Football Manager 2014: Tottenham Hotspur – Episode 19 – Season 5

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Spurs confident they can achieve greatness in the next two years

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

Football Manager 2014: Tottenham Hotspur: Episode 57 – Season 12

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Irvine still searching for first victory

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.

Football Manager 2014: Tottenham Hotspur: Episode 31 Season 8

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Barcelona Unsure About Shot Stopper

TheBarcelonaboss Luis Enrique is not sure who is going to be his first choice man for standing between the sticks in the upcoming season.

Three different shot stoppers have been tried byBarcelonain the last three pre-season matches and there hasn’t been that much difference between their performances. All have looked decent and this has put Enrique in a little bit of a dilemma.

Talking to the reporters about the goalkeeping department of the team yesterday, Enrique said, “It’s nice to be in a situation of having too many choices as manager. I would like to be in that situation all the time.”

“All three of the goalies that I have got are fantastic. They are highly skilled and it would be very hard to leave a couple of them out.  But, I will have to do it. At the moment though, I have no idea who would start in the first match.”

The Spanish manager also said that the players who impress him while training have the best chance of getting playing opportunities.

In the words of Enrique, “You need to show in the training sessions that you deserve to play. If you do that that, you will definitely be considered for matches. A few players obviously miss out because you can only play with 11, but, if you are consistently looking good in training, at some point, you will get to play.”

The fans are hoping that Enrique, in his debut season at Camp Nou, would help Barca regain the status of the Spanish Champions, but, it’s not as easy as it sounds.

There are two other equally matches teams in the Spanish top tier i.e. the reigning Champions Atletico Madrid and their local rivals Real Madrid. So, Enrique has a challenge in front of him, that’s for sure.


Football Manager 2014: Tottenham Hotspur: Episode 17 – Season 5

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England End Early

The world’s most important football event for the next four years – the 2014 FIFA World Cup hosted by Brazil (a team humiliated by the German national last night) has ended early for the English players, and the games of the Premier League won’t be on until the middle of August. Now the most exciting sports events to follow are tennis matches and the Tour de France. While female tennis is a very entertaining sport for a short while, cycling is not that fun to watch. So, what should we do in all this spare time?

OK, we could take a vacation. It’s summer after all. We can go to the beach, or in the mountains, or visit some foreign country (preferably with a beach or some mountains). If we are not in the situation (financially or otherwise) to afford such a vacation, we can always find time for some alternatives – playing on a computer for example. Continue reading

Naughton Keen On New Management

Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton has revealed that he is extremely keen on working with new manager Mauricio Pochettino, who was appointed as the replacement for Tim Sherwood. Sherwood lasted just a few months as the manager of Tottenham, as he failed to get the club into the top four of the Premier League. After impressing in his 18 months at Southampton, Pochettino has been brought into improve the fortunes of Spurs. Tottenham have finished in the top four only once in the history of the Premier league and it will be a difficult task to repeat with the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal improving.

Despite this, Naughton is confident that Pochettino will be a success at Tottenham and he cannot wait to start under the new management. The players will be getting a first taste of the new manager in the pre-season friendly matches. Spurs will be facing the likes of Toronto FC, Seattle Sounders, and Chicago Fire as they are involved in a pre-season tour of the United States. Naughton says that the players will be trying to understand the style of play that the manager wants to implement at the club. Tottenham are expected to utilise the same high pressing and intense tempo game that has been a feature of Pochettino at his previous clubs.

“When you get a new manager you can’t really get used to playing his style unless it’s in a realistic game situation so that will be one of the main things to get out of the tour. You can really put the style of play that he wants into practise and that’s obviously one of the main things the friendlies are about. Fitness is another big thing that you can get out of these games and also team spirit,” said the Tottenham defender.