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PremierLeague-News.Com - Here's every single word Ryan Mason said ahead of Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League match against Wolves on Sunday afternoon
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! What is the injury news? No change. Ben [Davies] is the only one who hasn't trained. He still hasn't trained. To be honest, I'll be surprised if he's in contention for any of our three remaining fixtures but everyone else has trained this week. Mathematically you can still make the top four, but is the Europa League the realistic target of the club? The target, and I might sound like a broken record, is to get as many points as possible and see where we finish. We can't look ahead. It's very difficult in the Premier League to win three, four, five games in a row. We know that. We respect the opposition. Every game we play we respect them and our mind and our attention has to be on Wolves at the weekend and it will be. Hopefully doing that we can get a positive result and at the end of next week hopefully we'll see where we are, but of course we want to be in European competitions. Of course this football club that's what we strive for. That's what we want and what we expect, to be in the Champions League and going forward of course. With the investment, the stadium and the players you've got, it's got to be at least Europa League doesn't it? Of course, since I've been here as a player, over the past 10 to 15 years, the chairman has done an incredible job in taking the football club to the next level and the fact that we're sitting here now saying we expect Champions League, that's what we want and expect, I think that goes to say that the expectations within the club and outside it...of course when you represent this football club you want to be playing in the biggest games. Unfortunately this season hasn't gone as planned at times. I've said it all along, we want to focus our attention on winning as many games from now until the end of the season. We had a bit of a dent last weekend and we have to bounce back and win this weekend. It's a big game. Mikel Arteta said this week that it's a great incentive to finish above Spurs, does that act as an incentive to you? I'm sure it is for them. I know the importance when you represent this football club of finishing above them. Of course I'm a Tottenham man. I know that. We can't think about that. We have to think about winning our games and the priority for us is this weekend. Of course I know what it means to the fans to finish above them. Read More Related Articles The truth about a new Tottenham director of football, the manager search and summer transfers Read More Related Articles Juan Foyth, Skipp, Parrott, Sessegnon and the future plans for Tottenham's 15 loan players Do you have any clarity on your future or dates to work up to? No. At the start of our conversations it was 'can you help the football club until the end of the season?' And then after that, the role is there, to return to what I was doing. So as far as I understand at the moment, there's three more games, and I'm incredibly proud to be in this position, helping this football club. Then after that, my hope is to remain here of course. I love this club, I want to help this football club. That was the conversations before, we've had no conversations since, because the priority and the aim has been on the games in the Premier League, and obviously we had a League Cup final as well, and to try and win the games in hand. If there are protests planned like the Manchester United ones, are there extra plans to deal with it? Also as a Spurs fan, are you heartened by the fans' voices? Do you understand them wanting to express their frustration? I think firstly, I trust our security. The players' safety is the most important thing and I trust that we'll get that right. Secondly I respect the fans, they're the heart and soul of the football club and their opinion matters, it really does. We want our fans, our team, our football club to be aligned, all pulling in the same direction. But what I will say - and what I said a few minutes ago - our chairman and our board have done incredibly for this football club in the last 10-15-20 years since they've been here. I know how fans see that, I know how fans respect that as well. The most important thing for me is the connection between fans, players and everyone involved in the football club. They're entitled to their opinion, there's also Wednesday next week when they can come and help and support the team. I'm sure that's in the back of their minds as well, to get back in our beautiful stadium and hopefully help the team, will be a massive bonus for them. Will it be amazing to have fans back next week with a sense of normality? I hope so. Obviously it's going to be an incredible feeling, because it's been such a long time coming, not having fans. And 10,000 will make a hell of a difference, especially in our stadium as well, the noise generated. We know how fans get behind the group, behind the team as well. We're looking forward to that, we can't wait for it, we've got a massive game Sunday to prepare for and hopefully get three points before that. But of course we're excited. The whole football world, and society in general, is excited at the thought of some sort of normality in the coming months. Ryan Mason, Tottenham interim manager, during training at Hotspur Way this week Would you want to go back to your old role? In terms of my future, I can't really answer questions on what is going to happen. All I now is that I am here for the next three games and then also the conversations to return to the job I was doing as the head of player development, which is an important role at the football club. In terms of management, I love what I am doing, it's incredible, I love representing the club and having the honour and responsibility of helping a set of players get football results because there is nothing better. The conversations will happen afterwards, the expectation is to return to what I was doing but we'll see. Will Ben Davies be fit for the Euros? I am not sure. Ben was out doing some individual work and hopefully he will progress very nicely over the next few days and the next week. It is too early to make a decision on the Euros but I am sure Ben feels confident on that. We just know he has been out for such a long time, it is not very realistic to expect that he will return to training or play a game in the next 10 days. Did losing at Leeds feel the same as losing the cup final? We were gutted, I was gutted, it hurts. To lose a cup final hurts massively and losing a league game hurts massively.
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. Different emotions because the games were different in terms of I felt like the City game was a different one to the Leeds one. In the Leeds one there were moments which shaped the game against us, but it hurts. I don't like losing, the players don't like losing and the football club doesn't like losing. We want to win and expect to win so any game we lose is disappointment. In terms of picking the players up the best therapy is being back out on the pitch helping the group. Hopefully we will be fully prepared at the weekend. Will Harry Kane be thinking about winning the Golden Boot? I know Harry, he is one of my best friends and I am sure he will want to win that, but he won't sacrifice it for the team. Harry is an incredible player and we are so lucky to have him. If he can help us win games and also win the Golden Boot then happy days. Harry won't compromise a team result for an individual result, that's for sure?
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Has it been a challenge to get the players fit? When you have played the best part of 50 games when we are at the stage of the season we are at, I don't think I am going to change fitness. I think I can change a mentality, a confidence, a belief which then can also change fitness. In terms of physical output you are probably going to get that from a mental state or a confidence at this stage of the season. The principles we are trying to instil will hopefully help that and when you are winning games when the momentum feels good and confidence is up there is no such thing as fitness because you don't think about running or competing in these moments. So was it a case of low confidence rather than low fitness at Elland Road? No, I think if you look at the first 10 or 15 minutes of the second half, I wouldn’t have said that at all. If anything, I’d say the complete opposite. We were the team creating chances. And momentum is huge in football. If Harry’s goal was allowed – which I still think it should have been – fitness doesn’t come into your mind. The moment and feeling is completely different. Second half, if we’d have taken one of our chances for 2-2, I don’t think anyone would have been speaking about a lack of fitness because we were the team on the front foot, creating chances. There’s moments in games that define results and last weekend those moments went against us and we weren’t as clinical as we should have been. Of course, you can point a finger, say certain things but fitness isn’t an issue for our group at all. I can say that. There’s no issue with our fitness at all. Would you hypothetically be happy to work under a new manager in his first team set-up? The question you’ve asked is ‘hypothetically’. You’ve said it, so sorry Ali but I can’t really answer that question because I don’t know, we don’t know who it’s going to be, what the relationship is. There’s so many things that are uncertain. The only certain thing I know is that I’m here for the next nine or 10 days and my attention has to be on that. I can’t deviate from that and start thinking hypothetically. I’m really not allowing myself to do that.
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Has the timeframe on your future plans changed though with this new experience? I guess I didn’t expect to be retired at 25 – that was my last game in the Premier League. Timeframe and timescale – I’ve been involved in football a long time so know you can’t plan for anything. There’s not a special route or pathway, which a lot of footballers think there is, for their development. The same goes for a coach. If you’re ready, you feel ready and you want to be ready, and clubs feel like that’s right, then of course. Age is irrelevant. I just know the football club asked me to do a job until the end of the season. I was very flattered and very honoured, and I felt ready to help this club. I feel like we’re doing a good job, I really do. And of course I’ve said all along once the season’s done the club will sit and think, that’s natural. But I can’t think like that, we have really important games. Sunday is a big game and we want to go with our mind, our attention – the players, the board and the fans to be ready to win that game because that’s the most important thing. Joe Rodon was playing before you came but now he's not, what's his situation? Joe was unfortunate in terms of timing. He was cup-tied for the cup final so the first game I felt it was probably right to have the group consistent for what it was going to be in the next game. He's trained well, done well. All the 21 outfield players have competed in training and it’s made it difficult to pick a team and a squad. But I’ve been happy with everyone, I think the defence and team has done well. So it’s difficult. But when you play at a club like this, there’s always going to be disappointed players. The most important thing for me is he’s remained professional, he’s worked hard, he’s trained well and he’s been good around the club so that’s a massive tick from me.
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