You’re the Boas: Pick your Tottenham team vs Anzhi


Tottenham Hotspur face Anzhi Makhachkala in the UEFA Cup this evening and will be looking to come back from Russia with all three points.

With a London derby against West Ham United on Sunday, it will be interesting to see what team AVB fields for the match which kicks off at 5pm today.

If you were AVB, what would your starting Tottenham XI be? Here’s what we have come up with:-


Naughton Chiriches Kaboul Fryers

Townsend Sandro Holtby Lamela



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  1. I personally think Soldado needs to keep his place for this one. He needs to find the net, against weak opposition or not. Don't get me wrong, I think he's contributed well, but a striker who is used to scoring 20+ goals a season will start to lose confidence quickly. Also, remember lads that Paulinho hasn't traveled!
    My team would be:

    GK: Friedel
    RB: Naughton
    CB: Kaboul
    CB: Chiriches
    LB: Fryers
    CM: Sandro
    CM: Holtby
    CAM: Eriksen
    RW: Lamela
    ST: Soldado
    LW: Chadli

    I've gone for Holtby and Eriksen in the same side, more out of hoping we can make it work rather than expecting it to happen. I don't like to use Barcelona as an example because we're still nowhere near that level, but what I will say is playing two attack minded midfielders can work. If Sandro plays a disciplined defensive role, like Yaya Toure used to play, or Busquets does now, then Holtby and Eriksen can be our Xavi and Iniesta. Both players have the work rate to make it work and Holtby has proved time and again that he can put a challenge in. Give it a go tonight in a game that's winnable, but a game that isn't particularly crucial this early on in the group and see how it goes.

  2. paulinnho hasn’t travelled to Russia. So he won’t be appearing at all.

    I think Friedel will be selected, and lloris to be rested.

    Either chadli or sigurdson will come in for paulinnho.

    Perhaps sigurdson for paulinnho’s spot but switch with sandro.

    Or chadli for Townsend (to rest him).

    I see a 3-1 win. Maybe 3-0 but unlikely as Naughton and Fryer are our weakest link.

  3. Think Chadli will play instead of Townsend to give him more game time after his layoff. Paulinho looked very weary at end of Chelski game so suspect/hope he will only play one half and Dembele the other.

    Sandro has to return to first team at weekends soon as we need his defensive capabilities which will free up either Paulinho or Dembele to get forward and join up with Eriksen. Lamela & Chiriches also need to get into the weekend team – maybe after the international break.

  4. Lloris, Naughton Chiriches Kaboul Fryers, Sandro Holtby, Townsend Kane Chadli, Defoe.

    I think thats a good enough team to get a result would like Holtby to play no.10 but Kane deserves another start and Dembele needs a rest…

    Save Lamela for PL he's ready!

  5. play the fringe players prioarty is getting 4th in prem , why risk injurys to key players like the last game in europa,

    even our second team should be to good for ahzi.

  6. 433


    Naughton….kaboul…chi riches. Fryers




    I’d like that team but think it will be 4231

  7. GK – Friedel
    LFB – Fryers
    LCB – Chirches
    RCB – Kabooom
    RFB – Naughton
    DMF – Sandro
    CMF – Holtby
    AMF – Kane
    LWF – Chadli
    RWF – Lamela
    CF – Defoe

  8. eriksen has 2 play more game time…. he has impressed but it s worth trying holtby & eriksen in dat central midfield 4 me..


    naughton kaboom chiriches fryers

    sandro holtby. eriksen

    lamela. soldado. chadli

  9. Mimms,m.thomas,s.nethercott,k.scott,n.berti


    Raziak and adebayor. Leave avb at home to conentrate on west ham and bring in christian gross to run the team. Its such short notice gross will have to get the train. Beat that! Coys!

  10. GK Friedel 4-4-2 Diamond Wide
    RB Walker – RCB Kaboul – LCB Vertonghen – LB Chiricheș
    CDM Sandro
    RM Townsend – LM Erik Lamela
    CAM Christian Eriksen
    RST Jermain Defoe
    LST Roberto Soldado

    GK Gomes
    RB Naughton
    CB Dawson
    CDM Paulinho
    CAM Dembélé
    CF/CAM Holtby
    CF/CAM Sigurðsson


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