Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that his team have not been good enough following the Premier League defeat at Southampton. The north London side picked up a 1-0 lead over the Saints in the first half and they continued to hold the advantage until the 76th minute when Yan Valery levelled the scores.
Thereafter, Spurs were expected to make a late push for the winner but it was the Saints, who came up triumphs after another stunning free-kick from James Ward-Prowse. Speaking after the game, Pochettino admitted that his side are still far off from competing for silverware unlike perceived in the media over the past few seasons.
France international Moussa Sissoko is pleased to have turned things around with Tottenham Hotspur. The midfielder joined the north London side from Newcastle United after a strong Euro 2016 performance but he could not replicate the showing during the next two seasons where he was criticised by the club’s supporters.
However, he has managed to change his fortunes during the ongoing campaign with a number of standout displays from midfield and speaking to TalkSPORT, he has revealed the satisfaction on doing so after an unfruitful beginning to his Spurs career, he said: “I’m very proud and I will try to keep [improving]. Since I came [to Tottenham] everything hasn’t been easy for me, for different reasons – I don’t want to speak about it – but the most important thing for me was to keep focussed, stay strong in my head, and keep working. I knew I had the quality to be successful here, I had to keep working and never give up and I would have the chance to be a success.”
Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Ian Wright is surprised by the fact that Heung-min Son has not been linked with any high-profile European clubs across Europe. The South Korea international has transformed into a top performer for Tottenham Hotspur and of late, he has taken over the scoring mantle in the absence of the injured Harry Kane.
Speaking on BBC 5 Live Sport, Wright said that he would have loved the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli to feature alongside Son against Borussia Dortmund, though that won’t be the case. He added that the Asian superstar should be worth at least £70million on current form and he is surprised that none of the elite European clubs have made an approach for him.
Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville believes Tottenham Hotspur are unlikely to compete with Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title despite impressing during the first half of the season. The north London side went through a tough summer where they failed to secure a single signing but that has not hampered their performances on the field with just six points separating them from the top position.
Despite this, Neville does not feel that Spurs have the credentials to challenge Liverpool and City for the English crown, given they don’t have the necessary depth within the squad unlike their counterparts, he said: “No, I don’t think so. That’s not being disrespectful to Tottenham, I don’t think they’ve got the depth and the quality of these two squads. They are a fantastic team, but they’re not at the level we’ve seen from these two tonight.”
Belgium international Jan Vertonghen has
revealed his ambition to sign a new long-term contract with Tottenham Hotspur.
The 31-year-old is currently the longest serving continuous member of the Spurs
squad and speaking to Evening Standard, he has admitted his desire to remain
with the north London club beyond the summer of 2020.
Speaking to the publication, he said:“I’ve
got a contract until 2020 – there’s an option and Tottenham will take that option.
So I’ve got a year and a half left and then we’ll see. The way I feel now, I’ve
got at least four to five good years left in the tank. There are no talks, but
that’s something to discuss. At the moment I feel great at Tottenham. It’s a
club with unbelievable potential – not just the players but everything around
it. Everyone wants to be part of it.”
Vertonghen had approached the final year of
his Spurs contract during the summer but the club managed to extend his stay by
another 12 months after triggering the extension clause available. Nonetheless,
the defender appears keen on committing to another long-term contract with a
view to potentially seeing out the remainder of his career with the Capital
Meanwhile, Vertonghen’s compatriot Toby Alderweireld does not seem to hold the same ambition after already snubbing a £120,000-a-week contract with the club. The Belgium international has demanded a £200,000-a-week deal, which Spurs remain reluctant to offer, and this may probably witness his departure in either January or at the end of the season.
Like Vertonghen, Spurs are understood to have triggered a 12-month option on Alderweireld’s contract but they face the prospect of losing him at a lesser price, should he stay put beyond the current campaign. The Belgian’s present deal has a £25m release clause which would become activate during the final two weeks of next summer’s transfer window.
England head coach Gareth Southgate has hailed Harry Kane as the best goalscorer in the world after the marksman changed the tide of the Nations League game against Croatia. The Three Lions had gone into the game needing a win to secure their finals berth but they found themselves after going 1-0 down right before the hour mark.
However, Kane spearheaded the revival by contributing towards Jesse Lingard’s leveller before scoring bagging the match-winning four minutes from the end of normal time. Speaking after the game, Southgate hailed Kane as the world’s best goalscorer whilst highlighting that he remains essential to the makeup of the team irrespective of the recent seven-match goal drought which ended.
England international Dele Alli has penned a new long-term deal to keep him at Tottenham Hotspur until the summer of 2024. The 22-year-old has been one of Spurs’ most consistent players over the past three seasons and his performances have convinced the board to prolong his stay until the end of 2023/24 campaign.
Shortly after signing the contract, Alli posted an Instagram post which read: “Delighted to have signed a new contract until 2024. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at the club – chairman, manager, all my team-mates and the fans for their constant support. I’ve loved my time at Spurs so far and I’m very excited to see what the future holds!”
Belgium international Toby Alderweireld has said that he is content with his stay with Tottenham Hotspur despite his contract expiring at the end of the season. The versatile defender has been in a contract standoff with the north London club over the past year but this has however not hampered his performances on the playing field.
Speaking in a news conference, Alderweireld stressed that he is clearly happy with the proceedings with Spurs and he is not looking too far into the future, he said: “Honestly, I am absolutely not thinking about it at the moment. I feel good, play a lot right now and, therefore, am happy. We shall see.”
Belgium international Toby Alderweireld has stressed that he never sought a summer exit from Tottenham Hotspur unlike claimed in the media. The central defender had managed just 14 league appearances last term after he played second fiddle to Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez and this led to claims that he could pursue a fresh challenge elsewhere.
Thereafter, Manchester United were heavily tipped to sign him during the summer transfer window but ultimately a deal never materialised with reports suggesting that the Red Devils had failed to match Spurs’ £70m asking price. Amidst this, Alderweireld has now indicated a summer departure from Spurs was never on the cards, he said:
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that Harry Kane is match-fit despite a shortened break following the summer World Cup. The England international was one of the standout performers for the Three Lions in Russia but he showed signs of fatigue, which hampered his performancestowards the end of the tournament.
Despite this, Kane returned early from the mandatory three-week break to start the league opener against Newcastle United and though he did not score, Pochettino has stressed that the striker is ready for the ongoing campaign, he said: “For me all are fit. We put in our mind that all are fit, you cannot tell some player ‘you’re not fit’. For me he is match ready, all the players are fit to play and start the game, but they need time to be at their best.”