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
Tottenham Hotspurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said that he is proud of his players at the moment.
He believes that they are giving their best on the pitch and that he could not ask for more.
He said that they will keep pushing Chelsea until the end of the season and will take their chances if ever the leader drops some points in the future.
The manager said that each player is committed to the team and that they all want to win the title.
Mauricio Pochettino said that team had not been affected by the absence of Harry Kane as other players such as Son has risen to the occasion and help the team win important points in the title race.
The Spurs manager said that the objective of the team is to finish as high as they can in the table. He said that they could have been closer to the top if the team did not make a slow start to the season. However, they recovered magnificently to end up where they are in the title race. Continue reading
Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has said that the West London outfit are the favourites to win the Premier league in 2014. Andre Villas-Boas was at Chelsea for a couple of months before being sacked due to poor results. He has since gone on to manage Tottenham, while doing a good job with the North London club. Even though Tottenham fail to qualify for the Champions League next season, they have failed by achieving their highest ever points tally in the Premier league. Chelsea failed to win the Premier league this season after a good start to the campaign under Roberto di Matteo.
The club has not won the league title since 2009, and it is expected that they will be spending big in the summer in the hopes of winning the title. Former manager José Mourinho is also likely to return to Stamford Bridge for a second spell. Chelsea had a remarkable consistency under Mourinho, which helped them lift two league titles in three years. Villas-Boas expects Chelsea to return to their former glory after the return of Mourinho, who is widely tipped to leave the Santiago Bernabeu in the next few months.
“Chelsea next season will absolutely be the team to beat. Bearing in mind the manager change and the manager that we expect to come in. Plus they will be strengthening an already very good squad. I think what it represents, if we don’t achieve it, is one more sign that you have to push up to get closer to that group. Our step at the moment is to be into the Champions League,” said Villas-Boas. For long periods of the season, it looked like Tottenham would finish in the fourth position. The Portuguese manager has said that he would like to strengthen the team with some new additions in the summer.
With Tottenham having the chance to close the gap on league leaders Chelsea to just two points this weekend, there is certainly a lot riding on the match. Most people believe that it will be one of the toughest games that Spurs face, although forward Clint Dempsey says the club should look to utilise their home advantage as much as possible in a bid to gain an advantage over Andre Villas-Boas’ former employers. Continue reading