"It is better to fail aiming high than to succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high, so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory." Bill Nicholson. SPURS


Saturday, February 23, 2008

Tottenham Hotspur Vs Chelsea

Tomorrow brings around our first cup final since 2002 when we played Blackburn at the Millennium Stadium. This season we are back at Wembley and our opponents are Chelsea.

This is going to be one tough game regardless of whether Fat Boy or Terry play but it is a must win game for us. This compeition will hopefully bring us our first silverware since 1999 but more importantly it will give the team and the club the belief that they can compete when it matters and that they are capable of winning things. People like Lee Dixon speak of how it gave the scum the belief they could go somewhere in 1987 and Fat Boy Lumplard said the same after Mourinhio's first win in 2005. This will be an important step for the club as a whole in recent times and one where we need to approach the game in a similar fashion to how we demolished Arsenal 5-1.

Our trump card is definetly Ramos. He is tactically excellent and is the miles ahead of Grant in his ability. He will hopefully see what Grant cannot and set us up to win. This is where we can win the game, through his leadership from the bench.

We will line up as strong as possible with only Bale missing from what would be our full strength team. Robbo will be in goal, and we are looking for a performance from him, with King and Woodgate in front. In the full back positions will be Hutton and Chimbonda. Zokora apparently starts with JJ with Steed and Lennon on the flanks. Steed will likely drop in to match the Chavs three in the middle allowing Lennon to terrorize Bridge at left back. Robbie Keane and Berbatov will make up the front two. Keane will probably drop deep. To win the game we need to get into Chelsea's face and hassle for every ball. If we can stop them from playing we can impose ourselevs on them. Chances will be at a premium as Chelsea will try to stifle the life and entertainment out of the game as usual so we will have to make sure we take them when they come along.

Chelsea have been overly cocky in the run up to the game with both Cech and Wright-Phillips both mouthing off in the press. The fans apparently hate us as well although we all know that they will never be our true rivals. It will be interstsing to see if they have sold all their tickets or whether they can stop insulting their billionaire owner, Manager and Manager's dad, who survived the holocaust, by keeping the nazi salutes and gas chamber noises at home.




Blogger Cwoff said...

I'm struggling with containing my excitement... I've tried to look at it as dispassionately as possible and I really think we have a great chance. Still, this could be because I can't bare the thought of defeat...

I've also written a huge preview of the match here if anyone wants to have a read:

9:20 PM, February 23, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we are to win this final then we must score first.Scoring first will mean chelsea can't suffocate the game and force them to play openly.

10:37 PM, February 23, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't get a ticket. So I'll be in a pub. Cannot wait. Im optimistic but worried. It s Chelsea, And hate them as much as I do and as much as I think Ramos is a better manager than grant I just think they've got more big game experience, and 2 extra days rest on us so Im not going to get carried away saying were gonna stuf em. One thing I would like though. Please PLEASE no matter how much the urge takes you, if you're going to the game dont sing anything about Eduardo. Just been on youtube to see what happened and some of the comments are unbelievable. I hate every gooner as much as the next guy but the kids career is over. He doesn't deserve that.

11:49 PM, February 23, 2008

Blogger Cwoff said...

Tbh I don't think his career is over - it didn't look any worse than either of Djibril Cisse's boken legs or Henrick Larson.

However I completely agree with you about singing about it. I can think of few things that would be more shameful to hear our fans delight in the agony of another human being. Please let such things be far, far beneath us...

12:06 AM, February 24, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it was worse. It didn't look like a clean break whereas I think I remember Larssons and Cisse's were. Eduardo's looked like it almost tore his foot off at the ankle. In anycase, If he does manage to come back, I dont think he'll be the same player.

1:18 AM, February 24, 2008


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