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That’s right, it’s back. The view from the oppo, this week, comes ahead of our tricky home-tie against title contenders Manchester City.

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That’s right, it’s back. The view from the oppo, this week, comes ahead of our tricky home-tie against title contenders Manchester City.

Granted, we are playing Hearts tonight but I couldn’t find a single Hearts fan to gather their opinion.

When these two compete, it is always going to be a cracker so check out the answers below on how one Manchester City fan believes they will do at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

1) What do you think will be the outcome of Sunday’s match?

1-2 City Win!


2) Who are likely to be the danger men? 

For City, Sergio Aguero (obviously) and David Silva

For Spurs,  the mascot.


3) Do you think Spurs have it in them to challenge for the top 4 again?

They are a good, solid side but they lack the final kill in the 18 yard box. They need more strike power. So no.


4) What is your opinion of Emmanuel Adebayor?

Fickle, self absorbed, an embarrassment to City. He should be let go, preferably to Man Utd as I hate them, or sent to play reserve football.


5) Do City have what it takes to win the league?

Yes but Man Utd do too.


6) Your best signing of the summer?

At this stage you have to say Sergio Aguero but it’s early doors.


7) Is Balotelli mental or just a misguided individual?

Mental (and badly misguided which is a shame as he’s got enormous potential).


8) The summers best signing? 

I would say at this time Aguero is but if Luis Suarez had been signed in the summer for Liverpool. I would have said him. He’s the best value for money buy by any team for a long time.


9) If City couldn’t win the title, who would you rather did? 

Arsenal (for my son’s sake not to wind you up as a Spurs fan)  . . or anyone as long as it’s not Man Utd.


10) Is Mancini the man to take City forward?

No. He’s good but I don’t think he has the immense will necessary to face down the likes of Balotelli and Tevez. And you need that to be great.


11) Where else so City need to strengthen?

Manager and their Public Relations. They need to be aware that the rest of the world will say “we bought it”. We need to show some humility.


12) Coke or Pepsi? 
 

Coke by a hundred million miles

The answers for the latest edition of The view from the oppo came from Christopher Wroath with a huge help from his son, and good friend of mine (even though he’s an Arsenal fan), Josh Wroath

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Incidents of alcohol and drug abuse surface among workers at Tottenham’s new stadium

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Construction News (h/t Independent) claims to have first-hand accounts of workers under the influence of alcohol and drugs at our new stadium.

Tottenham’s £850m new home has been hit by numerous delays and the club haven’t shared a final date for the launch of the stadium.

A source speaking to Construction News (h/t Independent) said:

“I’ve not worked on a site like that in a long, long time.

“There were people off their heads, drinking cans first thing in the morning before going on to site and snorting coke in the toilets.”

However, Mace have denied such claims and a company spokesperson claimed that tests were carried out regularly to ensure the safety of the staff.

The personnel was quoted by the Independent saying:

“We carry out regular random drugs and alcohol testing to ensure that our rules are enforced throughout our supply chain. Any concerns about specific health and safety risks should have been flagged to Mace health and safety staff on the project.”

Our new stadium was expected to be completed for the game against Liverpool on 15th September but Tottenham will continue playing their home games at Wembley.

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This latest report will be a further blow to Tottenham as the stadium is behind schedule and we had reported that the home might not be ready before 2019.

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“The season is saved”, “This is the signing you make?” – Some Spurs fans unhappy with latest deal by club

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Tottenham haven’t done all that well in recent games with three losses on the spin. The Premier League loss against Liverpool was tough to take but the 2-1 defeat at Inter Milan was even worse.

We were leading till the 85th minute before Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino got the goals at San Siro.

Tottenham bounced back with a win against Brighton & Hove Albion but prior to that, the team had time to pose for a new range of apparel from Hugo Boss.

A post from the Spurs Twitter account revealed that our first-team squad would be sporting suits from the company from the ‘Create Your Look’ line.

Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and a host of other players and staff were pictured in the dapper suits.

It isn’t a surprise that teams are being sponsored by brands but this deal does come a little late, given that our season is well over a month in.

Some fans, however, were upset with the deal and here are some of those reactions from Twitter.

Read more: Tottenham deny reports claiming stadium will be ready only by 2019

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Lamela stars: Player ratings from Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion

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Tottenham got back to winning ways after three successive defeats, thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela.

Glenn Murray handled the ball late in the first half which allowed Kane to score from the spot. The home team came at us with all they had in the second half and Paulo Gazzaniga pulled off a great save before Danny Rose crossed in for Lamela to slot in our second.

Anthony Knockaert pulled one back in stoppage time to make it a nervous last minute or so but we held on for all three points.

There were a few heroes on the pitch today and here are the player ratings from the game.

Paulo Gazzaniga – 6.5/10

The youngster did pretty well and made one good save to deny Knockaert. He couldn’t do much regarding the goal he conceded.

Kieran Trippier – 6/10

Trippier didn’t have the greatest time as he struggled a bit and even got a yellow card for a needless foul.

Toby Alderweireld – 7.5/10

The Belgian had a great chance to score early on and did a great job at keeping things tight for Spurs.

Jan Vertonghen – 7/10

Vertonghen didn’t have a lot to do at the back but he helped us to an important win in the final few minutes of the game.

Danny Rose – 7/10

Rose got the assist for the second goal but didn’t have the greatest of games for us. The Englishman should have done better for the goal we conceded.

Eric Dier – 5.5/10

This was another poor performance from the Englishman as he kept on making the wrong passes and losing possession.

Mousa Dembele – 7/10

The Belgian had a decent outing as his passing was good and kept things ticking for Spurs in the middle of the park.

Son Heung-min – 6/10

This was a quiet outing for the South Korean and he should have done more to help Spurs get all three points.

Christian Eriksen – 6/10

Another player who seemed to be out of touch was Eriksen. He must do a lot more if he is to keep his place in the team.

Lucas Moura – 6.5/10

The Brazilian tried to do things but they weren’t coming off. He did have a role in the second goal and was later subbed by Dele Alli.

Harry Kane – 6.5/10

Kane scored the penalty but couldn’t get another shot away as Brighton did well at keeping him quiet.

Substitutes

Erik Lamela – 7.5/10

The Argentine changed things as he provided an attacking outlet. He did well for the goal and maybe should start more games.

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Dele Alli – N/A

The Englishman didn’t have a lot of time to make a difference to the game.

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