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Pochettino Responds To Neville ‘Weak’ Comments

You may remember a couple of weeks ago that the Sky Monday Night Football team consisting of Ed Chamberlin, Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville looked at the Spurs performance after our loss to Newcastle, singling out the early second half Newcastle goal as the clear turning point in the encounter. Gary Neville was very critical of the Tottenham team, stating that when he thinks of Spurs, he thinks they are ‘never ready, weak’. Boss Mauricio Pochettino has spoken of his displeasure with these comments and has said why his team isn’t ‘weak’ mentally.

“If you have a weak mentality, it would be there in 90 minutes, not only in some moments in the game,” he said.

“The only thing is you need to show you are ready for 95, 96, 97 minutes in the game – it’s true, it’s true.

“We need to improve, we need to work hard. I explained after the game with Newcastle that we need to work very hard with our mentality to be focused on the game for 95 minutes.

“It is one aspect that we need to improve, but it is hard to work because it is a difficult aspect to improve in football.”

You may not say that Spurs have a weak mentality after Harry Kane came onto the pitch at Villa Park and chnged the game, propelling the North London club to a late 2-1 victory. Hwever, mentality is something that Pochettino has vowed to chage for the better, this could be especilly needed for the summer seven of the summer of 2013, who are currently working with their third manager since their arrival at White Hart Lane.

Vertonghen: “They have the right to expect things from us as players”

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has said that the Spurs fans are right to expect more from the players after a poor run of Premier League results. The Belgian has also stated why he thinks that Mauricio Pochettino’s side lost to Newcastle last Sunday.

“They have the right to expect things from us as players,”

“We want to do well and they expect us to do well – they have expectations like we do and of course they have to express it in some way.

“I understand they were not happy with a defeat at home to Newcastle. Nor are we.

“We are doing well in the cups, but we need a run of a couple of good games in the league.

“People thought we had started that when we drew against Arsenal and beat Southampton”

“Maybe we were unlucky that the international break came in between, but hopefully we can get back on track now.

“It is difficult to say what is missing. I don’t talk about being unlucky, but we had a good first half against Newcastle last weekend, and we were the better team.

“We lost a bit of belief after the equaliser and maybe a bit of luck. But we are working very hard and we believe in each other. We are getting close to what we want.

Fans will be boosted by the fact that Vertonghen refuses to talk about the side being unlucky on the road to defeat in some games, which shows that the centre-back believes that the actions of the team contribute fully to the final outcome of the match. Recent comments from other players, like Vertonghen has stated that they are becoming a team now in the sense that they all believe in each other and feel that they can rely on other players to push them to their absolute limits and bring the best out of each other, Mauricio Pochettino has contributed to this, like he did at Southampton, since his arrival.

Pochettino Looks To Sign Southampton Star

If there is something that Mauricio Pochettino has learned from the summer transfer window, it is that he will not be signing Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton. This does not stop the Argentine from attempting the link back up with Jay Rodriguez.

Despite the midfielder currently nursing a cruciate ligament injury, reports are emerging from The Telegraph that Pochettino will instruct Daniel Levy to make a January move for the highly rated England international.

Of course, Pochettino will know Rodriguez from his very successful Southampton days, and will want to link up with him after no deals materialized with Southampton over the summer, despite reports suggesting that it would be a Saints raid for Tottenham over the summer. The paper claim that Spurs will make a £15m bid.

Should this move happen, this could pave the way for Andros Townsend to Southampton. Reports suggest that the Saints and West Ham will battle it out for the youngster in January, and should Spurs sign Rodriguez, Townsend will be pushed even further down the pecking order for those three elusive attacking midfield Premier League spots. With extreme depth in these areas, the signing of Rodriguez would leave Spurs having to sell one player, this could well be Townsend. Is a swap deal possible?

Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Brighton

Tottenham will be eager to get back to winning ways after a loss at home to Newcastle on Sunday afternoon. As usual as we switch competitions, Maurcio Pochettino is expected to make wholesale changes to the side that started against Newcastle as we look to progress into the next phase of the Capital One Cup. We face Brighton, who are just two points above the Championship relegation spots. Here is the team news and predicted lineup.

Team News:

Our woes in the right-back position continue as Kyle Naughton is still out nursing an ankle injury, whilst Kyle Walker remains out after undergoing abdominal surgery last month. Nabil Bentaleb is also out on contention.

Predicted Lineup: (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Michel Vorm
Vorm hasn’t had too much game time thus far since joining Tottenham. He has been out of contention for a large chunk of this season whilst he completes a ‘fitness regime’. The former Swansea stopper has a good chance of starting now. He did feature in our last Capital One Cup match at home to Nottingham Forest.

Defence: Eric Dier, Younes Kaboul, Vlad Chiriches, Ben Davies
Eric Dier must start at right-back despite his costly errors at the weekend. Otherwise, you would have to start plunging players into a position that they have never played before and that would be too risky. After Kaboul hit out at players for being defeated, he needs to start and lead by example.

Midfield: (Holding) Benjamin Stambouli, Moussa Dembele
If he starts, Dembele will be key in the sense that he can drive and run at the Brighton defence from that holding role. Stambouli will be playing the Etienne Capoue role, holding back whilst other push higher up the pitch.

Midfield: (Attacking): Aaron Lennon, Harry Kane, Erik Lamela
I simply think that Erik Lamela needs confidence. That will then allow him to kick on in the Premier League, something that he hasn’t done yet. Harry Kane needs to start after he scored a hat-trick last week in the Europa League and is in a good run of form.

Forward: Roberto Soldado
Much like Lamela, Soldado is very short of confidence and needs a boost of confidence. If he starts, this is a fantastic opportunity for him to bag a couple of goals. As we saw on Sunday, he can link up with Kane very well, and if they both start, the two of them could be very hard to play against.

Sale At Tottenham! Pochettino Puts Eleven Players Up For Sale

The Telegraph claim that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has put eleven players up for sale for this window in an attempt to reduce the Tottenham squad to twenty-five players ahead of the new season. New man Pochettino said a few days ago that the squad is too big and he will reduce the number of players at Spurs by the end of the window.

The Telegraph also claim that they know who these players are and say that they will be sold if the price is right. Here is the list of those players up for sale.
Andros Townsend
Aaron Lennon
Roberto Soldado
Michael Dawson
Beniot Assou-Ekotto
Kyle Naughton
Vlad Chiriches
Sandro
Nacer Chadli
Moussa Dembele

There are many question we can ask now. For example, ‘does this spell the end for Roberto Soldado?’ This list may indicate that Soldado is not in Pochettino’s plans for this season, even if he isn’t sold.

It is very likely that all these players will get sold, it will most likely be five to seven of them, but this list does give us some indication as to who has nailed down their first-team spots at Tottenham.