Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola send Tottenham title message as Gareth Bale makes surprise return


Here's your latest Tottenham morning digest on Saturday, November 4.

Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham claim

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has claimed his return to former side Tottenham will be "special" as he prepares his team for a huge clash on Monday night. The Argentinian coach had plenty of relative success in his time managing in north London, making supporters believe again.

Nurturing a young and promising squad, Pochettino guided them towards regular top four finishes, a title push and an impressive Champions League run. In the end, it wasn't enough to end the club's trophy drought though, despite numerous attempts that came close.

Chairman Daniel Levy parted ways with the head coach, looking to hire replacements that had experience winning the biggest trophies. Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte followed and while there was a push towards shifting mentality, they ended up leaving trophyless.

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Arteta and Guardiola messages

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has delivered his verdict on Tottenham Hotspur chances of winning the Premier League title this season. Spurs have enjoyed a stellar start to life under new head coach Ange Postecoglou, accruing 26 points from their first ten league outings.

That form sees them sit top of the pile, two points ahead of the Gunners in second. Now, Arteta has admitted that their north London rivals are in the mix to lift the title come May. However, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who has won the title in each of the last three campaigns, also has made no secret of his thoughts on Spurs and their chances of taking his side's crown.

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Gareth Bale return

Former Tottenham star Gareth Bale is set to make an appearance at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Monday night as his old side take on bitter rivals Chelsea in a huge London derby clash.

Earlier this year, the 34-year-old made his shock announcement that he was to retire from football despite interest from Championship side Cardiff City and Ryan Reynolds-backed AFC Wrexham in trying to get him to reverse his decision. In a post to his social media accounts, he wrote: "After careful and thoughtful consideration, I announce my immediate retirement from club and international football."

The star began his career at Southampton, before a move to Spurs in 2007 shot him into stardom following his positional switch from left-back to left-wing. While at the north London club, he was named in UEFA's Team of the Year twice and won the League Cup in 2008 after beating the Blues in the final at Wembley.

He then took his talents to Real Madrid where he won five Champions League titles and three La Liga titles, before finishing his career with a short spell in the U.S with Los Angeles FC. The star did return to Tottenham for the 2020/21 season, where he scored 16 goals in 34 appearances, giving supporters one last glimpse of his incredible ability before his retirement.

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