Mauricio Pochettino says that Tottenham’s 3-2 win over Everton during the weekend shows that the club are still capable of challenging with Chelsea for the Premier League title.
The result helped Tottenham close gap down to just seven points, although Chelsea play later on Monday night when they travel to West Ham United. Spurs were seen as realistic title contenders at the start of January, but they have fallen off the pace with some poor results in the away games. Draws against the likes of Sunderland and a recent defeat against Liverpool has left the club 10 points behind Chelsea.
In the past, Tottenham would have accepted the situation and would have this team before a top four finish, which would have provided them with Champions League football. A sign of the incredible progress made by the club is Pochettino refusing to give up on the league title after the win over Everton. Continue reading
According to the former Tottenham Hotspur captain Gary Mabbutt, the decision to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as the head coach of the Premier League club was a stroke of genius that will hugely benefit the club for a variety of reasons.
Gary Mabbutt used to perform with the jersey of Tottenham from 1982 until 1998 and even though he is no longer a footballer, Mabbuttstill remains up to date with the world of football and especially with what is going involving his former club.
The home stadium of Tottenham Hotspur is currently undergoing huge renovations as it’s experiencing a change of going from having a capacity of 36,284 seats to more than 60,000 as well as many other new additions to the stadium which is good news for the Premier League club as they will be having one of the most modern football pitches in Europe but at the same time, there is a high chance of the owners of the club having to pay more than the initial expected cost of £400 million, there are estimations and rumors going around suggesting that the cost will probably reach £500 million and maybe even beyond that. Continue reading
Tottenham Hotspurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said that his team would challenge for the title until the last game.
His team is currently 9 points behind Chelsea in the title race.
Mauricio Pochettion believes that his players are ready for the challenge and that they will be doing their best to win their remaining games. He said that Chelsea is going to drop points again in the future and it is up to them to be ready when this happen.
The Tottenham Hotspurs manager said that the team has been consistent throughout the season and that there is no reason why this should change at this point.
He believes that all his players are determined to fight and that they are strong mentally to challenge Chelsea. He said that the team does not have any major injuries and that all players are available for the rest of the season. 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
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.