Danny Rose: I remember the stick I got after one bad season

FeaturedDanny Rose: I remember the stick I got after one bad season

Danny Rose’s Spurs career has come on leaps and bounds, but the English international is now one of Pochettino’s best players.

After a very underwhelming 2013/14 season, many Spurs fans slated him and accused him of not being worthy enough of wearing the Lilywhite top. Fast forward three seasons and Danny Rose is now undoubtedly one of the first names on the team sheet and is an integral player in Pochettino’s new system.

In an exclusive interview with Evening Standard, Danny Rose recalled the worst season he had in his 10 years as a Spurs player. “I remember I got a lot of stick from Tottenham fans a few years ago when I had a bad season but they need to realise that left-back wasn’t my position. It was only my second year playing at left-back.”

“The stick I received was very unfair and I was very unhappy after that season (2013/14). This is the first time I have had a manager who has taken time to show me what I need to do better. That is why I have come on in leaps and bounds.”

Danny Rose continued, “I have done lots of drills, had one-to-one meetings with the manager, looked at video clips from training and games. I might sit in his office for anything from half-an-hour to two hours, discussing football.”

Under Pochettino’s guidance, Danny Rose has placed himself amongst one of the best left-back’s in world football today – nevermind in England. It is crucial that Danny Rose stays fit for the entire season as he is indisputably one of the most important players under the new 3-4-2-1 system that has changed Spurs’ early bad form around.

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Mauricio Pochettino: I could stay at Tottenham for 20 years

FeaturedMauricio Pochettino: I could stay at Tottenham for 20 years

Pochettino arrived from Southampton to Tottenham two-and-a-half years ago and has enjoyed a successful tenure so far at White Hart Lane – turning Spurs’ fortunes around from being labelled by many pundits as ‘weak’ and ‘unprepared’, to emerging as one of the best, fiercest and most fittest sides in the Premier League.

The 44-year-old has been quoted in The Express saying, “It’s true, my staff and I are very happy here (in England). It was fantastic after a good and not so good experience as a coach in Spain. We’ve fit in fantastically since day one in England.”

Pochettino continued: “It’s true that I arrived (to England) four years ago, but maybe we could be here for 20 years. Why not? I’m not a person thinking 10 years ahead. I try to focus on today and try to work for tomorrow to be better.”

“With the philosophy, I’ve spent four years in England and it would be fantastic for me to spend some more time.”

Pochettino has already had several links linking him with other jobs in football after his much admired work at Spurs – PSG, Manchester United and Real Madrid, just to name a few clubs, were said to be closely monitoring the former Espanyol manager.

However, Pochettino has claimed that his entire focus is on Spurs.

“We are ambitious and play to win every game here. If we go back a season or two from what we were, that would be 1000 miles (backwards). Football is about faith, belief and working hard.”

Since Pochettino took charge, Tottenham Hotspur have found themselves in an upward spiral that they’ll look to continue this season. In the Argentine’s first season in north London, the Lilywhites finished fifth which was then built on with a third placed finish last season.

“In two-and-a-half years, we have met our expectations. Not to push and move the club quick – sometimes this is not possible. But it relates to excitement around the club; the new stadium and the team we are building.”

“Today it feels like we are the best team in the world. That is very good. The aim is to keep feeling that.”

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Mauricio Pochettino: Everyone is happy to be a part of our Spurs family

FeaturedMauricio Pochettino: Everyone is happy to be a part of our Spurs family

Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that Spurs are a happy family when answering a question about the possibility of big money distracting the Tottenham squad – referring to the recent transfer rumours linking Dele Alli and Harry Kane to China.

“I think we have a good atmosphere around the club – everyone is together and happy to be a part of our Spurs family,” the Spurs boss stated. “Our supporters are amazing and I think this is a very positive mix for the club – between the fans, players and staff.”

The Argentine continued: “I think it is amazing day-by-day how we feel, how we are on the training ground. The important thing is to win (trophies) in the end and to fight for the club.”

Tottenham Hotspur are currently enjoying their best run of the season as they have now won seven games in a row – six of which have come in the Premier League, resulting in Pochettino’s side moving up to second in the league standings.

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Hugo Lloris: Lack of ‘big star’ gives Spurs an advantage in the title race

FeaturedHugo Lloris: Lack of ‘big star’ gives Spurs an advantage in the title race

Hugo Lloris has insisted that the lack of a ‘big star’ at Spurs keeps all the players firmly grounded and gives them an advantage heading into another potential race for the title.

Tottenham Hotspur currently sit second in the table after the latest weekend of Premier League fixtures – completing their sixth straight league victory following the 4-0 thrashing of West Brom at White Hart Lane.

The captain said: “One thing I really like about Tottenham is that there is not really a big star.”

“We are all working together for the team, we respect the team and we all realise that the club is higher than any player in the team. It is working well at the moment so we need to carry on (with this mentality).”

The French captain continued, “We feel confident in our style of play, but in football things can change very quickly if you don’t have the right behaviour and attitude. We have to continue working hard as we always have.”

“We are showing a lot more maturity than last season. We are still improving and we feel we are moving in the right direction, thanks to the manager and his staff who put us in the best conditions. The players deserve credit too because we are all involved and work in the way the gaffer wants.”

Spurs will be hoping to complete their fourth successive win over Manchester City on Saturday evening as they continue to push for their first league title for over five decades. The Lilywhites will look to take advantage of Manchester City’s recent slump in form and take all three points in what could be a massive title statement from Pochettino’s side.

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Mauricio Pochettino: Harry Kane is one of the world’s best strikers

FeaturedMauricio Pochettino: Harry Kane is one of the world’s best strikers

Mauricio Pochettino has told BBC Sport that he believes Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world.

Harry Kane returned for Spurs just before the international break against Arsenal in the North London Derby at the Emirates and helped his side maintain their unbeaten start in the Premier League with a penalty in a 1-1 draw. Yesterday, Kane scored two goals in three minutes at the end of the game to change, what looked to be a painful loss for Spurs at home to West Ham, into a dramatic win which sent White Hart Lane into raptures – sealing Spurs’ first win in almost two months.

“Harry Kane is always very important, he is our main striker,” said Pochettino. “You miss that type of player when he does not play for 10 or 11 games. He is one of the best strikers in the world.”

Harry Kane now has five goals in seven Premier League games, four more than he had after the same amount of games he played last season where he went on to win the Golden Boot. Harry Kane’s importance to Tottenham has been conveyed in the last two games as he scored three goals in just over 150 minutes of football in order to help Spurs stay in touch at the top of the table.

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Pep Guardiola admits Spurs deserved the win against Manchester City

Pep Guardiola admits Spurs deserved the win against Manchester City

Pep Guardiola admitted that Tottenham Hotspur were simply the better team on the day as goals from Kolarov (own goal) and Dele Alli inflicted Guardiola’s first defeat at Manchester City. 

“It was a tough game and Tottenham are a very good team who look like they are fighting for the title,” Pep Guardiola insisted. 

“They played better, that’s all. We just have to congratulate them.” 

Spurs’ victory over Manchester City sends them back to second in the league – a point adrift of Manchester City. It also means that Pochettino’s side are the only team left unbeaten in the Premier League heading into the international break.

Jan Vertonghen full of praise for Carter-Vickers

FeaturedJan Vertonghen full of praise for Carter-Vickers

Tottenham Hotspur and Belgian international Jan Vertonghen has recently heaped praise on young Spurs centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers and labelled him as a ‘beast’.

So far this season, Cameron Cart-Vickers has taken the place of Kevin Wimmer on Spurs’ bench for Premier League games despite how well Kevin Wimmer performed last season during Jan Vertonghen’s injury which kept him absent from the starting XI for two months.

“Cameron Carter-Vickers is still young but he is an absolute beast, he is a real defender,” Vertonghen explained. “He is strong one-on-one, in the air, he is not afraid and he can play from the back. That is the style the gaffer wants to see from him.”

“He is a very good player and he has time to grow into our team, to play games like he did against Gillingham,” the Belgian continued. “He will be there when we need him. It is good to see him making progress. In the last few months, he has really stepped up. Before, he was just a young guy who trained with us but now he has picked up his level.”

Carter-Vickers made his senior debut in the EFL Cup during the week against Gillingham and helped Spurs to a clean sheet and a rampant 5-0 scoreline against their League 1 opponents. the 18-year-old will surely be knocking on the door again for more opportunities to develop himself with more game time in the cup competitions in the coming weeks and months, and if needed, feature in league games too.

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