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West Ham Favourites to Sign Burnley Star despite Wolves Interest

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen feels that the club’s lack of spending will have to no effect on their progress in the upcoming campaign.


The Belgian international also adds that the pressure is on their Premier League opponents with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea having spent fees in excess of £100m to recruit players.

In a report by Goal.com, Vertonghen said: “But with spending there’s a lot of pressure on the teams. There are four, five teams maybe who have to become champions now and that will put great pressure on them. That makes the Premier League the best league in the world to watch. It’s a great thing to play in. I’m happy everyone has strengthened their teams because that makes it so much better when you beat them.”

Spurs made an improvement on the 2015/16 campaign where they finished third in order to finish runners-up to Chelsea last term. And Vertonghen feels that the club are moving in the right direction despite having made no signings in the summer transfer window. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is said to be focusing on the club’s youth academy, and the club are looking to develop their facilities further prior to the switch to their new stadium next summer. Continue reading

Mourinho predicts Tottenham could be one of the major contenders for the Premier League title

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho admits that his club are still far behind the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Chelsea as they look to end their four-year wait for the Premier League crown.


The Special One insists that the Red Devils have been left behind in the ‘evolution of football’ following the club’s average run under former boss Louis van Gaal.

United have spent more than £100m on Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof this summer, but he insists that they are not favourites for the English title considering the transfer activity of Manchester City, who have spent more than double the figure. Meanwhile, the Portuguese manager already had a special praise for Tottenham Hotspur, who have not spent a penny during this summer’s transfer window.

Spurs have made a good profit of £50m from the sale of Kyle Walker to City, but Mauricio Pochettino is content with the options at hand ahead of the new season. Mourinho is undoubtedly envious about the players present at the north London club after he named a few including Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Eric Dier, who remain pivotal to Spurs’ success for the upcoming campaign. Continue reading

Tottenham Hotspur wait on Everton to reduce Ross Barkley asking price

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

Tottenham plan to sell off midfield flop to French club

Tottenham Hotspur appear to have found a suitable buyer for Moussa Sissoko as they plan to offload him from their ranks during the summer transfer window.


The France international was a hurried buy for Spurs last summer as they hijacked a £30m deal for Everton to sign him on deadline day. On the back of an impressive Euro 2016, Sissoko would have been the perfect dream signing for the north London club, but the player simply failed to showcase his qualities following his switch from Newcastle United.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has barely put a foot wrong during his managerial reign at Old Trafford, but Sissoko has emerged as a dreadful signing under all conditions after he failed to find the net in 33 outings across all competitions. Many would argue that the Frenchman was not offered ample opportunities on his preferred right wing position, but he still failed to replicate his form whenever offered a place in the starting lineup.

French publication L’Equipe suggests that Sissoko could be offered an escape route to his home nation where he made his name with Toulouse. Marseille have expressed their desire to return to the top with big name signings in the form Dimitri Payet and Patrice Evra last winter, and the club are keen to further strengthen the squad with a host of Premier League-based players. Continue reading

CONTE AND POCHETINNO’S MIND GAMES UTTERLY NEEDLESS

Chelsea finally clinched the EPL title for the second time in the last three seasons courtesy of a one-nil will over West Brom at the Hawthorns on Friday night.


Tottenham’s loss to West Ham last week gave The Blues the chance to celebrate earlier than expected given the former’s recent run of form that saw them win 9 straight EPL matches before their trip to West London.

The two clubs have by far risen above the collective mediocrity of last season put on by supposed title challengers which helped carve Leicester’s path to thesilverware just after fighting to avoid relegation the previous season.

The run in to the final matches of this season have seen the pressure to clinch the trophy turn on the managers. The closest of which saw Conte opining that spurs have more “advantage” to win the title given that the side is filled with youth and chemistry as a result of Pochettino’s three year stay so far at the club.

The Argentine wasted no time in reminding Conte that going by year count then Wenger ought to be winning the league every season since the French man has spent over two decades at North London Continue reading

Mauricio Pochettino Clears up Rumours regarding His Future

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has rejected claims that he is looking to leave the club at the end of the season to a bigger club.


The former Espanyol and Southampton manager has been a major factor behind Spurs becoming a regular title challenger. Since coming to the club in 2014, he has managed to transform the fortunes of the North London outfit on a relatively shoestring budget. This season, they have failed to get success in the title race once again, but it is seen as an improvement for the club to finish second after having come third last season.

The impressive performances of Mauricio Pochettino has not gone unnoticed with a number of top clubs reportedly taking interest in the manager. There have been reports about the South American having a release clause in his contract. Since there have been rumours about Antonio Conte potentially leaving Chelsea at the end of the season, Pochettino has been touted as a replacement. Continue reading

Bringing in Mauricio Pochettino was a stroke of genius

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 to challenge for title

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

SISSOKO CHOOSES THE WISE PATH

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’S DEFENSE NEEDS MORE STRENGTH – LLORIS

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.”
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