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Tottenham star Dele Alli talks Steven Gerrard, the Premier League and more!

imageTottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli featured in Match of the Day Magazine’s ‘Heroes of the Season’ feature this week, speaking to Matt Ketchell about everything Spurs.

The young star was quick to discuss his debut season, as well as talk about his new found fame and pressure on his shoulders.

“Everyone wants to have their own game and their own style, I think think that’s important.”

He continued: “I watched a few different players growing up and I’m trying to pull in different aspects of the way they played so it makes me a bit different.” 

Alli, who has scored seven Premier League goals this season, has impressed many pundits and players alike, often drawing comparisons to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.

MOD_393_p01_COVERv5[3]“He was a massive idol to me growing up, as soon as I heard those comparisons I was honoured,” the youngster stated.

“It’s a big privilege to be put in the same category as someone like him.

“He’s definitely the main person I watched growing up, but I have a long way to go to achieve the things he has in the game!”

Catch the full interview in Match of the Day Magazine, on sale now, www.motdmag.com 

 

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Heung-Min Son: ‘I rejected new Liverppol boss Jürgen Klopp’

2CDB78F600000578-3254901-image-a-91_1443621080805Tottenham Hotspur forward Heung-Min Son is a doubt to face Liverpool next Saturday, but is due to make his return to training in the coming days.

Interestingly, the fixture he will miss is against the Anfield club, who will reportedly welcome new manager Jürgen Klopp to the club today.

Quotes have surfaced from 2013 that have revealed that Son rejected a move to Borussia Dortmund, whilst Klopp was still at the helm.

“I wanted to stay in the Bundesliga and Leverkusen and Dortmund wanted me,” Son said.

“Both teams play in the Champions League but I thought Dortmund would use rotation more than Leverkusen.”

Son, who has enjoyed a special start to life at Spurs, confirmed back in 2013 that he chose to move to Leverkusen over Dortmund.

Son remarked: “That’s why I chose Leverkusen over Dortmund. It’s really important to play regularly in my age.”

Mauricio Pochettino’s side welcome Liverpool to White Hart Lane on October 17th.

 

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The Sun Dream Team Weekly

weekly_teaser-742x417The Premier League is back after a week of European football, which means Dream Team is back! Here are my picks for this weekend.

GK – Joe Hart (Manchester City)

City had an absolute nightmare against Spurs last week. Mainly because this man wasn’t in goal. At home against Newcastle, I can see this as a real comeback game. #CleanSheets

DF – Martín Demichelis (Manchester City)

Newcastle have no-one that can terrorise City like Spurs did. This should be a really comfortable afternoon for the defender standing in for Kompany. #NoVincentNoParty

DF: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool)

I love this guy and think he is a real talent. He’s been clocking points since the start of the season and think he could add an attacking dimension in the Merseyside derby. #BagsOfPoints

DF: Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United)

If I’m honest he should have been in the England squad. If he’d been a Manchester United player, he would have been. #GiveHimAGo

DF: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur)

What a man. Toby has been tremendous this season and is exactly what we needed. A proper defender with a proper partner alongside him. #BelgianMonster

MF: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

Yes he’s a Gooner. But he’s also a fair little player. The Spanish Adam Sandler has been racking up the points lately and he could cause United some problems this weekend. #SantiClaus

MF: Juan Mata (Manchester United)

Have you seen his assist in the week? You haven’t! Get online, now. Right now. Mata is the man of your dreams. You dream team that is. Go and do it now. #WhatsTheMata

MF: Ross Barkley (Everton) 

The Merseyside derby will have loads of goals and this man will be at the centre of the Toffees’ action. The next Gazza is on fire lately and I fancy him this weekend. #BarkForBarkley

MF: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

I was sceptical about the money that City forked up for him. But he’s impressed me massively. He will score this weekend. There, I said it. #MoneyTalks

ST: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

He looks back to his best and the hat-trick against Leicester was commendable. Big game this weekend but there could be a little something something in it for Alexis. #ISwearImNotAGooner

ST: Anthony Martial (Manchester United)

Rooney isn’t cutting it at the minute. Martial is. Simple as that. #HenryPartDeux

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Former Tottenham Hotspur boss AVB to leave Zenit St Petersburg

COhvmvLWcAAASPvFormer Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has announced that he will step down as manager of Zenit St Petersburg at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Villas-Boas joined the Russian giants after leaving Spurs in 2013, and has enjoyed vast success including winning the Russian Championship last season, and qualifying successively for the Champions League.

But the former Tottenham coach feels now is the best time to move on in his career.

“If we talk about a contract extension, when we last met with you, I said that the club made ​​me an offer at the end of last season and I refused,” Villas-Boas said in regard to his contract.

Villas-Boas continued: “At the end of the season I am gone.”

Sky Bet since have linked Andre Villas-Boas with a return to the Premier League, listing him as 50/1 to become the future Manchester City or Liverpool boss, although it is speculated that he will seek a move to La Liga.

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Nacer Chadli believes “big club” Tottenham Hotspur have shown ambition this summer

Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 09.26.00Nacer Chadli has told the Daily Mirror that Spurs have shown ambition in the summer transfer window, and is excited by the future of the club.

Mauricio Pochettino made some strong defensive signings, with the capture of Toby Alderweireld the focal point of their summer business.

Spurs also acquired Kieran Trippier, Kevin Wimmer, Heung-Min Son and Clinton N’Jie as part of their bid for the Premier League top four.

Chadli says he is looking forward to playing with “great players,” on the same week where it was reported that new signing Heung-Min Son chose Spurs over Premier League heavyweights Manchester City and Liverpool.

“It’s always good to play with more great players and I think it’s a plus point for us,” Chadli said.

“I’m excited because a club like Tottenham is a big club and it shows the club has ambition, so for me it’s good.”

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Danny Ings will reject Liverpool and Tottenham, according to his friend

CGGMMXXWMAESe3GA friend of Burnley striker Danny Ings says that he “wouldn’t bank” on the forward joining either Tottenham or Liverpool this summer.

Speaking to the striker on Twitter, Tom Hill engaged in a conversation with the England U21 striker in which Ings made fun of the Aston Villa fan, a side Burnley conquered 1-0 on the final day of the season.

In further replies to the conversation, Hill told @SpursViews_ that Ings would join “somewhere decent” in the summer, suggesting that this was not either Anfield or White Hart Lane.

According to reports this week, Ings will reject a move to Mauricio Pochettino’s side in favour of a move to Liverpool, despite Spurs reportedly having agreed a £12million move for the forward.

Whether the goal-scorer chooses Tottenham or Liverpool remains to be seen, with Monday said to be ‘decision day’ over his future.

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MATCH REVIEW – Everton 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

CFx1t10WEAAQ7c0Tottenham bowed out of the Premier League for another season with victory over Everton at Goodison Park.

The win meant that Mauricio Pochettino’s side finished fifth in the Premier League, securing Europa League football for another season.

Mousa Dembèlè made his first start for the club since the 2-2 draw with West Ham United back in February, whilst Joshua Onomah and Harry Winks started on the bench at Goodison. Aaron Lennon was ineligible to play for the Toffees against his parent club.

Spurs kicked off an enjoyable first half performance with a goal on the 24th minute. Eric Dier produced a delightful cross, to which Harry Kane headed into the back of the net.

The goal put Kane up to 21 Premier League goals for the season, and 31 overall for Tottenham Hotspur. The youngster equalled Teddy Sheringham and Gareth Bale’s record for league goals in a season whilst in a Spurs shirt.

Much of the excitement surrounding the first half from a Spurs perspective came from the influence of Mousa Dembèlè. The Belgian gave the Lilywhites a new attacking dimension that has perhaps been lacking with Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb in that role.

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With news that Liverpool were 5-0 down against Stoke City at half-time, Pochettino’s side were safe in the knowledge that fifth spot was secure this campaign.

The star of the first half, Mousa Dembèlè was replaced by Benjamin Stambouli after 53 minutes through injury, just moments after Hugo Lloris showed immense bravery to deny Galloway inside the Spurs box.

Spurs in general were playing far better than in previous weeks. Jan Vertonghen was making vital interceptions throughout, whilst Erik Lamela too was playing out of his skin.

The remainder of the second half was relatively quiet, as Spurs completed their first season under Mauricio Pochettino one place higher than under Sherwood in the last campaign.

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TalkingTHFC at #TTFLive Q&A with Harry Redknapp in association with VirginMedia and the Telegraph

TalkingTHFC returned to the Telegraph this week for the latest #TTFLive with a panel of esteemed football guests. This time, the panel included former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, former Manchester City right-back Danny Mills and Telegraph journalist Jim White.

The panel were questioned for around 40 minutes and discussed recent topics surrounding Raheem Sterling, the Champions League final and of course the end of season awards.

I was able to question Harry Redknapp during the concluding Q&A and was rewarded with a colourful reply.

I asked Redknapp: “Back in the 2011-12 season, you had perhaps one of the most exciting Tottenham team’s we’ve seen for some time. Had you not unfortunately missed out on the Champions League that year, what more do you feel you could have achieved with that side?”

Redknapp spoke at length about the disappointment of missing out due to Chelsea’s Champions League success, mentioning that he was “hardly cheering” for them that night in Munich.

Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 13.49.57The Telegraph host asked myself how disappointed I was to have missed out, to which I expressed my devastation. Redknapp simply replied: “how do you think I feel.”

Eager to push the former Spurs boss, I extended my question to “do you think there was a Premier League title down the line with that side?” The 68-year-old simply replied: “of course,” and spoke once again at length about the exciting side he was at the helm of, with the likes of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart playing for him.

Redknapp was truly humbling, and despite a few snide remarks indirectly towards Daniel Levy, it came across that although he is still bitter about the circumstances surrounding his departure, he understands what he built at Spurs could have been truly special.

I’d like to thank the Telegraph for once again allowing me to attend, as well as VirginMedia for holding the event. I look forward to bringing you the full quotes and stories later today on @TalkingTHFC.

Catch up on the other stories to have stemmed from the day on the official Telegraph blog here.

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Nacer Chadli would be top-scorer for 11 Premier League clubs, including Liverpool!

139192Tottenham winger Nacer Chadli has come on leaps and bounds for the club this season, scoring 13 goals in all competitions for the North London side.

Part of the Tottenham trio to have reached 10+ goals this campaign, the Belgian has reinvented himself under Mauricio Pochettino, despite still having a relatively strong season last year.

When looking closely at his impressive stats this season in the Premier League, it seems Chadli would have faired well at many of the top flight sides.

With 11 Premier League goals to his name, the former FC Twente man would be top-scorer for: Burnley, Crystal Palace, Everton, Hull City, Leicester City, Liverpool, Newcastle United, Stoke City, Sunderland, Swansea City and West Ham United.

Despite many of those clubs being in trouble this campaign, the fact that Chadli would be top-scorer at the likes of Palace, Swansea and particularly Liverpool raises eyebrows.

As much as it highlights the capabilities of the Belgian, it also shows the relatively poor season for the forwards at some of the other large teams. Let’s not forget, Chadli himself is still a winger. Part of the reason he has progressed this year has been his considerable muscle build-up over the summer, which allowed him to battle better on the field.

With the season coming to a close, Nacer Chadli can rest easy in the knowledge of his tremendous campaign. With a strong pre-season, hopefully he comes back even stronger for Spurs in 2015/16.

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Tottenham star Harry Kane: “Best week of my life”

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has said that this week has been the best week of his life.

The youngster scored on his debut in front of almost 90,000 people at Wembley stadium for England, captained his boyhood side at the weekend and won PFA Player of the Month for March, insisting this is a week he won’t forget.

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Kane told the Evening Standard: “yes you could say it has been the best week of my life – to score, to make my first start and score for England, and to be captain today.”

Despite this memorable week, Kane failed to display a captain’s performance against Burnley on Sunday, as his side picked up an empty point on the road.

Missing several key figures, Spurs were rather lack-lustre in a game that was far from entertaining.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher even stated: “I like my football but that was hard work.”

The result didn’t seem to dampen the mood of the temporary Spurs skipper who continued to say: “it has been an unbelievable couple of weeks and one I won’t forget for the rest of my career.”

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