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Tottenham have been one of the Premier league outfits currently in Asia as part of their pre-season preparations. They have been involved in a number of friendlies against South Asian teams. They recently managed a 6-0 demolition of South China. After the match, striker Jermain Defoe said that it was a good outing for the team because it helps them gain a lot of confidence when it comes to attacking ahead of the start of the Premier league season. Defoe is one of the main strikers in the Tottenham squad. Even the anticipated arrival of Roberto Soldado is unlikely to change his importance within the team.
His form has been one of the main reasons for Tottenham finishing in the top five positions over the last few seasons. He has been able to consistently dislodged Emmanuel Adebayor from the starting line-up. The England international scored a hat-trick in the match against South China. He scored 11 goals from 34 league matches last season. Thus, he became only the second best player within the Tottenham squad after Gareth Bale. Defoe has said that he has seen on several occasions that a good goalscoring form in the pre-season is often carried into the season itself.
Hence, he is confident that the club will be able to make a good start.
“In my experience, over the years, when you’re scoring goals they just keep coming, and when you’ve had a good pre-season, you’re scoring goals that lead you into the start of the season. I want to get off to a good start and it’s important in pre-season games that not only me but all the lads feel fit and sharp. It’s important to have that confidence going into the games, you believe that you’re going to score and when you’ve got that belief, good things happen,” said Defoe.
The manager of Tottenham Hotspur, Andre Villas-Boas, has assured the fans that his team can still qualify for the Champions League.
Tottenham slipped to the 5th position in the Premier League points table after playing a draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday. Now, they have to play only a couple of games and they need to play remarkably well in those games to displace Arsenal from that 4th position. The Gunners are currently one point ahead of Tottenham.
In the match against Chelsea, Tottenham got trailed twice, but, on both the occasions, they managed to equalize.
The goal scorers for Tottenham in that match were Emmanuel Adebayor and Gylfi Sigurdsson, while, for the Blues, the two players who found the net were Oscar and Ramires.
Talking to the reporters after the match against Chelsea, Villas-Boas said, “We had gone into this match with the target of getting three points, but, unfortunately, we couldn’t get that. But, this is not the end of the competition. There are two more games to go and we can still bounce back.”
“Nothing can be predicted in this competition. In the final few games, dramatic things can happen. We still have a very good chance to make it to the Champions League. All we need to do is to keep believing in ourselves.”
“We haven’t played badly in the league so far. The boys have shown great intensity in every match and I am proud of the team. I don’t think we have let the supporters down in too many matches.”
“The last two games are against Stoke City and Sunderland and we can’t afford to lose points in those matches. We will have to get 6 points at any cost.”
The Spurs will take on Stoke City on 12th of May at Britannia Stadium.
Tottenham are looking to seal their third top four finish in four seasons, as they compete with the likes of Chelsea, Everton, and Arsenal. The manager Andre Villas-Boas has managed steady the ship after an indifferent start to his managerial reign at White Hart Lane. The club are just one point behind the European champions Chelsea in the table, while they hold a comfortable four point advantage over archrivals Arsenal. Despite this, Arsenal had been considered as the favourites to finish in the top four by the end of the season. Villas-Boas has said that it is extremely crucial that the Tottenham players regard each and every point to be important.
Tottenham will be taking on Newcastle during the weekend. They will have the opportunity to go into the third position with a victory over Alan Pardew’s men. There are 14 games left in the Premier league season. Tottenham were in a similar position last season as well, but an incredible collapse in the final few months of the campaign meant that they could only finish in the fourth position. This ultimately led to the losing the opportunity to play the Champions League as Chelsea managed to win this competition leaving only one berth available for English clubs.
“Ideally, this is a game where we can continue our objectives. A win moves us into third place and we can then wait for the results. That’s our focus for the weekend. Now, every game is important. There are lots of games still to be played, but every single point can make a difference,” said Villas-Boas. His former club Chelsea, meanwhile, will be hosting Wigan on Saturday. The form of the European champions has been extremely well over the last couple of weeks. Any dropped points from this encounter is likely to result in Tottenham leapfrogging them.
The Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton has it that he is extremely happy to have taken his chance in the Tottenham first-team. His future was in doubt during the start of the season due to the presence of several high quality players at the club. The change of the management that happened within arrival of Andre Villas-Boas has helped the youngster play on a regular basis in the first half of the season. The 24-year-old has already made 15 appearances for the club in the first half. The injury to the Cameroon international Benoit Assou-Ekotto has also benefited the youngster hugely.
He has said that he is extremely happy to be representing of the stature of Tottenham on a regular basis. Tottenham have made a great start to the season under Andre Villas-Boas. They are currently in the third position ahead of the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal. They are one of the favourites to finish in the fourth position. Naughton has said that he is happy to be part of this incredibly successful team. The club will be playing against QPR during the weekend. They recently progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup after the 3-0 win over Coventry City at White Hart Lane.
“I have had to be patient here at Spurs. It’s taken a few years to get a run in the side, but the gaffer seems to like the way I play, he’s giving me a chance and it’s up to me now to take it. I’ve been pleased with my performances but the main thing for me is that the team got the points over the busy festive period,” said the 24-year-old. Tottenham have a number of players capable of playing in the left back and right back positions, which makes the performances of Naughton even more impressive.
The Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has suggested that the former midfielder Luka Modric should be staying out of the transfer interest surrounding the star midfielder Gareth Bale. Luka Modric recently completed his £ 35 million move from Tottenham to Real Madrid. He has recently suggested that the Welshman Gareth Bale, who is regarded as one of the best young wingers in the world, should join him at the Spanish club. There has already been a lot of speculation surrounding the 22-year-old and the Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas recently admitted that he does not know how long the club can keep hold of him.
However, he is extremely angered by the Croatian midfielder asking the Welshman to come to Santiago Bernabeu. He has said that instead of focusing on the future of Gareth Bale, Modric should be focusing on his own Real Madrid career. At the Spanish club, Modric has been unable to get regular first-team spot due to the performances of players like Mesut Ozil and Angel di Maria. The Real Madrid manager José Mourinho suggested that the 26-year-old is still in the process of settling in at the club and he expects him to be a major player in the coming seasons.
Mourinho has also said that he is extremely happy with his performance so far. Bale has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Barcelona. “It’s extremely difficult, if not impossible. Obviously Modric is aware of Gareth’s performances because of his love for Tottenham and the fact that he is very connected with him and this football club. But it’s completely impossible. I think Modric now has to think about his own team,” said Andre Villas-Boas, who has been able to get back-to-back victories against West Ham and Liverpool. This has raised the team to the fourth position in the league.
The new Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has told Tottenham FC News that he will be holding showdown talks with the manager Andre Villas-Boas over his position at the club.
The former Lyon goalkeeper was signed on the transfer deadline day for around £ 12 million, thus making him one of the most expensive goalkeepers in the Premier league. However, the manager Andre Villas-Boas said after the match against Norwich that he will retain Brad Friedel as his number one goalkeeper for the time being. The 41-year-old Brad Friedel may be an excellent goalkeeper, but he is coming to the end of his career.
As a result, the club decided to bring in the 26-year-old Hugo Lloris as his replacement, while they have also other first choice goalkeepers like Gomes and Carlo Cudicini. The French international has said that he was expected to be part of the starting line-up given his transfer fee and his stature within the game. However, he has expressed his surprise that he will not be the first choice goalkeeper at the club. He has also said that it will seriously affect his stature within the international team. Hugo Lloris is the first choice goalkeeper for the French national team.
“Obviously it’s never nice but we’ll see when we return on Wednesday. When I join up with the national team I concentrate uniquely and we’ll see about my personal situation when I go back,” said the goalkeeper in response to his future at the new club Tottenham. Meanwhile, the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has also come out in support of his fellow countryman by saying that he expects Lloris to be the first choice goalkeeper because Brad Friedel does not have many more years left in him. The American International has not missed a Premier league match since 2004.
Roberto Soldado has said that the English Club, Tottenham Hotspur, wanted to sign him and the authorities of the club had tried to contact his agent a few days ago. But, he rejected the offer of the English club and decided to continue playing for his club Valencia. Soldado said that he doesn’t want to leave Valencia at the moment and he would like to finish his contract with the Spanish club. Soldado’s contract with Valencia is going to finish in 2017 which means that the Spanish striker is not in a mood to leave Valencia in the near future.
Soldado joined Valencia in 2010. He made his debut for Valencia against Bursaspor and in his very first match for the club, he scored a goal. In his very first season for Valencia, Soldado produced a number of match winning performances. Soldado’s brilliant performances helped Valencia to qualify for the Champions League. Soldado continued to shine for Valencia in the last season as well. He scored a total of 25 goals in the last season. Due to his consistent performances, his contract was extended by the club for the next 5 years in June 2012. Soldado’s performance in the last two seasons has been phenomenal. So, it is not surprising that he was approached by one of the top English Clubs, Tottenham Hotspur.
The performance of Valencia was quite good in the last season. The team finished at no. 3 in the Spanish La Liga and Soldado played a big role in that. Valencia would have massive hopes with Soldado in the upcoming season as well. On being asked about his plans in the upcoming season, Soldado said that he wants to see Valencia winning the La Liga in this season. The Valencia players are determined to do that. As per Soldado, he is desperately waiting for the La Liga to start.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has said that the race for the top four is still wide open after his team defeated relegation threatened opponents Blackburn Rovers 2-0 on Sunday. Tottenham were coming into the match on the back of a poor run of form, which has seen them get only one victory in their last six matches. However, Blackburn did not pose any kind of a threat for them in the match, which played into the hands of Tottenham. This coupled with the loss of Newcastle United on Saturday meant that Tottenham have now moved level on points with Newcastle in the table with three matches remaining in the season.
Newcastle will be making the trip to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night in what is thought to be a crucial encounter for the race for the fourth position. Chelsea have come into form at just the right stage in the season. They defeated London rivals QPR 6-1 on Sunday evening. This match not only helped them get the three points, but also helped them improve their goal difference massively. It could prove to be vital when it comes to the top four finish. Redknapp will be hoping to get three victories from the three remaining matches for his club.
“It is all to play for, we have got a difficult couple of away games,” he said. “I can’t see Chelsea losing many games at the moment either, they are looking really strong whatever team he (Roberto Di Matteo) picks. They have got Newcastle in the week and that is a big game. Newcastle have got tough fixtures – they have got to go to Everton on the last game of the season, you wouldn’t want that one and they’ve got Manchester City at home,” said Redknapp after the 2-0 win over Blackburn.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has said that he is extremely delighted with the prospect of being able to play at the new Wembley once again in his managerial career. Tottenham managed to enter into the semifinals of the FA Cup after convincingly beating Bolton Wanderers 3-1 in the quarter-final stage at White Hart Lane on Tuesday night. Redknapp will be taking charge of his third FA Cup date at Wembley in just five years when his side face Chelsea in April. Redknapp has won the competition with Portsmouth before taking Tottenham to the semifinals back in 2010.
Louis Saha, Gareth Bale, and Ryan Nelsen scored the goals for Tottenham in a very emotional night for Bolton Wanderers. Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch during the original match between the two clubs, which was abandoned. Bolton managed to grab a consolation goal through Kevin Davies late in the match. This is the first victory Tottenham have achieved since the 3-1 win over Stevenage almost a month ago. The other semi-final will see Liverpool take on Everton at Wembley. Redknapp spoke in delight about the two matches, which promised to be extremely exciting due to the history between the four clubs.
“I am looking forward to it, it will be a great weekend. I wouldn’t like to pick a winner from either tie, Liverpool and Everton are both capable of winning the Cup. It is an even game, you couldn’t pick a winner between us and Chelsea. Chelsea have beaten Benfica in the Champions League tonight (the Blues won 1-0 in Tuesday’s quarter-final first leg in Lisbon), which was a fantastic result, so it is wide open,” Harry Redknapp said after the 3-1 win over Bolton. This win will also be extremely crucial in their efforts to ward off any challenge from Chelsea for the top four position.