(CNN)Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has rarely rushed things. On his way to becoming Bulgaria's all-time record goalscorer, seven-time footballer of the year and the country's most expensive player, it sometimes seemed as if Berbatov barely broke stride as he nonchalantly netted goal after goal. Now approaching the twilight of his career, it's easy to see why the 36-year-old thinks this is a vintage year for football's over 30s. "There are some players that are exceptions to the rules and they deserve a lot of respect," Berbatov tells CNN, extolling the virtues of United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sunderland's Jermain Defoe, a pair of fellow thirtysomething strikers who have scored 15 and 14 goals in the English Premier League respectively this season.
Mauricio Pochettino has hailed Tottenham's "fantastic reaction" to the recent defeats to Liverpool and KAA Gent after a hat-trick from Harry Kane inspired Spurs to an impressive 3-0 victory at Fulham on Sunday (19 February). Yet the Argentinian manager revealed that he held meetings with his players during the week after the recent disappointments. Spurs saw their Premier League title chances dented when suffering a 2-0 defeat at Liverpool last Saturday, just days before losing 1-0 to Gent in the first leg of the Europa League round of 32. But Tottenham managed to put those defeats behind them to see off Fulham and book a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. "We had some meetings at the