Tottenham Hotspur

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 ...

How Tottenham striker Kane performed on his return from injury

The England captain scored but his team lost to Burnley. Harry Kane made a goalscoring comeback from injury against Burnley in the Premier League clash at Turf Moor. The Tottenham striker was named in the starting line-up following six weeks out with an ankle injury. Here, Press Association Sport assesses the England captain’s performance in Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat. Fitness Welcome back. #OneOfOurOwn pic.twitter.com/lil72QAM7s — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 23, 2019 With Kane a naturally fit man and apparently a quick healer, manager Mauricio Pochettino had no hesitation in putting his top scorer straight back in. The 23-year-old dusted himself down from a couple of hefty challenges and showed no ill effects from the ankle problem, lasting the full 90 minutes of a...

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 ...

Liverpool target Adrien Rabiot ‘sacks mother as his agent’

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot reportedly decides to sack his mother as his agent, with the Frenchman looking to secure a move to a big club in the summer. Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has reportedly decided to remove his mother from her position as his agent. Rabiot is highly likely to leave PSG with his contract due to expire in the summer, and the Frenchman has been able to hold discussions with other clubs since the start of 2019. Barcelona have been one of the teams linked with a move for the 23-year-old, but according to Sport, his mother’s failure to hold the necessary negotiations with the Catalan giants has led to Rabiot making a change. Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong has already agreed to link up with Barcelona ahead of next season, making it ...

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...

Ben Mee relishing the prospect of locking horns with fit-again Harry Kane

Burnley defender Ben Mee will relish the challenge of taking on Harry Kane again if the Tottenham striker is fit to return to action at Turf Moor on Saturday. Kane has been sidelined for seven weeks by an ankle injury but is back in training and could be in the squad for the lunchtime encounter. The England captain has failed to score in four of his last five games against Burnley but the one exception was on his most recent visit to Turf Moor last season when he netted a superb hat-trick. Mee has been preparing for a possible meeting with Kane by trying to stop in-form duo Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood, who have netted six goals between them in the last three games, in training. He said: “They’re tough boys to play against. What you see is what you get, especially with the physicality. Har...

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...

Tottenham Hotspur hold talks with Sampdoria’s Joachim Andersen?

Tottenham Hotspur hope to beat Juventus and Inter Milan to the signing of Sampdoria centre-back Joachim Andersen, according to a report. Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly started negotiations with Sampdoria over a summer deal for defender Joachim Andersen. The 22-year-old is believed to been targeted as a direct replacement for Toby Alderweireld, who rival clubs can purchase for a cut-price £25m this summer. Andersen is considered one of the hottest defensive talents in Italian football and is valued by Sampdoria at around £22m, reflecting his status as a regular in the heart of defence. Calciomercato reports that Tottenham have followed up their initial interest by reaching out to the Serie A side’s vice-president Antonio Romei and lawyer Paolo Busardo, both of whom were in London o...

Tottenham Hotspur to beat Arsenal to Suso signing?

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to reignite their interest in rumoured Arsenal target Suso, who has a £35m release clause inserted in his AC Milan contract. Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly looking to pip bitter rivals Arsenal to the signing of AC Milan attacker Suso. The 25-year-old has starred for Milan since joining from Liverpool in 2015, playing a direct part in 42 Serie A goals in the last two-and-a-half seasons. Suso has six goals and eight assists in all competitions this campaign and has been touted as a target for Arsenal, who are expected to bring in a few new players ahead of next season. According to The Mirror, however, North London rivals Spurs are also ready to reignite their interest in the four-cap Spain international. The report indicates that Tottenham’s in...

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...

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