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Friday, 27 September 2013

Lamela to start.


 Are you taking all the free kicks Lamps?
12.45 I think.
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The Greg Meyer Column. 
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 September 27 .. Erik Lamela's Hero Birthday.
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Lamela To Start  ... Spurs Are Coming ... Age Just A State Of Mind.
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Questions galore surround the London derby at the Lane on Saturday. Will our record signing start? Why are Chelsea worried? The answer to that and lots more a little later.
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 Really the big picture is more about the arrival of a young Portuguese and the presence of a rather much older Portuguese.
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 The Special Young One versus The Special Old One ... Spurs versus Chelsea.

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Spurs are coming given the calculated and imaginative spending of the Bale money. Some with a heavy Arsenal bent might say they've been threatening to come for a long time. 
A second eleven in the league Cup saw Villa off with consummate ease. Mind that second eleven did include our man Lamela. Played a very good first half, saw little ball in the second. Enough to start?  More later.

 Back to the youngster and the has been. Only joking surely. Jose has hit the magical 50 while Andre has made it to 35 years young. Our pub think the age factor should not be discounted.

 The age factor appears when you consider respective squads. The average Spurs age is 25 years whereas Chelsea weigh in at 28 years. Old duffers like John Terry(32), Frank Lampard(35), Ashley Cole(32),and the new boy SamuelEto'o (32) certainly qualify as Chelsea Pensioners.
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  Michael Dawson at 29 is a Spurs old boy. Erik Lamela is the team baby at 21 years old.
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 So does this age thing really mean anything. Our pub philosopher went looking and came up with the following ...
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 "Age is an issue of mind over matter(Mata).If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."   Mark Twain.
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 "Age considers;youth ventures."  Raindranath Tagore and THFC ... To Dare is To Do.
"Old men.They don't grow wise. They grow careful."  Ernest Hemingway and possibly Jose Mourinho.
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 " Just remember when you are over the hill then you begin to pick up speed." Charles Shulz and Jose Mourinho  ... here's hoping.
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 and probably our pub favourite ...
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 " Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.'  Spurs season ticket holder Oscar Wilde. Perhaps the wisdom of Wilde regards the moderation of Jose and the youthful impetuosity of Andre.
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 So Do Chelsea Fear Spurs.

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 The signing of Willian gives us a clue. Nearly put pen to paper for Spurs when a phone call between Russian oligarchs who happen to own football clubs put an end to that. Our pub reckon it was a bullet dodged. 
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All that happened was we definitely signed Erik Lamela ( our man again) and with a no 10 still needed , along came another 21 year old. Christian Eriksen. Given his performance or lack of so far by Willian seems a reasonable conspiracy theory that the sole aim was to frustrate Spurs.
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 The non signing of Juan Mata. Spurs tried but Jose said no. Why? Certainly not his no1, no 10. Don't blame him for not letting him go to a rival. Worried about Spurs . Of course.
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 So are Chelsea a team of ageing superstars studded with some fabulous talent. It has been a hot topic this week ...
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 At A Kent Pub ... Our Concerns.

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 Our first concern. The referee is Mike Dean. Say no more.
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 Set pieces and corners. Maybe we have discarded zonal marking and at least can spare one for the post. Hugo Lloris needs aerial strength. He has it.
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 Jose Mourinho successfully closing the game down as he did against Manchester United. Surely with options like Chadli, Townsend and our man Erik Lamela we can provide space for Eriksen, Soldado and others including our goal scoring Brazilian.
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 We are excited and optimistic. The only thing retro about Spurs is the new shirt collar. Probably the most exciting time to be following Spurs since 1961.
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 The Argentinian link should continue. Class and Erik Lamela to start. His hero Francesco Totti of Roma is 37 today.
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 Cheers ... our favourite from George Burns .. "When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick." ...  Greg Meyer   coy young and dynamic Spurs.

Jimmy's Video Spot: Erik Lamala (again)
 Tomorrow is a good time to open your Premiership  account young man.. Greg is convinced that he will start. I'm not so sure. Townsend is my guess at wide right unless he starts on the left.  But Erik will get on. And score hopefully. No scrub that: will score confidently.
 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The whole of the 60s was a great time to follow Spurs and inexpensive too (good times up until 1974 when we started to lose our way ..then got relegated ..and then back again with a bang in 1979, and playing great through most of the 1980s up until 1991/2). We've been damn good for the past 4 or 5 years too, with only the fates conspiring against us for CL football over the past two seasons. But this season is high promise indeed!
And yes, maybe we can get better than the odd 3rds that we've managed since we won the League in 60/61! I wouldn't start Lamela tomorrow, but I would start Defoe (to work his socks off for 45 minutes with Soldado coming on 2nd half). The only thing against us is, as in the similar game at Arsenal, that their players have played more together as a team than we have. But I believe in our players and I believe they'll get much better (and feared) throughout the season as squad depth becomes important. We can WIN this title ..but, if we take our eyes off the ball late in the season, we could be out of the CL places yet again.

Anonymous said...

I was there in 1956 (unaccompanied so not my first match) on and can see the same core group starting to set into place now. IMO Townsend is overrated and shows more the poor state of English football(must he shoot always? How about passing or better still: crossing?) and IMO Lamela should start with Lennon being the impact sub. But I can see Lamela havibg that latter role like Holtby. Interesting will be Siggy or Chadli? I think that the latter will be another impact sub.
yes, I think that Roman is concerned. Give Willy an ironic cheer for me(Thank God we missed that one!!)

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