first_imgTOTTENHAM stars showed their support for under-fire Mauricio Pochettino by treating him to a slap-up meal at a posh Mayfair restaurant.Struggling Spurs players texted the Argentine boss asking him to meet them at Novikov – a favourite dining spot for millionaire Premier League footballers.8 Contract rebel Christian Eriksen was in attendanceCredit: BackGrid8 Tottenham stars invited boss Mauricio Pochettino out for a plush mealCredit: BackGridPoch’s future and morale among the squad has been heavily called into question this season following a worrying drop in form.Last weekend’s draw at home to Watford left them 13 points adrift of Liverpool after just nine matches.But they bounced back with a bang in the Champions League by thrashing Red Star 5-0 on Tuesday.And any talk of the players’ commitment to their manager was quashed as they gathered together for a team bonding meal.Star players Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, contract rebel Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela were all in attendance.Last week, Poch revealed: “When you receive a text from the players inviting you and the coaching staff for a dinner one of two things can happen.“It is either because they want to say goodbye or because they feel that they love you and want to show that they are with you.“And I think it’s the second.“If they were going to say goodbye to me, they would do it here – not at a dinner.”Dele Alli also echoed the manager’s claims by insisting the players are “1,000 per cent” behind the boss.Asked whether the players are still behind their gaffer, Dele said: “Yeah, 1,000 per cent.”A lot of us would not be where we are now if it was not for him. All we can do is thank him.8most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on itACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big one“We have always trusted him 100 per cent and we are going to keep doing that. We are a team.”When things are not going our way it is easy for people to try and get at the manager but we need to look at ourselves as players.”We’re doing that and we are going to keep working hard.”8 Captain Harry Kane is trying to spearhead Tottenham’s revivalCredit: BackGrid8 Playmaker Dele Alli insists the players are behind the managerCredit: Splash News8 Son turned up wearing a fancy full-length jacketCredit: BackGrid8 Serge Aurier has struggled to impress the manager this seasonCredit: BackGrid8 Erik Lamela has been handed plenty of game time this seasonCredit: BackGridRed Star Belgrade fans make it into the Tottenham Hotspur stadium despite being banned by UEFA for racist chantinglast_img read more

first_imgMan City defeated Man United 3-1 on Sunday (Photos by Agencies)1- Dortmund Have Surpassed Bayern Munich: Der Klassiker served up a monumental thriller in which Borussia Dortmund twice came from behind to eclipse champions Bayern Munich 3-2. Was it not for profligate finishing, Lucien Favre’s Black And Yellows could have whipped Robert Kovac’s Bavarians 6-3.Hard pressing Dortmund are hungrier, faster, more intense and more clinical than all Bundesliga rivals, Bayern Munich included. A first title since 2012 is on the cards.2- Manchester City Streets Ahead Of Liverpool: The contrasting nature of the two main Premier League title contenders’ victories points to another crown for Pep Guardiola’s trailblazers.While Liverpool made heavy weather of dispatching basement club Fulham 2-0, Manchester City played with verve in torpedoing record champions United 3-1. Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs a huge deficit to fill.3- Sancho ready to start for Three Lions: Glad England boss Gareth Southgate has stuck with Jadon Sancho for the forthcoming internationals. Of course Sancho did impress in his brief cameo in the Three Lions 3-2 win over Luis Enrique’s La Roja in Seville.Southgate must now hand the Dortmund starlet his full debut.  Across Europe, no winger is blessed with better feet.  His stats for chance creation and goal involvement bear me out.Sancho has been impressive for Dortmund this season4- Open Primera Liga chance for Seville, Atletico Madrid:   The indifferent form of perennial Liga Santander favourites Barcelona (who fell 3-4 to Real Betis at Camp Nou) and Real Madrid is a window of opportunity for Pablo Marchin’s Seville and Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid to gatecrash the party.Seville are particularly playing a sweet brand of attacking football. To put up a sustained challenge, all they need is more belief.5- Fulham headed down: Before the English Premier League season commenced, I tipped Bournemouth and Cardiff City to go down.I left out Fulham because I felt the £100m cash splurge on transfers would transform the aesthetical newcomers into a mid-table side. Now I know better. Slavisa Jokanovic’s Cottagers are in such a wretched run, they’ve even lost their identity.Comments Tags: topTop Conclusionslast_img read more