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A Hive as a fan perspective of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club from a fan perspective who view Football as professional conversation. Encouraging a dialogue about the professional nature of Sport and the meaning of excellence. Football is a billion dollar industry but it is still the Beautiful Game.
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  1. CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    With the International Break this weekend there is no Premier League matches but that does not mean Tottenham players are resting at home, many will be in various nation's colours and by next week we will know that either they are back in action, or that niggling thing called an injury can change fortunes for the league run-in. It is good to go into the break on the back of 10 home wins, the latest coming last Saturday, as Claude Poul, the Southampton manager insisted Southampton were unlucky not to come away with a point. The find goodbye to White Hart Lane continues in fettle and fine form
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Southampton
    www.bbc.com Tottenham claim a hard-fought win over Southampton to ensure they remain second in the table heading into the international...
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  2. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    White Hart Lane
    White Hart LaneAs Spurs booked their much expected semi-final place a Wembley Stadium, the key today was not the dismantling of a League One side - that was never in question, it was that this FA Cup tie is the last to be played at White Hart Lane.Β  White Hart...
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    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    12/03/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 It is the fans that make any sports team special and if the stadium change respects their energy it is progress, but in the case of Arsenal, they built a stadium that does not transmit the energy of fans. Tottenham have learned that lesson in the design of their state-of-the-art new stadium.

    Ultimately the big loss is that like American sports franchises, the game is less about its working class roots and more about the marketing machine and owners. It is the gentrification of the sports team which mirrors the loss of vitality and heart which cities like San Fransisco are experiencing when digital elites began to buy it up. So long as there are fans that are actually supporters and players that have values more than a multi-million dollar contract, the game can continue to produce new moments of magic and a new history.

    Sport today is the providence of the rich and yet the poor are remarkably loyal, still finding ways of paying for season tickets that represent a lot of their personal earnings. On the whole Tottenham fans will be happy with the new stadium, for years Tottenham could not compete against teams with bigger grounds, the question is whether that changes the lack of success Tottenham fans have had to put up with in recent years with a bigger stadium. We will soon see. The owners of Tottenham are an investment company and initially understood investment more than they understood football. That shows signs of changing but proof is in the nature of the investment decision - where sports is sweet is when the organization is great leadership off and on the field.
    John White, MBA
    12/03/2017 #1 John White, MBA
    Those old stadiums with so much character are falling everywhere, @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. It's a shame to see it happen. There will never be another White Heart Lane, but the fans will have the memories with them forever.
  3. CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Tottenham may have beaten Stoke City 4-0 today but Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino's challenge is no longer to win a trophy but to shape a Tottenham team that can learn to play on bigger pitches like Wembley Stadium where is record so far is atrocious.

    When tiny teams like Gent in Belgium can knock Spurs out of the Europa league, there is much bigger work to do, other than believing that a 10 point gap from leaders Chelsea is something that can be overcome, that is a pipe-dream unless there are key injuries to the Chelsea team to stop their blitzkrieg march to winning the 2017 Premier League Title.

    This becomes even more important because that is where Tottenham are playing every single HOME game next season as the new stadium is being built. Today a first half destruction of Stoke City was impressive, but it does not answer questions of how this Tottenham team can adapt at places like Wembley or when they visit a rival Top 6 Premier league club and play on pitches that are bigger than the small pitch size of White Hart Lane.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Tottenham Hotspur vs. Stoke City - Football Match Report - February 26, 2017 - ESPN
    www.espnfc.us Get a report of the Tottenham Hotspur vs. Stoke City 2016/2017 English Premier League football...
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    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    26/02/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    THE EVENING STANDARD raised the one big red flag from the game, as Spurs two brilliant Belgian defenders both had to withdraw in the second half of the match with separate injury concerns.
    http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/toby-alderweireld-and-jan-vertonghen-add-to-tottenham-injury-problems-by-limping-off-vs-stoke-a3476361.html
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    26/02/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    ESPN focused on Harry Kane's hat trick and that is relevant because Harry Kane won the Golden Boot for most goals scored last year and started this year in poor form, but his goals today put him joint leader with Sanchez of Arsenal and Lukaku of Everton. He also passed the milestone of having scored more than 100 goals at club level. http://www.espnfc.us/report?gameId=450754
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    26/02/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    THE GUARDIAN leads with an appropriate perspective to Spurs win today by saying "Lad's it's Stoke City". It is the third successive time Spurs have beaten Stoke by the same score of 4-0. Such was the match up that anything less than this may have been considered underachievement. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/26/tottenham-hotspur-stoke-city-premier-league-match-report
  4. CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The FA Cup Quarter-Final draw keeps some of the magic of the Cup alive, but even more so if non-league Sutton United beat Arsenal, because that guarantees a non-league team playing at Wembley in the Semi-Finals with Lincoln City having already beaten the Premier League title holders Leicester. If Arsenal prevail and that should be the case the semi-final draw will be full of the usual suspects from the Top 5 of the Premier League. Spurs beat Fulham 2-0 to gain a draw against Millwall, but that is not a tie to look forward to. Millwall are notorious for fan trouble and the police will be out in full force for that tie. Meantime the big tie is Jose Mourinho getting a second chance for payback against the team that fired him twice as Manchester United are drawn against Chelsea. All Spurs fans would really love right now is for Sutton United to embarrass Arsenal tomorrow. It is not as if going to Wembley will be special for Spurs, considering every home game Spurs play next year will be at Wembley Stadium, as the new Spurs stadium is being constructed. Spurs also play this Thursday in Europa League against Gent again at Wembley due to construction restrictions imposed under Europa League rules. So here is hoping for a Sutton United miracle tomorrow.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Millwall to face Tottenham in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup
    www.standard.co.uk Millwall will face Tottenham in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Neil Harris’s men will take on the Premier League side at White Hart Lane on the weekend commencing Saturday March the 11th. FIFTH-ROUND RESULTReporting by James Benge The 10 men of...
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    Liverpool Run Rampant in First Half
    Liverpool Run Rampant in First HalfOnce upon a time Spurs went to Anfield and had no expectation of victory - for the period of about 74 years no Tottenham team had won a single game and so it was natural for Spurs fans to write off the result. These days with Spurs in 2nd and...
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    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    12/02/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    BBC Sports says Pochettino is questioning his teams desire to be champions. A bit late for that - that is why there is a transfer window.

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/38946148
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    12/02/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Liverpool Echo would justifiably be pleased with the result after so many below par performances over many weeks before.

    http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/liverpool-2-0-tottenham-analysis-12592599
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    12/02/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Daily Mail talks about the Spurs boss complaining about his teams performance, but if the other team out hustles then there was not much Spurs could do, especially without two key players missing in their back line. At least the complaints aimed high rather than low.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4215882/Mauricio-Pochettino-laments-poor-Tottenham-performance.html
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    12/02/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Guardian simply focus on goalscorer Sadio ManΓ© which is appropriate since he could have easily scored about five goals in this game, if it was not for some world class saves from Lloris.

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/11/liverpool-tottenham-hotspur-premier-league-match-report
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    12/02/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Last week it was tired Liverpool and fresh Tottenham. This week the reporters talk of a fresh Liverpool and a tired Tottenham, like ESPN

    http://www.espnfc.com/blog/the-match/60/post/3055826/tired-tottenham-torn-apart-at-rivals-again-dragged-into-top-four-scramble
  6. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Spurs Chase Chelsea as Others Lose Touch
    Spurs Chase Chelsea as Others Lose TouchGames against teams like Middlesborough are one's teams with title aspirations need to learn to navigate. Earlier in the day Liverpool yet again came short of this aspiration as Hull City became yet another lower-table team to beat them. ...
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    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    05/02/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Football Insider feature fan reaction to Heung-Min Son's display. Though Harry Kane scored the penalty, it was intelligent play from Son that earned Spurs the penalty.
    http://www.footballinsider247.com/tottenham-fans-react-twitter-son-display-v-middlesbrough/
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    05/02/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    ESPN lead with "Boro Grilock" but focus on Spurs yet again this year being the only team that seems able to catch the league leaders.
    http://www.espn.co.uk/football/blog/the-match/60/post/3052470/tottenham-eventually-bypass-boro-gridlock-to-earn-vital-win-in-title-chase
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    05/02/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Express features an explanation from the Spurs manager as to why they struggled to score against Middlesborough
    http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/763238/Mauricio-Pochettino-Tottenham-Middlesbrough-Reaction
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    05/02/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Most papers lead with Harry Kane's penalty but The Telegraph mention that this was Mauricio Pochettino's 100th charge.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/02/04/tottenham-vs-middlesbrough-premier-league-live-score-updates/
  7. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Arsenal Get Booed as Spurs Draw Gains 2nd Place
    Arsenal Get Booed as Spurs Draw Gains 2nd PlaceThis Spurs side were given the task of two forgettable Geordie teams struggling at the foot of the Premier league table and today they failed in the first of the games, as Tottenham were held to a stalemate by a Sunderland team that squeezed a point...
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  8. CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    I had cause to remember the 1971 League Cup Final today as I responded to a post by @James May who wrote about his new venture "Brandchills" at https://www.bebee.com/producer/@james-may/viewability-isn-t-an-issue-if-you-know-where-to-look-57329#c1
    Football League Cup Final 1971
    Football League Cup Final 1971 Full Highlights of the League Cup Final 1971 between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa. Also includes: -Jimmy Hill interviews with Chico Hamilton (Aston...
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  9. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    A Rooster of a Day !!!
    A Rooster of a Day !!!Today marks the arrival of the Year of the Rooster in China, as the Chinese celebrate their new year.Β  This means that twice this year on a New Years Day - Tottenham have claimed victory.There is only one problem with today's victory, it stirs up a...
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  10. CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    As Spurs train in Spain at the Barcelona Olympic Stadium, their squad is the second most valuable in Europe next to the valuation for Barcelona.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Tottenham's squad has increased in value by a staggering Β£452m
    www.standard.co.uk Tottenham's squad is now worth a staggering Β£452million more than what was spent to assemble it, according to the CIES Football Observatory's latest study. Spurs have overseen a major recruitment drive in recent years, focusing on purchasing...
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    Mistakes and Melancholy at Manchester City
    Mistakes and Melancholy at Manchester CityHugo Lloris did not cover himself in glory today and he looked more like the mistake proneΒ  Heurelho Gomes, who finally ended up moving on to Watford.Β  Not once, but twice Lloris was at error, gifting Manchester City a 2-0 need.Β  The City boss Pep...
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    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    22/01/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    BBC Sports lead with the controversial circumstances that earned Spurs a valuable away point at Manchester City
    http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/38620041
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    22/01/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Guardian focus on Spurs Midfielder Heung-Min Son
    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/21/manchester-city-tottenham-hotspur-premier-league-match-report
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    22/01/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Evening Standard mention how Hugo Lloris has gifted the title advantage to Chelsea due to his errors.
    http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/manchester-city-2-tottenham-2-draw-boosts-chelsea-title-hopes-as-spurs-fight-back-despite-hugo-a3446506.html
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    22/01/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Skysports bring 5 talking points about the game :
    http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11096/10738370/manchester-city-2-2-tottenham-talking-points-as-son-saves-spurs
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    22/01/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Telegraph call Manchester City a wasteful side as they threw away a lead.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/01/21/manchester-city-vs-tottenham-premier-league-live-score-updates/
  12. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Tottenham Destroy West Brom's Frustration Football
    Tottenham Destroy West Brom's Frustration FootballThere was a time when teams like West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City came to Spurs ground and would frustrate Tottenham teams, but today was different to years past, the team that began the destruction of Spurs title ambitions last year, got humbled...
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    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    15/01/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Independent mentions West Brom keeper Ben Foster making a string of fine saves that saved West Brom from being completely over-run and a much larger margin of loss.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/tottenham-4-west-brom-0-player-ratings-harry-kane-ben-foster-christian-eriksen-dele-alli-a7527436.html
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    15/01/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Guardian focus on Mauricio Pochettino declaring that he has said Spurs are ready to challenge for the title
    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/14/mauricio-pochettino-tottenham-premier-league-title-challenge
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    15/01/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Evening Standard focus on individual Tottenham players, with a profile also of injured Jan Vertoghen
    http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/tottenham-analysis-harry-kane-and-christian-eriksen-show-no-mercy-but-jan-vertonghen-injury-is-a-a3440676.html
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    15/01/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    ESPN celebrate hatrick hero Harry Kane
    http://www.espnfc.us/report?gameId=450807
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    15/01/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Express say "Spurs Run Rampant" but should say in the first half. The last two goals in the second half were against a West Brom team who had already resigned themselves to a loss.
    http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/754177/Tottenham-4-0-West-Brom-match-report-Harry-Kane-Christian-Eriksen
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    15/01/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Daily Mail in Pictures. When West Brom has leaked goals, defender Gareth McCauley always seems to be the one holding the bag, but even if his was a minor error, there was no stopping Spurs today
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4119822/Tottenham-4-0-West-Brom-Harry-Kane-leads-way-superb-hat-trick.html
  13. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    No 14th Win for Chelsea - Third Place for Tottenham
    No 14th Win for Chelsea - Third Place for TottenhamAs both teams entered the field, gladiator-like music accompanied both teams, this match was billed at a battle of Premier League Titans - the old masters vs the new young pretenders.Β  For Tottenham fans the years of false hopes could be on the...
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    Vincent Andrew
    07/01/2017 #3 Vincent Andrew
    #2 United got off to a strong start in the 1985-86 season I think with 10 straight wins but they faltered along the way. So you're right. It does not mean that teams with a trailblazing run will go on to win the title. Having said that United went on a great run themselves when they overhauled Keegan's 13 (?) point lead in that season. It's a funny old game indeed. But it's exciting.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    07/01/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 Dear Vincent, I often quote Jimmy Greaves line "it's a funny old game", and though Chelsea were stopped from an all time record of 14 straight wins, did you know that when Arsenal achieved their record of 13 straight wins in 2002, they did not go on to win the league title that year. I also note that both this year and last year Manchester City got off to an incredible start and within five or six matches people were already crowning them champions.

    The way Pochettino works his teams, he still has to overcome a tendency for all his teams to fade at the end of a hard season, so if he can solve that predicament, then he has a good shot at winning what would be his first piece of silverware as a manager.

    Liverpool look ominous as a force, if that is they can solve their defensive frailties including confidence in their goalkeepers. We will know much more about Liverpool's title threat once they get through another tight run of fixtures which includes two semi-final matches against Southampton. Unlike Pochettino, Klopp knows what it takes to win a championship and trophies.

    Manchester United are indeed the sleeping horse - they are getting things right and the signs look even better considering they could have surrendered to a 1-0 loss against boro but turned it around in the last five minutes to win 2-1 - that was more like the Manchester United of Alex Ferguson, than the Manchester United of David Moyes and Van Gaal.

    Arsenal last year and this year have a squad that should be capable of lifting the title but the anger and doubt of Arsenal fans ensures there is the seeds of doubt, otherwise how does one explain them falling behind 3-0 to Bournemouth - but despite the red card, their comeback to 3-3 was impressive, especially the renewed threat of Giroud coming back into form.
    Vincent Andrew
    07/01/2017 #1 Vincent Andrew
    Congratulations Spurs for putting the brakes on Chelsea. At least it gives the chasing pack some hope to catch up. Six teams still in the hunt for the title now, it seems.
  14. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Happy New Year Tottenham !
    Happy New Year Tottenham !Happiness is an action and not a hope and Watford today were absolutely hopeless, so no wonder by half-time the home fans looked glum, disillusioned and wondering why they paid the ticket price for entry.Β  For Tottenham fans it was another Christmas...
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    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    01/01/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Jamie Carragher on Skysports emphasizes the need for Spurs to beat Chelsea on Wednesday to retain their title hopes.
    http://www.skysports.com/football/news/29327/10714725/jamie-carragher-tottenham-need-to-beat-chelsea-to-retain-title-hopes
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    01/01/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Daily Mail continue to enhance their reputation for carrying quality match pictures - without recourse to a slideshow
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4079884/Watford-1-4-Tottenham-Hotspur-Harry-Kane-Dele-Alli-double.html
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    01/01/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Metro leads with the "unplayable" Alli and Kane - but in reality it is Watford who did not play. They also noted that "Spurs scored four goals away from home in consecutive games for the first time since 1960".
    http://metro.co.uk/2017/01/01/watford-1-4-spurs-player-ratings-kane-and-alli-in-unplayable-form-ahead-of-chelsea-clash-6355155/
  15. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Gutsy Southampton Hurt By Red Card
    Gutsy Southampton Hurt By Red CardBrave Southampton were felled by a red card in the 56th of the game but they still played with a game spirit despite being down to 10 men on the field.Β  The score flattered Spurs, if not for the sending off of Redmond, Southampton could argue that...
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    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    30/12/2016 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Football 365 summarize Spurs performance against Southampton very well, citing "From Rudderless to Ruthless in 90 Minutes"
    http://www.football365.com/news/tottenham-from-rudderless-to-ruthless-in-90-minutes
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    30/12/2016 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Inside Futbol gives Southampton's account as Ward-Prowse reflects that his team did perform well despite the 1-4 result. He is correct in his assessment - other than the penalty miss from Kane and the crossbar shot from Erikson, most things did not fall Southampton's way in this encounter - including Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearly gifting the Saints a goal with careless sweeper play - thankfully it fell to a Southampton player who was clueless how to strike a ball, with the Tottenham defense stranded.

    Inside Futbal
    http://www.insidefutbol.com/2016/12/29/losing-4-1-to-spurs-didnt-reflect-performance-believes-southampton-star/319253/
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    30/12/2016 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Sports Illustrated focus on the come from behind victory, where for the second week running Spurs fell behind and then found their way back, this time in more emphatic style than comeback wins like the ones against Burnley and West Ham
    http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2016/12/28/tottenham-southampton-epl-recap
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    30/12/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Skysports focus on expectations this year for Tottenham, in a year when all the other top teams have had corresponding improvements - and Pochettino teams invariably always faltering at the end of a hard season - the expectation should change to trying to win the Europa League more than a top 4 finish, or the still unlikely scenario of a definitive title bid.

    SkySports :
    http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11675/10710667/southampton-1-4-tottenham-expectations-rising-for-spurs
  16. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Spurs Aspirations Require them to Burn the Burnley's
    Spurs Aspirations Require them to Burn the Burnley'sWhen teams like Burnley leave Tottenham scampering home in finger-nail biting ways, it says that there is still plenty of room for improvement and they can keep the bubbly in the fridge until that time Tottenham emerge as stand-out title...
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    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    19/12/2016 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Looking forward to the next match Spurs get 9 days break from football the Hampstead and Highgate Express [Ham & High] look forward to the return from injury of Erik Lamela. Southampton and then Watford after that are a different proposition to struggling Burnley, both of these teams have managers with the tactical nous to make things difficult for Spurs if, like today, they perform far less than their best. Lamela would be a great addition because he has improved as a tackler in midfield, and add to that the rare moments when he proves he is a world-class player in the making, means he will be a welcome return to the squad.

    http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/sport/football/tottenham-hotspur/erik_lamela_could_make_his_tottenham_return_against_southampton_after_christmas_1_4815089
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    18/12/2016 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Daily Mail claim today's win piles more pressure on the Top 4, when the only team it piles pressure on is Arsenal and their disgruntled fan base who are pretty harsh on Arsene Wenger (despite all his success) as this profanity filled foul-mouth rant from an Arsenal fan amply demonstrates after their loss to Manchester City today by another 2-1 score https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnJOPZPQ9j8 There is no pressure on Manchester United because they are finding their form, there is no pressure on Manchester City who move up to third place in the league, there is no pressure on Liverpool who are showing a clinical attacking force and thre is no pressure on Chelsea, who are clearly enjoying their football and playing like champions.

    Daily Mail Article
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4045810/Tottenham-Hotspur-2-1-Burnley-Danny-Rose-scores-thumping-winner-add-Dele-Alli-strike-Spurs-pile-pressure-Premier-League-four.html
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    18/12/2016 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Spurs boss must surely be watching a different game to the one I was watching as he is said to have pleased with the character of the fightback. It wasn't a fightback, it was simply Spurs raising their game just enough to squeeze through an uncomfortable 2-1 result. Fightback is what Bournemouth did when they came from 1-3 down a few weeks back to win 4-3. Today had Burnley had more confidence in front of goal, there would be a grand inquisition as to what happened to Spurs if they had lost the points.

    Evening Standard Article
    http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/mauricio-pochettino-praises-tottenham-fight-vs-burnley-as-moussa-sissoko-escapes-red-card-to-a3423346.html
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    18/12/2016 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The jury on Moussa Sissoko is still out, he did get an assist though it was Danny Rose who conjured a goal out of nothing, but he also nearly got sent off with a diabolically dangerous tackle that did deserve a red card just minutes before his assist. Had he got the red card and let Burnley get points out of this game, there would be even more harsh sentiments expressed towards Sissoko.

    Sunday Express Article
    http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/744889/Tottenham-v-Burnley-match-report-Dele-Alli-goal-Danny-Rose-Moussa-Sissoko
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    18/12/2016 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Mauricio Pochettino thinks the title race is still on for Spurs, but for that to happen he has to solve his perrennial problem no matter what team he has managed - all of them end with an end of season collapse, as his tough regiment drains players. Either he buys plenty of suitable substitutes or his talk about the title is bordering on fantasy.

    Telegraph Article
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2016/12/18/tottenham-2-burnley-1-mauricio-pochettino-refusing-give-title/
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    18/12/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Full-back Danny Rose deserves the plaudits for his clinical strike just when Spurs were beginning to descend into lackluster decay.
    http://www.espn.co.uk/football/blog/the-match/60/post/3019517/roses-super-second-half-strike-guides-spurs-past-plucky-burnley
  17. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Not League Title Contenders Yet with Mixed Results
    Not League Title Contenders Yet with Mixed ResultsToday's weekday game against Hull City achieved the expected result and score against a team currently in relegation form and in need of bolstering of their squad in the January transfer window.Β  Tottenham also need an injection of new blood next...
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    Europa League - Time to Take it Seriously
    Europa League - Time to Take it SeriouslyI paid scant attention to the Champions League Group games because the writing was on the wall from early season form that Spurs would not navigate the group well, especially having to play their "home" games at Wembley Stadium.Β  When Arsenal had to...
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    A Nice Christmas Gift Called Swansea
    A Nice Christmas Gift Called SwanseaEven before this game kicked off, this was a game that based on what is happening with Swansea football club right now should be a guarantee 3 points win.Β  It is the kind of gameΒ  a football fan could rightly dream of a right royal thrashing, and...
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    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    03/12/2016 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Independent speak of superb Spurs and woeful Swansea and the despair of their manager - Bob Bradley, they also begin their match report with the agreement on Harry Kane's future with Spurs that equates to paying him Β£30 million in wages over the next five and a half years - and I agree with the independent, it is a solid investment in a player that has a natural eye for goal-scoring.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/tottenham-swansea-match-report-harry-kane-mauricio-pochettino-son-goals-a7453981.html
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    03/12/2016 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    SkySports provide their Match in a Minute Commentary - with video from Matt Le Tissier - Southampton's former legendary striker http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11661/10682256/match-in-a-minute-tottenham-5-0-swansea
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    03/12/2016 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    ESPN focus on the brace from Harry Kane and Christian Erikson. A brace means scoring two goals.
    http://www.espnfc.com/report?gameId=450876
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    03/12/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Telegraph write about a re-energized Spurs but the reality was that this was deflated Swansea. The Telegraph does present interesting match graphics and stats, one of which is shots on target. 15 for Spurs and ZERO for Swansea :
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2016/12/03/tottenham-vs-swansea-live-score-plus-roboblogger-goal-updates/
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    Chelsea Beat Spurs at their Own Game
    Chelsea Beat Spurs at their Own GameThankfully due to work priorities today, I got to miss watching the game other than 20 minutes into the game, I did ask a work colleague how the game was progressing, and at that time to my surprise Spurs had taken a 1-0 lead with a goal from...
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    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    27/11/2016 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 The caveat with Mauricio Pochettino is that he has never won anything substantial, in other words he has helped small teams over-achieve but has never led a big team to big success. That is not true of Antonio Conte who with Chelsea is only adding to this record and reputation. To understand Mauricio Pcohettino, one first needs to understand his mentor Marcelo Bielsa

    Marcelo Biesla
    https://www.theguardian.com/football/these-football-times/2015/dec/17/marcelo-bielsa-manager-swansea-city

    Biesla as mentor to Pochettino does provide some cause for concern, in that he is celebrated for being a pioneer in the game, but his pioneering spirit is to demand absolute physicality out of his teams, drawing every drop of energy available but that leaves these teams burned out by the end of the season and in a results orientated business, Biesla is not celebrated for results or for winning the top honours in the game. Until Pochettino achieves what Biesla has not, he can only be judged by his reputation and not by his achievements.

    Where Pochettino does deserve credit is that he does give youngsters a chance - but there is no secret why he manages the youngest squads in Europe - because Pochettino would be driven out by player power at a team like Chelsea, even faster than Mourinho was betrayed - because teams that actually pay for quality and open their cheque book for the best, can still achieve more than the philosophy of high press. Even in the high press game, there are better managers suited to that philosophy and Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp has done an even better job with the high press game, but comes with tactical nous that has seen him begin to do with Liverpool, what he did with Borussia Dortmund. Until Pochettino wins big titles like Ferguson did, the jury is still out whether he truly is a big club manager.
    Vincent Andrew
    27/11/2016 #1 Vincent Andrew
    I'm impressed with Mauricio's work last season. This year Antonio is doing well with the Chelsea team even though he's new there. I don't see anyone doing a Leicester this season. Looks like a race between Chelsea, Liverpool and City. Arsenal and Spurs and perhaps United are in the running but the gap is growing.
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    Spurs Frustrated for 88 Minutes - West Ham Devastated in 3 Minutes
    Spurs Frustrated for 88 Minutes - West Ham Devastated in 3 MinutesBefore today's match the talk around White Hart Lane was the coming contract talks between the Chairman of Spurs Daniel Levy, with a reputation of being a fearsome negotiator and Tottenham's two best players.Β  Levy has maintained a ceiling for...
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    19/11/2016 #8 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #7 Dear @Ali Anani it is worth exploring but football culture is even more than that. A Duke University blog addressed the "The Politics of Football in Latin America" seeking to spotlight four countries, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Columbia. https://sites.duke.edu/wcwp/research-projects/politics-and-sport-in-latin-america/ - and in this respect football is a fascinating global culture.

    The womens game is much smaller, but this year the Under-17 World Cup was held in your country of Jordan and in October http://www.fifa.com/u17womensworldcup/ Korea DPR (North Korea) beat Japan in the final - and even at that scale, one can read the joy of victory in the faces of the young Korean girls. This actually represents North Korea's second title at this age group.
    Ali Anani
    19/11/2016 #7 Ali Anani
    #6 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit- lessons from football is a theme that is worthy of exploring. I love your writing "The other lesson here is, how we can convert this passion for the organizations we "play" for.".
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    19/11/2016 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #3 Dear @Ali Anani had the West Ham players kept their discipline they would be traveling home today as hero's, but the lesson here is that one must see the game through to the bitter end and a momentary lapse in concentration threw away all their hard work. I have been a Tottenham fan since the age of 9, so football is a part of my tribal blood - of course games like today are fantastic for the winning side, but not good on the collective psyche of the losing team. The other lesson here is, how we can convert this passion for the organizations we "play" for. The good thing about real life is that it is not over in 90+ minutes - and we are not bounded by a pitch and a referee when we play - instead the lesson of today's victory is to be the player and not the spectator, or even the commentator - and that psyche is one that is the biggest takeaway from watching sports as a form of excellence.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    19/11/2016 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Daily Mail leads with the words "Hammer Blow" [Hammers is West Ham's nickname] and focuses on Spurs comeback from behind victory/ They do a nice job of presenting the game in pictures :

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3953022/Tottenham-3-2-West-Ham-Harry-Kane-deals-double-hammer-blow-snatch-late-victory-spot-maintain-Spurs-unbeaten-record.html
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    19/11/2016 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Football 365 focuses on the penalty decisions and wryly points to referee Mike Dean as the "star of the show"
    http://www.football365.com/news/tottenham-3-2-west-ham-feat-mike-dean
    Ali Anani
    19/11/2016 #3 Ali Anani
    I watched part of the game till West Ham scored their second goal. Yes, to be a winner till the last few minutes and emergy as a loser is a bitter pill to swallow. It amazes me how life swings but life keeps rotating our feelings or swinging them from one extreme to the other and abruptly sometimes.
    You could be a great football commentator dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit
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    Spurs start to become Stalemate Specialists
    Spurs start to become Stalemate SpecialistsIt might have been another draw for Spurs but this one was finger-biting game which could have ended with a win for either side, though truly,Β  the net result based on overall play was very fair.Β  It was a result that will delight the impressive...
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    07/11/2016 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Skysports argues that Mousa Dembele is crucial to Spurs title hopes, but the reality is that the best starting 11 are vital to title hopes, but Spurs lack cover for these 11 that is necessary for a real shot at the title. The kind of players that came off Arsenal's bench today proves that Arsenal have done their homework for replacement players this season than Spurs have, which gives them the real edge in this years title race, bar Chelsea and Manchester City - who also have excellent reserve coverage. Liverpool have a strong team also, but it remains to be seen if they can cover for injuries with their squad.

    http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11675/10648327/why-tottenham8217s-mousa-dembele-is-a-genius-to-mauricio-pochettino
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    07/11/2016 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Evening Standard saw the game as I did and lead with the headline that Arsenal fluffed their lines - Arsenal indeed where several notches below their best and despite any talk about tactical formation changes by Pochettino, the system did not stop Arsenal from playing, Arsenal players showed glimpses of good form but really did fluff their lines today.

    http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/arsenal-stars-fluff-their-lines-as-harry-kane-and-tottenham-shade-gritty-north-london-derby-with-few-a3388531.html
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    07/11/2016 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Express leads with five things they learned from the game.as a slideshow but while the slides are nice to look at, the conclusions are simplistic and hardly insightful - this represents the worst of sports media when they are simply trying to fill up column inches

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3910272/Arsenal-1-1-Tottenham-PLAYER-RATINGS-Shkodran-Mustafi-suffers-difficult-afternoon-Mousa-Dembele-impresses.html
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    07/11/2016 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Daily Mail praises Mousa Dembele's performance, and he did play well, especially considering that he was only passed match fit before the game and was originally not expected to start the game due to a prior injury.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3910272/Arsenal-1-1-Tottenham-PLAYER-RATINGS-Shkodran-Mustafi-suffers-difficult-afternoon-Mousa-Dembele-impresses.html
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    07/11/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Football 365 focused on formations from Spurs point of view, but the reality on the day was that Arsenal were conservative in their approach, and where they did engage in their normal slick passing game,

    http://www.football365.com/news/16-conclusions-arsenal-1-1-tottenham

    Spurs were at sixes and sevens and found wanting. Chelsea pressed them last year and revealed a weaker constitution to the mental strength of the Spurs team - whereas no one can doubt their well trained physical fitness levels, this is still the youngest side in the Premier League and Arsenal did not press them as much as they could have.
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    Spurs Held to another Draw Yet Again
    Spurs Held to another Draw Yet AgainSome say Spurs failure in their league title bid was due to the regular end of season collapse of a Pochettino trained team.Β  Year after year, the high press, all out game of Spurs coupled with one of the toughest training regiments have been a plus...
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    From Bayer to Bournemouth to Bayer
    From Bayer to Bournemouth to BayerBy half time against the little south coast team that has defied the odds and established itself as a premier league time, there was no goals.Β  In Bournemouth and Bayer Leverkusen (who Spurs drew 0-0 in a Champions League game on Wednesday) this is...
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    22/10/2016 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    ESPN lead with Spurs failure to take their chances, something that severely dented and then ended their title aspirations last year. Vincent Janssen came under unfair criticism by most post-match commentators and ESPN is no exception. He was only given 20 minutes and that with creative playmaker Deli Alli subsituted, a player who he needs to link up with just like Harry Kane did last year. If anything the substitute that should draw some fire is Mousa Sissoko - his elbow could have been more costly, but it also underscores Sissoko's mentality to play like an individual, rather than give his all for the team. Spurs cannot afford players who have the quality but only produce that quality when they happen to feel like it.
    http://www.espnfc.com/blog/the-match/60/post/2978122/tottenham-fail-to-take-chances-in-draw-against-bournemouth
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    22/10/2016 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Evening Standard says Spurs must keep their cool for the title challenge - but this year with an average age of 25, one year old than last year, what the Standard does not take into account is that Spurs still possess the youngest team in the Premier League. What they can learn from this game is playing to the last minute like Bournemouth did, with Bournemouth's hunger and drive to score a winner, especially after Spurs settled for a point in the closing minutes of the game.
    http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/tottenham-analysis-spurs-must-keep-their-cool-for-title-challenge-after-frustrating-bournemouth-draw-a3376176.html
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    22/10/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Daily Mail lead with noting Spurs could have temporarily gone top of the league with a win today. It is pretty academic which team leads the season right now, so long as the placement indicates the league is generally competitive, as it was last season. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3862196/Bournemouth-0-0-Tottenham-Visitors-miss-chance-Premier-League-goalless-draw.html
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    For Spurs There Will Be Days Like This
    For Spurs There Will Be Days Like ThisTake one goalkeeper who ordinarily is considered good for one game playing at a world class level, a manager that considers victory as not losing and then add to that a defensive and highly physical formation that players hate playing against, then...
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    17/10/2016 #5 Vincent Andrew
    Spurs are no pushovers these days. They are playing much better as a unit. Yes, they should win against teams such as WBA but WBA don't make it easy for any of the top teams. Just ask Man United. Lost to WBA when Van Gaal was in charge. In Ferguson's last game as manager, the score was 5 all. Pulis's side is defensive and they're good at frustrating the opposition. United away against Liverpool tonight. Now who will have the upper hand?
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    17/10/2016 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Express focus on West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster's superb individual performance in goal. His finger-tip save from an Erikson free-kick at the end of the game, saved West Brom a point. http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/721560/West-Brom-1-Tottenham-1-Nacer-Chadli-Dele-Alli-Ben-Foster-Goals-Highlights-News-Latest
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    17/10/2016 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Mail focuses on ex-Spurs player Nacer Chadli scoring West Brom's goal. Chadli did not try to celebrate out of respect for his former team, but I think he should have enjoyed the moment fully. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3839762/West-Brom-1-1-Tottenham-Nacer-Chadli-strikes-against-former-club-Spurs-retain-unbeaten-record-late-Dele-Alli-effort.html
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    17/10/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Telegraph focus on the injury to Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld, a key figure in the excellent Tottenham defensive formation. Now he will miss several weeks with a knee injury. Spurs continue to have the best defensive record in the league so far. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2016/10/15/west-bromwich-albion-1-tottenham-hotspur-1-spurs-held-as-they-sw/
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