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
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated that Harry Kane is one of the world’s best strikers after he found the scoresheet in the north London derby win over Arsenal last weekend. The England international had multiple chances to score versus the Gunners, but ultimately had to settle for a solitary goal which was sufficient to help Spurs to three points.
Speaking after the game, Pochettino was full of praise for the 24-year-old, who he regards as the present and future of Spurs. He said: “In the last three years I am repeating that he is one of the best strikers in the world. Sometimes you believe that it’s because he’s my player and I try to praise him. But I’m telling you and I tell you again, from my experience in football, he’s one of the best. And he deserves that. He is the present and the future. It is amazing what he is achieving. We are so proud that he is in our side.”
Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur will be without their impressive striker Harry Kane for the rest of the month of March. The club has confirmed that the England international will be sidelined until sometime in April.
Kane, who has scored 35 goals for the club this term, and has been the leading goalscorer in the league for two seasons, will likely lose the Premier League golden boot to his fierce rival Mohammed Salah of Liverpool – although Robert Lewandowski is also banging them in the German leagues. He injured himself last Sunday in the game against Bournemouth. He collided with keeper Asmir Begovic as he tapped in a cross, which was later ruled offside. Continue reading
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino claims that he never doubted in the ability of Dele Alli, as the midfielder has gone from strength to strength so far this season. After making a lot of impression in the 2016-17 campaign, the midfielder has come in with some inconsistent performances this season. Dele Alli, however, helped Tottenham get a victory over Burnley and Southampton. He came up with one goal and four assists in these matches. This has helped him recover from a poor run of form which has plagued him from the start of November.
Manager Pochettino says that he did not have any doubts that Dele Alli will be able to rediscover his form. The 21-year-old was not included for the recent game against Brighton and it was seen as a tough moment for Alli. After having had one of their best campaigns in recent times, Spurs have been struggling to replicate the results from the 2016-17 season. The club are finding it difficult to even make it to the top four places. At the moment, the team sits just outside the top four with the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal looking in better shape. Spurs will have to rediscover form rather quickly, as the team will be facing the likes of Juventus in the Champions League last 16 round next month.
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has challenged his squad to dominate Real Madrid during Tuesday’s Champions League outing from the Bernabeu. Spurs travel to the Spanish capital in good form having beaten both Borussia Dortmund and APOEL in convincing fashion on Group H.
However, their likely is likely to be stiffer on Tuesday as they take on back-to-back Champions League winners Real Madrid on the road. Despite the odds stacked against them, Pochettino has insisted that Spurs will stick to their attacking approach in the search for a potential upset.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has quashed rumours about a possible departure by declaring his love for the Londoners and insisting that there is no other club he would rather be at.
The profile of the Spurs boss has never been higher after guiding his team to a sensational 3-1 victory over holders Real Madrid in the Champions League, and the rumour mill has been in overdrive ever since linking the Argentinian with a move to the Bernabeu to replace the under-fire Zinedine Zidane. Continue reading
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has hailed the performance of Harry Kane following Spurs’ 3-2 win at West Ham United on Saturday afternoon.
Spurs jumped into a 3-0 lead prior to the hour mark, but the Hammers came back with two goals on either side of Serge Aurier’s sending off.
Speaking after the game, Pochettino had special praise for Kane, who bagged an impressive brace in the London derby. The Englishman could have easily bagged a hat-trick on the night, but he hit the woodwork twice during the course of the game. Pochettino said: “I find it hard to find the words to describe him. I am in love like the fans are in love, like his team-mates are in love. He is so humble, he keeps all the values that managers like me appreciate a lot.
Meanwhile, the manager also refused to blame Aurier for his sending off which was reckless, nonetheless, as it allowed the Hammers a way back into the game, he added: “I think the first yellow wasn’t yellow. Then, of course, we are disappointed because he got the second, but that is football. When I was a player I made a lot of mistakes. But I am happy with him – he’s only been working with us for 20 days so I am happy. Continue reading
Former Liverpool star-turned-pundit Dean Saunder questioned the loyalty of Tottenham Hotspur supporters following the dismal attendance in the 1-0 League Cup win over Barnsley. Spurs are playing their home games at the Wembley as they step up their construction work on the new stadium which is expected to be ready for the 2018/19 season.
The north Londoners are yet to win a league game at the national stadium this season with the ‘Wembley hoodoo’ being a topic of speculation among pundits as well as the supporters. The attendance at the Wembley has been relatively poor when compared to the Old White Hart Lane, and despite lowering the ticket prices, Saunders was amazed at the low turnout (23,826 fans) for the League Cup tie. Continue reading