At the age of 19, Tottenham’s Dele Alli is midway through his opening season in the Premier League where he has been a key part of Mauricio Pochettino’s success in the campaign so far.
Alli was signed from Milton Keynes Dons back in January 2015 for a fee in the region of £5million. There were a number of clubs in the Premier League all monitoring his services but it was Spurs who acted first and persuaded the youngster to join the Lilywhites.
Tottenham brought an end to their winless run of three matches in the Premier league with a 2-0 success over Southampton this weekend.
There were several reasons for manager Mauricio Pochettino to celebrate this victory. Not only this win earned the club three points, but it also elevated them back into the top four ahead of Manchester United. Tottenham have had the target of finishing in the top four for quite a while, but the poor form of the last few weeks was threatening to destroy their hopes for yet another campaign. The poor form started with the draw against Chelsea.
Spurs then suffered a shock 1-1 draw against West Brom away from home while an even bigger disappointment in the form of a home loss against league strugglers Newcastle United came their way. Luckily, main rivals like Manchester City and Manchester United were unable to take advantage of this poor form since they were also dropping points in their games. Spurs, though, have managed to take advantage of the situation by getting a clean sheet and a win against Southampton. Striker Harry Kane scored his first league goals in almost a month to help Spurs get this win. Dele Alli scored the other goal just after three minutes. Continue reading
Jose Mourinho reckons the Spurs never find themselves under as much of pressure as the other big sides in England do and that helps them.
Tottenham will face Chelsea the coming weekend in the Premier League. White Hart Lane, where the game is going to be played, has never been a happy hunting ground for Chelsea. They have managed to have just one win under their belt in the 10 appearances that they have made there.
Thierry Henry believes that Arsenal lost a great opportunity to replace Manchester City as the Premier League leaders after the 1-1 draw with Tottenham at the Emirates stadium.
Since this was a home match for the gunners, they were fully expected to get a victory. Arsenal have always had the upper hand over Spurs when it comes to games at the Emirates stadium. There have been only a couple of occasions when Tottenham have returned to North London with something to show for their efforts.
Even though Mauricio Pochettino’s well drilled team are challenging for a top four place, this was seen as a good opportunity for three points. However, Arsenal were lucky to come out with at least a draw. Tottenham took the lead early in the match through Harry Kane and almost managed to maintain this advantage till the final whistle. Arsenal could have lost the game had it not been for the late equaliser from Kieran Gibbs. Henry believes that the game was lost in the first half when Arsenal allowed Tottenham to dictate the game too much. The former Arsenal striker believes that the home team should have taken the game to the opposition rather than the other way round. Continue reading
Tottenham forward Harry Kane returned to form with a hat-trick against Bournemouth in the latest league encounter. The goals from the striker pleased manager Mauricio Pochettino, who had increasingly grown frustrated with the lack of scoring from his star hitman.
The presence of Kane was a major factor in Tottenham deciding to do away with both Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor at the same time. However, he had scored only one goal – from a rebound – so far this season. Just when it seemed that he was starting to look like a one season wonder, Kane secured the match ball with a hat-trick against Bournemouth.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes that his side have improved a lot defensively and this should start an improvement in terms of fortunes going forward.
Spurs made a poor start to the season after going winless in the first few matches of the campaign. However, they have now secured back-to-back victories after a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday. This was also the first home win of the season for Pochettino’s team. Summer signing Heung-Min Son, who was brought in from Bundesliga for over £ 20 million, scored the only goal of the game to open his account for Spurs.
Many expected a reaction from Crystal Palace, who came into the game after suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat against Manchester City in the previous game. It was expected to be a tough match and it turned out to be the case for the home team. There was not much to separate the two teams in terms of attempts on goal or possession. However, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had to make some crucial saves in order to keep his team in the game. After the match, Pochettino praised the French international by saying that he is now the best goalkeeper in the Premier League. Continue reading
New Liverpool signing Joe Gomez says that he grew up watching Ledley King and considers the former Tottenham defender as one of his idols. The Charlton Athletic youth team star has been brought to Anfield for a transfer fee of around £ 3.5 million.
He is expected to have a bright future not only with Liverpool but with the England national team as well. The 18-year-old central defender has kept an impressive record of going for the England under 17 team after his performance against Turkey. The European championship campaign for the U17 team has seen England keep six clean sheets out of the seven games. Continue reading
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has recently been linked with moves to Manchester United and Paris St Germain. Both clubs are in the market for a top goalkeeper, of whom there are little in the world. Lloris is one of them and it is almost certain that Spurs will receive an offer for their star goalkeeper from either one of these clubs in the near future. Amongst those transfer rumours, Lloris has admitted that he would like to one day win the Champions League. It almost looks impossible to achieve with Tottenham, who have only qualified for this competition once in their history.
A move to a top club like United or PSG will be the answer. United have returned to the Premier European competition but they are likely to be without their star goalkeeper David de Gea. The Spaniard is reportedly on the verge of a move to Real Madrid and it will begin the merry-go-round involving several players. Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, though, reckons that the club should do everything in their powers to retain the Frenchman, who was one of the big signings made by the club a few years ago. After having cost close to € 15 million, Lloris has played a close to 100 league matches for Spurs. Continue reading
Ending the Premier League season on the 5th position is something that Mauricio Pochettino was happy to see his team accomplish as Tottenham Hotspur was able to squeeze and snatch a spot that will allow the team of Pochettino to get into the group stages of the Europa League in the next season.
Even though Mauricio Pochettino is proud of what his team achieved, he is hoping to sign a few players that can help him in finishing at an ever higher spot but in order for this to happen, Pochettino will need to have the support from the owner and chairman as those are the main figures of the club who have to take the financial decisions of Tottenham Hotspur.
Pochettino said: “For us next season, we will try to improve our squad and fight from the beginning of the season for the top four. It is a difficult thing, but we need to be ambitious. The win means we go straight to the Europa League groups, so we have more time to prepare for the season. To finish above Liverpool, Southampton and Everton is a very good thing for Tottenham.”
“For us, our goal next season is to try and improve our squad and try to fight from the beginning of the next season for the top four. It’s a difficult thing but we need to be ambitious.”
Those were the words that Mauricio Pochettino told to the media after Tottenham Hotspur managed to defeat Everton on their last match of the season which allowed his team on automatically advancing and earning their qualification spot for the Europa League of the upcoming year.
This victory against Everton was not only important for Tottenham Hotspur because it enabled their passage to the Europa League of next year (and they are already installed as fourth favourites according to Ladbrokes) but it’s also meaningful for the club due to the fact that it’s the first time they manage to defeat Everton at Goodison Park since 2007.
Tottenham Hotspur’s game against Everton concluded in a 1-0 victory for the squad of Pochettino with the only goal of the entire match arriving from Harry Kane as the youngster scored it with a first half header.
Although the listless defeat suffered from Stoke City, the Spurs are still focused on securing their place in the Europa League, head coach Mauricio Roberto Pochettino Trossero told the press yesterday.
“I think it is good for the club to achieve the Europa League and this is what we are going to try. It is difficult now, but we need to do the last two weeks and to try to win the first game on Saturday with Hull City,” Pochettino told The Guardian. Continue reading