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Pep Guardiola: Why i will never insult myself by exchanging words with Jose Mourinho

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Guardiola, who had repeated touch line fight with Mourinho during their spells in Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively said he has had enough of that barb.

Manchester City manager ahead of their clash with Tottenham Hotspur has come out to say that he is too old to engage himself in a verbal fight with Mourinho.

Mourinho, in a press conference said that Man city’s star player Raheem Sterling who was reported injured before the international break will be fit to play against his team despite withdrawing from England team that played in the Uefa Nations league.

Jose went on to say that Manchester city as a club mounted pressure on England national team coach Gareth Southgate into omitting Sterling’s name in his English squad list and also called out Pep Guardiola to come out open and deny or accept the accusation.

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Pep, was asked to talk on the Mourinho accusation by the press guy’s and he said, “You have to speak to the doctors about these other things, don’t ask me,”

“I’m almost 50. I’m old enough to understand. Listen, I’m not going to answer anything about Jose.

“Raheem today Friday was the first training that he did.

“Mourinho has to speak to the doctor for the national team of England and the doctor for Manchester City.

“Maybe Mourinho is a doctor, I don’t know.

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“He accused us of something we have done that is not true.”

Guardiola immediately switched attention to the contract he signed on Thursday, when he was asked his reason for extending his contract, he said “I don’t know, when I arrive here I didn’t expect to be seven years,” he added.

“I don’t know what is going to happen. It depends on the results to be honest. If we have success and we are happy, why not?

“If we don’t have success, we will be less happy and I think we are going to change. It’s simple.

He also said that he is happy at city and is looking forward to achieving more great things with the club.


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Gareth Bale makes exciting First start for Tottenham shows off is no.9 Jersey

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Gareth Bale is only just getting started in his second stint as a Tottenham Hotspur player, as the winger hints that he will soon be back to his best.


The Welshman played for 62 minutes in Spurs’ 3-0 over LASK in the Europa League on Thursday night, and played a cross which ended up being turned into the back of his own net by Andres Andrade.

It was a simple enough win for Tottenham, but Bale looked sharp, and says that he is treating the current period ‘as a mini pre-season’ as he gets back up to full fitness.

‘I’m a bit stiff, it’s like a mini pre-season at the moment, I’m just trying to get up to full speed, enjoying being back on the pitch and at this amazing club,’ he told BT Sport.

‘When I get fully match fit I will be sharper, and I’ll hopefully contribute even more.’

It was the first start since returning to Tottenham for the 31-year-old, who was often overlooked at Real Madrid in recent years.

And his appearance off the bench against West Ham on Saturday wasn’t as happy as an occasion as he wanted, with Spurs letting a three goal lead slip while he was on the pitch.

Boss Jose Mourinho refused to blame the collapse on Bale though, and now, back at a place where fans are excited to see him play, he is ready to kick on and get more wins.

‘It’s a big reason why I play well,’ he said. ‘You want to be loved, appreciated, and to come back here, I’ll give everything for the shirt.’

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After a string of injuries last season, Jose Mourinho now appears to have a wealth of talent at his disposal, and Bale may even find himself fighting for a spot.

He knows where will be rotation this year due to the fixture congestion, saying: ‘It’s a great squad, it’s got a lot of depth and a lot of good players. Hopefully we can use that to our advantage. Everybody’s going to be used this season and it’s good to have competition.’

In fact, it was another new signing, Carlos Vinicius, that received a lot of the headlines during the game after having putting on an excellent performance where he did everything except get on the score sheet.

Son Heung-Min also got himself a goal, as did Lucas Moura, on a night where Tottenham showed they can still get by without Harry Kane on the pitch.


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Inter Milan lines up for Tottenham’s Ndombele

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Inter Milan have approached Tottenham about signing midfielder Tanguy Ndombele this summer, according to reports.

The Frenchman has been linked with an early exit from the club following a nightmare first season blighted by fitness problems and poor performances, with the player said to have fallen out with Jose Mourinho.

Barcelona have also been touted as a possible destination for the 23-year-old, who was one of the most coveted midfielders in the world before leaving Lyon last year. He ended up joining Spurs in a club-record deal worth £63million.

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Now Antonio Conte’s men are keen to end his disastrous spell and bring him to the San Siro, according to NobleSports, with talks reportedly already under way. It would be their second signing from Spurs this year after taking Christian Eriksen in January.

Ndombele enjoyed a good start to his Spurs career initially, scoring on his debut and following it up with an assist in his second game at Manchester City.

But since then he has suffered difficult times, picking up niggling injuries and struggling to remain fit – he played the full 90 minutes in just three Premier League campaigns last season.

He was also opened to ridicule after a video of him barely tracking back to chase midfielder Pedro Neto in a 3-2 home loss to Wolves went viral, with Mourinho simply laughing after being quizzed on the clip in question.

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Two games later, in their 1-1 draw with Burnley, he was forced to hook Ndombele at half time, claiming he ‘didn’t have a midfield’.

Reports in France claimed their relationship was beyond breaking point, and the Portuguese boss was forced to insist there was no issue – despite playing him just twice from the bench after the Premier League restart.

‘You know, it’s not just him,’ he said after a 2-0 win over West Ham. ‘I try to do the best for my team. I cannot start the game with 12 or 13 players, I try to do the best for the team.

‘Sometimes I apologise to my players that are not my first choice because I feel their work in training deserves something more than I give but I have to do my job the best I can and I felt for these two matches I didn’t need him.’

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Final score: Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham

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On the last day of term Tottenham were given a free run at the toys and nearly ended up choking on one.

What a grubby slog of a match at the end of a grubby slog of a season, and it says near enough everything that they celebrated reaching the Europa League via a draw with a team on a seven-game losing streak.

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There was a time not so long ago that Jose Mourinho was quite sniffy about those Thursday night appointments; there was a time far more recently that Tottenham had bigger fish and better fryers. Then and now, him and then.

And so the Spurs collective have to take this qualification for the success that it is.

Success for the club in comparison to a lower finish and success for Mourinho because it is indisputable that he rescued Tottenham’s season.

They were horrible to watch in the final weeks before he arrived and they have often been horrible to watch since, but it is a brand of horrible that has secured results and sixth place.

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That is what Daniel Levy badly wanted when they were 14th under Mauricio Pochettino in November and it is what he got – there have been five wins, three draws and only one defeat since the restart alone.

Praise be to Mourinho and likewise the creator of that old phrase about there being no pictures on scorecards.

Time will tell on how he builds this team in his image and style, which is so very different to that of Pochettino

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In the absence of the funds he is accustomed to, it will be awfully hard, and for that reason his appointment remains a curious one, even in the light of a job done well.

This game in isolation was an example of how bafflingly ponderous Spurs can look.

At times they were even at the mercy of Crystal Palace, whose form and fortune has been so poor, and whose best player, Wilfried Zaha, wants to leave.

A defence held together by string was barely tested by Spurs, barring Harry Kane’s 18th league goal of the season and fifth in three games.

Jeffrey Schlupp equalised in the second half and then Jordan Ayew and Scott Dann both had decent chances to win it.

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Had Wolves drawn at Chelsea, then Spurs would have finished seventh and at risk of dropping out of Europe altogether if Arsenal win the FA Cup final.

Mourinho said: ‘Of course players who one day plays Champions League do not want to go back to the Europa League but it was the only thing possible after a difficult season. After arriving 14th, sixth is not bad at all. So I am quite happy.

‘What we can do now is improve. When all the players are available we showed in this last period where we belong – maybe third or fourth. Are we going to buy players for £100m? No. But we are going to improve.’

Roy Hodgson said: ‘We had a very bad COVID period in terms of results and injuries but we broke that sequence and that was good.’

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Final score: Tottenham 3-0 Leicester

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Game is over and the final score is Tottenham 3-0 Leicester. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 Premier League
3-0
Justin (6′ OG)
Kane (37′)
Kane (40′)


Match Events


0′ The match is about to start!

6′ OWN GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Leicester (Justin)

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20′ NICE TRY! Vardy’s backheel shot denied

30′ CLOSE! Son’s shot denied by Schmeichel

37′ GOAL! Tottenham 2-0 Leicester (Kane)

40′ GOAL! Tottenham 3-0 Leicester (Kane)

68′ Sanchez goes down in the box but ref says no penalty!

81′ OFFSIDE! Kane’s goal disallowed

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Line-ups


Tottenham XI: Lloris, Sissoko, Alderweireld, Son, Lucas, Aurier, Kane, Ben Davies, Winks, Sanchez, Lo Celso

Subs: Vertonghen, Lamela, Gazzaniga, Bergwijn, Tanganga, Sessegnon, Foyth, Skipp, Gedson Fernandes

Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Evans, Morgan, Bennett, Vardy, Ayoze Perez, Tielemans, Ndidi, Justin, Barnes, L. Thomas

Subs: Matty James, Nampalys Mendy, Praet, Ward, Gray, Iheanacho, Choudhury, G. Hirst, D. Johnson.

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Barcelona shows interest in Tottenham’s Sessegnon

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Barcelona have inquired into the availability of Tottenham’s Ryan Sessegnon, having been big admirers of him since his days at Fulham.

Their intrigue in the 20-year-old extends back more than two years, since Barca scouts were in the stands at Wembley to watch him in the 2018 Championship play-off final.

Those same scouts had been to watch him at least three times at Craven Cottage during what was his best season to date – having become aware of his emergence as one of Europe’s best prospects at youth level.

Barca have now let that admiration be known in discussions, via intermediaries, over potential swap deals between the clubs this summer, despite Sessegnon’s slow start to life at Spurs.

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Sky Sports News reported last month that Barca had offered the likes of Nelson Semedo and Samuel Umtiti to Spurs, while expressing an interest in their beleaguered record-signing Tanguy Ndombele.

However, Sky Sports News can now reveal that Barca’s interest in Ndombele has cooled after they signed Miralem Pjanic from Juventus.

Although Barca do see Ndombele as another attractive prospect, they still have other midfield options in Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets and are prioritising signings in other areas; notably up-front with the desired signing of Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez.

Barca are also interested in bringing in another left-back, however, which has led them to looking into Sessesgnon despite his struggles to get into Tottenham’s team under both Mauricio Pochettino and now Jose Mourinho this season.

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He has made only four Premier League starts and 12 appearances in all competitions, after Spurs finally signed him for £25m last summer following a long-term pursuit of their own.

They first made Fulham an offer around the time he made his debut as a 16-year-old in 2016 and explored that interest in every subsequent transfer window – and he remains the only left-back they have signed in six years, since Ben Davies joined from Swansea in 2014.

Sessegnon is said to be concentrating on finishing the season with Spurs before assessing his future. The player feels he has done all he can to earn more game time than he has so far.

The Spurs hierarchy would also like to have seen both Sessegnon and Ndombele play more after making significant investment in the pair last summer, but they have been peripheral to Mourinho’s first-team plans so far since the restart.

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Final Score: Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

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Game is over and the final score is Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 Premier League
2-1
Son (19′)
Alderweireld (81′)
Lacazette (16′)


Match Events


0′ Players are warming up before the game

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0′ Players stand in slient tribute for Jack Charlton

1′ Lucas’s long shot stopped by Martinez

10′ Kane’s shot denied by Martinez

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16′ GOAL! Tottenham 0-1 Arsenal (Lacazette)

19′ GOAL! Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal (Son)

30′ CLOSE! Ben Davies hits the cross-bar

32′ CHANCE! Pepe’s long shot inches wide

40′ Aubameyang’s free-kick just wide out

50′ Mustafi makes timely block

59′ POST! Aubameyang almost score for Arsenal

70′ Subs! Saka replaces Pepe

71′ What a save from Martinez

79′ SAVE! Fine stop from world-class Lloris

81′ GOAL! Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal (Alderweireld)

83′ OFF THE POST! Kane nearly score

86′ CHANCE! Son’s shot blocked by Luiz

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Line-ups


Tottenham XI: Lloris, Sissoko, Alderweireld, Son, Lucas, Aurier, Kane, Ben Davies, Winks, Sanchez, Lo Celso

Subs: Vertonghen, Lamela, Gazzaniga, Bergwijn, Ndombele, Tanganga, Sessegnon, Skipp, Gedson Fernandes

Arsenal XI: Luiz, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Mustafi, E. Martinez, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Pepe, Tierney, Ceballos

Subs: Sokratis, Cedric, Macey, Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Holding, Nelson, Willock, Saka.

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Tough struggles for Tottenham, Bournemouth charges hard

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Game is over and the final score is Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 Premier League
0-0

Events


0′ The match is about to start!

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

22′ Kane makes an important clearance

31′ Ardent conflict between Sissoko and Lerma

44′ Lamela fires his shot into the stands

45′ Lloris makes a brilliant save

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46′ Half Substitution! SON & Ndombele in,Bergwijn & Lo Celso out

62′ Injured! Smith is stretchered off

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70′ CLOSE! Ake makes an important clearance

75′ Subs! Lucas replace Sissoko

86′ Disallowed! King scores but the goal is offside

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91′ Goooal… No! Callum Wilson goal disallowed after VAR review

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96′ What a save from Lloris

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Line-ups


Bournemouth XI: Gosling, Stanislas, Smith, Callum Wilson, King, Ake, Rico, Lerma, Brooks, Ramsdale, Lloyd Kelly

Subs: Boruc, Surman, Steve Cook, Harry Wilson, Solanke, Lewis Cook, Stacey, Groeneveld, S. Surridge

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Vertonghen, Sissoko, Alderweireld, Lamela, Aurier, Kane, Ben Davies, Winks, Bergwijn, Lo Celso

Subs: Son, Lucas, Gazzaniga, Sanchez, Ndombele, Sessegnon, Skipp, Gedson Fernandes, H. White.

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Final score: Tottenham 1-0 Everton

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The night which ended with a hug for the cameras between Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min started with a warm embrace between the two managers, old foes meeting in combat for the first time in a decade.

Jose Mourinho was at Inter Milan and Carlo Ancelotti was at Chelsea when their teams collided in the last 16 of the Champions League in 2010.

That was a tie played out in febrile atmospheres, with Inter rejuvenated on their way to a Treble and Mourinho making his first return to an adoring crowd at Stamford Bridge, where Ancelotti was already on the way to a Double.

How things have changed. On Monday night the two managerial legends met in north London, in the near silence of post-pandemic football and in charge of two mediocre team contesting the dubious privilege of a boost towards a late run at the Europa League places.

Spurs came out on top, winning for only the second time in 10 games, and yet the abiding image of the game will be of captain Lloris fighting to confront his team-mate Son as the teams filed from the pitch at half-time.

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Tottenham were a goal ahead, thanks to a shot by Giovani Lo Celso which was diverted past his own goalkeeper by Michael Keane but they had switched off in the closing seconds and conceded a couple of chances.

Lloris was furious and stalked towards Son, pointing his finger and refusing to pardon his French. It seemed to be that the Spurs ‘keeper thought he ought to have made a greater effort to prevent a forward run by Richarlison.

Lo Celso managed to wedge his body between the pair and hold Lloris at bay as Eric Dier gave Son a hefty shove in the back to hasten his retreat to the dressing rooms.

It is only four months since Dier himself was wading into the crowd at White Hart Lane to defend his brother who had become embroiled in a row with a Tottenham supporter after their exit from the FA Cup on penalties at the hands of Norwich.

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This time, the infighting came with Spurs on their way towards only their second victory in 10 games and a much-needed three points which lift them into eighth place in the Premier League.

It was heavy going at times against an Everton team in good form. Certainly not a win to satisfy the Spurs purists, those convinced Mourinho is not the man to take them forward after Mauricio Pochettino.

Although, this was a night when it was all about the win. About avoiding defeat which would have seen them slide below Everton and into the bottom half of the table. And, despite lacking fluency and a goal laced with fortune, they were the better team.

They struck midway through the first half when Mason Holgate blocked a shot by Harry Kane and the ricochet fell kindly to Lo Celso, who collected the ball, twisted onto his left foot in a tight space and went for goal.

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His curling effort appeared to be going wide until it hit Keane as he tried to recover ground, deceived goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and dropped into the net.

Spurs dug in to defend which would have impressed their manager. Dier was strong alongside Toby Alderweireld who was restored at the heart of the defence, his first start since the lockdown and his first start since the rather feeble European demise in Leipzig.

Tottenham grew in confidence after going ahead. Dier swerved a free-kick over and Kane smashed one into the defensive wall after a foul on Son by Andre Gomes.

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Everton suffered a blow when they lost Holgate to injury before half-time. He appeared to come off worse as he felled Lo Celso and, although he tried to soldier on, could not continue and was replaced by Yerry Mina.

Ancelotti’s side have been in good shape since the restart, with a goalless draw in the Merseyside derby followed by victories against Norwich and Leicester. Here, however, 40 minutes had passed before they extended Lloris.

Their first glimpse of a chance came from a deep corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson and met at the back-post by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who peeled away from his marker and nodded the ball down towards goal. Lloris swept the ball safely out for a corner with a hand.

Tottenham switched off again, in the fifth minute of added time at the end of the first half, when they surrendered possession cheaply on the half-way line and failed to close down. Mina carried the ball forward and gave it to Richarlison and the Brazilian striker unleashed a fierce drive which grazed a post as it flew wide.

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Lloris was still fuming as he came off the pitch and unleashed his anger in the direction of Son, who certainly looked sharper when he returned for the second half.

Son has been subdued since the restart, unable to recapture the form he had before breaking an arm in February and returning to his native South Korea to serve his military service during the lockdown.

Perhaps Lloris saw the need to fire him up. Son went close to scoring on three occasions in quick succession in the second half. Twice he forced goods saves from Pickford and was narrowly off target with another effort.

A second goal eluded Tottenham but they protected their lead. Everton improved in the second half without seriously threatening to equalise.

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Substitutes Anthony Gordon and Moise Kean tested the Spurs ‘keeper. Kean forced two saves in the closing period, first with a backheeled flick and then a powerful effort through a crowded box.

There remains plenty for Ancelotti to work on. Mourinho, too. And the managers hugged again. And Lloris gave Son a friendly squeeze after a quiet word in his ear from the Spurs press man.

And everyone smiled and insisted how this proved they cared and it was all about the passion. These things happen all the time, they say, and yet they don’t.

But this has been a most curious campaign at Tottenham. And this was one more fascinating episode for their fly-on-the-wall documentary covering the slide from the Champions League final. Chairman Daniel Levy might be on to Amazon negotiating a higher fee.

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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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Tottenham ends Final score 2 – 0 West Ham

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Game is over and the final score is Tottenham 2-0 West Ham. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 Premier League
2-0

Soucek (64′ OG)
Kane (82′)


Match Events


0′ Players are warming up before the game

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

22′ CLOSE! Lucas’s long shot parried by Fabianski

27′ AGAIN! Kane’s long shot stopped by Fabianski

30′ Kane’s header wide out

35′ Alli’s shot flies into the stands

45′ OFFSIDE! Son’s goal disallowed after VAR check

48′ CHANCE! Lucas’s shot inches wide!

49′ Dier’s attempt wide out

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51′ Yellow Card! Kane booked

55′ CHANCE! Kane’s shot just over the bar

58′ CLOSE! Kane’s shot inches wide!

64′ OWN GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 West Ham (Soucek)

71′ Subs! Bergwijn in,Lucas out

78′ POST! Bowen almost score for West Ham

82′ GOAL! Tottenham 2-0 West Ham (Kane)

86′ Subs! Winks replaces Son

Line-ups
Tottenham XI: Lloris, Sissoko, Son, Lucas, Aurier, Kane, Ben Davies, Alli, Dier, Sanchez, Lo Celso

Subs: Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Lamela, Gazzaniga, Winks, Bergwijn, Ndombele, Sessegnon, Gedson Fernandes

West Ham XI: Fabianski, Noble, Cresswell, Antonio, Fredericks, Balbuena, Soucek, Diop, Bowen, Rice, Fornals

Subs: Randolph, Ogbonna, Yarmolenko, Wilshere, Lanzini, Anderson, Ajeti, Xande Silva, Ben Johnson.

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Harry Kane believes he is as fit as he has ever been after netting his first goal of 2020 as Tottenham kick-started their challenge for a Champions League place next season with a 2-0 win over West Ham on Tuesday.

The England captain looked far more like his old self after a laboured performance in his first appearance for six months against Manchester United on Friday, and was rewarded with a goal eight minutes from time.

“I’m in good shape. I’ve been working very hard through my rehab, lockdown and training. I feel as fit as I probably ever have done before,” Kane, who had surgery on a hamstring injury prior to the season’s shutdown due to coronavirus, told NobleSports.

“When you have been out for six months it is just getting that feeling back on the pitch. You can train as much as you want but being out here is totally different.”

Tomas Soucek’s own goal had opened the scoring as West Ham remain precariously poised outside the relegation zone only on goal difference.

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But Hammers boss David Moyes was furious the opener was not ruled out for a handball by Davinson Sanchez as he flicked a corner into Soucek’s path.

“I can’t believe they have ruled that as a goal,” said Moyes. “Who is on VAR tonight? He needs subbed I know that. That’s the rules.”

Jose Mourinho’s men were well worthy of a first win in eight games dating back to February.

Victory takes Spurs to within six points of the top four and within one of Manchester United in fifth.

Should Manchester City’s appeal against a two-season ban from European competitions not prove successful, fifth would be good enough to qualify for the 2020/21 Champions League.

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“I am happy with the result, the clean sheet, it means the team is more solid, the players have less doubts,” said Mourinho.

In keeping with many of the 14 games since the Premier League’s restart seven days ago, this was another slow burner as Spurs took time to start picking holes in West Ham’s rearguard.

Son Heung-min thought he had broken the deadlock on the stroke of half-time with a smart finish at Lukasz Fabianski’s near post, but the goal was ruled out for offside after a VAR review.

Mourinho launched an impassioned defence of his record of working with world-class strikers on the eve of the game after criticism that his playing style could see Kane look for pastures new.

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And Kane had no shortage of opportunities after the break as his near post flick was turned behind by Fabianksi before he fired wide after sprinting the full length of the field as Spurs broke dangerously from a West Ham corner.

“He has been phenomenal in lockdown, he did amazing work at home and he is in the condition to help the team,” added Mourinho.

In between times, Pablo Fornals dragged wide West Ham’s big chance to go in front and aid their battle to beat the drop.

Moyes’s men were undone by one of their own when Soucek unwittingly turned a corner into his own net 26 minutes from time.

Jarrod Bowen smashed a shot against the post as the visitors suddenly had to alter their gameplan of containing Tottenham to look for an equaliser.

But in doing so, they left themselves exposed at the back and Kane timed his run perfectly from a Son pass before coolly slotting past Fabianski and collapsing to the ground in a mixture of relief and exhaustion.

“I probably should have scored one other but it was nice to put that one away,” added Kane.

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“As a striker it’s what you want to do. You want to score goals and want to help win the games.”

Earlier, Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel saved Neal Maupay’s penalty in his side’s 0-0 draw with Brighton.

Schmeichel came to Leicester’s rescue when he plunged to his right to stop Maupay’s spot-kick early in the first half at the King Power Stadium.

That was the highlight of a patchy performance from third-placed Leicester in Rodgers’s 50th game in charge.

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Spurs 1-1 United, Ferdnandes’s penalty levels The score line

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Jose Mourinho missed out on a win over his former employers as Bruno Fernandes equalised with a penalty against Spurs.

Match Reports

Bruno Fernandes converted a late penalty won by Paul Pogba to secure Manchester United a 1-1 draw away at top-four rivals Tottenham on Friday.

Steve Bergwijn’s 26th-minute opener appeared set to give Jose Mourinho a much-needed victory over his former employers as Spurs aim to make a late charge to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

However, United were rewarded for an improved second-half display with an equaliser, Pogba – on as a substitute as he returned after a long injury lay-off – producing a burst into the box that tempted a rash challenge from Eric Dier.

Match Events

13′ Son’s attempt from long shot too weak

Spurs have the first shot of the match as Son picks up the ball just outside the box. He keeps it low, but there’s no power on it and it’s a comfortable save for De Gea at his near post.

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22′ Lloris makes decent save to stop Rashford

Fernandes swings a cross into the box and Sanchez heads it away. It’s a poor clearance that falls to Rashford on the left of the box and Lloris stops his first-time shot with his foot.

27′ GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Man Utd (Bergwijn)

United don’t deal with Lloris’ goal-kick and Aurier finds Bergwijn. He still has a lot to do though as he dribbles past two United defenders to get into the box and fires his shot at goal. De Gea gets a hand to it, but can’t stop the ball from hitting the back of the net. 

30′ Again! Lloris makes brilliant save

Fernandes swings the free-kick into the box and Rashford is waiting in the middle. Sanchez reaches it ahead of him though and a deflection off the defender sends it towards the bottom-right corner, but Lloris gets down quickly to push it away.

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31′ De Gea stops Son with decent save

Bergwijn cuts inside and chips a great cross to Son on the left of the box. He’s unmarked and heads his effort on target but De Gea is quickly off his line and tips the ball over the crossbar.

41′ Yellow Card! Daniel James booked

James is dispossessed by Dier and he feels that he should’ve had a free-kick. He gets up and catches Dier with a late challenge and is shown the first yellow card of the game.

48′ Fernandes powerful strike stopped by Lloris

United have made a bright start to the second half and are quickly moving the ball upfield. So far though, their passing in the final third has been letting them down and they’re giving it away sloppily.

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63′ Subs! Pogba & Greenwood replaces James & Fred

Pogba is also brought on and he replaces Fred.

66′ What a save from Lloris!

Shaw does really well to get away from Aurier and square the ball to Martial in the middle of the box. He sets himself before hitting his shot at goal and Lloris gets across to tip the swerving shot wide.

81′ Penalty Goal! Tottenham 1-1 Man Utd (Bruno Fernandes)

It’s clever footwork from Pogba on the right as he dribbles past Dier to get into the box. The defender is struggling to catch him and ends up bringing him to ground and the referee points to the spot straight away. Bruno Fernandes that steps up to take it and it’s a confident spot-kick from the midfielder. He sends Lloris the wrong way and fires the ball into the bottom-left corner.

90′ Manchester United’s penalty cancelled after VAR check

VAR has had a look at the replays and Dier doesn’t actually make contact with Bruno Fernandes before the midfielder falls to ground. The decision is overturned and Spurs have the ball.

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Line-ups

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Sissoko, Lamela, Son, Aurier, Kane, Ben Davies, Dier, Winks, Sanchez, Bergwijn

Subs: Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Gazzaniga, Ndombele, Lo Celso, Sessegnon, Skipp, Gedson Fernandes, H. White

Man Utd XI: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Fred, Shaw, Martial, Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, Rashford, Wan-Bissaka, McTominay

Subs: Romero, Mata, Ighalo, Matic, Pogba, Lingard, Bailly, Greenwood, Brandon Williams.

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Coutinho’s classical playstyle is what Tottenham wants


If Tottenham were to sign Philippe Coutinho this summer it could cause a mutiny at the club, according to reports from Spain.

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Former Liverpool star Coutinho has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League this summer – and Spurs are among several top-flight clubs tipped to try and sign the 27-year-old.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle have also been credited with an interest in the attacking midfielder, who joined Barcelona from Liverpool for £142million in 2018 but has since failed to hit the heights of his spell at Anfield.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has now ruled out a move for Coutinho, according to Mundo Deportivo – and that could open the door for Arsenal to make their move.

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The report from the Barcelona-based outlet claims the Catalan club want a £9m loan fee for Coutinho, who spent last season at Bayern Munich.

Bayern paid the Brazilian’s wages as part of that deal – and that’s what is reportedly concerning Mourinho.

Coutinho is believed to earn in excess of £200,000-per-week at Barca – more than any of Tottenham’s players including top stars such as Harry Kane.

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And Mundo Deportivo reports that Mourinho does not want to risk an outcry from his players by signing Coutinho on loan and committing to paying his whopping salary.

Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent has told Spurs that signing Coutinho could help persuade other top stars to join the club.

But if Tottenham pull out of the race, that would open the door for Arsenal or Chelsea to sign Coutinho, who scored 26 goals in his last season in English football.

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Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal will be encouraged the fact that the player’s agent is Kia Joorabchian, who has a good relationship with the Gunners.

However, Barcelona will sell if a club meets their £90m valuation – and that could see Newcastle United beat their Premier League rivals to Coutinho’s signature.

Liverpool are not believed to be interested in re-signing their former player.


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Ndombele Determines to stay at Tottenham amid Barca interest

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Tanguy Ndombele is ready to knuckle down at Tottenham Hotspur and prove his worth to manager Jose Mourinho following a tough first year at the club.

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In recent months the club’s record signing for £54million has come in for stinging criticism for his lack of form and fitness, with Mourinho even admitting publicly he expected more from the 23-year-old.

But despite reports linking him with a summer move to Barcelona, Ndombele appears ready to try and make the most of his time in north London and prove his critics wrong according to the Telegraph.

The midfielder arrived last summer from Lyon and was seen as a huge coup for Spurs who hoped he would strengthen their midfield in a push for their first major honours in 12 years.

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Yet he failed to help patch up Tottenham’s awful Premier League form throughout 2019 which resulted in the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino, bringing further turmoil to the club.

This in conjunction with Ndombele’s injuries, adapting to a new culture and also adopting a new manager in Mourinho have not allowed the midfielder to settle as he would wish.

Although Spurs supporters have caught glimpses of his talent on the ball, they have been left frustrated at his lack of fitness as well as consistency this term.

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He made himself unavailable for a clash with Brighton before Christmas, much to Mourinho’s disappointment.

But following a poor performance in a first half draw at Burnley in March, he was warned by the Spurs boss he was fighting for his future at the club.

‘I know the Premier League is difficult, and some players take a long time to adapt to a different league,’ Mourinho said.

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‘But a player with his potential has to give us more than he is giving us. He’s a player with great talent. He has to know he has to do much better and know I cannot keep giving him opportunities to play because the team is much more important.’

There have been signs in recent weeks of Ndombele and Mourinho working on the same page, with the duo seen in a one-to-one training session out in public back in April.

However this proved controversial after it breached social distancing measures amid the coronavirus outbreak.


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Tottenham Shows interest in barca’s rakitic

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Tottenham Hotspur are weighing up the prospect of a potential move for Ivan Rakitic this summer.

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The Barcelona star enters the final year of his contract at the Nou Camp in June and the Spanish side are keen to recoup a transfer fee for him to help ease their financial concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Spurs are gaining traction above sides including Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan in the chase to land the talented Croatian midfielder.

Rakitic is entering the autumn of his career at 32-years-old and harbours desires to feature in the Premier League which the Spanish daily reports will satisfy his economic and sporting appetite above all other possible exits.

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However, Rakitic has also not ruled out staying at the Nou Camp despite being open to a move away.

Another possible destination for Rakitic appeared to be Arsenal due to his agent Arturo Canales having close ties with Arsenal football director Raul Sanllehi.

However, the Gunners’ lack of Champions League football and subsequent cost cutting measures in light of the coronavirus mean that a move to Tottenham’s bitter rivals looks unlikely at this stage.

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Such a deal for Rakitic heading to White Hart Lane could depend on the future of Tanguy Ndombele in north London.

Tottenham’s record £54million buy from Lyon last summer has struggled to adapt to the fitness levels required in the Premier League and has attracted Barcelona interest over a summer move.

Barca are unlikely to offer Spurs a full cash deal given their current financial state, and the option to offer players such as Nelson Semedo or Samuel Umtiti has already been muted.


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