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Mauricio Pochettino has insisted his Tottenham side must quickly get over the disappointment of the Premier League defeat at Arsenal by getting a morale-boosting victory at Borussia Dortmund.Tottenham Hotspur News plus Fixtures, Stadium and Transfers | Mail Online 21 Nov 02:27
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Arsenal are still a long way ahead of Tottenham in terms of status, according to former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher. The Gunners beat Tottenham 2-0 at the Emirates at the weekend.Tottenham Hotspur News plus Fixtures, Stadium and Transfers | Mail Online 21 Nov 00:31
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We question the motivation behind Mesut Ozil’s outstanding display against Tottenham, discuss Cristiano Ronaldo’s continued struggles and Zlatan’s unbelievable arrogance – all in this week’s Monday Verdict….
OZIL’S MAGNIFICIENCE MORE FOR MAN UTD THAN ARSENAL
Mesut Ozil was simply outstanding in the north London derby win over Tottenham on Saturday but the question has to be asked – just who was that performance for?
To say the German has been poor this season would be a massive understatement so where did a display like that come from and if he really is that good then why can he not turn it on more often?
That’s three questions, so here’s answer.
Sorry Gunners fans but he was not displaying his footballing genius or an ability to close down that he has hidden for the past four years for you, it was almost certainly for Jose Mourinho at Man Utd or Ernesto Valverde at Barcelona.
Ozil’s contract situation is common knowledge to all, along with the admiration that Mourinho has for the gifted playmaker, but just how can a player be so bad one week and so good the next – it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
The 29-year-old was literally everywhere at The Emirates in a high-profile game that Arsenal’s bitter rivals were being heavily backed to win. What better occasion for Ozil to remind everyone that he is still an amazing footballer – when he can be bothered that is.
Ozil’s next contract will more than likely be his last big pay day, unless he fancies a trip to China in his mid-30s, so at some point he had to make people sit up and take notice and an injury-hit Spurs were his perfect fodder.
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It does make you wonder just how Arsenal fans who savoured every minute of their first league win over Tottenham in three years were actually lulled into actually believing Ozil’s Lazarus-type performance.
He probably did enough in one game to be able to take a breather until the festive programme, so watch out Crystal Palace on December 28 you may just find yourselves up against the real Mesut Ozil again.
IS CRISTIANO RONALDO LOSING HIS GOLDEN TOUCH?
Cristiano Ronaldo endured another frustrating evening as Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid shared a rare goalless draw in the first derby at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The match represented the seventh time in eight La Liga games this season that Ronaldo has failed to score as Real’s early season struggles continue.
Ronaldo made headlines in the week when defender Sergio Ramos defended the strength of Real’s squad as his team-mate had appeared to suggest after the Champions League defeat to Tottenham that it had been weakened by the summer departures of Alvaro Morata, Danilo, Fabio Coentrao, Pepe and James Rodriguez.
Manager Zinedine Zidane had played down talk of a rift between his two senior players, and apart from venting his frustration when a Toni Kroos cross went straight out of play, there was no sign of animosity between Ronaldo and his team-mates.
But just how well did Ronaldo play on Saturday night, let’s take a look…
Talk of the former Manchester United star waning has largely centred on whether he has lost a yard of pace. In his only footrace of the evening, Ronaldo was comfortably beaten to the ball by Atletico defender Juanfran when played through in the first half.
Having only scored once this season in LaLiga, it proved to be another frustrating evening in front of goal for the 32-year-old.
He did force two routine saves from Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak from free-kicks, but dragged a second-half effort wide of the target and spurned the best chance of the match late on.
Having hesitated eight yards out, Hernandez Lucas was able to block Ronaldo’s effort when a first-time shot would have taken the defender out of the equation.
A performance that will do little to end talk about Ronaldo’s lack of form – the Ballon D’or winner cut a peripheral figure for much of the contest against a well-drilled Atletico defence.
The fact that both his pace and killer instinct in front of goal let him down will have done little for the Portugal star’s confidence.
ZLATAN BANG OUT OF ORDER FOR SWEDEN TWEET
This probably applies to millions but sometimes, just sometimes you really should think before you tweet, but guess what some people just don’t care that what they may say might cause some offence.
Take Zlatan Ibrahimovic for example. A phenomenal talent who has had a remarkable career, while his comeback from a serious knee injury at 36 years of age has to be thoroughly applauded. But why is he so bloody arrogant?
Not long after his Swedish countrymen booked their place at a first World Cup finals in 12 years with an incredible play-off win over Italy, Zlatan appeared to take some of the glory for himself – despite retiring from international duty after Euro 2016.
He posted the following tweet replacing the S in Sweden for a Z, which immediately sparked rumours that he was looking to come out of retirement for one last swansong in Russia and automatically took some of the gloss off what the Swedish national team had achieved.
We are Zweden pic.twitter.com/rDXzRImev4
â Zlatan IbrahimoviÄ (@Ibra_official) November 13, 2017
There is absolutely no doubt that he was out of order – you only have to look at what Sweden coach Janne Andersson said when he was asked about a potential return for Zlatan in the aftermath of an history victory. Let’s remember they had just denied Italy a place at a World Cup finals for the first time since 1958!
Andersson said: âWe have a team that has [accomplished a triumph] during these qualifications. For crying out loud, talk about the players who did this.”
You really can’t blame him from being angry.
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Of course there is probably no doubt that Sweden will be a better team with Zlatan leading the line – he did score 62 goals in 116 appearances after all – but try telling that to the forward players who replaced him during qualifying, while he was earning a fortune strutting his admittedly brilliant stuff at Old Trafford or recuperating from that nasty injury.
Zlatan has since been quoted that he has no intention of boarding a plan to Moscow – unless he has a media job lined up – but the damage was done but a selfish act that was ill-considered and arrogant beyond belief, but hey that’s Zlatan!
ANOTHER RUDE AWAKENING FOR MOYES
If David Moyes hadnât done âdue diligenceâ when he took the Sunderland job, it would be interesting to know his thoughts after witnessing those first 90 minutes as West Ham manager.
The Hammers travelled to Watford with the circumstances looking fairly favourable for them to at least secure a positive result; the cliched ânew manager syndromeâ coupled with Watfordâs poor run of form made it an interesting litmus test for the side rooted in the bottom three.
With just two wins all season, Moyes has clearly inherited a squad low on confidence. That was plain to see in the first half as Watford started on the front foot, constantly being allowed to find overlapping runners and wreak havoc down the flanks. When Will Hughes sweetly struck the hosts in front inside 10 minutes, few could begrudge them a lead.
Cheikou Kouyate had two really good chances to draw the visitors level; but when your lucks out, itâs out. If Moyesâ face was grimacing at those misses, goodness knows what his expression was when Richarlison was found in yards of space before being allowed a free run at the full-back before slotting one past Joe Hart.
Chants of âYouâre not fit to wear the shirtâ could be heard from the away end at one point during the match, and this is a fanbase which appears to be turning very quickly on the men at the top.
While Moyes racked up his 500th game as a Premier League manager, Marco Silva amassed his 251st game as a manager in any game. One must be impressed at how Silva set his side up to take advantage of a side that is looking for a way to a) score goals and b) keep them out.
Silva once again failed to rule out a move to Everton in his post-match comments, but you have to question why he would even consider it. A bigger club yes, but he is putting his stamp upon the Hertfordshire side, and his stock is constantly rising. His counterpart however is struggling to keep his reputation afloat.
The post Monday Verdict: Ozil plays for himself; Ronaldo gone at the game appeared first on teamtalk.com.Tottenham Hotspur â teamtalk.com 20 Nov 22:08
It was bad decision after bad decision onÂ matchday 12 of the Premier League and Arsene Wenger was not moaning this weekend.
Refereeing decisions are regularly the source of debate among fans, pundits, players and managers so this season a five-strong TEAMtalk panel will be passing judgement on every red card (or avoidance of one), every penalty and any other major incident every matchday.
Weâll also decide on a weekly basis which side can consider themselves lucky and which was the easiest decision for a match official to make.
Arsenal first goal against Tottenham
It seems you can’t keep Mike Dean out of the headlines. A frenetic north London derby and the venerable old whistler had a mare in the first half. That was never a free-kick against Davinson Sanchez in a million years in the build up to Arsenal’s first goal. And to add insult to injury (if you are a Spurs fan) Shkodran Mustafi was offside before putting Arsenal in front. Desperately poor decision from Dean, and a raging Mauricio Pochettinho said afterwards: “It is not one mistake, it was two. It was a foul and it was offside. It was very clear.”
Arsene Wenger was moaning last week after the defeat at Man City; he will not be moaning this week. Maybe decisions do even themselves out?
Verdict: Incorrect decision
Vincent Kompany yellow card v Leicester City
After getting a couple of favourable calls against Arsenal they got another one on Saturday. There was a a massive call after just three minutes at the King Power and Kompany was very, very fortunate not to get a red card. Jamie Vardy was blatantly hacked down when through on goal after a cynical lunge by the City skipper. “Off, Off, Off” screamed the home fans but the big Belgian somehow only ended up with a yellow. The only possible mitigation for the referee was the fact John Stones covering Kompany may have saved him from a red. Mighty contentious however and the general consensus afterwards was Kompany should have been dismissed.
Verdict: Incorrect decision
Bournemouth first goal v Huddersfield
The Terriers were ultimately well beaten by the Cherries but they have a case that Bournemouth’s opening goal should not have stood. Callum Wilson climbed well to nod home from Jordan Ibe’s cross but in the build up Charlie Daniels almost cut Florent Haderjgonaj in two after a wild lunge. Ref Lee Probert was well placed but bizarrely declined to call the foul. It was a shocking challenge and you could tell by Daniels’ body language he was as stunned as anyone not to be carded for it.
Verdict: Incorrect decision
Simon Francis red card v Huddersfield
The big Bournemouth skipper, lucky not to be dismissed against Newcastle before the international break, could not really grumble about his red card on Saturday after picking up two cautions. Francis protested to Probert after the second yellow but they were both blatant cautions and he had to go.
Verdict: Correct decision
Everton penalty v Crystal Palace
Roy Hodgson was raging after Everton were awarded a controversial penalty at Selhurst Park, insisting Oumar Niasse’s tumble in the box was a “dive”. Ref Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot insisting Scott Dann had blocked off Niasse’s run as he made his way into the area. To be fair to Hodgson and Palace the exaggerated tumble was straight out of the WWE and it was a pretty scandalous decision on reflection.
Verdict: Incorrect decision
Manchester United penalty appeal v Newcastle United
In the end the Red Devils ran out easy winners but if they hadn’t claimed all three points Romelu Lukaku’s first-half penalty appeal would have been the main talking point at Old Trafford. With the score at 1-1 Lukaku nearly had his shirt pulled over his head by a Ciaran ClarkÂ but the referee was unmoved. Replays confirmed it was definitely a foul.
Verdict: Incorrect decision
Pedro Obiang yellow card v Watford
Obiang had a torrid afternoon against the Hornets and was hooked early by new boss David Moyes, but not before collecting a yellow card for raking his studs down the back of Will Hughes’ Achilles. A genuinely naughty challenge from the Spaniard and a yellow all day long.
Verdict: Correct decision
Andy Carroll ‘elbow’ v Watford
Just six seconds into his Premier League debut and Marvin Zeegelaar was flattened by a flailing Carroll elbow as the big Geordie went up to win a header by the touchline. The Dutchman was left with a bloodied nose but Carroll didn’t even get a talking to from the ref. On another day he might have walked as it was a reckless and dangerous challenge.
Verdict: Incorrect decision
Team most likely to feel brassed off award
The Foxes knew they were up against it when in-form City rolled into town but they will argue they should have been playing against 10 men after Kompany’s foul on Vardy. The Leicester striker was through on goal and the rules dictate that Kompany should have been heading for an early bath. He didn’t, and Pep Guardiola’s men went to on record a rather routine 2-0 victory.
Stonewall decision of the week
Simon Francis red card
Francis – who bloodied the eye of Wayne Rooney with a stray elbow earlier in the season -has been walking a disciplinary tightrope for a while now but saw red on the stroke of half-time at the weekend after picking up two yellows in quick succession for fouls on Huddersfield’s lively Rajiv van La Parra. Even Cherries boss Eddie Howe said afterwards he felt the referee “ended up making the right call”.
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Tottenham and Manchester United are considering an approach for a young Athletic Bilbao attacker, while Chelsea have tabled a âŹ70m bid for a top Italy star, according to Monday’s European papers.
TOTTENHAM, ARSENAL AND MAN UTD KEEP WATCH ON YOUNG BILBAO FORWARD
Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United are among the clubs being credited with an interest in Athletic Bilbao starÂ Gorka Guruzeta.
TheÂ 21-year-old has taken Spanish football by storm with his impressive skills and a number of clubs are looking toÂ secure the signingÂ of the player, who will be out of contract come the end of the season.
Bilbao playedÂ againstÂ Manchester UnitedÂ Under-23s at Leigh Sports Village last week and a number of clubs had scouts in attendance as they consider a move for the player.
Of those, it’s reported by Sport that both United and Spurs have both explored the possibility of signing the player.
Goruzeta would be entitled to move on a free, although any club who signs him would have to pay a developmental fee due to his age.
The player can operate across the frontline, either as a central striker or as a winger.
BARCELONA URGED TO SIGN HAZARD AFTER REAL MADRID DEVELOPMENT
Barcelona star Lionel Messi has reportedly advised Barcelona to move for Chelsea favourite Eden Hazard amid claims Real Madrid are no longer keen on the Belgian.
The former Lille man has long been linked with a move to the Bernabeu, but it’s suggested Real Madrid are ready to switch their attention to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah after the Egyptian enjoyed a prolific start to life at Anfield.
And Messi hopes Real Madrid’s reported decision to abandon their interest in Hazard will open the door to Barcelona, who still have money to spend from Neymar’s world-record sale to PSG in the summer.
According to Don Balon, Messi has told the club that Chelsea star Hazard would perfectly compliment their strikeforce and would be better suited to playing alongside himself and Luis Suarez than Philippe Coutinho, in a slightly deeper role, would.
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Chelsea would battle hard to keep Hazard, but with the star Belgian often admitting Spanish football is a lure for him, they might find it hard to retain his services should Barcelona make a concrete move for his services.
Meanwhile, Don Balon claim Manchester City could make a move for Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez after Messi objected to the Algerian joining Barcelona.
AND THE REST
Chelsea have tabled aÂ âŹ70m (ÂŁ62.3m) bid for Torino striker Andrea Belotti (El Gol)
Chelsea have been fresh hope of a January deal for Alex Sandro after the Brazilian’s new contract talks with Juventus stalled (Calciomercato)
Real Madrid are back in the market for Manchester United keeper David De Gea with a âŹ70m offer in the pipeline (El Larguero, Cadena Ser)
Ernesto Valverde will use Nelson Semedo as an emergency centre-half alongside Samuel Umtiti after Gerard Pique picked up a fifth booking of the season. It’s claimed the Barcelona boss does not trust reported Liverpool target Javier Mascherano, with a January return to Anfield drawing closer (Don Balon)
Real Madrid target Harry KaneÂ has said his goal is to play forÂ TottenhamÂ for his entire career (Bild)
However, it’s also claimedÂ Real MadridÂ are hatching a plan to sellÂ Gareth BaleÂ for ÂŁ133m and use the cash to triggerÂ Griezmann’sÂ ÂŁ90m release clause (Don Balon)
Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva admits he is in regular contact with Philippe Coutinho and says he hopes his compatriot will âwork with usâ (Telefoot)
Vincenzo Montellaâs status as AC Milanâs manager is, once again, in peril (Corriere dello Sport)
Javier Pastore’s agent has said theÂ Paris Saint-Germain midfielder is interested in a move toÂ Inter Milan (Calciomercato)
Chelsea managerÂ Antonio ConteÂ appears to beÂ Italy’sÂ red-hot favourite to take over as national team coach, with their FA’s president describing him as “fire” (Gazetta dello Sport)
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will return to face Tottenham in the Champions League on Tuesday,Â Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Bosz has confirmed.
Aubameyang was dropped for Dortmund’s defeat to Stuttgart on Friday after arriving late for a team training session before the match.
Dortmund were beaten 2-1 without their star striker and Bosz has said Aubameyang will be back to take on Spurs.
“Yes he will play tomorrow, that’s an easy answer,” Bosz said on Monday.
“Before I didn’t put him in the team against Stuttgart, I told him already this would be a match he wouldn’t play, but after, on Saturday, he trained with us, with the team, and that’s why I can tell you now he’ll play tomorrow.”
Aubameyang’s return represents a timely boost for Dortmund given he has scored 15 goals in 17 appearances for the Germans this season.
Dortmund are also woefully out of form. They have slipped to fifth in the Bundesliga following three straight losses while in the Champions League they have mustered only two draws so far.
Their poor run has heaped pressure on Bosz’s position as manager but he believes a win over Spurs could spark a revival.
“Everybody thinks we can’t win tomorrow because it’s such a bad phase,” Bosz said.
“But maybe we can have a good match tomorrow and turn it around a bit. We have to see it also as a chance, that’s how we approach the match.
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“Of course there’s irritation within the team, we are without a win in five straight matches in the Bundesliga… there is irritation.
“When you work for a club as big as Dortmund, you need to win against Stuttgart. I understand that. But I feel from the people I work with, they support us and they support me.”
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Shaka Hislop says Spurs shouldn't worry after losing at Arsenal, but Steve Nicol questions their confidence away from home. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted he may rest players against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, but said Danny Rose is in contention to start. Spurs have already qualified for the Champions League round of 16 and need only one victory from their two remaining games to progress as winners of Group H. It means Pochettino is likely to take the chance to rotate his lineup, which could include a start for Rose, who was left out of the squad completely for Saturday's north London derby. Pochettino...Tottenham Hotspur â teamtalk.com 20 Nov 19:32
Danny Rose may return to the Tottenham team for Tuesday night’s Champions League clash at Borussia Dortmund.
Rose was left out of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad for Saturday’s north London derby defeat to Arsenal and the manager was afterwards forced to deny a rift with the player.
The England international, who Pochettino said was left out at the Emirates for fitness reasons, is back in the squad for the Group H meeting at Signal Iduna Park.
“He’s doing well,” Pochettino said at the pre-match press conference.
“Today he’s going to train with the group and tomorrow we will decide if he will play.”
Tottenham are top of the pool, ahead of Real Madrid, with 10 points from four games and have already qualified for the knock-out stage.
They will be keen to bounce back from the weekend defeat to their bitter rivals, though, and Pochettino insists that loss has not knocked confidence.
“We are positive, very positive, because the performance was good, the effort was good,” he said.
“We can do better, of course.”
The Argentinian added: “The objective was to qualify and we’ve achieved that, and now it’s important to finish first if we can. It will be better if we can do that tomorrow.”
Midfielder Christian Eriksen said: “We’re still disappointed from Saturday, but we need to put it right tomorrow. It’s a very important game. Although we are through we want to win.”
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