14 January 2018
I think you're right BT - it's time to go back to basics. If aping someone else's style isn't doing it then you need to revert to the game that you know best - straightforward, honest, factual thread titles. No messing - you've delivered.
As to the game, it's easy to be totally down about out prospects, but let's not forget that Spurs have their vulnerabilities. We need to do everything we can to break up their rhythm, and for that we have to boss the midfield. So I'd bring Lemina in for Davis - as others have pointed out, Davis' form this season has been well below his usual standards, and having a quick, fierce tackler who also likes to get forward in there instead of him looks right to me.
Other than that, I might be inclined to play Boufal and Gabbiadini rather than Tadic and Long, but that's marginal. Long, for all the complaints about him, has been playing well and giving opposing defences a lot to think about. If we have sufficient players out there to pick up on things that Long creates then we've got some goals in us.
Keep it tight as hell in midfield, don't let them establish the style of play they want to, and keep pressure on their defence at the same time. Who knows, it might just work...