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Gotze or Reus?

After Marco Reus scored two sublime goals as he helped Borussia Dortmund lift the German Super Cup and see new Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola lose his first competitive game in charge of his new side, many were wondering whether Bayern had made the right decision in signing Mario Gotze and not his fellow German Reus.

Bayern paid £34 million to secure Gotze’s prized signature as they continued to build a squad to dominate German football and take one of Dortmund’s most prized assets. The German international who can play anywhere across the midfield scored 22 goals during his 83 appearances at the Westfalenstadion which made him a target for the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal before Munich triggered his release clause as they broke up the formidable trio of Gotze, Reus and prolific Polish front man Robert Lewandowski.

The other option that Bayern could have chosen when making… Continue reading →

Bale in or Bail out? Spurs’ Dilemma

 

I have said all summer that I expect Gareth Bale to be a Tottenham Hotspur player next season but a number of ludicrous offers have been suggested by newspapers and football websites and forced me to question my opinion.

 

Whether or not you are of the opinion that Bale has done enough to be mentioned with the likes of Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is irrelevant, as Real Madrid apparently do. The Welshman, who scooped up every player award in the Premier League last season, has attracted interest from every corner of the world.

 

His 26 goals for Tottenham last season led midfield legend Zinedine Zidane to say Bale was the most exciting player in Europe, although this comment should be taken with a pinch of salt considering the Frenchman’s position at suitors Real Madrid. Although it wasn’t solely his goal tally that drew this attention, he… Continue reading →

Pochettino Effect

After chairman Nicola Cortese made a decision which stunned the Premier League, many were hoping and expecting it to backfire. He dismissed Nigel Adkins and replaced him with the unknown Mauricio Pochettino. It left the football world is disbelief, the man who had changed the fortunes of the club and then taken them out into mid table security was gone and a man with no Premier League experience was in the hot seat.

His first game was at home to Everton where they secured a hard fought point as Pochettino tried to continue where Adkins had left off and continue the rise up the table. As Cortese came in for huge criticism for his decision, Saints started to play the way the Argentine wanted – to press high up the pitch, to win the ball and attack. It started to work. Saints now were in fine form as they secured triumphs… Continue reading →

Roberto Martinez: Moving To The Next Level

Roberto Martinez is one of the most likeable characters in the Premier League as he led Wigan to survival year after year in some of the Premier League’s greatest ever escapes. The Spaniard who had a wonderful playing career moved into management in 2007 and has never looked back. He now moves on to the next step of his career with Everton.

At the time whilst managing Swansea, he decided to take his opportunity to manage in the Premier League with Wigan Athletic. Martinez first season with the club was not the most consistent. Big wins against the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool coupled with crushing defeats to Tottenham and Chelsea saw Wigan finish in 16th place as Martinez adjusted to life in the top flight.

His second and third seasons at the club saw them once again pull of great escapes as they won on the last day… Continue reading →

Paper Talk Tuesday 31st July

 

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy values Real Madrid target Gareth Bale, 24, at a “staggering” £125 million.

Full story: the Sun 

 

Bale’s future is in turmoil after it emerged the Welshman is reluctant to risk his relationship with Tottenham fans by handing in a transfer request.

Full story: Daily Mail 

 

Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid’s sporting director, has told Tottenham to let Bale hold talks with them.

Full story: Daily Star 

 

Tottenham will reluctantly agree to sell Bale to Real as long as Luka Modric is included in what would be a world-record transfer deal.

Full story: the Times (subscription required) 

 

Levy hopes that his demands of £100 million in cash for the club’s star player will be enough to ward off Real Madrid’s advances – particularly as the Spanish club still owe money on last summer’s purchase of Modric from Spurs.

Full story: London Evening Standard … Continue reading →

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