Tottenham to bring Mauricio Pochettino in as new manager?

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With Tim Sherwood’s days of sporting a suave gilet on the sidelines at White Hart Lane rumored to be nearing an end, it seems as though Tottenham Hotspur are already looking towards his successor.

Sherwood, who was only handed the job on a permanent basis in December, has seen his side slump against Chelsea and Arsenal in two-straight defeats, and many believe his 18-month deal as Spurs’ gaffer will be cut short at the end of this season.

Southampton are up next for Tottenham,which you can watch live on NBCSN this Sunday at 9:30am ET, and it is Saints’ manager Mauricio Pochettino who is rumored to be top of Spurs’ shortlist to take over in North London.

(MORE: Cracks starting to appear in Tim Sherwood’s leadership at Tottenham)

Pochettino, 42, has turned Southampton into a team brimming with top teenage talent, possessing a high-pressing style that’s baffled plenty of top Premier League teams this season. Currently Saints sit in eight spot in the PL, with 45 points from their 30 games. The flare, passion and commitment Pochettino had instilled in his players at Southampton is remarkable, as the former Espanyol manager has taken a solid group of players onto the next level after arriving in January 2012 to initially stave off relegation, then push Saints on this season.

Would the Argentine manager be a good fit at Tottenham? I have no doubt in my mind that he wouldn’t be any worse than Sherwood or his predecessor, Andre Villas-Boas. If anything, former Argentine international Pochettino would be an upgrade, as the man who has yet to give a press conference in English has worked wonders on the South Coast. Given money to spend and the chance to work with Spurs’ talented individuals, Pochettino’s emphasis on the team first could be something Tottenham’s fans would love to see implemented at their club.

The only snag is that Pochettino really has no interest in leaving Southampton. He is building a talented group of young players who understand exactly how he wants to play, and he’s enhancing his own reputation as a manager each and every week Saints continue to exceed everyone’s reputation.

Pochettino’s contract runs out after next season, so this summer he will have just one-year left on his deal at St. Mary’s. Will Spurs’ famous list of Argentine heroes (Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa et al.) be added to this summer? Pochettino could be the man to help Spurs finally crack open the attic door open and reach the UEFA Champions League.

But will Saints let him leave?

CCL: Lodeiro from 45; Royer’s diving header — SEA, RBNY lead (video)

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After 45 minutes of their respective CONCACAF Champions League knockout-round quests, things are going unnervingly well for the Seattle Sounders and New York Red Bulls.

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If you’ve watched Major League Soccer teams try, try and try again — only to eventually fail in spectacular fashion — in CCL over the years, you might say things are going a little too well.

There’s still another 45 minutes to be played on Thursday — plus the return legs next week — but both the Sounders and Red Bulls hold 1-0 halftime leads, and the vitally important away goals which come with it. Nicolas Lodeiro’s 45-yard, first-time lob of the Santa Tecla (El Salvador) goalkeeper in the 15th minute has already been eternally etched into the memories of Sounders fans.

Just 15 minutes later, Daniel Royer perfectly executed the diving header and got on the end of Bradley Wright-Phillips’ curling ball into the box to Jesse Marsch’s side ahead of Honduran side CD Olimpia.

Villarreal DF Semedo charged with attempted murder

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MADRID (AP) A Spanish judge has charged Villarreal defender Ruben Semedo with attempted murder and ordered him to be temporarily detained without bail.

Court officials in Lliria say on Thursday the Portuguese player is also charged with assault, robbery, illegal detention, and illegal possession of firearms.

Semedo testified before a judge on Thursday, and left the court in handcuffs.

The 23-year-old Semedo was detained early Tuesday, accused of tying up, assaulting and threatening another man last week. Authorities say he and two other men allegedly held the victim captive while they robbed his apartment.

Semedo’s agents told Spanish media the player denies any wrongdoing.

Villarreal on Tuesday said it was investigating Semedo and would take appropriate disciplinary action.

Villarreal signed Semedo from Sporting Lisbon last summer for a reported fee of $17 million.

Wenger: Arsenal “complacent, had no ideas” in Ostersunds loss

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Perhaps Sunday’s League Cup final had already reached the forefront of their minds, but Arsene Wenger admonished his players, whom he said were “complacent, not focused” and “had no ideas” for much of Thursday’s Europa League defeat, at home, to Swedish side Ostersunds.

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The Gunners advanced to the round of 16 on the back of their 3-0 first-leg victory last week, but Wenger was understandably displeased by the effort he saw and expressed such feelings in no uncertain terms, before quickly easing up and praising the fact they were able to pull back a goal against the current fifth-place team from Sweden — quotes from the BBC:

“We were not at the races in the first half,” said Wenger, who saw his side booed off at half-time and full-time. I think in the second half it was much better and we should have scored a few goals.

“In the first half, we were in trouble and in danger because we were complacent, not focused and were open every time we lost the ball. We had no ideas with the ball and that’s why we were in trouble.

“We responded very well because we did the job to qualify, but that’s what we have to take from the night and that’s all.”

With Arsenal now trailing fourth-place Chelsea by eight points (and seven back of fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur), winning the Europa League might just be the Gunners’ last chance at qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Batshuayi racially abused by Atalanta fans

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Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi says he was subject to racist chants from Atalanta fans during a Europa League game in Italy.

The Belgium international, on loan from Chelsea, tweeted:

Dortmund advanced to the round of 16 by drawing 1-1 to beat Atalanta 4-3 on aggregate on Thursday.

The game was played at Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia because Atalanta’s home stadium is unsuitable for UEFA games.

There have been several incidents of racism at Serie A matches this season.