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Spurs comeback to overcome Dnipro

Tottenham Hotspur made it to the Europa League last 16 last night with a win over Ukrainian minnows Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.

 

After a 1-0 defeat in the first leg Spurs knew they needed to win by two clear goals to progress. This meant the team that had failed to score in their previous two games needed to find two goals if they were to have any chance of silverware this season. It all seemed pretty simple for the North London side. Start quickly, grab an early goal and then wait patiently for their ‘lesser’ opponents to crumble under the inevitable pressure.

 

This, however, was not a script that Dnipro had read. While the home side were probably the better side in the first half, it was their travelling rivals that had the best chances. Liverpool target Yevhen Konoplyanka was a constant threat, though not quite as much as he… Continue reading →

Lamela: Spurs can win Europa League

Tottenham Hotspur record signing Erik Lamela believes his new team can win the Europa League this season.

 

Talking ahead of Spurs’ trip to Moscow on Thursday Lamela told the Sunday People,

“The trips to Russia can be complicated but we are professional players and the minimum requirement is to give your best performance in any game.”

 

The Europa League is seen as a burden to most teams fighting on a national front but the Argentina international believes manager Andre Villa Boas has built a squad capable of battle in more than one competition.

“The squad is big and we are able to fight in both the Europa League and Premier League,” he said.

“The Europa League is the second-most important trophy for clubs in Europe and many players want to win it in their careers. Nobody in Spurs would snub this trophy and our minimum challenge is… Continue reading →

New philosophy: Is it for the best?

Many players are suffering because of the ongoing trends in football tactics, but are they so important to follow; as the beautiful game evolves quicker than ever. 

Competitions like the champions league create opportunity for smaller teams to try and copy their older brothers, reciprocating their style in order to one day perform how they do. This was bought to attention when the whole world watched Barcelona dominate football with the ever famous ‘tiki taka’ style of play.

Along with this passing game catching on to teams like Swansea and Wigan; the 4-4-2 was then relinquished and seen as a negative approach by any manager that dared to use it, and in result; class players being summoned to the dreaded bench.

It is still possible for two out and out strikers to work together, who doesn’t want a target man and a poacher to work with one another? Or is… Continue reading →

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