The first competitive North London Derby of the season is here and that is very important for Tottenham.
At the top of the Premier League standings at the end of August after three successive victories, the Lilywhites are now seventh after two losses on the spin.
However, some bright spots could be learned from last Sunday’s home loss to Chelsea, and the same can be said about the Carabao Cup penalty shootout win over Wolves in midweek.
Well, the team appear to be in a very good mood on the training ground watching the short video Spurs posted to their Twitter account on Friday afternoon.
The team could be seen laughing and joking during various training drills and the competitive nature was there as they all seemed to come out victorious.
Hopefully this bodes well for Spurs on Sunday at Emirates Stadium.
One of the practice drills tested the players’ ball control as they appeared to stay in a small square.
By receiving the ball in the air, the object of the game was first to control the ball and then to catch it without leaving the square.
With a bad touch sometimes putting some in awkward positions, some team members had to stretch to grab the ball and somehow stay in the zone.
Dele Alli didn’t have such problems, however.
Rather than taking a single touch and catching the ball, the midfielder activated it by wrapping his right foot around his left foot to keep the ball in the air before catching it with one hand.
It was showboating at its best.
“It’s scandalous !” he said happily to the Hotspur Way cameraman, before adding a seven word message: “Hope you have that one on camera!”
Lucas involved in the training
Nuno Espirito Santo had to do without Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn due to injuries last week for the games against Chelsea and Wolves.
With both issues remaining in the draw for the Europa League Conference in Rennes, the pair were not deemed fit enough to be included in the squad of the day for the aforementioned matches.
As Espirito Santo made it clear in his pre-match press conference that Bergwijn was still unable to return, he gave positive news regarding Lucas.
The Brazilian was spotted on the training ground at Enfield club’s home base and he will now be in contention to face Arsenal.
It is now up to the 47-year-old to know if the ex-man of PSG starts or if that of Giovani Lo Celso or Bryan Gil continues to play.
Missing Wolves players spotted
Espirito Santo was always going to turn things around midweek for the Carabao Cup clash against Wolves as it was the perfect opportunity to give those on the outskirts of the first team a chance.
This in turn meant that a number of regulars in the first team could benefit from a break, some not even making the trip to Molineux.
Hugo Lloris and Eric Dier were two of the players not included for the West Midlands draw, with newcomer Emerson Royal also absent.
Harry Winks, who was due to be in contention to start against Wolves, was a surprise omission from the team, however.
Although the short Spurs video posted to Twitter does not appear to show Lloris as he allegedly worked with fellow goalkeepers, Dier and Winks were spotted participating in the session.
Emerson was also there, with Sky TV cameras catching him in a team photo earlier today.
As Lloris is certain to return to the starting XI, Espirito Santo must now decide whether Dier and Emerson return as well and whether Winks is included in the squad again.
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Devine and Markanday involved
As is always the case at Hotspur Way, several youngsters from the club participated in the training session.
Fit academy ace Dilan Markanday was participating in training alongside Dane Scarlett, Nile John and Harvey White.
Alfie Devine, who has been a regular in Premier League 2 this term, has also been involved in Espirito Santo’s training.
Although the club’s youngest goalscorer may not be able to make it to the Europa Conference League this season because he is not registered, his academy comrades will be crossing their fingers and getting into the head coach’s thinking for the next Thursday’s European game against NS Mura.