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Mauricio Pochettino ready to trust Tottenham’s youth stars in epic clash against Manchester City

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Spurs news: Mauricio Pochettino ready to trust youth against Man City

Tottenham are preparing to face Manchester City for a second consecutive game in a week.

Spurs progressed to the semi-finals of the competition on Tuesday in dramatic fashion against Manchester City. Despite a 4-3 loss at the Etihad Stadium, we advanced 4-4 on away goals, with Raheem Sterling’s last-gasp goal disallowed after a VAR review.

Having knocked out City from the Champions League, we have a glorious opportunity to now dent Pep Guardiola’s title hopes on Saturday. Also, with a win at the Etihad in the Premier League, we ourselves will solidify the top four hopes.

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And in the pre-match presser against City, Pochettino explained he wants to finish the season in the top four.

“The Premier League is different and we are fighting for different things,” Pochettino told in his pre-match press conference. (h/t The Daily Mail)

“Manchester City are trying to win the Premier League and, for us, it’s so important to be in the top four for next season.”

Spurs have few injury problems ahead of the game, with Moussa Sissoko set to miss after hobbling off against City in the Champions League, while Harry Kane has commenced his rehab on his ankle injury. Meanwhile, Erik Lamela remains out with a hamstring problem.

Pochettino has said he could field some fresh faces on Saturday after such an exhausting Wednesday night in the Champions League.

“City have an unbelievable squad, they can change and rotate the starting 11 and keep the same level on the pitch,” he added.

Tottenham players celebrate

“With all the circumstances and some injuries, maybe we need to think about playing with younger players, not without experience, but with plenty of energy and keeping the same ideas – to be brave and try to compete.

“It’s going to be tough but we need to think about recovery and try to design the best strategy to try to be competitive.”

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Pochettino deserves immense credit for the fact that Tottenham have been able to make it so far in the Champions League. Having not spent a single on improving our team this season, he has managed to keep the squad motivated throughout the campaign. And that has been key to the team staying in the hunt for the trophy this season.

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Tottenham star confident of making Champions League final squad despite serious injury

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Latest Spurs news: Harry Kane expected to be fit for Champions League final

The Evening Standard understands that Harry Kane is confident of returning for the Champions League final against Liverpool.

Kane has not played for the team since defeating Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final first leg in April, and the report claims that Spurs were concerned his season could be over.

The Englishman injured his ankle ligaments against City, and this was his second serious injury of the season.

The report adds that the England captain has been working hard on his rehab and even got through his recent individual sessions without any problems.

The Evening Standard claims that Kane will be stepping up his programme and should be part of the team that travels to Spain for the final.

Kane upbeat about his chances of playing

The 25-year-old spoke after Lucas Moura’s hat-trick against Ajax and have an update on his rehab (h/t Evening Standard):

“Rehab is going well. I started straight-line running this week and I have to start training even harder to prove myself to the gaffer.”

The return of Kane would be a huge boost for the club as we look to win the Champions League for the first time ever.

Kane has also been named in the England squad for the Nations League finals which start just a few days after the Champions League final.

Tottenham have seen Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura step up in the absence of Kane, but the Englishman is one of the best in the world and could be the difference between the sides on 1 June.

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The 25-year-old might be a little rusty coming back from a two-month injury lay-off, and it will be interesting to see if Kane starts at the Wanda Metropolitano on 1 June.

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“I do not desire to leave” – Tottenham star wants to remain at club despite frustrating campaign

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Latest Spurs news: Serge Aurier doesn’t want to leave Tottenham

Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier wants to remain at the club despite playing just 17 times this season.

The Ivorian recorded just six starts in the Premier League and suffered many injuries in the campaign. Aurier’s last game was the 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in March, but the right-back isn’t looking to leave Spurs.

Speaking to Canal Football Club (h/t Football.london), the Ivorian added he was happy at Tottenham:

“In football things can happen very quickly.

“For the moment I do not desire to leave Tottenham. For the moment, I am very happy.”

Aurier looking to make it back to the starting XI

Keiran Trippier is the first-choice right-back at Spurs while Kyle Walker-Peters also played a few times for us this season.

Serge Aurier celebrates

Despite the competition for places in the first XI, Aurier highlighted that injuries played a huge part in his season and was expecting a great end to the campaign with the Champions League final:

“This season I have been interrupted by injury more than anything else, but life is like that.

“We have done a good season and we are in the Champions League final, we are going to enjoy that, see how it goes and next year, my season is not finished, I still have an Africa Cup of Nations too.”

Aurier’s career at Spurs is yet to take off since his move from Paris Saint-Germain. The Ivorian has had some great games but needs to remain fit for a period of time.

Trippier’s form has gone up and down since the World Cup and Spurs could do with a reliable right-back that knows how to defend.

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The right-back is only 26 and could improve in the coming season. Playing in the AFCON could be the pre-season workout he needs ahead of the next campaign, and hopefully, he comes back without an injury.

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Tottenham warn fans with possible bans of selling Champions League final tickets unofficially

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Latest Spurs news: Tottenham fans threatened with bans should they sell Champions League final tickets

Tottenham have warned fans from selling their Champions League final tickets unofficially or for a profit.

A release on the club’s website claimed that they would take “the strongest possible action against anyone” selling final tickets with the possibility of indefinite season ticket bans.

The release further adds that if Spurs learn about any tickets being sold, those would be cancelled for the match and entry into the stadium would not be possible.

Spurs also warned supporters not to purchase tickets from unofficial sources as the authenticity cannot be guaranteed.

Not enough tickets for the final

Tottenham face Liverpool in the final of the Champions League on 1 June at the Wanda Metropolitano.

UEFA haven’t done justice to the final for both clubs involved with the BBC reporting that only 33,286 of the 68,000 tickets for the event have been handed to the finalists.

The governing body hasn’t done any favours to the Europa League finalists too with the final in Baku.

Tottenham are right in trying to warn the fans from buying or selling tickets which can lead to problems, however, this is a huge game which Spurs fans would not want to miss.

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Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been excellent in the Champions League this season, and it would be incredible if we can lift the trophy on 1 June.

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Tottenham face major competition from Premier League rivals over this 19-year-old sensation

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Spurs transfer news: Tottenham face competition from Premier League rivals for Elif Elmas

The Daily Mail reports that Manchester United are tracking Macedonian sensation Elif Elmas.

The 19-year-old plays for Fenerbahce and is considered as one of the brightest talents in Europe.

The report adds that Tottenham are interested in the 19-year-old and Manchester City are also keeping tabs on the Macedonian international.

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Elif Elmas

Elmas has 10 caps for the country and even scored twice in the 3-1 win over Latvia during a Euro 2020 qualifier.

The report adds that United are looking to sign young talent in the summer, and Elmas is the perfect player for them.

Tottenham need to sign players too

Tottenham should also be in the market for players after failing to add new faces in the previous campaign.

Elmas could be a smart addition to the team given his age and potential, however, he might not be the finished article yet.

Doing well in the Turkish league cannot always guarantee a great transition to the Premier League.

Spurs need to sign players that can hit the ground running, but Mauricio Pochettino has done extremely well working with young players throughout his career.

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Dele Alli is one of the best examples of a youngster growing at Tottenham, and it will be interesting to see our moves in the summer transfer window.

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