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Bottlers? Epic Champions League comeback proves this Tottenham side is far from that – Opinion



Spurs opinion: Forget about being bottlers, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are here for the big stage

The race for the top four in the Premier League was certainly interesting till the last weekend of games.

It seemed like no one wanted to finish in the Champions League spots. Tottenham dropped points against Bournemouth, Manchester United’s wheels came off, Chelsea were playing some dire football and well, Arsenal were being Arsenal away from home.

Spurs’ 1-0 shock defeat to Bournemouth saw us lose two players to red cards and opened the door for both Arsenal and Manchester United to put us under pressure.

However, the pair failed miserably and only a last day miracle can see Arsenal overtake us for a place in the top four.

Tottenham did have other business to attend to, namely, the Champions League semi-final against Ajax.

The Dutch side played us off the park in the first-half of the tie at the new Tottenham stadium but only ran out 1-0 winners.

Mauricio Pochettino has built a team without spending a dime in two transfer windows, and this was the perfect time to show how far we had come.

The stage was set for an incredible night with two teams playing great football, however, Ajax had other plans.

They raced into a two-goal lead on the night and Spurs were facing elimination. Football has seen many miracles and we were witness to one last night.

All hail St. Lucas Moura of north London

Social media is rife with supporters calling their rival clubs as “bottlers” (h/t Sun), and it seemed to be something similar for the top four spots.

Spurs seemed set to leave the Champions League without a whimper but Lucas Moura’s brace set up a tense finale.

Ajax had their chances, Spurs had their chances, the tension was palpable as the seconds ticked by.

The Dutch side surely had done enough to hold on as the clock showed 94 minutes and a few seconds remained.

However, Moura had one final say in the game as he slotted past Andre Onana which led to crazy scenes.

The Ajax players slumped to the ground, a Champions League final was in their hands, they just had to hold on for a few seconds.

They were crying, Pochettino was crying due to happiness, the Spurs players could not believe what had just happened.

But it did happen. Tottenham were in the Champions League final, their first under the new format.

A second half of character

It would have been easy to play out the second half as scoring three goals against Ajax would not have been easy.

The Dutch side were ready to break on the counter and had troubled us over two legs, but this Tottenham team does not know when to lie down.

Sure, there have been some performances which have been below par, but no one can accuse the players of not giving their 100%.

Even against Bournemouth, when we were down to nine-men, the players held on till the final seconds of the game.

A set-piece was our undoing then but we weren’t going to give up on the Madrid dream easily.

The Champions League has been a test of character for Spurs since the group stage. After three games it seemed like we would not make it to the Europa League too, but we picked up a crucial point at the Nou Camp to qualify.

We battered Borussia Dortmund over two legs and dumped out Manchester City, despite the Cityzens hammering us at the Etihad.

Ajax could have blown us away in the first leg, but we made some changes and kept the damage down.

A game can change in seconds, something that Moura proved at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Liverpool might be better placed than us in the league table but that goes down the window in a final.

The best team on the night wins and we are more than capable of beating the Reds. Tottenham have come a long way under Pochettino, and it is time to forget about being labelled bottlers.

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Irrespective of what happens in the Champions League, this Spurs team knows how to play the big games and it is time to build upon this for the years to come.


Premier League manager confirms that 22-year-old Tottenham target could be sold for the right price



Tottenham target James Maddison would be sold if the right bid is submitted

Leicester City star James Maddison has been on the up since his move from Norwich City.

The 22-year-old midfielder is one of the most creative players in the Premier League and was recently called up to the senior England squad.

Moving from the Championship to the Premier League was a seamless transition for the youngster, and reports that Maddison was linked with Tottenham in the summer.

James Maddison
James Maddison

The report adds that Manchester United were also keen on the Englishman and speculation about his future will continue until January.

Leicester decided to sell Harry Maguire for a record fee in the summer and Brendan Rodgers told that the Foxes could be tempted to sell other stars for the right price. The former Liverpool manager was quoted by Leicester Live saying (h/t

“In a player’s career, there will always be that temptation.

“This is a club that doesn’t want to sell its best players, but of course, if there’s a valuation that is met, which meets what the club perceive the player to be worth, then there will be a discussion.”

However, Rodgers didn’t want to lead teams on with bids for Maddison just yet:

“But it’s not something we want to invite. James is very much a talented player for us.

“He still has lots of improvements to make as a young player.”

Rodgers added that he was a “realist” and knew how the market works, but wanted to keep hold of his starlets.

A perfect player for Spurs?

Maddison would be a wonderful addition to the side and given Mauricio Pochettino’s history of working with young players, we would see the best out of the Englishman.

The 22-year-old has to keep on producing the goods in the midfield, and he should get a big move sooner than later.

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Hopefully, Spurs can beat off competition from the likes of United and land Maddison.

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Tottenham could be handed major boost with three stars set to return for Leicester clash



Tottenham could see three defenders return for Leicester City clash

Tottenham have to dust themselves off after the 2-2 draw against Olympiakos as they face Leicester City at the weekend.

The 4-0 win over Crystal Palace seems long gone in memory as we squandered a 2-0 lead in Greece on Wednesday.

Our Champions League campaign hasn’t started off well and neither has our Premier League season.

Apart from some unexpected results, Tottenham have had injury concerns, but reports that Danny Rose and Serge Aurier should be back in action against the Foxes.

The pair was left behind for the clash against Olympiakos in midweek as Mauricio Pochettino is expected to rotate his side in the coming weeks.

The return of Foyth

Juan Foyth hasn’t played a minute for Spurs this campaign after injuring his ankle during pre-season.

The versatile defender, who can play as a centre-back or right-back, is also expected to make his return to the team against the Foxes. The Sun reports that the Argentine has returned to full training and is in line to make his debut on Saturday.

Foyth could solve our right-back problems as Davinson Sanchez’s move to that position hasn’t worked out all that well.

Having Rose and Aurier on the opposite sides should provide us with a greater attacking threat from the full-back positions while Foyth’s natural position is central defence.

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Tottenham have to be wary of the threat possessed by Leicester. The Foxes have already done well against Chelsea this season, and it will be interesting to see how we fare at the King Power stadium.

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“Just drop him”, “Disgrace” – Some Tottenham fans lash out at key star after Olympiakos draw



Tottenham fans lash out at Christian Eriksen after poor performance against Olympiakos

Tottenham’s start in the Champions League didn’t go as planned as they threw away a two-goal lead against Olympiakos.

Spurs had more talented players compared to their opponents, but the home side showed a lot of spirit and heart as they clawed back from 2-0 down.

Things started brightly for us as we scored via Harry Kane and Lucas Moura. We didn’t play all that well but a team with our quality should have been able to keep the opposition at bay and close out the game.

Christian Eriksen

However, Daniel Podence got one back for the hosts before Mathieu Valbuena scored from the spot in the second half. The game opened up a bit in the final minutes as both teams tried to get the third goal, but we had to be content with a point from the first game.

There were several Tottenham players who struggled on the night but some fans picked on one player in particular.

Eriksen has a tough night in Greece

The Dane hasn’t been consistent this season, and it will be interesting to see how he responds at the weekend against Leicester City. Eriksen’s future is also in doubt as the midfielder is out of a contract at the end of the season, and he could leave on a free transfer next summer.

Many Tottenham fans were frustrated with the performance of the 27-year-old and lashed out at the Dane on Twitter.

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Spanish expert explains why Tottenham star didn’t join Real Madrid in the summer despite agreeing on terms



Guillem Balague explains why Christian Eriksen didn’t join Real Madrid in the summer

Guillem Balague highlighted Zinedine Zidane’s struggles at Real Madrid this season after the Frenchman took the job again. The legend left Real at the start of the previous campaign only to be reinstated after a run of poor results.

Real haven’t been all that great this season either and were beaten by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last night.

Tottenham also didn’t fare too well as we drew with Olympiakos on the night as several stars struggled.

Christian Eriksen was one of the stars who failed to do the job for Spurs, and Balague wrote in his BBC column that Madrid had agreed on terms with the Dane.

The Spanish expert suggested that the deal didn’t take place because Zidane wanted Paul Pogba, but the inability to sell other players also was an issue (h/t BBC):

“The club had agreed terms with Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen and Ajax’s Donny van de Beek, but Zidane stopped the moves because Pogba was the midfielder he wanted.

“The reality is that Zidane and the club were hoping to sell Isco, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, but no offers were forthcoming.”

The expert further added that Manchester United had no intention of selling Pogba in the summer, and Zidane is using the current players to prove they aren’t good enough.

Eriksen wasn’t the only player struggling last night

The Dane wasn’t the only Spurs star struggling in the previous game with our defence all over the place.

We were slightly fortunate not to concede a third goal and need to improve at the back.

Eriksen is a free agent at the end of the season, and it will be interesting to see what happens with him in the January window.

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Spurs could sell him in the winter window or lose him for nothing next summer.

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