Wales manager Chris Coleman says that he does not want to qualify for the Euro 2016 through the play-offs but through the automatic places. After having not qualified for the major competition for several years, Wales are ranked outsiders to reach the Euro 2016. However, they are only helped by the fact that the tournament has been expanded to include more teams. This has meant that there will be at least three possible teams that reach the final from a single group.
In their penultimate pre-season match of this summer, Barcelona absolutely demolished HJK Helsinki, a club from Finland. They won by 6-0.
A win of that sort of margin and that too in the absence of the most of the star players of the team, it’s clear that the La Liga runners up are ready to enter the upcoming season all guns blazing.
Tottenham recently managed to extend the contract of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who had a fantastic World Cup 2014. The French international played a major role in helping his national team reached the quarter-finals of the competition where they were beaten by Germany. Since coming from Lyon in the summer of 2012 for just over £ 10 million, Lloris has been one of the finest goalkeepers in the Premier league. Tottenham have been overjoyed at the fact that they will be able to keep him for five more years.
Less than 2 weeks ago Mauricio Pochettino was appointed as the head coach of Tottenham Hotspur as he replaced Tim Sherwood who was removed from his position in the club and the Argentine manager is on the verge of making his first signings at White Hart Lane.
Liverpool is eager on signing Adam Lallana from Southampton as they have already dispatched offers of €25 million for the attacking midfielder but it was rejected as Southampton is not willing to let him go for anything less than €30 million.
Tim Sherwood’s days as the Tottenham manager appeared to be numbered after midfielder Sandro claimed that the interim manager will be replaced at the end of the season. Sherwood was appointed as the replacement for Andre Villas-Boas after the Portuguese was sacked midway through the season. Even though initial results appeared extremely promising for Sherwood, things soon started turning sour after a couple of defeats. The club, who were expected to qualify for the Champions League next season, are now set to finish outside the top six.
Despite what will happen concerning the coaching position in Tottenham, there still are a number of players that have been linked with the White Hart Lane club.
Adam Lallana of Southampton is a priority of the chairman of Tottenham, Daniel Levy and an offer of the region of €20 million is expected to be done in the summer in order for Levy to lure Lallana away from Southampton.
When Gareth Bale signed with Real Madrid, Tottenham tried to fill in the shoes of the Welshman by signing new players and one of them was Erik Lamela as he arrived from AS Roma with a price tag of €25.8 but the 22 years old Argentinean player was hit with a back injury that has left him out of action since December 29.
The medical staff of Tottenham has not announced any estimated date when Lamela will be able to come back and this puts in danger his chance of playing for Argentina in the upcoming World Cup.
Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has expressed his confidence that his club can beat the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal in the remainder of the season to finish in the top four. Tottenham spent more than £ 100 million in revamping the squad in the hope of finishing in the top four.
Since Andre Villas-Boas was in charge of Tottenham, the playing time of Emmanuel Adebayor was severely limited as he spent more time on the sidelines than on the playing field and during the few moments he was indeed on the pitch with the main squad of Tottenha, his performances left more to be desired.
His spell with Tottenham is now more enjoyable as Tim Sherwood seems to have given him a light of hope. The new role that Tim Sherwood has in the club was good news for the Togelese forward who is now starting to perform like the days back where he played in Arsenal.
There were some tensions that £ 11.5 million signing from Ajax Christian Eriksen might be on the sideline till next year after hobbling out of Denmark's 2 - 1 victory on Friday against Norway. Recent scans have showed that Christian has suffered a sprained ankle injury, Earlier it was thought that it was a more severe rupture to his ligaments.
Now, he is aiming Tottenham's EPL match at White Hart Lane against Liverpool on 15th December for his return.