Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Spurs could be changing a lot of aspects about their squad next season in order to start challenging for the top four place.
Their Champions League aspirations wilted this season after a 1-0 defeat against relegation threatened Aston Villa. Tottenham looked short of ideas as they failed to beat Tim Sherwood’s team who are playing with only 10 men for most of the match. Christian Benteke scored the only goal of the game to put an end to Tottenham’s aspirations of a top four finish. The club’s current position is likely to see them return to the Europa League next season.
After making substantial changes last summer, Pochettino has not ruled out doing the same in the upcoming transfer window. He says that the difficulty of playing in the Europa League cannot be stressed, as Spurs have to deal with Thursday and Sunday matches for much of the campaign. He has not ruled out the possibility of going for an even bigger squad in order to cope with the demands of the Europa League, but there are indications that he could go for a different squad as well. This has raised concerns about the futures of players like Mousa Dembele and Emmanuel Adebayor. Continue reading
Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has said that the West London outfit are the favourites to win the Premier league in 2014. Andre Villas-Boas was at Chelsea for a couple of months before being sacked due to poor results. He has since gone on to manage Tottenham, while doing a good job with the North London club. Even though Tottenham fail to qualify for the Champions League next season, they have failed by achieving their highest ever points tally in the Premier league. Chelsea failed to win the Premier league this season after a good start to the campaign under Roberto di Matteo.
The club has not won the league title since 2009, and it is expected that they will be spending big in the summer in the hopes of winning the title. Former manager José Mourinho is also likely to return to Stamford Bridge for a second spell. Chelsea had a remarkable consistency under Mourinho, which helped them lift two league titles in three years. Villas-Boas expects Chelsea to return to their former glory after the return of Mourinho, who is widely tipped to leave the Santiago Bernabeu in the next few months.
“Chelsea next season will absolutely be the team to beat. Bearing in mind the manager change and the manager that we expect to come in. Plus they will be strengthening an already very good squad. I think what it represents, if we don’t achieve it, is one more sign that you have to push up to get closer to that group. Our step at the moment is to be into the Champions League,” said Villas-Boas. For long periods of the season, it looked like Tottenham would finish in the fourth position. The Portuguese manager has said that he would like to strengthen the team with some new additions in the summer.
It would be fair to say that Andre Villas-Boas hasn’t experienced the easiest start to his White Hart Lane career and he couldn’t hide his frustration following the team’s latest setback. Despite controlling the Europa League game against Lazio for large periods, Tottenham simply couldn’t make their possession count as they experienced a goalless draw against the Italian outfit.
However, while there have been times where AVB has come under fire this term, on this occasion little blame can be attributed to him after the club saw three goals chalked off. Steve Caulker, Jermain Defoe and Clint Dempsey all saw strikes ruled out and that meant that Lazio were well and truly let off the hook as they returned to Italy with a point.
Following the game, the former Chelsea boss revealed that he really couldn’t fault his players for much and he was completely satisfied with the performance. Speaking to ITV4 he said, “I think we did enough to get the win today. I am extremely happy with the performance and the effort that the players put in. You can’t reprimand them for anything, they were outstanding. They managed to create enough opportunities to win the game. The team put the ball in the back of the net three times, but all the goals were disallowed by the ref, so it’s a bit disappointing.”
Despite the dropped points, most will still be expecting Tottenham to progress to the knockout stage of the competition. The club are still regarded as one of the bigger fish in Group J and should manage to triumph against the likes of NK Maribor and Panathinaikos in the upcoming weeks. With Villas-Boas already winning the Europa League in the past, many have thought that this is one competition that Spurs definitely have a chance of succeeding in.
Even though Spurs have still not managed to record a win in the Europa League this term, Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that he is satisfied following the club’s 1-1 draw with NK Maribor on in the competition on Thursday. Continue reading
It would be fair to say that the goalkeeping situation has been one of the most talked about things at White Hart Lane over recent months and Andre Villas-Boas has continued to fuel the topic by making several open-ended comments about it. Even though he decided to introduce Hugo Lloris for the club’s last Premier League game, AVB insists that he is yet to make a decision on whether or not the big money signing will manage to keep Brad Friedel out of the team for a second fixture in succession. Continue reading
With Tottenham having the chance to close the gap on league leaders Chelsea to just two points this weekend, there is certainly a lot riding on the match. Most people believe that it will be one of the toughest games that Spurs face, although forward Clint Dempsey says the club should look to utilise their home advantage as much as possible in a bid to gain an advantage over Andre Villas-Boas’ former employers. Continue reading
If there ever was an example of a player massively underachieving following a big money move, David Bentley is probably it. However, despite his struggles at Whie Hart Lane, the former Arsenal winger has insisted that Andre Villas-Boas is the right man for the job and says that he has a lot of respect for him. Continue reading
After seemingly turning a corner in the Premier League, Andre Villas-Boas has hit another stumbling block but this time in the form of the Europa League. After the club were hit by a surprise draw with Panathinaikos, AVB moved to defend his players and insisted that complacency wasn’t the issue and plenty of praise has to be lavished on their opponents. Continue reading
It would be fair to say that most Spurs fans are feeling quite underwhelmed at the lack of transfer activity at White Hart Lane this summer, with just two players arriving through recent months. However, Andre Villas-Boas has given some words of optimism, with the Spurs manager claiming that a new striker could arrive at the club later this week. Continue reading
With Andre Villas-Boas already preparing for life without Luka Modric, it looks as though Spurs may also be without one of their other key midfielders for the start of the campaign. After undergoing surgery for an Achilles problem, former West Ham man Scott Parker has been ruled out until at least mid-September while he recovers from the injury. Continue reading