This career will be starting towards the end of season 1, to start I'll do a quick season recap and then start posting regular updates. I like to present as if I am a journalist for Tottenham and for ESPNFC.
Tottenham started out the league campaign 6-3-0 before losing to Manchester United for their first loss of the season. Spurs would go on to win the next 6 league matches before falling 5-2 at Manchester City to bring Tottenham's record to 12-3-2 and first in the table. Spurs would go on another 5 game winning streak before falling to Southampton and Liverpool in back to back matches to come to an end of 2017.
Starting off 2018 Tottenham beat Arsenal for the second time this season and then got revenge with a 2-1 win at home vs Manchester United before a surprising loss to Crystal Palace. The last league match Tottenham have played was a 3-0 win vs Huddersfield. After 28 league games, Spurs are in first place with a 20-3-5 record, 63pts, and 3pts ahead of Chelsea. Manchester City has 59pts with Liverpool close behind with 57 to round up the top 4.
Carabao Cup Recap
Pochettino showed no interest in the league cup, playing youth players and first team fringe players. But Spurs were still able to put a run together beating Blackburn, Chelsea and Luton Town before drawing Man City in the 4th round. It was a classic match, with both sides fielding a young squad that went into extra time where Manchester City scored a 110' goal to win 1-0 and knock Tottenham out of the cup.
Champions League Recap
With a group of Real Madrid, Dortmund and Feyenoord not making expected Tottenham to win the group. But thanks to a poor run of form from Real Madrid, Spurs were able to clinch the top spot with 2 games to play. Finishing unbeaten with a 2-2-0 record Tottenham won the group and advanced to play OG Nice in the Round of 16. Spurs would beat Nice 4-2 on agg over the two legs and are waiting to find their next opponent.
FA Cup Recap
Spurs have been lucky with the FA cup drawing Wycombe, Reading, Hull and Southampton. Winning each match with ease to advance to the semi-finals. Spurs got lucky again, drawing Brighton as Manchester United drew Manchester City.
Transfer News Recap
Needing another playmaker to backup Eriksen, Spurs brought in Adrien Rabiot from PSG along with Ryan Sessgnon from Fulham to replace the departing Danny Rose who went to Napoli. Erik Lamela also left the club to find a starting role at Everton with Demari Gray coming in to fill Lamela's role. In January, Tottenham offloaded a few more players not receiving playing time as Michel Vorm went to Southampton and Nkoudou was sold to Stoke City. Using the funds received Spurs went to their favorite store, Ajax, and bought Donny van der Beek. Spurs would end both transfer windows with a total earning of 4.6m pounds.
London A complete lineup change for Pochettino as Tottenham host Everton only a day after their latest FA cup match. Llorente will be getting his second start of the season as he leads the attack in Spurs 4-2-3-1. Gray, Rabiot and Sissoko will be next in line with van de Beek and Harry Winks as the pivots. Sessegnon, Sanchez, Dier and Trippier are the four in front of the only remaining starter from last match, Hugo Lloris.
The first time these teams played this season was a 1-1 draw at Everton where Harry Kane put Tottenham up early but Everton battled back to score in the 85' off a corner kick to steal the point.
Key Stat: Spurs lead the league in scoring with 59 goals in 28 matches. But the leading goal scored starting today is Adrien Rabiot who has 3 goals for Tottenham
Player to watch: Spurs midfielder Harry Winks. Winks has been named player of the match in his last 3 matches, 2 in the FA Cup and 1 in the Premier League.
The signings seem to focus on team players instead of looking for huge stars, which is normal, assuming that the budget is good but not giant.
Willing to follow the rest of the story. Good luck!
Love the Sessegnon signing, great potential.
Thanks, I try to keep the transfers realistic, which means for Spurs not to sign anyone too big of a name. I just need to find someone I can waste 30m on that fits a Sissoko build..
It is a strange feeling having the team so deep with talent. Being a Spurs fan, this is the first FIFA I don't feel like I need to make a lot of transfers with.
Sessegnon has been a better LM than LB or LWB for me so I might be switching him to a more attacking role next season. The only weakness he has shown this year has been defending.
Adrien Rabiot stepped up when needed for Spurs over and over again, scoring a hat-trick to earn Tottenham a point Tuesday night against Everton.
Playing a starting lineup of mostly backup players, Pochettino knew someone was going to have to step up to lead the attack. Rabiot, was the man to do it Tuesday night. After Tottenham went down in the first five minutes, Rabiot scored in the seventh minute to draw even. Again, Spurs went behind this time due to a defensive mistake by Eric Dier who failed to clear a low cross. And again Rabiot scored to draw even, scoring minutes before half off a cross by Kieran Trippier from the right wing that Rabiot was able to head in from the corner of the six-yard box.
Trippier would assist another goal but this time for Everton. In the 54' Trippier attempted a pass back to Lloris but his pass was short and intercepted by Sandro who side-stepped Lloris and had an easy tap into the open net.
With Wembley silent in the final minutes, Rabiot brought Spurs and their fans back to life with his third and best goal of the match. Son, who came on as a sub in the 70', intercepted a pass in midfield to start the two-man break. Son cut across the 18-yard box drawing both CB's to him and laid off a perfect back pass for Rabiot to run into and fire into the top right corner from the edge of the box.
The kick would be the last of the game as the full-time whistle was blown after Everton's kickoff.
Rabiot on his hat-trick: "Scoring always feels good and a hat-trick is very special. We wish we would have won the match but a draw and keeping the unbeaten streak at home alive is not a bad result."
Poch on the effort: "I am very happy with the effort we put in, falling behind 3 times and coming back shows how hard the players fight. I'm not as happy with the defensive errors, two errors leading directly to goals is not something we can afford to keep doing."
Good victory at home against Everton and easy fixture ahead against Newcastle to add 3 more points.
Good luck in these decisive moments of the season.
The last match before the final International break of the season Spurs are hoping to avoid a major letdown as they take on bottom table Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez spoke earlier this week about how Newcastle are not giving up and still think they can avoid relegation, but to do so winning at Tottenham is a must. A tall task for Newcastle as they are 0-5-10 on the road this season while Spurs are 13-2-0 at home. That's not the only stat against Newcastle in this match, the Magpies have only kept 1 clean sheet all year while Tottenham leads the league in scoring with 62 goals in 29 matches.
Previous meeting: Tottenham won 1-0 at Newcastle on the opening day of the season, Dele Alli scoring the only goal.
Spurs (5-3-2) - Lloris, Aurier, Alderwerield, Sanchez, Vertoghen, Davies, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Kane
Newcastle (4-4-1-1) - Darlow, Yedlin, Lejeune, Clark, Haidara, Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey, Atsu, Perez, Gayle
Straight forward win for Spurs going into the International break as Harry Kane scores his 25th goal of the season.
The match was one-sided from the kickoff as Tottenham controlled possession, tempo and scored an early go-ahead goal. Harry Kane's 25th goal of the season came in the 8' and summed up the season for Kane as much as it did for Newcastle. Serge Aurier played a long ball down the middle that should have been easily cleared by the defender, instead, the ball bounced over the defenders head for Kane to chase down and finish the breakaway goal.
Dele Alli added his 8th goal of the year in the 25th minute before Ben Davies made it 3-0 with his 2nd goal of the year as Tottenham coasted to the easy 3 points. Perez would give Newcastle their only moment to cheer when he made it 3-1 late in the 2nd half but by that time the game was all but done.
Kane on scoring 25: "It's a great feeling. The guys really make it easy by playing the ball into spots for me to get a shot off. Winning my 3rd Gold Boot is obviously a goal of mine for the season but more importantly, we keep winning and are one step closer to winning the league."
What a goal, BTW. Very nice.
Thank you, I have a feeling the league is going to come down to 2 games coming up, one against Chelsea and the other against Man City who I have lost to twice in all comps this year.
Thanks, PS4, using PS4 Sharefactory to edit videos is so easy it makes sharing videos pretty simple.
haha I noticed that a few other people have signed him too. I signed him when I saw a rumor Spurs were interested and I thought it would be such a good fit if they don't do it in real life I'm doing it in the game.
thank you, it makes it a little more exciting "scoreboard" watching the other top clubs the last few weeks.
For some reason I have had no trouble beating Chelsea twice this season (league and Carabao cup) but I really struggles against City losing twice including losing 5-1 in the league. Should be very exciting.
The International break is over and it is time for Tottenham to play the games that will make or break their season.
First up is traveling to Bournemouth where Spurs have to stay focused as the Chelsea clash looms only 3 days after. Bournemouth is 10th in the league sitting at 38pts, easily avoiding relegation but not able to finish in a Europe spot. Jermaine Defoe has been a bright spot for the Cherries, scoring 9 goals for his new club. Defoe will be playing his old club who he scored against earlier this season.
Spurs won the first match of the year with a 2-1 last-minute win at Wembley. Bournemouth took an early lead and led 1-0 in the 60' until Tottenham scored to equalize before scoring the game-winner in the 88' off a corner.
Bournemouth: Begovic, Smith, Ake, Cook, Daniels, Stanislas, Gosling, Arter, Ibe, King, Defoe
Spurs: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane
Bournemouth is last in the league in scoring with only 26 goals while Tottenham leads the league in scoring with 65.
And ye, good goal ^^
Eriksen's late goal saves point for Spurs
Three quick points from Wednesday night
1. Spurs set piece defense major weakness
In the 2nd minute, Bournemouth won a corner kick that resulted in a headed goal for Ake to put the Cherries on top. Tottenham have struggled all season with set-piece defense, Ake's goal was the 8th Tottenham have allowed from a corner this season.
2. Davison Sanchez's season might be over
One the of Tottenham's brightest spots this season was new CB Davison Sanchez. Sanchez had to leave the match early with a knee injury that is going to sideline him for up to 6 weeks. His return is possible the second week of May which could be in time for the Champions Leauge final should Spurs make it.
3. Eriksen unstoppable from outside the box
Christian Eriksen scored again from outside the 18-yard box, this time in the 80' minute to draw even. Eriksen has scored more from outside the box than any other Spur player this season.
Pochettino on title hopes - "We do not see this as a blow to our title hopes, we control our future if we take care of business against Chelsea and City."
Howe on Bournemouth's result - "I am very pleased with our performance tonight. We know Spurs score a lot, keeping a clean sheet for 80 minutes is an accomplishment. Hopefully, we can build off of this and take the momentum into next season.
The third Chelsea/Tottenham match of the season is by far the most important. Chelsea needs a win to keep their title ambitions alive. Spurs trying to keep pace with Manchester City
Chelsea has had the pleasure of knocking Spurs out of recent trophy runs, the 2015 Premier League title race ended the night Chelsea came back from down 2-0 to draw 2-2 giving Leicester City the title. Last season's FA Cup semi-final was another big with for the Blues, knocking Tottenham out 4-2.
Spurs look to prove this season is different and there is no better way than to win at the Bridge with everything on the line. A loss would not mean the end of the season for Spurs but will make the challenge that much more difficult depending on Manchester City's result.
A loss for Chelsea will put them 8pts behind with 7 games to play but a win puts them right in the mix of the hunt.
Previous results this season;
Spurs won the first league fixture 1-0 with Jan Vertoghen scoring the only goal.
Spurs won the Carabao Cup fixture 3-1 with both sides playing half of their starters.
Davison Sanchez is out for Tottenham while Chelsea is at full strength.
I agree I cannot stop corner goals no matter what I do. Only thing I can do is try to avoid giving up corners. I'll be playing the Chelsea match this morning as soon as Arsenal/Burnley is over. First FIFA match in a while I have been eagerly awaiting to have time to play.