Can Pochettino Do a Pardew?


Now we’ve reached the fag-end of another year, your primary concern should be the number of people your future self will make feel uncomfortable at that NYE party you’re going to later. Moved to action by the Adam Curtis section of Charlie Brooker’s 2014 Wipe from the night before, your future self has spent most of the evening cornering strangers and woozily grumbling about the state of things.

Open your minds, man, he kept saying, before decanting the rest of his drink on to the front of his shirt instead of in his mouth. Probably time to go home, I reckon.

If you’ve avoided all that and the first few hours of 2015 isn’t just a time to reflect on last evening’s many social bungles, then you won’t have to wait long before all is seemingly lost again.

If it’s not the state of your country, then by god you can almost guarantee it’s the state of your football team. Particularly when it’s Spurs playing table-topping Chelsea and the weather is primed for gloves and hardy souls.

By some Christmas miracle, Tottenham have benefitted from a reasonably successful festive period, which has seem them ascend to within two points of The Top Four. It’s a baseless argument but if weren’t for the consistency of Arsenal and Southampton and the lot already accumulated by an unfeasibly decent West Ham side, Spurs would be even deeper in the Champions League shake-up. Not bad for a team in perpetual crisis.

While there’s nothing big or clever about beating two promoted sides by single-goal margins – by most reports we were fortunate to manage that much against Burnley and Leicester- it was the United game which highlighted, if nothing else, a mental resilience which is so key in the quest for honours. Or so I’ve heard.

So the big question is: are Chelsea beatable? For a short answer ask Alan Pardew. If the architect of such an improbable victory as Newcastle’s over the Blues in early-December, can take the form of Big Alan Pards, professional touchline-rutterĀ and all-round managerial sh*t-heel: then there’s a chance for everyone.

Happy New Year!

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4 Responses to Can Pochettino Do a Pardew?

  1. avatar DAVSPURS (@davspurs) says:

    i TRULY HOPE SO FOXY THE SLY ONE LONG TIME SINCE WROTE ON YOU BLOGS TWITTER MAN NOW ALL BEST FOR NEW YEAR. The match can we beat Chelsea yes if Potch is bold and plays an attacking team with speed on the wings and full backs. Loris Walker Deir Fazio Vert on wings Lennon right Townsend left interchanging in middle Dembele Erickson upfront Chadli Kane or Soldao Kane or Ady Kane, gO FOR Goals then do what Chelsea did against us two banks of four with Lennon hit them on break

    • avatar HotspurForever says:

      Not just play with an attacking team with speed on the wings but we must play with our brains, play smart, play tough and play one touch quick compact football if we will to have any chance of scoring against Chelsea. Most of the time, our final third ball is very disappointing. The deliver of the ball from the midfielders and the attacking wingers to the upfront striker must be fast and sharp. We can’t afford to slow play when we are pushing forward for an attack because that is too predictable.

      • avatar HotspurForever says:

        DavSpurs you line up Deir Fazio as the two centre backs and push Vertonghen to the left, then I think the Chelsea players will attack us more through the middle. IMHO, both Deir and Fazio are slow players, so I will not line up them together. I will only use Deir as a back up option to Fazio and furthermore he has not been playing in the last few PL games. He might not look sharp and match fit and is a risk to partner him with Fazio. But I agreed with you it’s good to start Lennon on the right with Walker playing behind him. Whenever Lennon got the ball and push forward to attack, Walker will need to support him from behind and vice-versa. What if Lennon is not effective on his game or he goes missing, then I will replace him at half time or even earlier with either Lamela or Townsend. That’s my thought.

  2. avatar JimmyG2 says:

    HNY Foxy.
    Are we nearly there yet?
    Depends where you’re going of course.
    Like Poch and his methodology.
    Bringing a bit of rigor and methodology to the mess
    we have created over many years.
    Hope he gets the time to continue the undoubted progress.
    Now where did I put that drink?

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