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Tottenham refuse to give up on Inter's Milan Skriniar but clubs still far apart

5 timer 36 minutter siden
  • Inter want €60m for the Slovakian international
  • Spurs consider making a bid for the 25-year-old

Tottenham are considering their next move in the chase to land José Mourinho’s first-choice centre-back signing this summer, Inter’s Milan Skriniar.

The two clubs held discussions last week in Milan with Inter holding out for €60m (£55m) – or €50m plus add-ons – for the Slovakian international but Spurs have told them that they are prepared to make an offer between €30m-€35m.

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'It's a nonsense': Newcastle's Steve Bruce hits out at handball rule

søn, 27/09/2020 - 21:21
  • Magpies drew 1-1 at Tottenham thanks to late penalty
  • Eric Dier was penalised for handball after Andy Carroll’s header

Steve Bruce described the combination of VAR and football’s new handball rules as “nonsense” despite seeing it earn his Newcastle side an ill‑deserved draw at Tottenham, and said football’s lawmakers should be pushed to reconsider.

Related: Newcastle's Callum Wilson grabs point at Spurs amid more late VAR drama

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'I don't want to comment': Spurs manager Mourinho tight-lipped after VAR drama – video

søn, 27/09/2020 - 19:02

José Mourinho refused to comment after a controversial VAR decision saw his Spurs side drop points against Newcastle. Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw after a controversial late penalty: Eric Dier was penalised after the ball hit his hand and Callum Wilson converted the spot kick. Mourinho stormed down the tunnel before the final whistle. Asked if he had a message for the sport's law-makers, he said: "I don't have a message."

Newcastle's Callum Wilson grabs point at Spurs amid more late VAR drama

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Newcastle's Callum Wilson grabs point at Spurs amid more late VAR drama

søn, 27/09/2020 - 17:35

A decent enough football match took place here but instead we are left, as is seemingly the lawmakers’ preference, to obsess over handball. This was perhaps the worst among a long list of maddening recent decisions brought about by a rule that goes against the sport’s very essence, given the way it transformed the outcome against all logic and fairness. Newcastle had barely laid a glove on Tottenham when they were presented with the chance to equalise deep into injury time; Callum Wilson duly took the penalty but it said everything that the visiting party made little effort to hide their embarrassment upon leaving.

Because football itself has to go on the backburner when we ought to be discussing a Tottenham performance of some promise, here is how the game turned. Spurs were ahead through Lucas Moura’s first-half goal when, as the minutes ticked down, a Newcastle free-kick was arrowed towards the substitute Andy Carroll. He won the header just inside the penalty area and planted it against the upper right arm of a helpless Eric Dier, who was less than a yard in front and facing away from the ball. Dier’s limb was angled slightly away from his body as the ball struck him just below the armpit line. Carroll appealed immediately, but he was alone in that and the referee, Peter Bankes, was unmoved; Spurs went straight down the other end and there appeared scant prospect of anything contentious.

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Tottenham 1-1 Newcastle: Premier League – as it happened

søn, 27/09/2020 - 17:27

Callum Wilson snatched a point for Newcastle after they were awarded a controversial stoppage-time penalty at Spurs

4.27pm BST

Righto, thanks for your company. I’ll leave you with a couple of stonking stats. The match report will be here any moment, too. Since Opta began collecting exact Premier League goal times in 2006, Callum Wilson’s penalty equaliser is the latest any side has scored with their first shot on target in a match in the competition (96 minutes and 20 seconds). And, one more for luck: Newcastle have scored with 100% of their shots on target in the Premier League this season (3/3), with Wilson’s penalty at Spurs being their first attempt on target since the opening day at West Ham.

4.22pm BST

What a bonkers finale. Have a quiet moment to yourself by taking in the team news from the Etihad Stadium:

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4.15pm BST

A surprisingly restrained Mourinho speaks. Asked what he makes of the current handball law, he replies: “I don’t think ... I think about my team’s performance, very good; a really good team performance. First half, amazing. It should be 3-0, 4-0 easy but [Karl] Darlow was fantastic. We hit the post and they managed to survive. I’m not going to comment on it [the handball]. I don’t want to speak about it. If I want to give some money away I will give it to charities, I don’t want to give it to the FA so I prefere not to comment. At half-time Bruce was super happy with the result at 1-0. He knows football. He knew that at half-time it could be three of four-nil and they got their point.”

4.09pm BST

Who’s looking forward to hearing from José, then?

4.07pm BST

Red card clarification: Nuno Santos was the man sent off after the final whistle, with the Tottenham goalkeeping coach making his ire known to the referee at full-time. He takes one for the team after dragging Harry Kane away from the officials.

4.04pm BST

“If it’s any consolation to Spurs fans, at least the penalty call came before the final whistle,” emails Peter Oh. Now now, that’s just cruel. Meanwhile, Stephen Carr (not that one) has his say. “I’ve no skin in this particular game but the end of that game was palpably unfair,” he says. And Mary Waltz makes clear her feelings on the matter. “What curse will leave this world first? VAR or Covid?”

4.02pm BST

Mourinho may actually combust after that. Mike Dean is frantically trying to reason with Hojbjerg, who is calmly asking the fourth official what on earth has just happened, and how anyone on the planet can argue that was a genuine handball. João Sacramento, Mourinho’s right-hand man, protests in vain. Various players eventually retreat. Never dull, eh ...

3.57pm BST

Spurs are denied victory after yet another handball controversy, an absolutely ludicrous stoppage-time decision which has Spurs players circling around the referee Peter Bankes at the final whistle. A Spurs player is sent off as a result ... meanwhile, up in the stands, Mike Ashley is rubbing his hands together with glee. Newcastle – somehow – have escaped with a point.

3.55pm BST

Wow. Wilson hammers it into the corner and Mourinho promptly storms down the tunnel. “Absolute joke,” yells a Tottenham player as Wilson wheels away. To compound the misery for Mourinho, that was Newcastle’s first shot on target.

3.54pm BST

90+6 min: Callum Wilson will take the penalty ...

3.53pm BST

Mourinho is incensed, as is Dier, who could do nothing about that.

3.53pm BST

90+3 min: It all stems from Shelvey’s free-kick towards Carroll. The striker leaps high and nods it down and, after he does, it appears to strike Dier’s right forearm ... the VAR is checking whether Carroll was onside in the buildup. He was. The referee is going to check the pitchside monitor ...

3.51pm BST

90 min: There will be five added minutes. Newcastle are screaming for another handball and the video assistant referee is checking it ...

3.50pm BST

89 min: Now Newcastle feel there is a handball down the other end, but there is nothing doing. It is all a bit desperate. Moments earlier, Spurs nearly gifted Newcastle a route back in. Wilson tried to wriggle in between defenders but Spurs hoovered up, only for Ben Davies to wallop his clearance straight against Hojbjerg. The ball cannoned off the Spurs midfielder’s chest and out for a corner. On another day, Davies could have been left red-faced. But, as it happens, they’ll be able to smile about a slapstick few seconds.

3.47pm BST

88 min: Spurs are adamant they should have a penalty, pointing towards a possible Newcastle handball – but the referee is having none of it.

3.45pm BST

86 min: Manquillo inadvertently smacks the ball at Kane. The striker is winded but crawls back on to the pitch to ensure the game is stopped. Down on the touchline, Mourinho is surely beaming with pride. Spurs are going to close this out, aren’t they?

3.42pm BST

83 min: ... Lamela fires it in a speed towards the front post and, again, Darlow has to be alert to keep it out. The Newcastle goalkeeper will come out of this game with a bit of pride, but too few of his team-mates will able to say the same. Spurs, who have spent the last week globetrotting across eastern Europe, have looked a little jaded in this second half.

3.41pm BST

82 min: Lewis upends Doherty on the edge of the box and gets a booking for what was a clear foul. Doherty was rampaging into the box before the substitute stopped him in his tracks. Lamela is stood over it ...

3.40pm BST

81 min: Carroll erupts after the referee ignores calls for a foul 25-odd yards from goal. In fairness to the striker, he may have had a point.

3.39pm BST

80 min: For the second game in a row (admittedly, there are 10 minutes to play) Newcastle have failed to register a shot on target after firing blanks against Brighton last weekend. They had two against West Ham, and scored them both.

3.38pm BST

79 min: Lamela is on for Tottenham in place of Moura.

3.37pm BST

78 min: Joseph Blade gets in touch on email, and the man has a point. Spurs have peppered the Newcastle goal without finding a second. “How many saves has Darlow made?” he asks. “Any chance of closing in on Tim Krul’s Premier League record of 14 (also against Spurs)?”

3.35pm BST

77 min: Steve Bruce introduces Big Andy Carroll. Almiron off.

3.34pm BST

76 min: Spurs change it up. Ndombele replaces Lo Celso.

3.33pm BST

73 min: Mourinho edges on to the pitch to cajole Doherty back to defend as Spurs lose possession. Joelinton looks to be running into a cul-de-sac but wins a foul. Mourinho is given a little ticking off by the fourth official Mike Dean for roaming out of his technical area. Things are getting a little tetchy for Spurs.

3.30pm BST

70 min: Bergwijn strikes at goal – but he scuffs his shot! Hojbjerg did well to spread play. Doherty delivered a bobbling cross from the right, which landed at the feet of Bergwijn but the Dutchman’s effort lacked any conviction.

3.28pm BST

69 min: José looks a little nervy. They could do with a second.

3.27pm BST

68 min: Jamal Lewis replaces the injured Ritchie.

3.24pm BST

66 min: Ritchie is down injured for Newcastle. Ritchie comes down with an almighty bump after going up to challenge Matt Doherty for a header, crashing into the full-back’s shoulder. Ritchie landed awkwardly but is sitting up receiving medical treatment.

3.23pm BST

62 min: Just as Newcastle seem to be getting into some kind of stride, Spurs go close. Giovani Lo Celso’s low drive tests an alert Karl Darlow at full stretch. Harry Kane smashes the rebound into Jamaal Lascelles, who is winded.

3.20pm BST

60 min: Newcastle work an opening but Hendrick screws his strike painfully wide. It was neat buildup play by Newcastle, who spread the ball wide to Ritchie via Shelvey. Joelinton cut the ball back for Almiron, who swivelled and found Hendrick. The former Burnley midfielder should have at least found the target.

3.18pm BST

59 min: Kane snatches at a half-chance! The ball comes in from the left, Moura knocks it down and Kane takes aim. Darlow holds on to it gratefully. Kane’s shot was packing some punch but it was straight at the Newcastle goalkeeper.

3.15pm BST

56 min: This is a drab game. Mourinho’s body language says as much. Newcastle have offered next to nothing and Spurs are going through the motions. The longer Newcastle cling on in there ...

3.14pm BST

54 min: Newcastle win a corner. Joelinton did brilliantly to play in Manquillo in the buildup but Winks is incensed the attack ends with a Newcastle set-piece. They overcook the corner and then Joelinton fails to find Fernandez after recycling it.

3.11pm BST

52 min: Joelinton is booked for dragging Moura to ground.

3.08pm BST

50 min: Moura loses Callum Wilson with ease and nods at goal at the near post. Darlow is there to gather but Newcastle again look exposed. Newcastle have been second-best to almost everything.

3.07pm BST

49 min: ... Darlow deals with it, but concedes another corner ...

3.06pm BST

48 min: Doherty wins Spurs an early corner ...

3.04pm BST

46 min: Bergwijn replaces Son. Is that an injury, or perhaps Mourinho is just resting the forward, who had played every minute for Spurs so far this season. A chance for Bergwijn, regardless.

3.02pm BST

Steven Bergwijn is coming on for Spurs ...

3.00pm BST

This is perfect half-time reading:

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2.56pm BST

Championship full-time: Bristol City 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

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2.50pm BST

Full-time: Sheffield United 0-1 Leeds

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2.49pm BST

Lucas Moura’s first league goal since December is the difference at the interval but, in truth, Spurs should be out of sight. Son Heung-min has twice rattled the woodwork and Newcastle have been lacklustre at best. Spurs have barely broken sweat.

2.47pm BST

45+2 min: Shelvey volleys wide! Newcastle get numbers at the back post, Matt Ritchie picks him out but the midfielder cannot get it on target.

2.45pm BST

44 min: Lascelles is down following a clash with Lo Celso, who catches the Newcastle captain around the ankle. Lascelles requires some treatment. There will be two minutes added time.

2.43pm BST

43 min: Shelvey is booked for a lunge on Lo Celso.

2.43pm BST

42 min: This is painfully one-sided. Ben Davies side-foots an inviting cross towards the back post but it is a little heavy and it bounces out for a goal-kick.

2.41pm BST

40 min: Son rattles the crossbar! Tottenham are knocking the ball about with little urgency, Newcastle are parked behind the ball so Son, played in by Doherty, who marauds infield from full-back, takes aim from the edge of the box and, for the second time this half, he smacks the woodwork.

2.39pm BST

37 min: Joelinton tries to bombard his way through the Tottenham backline but Sanchez eventually makes life difficult and crowds him out. Almiron then gave the ball away cheaply, allowing Spurs to break but Moura failed to find Kane on the edge of the box.

2.34pm BST

33 min: ... Dier – somehow – heads wide completely and utterly unmarked six yards out. The Tottenham defender roars in despair after failing to properly connect, heading wide of a post. Spurs should be two-up. Steve Bruce is deep in conversation with his assistant, Stephen Clemence. They need to turn the tide.

2.33pm BST

32 min: Lo Celso scoops the ball into Son, who speeds into the penalty area but Hayden nips in to head the ball out for a Spurs corner ...

2.31pm BST

30 min: Son rattles a post! Kane is fouled by Hayden on the edge of the box but the referee recognises the advantage with the striker managing to roll the ball across to Son. The South Korean jinks inside Fernandez before curling a delicious effort goalwards. Spurs, it is fair to say, are knocking at the door in search of a second.

2.30pm BST

28 min: Jamaal Lascelles is trying to rally the troops. “Wake up,” he roars. Shelvey tried to find Callum Wilson over the top of the Tottenham backline moments before Spurs opened the scoring, but he undercooked his pass so slightly.

2.28pm BST

26 min: Darlow saves from Kane! The striker bends an effort at goal from the edge of the 18-yard box and the Newcastle goalkeeper sprawls down to his left to push the ball away. Moments earlier, Son tried to unselfishly roll in Moura, who surely would have tapped into an empty net, but Fernandez makes a crucial block. But the attack stemmed from another wondrous ball by Kane, who came deep to collect possession and pick out Son. Kane’s artistry has been impeccable in recent weeks.

2.26pm BST

Lucas Moura pokes in at the back post, converting a wicked low cross by Harry Kane. His ball dribbles across the six-yard box and Moura taps home. Gareth Bale, up in the posh seats, smiles and applauds like a paying punter.

2.23pm BST

21 min: ... Matt Ritchie swings in a wonderful ball towards the back post and Doherty elects to head behind for a corner to extinguish the danger. The corner is disappointing but Spurs fail to break with purpose on the counterattack.

2.21pm BST

20 min: Callum Wilson buys a foul out of Ben Davies. Clever play by the Newcastle striker. Newcastle will whip it into the box from the right. A good 30 yards out ...

2.19pm BST

18 min: Son tries to thread through Kane but, on this occasion, they are on a different wavelength. Newcastle have their hands full.

2.17pm BST

16 min: Moura is overzealous in the challenge and fouls Ritchie, giving Newcastle a breather. Doherty is keeping Newcastle busy down the flank.

2.16pm BST

15 min: Darlow smothers after Kane nods down a corner! It was an awkward one for the Newcastle goalkeeper, who had Sanchez for company when he went to gobble up Kane’s tame header. Federico Fernandez managed to keep Kane at arm’s length but the Tottenham striker got something on it. The ball dropped and Sanchez was sniffing around, prompting Darlow to rush to ground and gather.

2.14pm BST

13 min: Newcastle are camped inside their own half, every man behind the ball. Come and break us down, seems to be the message to Spurs. Bruce is frantically trying to ensure Joelinton does not leave Matt Ritchie exposed at left-back.

2.12pm BST

10 min: I do like how Bruce is cajoling Joelinton to do the defensive side of the game. The Newcastle manager wants the No 9 to keep the overlapping Doherty quiet. “Well done, Joe,” Bruce says. Mourinho, legs crossed, is looking relaxed.

2.09pm BST

9 min: Another fine stop from Darlow! Hojbjerg floats a wonderful ball into the box and Kane wriggles in between two Newcastle defenders to get up and head at goal. Kane gets the better of Isaac Hayden but Darlow is equal to Kane’s header.

2.08pm BST

7 min: Newcastle get a whiff of goal ... the ball is fizzed into the box but it rolls a little behind Callum Wilson, who cannot get it under control. Steve Bruce is busy barking orders down on the touchline.

2.07pm BST

6 min: Hojbjerg clips Hendrick and Newcastle get a chance to gain some territory. They have been under the cosh so far. Joelinton did well to initially snuff the ball out out on the left flank.

2.04pm BST

4 min: Son fails to beat the first man and Newcastle earn some respite. Newcastle have barely touched the ball since kick-off.

2.04pm BST

3 min: .... superb double save by Karl Darlow! He keeps Lo Celso’s left-footed shot out with a big left hand before preventing Harry Kane prodding in the rebound. But now Spurs win another free-kick out on the left flank. A concerted spell of Spurs pressure.

2.02pm BST

2 min: Doherty drives towards the byline and crosses but Peter Bankes, the referee, brings play back after Jonjo Shelvey tugged at Lo Celso’s shirt. Lo Celso will take the free-kick ...

2.00pm BST

Newcastle kick-off after both sets of players and staff take the knee. Gareth Bale is watching on in a plush executive box.

1.57pm BST

Kick-off is almost upon us ...

1.57pm BST

Steve Bruce speaks. In this fixture last season, Joelinton scored the only goal of the game. “Joel scored here last year,” he says. “Joelinton and Almiron played very, very well in midweek [against Morecambe] and they have grasped their opportunity. I’ll always remember it because it was my first win in charge of Newcastle – great memories and what a fabulous stadium. It’s an absolute joy to come and play here. Allan Saint-Maximin is still not 100% after twisting his ankle last week.” Meanwhile, Gedson Fernandes has replaced Moussa Sissoko on the bench after the latter felt unwell.

1.47pm BST

Leeds are 1-0 up at Bramall Lane:

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1.47pm BST

Mourinho talks. Asked whether Alli has been left out because of a need to rotate amid a hectic schedule, he replies “a bit of both”, whatever that means. He adds: “We start with Harry Kane, with Son, with Lucas, then we have on the bench Lamela and Bergwijn, a little bit of rotation and when the players are on the pitch, they have to try to earn more minutes and for the next match, they have to fight for that.” The Spurs manager hints that Sergio Reguilón, on the bench this afternoon, will feature against Chelsea on Tuesday.

1.35pm BST

Dele Alli is absent – again – for Tottenham. The midfielder played an hour in midweek but has again been omitted from the 18-man squad, with Ndombele, Fernandes and Sissoko the preferred midfield options on the bench. Mourinho has been at pains to point out he cannot find room for everybody.

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1.31pm BST

Gareth Bale is thought to be a few weeks away from pulling on a Spurs shirt once more, but he has been speaking candidly about his return. The Welshman says he may not be “the 20-year-old that sprints 90 yards down the touchline every two seconds” anymore but he is still champing at the bit. “I love this club with all my heart,” Bale tells Sky Sports. “My energy level seems to have gone up. I think it was time for a change – I wanted a change for a little while but obviously it hadn’t been able to materialise. This club means so much to me, there have been some amazing memories and I felt like it was a good time to come back. I feel like the club is still going in a great direction and I want to be a part of it again.”

As for escaping La Liga, he insists he has “no regrets” and questions whether fans failed to take to him following a £85m move because of his personality. “In Madrid, it was a bit flat for a while. You can tell when players are not happy. When you’re not happy, it is difficult to play at your highest level. I’m very quiet, I try to keep myself away from the cameras, the media and maybe that is what they didn’t like over there. You go for a big fee, they expect these galácticos to do everything. There are always highs and lows and the lows are when you usually learn the most about yourself and you show your character to come back from.”

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1.11pm BST

Team news news: Mourinho tweaks things, with Giovani Lo Celso replacing Tanguy Ndombele in Tottenham’s sole change from the 5-2 win at Southampton. Mourinho suggested Ndombele, who played 90 minutes in victory against Shkendija on Thursday, remains short of fitness, saying Lo Celso is in better condition. Mourinho was waxing lyrical about Lo Celso after victory at St Mary’s when the Argentinian replaced Ndombele at half-time. Sergio Reguilón, meanwhile, is among the Spurs subsitutes. As for Newcastle, Jamal Lewis (eye) and Allan Saint-Maximin (ankle) both miss out through injury, while Andy Carroll drops to the bench.

1.06pm BST

Sheffield United v Leeds is into the second half:

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1.03pm BST

Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Doherty, Dier, Sánchez, Davies; Winks, Højbjerg; Moura, Lo Celso, Son; Kane

Subs: Hart, Reguilón, Alderweireld, Lamela, Fernandes, Bergwijn, Ndombele

12.57pm BST

The José Mourinho juggernaut rolls on. Fair enough, that might be pushing it but Tottenham have won their past three matches, scoring 10 goals along the way and, better still, Steve Bruce has never got the better of the Portuguese in the dugout in 11 attempts. Tottenham’s last Premier League outing was that bonkers game at St Mary’s, where Spurs were dreadful for 45 minutes before steamrollering to victory courtesy of a Son Heung-min and Harry Kane masterclass. Newcastle’s last performance was equally emphatic but, then again, that did come in midweek against Morecambe of League Two. Joelinton scored twice to give Bruce food for thought, while an ankle complaint means Allan Saint-Maximin is touch-and-go. Sergio Reguilón could be involved for the first time for Spurs since arriving from Real Madrid but the game comes too soon for Gareth Bale, who will have to make do with being the cover star of the match-day programme.

Kick-off: 2pm (BST)

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My son is a Spurs fan. It won’t last | Séamas O’Reilly

søn, 27/09/2020 - 10:30

He’s allowed to support the local team – until he’s old enough to like football, and know better

“Where’s his gear?” my wife asked. The boy was due to attend his first football practice, and she was looking for his Spurs kit. She got it for him last year, after “we” decided he’d support his local team. I say “we”, because I do remember having that conversation, but never thought she’d actually follow through.

What I hadn’t anticipated was my wife becoming a Spurs devotee after watching an Amazon documentary series about the team, a telegenic squad doing their best to prove nice guys needn’t finish last. I felt like one of those people whose relatives have been radicalised by al-Qaida. Suddenly these boys, with their coiffed hair and shiny smiles, were seeds of my own destruction, agents for a permanent Spurs-ward swing for my poor, defenceless child.

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Matt Doherty: 'I wasn't even young, like 12. So it was a bit embarrassing'

lør, 26/09/2020 - 23:30

Spurs’ new signing Matt Doherty had to confront embarrassing tweets he made about his love for their London rivals Arsenal

Matt Doherty is talking about tweets. The ones from 2012 and 2013 when he declares his everlasting love for Arsenal. “I wasn’t even young,” says Tottenham’s summer signing from Wolves. “I wasn’t even, like, 12 so I can’t even say: ‘Ah, well, I was only 12 so I didn’t know what I was saying.’ So, yeah, it was a bit embarrassing.”

How to deal with the skeleton in the virtual closet, wondered Spurs and their social media team? Head-on, was the verdict and so came Doherty’s announcement video where he looks sheepish and clasps his hands as he rereads the tweets before deleting them. He finishes by nodding and tapping the cockerel on his new Spurs shirt.

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Tottenham v Newcastle: match preview

lør, 26/09/2020 - 10:00

José Mourinho wants to generate momentum and, after three wins in three in all competitions, the signs are encouraging, particularly with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min combining well. The challenge for them will be to make the running against a Newcastle team that will most likely be compact and look to strike on the counter. There have been times under Mourinho when this has been beyond them. Newcastle have won four of their last six in the league at Tottenham. David Hytner

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The Dele-José story is far from over but the fear is Alli may have peaked at 21 | Barney Ronay

lør, 26/09/2020 - 09:00

Tottenham midfielder’s talent shone brightly against Real Madrid three years ago – but when Mourinho starts calling you talented you need to worry

Last year Sport England announced it would be spending £85m on The Talent Plan For England. The idea behind the Talent Plan is to create “the world’s best talent plan” – a shoot-for-the-moon ambition that becomes more achievable if you accept the rather pedantic objection that a Talent Plan is something you’ve just made up, and thus, technically, nobody else in the world has one anyway.

What is certain is that the Talent Plan has a lot to say about talent, so much that its 35-page outline mentions it 258 times in total. This is the big takeaway from the Talent Plan: talent is definitely very important. To be clear, nobody here is suggesting we don’t care about talent. It is a doubly interesting read given one unarguable truth about talent is that nobody seems to know exactly how it works. It has even become fashionable in coaching circles to say talent is overrated, that it is a kind of chimera.

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José Mourinho pleased with progress made by Tanguy Ndombele at Spurs

fre, 25/09/2020 - 23:30
  • Midfielder plays 90 minutes for first time this year
  • Manager had previously questioned player’s commitment

José Mourinho claims to have seen signs of progress in Tanguy Ndombele after Tottenham’s record signing came through 90 minutes for the first time in 2020 during Thursday’s 3-1 Europa League qualifying win over Shkendija in North Macedonia.

Mourinho does not doubt the midfielder’s quality on the ball but he has been desperate to see him work harder without it, which is a prerequisite for anybody who plays for him. The manager made headlines the previous Thursday after the 2-1 win at Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the competition’s previous round when he said he had doubted Ndombele’s “motivation and commitment and professional attitude in some moments”.

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Covid leads to Spurs Carabao Cup bye and Grimsby game being called off

fre, 25/09/2020 - 17:25
  • José Mourinho critical of EFL over fixture schedule
  • Case of Covid at Grimsby means match at Cheltenham off

Tottenham have been awarded a bye into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after Leyton Orient failed to fulfil the third-round fixture because the majority of their squad tested positive for Covid-19. Spurs progress and host Chelsea in the next round on Tuesday.

Orient had hoped to reschedule the game given it was worth about £150,000 in television and sponsorship revenue, but the English Football League board determined that, in line with competition rules, the League Two club had to forfeit the match.

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Harry Kane helps Tottenham past Shkendija after goalpost controversy

tor, 24/09/2020 - 22:20
  • Europa League qualifier: Shkendija 1-3 Tottenham
  • Goalposts adjusted after Spurs discovered they were too small

José Mourinho made the point on Wednesday that it was 20 years to the day since his first game as a manager – a 1-0 defeat with Benfica at Boavista. Yet the Portuguese would not begin to imagine he has seen it all and the bizarre goings-on both before and during this one-off Europa League qualifier brought the latest reminder – particularly before.

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Mourinho recalls Dele Alli for Europa League and expects him to stay

ons, 23/09/2020 - 17:59
  • Alli has been left out of Spurs’ squads for past two games
  • The attacking midfielder has been offered to PSG on loan

José Mourinho says he expects Dele Alli to stay at Tottenham and has recalled him to the squad for Thursday’s Europa League qualifier against Shkendija in North Macedonia, challenging him to make the most of the opportunity.

The Spurs manager had omitted Alli from his previous two squads – against Lokomotiv Plovdiv last Thursday and Southampton on Sunday – amid uncertainty over the attacking midfielder’s future. Alli has been offered to Paris Saint-Germain on loan and is of interest to several other clubs.

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'I'm tired of Amazon, not Dele': Mourinho vexed by Spurs questions – video

ons, 23/09/2020 - 15:50

José Mourinho appeared unpleased by further questions about the recent Amazon 'All or Nothing' documentary which went behind the scenes at Tottenham during his first season in charge at the club. 'I'm tired of Amazon, and I am not tired of Dele because he's a great kid,' said Mourinho in an nervy exchange with a reporter. The future of Dele Alli has been called into question with the midfielder linked with French champions PSG

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Tottenham's Carabao Cup tie at Leyton Orient off but no decision on walkover

tir, 22/09/2020 - 17:05
  • Majority of Orient squad tested positive for coronavirus
  • Competition rules suggest Spurs should be awarded win

Tottenham’s Carabao Cup tie at Leyton Orient has been called off but a decision delayed on whether to award the Premier League club a walkover after the majority of Orient’s first-team squad tested positive for Covid-19.

Orient announced on Monday that they had closed their stadium and training ground until further notice and it has been confirmed the tie will not go ahead as planned on Tuesday evening.

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David Squires on … Gareth Bale's second coming at Spurs

tir, 22/09/2020 - 11:54

Our cartoonist on what the Welsh forward can expect after returning to a revamped version of the club he left in 2013

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Majority of Leyton Orient squad test positive for Covid-19 before Spurs tie

man, 21/09/2020 - 23:31
  • Tuesday’s Carabao Cup match expected to be cancelled
  • Mansfield, Orient’s opponents last Saturday, plan complaint

The majority of Leyton Orient’s first team squad have tested positive for Covid-19, leading to the expectation that their Carabao Cup game at home to Tottenham on Tuesday will be called off, with a decision set for the morning, and serious questions being asked about the biosecurity of League Two.

The testing of players is not mandatory in the English Football League – as it is in the Premier League – with the authorities content to insist on stringent hygiene measures and work-place social distancing. They say that the evidence shows there is a minimal risk of transition of the virus via training and playing outdoors.

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Gareth Bale's love for Spurs could speed return from injury, claims Mourinho

man, 21/09/2020 - 13:30
  • Forward sustained knee injury on international duty
  • Spurs anticipate Bale being match fit next month

José Mourinho has suggested Gareth Bale’s desire to return to Tottenham could accelerate his highly anticipated Premier League comeback, as the forward recovers from a knee injury sustained on international duty.

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to sell Lacazette, Rüdiger out at Chelsea?

man, 21/09/2020 - 10:23

This talk’s paddles cut the water in a long and hurried flight

In typical José Mourinho style, José Mourinho has again made fools of all those who said he was predictable parody of himself. When he arrived at Spurs, it appeared clear the player he planned to needlessly persecute was Tanguy Ndombele but it’s since turned out that the wily, crafty, sly old fox was misdirecting all along – the real receptacle for his angst is was Dele Alli all along.

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Harry Kane tees up Son's four-goal show as Spurs hammer Southampton

søn, 20/09/2020 - 17:45

After a topsy-turvy opening, this game soon developed a familiar theme, with Harry Kane supplying a supercharged Son Heung-min to score on four occasions and earn Tottenham a resounding victory. It is the first time one player has assisted another four times in a Premier League match but Kane eventually got in on the act to score Spurs’ fifth after preying on a rebound.

When Spurs seamlessly click in the final third as they did here, the thought of adding the returning Gareth Bale into the attacking cocktail is a mouth-watering proposition.

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