Category: Italian

Watch: Spurs 2-1 PSV – Thogden Reacts To Dramatic Second Half

Two late goals from Harry Kane kept Spurs’ hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout round alive against PSV Eindhoven last night.

However, a 1-1 draw between Inter and Barcelona in the other Group B clash means Mauricio Pochettino’s men have it all to do with the Italian giants still to visit London and a daunting trip to the Nou Camp looming large.

Playmaker FC’s Theo Ogden was at Wembley to witness the dramatic second half comeback against the Dutch champions and believes it is in big European outings like this where Daniel Levy may regret not doing more to temp Jack Grealish away from Aston Villa this summer.

Pochettino’s squad is being pushed to the limit whilst currently attempting to compete on three fronts and with fatigue clearly evident in the dying embers of the game, the stage was set for a fresh pair of legs. Kane delivered the goods this time round but they may not be so lucky against a more formidable opponent.

You can check out more of Thogden’s reactions, vlogs and more here.

Two Tottenham players that didn't start win vs Chelsea hold the key to Spurs beating Inter Milan

Tottenham Hotspur go into their must-win Champions League tie with Inter Milan at Wembley on Wednesday on the back of a morale-boosting 3-1 Premier League victory over Chelsea at the weekend.

Spurs have only taken four points from their four European ties so far to leave them in danger of missing out on qualification for the knockout stages, and having lost 2-1 to Inter on the opening matchday they know that they need to beat them in north London to draw level with them on seven points ahead of their trip to the Camp Nou.

The Serie A outfit come into the pivotal fixture having won 10 of their previous 13 matches in all competitions, with their only defeats during that period coming away at Barcelona and Atalanta.

On The Chalkboard

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will already be thinking about how he can mastermind another important victory for his team, and he would be wise to take a closer look at how Atalanta recorded a comprehensive 4-1 victory against Inter earlier this month.

With first-choice right-back Sime Vrsaljko set to miss the tie at Wembley through injury, it means that Danilo D’Ambrosio is likely to start in that position.

The 30-year-old suffered a nightmare afternoon in the heavy Serie A defeat with at least two of the goals coming from his side, while the usually imperious Milan Skriniar was bullied by Duvon Zapata throughout.

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Who can make an impact for Tottenham?

Neither Erik Lamela nor Lucas Moura started the impressive 3-1 triumph over Chelsea, but they could hold the key to delivering three points for Spurs against Inter.

While Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min can cause problems from out wide, neither perhaps has the trickery and directness that their Argentine teammate can bring on the left flank, targeting one of the Italian giants’ weak links in D’Ambrosio.

Meanwhile, while Kane is obviously a world-class striker he perhaps doesn’t have the pace to cause Skriniar real problems, and Pochettino should consider starting Moura alongside the England international so he can use his speed and power to pressurise the centre-back.

Watch: German Reporter Thinks Cristiano Ronaldo Plays For Brazil

There’s no doubt that Brazil fans enjoy talking about Ronaldo. Il Fenomeno led Seleção to the World Cup final in 1998 before going on to lift the trophy in 2002 in addition to finishing the tournament as top scorer.

However, they wouldn’t have expected to be discussing a certain other Ronaldo prior to Friday night’s friendly between Brazil and Uruguay at the Emirates.

Much to their bemusement, that’s exactly what happened when Playmaker FC’s Footy Pranks, posing as a German reporter, decided to grill them on CRISTIANO Ronaldo’s importance to their team.

Check out the video above for the hilarious reactions to Footy Prank’s ridiculous questions.

Perfect for Silva: Everton should make an ambitious swoop for CL-experienced seven-goal ace

Everton have plenty of things to feel positive about this season, but Marco Silva’s side have struggled to make a significant impact up front.

Most of their goals have come from the midfield or wide areas due to the lacklustre efforts of Cenk Tosun, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Oumar Niasse.

In fact, to solve the issue, Silva has trusted winger Richarlison with the goal burden.

Perhaps, though, the Toffees should try to dip into the January transfer market and one man who they should target in an ambitious swoop is Napoli attacker Dries Mertens.

The Belgium international has been at the Italian club since 2013, and this season he has struck seven goals in 12 Serie A outings, but he has only started six of them.

On Sunday, the forward played the full 90 minutes of Belgium’s Nations League match against Switzerland, which ended in disappointment as their opponents came from 2-0 down to win 5-2.

Mertens failed to find the back of the net in an attack that included Eden Hazard and his brother Thorgan, who scored both of the Red Devils’ goals.

He was, though, heavily involved in Belgium’s attacking moves and he made more key passes than any of his teammates.

Mertens tried to make things work by delivering balls into the box, but it was not to be as Roberto Martinez’s side settled for defeat.

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The Belgian may not be an out-and-out goalscorer, but he has the ability to pose a threat for Everton.

Whether or not the Toffees would be able to get a deal over the line remains to be seen, but he should be on their radar.

'Cost over £100m' … These Man United fans debate move that would solve Mourinho's problems

The one type of player that Manchester United desperately needed in the summer was a centre-back.

Jose Mourinho failed to get his wish, and as a result has had Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones to choose from.

It has certainly not been plain sailing given that a handful of them have had spells on the sideline with injuries.

Bailly was arguably the best out of the bunch last season, but in the current campaign, Mourinho has opted not to play the Ivory Coast international on a regular basis.

According to the Daily Record, the 24-year-old is frustrated with his circumstances at Old Trafford, which has altered the attention of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

The report adds that Mourinho has set his sights on landing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who has been linked with a move to the Premier League for some time.

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On Reddit, some United fans discussed the possibility of signing the Napoli star while also debating over Bailly’s future.