A round-up of news and views relating to Tottenham Hotspur over the past 24 hours.
After going out of the Europa League on penalties in Basel last night, Clint Dempsey has said that Tottenham Hotspur must finish in the top four in the Premier League to salvage their season:
"We have to make sure we finish in fourth place and make sure we're in the Champions League next year.
"That's the only thing we can do to salvage this season and say we had a good year. That's been the goal for the season.”
Jan Vertonghen, who was sent off near the end of normal time in the Basel loss, said it was a painful way to go out, but praised the Spurs players for the way they performed with ten men in extra time. Vertonghen also conceded that it was a deserved red card.
With Spurs and Newcastle United going out last night, Chelsea are the only Premier League side left in European competitions this season, and Arsene Wenger has said that English sides need to improve their performance so as not to avoid a drop in the UEFA coefficient rankings, something that could lead to fourth place no longer being a Champions League spot.
An Arsenal fan has admitted to throwing a banana at Gareth Bale during the North London derby in March. Thomas Flint was sentenced to a three-year football banning order, fined £250 and ordered to pay costs of £85.
Sandro has told reporters in Brazil that he has moved onto the next stage of his recovery, and has begun running again. The midfielder is recuperating in Brazil, having been ruled out for the season in January with a knee injury.
On HITC today we defend Emmanuel Adebayor after he missed a penalty during the Basel shootout defeat, and also look at the best jokes made about the striker following the miss. We also look at whether Spurs are now in pole position to sign Robert Lewandowski and Atletico Madrid’s Ivan Alejo, and assess what Younes Kaboul will bring to the side as he nears his return from injury.
In other transfer news, Spurs are reportedly considering a summer bid for Everton’s Leon Osman, with the 31 year old midfielder apparently unwilling to sign a new deal at the Toffees.
Paul Lambert has apparently slapped a £25million price tag on his star striker Christian Benteke, with the Aston Villa manager hoping to ward off a slew of interested clubs this summer.
Lewis Holtby was one player who had fine game against Basel, and his last two displays suggest that he might be able to play an important role in the centre of Spurs’ midfield over the next few weeks.
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