A round-up of news and views relating to Tottenham Hotspur over the past 24 hours.
Tottenham Hotspur trio Mousa Dembele, Scott Parker and Aaron Lennon are all doubts for tomorrow night’s trip to Stamford Bridge. Parker missed the weekend’s match with Southampton, whilst both Dembele and Lennon were forced off with injuries in that game.
Eden Hazard is available for Chelsea, having recovered from the calf problem that kept him out of their win at Manchester United on Sunday. John Obi Mikel and Ryan Bertrand are not available, but Oriol Romeu might make his long-awaited return.
Andre Villas-Boas has said that he has good and bad memories of his time at Stamford Bridge, and does not feel any undue pressure on his return to Chelsea for the game tomorrow night. Villas-Boas also hit back at Arsenal goalkeeper Wojiech Szczesny, who came out recently saying that Spurs do not have the quality to finish in the top four:
“I think it would be a little more tolerable if it had come from a genuine Arsenal fan,” said Villas-Boas.
“But it is coming from an Arsenal player, an Arsenal player who is probably only passing by to another club, or he’s not going to stay there for life.”
Younes Kaboul has hailed the impact of Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham Hotspur, saying the Portuguese manager was what the club needed years ago, especially in terms of his tactical acumen.
There have been reports that Tottenham Hotspur are prepared to rebuff any approach for Gareth Bale this summer, regardless of whether they qualify for the Champions League. There has been increasing speculation Bale could leave on the back of his superb season at White Hart Lane. However there have also been rumours that Bale is close to signing a new contract at Spurs.
Ahead of the game tomorrow Juan Mata has singled out Bale as one of the best players in the world at the moment:
“For me, Gareth is, right now, one of the best in the world. Not just in England, not just in Europe - in the world.”
Hamburg sporting director Frank Arnesen has suggested that the club will sell Son Heung-Min this summer if they cannot agree a new deal with the South Korean player. Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund are all reportedly interested in the 20 year old.
On HITC today, we look at the implications of tomorrow’s match for the top four race and report on Sam Byram, the Leeds player Spurs have been linked with. We also have predicted line-ups for Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the game tomorrow.
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