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
Players – benchwarmers, stars and even reserves – fall out with coaches every now and then.
Why? Well, football can be likened to a machine plant that has human beings in its mix and as with everything that has to be processed alongside humans, emotions often rub off the system. The bone of contention is commonly unsatisfaction arising from the player’s end as to why he is sparingly featuring in the coaches starting line-up.
However hardly do you hear of a coach going out of his way to break his club’s transfer record, sign a player and pick issues with him even before featuring him in his first game. Enter Moussa Sissoko. The France international joined Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham for record sum of 30 million pounds. 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
Liverpool are reportedly leading the race to land Tottenham’s first choice striker Harry Kane after The Sun reported that the player placed contract talks on hold following a failure to increase his weekly wages.
There have been growing interests in the player by top clubs. Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are believed to be interested in the Three Lions forward.
Kane’s current deal with Tottenham is set to end in 2020 but the club wanted to extend his deal. The prolific striker has scored 67 goals in 134 games for Tottenham. He was the key player in Spurs’ rally towards the Premier League last season. He only returned from a six-week absence due to ankle ligament to score in the 1-1 draw against the Gunners just before the international break. Gareth Southgate did not play him in the 3-0 triumph over Scotland on Friday, and he is not expected to feature when England trade tackles with Spain on Tuesday.
Despite insisting that he has “a bright future” at White Hart Lane, former Arsenal player Ray Parlour wants Manchester United to make Kane their long-term striking target.
“I’m sure Manchester United will be looking at him. They will be thinking ‘OK, Ibrahimovic is here at the moment but he’s getting on a bit – we might need a new striker soon’. He could be perfect for Manchester United,” Parlour opined.
Bookmakers Ladbrokes say Liverpool are the top side to land Kane should the salary force him away from Spurs. Kane reportedly wants £120,000 in weekly wages in order to remain at the club. The Reds are 5/2 to land him, Manchester United are 5/1, while Chelsea and Manchester City are 6/1 according to the bookies. Arsenal are 12/1 while Real Madrid are 4/1 to land him having previously taken Gareth Bale and Luka Modric.
Tottenham Hotspurs goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris believes their victory with clean-sheet over Manchester City on Sunday does not mean the team is very defensive.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men gave Pep Guardiola his first defeat since his arrival at the Etihad Stadium with a shocking 2-0 win at White Hart Lane stadium on Sunday.
They scored two times in the first half through Aleksandar Kolarov’s own goal and another strike by Dele Alli, guaranteeing the victory after the break despite Erik Lamela having a penalty denied from being a goal by City’s new goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo.
Lloris supposes the win showcased Tottenham’s qualities at both ends of the pitch, as they maintained a clean sheet after having the perfect defensive record in the top-flight last season.
“Last season we were already one of the best defenses in the league so I think it’s one of our basics to be strong at the back,” The France international, Lloris was quoted by Sky Sports.
“It doesn’t mean we are a defensive team, we are the opposite. We try to have a lot of risk in our game, trying to play as high up as we can on the pitch, putting pressure, as we did especially in the first half against City.”
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.
The 2016-17 season of the Premier League kicked off on August 13 as the English League initiated around 1 week earlier than many other top European Leagues such as the Italian League and the Spanish League.
Both of those European competitions initiated around 6 days later in comparison to the Premier League and Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham Hotspur is not a fan of having the league kicking off so early.
The Argentine manager of Tottenham Hotspur voiced his disagreement in having the Premier League so early as this causes a slight problem for the players that were performing with their national sides during that period of time. Those players had to represent their countries at the international stage and shortly after that, those who formed part of clubs in the Premier League had to come back to their respective clubs and perform in the top tier English League.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino said: “You cannot play the Euros and start the Premier League season on Aug. 13. How can you give rest to the players, after the whole season?I understand that it’s business, our supporters and the people want to watch football but it is very bad for the players.”
“The problem is we need to adapt the preseason for the players who were involved in the Euros. They arrive all at different times because they finish in different times. It is a very hard thing to do and it is very tough to manage them during the season, too, because it is not the same when you play 90 minutes.’’ Continue reading
English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspurs has confirmed that the head of recruitment Paul Mitchell would be leaving the club after he serves his notice period after he quit his job at the club.
Mitchell claimed he left the club as he was not satisfied with the way the club was handling its transfer business. The club made the announcement on Tuesday as the relationship, between Mitchell and the club chairman Daniel Levy strained.
The chairman was regularly taking issues personally in transfer matters, and he is sure to continue until the end of the transfer window. The Evening Standard reports that Mitchell left as he was disillusioned at the way the club managed it transfer dealings, and the final straw that broke the back was the deal of Michy Batshuayi. Belgian was in the midst of moving to the Spurs as Mitchell revealed but the deal was dealt a blow and he moved to Chelsea instead.
Mitchell said he had monitored the former Marseille striker thoroughly and claimed he was even ready to join Spurs but Chelsea picked up the player in a surprise move for £33 million. Chelsea signed the player on a five-year deal, offering him up to £125,000 weekly. Spurs wage would have seen the player earn the usual range of £75,000 – £80,000 per week for the best players.
It left Mauricio Pochettino in a bitter mood that there was not a single person outside the fan-base of Tottenham wanting them to take the Premiership trophy and everybody was just for Leicester to complete a fairy-tale.
Pochettino believes the top side is always the one people look to defeat, but, for a change, it’s the no. 2 side which was on the target the previous season. Nobody was after the leaders and that was bizarre.
Tottenham chased Leicester to a very long distance and it’s only in the game before their penultimate game, when they had a draw, the title technically became impossible to clinch for them.
They were probably not tight enough at crucial times, but, according to Pochettino, he and his boys had loads to learn from it and they would be back only in a stronger capacity in this year’s summer.