Tottenham Hotspur have been the nearly men under manager Mauricio Pochettino since his arrival five seasons ago. The London club have the lowest budget among the top six but have been able to compete throughout the tenure of Pochettino.
Last season appeared to be the last straw for Pochettino after losing to Liverpool in the Champions League finals. However, the Argentine tactician stayed with the club, with the club rewarding his loyalty by backing him in the transfer window with big-money signings. 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 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.”
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 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
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho admits that his club are still far behind the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Chelsea as they look to end their four-year wait for the Premier League crown.
The Special One insists that the Red Devils have been left behind in the ‘evolution of football’ following the club’s average run under former boss Louis van Gaal.
United have spent more than £100m on Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof this summer, but he insists that they are not favourites for the English title considering the transfer activity of Manchester City, who have spent more than double the figure. Meanwhile, the Portuguese manager already had a special praise for Tottenham Hotspur, who have not spent a penny during this summer’s transfer window.
Spurs have made a good profit of £50m from the sale of Kyle Walker to City, but Mauricio Pochettino is content with the options at hand ahead of the new season. Mourinho is undoubtedly envious about the players present at the north London club after he named a few including Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Eric Dier, who remain pivotal to Spurs’ success for the upcoming campaign. Continue reading
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly keen on securing the signature of Everton midfielder Ross Barkley in the summer, but will not bow down to the Toffees’ current valuation.
The Merseyside outfit are said to demand £50m for the England international, who has just a year left on his existing deal. Barkley has followed the suit of fellow teammate Romelu Lukaku to snub a fresh contract at Goodison, and Koeman has previously hinted that the player could be sold during the summer transfer window. Continue reading
Chelsea finally clinched the EPL title for the second time in the last three seasons courtesy of a one-nil will over West Brom at the Hawthorns on Friday night.
Tottenham’s loss to West Ham last week gave The Blues
the chance to celebrate earlier than expected given the former’s recent run of form that saw them win 9 straight EPL matches before their trip to West London.
The two clubs have by far risen above the collective mediocrity of last season put on by supposed title challengers which helped carve Leicester’s path to thesilverware just after fighting to avoid relegation the previous season.
The run in to the final matches of this season have seen the pressure to clinch the trophy turn on the managers. The closest of which saw Conte opining that spurs have more “advantage” to win the title given that the side is filled with youth and chemistry as a result of Pochettino’s three year stay so far at the club.
The Argentine wasted no time in reminding Conte that going by year count then Wenger ought to be winning the league every season since the French man has spent over two decades at North London Continue reading
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has rejected claims that he is looking to leave the club at the end of the season to a bigger club.
The former Espanyol and Southampton manager has been a major factor behind Spurs becoming a regular title challenger. Since coming to the club in 2014, he has managed to transform the fortunes of the North London outfit on a relatively shoestring budget. This season, they have failed to get success in the title race once again, but it is seen as an improvement for the club to finish second after having come third last season.
The impressive performances of Mauricio Pochettino has not gone unnoticed with a number of top clubs reportedly taking interest in the manager. There have been reports about the South American having a release clause in his contract. Since there have been rumours about Antonio Conte potentially leaving Chelsea at the end of the season, Pochettino has been touted as a replacement. Continue reading