Posts Tagged ‘Modric’

Spurs beat Olympiakos: the notes

August 10, 2009

Spurs stood out in the 3 – nil win over Olympiakos. Nice warm day in North London and a chance for many to prove to Harry that they’re ready for a shot at Liverpool next week.

The Notes:

  • Crouch looked pretty comfortable in the squad but only played for the first half; he gelled quite well with the boys right from the start. Who said the lad can’t control his headers?? Utter crap! Let’s hope I don’t have to swallow these words during the season.
  • Was hoping to to see Crouchie paired up with Defoe but Harry has held off on that… for now.
  • Bassong played like he’s been a part of the Spurs defense all along. Great communication with Ledley and also managed a few good runs forward. I was impressed overall but still need to see what he’s capable of during the season.
  • Modric… oh Modric… I love the little guy! He’s just amazing to watch! Once he came on in the second half, the whole tempo of the Spurs offense completely picked up pace. He is the “maestro” of our flow, no doubt about it.
  • I wasn’t so impressed with Hudd. He took a few irrational attempts at goal. Was a bit sloppy but did put in a lot of effort.
  • Where’s Jenas by the way?
  • Bentley worked hard. Corners and set pieces weren’t spot on. Let’s hope we see some good things from him this season. Harry seems to have a lot of faith in him. Don’t know why he stormed off the pitch and to the lockers when he was subbed off. Looked frustrated with himself.
  • I’m beginning to enjoy Pav and Defoe as a pairing. Pav is beginning to understand Harry’s style of play and it’s beginning to show. Wonder what English he’s picked up over the summer?
  • Defoe has an attacking instinct that makes me confident he’ll be one of our starters for the Liverpool game. If the preseason is anything to live by, then he truly deserves it.
  • Keane was absent on my watch… maybe that’s just it, I wasn’t really paying attention to him for some reason. He’s not the hungry Irishman we once knew. It’s the Liverpool badge, once he kissed it he was cursed. Please come back gun-slinging KEANO!
  • Livermore, Bostock and Rose got some playing time which was nice… Livermore is going off on a one-month loan to Derby County; he’ll benefit from all the playtime he can get.
  • Olympiakos had a few chances at goal but nothing to truly brag about (remind me if I missed something please). Can’t tell you how many players from their starting XI were actually present, but from listening to the commentator, many of them were on the pitch.

All in all, a good win. The changes made in the second half, notably Modric to begin with, changed the outcome for us. Does this mean we are going to destroy Liverpool? No. But it was a match needed to maintain fitness levels for kick-off next week. I’m soooooo excited! SPURS!!!!

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Robben rumor squashed

August 5, 2009

Real Madrid winger, Arjen Robben, has finally come out saying he would not consider joining Spurs.

The Sun has quoted him saying: “With all the respect in the world, I have decided not to join Tottenham… The only thing I would consider is a move to another club in the Champions League.”

So I guess we really were after him and that Harry Redknapp felt a need to address the left wing position. The question is, are we still looking to address this issue? If so, where would we place Modric? Next to Palacios in the midfield?

What About Gio?

July 28, 2009

I worry about Giovanni Dos Santos. The youngster has shown a lot of promise in all international matches he has played for Mexico. Even during his loan spell at Ipswich, the boy was playing well until he got injured. Why has he not broken through at Spurs? Is Harry not fond of his size? That’s impossible! Look at Defoe. You know what, look at the average size of our squad! Did you see them stacked up against Celtic? Spurs are a relatively short team (i.e. Lennon, Modric, Keane) – ok, now is the time to joke about Crouch skewing the measurements.

Gio’s strongest performances seem to be when he slots as the striker on the right side. He is left footed and likes to hit that top left corner of the goal. It’s his sweet spot! During Ramos’ brief reign at White Hart Lane, Gio played on the left wing several times and, although showed great speed and skill, he wasn’t as aggressive as he is on the right. Could Harry possibly play him there? If we manage to use him on the left wing, where would Modric play? Hmm… this is tough!

I at least hope that if we offload Gio this season it is strictly on loan so he can hone his skill and come back to us with some precious experience and maturity.