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Magnificent Seven Pre Match Interview: Spurs

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1. Here we are heading deeper into November and Spurs remain in the relegation zone, but dare I say it, clearly in revival mode! How's the mood and the form?

The change in the mood is incredible, clearly the results have helped, but the players look 100% improved and the credit must go to Harry. As for form we are still not quite there, but the shape of the team and the cohesion which we lacked under Ramos is getting there, the boys were excellent against Zagreb last night..

2. How did you rate Spurs' transfer dealings last summer and what moves are you expecting Harry Redknapp to make in January? Oh yes, and how's Charlie Corluka doing?

I thought they were quite good as far as incomings, but the loss of Keane and Berba was devastating and I think beyond our control. I hope Harry doesn't go mad this window and looks at one or two max as the team need stability not more mass change.

Oh yes and Charlie.. I like the cut of his jib, he looks good in possession, but needs a settled role (possibly CB) so far he has played RB, CB & LB, give him a role and allow him and others to gel.

3. What's your take on the whole Juande Ramos reign and the sudden arrival of 'Arry?

I was excited at Ramos coming, though he wasn't my No1 pick, a certain Mark Hughes was.. but for whatever reason it was clear things weren't working out, the players looked confused and devoid of confidence. Harry was a shock, but he has performed a miracle in his first week or so, but we still have a long way to go.

4. Next stop Manchester City. Smell the fear or relax with a beer?

On your current form I have already got the beer cooling nicely, I was really surprised at your recent form, but if you click you are capable of giving a football lesson, I only hope the result isn't the same for Harry as it was for him on the 28th of September. A 6 goal battering would not go down well...

5. Who of City's relatively young squad would you love to see in a Spurs shirt and who would you like to send us in a part ex?

That young Brazilian, Rob something looks quite good - did he cost much??? The easy answer would be Robinho, but for me I am a big fan of Michael Johnson and I think you miss him when he isn't playing. A nice swap for Didier Zokora would work well..

The trillions of pounds now at City worries me that all the great work and brilliant prospects you have will be lost to you and the club will lose its soul. The pressure on Mark Hughes will be massive and I feel that unless he gets at least UEFA cup football he will be sacked for a BIG name manager, perhaps someone like Sven would fit the bill...

6. YOU are the new Premier League Chief Executive. You have been granted three measures / ideas which will go unopposed by all 20 clubs to improve the top flight game in England. Choose them wisely...

A tough one and at a time when I have been drinking (it is 11.45 pm)..

1) Look at introducing basic technology, such as goal-line cameras and retrospective decisions on fouls etc. I don't want to take the human aspect from the game, but with so much at stake looking at measures which can enhance the game without losing the flow should be brought in..

2) Work harder on the respect issues, for example enforce the fact that only captains and offenders can address the referee, players will clearly need to let off steam and show passion, but their actions do affect the whole of football right down to kids on a Saturday morning.

3) I would love to see a limit on transfers, perhaps a limit on the numbers of players brought in during a season, with the idea that clubs were forced to develop from their own academy, ultimately the biggest clubs will still get the best kids, but it has the potential of balancing the big boys and the well run smaller teams like ourselves for at least a short time.

7. Go on then. Sunday's result?

2-0 City, if you have read my recent predictions you will know why...

Many thanks and respect going out to OxfordSpur and the Vital Spurs team.


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Date:Friday November 7 2008

Time: 12:41PM

Your Comments

Spurs certainly recovering nicely, and we desperately need points to halt the recent slide. I'm predicting goals galore, as both teams still poor at the back. City 3 Spurs 2. Could quite easily be 11-10 though!!
oliverblue
Another excellent interview for the archives. We're slowly putting together the story of 19 seasons! Be interesting to see how fortunes change for the return fixtures as the campaign continues.
Johnny Baguette
I predict another 4.4, I would be confident of a Spurs win if the game was at WHL, however City are pretty decent at home irrespective of the Liverpool & Chelsea results, Facts are Gomes is playing quite shocking at the moment and we look like conceding with every cross! but City did allow the very very poor FC Twenty score twice and nearly a third so I think it will be a very open free scoring game 4.4 hopefully 3.4 lol
DazzaTHFC
Nice interview and great questions guys
spursfan4eva
id say maybe 3-3 or city nicking just it 3-2
meee93
Great to hear Oxfordspur confirm how important Michael Johnson is to us. City are definitely a stronger miodfield force when Johnno is there. People call it the "engine room" for very good reasons and there have been times when the fit Johnno has been likened to our best ever: Colin Bell. Come back soon, Johnno. But as for the next against Spurs I think there will be a lesson. I think Spurs will be thumped...
Sindbad
good interview.......but his prediction of 2 - 0 to City surprised me, I think it will probably be a high scoring game....lots of silly mistakes......but it could go either way........
lincolnblue
In fairness the reason I predicted 2-0 was because I had predicted liverpool and arsenal would beat us comfortably, so I went the same here, hense the final comment, On our site I predicted a 2-2 draw, I think it will be a great attacking game and there will definitely be goals.. may the best team win :-)
oxfordspur
As you say oxfordspur, may the best team win and hand shakes after the game.
Tudor
 

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