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Chelsea will have a bench full of players Tottenham would kill for this weekend – and that has to hurt Harry Kane.
He missed his big chance to move to a top four club this summer and he’ll be playing against one that has gone past Spurs big time in the last few years.
You look at the subs Chelsea had against Aston Villa the other week – Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Timo Werner, Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell.
They would all get in the Spurs team. N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic weren’t even in the Chelsea squad. If you were Tottenham you would take every single one of those players.
They are a million miles away from competing with Chelsea for trophies this season.
That was Spurs all over last week. Flying, won all three games, go to Crystal Palace who are struggling and Palace wiped the floor with them.
That’s Tottenham all over, isn’t it? Every Tottenham fan will tell you that. You expect to go there and beat Palace…
You’d expect them to lose to Chelsea now and if they go on and lose to Arsenal as well Harry Kane is probably sitting there going: “Oh my god what have I done?”
He’ll be thinking he should have fought a little bit harder to get out.
I’m not being horrible but the top four aren’t going to Palace and losing 3-0 are they? I know they had a player sent off but even at 0-0 they never looked like winning the game. Harry Kane never really touched the ball. Did he even have a shot?
He’s going to be a year older next year and they’re not going to qualify for the Champions League. The gulf is too big. Teams won’t pay £100m for him next summer. They will only want to pay £60m or £70m for him when he’s 29.
He’s just got to keep doing what he does, and that’s score goals. If he does, I think someone takes him – but it won’t be for the money Daniel Levy wants.
Harry Kane is not going to win anything at Tottenham. He might win that Conference League thing but does that really count? They just made it up!
I’m sure he will get his move if he keeps scoring goals, and I don’t think Tottenham will have a case for keeping him, or charging £100m.
Nuno wasn’t a bad appointment for Spurs, but they’re only going to come sixth or seventh aren’t they?
You’ve got to remember, two or three years ago the Tottenham job was a great job. They were consistently top four, got to a Champions League final… It’s not a top job any more. The top four are a million miles above Spurs. Where’s it gone wrong?
Chelsea have had a good crop come through. Mason Mount, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi. When you have players like that coming through it helps. Mason Mount has saved Chelsea £70m. That’s how they can go out and spend their money on a Romelu Lukaku.
Spurs have rode their luck so far. They played Manchester City but they scored and defended. City had almost 70 per cent of the ball.
They beat Wolves but Wolves had 25 shots! Tottenham could be in the bottom four. Arsenal are getting slaughtered but could be level with them soon…
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Manchester City have proved they can score goals without a big-name striker.
But if they don’t win the league or they don’t win the Champions League this season they will be kicking themselves.
They will have major regrets they didn’t try harder to get a striker like Harry Kane in if they don’t win of those two trophies. They’re not in the business of making money. They’re in the business of trying to dominate and win trophies.
Chelsea signed a goalscoring machine in Romelu Lukaku. If it goes wrong for City they will wonder why they didn’t go all-out for someone like that.
I like Ferran Torres but he needs a proper run in the team. City rotate their forwards a lot so it’s not always easy to keep your rhythm. Ask any centre forward in the world. They all want a proper run in the team. But I think Torres is decent. He scores goals.
The trouble is, City make so many chances that you’re always going to score goals playing in that team.
Their Achilles heel is the amount of chances they miss – and that’s where a world class finisher would make the difference.
What I learned this week from watching the Champions League is that it’s going to be hard for PSG to win it.
With the three they’ve got up front, when you don’t have the ball, you’re playing with seven outfield players.
They don’t chase. They don’t work. That’s going to be a problem. You can’t win competitions like that playing like that.
It’s hard for the manager. He’s got three of the best players in the business and he’s got to play them all.
But he knows it doesn’t work. He knows they’re in major trouble when his team don’t have the ball.
In possession they are going to be dynamite. But when you get down to the nitty-gritty in the later stages, other teams will take advantage.
You can’t win the Champions League playing gung-ho football. You get picked off. There has to be a balance. And PSG don’t have it.
The manager has either got to get his front three to work harder or come up with a system that makes up for it. Good luck with that.
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