Tottenham Hotspur

In Profile: Tottenham Hotspur provides a rundown of Leicester City’s sixth Premier League opponents of the 2019/20 campaign, Tottenham Hotspur.
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After five gameweeks, Saturday’s hosts share as many points as Maurcio Pochettino’s men, who sit two positions higher – on goal difference – than the Foxes.

With Spurs next up in England’s top tier, we take a look at the history behind Tottenham, and how they have fared so far this term.

The manager

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Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino

The Tottenham Hotspur manager guided his side to the UEFA Champions League Final last season.

Mauricio Pochettino, 47, is a former Argentina international centre-back, capped 20 times for his nation between 1999 and 2002.

On the domestic front as a player, he won the Primera División with boyhood club Newell's Old Boys, before lifting the Copa del Rey on two occasions during his three spells at Spanish side Espanyol.

He has also played for French giants Paris Saint-Germain, and Bordeaux, while he began his managerial career at Espanyol in 2009.

After three years at the helm of the club he used to represent as a defender, Pochettino guided Southampton to an eight-placed finish during his maiden season in England.

He then moved to Tottenham Hotspur in May 2014, and has since guided them to four top-four finishes, as well as the final of last season’s UEFA Champions League.  

The squad

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Erik Lamela and Harry Kane
Erik Lamela and Harry Kane

Tottenham have a number of talented attackers among their ranks.

Tottenham’s attack is more often than not led by Harry Kane, who has progressed through their academy set up to become an England international striker.

Kane is supported by attackers Son Heung-min, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura and Dele Alli, and has this season scored three goals.

Against Crystal Palace, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who won the 2018 FIFA World Cup with France, Serge Aurier, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose made up a back four, while Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko and Eriksen occupied spots in central midfield.

Son scored twice in 13 first-half minutes, while Lamela added to former Fox Patrick van Aanholt’s own goal during an impressive opening 45 minutes in the capital.

In the summer, Spurs signed Tanguy Ndombélé for a reported fee of over €60M from Lyon, as well as Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham and Giovani Lo Celso on loan from Spanish La Liga side Real Betis.

The trophy cabinet

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2008 League Cup winners
2008 League Cup winners

Defender Jonathan Woodgate scored a 94th-minute winner in extra-time to help Spurs lift the League Cup in 2008.

Only Manchester United and Arsenal have won more FA Cup trophies than Tottenham, who have eight titles to their name, with their last coming in 1991.

They have lifted the League Cup on four occasions, beating Leicester City in the final at Wembley Stadium in 1999, while they defeated Chelsea in 2008 for their last title.

On the European front, they have claimed two UEFA Cups, in 1972 and 1984, as well as a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963.

Two first division titles came in 1951 and a decade later in 1961, meanwhile, while they won two second tier titles, in 1920 and 1950.

The stadium

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is one of the most impressive grounds in the Premier League.

After a spell at Wembley Stadium following their move from White Hart Lane, Spurs played their first competitive game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium against Crystal Palace on 3 April, 2019.

They won the fixture 2-0, thanks to goals from South Korea international Son Heung-min and Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen.

The official capacity of the ground is just over 62,000, boasting the third-highest ground capacity of an English football club behind Old Trafford and London Stadium.

The fixtures

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Son Heung-min
Son Heung-min

The South Korea international forward scored twice against Crystal Palace last time out.

In the Premier League to date, Tottenham have won two of their five fixtures, following an opening day win over Aston Villa and last weekend’s 4-0 triumph against Crystal Palace.

Following Wednesday evening’s UEFA Champions League 2-2 draw with Greek outfit Olympiacos at the Karaiskakis Stadium, the north London side visit King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Then, they head to Colchester United in the third round of the Carabao Cup, before two home matches follow against Southampton in the Premier League and Bayern Munich in Europe.

During the festive period, Spurs face Manchester United, Bayern Munich for a second time and Chelsea, while their final three fixtures of the campaign include away trips to Newcastle United and Crystal Palace, either side of a showdown with Leicester at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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