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Mauricio Pochettino admits he is unsure about sharing Wembley Stadium with Chelsea

Mauricio-PochettinoTottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has said that a decision over a temporary stadium move is still unclear. 

“I think it is a good possibility for us,” Pochettino said in regard to talks of moving to Wembley.

He continued: “there is no news. But playing at Wembley is one of the options for us to play in the future.”

Speaking ahead of Spurs’ FA Cup third round replay tie with Leicester City, the Argentine manager admitted sharing with Chelsea is an option.

He said to reporters: “it’s our option to play at Wembley but I haven’t heard about sharing with Chelsea.”

“There has been no communication from my Chairman. We haven’t spoken about that. Maybe we will speak in the future about it.” 

The former Southampton boss admitted that moving to Milton Keynes is still a possibility.

Pochettino said: “it’s a club decision. I think there are different possibilities but we would love to play at Wembley. It is in London and it is close. It is a good option for us.”

“Why not? Milton Keynes is a good option too.” 

Listen to his full quotes here:

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FA Chief gives Tottenham Hotspur Wembley support

DSCN7670Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn says he is happy for Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea to use Wembley Stadium whilst their respective stadiums undergo work.

Glenn says the FA would be “supportive” of any temporary move, after it was reported on Wednesday that the FA would not stand in the way of Spurs using the home of football.

“I won’t comment on clubs but if that’s an opportunity then we will follow it,” Glenn said.

“It’s in our interest as an association for clubs to redevelop their grounds, make superb facilities and if it’s possible to help them in that transition by using Wembley, we are absolutely supportive of that.” 

Spurs had previously considered using Stadium:mk for their temporary move, however a negative fan response has suggested that the club will not use the home of MK Dons.

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The Football Association respond to Tottenham Hotspur fans over Wembley move

WembleyThe FA have responded to emails by Spurs fans pushing the governing body to allow the club to move to the home of football during their new stadium works.

The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust encouraged fans last week to email FA Chairman Greg Dyke, suggesting that the club should move to Wembley Stadium during building in N17.

In an email to TalkingTHFC, FA Customer Relations official Simon Bower outlined that the governing body are unable to comment over the situation

Bower stated: “we wouldn’t ever comment on confidential commercial matters.

“We’d suggest that for any updates that you speak directly to the club in question.” 

The FA clearly are yet to make a decision over the matter, with reports suggesting that Chelsea are also requesting permission to use Wembley whilst Stamford Bridge undergoes further improvements.

Hopefully, the persistent work of thousands of Spurs fans in lobbying the FA Chairman will make a difference in our pursuit of a temporary home.

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Tottenham target admits: ‘I watch Spurs play regularly on TV’.

23F465C100000578-0-image-a-34_1418256364574Reported Tottenham target and Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has admitted that he watches the North Londoner’s on television to see his international team-mates play.

Speaking in this month’s FourFourTwo, the midfielder said that he watches the Premier League to keep an eye on his Belgian friends.

The Belgian said: “It’s certainly the most talked-about competition in the world.

“I regularly watch the games of my Belgian friends at Chelsea and Spurs, and there are a lot of world-class players.”

Nainggolan was linked with a move to Tottenham back in May, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side looked to take advantage of Franco Baldini’s Roma links once again.

Despite admitting his fondness of the Premier League, which has grown in Belgian numbers in recent seasons, the midfielder was quick to praise Italian football also.

Nainggolan said: “But don’t underestimate Italian football. The fact there were three Italian sides and no English team in the semi-finals of European competitions this year says it all.” 

Could Tottenham take advantage of his interest in the Premier League and their Belgian connections to sign him this summer?

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Match Preview – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City

super-sunday-badge-preview-tottenham-man-city_3297391Spurs take on current Premier League champions Manchester City at White Hart Lane this weekend, on a day where Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea can claim this year’s title.

Tottenham have failed to persistently performance against the Blues, with failure at the Etihad becoming a regular occurrence. Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping to take inspiration from Andre Villas-Boas’ Spurs side who famously came back to win 3-1 against City in 2013.

Venue: White Hart Lane

Kick-Off: 4pm

Television Coverage: Sky Sports

Stats (via BBC Sport)

Tottenham have lost seven of the last eight Premier League matches against Manchester City, who have won the three most recent meetings by 6-0, 5-1 and 4-1. In October’s reverse fixture, four penalties were awarded in a Premier League game for only the second time – matching Bradford v Derby in April 2000. Spurs have taken just eight points from their nine matches against the five teams above them going into the weekend’s fixtures.

Tottenham have conceded 49 goals, the highest tally among clubs in the top half of the table. Only Sunderland, Leicester, Burnley, Newcastle and QPR have let in more prior to the weekend. They have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 league games. Spurs are the first team this season to have three players reach double figures for Premier League goals: Harry Kane (20), Christian Eriksen (10) and Nacer Chadli (10). Eriksen has scored an unrivalled seven winning goals in the top division this season.

Opposition Focus

Despite back-to-back wins, they have managed just seven victories in their 15 league matches in 2015. They could lose five successive away league games for the first time since April 2006. City have conceded eight goals in their last four matches. Sergio Aguero has scored nine goals in six Premier League appearances against Spurs, while Edin Dzeko has six in six league games. Aguero has scored four goals in his last three league games after going five without scoring. He has contributed to 27 goals in his 29 league appearances this season, scoring 21 times and providing six assists.

Team News

Kyle Walker remains out through a foot injury. Danny Rose is likely to return after missing out through injury in the draw with Southampton. Ben Davies remains out after shoulder surgery in the week. Paulinho is likely to return to the match-day squad after missing out on the trip to St Mary’s due to the birth of his fourth child – the real Royal baby.

Predictions

Starting XI – Lloris (c), Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose, Mason, Bentaleb, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane

Score – Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Manchester City

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Chelsea captain includes Tottenham star in PFA nominations

Chelsea captain John Terry has included Tottenham striker Harry Kane in his PFA nominations for 2015.

The Premier League defender has selected Kane as his Young Player of the Year, as well as including the youngster in his Team of the Year alongside the likes of Sergio Aguero, and Raheem Sterling.

The Chelsea centre-back took to Instagram to announce his nominations, following West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu’s selection of Kane earlier in the week.

My PFA Team of the year ⚽️ @iamryanbertrand @juanmatagarcia @harrykane

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Harry Kane now appears a hot favourite to pick up the Young Player of the Year award, and is an outside candidate to pick up the main prize also.

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Under Armour rumoured to be designing ‘unique’ Tottenham Hotspur 2015-16 kits

We are heading into the ‘leaked kit’ season now, and with the summer fast approaching there will be plenty to gawp at on social media. 2013-2014-home-kit

Spurs are notorious for dragging out their kit release, and with no pre-season tour planned (meaning there’s no rush to get new merchandise out), we can expect much the same this season.

Liverpool have this week released their new New Balance 2015/16 home shirt, with other clubs such as Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea having announced their sponsors for the upcoming season.

Beginning in 2012, Under Armour signed a deal with Tottenham in the region of £50million, and will continue to be the club’s official shirt manufacturer until the 2016-2017 season.

The American company have designed some classy kits for the North London club, and it is being rumoured that they will whip up a “unique” kit for the 2015/16 season.

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According to FootyHeadlines.com, Under Armour are “expected to design unique Tottenham 2015-16 Shirts.”

Although it is little to go on (given the site has incorrectly stated the parameters of the Under Armour deal), UA are expected to continue designing unique merchandise for the club.

Just this season, UA’s 2014/15 Spurs kit commemorated the 10 year anniversary of Bill Nicholson’s passing, with the 2013/14 design intended to reflect the 1997-1999 Pony Tottenham home kit collar.

We have already had some leaked images revealed, with a fake Nike Tottenham Hotspur 2015-16 circulating Twitter. Nike are favourites to take over from UA beginning in 2017-18, which coincidentally aligns with the decision over the naming rights of the new stadium.

But with the ‘business-end’ of the season well underway, we could be seeing plenty leaked kits on social media.

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West Brom midfielder includes Tottenham stars in PFA nominations

West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu has revealed his PFA nominations on Twitter, revealing that he has selected Harry Kane as PFA young player of the year.

The Tottenham striker has gained many plaudits this season, and the Congolese international has selected Kane as his choice for young player, with Chelsea winger Eden Hazard as Player of the Year.

The Baggies midfielder mistakenly put Kane as Player of the Year, although jumped quickly back on Twitter to correct his mistake.

The eagle-eyed among you will have also noticed that the West Brom star has chosen Kane in his PFA team of the Year, as well as Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Both Tottenham stars have fought well this campaign, and an inclusion in the team of the year would be well deserved.

We will see in the coming weeks if Mulumbu’s nominations will come true!

 

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Chelsea midfielder to miss Cup Final vs. Tottenham

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has lost his appeal against his red card received in the 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday. The Serbian will now miss two games, despite a reduced sentence.

Despite appealing, the FA have decided against rescinding the midfielder’s red card for his reaction to Burnley’s Ashley Barnes’ ridiculous challenge at Stamford Bridge. matic-008

The Serbian international will now miss the Capital One Cup final against Tottenham at Wembley this Sunday, leaving Jose Mourinho with a selection dilemma, after losing one of his firm-choice starters.

The FA announced on Monday that they will take no action against Barnes for his challenge that provoked the strong reaction from Matic.

Mourinho confirmed himself on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday last weekend that he could miss the final himself. The Chelsea boss said: “now I’m risking my dugout for the final, because maybe tomorrow I have the risk of being suspended.”

B-iXdwvIQAAPisCThe absence of Matic will definitely come as some relief to Tottenham Hotspur. The hardened centre-midfielder has made 25 of Chelsea’s 26 Premier League games this season, making 37 appearances in all competitions so far.

Chelsea themselves have released a statement on the matter, expressing that they are ‘appalled’ at the decision by the Football Association released on Tuesday.

The Capital One Cup takes place Sunday 1st March at Wembley Stadium. Coverage of the London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham begins at 2:30pm on Sky Sports 1, with kick-off at 4pm.

Matic Picture: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA
Mourinho Picture: Sky Sports

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