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Tottenham chances to go far in the Champions League

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Bookmakers seem to agree, Tottenham is 7th most likely team to end up winning the Champions League. While they are only 7th in line, trailing Manchester City, Barcelona, Atl. Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich, the Spurs are still a strong team that is capable of upsetting any team they are faced with. But where will their campaign end? Will Tottenham manage to reach for the stars and win it all or get sent home in the next round?

Tottenham have shocked the world with their exceptional performance against Borussia Dortmund in the second leg on February 13th, when they won 3:0. That win means they advanced into the next stage with an impressive 4:0 aggregate score despite being paired with currently the strongest team in Germany. Looking back at how Tottenham performed in , they just barely managed to advance out of Group B.

In the mentioned group, Tottenham were paired with Barcelona, Inter Milan and PSV Eindhoven, so it would be hard to justify they had an easy road to the 1/8 finals. Out of 6 games played, Tottenham ended with a record of 2-2-2, which was enough to end ahead of Inter and get a ticket to the next stage of the tournament.

As mentioned, the Spurs managed to humiliate Dortmund, winning both legs; 0:1 and 3:0, thus advancing into the next stage where they await the new opponent. However, with a mediocre performance in the group stage and then a superb performance in the knockout stage, we need to ask ourselves; how far can Tottenham go in this year’s Champions League?

Tottenham Hotspur are not having a “jolly time” in the Premier League, where they sit at the 3rd place, behind Manchester City and Liverpool, who are racing against each other to finish at the top. As it stands now Tottenham are trailing Liverpool by 9 points, which is solely a result of their subpar performances in the last 3 league matches, when they failed to defeat Burnley (2:1), Chelsea (2:0) and Arsenal (1:1), thus losing out on 8 points.

The sudden turn of form resulted in Tottenham losing their chance to join in the race for the Premier League title, however, the Champions League dream is still very much alive.

Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham can defeat any team in the CL after an impressive win against Borussia Dortmund, which surely gave the Spurs a huge morale boost. I do believe they can put up a good fight against any team, but their main focus should not be the Champions League but rather staying in the top 4 in their domestic league. As of now, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are only 3,4 and 5 points behind the Spurs in EPL, and with the performances they have shown, losing 2 out of their last 3 matches, they are not guaranteed to finish high this season.

In the end, it will all come down to what will Spurs prioritize; staying in the top 4 in the Premier League or focus on winning the Champions League. While winning the Champions League is a huge achievement, I do not believe Tottenham are ready for it just yet. If the rumours are true and Bale decided to re-join them, I will not be surprised, if Tottenham manages to impress us next year, but as far as this season goes… they will have to be extremely lucky to advance against teams like Manchester City, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and other European heavyweights.

In the best-case scenario Spurs het paired with Porto or Ajax and get a good chance to advance even further into the Champions League, however lifting the trophy should be delayed for future seasons. I expect them to continue fighting, but as mentioned, their focus will most likely be to bounce back in the Premier League, where they are on the edge to lose their ticket for 2019/20 Champions League.

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Former PL rival manager backs Tottenham to pick up several trophies if they beat Liverpool

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Latest Spurs news: Jose Mourinho claims Tottenham could win more trophies if they lift Champions League title

Former Manchester United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that winning the Champions League could lead to more success for Tottenham.

Spurs face Liverpool in an all-English Champions League final on June 1. Tottenham are yet to win a trophy under Mauricio Pochettino.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho

However, Mourinho believes winning this crown can lead to several trophies (h/t Independent):

“Of course, Spurs is not winning titles and to win the first one, the biggest one of all, would be, of course, fantastic and would mean to win other domestic trophies (is easier) because the Champions League is the biggest one of all.”

Pochettino has done a fine job at Tottenham but Jurgen Klopp will also be looking to win his first trophy with Liverpool. The last trophy we won was the League Cup back in 2008.

Tottenham looking to get some players fit for final

Mourinho could be right in suggesting that getting one trophy in the bag can lead to others too.

Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez

Spurs were great against Manchester City over the two legs in the quarterfinals and we should have one of the stars from that game back for the clash against the Reds.

Harry Kane suffered an ankle injury in the 1-0 win over City but should play a part in the final.

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Harry Winks, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez are also in a race to regain fitness and hopefully, we play with the strongest possible team at the Wanda Metropolitano.

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Tottenham could finalise £22m deal for English star after the Champions League final

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Spurs transfer news: Tottenham looking to seal £22m deal with Napoli for Kieran Trippier

The Evening Standard claims that Tottenham could finalise a £22m deal with Napoli for 28-year-old right-back Kieran Trippier after the Champions League final.

Spurs reached the final after beating Ajax over two legs and face Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano on June 1.

The report adds that Spurs have blocked all negotiations until after the final, however, there is optimism from all sides that the deal for Trippier can be completed.

The English defender has struggled this season and the report claims that Napoli are aware of the tough negotiation tactics by Daniel Levy.

Getting £22m for a 28-year-old who hasn’t done well this season isn’t a bad deal, and it will be interesting to see if the deal does take place right after the final.

A big decision awaits Pochettino

The report adds that Mauricio Pochettino has a tough decision to make regarding who plays as the right-back against Liverpool.

Trippier had a tough time against Ajax over the two legs, however, he did well in the second half in our 3-2 win over the Dutch giants.

We could play Serge Aurier as the Ivorian has just returned from an injury. Kyle Walker-Peters is the other right-back in the side, but it would be a major surprise if the English youngster starts.

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Trippier could play his final game for Spurs on June 1 if the report is true, and it would be great if he can finish his career here with a trophy.

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Major boost for Tottenham as English star is fit for the Champions League final

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Latest Spurs news: Harry Winks is fit for Champions League final

Sky Sports reports that Harry Winks is fit for the Champions League final on 1st June against Liverpool.

The 23-year-old midfielder last played for us in the 1-0 win over Manchester City in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League.

Harry Winks

Harry Winks

The midfielder was recovering from a groin injury and the report claims that the Englishman trained with Tottenham team for the entire week.

Winks’ return will be a huge boost for manager Mauricio Pochettino as he plans to win his first trophy at Tottenham. The English midfielder has played 39 times for us in all competitions this season, and found the back of the net once.

Pochettino to make a decision on another player

Winks should start for us if he is 100% fit, and the report claims that Pochettino has to take a call on Harry Kane’s role in the final.

Harry Kane

The striker is also closing in on full fitness and trained with some of the players recently.

Kane and Winks returning to the team would be a huge boost, however, the pair is rusty and putting them against a good Liverpool team might be risky.

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The Reds beat us twice this season, however, a cup final is difficult to predict. Spurs have a great chance of winning the Champions League and let us hope we pull it off.

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Mauricio Pochettino speaks about his future at Tottenham and links with Real Madrid

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Spurs transfer news: Mauricio Pochettino will decide his future after the Champions League final

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino once again spoke about his future and claimed it depended on what the club’s ambitions are.

The Argentine has led Spurs to the final of the Champions League and we are regular top four finishers under the former Southampton manager.

However, Spurs haven’t spent any money in two transfer windows while all our rivals have strengthened their sides.

Spurs finished a distant fourth behind the top two in the Premier League this season, and Poch spoke during an interview with El Partidazo de Cope about learning of Tottenham’s ambitions next season before making a decision (h/t Mirror):

“I will not make decisions about my future (until) after the final, it is important to know what the club’s future plan is.

“If we want to return to the Champions League final next year and fight with Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title, we need reinforcements.”

The manager added that City’s ambition was to win the Champions League while we had to finish the stadium. Spurs moved into their new home a few weeks ago, and the Argentine also provided an update on Real Madrid.

Poch spoke with Perez

The Argentine spoke about his links with Real Madrid and admitted he had been in contact with president Florentino Perez:

“Real Madrid? I have no other goals if I am not training Tottenham; football takes you where you deserve. Ahead of the final, we will train at Valdebebas and sleep in a nearby hotel.

“I asked Florentino to let us sleep in the sports center, but he told me that I can only sleep there when I become the coach of Real Madrid.”

Thankfully, Real have already signed Zinedine Zidane as their manager though the Frenchman left before the start of this season. It would be crazy if they sacked Zidane to replace him with Pochettino, but the Argentine has been linked with Juventus (h/t Mirror) in recent weeks.

The Italian giants decided to part ways with Max Allegri despite the Italian winning the Serie A in every season in charge.

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Spurs have to spend to keep hold of Pochettino and hopefully, that does not depend on us lifting the Champions League crown.

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