COME ON YOU SPURS!
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
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is confident of success in North London…
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has promised his club’s fans that his new look regime will bring success to White Hart Lane, and expects his players to win a trophy within the first two years of his time in charge.
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The Spurs boss, who is quoted by the Daily Mail said: “Sometimes to change something you need time. You need to suffer and have the bad moments. We know we’re heading in the right direction. It may be in six months, one year, or two years. But I’m sure in the end the club will achieve a very important trophy.”
As the source explains, Spurs sit third in their Europa League group and host Greek Super League side Asteras Tripolis on Thursday. They slipped to ninth in the Barclays Premier League with a 4-1 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday. But, despite winning just two of their last nine games, they are still only two points away from the Champions League places.
There are concerns for Pochettino both in attack and defence. Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor have struggled to find the net with any sort of regularity so far this season, while the games against Liverpool and Manchester City exposed the frailty of their back four.
“We need to start scoring goals but we have confidence in our strikers,’ Pochettino added. “We made a lot of changes at the beginning of the season with our squad and had to implement a different philosophy on the group.”
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Spurs sit third in their Europa League group and host Greek side Asteras Tripolis on Thursday. They slipped to ninth in the Barclays Premier League with a 4-1 defeat at Manchester City.
Arsenal mounted a late comeback as they rallied from behind to record a 2-1 victory over Anderlecht at the Constant Vanden Stock stadium on Wednesday.
The Gunners dominated early proceedings, Danny Welbeck missing an early opportunity to test Silvio Proto in the Anderlecht goal, his header flashing over the bar.
A young Anderlecht outfit did, however, look dangerous on the break and Dennis Praet showed why he’s such a highly rated youngster when he whipped a wicked volley over the bar from outside the box.
Clear-cut chances were, for the most part, kept to a premium though, with Arsenal looking lethargic and lacking pace at times throughout the opening 45 minutes.
The second half saw more of the same from both sides, Arsenal enjoying plenty of possession but Anderlecht doing more with the ball.
Alexis Sanchez nearly opened the scoring after 51 minutes, but he was unable to force his header over the line, and Arsenal’s Champions League debutant Emiliano Martinez made a routine save from a low shot from Gohi Bi Zoro Cyriac Sede.
The real drama was left until the final 20 minutes, though, as Anderlecht deservedly broke the deadlock after 71 minutes. Andy Najar had been a thorn in Arsenal’s side all evening and he finished clinically with a pinpoint header that beat the outstretched arm of Martinez.
Arsenal failed to mount a serious reaction to falling behind and it looked like the home side were going to stroll to a shock win at the final whistle.
Out of nowhere, however, Kieran Gibbs scored his first Champions League goal, Arsenal’s unlikely saviour side-footing the ball past Proto.
As if that wasn’t unfair enough on the home side, it soon got even worse as substitute Lukas Podolski slammed the ball past a shocked Proto from two yards out.
The result brings Arsenal up to second in the table with six points, three behind Dortmund in top position.
Cristiano Ronaldo edged closer to the Champions League goalscoring record as Real Madrid eased to a 3-0 Group B win at Liverpool on Wednesday.
The Portuguese star opened the scoring for the reigning champions at Anfield to make it 70 goals in Europe and which leaves him one shy of Raul’s record.
Karim Benzema’s double before the interval killed the game and Real’s players slowed things down in the second half to conserve their energy for this coming weekend’s El Clasico encounter against rivals Barcelona.
The result leaves Real top of the group on nine points with three wins from three, while Brendan Rodgers’ Reds have three points but remain in with a good chance of progressing in second spot.
Liverpool started brightly and went close on 11 minutes when Steven Gerrard let fly from outside the area and Iker Casillas got down nervously to parry away to his right before his defence completed the clearance.
However Real took advantage of Liverpool’s drop in intensity and took the lead with a stylish finish from Ronaldo on 23 minutes. He picked up a return pass from James Rodriguez just inside the Reds’ area before lifting a wonderful effort over Simon Mignolet and into the corner of the net.
Liverpool’s inability to get back in numbers was almost punished by the former Manchester United man on 28 minutes when he curled an effort just wide from the edge of the area.
It was 2-0 on the half-hour when Liverpool failed to sufficiently clear a corner from the left and Toni Kroos’ cross back in found Benzema at the back post and he got in behind Glen Johnson before sending a looping header over Mignolet and into the far corner.
Real sealed the win four minutes before half time when a Kroos corner was flicked on by Raphael Varane and the ball dropped to Pepe who couldn’t force it past Mignolet but it broke to Benzema for a simple close-range finish.
Philippe Coutinho almost pulled one back just before the break but his stunning 25-yard drive rebounded off the post with Casillas beaten.
Liverpool came out playing for pride in the second half and again made a decent start to the action.
However, Ronaldo could and should have scored his second when he spurned two chances just after the hour. His first was a fierce drive from the left of the area which Mignolet pushed away, before he was set up one-on-one by Benzema but delayed his shot and the Reds’ keeper again denied him.
Raheem Sterling had an effort tipped over by Casillas on 70 minutes, before Rodriguez hit a low drive narrowly wide from just outside the area as Real went close to making it four at the other end.
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Polokwane’s Roger Majara had the first opportunity to find his strikers when he took a corner just two minutes into the Absa Premiership encounter. However, midfielder Buhle Mkhwanazi reacted sharply and cleared the ball away from the danger zone.
Thulani Hlatshwayo went for a long range effort, but his shot drifted past the left hand post. The first realistic chance of the first half came in the 12th minute when midfielder Tshepo Tema was at the end of a well worked move and took an accurate shot, forcing Wits stopper Moeneeb Jacobs to make a good save.
But Polokwane City soon produced an opportunity of their own when defender Joseph Musonda floated in a superb cross that found Puleng Tlolane, but the striker’s shot would miss right.
Wits seemed to control the latter end of the half by hanging on to the ball, which created two chances for forward Getanej Kebede. While the first was blocked by an excellent save from Polokwane keeper Modiri Marumo, the second, which came two minutes later, missed the target altogether.
But the possession would not pay off for the Clever Boys as Tlolane netted the opening goal when his right foot found the end of Musonda’s cross just five minutes before half-time.
Kostadin Papic’s men then doubled their lead in the 47th minute courtesy of a Dodam Dogere strike. The striker, who had just replaced goal scorer Tlolone, was barely on the field a minute before he steered home the goal.
Wits tried to get back in the game via Kebede, who was a real threat all night despite not scoring, but his shot was blocked by Musonda.
Josephs would prevent a third Polokwane goal with a fine finger-tip save following a shot by Essay Kanyenda. Despite Wits being more physical, Polokwane would continue to dominate the half as Josephs would make two more saves in the dying embers of the game to prevent a rout.
A brace from Lerato Lamola saw Bloemfontein Celtic come from behind to secure a 2-1 win over University of Pretoria in the Premiership on Wednesday evening.
AmaTuks got off to a flying start as Thabo Mnyamane fired them ahead after eight minutes, but Lamola responded for Phunya Sele Sele on 37 minutes before completing his double two minutes from time to hand the visitors the points.
The hosts wasted no time at all in imposing themselves on the match and took the lead early on, with Khethukuthula Zwane playing the ball on for Mnyamane, who fired the ball into the back of the net.
Geoffrey Massa then looked to double their advantage but shot too close to Patrick Tignyemb, while at the other end Washington Arubi proved just as equal to Dumisani Zuma’s effort.
The visitors would not be denied a leveller before half-time, though, as Zuma and Lamola linked up before the latter put his left-footed effort past the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
Mnyamane tried to work something for the hosts after the break but skewed a shot over, while Tebogo Monyai should have done better but could only send his header from a corner wide of the mark.
Arubi then needed to be at his very best to just get fingertips to Lyle Lakay’s effort, while Tignyemb was also alert as he was able to hold on to Partson Jaure’s shot.
Chances were coming thick and fast as the match headed into the closing stages, and this time it was Tignyemb needing fingertips as he just kept out Denver Mukamba’s goal-bound effort.
However, with the 90 minutes almost up, Celtic broke home hearts following a flurry of chances, with Lamola eventually punishing the hosts’ failure to deal with the pressure after firing home to snatch the win.
Maritzburg United made it two wins on the bounce after clinching a 4-1 victory over SuperSport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday night.
Terrence Mandaza fired the visitors in front in the 41st minute, only for Lebogang Manyama to put Matsatsantsa back on level terms five minutes into the second stanza.
However, Mandaza bagged his second of the evening on 59 minutes before Mondli Cele converted three minutes later to give The Team of Choice a two-goal cushion.
And the result was put beyond any doubt in the 75th minute as Mohammed Anas slotted home with a right-footed finish after latching on to a neat pass from Cele.
The first half was a relatively low-key affair, with goalscoring chances at a premium at either end of the pitch.
SuperSport made their intentions known early on as midfielder Dove Wome flashed a powerful effort over the bar after just two minutes of play.
Later efforts from Thuso Phala and Wome failed to trouble Virgil Vries in the Maritzburg goal and those missed chances would come back to haunt them in the closing stages of the first half.
The deadlock was eventually broken in the 41st minute when Mandaza headed home from a Ntuthuko Mabaso cross into the danger area.
SuperSport came flying out of the traps after the half-time break and levelled matters just five minutes in, Manyama collecting a pass from David Mathebula before firing into the back of the net.
However, any hopes of a come-from-behind victory quickly evaporated for the hosts as Mandaza slotted home his second just moments before the hour mark.
SuperSport were still reeling from the second goal when Maritzburg struck again in the 62nd minute, with Cele bagging the all-important goal.
Maritzburg wrapped up what would turn out to be a comfortable victory in the 75th minute as Cele turned provider, setting up substitute Anas for Maritzburg’s fourth.
The result sees Steve Komphela’s men shoot up to third place the Premiership standings, while SuperSport drop down to 10th place.
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Ajax Cape Town hoisted themselves back up to second in the Premiership standings as they brushed aside Platinum Stars 2-1 on Wednesday evening.
Cecil Lolo fired the Urban Warriors ahead after 16 minutes while Tashreeq Morris doubled their advantage two minutes before the half-hour mark at the Cape Town Stadium, and although Anssi Jaakkola scored an unfortunate own goal, they were able to see out the win.
The Mother City outfit looked to get off to a strong start and Franklyn Cale twice had efforts at goal, but on both occasions he proved wasteful as he failed to find the target.
Keagan Dolly then also threatened but fizzed his shot wide of the mark, although with just over a quarter of an hour gone the hosts went in front, Lolo putting the ball into the back of the net with a right-footed finish.
The home fans wouldn’t have to wait long for the second, with Cale putting his free-kick into the opposition area where Morris eventually fired home.
Letladi Madubanya almost halved the deficit shortly before the break, but saw his effort excellently turned away by Jaakkola in the home goal.
Ajax started the second half the same way they had the first and Lolo almost grabbed his brace but fired a shot off target, while Madubanya was looking Dinaledi’s most likely outlet for a goal, but he was again denied by a wonderful diving stop from Jaakkola.
However, the goalkeeper would soon turn villain as Vuyo Mere delivered a dangerous cross into the area, with Jaakkola inexplicably putting the ball into the back of his own net.
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