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Ledley King backs Tottenham to win Premier League

Spurs can be Kings of England in two years, says former skipper Ledley

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

07:59 GMT, 21 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:49 GMT, 21 March 2013

Ledley King believes Tottenham could win the Premier League within two years.

The former Spurs defender, who works as an ambassador at the club following his retirement through injury, is impressed with manager Andre Villa-Boas and his squad.

And King has forecast exciting times ahead for the north London club.

On the up: Tottenham are enjoying a successful season at home and abroad

On the up: Tottenham are enjoying a successful season at home and abroad

'I rate the current Spurs team very highly,' he told the BBC.

'I think we've got a young and ambitious manager who's great and is going to do well for the club.

'I think we've got a great group of players at a good age where they're improving all the time and reaching their peak.

'The way the team are progressing at the minute, hopefully in the next year or two they will be really challenging for the Premier League.'

Heady heights: Ledley King (right) believes Spurs can challenge for the title

Heady heights: Ledley King (right) believes Spurs can challenge for the title

Tottenham are currently fourth in the Premier League as they fight for a place in next season's Champions League.

'It's a big club and you've got to make sure it's not just a one-off, you've got to keep doing it,' King added.

'Hopefully we can qualify this season and continue doing that for the future.'

Emmanuel Adebayor blasts "lying" Andre Villas-Boas

Adebayor blasts 'liar' Villas-Boas over Cup of Nations claims

By
Phil Gradwell

PUBLISHED:

08:20 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

08:20 GMT, 10 January 2013

Emmanuel Adebayor has blasted Tottenham manager Andre-Villas Boas for 'lying' to the media.

The Spurs boss told the press he would be happy for the striker to go to the Africa Cup of Nations with Togo.

But Adebayor disputes this, saying: 'That is what he said to the press but not what he said to me.

Heading to Africa: Adebayor is set to play for Togo

Heading to Africa: Adebayor is set to play for Togo

'There is a difference between what you say to the press and what you say in private.'

Adebayor was not going to play in the tournament, which starts in South Africa on January 19, due to fears of another attack like the one on the Togo team bus at the 2010 Cup of Nations and a row over unpaid bonuses.

But his country's president Faure Gnassingbe reassured the centre forward and he is set to be part of his nation's squad.

Slammed: Villas-Boas has been accused of saying one thing to Adebayor and another to the media

Slammed: Villas-Boas has been accused of saying one thing to Adebayor and another to the media

Hugo Lloris adapting to Premier League with Tottenam

Lloris reveals he's settling in at Spurs… now that he's AVB's No 1!

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UPDATED:

09:14 GMT, 21 December 2012

Main man: Hugo Lloris

Main man: Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris has admitted he has had to adapt to the English game after joining Tottenham from Lyon in August.

The Frenchman, who will face his former side in the last 32 of the Europa League, signed for 12million but initially struggled to displace Brad Friedel as Andre Villas-Boas’ No 1.

But Lloris is confident he is now up to speed with the Premier League.

‘Football is universal,’ he told the Times. ‘There are certain characteristics, such as crosses, high balls, duels on the pitch and fighting spirit which are part of the English football. Here it is faster, with higher intensity.

‘Being a keeper isn’t just about being a player,’ he said. ‘It’s about a mindset, being rigorous in your work, brave. I don’t like to wait for the game to come to me, to have it imposed on me. I like to attack the ball, to play quite high up the pitch and to close the attacking players down where possible.’

Lloris credited Lyon with developing his career but admitted he was ready to leave for a new challenge.

‘I needed to move on to the next stage in my career,’ he added. ‘Coming to Tottenham was a great opportunity for me. During my time at Lyons I developed as a man and a sportsman into what I am today.’

Andre Villas-Boas in funny pose on touchline

AVBeast! Was Spurs boss firing up his men with Olympic star Blake's growl during Everton defeat

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UPDATED:

20:13 GMT, 9 December 2012

Andre Villas-Boas was spotted on the sidelines in a strange pose as he tried to inspire his Tottenham side against Everton.

With a grimace on his face and hands outstretched, the Portuguese boss was animated on the touchline.

Wild: Andre Villas-Boas strikes a funny pose, similar to that of Yohan Blake or Tommy Cooper (below)

Wild: Andre Villas-Boas strikes a funny pose, similar to that of Yohan Blake or Tommy Cooper (below)

Yohan Blake

Tommy Cooper

Maybe he was trying to replicate sprinter Yohan's Blake's 'beast' pose to scare his team into action

Or perhaps he was attempting to conjure some more fire in his Tottenham side, a-la magician Tommy Cooper.

But whatever he was trying, it didn't work as Everton ended up winning with two late goals.

Arsene Wenger scoffs at AVB claim that Tottenham were in control

Wenger scoffs at AVB's claim that Tottenham were in control against Arsenal

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00:21 GMT, 18 November 2012

Andre Villas-Boas refused to blame
Emmanuel Adebayor for Tottenham’s 5-2 defeat by Arsenal and instead
launched an impassioned – at times delusional – defence of his team.

The Spurs boss insisted his side were
in control for the whole game, claiming they dictated proceedings even
after Adebayor was sent off for a wild challenge on Santi Cazorla after
17 minutes.

‘We were very, very good from the first minute to the last
with 11 men and with 10 men,’ said Villas-Boas.

Rash: Emmanuel Adebayor lunged in and fouled Santi Cazorla

Rash: Emmanuel Adebayor lunged in and fouled Santi Cazorla

Fair cop: Andre Villas-Boas admitted the challenge deserved a red

Fair cop: Andre Villas-Boas admitted the challenge deserved a red

‘We feel it could have gone either way. We were in control from the first minute to the last, we’re proud of what we have done.

‘The feeling about the result is indifferent when we played so well and we took the risk in the second half to be so bold and play with three at the back.’

But his claims brought a guffaw from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

‘If our opponents are in control from the first to the last minute and we win 5-2 I don’t mind too much,’ quipped the Arsenal boss.

‘Tottenham made a good start, we were a bit nervous and they scored a goal where we made an adjustment. The turning point was the sending off. We came back and got what we wanted. It’s not always easy to win against 10 men.’

Villa-Boas would also not criticise Adebayor. He even praised his ‘strong and brave’ play. There were suggestions that the ex-Manchester City and Arsenal striker would struggle to remain calm in an incendiary derby atmosphere and he was sent off by referee Howard Webb after flying into Cazorla with his studs showing.

‘There is nothing to say about Adebayor,’ said Villas-Boas. ‘We understand it could have been any other player on any other day, this is football and challenges like this happen. I don’t think it being against a former club (was a factor).

‘I think Adebayor was in full control, he went for a challenge and in a London derby you want players to go for second balls. You want to be strong and brave.’

High jump: Per Mertesacker scored his first goal for Arsenal with a towering header

High jump: Per Mertesacker scored his first goal for Arsenal with a towering header

Wenger insisted Webb was right to dismiss Adebayor, who scored the opener before his departure.

‘Adebayor had a good start,’ he said. ‘He was lively but (the challenge) is not a yellow card, it’s red.’
Defeat is likely to prompt speculation over the reign of Villas-Boas
after successive league defeats by Wigan and Manchester City but he
remained defiant, saying: ‘When you play like this I don’t think it can
be that damaging a result.

‘When you’re poor I think it can be damaging.

‘For example, at Man City we had a good first half but not a good second half.

‘Here we felt that the circumstances
of the game fell Arsenal’s way. We had chances for 2-0 and 4-3. I
believe Arsenal were very efficient attacking but we had our chances,
too. I’m proud of the players.’

There were no reports of serious
crowd trouble despite problems at last year’s derby, when Adebayor and
Wenger were subjected to serious verbal abuse.

But a steward confirmed that ‘a few’ flags bearing the term ‘yid’ or ‘yiddo’ had been confiscated at the gates.

High-flyers: Olivier Giroud was praised by Walcott as Spurs tumbled to a heavy defeat

High-flyers: Olivier Giroud was praised by Walcott as Spurs tumbled to a heavy defeat

Andre Villas-Boas battles to emerge from Harry Redknapp"s shadow at Spurs

AVB's battle to emerge from Redknapp's shadow at Spurs

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00:01 GMT, 14 November 2012

Andre Villas-Boas has a major problem as manager of Tottenham – his name isn’t Harry Redknapp.

Every decision, every tactical switch and every selection is gauged against Redknapp’s achievements.

Alternate goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Brad Friedel Oh, Harry would have handled it differently.

Lurking: Andre Villas-Boas is quietly attempting to make his mark

Lurking: Andre Villas-Boas is quietly attempting to make his mark

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Put the players through detailed DVD presentations before matches Harry did it a different way.

Drop Jermain Defoe after a hat-trick against Maribor and replace him with Emmanuel Adebayor for the trip to champions Manchester City Harry would never have done that.

Everything Villas-Boas is doing at Spurs is being judged against the backdrop of Redknapp’s three-and-a-half year spell at White Hart Lane.

He stalks every corridor at Tottenham, with conversations still centred around his achievements at the club.

Redknapp restored order after Juande Ramos’ chaotic regime and turned Tottenham into a genuine force in English football again.

They returned to Wembley under Redknapp in 2009 for the Carling Cup final and were eventually beaten on penalties by Manchester United.

A year later, Redknapp was named manager of the year after guiding Tottenham to a fourth-placed finish and Champions League football.

They went on a spell-binding journey in Europe, thrilling crowds at Inter Milan and AC Milan with their exuberance before they fell away in the quarter-final against Real Madrid.

Redknapp spoke of his Spurs team being one of the most exciting sides since Bill Nicholson’s Double winners.

Gareth Bale, among others, flourished in a forward-thinking team that Redknapp was convinced could go on to challenge for the title.

Fans' favourite: Harry Redknapp's shadow hangs over Tottenham

Fans' favourite: Harry Redknapp's shadow hangs over Tottenham

Last season they finished fourth, but Tottenham wanted a change of direction under a young, ambitious new coach.

It was the choice of Daniel Levy, a decision that appeared to be based on personalities rather than league position.

It is time for Tottenham to move on.

Redknapp is part of Tottenham’s history, a successful manager who was moved on by the board at the end of the season

He is highly-regarded by Spurs supporters and staff, quite rightly after their three thrilling seasons under his leadership.

Nearly six months on and he is still being talked about in Spurs circles, a shadow over Villas-Boas as he makes his own changes.

It was always going to be difficult to replace a man of Redknapp’s standing within the game, particularly after the Portuguese coach’s chastening experience at Chelsea.

Tough task: Spurs are attempting to keep track of the big boys

Tough task: Spurs are attempting to keep track of the big boys

Villas-Boas is a complicated character, but he is the man entrusted to take the team into the top four. He has his own methods and no-one at Tottenham is able to fault his work ethic.

There have been changes to the training ground approach and the serious side to Villas-Boas has been transmitted to the players.

He is paid to make decisions and although there are major doubts about Villas-Boas’ managerial acumen, he is the man Tottenham backed in favour of Redknapp.

It is a big call by Levy, but it is his appointment.

There is no going back, too late to turn back the clock after the events that led to Redknapp departing in the summer.

Villas-Boas is a different beast, but Tottenham believe in his methods and he should have their unequivocal backing.

They are aware of his character traits and it is taking time for those ideas to be ingrained in the players’ psyche.

Focus: Villas-Boas is desperate for success at White Hart Lane

Focus: Villas-Boas is desperate for success at White Hart Lane

The target is the top four and beyond, but it has been a difficult start to his career at Spurs.

Naturally, as a former Chelsea coach, there is an element of doubt among Spurs supporters. He arrived as an outsider and it is taking their time to warm to him.

At Tottenham has the platform to succeed, a maturing squad with the ability to challenge for Champions League football.

Despite a disjointed start to the season they have had their moments, notably the 3-2 victory at Manchester United when Villas-Boas was coming under increasing scrutiny.

This weekend they are playing Arsenal at the Emirates, an opportunity for the Portuguese coach to carve his way into north London history.

Spurs are above Arsene Wenger’s team in the Premier League, a point ahead as they prepare for kick-off on Saturday lunchtime.

If they can get something from the game, it might just turn out to be an even bigger result for Villas-Boas.

Spurs suffer Mousa Dembele blow as midfielder faces six weeks on sidelines

Spurs suffer Dembele blow as midfielder faces six weeks on sidelines

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UPDATED:

22:53 GMT, 1 November 2012

Andre Villas-Boas fears the hip
injury sustained by Mousa Dembele while with Belgium may need surgery
which could keep the influential midfielder out for up to six weeks.

Dembele suffered a recurrence of a niggling hip problem last month and has missed Tottenham's last four games.

Injury blow: Mousa Dembele

Injury blow: Mousa Dembele

The 25-year-old underwent a scan on Thursday to assess whether he would need an operation.

Spurs boss Villas-Boas said: 'This is something he had at Fulham. It's a pain that went away at Fulham after a few days. But it is still there.'

Villas-Boas said he had no concerns about playing Steven Caulker after the defender was charged by Serb police over the brawl that followed

England's Under 21 game in the country. The Portuguese did not wish to comment on the charges as legal proceedings are under way.

Meanwhile, Alex Inglethorpe is leaving Tottenham to become Liverpool's new reserve manager with Rodolfo Borrell taking on a technical role within Liverpool's academy.

And Spurs defender Adam Smith, 21, has joined Millwall on a three month loan.

Two Spurs fans fight over Brad Friedel"s shirt

Getting shirty: Two Spurs fans fight over Friedel's jersey… despite looking older than the 41-year-old keeper!

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13:34 GMT, 29 October 2012

Spurs fans proved you are never too old to want a bit of football memorabilia from your favorite player.

Two of the Tottenham faithful at St Mary's on Sunday could not believe their luck when goalkeeper Brad Friedel threw his shirt into the crowd after his side's 2-1 win over Southampton.

The only problem was, both fans believed they had caught the shirt and what then took place was an awkward tug of war between the two middle aged men for the shirt.

Showing their appreciation: Andre Villas-Boas and Brad Friedel celebrate at the end of the game before the goalkeeper threw his shirt into the crowd

Showing their appreciation: Andre Villas-Boas and Brad Friedel celebrate at the end of the game before the goalkeeper threw his shirt into the crowd

Eventually one fan gave up on the fight for the shirt – and was then offered what looks like a 5 note for conceding defeat.

A number of other Spurs players threw their shirts into the crowd and manager Andre Villas-Boas was so happy with Tottenham's victory that he has offered to pay for the shirts his players threw to the fans.

Former Southampton winger Gareth Bale, Sandro, Tom Huddlestone and Friedel all celebrated the win by
launching their match shirts into the the travelling supporters.

Tug of war: Two Spurs fans fight over Friedel's shirt

Tug of war: Two Spurs fans fight over Friedel's shirt

Get a grip: Neither man is prepared to let go and both try and tighten their grip on the shirt

Get a grip: Neither man is prepared to let go and both try and tighten their grip on the shirt

One last pull: Both men go for one last attempt for glory

One last pull: Both men go for one last attempt for glory

Pay off: The winning fan attempted to offer his fellow fan money as compensation

Pay off: The winning fan attempted to offer his fellow fan money as compensation

Winner! The Spurs fan who emerged victorious

Winner! The Spurs fan who emerged victorious

Villas-Boas said: 'I told them I would pay for the shirts! It was important for the fans and a massive win for the players.

'It's such a good win. We want to be at the top, we want to make the best of fixtures at Southampton and Wigan before we play Man City and Arsenal. If we carry on showing this level of competence we can really push on.

'I'm extremely happy for Gareth. He's a massive player for us and when the small opportunities come he makes the difference.'

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Getting shirty: Gareth Bale launches his shirt into the crowd

Getting shirty: Gareth Bale launches his shirt into the crowd

Real Madrid set to offer Spurs Fabio Coentrao as part of Gareth Bale deal

Jose's Real deal: Madrid set to offer Coentrao as part of 50m bid for Spurs ace Bale

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UPDATED:

13:02 GMT, 28 October 2012

Real Madrid are set to offer Portuguese left-back Fabio Coentrao to Tottenham as part of the deal to lure Gareth Bale to Spain.

Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is hoping to make the deal in the January transfer window and could offer 50m for the Welsh international.

Teaming up again Gareth Bale could link up with former Spurs team-mate Luka Modric at Real Madrid

Teaming up again Gareth Bale could link up with former Spurs team-mate Luka Modric at Real Madrid

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas tried to sign Coentrao, 24, for Chelsea last year and also wanted to include him in the deal that took Luka Modric to the Bernabeu.

Coentrao has made only two appearances for Real so far this season.

Heading for the Lane: Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao (right) could be used as part of the deal to get Bale to Spain

Heading for the Lane: Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao (right) could be used as part of the deal to get Bale to Spain

Bale signed a new five-year deal in August but Real are ready to meet the huge price-tag.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will fight hard to keep his star man.

Southampton target Spurs defender Michael Dawson

Saints target 7.5m Spurs defender Dawson to shore up leaky backline

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07:17 GMT, 23 October 2012

Out of favour: Michael Dawson has been told he can leave Spurs

Out of favour: Michael Dawson has been told he can leave Spurs

Southampton are preparing a 7.5million swoop for Tottenham defender Michael Dawson.

The Saints want the 28-year-old centre half to shore up the Premier League’s worst defence, reports the Daily Mirror.

Dawson has been frozen out by manager Andre Villas-Boas and can leave in the January transfer window.

Saints have conceded 24 goals in just eight Premier League matches and boss Nigel Adkins is
keen to boost his defence with a 7.5m move for Dawson.

The 28-year-old remains a target for QPR, who almost signed him in the summer.

Dawson has made just three appearances for Spurs
this campaign, and played only one minute in the Premier League.