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Friday, 4 March 2016

The Accidental Tourists

Didn't we book an express ticket straight there?
What Tour? Oh well enjoy the ride.

 The Greg Meyer Column.
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 Friday 4 March 2016 .. Our Pub Celebrates a Special Birthday.. Does he Start …

Spurs .. The Accidental Tourists.

The stratosphere currently occupied by a certain North London football team is uncharted territory. Spurs have never won the EP League in its current format let alone finished better than 3rd.
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Are Spurs an accidental tourist or genuine title contenders? Oh and they have never finished above Arsenal since the League was born in 1992.
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This unfamiliar seat in First Class rather than Economy/Cattle with the also rans is causing stress symptoms galore in many Spurs fans.
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 I mean having just survived Swansea( we go second),and then Ham (losing but still second), we are about to embark on the most important North London derby in history.

Just ask Gary Mabbutt. Good thing we have access to copious stress medication available at our local outlet, the Kent Pub.

The progression of Spurs this season is no accident. A combination of a carefully orchestrated intense preseason fitness regime allied with selective rotation in most areas seems to be working and then some.
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Albeit the non rotation of our striker(s) and centre mid field defensive, read Harry Kane and Eric Dier, may yet find Spurs out.
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The introduction of Argentinian family values building a culture of togetherness amongst the playing group and staff has seen an addressing of the previous ”mentality” deficiencies. Shaking hands with Daniel Levy at the Spurs Lodge cafeteria seems bizarre.
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 If it is part of the Pochettino philosophy then okay by us. Words like resilience and the like are popping up on MOTD continually. Ian Wright included. “Spursy” seems to be fading with those false dawns.
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 Perhaps the lesser number of tourists in the Spurs side is a critical factor. Remember the oft quoted observation of Arsenal . Almost a French national team. The Spurs English contingent is impressive.
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 From the Academy and beyond you have Kane, Alli, Mason, Onomah, Thomas Carroll, Rose, Walker, Trippier, and nearly English a Welsh Ben Davies. It's no accident.
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The Pochettino philosophy of encouraging youth and home grown talent is a Chairman’s dream. Daniel Levy’s ears are burning. The January window papers were awash with credible stories saying he was up for a second striker.
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Money was available. The Argentine family brains trust were not tempted leaving aside the Fulham lad Dembele which will happen in the summer.
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No one suitable available. I mean what do you get for 30 million. Christian Bentekhe moved for 32.5 million. A fizzer so far at the Bindippers Supermarket Outlet.
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Train Accident or Full Speed Ahead … The Derby.
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So to the derby that matters. Spurs win and surely top four is heavily favoured. Spurs win and the title dream will be no accident.
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Welcome headlines for Spurs this week included Check Out (sorry still in supermarket mode ), Koscielny Au Revoir ( replaced by Mertesacker… an accident waiting to happen pun intended), No Spurs casualties versus Ham, and an Arsenal Message Board Meltdown.
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However please do not put the house on it advises our Pub accountant from Tranmere. A wily French fox will have them up for Saturday. Still the Anti Wenger Society will truly meltdown if a certain Argentinian triumphs.
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Mind the likes of Ozil, Sanchez and a wild card are dangerous when wounded. Arsenal are on a poor run. Over at Spurs Kane is out of sorts, temporarily. Giroud likewise and more so. The Walcott nemesis is at least back on the Park. FA Cup anyone?
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Surely Dembele,  Alli and a vintage Eriksen performance might provide enough goals for Spurs. As well Toby Unpronounceable and our Pub favourite Captain Hugo Lloris might build on an impressive Tottenhm defence this year.

Captain of Spurs and the French national team. How they would love him at Arsenal. His photo stand alone on the fireplace mantle …
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At Our Kent Pub.

A difficult derby, a difficult prediction in a truly historic North London Derby. Spurs are no accidental tourists. They will continue the tour ahead of Arsenal.
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The ultimate destination of top spot will be no accident. The open top bus tour up the High Road of Tottenham remains a live option at your local travel agency.
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 And before we forget Erik Lamela is 24 today.
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Cheers … Harrison Ford of Accidental Tourist fame is surely a Spurs fan … Greg Meyer.          COYS .. Please do not let us down.
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Jimmy's Video Spot.
Happy 24th. Erik. Hard work, flair and a decent goals and assists record. It's taken a while  but he's one of Mauricio's first names on the team-sheet. Is it because I is Argentinian? I don't think Pochettino is that sentimental. The boy's good.

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