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Mauricio Pochettino tells Tottenham to toughen up for trip to Brighton

Guardian - fre, 21/09/2018 - 23:29

• Three defeats leave manager concerned about lack of desire
• Post-World Cup tiredness no excuse for slump, Pochettino says

Mauricio Pochettino has demanded that his Tottenham players run harder and mark tougher at Brighton on Saturday as he expressed frustration at the complacency and softness that have underpinned their run of three successive defeats – the worst of his tenure.

Pochettino detected the attitude after the 3-0 win at Manchester United – a game in which he felt the scoreline flattered his team – and they have since lost to Watford, Liverpool and Internazionale.

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Pochettino, respect, and the ‘never kicked a ball in your life’ theory | Barney Ronay

Guardian - fre, 21/09/2018 - 18:00

The Tottenham manager betrayed English football’s disdain for the views of those who did not play the sport but when those dry up it will be time to start worrying

Deep down, behind the club loyalties, beneath the professional distance, everyone loves Mauricio Pochettino. You can deny it. But search your feelings, you know it to be true. There is just something very likable about Pochettino: the barking laugh, the pouchy dimples, the way he strides around the touchline looking like the world’s most handsome oil rigger.

Plus of course there is his success as a coach, which has come in the most interesting way, as a developer of players, the author of a style of play. Pochettino has been 100% successful in getting Spurs into the Champions League on a restricted budget over the last three years, which has always been the only realistic goal no matter how many times people keep telling him he has to win the League Cup.

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Brighton & Hove Albion v Tottenham: match preview

Guardian - fre, 21/09/2018 - 16:48

Chris Hughton fears a backlash after Spurs’ three consecutive defeats but will also fancy his side’s prospects of piling on the misery. The key may be to avoid giving Tottenham a head start: Brighton have drawn 2-2 in their past two matches – against Fulham and Southampton – coming back valiantly on both occasions but a match that necessitates a repeat of Glenn Murray’s last-gasp penalty at St Mary’s on Monday would stretch nerves to the limit. Nick Ames

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Brighton v Tottenham preview

Sky Sports - fre, 21/09/2018 - 11:10
Tottenham will seek to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat when they travel to Brighton in Saturday's late Premier League kick-off (5.30pm).

Merson's predictions

Sky Sports - fre, 21/09/2018 - 08:00
Paul Merson is back with his latest round of Premier League predictions...

Premier League questions

Sky Sports - fre, 21/09/2018 - 08:00
What questions could be answered by the time the final whistles go in the latest round of Premier League matches?

'Stress may have led to Lloris injury'

Sky Sports - fre, 21/09/2018 - 00:10
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes the stress caused by Hugo Lloris' drink-driving charge may have contributed to the thigh injury that has ruled his first-choice goalkeeper out of their last three matches.

Strain of Hugo Lloris’s arrest ‘maybe created injury’ says Pochettino

Guardian - tor, 20/09/2018 - 23:55
• Spurs keeper ‘was under stress’ in Manchester United game
• Lloris targets return at Huddersfield on Saturday week

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that the “massive strain” of Hugo Lloris’s drink-driving arrest was a factor behind the thigh injury he sustained at Manchester United on 27 August and which has since kept him out of action.

Lloris, who will miss Tottenham’s Premier League trip to Brighton on Saturday as he targets a return at Huddersfield on Saturday week, was stopped at the wheel in the small hours of 24 August.

Related: Tottenham need forward momentum to make passing from the back work | Barney Ronay

Related: Mauricio Pochettino accuses reporters of disrespect after Inter’s late show

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'Calm' Poch won't blame transfers

Sky Sports - tor, 20/09/2018 - 15:10
Mauricio Pochettino insists he is "so relaxed" as Tottenham manager and refused to blame their form on a lack of investment in the summer.

Alli faces late fitness test

Sky Sports - tor, 20/09/2018 - 13:07
Mauricio Pochettino will wait until Friday to make a decision on whether Dele Alli is fit enough to play against Brighton on Saturday.

Premier League build-up recap

Sky Sports - tor, 20/09/2018 - 10:56

Does Europe affect PL form?

Sky Sports - tor, 20/09/2018 - 10:00
Does European action take its toll on Premier League results?

Spurs refute 2019 stadium delay claims

Sky Sports - ons, 19/09/2018 - 19:40
Tottenham have dismissed reports claiming their new stadium will not be ready before the end of the year.

Tottenham need forward momentum to make passing from the back work | Barney Ronay

Guardian - ons, 19/09/2018 - 16:31
Mauricio Pochettino needs to remember the key purpose of the Fannying About Theory – to hurt opponents further up the pitch

There was an unusual moment in the first half at San Siro on Tuesday night. With the score 0-0, the sky still deep blue above the stand, the game still to take its decisive shape, Mousa Dembélé burst the ball. Radja Nainggolan will claim an assist on this. Both men went into a slide tackle with full force. As they made contact simultaneously there was a deep booming noise, like the sound of a major world war two ammunition dump exploding 50 miles away.

For what it’s worth Dembélé just about won the ball, albeit at the expense of the ball’s good health. Nainggolan punted it off the pitch with a look of distaste. The game rushed on. And looking back on Tottenham’s oddly mannered defeat it seemed like a reminder of this team’s best qualities of the past two seasons.

Related: Tottenham’s Érik Lamela: we need to be ruthless and ease burden on Harry Kane

Related: Mauricio Pochettino accuses reporters of disrespect after Inter’s late show

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Brighton 1-2 Tottenham recap

Sky Sports - ons, 19/09/2018 - 13:31

Lamela: Kane is not a machine

Sky Sports - ons, 19/09/2018 - 13:30
Harry Kane is not a "machine" and it is only a matter of time before he is back among the goals, according to Tottenham team-mate Erik Lamela.

Tottenham’s Érik Lamela: we need to be ruthless and ease burden on Harry Kane

Guardian - ons, 19/09/2018 - 13:10
• Lamela says teammates must ease pressure on leading striker
• Argentinian calls for ruthlessness after 2-1 defeat at Inter

Érik Lamela has called for Tottenham to show greater ruthlessness in front of goal and he maintains that the burden ought not to fall solely on Harry Kane.

Lamela had three presentable chances when Spurs were 1-0 up against Internazionale in the Champions League on Tuesday night only to fail to take them. Kane had earlier missed another opportunity when well placed at 0-0 and the profligacy would return to haunt them as Inter scored two late goals to snatch a 2-1 win.

Related: Tottenham fail to heed clear evidence Harry Kane needs a rest | Barney Ronay

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'Don't disrespect my players': Pochettino angry at media after Spurs defeat – video

Guardian - ons, 19/09/2018 - 11:21

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has hit back at questions over his squad selection after they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Internazionale, despite leading until the 86th minute. Christian Eriksen put Spurs ahead in the second half before Mauro Icardi’s volley and a Matias Vecino header gave Inter the points.

Pochettino was particularly irked at being asked why Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier were left out, interpreting it as disrespectful to those players who were chosen for the trip to Italy. The Argentinian added he was pleased with his team’s performance, but admitted they are suffering having lost three in a row

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'Difficult moment for Poch'

Sky Sports - ons, 19/09/2018 - 00:11
Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham are going through a "difficult moment" and lack of investment in the summer may come back to hurt them, say The Debate panel.
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