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New Blog: Spurs showed they were for real today

By, Kyle Gibson

The UEFA Champions League roared into 2018 the best way possible, with a sensational match in one of the game’s best cathedrals.

Many perhaps were not expecting much of Tottenham Hotspur in Tuesday’s first leg at Juventus Stadium. The Turin lights and a frenzied crowd seemed to rattle spurs early and sure enough, Gonzalo Higuian netted off set piece after just more than 90 seconds.

Not too long after, Spurs left back Ben Davies connected with Higuain in the box, setting up a penalty too hot for Hugo Lloris to handle. (I like Davies, but he played a part in both Juve goals today).

The crowd was going wild. Many teams would have folded and the game, and round, could have been over, with the Old Lady starting a complete rout. Prizefighter Higuain squared up to Spurs and delivered two knockout blows right on the chin.

But Spurs did not fall down. If we’re going to keep this boxing metaphor going, they collected themselves, went to the corner, and cut man/coach Maurico Pochettino told them just to hold steady and get back in the game.

Three players in particular then stepped up. First, the unstoppable Harry Kane connected on a Dele Alli pass and flew past legendary keeper Gigi Buffon to roll the Spurs lifeline home. It’s fitting that the day before Valentine’s Day, we got to see “When Harry Met Gigi.”

I want to see Kane stay at Spurs and break big Alan Shearer’s Premier League goal record, but he is world class and a much bigger stage is calling.

That stage also is calling for Christian Eriksen. The Dane is superb in every single game I watch him in and this game was no exception. He has gained the ability to take big games and control them. As soon as Erik Lamela earned a free kick in a dangerous spot, I said “Eriksen” out loud, probably confusing my dogs. Eriksen then delivered, with a little help from Buffon, who will want this one back. (The game would end at 2-2, which will give Spurs the advantage for the deciding match at Wembley.)

Speaking of control, Mousa Dembele was the third irresistible Tottenham player today. Anyone who follows my personal Twitter feed will no doubt be sick of my adoration for Dembele, who I think is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. Today, he showed how versatile he truly is, keeping the team shape, knowing when to push the pace and when to slow it down and always picking the right pass.

As a colleague of mine once tasked me to watch, Dembele almost never loses the ball. He is not always in the Spurs first team, but I think he should be. He frees up Eriksen and Alli, while making the entire team look better around him.

This game was a warning to the rest of Europe. Tottenham Hotspur was on its last legs in the home of a European giant and on the verge of a first round knockout. Instead of faltering, this team clawed its way back and ended the night with two crucial away goals.

If Spurs advance, there is no reason for the squad to be afraid, no matter which giant they draw out of the hat next.

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Premier League Preview: Top 4, Bottom 3, Golden Boot and Fantasy

By, Kyle Gibson

It’s almost Christmas in August. The Premier League is finally upon us. New superstar managers, new superstar players, huge egos and more!

Let’s get into a quick preview, featuring the predictions Champions League sides, relegated sides, Golden Boot winner and my Fantasy EPL side.

Champions League Teams and Champions

4. Chelsea – Antonio Conte is a badass. His Italy team could have won the Euros if Germany did not beat them in penalties. I kept thinking they would win it, but I’m not sure of the back line.

3. Arsenal – Such a talented team, but Arsene WengerĀ still did not sign the top-of-the-line striker the club needs. Olivier Giroud looked so good at the Euros setting up Antoine Griezmann. Give him someone to work with!

2. Tottenham – “Lads (retches, sweating profusely) it’s…Tottenham.” That line from Alex FergusonĀ now has a different meaning. This Tottenham team is talented, deep, well drilled and only finished third last year on the final day. Spurs did not make huge changes over the summer, but did not need to.

Spurs needed a backup for Harry Kane and got that with Vincent Janssen, who scored 27 league goals for AZ last year. Adding Victor Wanyama also provides more steel in the midfield.

Many have seen the Spurs falling off, but I see the club improving.

1. Manchester UnitedĀ – I wish i wasn’t jinxing my favorite club. I’m just buying into the hype. Jose Mourinho has so much to prove, after the debacle last season with Chelsea.

The club worked through its central defense slightly with the emergence of Chris Smalling last year. Adding Eric Bailly in the off-season should really help.

Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrihk Mkhitaryan are the elite level signings the club has been lacking.

This all should culminate in a spellbinding year for United. Pau

Relegated Squads

20. Hull City – Ownership in turmoil. Manager Steve Bruce left just a few weeks ago. Selling their best players and not replacing them.

19. Burnley – I still think they are too small of a club, but they are a very solid team and probably the 21st best in England.

18. Swansea City – Sold the team’s heart and soul in Ashley Williams. Borja from Atletico was a solid signing, but too little. Plus, Swansea bought Leroy Fer, who relegates almost every EPL team he is with.

Golden Boot Race

Harry Kane – 24 Goals

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 22 Goals

Jamie Vardy – 20 Goals

Sergio Aguero – 20 Goals

 

My Fantasy EPL Team

I believe that I will win.

Goalkeepers – Kasper Schmeichel, Adrian

Defenders – Hector Bellerin, John Stones, Wes Morgan, Antonio Valencia, Patrick van Aanholt

Midfielders – Anthony Martial, Danny Drinkwater, Andre Ayew, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Phillipe Coutinho

Forwards – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Callum Wilson,Jermain Defoe

New Kicking It Podcast: Sir Harry Kane

Tune into the latest edition of the Kicking It podcast, featuring NASCAR, Champions League, Harry Kane’s knighthood, queen impressions, plus all of the Champions League and EPL News you can handle.

We also reveal our US Soccer Mount Rushmore. Check it all out this week!

Listen to the show via our Buzzsprout page, or subscribe via iTunes by searching “Kicking It with Kyle Gibson.”