May 31

Hugo Lloris admits Spurs are ‘missing something’ as skipper doubts title hopes

first_imgHUGO LLORIS says Tottenham’s title bid is “missing something” – and he does not mean points.The North Londoners are ninth in the table, already seven points behind early leaders Liverpool and five behind Manchester City in second, after a sticky start to the season.2 Keeper Hugo Lloris says Spurs might not know until later in the season what has been missing from their performancesMauricio Pochettino’s men have won just one of their opening four matches and drawn two.Keeper and captain Lloris said: “Liverpool and Man City have the experience and they are really competitive.”I think, at the moment, there’s something missing from us.“We will see later in the season because things turn very quickly in football.”The most important thing is we focus on ourselves, to get points, to get consistency in the league. And we will see where we are in the table in April, in March.WE EXPECTED BETTER“That is the moment when you can win or lose European places or trophies. At the moment, we don’t want to lose focus with that type of question.”Spurs kicked off the campaign with a 3-1 home win over newly-promoted Aston Villa.But after a creditable 2-2 draw at reigning champs City they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at home to struggling Newcastle.Tottenham then drew 2-2 at Arsenal in Sunday’s North London derby in their final match before the international break.Lloris, speaking ahead of France’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Albania on Saturday, admitted: “Unfortunately at Tottenham we didn’t have the start we expected.More on SpursHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerLADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Liverpool, Rangers vs Celtic and Arsenal vs Spurs scores this weekend and win £1002″Even though we got good results against City and Arsenal away from home, we should have done better against Newcastle.”We all know the importance of home games and when I talk about consistency, we have to capable of winning that type of game.There’s now already a gap between them – Liverpool and Man City – and us.”Tottenham release throwback sky blue third kitlast_img read more

November 25

Rookie pacer in awe of Anil Kumble, says new coach made an impact right away

first_imgNewly-appointed coach Anil Kumble doesn’t seem to be wasting any time. Taking charge on a rain-marred day in his hometown Bengaluru, the former India leg-spinner had an indoor training session with the Test squad at the National Cricket Academy. (Kumble expects to prove worth in one year) Kumble, who trumped the likes of Ravi Shastri and Tom Moody to become the head coach of India, has to cope up with the huge weight of expectations. The former captain made all right noises in the first press conference he attended after taking charge. (Kumble likely to rope in fast bowling coach soon) Not just the enthusiasts but the players themselves seem to be excited to see Kumble at work. Young India pacer, Shardul Thakur, who is in line to make his Test debut in West Indies in the upcoming four-Test series, seems to be in awe of his new coach. “I must say he created an impact right in his first interaction itself. I am keen to work with him and learn a lot of things,” Thakur told BCCI.TV. Like his coach, Thakur is also a newbie in the current Indian setup. The Mumbai pacer was called up for the Caribbean tour after his success in Ranji Trophy. He led the Mumbai attack with 48 wickets in the 2014-15 season and 41 in their victorious 2015-16 campaign. (Kumble calls for fighting spirit)’LOOKING FORWARD TO SPEND TIME WITH KUMBLE’ Thakur said his interaction with Kumble over the next month would be very useful to him. “He is a legend. He has loads of experience and it is going to be very useful to the team and me. I am looking forward to spend time with him on this tour.” (Kumble inspiring but I will miss Shastri, says Rohit) While gearing up for the big test against West Indies, Thakur wants to know where he stands by bowling to Test skipper Virat Kohli at the nets. He feels bowling to good batsmen at the nets is always an advantage. “Bowling to good batsmen in the nets is always an advantage as it shows you where you stand. What you need to work on and how you can improve. So, I am looking forward to bowl to Virat Kohli in the nets and test myself.” The 24-year-old pacer said the initial interaction he had with his senior teammates helped him overcome his nervousness. He added the butterflies in his stomach on the Test tour will bring the best out of him.  “There is always a bit of nervousness when you are new to the setup. I was nervous before landing here, but once I talked to the guys, I settled down. When we fly to St. Kitts, I might be a bit nervous but at the same time, it gets the best out of me.”advertisementlast_img read more