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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Wednesday, August 11

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Hi, all!

At the top today is new signing Chioma Ubogagu.

Ramble of the Day

Paris Saint-Germain’s video announcing Lionel Messi’s arrival dropped just as I felt like starting today’s ramble, so you will be stuck with some of my thoughts on it. (To be fair, the video itself became quite a topic of conversation.)

The video is completely fine in concept, traveling through the Parc des Princes until the viewer meets Messi at the center of the pitch. The complaints are in the details, though. That might normally seem picky, but the details I’m picking out aren’t so small and the video itself is slightly weird.

Now, for those thoughts:

  • I’m not really sure why the video starts with a tour of the club shop. Maybe the point is to show the person ironing names and numbers onto a kit, which I don’t think we really need the visualization of. (It’s not really even a great shot of someone getting a kit ready so maybe that’s not the point?) Maybe it was teasing a reunion with Neymar, but I think there’s a better way to do that than an otherwise pointless trip to the club shop.
  • This isn’t so much a complaint but a question: Is the camera work slightly too intense for anyone with sever motion sickness?
  • I don’t agree with the tilted tour of the seating arrangement at Parc des Princes — just seems like someone having a bit too much fun with that drone instead of focusing on the storytelling.
  • ...Is that CGI Messi? Not the real Messi many of us saw leaked footage of half an hour before this video dropped?

Of course, when you’re announcing Messi, the execution almost doesn’t matter. Weirdness is definitely allowed — I just ask that we get a real shot of Messi in there.

tl;dr: I found PSG’s video announcing Messi to be slightly weird.

Stay informed, read this: Alex Moshakis interviews actor Dev Patel on perfecting his skills and the struggles he’s faced as a British actor of Indian descent for the Guardian

Links of the Day

The Premier League will implement new anti-discrimination measures, including bans for people who make abusive remarks.

Richie Burke stepped down as the Washington Spirit head coach, citing health reasons.

Manchester City’s John Stones signed a new deal with the club until 2026.

Real Madrid will take legal action against CVC Capital Partners after the private equity firm agreed a partnership with La Liga last week.

Transfers: PSG signed Lionel Messi on a free; Southampton signed Adam Armstrong from Blackburn and Armando Broja on loan from Chelsea; Brentford signed Yoane Wissa from Lorient; Brighton signed Kaoru Mitoma from Kawasaki

A longer read: Annie Costabile on the NWSL’s partnership with RISE and the league’s continuing failure in transparency for the Chicago Sun-Times