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Mauricio Pochettino expecting his toughest season yet with Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he could face his ‘toughest season’ yet with Spurs. The north London outfit surprisingly made no signings during the recent transfer window and Pochettino now expects double effort from the current squad, if they are to compete for another top-four finish this season.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “Given everything, for me, it will be the toughest season and if we want success we have to give more than our best. 100 percent is not enough – it’s 200 percent. We know from inside that the season will be hard and because we are warriors we want to fight. We want to be proud at the end, we want success, and we do not want to complain or make excuses. I am a winner and I love the challenge, so I feel full of energy. We want to go again. The club, the fans, and the team need our full energy more than before.”
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Lucas Moura keen to impress for Tottenham Hotspur in pre-season

Brazil international Lucas Moura is keen to make an impression during Tottenham Hotspur’s pre-season tour of the United States. The 25-year-old could not make much of an impact after his mid-season arrival from Paris Saint-Germain last term but he is now eager to make amends starting with a strong display from pre-season.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “Roma is a big game to start the tour, I have Brazilian friends who have played at Roma. I also played against them (for PSG) last pre-season in America! It’s always tough against Italian teams.It’s always a pleasure to play against Barcelona. It’s a big team, big players and for me, it’s an important test.  We have to try to keep the ball and when we lose it, we try to get it back quickly. It’s my first pre-season with the club so I will give my best to show my talent and try to help the team win games. That’s my objective.”
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Liverpool ace praises Harry Kane for World Cup showing

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has heaped praise on Harry Kane following his stunning showing for England at the summer World Cup. The Tottenham Hotspur ace netted a match-winning brace during the 2-1 over Tunisia and he managed to follow it up with a hat-trick in the 6-1 mauling of Panama.

As a result, Kane is leading the Golden Boot race with five goals from just two matches and Oxlade-Chamberlain has praised his compatriot for leading from the front as the captain, he told TalkSPORT: “We all know how capable he is of scoring, but to take it to the World Cup is what all top goalscorers try to do. He’s on a great run of form at the moment and long may that continue in this tournament.He’s been brilliant leading the boys, not just vocally, but with his performances, which is massive.”
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Graham Roberts urges Gareth Bale to re-join Tottenham Hotspur

Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Graham Roberts has urged Gareth Bale to consider a return to Spurs during this summer’s transfer window. The Wales international netted a sublime brace during Real Madrid’s Champions League final triumph over Liverpool on Saturday but doubts continue to linger over his future at the European champions.

As such, Roberts has urged the 28-year-old to return to his former club, who have made great progress under Mauricio Pochettino in recent seasons, he tweeted: “You bloody beauty Gareth Bale get back to Spurs we’re the fans appreciate you and idiots don’t boo you and the manager wants you! Klopp just can’t get over the line these big games.”
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Danny Higginbotham believes Dele Alli should not start World Cup opener

Former Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham believes Dele Alli should not start in England’s opening World Cup game against Tunisia. The Three Lions are overwhelming favourites to beat the African nation in their first group stage match but Higginbotham feels Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be a much better option on the day.

Speaking on TalkSPORT, he said: The reason I’m leaving out Dele Alli, I think he’s a fantastic player, but I just think I in a game like this the middle of the pitch of going to be compact and the second he gets on the ball he’s going to be crowded out. There’s going to be very little room between the midfield and the Tunisia defence and I think the physicality of someone like Loftus-Cheek, who can pick up the ball and leave players in his wake, would suit England.”
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SOUTHGATE ENDS INTERIM MANAGEMENT POSITION

England interim manager Gareth Southgate has ended his short-term deal with the Football Association after supervising a 2-2 draw with Spain on Tuesday in an international friendly clash.

The former Under-23 manager took over the senior side after the FA ‘mutually agreed’ to end the deal with former manager Sam Allardyce.

England were set to get a win over Spain until a loss of concentration allowed Spain get a draw in the international friendly affair. The final international window in 2016 saw Southgate end his short time in charge on a good note. He recorded decent achievements during his time as the national team boss. England defeated Malta 2-0 and played a goalless draw against Slovenia away last month in a European World Cup qualifying campaign. In addition, the Three Lions comfortably defeated Scotland 3-0 in the same World Cup qualifier before the result against Spain. (more…)

Is Gareth Southgate the Man to Lead England to International Glory?

Gareth Southgate has exceeded all expectations since his appointment as the temporary manager of the England national team and he has now been linked with the role on a permanent basis.

Southgate has led the Three Lions to victory in two of their three World Cup qualifying fixtures but England’s collapse in the dying embers of the friendly with Spain could give the FA reason to re-think any potential contract offer. (more…)

SPURS AND CITY: NO FINANCIAL COMPARISON

Tottenham Hotspur boss, Mauricio Pochettino is of the belief that his team should not and cannot be compared to Manchester City.

His reason was due to the difference the two clubs had especially in the area of financial powers.

While Spurs spent barely £70m on new players during the transfer window last summer, City used almost £175 million on new players, more than times two of Spurs total spending.

While City’s lineup sports a number of star players, Tottenham on the other hand, has turned their eyes towards their academy. This is particularly as the club’s financial power is limited considering the new Spurs stadium being built. (more…)

Mauricio Pochettino Brands New Stadium as ‘One of the Best’

Mauricio Pochettino believes that Tottenham Hotspur will have the best stadium in the world when the construction work on their brand-new stadium completes in a couple of years.

Spurs will be moving into a new stadium, with a capacity of 61,000, for the 2018-19 campaign. Constructed at a cost of £750 million, it will be one of the world’s most expensive stadiums. It surpasses the Emirates stadium by several hundred million, while it is also slightly more expensive than the Wembley which can hold 90,000 fans. The stadium will make the club on par with West Ham and Arsenal in terms of stadium capacity. (more…)

WILL A EUROPEAN SUPERLEAGUE HAPPEN?

Dane Anders Horsholt spoke up on the trending discussion as fear rise over the future of teams from Scotland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Sweden in the Champions League.

Daily Record Sport in February exclusively announced that Celtic chief executive, Peter Lawwell has had a vital discussion with Ajax among other outfits in an attempt to fight the proposals of Europe’s elite clubs, who are attempting to drive through an invitation-only version of the European competition.

Rangers have made known their concerns of being frozen out of the Champions League by a continental cartel – describing their situation by seeing themselves as being blocked from entering the casino and having to stand outside, watching everyone else make countless millions inside. With some big clubs outside of the big money pots, you can rest assured that something will change in the near future.

Horsholt remains adamant that the Atlantic League will see the likes of Celtic and Rangers quit the SPFL for this new venture. It is not yet clear if other Scottish clubs such as Aberdeen and Hearts are involved, though reports from Denmark say there will be 12 to 16 teams in a league drawn from six countries.

During an interview with Danish newspaper BT, Horsholt said: “Yes it is true. If we do not react and voice out now, we will only be looking at the biggest clubs growing larger and stronger while it will be difficult for clubs like us to meet up.

“We must therefore look at which alternative international opportunities for Rangers, FC Copenhagen and others in the future. At this moment, it is still too early to discuss specific models, but the discussion of leagues across European borders is a theme that we look at and actively participates in.”

Claims that Europe’s biggest clubs are looking forward to squeezing out the smaller nations exist, and with the current Champions League deal set to expire in 2021, Horsholt insists the football clubs in countries that are categorized as only medium-sized in European scale have to find an alternative.