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Spurs boss motivated by 'revenge' against Stoke

Mauricio Pochettino is confident Tottenham will this weekend exact revenge on Stoke after defeats home and away last season.

Spurs don't have a great record against Stoke. Credit: Reuters

During a topsy-turvy first season at the White Hart Lane helm, one of the undoubted troughs for the former Argentina international came in November's home clash with the Potters.

That 2-1 home defeat was Spurs' third loss in four league games and led pressure to mount on Pochettino - a sticky period he survived and moved on from, leading the club to the Capital One Cup final and a fifth-placed finish.

Stoke once again exposed the north Londoners' soft underbelly before the season was out, though, winning 3-0 in May, giving Pochettino even more motivation to triumph when the sides meet again on Saturday.

Pochettino said:

It's true the last two games that we played at White Hart Lane and the Britannia Stadium we lost, but it's a good opportunity to take our revenge.

It's a different season, we're happy with our performance - disappointed with the result - against Manchester United but I think the way we played, our performance was good.

We need to show on Saturday that we deserved more.

– Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino

Spurs striker spotted at airport heading for Spain

Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado is returning to Spain to sign for Villarreal, according to a tweet from his team mate Erik Lamela and Spurs fans Soldado bumped into at Gatwick Airport on Thursday.

Soldado scored 7 Premier League goals in 52 games. Credit: PA

Soldado, 30, who cost Tottenham a then club record fee of £26m when he joined them from Valencia two years ago, failed to reproduce the scoring form for Spurs he had previously shown in Spain, with just 16 goals in 76 matches in all competitions.

He scored only one Premier League goal last season, and seven in all and although he remained popular with the fans for his never-say-die attitude, he never adapted to the greater physical demands of the English game.

Lamela's tweet all but confirmed Soldado's departure wishing him all the best at his new club.

The tweet came after Spurs fans posted pictures of themselves with Soldado at Gatwick Airport early on Thursday with the Spanish striker reportedly confirming to them he was flying out to sign for Villarreal.

Spurs meanwhile, are reportedly close to completing the 12 million pounds signing of Cameroon international Clinton Njie from Olympique Lyonnais, with the 21-year-old striker having a medical in London this week.


The Harry Kane stats Spurs fans didn't want to see

By any standards, Harry Kane enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season as Tottenham's first choice striker in 2014/15.

Kane's goal-scoring exploits faded in April and May. Credit: Oulala

He bagged 21 Premier League goals despite failing to reach double figures at Leyton Orient, MK Dons and Millwall in the Championship and League One.

The only worry for Spurs fans is how Kane's goal-scoring exploits appeared to fade as the season wore on.

He averaged a goal every 99 minutes between November and March, but just one goal every 357 minutes between April and May.

Kane's shot accuracy and strike rate were also down during the same period, and following a goalless Euro under-21 tournament with England, Spurs supporters will be hoping the 22 year-old doesn't prove to be a one-season wonder.

Stats courtesy of Oulala

Dele Alli scores on Spurs debut against Brentford

Dele Alli marked his first Tottenham run-out with a goal as Brentford were overcome 2-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Wednesday.

Dele Alli was on target in his first appearance for Spurs. Credit: PA

Signed from MK Dons in February, the 19-year-old was spent the remainder of last season on loan at his home-town club, helping them secure automatic promotion from League One.

It meant Alli's first appearance for Spurs only arrived on Wednesday, when his penalty helped overcome the Championship Bees 2-1 at Hotspur Way.

The midfielder converted the second spot-kick of the match in stoppage-time, with Shaq Coulthirst having scored the first before Jermaine Udumaga pulled one back at the death.

Toby Alderweireld also played his first match for Spurs since joining from Atletico Madrid, starting the match alongside fellow new boys Kevin Wimmer and Kieran Trippier.

PSG made Spurs exit 'a lot easier' for Stambouli

Defensive midfielder Benjamin Stambouli has left Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur to join Paris Saint-Germain on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee, the French champions said on Tuesday.

Benjamin Stambouli has left Spurs for PSG. Credit: PA

The 24-year-old made 12 appearances after joining Spurs last September from Montpellier.

"I wasn't necessarily planning to leave the Premier League after one year but when a club with the stature of Paris Saint-Germain calls you, it makes your choice a lot easier," Stambouli said in a statement from PSG.

PSG paid a fee of about £6m for the former France under-21 player, who was a member of the Montpellier squad that won the Ligue 1 title in 2012.

"He is a French player who has already proved the impact that he can make in midfield both athletically and technically," PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said.

"France is going to rediscover a player that was full of promises when he was playing in Ligue 1."

Spurs defender undergoes medical at Sunderland

Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul is having a medical on Wearside as Sunderland attempt to clinch a second major signing inside 24 hours.

Kaboul is joining Sunderland. Credit: PA

Press Association Sport understands the £5million-rated Frenchman was undergoing tests on Thursday afternoon with a view to completing a move.

Kaboul rejected the chance to join the Black Cats seven years ago when the club, then managed by Roy Keane, made a joint £23million offer for him, Pascal Chimbonda, Teemu Tainio and Steed Malbranque.

At the time, his agent Rudy Raba was quoted as saying: "Younes wouldn't join Sunderland even if there was an earthquake. We have more interesting options than Sunderland. Don't even think about it."

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