Tottenham Hotspur ended their miserable Stamford Bridge run with a 3-1 win last weekend. The victory widened the gap between the Blues and Spurs to 8 points with just 7 games left to play.
It would take an incredibly bad run of results to see Spurs miss out on top four and not qualify for Champions League next season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men can’t rest on their laurels and this Saturday, they travel to Stoke City, where another three points are there for the taking.
Pochettino has confirmed that Harry Winks will miss the game at Stoke, as the young midfielder continues his rehabilitation.
Meanwhile, our gaffer spoke about Harry Kane’s swift return from an ankle injury. Kane came off the bench last weekend against Chelsea after spending three weeks out on the sidelines.
Ahead of the Stoke game, Pochettino told the club’s official website:
“Harry is okay and after playing nearly 20 minutes against Chelsea this week has been good, he’s worked hard. We need to see him in one more training session, but he’s doing very well.
“You know him, he’s so determined to help achieve all that the team wants and of course, he’s hungry to score goals.”
Toby Alderweireld has returned to full fitness following a hamstring injury but has failed to get into the starting XI. The Belgian is one of the finest defenders in the Premier League and it is tough to understand why he is not getting a crack despite being fully fit.
When asked what Alderweireld needs to do to get back into the first-team, our gaffer was quoted by Football.London as saying,
“For me it’s like all the players. We assess the players, day by day and week by week. It’s true that it was unlucky when he got the injury against Real Madrid. A massive injury.
“Of course that was a difficult period for him to get back and fit. Of course different players push in their performance and he needs to wait like different players during the season, they need to keep pushing and working hard and be ready if the manager is going to give the opportunity.”
Asked if he has spoken to chairman Daniel Levy about a new contract, the Spurs boss said:
“We are always in contact with him but it is still three year contract. I have three year more after this season. Today we are so focused on trying to achieve all that the club want to achieve. I think it is not important, my situation today.
“On any imminent new contracts for the players, Poch added: “No, no, not at the moment. You know it’s difficult for me to talk. Plenty of rumours, but if anything is going to happen sure the club is going to communicate quickly with you.”
Manchester City can win the title tomorrow with a win over cross-town rivals Manchester United.
With the title gone, Pochettino was asked if the club’s ambition is now about finishing runners-up to City, to which he replied:
“Yes, for us the target now is to win but of course we want to finish as high as possible. Yes, there are still a lot of games to play but yes one objective is to finish top four and to play Champions League next season which will be fantastic in our new stadium. Then of course if we finish second then better than third or fourth.”
Asked to explain the importance of winning at Stamford Bridge last weekend, our gaffer said:
“Always it’s good to win, this was a derby and it means a lot to our fans after 28 years to feel again the victory at Stamford Bridge. It was fantastic for everyone. But like a manager, and the coaching staff and a player, there’s not too much time to spend enjoying the victory.
“That is very dangerous. If you spend too much time enjoying it, you’re not preparing for the next game and when you arrive at the next game you need to be ready.”
There is no time to rejoice the victory at Stamford Bridge as we face Stoke in a very important game. The Potters are struggling at the moment, which presents us with a glorious chance to get all three points and take another step towards securing a top-four spot this season.
“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.
Former Tottenham manager blasts star for performance against Brighton
Tottenham might have come up with all three points against Brighton but former manager Harry Redknapp was not happy with our defending in the final minutes of the game.
Spurs had raced into a 2-0 lead, thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela. However, Anthony Knockaert pulled one back for the hosts in the 93rd minute.
The Englishman was responsible for the first goal we conceded and was in attack mode during stoppage time too.
“He [Pochettino] will be bothered by that last minute because it was a nightmare. It’s a poor goal. They’re stretched.
“At this stage of the game you’ve got no need. You’ve got to manage the game not get yourself stretched like that with two minutes to go. Danny Rose shouldn’t be going forward if he’s exhausted. Stay where you are. Keep the clean sheet. Defend first and foremost.”
The former manager is right as we suffered a similar fate against Inter Milan a few days earlier. Two late goals from the Italians meant we started our Champions League journey with a loss and we could have dropped more points at the Amex too.
Fortunately, we held on for three points but Pochettino has a lot of work to do before we play like we did last season.
Spurs are already six points behind league leaders Liverpool and we cannot afford any more mistakes for the remainder of the campaign.
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