Pochettino: Tottenham’s attacking talent deserve spotlight

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists his side’s attacking talent deserve praise after a rampant display saw Spurs seal a 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.The Argentine was poached from Southampton in the summer to fulfil the club’s attacking philosophy, and his impact was evident as his side dazzled fans with one of their best performances in a long time.Last season’s forgotten man Erik Lamela, who looks rejuvenated playing under his compatriot, shone brightly on the wing while Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen and Emmanuel Adebayor all proved far too strong for Harry Redknapp’s men on the ex-Tottenham boss’ first return to White Hart Lane.Chadli scored twice in the first half, either side of a second goal in as many Premier League appearances for Eric Dier, while Adebayor added a fourth after the break to take Spurs temporarily top of table.And Pochettino was full of praise for his wealth of attacking talent, insisting he is keen to allow his players to roam free of their shackles.“Lamela, Adebayor, Chadli and Eriksen create the movement and rotate – they are free,” he said.“For me, it is important that the team show they are a team. We played like a team all together and we can achieve something.“We work a lot on the training ground but it is important that the players are free in their minds because they are creative players.“You can not put the players like that in the shade, you need to provide the organisation but after that they are free.“It is true that Lamela can improve a lot. He is still young and when a young player arrives in a different country it is hard to adapt.“We all know his skills and we are very pleased for him and for all of the squad – today was a very good day.”Together with the side’s creative talent, another of the outstanding performers was 20-year-old defender Dier.Born in England but raised in Portugal, the centre-back has proved a steal at £4million this summer having netted a goal apiece in his first two games in a Spurs shirt.But Pochettino has warned against putting too much pressure on the youngster, with many already calling for his call-up for international duty.The Argentine coach added: “To score is great for his confidence, but it’s important to be careful because he is only a young player.“At the moment he is showing great maturity and skill as a centre-back, but we need to take it step by step, we have a long season ahead and we have to be patient.”last_img read more

Former Charlton midfielder Darren Pitcher dies, aged 49

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade The club are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former player Darren Pitcher at the age of 49 👉https://t.co/g2cwQLdSnt #cafc pic.twitter.com/7GJRqmJY8s— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) November 26, 2018The midfielder was part of the Charlton team which returned to their home stadium at The Valley on December 5, 1992, and helped set up the goal in the 1-0 win over Portsmouth.Pitcher moved across south London to Palace and the Eagles went on to reach the semi-finals of both the League Cup and FA Cup in his first season.The midfielder, though, saw his playing career eventually come to a premature end in the wake of a serious knee injury suffered against Huddersfield following a challenge from Paul Reid during a First Division match on August 31, 1996.Pitcher had a brief spell with Leyton Orient during 1998, but never played professionally again afterwards.In 2001, Pitcher lost his case of alleged negligence against Huddersfield at the High Court, in which he was seeking damages of more than £1million. Latest Football News Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ADVICE RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade huge blow MONEY no dice Former midfielder Darren Pitcher has died aged 49, Charlton Athletic confirmed on Monday.Pitcher came through Charlton’s youth ranks, joining them at 13, and went on to make 214 appearances, scoring 12 goals before joining Crystal Palace in 1994. REPLY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won So so sad to hear about Darren, my thoughts and the thoughts of everyone at Crystal Palace are with his family and friends. Darren Pitcher – 1969-2018 – News – Crystal Palace FC https://t.co/poGIlHZ835— Steve Parish (@CEO4TAG) November 26, 2018 BEST OF Since leaving professional football, Pitcher had been working in the building trade.Charlton historian Colin Cameron had reflected on Pitcher’s time with the Addicks in his book ‘Valiant 500’. He wrote: “What was admirable about Pitcher was his attitude, patience and determination to improve his game.”Pitcher made 83 appearances for Palace, scoring two goals before his retirement, including a long-range effort in the 1994-95 FA Cup quarter-final win over Wolves.“Crystal Palace are saddened to hear of the passing of former midfielder Darren Pitcher at the age of 49,” the Eagles said on their official website.“Everyone at the club would like to pass on their condolences to Darren’s family and friends.” shining last_img read more

WITH the start of the new season just days away th

first_imgWITH the start of the new season just days away the media spotlight is now trained on Engage Super League XVI but there is only one place where fans will find the cream of Rugby League writers have come together – the official Millennium Magic programme.Many of the leading lights of the national Rugby League press have contributed unique articles for the event publication, with features covering every Engage Super League club.And to celebrate the Magic Weekend’s move to its new season launch position, the official RFL event programme comes with a free copy of a 68-page pocket guide to preview the new season, which includes a statistical spotlight on all 14 clubs plus essential supporter information too.Under the editorship of Sunday Times writer Chris Irvine, the main Millennium Magic programme includes features with Jamie Peacock, Brett Hodgson, Matt Diskin and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook to name but a few.There’s also Robbie Hunter-Paul’s season preview and club-by-club predictions, plus interviews with Iestyn Harris and Rob Powell – two of six new head coaches at Super Leagues clubs.With the Magic weekend fixture list reverting to a derby-dominated line-up fans give their views on just what it means to play their local rivals.The official RFL event programme and season pocket guide will be available throughout the Millennium Stadium over the Magic Weekend priced at £5 or by calling 01347 821344.last_img read more