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Norman Giller's View - 19.02.18
· Pochettino cups are overflowing

Pochettino cups are overflowing

Don’t you just love the Beautiful Game! While it was a nuisance for Tottenham, you must have ice in your veins if you were not warmed by yesterday’s last-minute equaliser by Rochdale.

It gives the rock-bottom Division 1 minnows a much-needed cash bonanza, and keeps alive the magic of the FA Cup. Tottenham have become the Robin Hood club of the competition, helping hard-up clubs with replay hand-outs.

Priority for Professor Pochettino is, of course, next month’s European Champions’ League duel with Juventus at Wembley, and the last thing he wanted was an extra FA Cup tie crammed into the fixture list. His cups are overflowing.

But Rochdale worked hard for the draw and their players will feel ten feet tall when they run out at Wembley, most of them for the first time in their lives...............

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Spurs Odyssey FA Cup Rd 5 Match report
· Rochdale 2 Spurs 2 - Heroes Rochdale make a late booking for a replay at Wembley
· Rochdale 2 Spurs 2 - John Ellis's "Third-Eye" report
· Rochdale v Spurs v FA Cup preview - Into uncharted territory for Spurs!

There is a massive cemetery not far down Sandy Lane from Rochdale’s Spotland ground, re-named the Crown Oil Arena. Spurs nearly booked themselves a place in the graveyard in football terms, going a goal down just before half-time to Rochdale captain and top scorer Ian Henderson. They managed a comeback in the second half with a goal on his full debut for Lucas Moura, and a late penalty won by Dele Alli (for which the offending Rochdale player was booked) and converted by Harry Kane. Both Dele and Harry plus Lamela had been inserted in the second half, as Pochettino’s second team failed to make headway against “The Dale”, who are currently at the bottom of League One. We thought we had the game won, and although there would have been no glory in victory, even that was snatched away in the third minute of added time when “Dale”’s substitute Steven Davies grabbed a glorious equaliser. Thus, Spurs have once again given a lower league side the opportunity to visit Wembley – probably on Wednesday 28th February...........

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· Your grades re Rochdale (A)

· High marks and high praise for Dembele! (Spurs Odyssey Premier League review Matchday 27)

· Your grades re Arsenal (H)

· A statistical dilemma (January review)

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Spurs Development & Academy Reports, 2017-18
· Spurs U-18s 4 Arsenal U-18s 1 - Griffiths' hat-trick & Spurs win League Cup semi-final!
· Spurs U-18s fixtures and reports - 2017-18
· Swansea 2 Spurs 2 - Spurs PL2 side gains precious point
· Spurs' PL2 (& Checkatrade) fixtures and reports - 2017-18

This was a fairly even game with both sides having chances. The first half was very stop start with injuries and fouls but Spurs' better finishing won out in the end. If Sako had played from the start the result may have been different but Spurs played well. Chelsea won the other semi-final at Everton so it will be another meeting with the west London side who knocked Spurs out of the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday 2-0 at Stevenage..............

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Spurs Odyssey Champions League Match Report
· Juventus 2 Spurs 2 - Heroes of The Allianz!
· Juventus 2 Spurs 2 - John Ellis's "Third-Eye" report
· Juventus v Spurs preview - Beware of "The Old Lady"!
· Can Spurs win any silverware this season?

The club logo of Juventus After going down to what looked like being a devastating two goal early deficit, Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs proved themselves highly worthy of their place in the Champions League with a magnificent comeback to draw the game, and to take two away goals back to what will be a packed Wembley on March 7th!

Spurs were knocked back by two goals in the first nine minutes by Gonzalo Higuain. The first had been superbly created and volleyed home. The second was a penalty, conceded by Ben Davies, which was converted with conviction.

Spurs buckled down to fight back by playing superb crafted football; determined play, and dominated possession (67%) in Juve's Allianz Stadium. These were last year's beaten Champions League finalists, no less!..........

Juve's Allianz Stadium has a light show!

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Spurs Odyssey Premier League Match Report
· Spurs 1 Arsenal 0 - A day of victory and history for Spurs!
· Spurs 1 Arsenal 0 - John Ellis's "Third-Eye" report
· Spurs v Arsenal preview - Spurs know all about Aubameyang
· Spurs' record in recent London Derby League matches

This was a day that will surely be remembered for the fact we beat Arsenal 1-0; went seven points above them and into the Champions League places (at least for the weekend). It will also be remembered because Harry Kane scored his 101st Premier League goal, and his seventh against Arsenal. Harry's 101st Premier League goal will certainly not be consigned to Room 101!

This day will surely also be remembered in history for being the match which saw the biggest home Spurs crowd ever for an Arsenal game, and might yet remain the highest ever crowd for a Premier League game. The 83,222 crowd surely included 80,000 Spurs fans, which is a figure we will not see repeated at our new stadium with its projected capacity of 62,000.

Apart from those notes of history, the game should also be remembered for a dominating Spurs performance where we had 18 shots on goal to their 6, and for the simple fact that we should have won by more goals and should perhaps have scored three, four or even five!...........

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Spurs Odyssey Premier League Match Preview
· Liverpool 2 Spurs 2 - High drama at Anfield!
· Liverpool 2 Spurs 2 - John Ellis's "Third-eye" report.
· Liverpool v Spurs preview - Another thriller in store!

There was high drama at Anfield in the last 10 minutes, and it was played out before not only the 53,000 crowd, but all those around the world who were able to view the Premier League game of the weekend. The game lived up to its billing, but not to the liking of Jurgen Klopp and the army of Liverpool fans. Mohamed Salah had given “The Reds” a third minute lead, courtesy of an under hit back pass by Eric Dier. We then had to wait until the 80th minute for another goal and it came in spectacular fashion from substitute Victor Wanyama, who virtually burst the net with his thunderbolt of a shot. Salah scored what looked like the winner as we entered added time with a superb goal after beating three Spurs defenders in the box. However this goal was punctuated by controversial penalty decisions before and after. The first had been hit by Harry Kane straight at goalkeeper Karius. The second came with virtually the last kick of the game and was hit firmly past the goalkeeper for Kane’s 100th Premier league goal, and a precious point in the quest for Champions League football............

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Spurs Odyssey Premier League Match Report
· Spurs 2 Man Utd 0 - Bravo sensational Spurs!
· Spurs 2 Man Utd 0 - John Ellis's "Third-eye" report.
· Spurs v Man Utd preview - Invoke the spirit of "The Finale"!

Words alone cannot convey the superb, sensational nature of Spurs’ win last night against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, new signing Alexis Sanchez and all. Spurs “owned” the United stars in every area of the pitch, and it all started with lightning speed when Christian Eriksen had the ball in the net after 11 seconds. I’ve heard it may have been 10.56 seconds to be precise, but whatever the case it was equally the third fastest Premier League goal after that of Ledley King and Alan Shearer – level with Mark Viduka. United showed some threat in the first quarter with former gooner Sanchez getting booed with every touch, but Spurs made it 2-0 in the 28th minute courtesy of some slick football, a cross by Trippier and hapless Phil Jones’ own goal. This was simply a bravura performance by Spurs who could, and should have won by a bigger margin. We’ve had some great wins at Wembley this season, notably over Real Madrid (3-1) and Liverpool (4-1), but I think this was the best football I’ve seen by Spurs this season. It was simply poetry in motion. All this was played out in front of a record Premier league crowd of 81,978. Personally, I cannot fathom where there were 8,000 empty seats...........

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Perhaps one of the most popular threads on The Spurs Odyssey message board is one which started seven years ago in 2010. This provides the history of our new stadium applications (including the thankfully unsuccessful bid for the Olympic Stadium) right up to the present time with images of the actual current building and ongoing planning processes. There is a genuine community feel about the board, which is moderated.

Every Spurs match is covered with excellent threads, which feature images and stats from previous games. There is so much to enjoy about the message board which also has an off-topic section where non-football matters are discussed.

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