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Match Preview: Cardiff City vs. Tottenham Hotspur

31 December 2018

The Bluebirds face Spurs at a sold-out CCS for our first game of the calendar year...

The opposition

Mauricio Pochettino’s side arrive in South Wales off the back of a 3-1 home defeat to Wolves at Wembley Stadium. This was only the third time Tuesday's visitors have lost a home Premier League game under the Argentine by two or more goals. Their defeat also ended five straight Premier League wins and they now trail league leaders Liverpool by nine points.

Despite the setback, Spurs still find them themselves in contention for silverware this season, something they haven't secured since they won the League Cup back in 2008.

Spurs defeated North London rivals Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium to reach the semi-finals of the League Cup earlier this month, as well as reaching the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League where they are faced with a sturdy test against Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16 stage of the competition.

In the hot seat

Pochettino joined the Lilywhites in the summer of 2014 and has since taken charge of 247 matches for the club. Prior to his spell at Spurs, he managed both Espanyol and Southampton and has taken charge of 468 games so far in his career as manager.

Before life on the managerial front, the Argentine ran out over 500 times during his playing days as a centre-back with his most successful spell as a player at Spanish outfit Espanyol, winning two Copa del Rey titles in 1999-2000 and 2005-2006.

Pochettino won 20 caps for Argentina and played in the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea & Japan.

Playing Connections

Welsh international Chris Gunter ran out 33 times for the Bluebirds before joining Spurs in January 2008. The 29-year-old made his debut in a FA Cup third-round victory against his current club Reading on 15th January 2008. The former Bluebird featured 16 times for our London opponents before signing for Nottingham Forest in July 2009 after a successful loan-spell.

Steven Caulker is another player who has represented both Spurs and Cardiff City during his playing career. The 27-year-old featured 29 times for The Lilywhites, netting on two occasions during his stint at the club. The centre-back signed for the Bluebirds on 31st July 2013 and went on to make 39 appearances during his time in the Welsh capital. He will be fondly remembered for his powerful header against Swansea City on the 3rd November 2013 in our 1-0 win during a South Wales Derby match.

Fraizer Campbell encountered a brief stint at Spurs on loan from Manchester United during the 2008/2009 season. He played 22 times for the North London-based side, scoring three times.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Cardiff City 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur

1 January 2019

Cardiff City fell to a 3-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on New Year's Day in the Premier League.

Neil Warnock made one change to the side that started against Leicester City, bringing in Bobby Decordova-Reid and placing Junior Hoilett on the bench.

The visitors took just two minutes to score the opener at Cardiff City Stadium, when a clearance from captain Sean Morrison was deflected into the net off Harry Kane’s knee.

City looked dangerous at times in the opening ten minutes, however. Josh Murphy’s counterattacking run down the left wing saw him cross low, with the ball being intercepted before meeting Decordova-Reid, who had looked poised to strike.

Another Murphy cross shortly afterwards went high, and almost met Callum Paterson’s head.

But Spurs countered and doubled their lead with just over 10 minutes played, as Christian Eriksen shot low from outside the area and to Neil Etheridge’s right.

Before the game reached the half hour mark, Spurs made it three. Son Heung-Min received a through ball from Moussa Sissoko at the edge of the area, and slotted the ball into net at the far post.

City’s last chances of the half came as the interval loomed. Víctor Camarasa sent the ball through into the box, but it was too quick for Decordova-Reid to reach it.

A free-kick from the Real Betis loanee almost saw Paterson get a head to the ball from close range, but it was met instead by Dele Alli, who sent the ball clear.

City had the first chance of the second half, when the newly introduced Junior Hoilett received a cross from Paterson and headed the ball towards goal, only for ‘keeper Hugo Lloris to save.

Hoilett looked dangerous throughout the second half. He began with a run down the wing, placing a shot that was tipped over the bar by Lloris. The resulting corner saw Sean Morrison head the ball low and hard, only for it again to be saved by the ‘keeper.

Not long afterwards, Son’s shot from close range was saved by the combined efforts of Sol Bamba and Neil Etheridge, who did well to stop it.

Etheridge was called upon again in the 83rd minute, as he rushed to the edge of the box to palm the ball away from Kane, who had looked set to score his second goal of the match.

The Bluebirds kept looking for a goal of their own as the game entered added time, as Morisson's header landed just wide of Spurs' posts. However, the match ended shortly afterwards, with the Bluebirds remaining three points clear of the Premier League relegation zone. 

Full-Time: Cardiff City 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Arter, Murphy (Hoilett 45’), Paterson, Decordova-Reid (Mendez-Laing 71’), Gunnarsson, Cunningham, Camarasa (Ralls 57’), Bamba. Subs not used: Smithies, Peltier, Bennett, Ralls, Mendez-Laing, Madine.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Sánchez, Son (Skipp 75’), Winks, Kane, Sissoko, Alli (Llorente 85’), Eriksen. Subs not used: Gazzaniga, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Moura, Davies.

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Ticket News

SOLD OUT | Cardiff City vs. Tottenham Hotspur

2018/19 Half Season Tickets now no longer available...

11 December 2018

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