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Rant of the day: No better time than now for Tottenham to face Borussia Dortmund



Tottenham players celebrate

Tottenham players celebrate

Tottenham have the bit between their teeth after another tough win in the Premier League, this time against Leicester City.

The Foxes could have come out that game with a point, provided they had shooting boots on. Meanwhile, Spurs showed quality in decisive moments to seal the three points.

Son Heung-min scored the final goal of a mad game in which Hugo Lloris made a couple of incredible saves to keep us in the lead, and ultimately, in the race for the title.

Now, we resume our Champions League challenge in midweek, and it doesn’t get any tougher than facing Borussia Dortmund these days.

The Bundesliga leaders have been terrific this season as they lead Bayern Munich by five points. However, this seems to be the ideal time to face them, with them losing their league game over the weekend.

Christian Eriksen and Harry Winks

Tottenham have been flying in the Premier League

Late goals and doing just enough to win games – by doing all this, Tottenham are showing their character and determination to keep in touch with the league’s top two teams.

Fulham, Newcastle, Watford and Leicester were the four Premier League games where we weren’t at our best but came out with all three points.

All the games contained late goals, epitomising our will to work hard till the last second. Tottenham just seem to have an extra gear in the final minutes of a tie, and that will come in handy when we face the Dortmund juggernaut.

Credit must be given to the manager Mauricio Pochettino and the squad. We have played without Harry Kane and Dele Alli in the last few games, despite not spending a penny in the previous two windows to add depth to the squad.

Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris

Alli hasn’t had a brilliant season, however, he is a match winner and will be greatly missed against the Germans.

Son has stepped up since his return from the Asian Cup, and the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks and Hugo Lloris seem to be in form.

Dortmund have problems

The Bundesliga giants were flying high until recently. Their last game saw them throw away a 3-0 lead with 15 minutes to go against Hoffenheim.

The leaders had a three-goal cushion over their opponents but somehow ended the game with a draw. This comes on the back of getting knocked out of the DFB Pokal Cup in midweek, where they conceded three goals to Werder Bremen.

Marco Reus

Marco Reus

In fact, Favre’s men have not won any of their last three games and have kept just one clean sheet in their last six encounters.

That should give us the confidence of finding the back of the net at Wembley in the first leg. Furthermore, the Bundesliga leaders could be hampered by the possible absence of Marco Reus.

Pochettino has got the better of Dortmund before

Tottenham scraped through a tough group stage this season and did the same last season too. We defeated Dortmund home and away to progress with Real Madrid last time out.

Tottenham players celebrate

It isn’t to say that Dortmund are less threatening now or are worse off, but we should be able to exploit their recent problems.

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Tottenham need to be a little careful after their painful exit at the hands of Juventus last season, however, this team has more steel about them and we should have enough to win the first leg.


Levy shares concerning message about why Tottenham couldn’t sell players in the summer



Daniel Levy highlights why Tottenham couldn’t sell players in the summer

Tottenham face problems as several players are keen on moving from the club, according to the Mirror.

Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen are in the final year of their deals and could leave for free next summer.

Daniel Levy recently spoke about Spurs not being able to sell their unwanted stars, during a meeting with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust.

Daniel Levy of Tottenham
Daniel Levy

The chairman explained that clubs weren’t keen on some of the players and the offers on the table weren’t acceptable either.

The minutes of the meeting read (h/t Mirror):

“DL (Levy) said Tottenham had been one of the biggest spenders among Premier League clubs in the recent transfer window. It had also not generated all the sales the club hoped for.

“DL reiterated just how difficult it is to get a transfer over the line.

“In 90 per cent of instances either a buyer could not be found for a player or the player did not wish to join the club that had expressed an interest in buying them.”

Not being able to sell players that don’t want to be at the club is a problem, and that seems to have affected us. It is a little shocking that we couldn’t get deals done and now have to keep them until January at least.

Levy suggests there could be other departures

The chairman also spoke about the players in the last year of their deals and added that Spurs couldn’t force anyone to sign a new deal. Levy also claimed that some stars have been at Tottenham for a long time and wanted to play elsewhere.

It could be a painful summer for Tottenham, with several players possibly leaving the club. This would start another rebuilding cycle and we should not have fallen into this phase after the great work done by Mauricio Pochettino.

Replacing Eriksen or Alderweireld will not be cheap. However, we will lose them for nothing if they run their contract out. Tottenham have a lot of work to do in the coming months and hopefully, we don’t lose our competitive edge.

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We are already struggling in the league this season and have to turn things around quickly.

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Former England manager backs Tottenham boss Pochettino to snub Premier League rivals



Sam Allardyce backs Mauricio Pochettino to snub Manchester United job

Former Everton and England manager Sam Allardyce has backed Mauricio Pochettino to stick with Tottenham.

Manchester United and Spurs have had poor starts to the season, and Pochettino has been linked with the job at Old Trafford (h/t Metro).

However, the Red Devils are below Spurs in the table, and Allardyce claims Tottenham have a better side than United (h/t Metro):

“I can’t see Mauricio going anywhere at the moment

“At the moment, Tottenham are a better squad than Manchester United – and that is a telling fact.

“It’s alright saying, ‘this is Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world’, but has it got the team to go with it to represent Manchester United?”

Tottenham are still in a better place than United

Although our season has been far from satisfactory, Spurs are capable of turning things around. Pochettino is one of the top managers in the world and just needs to tweak certain things in the team.

United, for their part, don’t seem to have a proper game plan and most of the players aren’t doing well.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started his career at Old Trafford with a bang but after becoming the permanent manager, things haven’t been great.

They lie two points off the relegation zone and face Liverpool after the international break. Tottenham face a struggling Watford, and we should get the three points against the Hornets.

Allardyce is right in suggesting we have a better squad than the Red Devils, and it is time for the players to step up.

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Pochettino can only do so much and it will be interesting to see how we perform after the international break.

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German giants see Tottenham star as a cheaper alternative for Brazilian midfielder



Bayern Munich see Christian Eriksen as cheaper option than Philippe Coutinho

Bayern Munich are the latest giants to be linked with Christian Eriksen, according to Sport 1 (h/t Sky Sports).

The Bundesliga giants have a fantastic squad at hand but are interested in landing the Dane, who is a free agent in the summer.

The report adds that the Bavarians will fight Real Madrid for the signature of Eriksen. However, the Dane is open to leaving London for Munich (h/t Sky Sports).

The Tottenham star is one of the most creative players in the Premier League, and Bayern see him as a replacement for a summer signing.

Eriksen to replace Coutinho?

Philippe Coutinho had a woeful time at Barcelona and was allowed to join Bayern on loan in the summer.

However, the Germans see Eriksen as a cheaper option to Coutinho and he could be signed for nothing in January (h/t Sky Sports).

The Dane could do a great job at Bayern but Coutinho has had a decent start to his career in Germany.

The Brazilian has two goals and two assists from six Bundesliga games and was one of the stars during the Copa America. Eriksen, for his part, has struggled for form this season and only has one goal and an assist.

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Eriksen wanted to try something in the summer, and it will be interesting to see where he plays next season.

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Tottenham star turns down €6m-a-season deal in hopes of moving away at the end of his contract



Christian Eriksen turns down contract offer from Tottenham

Christian Eriksen seems set to leave Tottenham after he rejected a 50% pay increase on his current deal, according to AS (h/t Daily Star).

The Dane is a free agent at the end of the season and Spurs have attempted to keep him at the club.

Eriksen isn’t the only player on the final year of his contract, with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen too in the same boat.

The report claims that Eriksen earns €4m per season after tax and Tottenham were willing to raise that to €6m.

The new deal would have put Eriksen on the same pay scale as Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris, however, the Dane would still earn less than Kane (h/t Daily Star).

Tottenham could have made a huge sum in the summer

Real Madrid are still keen on the 27-year-old Dane and could move for him in January (h/t Daily Star).

They were hesitant to move in the summer after their grand spending on Eden Hazard and other stars. Tottenham wanted €70m for Eriksen in the summer while Real were also keen on Paul Pogba (h/t Daily Star).

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen

Eriksen can negotiate with foreign clubs in January and move on a free transfer at the end of the season. The 27-year-old hasn’t been at his best but Spurs have also struggled this campaign.

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The Dane could be a big loss for us, and it will be interesting to see where he ends up next season.

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