Author Archives: Paul MacInnes

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Frank Lampard demands more from Chelsea’s youngsters in battle for fourth

By | 15th February 2020

• Manager calls for extra ‘10-15%’ to secure top-four finish• ‘It’s a critical time and I need the young players to do their thing‘Frank Lampard has demanded “more and I want more now” from his young Chelsea side as he prepares for Monday’s Premier Lea…

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Giovani Lo Celso: ‘I try not to compare myself to Christian Eriksen’

By | 1st February 2020

With the ink newly dry on a permanent five-year deal, Tottenham’s goalscoring playmaker wants to carve his own nicheAfter five months at the club it was only in the past week that Giovani Lo Celso finally became a Tottenham player. The Argentinian arri…

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‘The devil will appear again’: Pochettino backs Dele Alli to rediscover Spurs form

By | 1st November 2019

• ‘Sometimes players being a bit naughty makes that difference’• Alli one of many underperforming Tottenham playersMauricio Pochettino has backed Dele Alli to come good and looks forward to the England international being “a bit naughty” on the pitch.A…

Mauricio Pochettino looks to his past for Bayern Munich pick-me-up

By | 4th October 2019

Spurs’ manager once lost 6-0 in Argentina and went on to win the league so he will not overreact after Champions League lossMauricio Pochettino has taken a shellacking before. After the 7-2 defeat by Bayern Munich, the Tottenham manager was asked wheth…

Rejuvenated Kieran Trippier making a quick impression at Atlético Madrid

By | 14th September 2019

The former Spurs right-back hinted he was unwanted at his old club, but is making the most of a fresh start in SpainA few months ago, Kieran Trippier was mingling in the stands of the Wanda Metropolitano. It was the end of the Champions League final an…

Spurs ‘vulnerable’ to bids for players from Europe, says Mauricio Pochettino

By | 9th August 2019

• Manager wary of effects of longer European transfer window• ‘Any club from Europe can create a big problem’Tottenham are going into the season having significantly strengthened their squad but Mauricio Pochettino remains wary of European rivals poach…

Jan Vertonghen hopes for glorious end to ‘craziest Champions League ever’

By | 30th May 2019

• Spurs defender praises Mauricio Pochettino as final nears• ‘In every single game something crazy happened’Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen is hoping for a successful end to the “craziest Champions League ever”, as the countdown to Saturday’s final with Liv…

David Luiz: ‘We have to beat Unai Emery as well as Arsenal in the final’

By | 26th May 2019

Chelsea’s Brazilian defender enjoyed his brief spell working with Unai Emery at PSG and looks forward to meeting in the Europa League final in BakuDavid Luiz has enjoyed a characteristically eventful season. He is the object of voluble criticism every …

Harry Kane: ‘Anything is possible in football. Just look at the Champions League final in 1999’

By | 12th January 2019

The Tottenham and England striker is firing on all cylinders after a slow start to the season and full of confidence going into Sunday’s clash with Manchester UnitedI don’t remember watching it live,” says Harry Kane of the 1999 Champions League final,…

Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri admits he underestimated Tottenham rivalry

By | 7th January 2019

• Chelsea travel to Wembley for Carabao Cup semi-final first leg • Sarri vows to learn from league defeat by SpursMaurizio Sarri has earned something of a reputation for stubbornness since his arrival in England. He has stuck to his style of play when …