A number of Tottenham players have urged the Premier League to call off the opening fixtures in London this weekend.
Days of rioting across London saw four Carling Cup games postponed last night while England’s friendly against Holland is definitely off.
Rafael Van der Vaart, Younes Kaboul and Benoit Assou-Ekotto have asked the footballing authorities to see sense ahead of the games, which include Fulham taking on Aston Villa and Premier League new boys QPR hosting Bolton Wanderers.
All three fixtures are set to kick-off at 3pm, adding to the workload of an already over-stretched workforce.
“I was really surprised by what happened in Tottenham,” French international Kaboul said.
“We don’t know whether we will be able to play this Saturday, as the riots are spreading across London. They look like they’re getting pretty serious.
“If it is too dangerous, it would be preferable to postpone the match for the sake of the fans’ safety.
“That is even though it is annoying for us players, especially as it is the first league game of the season. But you have to put people’s safety above everything else.”
Van der Vaart, who was set to play for Holland tonight, threw his weight behind Kaboul’s statement that the game should not go ahead.
“I ask myself whether the league matches at the weekend will be able to go ahead. Right now, I can’t imagine it,” he added
“I saw the TV pictures from London and the chaos there at present is unbelievable. With things as they are, there is simply no way to organise a big international match safely.
“My wife Sylvie is over in England but I’ve not phoned her. Thankfully, everything is OK. It has remained calm where we live.”
Assou-Ekotto is also wary of playing this weekend while slamming the minority who have participated in the rioting.
“Like in any riot, it’s a minority who are messing things up,” he said
“Most people are very well brought up and very respectful. I’ve never had any problems.
“It’s the effect of the mob and not everyone is strong enough to stay outside of it all. They’ve smashed things up that people have worked hard to get.
“It’s a shame, because it’s not going to bring anyone back to life.
“I hope the match against Everton goes ahead. The season is busy enough as it is.
“If we don’t play the first match, it will mean playing two games in a week. We play enough of those in England. I hope sport will calm things down.”
A decision is expected to be announced Thursday when the Met and Premier League chiefs re-convene once again to review the ongoing situation.
“Don’t disrespect the players” – Pochettino unhappy with journalists after 2-1 loss against Inter Milan
Pochettino was speaking to the press after the game and was asked about leaving Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier in London.
The manager claimed that journalists had disrespected the players and was quoted by BBC saying:
“Wow, what a question, such an easy question? [It’s] easy to talk about the players that aren’t here. I think we need to talk about football. Because, you know I think you force me to say something that is not good.
“You disrespect the players that showed better qualities than the opponent.”
The Argentine further added that the pair had played in the games against Liverpool and Watford. Pochettino didn’t want the spotlight to fall on the stars who were excluded and insisted that the press could blame him for the team selection.
“You can blame me and say, ‘Gaffer, you were so, so rubbish in your selection of the starting XI’. But please don’t disrespect the players who were playing, because it’s my decision. Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld – we have 25 players.”
The former Southampton manager wanted “respect” for the decision he had taken regarding the XI on the pitch.
The performance wasn’t great from Tottenham but we controlled the game and should have seen it through.
The loss was shockingly similar to the Watford game, where we threw a lead away. Regardless, the manager must turn things around quickly as we face a tough clash against Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino so good Tottenham legend wouldn’t swap him “for any other manager in the world”
Tottenham Hotspur legend Ossie Ardiles feels the club cannot afford to lose their head coach and says he would not swap Mauricio Pochettino “for any other manager in the world”. (h/t the Daily Mirror)
“Over the last four or five years, (chairman) Daniel Levy has had to make big commercial decisions about building a new stadium and building a team to fill it,” Ardiles was quoted by the Daily Mirror.
“When you compiled a list of the five biggest clubs in England, Tottenham was probably not among them – on the fringes, in the margins, but not one of the big five – but now they have one of the best training grounds in the world and the new stadium is nearly ready.
“And the biggest decision of all by Daniel was to go out and bring in Mauricio Pochettino as the coach.
“I would not change Mauricio for any manager in the world: Under him, Tottenham has become a contender all the time, we are playing in the Champions League every year and last year we beat Real Madrid in the group.”
Indeed, Pochettino has revolutionized Spurs in every manner. Last season, we finished third in the Premier League, four points behind Manchester United, who ended the campaign as runners-up to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
However, under Pochettino’s guidance, our club have finished above the 20-time English champions in three of the four previous years. Credit to our gaffer for brilliantly managing Tottenham on a limited budget and yet, producing positive results every year.
Although Spurs failed to sign a single player in the summer transfer window, we have started the season well. So, I completely agree with Ardiles’ statement of not swapping Pochettino for any other manager in the world.
Pochettino has done a fantastic job so far and sooner rather than later, he’ll bring trophies to north London.
Tottenham star believes Spurs can challenge for Man City for the Premier League title
Spurs have two wins from two and Moura scored in our 3-1 triumph over Fulham at Wembley. The Brazilian was asked if Spurs could match City and the Reds, to which he replied (ESPN Brazil h/t Football.london):
“I believe so. We are a very strong team. In the last two seasons we were always in the first places, qualifying for the Champions League.
“I think the important thing is that nobody left. I think we still have a very strong team, well intertwined, that’s very important, too.
“We have full conditions to fight at the top of the table.”
Moura played just 11 times for us last season but has started in both our matches in this campaign. The former Paris Saint-Germain star has replaced Son Heung-min in our side. The South Korean is away on Asian Games duty and Moura added he does not want to let this chance go.
“I have to take advantage of the opportunities that show up. It’s my first season from the start here with Tottenham.
“I tried to work hard and strong in the pre-season to get started. And the opportunities are there. I have to take it, it’s a big one I’m having. I will work hard, I will do my utmost to be able to help the team, to gain my spot in the team.”
The Brazilian had a complete pre-season to work under Mauricio Pochettino and it seems to be paying off. Moura does have a lot of quality and the former PSG man will be an important player throughout the season as we look to pick up a trophy.
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