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Whilst it got off to a ropey start at the World Cup – with more penalties than we’ve ever seen in the history of the game – but by the end it was almost like you could forget it was there. We probably have a similar nightmarish journey to get to that stage, but who doesn’t love a bit of controversy with their football. Continue reading
Much has been made of Spurs’ failure to invest in this summer’s transfer window, and unsurprisingly so. The eye-catching statistic is how Tottenham have become the first club not to spend any money in the summer transfer window since its introduction in 2003, with The Independent suggesting that the club have broken this record for all of the wrong reasons. Yet how many clubs in that time have spent money erroneously at the expense of their current squad? It is easy to throw around criticisms of a failure to invest, but Spurs have not only retained their key players but have enhanced the team spirit that could be the deciding factor in a tight title race.
Of course, if Spurs are to earn their first Premier League title then they will have to usurp Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side have not significantly strengthened in the transfer window, with Riyad Mahrez a talented arrival who may end up playing at the expense of last season’s breakout star Leroy Sane. City perhaps didn’t need to strengthen, such was the gulf in quality in the last campaign. When City are in form, there is little anyone can do to stop them. But they will not be imperious forever, and it will be up to a challenger to be ready to pounce. Continue reading
At the 2010 World Cup there were four Tottenham players in the form of Jermaine Defoe, Peter Crouch, Aaron Lennon and Ledley King. The 2012 Euros saw two Spurs players and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil featured exactly zero.
The rise in influence on the England team since has been noticeable with Mauricio Pochettino providing a platform for young talent to shine. In the European Championships of 2016 and this World Cup in Russia there have been five Spurs players in the final 23 man squad but negative stereotypes have come out of the North London club punching well above their financial weight. Continue reading
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes the club’s top-four finish is a massive achievement ahead of their switch to the new stadium next term. The north London outfit began their campaign in a relatively slow fashion at their temporary home in Wembley but they have eventually managed to cement a Champions League spot.
Speaking after the moment, Pochettino said: “It was a real quality season for the group to achieve the top four — a massive achievement. For the club it’s a massive thing to move into the new stadium and play in the Champions League. It will be another massive challenge (at the new stadium) — the same as playing at Wembley. (But) this group of players now have the experience to make the new stadium feel like home.” Continue reading
ESPN Pundit Paul Mariner feels Tottenham Hotspur should make an approach to sign Layvin Kurzawa from Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season. The left-sided player has been touted for an exit from Parc des Princes this summer with Spurs deemed as one of the top sides interested in his signature.
Speaking on ESPN FC, Mariner believes Spurs need to improve the overall depth of their squad, if they are to offer a strong challenge for the Premier League next season. He added to recommend the signing of Kurzawa, who is capable of playing anywhere on the left side of the pitch, he said: “I think what we’ve found with Tottenham is, when we start talking about depth, everybody’s panicking when Harry Kane goes down.
Under Mauricio Pochetinno’s tutelage Spurs have seen themselves morph from the dork with a nose permanently pressed against the window, looking in at a party too cool for them, into a debonair guest who everyone in attendance is eager to meet.
Such a transformation has garnered a huge amount of praise, some of it a little over-embellished. Looking through an Online Betting portal, Spurs are still a distant 16/1 to win their first League title since 1961. Continue reading
Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has denied suggestions that the club are close to securing the services of Bordeaux winger Malcom. A recent report from GloboEsporte suggested that Spurs have jumped ahead of rivals Arsenal in the player’s pursuit and a £44m could be finalised before the end of the month.
However, following Spurs’ 1-1 draw versus Southampton, Pochettino stressed that the club are not keen on the Brazilian footballer, but the club are open to the possibility of recruiting a ‘good quality player’ before the close of winter transfer window.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino does not believes his side will have a huge advantage in the FA Cup semi-final despite the Wembley Stadium due to host the game. Spurs have played all of their home matches at the national stadium as they fast-track the completion of their new home ground which is expected to be opened for next season.
Spurs had their Wembley hoodoos during the start of the campaign as they failed to win three of their opening four matches. However, they have since managed to sort out their woes with their just one defeat against West Ham United since October. As a result, many have deemed favourites for Spurs ahead of their FA Cup semi-final at the Wembley, but Pochettino appears to dismiss the advantage, he said:“How it changes? Now the perception and the feeling. Seven months ago, it was horrendous to play there and now it’s an advantage. We are comfortable and happy to play there. The fans are more comfortable too. That is a very good thing, but I don’t think it will be an advantage to play there.”
Wilfried Zaha is one of the best players in the Premier League outside of the top teams, and there is little surprise that Crystal Palace’s chances of escaping the drop to the Championship have enhanced since his return to action from injury. When Zaha was initially diagnosed with a knee injury in February, the worry was that he would miss the rest of the season. The former Manchester United winger, though, has recovered quickly and is now playing an important role in Palace’s quest to retain their Premier League status for the 2018-19 campaign.
Palace are not out of the woods yet and could still go down to the second tier of English football, but with Zaha in top form – he has scored four goals and provided two assists in 22 Premier League starts so far this season – the Eagles will feel confident heading into the final weeks of the campaign. Continue reading
Spending on new recruits in the Premier League has hit new heights this season with the £1.4 billion shelled out in the summer window being followed up by an additional £450 million spent in the winter transfer window.
With all of this money flying around you would assume that existing player’s potential was being completely tapped out already, but you would be wrong. Whilst most of the time, a new signing comes into a club and does well, it can sometimes be players that are already there that push that extra step on. Continue reading