Oct 242014
 

Erik Lamela has never scored a better goal than his astonishing rabona effort and is determined to use the strike as a catalyst to kick on at Tottenham The rabona, where the kicking leg wraps around the standing leg, is hard enough to pass or cross with, never mind score. However, Lamela showed incredible creativity and poise to score with a rabona from 20 yards during Spurs’ 5-1 defeat of Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League on Thursday.

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Oct 242014
 

Erik Lamela scored one of the finest goals ever seen at White Hart Lane on a night in which Tottenham’s hat-trick hero Harry Kane ended the thrashing of Asteras Tripolis. T his Europa League encounter was not one which whetted the appetite, but the 21,428 in attendance were treated to a wonderful, entertaining match full of incident. Kane not only scored his first hat-trick for Spurs but ended the Group C clash in goal after Hugo Lloris’ late sending off, although Lamela will take the headlines for his wonderful brace in the 5-1 win.

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Oct 242014
 

When Erik Lamela found the net with his extraordinary strike to put Tottenham 2-0 up against Asteras on Thursday night, the cameras picked up a stony faced Mauricio Pochettino who was unmoved in the home dugout. Perhaps, as the half time pundits suggested, he had been considering whether to take the winger off at half time or maybe, like many of us, he hadn’t actually worked out what had happened. The Argentine’s ‘Rabona’ was followed by a rather more conventional, but still spectacular goal in the second period but after the game, the head coach had softened enough to offer some praise

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Oct 232014
 

Erik Lamela scored one of the finest goals ever seen at White Hart Lane on a night in which Tottenham’s hat-trick hero Harry Kane ended the thrashing of Asteras Tripolis in goal This Europa League encounter was not one which whetted the appetite, but the 21,428 in attendance were treated to a wonderful, entertaining match full of incident. Kane not only scored his first hat-trick for Spurs but ended the Group C clash in goal after Hugo Lloris’ late sending off, although Lamela will take the headlines for his wonderful brace in the 5-1 win. Many wrote off the man billed as Gareth Bale’s heir after a poor, injury-disrupted first season in north London, although this evening he showed a glimpse of the talent that saw Spurs last summer fork out a club-record �30million for his services

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Oct 232014
 

The striker scored three times before being forced to move into goal, where he allowed a howler off a free kick. Harry Kane laughed off his embarrassing cameo as goalkeeper after earlier enjoying a hat trick as Tottenham beat Asteras Tripolis 5-1. Kane hit a UEFA Europa League treble and Erik Lamela fired in a couple of crackers as Mauricio Pochettino’s side kick-started its Group C campaign at White Hart Lane on Thursday

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Oct 232014
 

Nabil Bentaleb, Kyle Walker and Kyle Naughton are the only names definitely ruled out of tonight’s Europa League tie with Asteras but we can expect several first team choices to be rested in what should be a comfortable night – in theory at least. In addition to the long term absentees at right back, Bentaleb’s is a new injury – an ankle complaint picked up on international duty with Algeria. “Nabil is injured and we hope he recovers as soon as possible,” said head coach Mauricio Pochettino after Wednesday training

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Oct 222014
 

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino accepts Tottenham are going through a “very tough period”, but believes something special is in the offing – with silverware not too far away The past few seasons have been turbulent at White Hart Lane, thanks in no small part to the club’s frantic search for a return to the Champions League. Harry Redknapp departed little more than a year on from taking Spurs to the quarter-final stage of the competition, while successors Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood paid for their inability to secure qualification. Pochettino, though, is not under the same pressure to secure immediate Champions League football, with the five-year deal handed to him in the summer by chairman Daniel Levy highlighting a longer-term focus

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Oct 222014
 

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has rejected talk of an issue with Jan Vertonghen, insisting the Belgium defender remains happy at White Hart Lane The 27-year-old had been one of the first names on the team sheet ever since arriving from Ajax in 2012, yet has found it hard to pin down a regular first-team berth this term. Vertonghen’s place on the bench in Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Manchester City reignited rumours that all may not be well between the defender and Pochettino – something both have downplayed in recent weeks

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