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ANDY REID: ‘These three players will win Spurs the title’

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston VillaWith the prospect of closing the gap on leaders Chelsea this weekend, Spurs’ visit to the Etihad could have real repercussions in the title race. 

Spurs, who beat City 2-0 in the return fixture at White Hart Lane, are in fine form as of late, overcoming both Chelsea and West Brom back-to-back.

This has put Tottenham in firm contention for the title, according to former midfielder Andy Reid.

“Pochettino is doing a fantastic job and if anybody is going to catch Chelsea I would say that would be Tottenham. I really hope they can and it’s certainly going to be close,” he said exclusively to 888sport.

“I watched the game at the weekend and they were absolutely fantastic: they just brushed West Brom aside and West Brom are playing well right now. They played good attacking Tottenham-like football and that’s what the fans like to see.” 

Reid, who also had stints at Sunderland and Nottingham Forest, believes Pochettino’s side have what it takes to go all the way this campaign, and believes three players in particular can push them all the way.

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“I love watching Dembele play. He is excellent and just slides across the surface and is very difficult to get the ball off,” he said exclusively to 888sport.

Reid continued: “Harry Kane is just lethal at the moment. His finishes at the weekend show he’s in a rich vein of form and when he has confidence he puts them in the top corner and doesn’t give keepers a chance.

“In my opinion he can get thirty plus goals this season.”

But it’s 20-year-old Dele Alli that really caught the eye of the Irishman.

“You would imagine the England team of the future will be built around him. He has everything it takes to be a really, really top player and I hope he stays at Tottenham and develops even more.”

Read the full 888sport interview with Andy Reid, including his thoughts Tottenham are the only team who can catch Chelsea.

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ANDY REID: ‘Martin Jol kick-started Spurs’ revolution over 10 years ago’

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston VillaWith Spurs flying high in the Premier League, plaudits are flooding in for Mauricio Pochettino and his young squad. 

Tottenham, who currently sit in second place behind leaders Chelsea, are beginning to look like serious competitors in a fierce title race for a second successive season.

But it was former boss Martin Jol that deserves all the praise for this revolution, according to former midfielder Andy Reid.

Reid, who joined the club back in 2005 alongside fan-favourite Michael Dawson, believes the Dutch manager was the man to kick-start their rise under former sporting director Frank Arnesen.

“It started with Martin Jol on the playing side but behind the scenes Frank Arnesen was there as well taking care of the recruitment side as Director of Football and he helped to kick-start it,” Reid said exclusively to 888sport.

Reid continued: “at the time there was a European set-up with Martin as head coach and he was a big part of that.

Soccer - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur“It was around that time that things really started to get going and they did so by putting the infrastructure in place to move forward.”

Reid spent a year at Spurs between 2005-06 under Jol, and featured alongside the likes of Edgar Davids and Michael Carrick during his time there.

He believes that the work of his former manager has allowed for the club to really push on under Pochettino.

“We’re seeing that now with all the new contracts for the best players who are already there and that’s vital,” Reid said exclusively to 888sport.

“Holding on to the ones you have is as important as signing new players because it shows Tottenham are not a selling club which they previously had been renowned for.” 

Read the full 888sport interview with Andy Reid, including his thoughts Tottenham are the only team who can catch Chelsea. 

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Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Darren Anderton reacts to Sol Campbell title comments

collaandertongeFormer Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Darren Anderton has told Sol Campbell to look at the table, in reply to his recent comments about Spurs’ lack of title credentials.  

Campbell, who recently said that Spurs do not have enough leaders to win the title, has been heavily criticised from fans.

But former Spurs star Anderton believes Spurs are within a chance of picking up the trophy.

“Where they are now (he said about Campbell’s comments), they have a chance,” Anderton remarked.

He continued: “Are they favourites? No, probably not. I would say City are the best team, and should go on and win it.”

Anderton, who enjoyed 12 years at White Hart Lane, continued to say that Spurs are within their rights to be linked with the title.

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“But the way this season has been, the way they can be very in and out and be inconsistent, who knows?” he said.

Anderton said: “Arsenal, of course, are on a bad run at the moment but they’ll be in or around it. 

“And Leicester. Everyone keeps disregarding them but the next two weeks will be interesting for Man City and Arsenal.”

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Fan produces fantastic animation to celebrate new Dele Alli contract

imageTottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli signed a new contract with the club this week, securing his services until 2021.

Alli, who has scored five league goals for Spurs this season, has taken the Premier League by storm, earning himself call-ups to the England squad.

To celebrate his new contract, Spurs YouTube channel SpurredOn have produced a wonderful animation of his greatest moments, skills and goals.

Watch it here:

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Five things I loved about Football Manager 2016

Football_Manager_2016_key_art_1441385081The lovely folks at SEGA were nice enough to send me a copy of their latest release, Football Manager 2016. Eager to start playing the game, and in return for their wonderful Christmas spirit, I reviewed this masterpiece and found five things I loved in particular!

The gameplay 

Like every year, FM crank up the in-game visuals. First we had nothing, then we had moving spots, now we have actual gameplay with the kits and all! It may not be much, but the fact that this is tweaked every campaign shows improvement and allows for a break from the overly statistical view seen normally. Who knows, next year we might get stadiums too!

Backroom staff support

In past year’s, it felt like once there were signs of problems at the club, you were destined for the sack. Now, at the first sign of trouble, the backroom staff are far more supportive. Training, scouting and advice are three features in particular that allow you to perform better and Jesus Perez at Spurs is perhaps the best of the bunch.

Press conferences and meetings 

You’re able to give across information far more clearly this year. Whether being calm, passionate or assertive, you can convey your thoughts to the media, players or staff with far more ease. It can sometimes prove a tricky nut to crack, as I found with players that wanted to leave. With one click you could insult them, and alternatively they may be apologising for a lack of professionalism.

Man-management 

The game gives you many more options that it normally allows in terms of dealing with players on a personal level. An example that popped up was Erik Lamela seeking departure from White Hart Lane. An option available was to get a senior player to speak with them, an option that was very successful. It feels like you’re allowed to develop a philosophy much more easily than simply playing the old 4-4-2 on all fronts.

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In-game tactics 

By far the best part of the game. The explicit instructions that you can give the players are staggering. Whether playing a high-line, encouraging them after a good spell or to specify the type of corner you want delivered. You are able to tailor your experience far more closely than last season, and it allows for an all-round better game.

Overall the game was fantastic. As opposed to its competitors, there are real signs of improvement every season, and who knows? This year might be Spurs’ year after all under the guidance of TalkingTHFC.

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Former Tottenham Hotspur hero: ‘Gareth Bale isn’t on Ronaldo and Messi level’

Football - Tottenham Hotspur Training - Spurs Lodge - 24/8/11 Tottenham Hotspur's Rafael van der Vaart during training Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Jed Leicester LivepicFormer Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart has admitted he was surprised that former team-mate Gareth Bale joined European giants Real Madrid.

Speaking to FourFourTwo about the current Premier League season, van der Vaart told reporters that Bale is not on the same level of those he is often compared to.

“I never thought Bale would end up playing at Madrid,” Van der Vaart remarked.

Joining the North London club in 2010, the former Dutch international played alongside Bale under Harry Redknapp, enjoying great success in the Champions League, reaching the quarter-final stage.

The Ajax graduate has spoken before about his admiration of the Welsh star, although admits he has a long way to go before he reaches the level of the game’s two greats.

Van der Vaart continued: “Bale isn’t like [Cristiano] Ronaldo or [Lionel] Messi; that’s another level.”

Bale’s Wales face Van Der Vaart’s homeland Holland this Friday in an international friendly. 

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Twitter Reacts: Spurs ‘live’ training stream fails miserably

CJiIHvGWcAA0LeqTottenham Hotspur attempted to do the impossible this week and live stream the first fifteen minutes of training ahead of their Europa League tie with Anderlecht.

The first 15 minutes is always open to the press, and the players were scheduled to begin training at 10:45am, an approximate starting time for the content.

It was not until 11:30am that the stream finally became visible to most fans, who had grown angry after almost an hour since the service was meant to be made available. The video was only up for eight minutes which was even more unbelievable.

It was worth noting, once the stream was finally available, that Heung-Min Son was back in action. The South Korean was however training away from those normally in the starting XI.

We looked at five of the best tweets reacting to this major flop from Spurs TV:

Sorry mate?

Ahead of the Derby…

Exaggeration much…

Sacked in the morning…

Bright and breezy..

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Sun Dream Team Weekly

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

GK – Joe Hart (Manchester City)

City were back to their best against Newcastle. With Bournemouth their next game, I can’t see Eddie Howe’s side beating them at the Eithad, or even scoring. #CleanSheet

DF: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

An absentee in recent weeks due to injury, Kompany is back in my side this week. He is solid and much like Hart, I can see this being a clean sheet for the City defence. #RockSolid

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

DF: Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

This guy is one of the surprise packages of the season. He has been racking up the points left, right and centre. A certainty for your team this week. #ChrisScoresPoints

DF: Ryan Bertrand (Southamtpon)

Southampton haven’t been as impressive this season, but continue to put on a strong defensive display. That is partly down to this guy. #GiveRyanAGo

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City - Barclays Premier LeagueMF: 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

MF: Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

A big Gooner obviously, but he is making the striking role his own this year. They have a very easy trip to Watford tomorrow and he is certain to get some goals. #TheoIsAStriker

MF: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

I promise I’m not a Gooner! His start to life at Arsenal was not great, but slowly he seems to be turning it around. It’s a shame, but Arsenal are getting better. #EyesAreOffside

MF: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)

Woaaaah the Dele Alli. This guy is my new favourite Spurs player. He is the King of nutmegs and will be buzzing off the back of his international call-up. With loads of midfield injuries this week, he will fill the void. #NutmegKing

ST: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

Linked with Madrid this week, as a Spurs fan I can’t wait till he moves to Spain. Unfortunately, he’s smashing it for Arsenal and will continue this week. #ChileanStar

ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

Liverpool will score goals against us this week. They just will. Being their only striker, he will score this Saturday. #SturridgeScores

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30 Worst Tottenham Hotspur defenders in Premier League era

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The sad realisation that many Spurs fans have come to over the past few decades, we are hardly solid defensively. Despite our new age of defenders, including the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, there have been some shockers.

Here we take a look at the 30 worst ‘defenders’ to ever wear the famous Lilywhite shirt. Click on number 2 to begin!

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‘Spurs midfielder better than Hazard’ says Belgian legend

Football - Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Barclays Premier League - King Power Stadium - 22/8/15 Tottenham's Mousa Dembele gestures Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  Please contact your account representative for further details.Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele is technically greater than Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard and Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne, says former Belgian international Wesley Sonck. 

Sonck, the former Ajax striker, believes the Spurs midfielder has the most talent of the entire Belgian squad.

“Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Vanden Borre… But I insist: the greatest talent is Mousa Dembele,” Sonck told HLN.

“Some may say they want Eden or De Bruyne, but Mousa has the most qualities – it’s not normal how strong he is on the ball.”

Dembele has struggled to get off the mark for Spurs this season, with injury halting any progress. Dembele returned to the match-day squad in the 2-2 draw with Swansea but did not feature.

But Sonck says he has done wondrous things in Belgian training, embarrassing fellow Premier League stars.

“I’ve seen him during training turn Kompany into a fool,” said Sonck.

Belgium face Andorra in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers tomorrow night.

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