The Warm-Up: 'Chaos' envelops Tottenham as Griezmann ribs Ramos

The Warm-Up: 'Chaos' envelops Tottenham as Griezmann ribs Ramos
The Warm-Up: 'Chaos' envelops Tottenham as Griezmann ribs Ramos

Tottenham are in chaos, it says here, while there were some interesting results in the Europa League...

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FRIDAY'S BIG HEADLINES

Tottal chaos?

"Looking out on the morning rain

"I used to feel so uninspired

"And when I knew I had to face another day

"Lord, it made me feel so tired

"Before the day I met you, life was so unkind

"But you're the key to my peace of mind"

The timeless words of the great Aretha Franklin, RIP. But also a close approximation of how Tottenham fans felt before Mauricio Pochettino came along and made them feel like a natural football club.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on priorGetty Images

Appointed from Southampton in 2014, Pochettino has made a club associated with slapstick setbacks, incompetent managers and hilarious signings the most consistently excellent team in English football. He has rebuilt Tottenham's pride while Daniel Levy has been building the UK's longest bar and a microbrewery. But now, the Argentine is warning that a tricky fifth season could be in store.

Speaking in his press conference ahead of Saturday's match against Fulham - and against the backdrop of the stadium delays which are causing no shortage of chaos as Spurs frantically try and rearrange the games which can no longer be played in their brand new home, not to mention the fact they didn't sign any players this summer - Pochettino embarked on a project of expectation management.

" For me it will be the toughest season and I think if we want success we have to give more than our best. It’s not enough to give 100%, it’s 200%. We know from inside that it will be hard and, because we are warriors, we want to fight. We want to be proud at the end, we want success and we do not want to complain or make excuses. I am a winner and I love the challenge. We want to go again."

Addressing the announcement this week that safety issues meant the stadium would not be ready in time - a situation which has left the fixture against Manchester City on October 28 in total disarray given Wembley is already booked for an NFL game on that day - Pochettino put on a brave face again.

" I think we all feel disappointed with the announcement from the club this week. I want to say thank you to the fans and apologise and try to reward them by winning games. I want to be there, in the frontline, fighting. I feel the responsibility and that is why I am here. I am very grateful to Daniel Levy. I think Tottenham gave us, me, my family and my staff, a lot of things that always we will be grateful for. This was a moment to say ‘we are going to be with you all’, because we knew what was going to happen."

Not an ideal start to the season, then, although this might be overcooking it a tiny bit:

Euro Trip continues for Burnley and Rangers

Stephen Ward and Jeff Hendrick of Burnley congratulate goal scorer Jack CorkGetty Images

Two British sides made it into the final stage of qualifying for the Europa League proper last inght.

Burnley managed to eke out a 1-0 win in extra-time against Istanbul Basaksehir courtesy of a 97th-minute strike from Jack Cork at Turf Moor. Such a magnificent occasion that the away team didn't bother selling any tickets to their fans. The Clarets now face Olympiakos for a place in the group stages.

Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard's Rangers defeated Slovenian confectionary giants Maribor 3-1 on aggregate after a 0-0 on the night.

Allan McGregor saved a last-minute penalty and Rangers go through to face Russian sink decongestant Ufa in the play-off.

Oh, and after being 4-0 down from the first leg, Zenit St Petersburg somehow fought back to win 8-1 on the night, after extra-time, against Dinamo Minsk in a match which was played behind closed doors. With 10 men. Hmmm.

Liga in America

Leo Messi (Barcelone) lors du trophée Joan-Gamper face à Boca JuniorsGetty Images

You'll know by now that La Liga has struck a deal which will see regular season matches take place in North America.

There's little else to add at this point other than it's a terrible idea, a travesty against football, and if the Premier League even think about doing something similar The Warm-Up will chain itself to Richard Scudamore in protest.

IN OTHER NEWS

A perfectly normal thing to post on Instagram from Antoine Griezmann, here, after Atletico Madrid's win over Real Madrid in the European Super Cup.

In a lighter moment in his press conference, Pochettino claimed he nailed the almost impossible Dele Challenge in one go - although offered no proof for this claim whatsoever. We'll file that one next to 'Kim Jong-Il shooting 38-under par'.

HAT TIP

Cristiano RonaldoGetty Images

" Take away the specter of Messi and what you see is not a preening disco Bond villain but someone in whom the drive to be perfect is so desperately acute that surviving it looks like a test of sanity. Think about how he plays: so wound up, so intense, so high-stakes, always, always, always. It's the maximalism of fear: Do everything or you might miss something. Work harder, try more, strain the sinews in your neck when you smile. Of course someone who's wired like that would seem cut off from other people. Other people can't really help him; they can only oppose him, judge him, or hold him back. What if the rest of it came down to the same quality? I mean all the stuff we read as egocentrism or vanity -- the clothes, the cars, the yachts, the logo slathered on all he surveys. Couldn't you see those things as the anxious compensations of someone who can't help trying too hard because he only feels secure when he's the best, is perfect, in everything?"

The reliably excellent Brian Phillips tries to get to the very essence of Cristiano Ronaldo in a new essay for ESPN. It's not easy to write something new about one of the most discussed athletes in history, but Phillips manages it in this absorbing examination of his character.

RETRO CORNER

Six years ago, Arsene Wenger surrendered any pretence that Arsenal were a proper football club by selling Robin van Persie to Manchester United, who promptly won the league with the Dutchman scoring 30 goals in 48 games in all competitions. He ended with a respectable 58 in 105 - of which this was probably the best.

COMING UP

It's the return of second-rate European matches which you'll never watch because you have better things to do with your Friday night! BT Sport are showing Reims v Lyon at 7:45pm while newcomers Eleven Sports start their Liga coverage with Girona v Real Valladolid at 7:15pm and Real Betis v Levante at 9:15pm.

Marcus Foley has developed a wrist strain from failing miserably to master the Dele Challenge so his participation in Monday's Warm-Up is currently in some doubt

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