Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham (Wikimedia Commons)
As Chelsea secured their spot in next seasons Champions League competition, Tottenham must anxiously await to see if they too can book a spot in Europe's coveted competition. Tottenham (20-9-8, 69 points) sit in the fourth and final Champions League spot with one match left in their season however Arsenal are a mere two points behind Spurs with a game in hand.
Gareth Bale of Tottenham (Google Creative Commons)
Any time that a club finishes a match with nine players on the pitch, it is something to be concerned about.
For Tottenham Hotspur, finishing with nine players on the pitch against FC Basel in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League quarterfinal raised plenty of concerns amongst everyone around the club because of what players were felled by injury.
Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and William Gallas are out injured and are expected to return to training within two weeks, according to a club statement from Tottenham Hotspur.
"The Club can confirm that Gareth Bale (sprained ankle ligaments), William Gallas (calf strain) and Aaron Lennon (soft tissue contusion below the knee) all underwent scans today (Friday) after being forced off with injuries during our Europa League Quarter Final First Leg draw with Basel last night," said the club statement.
Gareth Bale was stretchered off the pitch tonight after suffering an ankle injury in the 92nd minute of Tottenham's match against Basel in the Europa League quarter-final.
The collision with the Basel player looked like a harmless 50-50 ball as both players tried to gain possession. But as can be seen from the video and photo below, Bale's ankle twisted at a 90 degree angle.
The North London Derby for this season concludes at one a piece for each side. I'm not sure that means a big power shift but it certainly does mean that we've made it tough on ourselves to clinch a Champions League spot. 7 points is by no means an unassailable gap as there are still 10 matches left to be played but it's still a sizeable task ahead of us.
On the face of it, Manchester United's 1-1 draw at Tottenham in the Premiership was a major disappointment. With a late equaliser conceded, the lead at the top cut to five points and a sense of injustice over what appeared a clear penalty not given when Wayne Rooney was felled in the box.
Clint Dempsey of Tottenham Hotspur (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Having won the corresponding tie at Old Trafford, Tottenham entered the game Sunday hoping for an unlikely double over Manchester United. Sitting 1st and 3rd, respectively, in the EPL form tablecoming into the game, Manchester United entered the game having earned 16 out of a possible 18 points from their last 6 fixtures, while Tottenham had earned 14 out of 18.
Aaron Lennon of Tottenham Hotspur-Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
Tottenham Hotspur could not have hoped for much more from their Christmas and New Year's schedule. Positive results in the Premier League kept them happily in the top four while they safely progressed into the FA Cup Fourth Round.
AVB suggested that Scott Parker may be involved on Sunday but having spent so long on the sidelines it's hard to see him taking Sandro's place on the right centre of midfield. Otherwise, injuries look set to dictate an unchanged team.
"Scott Parker has made a good recovery and there is certainly a possibility he could be involved," Andre said.
Gareth Bale scored a stunning free-kick and set up Aaron Lennon with a wonderful solo run to bring Liverpool's eight-match unbeaten run to an end at White Hart Lane. The Welshman scored what has to be one of the most unlucky own goals in Premier League history to tarnish his evening slightly, but Tottenham still managed to come away with their second successive win despite an edgy second half in north London.
Brendan Rodgers launched in to a tirade against referee Phil Dowd for his performance as Liverpool's eight-match unbeaten run came to an unfortunate end at Tottenham. Spurs ran out 2-1 winners at White Hart Lane thanks to a stunning free-kick from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon's first half tap-in.
Gareth Bale shows impressive form as Spurs hold off resilient Liverpool
Gareth Bale looked to be in incredible form as Tottenhamsaw their Champions League aspirations climb as they defeated Liverpool 2-1 on Wednesday. The Welshman scored two of the three goals in a game that saw fast paced football from both sides.
In the Premier League on Wednesday, Geoff Cameron got the stat for Stoke City who came back to beat Newcastle 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium. Trailing from the 47th minute, Stoke's Jonathan Walers equalized in the 81st and Cameron Jerome scored the winner four minutes later. The referee booked Cameron in the 59th minute.
To be fair to the lad, he was outstanding against Liverpool in Tottenham's 2-1 win, scoring one and setting up the other for AVB's men. However, not content with that haul, young Mr, Bale decided to pitch in with quite a remarkable own-goal, in which the ball is smashed into his face by Aaron Lennon, before rebounding into the Spurs goal.
Gareth Bale was on fire tonight and this superbly struck free-kick which deceived Pepe Reina was no more than the Welsh wizard deserved for his performance, however he didn't deserve the ,a href="http://www.attackingsoccer.com/2012/11/gareth-bale-in-yer-face/">ball in the face from Aaron Lennon mid-way through the second half.
Gareth Bale get's the ball in the face as Aaron Lennon's attempted clearance hit's the Man of the Match in the face and into the back of the net having scored in the right end with a super free-kick and also assisting Lennon for the opener.
Gareth Bale had something of a renaissance man's hat trick in Spurs' 2-1 win against Liverpool, setting up Aaron Lennon's 7th-minute goal, scoring with a brilliant free kick (video here) and then having Lennon blast a clearance off his face for an own goal.
A pair of headers off a Liverpool corner kick put the ball at Lennon's feet just in front of his side's goal line in the 72nd minute, but his instinctive clearance went off Bale's face from point-blank range and back into the net (video here).
Spurs are hopeful of beating Liverpool to the £6.5 million signing of Blackpool winger Tom Ince, according to the Mirror. Chief executive Daniel Levy is keen to do business with the Seasiders as soon as possible and whisk the England under-21 international away from his dad, Bloomfield Road boss Paul, before their rivals start to [.
Aaron Lennon of Tottenham (Google Creative Commons)
According to The Metro, Inter Milan are planning on making an £8 million bid for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Aaron Lennon, as the 25-year-old has continued to impress this season in the Premier League.
The England international has been one of Tottenham's most consistent and reliable performers for Andre Villas-Boas this season, and it would be quite an upset at White Heart Lane if the speedster is to leave.
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Manchester United's lead at the top of the Premier League is down to five points after drawing 1-1 at Tottenham Hotspur, while Chelsea heaped more pressure on Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, beating the Gunners 2-1.
Man United had not lost at White Hart Lane since 2001 and that record looked likely to remain intact when Robin van Persie header home Tom Cleverley's cross in the 25th minute with virtually United's one attack of the game.
[View the story "Dempsey's Goal Gives Spurs Draw" on Storify] Dempsey's Goal Gives Spurs Draw After Tottenham Hotspur trailed 1-0 at halftime through Robin Van Persie's 25th minute strike, Spurs struggled to break down Manchester United's backline until Clint Dempsey slotted in a pass from Aaron Lennon deep into stoppage time.
Now here's a Cup-tie to get the AANP juices flowing, this particular fixture being the first that AANP can remember watching on the telly-box, as a wide-eyed nipper a couple of decades back. It ended then in tears, an own-goal and ultimately a side-line in wordsmithr'y, but one would expect a straightforward lilywhite victory this afternoon, particularly on our own patch.
Domination so complete, I have a crick in my neck from facing in the same direction for too long. Then, finally, Lloris's bank holiday stroll around his green and pleasant area is rudely interrupted. He saves well, low to his right, two hands. Being alert after long periods of inactivity is another of his many attributes.
With just a few weeks left in the EPL season, the fight for a top four finish looks like it will come down to the final day of competition. Manchester United has long since wrapped up the title, but the next four teams in the table are neck and neck and still have a lot to play for. With just hours left to capture a spot in next season's Champions League, injuries could be a key factor in determining the top four.
There's no official word on the club website as yet but reports suggest that Aaron Lennon may miss the trip to Anfield with a slight hamstring strain. The club has two very important games coming up over the next week but will the winger be risked if the reports are true?
Andre Villas-Boas does have options on the right side and one answer would be to bring in Lewis Holtby in to play on the left with Gylfi Sigurdsson switching to cover for Lennon.
Tottenham v Manchester United: Key players for Spurs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Tottenham secured a last-gasp draw against Manchester United on Sunday, with Clint Dempsey striking in injury time to give the White Hart Lane side a well-earned point.
Betfair's Premier League odds were against Andre Villas-Boas' men getting anything from the game, but the hosts showed pluckiness and a toughened mentality that has been missing in previous seasons against Sir Alex Ferguson's men.
Scott Parker used the unlikely setting of Tottenham's under 21 Premier League tie with Sunderland to make a return to footballing action and after coming through unscathed, the 32 year old is looking at a possible place in Spurs' first team squad for Swansea this weekend.
The issue for Scott is the people in front of him and in particular Sandro, who has returned to his immense best after his 2011-12 campaign was itself beset by injury.
Aaron Lennon of Tottenham (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
It's the most identifiable aspect of the Premier League. Players who are gifted with this attribute are held above all others, believed to be that you can teach skill but not the other way around. In a team it can be devastating, whereby they can still be menacing when defending their own penalty area.
The arrival of a new manager can always help to lift certain players within a squad and that certainly seems to be the case with Aaron Lennon under Andre Villas-Boas. Aaron has been some way short of his best for a couple of seasons but as one of only two players to start every Premiership match, the right winger is clearly vital to AVB's plans.
Yesterday's Sky Cameras gave the award to Swansea's Ashley Williams while Tottenham's official website chose Jan Vertonghen as the winner after yesterday's hard fought victory. Jan was an obvious choice after another assured defensive display was capped by the winner but were there any more deserving candidates?
While the transfer rumours continue to concentrate on the performances of Gareth Bale, the Welshman's counterpart on the right wing is also starting to receive plenty of attention. Aaron Lennon has returned to his best form under Andre Villas-Boas and his performances are said to have caught the eye of Serie A side Inter Milan.