Mauricio Pochettino

Pochettino blames disappointment of defeat for heated referee exchange

Mauricio Pochettino blamed the disappointment of a massive blow to Tottenham’s Premier League title chances for his post-match outburst at referee Mike Dean. As the Spurs boss walked across the Turf Moor pitch following the 2-1 defeat by Burnley, Pochettino became engaged in a lengthy and heated exchange with Dean, who remained calm. Pochettino’s Spanish assistant Jesus Perez jabbed his finger towards the face of Dean while the Argentinian was eventually led away by Burnley defender Phil Bardsley. Pochettino did not reveal what was said or the reason for the strength of his feelings, with the only really contentious decision appearing to be the award of a corner that led to Chris Wood’s opening goal. “We need to find someone to blame, it is myself and us because we ...

Result: In-form Burnley derail Tottenham Hotspur’s title hopes at Turf Moor

In-form Burnley deal a damaging blow to Tottenham Hotspur’s title hopes with a 2-1 victory over Mauricio Pochettino’s side at Turf Moor. Tottenham Hotspur‘s title hopes have taken a major blow this afternoon as Mauricio Pochettino‘s side fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Burnley at Turf Moor. Spurs had the chance to close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool to just two points for 24 hours at least, but goals from Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes – either side of an equaliser from the fit-again Harry Kane – saw the title hopefuls fall to a damaging defeat. Tottenham remain five points adrift of the leading pair as a result, and that gap could grow to either when Liverpool take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. Burnley, meanwhile, remain ...

Mauricio Pochettino: Burnley match is a final for Tottenham

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has billed Saturday’s clash with Burnley as a “final” in what could be a decisive week in the Premier League title race. Spurs could have been playing in an actual final this weekend had they beaten Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final, but instead their lunchtime fixture at Turf Moor allows them to ramp up the pressure at the top of the table. With leaders Manchester City taking on Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea side at Wembley, and therefore not in league action, and second-placed Liverpool heading to Manchester United on Sunday afternoon, Spurs could cut the gap on those two to just two points. “We need to assess them in one more training session, but they are doing well.” ⏱️ 🗣️ Mauricio provides an update on @HKane an...

Mauricio Pochettino planning warm-weather training camp

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes to take his side abroad during a three-week break between matches in March. Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he is planning to take his Tottenham Hotspur players abroad for some warm-weather training ahead of the end-of-season run-in. The Lilywhites are scheduled to have three weeks off next month as Crystal Palace remain in FA Cup contention, meaning that their Premier League fixture on March 17 has to be rearranged. There is then a two-week international break, so Tottenham do not play between their trips to Southampton on March 9 and Liverpool on March 31. Having previously taken his side to Barcelona towards the business end of the campaign, Pochettino wants to do something similar this year. “Yes, we’re trying to fin...

Tottenham Hotspur ‘join rivals in Franck Kessie race’

Tottenham Hotspur join Chelsea and Arsenal in the race for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, according to a report. Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly joined the race for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie. Kessie, 22, has featured in 21 of his team’s 23 Serie A matches during the 2018-19 campaign, scoring three times and contributing two assists. Arsenal and Chelsea have both been credited with an interest in the central midfielder amid suggestions that Milan could be forced into a sale due to Financial Fair Play rules. However, according to Sportmediaset, Tottenham are also in the race for the Ivory Coast international, with head coach Mauricio Pochettino an admirer of the midfielder’s talents. Kessie, who has a contract with Milan until the end of the 2020-21 campaign, has sc...

Report: Manchester United line up £70m bid for Jadon Sancho

A report claims that Borussia Dortmund youngster Jadon Sancho, formerly on Manchester City’s books, is a £70m target for Manchester United. Manchester United reportedly want to make Jadon Sancho their marquee summer signing by spending £70m to bring the Borussia Dortmund youngster back to England. Sancho has lit up the Bundesliga during his spell with BVB, scoring eight goals and setting up 13 more in 33 top-flight appearances since joining from Manchester City in 2017. The 18-year-old has earned praise from a number of opposition managers, most recently Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino, and he is believed to be on the radar of numerous European clubs. According to The Sun, however, a return back to the Premier League could be a possibility as Man United want to sign the...

Tottenham Hotspur team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Burnley

Sports Mole rounds up the latest injury and suspension news ahead of title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League showdown against Burnley. Tottenham Hotspur could temporarily move to within two points of the top of the Premier League table when they take on Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday, February 23. Mauricio Pochettino‘s side refuse to fall away as title outsiders and will go into the match off the back of four straight wins – both in the Premier League and across all competitions. Champions League progress is very much in their hands after a 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their last-16 tie at Wembley, and Spurs will have a full 10 days of rest before their trip to Turf Moor. Such a gap is expected to allow some key players the chance to retur...

Tottenham ‘heroes’ have earned a few days off, says Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino will reward Tottenham’s players with some time off after they put one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals. Spurs produced a superb second-half display at Wembley on Wednesday evening to build a commanding 3-0 lead ahead of their last-16 second leg with Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund. The north London club, who travel to Germany for the return match early next month, do not have a fixture until February 23 having been knocked out of the FA Cup. Manager Pochettino intends to use the break to go abroad, while his squad will also be given time away from football after he described them as “heroes”. “The players deserve all the credit because they were fantastic. They win the possibility to have a few days off,” he said. “I cannot tell you (my plans) but I am g...

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: My players are heroes

Mauricio Pochettino hailed Tottenham’s “heroes” after his side blew away Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. Spurs will travel to Germany next month with a commanding 3-0 advantage following second-half strikes from Son Heung-min, Jan Vertonghen and substitute Fernando Llorente at Wembley. The emphatic victory came with the team once again missing key England duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli due to injury, while Vertonghen was deployed out of position at left wing-back because of the absences of Danny Rose and Ben Davies. What a night! #COYS #UCL pic.twitter.com/CAMFYGNF1g — Jan Vertonghen (@JanVertonghen) February 13, 2019 Although manager Pochettino was delighted with the performance of his players, he also warned that they are not yet assured a place in...

Inter Milan ‘interested in Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko’

Inter Milan reportedly identify Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko as a possible transfer target at the end of the season. Inter Milan have reportedly identified Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko as a possible transfer target this summer. Sissoko has worked his way back into Mauricio Pochettino‘s plans in North London this season, making 20 Premier League appearances for title-chasing Spurs. However, despite his improved performances Tottenham are still considering offloading him at the end of the campaign, with the Frenchman due to turn 30 in August. Calciomercato reports that Inter are hopeful of snapping Sissoko up in a cut-price deal and plan to team him up with Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella, who has also been linked with a move to the San Siro. Tottenham wou...

Ivan Perisic ‘prefers Tottenham Hotspur to Arsenal’

Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic reportedly has his heart set on a move to North London and would prefer to join Tottenham Hotspur over Arsenal. Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic would rather join Tottenham Hotspur than Arsenal if given the choice, according to a report. The Croatia international has been linked with an array of Premier League sides over the past 18 months and came close to joining Manchester United last summer. United stepped forward with an offer for Perisic but were unable to strike a deal with Inter, though that interest has since faded following the exit of Jose Mourinho. Arsenal are believed to have made an offer last month, but they lacked the funds to buy the 30-year-old outright and have had to delay a move until the summer when money will become available to manage...

Tottenham hoping to keep Sancho out of the headlines

Tottenham will be hoping Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho is not in the mood to be making any more headlines when the two clubs meet in the Champions League last 16. England international Sancho was in the news as he delayed Dortmund’s departure to London on Tuesday after forgetting his passport. But his sizzling form for the Bundesliga leaders has also seen him grab the column inches, scoring eight goals and producing 11 assists in all competitions. Mauricio Pochettino is wary of young England star Jadon Sancho (John Walton/PA) He will be one of Dortmund’s main threats against Spurs in the first leg at Wembley, particularly as the Premier League club look set to play Jan Vertonghen at left-back. Sancho’s story has been well publicised this year following the decision to turn his back on M...

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