Ajax opened their pre-match training session at Spurs’ stadium to the public, which seemed to reflect their confidence. Most clubs practise behind closed doors – apart from the 15-minute window they have to grant to the media – and around 100 Ajax supporters turned up to watch. “It’s become a tradition for us,” Ten Hag added. “It gives you a good vibe with your fans.” … [Read more...] about ‘To infinity and beyond’: Pochettino says he is living his dream with Tottenham
Tottenham u23 squad
“So, when I arrived at the stadium, Jose was waiting with a bag with a very nice bottle of French red wine and two kits of Real Madrid, shirts and shorts. He said, ‘OK, these are for your kids to wear from now on!’ … [Read more...] about Pochettino admits he couldn’t stop crying after Champions League final KO as he opens up for first time since Spurs axe
For a young player, having someone around you just to give some advice, just to be present when you need them, is really important. As a player of any age, you need to be able to reflect. So that support network is vital if you want that player to do well. If the player is relaxed off the pitch and feels good then he can perform on the pitch. … [Read more...] about Loans manager role explained: Dean Hammond on why it is so important
And after that there was Raheem Sterling’s 93rd-minute effort that VAR chalked off. Guardiola was gracious about that, acknowledging Sergio Agüero had been offside in the buildup, but it was a tight-run thing, a matter of a foot or so, and it was impossible for the mind not to go back to last season’s quarter-final when an erroneous offside call denied Leroy Sané a goal that would have reduced the deficit to 3-2. Had VAR existed then, that goal would have stood and who knows how Liverpool would have reacted in the second half? It was reasonable also to wonder just how different the Llorente situation was to the handball for which Yaya Touré was penalised in the buildup to what would have been a winner for Barcelona against José Mourinho’s Inter in 2010. … [Read more...] about Pep Guardiola will be seen as a Champions League failure. But is it fair?
“I’m still young but I do want to impose my own ability so when I play I don’t want just to copy those guys. But you try to learn from different players to improve every aspect of your game. What this squad did in the summer gives us the opportunity to build on something. That’s what I want to be a part of, even if I have a long way to go.” … [Read more...] about Joe Gomez: ‘Bobby Moore! I’m flattered but that’s a lot to live up to’
Rooney boosted by Sturridge’s failure to take opportunity Although there is a strong argument that Daniel Sturridge is England’s most talented striker, his peripheral performance must go down as the biggest disappointment for Hodgson. He has been deadly for Liverpool in recent weeks. Against Holland, however, Sturridge operated on the fringes of the contest, little he tried came off and it was not a surprise when he was replaced by Theo Walcott. The doubts over his fitness are going nowhere in the immediate future and he does not have much time to prove he deserves to be above Wayne Rooney in the pecking order. On this evidence, Vardy is the real threat to the England captain’s claims for a starting place. Vardy scored one and he might have added a second with a rasping drive after the break. … [Read more...] about Five things we learned from England’s defeat to Holland