Harry Kane was returning for Spurs. Watford limped into the game battered on the back end. The match was at White Hart Lane.
The recipe begged the hosts not to mess up, especially with the dim chance that Chelsea could revert to last season’s form and allow Spurs a chance at the title.
[ RECAP: Spurs 4-0 Watford ]
Tottenham most certainly avoided any pitfalls against Watford, burying the Hornets with goal after goal in a 4-0 win on Saturday morning. Dele Alli felt pretty good about it all, and didn’t bristle when asked about their preparedness if Chelsea screws it all up.
“Our heads are in good places. We’re in good form and we’re playing well. Our focus is on the right things. We just got to make sure we play well in every game and we do our job. That’s all we can do, isn’t it? (Not) getting carried away with the league and slipping up ourselves, we just gotta make sure we keep winning games and see where it leads us at the end of the season.”
Nothing “Spursy” about that, at least in the traditional sense. And this side does not look like one that will quit when their title hopes are banished, like last year’s side did in being blasted by Newcastle to close the season.
The way Spurs have looked this year in the Premier League, Spursy may be not be a playful jab in the very near future.
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).
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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 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.