Saturday, 1 October 2016

Stadium seating

The diagram below shows the angle of the seating in the new stadium compared with grounds like Manchester City and Arsenal. Adding to this is the fact that our crowd will be closer to the pitch than other fans.

Q: What is the distance of each stand from the pitch? How does this compare with other new stadiums in the UK?

A: The new stadium has been designed to bring fans closer to the pitch that at any other modern stadium in the country. The first row of seats will be less than 8 metres from the touchline all the way around the ground – even closer for our singe-tier ‘home end’ which will be under 6 metres – compared with over 12 metres at the City of Manchester Stadium, over 13 metres at the Emirates Stadium and 18 metres at Wembley National Stadium.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Video: McGee penalty save

Young Spurs goalkeeprr Luke McGee is on loan at Peterborough United until January and he has been speaking to their website about the preparation he puts in for penalty kicks.

He saved one which you can see in the match highlights video from Tuesday nights game away to Shrewsbury Town below (Peterborough were playing in yellow).

"Myself and Mark Tyler (goalkeeping coach) check the opposition penalty takers the day before each game. Shrewsbury’s main penalty taker didn’t play, but we look at anyone who has taken a penalty so I knew how he (Black) had scored and how he had missed.

“Luckily I guessed the right way and made the save. It was an important save as were down to 10 men and we went on to defend very well."

For the full article and all his comments visit the Peterborough website.

Spurs being built on solid foundations

Since the start of the 2015/16 season we have played 44 Premier League games and lost six of them. In that time we have conceded just 38 goals, this the club who has conceded more goals than any other Premier League side. Of course we are one of only a handful of ever-present teams.

Our defence has always been porous, we have usually cracked under pressure as Sir Alex Ferguson told his Manchester United players and we would throw away games we have in the bag. This is the first team we have a defence and more importantly a system that gives us the defensive stability to give ourselves a chance of winning more games.

It is heartbreaking for forwards to score goals only to see a defence leak them. Pochettino has installed a mentality we haven't seen at Tottenham since probably the 60's and we are still at the beginning of our journey. The challenge is to maintain this mentality and the belief in ourselves for the next 10 years, not just this season.

Th players will need to deliver and then with the increased financial power a new stadium brings there is no reason why Pochettino would not still be here. It is a learning journey, the Champions League is a learning curve, title challenges are a learning curve for us. last season our Manchester City 'test' at White Hart Lane ended with us thumping them, this season will be a sterner test, but not one we should fear.

It's a game to look forward to with anticipation.

Video: Pochettino Pre-game press conference


The usual pre-game press conference was held today with Mauricio Pochettino asnwers questions for 14 minutes and you can see the whole press conference in the video below.

The game is being screened Sky Sports 1 HD on Sunday at 2.15pm. You can also get it on Sky Go and for radio listeners BBC Radio London and BBC Radio Manchester.

Onomah, Walker-Peters and Edwards in England squads


Gareth Southgate is the England interim boss and thus will have an influence on who is selected for the various age groups.

With Spurs players surprisingly omitted from squads in the last international break it is good for their development to see Josh Onomah and Kyle Walker-Peters selected for the England Under-20 squad and Marcus Edwards for the England Under-19 squad.

The Under-20 side will play Netherlands on October 5, Germany on October 7, and USA on October 10 during the international break.

The Under-19 side will take on Croatia on October 7 and Bulgaria on October 10.