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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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Liverpool new signing, Ozan Kabak enlisted in squad to face Manchester City.

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Klopp opted to persevere with the partnership of Jordan Henderson and Nat Phillips at the back for that one, as the Reds lost 1-0 to the south coast team.

New Liverpool signing Ozak Kabak could make his debut at some stage against Manchester City, as Jurgen Klopp named the central defender in his matchday squad for the first time.

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Kabak arrived on an initial loan from Schalke on deadline day as part of the solution to Liverpool’s injury crisis, but the deal was not cleared in time for him to face Brighton.

Klopp opted to persevere with the partnership of Jordan Henderson and Nat Phillips at the back for that one, as the Reds lost 1-0 to the south coast team.

Henderson remains at centre back for the must-win clash against City and is joined by Fabinho, who returns to start for the first time since mid-January.

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New arrival Ben Davies made the squad against Brighton but he has been left out this time around.

File Photo: Liverpool New Signing, Ozan Kabak to play against Manchester City | Noble Reporters Media | Adigun Michael Olamide | NoRM News

There is no place for Rhys Williams either, as Phillips drops out of the starting XI to join Kabak on the bench.

A strong bench shows Liverpool’s injury problems are easing up somewhat but it comes too soon for Diogo Jota who is expected to return to action at some point in February.

Alisson retakes his place between the sticks after illness kept him out against Brighton, and having him back will be a major boost as Klopp’s team look for a win that could reinvigorate their title challenge after another Anfield stumble during the week.

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Elsewhere Curtis Jones comes in for the experienced James Milner, while Georginio Wijnaldum retains a place alongside Thiago, who starts a seventh straight Premier League game for the defending champions.

The first choice front three take their place with neither Divock Origi or Xherdan Shaqiri doing enough to warrant a shuffling of the pack, while the usual full-back pairing of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson will look to provide the ammunition from wide areas.

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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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Here is what Tottenham clash mean to Chelsea’s Tuchel.

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Tuchel’s team must also show some more creativity against yet another side who will look to sit back and frustrate the Blues.

For even the biggest Frank Lampard supporter, it was hard to overlook his Chelsea side’s shortcomings in big games.

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His Blues roared to the top of the Premier League table by dispatching of so-called smaller teams, but whenever a genuine rival rocked up at Stamford Bridge, it was a different story, and that was a large part of the reason why he was given the boot.

Owner Roman Abramovich was concerned that Chelsea didn’t have what it took to fight their way back into the top four under Lampard, so he made the hugely controversial decision to show Lampard the exit door and replace him with Thomas Tuchel.

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The German’s infectious positivity has won over most fans already, and a 0-0 draw with Wolves and 2-0 win over Burnley have brought a nice start to the Tuchel reign, but Thursday’s meeting with Tottenham will be the first real test.

Lampard was sacked after a string of poor results | Pool/Getty Images

Level on points with Chelsea but with a game in hand, Spurs are the first top-ten opponent Tuchel will face since moving to Stamford Bridge, and they’re the first real chance for the boss to prove he can take Chelsea further than Lampard could.

It’s an opportune time to play Spurs, who are down in the dumps after bad defeats to Liverpool and Brighton. Even the eight-game unbeaten streak which has only just ended wasn’t impressive enough to keep spirits high.

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Turning his Chelsea side into one who don’t hand out free wins to struggling teams (a flaw present well before Lampard’s time) is important enough, but Tuchel’s team must also show some more creativity against yet another side who will look to sit back and frustrate the Blues.

Against Wolves, a league high in passing brought zero goals, and while the chances were more frequent against Burnley, there was still a feeling that Chelsea were missing a little oomph. Relying on Callum Hudson-Odoi to outpace Robbie Brady isn’t a tactic.

That lethargy is to be expected, given Tuchel has been in charge for just two games. His Chelsea have shown improvement already, but they must go one step further against a Spurs side who will likely prove to be stiffer opposition.

Thomas Tuchel is set for his first meeting with Jose Mourinho | Julian Finney/Getty Images

This is the game which will kick-start the Tuchel era. A dominant victory will bring some real momentum, but a pass-heavy performance with little in attack will bring back terrifying memories of Maurizio Sarri’s tenure.

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Likely being without the injured Kai Havertz won’t help that, but in Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech, Tuchel has more than enough firepower to pick through Spurs’ stubborn defence.

Lampard had the same tools in his arsenal, but as we saw in November’s goalless draw between these two sides, he was unable to make them click. It was decided that Tuchel could do that, and this is his first real chance to prove it.

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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