RF: Is it fair to say this has been a mixed season for Spurs due to great league form, balanced by a disappointing Champions League showing? How are the fans feeling about things in general, as we're just over half way through the season?
SC: Overall, I think the feeling is pretty positive. Spurs are firmly in the race for the top four and have at least a punchers' chance at the title, though I doubt you'll find anyone actually calling Spurs favorites for it. The Champions League bow out is a bitter pill to swallow, but even with that, the outlook is good.
RF: You're yet to sign anyone (so far) in the January window. Are most fans okay with that or would it have been nice to see some new faces come in?
SC: Not signing anyone in January and being okay with it depends on what segment of the fan base you ask. Most don't expect much of anything other than youth signings and maybe a need for depth. Even Pochettino has come out and said don't expect anything unless an incredibly special talent becomes available. I was hoping for a Dele Alli-esque signing such as Ryan Sessegnon at Fulham, but right now it's been all quiet.
RF: White Hart Lane is nearing it's end now, of course. Are the emotions starting to kick in as the stadium move edges ever nearer? What do you think of the recent images of the new ground as well? The tunnel lounge looks pretty interesting, to say the least!
SC: I think all of us are going to miss White Hart Lane as it is now, but every time we get those feelings, we're reminded that a truly world class ground is going to take her place. I've been hoping they would release the VR preview as I own a Vive and would love to get a 360 degree tour, but the images and videos alone have been spectacular. I do think there's a tad bit of a concern that there are a lot of amenities that seem aimed at wealthier clientele, but that's not going to take away from the fact that Spurs will have a 61k stadium that will be a gem in London.
A great side note to this: A few of us on staff have never been to England, including our tyrannical overlord/managing editor Dustin Menno. One of our users, Ted Flambe, started an IndieGoGo as a fundraiser to get him to the Lane before it's gone for good. Our community managed to raise the goal in under 48 hours and is still actually active here.
Anyone can still contribute to the cause to provide him with extra money for the trip, but I can tell you that Dustin is incredibly humbled by the love our community has shown and I'm happy as hell for him that he's going to get to White Hart Lane.
RF: You're coming into this game on the back of just scraping past Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup. Do you think that will have much of a bearing (be it positive or negative) on Tuesday's match?
SC: Very little bearing, if any. Spurs played a nearly full rotated side and, while it was a nail-biter, they got the job done and also know that they have work to do to improve if they wanted to find time in League play. Of the starting XI that played against Wycombe, only Eric Dier and Heung-Min Son are regulars. If anything, this is a game simply to build tactics off of, both offensively and defensively, to show where the younger players can improve.
RF: There's plenty of talent in this Tottenham side but who should Sunderland supporters be particularly worried about? Who's in good form?
SC: This won't be a shock, but Dele Alli, Harry Kane, and Christian Eriksen are all in magnificent form as of late. Dele came on during the match against Wycombe and was an instant game changer. Eriksen has found his shooting and assisting boots as of late and looks like our engine yet again. Then there's Harry Kane, who is always a threat no matter the match.
RF: I usually ask if there's anyone you'd be worried about in the Sunderland side but since there's only really Defoe, I'm going to flip that one around and ask - Is there anyone in the Tottenham side that who worries you because they could make a mistake, to Sunderland's benefit?
SC: Losing Jan Vertonghen to injury is manageable, but there is a concern about who fills in. Kevin Wimmer did it brilliantly last season, but he has not looked the same this campaign. Granted, I think a lot of that can be contributed to not getting minutes and needing time with the first team, but it's only natural for me to be concerned about who is filling that hole next to Toby.
RF: What will Spurs' approach be in this game and what do you think the starting line up will be?
SC: I think it's pretty simple: Spurs impose their will by pressing and disrupting the midfield to force turnovers and get the ball to the attacking band. Spurs have been playing a 3-4-3 / 3-4-2-1 as of late that has stymied some opposing clubs (See: Chelsea, West Brom) and I'm thinking they'll probably roll out the same formation.
Starting XI: Lloris, Wimmer, Toby, Dier; Rose, Dembele, Wanyama, Walker; Eriksen, Dele; Kane
RF: How do you see the game going?
SC: There's always that little bit of concern when going on the road no matter the opponent in the Premier League, but the fact remains that this is one of those matches that Spurs should win, and win convincingly. I think that's exactly what happens.
3-0 to Spurs.
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