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Tottenham “dream” of snatching title from Chelsea


Mauricio Pochettino isn’t getting ahead of himself but he says Tottenham must “dream” of catching Chelsea and winning the Premier League title.

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Following Chelsea’s defeat to Crystal Palace at the weekend and Spurs’ victory at Burnley, Pochettino’s youngsters are now seven points behind the league leaders with nine games to go.

Speaking ahead of Tottenham’s clash at Swansea City on Wednesday, Pochettino discussed their title hopes.

“Seven points is a massive difference. For us, we have to be focused and try and win games. Our challenge  is to win the next game. It is a reality that we are there, second in the table. Now, it’s the last period of the season we must be focused and concentrate and give our best and try to fight,” Pochettino said. “In football, nothing is impossible. That is our idea, our philosophy and we need to keep going in that direction.

“It’s true that the Premier League is tough to play and win every game and compete because it is so competitive. It can happen, yes, of course. It can happen. Our mind must be positive and try to imagine and dream and believe.”

Tottenham are looking to make the most of any Chelsea slip in the coming weeks and after months of the Blues running away with things atop the table, suddenly there’s a question mark lingering around Conte’s men following the shock defeat to Palace.

Pochettino also gave a lengthy injury update as he admitted it is unlikely midfielder Harry Winks will play again this season after injuring his ankle in the victory at Burnley, while both Harry Kane and Danny Rose have stepped up their training as they return from injury.

Spurs have a more favorable schedule than Chelsea in the final six weeks of the season and if they beat Swansea on Wednesday and Watford in the early game on Saturday, then they could be just one point behind their London rivals if Antonio Conte‘s lose to Manchester City on Wednesday.

All of a sudden, you get the sense that Spurs are enjoying hunting Chelsea down.

With key players set to return for the run-in, plus an FA Cup semifinal between Spurs and Chelsea on Apr. 22, things are getting very interesting between the top two.

After they came up short last season to Leicester and collapsed in the final weeks of the season, Pochettino will be hoping his young squad will have learned from that experience and help them in the big weeks to come.

Six Premier Leaguers named to Argentina, but no Icardi

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Argentina’s World Cup roster features a number of the usual suspects, particularly up front, but Serie A’s top goalscorer has been surprisingly left off the list of 23.

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Manager Jorge Sampaoli’s squad was made official on Monday, which includes the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.

The Albiceleste won’t be taking Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi though, which has raised some questions about the decision.

Icardi led all scorers in Italy’s top flight this season, scoring 29 goals in 34 Serie A matches, while Paulo Dybala edged out the final striker spot in the Argentina squad.

Dybala is teammates with Higuain at Italian giants Juventus.

Meanwhile, six Premier League players were named into the South American nation’s squad, including goalkeepers Sergio Romero (Man United) and Willy Caballero (Chelsea), as well as Nicolas Otamendi (Man City), Marcos Rojo (Man United) and Manuel Lanzini (West Ham).

Men in Blazers POD: FA Cup recap, UCL final preview and more

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Rog and Davo recap a spite-fueled, snear-filled, peak Phil Jones FA Cup Final, preview this weekend’s Champions League tilt between Liverpool and Real Madrid and eulogize Big Sam… gone the opposite of too soon. Plus, World Cup rosters and MLS.

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Long-term absentee Santi Cazorla will leave Arsenal

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Santi Cazorla hasn’t played a match for the Gunners since suffering a gruesome Achilles injury back in October 2016.

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And unfortunately for the Spaniard, Cazorla won’t feature for Arsenal again after six years at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal released a statement on Monday revealing the veteran midfielder won’t return to the club in 2018/19, which isn’t unexpected given the extent of his injury.

In his time with the Gunners, Cazorla made 180 appearances in all competitions for the club, and helped Arsenal win two FA Cups.

Cazorla was also a member of the Spanish national team squads that won back-to-back UEFA EURO competitions in 2008 and 2012.

Wolfsburg keeps Bundesliga spot with playoff win

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Wolfsburg managed a 1-0 win (4-1 on aggregate) over Holstein Kiel on Monday in the second leg of its German promotion playoff as the Bundesliga side kept its place in the top flight.

Robin Knoche scored the game-winner in the second leg, which ensured Wolfsburg’s stay in the Bundesliga ahead of the 2017/18 season.

The hosts boasted a number of quality chances in the first half, including David Kinsombi’s close-range shot that tested Wolfsburg keeper Koen Casteels with a save, however, Holstein couldn’t break through.

U.S. Men’s National Team defender John Brooks went the full 90 minutes for Wolfsburg, after the 25-year-old made nine starts this season for the German side in league play.