Match Preview: Spurs vs Vitesse – (a new dawn? Or same old…?)

Match Preview: Spurs vs Vitesse – (a new dawn? Or same old…?)

Venue: The Tottenham Stadium at 80 pm.

I was in Holland for the first game against Vitesse, and we were awful. I wasn’t really expecting any different at home with Nuno. However, my optimism has come back in droves. Has Levy finally woken up and picked a manager that he can win things for us and that he will also invest in the team?

In the meantime, can Conte do anything with our broken players? A few will need a kick up the arse… while some will have to be eventually sold or released.

So the Antonio Conte reign begins this Thursday for us. We’ve had so many false dawns under Levy, so most fans will take this with a pinch of salt, at least until we see the transfer money on the table.  Anyway, in his first game in charge, we welcome Vitesse to our North London fortress (oh, stop it!) in the Europa Conference League.

As I said earlier, I was at the game in Holland, where we witnessed us going down 1-0 to the Dutch outfit when Nuno Espirito Santo was orchestrating events, but, hopefully, the doom and gloom that was surrounding our fans will be no more. But will that last?

This Europa Conference league will be a shock for a manager used to managing teams at the higher echelons of the footballing world. Nevertheless, it will be an experience for both team, manager and fans alike. I hope this is the last time we scrape the bottom of the European barrel (a barrel that should be for the likes of the Spammers, Gooners, the Blues of Liverpool and such, not the likes of us).

As we all know, Santo’s last game in charge saw us simply surrender against United as we were handed a 3-0 defeat, then he was no more, as he left the club after losing three of his last four games in charge across all competitions. He oversaw a meagre 17 in total games. Also, under Santo, we amassed a derisory four points from our first three Conference League games, now we find ourselves third in Group G as things stand. That is two points behind Vitesse and three behind group leaders Rennes.

The Match

 Vitesse travel to our Stadium on a five-game winning streak away from home – conceding a mere two goals in that run.

Our Europa Conference League form:

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Tottenham Hotspur form (all competitions):

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Vitesse Europa Conference League form:

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Vitesse form (all competitions):

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Team News

With Conte expected to be granted his work permit in time to take charge of Thursday’s game, he could already get to work on utilising his effective 3-5-2 system.

I have no idea how Conte will set up the team for his first game in charge, but what I can tell you is that Bryan Gil and Ryan Sessegnon are unlikely to be involved due to hamstring injuries. Joe Rodon, Matt Doherty and Dele Alli will all be vying for midweek opportunities under the new manager. He also could elect to partner Harry Kane with Lucas Moura up top…

My possible starting lineup:

Gollini; Tanganga, Romero, Rodon; Doherty, Alli, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Reguilon; Kane, Lucas

My thoughts

As everybody comes around to Conte’s methods, time and patience will be needed by the players and even the fans. Hopefully,  it will be the best start of this new Levy/ Conte era.

Prediction; So, my optimism has come back in droves, and I am going for us to win 4-0. And why not? A new era, a new beginning… let us push the boat out a bit! One word of caution; Vitesse should not be taken lightly given their record on their travels.

As you all know, I’ve been critical of Levy and the board for some time (not always, though). But what I am now reading is that Tottenham/ Levy seem to be learning the lessons of past mistakes; you can’t get success on a shoestring budget, and you need the right manager in place if we want to win things. Conte is the best we’ve had for some time, plus I believe that Levy is putting a decent transfer budget together for January and another good one in the summer. Even though the noose may be around Levy’s neck (put there by some fans), it could start to loosen if all goes to plan and he delivers (finally!).

That is it, folks! Until tomorrow night (Thursday)… take care and be safe, Glenn

COYS!

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