Here’s your morning recap of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, April 17.
Spurs ‘interested’ in Kim Min-Jae
Tottenham are reportedly interested in signing Fenerbahce centre-back Kim Min-Jae this summer. However, they face competition for his signature from Premier League rivals Everton.
According to a Turkish media Fanatic, Spurs sent scouts to watch Kim Min-Jae’s recent performance against Galatasaray and were impressed with his commanding display. The report also says the South Korean star has a £19million release clause and Antonio Conte has given the Lilywhites the green light to pursue the 25-year-old.
Kin Min-Jae joined Fenerbahce last summer from Beijing Guoan in a £2.4million deal that proved to be a shrewd deal from the Turkish club. He has played in all but three of their 33 league games, helping his side to second place in the table and pole position for a Champions League spot next season.
Brighton mock North London duo
Brighton were brutally teased by Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur after back-to-back Premier League wins over the North London duo.
The Gunners suffered a 2-1 defeat to Graham Potter’s side last weekend as Martin Odegaard’s deflected strike came too late after Leonardo Trossard and Enock Mwepu scored for the visitors. The result meant Spurs were three points clear of their local rivals going into this weekend’s fixtures, with the Seagulls going to N17 on Saturday afternoon.
Despite being heavy favorites for the lunchtime kick-off, the Lillywhites struggled to create meaningful openings at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. In fact, the North Londoners failed to register a single shot on target before the aforementioned
Trossard scored the game’s only goal, finishing ahead of Hugo Lloris in the 89th minute.
Now Brighton have taken to social media to mock the two clubs, claiming the northern part of the capital belongs to them. Their Tweet read: “North London is ours”, followed by a winking emoji.
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Brighton defeat talking points
It was a day for Tottenham Hotspur to learn its lessons as the pressure mounts in the Premier League run-in. Spurs have been flying in recent weeks with goals galore, but they have to learn that not every team is going to give them the space they need to thrive.
It’s been a different week for Tottenham and their head coach. Antonio Conte is used to being fully involved in training sessions and getting closer to his players, in them and around them and working with them one-on-one. Instead, this week was spent with the Covid-stricken Italian bellowing – as much as he could with a hoarse throat – from afar as his staff took the sessions.
He tested negative on Friday and decided to travel separately to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Saturday morning, even though he was fine with going to the coach, taking that extra little precaution not to pass it on to his players in the narrower limits of the vehicle.
He was back in the big dressing room and on the bench, however, and his Covid fight didn’t seem to have calmed him down on the touchline at all. He was still walking around his technical area, pointing, shouting and gesturing and the crowd was chanting his name just eight minutes later.
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