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Harry Kane scores for Tottenham against Arsenal

Harry Kane celebrates after scoring against Arsenal

Tottenham just didn’t have enough in their tank to make it three wins out of three against some quality opposition.

Spurs were coming off wins over Chelsea and Inter Milan, but our biggest rivals, Arsenal, were too difficult to beat easily.

The day didn’t start well for us with Jan Vertonghen giving away an early penalty for handling the ball in the box. It ended with the Belgian getting his marching orders late on.

The damage was already done by then despite the fact that we held the lead at 2-1 after the first half.

Normally, we would have gone for the kill in the second half but tired legs finally gave way after a tough couple of games.

Tottenham were good but Arsenal simply were better. Most of their first-team starters were rested in the Europa League clash against Vorskla while we played our best team, or close to it, against the might of Inter.

Yes, Mauricio Pochettino might have gotten a couple of things wrong by starting Juan Foyth and Jan Vertonghen, but Foyth had been excellent in recent weeks while Vertonghen was supreme in the win over the Italians.

Jan Vertonghen Tottenham

You couldn’t really fault Poch for playing Son Heung-min, Dele Alli and Harry Kane right from the start, though the trio was almost invisible in the second half.

Pochettino spoke (h/t Independent) about Tottenham’s weary legs and believed we were in the game until the third goal went in.

“We paid for the effort in the Champions League game against Inter and Chelsea, and we started to suffer. Until the third goal, I thought was game the even. But after that, we started to pay.

“It was difficult for the team to show the normal energy that we show. Then, after the sending-off of Jan Vertonghen, the game was over.”

Not all doom and gloom for Spurs

This might raise the question of squad depth and our lack of transfer activity in the summer but we did have a few players out with injuries. Danny Rose only recently returned to fitness, Toby Alderweireld has played almost every game in two months and Mousa Dembele is out with an injury.

Those three could have started this game but we have to think about keeping them injury-free for the rest of the campaign and not only about the three points against the Gunners.

This Spurs side is still learning to deal with pressure. And even though it might seem like the same aspect is being spoken about every year, this defeat will teach us a thing or two.

Arsenal possibly have two of the best forwards in the Premier League and Emery made some tweaks to his side to give them the advantage in the second half.

Although Pochettino has toyed with several formations during his time at Spurs, there haven’t been many circumstances where the Argentine switched formations mid-game.

The defeat has placed Arsenal above us in the Premier League table, and maybe, this is the kick we need to play more consistently.

Dele Alli Eric Dier Tottenham

There has been a lot of banter between the two sets of players, which we saw on the pitch after Eric Dier scored. Regardless, Pochettino should communicate to the Tottenham stars about maintaining their quality throughout the season.

A top-four finish is the least we need this campaign, but a trophy would be the actual evolution from this side.

Read more: “We can improve” – Tottenham star claims there is more to come from team

Tottenham have a fight on their hands to make it to the Champions League next season, and to qualify for the knockout rounds this season too. Thus, this loss should serve as a platform for us to get better.


Tottenham receive game-changing Champions League boost thanks to this Serie A result



Latest Spurs news: Tottenham move into Champions League Pot 2 thanks to Serie A results

Tottenham have been handed a boost in the upcoming Champions League season as with a spot in Pot 2, according to

The report claims that AS Roma’s failure to finish in the Champions League places on the last day of the Serie A campaign helped Spurs achieve the place in the Pots.

Roma won their final game of the season but that was cancelled out by wins for Atalanta and AC Milan, with the latter pair finishing third and fourth respectively.

The Rome side would have been placed above us in the Pots had they made it into the Champions League. Roma have a better coefficient than us (h/t and also reached the semi-finals of the competition last season.

Spurs’ group could be easier next time

Moving into Pot 2 should give us a relatively easier group than the last two seasons.

Tottenham have been placed in tough groups which have included Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund in the previous two campaigns.

We have proved our mettle in Europe by making it out of the tough groups, and this season has been incredible thanks to our run to the final.

The report adds that Tottenham could also move to Pot 1 of the Champions League as a place is reserved for the winners.

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Spurs face Liverpool in the final on 1 June, and could avoid Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus should they beat the Reds.

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“I’ve just got a feeling” – Former Tottenham manager believes Spurs have their name on Champions League crown



Latest Spurs news: Harry Redknapp believes Tottenham have their name on Champions League trophy

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes that Spurs have their name on the Champions League trophy.

Spurs face Liverpool in the final on 1 June, and the Reds are slight favourites given than they beat us twice in the Premier League this season.

However, Tottenham’s Champions League campaign has been crazy. There have been late goals in several games and we produced an epic comeback to defeat Ajax in Amsterdam 3-2 to reach the final.

Redknapp also spoke about the fantastic games we have had this season as he believes Spurs will win the Champions League (h/t Daily Mail):

“You just get the feeling that Tottenham have got their name on the trophy.

“They’ve gone through when they looked like going out in the knockout stages, last-minute goals in other games got them through.”

Redknapp expects a great game

Liverpool have a great attacking trio but Redknapp believes that a fit Harry Kane can create problems with the other players we have in the attack.

Son Heung-min has been excellent in recent weeks while Lucas Moura scored a hat-trick in the win over Ajax.

The Englishman did not believe the final would be a dull game due to the attacking nature of both teams.

Tottenham might have finished way behind Liverpool in the league table but nothing can be taken for granted in a final.

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Spurs have the quality to defeat Liverpool and should we have a fit Kane back for the final, Mauricio Pochettino might be celebrating his first trophy at Spurs.

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Tottenham asked to stump out £20m to sign this 18-year-old rising Championship star



Spurs transfer news: Leeds United want £20m for English winger Jack Clarke

The Sunday People (h/t Daily Star) reports that Leeds United want £20m for 19-year-old winger Jack Clarke.

The teen had a great season for Leeds after breaking into the side, but the team had to deal with disappointment as they missed out on Premier League promotion.

Jack Clarke

Jack Clarke

Leeds failed to reach the final of the play-offs, and the report claims that Tottenham are interested in the 19-year-old Clarke.

The report adds that the player falls into Tottenham’s transfer strategy of signing quality young English talent.

Clarke was also named as Leeds’ Young Player of the Season despite only making four starts in the Championship.

The 19-year-old made 25 appearances in all competitions under Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds will be hurting post their failure to reach the Premier League.

Pochettino to use his links with Bielsa?

Mauricio Pochettino has a great relationship with the Leeds manager and that could work in our favour as we look to make some signings in the summer.

Pochettino has done well with young players throughout his career and we could do with some a winger joining us in the transfer window.

Erik Lamela has spent a lot of time injured this season while we could use some cover for Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura.

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Clarke isn’t the finished article yet and could improve further under someone like Pochettino.

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Mauricio Pochettino drops massive hint about his future after Champions League final



Latest Spurs news: Mauricio Pochettino hints at staying at Tottenham beyond the Champions League final

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has hinted at staying at the club beyond the Champions League final.

The Wanda Metropolitano hosts the Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool on 1 June, and the manager claimed he could quit the club if Spurs lifted the title (h/t Mirror).

However, the Argentine dropped a major hint of staying beyond the final as he spoke about the next chapter post the Champions League (h/t Mirror).

“There were two different feelings mixed in the same moment after the semi-final.

“Reaching the Champions League final is the end of an amazing chapter for the club. But, at the same time, the moment you reach the final, it’s like, ‘I want to be involved in the next chapter of the club’.”

Spurs need to take the next step

Pochettino has done an excellent job so far since joining from Southampton, but our spending in recent seasons has not matched that of the top teams in the Premier League.

Spurs didn’t sign a single player in two windows, yet we are set to play our biggest European game in decades.

Tottenham have to spend in the summer and strengthen a side that has seen several injuries hit them this season.

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It is difficult to imagine any other manager doing as great a job in a similar condition as Pochettino has, and we have to keep the Argentine for the coming years.

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