Tottenham weekend round-up: Sherwood blasts players, City swoop mooted

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

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Tottenham's crushing 4-0 thumping at the hands of London rivals Chelsea served as a huge blow to their hopes of breaking into the top four and earning an all important Champions League place. After a slew of defensive errors that gifted Chelsea their goals, manager Tim Sherwood was evidently angry and suggested the club are a long way off a top four finish, and that his players need to show more grit.

“Everyone at the club talks about top four,” said Sherwood after the game. “Wake up. We’re miles away. You can’t finish top four if you can’t beat the top teams. OK, we’ve beaten Man United and we’ve beaten Everton who are in and around us but you’re reliant on rolling over on, with all due respect, the smaller sides. We’re not even close.”

“Too many of them are too nice to each other, they need to show a bit more gut and not want to be someone’s mate all the time. It can’t always be me having a pop at them, they need to drag it out of each other. There’s a few I’d count on and there’s a few I wouldn’t.”

Amidst all the bad news surrounding Spurs this weekend, they have seemingly managed to lure chief scout Ian Broomfield back to the club. Broomfield, who has been credited with bringing the likes of Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen and Sandro to White Hart Lane, had been all set to join fierce rivals Arsenal, but after learning about the impending switch across North London, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has moved to keep hold of Broomfield.

Meanwhile, the club have been linked with a summer swoop for Manchester City midfielder James Milner. The England international is something of a bit-part player at the Etihad Stadium under Manuel Pellegrini, and with just over a year remaining on his contract, City could be open to selling the former Aston Villa man. Whilst he regularly plays out wide, it is reported that Spurs are interested in using the 28-year-old in the centre of midfield.

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