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We challenge Matt Le Tissier to pick his best XI from Tottenham and Manchester United ahead of their crucial Super Sunday clash. Cheap Nike Blazer Wholesale . Spurs will be desperate to maintain the pressure on leaders Leicester and put a dent in Uniteds top-four hopes in the process when the two sides meet at White Hart Lane, live on Sky Sports 1 HD at 4pm.With Mauricio Pochettinos second-placed side heading into the clash nine points clear of their visitors, albeit having played a game more than United, Le Tiss has unsurprisingly gone with a Spurs majority. Le Tiss predicts... Find out what Le Tiss is tipping up at 20/1 for Tottenham v Man Utd here. Heres a look at his XI... GOALKEEPER: David de Gea - Both sides have top-quality goalkeepers but for me De Gea is the best in the league. Theyd be nowhere near the top four if hed joined Real Madrid in the summer.RIGHT-BACK: Kyle Walker - Spurs full-backs could well both be playing for England this summer and Walkers pace will be important against Anthony Martial.CENTRE-BACK: Chris Smalling - Im going with him ahead of Jan Vertonghen. I must admit I wasnt sure he had it in him but hes one of the most improved players in the Premier League this season.CENTRE-BACK: Toby Alderweireld - Hes quite possibly been the best defender in the Premier League this season and I was very disappointed when Southampton failed to sign him permanently. Toby Alderweireld: Among the Premier Leagues best defenders? LEFT-BACK: Danny Rose - Hes probably edged ahead of Ryan Bertrand in the England pecking order now and he goes into my team, as much because of the threat he offers going forward as his defensive work.CENTRAL-MIDFIELD: Eric Dier - The lad has made this position his own for club and country and youve got to hand it to Pochettino for spotting he had the right attributes for the role.CENTRAL-MIDFIELD: Mousa Dembele - Hes a very underrated player and tends to go under the radar but he controls games with his power and quality on the ball. Anthony Martial is Man Utds top scorer with eight goals ATTACKING-MIDFIELD: Anthony Martial - It has been difficult for him starting in a central role and scoring goals then being moved out of position. Its taken him a while to adapt to that position but hes clearly an exciting player.ATTACKING-MIDFIELD: Dele Alli - Hes one of the most exciting young players in the world right now and looks an absolute banker to be starting for England at the Euros.ATTACKING-MIDFIELD: Christian Eriksen - It was Eriksen and Harry Kane carrying Spurs last season and his contributions have perhaps been overlooked a bit because of the emergence of others, but hes still a very important player, with 11 assists and six goals this season. Harry Kane can develop into a world-class striker, says Le Tiss STRIKER: Harry Kane - Hes another one that has cemented his starting berth for England and its now up for him to prove on a European stage, both for club and country, that he is a world class striker. For me theres no reason why he cant do that. Sky Sports Fantasy Six-a-Side Find out who Le Tiss and Charlie are picking in their Fantasy Six-a-Side teams here. Also See: Key battle: Dembele v Schneiderlin Not a job for Jose? Mersons predictions Top four forecast Cheap Nike Blazers . -- Three close looks at the bucket, three misses. Buy Cheap Nike Blazer . LOUIS -- Cardinals cleanup hitter Allen Craig says hes recovered from a foot injury and ready to be put on St. http://www.nikeblazercheap.com/ . The next step is a better finish. Bae played bogey-free Friday on another gorgeous day at Riviera for a 5-under 66, giving him a one-shot lead over Aaron Baddeley and Robert Garrigus going into the weekend. Good, but just not enough.These five words could describe the Indian mens hockey teams performance at the 2016 Olympic Games. They did well in the early part of the tournament -- which was not unexpected -- but then showed their first signs of weakness with an inability to finish their pool with a win over 15th-ranked Canada.A win in their last pool match would have taken them into a last-eight clash against Spain, but instead they found sixth-ranked Belgium, who had unexpectedly topped their pool, posting impressive wins over Great Britain and Australia along the way.The quarterfinalIt wasnt that the Indians played badly in the quarterfinal. They took a 1-0 lead into halftime and looked every bit the slightly higher-ranked among the two nations that they are. Akashdeep Singh gave India the lead in the last 30 seconds of the first quarter of play, which they preserved with dogged defending for the next 15.The second half saw the Belgians up the ante, as they started using the long balls and deft deflections inside the circle to good effect. Sebastien Dockier scored from two of those tip-ins, while Tom Boon showed why he has been one of the foremost attacking players in the world with a solo effort of high quality in the 49th minute.Just like that, hopes of making the semi-finals (erroneously, most media outlets and agencies have added since 1980, while the 1980 format was played in round-robin and then straight to the gold-medal game) were gone.Before the last eightSo how did they fare on the whole?They made the quarterfinals, as was expected. The only two teams they lost to in the pool stages are probably going to repeat their 2012 final on August 18, and they made Germany and the Netherlands work really hard for their 2-1 wins. It is a shame that India failed to beat Canada, because it would have meant they would have won three pool matches for the first time since 1984. That itself shows how poor they have been in recent Olympics -- barring Sydney, where they looked on course for a semi-final slot until a late equalizer by Poland in their last pool match.The Netherlands and Germany celebrated quite exuberantly when they won their scraps in the pool stages against India, much like Australia had when they were taken to the brink in the Champions Trophy by the Indians. That is a sign of the respect this Indian team commands and should take heart from in the future.Finishing troublesThere were a couple of key areas where India lost ground to their more balanced opponents. The first and most glaring area was the lack of finishing, something that had been seen as an area of concern when the team was about to bbe announced. Nike Blazer Shoes For Sale. Team selections are always better dissected in hindsight, but when the team scores just three field goals from 29 attempts across six matches, it shows the value that a natural goal-poacher like Mandeep Singh could have brought. Instead, what happened often was that there were terrific passes sent into the opposition circle, but the likes of Ramandeep Singh, Akashdeep and Nikkin Thimmaiah were not sure about who was going to make the charge towards goal. This is one area Indians were found wanting in.India also had lapses in concentration and discipline at key moments. In the quarterfinal, VR Raghunath had to sit out for a green card in the third quarter, and that was around the time that Belgium exploited their man advantage to the hilt and put more players behind the ball in attack. Raghunath was also one of two players who were shown a yellow card and expelled from the pitch against the Netherlands for a minimum of five minutes. His suspension, for an elbow on the Dutch player, was actually for 10 minutes, and though India didnt concede any goal in that time, it showed some of the Indian players havent learnt how to curb their aggression when provoked.Wheres the self-belief? The last aspect which went missing in the last-eight fixture in particular was self-belief. India made only four substantial goal attempts, and failed to win a single penalty corner. This last number was astounding -- seven of Indias 10 goals in Rio came from PC conversions -- and it pointed as much to Indias lack of awareness and nous inside the opposition circle, as it had to do with the Belgian discipline in defence. India had found PC conversions from four sources, and were yet to employ Harmanpreet Singh for the same. Yet on Sunday, all these big guns didnt get a single chance to threaten Vincent Vanasch in goal for Belgium.On the whole, this was the kind of performance Indian hockey fans would have expected at the very least. That they could not improve upon it and now might see that fifth ranking in the world slip further shows that the raw materials are there, but they need a lot more work to be considered effective enough.Some of the older guard may not be around in four years time, when the Indian team looks to reclaim the crown they had last won in a full field of teams in Tokyo in 1964. There will be new stars who will be identified along the way, especially at the Junior World Cup in Lucknow this December.The start of that journey in Rio was good, but just not enough. Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Nike Basketball Jerseys Hockey Jerseys China Supply Baseball Jerseys Football Jerseys Sale Authentic College Jerseys MLB Jerseys China Stitched Soccer Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap Nike Jerseys ' ' '