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    Quote Originally Posted by ajvonkrondor View Post
    Maybe replace your AMC with a DMC. Should give a little more stability at the back. Or even just play two strikers?
    Play 4-2-3-1 you mean? With two DMCs and Kane as lone striker? That might be worth trying!
    Or I might try two strikers and no AMC as you suggest.
    Never played without an AMC before but it this team it's worth trying.
    It's very strange that Lamela and Eriksen all performed so poorly in the AMC position.
    They are both AM RLCs!
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    The Golden Years Return for Spurs (or, If it ain't Dutch...)

    2 good results there

    How long the injured players out for?

    Surprised you let Mason go - probably has very good PA in this DB and would have been a good backup at worst for Bentaleb and Dembele

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    2 good results there

    How long the injured players out for?

    Surprised you let Mason go - probably has very good PA in this DB and would have been a good backup at worst for Bentaleb and Dembele
    True. But we have a plan
    More news soon!

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    Id go 4-1-3-2 - Soldado is on form and Kane cant be left out. As AJ said a DMC will protect your back 4 and stop hose goals being conceded. Capoune fits the bill!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fodster View Post
    Id go 4-1-3-2 - Soldado is on form and Kane cant be left out. As AJ said a DMC will protect your back 4 and stop those goals being conceded. Capoue fits the bill!
    Thanks, mate! I agree and we will switch to 4-1-3-2 soon (as opposed to 4-1-3-1-1).
    Spurs will play without an AMC but with a striker partnership (Kane and Soldado).
    Soldado was so expensive in 2013! I never buy players for 30 million pounds.

    It will take a few days before I can change the formation because this weekend I have played several games and those results will be posted on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. On Thursday we can start with the 4-1-3-2 formation.

    Capoue or Stambouli can play in the DMC position, yes.
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    Spurs eliminate West Ham in League Cup

    November started well for us. After having narrowly defeated Queens Park Rangers just three days ago, we now eliminated West Ham from the League Cup 3rd round through an early goal by Bentaleb who was afterwards named Man of the Match. Our defence and midfield looked very solid.



    Our next opponent in the League Cup (4th round) will be Everton, and it will be yet another home game for us. In that sense we have had lots of luck so far.


    Manchester City too strong for Spurs

    In the Premier Division, though, we did not stand a chance in Manchester where City proved too strong for us. Although, we must add that City did not score until after Lloris had clipped Fernando's feet and received the red card for his professional foul. It was Dzeko who took the penalty and nestled the ball in the bottom corner of the net. Dzeko also scored City's second goal, just eight minutes later.




    Still, we were encouraged by the way Stambouli and Eriksen played. Eriksen is obviously quite happy again now!
    Spoiler!


    And fortunately, on Saturday 15 November we did manage to defeat Leicester with goals by Eriksen, Bentaleb and Kane. Eriksen scored with a great strike from a free kick and Kane scored with a header from another free kick by Eriksen.




    Now if this match showed us one thing, it is that we have finally found a decent formation with Eriksen excelling in what he is good at and with Kane and Soldado playing well enough together as strikers. Kane is mostly in a free role in the number 10 position, though. This is the last thing we need to sort out now. The current plan is to switch to a 4-1-3-2 formation very soon, so without an attacking midfielder, but with two strikers instead. We are currently using drills in training to practise this new formation and it's looking very promising!
    Spoiler!


    In a few days we will be travelling to Austria again, to play Red Bull Salzburg on the 20th and three days later we will have to play Aston Villa at Villa Park, Birmingham.
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    It's very strange that Lamela and Eriksen all performed so poorly in the AMC position.
    They are both AM RLCs!


    Yes, but they need space to perform. If you play them directly behind the striker(s) and have them run into the box, they become strikers themselves. They are creators not finishers. Play them in the MC slot, Arrow forward, put a dmc behind them and they will do way better.

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    Mixed bag there but expected results - always nice to have s cup run

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    Spurs going strong

    We were the better team in Austria where Red Bull played very defensively, hoping to score in the counter attack. But instead it was once more Soldodo who scored for us after a beautiful low cross into the near post by Dier!



    Unfortunately Stambouli got injured so Kaboul had to replace him since Capoue is also still injured and we have no other defensive midfielder. Also, in the second half both Vertonghen and Fazio were shown yellow cards, which did not help much, either. And sure enough, in the 66th minute Auer equalised which means that we still have some work to do in the return match.

    Trying to get very far in the UEFA Cup tournament is not a high priority, but it's still nice to get the experience, although it does mean we have a very heavy schedule with matches almost every three or four days. So it is very good to have the squad depth that we have.




    Both teams took few risks and created precious few chances in this first leg. Hopefully we can finish them off at White Hart Lane!




    In our next league match, just three days later, we very effectively beat Aston Villa at Villa Park. Our goal was scored by Soldodo again. The assist came from Eriksen this time.

    Because Lloris is now suspended because of his professional foul in the lost match against Manchester City, Michel Vorm had to play and he did very well to keep a clean sheet to-day.




    Meanwhile, Eriksen's form is improving day by day! He is definitely one of our most valuable players. Unfortunately we cannot say the same of Erik Lamela. He is still a huge disappointment considering what the club paid for him in 2013.

    Kane did okay again, but he is clearly not playing in his favourite position. That will change very soon now!
    Spoiler!


    So after fifteen match days we're third in the Premiership! And that is well above expectation, especially considering the constant change of tactic and formation which we hope to put an end to soon now.




    In just three days we will be playing Everton in the League Cup 4th round and then it's Sunderland coming to White Hart Lane!
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    Big gap between 6th and the mighty Liverpool already which looks good for Euro qualification next year

    Is the Mason sale coming back to bite you having to play Kaboul there?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Is the Mason sale coming back to bite you having to play Kaboul there?!
    Yes, well, but who would have thought that Capoue and Stambouli would both be injured at the same time?
    But not to worry, though, I am working on it
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    Couple of decent results... any news of bringing any players in? Whats your budget?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fodster View Post
    Couple of decent results... any news of bringing any players in? Whats your budget?
    I hope to have transfer news tomorrow, or the day after. We have some 20M to spend on transfers so we better spend it well!

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    Press Conference #2

    On Monday 24 November 2014 there was another press conference for journalists and reporters to ask the Spurs manager any questions they have about the squad and about the first few months of the season.

    Here are some of the most important questions that they asked.



    Why did you start the season with Saldodo as striker and with Kane on the bench?

    Well, you know how much the club paid for Soldado, a year before I became the manager. And you also know how last year he was such a disappointment. But that does not mean that he suddenly doesn't know how to play the game anymore. Now because we started the season with one striker, I wanted to give him another chance. It was either Soldado or Kane and I wanted Soldado to play. I did not want him to think that I rejected him from day one.

    So do you think that paid off, then?

    Well, he did score quite a few goals for us already so in that sense, yes, he grabbed his chance.

    What is your expectation of the striker partnership? Do you think having Soldado and Kane play alongside each other - rather than having one of them tucked in just behind the other - will be successful?

    Only time can tell. But they are both strikers, not attacking midfielders, so to have one of them play in the number 10 position is not fair. In the long run they will resent that. I have high expectations of them. In training they already play quite well together and they will soon score lots of goals as a striker duo, don't you doubt it!




    Lamela cost the club as much as Soldado. Do you think he belongs in this squad?

    I think he does belong in our squad. We just have to find the right position for him, as we did for Eriksen. Eriksen failed as attacking midfielder, but he is now excelling both as AM/R and AM/L.

    Yes, but hasn't Lamela failed in both positions?

    He did not fail, he just did not do as well as Eriksen. We need to give him more time! He is still quite young and will become a real asset to the club, I really do believe that.

    So do you think the club needs any new players at all? Will you be buying any this season?

    We play a match almost every three or four days right now, so we do need some more squad depth. If we want to be successful and win trophies we need more players. So, yes, we will buy players, but only if we think they make the club stronger.

    Can you give us names, sir?

    All I will say is that we are looking at some Dutch internationals, right now.

    One last question, what do you think of Van Gaal and Koeman, sir?

    They are both doing very well indeed. Southampton is currently ahead of us in virtual points. Koeman is doing a superb job there. Man Utd is still under-performing, but they will get better every week. This will be one very interesting season!

    Thank you very much, sir!
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    I've always been a massive fan of two up front. It's the Tottenham philosophy to attack teams, not bore them to death. So keep doing what you are doing with the Kane and Soldado partnership. I'd love for them to play together in real life!

    Interesting news about possible enquiries regarding some dutch players!

    Could rafa be on his way back to WHL? we fans absolutely worshiped him, but is he too old and past his best?

    Would have him back in a heartbeat!

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    Maybe Edgar Davids is making a comeback!

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    Spurs eliminate Everton and experiment with new formation

    This time, in the League Cup match against Everton, we had Kane play as striker with Soldado in the number 10 role right behind him. And sure enough it did the trick. In the 25th minute Eriksen chipped the ball left to Davies, who looked up to check for movement in the box and then lobbed the ball into the penalty area to Kane who scored with a fine diving header! That was his fifth goal of the season.

    Vorm did quite well again, too, in his second game. Another clean sheet for him!



    The fans were obviously delighted that we had eliminated Everton, but they also sang Soldado's name again. After all, he was the one who had scored in the previous two games, against Red Bull Salzburg and Aston Villa, when he was the lone striker instead of Kane.

    But as we had already concluded, it is high time for us to try and play without a central attacking midfielder. With two strikers we have two players can both score goals. Although, in reality Kane has the most potential of the two, if only because he is nine years younger than Soldado.

    Unfortunately we have some injuries and suspensions, so three days later, when we had to play Sunderland, this is what our formation looked like.



    With both Capoue and Stambouli injured Kaboul had to play in the DMC position again. Also, because Bentaleb is suspended Lamela replaced him. And finally, Vorm had to replace Lloris as goalkeeper again.

    With these three subs - and especially without an experienced defensive central midfielder - we struggled to control the game and to make matters worse, after just eleven minutes Davies had to leave the field injured! Sunderland quickly took advantage of the situation when Buckley scored an excellent goal, his first ever for Sunderland.

    In the second half Vertonghen scored his first goal of the season, and after this equaliser things looked a lot brighter again, but soon after that he received a yellow card, as did Soldado and Kaboul. We are really getting too many cards, lately!

    Nevertheless, Soldado almost saved the day for us when he scored in the 85th minute, but it was ruled out because Kane was supposed to have strayed off-side. Nobody actually noticed that except the referee, but at the end of the day he is the one who makes the decisions.

    All in all, a very disappointing result. But with our heavy schedule this was bound to happen, sooner or later.



    Vertonghen was Man of the Match and Eriksen continues to played brilliantly as well. Soldado and Kane both played well enough as our striker partnership, but they simply did not score any goals, apart from the one goal by Soldado that was ruled out for off-side.
    Spoiler!


    In five days time, on Thursday 4 December, we will be playing Red Bull again and then on the following Sunday we will be travelling to West Bromwich to play the local football club that last won the English title back in 1920...
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    Glad to see that you've got your new story going and very enjoyable catching up with progress. 3rd in the league and in striking distance of the teams above you is a fair achievement. Dying to know who you sign up now that you are starting to know the strengths and weaknesses of your team. Anyone from Feyenoord in mind ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Eejit View Post
    Glad to see that you've got your new story going and very enjoyable catching up with progress. 3rd in the league and in striking distance of the teams above you is a fair achievement. Dying to know who you sign up now that you are starting to know the strengths and weaknesses of your team. Anyone from Feyenoord in mind ?
    Thanks! But at striking distance? Hm...losing those two points to Sunderland did not help! And did you see Koeman's Saints!?!

    As to new players, I think you can guess who I desperately want to sign first
    Tomorrow's the big news, I hope!
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    Just caught up myself. A very decent start indeed.

    As has been said, Kane was not the right player in the AMC position in the position you were playing.
    The 4-1-3-2 may be better for you.

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    Spurs sign Jordy Clasie!



    On Monday 1 December, just before our UEFA Cup 2nd leg match, we manage to sign Jordy Clasie. He may be short, but we are talking about the highly talented Feyenoord midfielder a.k.a. the Dutch Xavi!




    Clasie can play both as central defensive midfielder and as regular midfielder and with his excellent vision, technique, ball control, creativity, and passing ability he should be a great asset to our squad in a playmaker roll!



    The Board also enthusiastically expressed their great faith in Clasie.



    The fans are especially delighted that Spurs managed to sign the player who has been referred to as "the midfield Napoleon who could answer Manchester United’s problems."


    Spurs eliminate Salzburg

    On the Thursday we played Red Bull Salzburg with Lloris back on goal but with Kaboul still as defensive midfielder and it took us just twenty minutes to decide the match. First Eriksen scored from a free kick. With a great strike he kicked to ball over the wall from 20 yards out for his fifth goal of the season.

    Five minutes later Walke received the red card for clipping Dembélé's feet in the area and it was Bentaleb who made no mistake and scored from the penalty spot. That second goal and the red card obviously decided the match.

    Eriksen and Bentaleb both scored another goal before half time so we decided to give them some rest and have Rose and Lamela replace them in the second half, but the lads took it easy and there were no more goals.



    Surprisingly, just like in the previous match, neither Kane nor Soldado managed to score, but they still played well enough together.
    Spoiler!



    Spurs defeat West Brom

    Three days later, on Sunday 7 December, Jordy Clasie played his first game for us, against West Bromwich Albion.

    With Clasie as central defensive midfielder in a deep-lying playmaker role and with Eriksen, Dembélé and Betaleb playing right before him, and not forgetting our striker duo, we seem to have the strongest possible team right now!

    But... for some reason our defence was not doing well to-day and it was Berahino who opened the score with a long curling shot. Fortunately it only took us five minutes to equalise when Walker made a long forward rush and passed the ball into the area for Kane to score with a great header!

    In the second half Dembélé scored after a fantastic solo. He advanced with the ball, skipped past Pocognoli and Lescott, continued to come forward and smashed in low, scoring an excellent finish!

    And a few minutes later Kane scored his second goal of the day! And once again it was Walker who came forward and aimed a cross at the near post so that Kane could score with a fine header. A mirror image copy of his first goal!

    We replaced Clasie by Capoue after he had received a yellow card, but there were no more goals. The only setback was that towards the end of the match Walker had to leave the field injured.



    This was obviously Kane's day, but Walker played brilliantly, too, and was by far our best defender to-day.
    Spoiler!


    Next we'll play Man Utd in the League Cup Quarter Final. They beat us in our premier league match in October so this is our chance to gain sweet revenge over them!
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    Clasie will be a huge signing for you. He is still young, so could have a very long career in front of him.

    Where is the United game being played ? Home advantage and your current form could swing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Eejit View Post
    Clasie will be a huge signing for you. He is still young, so could have a very long career in front of him.

    Where is the United game being played ? Home advantage and your current form could swing it.
    Yes, at WHL. Revenge over Van Gaal

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    Nice wins there - big game next!

    What is LVG saying about your club and the game in pre-match interview?

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