England’s latest 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign saw them having to settle with a 2-2 draw against Scotland as both national sides faced off on June 10 of 2017. This result solidifies England for the top position of group F from the UEFA section of the qualification stages.
Out of the 6 qualifying matches that England has played so far, they have won 4 and drawn 2 which has allowed them to snatch 14 points and are above everyone else from that group but Slovakia and Slovenia are following England closely behind with 12 and 11 points earned respectively so far. Continue reading
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly keen on securing the signature of Everton midfielder Ross Barkley in the summer, but will not bow down to the Toffees’ current valuation.
The Merseyside outfit are said to demand £50m for the England international, who has just a year left on his existing deal. Barkley has followed the suit of fellow teammate Romelu Lukaku to snub a fresh contract at Goodison, and Koeman has previously hinted that the player could be sold during the summer transfer window. Continue reading
When it comes to spending huge amounts of money in the Premier League, the clubs that have traditionally offloaded more cash in signing their respective targets have been: Chelsea and Manchester City.
Chelsea spent £112 million during the 2016-17 summer transfer window as they secured the services of: David Luiz, N’ GoloKante, Marcos Alonso and MichyBatshuayi. Manchester City dished out even more as their expenditures reached £180 million after signing: John Stones, Leroy Sane, IIkayGundogan, Nolito and Claudio Bravo just to name a few of the more renowned players.
Tottenham Hotspur on the other hand is not a club that is so known for investing as much money in comparison to the previously mentioned squads but Tottenham has still managed to stay for the majority of the season in the 2nd position which is amazing for a team that has been so financially reserved. Continue reading
The notion of the big four was always somewhat of a media creation, carried along by the Sky Premier League hype. But it did have a base in reality in that more often than not you could predict the top four for the coming season from your beach towel in July. The phrase gained a bit more relevance when the top four clubs qualified for the Holy Grail that had become the Champions League. Now though, there are six teams who expect to finish there year in year out, with half a dozen more with realistic ambitions to break into it.
That is why it is essential that as a team, a manager, a board, as fans – as a club – we develop the mentality that we belong in there. At the minute I am not sure that we do. It is still a case of looking around, nudging ourselves, loving the ride, but a little bit of us thinking, hang on, we’re Tottenham, when is this going to end. Continue reading
Tottenham Hotspurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has stated that Moussa Sissoko has failed to deliver since his move from Newcastle United.
He said that he was expecting more from the midfielder and the player has yet to justify his price tag.
Mauricio Pochettino stated that the player needs to show his determination and to show him that he wants to play. He said that at the moment the player is not doing a lot on the training ground and that he is not willing to fight for his place.
Moussa Sissoko has managed only five starts since the start of the season and was not even on the bench for the match that saw his team face Chelsea.
Mauricio Pochettino said that he has been disappointed by the player’s attitude so far this season and that he is looking for a change in his mentality.
Mauricio Pochettino said that not because the team has spent money on Moussa Sissoko that he will be able to play in the first team. He believes that there are more capable players at the moment and that Sissoko will have to work hard if he wants to get a place in the team.
He believes that other players are doing much more in training and that they fully deserve their place in the team. Mauricio Pochettino said that this is similar to any other clubs and that only players that want to fight for their place will be making it into the first team.
Mauricio Pochettino said that Moussa Sissoko has enough time to change and to improve. He believes the player has the potential to play for Tottenham Spurs, but he needs to show more determination and aggressiveness on the pitch.
He believes that injuries have affected the team this season and that the season will become better as the season goes.
Transfer rumours suggest that Arsenal are preparing to rival Tottenham for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s services, with a massive bid that would see them secure the services of Borussia Dortmund’s prolific striker. Reports in Germany this week suggest that Arsenal are more than willing to break the bank to secure the services of the Bundesliga forward.
The striker who has been in outstanding form this season has scored an impressive 19 goals in twenty appearances so far and might be topping the Bundesliga goal ranking board come end of the season. His performance this season has drawn admiration from top clubs around Europe including Arsenal who are hoping to land his signature when the transfer window reopens in January. Continue reading
Tottenham drew a second consecutive game in the Premier League as concerns about the team’s energy levels grew even higher.
After the game, manager Mauricio Pochettino also claimed that the lack of a recovery times played a major role in the team not performing at its best. The involvement in the Champions League – along with other cup competitions – mean that the manager has had to rotate in order to keep the team fresh. However, he has been unable to rotate in the best possible manner over the last few matches due to injuries to some key players like Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld.
The goalless draw against Bournemouth especially causes concern at White Hart Lane considering that it was the third consecutive draw for the team in all competitions. As expected, the team challenging for the title managed to control the game from start to finish with 58% possession. However, they were unable to get much in terms of opportunities after only managing three shots on target. Spurs have to pick themselves up quickly and focus on the next game against inform Liverpool in the League Cup. In this position of fixture congestion, Pochettino would actually not mind dropping out of the League Cup in order to concentrate on the Champions League and the league.
English Premier League club Southampton FC plan to tie down Shane Long with a new contract. Long has received a lot of interests from other Premier League sides including Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspurs. Mauricio Pochettino is reported to be keen on acquiring the Saints’ player this summer, but The Saints want the player for keeps.
The club is reported to have already tied down other top talents as they also try to convince the head coach Ronald Koeman to remain with them going into next season. Continue reading
Mauricio Pochettino enjoyed a promising start to his first season in charge at Tottenham but a fifth placed league finish and an appearance in the Capital One Cup Final did little to convince the more cynical sections of the Spurs faithful.
In fact, some were concerned that the Argentinian would suffer the same ‘Second Season Syndrome’ that saw Andre Villas-Boas fall away and lose his job after a strong opening campaign. Continue reading
Harry Kane’s brilliant goal for England against Germany didn’t come as any surprise to those Tottenham fans who have watched him score 55 goals and counting over the past two seasons.
While followers of English football are well aware of the 22-year-old’s ability, the international scene is only now beginning to sit up and take notice of the striker. This is especially the case for those teams who are preparing to face Roy Hodgson’s men in the summer. With the European Championship just around the corner, England fans will be desperate to see Kane get through the rest of the Premier League season without picking up an injury. Continue reading