Greek is the Word | Spurs XI to Face Panathinaikos

Cook a cat! It’s the final group stage matches of the Europa League proper. Spurs, god bless ‘em, are unbeaten so far and go into this eve’s game against Panathinaikos with a two point buffer betwixt themselves, 1st and 3rd. Which, when all the highly complex algorithms are processed, checked and checked again, means a draw will be enough for delightful progress into the knock-outs. And if we can’t manage at least a point against this rabble of Hellenistic Herberts, then perhaps this is the station we ought to get off at anyway.

We’ve fielded a pretty competitive line-up in each of the group games up until now, so the expectancy is that Villas-Boas isn’t about to change tact at the crucial moment this evening. From the start, at least, the team’s going to look reasonably fierce. Tom Carroll will likely start and what an ideal occasion for him to rock the Kasbah with an assertive midfield performance. European tie, pulling the strings in the centre, under the lights. This could be the making of the young man.

Meanwhile I’d fancy Adebayor to play on his lonesome up front. Injuries, suspension and the remarkable- admit it, surprising- form of J-Dizzly aside, it’s maybe time the smiling Togolese hitman stopped fannying about and got on with the business of doing professional kickball. When all’s said and done, you’d have to concede, it’s what he does best.

Anyway, here’s how I’d line the chaps up. But what says you?

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19 Responses to Greek is the Word | Spurs XI to Face Panathinaikos

  1. avatar Longwell says:

    That’s all very groovy. Let’s hope we take care of biznass.

  2. avatar BAE says:

    Just about the weakest midfield ever! Gomes would be a better addition than Thudd

  3. avatar klinsmannfan says:

    I’m not sure that defence and midfield would be sufficiently strong to achieve the right result for us.

  4. avatar That'll do it says:

    Don’t think the starting line up will be too far off your pick, but all I really care about is that we win and progress. I know it’s not everyone’s favourite competition but I want something shiny at season’s end, and this one will do me nicely.

    And a quick comment on your opening line- no idea what “cook a cat” is all about but it made me snort tea out of my nose. Top job.

  5. avatar Daniel says:

    Im quite sure Falque is not in the squad for this game, but I would happy to play Towsend there. Other than that spot on. Vertongen deserves A GAME off, defoe and sandro should be rested unless there really needed later on. COYS

  6. avatar ThePill says:

    Did mine before looking at yours, the only change I had was Livermore behind Hudd and Carroll (push em into a 1-4-1-4-1 formation and have Siggy in place of Falque


  7. avatar seattlespursguy says:

    From the classic show, The Wire:

    Det. Bunk Moreland: Them Greeks sure have some weird-ass names.
    Det. Jimmy McNulty: Hey, don’t knock the Greeks. They invented civilization.
    Det. Bunk Moreland: Yeah, and ass-fucking, too.

  8. avatar seattlespursguy says:

    Well, sounds like we made hard sledding of it (again) but we are through to the dubious rewards of the Ropey League. So here is the draw procedure:

    There will be two pots for the round of 32 draw: the 12 group winners and the four best third-ranked teams in the UEFA Champions League group stage will be drawn against the 12 group runners-up and the remaining third-placed UEFA Champions League sides. In the games on 14 and 21 February, no team can play a club from their group or a side from the same association. The draw for the round of 16 will take place on the same day.

    Group winners (seeded)
    Liverpool FC, FC Viktoria Plzeň, Fenerbahçe SK, FC Girondins de Bordeaux, FC Steaua Bucureşti, FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, KRC Genk, FC Rubin Kazan, Olympique Lyonnais, S.S. Lazio, FC Metalist Kharkiv, Hannover 96.

    Runners-up (unseeded)
    FC Anji Makhachkala, Club Atlético de Madrid, VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach, Newcastle United FC, VfB Stuttgart, SSC Napoli, FC Basel 1893, FC Internazionale Milano, AC Sparta Praha, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Levante UD.

    Transferred from the UEFA Champions League
    Chelsea FC, CFR 1907 Cluj, Olympiacos FC, SL Benfica, FC Dynamo Kyiv, FC Zenit St Petersburg, AFC Ajax, FC BATE Borisov.
    (seedings to be confirmed in due course)

    So for now, Liverpool, Lazio, Chelsea and the runner teams are out as possible opponents. I doubt Bate, Cluj and Olympiacos would be seeded, but there are some tough teams here. Here’s hoping for Genk!

  9. avatar Longwell says:

    Originally Posted By- seattlespursguy
    Well, sounds like we made hard sledding of it (again)

    I’m watching it on delay right now. We’ve been terrific in the first 30 minutes and change. Carroll and Adebayor have been terrific, but Dempsey’s the real standout so far. He looks so much more confident, and it’s showing in the quality of his ideas. Execution isn’t totally there yet, but he’s been outstanding.

  10. avatar Longwell says:

    I sort of not-live blogged this for myself, so here are my thoughts in the moment:

    – Terrific work by Clint to put Adebayor through for the opener. Got himself into a pocket of space between Panathinaikos’ defensive lines, picked up the ball on the half-turn, two touches and *boom* perfectly weighted through ball for Adebayor.

    – I love Tom Carroll. LOVE. We bossed that half, and he’s a big reason why. Walker also super lively tonight; hopefully another sign that he’s finding a good run of form again.

    – Dempsey nearly with another assist. Lovely reverse ball to pick out Defoe making a run at the edge of the area. He rounds his man to the outside, but his left-footed shot is off the post. So close!

    – Oh man, Kyle Naughton totally caught napping to concede an equalizer. Simple cross in from the Panathinaikos left and Naughton gets his pants pulled down by Zeca, who just ambles around him completely uncontested and heads across Friedel for the goal. Terrible defending.

    – Naughton with a poor attempt at a clearance that ricochets off Vertonghen and falls to Toche, who puts it *just* wide. Hate to pick on Naughton, who’s clearly not as comfortable on the left side after having a very solid game at right back against Fulham, but he’s been really bad. Caulker’s certainly not had his best game either.

    – Dempsey scores! Sandro wins a free kick down the right hand side after a good run. Excellent ball whipped in by Walker, and Clint heads in off the crossbar. On further review, it appears the ball may have come down off the bar and then gone in off the keeper’s back. Still a fine header and great delivery.

    – Aaron Lennon cuts in from the right and drives at the heart of the defense before slipping a nifty little reverse ball through to pick out Defoe. A classy half-chipped finish over the onrushing keeper. 3-1 Spurs. Kyle Walker, who’s the only one challenging Dempsey for MOTM honors, should get a lot of credit for that goal. It was his pressure and tenacity in midfield that won the ball to set Lennon away and his bursting run past Lennon that helped make the space for Defoe.

    – Full time. We’re through. Roll on the Toffees.

    • avatar Anonymous says:

      On the Naughton point, it was a shame for him to have a confidence draining performance after looking more than capable last week. This just reinforces how much we have missed Benny this season. Jan is great, but not an LB, and Kyle2 isn’t the answer either. It’s frustrating that we have yet to play our best defense of Hugo-Walker-Kaboul-Jan-Benny. I believe we’d be an easy 3-4 points better off if they’d been available from the start.

  11. avatar Tony says:

    Watched QPR yesterday to pass the time. Total nighmare of a team. Even the simplest of basics were beyond them all over the pitch. Spurs old boy Nelsen best by a mile but Wigan battered them. So bad that Keane and Bramble would notably improve them!!!
    I looked at the squad they bought dyer and SWP for starters (yes they did) then more big contraacts players who were in other teamms when other players won game like Park, and bosingwa,, then to top it off they bought some Gio types 🙂 Also Adel tarabt is the same player he was at Spurs – no0 he did not grow out of it!!
    Forget surviving this season they will be relegated from the championship next year lol

  12. avatar seattlespursguy says:

    So, the late goals do us over again. Of the 25 goals we have conceded in the league, 10 have come in the final 15 minutes. That is shockingly bad and needs fixing right away.

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