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Tottenham rise above Premier League rivals in latest UEFA coefficient rankings but still trail Arsenal



Tottenham rise above Chelsea in latest UEFA coefficient rankings

Tottenham have moved up in the latest UEFA coefficient rankings after their performance in last season’s competition.

Spurs reached the final of the Champions League last season and the Evening Standard reports that Tottenham are above Chelsea in the latest standings.

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Tottenham’s team photo ahead of the Champions League final

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have moved up from 17th to 12th while Chelsea have fallen from 12th to 14th, according to the report.

The coefficients are determined basis the performance of a club over the past five years in the competition.

Mauricio Pochettino has made us regulars in the Champions League and we should do well this season too.

Gunners still ahead of Spurs

Although Arsenal didn’t play in last season’s competition, they are the ninthplaced team in the rankings.

Manchester United round off the top 10 with Liverpool eighth and Manchester City sixth.

The team leading this table is Real Madrid with Atletico Madrid and Barcelona second and third respectively.

Bayern Munich are fourth while Italian giants Juventus come fifth. Paris Saint-Germain are the other club in the top 10.

Tottenham are behind Sevilla, who are 11th, but have beaten some big teams in the coefficient thanks to our performances in recent years.

Borussia Dortmund, Roma, Napoli and Lyon are some of the clubs beneath us in the rankings, and it will be interesting to see how well we do in this season’s competition.

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Another ride to the final should see us move further up the table, and hopefully, we can go one better than last season.

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European giants keen on landing Mauricio Pochettino as permanent manager



Bayern Munich make Mauricio Pochettino priority for the summer

Mauricio Pochettino is Bayern Munich’s top target for a permanent manager, according to The Athletic (h/t Sun).

The Bavarians sacked Niko Kovac recently and have placed Hansi Flick as their caretaker until the end of the season.

The report claims that Flick could be replaced by Pochettino but only if the Argentine leaves Tottenham.

Mauricio Pochettino and Niko Kovac
Niko Kovac (L) and Mauricio Pochettino during a pre-season game (Image credit: Getty)

Spurs have been inconsistent this season and managed to get only a point against Sheffield United in their previous clash.

Tottenham lie 14th in the Premier League and haven’t won any of their last five games in the competition too.

We are already 11 points behind fourth-placed Manchester City. Spurs are also a mammoth 20 points behind league leaders Liverpool after 12 games of the season.

Thomas Tuchel and Arsene Wenger were also linked with the job, however, the Frenchman was only seen as a caretaker until the end of the season (h/t Sun).

Pochettino has to turn things around fast

Tottenham should have pushed on from the Champions League final appearance from the previous season, but we just haven’t been able to do much.

Giovani Lo Celso
Giovani Lo Celso with Mauricio Pochettino (L) against Red Star Belgrade (Image credit: Getty)

Our team looks a little flat despite several summer signings and a few players are out of a contract at the end of the season. Pochettino has to turn things around quickly as we are in danger of missing out on the Champions League too.

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The Argentine has the capability to get our campaign back on track, but time is running out for us.

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Tottenham likely to recall 18-year-old Championship starlet in January



Tottenham likely to recall Jack Clarke from Leeds United

Tottenham are likely to recall Jack Clarke unless his fortunes change at Leeds United (h/t

The 18-year-old rejoined Leeds after signing for Spurs in the summer but has struggled for regular minutes under Marcelo Bielsa.

Clarke has featured in just two Carabao Cup games this season and hasn’t played in the Championship.

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Jack Clarke has struggled for first-team action at Leeds (Image credit: Getty)

The English winger has made it to the matchday squad in recent games but is yet to play in the league. Clarke impressed for Bielsa last season as Leeds qualified for the playoffs. reports that Spurs have an option in Clarke’s loan deal and could recall him in January if he doesn’t get more playing time. That seems to be the most likely outcome unless Leeds suffer injury problems and Clarke gets regular minutes between now and January (h/t

Clarke needs to play regularly

The 18-year-old has featured for England’ youth teams this season and needs to play first-team games.

Jack Clarke
Jack Clarke signs for Tottenham (Image credit: Tottenham Twitter)

A lack of minutes will stagnate his growth and it would be better for him to return to Tottenham in January. We can then decide to send him out on loan to another club as long as he is assured of some game time.

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Spurs can also keep him at the club and give him a run in our first-team should he impress Mauricio Pochettino.

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Tottenham interested in two youngsters plying their trade in Spain and Italy respectively



Tottenham eyeing Celta Vigo winger Brais Mendez and Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrino

Tottenham are interested in Celta Vigo’s 22-year-old winger Brais Mendez (h/t Guardian). The Spaniard has featured in 13 La Liga games for Celta Vigo this season but has no goals or assists.

Mendez had a better season last time around as he racked up 6 goals and 7 assists from 31 La Liga games.

The youngster has also played for the senior Spanish national team and scored the winner on his debut against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Brais Mendez
Brais Mendez hasn’t scored or assisted a goal for Celta Vigo this season (Image credit: Getty)

Mendez has featured in several youth Spanish teams and started his career with Sardoma. He then moved to Santa Marina and Villarreal before landing up at Vigo. The 22-year-old mostly plays on the right of the attack but can also take up the role of a midfielder.

Lorenzo Pellegrini also an option for Spurs

The Guardian adds that Spurs are also keeping an eye on Lorenzo Pellegrini of AS Roma. The 23-year-old has featured for the Italian senior side this season and has done well there.

Pellegrini plays mostly on the left but can also do a job in the midfield. The 23-year-old has four assists from six Serie A games, and it will be interesting to see if we move for either player in the coming months.

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Lorenzo Pellegrini is a regular for the Italy national team (Image credit: Getty)

Tottenham have several players in the final months of their contracts and we could lose them for nothing at the end of the campaign.

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Mendez and Pellegrini have a lot of potential and we could do with some more fresh faces joining us.

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Tottenham keen on 26-year-old star to replace Christian Eriksen



Tottenham see Hakim Ziyech as Christian Eriksen’s replacement

Tottenham want to sign Ajax star Hakim Ziyech as Christian Eriksen’s replacement, according to the Express.

Ziyech helped Ajax reach the semi-finals of the Champions League last season. Tottenham also got a close look at the player during the semi-final as we beat them.

The 26-year-old Morocco international has been in decent form too. Ziyech has 6 goals and 11 assists in all competitions for Ajax and impressed in the 4-4 draw against Chelsea.

Hakim Ziyech
Hakim Ziyech has been excellent for Ajax (Image credit: Getty)

The Moroccan bagged two assists in that Champions League game and has been involved in six goals in his past four outings.

Eriksen missing in action

Eriksen, for his part, hasn’t been as prolific as Ziyech this season. The Dane is out of a contract at the end of the campaign and only has two goals to his name in all competitions.

The report claims that Eriksen could leave in January or at the end of the season, and Spurs have identified his successor. Eriksen didn’t even come off the bench in our 1-1 draw against Sheffield United at the weekend.

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

The former Ajax man isn’t the only one who hasn’t done well this season, but we could do with more creativity in the final third. Ziyech can play in several positions and has been in good form for Ajax over the past few years.

The Moroccan was involved in 29 league goals last season and 24 goals in the season prior to that.

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Ziyech is capable of playing for most top teams in the world, and it will be interesting to see if we make a serious move for him soon.

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