Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa - Football Match Report

With Tottenham stars Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen all linked with moves this summer, Pochettino is anxious that his players will be distracted and potentially end up leaving without replacements being available. We were knocking on the door and it was only a matter of time.

I think we need to go back and change to operate in the same way [as the rest of Europe]. "But in the second half we started to create more chances, but it was still hard because they defended so deep".

He will create stiff competition for England global Danny Rose who looks set to stay at the club in spite of being linked with a move away.

For a Villa side that arrived at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a game plan to frustrate their illustrious opponents, the early goal gave their five men defensive line all the incentive they needed on their first day back in the Premier League.

Villa meanwhile have been the Summers' surprise big spenders and they are as high as 21/2 (BetVictor) to hit the ground running with a win or 5/1 (Bet 365) to leave the capital with a point.

"I am very happy, like I told you before I was happy with my squad and now to add some more players", he said.

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"Look at us last season, we didn't sign or sell players, and the effect is one of the best seasons in the club".

That puts Pochettino in peril of losing a number of players, namely Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose, with Jan Vertonghen also in the past year of his contract, and being unable to replace them until January.

Yohan Cabaye and Mile Jedinak form the central midfield of our Free Agents XI, both of whom have played in the Premier League previously. I was happy before, I am happy plus. The 35-year-old goalkeeper was Spurs' backup goalkeeper behind French keeper Hugo Lloris. The midfielder has now lost 19 consecutive Premier League games - the longest run of any player in the competition's history.

Defender Danny Rose was the only Tottenham player not to have a shot on goal as the game headed into the final ten minutes, with the side that specialised in last gasp goals last season believing they had another victor minute in their grasp.

"He was playing as a winger, not a full-back at Fulham".

"Ryan is injured for maybe three or four weeks and then we'll see how he is going to adapt".

  • Lawrence Cooper