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Mauricio Pochettino has taken a dig at his Manchester United counterpart, Louis Van Gaal, by saying that the Dutchman should stop moaning about the fixture congestion. Van Gaal has been heavily voicing his opinion against the lack of a winter break in English football. Further, he has also been taken aback by the number of fixtures during the Christmas period. Unlike in most leagues across Europe, the English football does not take a break during Christmas. Instead, there are several matches in the space of a week. Van Gaal’s criticism, though, is not valid given that all the teams have to go through the same schedule according to Pochettino.
The former Southampton boss has been enjoying our good run of form during the Christmas period. The sheer number of points available for teams to pick up during this time has enabled Tottenham to zoom ahead of the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool into the top six. They have yet another tough match against Chelsea on New Year’s Day, but Pochettino is already looking forward to getting back on the pitch. Van Gaal did not make any changes to the United team that could only get a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane. This was the first time that United have brought an unchanged team in 85 league matches.
“The condition was the same for both teams. We never complain about when the opponent has the same condition as you.For Tottenham, from the beginning of the season, is the team that has had less recovery days in every competition. I never complain about that.I think Manchester had the same hours to recover as us. We showed we are more solid as a team,” said Pochettino. “I don’t have possibility to change because we don’t have the most fit players in the world,” said Van Gaal.
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The start of the season of Tottenham Hotspur leaves more to be desired and major changes are expected to be done in the squad of Mauricio Pochettino in the January transfer window with hopes that the arrival of new players can help solve some of the problems that the Premier League club has been experiencing recently.
Tottenham Hotspurs is rumored to be preparing an offer in the region of £20m in order to sign Jay Rodriguez from Southampton. Jay Rodriguez has just finished going through the final stages of his recovery from an injury he picked up which forced him to stay out of the playing grounds for around 6 months with a knee injury but Pochettino seems to be interested in working together once more with Jay Rodriguez.
Morgan Schneiderlin is another player who is in the radar of Pochettino and an offer is expected to be done in January when the transfer window re-opens. However, in order for the Argentine manager to launch any decent and good enough bids for his winter targets, a number of fringe players are set to be sacrificed.
Andros Townsend, Aaron Lennon, Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, MousaDembele and Kyle Naughton are the players that all signs are pointing towards as they could be sold or used as bait in order to attract the attention of the players that Pochettino wants to sign.
Mauricio Pochettino is not sure about the quality of some of his players and he is willing to allow some of them leave or simply sell them and bring in new performers to the team that already have demonstrated their abilities and quality in other teams.
Another player that is on the wish-list of Pochettino is the Colombian forward Teofilo Gutierrez who plays for River Plate. Pochettino has already displayed his desire in signing a number of attacking players as the manager believes that one of the main reasons on why the season of Tottenham Hotspurs has been so inconsistent is because of his squad not having enough firepower and now Pochettino is aiming to sign a few offensive players to solve this issue.
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Tottenham’s poor run of form in the league continued after a 4-1 defeat against Manchester City at Etihad stadium. Even though they have been showing great form in the Europa League group stages, they have been unable to translate the same into league form. Undoubtedly, performing well in the Premier League is the ultimate ambition for the club, as they target a return to Champions League. At the moment, it looks highly unlikely that Tottenham will be anywhere close to challenging for a top four place at the end of the season.
After suffering the latest defeat against City, manager Mauricio Pochettino has spoke with confidence that the club will be able to achieve something of great significance within the next two years. The former Southampton manager was brought in to replace Tim Sherwood, but he has had an inconsistent set of results in the opening few months. The Argentine saw his team slipped further behind the top four after this latest defeat, but he has spoken with confidence at being able to achieve a major target – perhaps winning a trophy or two – in the next two years. It remains to be seen if he will be given the patience that his predecessors have found wanting under chairman Daniel Levy.
“You need time. You need to suffer and keep the bad moments. But maybe now is a different period for us. I am sure we’ll achieve something important, maybe in six months, one year or two years, I am sure the club will achieve a very important trophy. Daniel [Levy, Tottenham chairman] was very clear. He explained how we need to move the club on and we agreed. We expected a tough period and are in one now. But we have the possibility to build something important - it’s a very big challenge,” said Pochettino.
Liverpool has taken a step forward in their plans of expanding the stadium after the proposal was approved by the committee – following in the footsteps of Spurs in upgrading their current stadium. This plan includes a huge regeneration project in the Anfield area with a deal between the Premier League club and the social landlord Your Housing Group.
The main stand and the road stand of the stadium is expected to be increased by a total of 13,000 seats and the Liverpool City Council’s planning committee agreed on allowing the proposal and project to kick-off. Continue reading
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West Brom manager Alan Irvine is still searching for his first victory since taking over the club in the summer. The run of winless matches has stressed to 4 games and there is a probability that the rumours about Irvine facing the sack even at this early stage in the season may come true. After having experienced relegation on more than one occasion in the past, West Brom will be keen to avoid it at any cost. After taking two points from the opening two weekends, West Brom has since suffered back-to-back defeats in the league against Swansea and Everton.
The next five Premier League matches certainly does not provide a lot of confidence especially for this current West Brom team since they will be coming up against teams like Tottenham, Liverpool, and Manchester United. They already find themselves just one place above the bottom of the table and things could get worse in the coming weeks. Some have been suggesting that the former Everton youth team coach looks out of his depth as the head coach of the top Premier league club, but Irvine says that he is confident of turning down the situation.
West Brom will have to hope for a miracle when they visit Tottenham at White Hart Lane, since the North London outfit are extremely strong here. “You can’t throw a team together overnight, especially when we’ve had the number of outs and then ins that we have had. But I also understand that you can’t lose games too often, and that if you do, then that becomes extremely difficult. It’s difficult for me to ask for patience. Other people will decide whether they’re going to patient or not. I’ll just keep on working away as hard as I do and try and get the lads gelled into the best team that we can be as quickly as possible,” said Irvine.