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Tottenham travel to League Two side for the third round of Carabao Cup

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Latest Spurs news: Tottenham to face Colchester United in Carabao Cup third round

Tottenham face an away trip in the third round of the Carabao Cup, with League Two side Colchester United hosting us.

The third round fixtures will be played commencing on 23rd September and more details about the time of the game will be shared in due course.

Colchester produced one of the shocks of the tournament by knocking out Crystal Palace on penalties in the second round.

The last time we faced Colchester was in the FA Cup in 2016 and we won that tie 4-1.

Tottenham looking to go one better in this season’s competition

Tottenham reached the semi-finals of the competition in the previous season but were knocked out by Chelsea on penalties.

Spurs won the first leg but saw Chelsea pick up a win in the second before Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to come off the pitch under Maurizio Sarri.

Tottenham should be favourites for this clash but have to be smart in dealing with their threat.

Mauricio Pochettino is yet to win a trophy in his Tottenham career, and that has to be the target for the Argentine this season.

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The Carabao Cup isn’t the biggest trophy on offer but it would be a decent prize after some great seasons under the manager.

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Mourinho unsure about making January additions to this position at Tottenham

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Jose Mourinho not keen on making defensive additions in January transfer window

Jose Mourinho’s time at Tottenham started off well with three wins on the spin. However, the new boss was brought down to earth after a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Spurs weren’t at their best at Old Trafford, but we did see a great goal from Dele Alli. The problem for the team since Mourinho’s arrival has been the poor defending.

We have conceded two goals in every game under the Portuguese, and Mourinho was asked about the defence during the press conference ahead of the Burnley game.

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Dele Alli found the back of the net against Manchester United (Image credit: Getty)

The boss was asked if the defence could be fixed or improved with signings in January, but Mourinho wasn’t sure that new players would fix things (h/t Football.london):

“It’s not the defence. It’s the defensive process which is a different thing. When we speak about defence we speak about keepers, centre-backs, the mistakes you make at the back.”

The manager added that he didn’t pinpoint individuals and claimed fixing the defence is a process:

“I don’t look at individuals but the defensive process, and that belongs to 11 players on the pitch. It is in our organisation that we have to resolve our problems, not about one players, or signings. It’s a process.”

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Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager (Image credit: Getty)

Tottenham need to get back to winning ways

Spurs had closed the gap to fourth-placed Chelsea after winning two games in the league, however, we sit nine points behind the Blues now.

We have to finish in the top four and play in the Champions League next season. Mourinho can improve the side in January, and it will be interesting to see what moves he can make.

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Spurs aren’t known for spending big in the winter window and the boss has some tough decisions to make regarding our playing staff.

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Dutch international midfielder to snub Tottenham in favour of La Liga giants

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Donny van de Beek to snub Tottenham in favour of Real Madrid

Netherlands international Donny van de Beek prefers a move to Real Madrid over Tottenham, according to De Telegraaf (h/t Express).

The 22-year-old has been in great form since the last season and helped them reach the Champions League semis.

Van de Beek has been in good touch this season too. The midfielder has 11 goals and five assists in all competitions for Ajax.

Donny van de Beek
Donny van de Beek has been excellent for Ajax over the past 18 months (Image credit: AFP)

Spurs could have done with a quality midfielder joining, especially with Christian Eriksen on the final year of his contract.

However, Van de Beek’s representatives have hinted that the Dutchman wants a move to Real over Spurs (h/t Express).

Real made an offer of €50million in the previous window but the midfielder remained at the Dutch giants (h/t Express).

The La Liga giants are set to offer €55m in hopes of landing him (h/t Express). Ajax have seen several talents leave after the previous campaign, and it will be interesting to see what happens with Van de Beek.

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Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager (Image credit: Getty)

Tottenham’s summer plans will be important

Jose Mourinho has a tough job on hand to revitalise Tottenham in the summer window.

There are some players leaving on a free while a few have been average for a while. The new manager suffered his first defeat since taking over recently.

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Spurs were beaten by Manchester United, and it will be interesting to see if there are any moves planned in January.

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Premier League rivals could move for this Tottenham midfielder in January

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Manchester United could move for Christian Eriksen in January window

Manchester United could move for Tottenham star Christian Eriksen in the January window, according to the Mirror (h/t Daily Star).

The Dane is a free agent in the summer and can speak with foreign clubs in the winter window.

The report claims that United moved for the Dane at the start of this season but he wasn’t keen on joining them.

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Christian Eriksen after his miss against Colchester in the Carabao Cup (Image credit: Getty)

Atletico Madrid and Juventus are keen on landing him on a free (h/t Daily Star) and it will be interesting to see what happens with him in the coming weeks.

United would have to part with a fee to sign him in January, however, they could save up and land him for nothing in the summer.

The Dane hasn’t featured much under Jose Mourinho since the Portuguese took over. Dele Alli has done a great job in the midfield and was on target again with a sumptuous goal against Manchester United.

It still came in a losing cause, and this was the Portuguese manager’s first loss since taking over at Spurs.

Dele Alli
Dele Alli found the back of the net against Manchester United (Image credit: Getty)

Spurs should sell Eriksen in January

The Dane doesn’t seem to be part of our plans at the moment, and it would be better to sell him in January than keep him till the end of the season.

We could make some money off the 27-year-old but selling him to a Premier League rival should be off the cards.

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Spurs cannot strengthen their rivals as we have done in the past. Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick are previous examples of us selling to Manchester United.

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Mourinho only convinced by one defender since taking over at Tottenham

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Jose Mourinho only convinced by Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham’s defenders

Jose Mourinho suffered his first defeat as Tottenham manager at the hands of Manchester United.

Losing any game is tough for the boss to take, but getting beat by a former club is even tougher to take.

Our defence was at fault again as we conceded two poor goals, one being a penalty, and there have been some questions on our back four.

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Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager (Image credit: Getty)

We have conceded a couple of goals in every game under Mourinho, and the Independent claims that he is only keen on Toby Alderweireld remaining at the club from the defence (h/t Sun).

The Belgian is a free agent in the summer and he hasn’t agreed on a new deal yet. Jan Vertonghen is another who is a free agent in the summer.

The report goes on to say that Mourinho isn’t convinced with Davinson Sanchez too.

The former Manchester United boss even targeted the ex-Ajax centre-back in the Europa League final in 2017 (h/t Sun).

Big decisions coming up from Mourinho

Mourinho has some big decisions to make in the summer window with several players out of contracts.

Toby Alderweireld
Toby Aldeweireld is a free agent in the summer (Image credit: Getty)

Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen are free agents, and it will be interesting to see what his plans are for the defence.

Serge Aurier, Danny Rose and Sanchez have all struggled this season. However, making wholesale changes to the back four won’t be cheap.

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Juan Foyth is also present in the team, but the Argentine hasn’t featured much under the Portuguese.

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