Sep 022014
 

Tottenham and England right-back Kyle Walker has undergone lower abdominal surgery, his club have announced. The 24-year-old has not played for Spurs since March, and no timescale was put on his recovery in a brief statement on www.tottenhamhotspur.com on Tuesday evening. “Kyle Walker has undergone lower abdominal surgery,” it read “The England right-back’s pre-season preparations were disrupted by the abdominal injury and the decision to have surgery was taken following further medical assessment by specialists.” The north London club had initially hoped to avoid surgery, but resorted to sending the player for an operation in a bid to fix the long-standing problem.

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Sep 012014
 

The North Londoners have moved to sign the midfielder from Montpellier, with the 24-year-old having previously been linked with a move to Swansea. Tottenham has completed the signing of Montpellier midfielder Benjamin Stambouli , the Premier League side has confirmed. The 24-year-old underwent a medical and formalized his move to White Hart Lane on transfer deadline day, with the former France Under-21 international signing a five-year deal.

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Aug 312014
 

Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Liverpool: Match Report – view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.Impressive Reds ease past SpursAlberto Moreno’s exquisite solo strike capped a dominant Liverpool performance as Mauricio Pochettino’s perfect start to life at Tottenham came to an abrupt end.Brendan Rodgers’ side produced the ideal response to Monday’s defeat at Manchester City, with Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and a wonderful effort from Moreno condemning Spurs to a 3-0 loss at White Hart Lane.The first defeat of the Pochettino era would have been worse was it not for high-profile debutant Mario Balotelli’s clear rustiness on an afternoon which will have brought back painful memories of last season’s humblings.Liverpool followed up a 5-0 win at White Hart Lane with a 4-0 triumph at Anfield last term and it looked like a similar scoreline would be on the cards when Sterling swept home after a fine team move in the eighth minute.Balotelli should have put the visitors up before that and wasted two more wonderful first-half chances, although Gerrard slotted home from the penalty spot early in the second half after Eric Dier was adjudged to have hauled back Joe Allen.The scoreline got worse for the hosts when Moreno dispossessed substitute Andros Townsend and raced the length of the Spurs half to unleash a fine low drive as Liverpool emphatically put Monday’s 3-1 loss at the Etihad Stadium behind them.The win was a fitting way to celebrate Rodgers’ 100th match at the helm – only Kenny Dalglish had a better win ratio over the same period – and victory looked likely from the outset.Despite insisting in the build-up it would not become “the Mario Balotelli show”, the pre-match focus was on the Italian who had a wonderful chance to open his account after three minutes.The maverick striker found space to meet a Daniel Sturridge cross at the back post, only for Hugo Lloris to save his close-range header before the striker turned the rebound wide.It was poor from Balotelli but a missed opportunity soon forgotten as Liverpool’s England trio combined for a stylish opener.Sturridge played through Jordan Henderson, whose low, driven cross was turned in at the backpost by Sterling – a team goal which will have no doubt pleased watching England manager Roy Hodgson.Emmanuel Adebayor had a decent chance to level almost immediately when put through by Nabil Bentaleb, only for him to lift the ball onto the roof of the net.It was a rare moment of respite as Liverpool toyed with the hosts, wasting several decent chances to pull further ahead.Sturridge wriggled free to strike a low left-footed effort just wide, before Balotelli wasted another gilt-edged chance when failing to head on target despite being left unmarked from a Gerrard free-kick.Adebayor was proving a nuisance as Spurs began to settle, although a wayward effort from Danny Rose was all they had to show for their improved performance.They were still looking shaky on occasion at the back and Lloris was fortunate not to be punished for a rush of blood to the head.Soon after saving a Sturridge pot shot, the French goalkeeper, like so many times before, burst off his line to make an interception, which he put straight at Balotelli – a chance the Italian snatched at, screwing wide of the open goal.Balotelli was guilty of firing wildly over from a corner just before the break, which Spurs were close to going into level.Adebayor showed good strength to flick the ball through to Nacer Chadli, although the attacker’s goalbound drive was denied by Simon Mignolet.Spurs were fortunate not to be further behind at the break but Liverpool did double their advantage four minutes into the second half.Dier was adjudged to have pulled back Allen in the box, with Gerrard striking home the resulting penalty – a record 43rd successive spot-kick for Liverpool.It looked a soft decision by referee Phil Dowd and one which led Pochettino to make alterations, although the introduction of Townsend immediately cost Spurs.The dawdling winger was dispossessed by Moreno just inside the Liverpool half, with the left-back powering down the flank before letting fly across Lloris.Balotelli was withdrawn after the Spaniard’s fine solo effort, which would have been usurped as the game’s best goal had the final touch matched the quality of Sterling’s inspired, mazy run.Lloris denied that tame effort and a low Sturridge strike as the tempo slowed and game petered out.There was a worrying moment for Hodgson as Rose was replaced after picking up a knock towards the end of a match which Spurs underwhelmed Source : PA

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Aug 302014
 

New signing Federico Fazio could make his Tottenham debut this weekend, although Roberto Soldado is a doubt to face Liverpool. Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino has yet to decide whether centre-back Fazio, who arrived from Sevilla on Wednesday, will feature at White Hart Lane. Soldado may be absent again with a neck and back issue, while Kyle Walker and Michel Vorm are out through injury

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Aug 302014
 

Tottenham Hotspur V Liverpool – view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.Poch undecided on FazioNew signing Federico Fazio could make his Tottenham debut this weekend, although Roberto Soldado is a doubt to face Liverpool.Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino has yet to decided whether centre-back Fazio, who arrived from Sevilla on Wednesday, will feature at White Hart Lane.Soldado may be absent again with a neck and back issue, while Kyle Walker and Michel Vorm are out through injury.Pochettino is well aware of the threat posed by Liverpool, but does not want his players to approach Sunday’s encounter differently to any of their other matches this season.Spurs start the weekend top of the Barclays Premier League, having followed up a 1-0 win at West Ham with an impressive 4-0 thrashing of Harry Redknapp’s QPR.That 100 per cent start to life under the former Southampton boss has extended to the Europa League, where a 2-1 win at AEL Limassol was followed up on Thursday by a 3-0 triumph in the second leg of their play-off tie.Tottenham go looking for a fifth successive win when Liverpool arrive in north London on Sunday – a match Pochettino wants his players to approach in the same manner as recent games.”We are looking forward to Sunday,” he said “I think it is a great game, a tough game We are looking forward to it We will try to win the three points.”For me, all games are a big a test It is true that Liverpool were second last season and they have invested a lot of money on buying different players.”Yes, it is a big test but we need to put in place a mentality to get three points We need this mentality for Sunday like we had in the last games.”Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been impressed by the impact Mario Balotelli has made in training with the Reds but is keen to stress that no individual is a bigger star than the team.Maverick striker Balotelli is in contention to make his debut at Spurs following his move from AC Milan earlier this week.Rodgers said: “He is fine He has settled in very well and has looked fantastic in training.”He is a good lad The focus is very much on his football and he has done very well.”He is moving to Merseyside He is engrossing himself into the club and the people, but more importantly into his football I look forward to seeing that development over the coming years.”When Rodgers was then asked about the excitement among Liverpool fans at the Italy international’s arrival, the manager said: “This is not the Mario Balotelli show.”He is a good player, a talented player But he has got a lot of work to do here We have a number of top-class players and the star of this team will always be the team.” Source : PA

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Aug 302014
 

Former Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood has praised his successor Mauricio Pochettino and is particularly impressed with the Argentinian’s no-nonsense approach. Pochettino ended a highly successful 18-month spell at Southampton over the summer to move to White Hart Lane and replace Sherwood, who was sacked in May after Spurs could only finish sixth in the Barclays Premier League under his charge

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Aug 292014
 

Tottenham will be looking to replicate local rivals Arsenal’s recent success against Besiktas after being paired with the Turkish side in Group C of the Europa League. The Gunners edged past Besiktas over two legs in the Champions League play-offs, with Slaven Bilic’s side dropping down to become top seeds in the secondary competition where they face a return to North London

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