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

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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.

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Tottenham to test AS Roma’s resolve as they consider €50m bid for 19-year-old Italian international

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Spurs transfer news: Tottenham consider bidding €50m for AS Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo

La Repubblica (h/t Calciomercato) claims that Tottenham have entered the race to sign highly-rated Italian youngster Nicolo Zaniolo.

The newspaper claims that Tottenham are considering a €50m bid as they look to convince Roma to part ways with the 19-year-old.

Zaniolo only joined Roma last season from Inter Milan and has been one of the bright spots for the Serie A side.

The 19-year-old has recorded six goals and two assists so far this season. Zaniolo is capable of playing as a central midfielder but can do a job on the wings too.

The youngster also came on as a sub in two of Italy’s Euro 2020 qualifiers recently.

Several parties interested in Zaniolo

The report claims that Tottenham are looking to complete the deal quickly for the 19-year-old.

Nicolo Zaniolo

Spurs aren’t the only ones interested in the Italian with AC Milan, Real Madrid, Juventus and Arsenal also keeping tabs (h/t Calciomercato).

The Daily Mail reports that Tottenham are interested in making young signings in the summer who can impact the first-team.

Zaniolo seems to fit that bill and the 19-year-old has the potential to improve under Mauricio Pochettino.

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Spurs haven’t spent in two transfer windows but that seems set to change in the summer. It will be important for Pochettino to build on a decent season and it could be made even better if we reach the Champions League final.

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Mauricio Pochettino to be handed £60m transfer kitty to target young players in the summer

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Spurs transfer news: Mauricio Pochettino to be handed £60m transfer kitty in the summer

The Daily Mail reports that Tottenham will target young players who can make an impact in the first-team.

Tottenham haven’t made any signings in two windows, yet are in the semi-finals of the Champions League and should finish in the top four this season.

The report claims that Nicolo Zaniolo of AS Roma and Jack Grealish of Aston Villa interest the Premier League club.

Zaniolo has been one of the brightest youngsters in the Serie A while Grealish has done a stellar job for the Villans over the past two seasons.

Pochettino can spend from player sales too

The report claims that Mauricio Pochettino will be given a transfer budget of £60m and that Spurs could raise another £100m from player sales to help our spending power in the summer.

The Guardian reported that Victor Wanyama, Vincent Janssen and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou could leave the club in the summer.

Michel Vorm is another player that we could lose at the end of the season, but the Guardian adds that he would leave on a free.

Spurs need to bring some fresh faces in the side and signing young players could work for us.

Pochettino has done well with up and coming starlets throughout his career, and we need to build on this season’s performances.

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Tottenham face West Ham at the weekend before our first leg Champions League semi against Ajax at our new stadium.

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(Photos) Tottenham’s stars pictured in great spirits ahead of London derby against West Ham

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Latest Spurs news: Tottenham stars train ahead of West Ham clash

Tottenham’s stars were in great spirits in training ahead of their clash against West Ham United on Saturday.

Spurs are in a great position to finish in third position thanks to losses for Manchester United and Arsenal, and we have the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Ajax coming up too.

One player who won’t face the Dutch giants is Son Heung-min. The South Korean is suspended for the first leg but he was seen in training with Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld.

Eriksen has found his form in recent weeks and scored the only goal of the game in our win over Brighton.

Alderweireld did a decent job alongside Jan Vertonghen in the last game, and it will be interesting to see if the pair play on Saturday.

Dier waiting in the wings to start?

Eric Dier has had a stop-start season due to several injuries. The Englishman was on the bench in our win over Brighton and we could do with the midfielder returning to the Tottenham starting XI.

Fernando Llorente has had a decent season for Spurs with some crucial goals this season.

The same, however, cannot be said about Kieran Trippier, who has struggled for consistency after his World Cup heroics.

Ben Davies and Danny Rose have had a bit of a battle regarding the left-back slot in the campaign. It is the Englishman who has put in some quality performances this season too.

Hugo Lloris has come in for some sharp criticism due to a few errors between the sticks but the Frenchman is still one of the best keepers in the world and kept a clean sheet in the previous game.

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West Ham won’t be easy opposition on Saturday but a win should more or less guarantee Champions League football for next season too.

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“Absolutely criminal”, “An insult” – Some Tottenham fans fume as this star is omitted from PFA Team of the Year

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Latest Spurs news: Some Tottenham fans fume over Son’s omission from PFA Team of the Year

The PFA Team of the Year is out and unsurprisingly the team is dominated by Liverpool and Manchester City players.

The one major surprise in the side was seeing Paul Pogba in the team. The Frenchman hasn’t been all that great this season and compared to the others on the list, his inclusion is debatable.

Sadio Mane, Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling form the attack. Pogba, Fernandinho and Bernardo Silva are the midfielders while the defence features three Liverpool stars.

Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are joined by Aymeric Laporte. Ederson of Manchester City is the final name on the list.

Son shining bright for Tottenham

Son Heung-min has been one of the bright sparks in the Premier League this season.

The South Korean also participated in several international tournaments in this campaign but has 20 goals and seven assists in all competitions for Spurs.

The 26-year-old should have been included in the team ahead of Pogba given his stats, and many Tottenham fans were furious that the South Korean missed out on the nomination.

Tottenham haven’t had much to cheer in the league recently, however, they still have a chance of making the Champions League finals.

Son has been one of the stars for us in Europe and many fans questioned the selection of the PFA TOTY this season.

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