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Mourinho’s contract at Tottenham includes ‘no break.’

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Mourinho took over in November 2019 after the club sacked Mauricio Pochettino and to date, he has won 38 of his 73 matches in charge of the club, drawing 15 and losing 20.

It has been revealed that José Mourinho’s Tottenham contract does not include an early break clause, with the club in the midst of a torrid run of form.

Spurs were condemned to their seventh Premier League defeat of the season at Manchester City on Saturday, beaten 3-0 by Pep Guardiola’s table-topping side.

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The Lilywhites, who were top of the pile earlier on this season, currently find themselves ninth in the Premier League and knocked out of the FA Cup by Everton. Understandably, the pressure has increased on their Portuguese coach in recent weeks.

While Spurs are struggling for results at the moment, concerns over their negative style of play have led to increased frustration with the job the 58-year-old is doing.

Mourinho took over in November 2019 after the club sacked Mauricio Pochettino and to date, he has won 38 of his 73 matches in charge of the club, drawing 15 and losing 20.

Sacking Mourinho would be costly for Spurs | TIM KEETON/Getty Images

His current contract in north London is due to run until June 2023 and according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, there is no clause whereby the club’s hierarchy can part ways with Mourinho early unless he is sacked.

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Sacking the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss would mean paying him off, and given it’s rumoured he is on a very lucrative £15m-a-year contract, at a time like this – without the matchday revenue Spurs would earn under normal circumstances – Daniel Levy is likely to be even more reluctant to let his manager go.

So like him or loathe him Spurs fans, it looks like you’re stuck with him for the time being at least.

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Mourinho speak on Alli’s major distraction.

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Alli returned to the Spurs first team squad for their FA Cup thriller against Everton, playing the final 13 minutes of normal time plus extra time as Mourinho’s side lost 5-4.

Jose Mourinho has admitted that it is possible Dele Alli was distracted by rumours linking him with a move away from Tottenham in January.

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Mourinho had made it his mission to recapture Alli’s previous form when he took the Spurs hot seat in November 2019, with his famous ‘are you Dele or Dele’s brother?’ quip.

However, the England international has since found himself frozen out of the Spurs first team, featuring just four times in the Premier League during the 2020/21 campaign.

He was linked with a reunion with former boss Mauricio Pochettino at PSG in January, but Spurs blocked the move – a decision that, as revealed by NoRM‘s known Media, left Alli furious.

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“There’s nothing to speak about anymore,” Mourinho told the Evening Standard. “It’s possible that he was distracted, yeah.

Mourinho has admitted transfer talk may have distracted Alli | Visionhaus/Getty Images

“It depends on the player’s mentality, how much the player is influenced by and follows the media and social media. I don’t know in his personal case. But I was expecting that this story is over. Now it’s about him working to be back in the team, to have minutes.”

Alli returned to the Spurs first team squad for their FA Cup thriller against Everton, playing the final 13 minutes of normal time plus extra time as Mourinho’s side lost 5-4.

He last started in the Premier League on the opening day of the season against Everton, and Mourinho has called on Alli to make his case for his inclusion in the Spurs starting XI on the pitch.

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“When you are on the pitch, you have to show how good you are and how much you deserve to play,” the Tottenham boss added. “It’s very simple. So in this moment, everything is normal with him. He’s fit, he’s training.”

Alli will be attempting to force his way into the Spurs squad ahead of Saturday’s trip to highflying Manchester City – a side they beat 2-0 back in the heady days of November.

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Reguilon reveal who helped him settle at spurs.

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Hojbjerg’s arrival initially raised an eyebrow after his unsavoury end to life on the south coast, but like Reguilon, he has proven himself well worthy.

Following an impressive season on loan at Sevilla, Reguilon arrived from Real Madrid for a fee in the region of £27m and has quickly established himself as one of the best left backs in the Premier League with a series of impressive performances.

Speaking to 90min’s Ben Haines as part of Spurs TV’s N17 Live, the 24-year-old credited Hojbjerg as a big part of the reason he was able to hit the ground running so seamlessly.

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He said the Dane, who had signed from Southampton just a month earlier, was the first player to reach out to him after he arrived in north London.

Hojbjerg has earned high praise | James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

He did so via a WhatsApp message that went into a surprising amount of detail, and left Reguilon taken aback.

He said ahead of Tottenham’s clash with West Brom: “One thing that nobody knows is that Pierre, as soon as I arrived, he sent me a long WhatsApp message welcoming me to the team.

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“He said ‘Hi, welcome to Tottenham. I’m Pierre-Emile Hobjerg. I hope you do well. We need you to do your work for the team.’

“I was surprised, because it was a big message!” he said, gesturing with his fingers to stress that it was, in fact, a big message.

“He went into detail about the team-mates, about the coach, all of it. I was like ‘OK!’

“When you arrive in a new city and a new country, it’s important to have people and players who help you, and Pierre is one of them.”

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Hojbjerg’s arrival initially raised an eyebrow after his unsavoury end to life on the south coast, but like Reguilon, he has proven himself well worthy.

He is yet to miss a minute in the Premier League, and has been as consistent and meticulous on the pitch as he is over WhatsApp.

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Tottenham eases pressure on Mourinho amid Kane’s return.

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Tottenham needed a win in style to try and resurrect their Premier League campaign, to at least give themselves a chance of battling for top four instead of battling Arsenal for top ten.

From Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Every football fan likes to believe their club is truly unique – that theirs is the most special among the seven hundred trillion teams that exist on this planet.

A quote had been doing the rounds among Tottenham fans recently from the great Danny Blanchflower, who insisted that football is about playing with style.

Harry Kane scored on his return from injury | Pool/Getty Images

Obviously, it’s being pushed as anti-Mourinho rhetoric. But, again, there are few teams who have ever had philosophies of playing boring football.

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But the first line of the pre-match video that blared out on the big screens at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (who are they doing this for again?) has perhaps best summed up Spurs’ recent woes.

“Can you see it, this display of courage?”

Tottenham haven’t played with courage in weeks. They’ve been totally devoid of confidence, ideas, and above all, winning. That should’ve been the first aim.

Thankfully, that was the case in Sunday’s 2-0 victory against West Brom. From the off, Spurs played with a zip and purpose, a swagger in their step and a visible desire to win.

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As Tottenham started stuffing the losses column in the table in recent weeks thanks to a series of diabolical displays, all fans wanted was some hope that this wasn’t the ‘new normal’.

That wasn’t so hard was it, mate? | Julian Finney/Getty Images

Though the majority of Jose Mourinho’s tenure has been blighted by bad football, it hasn’t always been the case.

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In the autumn, Spurs put five past Southampton, six past Manchester United and three past West Ham while dominating from back to front.

But then they conceded three goals to the Hammers in the last ten minutes. Then Mourinho shut up shop for good. It was the last time Spurs looked exciting in the Premier League until today.

A defeat at home to West Brom may have spelled the end for Mourinho at Spurs – there was a real doomsday feeling after the loss vs Chelsea on Thursday – and failure to put away one of the worst sides in the league would have been the ultimate nail in the coffin.

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Tottenham needed a win in style to try and resurrect their Premier League campaign, to at least give themselves a chance of battling for top four instead of battling Arsenal for top ten.

Spurs actually tried playing football on Sunday | Pool/Getty Images

The returning Harry Kane looked sharp and dangerous, Son Heung-min found his shooting boots again, and the decision to start Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela helped Spurs find their way around a typically deep Sam Allardyce side. There’s a map for Tottenham to navigate their way out of this crisis and they’ve started following it just before fatal disaster.

Granted, it is only West Brom, but you have to start somewhere and can only beat what’s in front of you – Wednesday’s FA Cup tie with Everton will serve as the greater litmus test for their hopes this season.

Spurs have had a game like this in their locker for a long time. Every team does – it’s football, no club side loses forever. You have good games and you have bad games, but Tottenham quite obviously have the resources to play well and win on a far more consistent basis – this victory served as the reminder.

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It’s not that every team has a divine right to win and play football. It’s that any team can.

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Tottenham’s lack of creativity triggers Brighton defeat – Report

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Despite this, they managed to keep Spurs at arm’s length throughout.

Tottenham recent poor run of Premier League form continued on Sunday night, as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat away at relegation threatened Brighton.

Since ‘kickstarting their title bid’ with a fine 2-0 victory over Manchester City back in November, Spurs have won just three of their subsequent 11 league games.

Throughout this period, a common theme has been a frightening lack of creativity and nowhere was this more evident than against the Seagulls this weekend.

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Going into the game, Brighton were perched perilously close to the drop zone.

The sooner Kane returns, the better | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

After going ahead 17 minutes in, as a result of fine team move involving Alexis Mac Allister, Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard, Graeme Potter’s charges retreated into a well organised 5-4-1 out of possession.

In doing this, they were essentially challenging the opponents to break them down, a task that was well beyond Tottenham’s capabilities on Sunday. Spurs registered just one shot in the entire first half – a scrappy effort pulled wide by Steven Bergwijn – despite dominating possession. It was turgid stuff.

Things were not much better after the break either. Although the second half saw Spurs rack up seven attempts on goal – the exact same as their 17th placed opponents – they never looked like converting.

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Robert Sanchez, Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk, Ben White.

Brighton were good value for their victory but Spurs barely laid a glove on them | Pool/Getty Images

Saying that, when they are chasing a lead, Tottenham are often tragic to watch.

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This trend continued against Brighton as they lacked coherence, consistency and any discernible plan or patterns of play. If Spurs had prepared in training for the unthinkable possibility of going behind in a game of football, it did not look like it.

Mourinho’s selection did not help their case either. The team was packed full of players lacking quality on the ball.

Lined up to 3-4-3, wing-backs Moussa Sissoko and Ben Davies contributed next to nothing in the attacking phase, while Matt Doherty watched on from the sidelines.

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, for all of his destructive brilliance, was also ill-suited to the task at hand. What Spurs needed was someone capable of picking the Brighton lock.

Up front, Gareth Bale was given a run out despite his recent patchy form. It was another nothing display from the forward who is increasingly looking like a signing fuelled by doe-eyed nostalgia, rather than fiscal or footballing sense.

Tottenham slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Brighton | Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images

That brings us to the third reason for Tottenham’s creative dirge – the absence of Harry Kane.

Just as Leicester’s reliance on another mercurial English striker was exposed earlier on Sunday, the devastating impact that Kane’s absence could have on Spurs over the next few weeks was laid bare against Brighton.

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Much has been written about Kane’s development into one of country’s best creators this season, but perhaps the best endorsement of his ridiculous influence came in the form on his side’s stodgy display without him.

The England captain has been directly involved in 68% of Tottenham’s Premier League goals this season, more than any other player in the division, and it is becoming increasingly clear that his personal brilliance may have been papering over cracks in Spurs’ flawed approach earlier on in the season.

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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 needs to quit ‘old playing style’

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A late ball is pinged into the box as Newcastle search for a dramatic equaliser. The ball ricochets of Eric Dier’s arm in the box and he’s penalised. Callum Wilson scores the spot kick. Two points dropped.

Fabian Bulbuena heads in, Davinson Sanchez heads past Hugo Lloris, and Manuel Lanzini sends a scorcher in off the woodwork. A 3-3 draw with West Ham. Two points dropped.

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Tottenham sit off and off and off at Crystal Palace, eventually resulting in Jeffrey Schlupp scrambling in an equaliser at Selhurst Park. Two points dropped.

We could go on, and we will.

Roberto Firmino, Romain Saiss and Ivan Cavaleiro have also all scored late goals against Tottenham during the last month or so in games Jose Mourinho’s side either could or should have taken points from. That bunch and their goals took another five points off Spurs.

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So, that’s 11 points in total Tottenham have let slip in the last 15 minutes in league games this season. Y’know where they would be in the Premier League had they held on in those matches? First, five points clear of Manchester United, just two games before the halfway point of the season.

Spurs make their fans feel sick numerous times during each campaign, and there are always moments of ‘what if?’, but this term it’s hitting particularly harder. To see the same performance and result time and time again this season is now bordering on infuriating, because it’s clear lessons are not being learned.

Following the 3-3 draw with West Ham, there was a clear switch to a stubborn, deep pattern of play. Tottenham had blown Southampton and Manchester United away in 5-2 and 6-1 victories respectively, highlighting the attacking force in their ranks. We’ve all seen the Harry Kane and Son Heung-min statistics and know what they can do when given free rein.

But while there were initially wins that took Spurs to the top of the Premier League, there have since been moments of predictable downfall.

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During the 1-1 draw with Fulham, as Tottenham dropped deeper and deeper, there was no ignoring that nagging thought in the mind or the swirling feeling in the gut. That feeling was guided by what we’d seen before rather than the trademark pessimism the fan base owns and is renowned for.

The Cottagers grew in confidence with the more possession they enjoyed, and one moment of quality at the expense of Sanchez and Dier – one getting skinned out wide and the other losing an aerial battle – was enough to render the effort in sh*thousing an opponent meaningless.

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It must be knackering for the players, as it’s certainly tiring viewing for those at home.

Since the 3-3 West Ham draw, Tottenham have scored three goals in a league game just once, that being the simple victory over Leeds. They give themselves a brief period to score in the first half of games and look to shut up shop in the second.

The problem with that is it panders to the side’s weaknesses rather than their strengths.

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Is it more sensible to give Kane and Son every chance to express themselves and contribute even more than they already have this season, or rely on Dier and Sanchez to close out a 1-0 win with tonnes of pressure piled on them late on? It’s not really a contest, is it?

Mourinho hinted that the defeat involved problems with ‘individual skills, individual ability’, and he may be right. Neither of the centre back duo would be touted as among the Premier League’s best central defenders right now, even if there’s a dearth of quality options to choose from, but they’re not being given a fair chance with the style of play currently employed.

Fulham were good on Wednesday evening and deserved their point – hell, they could have nicked all three with some more precision in attack – but Tottenham need to be winning at home against teams in the relegation zone. They have to give their creative players more chances in possession and not sit off and allow themselves to be battered while defending. It’s not their strength.

Albert Einstein once said – or may not have, according to history nerds – that ‘the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’. Yet numerous times this season we’ve seen Tottenham put in the same performance, and it continues to halt any suggestion of a title push.

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It’s time for a change in style, before they slip any further down the table. The gap to United can still be reduced to three points with a win at Sheffield United on Sunday, before the Red Devils’ trip to Liverpool.

Fingers crossed that Bramall Lane encounter doesn’t end in a 1-1 draw.

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Carabao Cup: Tottenham beats Brentford; to face either Man Utd or Man City at Final

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Spurs were heavy favourites against the in-form Championship side and showed their class for much of the match.

Tottenham Hotspur will face either Manchester United or Manchester City in the final of the Carabao Cup at Wembley, after beating Brentford 2-0 on Tuesday evening.

Moussa Sissoko and Heung-min Son netted in each half in what was a routine win.

Although the Championship side started brightly, it was Spurs who took the lead through an unmarked Sissoko headed home Sergio Reguilon’s inch-perfect cross.

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Brentford started the second half brightly, with Toney forcing Serge Aurier to make a crucial block, before the Ivory Coast international very nearly scored himself up the other end but blazed over.

Good work down the left saw Harry Kane feed Tanguy Ndombele and the rejuvenated midfielder played a brilliant pass in behind the Brentford defence for Son, who took a couple of touches and then rifled the ball into the back of the net.

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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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Son, Kane and Ndombele joins hands to devour Manchester United

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Tottenham came from behind in remarkable fashion to inflict an embarrassing home defeat on a shambolic Manchester United, who played an hour of the game with 10 men.

Son scores his firts of the match after Ndombele’s equalizer and Captain Kane picks it up from there netting a brace

Son ended up as the man of the match following his Mysterious Goal and assist in Old Trafford.


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