Ahead of Sunday’s fifth place showdown with Liverpool at Anfield, Harry Redknapp has an increasing injury list building faster by the week and doesn’t show any signs of slowing soon.
The return fixture at White Hart Lane saw Spurs nick all three points after a last gasp Aaron Lennon winner after Martin Skrtel scored one apiece for Spurs and Liverpool and it is looking as though the nippy winger will be relied upon to cause the problems to the Merseysiders once more.
Gareth Bale (ankle), William Gallas (calf), Gomes (back), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (hamstring), Jermaine Jenas (calf), Alan Hutton (knee) and and Jonathan Woodgate (calf) are all definitely out while doubts remain over midfield duo Luka Modric (hip) and Tom Huddlestone (ankle).
Ledley King, as reported earlier, may have the chance to return to the fold after coming through 90 minutes un-scathed in the friendly 3-2 win over West Ham United.
After the penultimate training session, Redknapp told gathering journalists “William Gallas isn’t fit and he’s probably out for the rest of the season after injuring his calf at City.
“Benoit (Assou-Ekotto), Jermaine Jenas and Alan Hutton aren’t fit and we’ll have to see how Luka (Modric) is tomorrow, the same with Tom Huddlestone as well.
“Heurelho Gomes is also still struggling. Carlo Cudicini came in and played well at City, I was delighted with him.
“We’ve a few out but it gives other players a chance like Danny Rose, he’s done great for us at left-back and I’ve been delighted with him as well.”
Spurs will be hoping to add to their seven wins at Anfield with the last coming way back in 2008.
Boost for Tottenham as Pochettino is confident of star man’s availability for Champions League final
Latest Spurs news: Mauricio Pochettino confident of Dele Alli facing Liverpool
Spurs face the Reds in the Champions League final in Madrid but the Englishman was replaced at half-time in our final game of the Premier League season.
We finished the campaign with a 2-2 draw at home as Christian Eriksen scored the equaliser in the second half.
Alli has had his injury concerns this season but Pochettino was confident the Englishman’s substitution was not related to a problem (h/t Sky Sports):
“He didn’t start in the warm-up, he was feeling strange and then his performance was very poor in the first half because he can’t cope with the situation.
“So because of caution, he was out. I think it is not a problem. We need to assess him, but I think he was tired, but for the circumstance again we played with him.”
The Argentine claimed that he would not have started Alli in normal circumstances but withdrew the star before something serious happened.
Tottenham need their stars to be fit
The clash against Liverpool will be our biggest in decades and we need all the help we can get. Harry Kane and Harry Winks are also looking to regain fitness for the final against the Reds.
Liverpool have had an excellent season where they missed out on the Premier League title despite scoring 97 points.
However, we gave them a run for their money in the away game this season. The Reds won via an own goal from us, and no one can rule us out in a European tie.
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Wins over Manchester City, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund prove that we can do it on the big stage and we should have one more big push to land the Champions League crown.
Tottenham superstar believes team has to deal better with pressure in order to be successful
Latest Tottenham news: Harry Kane admits Tottenham need to play better under pressure
Tottenham striker Harry Kane has claimed that the team have to play better when under pressure. Mauricio Pochettino has built a side that has challenged for the Premier League in recent years, however, Spurs always seem to fall at the final hurdle.
This was on show recently when we lost consecutive games against Burnley and Chelsea before coming out with a fortunate point against Arsenal.
Spurs were in with a shout of winning the Premier League title this season, and Kane believes we have to deal better with pressure (h/t BT Sport):
“The thing for us now, kind of like this week, when the pressure is on and we need to step up, we need to find a way to get it done.
“We haven’t done that in recent years, we haven’t done that this week and that will be the difference. That is the turning point that we need to try and achieve.”
Kane hopes for silverware soon
The England captain added that every team is strengthening and that we need to do the same too. Tottenham haven’t signed a single player in two transfer windows, and that surely has affected our season too.
Spurs have a chance of making it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday. We hold a 3-0 advantage over Borussia Dortmund after the first-leg and hopefully, we complete the job in Germany.
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The Premier League title seems out of our reach and it will be interesting to see how we go about things in the Champions League.
Massive boost for Tottenham as Dortmund sporting director rules out star man for UCL clash
The Bundesliga leaders face Spurs at Wembley on Wednesday, and the German picked up an injury during the DFB Pokal defeat at the hands of Werder Bremen last week.
Reus did not feature in the 3-3 draw against Hoffenheim at the weekend as well, and Zorc told Ruhr Nachrichten (h/t AS) that he does not expect a miraculous recovery from the forward:
“I think we will decide that in the short term. But I do not expect a miraculous recovery before Wednesday.”
The 29-year-old has had troubles with injuries throughout his career but has been great for Dortmund this season.
He has scored 17 times in all competitions and supplied seven assists. The Bundesliga leaders have other threats in their attack, but for Spurs, not facing Reus will be a huge boost for the first leg, at least.
Tottenham also have Harry Kane and Dele Alli out for this game, and it will be interesting to see which attack has the upper hand on Wednesday.
Son Heung-Min has been the star of the show in the absence of the pair, and the South Korean needs to have a quality game if we are to beat the German side.
Son scored in the 3-1 win over Leicester at the weekend, and this Tottenham side should be confident of challenging Dortmund.
“It demands a lot of energy and emotion” – Tottenham star opens up about what World Cup takes out of players
Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris claimed that the World Cup left him emotionally and physically drained. France won the final of the tournament against Croatia with Lloris lifting the title but the additional games, lack of rest and a return to club football all took a toll.
The captain was asked if he enjoyed France’s win and said (h/t Sun) that he enjoyed the next two or three days. However, Lloris added that the tournament takes a lot out of you:
“There is a lot of celebration, a lot of obligation towards the country and the fans. But then after that, you feel so empty. Mentally and physically.
“Because it’s a long tournament. It demands a lot of energy and emotion.”
The goalkeeper even added that he needed to stay in bed one day and disconnect from everything because he was running on empty.
Lloris claimed that it wasn’t easy for the players from the World Cup to change gears and prepare for the new season:
“For all the players involved at the World Cup, it was not easy to move on to another season. For all of the French players involved, we needed more time to find a new rhythm.”
The Frenchman has had his problems this season after being arrested for drink-driving early in the season. Lloris was also injured for a while but Tottenham didn’t miss him much with Paulo Gazzaniga taking over well.
Lloris has been excellent at Tottenham over the years even though he has made a mistake or two every season. However, it would be great if the captain lifts a trophy with his club side soon.
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