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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Thursday, August 12

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Hi, everyone!

The song “One Day More” from Les Misérables popped into my head while preparing for today’s Hoddle, but I decided against dropping a video of the song in here.

Ramble of the Day

Here’s an open-ended question with the Premier League season finally here: What are your expectations for Tottenham this season? Be as specific or general as possible.

I feel there is a wide range of reasonable outcomes this season, based solely on the information in front of us. I believe it will be difficult for Spurs to genuinely compare themselves to the teams above them over the course of the season. I think there’s too much distance in quality right now between Spurs and the other top teams — not insurmountable in a long-term sense, but likely too much for this year. I don’t expect a Champions League finish this season, but maybe something fun can happen in the cups.

I think my real expectations are on how the team performs without comparisons to its competitors. I hope the new signings show their potential, because I think it’s a decent group of players so far. I hope an adjustment period under Nuno Espírito Santo isn’t too bitter, but my main hope is that the matches will at least be entertaining. Low bar to clear? Maybe, but I miss having something to enjoy when watching this team once or twice a week.

tl;dr: What are your expectations for Tottenham this season?

Stay informed, read this: Jack Murley on sport’s governing bodies failing to create inclusive environments for the LGBTQ+ community, and how athletes have responded for the BBC

Links of the Day

The Washington Spirit is investigating ex-head coach Richie Burke after he allegedly verbally abused players.

Manchester City’s Phil Foden will likely miss the first three or four weeks of the season as he continues to recover from a foot injury.

FIFA and UEFA will not allow away supporters in stadiums for next month’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers because of rising COVID-19 cases.

Former FuboTV executive John Textor purchased a minority stake in Crystal Palace.

A longer read: Molly Hensley-Clancy on former Washington Spirit head coach Richie Burke, who has been accused of verbally abusing players for The Washington Post