NBA legend and die-hard Tottenham Hotspur fan Steve Nash has told Spurs’ official website about the club making giant strides on and off the field when he checked in at Hotspur Way last week.
Nash is a renowned figure in the world of basketball, considered one of the sports’ greatest. He was twice named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (‘MVP’ in 2005 and 2006 with Phoenix Suns).
The NBA legend did catch up with Mauricio Pochettino and co. in 2014 in Toronto and again in October 2016, at Hotspur Way, as reported by the club’s official website, Nash took part in some ball work and this time around, Nash visited the Hotspur Way for a sponsor’s promotion and left no stone unturned in praising the team’s performances this season at Wembley. He also expressed his excitement at the club’s move into the new colossal stadium from the next season.
“The players and coaching staff have been phenomenal,” Nash told tottenhamhotspur.com.
“Obviously we had a big heartbreak against Juventus but largely we were the better side, so there’s lots to go on but that’s football, that’s life. You’ve got to rebound and you can’t listen to some of the easy punditry. We know this project is moving in an incredible direction and at an incredible rate with largely a very young squad. The players just keep getting better and better and the results prove it.”
Nash, who is a co-owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps as well as Spanish second-division side RCD Mallorca, added:
“It’s hard not to love Harry Kane.”
“I’ll argue with anyone that he’s a top five or six player in the world because he just does so many things for his team beyond scoring all those goals in the last calendar year. He’s phenomenal, but if you look around the team there’s heroes everywhere – Vertonghen, Hugo, Dele, who is quietly coming on and setting up tons of goals, Sonny has been unbelievable, obviously Mousa Dembele has been incredible in the middle of the park, Ben Davies has been outstanding so there are so many players doing a good job. The manager has got them all peaking and playing well and growing into themselves, so it’s a pleasure to watch.
“I’m really proud to be a Spurs supporter and really proud of the staff, the players and everyone here that tries to give the Club the best opportunity to succeed because we’re seeing the growth and it’s fantastic.”
While walking towards our state-of-the-art Training Centre, Nash came across the mammoth 62,000-seater new stadium under construction and was captivated by what he saw.
“It’s imposing, it’s incredible!” he grinned. “It’s a world-class stadium and it is no small occurrence happens to be on the old White Hart Lane grounds, so that’s incredible.
“To have a massive project that’s world-class and be able to keep it where it was in our familiar neighbourhood and territory, that’s not something that’s easy to do in this day and age with the world changing so quickly and London growing so fast, so it’s a real bonus for all of us and for the Club and I really appreciate the Chairman doing all he can to see this vision through.
“One of the great things as a fan is to see that there are some details that have gone into the stadium to really keep the atmosphere. It’s so important because so many stadiums come to look like just another stadium, no matter how amazing they are, whereas this one has got some character and details and it’s going to keep its intimacy with the angles of the fans and the stands.
“It’s going to keep the noise in, make it really tight and give it that Premier League atmosphere so it’s going to be a real joy to watch our team play on that incredible pitch and as a fan I can’t wait to get over there when it’s all said and done.”
It turned out to be a joyous occasion when Steve Nash dropped at the Hotspur Way to meet the Spurs stars last week. The NBA legend also gave a summary of how the new stadium is taking shape and expressed his excitement to be present to watch the players when the construction of the stadium gets complete. Check out the video here.
“It’s imposing, it’s incredible, it’s a world-class stadium.”
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 21, 2018
Lamela and Gazzaniga to start: Predicted Tottenham line-up against Watford in Carabao Cup
Tottenham’s next clash is against Watford in the Carabao Cup as we play at Stadium MK. The ground was selected after Wembley was unavailable on the date of the game and Spurs should come in with high spirits after their 2-1 win over Brighton.
The win over the weekend stopped our run of three consecutive losses. However, another win cannot be taken for granted, given that we lost to the same opposition a couple of weeks ago.
Tottenham must also have one eye on the Premier League game against Huddersfield later in the week and here is our predicted line-up for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Predicted Tottenham XI
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Paulo Gazzaniga (GK)
The Argentine was decent between the sticks and should continue in goal as Michel Vorm has a slight injury.
Serge Aurier (RB)
The former PSG man didn’t play in the win over Brighton and should get a start in place of Kieran Trippier.
Davinson Sanchez (CB)
Sanchez was another player who did not play against the Seagulls but he must be at his best if we are to win over the Hornets.
Jan Vertonghen (CB)
It is a tough call between Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld but Jan just gets the nod ahead of his Belgian teammate.
Ben Davies (LB)
Davies didn’t play on Saturday and Pochettino must rest Danny Rose ahead of our clash against Huddersfield.
Harry Winks (CM)
The youngster didn’t start the game against Brighton and should be one of our two central midfielders in this clash.
Victor Wanyama (CM)
Wanyama needs minutes under his belt and this is the best opportunity for the Kenyan to showcase his fitness and abilities.
Erik Lamela (RAM)
The Argentine had an instant impact as he scored a goal coming off the bench. And Lamela should start the game against the Hornets.
Dele Alli (AM)
Alli must be back to full fitness as he came on as a sub in our last game. We need the Englishman to do well since his form hasn’t been great this season.
Son Heung-min (LAM)
Another player who hasn’t been at his best this season, the South Korean has to pick it up to keep his spot on the team.
Fernando Llorente (ST)
Harry Kane needs a break and even though Llorente hasn’t seen a lot of game time, the Spaniard must start at Stadium MK.
“What a player he was”, “Great goal” – Some Spurs fans go down memory lane about former superstar’s incredible goal
The former player and manager wasn’t happy with the lack of commitment from the team and did make sense while criticising some players.
The Tottenham Twitter account posted an old video of Hoddle in his prime. The former player scored a wonderful goal in 1983 as he produced magic against Watford.
😮 The touch
😯 The turn
😲 The finish
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 24, 2018
The touch, the turn and the finish are unbelievable, to say the least. The 60-year-old now enjoys his time as a pundit but is one of the best English players of his time and this goal more than proves it.
The midfielder won two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup with us during the 80s and it is no wonder some Spurs fans turned the clock back and praised Hoddle.
THAT WAS MAGIC HODDLE THE BEST EVER SPURS AND ENGLAND MIDFIELDER
— Enjoy your life (@english4alu) September 24, 2018
So used to love watching @GlennHoddle play. What a passer of the ball, more so his long passes. Glenn could pass a ball 60 yards and drop the ball on a pinhead. Don’t think there is anyone else who could pass a ball as accurately as Glenn. And what a playmaker as well.
— Tom Salter (@salter_tom) September 24, 2018
What a player he was
— Daniel young (@Daniely79) September 24, 2018
I was at the game with a school friend of mine…I ran across the stands when he scored…swear I could see my arm on MOTD!! Still the greatest Spurs player I have ever seen and my childhood hero #KingHoddle
— arthur dayley69 (@Arthurdayley69) September 24, 2018
Remember it well – was there too 😀 – one of those many Hoddle class moments that you just don’t forget. ⚽️💙⚽️ COYS!!!!
— Steve Mottau (@SteveMottau1) September 24, 2018
I was there. Great memories. #COYS
— Dave Norton (@DaveNorton5) September 24, 2018
Was right behind that goal-fabulous.
Up there with his goals against Notts Forest and Man Utd as his best!
— Annalisa (@Anna15Lisa) September 24, 2018
I was there and will never forget it. The best player I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching
— Andrew Davis (@andrwsimondavis) September 24, 2018
Imagine the silly price he would be fetch today if he was a South American, great player saw lots of his games and goals
— Robert Michael Davis (@RobertM51726029) September 24, 2018
Great goal,Can see why Bergkamp based his game on him
— Paul McQuillan (@PaulMcQuillan76) September 24, 2018
Ahh fantastic, my favourite goal from the man who made me a Spurs fan with his simplistic elegance and genius. And the wonderful Alan Parry on the mic and still going strong in 2018
— Des Bennett (@DesBennett5) September 24, 2018
Former Tottenham star refutes claims of wanting to leave the club
The Daily Mail reports that Pochettino’s book claimed that Walker wanted to leave at the end of the 2016/17 season.
However, the Manchester City man claims the Argentine did not view the defender as part of his plans. Walker was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying:
“He told me I wasn’t in his plan.”
The Englishman was further upset about Pochettino revealing these details which he thought was private.
“If he was going to do that he might as well have called a press conference and told everyone. He told one side of the story, but it’s a side of a story I don’t agree with.
“He said he had a witness in there, but he didn’t tell the correct story, no way. Up until now I have never said my part. I have stayed quiet and showed a level of respect to Tottenham and I always will.”
The right-back claimed he got his chances due to the manager but wanted everyone to know what really happened regarding his transfer to City.
Walker did pick up a Premier League title with Pep Guardiola last season but expressed his gratitude as well.
“I was young, needed to improve and he improved me.
“He taught me to look after myself, eat right and rest. I will never forget how much he did.”
The 28-year-old is one of the best right-backs in the Premier League but it was a bit concerning when we sold him and only had Kieran Trippier in the side.
Tottenham have two quality right-backs in Serge Aurier and Trippier and the Englishman has certainly improved a lot in the last season or so.
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