Toby, Dier And Kane On Defeat in Nashville

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Spurs stars Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld have been looking at the bigger picture despite receiving a 3-0 thumping from City last night in Nashville in Tottenham’s final International Champions Cup game of the pre-season.

City were rampant and Spurs were second best for the majority of last night’s game, and Tottenham can consider themselves very lucky the score wasn’t much more harsh than 3-0.

Speaking in an interview uploaded to Tottenham’s official club website, in response to the battering, stalwart defender Toby Alderweireld stated that Spurs have ‘two weeks to improve’ with the new season fast approaching over the horizon line. He said:

“We’ve had a tough week of training hard, but the quality has to be better and we all know that. That’s why you play in pre-season. We don’t think ‘it’s pre-season, we don’t care’ – we do care.”

“We now have two weeks to improve ourselves, to get to the level we were at last season and become even better. You don’t want to lose, of course, but we will learn and improve.”

“Now we travel back, we’ll work hard and it’s one more pre-season game against Juventus next Saturday. We have to be ready when the Premier League starts.”

Along the same line of thought, Eric Dier stated that Tottenham have just a fortnight left to get back into the habit of winning games again. He said:

“Obviously we’d like to win every game but sometimes you can’t and I think the most important thing is that the work rate’s high and we try to add some good performances.”

“Obviously you’d like to win every game because winning becomes a habit and we want to have that habit so obviously from that point of view it’s disappointing.”

“We’ve worked hard, but we know we’ve still got a lot to improve on and we’ve got two weeks to do that.”

Tottenham talisman Harry Kane then offered a similar sentiment, suggesting that although the result was disappointing, the main priority was regaining fitness and preparing for the season ahead.

“It’s great to get the fitness in,” He added. “And that was my first 90 minutes, so that’s good.”

“It’s obviously disappointing to lose and it shows we’ve still got a bit to work on before the start of the season. We can’t read too much into the results, win, lose or draw.”

“We’ll keep working on what we need to work on, try to get fitter and be ready for Newcastle. That’s the target and it’s only a couple of weeks away now.”

“We’ll keep working hard. It’s Juventus next weekend, another great game for us. It’s about getting fit and ready for that Newcastle game.”

Kane then briefly weighed in on Chelsea boss Antonio Conte’s ‘dream striker’ comments, revealing that though the praise is high, he’s only concentrating on Tottenham and improving his physical condition ahead of the upcoming 2017-18 Premier League season.

“Obviously it’s kind words,” He said. “But I’m focused on my team and what my manager thinks.”

“I’m out here concentrating on what I need to do, and being fit for the new season.”

You can find the full interviews, as well as further thoughts from Mauricio Pochettino, on Tottenham’s official website.

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  1. To get better they must sign 2-3 players:
    1) A central and/or outside defender. My vote is for Ben Gibson as he was a stalwart for a lame club last year. Not sure if the Spurs will go 2 or 3 at the back, but I’m still not convinced by Trippier’s defense. His passing last night, after the first 6 minutes, also looked choked so I wonder if he’ll be able to step up in big games. A bit worried on this front.
    2) An attacker NOT named Ross Barkley. My vote here is Kovacic but I don’t hold my breath that any Spanish player will come to Spurs, especially those from Real or Barca. Only French player worth a gamble would be Lemar, as most of the others linked look frighteningly similar to N’Ybody. I do like how N’Koudou’s looked so far and hope that he’ll get a real opportunity this year.

    Overall, I’m concerned about the upcoming year. MCity and M United look stronger, with Chelsea and Liverpool more than strong enough without their expensive additions. Spurs need to pull their heads out of their training ground and cement a signing ASAP or it’s going to be a season of old, fighting to get our old 5th place Europa League position.

    • it’s a valid point you’ve made, and one that seems to echo throughout most fans opinions.
      Unfortunately spurs is not run like Chelsea and Man Utd were money is thrown around like its going out of fashion. Levy is very shrewd, and likes a bargain. Sissoko was the biggest money spending mistakes ever, he must of been drunk on that one!
      I appreciate how careful he is, but it must be very hard for Poch to try and pick out players he wants, who wont argue with a lower salary than other top clubs would pay.
      This is why, his choice of young talent works for Levy, because young kids wont ask for more money, until the day comes they are wanted by others, than they will make their demands, with the help of their agents.
      Lets hope the money from the Walker sale is spent wisely. You never know, another Dele Alli might be just around the corner from a lower league, and we will all be surprised again.


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