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Cartilage Free Captain 1 hour ago
Burnley 0-1 Tottenham: Lucas fires Spurs to League Cup quarterfinals

Burnley 0-1 Tottenham: Lucas fires Spurs to League Cup quarterfinals

Photo by Stu Forster/ It wasn’t a pretty game by any stretch, but it’s a win! For 68 minutes Tottenham Hotspur played some of the most boring and dour football I’ve seen all season against Burnley at Turf Moor. Then Lucas Moura did a good! Emerson Royal put a pinpoint cross to Lucas’ head midway through the second half, and Lucas headed the ball off the turf and past Nick Pope to give Spurs a narrow 1-0 win over the Clarets in their League Cup clash on Wednesday. The win puts Spurs through to the quarterfinals of the League Cup, and they will find out their next...
Cartilage Free Captain 6 hours ago
Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Match thread and how to watch

Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Match thread and how to watch

Photo by Visionhaus/ Back to the Carabao Cup. Tottenham Hotspur are in need of a win, and there’s no better time for it than today in the Carabao Cup Round of 16. After back-to-back-defeats in EPL and Conference League, advancing to the quarterfinals can get things back on track. Chelsea, Arsenal and Sunderland, have all advanced already with their victories yesterday but there’s five more spots to be determined today. Burnley have earned their spot today by beating Newcastle on penalties then dismantling an overmatched Rochsdale while Spurs defeated Wolves on...
Cartilage Free Captain 7 hours ago
Tottenham’s current use of Dane Scarlett is doing more harm than good

Tottenham’s current use of Dane Scarlett is doing more harm than good

Photo by Rico Brouwer/Soccrates/ Spurs once again face a conundrum at the striker position behind Harry Kane. For years now, it has been an accepted truism from Tottenham Hotspur supporters that the club needs to inject more talent at striker behind Harry Kane. Over a decade ago, Spurs had options such as Darren Bent, Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov to call upon. Now, outside of Kane, Spurs have just 17-year-old Dane Scarlett at the position. During Tottenham’s magical Champions League run in 2018-19, Spurs were able to overcome the absence of an...
Cartilage Free Captain 15 hours ago
The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Wednesday, October 27

The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Wednesday, October 27

Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via a cup-themed poll Hi, everyone! At the top today is defender Molly Bartrip. Ramble of the Day I’m stealing a question straight out of the Cartilage Free Captain writers’ room, perfectly appropriate for a team in the middle of a trophy drought and currently coached by someone who isn’t setting our world on fire. Would you take winning the Carabao Cup — and only the Carabao Cup — this year if it guaranteed Nuno Espírito Santo’s job was safe for an entire year? You have until the end of the day, UK time,...
Cartilage Free Captain 22 hours ago
Report: Dele left out of Tottenham’s League Cup squad at Burnley

Report: Dele left out of Tottenham’s League Cup squad at Burnley

Photo by Martin Rose/ That’s because he’s starting on Saturday, right? RIGHT? Well, THIS isn’t going to do anything to stop the rampaging #narrative surrounding Dele Alli. According to Sami Mokbel at the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito Santo has left Dele out of the traveling squad that will head to Burnley for Wednesday’s League Cup match. (Yes, it’s the Mail, but Sami Mokbel is a legit journo.) All indications are that Nuno intends to play a fairly strong side in tomorrow’s cup match, which he calls “a final,” despite a looming...
Cartilage Free Captain Oct 26, 2021
Tanguy Ndombele credits meeting with Daniel Levy for turning around his Spurs career

Tanguy Ndombele credits meeting with Daniel Levy for turning around his Spurs career

Photo by Daniel Chesterton/Offside/Offside via Tottenham’s record signing is ready to move past this past summer and improve. You don’t have to put in a ton of effort when discussing Tanguy Ndombele before you run head-first into a sea of narrative. The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Spurs record signing, has been a divisive figure among supporters, with as many fans praising his obvious talent on the ball as there are those criticizing what they perceive to be a pattern of underachievement relative to his transfer fee. What’s rare is actually hearing from the man...
Cartilage Free Captain Oct 26, 2021
Burnley vs. Tottenham Preview: Spurs attempt to advance to the quarterfinals

Burnley vs. Tottenham Preview: Spurs attempt to advance to the quarterfinals

Photo by Jason Cairnduff - Pool/ Expect a heavily rotated side again, however. After consecutive wins over Mura, Aston Villa, and Newcastle, Tottenham Hotspur appeared to be headed in the right direction after some nasty defeats. Instead, a completely rotated side lost to Vitesse on Thursday in the Netherlands, only for the rested first team to fall 1-0 to West Ham over the weekend. At this point it is fair to say that Spurs are who they are. This is a team that will compete for a European place in the table and has an outside chance in a few cup competitions, but...
Cartilage Free Captain Oct 26, 2021
The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Tuesday, October 26

The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Tuesday, October 26

Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Adele, Tottenham, and a lot of questions Hello, all! I come with an important question: How is Tipping Point real? Ben Shepherd’s face is perfect. Remarkable daytime quizzing, this pic.twitter.com/0Lreh0JCX2— Graeme Douglas (@graemedouglas) October 25, 2021 Ramble of the Day Tottenham’s greatest accomplishment in the last week is, unsurprisingly given recent form, not something that happened on the pitch. Vogue dropped the latest in its series of 73 questions with its cover stars, this time helping Adele tease her...
Cartilage Free Captain Oct 25, 2021
West Ham 1-0 Tottenham: player ratings to the theme of actually scary horror movies

West Ham 1-0 Tottenham: player ratings to the theme of actually scary horror movies

Photo by Roy Rochlin/ Spoiler: it isn’t Nightmare on Elm Street. Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 loss at West Ham felt like a mainstream horror movie at times. Going into it you had premonitions of doom knowing in your gut a bit of what might be coming, the entire match was tense, Spurs’ decapitation and death came late and was thoroughly predictable. I’m not a horror movie aficionado by any stretches, but I’ve seen my fair share of horror films, often through the cracks between my fingers. The genre is HUGE, but what’s striking is how relatively few horror movies...
Cartilage Free Captain Oct 25, 2021
The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Monday, October 25

The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Monday, October 25

Photo by Warren Little/ Let’s take a ride to the Easy Plateau. Happy Monday, Spurs fans! Pardeep has the day off today, so it’s yours truly with another Song of the Day Hoddle. I’ve been an Americana fan for decades now. If you imagine a Venn diagram, Americana is a big circle that includes a whole host of smaller circles representing various musical genres — classic country, modern country, alt-country, folk, alt-folk, singer-songwriters, bluegrass, newgrass, folk-rock, etc. It’s a big tent. I have my favorite sub-genres, of course, but as I get older I find...
Cartilage Free Captain Oct 24, 2021
Nuno: Tottenham “were the better team” despite West Ham loss

Nuno: Tottenham “were the better team” despite West Ham loss

Photo by Harriet Lander/Copa/ *blinks* I don’t envy professional football managers who have to go in front of the media after a big loss and try to explain what happens. It’s gotta be tough, but that’s also part of the job and why they get paid the big bucks. Nuno Espirito Santo was once again put in that situation today after Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 loss at West Ham, but while I expected the usual platitudes about working hard and analyze afterwards and try to improve and we go again, what we got instead was... not that. “Not too many [positives] but when...
Cartilage Free Captain Oct 24, 2021
Rose, Thorn, Bud — West Ham 1-0 Tottenham

Rose, Thorn, Bud — West Ham 1-0 Tottenham

Photo by Julian Finney/ Yet another concerning performance for Spurs. Four London Derbies down now and Tottenham Hotspur have taken losses in all of them. Conceding ten and scoring just one goal in those derbies, the reality is that Spurs have been far from good enough in big matches duringb Nuno Espírito Santo’s first season in charge. Sunday’s away loss at West Ham was the latest derby defeat for Spurs. Playing roughly the same formation against one another, both Nuno and David Moyes seemed to feel comfortable that their starting lineup was simply better than the...
Cartilage Free Captain Oct 24, 2021
West Ham 1-0 Tottenham: Community Player Ratings

West Ham 1-0 Tottenham: Community Player Ratings

Photo by Justin Setterfield/ Pain. Bad. Tottenham Hotspur rested all their starters mid-week so they’d be fresh for an away London Derby against West Ham today, but it didn’t seem to help much. Spurs played even with the Hammers for much of the match but came out flat in the second half, not managing a single shot on target in the second period. Michail Antonio took advantage of some poor defending by Harry Kane on a set piece and scored late, and West Ham took the three points today, final score 1-0. Time to rate the players! Rate the players from 1⁄2 to 5 stars....
Cartilage Free Captain Oct 24, 2021
West Ham United 1 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur: Antonio goal sinks Spurs on the road

West Ham United 1 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur: Antonio goal sinks Spurs on the road

Photo by Julian Finney/ Pain. Michail Antonio’s second half goal was enough to see West Ham United dispatch Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium, Sunday, by the final score of 1-0. Nuno Espirito Santo opted to play the same lineup he used at Newcastle United last week, given the heavy rotation midweek against Vitesse. West Ham countered with an attacking side in hopes to break down the Spurs defense. Match Timeline 1’ - We’re off and running at the London Stadium. Thirty seconds in and we have a Lasagnagate reference on Sky Sports. Thanks guys. 8’ - First...
Cartilage Free Captain Oct 24, 2021
Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United: Match thread, live blog and how to watch

Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United: Match thread, live blog and how to watch

Photo by Martin Rose/ The Hammers come calling today. Tottenham Hotspur look to push into the top four again on Sunday as London rivals West Ham United make a trip across the city. Spurs currently sit on 15 points and can ensure a move to fourth place with a victory. West Ham have the same goal in mind as they are just one point behind Spurs in seventh place. After a rough outing in Conference League Thursday, a win in the league is just what the doctor ordered. Lineups Lineups will be posted one hour before kickoff. How to watch Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham...
Cartilage Free Captain Oct 22, 2021
Tottenham luminaries gathered to celebrate life of Spurs great Jimmy Greaves

Tottenham luminaries gathered to celebrate life of Spurs great Jimmy Greaves

Paul Miller and Ossie Ardiles arrive at the funeral for Jimmy Greaves today. | Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Greaves’ funeral was today, and plenty of recognizable names were at the private ceremony to pay their respects. Just over a month ago on September 19, the greatest ever Tottenham Hotspur goal scorer passed away at the age of 81. Today, some of Tottenham’s biggest luminaries gathered to say goodbye to Jimmy Greaves and lay his body to rest. Greaves’ funeral, a private ceremony, was held today at the Chelmsford Crematorium in Essex, and while no details...
Cartilage Free Captain Oct 22, 2021
West Ham vs. Tottenham Preview: A chance to see how much has changed

West Ham vs. Tottenham Preview: A chance to see how much has changed

Photo by JULIAN FINNEY/POOL/AFP via Bring on the banter... While Tottenham Hotspur supporters will rightfully poke fun at West Ham United treating this derby like a cup final, last year truly gave the Hammers a reason to celebrate. It feels like Spurs lost both fixtures, even though the home leg ended in a draw, and those points were the difference in the final table. The page has turned to the new season, and 361 days after that frenetic 3-3 affair, Spurs have a chance to show they have moved forward. Ironically, the club did go on a bit of a run after that massive...
Cartilage Free Captain Oct 22, 2021
Harry Winks frustrated with marginalization at Tottenham, wants talks on his future

Harry Winks frustrated with marginalization at Tottenham, wants talks on his future

Photo by Rico Brouwer/Soccrates/ Once in the England squad, Winks is now firmly in Nuno’s B-side at Spurs. Harry Winks doesn’t understand why he’s not playing more, and is now speaking publicly about it. In an interview with Dan Kilpatrick of the Evening Standard, the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder gave a revealing interview where he expressed his frustration at how he has slid down the roster at Spurs. Two years ago under Mauricio Pochettino, Winks was getting call-ups to play for England. Now, he only manages match time in the third tier Europa Conference League,...
Cartilage Free Captain Oct 22, 2021
The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Friday, October 22

The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Friday, October 22

Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via lots of sushi Hi, all! Yesterday was ... not fun. Ramble of the Day I come with a tiny distraction as you scroll to the bottom to join your fellow Hoddlers in rightfully complaining about your team. Unintentionally, I will begin with the least visible silver lining from yesterday: at least Tottenham did not record the most embarrassing result from yesterday’s European matches. That distinct honor fully belongs to Roma, who lost 6-1 to Norway’s Bodø/Glimt yesterday, a match that marked the first time a José...
Cartilage Free Captain Oct 21, 2021
Vitesse 1-0 Tottenham: Spurs B-team lays egg in Europa Conference League

Vitesse 1-0 Tottenham: Spurs B-team lays egg in Europa Conference League

Photo by Peter Lous/BSR Agency/ Not great! Tottenham Hotspur went to Arnheim in the Netherlands for an away European Conference League match against Vitesse. With a win, Spurs could’ve really staked a solid claim for winning their group and earning an automatic trip to the Round of 16. However, with Nuno opting to leave the starting XI from last Sunday’s win over Newcastle back in London, it was a fully rotated side that took the pitch along with a bench of U23s. Spurs looked pretty toothless in attack, and although Bryan Gil smacked a great ball off the crossbar in...

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