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
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino claims that the club’s former star Gareth Bale could return to White Hart Lane if favourable conditions persist.
Bale became the world’s most expensive player after his £ 85 million move from Tottenham to Real Madrid. He has since been able to lift several trophies including the Champions League, but there has always been in doubt surrounding him. This is down to the domination of Cristiano Ronaldo over every other player in the squad. The Portuguese superstar was expected to be sold, but he has become far more important as the years have progressed.
Bale continues to be ranked as one of the key players, but his importance has certainly diminished in the last few months. Rafa Benitez was a manager who saw Bale as a key ingredient in the team, but he has just been sacked. Zinedine Zidane has been appointed in his place. The Real Madrid legend is expected to tilt in favour of Ronaldo rather than Bale. This has once again started rumours about a potential return to the Premier League for the Welsh superstar. If Bale is set for a return to UK, then Spurs will be one of the teams interested in signing him according to their manager Pochettino. Continue reading
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
There’s no doubt that the goalkeeper situation at White Hart Lane has taken over far too many newspaper columns than it should have and there has been plenty of speculation about Hugo Lloris and Brad Friedel. However, despite all of the controversy, Lloris claims that there are no problems at the club although his main aim is to keep the No.1 jersey. Continue reading
There have been an unbelievable amount of rumours surrounding Gylfi Sigurdsson’s future this summer, with the majority of them focussed on his potential move to either Swansea or Liverpool. Despite that speculation, it now appears as though the former Reading forward is set to sign for Tottenham, with the betting odds indicating that the move will go ahead in the very near future. Continue reading