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Mourinho ‘can’t accomodate further excuse’ from Bale.

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Steven Bergwijn started the game and Lucas Moura was the man brought on to replace him, and Bale didn’t even get garbage-time minutes as it was Davinson Sanchez and Carlos Vinicius brought on to run the clock down in stoppage time.

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho is said to be growing tired of Welsh winger Gareth Bale, who has been out on the fringes at the club ever since returning in September.

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It was emotional to see Bale return to his former side on loan from Real Madrid, where he had been marginalised under Zinedine Zidane, but things haven’t really been much better back at Spurs.

Injuries and a lack of form have restricted Bale to just 12 appearances in all competitions this season, four of which have come in the Premier League, and things hit a new low when a now-deleted video on Spurs TV appeared to catch Mourinho saying: “You want to stay here? Or go to Real Madrid and play no football?”

According to NoRM‘s known Media, Mourinho was speaking to assistant manager Joao Sacramento about a talk he had held with Bale recently, with the boss unconvinced by the Welshman’s performances since returning to the club.

It is claimed that Mourinho wasn’t exactly a fan of bringing Bale back to London as he felt Spurs already had enough options out wide, and there seemed to be evidence of that as Bale remained glued to the bench in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Sheffield United

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Mourinho appeared to send a subtle message to Bale and exiled midfielder Dele Alli after the game, praising goalscorer Tanguy Ndombele for his reaction to criticism and ability to fight his way back into the boss’ plans.

“I have enough experience to say when a player is not playing very well, it is his responsibility,” Mourinho said. “When a player turns things around and brings his performances to a very high level it is also his responsibility. It is a great example that the door is open.

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Mourinho mutes on whether or not Dele Alli will remain in Tottenham.

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A reunion with Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain has been mooted, but Mourinho remained tight lipped when probed about his future ahead of Spurs’ Premier League clash with Sheffield United.

Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho would not comment on the future of Dele Alli in his latest press conference, amid continued speculation that a loan move away from north London is on the cards.

The 37-cap England international has been a peripheral figure at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium throughout the 2020/21 season, despite initially recapturing his best form after Mourinho succeeded Mauricio Pochettino as boss in November 2019.

Dele has played just 12 games in all competitions, but crucially has appeared just four times in the Premier League.

Instead, he has seen the majority of his action in second string Tottenham sides used in the Europa League, and played just 65 minutes of the FA Cup third round tie against eighth tier Marine before he was sacrificed for Gareth Bale.

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“It’s not a question that I’m comfortable to answer you,” Mourinho said. “Of course, I will know how to answer you. But I’m not ready to answer, I’m not ready to make public my my vision of the situation. I’m sorry about that, but I’m not going to answer.

When asked whether Spurs would like to replace any player who leaves, Mourinho remained defiant – suggesting the remark put to him was merely another way to get an answer about where Dele’s future may lie.

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“You are asking that question in a general way. But you are, of course, speaking about Dele so the question that you are asking me is if I would let that go without getting a player in exchange? And I’m not going to answer that question to you.

Tottenham Hotspur Manager, Jose Mourinho and Dele Alli

Mourinho then fielded questions around Dele’s general happiness, after a picture posted on the player’s Instagram page after the midweek draw against Fulham suggested the 24-year-old was rather fed up with life.

The Portuguese boss simply said that every dressing room has players who aren’t pleased with their situation, but some choose to react and behave differently to others.

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“I think in every dressing room are unhappy players. For sure, if any one of my tribe tells you that in his dressing room are only happy players, I don’t think is true. Or somebody is so so lucky to have a miracle in his hands, because I believe that in every dressing room, there are unhappy players.

“Then you can have an unhappy professional and the unhappy professional is the one that is unhappy, but feels that his duty is to work, work, work and work. And there is the unhappy that believes that is not his job, to fight and to work every minute for the squad and for the club. But unhappy players you have everywhere in every club. I promise you that.”

Mourinho concluded with a word on Bale, who has failed to hit the ground running during his loan spell back at the club after a succession of injuries. Again though, he remained coy on specifics, and instead praised the Welshman’s character by speaking fondly of him as a person.

“Gareth Bale is a player I always loved. In fact, he went to Real Madrid one season later because I spoke with with the president when when I was there.

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He is a guy that I like very much as a person, is a really really nice guy and a dressing room. The reasons why he didn’t reach in this period the level that Tottenham supporters remember him is a complex, complex answer.

“I believe that if Gareth was here on my side we could we do try to speak a little bit about it, but just by myself I’m not comfortable.

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Tottenham’s draw against Fulham gets Mourinho ‘yelling’

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho was left hugely frustrated after seeing his side held to a 1-1 draw by Fulham and miss the chance to climb up to third in the Premier League.

Spurs took the lead midway through the first half as Harry Kane headed home a wonderful cross from Sergio Reguilon, but some sloppy finishing (and a fantastic showing from Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola) kept the visitors alive.

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Spurs’ profligacy was punished late on as Ivan Cavaleiro responded with a header of his own, and Mourinho was left to field questions about Spurs’ failure to push on and see off yet another opponent.

“Not good enough, but good enough to win,” Mourinho said of Spurs’ performance (via football.london).

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“Not good enough because I think we have to play better in a more consistent way, but good enough to create four or five big chances, good enough to give Hugo in a very quiet evening.
Good enough to win the game but not good enough because we have to play better than we did.

“I understand that in the first half we had chances to kill the game. Some of them are Areola’s responsibility. In the second half we had the biggest chance to kill the game but when you don’t do it you cannot concede goals the way we did do it.

“This is the same story basically since the beginning of the season. We can talk about not killing the game yes, we can speak about that, and today was a clear situation where we could and should have killed the game in the first half but then you go back to the goals that we concede and it’s not also easy to assimilate that.

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“I think there are things [to do with the goals Spurs have conceded] that have to be with the characteristics of players. There are things that are difficult too. There are some things they have to do with organisation of the team, but other things they have to do with individual skills, individual ability, and its as simple as that.”

It was a performance which also left midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg frustrated, with the Dane questioning Spurs’ lack of bravery yet again.

“Very disappointing,” said Hojbjerg (via the Daily Mail). “We have to do better in a couple of aspects of the game. More bravery, more focus in terms of organising the team and being solid as a team.

“That doesn’t mean you have to stand in your own box and defend, it means the team is compact, the team is close to each other. I had a chance, I had to score. There are many details we have to do better.

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“I’m happy there is a game in three days again so we can show a reaction, show we are better than this. We are ready to go again, and of course heads are high.

“There’s a long way to go. We’re still very ambitious. We’re still very solid and very hungry as a team. We’ll keep going.”

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Official should be made to explain every decision on field – Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho believes match officials should be obliged to explain their decisions after his Tottenham Hotspur side were involved in more VAR controversy this week.

Mourinho was left baffled after Harry Kane was denied what looked a clear penalty early on in the 0-0 draw at Bournemouth on Thursday, even though it was referred to the VAR officials.

On the same night Bruno Fernandes earned Manchester United a penalty at Aston Villa despite appearing to tread on Ezri Konsa’s leg. Tottenham were also denied a Kane goal at Sheffield United after VAR ruled that Lucas Moura had used his arm despite the Brazilian being fouled and falling to the floor.

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Michel Oliver was the VAR referee on both of the Tottenham incidents and he will be the on-pitch official on Sunday when Spurs host Arsenal in the north London derby.

Mourinho preferred not to discuss Oliver during his news conference on Friday, but said officials should be forced to speak to managers to explain decisions.

“I don’t know who the VAR was at Villa, in our match was Paul (Tierney) (as) the referee on the pitch and the referee boss was Michael Oliver. I think you should have access to them, I know the rules don’t allow it,” Mourinho said.

“I think you should have access to them – to ask directly why… They are very important in the game. A game is players, managers, referees.

“It would make things much more open, much more clear. It would give the referee the opportunity to say, ‘Yes, I made a mistake – I feel sorry for that’, or ‘Yes I had incredible performance’, or ‘Yes I was perfect’.”

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Awful day for Mourinho’s side, final Score ‘Sheffield 3-1 Tottenham

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Game is over and the final score is Sheff Utd 3-1 Tottenham. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 Premier League
3-1
Berge (31′)
Mousset (69′)
McBurnie (84′)
Kane (90′)


Match Events


0′ Players are warming up before the game

0′ The match is about to start!

0′ Players go down on their knees to support Black Lives Matter movement

23′ CLOSE! Kane’s shot wide out

28′ Sissoko’s shot stopped by keeper!

31′ GOAL! Sheff Utd 1-0 Tottenham (Berge)

33′ Goooal… No! Kane’s goal disallowed after VAR review

45′ CHANCE! Lucas header over the bar

56′ Subs! Lamela in, Bergwijn out

61′ McGoldrick’s shot just wide out

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69′ GOAL! Sheff Utd 2-0 Tottenham (Mousset)

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71′ Subs! Ndombele replaces Sissoko

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77′ OFFSIDE! Kane’s goal disallowed

84′ GOAL! Sheff Utd 3-0 Tottenham (McBurnie)

90′ GOAL! Sheff Utd 3-1 Tottenham (Kane)

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Line-ups


Sheff Utd XI: McGoldrick, Basham, Stevens, Baldock, Norwood, Robinson, Egan, Osborn, Dean Henderson, McBurnie, Berge

Subs: Jagielka, Sharp, Rodwell, Moore, Freeman, Mousset, Zivkovic

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Sissoko, Son, Lucas, Aurier, Kane, Ben Davies, Dier, Sanchez, Bergwijn, Lo Celso

Subs: Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Lamela, Gazzaniga, Alli, Winks, Ndombele, Skipp, Gedson Fernandes.

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Lo Celso for Bruno Ferdnandes? No Deal! – Mourinho

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho insists he would not swap Giovani Lo Celso for Bruno Fernandes after Spurs missed out on signing the Portuguese playmaker last summer.

The north London club were heavy favourites to sign Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon during last summer’s transfer window, with the player claiming that he agreed a deal to join Spurs.

However, Sporting and Spurs failed to agree on the player’s value, which saw Fernandes join Manchester United for £68million in January while Tottenham landed Lo Celso on a season-long loan last summer under Mauricio Pochettino – who was in charge of the club at the time.

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Lo Celso has since made his loan move from Real Betis permanent, with Mourinho giving the thumbs up to complete the £27m deal.

While both players have flourished in the Premier League, it is Fernandes that has stolen the limelight having been directly involved in eight goals in as many appearances while his energetic performances has given United a new lease of life.

Asked whether he regrets Tottenham missing out on Fernandes last summer, Mourinho told Sky Sports: ‘I don’t know anything about that, but if that is true, and if Giovani Lo Celso was the player that came to Spurs [instead of Bruno Fernandes], then I would say I wouldn’t change Giovani Lo Celso for any player.

‘[I wouldn’t swap Lo Celso] for any player. It’s not just for Bruno, but for any player.’

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Lo Celso initially struggled to find his feet earlier in the season under Pochettino, but has since gone on to become a key part of Mourinho’s plans.

The Portuguese boss has praised Lo Celso’s positive attitude and feels there is a lot more to come from his Argentine maestro, who is currently playing through injury.

Mourinho added: ‘I came to the club and he wasn’t playing. I think the only match he started was Red Star Belgrade away in the Champions League – apart from that he was not playing. When I arrived I went in other directions and he did exactly what I love a player to do: “I’m going to show you”.

‘[There was] no spoiled kid reactions, no crying, no moaning, no agents and family throwing messages to the press and to the social media. It was just between him and me: “I’m going to show you”, and he showed me step-by-step.

‘He’s working with lots of different conditions to try to play and to try to resist until the end of the season so what you see from Gio now is not the end product – he’s a fantastic player for us.’

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I think it is privilege working with him’ – Lloris hails Mourinho

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has heaped praise on manager Jose Mourinho, saying it’s ‘a privilege’ to talk to him on a daily basis.

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In an interview on French Eurosport with former rugby player Christian Califano, Lloris spoke about how although Mourinho is often seen to be a controversial figure, he gets to see his true demeanour.

‘He’s great. He’s a character. So of course, through the media, you can have preconceived ideas, but when you get in touch with him on a daily basis, inside a training centre… I think it’s a privilege,’ said the Frenchman.

‘He’s coached so many great teams, so many great players. He’s got a lot of experience and a lot of trophies in his cupboard.

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‘When you’re a player, I think it’s a chance to be at his side because there’s so much to learn.’

During his career, Mourinho has won a lot of Europe’s top tier trophies. Domestically, he has three Premier League trophies, two Primeira Liga titles, two Serie A titles, and a La Liga title, and has also won the main cup competition in England, Portugal, Spain, and Italy.

He also won the Champions League with Inter Milan and Porto and is the only manager to win the trophy with two different clubs, and he has a Europa League title with Manchester United.

Mourinho joined Tottenham in 2019, replacing Mauricio Pochettino. When the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Spurs were in eighth place, seven points off a top four spot.

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Mourinho and a number of Tottenham players have come under fire for appearing to break social distancing rules during lockdown.

The Spurs boss was called out for hosting a one on one training session with Tanguy Ndombele, and players such as Moussa Sissoko and Serge Aurier were criticised after training closely together.

The club also courted controversy after the decision to take advantage of the government’s Job Retention Scheme, which would have seen the salaries of some non-playing staff paid by the taxpayer, before reversing the decision.


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Mourinho line up double swap for Chelsea’s Giroud, Willian.


Tottenham Hotspur have deals ready for Chelsea duo Olivier Giroud and Willian, whose contracts will both be up at the end of the current season.

Giroud came close to leaving Chelsea in January over a lack of appearances, and despite an increase in game time, he has still been tipped to walk away, while Willian’s negotiations over a new deal have hit a wall over his pursuit of a three-year contract.

As it stands, both players will walk away from Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, and a source has confirmed to 90min that Spurs have already got contracts ready to offer the duo once they are permitted to do so.

Clubs in England must wait until one month before a contract expiry date before they can approach an impending free agent who is based in England, and Spurs have already planned out their proposals to both Giroud and Willian.


José Mourinho sees the pair as potential shrewd additions to his squad as they would add both experience and quality to his current group of players, and the fact that they would be available for free makes them even more appealing.

Giroud came close to joining Spurs in January as an emergency replacement for the injured Harry Kane, but Chelsea eventually blocked the move. However, Spurs still remain keen and are ready to offer him the multi-year deal which he is looking for.


Mourinho’s need for a new striker was emphasised after Kane went down, with makeshift strikers like Dele Alli and Lucas Moura struggling to fill the void left by the Englishman’s injury.

As for Willian, Spurs believe that he wants to stay in London and are hopeful that they can fend off interest from fellow suitors Arsenal, who have also been alerted to the Brazilian’s desire to stay in the capital.


Willian recently confessed that his priority is to remain in the Premier League, but he also insisted that he would not have a problem with playing overseas if needs be.

NobleSport learnt some of Europe’s biggest clubs are in negotiations with the 31-year-old, but he wants to stay in England and will wait to hear offers from English sides first.

It was Mourinho who first brought Willian to Chelsea in 2013, and the Portuguese tactician is keen to finally reunite with the winger this summer.


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Tottenham in trouble – Mourinho speak out.


Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho has explained why RB Leipzig thrashed his side 3-0 in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second-leg tie on Tuesday night.

Mourinho said his RB Leipzig won Tottenham because Julian Nagelsmann’s side was the best team on the night, adding that his team is in trouble with many injuries issues.


RB Leipzig defeated Spurs at the Red Bull Arena, thanks to two goals from Marcel Sabitzer and a strike from Emil Forsberg.

“Indeed the best team won, physicality, rhythm, in top condition with their best players and a bench full of quality against a team that is in trouble,” Mourinho was quoted Football London as saying after the match.


“Yesterday I was very positive, but that’s the way I have to be.

“I know that automatically my team will improve next season with these injured players.

“We’ll improve in other areas, but I will not tell you right now how I analyze.”

Tottenham’s next fixture is against Manchester United on Sunday.


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Bashing Jose Mourinho for RB Leipzig Loss May Be Fashionable, But It’s Also Short-Sighted


‘Oooh, it was the Bundesliga’s bright young star against a washed up has-been.’

‘Ooooooh, it turns out anti-football from 2004 doesn’t get you anywhere in 2020.’

‘Ooooooooooooh, Mourinho made all the wrong choices and got what he deserved.’


In modern day football, it’s very easy – perhaps because it’s also incredibly fashionable – to slag off Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho,Julian Nagelsmann

Be it for his mannerisms in press conferences, his touchline antics or his defensive-minded tactical approach, Mourinho is – and has been since his ‘Special One’ declaration – notoriously Marmite.

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1-0: Mourinho disappointed as Liverpool defeats Tottenham

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Liverpool continued their relentless march towards a first Premier League title in 30 years as Roberto Firmino’s strike earned a 1-0 win at Tottenham to open up a 16-point lead at the top of the table.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have now made the best ever start to an English top-flight campaign after 21 games with 61 points from a possible 63.

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Klopp speaks ahead clash with Jose Mourinho’s men (Video)


There is now a 31-point gap between the sides that contested last season’s Champions League final as Spurs remain in eighth, nine points adrift of even the top four.

However, Tottenham had their chances to take at least a point as Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso missed the target with the goal gaping in the final 15 minutes.


Lo Celso’s miss left Jose Mourinho on his knees in anguish and the honeymoon period for the Tottenham manager is already over after just two wins in their last eight games in all competitions.

Mourinho sprang a huge surprise with his team selection as Japhet Tanganga was handed his Premier League debut in defence.


The 20-year-old was forced into action straight away as he blocked Firmino’s goalbound effort before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain struck the post inside four minutes.

Spurs will be without Harry Kane for most of the remainder of the season after the England captain underwent surgery on a torn hamstring.


Mourinho responded to Kane’s absence by utilising Lucas Moura and Dele Alli in attack as he sat back and hoped to catch the European champions on the break.

Spurs did have openings which could have changed the course of the game early on as both Lucas and Son fired wide from the edge of the box.


However, it was largely one-way traffic before half-time as Liverpool controlled the game and waited patiently for Spurs’ fragile defence to break.

Tottenham have kept just one clean sheet in 13 games since Mourinho took charge and their luck ran out eight minutes before half-time as Tanganga’s inexperience showed as he tried to intercept Mohamed Salah’s pass into Firmino and the Brazilian fired across Paulo Gazzaniga into the far corner.


Salah could have put the game to bed before the break, but pulled his shot wide.

Mourinho’s men showed more ambition in the second period and should have reaped some reward.


Serge Aurier forced Alisson Becker into action before Son’s deflected shot trickled just wide.

At the other end, Gazzaniga kept the home side in the game with a brilliant save low to his left from Sadio Mane’s downward header.


The Argentine’s heroics nearly proved crucial as firstly Son had a huge chance to level when played in by Lucas, but the South Korean uncharacteristically blasted over the bar.

Liverpool were let off the hook again seven minutes from time when Lo Celso was perfectly picked out by Aurier’s cross and seemed to do everything right as he slid in to connect, only to see the ball fly wide and Mourinho fall to the floor in despair.


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Jose Mourinho give reason for his fears


José Mourinho has claimed that the making of a documentary about Tottenham’s season has been a distracting influence. mk

Since taking over from Mauricio Pochettino in November, Mourinho has overseen the club’s rise from 14th to seventh in the Premier League table, although Spurs have suffered a number of disappointing results along the way.


Jose Mourinho: “These guys (points to Amazon cameraman), these guys are 24 hours. Only when I go to the toilet they’re not coming with me! Apart from that they’re always with me….Only Amazon disturb me, not the cameras on matchday.” https://t.co/FnXZI7p0ys

The former Manchester United boss’ tenure will be documented in a series to be screened on Amazon. However, Mourinho has revealed that he has found the TV cameras that follow his every move distracting.

When asked if he was concerned about the attention that will be on him when Spurs take on Liverpool on Sunday, the 56-year-old quipped that he was used to being filmed constantly.

“I feel the cameras because they’ll be on my face. I walk in the tunnel it’s on my face, even before the game finishes the camera will be on my face,” he began.

“These guys (points to Amazon cameraman) these guys are 24 hours. Only when I go to the toilet they’re not coming with me! Apart from that they’re always with me.


“Of course I feel it. But disturb me? No, only Amazon disturb me, not the cameras on matchday. I don’t think about it. Of course it’s not me against Jurgen. Big match – Tottenham v Liverpool. Let’s enjoy it.”

The documentary will be released later in the year and speaking in October, Amazon’s director of European originals told the Telegraph that she was confident the series would be a success.


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“We are delighted to be embarking on this journey with Tottenham Hotspur and delivering another extraordinary look at one of the most exciting teams in the Premier League,” Brown said.

“All or Nothing has become a franchise defined by true quality and unprecedented access, and that will be no different with this series.

“We can’t wait for Prime members worldwide to again experience the highs and lows of a world-class team in the greatest football league on earth.”


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Klopp speaks ahead clash with Jose Mourinho’s men (Video)


Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has stressed that his side aren’t considering the possibility of matching Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ record this season.

The Reds have won 19 of their opening 20 Premier League games – drawing away to Manchester United too – to open up a 13-point gap at the top of the league table.


Their form has seen suggestions do the rounds that Liverpool could match Arsenal’s record of going through an entire Premier League season unbeaten, while also going on to pick up more points that Arsène Wenger’s infamous side.

But when he was posed that question ahead of their match against Tottenham this weekend, Klopp said (via The Mirror): “Oh my God. Who sends you out asking these questions?!


“We didn’t think a second about it, and we will not start thinking about it now. If we would have started thinking about any kind of record, we would not have won the number of games we won so far.

“I think in sports, never set a record because of wanting to set a record. If you set a record, it just happens because you are focused on the right things.


“My problem in this moment is Tottenham, the way they play, the way we think they will play, the way they will play. That is all I am concerned about. Nothing else.”

While a trip to north London should prove to be Liverpool’s biggest test in recent weeks, they will be boosted by José Mourinho’s personal record against the club – as well as his opposite number, Klopp.

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool Manager


Mourinho’s come up against Liverpool more than any other side throughout his career, winning 12 of his 28 meetings with the Reds. The Portuguese manager has also drawn nine times and lost seven.

Against Klopp, meanwhile, Mourinho has only ever won twice out of their 10 matches against each other


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Pep Guardiola breaks José Mourinho’s record.

Pep GuardiolaBy their own meteoric standards, Manchester City have hit a rough patch this season, but let’s be honest – all this nonsense about Pep Guardiola being a ‘fraud’ is a bit over the top, isn’t it?

Yes, he may have had the crutch of substantial transfer funds wherever he has gone as a coach, but so too have many big names in management and very few have ever enjoyed a level of success comparable to the Spaniard.


The man with eight domestic league titles and two Champions Leagues to his name in 11 years in management might have overseen a start to the season in which City have managed just the 13 wins in 20 games, the worst in his career so far by a distance. He’s anything but a failure, however, and the stats continue to prove it.


The 2-0 victory over Sheffield United was his 100th in the Premier League, a feat he has achieved in just 134 games. It makes him the quickest ever to reach the landmark in the division, ahead of José Mourinho, who took 142 games to get there.

In his three-and-a-half seasons at City, Guardiola has so far claimed as many as seven domestic honours in England, putting him one behind Mourinho on that front. Both the EFL Cup and the FA Cup are well within his reach even if the Premier League looks to have gone, however, and a win in one of those two competitions would put him level there, having spent around half the time in England that Mourinho has.


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That’s provided Mourinho finishes the season trophy-less with Tottenham, of course. The Portuguese boss made his return to English football in December, and we have only a month to wait until the two great rivals go head to head once again on 2 February.


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Mourinho:I know Eriksen’s future plan.

Tottenham Hotspur manager José Mourinho claims he already knows what Christian Eriksen’s future holds – but is refusing to shed any light on the situation publicly.

The Denmark international is heading into the final few months of his contract and has been heavily linked with a move away from Tottenham, either during the January window or on a free transfer at the end of the season.


Jose Mourinho,Christian Eriksen
Mourinho’s already convinced Toby Alderweireld to sign a contract extension at Tottenham and the Portuguese manager claims he also knows what Eriksen’s plans are ahead of the January transfer window.

“I think I know his future because his communication with me is completely open and honest and we trust each other,” Mourinho said, quoted by AS.

“The only thing I can tell you is that I know his future but I am not going to be the one to speak about his future. It has to be him to speak about his future when he makes the decision to speak about his future, not me.”


Even though Mourinho wouldn’t reveal where Eriksen’s future lies, the Portuguese manager was eager to add that the midfielder’s contract situation hasn’t taken away from his desire to help the club this season.

“My sensation is that Eriksen wants to help us,” he added. “That’s why I play him when we need someone with his qualities.”


Although it’s unknown if Eriksen will be set to follow in Alderweireld’s footsteps by signing a new long-term contract, Eric Dier is set to be rewarded with a new deal as his importance in the first team continues to increase under Mourinho.

The 25-year-old’s current deal is set to expire in 2021, but Dier’s extension – which is believed to be work £75,000 a week – is likely to see him tied to the club at least until 2024.


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2-1: Tottenham revenge Chelsea’s win as they home trash Brighton.

Dele Alli got Tottenham back on track as the England midfielder capped a gritty escape act with the late winner in Thursday’s 2-1 victory against Brighton.

Jose Mourinho’s side were in danger of a second successive Premier League defeat when Adam Webster headed Brighton into a shock lead at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

But Harry Kane equalised after the interval and Alli finished off a flowing Tottenham move in the closing stages to erase the bitter taste of last weekend’s acrimonious London derby loss to Chelsea.

Avenging their defeat at Brighton in October, Tottenham, unbeaten in Boxing Day fixtures since 2003, have won three of their last four league games as they try to climb into the top four.

That Chelsea setback was completely overshadowed by the alleged racist abuse of Blues defender Antonio Rudiger by Tottenham fans after his role in Son Heung-min’s red card.

Amid widespread calls for stronger action to stamp out racism in football, Tottenham fans appeared to behave better this time.

Initially, there were worrying signs for Mourinho on the field however as Steven Alzate escaped Moussa Sissoko, making space for a low strike that drifted just wide.

Since Mourinho’s first game in charge of Tottenham, no Premier League team had conceded more goals than the 14 his side allowed across all competitions heading into this round of matches.

Those defensive frailties were on display when Alzate lost his marker and forced Paulo Gazzaniga into a sprawling save, while Aaron Mooy went close from the edge of the area.

Kane has a knack of scoring on Boxing Day and the Tottenham striker thought he had netted again when he fired home from Winks’ pass, but the goal went to a VAR review and was ruled out by the narrowest of offside decisions.


Clinical Kane
Brighton made the most of that let-off to take the lead in the 37th minute.

Pascal Gross swung over a free-kick and Webster rose above Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez to plant a powerful header past Gazzaniga for his third goal of the season.

Mourinho must have been furious that Tottenham wilted against such a simple set-piece and his team’s record of one clean-sheet in his nine matches suggests a defender could be high on his January shopping list.

Underlining the urgency to address that problem area, Brighton’s Bernardo forced Gazzaniga to save from a corner moments later to the audible frustration of the Tottenham crowd on a dank, wet day in north London.

Mourinho, standing rain-soaked on the touchline, revealed before the game that his Christmas was ruined by the death of his family’s pet Yorkshire Terrier.

But Kane put a smile back on his manager’s face in the 53rd minute when he seized on a deflection off Lucas Moura after the Brazilian’s determined run.

Drilling a shot that Mat Ryan could only push back out, Kane gobbled up the rebound with a clinical finish for his eighth goals in five Premier League games on Boxing Day.

Kane’s 16th club goal this season was not immediately a catalyst for a Tottenham surge and Gazzaniga had to be alert to keep out Gross’s fierce free-kick.

But Mourinho made a significant switch when he sent on Christian Eriksen for Harry Winks, who moments before was lucky to escape a red card for a foul when he had already been booked.

Eriksen made an immediate impact in the 72nd minute when he floated a delicate pass to Serge Aurier who flicked the ball into the path of Alli, who guided a superb lofted finish over Ryan.


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