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Mauricio Pochettino claims he is happy at Tottenham

Mauricio Pochetino has reiterated his stance that he is happy at Tottenham Hotspur despite continuous links to reigning European champions Real Madrid.

His side take on Juventus in the last-16 of the Champions League on Tuesday, in arguably the Argentine’s biggest game of his managerial career so far.

Reports appeared over the weekend that Spurs officials are confident that Pochettino will remain at the club beyond next summer, further proving the club’s supporters his future, for now, remains at Tottenham.

“I am so focused on Tottenham”

Pochettino has reaffirmed his commitment to Spurs by stating his is fully committed to the club.

Reports surfaced just recently claiming that he is set to remain at the club beyond next summer, leading Spurs out into their new stadium.

The former Southampton manager is understood to have already begun discussing summer plans for the club’s transfer activity.

The 45-year-old was facing the media ahead of tomorrow’s crunch match against Juve in the Champions League in Turin.

Pochettino said:

“I am in football after two, three years, I am conscious about the sport. I know very well the business.

I know very well how it’s working and of course I am so focused on Tottenham, trying to give our best, like always I said what is going to happen in the future, only I can tell you that we have three years more in our contract at Tottenham and I am happy here.

I am so excited to be here for nearly four years now, developing a very nice project and I think we have a very nice project ahead.”

Juventus vs Tottenham preview

For Juve, it has been a spell of utter dominance, winning all 11 of their last fixtures in Serie A, including a 2-0 victory at Fiorentina last time out.

Despite so many impressive displays, the Old Lady still find themselves sat second, behind leaders Napoli, in what has been quite an enthralling race for the title in Italy this season.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side reached this stage of the competition after finishing runners-up to Barcelona in Group D.

For Tottenham Hotspur, this game concludes what has been a tough run of fixtures; but also a period in which they have really flourished.

Taking seven points from their last three league games, coming up against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, they travel to Italy at just the right moment in time.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side made it to the last-16 of the competition having taken a joint-English record tally of 16 points to top a group containing both Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

Read 101 Great Goals’ full preview line-ups & football betting tips for Juventus vs Tottenham here.

 

Tottenham boost: Numerous key players left out of Juventus’ Champions League squad

Juventus have not named a number of key players in their Champions League squad to face Tottenham Hotspur at the Allianz Stadium on Tuesday in Turin.

Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado, Blaise Matuidi, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Andrea Barzagli are absent from the two-time competition winners’ squad.

Spurs face a few troubles of their own also, with Toby Alderweirled and Harry Winks both missing the trip to Turin.

Juventus’ squad

Key players out

Dybala, Cuadrado, Matuidi, Lichtsteiner and Barzagli deal the Old Lady a huge blow ahead of the visit of Tottenham in the Champions League.

These absentees leave Juve light in squad options, particularly in defence with no Lichtsteiner and Barzagli.

Dybala is no doubt a massive blow for Juventus, but such is the quality of their squad the other four are players not usually in the starting eleven.

Tottenham’s Toby troubles

Alderweirled was a notable absentee from Tottenham’s North London derby squad that beat Arsenal 1-0 on Saturday.

Having completed 90 minutes against Newport during the week, it seemed likely he would return against the Gunners.

The 29-year-old has been dealt yet another setback, being left at Hotspur Way to work on fitness, having met with manager Mauricio Pochettino and his assistant Jesus Perez after Liverpool.

Juventus vs Tottenham preview

For Juve, it has been a spell of utter dominance, winning all 11 of their last fixtures in Serie A, including a 2-0 victory at Fiorentina last time out.

Despite so many impressive displays, the Old Lady still find themselves sat second, behind leaders Napoli, in what has been quite an enthralling race for the title in Italy this season.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side reached this stage of the competition after finishing runners-up to Barcelona in Group D.

For Tottenham Hotspur, this game concludes what has been a tough run of fixtures; but also a period in which they have really flourished.

Taking seven points from their last three league games, coming up against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, they travel to Italy at just the right moment in time.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side made it to the last-16 of the competition having taken a joint-English record tally of 16 points to top a group containing both Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

Read 101 Great Goals’ full preview line-ups & football betting tips for Juventus vs Tottenham here.

 

Major blow for Tottenham, this top class star won't play against Juventus tomorrow

Major blow for Tottenham, this top class star won’t play against Juventus tomorrow – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld is all set to miss his side’s Champions League clash against Juventus tomorrow.

According to Telegraph, the Belgian defender is not a part of the squad travelling to Turin. Apparently, the player has been left in England so that he can work on his fitness.

Alderweireld has recovered from his hamstring injury and he made his comeback in the FA Cup last week. However, Pochettino decided to leave him out of the side for the North London derby as well.

It will be interesting to see how the player reacts to these omissions. Previously, Kyle Walker was also left out of some big games and the England international forced his way out of the club because of that.

Alderweireld has not agreed to a new deal at Spurs yet. If the Belgian does not sign an extension soon, Spurs might have to consider selling him at the end of this season.

The report from Telegraph adds that the player’s agent has refused to comment on the situation.

Alderweireld’s absence will be a big blow for Spurs in a crucial game. The Belgian is their best defender and he could have made a big difference against the likes of Dybala and Higuain.

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Tottenham player reveals transfer desire, says he would love to play for this club

Tottenham player reveals transfer desire, says he would love to play for this club – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham forward Fernando Llorente has revealed that he misses playing for Juventus and that he would love to return to Turin.

The Spaniard has struggled to hold down a first team place at Spurs and he was linked with a move to Chelsea in January. However, the Blues opted to sign Olivier Giroud instead.

Meanwhile, Llorente’s comments will certainly fuel speculations surrounding his future at the London club now.

The former Juventus striker said that the Bianconeri are a big family and he misses the atmosphere at the Italian club. Llorente also revealed how emotional he was when he had to leave the club.

He said: “Juve is a difficult place to leave. I left the Vinovo training ground crying. It’s also true what David Trezeguet said: ‘It’s only when you leave Juventus that you realise what you had’. I miss it like crazy and would love to return. It’s a special club because, despite being an enormous club, it’s like a family inside. There is a fine image of Juventus here and I raise it even more: I always speak very highly of the Bianconeri and give them a good rep.”

Considering the fact that Llorente has failed to make a positive impact at Spurs, his departure is unlikely to make any difference to Pochettino’s side. The Londoners could use a younger and more mobile back up forward anyway.

It will be interesting to see whether the Spaniard decides to move on in the summer. Juventus already have Dybala and Higuain at their disposal and therefore a return to Turin seems unlikely at this stage.

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What about Liverpool & Tottenham? Garth Crooks on Sergio Aguero

BBC team of the week

Every Monday on the BBC website, Garth Crooks names his Premier League team of the week.

Crooks is one of the characters who seems to attract hate like a magnet.

The BBC pundit often doesn’t help himself with his outlandish and sometimes cartoonish comments.

This Monday Crooks has wound up fans of Liverpool and Tottenham with his love-in for Sergio Aguero.

Man City 5 – Leicester 1

As if it was ever in doubt, gameweek 27 was the weekend that Man City won the Premier League title.

Leicester were beaten 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

Raheem Sterling scored after three minutes, before Sergio Aguero chipped in with a four-goal haul against the Foxes.

On Sunday, Newcastle then beat Man United 1-0 to leave Jose Mourinho’s men 16 points behind the Sky Blues.

Sergio Aguero should be ‘Footballer of the Year’

According to Crooks, Aguero should be crowned the Premier League’s Footballer of the Year.

Really? Has Aguero even been that good for City this season?

Had Gabriel Jesus have stayed fit, would Aguero even be in the Man City team?

Crooks nevertheless felt compelled to write the following:

If this man does not win Footballer of the Year then there is something very wrong with the way we reward our best players.

Granted we have De Bruyne to consider, and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, and of course Kane will feature in the final line-up. But none of the aforementioned have been as consistent over the past five years as Sergio Aguero.

BBC team of the week

BBC team of the week

Liverpool & Tottenham backlash

Really Garth Crooks?!

Most believe that Kevin De Bruyne is the frontrunner for the Footballer of the Year award this season.

If he doesn’t win it, Liverpool’s Salah is surely an alternative for the top prize.

While Tottenham striker Harry Kane also has a great claim to the award as he looks to finish the season as the EPL’s top scorer.

Also see: Sergio Aguero vs Mohamed Salah vs Harry Kane betting tips: Premier League top goalscorer odds.

Sorry Arsenal: Liverpool & Tottenham backed by MOTD.

Sorry Arsenal: Liverpool & Tottenham backed by MOTD

Who will finish in the top four?

Gameweek 27 of the Premier League seems to have been decisive.

Newcastle’s win over Manchester United means that Manchester City will surely win the title.

Few may have doubted United’s ability to overtake City even before the Newcastle game. But Matt Ritchie’s winner seems to have convinced everyone that Pep Guardiola will lift the trophy this season.

But the race for the top four is heating up.

While Chelsea take on West Brom on Monday night, Liverpool beat Southampton and Arsenal lost to Tottenham.

Goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah earned Liverpool maximum points at Southampton.

Harry Kane’s brilliant header gave Tottenham local bragging rights against the Gunners.

Sorry Arsenal: Liverpool & Tottenham backed by MOTD

When the subject of which clubs will finish in the top four on Match of the Day, Arsenal got no love.

According to Alan Shearer, the Gunners are now out of the running for a Champions League berth in the league.

That leaves two spots for three teams.

While Man United are still tipped to finish second, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham are fighting over two UCL sports.

Phil Neville seemed to suggest that Chelsea could fall out the top four.

Why? Because Antonio Conte’s side are in indifferent form, and they cannot be relied upon.

While over at Liverpool and Tottenham, they have rather settled starting XIs, while they’ve played some incredibly football, especially going forward, this season.

Also see: Bad news for Toby Alderweireld & Tottenham before Juventus.

Juventus vs Tottenham predictions: Champions League preview, line-ups & football betting tips.

Juve’s incredible defensive stats should worry Tottenham

Juventus vs Tottenham

On Tuesday night in Turin, the Champions League roars back into life.

Tottenham, who topped their group ahead of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, have been draw against Juventus in the last-16.

Both Juventus and Tottenham warmed up for the match with wins over the weekend.

Juve were in action on Friday night, as they beat Fiorentina 2-0 away from home.

In an impressive result from the Bianconeri, goals from Federico Bernardeschi and Gonzalo Higuain sealed the win.

As for Tottenham, they beat Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley in the north London derby.

Harry Kane was again the Spurs hero as the striker leapt like a salmon to head home his 23rd Premier League goal of the season.

Juve’s incredible defensive stats

But will Kane be so successful against Juve?

Arguably the Spurs centre-forward is coming up the tightest and best defence in world football right now.

Not only are Juve winning matches week after week, opponents simply cannot score against them right now.

Indeed, Max Allegri’s side haven’t conceded a goal in their last seven matches.

Moreover, Juve have only conceded one goal in sixteen matches. SIXTEEN!

Hellas Verona are the only team to have breached their defences, and they still lost 3-1.

It’s worth noting that in Juve’s first 18 matches of the season, they let in 22 goals.

Overall, Juve are conceding less than two shots on target per game.

Juventus injury problem vs Spurs

One of the players whom Juventus have been missing in recent weeks is Argentine forward Paulo Dybala. Dybala suffered a thigh strain in a match against Cagliari before the new year.

Dybala has been sidelined for over a month, but there’s an outside chance the South American star returns for the Spurs game.

Blaise Matuidi is out of contention. So is former Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado, who is out for six weeks.

Related: Arsenal fans fume over major decision vs Tottenham.

Everyone saw what Erik Lamela called Jack Wilshere after Tottenham beat Arsenal.

Liverpool eyeing summer move for £100 million forward, Chelsea and Tottenham also in the running

Liverpool eyeing summer move for £100 million forward, Chelsea and Tottenham also in the running – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Liverpool have joined the race to sign Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey.

Leverkusen have slapped a £100 million price tag on the 20-year-old who is being monitored by numerous Premier League clubs.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have all regularly watched Bailey, but Liverpool are eager to add the Jamaican to their squad.

The Reds have been strongly linked with Monaco star Thomas Lemar, but manager Jurgen Klopp believes the forward will head elsewhere at the end of the season.

Bailey made his Belgian Pro League debut for Genk in August 2015 in a 3–1 away defeat against Sint-Truiden.

He joined Leverkusen in the 2016/2017 winter transfer window for a fee of €20 million, after interest from United and Chelsea.

Bailey has scored 10 goals in 22 appearances for Leverkusen this season, but he has already made it clear he wants to play in the Premier League.

“Of course I have a dream club, but I will not tell,” Bailey has said previously.

“Basically, England was and still is my dream. And if I keep working hard, I’m sure it will work someday.

“The change to Bayer was just the right step for my development.”

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Man Utd legend admits he would rather play for Tottenham than Arsenal

Former Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand has admitted that he would rather play for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspurs than Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal.

The two fierce rivals clashed at Wembley with Spurs edging the match 1-0 after Harry Kane’s glorious header gave the home team the lead.

Ahead of the match there was a lot of talk about which London side is the better team at the moment and whether Pochettino’s men have started to turn the tide.

The media’s hype is similar to the claims that Manchester City have overtaken United as the better team in Manchester, especially after Sir Alex Ferguson dubbed them the noisy neighbours.

Ferdinand’s comments came ahead of the match between the two London clubs but it seems his opinion was vindicated but Red Devils’ fans will be glad their former player isn’t still playing.

According to Metro, Rio said to BT Sport: “If I’m a player now, and I sit there and base it purely on potential on where I’m going to be more successful in the coming years, I sway towards Spurs.

“Based on the potential in the squad and the balance of the squad. I don’t think the balance in Arsenal’s squad is there.”

After leaving Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand did in fact head back to a London club but it was QPR that he joined rather than Tottenham.

The former England international always admitted his heart was always in the nation’s capital despite all the love he had for Manchester.

Ferdinand also had a history of playing for West Ham and United’s arch-rivals Leeds whom Sir Alex Ferguson bought him from.

Rio in his prime would’ve certainly been a key player for Tottenham but he would’ve faced some stiff competition from the likes of Davison Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.

Either way, Red Devils’ supporters will just be happy to have enjoyed the Englishman at their club after his trophy laden years.

Arsenal fans fume over major decision vs Tottenham

Supporters of Arsenal have taken to social media in their droves during the first-half of their North London derby clash with Tottenham this afternoon, after a controversial offside call saw the Gunners denied a clear-cut goalscoring opportunity.

Matchup

The Gunners travelled to Wembley today on the back of a morale-boosting 5-1 victory over Everton last weekend, with January signings Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both impressing in their first starts for the club.

Tottenham, meanwhile, dispatched of Newport County by 2 goals to nil in the FA Cup 4th round during the week, with their last Premier League outing having seen Mauricio Pochettino’s men twice fight back from behind to secure a remarkable point at Anfield versus Liverpool.

Team news

The starting XIs of both sides were announced an hour prior to kick-off, with Spurs’ January signing Lucas Moura having to make do with a place on the bench for the hosts:

Arsenal, meanwhile, were forced into a late reshuffle, following news that Aaron Ramsey was set to miss out this afternoon through injury:

As a result, Mohamed Elneny and Jack Wilshere both came into the Gunners’ midfield, with Arsene Wenger clearly of the opinion that the battle for supremacy in the middle of the park would prove crucial this afternoon:

First-half

The early goings of today’s crunch derby saw Tottenham control the majority of the possession, with Arsenal looking dangerous on the break on a couple of occasions.

Chances of note were few and far between over the opening half-hour, aside from a Harry Kane header nodded disappointingly over the bar by the Englishman.

However, there was a major question of what could have been for Arsenal with just 11 minutes on the clock, as Jack Wilshere’s gorgeous slide-rule pass sent Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang clean through on the home side’s goal.

The Gabonese hitman looked to have timed his run perfectly, only for the linesman to raise his flag for offside.

Immediate replays showcased the fact that Aubameyang was in fact onside, though, with Jan Vertonghen having been stood ever so slightly behind the rest of Tottenham’s defensive line.

Reaction

Arsenal’s fans quickly took to Twitter to make their frustration at the decision known, with some of the best roundup below:

Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the main difference between Wenger & Mourinho

Alexis Sanchez details why he left Arsenal for Man United