Tottenham hope to end City’s frightening run: Rose

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Dec 2017 12:05:13



PREMIER League leaders Manchester City are on a “frightening” run of form but Tottenham Hotspur are looking forward to the challenge of halting their record-breaking 15-game winning streak, Spurs defender Danny Rose has said.
City have opened up an 11-point lead, while Tottenham, in fourth, trail them by 18 points.

“They do look very frightening - scoring goals and they’ve kept a clean sheet against Swansea. We’ve done all right there in the past couple of seasons and that should give us some confidence at the weekend,” Rose told British media.
“We were the first ones to beat City last season and we disrupted Chelsea’s unbeaten run. It’s another challenge we all look forward to.”
Since Mauricio Pochettino took over as manager in 2014, Spurs have won only one of 17 away matches against Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

“We haven’t done so well away from home against the top teams this season so we hope to go there with some confidence and keep pushing on after three wins that we’ve had over the last week.”

Chelsea expect tough challenge from Saints, says Courtois

PREMIER League champions Chelsea will not underestimate Southampton on Saturday as they aim to keep up the pressure on the sides around them in the top four, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said.

Chelsea are third in the league, 14 points adrift of leaders Manchester City and three behind second-placed Manchester United after 17 games, and Courtois says, the London side must continue winning to either chase down City or at least finish second.
“It’s a tough game, Southampton drew against Arsenal and it’s always difficult against them home or away,” Courtois told the club’s website. (Reuters)

“We have to be careful because these are the games we have to win if we want to stay near the top and try to close the gap on Man City.

“Obviously we are far away but we want to keep on pushing and if we can’t catch them, we want to finish second.
“It was very good that we showed from the start we wanted to win against Huddersfield and that’s the mentality we need in every game.”
Chelsea beat promoted Huddersfield Town 3-1 on Tuesday to maintain a four-point gap above Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Burnley with seventh-placed Arsenal a further point behind.

Newcastle not battling relegation just yet: Skipper
NEWCASTLE United captain Jamaal Lascelles believes the side have not yet fallen into a relegation scrap despite a woeful run of recent form that has seen them plummet down the table after losing seven of their last eight league games.

Newcastle’s poor run has left them in 16th position, one point ahead of the three teams directly below them - West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace and West Ham United - and just three above bottom side Swansea City.
“When you keep getting bad results it’s going to knock you a little bit as a human being,” Lascelles told reporters on Thursday.

“...With the manager and players we have, we can definitely sort things out.
“I’m not going to say we’re in a relegation battle. There’s still loads of games to play.”
Everton handed Newcastle their latest defeat with a 1-0 win at St James’ Park on Wednesday and Lascelles said that his team mates shared their frustration after the match and hopes the exchange can fuel a positive

“There were a few home truths said but the reality is we’re not in a great position and sometimes things need to be said that players don’t want to hear,” Lascelles added.
“Hopefully, it’ll get a reaction. We don’t want to leave it too late.”

Rafa Benitez’s side travel to seventh-placed Arsenal, who are winless in their last three league games, on Saturday.
Hodgson frets over goal-shy Benteke in Palace survival fight
CRYSTAL Palace manager Roy Hodgson says, the relegation-threatened side are in no position to carry misfiring striker Christian Benteke as they fight for Premier League survival. The Belgian, who was the club’s top scorer last season, has yet to open his account in 12 league appearances this campaign, including a missed penalty, as 18th-placed Palace battle to revive their fortunes after a dismal start.

Benteke’s form is of major concern for Hodgson as his side have struggled in front of goal, with Palace scoring just 12 times in 17 league games.
“Of course when your front player—the man who is a pivotal focal point in your attack—is not scoring, it’s a concern,” Hodgson told reporters.
“It’s a concern to him, it’s a concern to us and it’s a concern to fans.” (Reuters)

If the goals aren’t coming he needs to be making certain he’s making a good contribution to the team’s play, both in terms of our attacking and our defensive play.
“We certainly can’t afford to carry anybody, let alone carry a goal-scorer that isn’t scoring goals.”
Hodgson also outlined his transfer plans, saying he would like midfielder Yohan Cabaye to extend his stay at Palace but admitted that the final decision rests in the hands of the club’s board members.

The former England manager said that Palace were keen to recruit goalkeepers, strikers and central midfielders as those were the main positions that lacked cover.
“We have only got two goalkeepers in the club, which I don’t think is anywhere near enough for Premier League football,” Hodgson added.
“We have only got one recognised centre-forward at the club in Benteke, because Bakary Sako was signed as a winger.

“In central midfield we don’t have enough cover, and with Luka Milivojevic out, we find ourselves shorter there. Those are three areas we would like to strengthen and cover.”
Palace can get back-to-back league wins for the first time this season when they travel to eighth-placed Leicester City on Saturday.