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Tottenham sack Mourinho

Spurs manager Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy shortly before the start of the 2020/21 season.

Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs manager in November 2019 and guided the club to a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League last season.

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Mourinho's coaching staff of Joao Sacramento (Assistant Manager), Nuno Santos (Goalkeeping Coach), Carlos Lalin (Fitness Coach) and Giovanni Cerra (Performance Analyst) have also been sacked.

"Jose and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most challenging times as a club," said Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy. "Jose is a true professional who has showed enormous resilience during his time here.

"On a personal level I have enjoyed working with him and regret that things have not worked out as we both had envisaged.

"He will always be welcome here and we should like to thank him and his coaching staff for their contribution."

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Former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason, who has been working with the club's academy, will take first-team training until a new manager is appointed.

 

*** COMING SOON - mid-August ***

I'm currently working on a database in the pre-game editor where I'm doing the following:

  • Released Premier League and Championship players marked 'Will Leave At End of Contract'
  • All transfers involving English Teams listed on the BBC Transfer News pages added as 'Future Transfers'

For this save specifically:

  • Harry Kane has been set 'Will Leave At End of Contract' plus

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  • Toby Alderweireld has been set 'Will Leave At End of Contract'
  • Heung-Min Son's contract has been extended to 30th June 2025 with a significant wage increase

I plan to start the save when the Premier League kicks-off in real-life, weekend of 13th, 14th, 15th of August 2021 with Tottenham's opening fixture at home to Manchester City on Sunday 15th August.

Although this save will start a season earlier, with the 2020/21 season, I want to make sure that all Tottenham's real-life transfers up to the start of the 2021/22 campaign, both in and out, are included in the save database as future transfers.

 

 

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Backroom Staff

With just over two weeks to go until I begin my Tottenham Hotspur save, I’m thinking about who I should bring in as my Backroom staff to replace:

On 25/07/2021 at 09:25, Stuniverse said:

Mourinho's coaching staff of Joao Sacramento (Assistant Manager), Nuno Santos (Goalkeeping Coach), Carlos Lalin (Fitness Coach) and Giovanni Cerra (Performance Analyst) have also been sacked.

Ideally I’m looking to bring-in ex-Spurs players to fill those roles, primarily the assistant manager, goalkeeping coach, and fitness coach roles.

Any suggestions?

Many thanks.

Stuniverse

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So there’s Teddy Sheringham, maybe look at tempting Les Ferdinand away from QPR, Sherwood could he persuaded into a back room role? Then I guess it’s just checking who are actually coaching in game, Ian Walker, Paul Robinson, I expect there’ll be plenty to choose from just depends on what their stats are like!

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Game date: Monday 6th July 2020

Tottenham Hotspur appoint Stuniverse as manager

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Stuniverse replaces former Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho who, along with coaching staff Joao Sacramento (Assistant Manager), Nuno Santos (Goalkeeping Coach), Carlos Lalin (Fitness Coach) and Giovanni Cerra (Performance Analyst), have all been sacked by Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy.

Stuniverse is expected to bring in his own backroom staff within the next few days.

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On 30/07/2021 at 23:14, Stuniverse said:

Backroom Staff

With just over two weeks to go until I begin my Tottenham Hotspur save, I’m thinking about who I should bring in as my Backroom staff to replace: Joao Sacramento (Assistant Manager), Nuno Santos (Goalkeeping Coach), Carlos Lalin (Fitness Coach) and Giovanni Cerra (Performance Analyst).

Ideally I’m looking to bring-in ex-Spurs players to fill those roles, primarily the assistant manager, goalkeeping coach, and fitness coach roles.

Any suggestions?

Many thanks.

Stuniverse

I'm still looking for a former Tottenham player to bring in as a Fitness Coach if anybody has any suggestions?

Thank you.

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Game date: Monday 6th July 2020

Club Vision

I've had my first meeting with Chairman Daniel Levy since accepting the Tottenham Hotspur manager's job and, generally, I'm happy with the Club Vision.

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I think the expectations in my first season [2020/21] are fair enough but, from the second season [2021/22] onwards, those expectations go through the roof!

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For the End of the Current Season [2020/21] 

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Game date: Monday 6th July 2020

Ahead of taking up my role as Tottenham Hotspur manager, I've done a quick review of the squad I'm going to inherit from Jose Mourinho. Although my view will probably change when I start working with the players, here's my initial thoughts.

Goalkeepers - squad review

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The early coaching reports I've been sent recommend club captain Hugo Lloris as my #1 goalkeeper with Joe Hart as his back-up. 

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As Paulo Gazzaniga is on loan at Elche (La Liga), I'll be calling Alfie Whiteman up from the U23s as I like to have three goalkeepers in my first-team squad.

Hopefully, for this season, Lloris and Hart will see me through but it will be all change in the goalkeeping department at the end of the season because:

  • Hart will leave to join Celtic
  • Gazzaniga will also leave to join Fulham
  • Pierluigi Gollini will be joining Tottenham from Atalanta (Serie A).

 

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Game date: Monday 6th July 2020

Defenders - squad review

I have a few formations and systems in mind for Tottenham Hotspur which I'll assess in more detail once the players return from holiday and I start working with them. At this stage, though, I'm almost certainly going to go with a back-four.

Even with Juan Foyth (Villarreal) and Ryan Sessegnon (Hoffenheim) out on loan, we have a good group of 10 defenders to choose from.

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Joe Rodon is out for between four weeks and two months with sprained ankle ligaments and Japhet  Tanganga has a thigh strain which will keep him out of action for between seven weeks and three months.

The early coaching reports I've been sent recommend this back-four:

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I'm not sure it's going to be that clear-cut for me though. Toby Alderweireld and Sergio Reguilon probably will be regular starters for me but I think the right-back and centre-back spots are very much up for grabs, particularly as I need to assess where I think Eric Dier's best position is.

Serge Aurier and Matt Doherty will compete for the right-back shirt.

I think defence (particularly central defence) is an area where I'll want to strengthen, although I'll be unable to look at doing that until the January 2021 transfer window as I'll be disabling the first transfer window when setting up the save.

At the end of the 200/21 season:

  • Toby Alderweireld will leave to join Al-Duhali
  • Danny Rose will leave to join Watford
  • Centre-back Cristian Romero will join Tottenham from Juventus although he'll spend the 2020/21 season playing or Atalanta on loan.

 

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Game date: Monday 6th July 2020

Defensive Midfield - squad review

I have a few formations and systems in mind for Tottenham Hotspur which I'll assess in more detail once the players return from holiday and I start working with them. At this stage, though, I'm pretty certain 4-1-2-3 will be one of my options.

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Wow! It doesn't look like I'll be short of options for the Defensive Midfield role.

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The early coaching reports are recommending Pierre-Emile Hojberg. I think Tanguy Ndombele could challenge for that position, and I also want to take a look at Eric Dier, although I suspect Dier may be needed in defence.

Giovani Lo Celso will be out for seven weeks to three months with a thigh strain.

Oliver Skipp is out on loan at Norwich City and Ryan Sessegnon is on loan at Hoffenheim.

There are no future transfers that affect the defensive midfielder role.

 

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Game date: Monday 6th July 2020

Midfield - squad review

Although I'm considering other systems / formations, I'm leaning towards a 4-1-2-3 initially and I won't be short of candidates for the two central midfielders ahead of the defensive midfielder.

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The early coaching reports are suggesting:

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Tanguy Ndombele looks a good call, but Giovani Lo Celso will be out for seven weeks to three months with a thigh strain. Even if Giovani Lo Celso was fit, Harry WinksMoussa Sisoko and Dele Alli have to be in contention.

Oliver Skipp is out on loan at Norwich City and Ryan Sessegnon is on loan at Hoffenheim.

There are no future transfers that affect the defensive midfielder role.

 

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Game date: Monday 6th July 2020

Attacking Forwards / Wingers - squad review

As mentioned previously, I'm initially considering a 4-1-2-3 formation for Tottenam Hotspur and, once again, it looks like I'll have plenty of options for the wide forward roles.

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The early coaching reports recommend the following:

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Son Heung-Min is a player I really enjoy watching and the opportunity to work with Son, as well as Harry Kane, was the main reason I wanted to take on the challenge of managing Tottenham Hotspur. So, yes, I think Son is nailed on as a key player for me.

Erik Lamela, who will be leaving at the end of the season to join Sevilla, appears to have serious competition from Gareth Bale (on loan from Real Madrid) and Lucas Moura.

Ryan Sessegnon is out on loan at Hoffenheim.

In terms of future transfers:

  • Erik Lamela will join Sevilla at the end of the season
  • Bryan Gill will join Tottenham Hotspur from Eibar.

 

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Game date: Monday 6th July 2020

Strikers - squad review

I don't think there's any debate to be had here. Club vice-captain Harry Kane is the main man and one of the reasons I was keen to take the manager's job at Tottenham Hotspur. I'm excited about working with Harry Kane but I'm hearing that he's unsettled at Tottenham and wants to leave to play for Manchester City or for another club playing in the UEFA Champions League.

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Apart from how do I go about winning Harry Kane around, the question for me, really, is where does the cover for Harry Kane come from?

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Carlos Vinicius, on loan from Benfica, appears to be the main backup, although there's plenty of other players who can play as a striker if needs be.

There are no future transfers affecting the strikers although both Carlos Vinicius (Benfica) and Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) will return to their parent clubs at the end of the season.

 

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Game date: Monday 6th July 2020

Squad review - Summary

As previously mentioned, I have an open mind currently about the formation / system my Tottenham Hotspur side will play although, initially, I'm considering 4-1-2-3.

Based on that, the early coaching reports I've reviewed recommend this starting line-up:

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As it stands at the moment though, Giovani Lo Celso will be out for seven weeks to three months with a thigh strain and I have quite a lot of questions to find answers to (as explained in my squad review posts by position above).

After my initial review of the squad, and the early coaching reports, I would say I have seven names written onto the team sheet either in pen (Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min) or in pencil.

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9 minutes ago, Carambau said:

Sounds nice. Will be following :)

Many thanks, @Carambau. Much appreciated. I will be starting the save on Sunday evening as I want to make sure that I have all the future transfers involving Tottenham Hotspur, that are confirmed  by the time Spurs start their season, set-up in the pre-game Editor as future transfers.

Welcome on board. I hope you enjoy the Tottenham Adventure.

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Game date: Monday 6th July 2020

Stuniverse announces Tottenham Backroom Staff

New Tottenham Hotspur manager Stuniverse has moved quickly to bring in his own backroom staff to replace Joao Sacramento (Assistant Manager), Nuno Santos (Goalkeeping Coach), Carlos Lalin (Fitness Coach) and Giovanni Cerra (Performance Analyst), who were all recently sacked by Daniel Levy alongside former manager Jose Mourinho.

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Stuniverse's Assistant Manager will be former Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and England legend Teddy Sheringham, who brings with him a wealth of footballing experience at the top level which will help the inexperienced Stuniverse in his first managerial job.

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Another former Spurs player, joining Stuniverse at Tottenham Hospur, is Brad Friedel  who comes in as Goalkeeping Coach.

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Finally, and keeping with the former Spurs player theme, Michael Brown joins Stuniverse's Backroom Team as Fitness Coach.

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Game date: Monday 6th July 2020

Save Started

I've used the following set-up for this Tottenham Hotspur save:

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Pre-game Editor

Using the pre-game editor I've done the following:

  • Premier League and Championship players released at the end of last season (2020/21) marked 'Will Leave At End of Contract'
  • All permanent transfers involving English Teams listed on the BBC Transfer News pages added as 'Future Transfers'

For this save specifically:

  • Harry Kane has been set to 'Will Leave At End of Contract' (30/06/2024) plus:
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  • Serge Aurier has been set 'Will Leave At End of Contract' (30/06/2022)
  • Toby Alderweireld has been set 'Will Leave At End of Contract' (30/06/2023)
  • Heung-Min Son's contract has been extended to 30th June 2025 with a significant wage increase

 

Future Transfers

These are the future transfers (permanent) I've set involving Tottenham Hotspur:

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Notes:

  1. Where transfer fees are known, I adjust the balances of the Buying and Selling club accordingly instead of including a transfer fee (this prevents transfers falling through if, in-game, the buying club has insufficient transfer budget when the future date of transfer is reached in-game)
  2. I know Pierluigi Gollini's transfer is loan, with a view to a permanent signing, but I included it as a permanent transfer because Spurs are offloading two goalkeepers in Paulo Gazzaniga and Joe Hart.

 

Manager Profile

I've set Stuniverse's profile as:

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Game date: Monday 6th July 2020

Welcome to Tottenham

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My Backroom Staff and I received a warm welcome to Tottenham as we reported to Hotspur Way on our first official day in our new jobs.

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Game date: Monday 6th July 2020

CATCHING-UP WITH DANIEL LEVY

On my first official day as manager of Tottenham Hotspur, I had a good chat with club chairman Daniel Levy.

Club Vision

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Although I've signed a three-year contract until the summer of 2023, I'm under no illusions that I will be judged on the results Tottenham Hotspur achieve under my stewardship and I'll need to get the team performing well as the expectations are understandably high.

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Media Prediction

In my first season, the Board expect Spurs to qualify for the UEFA Champions League which means a top four finish. Achievable? We'll give it our best shot, the media prediction is for us to finish 5th so it should be achievable. Come on you, Spurs!

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Game date: Monday 6th July 2020

Finances

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Tottenham Hotspur have a healthy bank balance but no transfer budget (I assume because I've disabled the first transfer window).

We're currently spending £93,473.00 per week over our wage budget, although our committed spending is £65,000.00 under budget. This is something I'll need to keep an eye on and maybe look at offloading some players who are surplus to the squad in the January transfer window.

 

 

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On 09/08/2021 at 18:47, Stuniverse said:

Centre-back Cristian Romero will join Tottenham from Juventus although he'll spend the 2020/21 season playing or Atalanta on loan.

Atalanta bought him off Juv for ~£17M and then sold him to Tottenham (I guess loaned for a season first) for ~£40M. It’s all over the BBC/Guardian sites.

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13 minutes ago, Sonic Youth said:

Atalanta bought him off Juv for ~£17M and then sold him to Tottenham (I guess loaned for a season first) for ~£40M. It’s all over the BBC/Guardian sites.

Thanks, @Sonic Youth. Yep. I don’t think I explained it very well.

My save starts last season so the first season of the save is 2020/21 and Romero will be playing wherever he’s set to play in the FM21.4.0 database. I haven’t changed his contract and / or loan for 2020/21.

I’ve set a future transfer in the pre-game editor for him to join Tottenham in the summer after season one on 06/08/2021 so he’ll play the second season of this save (2021/22) for me, at Tottenham, assuming I’ve not been sacked by then.

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It would be tricky to set that up.

I wonder if Kane plays as well as Owen used to, better in RL than the game (never managed Kane).

Does Levy ever get replaced in game?

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4 hours ago, Sonic Youth said:

It would be tricky to set that up.

I wonder if Kane plays as well as Owen used to, better in RL than the game (never managed Kane).

Does Levy ever get replaced in game?

I guess we'll find out as this save progresses as it must be three or four FMs ago I last managed Tottenham on FM.

The owner is down as 'loves the club' so I doubt Daniel Levy will be leaving any time soon.

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Game date: Tuesday 7th July 2020

PRESS CONFERENCE

Well I've held my first press conference as Tottenham Hotspur manager and everything seemed to go well.

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Game date: Tuesday 21st July 2020

TRANSFERS IN AND OUT

Having disabled the summer 2020 transfer window, these are the signings I've inherited as manager of Tottenham Hotspur.

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Game date: Monday 27th July 2020

PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES

I know we have to play everybody in the Premier League twice across the campaign but the fixture list could've been kinder to us. We face Manchester United and Liverpool in our first three fixtures - at least they are both home games at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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Game date: Wednesday 29th July 2020

PRE-SEASON FIXTURES

When I walked into my job at Tottenham Hotspur, the club had already arranged four pre-season games against foreign opposition.

I then arranged three pre-season friendlies against English clubs, giving me my preferred number of seven friendlies.

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The players report back for pre-season training on Monday 3rd August and in the Leyton Orient game I plan to give 22 players 45 minutes each.

Against AFC Wimbledon and Blackburn Rovers I intend to give 22 players 90 minutes across the two games, playing an hour in one match and half-an-hour in the other

For the Stade Rennais and AS Monaco games my intention is to give 22 players a full 90 minutes, or as close to it as I can, in one of the matches. 

Finally, we'll use the Konyaspor and Milan games to finish our preparations for the season, treating them as if they were competitive games.

 

 

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Game date: Saturday 1st August 2020

LOAN REPAYMENTS START

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Tottenham Hotspur Chairman Daniel Levy has just informed me that the club needs to start paying back three loans.

I wasn't expecting that...

Thank you, Mr. Levy.

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Sunday 2nd August 2020

REAL MADRID PLAN KANE RAID

I can tell it's the weekend before the players report back for pre-season training because the transfer speculation has started.

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ITV Sport contacted me to ask about Real Madrid's interest in our striker Harry Kane.

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It's no surprise that there's interest in Harry... but we have no intention of selling him.

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Game date: Monday 3rd August 2020

PRE-SEASON INJURIES

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The players reported back for pre-season training today and we have three injuries:

  • Giovani Lo Celso - M/AMC, DM, ML
  • Joe Rodon - DC
  • Japhet Tanganga - DC / DR

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Game date: Monday 3rd August 2020

TEAM MEETING

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I met the players for the first time as a group today and we had a Team Meeting which went very well. The players bought into our ambitions to qualify for the UEFA Champions League (top four finish in the Premier League) and to reach the latter stages of the Europa League and the FA Cup.

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Overall, I think my Backroom Staff and I made a good impression and I'm looking forward to working with this squad of players.

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Game date: Thursday 6th August 2020

Leyton Orient v Tottenham Hotspur (Pre-season 1)

We played our first pre-season friendly tonight against Leyton Orient of League Two. The idea behind this one was simply about building up fitness by giving 22 players a run-out of 45 minutes each. I decided to try a 4-1-2-3 control possession system...

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... and selected 22 players that would allow us to double-up positions and switch like-for-like at half-time.

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It was a good run out and we looked comfortable throughout. We were two up within 10 minutes after Tanguy Ndombele sored a long-range effort and Heung-Min Son doubled our lead. After that, we were in control of the game although a collective lapse of concentration allowed Orient to pull one back before the break with, from our perspective, a soft goal.

After the break it was more of the same and Carlos Vinicius rounded off a 3-1 win with a neat finish from close range.

Overall, I was pleased with our first run-out but we have tougher games awaiting us for the rest of pre-season.

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Game date: Friday 7th August 2020

Skipp Recalled From Loan

When I was picking the team to play Leyton Orient yesterday, it became apparent that we were a little short of numbers and I had to promote Dane Scarlett from the U18s to fill the substitute's bench.

On the advice of my assistant manager Teddy Sheringham, I recalled Oliver Skipp from his loan at Norwich City.

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Game date: Saturday 8th August 2020

MAN CITY WANT KANE

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I guess the speculation about Harry Kane isn't going to go away any time soon. This time it was The Football Ramble asking me about Manchester City's interest.

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Game date: Sunday 9th August 2020

AFC Wimbledon v Tottenham Hotspur (Pre-season 2)

Tonight we played our second pre-season friendly against AFC Wimbledon. The aim is still to build fitness with the starting players getting an hour today and the subs will get an hour against Blackburn Rovers in our next match. The exception to that is our three goalkeepers who will each get a full 90 minutes over the next three matches.

I stuck with the 4-1-2-3 control possession system that worked so well against Leyton Orient.

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If anything, we controlled the game against League One AFC Wimbledon even more than we had against Leyton Orient, and our goalkeeper, Alfie Whiteman, didn't have a single shot on target to save.

At the other end, we created 24 chances but only managed to get seven of them on target. Fortunately, Carlos Vinicius broke the deadline just before half-time with a close range header, and that turned out to be the only goal of the game.

We will need to be more clinical and ruthless in front of goal once the season starts and we'll be working on that in training.

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Game date: Wednesday 12th August 2020

Blackburn Rovers v Tottenham Hotspur (Pre-season 3)

Against Championship side Blackburn Rovers, our toughest opponent of pre-season so far, we produced our best performance to date. We controlled the game with 62% possession and in our goal, Joe Hart only had one shot to save. At the other end, we created 13 chances and got seven of them on target.

I stuck with 4-1-2-3 and gave the subs from the Wimbledon game, who only got half an hour last time, a full hour tonight.

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg gave us the lead with a fine strike from the edge of the penalty area. Heung-Min Son rounded off a lovely passing move, from a wide angle, to double our lead just before the break. After the second-half changes, Steven Bergwijn completed the scoring from close range following an excellent run and cross down the right from Lucas Moura.

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Game date: Saturday 15th August 2020

Stade Rennais v Tottenham Hotspur (Pre-season 4)

Another step-up in the calibre of pre-season opposition and another improvement in performance. I really cant fault my players so far, they are responding magnificently to what my Backroom Staff and I am asking them to do. This was the first of two friendlies where I intend to give players a full 90 minutes and that will then leave us with our final two pre-season games to prepare for our opening game of the season against Manchester United.

I kept the same 4-1-2-3 control possession system.

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Once again we started brightly and Gareth Bale volleyed home a Ben Davies cross at the far post. Unfortunately, Gareth had to go off shortly after that with a knee injury, but we think it's just a bang and won't keep him out for more than a few days.

His replacement, Steven Bergwijn, then put over an excellent cross for Lucas Moura to volley home our second. Carlos Vinicius scored our third volley of the game, from a Lucas Moura cross, to round off an excellent first 45 minutes.

After the break, Stade Rennais improved defensively and made it more difficult for us. Steven Bergwijn thought he'd made it 4-0 but his close-range effort was ruled out for offside.

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Game date: Tuesday 18th August 2020

AS Monaco v Tottenham Hotspur (Pre-season 5)

Another step-up in the calibre of opposition and, once again, my players responded with a superb performance. As with the Rennais game, I wanted to give the starters 90 minutes and, apart from Erik Lamela, who had to come off with a cut hand, we achieved that. I again went 4-1-2-3 control possession as that system has served us well so far in pre-season.

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For once, we were slow out of the blocks and Monaco put us under some intense early pressure, but we weathered the storm and grew into the game. Erik Lamela, put in a cross to the far post, intended for Harry Kane, and under pressure Ruben Aguillar scored an own goal. 

Harry Kane doubled our lead from the penalty spot after he'd been shoved in the area. Harry Kane grabbed a brace, and our third goal, with a volley in the second-half.

Hugo Lloris showed his worth in goal with a couple of spectacular saves, but he was powerless late on when we got caught out on a counter-attack and Kevin Volland scored a late consolation goal for Monaco. 

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Game date: Thursday 27th August 2020

Europa League League Path Second Qualifying Round

We learnt today who we will face in the Europa League League Path Second Qualifying Round. We've been drawn at home to Kesla FK from Azerbaijan. The game will be played on Thursday 17th September between our first two Premier League games against Manchester United (H) and Fulham (a).

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Game date: Saturday 29th August 2020

Squad Numbers

Today we confirmed our squad numbers for the 2020/21 season. With the first transfer window disabled, this is my Tottenham Hotspur squad at least until the January transfer window or unless I promote any U23 / U18 players.

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Game date: Saturday 29th August 2020

Atiker Konyaspor v Tottenham Hotspur (Pre-season 6)

With five pre-season friendlies under our belts, we've got fitness into the legs of the majority of our players, apart from those who have been out injured.

Joe Rodon (DC) returned today from sprained ankle ligaments and I was delighted to give him some playing time in the second-half. We still have two players out injured but both Japhet Tananga (DC / DR) and Giovani Lo Celso (M/AMC, DM, ML) are close to a return to training.

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I'm now seriously thinking about my starting-11 for the opening Premier League game against Manchester United. I think I've decided on eight or nine so the lineup might not be too different from the 11 who took the field against Konyaspor in a 4-1-2-3 control possession system.

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I was very impressed with the commitment of the players today as they controlled the game throughout. Heung-Min Son rounded off an excellent passing move to wrong foot the goalkeeper with a hard shot that went in-off-the-post. Our performance in the first-half was outstanding and only Eray Birnican, in the Konyaspor goal, prevented us being three or four up by the break. 

In the second-half we continued to control the game and drip-fed substitutes throughout the half which, I'll admit, disrupted our rhythm and the flow of the game. Joe Rodon returned from injury and got 40 minutes into his legs.

We added a second goal through a stunning, curling shot from Gareth Bale, after great work by Matt Doherty down the right.

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Game date: Tuesday 1st September 2020

Monthly Reports

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Game date: Wednesday 2nd September 2020

Tottenham Hotspur v AC Milan (Pre-season 7)

It was an amazing experience to round off pre-season with my first home game as Tottenham Hotspur manager, in front of a crowd of 54,063 supporters inside The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. It's just a shame the game was scheduled during an international break as we were without 14 players, AC Milan were without 15, so between us 29 players were away on international duty.

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It did give me the opportunity though to look at some of our U23 players alongside the first-team squad players who weren't away with their National teams.

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Even though we were thin on numbers, it was about a week or two too soon for Giovani Lo Celso and Japhet Tanganga.

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What a display my players produced though, which gives me plenty to think about before our season opener against Manchester United. 

Dele Alli gave us an early lead, heading in an Erik Lamela free-kick. We then had a lucky break when Joff Roback escaped the offside trap and, with only Joe Hart to beat, smashed his shot against the post.

Dele Alli and Sergio Reguilon combined brilliantly down the left and Lucas Moura turned in Reguilon's low cross at the near post. We made it 3-0 when the Milan goalkeeper failed to hold Harry Wink's header, from an Erik Lamela corner, and Carlos Vinicius made no mistake from close range.

Tanguy Ndombele completed the scoring with a screamer from just outside the 'D' that crashed in off the junction of post and crossbar.

Late on, Riccardo Tonin thought he'd grabbed a consolation goal for AC Milan but his close range strike was ruled out for offside.

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That completes a very successful pre-season for us.

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Bring on Manchester United in 10 days time!

 

 


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Game date: Sunday 6th September 2020

Stuniverse spotted at Pride Park

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For those of you who don't know, I'm a lifelong Rams fan and I'm despairing at the state of my beloved Derby County in real-life.

On this save, I've used the pre-game editor to give Derby County a transfer embargo until 19th August 2021 and I'm very interested to see how (AI) Wayne Rooney gets on managing the Rams.

Can he keep the Rams in the Championship this season (2020/21)? And, if he can, how will he deal with the threadbare squad he'll have until the transfer embargo is lifted on the 19th August 2021?

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Don't worry, this save will focus on Stuniverse's managerial career and I'll keep any Derby County updates to a bare minimum... I just wanted to make you aware of the side interest I have going on with this save.

 


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Game date: Monday 7th September 2020

Lloris retains Tottenham captaincy

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I saw no reason to make any changes to Tottenham Hotspur's captain or vice-captain.

 


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Game date: Tuesday 8th September 2020

Kane set to miss start of the season

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It's always a proud moment for a player to represent his country, but this is the downside.

In the previous game, Harry Kane scored a hat-trick in England's 5-1 victory over Iceland, but then he pulled up injured in the 56th minute of the 3-2 victory over Denmark.

That's all we needed... hopefully Harry won't be out for too long.

 


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An auspicious start to Spur's (real-life) season yesterday - hopefully you can reflect the same.

 

Interesting how your game is aligning with some real-life scenarios:

- Playing a Manchester side at home for the first game

- Kane missing for the first game (at least) and hoping to recover fitness for the next games.

 

Remember that (because of Covid) the European qualifying games are one-legged in the 2020-21 season - so no chance for a 2nd leg recovery if it doesn't work out in the first game.

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Game date: Saturday 12th September 2020

Season Expectations

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On the morning of my first competitive game as manager of Tottenham Hotspur, my Chairman Daniel Levy reminded me of the Board's expectations for the season.

 

 


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