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Although Spurs shipped four goals

at the weekend, that is not really the norm. Last eight Prem games, only eight goals conceded, which is something of a miracle really the way the defence has been completely disrupted with injuries, rotation, etc all season.

As I have always advocated, a settled defence is absolutely essential for all successful sides, so the question is when will Poch finally be able to put out a settled defence, and play them say for half a dozen games in a row? Hopefully once the Barcelona game is over in a week`s time, then just maybe, we will see a settled back four once and for all, in all games at least until the New Year, League Cup aside, which I am not overly bothered about anyway.

My defence for the next half a dozen, after this evening would be

Lloris
Aurier
Toby
Verts
Rose

The defence at the weekend, looked like a rabbit caught in headlights at times, mainly due to not having much game together. Absolutely essential then for Poch to pick a back four and stick with it. The time for rotation at the back has gone for a bit. Time for a bit of stability now. Who agrees?

posted 6 days, 11 hours ago

DoovDe

posted 6 days, 11 hours ago

comment by Thudd III. (U1029)
posted 11 minutes ago
DoovDe
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THudd

posted 6 days, 11 hours ago

You still loving the:

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posted 6 days, 11 hours ago

comment by Doovdé™ (U2996)
posted 6 minutes ago
comment by Diamondlights (U20501)
posted 7 minutes ago
comment by Doovdé™ (U2996)
posted 4 minutes ago
I like Tripps in a 3-4-2-1

Gives him licence to go forward and he's not dependant on defending as much.

We haven't played a back 3 in ages - It used to work so well for us too..
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I like that formation too.... Only downside is that its hard to get all of Kane, Dele, Eriksen & Son (our best attacking players) into that formation.... But agree it works best with the FBs we have now

****************Hugo************
****Toby*** Sanchez**Jan*******
****Trips***Dier**Winks****Rose***
************Dele***Eriksen*********
*****************Kane****************
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******************Gaza************
*******Dier***Toby***Foyth*******
***Trips***Sissoko**Winks***Rose***
**************Dele***Eriksen*********
*****************Kane****************

How about this for tonight? Gaza plays against his former club. Sissoko keeps his place. Son always a good option off the bench.
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Both these Formations just highlight how important it is that we resign Toby & Eriksen. A new CM and a possible replacement for Rose (Sessignon) would be on my Christmas list but I'm not sure Santa Levy will be delivering this year

Anyone else heard the whispers that both Spurs & Chelsea are after Calum Wilson in Jan ?? Not sure we'll get that done given how crap Moratta is & what we'll likely pay... Good player though

posted 6 days, 10 hours ago

comment by Doovdé™ (U2996)
posted 1 hour, 26 minutes ago
You still loving the:

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posted 6 days, 10 hours ago

comment by Diamondlights (U20501)
posted 2 hours, 4 minutes ago
Spurs website is reporting Trips is available for tonight fyi
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posted 6 days, 8 hours ago

comment by David Granola (U16355)
posted 3 hours, 46 minutes ago
Sandy, we gifted them two of those goals at the weekend - Vertonghen's mindless handball and Foyth's inexperienced dawdling on the ball which led to their 3rd. So it should not have been 4 goals shipped. Everyone knows that Poch dropped a clanger by not playing his most experienced pairing against our nearest local rivals. He doesn't learn that fast bless him, it's only his 5th year of NLD's!
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I think Foyth has had too much stick for his performance in the NLD.

Yes a mistake cost us a goal, the same as Toby dawdling on the ball and costing us earlier in the season (possibly against PSV?)...

His overall performance was no worse than Jan, Davies or Aurier at the back.

I still cannot understand what Jan was doing for their pen?

Foyth has played well when called upon and scored the winner v Palace.

Yes, I'd rather Toby started - but as I say, I don't think he was as bad as has been made out (compared to others).

posted 6 days, 8 hours ago

Our defence has regressed badly since we had the best defence in the league. We are now a worse team for it, no longer do we have quality pacey attacking wing backs that push the opposition wide players back. Instead now we have slower, out of form, inconsistent and error prone full backs.

posted 6 days, 7 hours ago

comment by Billy The Yidd (U3924)
posted 58 minutes ago
Our defence has regressed badly since we had the best defence in the league. We are now a worse team for it, no longer do we have quality pacey attacking wing backs that push the opposition wide players back. Instead now we have slower, out of form, inconsistent and error prone full backs.


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indeed.

We've lost our fear factor to some extent and teams ses weaknesses in our FB positions and try to exploit them.

Also, we have performed best defensively when we've had Dier and Dembele in midfield and the latter's appearances are becoming less frequent.

Its not one thing it's several and this is why this is such a tough league.

posted 6 days, 7 hours ago

comment by Devonshirespur (U6316)
posted 8 minutes ago
comment by Billy The Yidd (U3924)
posted 58 minutes ago
Our defence has regressed badly since we had the best defence in the league. We are now a worse team for it, no longer do we have quality pacey attacking wing backs that push the opposition wide players back. Instead now we have slower, out of form, inconsistent and error prone full backs.


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indeed.

We've lost our fear factor to some extent and teams ses weaknesses in our FB positions and try to exploit them.

Also, we have performed best defensively when we've had Dier and Dembele in midfield and the latter's appearances are becoming less frequent.

Its not one thing it's several and this is why this is such a tough league.
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exactly defending starts from the front

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