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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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Mauricio Pochettino in a bitter mood

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.
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Tottenham happy with Position in League

There might be no scope for the Premiership title, but, what is still keeping the Spurs supporters motivated is the possibility of them leaving behind the bitter rivals Arsenal in the standings after two decades.

It has never happened after the 1994-95 season that Tottenham has secured a higher position in the League than Arsenal. But, a win or draw on the Newcastle visit on the last game day will do it for them.

Arsenal can, at maximum, stretch their points to 71 which, in case of a draw at St. James Park, would equalize their tally to that of Tottenham.

That scenario would work in the favour of Tottenham as in their case the total no. of goals scored exceeds the total no. of goals conceded by 10, while, for Arsenal, it is only plus 1.

And, barring an inhumane effort, the Gunners should not cover that margin in one game.

In another scenario where Tottenham wins, they would have 73 points and then, they would be ahead of Arsenal on points’ basis itself, leaving no room for the interference of the goal differential. Continue reading

Mauricio Pochettino has attracted the attention of other clubs

Mauricio Pochettino has led Tottenham Hotspur to what has been a memorable season for the English club as they have only lost 4 league matches from their 34 opening games of the campaign and won 19 matches, the only other club in the Premier League that has won more games is Leicester City.

All the top European leagues are reaching their last few weeks and there are a few clubs that are interested in having a switch of managers, one of these clubs is Manchester United. Continue reading

INJURY CRISIS ROCKS TOTTENHAM AHEAD OF LIVERPOOL ENCOUNTER

Tottenham Hotspurs, currently second in the English Premier League (EPL) are set to have a face-off with the Never Walk Alone crooners, Liverpool. However, the spurs have an injury crisis on their hands. With 61 points from 31 games, the Mauricio Pochettino-led team has done an impressive job and is set to finish in the top four this season.

The match against Liverpool at Anfield is a tricky one that could define their EPL title hopes. Leicester city with 66 points from same 31 games lead Tottenham with just five points and 7 games left. The next three games would be crucial in helping either team retain the resolve till the end. Hence, the current injury crisis is a big deal for the Yids.

According to reports from FootBall Insiders, prolific spurs centre-back Toby Alderweireld has been ruled out to the sidelines after he pulled out of a Belgium game in the international break against Portugal. He joins the gradually growing list of injured players Spurs are contending with at the moment.

Jan Vertonghen and Cameron Carter-Vickers are also out injured. Vertoghen picked up his knee ligament injury around late January while in action against crystal palace. The 28 year old player was hoping to return on the Liverpool match. He has been replaced so far by prolific talent Kevin Wimmer. Wimmer combined well with the recently injured Alderweireld to maintain a solid defense for Spurs.

Tottenham still awaits Alderweireld’s return as the set-back would leave the team without any of their first team centre-backs. This might not augur well when facing a compact strike force as present in Liverpool, especially with the season gradually coming to an end and teams trying to get any points possible. Continue reading

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino claims that the club’s former star Gareth Bale could return

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

Thierry Henry believes that Arsenal lost a great opportunity

Thierry Henry believes that Arsenal lost a great opportunity to replace Manchester City as the Premier League leaders after the 1-1 draw with Tottenham at the Emirates stadium.

Since this was a home match for the gunners, they were fully expected to get a victory. Arsenal have always had the upper hand over Spurs when it comes to games at the Emirates stadium. There have been only a couple of occasions when Tottenham have returned to North London with something to show for their efforts.

Even though Mauricio Pochettino’s well drilled team are challenging for a top four place, this was seen as a good opportunity for three points. However, Arsenal were lucky to come out with at least a draw. Tottenham took the lead early in the match through Harry Kane and almost managed to maintain this advantage till the final whistle. Arsenal could have lost the game had it not been for the late equaliser from Kieran Gibbs. Henry believes that the game was lost in the first half when Arsenal allowed Tottenham to dictate the game too much. The former Arsenal striker believes that the home team should have taken the game to the opposition rather than the other way round. Continue reading