All you need to have to know in 60 seconds …Heung-Min Son struck the only goal as Tottenham attained a narrow win to go into next week’s quarter-remaining 2nd leg at Manchester City.
Son showed excellent composure with 12 minutes remaining, holding the ball in the field of play and then stepping inside of Fabian Delph just before firing past Ederson.
But Spurs were being similarly indebted to Hugo Lloris, who denied Sergio Agüero from the penalty early on.
The only dampener for Mauricio Pochettino was the sight of Harry Kane being assisted off the pitch midway by way of the next time period.
Up stepped Son, although, to secure a memable win for Spurs in their initial UEFA Champions League outing at their new stadium.Watched from the stadium: Daniel ThackerThis was a sluggish-burner, the football at times matching the superb atmosphere produced by the Tottenham trustworthy on the very first European night time at their new home at other times building into a midfield war of attrition.
Lloris’s 13th-minute place kick save gave Spurs a system to grow into the game, in advance of Son scored late to hand Tottenham a precious gain forward of the journey north.Man of the match: Heung-Min Son
Tottenham forward, Harry Kane though injured at the moment, but that hasn’t stopped him from receiving praises from different quarters.
The England International is the second leading goal scorer in the Premier League this season with 24 strikes but it’s unlikely he will win a third-straight Golden Boot after Liverpool star, Mohamed Salah scored four against Watford to take his personal tally to 28.
However, the 24-year old performance this season has been instrumental for Spurs push for a top-four finish and their hopes of winning the FA Cup after securing qualification for the semifinals with their win over Swansea in the last-eight last weekend.
While speaking with Sky Sports News HQ after South Korea’s 2-1 defeat at Northern Ireland in a friendly on Saturday, his club partner, Heung-Min Son believes that Kane is the best player on the planet right now.
“Harry Kane is, of course, very important for England because he’s the best player in the world,” Son said. “This is football, so sometimes you get injuries, but as Tottenham, we need to play without Harry.”
Also, defender, Jan Vertonghen insists that his club partner is an all-round top striker and hopes that Belgium won’t have to depend on their clash with England in their World Cup group game to qualify.
“For me, Harry is one of the top two strikers in the world because he has all the ability,” Vertonghen said. “You can have a plan against Harry and he will find something. Hopefully, England and us would have already qualified (by June 28) and he gets a rest.”
Tottenham will hope to have their key-man back in time for their FA Cup semifinal clash against Manchester United on April 21st in Wembley.
Winning Premier League is the true test of quality – Pochettino
Tottenham Manager, Mauricio Pochettino believes that a really good side wins the league rather than cup competitions as he claims that the duration of the league campaign provides the real test. The Argentine tactician is without a trophy at Spurs although he is now close to winning one after his side edged out Swansea on Saturday afternoon to seal qualification for the FA Cup semis. However, the former Southampton Boss highlights the short duration and luck as the major factor that could be helpful in winning cup competitions. He said: “The Premier League or La Liga or the Bundesliga or the Calcio (Serie A), not only do you need luck, you need to deserve to win this type of title. “Then there are short competitions, like the World Cup. When Argentina arrived in Japan (2002 World Cup), I think we were first in the FIFA classifications, but we didn’t arrive in the best form and were out in the group stage. You need luck.
“To win the Premier League is different. I don’t know if who wins the titles like FA Cup or League Cup is the best team. “The Premier League is the true test because you need the whole squad to be involved then the competition is 38 games, ten months. “League Cup, Copa del Rey, FA Cup… they are very short periods, and sometimes it is a coincidence, maybe you have some players, not in good form, you compete, and you are out. “It’s completely different. There are competitions that if you win, fantastic. But if you don’t win, nothing changes. “When you win a real tournament, when you play under pressure and perform at your best over ten months, at that moment is when you start to learn about winning. “What it means to be winners, what it means to be professional. That is one step when you start to understand in your head.”
Mauricio Pochettino: Kane has vowed to remain positive after ankle injury
Tottenham Manager, Mauricio Pochettino insists that star forward, Harry Kane will remain positive after suffering an ankle injury which forced him off in the first half at Burnemouth.
The England International appeared to have scored the equalizer for Spurs after Junior Stanislas opener but his goal was ruled out for offside, he later held on to his ankle as he remained on the turf.
Replays later showed that the 24-year old had rolled over his ankle after a late challenge from Asmir Begovic and would not continue with the game, casting doubts on his race to win his third consecutive Golden Boot as Mohamed Salah could have been well ahead of him by the time he returns.
He has been plagued with injuries to the same ankle in the past seasons and his manager has now stated that Kane is only resolute about his recovery plan.
While speaking in his post-match conference, Pochettino said after Spurs’ 4-1 victory: “He is positive.
“Harry has a great character and is always positive. He’s happy with the victory for the team, disappointed of course with his problem.
“But now if you are positive then you start the recovery from the injury now.”
When pressed on how bad the problem was, Pochettino added: “We need to wait until tomorrow.
“After tomorrow he will have a scan in his ankle. Of course, he suffered an injury that is in the same ankle as he suffered before.
“But I hope and we hope it’s not a massive issue. We need to wait until tomorrow.”
Juventus midfielder, Sami Khedira is confident that his side will edge out Tottenham in the second leg of their Round of 16 clash at Wembley on Wednesday. Even as the first leg ended in favour of Tottenham as all they need is a 0-0 or 1-1 draw to knock out Juve, the former Real Madrid star believes they [Juve] have all it takes to secure a straight victory. The Germany International, who has only one year left on his contract is not ruling out a move to the Premier League as he revealed his admiration for the English league-high intensity.
“We have a lot of experience and know how to tackle big games, and we have many other teams ahead of us – including Tottenham,” the German international told Stuttgarter Zeitung newspaper. “We are still not satisfied after the successes in recent years, and that is what stands us apart.” Serie A leaders, Napoli were knocked out of the Europa League by RB Leipzig in the Round of 32, but Khedira ruled that out as an unfair way to judge the Italian league. “This was not the Napoli I know from Serie A. They left out so many regulars in the first leg, so that tie is not a true yardstick if their quality.” His current contract with Juventus will end by June 2019, and he has been linked with a move to MLS. It, however, seems like the German has other ambitions first. “In general, I like new challenges, as there’s so much I have not yet experienced. I’m still relatively young; I have a few years left. I still haven’t had enough in football and want to win many more titles. “I am very enthusiastic about the pace and the intensity of English football, as they often play straightforward. I like that very much, yes. You can’t rule anything out in football.”
It will be an exciting challenge at the theatre of football – Buffon
Juventus legend, Gianluigi Buffon has described the forthcoming clash between his side and Tottenham as an exciting challenge to be played at a theatre of football, referring to Wembley. The clash will determine which of the two sides will qualify for the next round after the share of spoils in Turin. Buffon expects Juve to go through although he is certain that it will be a tough encounter. He said: “It is a very enticing challenge, as it is played in a theatre of football that is historically incredible.” “We must also try to earn our qualification, which saw the first leg result and the strength of our opponents, seems to be an uphill struggle. “But then when it seems easy, that tends to trip you up more than the toughest tests on paper. “Tottenham has a well-drilled approach to the game, it’s positive, attacking, physical and technical, that will certainly cause us problems. But it is also a type of football that allows the opposition opportunities to score, so I expect a very entertaining and balanced match where the most clinical side will win the game and qualify. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we conceded more than one goal in 2018 only against Spurs. Our solidity is and has always been one of the best qualities of the team. I said that even at the start of the season when the team was attacked for the number of goals conceded.
“But there are also opponents, their qualities, and characteristics. Tottenham is focused very much on attack and has their best weapons up front. With players like Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Christian Eriksen, they can score a goal. Maybe two was too many… “We have become accustomed to the pessimism around Juventus because the moment we don’t get a victory, people grimace and ignore the quality of the opponents we were up against. We spoiled people with our success! “Having said that, we have what it takes to put in the right performance tomorrow. When Juve is somewhat under attack, struggling or wounded, I think the best comes out of us. “A mistake or non-success irritates me so much that it drives me on to improve, learn and become a better goalkeeper going forward. That is what all the individuals, as well as the team, do, the mentality that got us to play games of this level so regularly.”
Gradually, Tottenham is becoming one of the most respected sides in Europe – Pochettino
Tottenham Manager, Mauricio Pochettino is excited about the fact that his team is gradually becoming a side to fear in Europe. The brave young squad took a point away from Turin three weeks ago after the first leg of their Round of 16 clash with Juventus ended in a 2-2 draw. Spurs have previously defeated Champions, Real Madrid in the group stage this season as they dominated a group that consists of the 11-time Champions and Borussia Dortmund. The Argentine tactician believes that the team’s reputation has grown across Europe and he is confident that they will make the most of their advantage against Juve tomorrow at Wembley. While speaking in his pre-match conference, he said: “It’s been step by step, a little step every season,” “You can see the team is more mature. We are going to enjoy tomorrow.
“We know very well we are playing one of the best teams in Europe but we are a brave team and we are very positive people. “We need to think that we can win, we always think in this way. If we can play in the way we normally do, then we will be close to winning. “After the group stage, we improved our reputation in Europe. Last season was a massive disappointment to be out in the first stage, but this year, of course, the people in Europe start to respect Tottenham. “They respect the philosophy we build and the football we play. We feel we have respect for the brand of football we show; they respect us in Europe we feel.”
It is not surprising that a lot of clubs want Kane – Raul
Real Madrid legend, Raul has stated that it isn’t a surprising thing to see that a lot of European big teams are interested in signing Tottenham’s super striker, Harry Kane. The England International has been linked with a transfer to Los Blancos all season as many reports have asserted that it will be one of the most expensive moves in the summer. Kane has been exceptionally consistent over the past few seasons as he has claimed the Premier League Golden Boot two seasons in a row now and has already scored 35 goals in all competitions this season. The 24-year old ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s dominance of the highest goal scorer in Europe in a calendar year after scoring 56 times in 2017. While discussing Kane’s future at the Laureus World Sports Awards, Raul told reporters: “You have to ask him. I imagine that he is very happy at Tottenham. I don’t know if he wants to change or if he has the opportunity to change, but I think he is doing well. “He is one of the best strikers in the world. Of course, I imagine a lot of teams would like to bring him to their team. Maybe [he’ll join Madrid]. Why not? I don’t know.”
Tottenham Hotspurs are believed to be interested in a summer move for Crystal Palace forward, Wilfried Zaha, but they have to look away from such move now having signed Lucas Moura from PSG in January. According to reports from The Times, Spurs are considering a move for long-term target Zaha at the end of this season, who is currently on a £100,000-a-week deal at Selhurst Park. The report confirmed that the 25-year-old could cost more than £50million to sign given the crucial role he plays for Palace. The North London side have been recurrently linked with the Ivorian and Manager, Mauricio Pochettino who believes Zaha offers pace on the wings is a long-term admirer of the player. Zaha has also proven his talent and brilliance beyond any doubt as he has repeatedly caused pains for Palace’s opponents. However, the Ivory Coast international is injury prone and to pay nearly £50million would be an absurd deal for Spurs having landed Brazilian, Lucas Moura last month. The pace and industry needed on the wings could have been solved in January as a result of Moura’s acquisition as the 25-year-old offers the club a wealth of experience from his time with the French giants aside his blistering speed. Spurs already have players like Heung-Min Son, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli in the attacking positions and Moura will definitely be a fantastic addition to this amazing set-up. It is very unlikely that Zaha could get ahead of these types of players in the pecking order and at a massive eight-figure transfer fee, the deal is simply worth looking away from. And Moura who offer the magic that the team craves for on the wings and at an unbelievable price of only £23million, he is surely a prized asset for Spurs who is capable of ripping a lot of Premier League’s back-line apart.
I have only one regret from my time at White Hart Lane – Modric
Croatian midfielder, Luka Modric has talked about his only regret during his time at Spurs as he wished he achieved what he had his mind on that spurred his controversial move to Madrid in 2012. The midfield maestro spent four spectacular seasons with the North Londoners where he established himself as a pro in the game making more than 150 appearances before sealing a move to Spain. In spite of his brilliance, he left England having won no major title and he revealed that that really hurts till date. While speaking with reporters about his exciting days in London which ended in an unexciting way, Modric said: “My one regret is that I didn’t win a trophy with Tottenham, despite us being a strong team who played good, attractive football. “I’m sorry for the way I left. I wish we had parted in a nicer way. I hope fans understand that I followed my dreams. “My emotions when I think about the time I spent at Spurs are always really positive. Tottenham is the club that first gave me my opportunity to play in one of the strongest leagues in the world. “I had a fantastic relationship with the people at the club, and also the fans. The whole atmosphere in and around the club at that time was brilliant, and our results were mostly very good. “We once featured in the Champions League quarter-finals against my current club, Real Madrid and we played in a League Cup final too.” “I always enjoy watching Tottenham’s games and I really like what the club has become over the last few seasons. “They play the kind of enjoyable and attacking football that I like to see, and I definitely think Spurs could win the Premier League title in the near future, they’ve got excellent players.”
Kane is one of the best strikers ever in the Premier League – Pochettino
Spurs Manager, Mauricio Pochettino was full of praises for his in-form striker, Harry Kane who notched his 100th Premier League goal in Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.
The England International stepped up to score from the penalty spot with the last kick of the game after previously missing from the spot a few moments earlier to seal his place in history among the League’s very best in front of goal.
His Manager, Pochettino was quick to praise the consistent forward for the newly achieved feat: “He’s one of the best strikers. He can miss a penalty or a chance but he has the personality.”
“To score 100 Premier League goals, it is because you have big, big balls. It is no easy feat, it can only be achieved by the best of bests.”
Liverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp has earlier commented about the game’s officiating which he believed to be below par especially after two penalties were given against his side. However, Pochettino claimed that the referee has a really good game.
“I congratulated him, to show the character that they (officials) showed in this moment,” he added.
“It was difficult to know if they were right at this moment and then in the dressing room I confirmed they were right in every single decision.
“Sometimes you complain about them, me no because I decided a long time ago to stop complaining about referees.
“But when they are right and show character, I think it is important to recognize and congratulate them because they have a difficult job.”
After a disappointing afternoon at St Mary’s stadium, Tottenham Manager, Mauricio Pochettino insisted that he has a solid squad and thus refused to comment on reports linking Bordeaux winger, Malcolm to Spurs. The in-form 20-year old midfielder has scored seven goals in Ligue 1 this season has been linked to more than three top clubs this transfer window but Pochettino declined to comment on any imminent deal. Spurs suffered for lack of creativity for the major part of the game in the absence of Christian Eriksen in their midfield and Brazilian, Malcolm will definitely add that spark to their midfield. However, Pochettino told Sky Sports after the game that reports linking the Bordeaux player to Spurs are only rumours and he will not speak on them. “I am contented with my squad. We are open to quality players, but it is difficult in this transfer window.” Harry Kane scored his 99th Premier League goal to cancel Davidson Sanchez own-goal which they conceded early in the first half, but he went on to miss a golden opportunity late on which would have sealed all three points for the North Londoners. “I think it was an even game and a difficult game to play,” Pochettino added. “The pitch was in a difficult condition. It was tough. A battle. It was fair, the result. “We struggled to play. It was in possession, we made mistakes which allowed them to play. To win the game we should do better and play better. It wasn’t great. “We tried to be more aggressive in our offensive phase and to link better Kane and [Dele] Alli behind. This allowed us to be more aggressive in transition and use our full-backs going forward. We had a massive chance with Harry Kane at the end to win the game. “We still have the possibility to fight [for the top four]. Southampton is in a relegation battle so it is not easy, they fight to survive. Every ball, they were aggressive. But it was our mistake to not win the game.” The Argentine concluded.
Tottenham Manager, Mauricio Pochettino talked about the club plans in this transfer window to update the fans.
Tottenham, as well as their Manager, don’t fancy winter transfers, with England sensation, Bamidele Alli the only January transfer made by the former Southampton Manager since his appointment to manage the club and the young midfielder was sent straight back to MK Dons on loan.
However, it is likely that things might change a bit this time as the Argentine looks to bolster his squad ahead of the long season ahead, mainly to help the current squad cope with fatigue and also to help new signings adapt to life in the premier league before next season begins.
When questioned about the club’s plan for this month Pochettino answered: “Until today, now, nobody is close to arriving in this transfer window.
“Maybe in the last five minutes since we came into this press conference who knows (laughs). But when we stepped into this room nothing close”
The Spurs boss was also asked about the possibility of signing Bordeaux attacker Malcolm, who neighbours Arsenal are also reportedly interested in, but he decides to be silent.
“That is another rumour. Look there is a lot of rumours in the media,” he said. “I think you know how the business is today. I think Tottenham is a club that in three and a half years I’ve seen a minimum of 100 names and in the end, we sign a few.”
On the transfer window, he added: “I’m not concerned, I’m not worried. We’re working. We’re awake to the market. If something is available on terms we can take, of course, we’ll do it. But if not, it’s difficult.”
“I am confident always. [If the club doesn’t sign anyone] it is up to us to deliver and try to win. Personally, I never look next to me at what another team is doing,” he said.
“It’s about how I believe, how we believe, and make things happen. We must compete in the best way, try to help the team and players to be better every day and compete with the tools that we have.”
“For me, it’s not about money. Of course, it’s a business and there’s many people, too many people involved in this business,” he continued.
“The people that look after every single player try to get the best for their clients, of course, but the players play because they love football. No doubt about that, today is more professional than 30-40 years ago.
“Every single player is like a company, of course, they look after the players and try to get as many benefits as possible – that’s it.”
Manchester United Legend, Rio Ferdinand says Tottenham Manager, Mauricio Pochettino must admit that Manchester City is way ahead of his team as they were well beaten at the Etihad on Saturday.
The victory consolidated City’s wide lead at the top of the table and it also extended their winning streak to 16games in a row.
Spurs committed too many mistakes and they were duly punished for it by a rampant City side in a very entertaining affair. The loss now ensures Tottenham has an uphill task to be in the top four again as they stand in the 7th position with Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Burnley and Liverpool all positioned ahead of them.
Ferdinand said. “Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say they are on another level. It’s easier to take defeat when you know you were outplayed on every level”
“You accept that and move on, but it’s a disheartening thing for the rest of the league”
Tottenham Manager, Mauricio Pochettino said defender, Toby Alderweireld has suffered a setback in his return from injury and is likely to be out until February.
The Belgian defender sustained the injury in Tottenham’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid on November 1st and it’s almost certain he will be out for another eight weeks.
His recent setback implies that he will be unavailable for Spurs’ premier league games with Manchester City and Manchester United but could be back in time to feature against Liverpool and Arsenal in February before the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 clash with Juventus on February 13th.
“We just have to accept; we cannot change reality. The reality now is that he is injured and will be unavailable until February”. Pochettino said
“The Manager always wants all the players fit like Victor Wanyama, or Danny Rose, and Erik Lamela before. You miss these players who are not fit but football is a collective sport about the team, not individual”.
Wanyama is still unavailable for the game against Brighton tonight alongside Alderweireld and suspended Davinson Sanchez, as the Kenyan midfielder has only returned to light training after a long lay-off due to a knee injury.
Tottenham forward, Fernando Llorente disclosed that he saw Juve, his former club coming for Tottenham as he wanted it to happen because he has lots of friends there.
The Champions League draw held earlier today and Tottenham Hotspur will be playing Serie A Champion, Juventus in one of the Round of 16 encounters. The first leg will be in Turin on February 13th and the return leg will be played at Wembley on March 7th.
“I’m very excited about this draw. I was with Juve for two years and I won five titles with them. I wanted to play them” Llorente said while speaking with Spurs website.
“I have great memories and I enjoyed my time at the club a lot, It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world. I have a lot of friends there. It will be an amazing game. They are a very good team with very good players”.
Llorente, who made 92 competitive appearances for Juventus from 2013 to 2016 scored 27 goals with 10 assists.’
“We can be confident in ourselves because we are a very good side as well, focused, concentrated, aggressive- we can do amazing things”.
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly monitoring Valencia midfielder, Geoffrey Kondogbia as a likely replacement for Moussa Dembele.
According to Sky sports, Spurs are keen on finding a suitable midfielder to replace the Belgian who has been a key figure for them over the years but has struggled to find his best form recently.
Kondogbia, who has played a pivotal role in Valencia’s charge for the title this season is on an incredible run of form and most definitely will be a massive upgrade on Dembele.
The 24-year-old is only on loan at the Spanish side, he will provide Tottenham with better options in central midfield and Inter Milan, his parent club might just be interested in doing business provided their demands are met.
Pochettino vows to stay positive after a dreadful run of results
Tottenham Manager, Mauricio Pochettino has vowed to remain positive as he believes that that is the only option going forward.
Spurs travel to face in-form Watford at Vicarage road today when they will be seeking their first premier league victory in four matches.
Their recent sloppy display has seen the North Londoners slide to seventh on the league table with just 3 points above The Hornets in eight. Watford will be hopeful of repeating their impressive display that got them a shocking victory over Spurs’ neighbour Arsenal today.
“It is so difficult because we take it so personally, the defeat. When we win I feel okay but when we lose it is like I am responsible,” Pochettino said.
“I don’t like to share the responsibility of the defeat but that is more personal, more how I feel. And sometimes in a few hours, in a few days sometimes it is difficult to find your space and your place to think and you need to be alone.
“But of course always it is not about you. You need to reflect when you are responsible for the team, about the staff, about everything you need to show the right message, the right emotion.
“Sometimes when you are away, you go home and go to bed quick, maybe you do different things, but here when you have the responsibility to create good feelings and emotion and atmosphere, it is important sometimes not to show too much if you are disappointed.”
Tottenham have somehow managed to pull a remarkable string of results in Europe, they are convincingly ahead in their group that has the defending champion, Real Madrid and Bundesliga heavyweight, Borussia Dortmund but they have struggled to display this domestically as they are now 16 points behind the league leaders, Manchester City
Former Fulham, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy has put Spurs recent woes down the absence of Victor Wanyama.
The North London club have failed to register a win in their last three English Premier League encounters, with defeat away to Arsenal and Leicester City serving as a massive blow to their title ambitions.
Kenya international midfielder, Wanyama, hasn’t featured for the club since a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea back in August with a knee injury keeping him out of action for longer than initially expected.
The 26-year-old is an integral member of the Spurs squad and Murphy believes that Dele Alli’s failure to keep up his rip-roaring form is down to the missing midfield link of Wanyama and Mousa Dembele.
“I would look at a couple of aspects; one is the stadium change,” Murphy told BBC Radio Five Live.
“There is no denying that has had an effect, and we all know that. I think the other thing is that the foundation of that side – Dembele and Wanyama sitting in from of the back three or back four, depending on how the played – they’ve hardly had them two together, and we wonder why Dele Alli isn’t quite playing the same.
“Anyone playing ahead of Dembele and Wanyama is going to be able to get more of the ball and use his energy to that way – it isn’t the same when those two don’t play, and I think that’s been a big problem,” he concluded.
News coming out of England is that Kenya and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Victor Wanyama has resumed training after being sidelined due to injury.
The Harambee Stars captain’s injury was a cause for concern after sustaining a recurring knee injury. It was feared it could keep him out of competitive action for the rest of the season.
The English Premier League club has since confirmed Wanyama’s return to training on its official Twitter account.
“Team news, Victor Wanyama (knee) is starting fieldwork training this week as he continues his recovery,” tweeted the club.
The north London side has, however, remained coy on how long the 26-year-old will be out of action, a move that has opened up speculation in media circles.
Meanwhile, the Lily Whites boss manager Mauricio Pochettino had also shared his concerns over the prospect of the player’s prolonged absence.
“We are concerned about his situation. We must wait for when he sees a specialist and then we’ll see what happens. But of course after sometime without him involved in the training sessions and with the team, we are concerned,” the Argentine manager said on October 20.