when the opposition is tired but we had all our available playmakers on from the start. Hindsight’s great isn’t it?

  • Northern Spur 04/09/2018 at 9:44 pm

    Foyth misses out on the CL group stage A+B lists. I thought there was only 1 list.

    • Shelfy 04/09/2018 at 9:48 pm

      I thought the 25 man squad could be supplemented by under 21s and he is 20. He was left out for the knockout stages last season as well.

      • McG ⚽⚽ 04/09/2018 at 10:27 pm

        Injured, so prob an easy decision…

  • Matt 04/09/2018 at 10:05 pm

    I’d go sh&t or bust against Liverpool. I’d play 4231. Dier and Eriksen in CM. Son, Alli and Moura as the 3. This is why I am not a football manager.

  • Frontwheel 2 04/09/2018 at 10:23 pm

    Having said nothing good about Dembele for a while I actually think think a game against the dippers could work out well,if he played a good game held onto the ball and frustrated them,stopped their flow,it could work out quite well. Just don’t lose the ball in our half as we’d be in shit Street.

  • Chauvelin 04/09/2018 at 10:37 pm

    Last season again Liverpool we won 4-1.

    We played Aurier… at left wing back!! opposite Trippier.
    Our midfield was… Eriksen, Winks, and Dele.
    Kane and Son upfront.
    Toby, Sanchez and Verts in the back line.

    No Dembele, no Dier (sub 81), no Wanyama and no Sissoko (sub 69).

    Whose for a repeat performance?

    • Chauvelin 04/09/2018 at 10:37 pm


    • HD 🇺🇸 04/09/2018 at 10:40 pm

      I could live with that, except Moura for Son. He Dembele, Lamela impact subs.

      • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 05/09/2018 at 12:39 am

        Sons going to be tired as hell and have jet lag

    • McG ⚽⚽ 04/09/2018 at 10:58 pm

      I’d love a repeat, think they’ll be right up for it this time round tho.

    • Shelfy 04/09/2018 at 11:21 pm

      They had no VVD either.
      Was a different story in the reverse fixture last season.

  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 05/09/2018 at 12:36 am

    Last season again Liverpool we won 4-1.
    We played Aurier… at left wing back!! opposite Trippier.
    Our midfield was… Eriksen, Winks, and Dele.
    Kane and Son upfront.
    Toby, Sanchez and Verts in the back line.
    No Dembele, no Dier (sub 81), no Wanyama and no Sissoko (sub 69).
    Whose for a repeat performance?

    This season it would be suicide

  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 05/09/2018 at 12:38 am

    I told her indoors I thought our bench lacked creativity before the Watford game. We missed having either Son or Lamela. It is often good to have a creative player come on after an hour or so when the opposition is tired but we had all our available playmakers on from the start. Hindsight’s great isn’t it?

    The problem is they didnt create. It doesnt mean they wont.Watford were right on with their defence

  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 05/09/2018 at 12:40 am

    I would go without Dembele in the next one.We need players who can keep up with Liverpool
    I would also play Moura not as deep as he has been so he can do something with the ball

  • Sniper 05/09/2018 at 7:30 am

    Let’s ease off Dembele. He had a bad game it would appear (I’ve still not seen the game) but everyone was loving the guy in gang bang fashion before then!
    I would point to the three at the back ploy, which creates an imbalance in the team and should only ever happen at home. I think we got arrogant away to a supposed lesser side and came unstuck.
    Bindippers will be 4-3-3 with Gegenpress (rob the opposition immediately they get the ball in advanced areas) so Pochshould set up for that. Dembele is good with ball retention, usually, and ability to beat a man is key to freeing up numbers. Moura is amust include for that reason alone.

  • Sniper 05/09/2018 at 7:35 am

    In other news, that time has arrived for the kind invite for a camera up my jacksy tomorrow. So I haven’t eaten for six hours, drank gallons and taken a micky that will make the world fall out of your bottom. I am anxiously awaiting the reaction….

    • Flat Oeuf 05/09/2018 at 7:40 am

      You’re writing well for someone who’s half cut. Good Luck today mate.

      • Sniper 05/09/2018 at 7:59 am

        7pm here. So I have a night and morning to endure before high noon tomorrow.
        Full moon forecast at 12-30.

    • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 05/09/2018 at 7:46 am

      Best wishes for that Sniper, just close your eyes and think of England!

    • Sexy Beast 05/09/2018 at 7:53 am

      Up the rusty bullit hole ?
      Good luck with that!

    • Sniper 05/09/2018 at 7:57 am

      Thanks boys.
      Clear liquids only it says.
      Pinot Gris says I.
      One bottle down.

    • Superspoz 🏆 05/09/2018 at 8:02 am

      All the best sniper. You’ll be fine. You know what they say “one up the bum, no harm done”.

      • Sniper 05/09/2018 at 8:05 am

      • Sniper 05/09/2018 at 8:11 am

        Cheers Spoz.
        Actually, this is the third year running (excuse the pun).
        First time round, they removed seven polyps, one of which was thumb sized and, according to the specialist, was bordering on cancerous.
        I reckon it saved my life having it done, so an annual incursion (see what I did there?) is not too high a price…

        • Superspoz 🏆 05/09/2018 at 8:17 am

          Hopefully this is it now snipes. Good luck buddy.

      • Caspurs 05/09/2018 at 8:15 am

        “one up the bum, no harm done”.
        I’m not familiar with that saying, is that what they say in Orpington?
        Good luck Snipes.

        • Superspoz 🏆 05/09/2018 at 8:23 am

          Yep, it must be a kent thing.

    • Hartley 05/09/2018 at 10:33 am

      All the best Snipey.

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 05/09/2018 at 10:44 am

      Good luck with that Snipes.

    • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 05/09/2018 at 1:13 pm

      ahhh a Colonoscopy to be sure.Been there drank that shit and splurged all over the bowl

  • 89Spurs 👁 05/09/2018 at 8:23 am

    Friend o f mine had that done recently, the biggest problem he had was, by the time he got to hospital, he was really busting for a pee, but was not allowed to go until they said that he could. He kept walking up and down, after that the procedure was easy!
    Best of luck Snipes.

  • Chauvelin 05/09/2018 at 9:35 am

    Blimey, this blog was the palate cleanser and yet we’ve gone from one arse to another.

    Snipey, good luck mate, at least you don’t talk out of yours.

  • Fat Bertha 05/09/2018 at 9:39 am

    All the best Snipey.

  • McG ⚽⚽ 05/09/2018 at 9:40 am

    So Vert’s contract ends June 2019, leaving it late then…

    • Chauvelin 05/09/2018 at 10:03 am

      So Verts and Dembele become free agents in June, and Toby’s buy out clause would become effective too? That’s a cause for concern.

      • McG ⚽⚽ 05/09/2018 at 10:12 am

        Yeah, isn’t it?!

  • Fat Bertha 05/09/2018 at 10:01 am

    Good moleing!

    • McG ⚽⚽ 05/09/2018 at 10:21 am


    • Chauvelin 05/09/2018 at 10:30 am

      Try this to remove unsightly moles.

    • Chauvelin 05/09/2018 at 10:37 am

      Surely one or the other? Not both.

      • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 05/09/2018 at 10:41 am

        We’re going LARGE I tell you, LARGE!!

        • Chauvelin 05/09/2018 at 11:00 am

          A particle accelerator!

          Of course, that’s what the new stadium actually is. It houses the British version of CERN.

    • UnkleTaff 05/09/2018 at 10:38 am

      Yay! Two more players I’ve never heard of to add the the list.

  • Chauvelin 05/09/2018 at 10:33 am

    I’ve read a drop of Frankincense applied daily will dry up and eventually cause a mole to drop off.

  • 89Spurs 👁 05/09/2018 at 10:41 am

    It’s all over Twitter, breaking news!!
    SPURS are 136 years old today. 😲 wow 😮

    • Fat Bertha 05/09/2018 at 10:56 am

      Wow! Just 20 years younger than Ron!

    • Chauvelin 05/09/2018 at 11:10 am

      Very early photo (1885) of the The Hotspur squad.

      16 year old Bobby Buckle is second from the left, bottom left. He was the lad who had the idea to form the team; he was the first captain, and scored the first ever official goal.

      • Chauvelin 05/09/2018 at 11:11 am

        • Chauvelin 05/09/2018 at 11:19 am

          It’s remarkable to think that the club was founded by a group of schoolchildren in their early teens. And we thought Pochettino had a ‘young squad!’

          • Fat Bertha 05/09/2018 at 11:24 am

            Sunday School boys?

            • Chauvelin 05/09/2018 at 11:25 am

              Grammar school boys.

        • Chauvelin 05/09/2018 at 11:32 am

          Bobby Buckle lived at 7 White Hart Lane and his house was used as the first club office.

    • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 05/09/2018 at 1:15 pm

      God Opus!

  • 89Spurs 👁 05/09/2018 at 11:01 am

    That’s cutting!

    • 89Spurs 👁 05/09/2018 at 11:20 am

      Aim at Fat Bertha for his remark at poor OLD Ron.

      • Fat Bertha 05/09/2018 at 11:30 am

      • Chauvelin 05/09/2018 at 12:21 pm

        Ron is not old, he has merely accumulated more wisdom than the rest of us.

        • Fat Bertha 05/09/2018 at 1:05 pm

          Way to kill the blog, homie.

          • Chauvelin 05/09/2018 at 1:12 pm

            I have the same effect in pubs, cafés, and parties. Empty in 5 minutes.

            • Chauvelin 05/09/2018 at 1:16 pm

              The fat lady is singing.

        • HD 🇺🇸 05/09/2018 at 1:12 pm

          Wisdom is, what wisdom does.

          • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 05/09/2018 at 1:17 pm

            It all started when they took out the tooth

            • Chauvelin 05/09/2018 at 1:18 pm

            • HD 🇺🇸 05/09/2018 at 1:19 pm

              Tooth be known, we are both long in it. 😬

              • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 05/09/2018 at 1:21 pm

                seeing how toothless we were against Watford..maybe they will go for our experience HD

                • HD 🇺🇸 05/09/2018 at 1:26 pm

                  ‘Toothless’, isn’t that a new series on Netflix?

                  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 05/09/2018 at 1:34 pm

                    Didnt see the hole thing,just a few extracts

            • Superspoz 🏆 05/09/2018 at 1:27 pm

              Was the time around tooth-hurty?

              • Chauvelin 05/09/2018 at 2:08 pm

                Did we find the mol-ar?

                • Superspoz 🏆 05/09/2018 at 2:34 pm

                  We’ll pull him out soon enough.

  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 05/09/2018 at 1:42 pm

    Its all gone Gazza over there…

    Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? September 5, 2018 at 12:20 pm
    They will all be gone in the summer. Sorry, I done my positivity bollocks in the Watford pre match.

    • Chauvelin 05/09/2018 at 2:02 pm

      Plenty of fluids required to avoid dehydration.

  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 05/09/2018 at 1:46 pm

    England and Tottenham are sailing in the same boat and we both need something,could this be it

    • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 05/09/2018 at 1:48 pm

      For me Im waiting to see.It would be great if Winks came through.He is used to the system.He is young,we need a CM who can create and hold off attackers

  • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 05/09/2018 at 2:54 pm


    Very early photo (1885) of the The Hotspur squad.

    16 year old Bobby Buckle is second from the left, bottom left. He was the lad who had the idea to form the team; he was the first captain, and scored the first ever official goal.

    If Bobby were alive today I wonder what he’d think of it all? Would he be proud the way the games gone, the wages, the commercialism? What would make make of the fans passion and the bonds it creates, the hatred of other teams, the violence at times? The good it does for charities and the community?

    • Fat Bertha 05/09/2018 at 2:59 pm

      Ruddy Nora, Ms Rayner.

    • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 05/09/2018 at 3:19 pm

      Andy these are only the negative aspects. The football itself has changed,fans expect the pace of the game to match the pace of the world today. Look at films etc. We have as much excitement today as they did.
      We cant even look at the reality of Dembele’s contribution to Spurs beyond these last games,how are we to look at the past with any objectivity? Photos always look good tinted with sepia,but the reality is the reality and todays game has got some great aspects and some bad as did that history. My Dad used to talk about the war as if they were really good times.

      • Fat Bertha 05/09/2018 at 3:23 pm

        Ah Jeez, are we still talking about Mousa Tenbellies? By we I mean you.

        • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 05/09/2018 at 3:27 pm

          No finished that. Its about the reality though. A difficult one when biases take over peoples souls

      • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 05/09/2018 at 3:26 pm

        With saying this 60-61 WAS different. It was a purely magical season for us,wa one off in a way. Yes we did get Greaves later and we won the European Cup WInners Cup later but nothing was as idealic as that season. Those one offs are like a girl we met as a teenager once on holiday…

        • Fat Bertha 05/09/2018 at 3:37 pm

          … who gave us chlamydia before disappearing off the face of the earth leaving us with a painful, stinky infection which we passed on to the 20 2 other sexual partners we had when we were 35.

          • HD 🇺🇸 05/09/2018 at 3:43 pm


          • Chauvelin 05/09/2018 at 3:49 pm

            Two? Two partners? What are you, some kind of sex-crazed lothario?

            • Chauvelin 05/09/2018 at 3:50 pm

              Just re-read your post, so that’s three! Casanova of the terraces.

          • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 05/09/2018 at 3:52 pm

            chlamydia …..are you talking about Dembele.After reading some of the posts yesterday you would think that was about Mousa. I mean not quite the same level of hate for Sissoko but close.

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