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

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

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

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

Related: The Fiver | Covid-19 and a new era of Stop-Start Football

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

ons, 23/09/2020 - 15:50

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

tir, 22/09/2020 - 11:54

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

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

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

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

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

Related: 'Little more than good PR': why QPR have stopped taking a knee

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

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

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

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

Related: Leyton Orient players test positive with Covid-19 to put Spurs cup tie in doubt

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

man, 21/09/2020 - 10:23

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

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

Related: Dele Alli's Tottenham future in doubt after PSG are offered midfielder

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

søn, 20/09/2020 - 17:45

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

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

Related: Gareth Bale escapes wilderness with every chance of redemption at Spurs

Related: 'I want trophies': Gareth Bale seals Spurs return while Liverpool land Diogo Jota

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'Absolute humiliation': Southampton suffer 5-2 defeat to Mourinho's Tottenham – video

søn, 20/09/2020 - 17:07

What a difference a week makes after José Mourinho blasted his side's poor performance after an opening day defeat to Everton. 

A rampant Tottenham Hotspur put five past Southampton, Heung-Min Son scoring four of the goals. The game ended 5-2 to Spurs who've had a busy week with the new additions of Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilón. 

A superb performance by Harry Kane saw him assist four of the five goals before poking one home just before time

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Dele Alli's Tottenham future in doubt after PSG are offered midfielder

søn, 20/09/2020 - 16:30
  • Alli left out of squad for win at Southampton
  • PSG in talks over potential loan with option to buy

Dele Alli’s Tottenham future is in doubt after the England midfielder was left out of José Mourinho’s squad for the 5-2 victory at Southampton on Sunday, with Paris Saint-Germain understood to have been offered the chance to sign the midfielder on loan before the end of the transfer window on 5 October.

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

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Southampton 2-5 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened

søn, 20/09/2020 - 15:01

Son Heung-min scored four goals, all made by Harry Kane, as a clinical Spurs recovered from a dismal first half to thrash Southampton

2.14pm BST

Related: Harry Kane tees up Son's four-star show as Spurs hammer Southampton

2.01pm BST

Post-match interviews

Son-Heung min

1.55pm BST

Harry Kane is the seventh player to get four assists in a Premier League game, after Dennis Bergkamp, Jose Antonio Reyes, Cesc Fabregas, Emmanuel Adebayor, Santi Cazorla and Dusan Tadic.

1.53pm BST

Peep peep! That was a surreal game. Southampton were much the better team in the first half, but Son equalised in injury time and Spurs were devastating in the second half. Son scored four goals, all made brilliantly by Harry Kane, who then added the fifth for close-range.

1.49pm BST

90+1 min Four minutes of added time.

1.49pm BST

90 min That penalty award is an absolute mess. The law will surely change soon.

1.48pm BST

Danny Ings smashes the penalty straight down the middle for his second goal of the game.

1.47pm BST

89 min: Penalty given! What a shambles.

1.47pm BST

88 min The referee is going to look at the VAR screen. The ball came off Winks and hit Doherty’s arm, so it’s quite similar to the one that was given against Leeds last weekend.

1.46pm BST

87 min Djenepo appeals for a penalty when the ball deflects onto the hand of Doherty. VAR are looking at it but I think the deflection will mean it isn’t given.

1.44pm BST

86 min Ward-Prowse’s free-kick is comfortably held by Lloris.

1.42pm BST

84 min Harry Kane, who has played magnificently, is replaced by Steven Bergwijn.

1.41pm BST

83 min As ruthless as Spurs have been, Southampton’s defending has been hideous.

1.40pm BST

After creating the first four, Harry Kane goes back to his first love: scoring goals. Lamela’s shot was pushed onto the post by McCarthy and Kane reacted quickest to tap it into the empty net.

1.40pm BST

It’s five!

1.38pm BST

80 min Shane Long replaces Che Adams, who did a lot of good things but also missed important chances.

1.38pm BST

80 min Doherty is booked for fouling Djenepo.

1.38pm BST

79 min Football never ceases to surprise. Spurs were hopeless for the first 45 minutes and now they look like they are going to score every time they attack.

1.36pm BST

78 min A front three of Son, Kane and Gareth Bale suddenly looks pretty darned exciting.

1.34pm BST

76 min Kane plays another spectacular through ball, this time to Lamela. McCarthy just beats him to the ball 30 yards from goal.

1.33pm BST

75 min Son almost gets in for a fifth goal! Eventually the ball comes to Lamela, whose shot is blocked by Bertrand.

1.32pm BST

Southampton’s high line has cost them again. Lo Celso played a simple pass to Kane just past the halfway line. He moved towards the right wing and then reversed another stunning pass/cross to Son at the far post. He took it down on the chest and half-volleyed past McCarthy from close range. That’s a brilliant goal.

1.31pm BST

Four goals for Son, and four assists for Harry Kane!

1.30pm BST

71 min Son misses a one-on-one before being flagged offside. It was a bad miss; I suspect he thought he was offside and lost concentration.

1.29pm BST

71 min Tella shoots wide from 25 yards. Southampton haven’t really got behind Spurs since half-time.

1.28pm BST

70 min Son almost gets in again, this time from a pass by Lamela, but his touch is slightly too soft and that allows Walker-Peters to make a goal-saving tackle (probably).

1.27pm BST

68 min Another change for Southampton: Nathan Tella replaces the impressive Stuart Armstrong.

1.26pm BST

68 min Stephens is booked for a late tackle on Lo Celso.

1.25pm BST

67 min Spurs have scored with all three shots on target.

1.24pm BST

66 min Harry Kane, who remains such an underrated passer, has made all three goals for Son.

1.24pm BST

The goal was made again by Kane, who turned on the halfway line and played a quite brilliant reverse pass over the Southampton defence. Son surged into space, as he has all afternoon, and drove the ball through the legs of McCarthy. What an adorable player he is.

1.22pm BST

A hat-trick for Son!

1.22pm BST

64 min A half chance for Adams, who runs onto a loose ball and drives just wide of the far post. Lloris had it covered.

1.19pm BST

61 min Erik Lamela replaces Lucas Moura, who was pretty anonymous.

1.17pm BST

59 min “Why are Southampton persisting with this high defensive line?” asks Gary Naylor. “Ralph Hasenhuttl is watching isn’t he?”

It’s the way they play! I agree that it’s asking for trouble against Son though.

1.17pm BST

58 min Armstrong shoots over from 15 yards after good play from Djenepo, though the flag then goes up for an offside half an hour earlier. That new directive doesn’t work.

1.15pm BST

57 min “The elements of a classic kit: simple, you know from a mile away who it is,” says Mary Waltz. “Best examples. Peru’s sash, Finland’s offset cross, Croatia’s checkerboard.”

Then you have Arsenal/Real Madrid/AC Milan/PSG’s Fly Emirates logo...

1.14pm BST

56 min Lloris makes an important save from Armstrong, though the flag then went up against Ings.

1.13pm BST

55 min A Southampton change: Will Smallbone replaces Romeu, who was in danger of getting sent off.

1.13pm BST

54 min Kane tries to score from the halfway line but screws it miles wide. McCarthy was a long way off his line, so you can see why Kane went for it.

1.09pm BST

50 min Ward-Prowse’s long-range shot is held by Lloris, falling to his left.

1.07pm BST

49 min Apparently Bertrand was booked towards the end of the first half, not Ward-Prowse.

1.07pm BST

49 min Armstrong cuts inside from the right and drives over the bar. Southampton must feel like they’ve been mugged.

1.06pm BST

That was an emphatic finish. Lo Celso pushed a good ball into Kane, who turned and eased it beyond the defence for Son. His first touch took Stephens out of the game, and the second was a clinical finish with his left foot.

1.05pm BST

Son has scored either side of half-time!

1.05pm BST

47 min An early chance for Southampton. Armstrong dances into the area on the left and picks out Adams, whose crisp sidefoot from the edge of the area is too close to Lloris.

1.04pm BST

46 min Peep peep! Spurs begin the second half.

1.04pm BST

Spurs have made a half-time change: Tanguy Ndombele, who did brilliantly in the build-up to Son’s equaliser, has been replaced by Giovani Lo Celso.

12.59pm BST

Replays show that Son’s goal took an important deflection off the stretching Bertrand. I’m not certain Son’s shot would have been on target, though it is officially his goal.

12.56pm BST

“Mourinho is essentially the Portuguese George Graham,” says Daniel, “and Spurs have already been so desperate they hired the actual George Graham. Spurs have poisoned their own well.”

Nothing in Mourinho’s past suggests he is a good fit for this Spurs team and there is a good chance that he can no longer successfully manage a top team,” says Gerry Scott. “It is worth remembering how all over the place Poch’s Spurs team were, really for the entirety of 2019. I think the Champions League final disguised the fact that the project had long run its course.”

12.55pm BST

“Not a fan of the sash,” says Marie Meyer. “They look like beauty pageant contestants. Due to a very unfortunate USMNT shirt, Landon Donovan is forever known as ‘Miss America’ in this household.

12.49pm BST

Half-time reading

Related: Gareth Bale escapes wilderness with every chance of redemption at Spurs

12.49pm BST

Peep peep! The match is level after two excellent goals from Danny Ings and Son. Southampton have been much the better side but the timing of that equaliser will smart.

12.48pm BST

That came out of nothing. Ndombele did very well in midfield and found Kane on the left. He curled a first time pass around the defence towards Son, who took it in his stride and rifled it past McCarthy from a tight angle. I thought McCarthy could have come for Kane’s cross, but he decided to stay where he was and Son beat him with aplomb.

12.47pm BST

Son equalises on the stroke of half-time!

12.46pm BST

45+2 min Ndombele is booked for fouling Adams.

12.45pm BST

45+1 min Three minutes of added time.

12.45pm BST

45 min “Tottenham,” says Gary Naylor, “look like 11 blokes who met in the car park on a Sunday morning for a bit of a kickabout at lunchtime before going to the pub to watch Chelsea v Liverpool.”

12.44pm BST

44 min Ward-Prowse is booked for blocking Doherty.

12.43pm BST

43 min “Jose took an inconsistent team that always played exciting football, hovered or were in the top four, and turned them into a joyless, turgid mid-table team,” says Mary Waltz. “Yeah, he is a genius.”

While I don’t think this will end well, it’s only fair to point out that we are only one and a half games into the new season.

12.43pm BST

42 min Kane tackles Walker-Peters fairly but with feeling. As Jermaine Jenas says on BT Sport, that’s the tackle of a very frustrated man.

12.40pm BST

40 min “Southampton are having it all their own way in the middle,” says Matt Dony. “Tottenham look like they’re trying to play like good guys. Perhaps their coach could address that problem at half time? Maybe give them some suggestions on how they should behave instead?”

Does he do that a lot on the Amazon documentary?

12.39pm BST

39 min Djenepo plays in the overlapping Bertrand, whose cross is crucially claimed by the diving Lloris. Adams is then booked for stopping Lloris launching a counter-attack.

12.38pm BST

36 min Spurs started quite well but they have looked lifeless in the last 20 minutes or so. At the moment they bear almost no resemblance to the team that charmed everyone from 2015-19.

12.35pm BST

34 min “Always good to see a sash,” says Charles Antaki. “Southampton’s reproduces Peru’s second strip which reversed the classic Cubillas red-on-white. Or nearly; the angle is too steep. Harrumph.”

12.34pm BST

33 min There’s an argument Lloris shouldn’t have been beaten from such a tight angle. I’m not so sure - Ings’ finish was so fast and precise.

12.33pm BST

That was a majestic two-touch finish from Danny Ings! Walker-Peters, near the halfway line, clipped a precise long pass over Dier’s head towards Ings. He took it beautifully in his stride and then, from a very tight angle, rattled an instant shot into the far corner.

12.31pm BST

Brilliant goal!

12.29pm BST

29 min Ings scurries dangerously into the area but then overhits a simple pass to Ward-Prowse on the left. After a slow start, Southampton are dominating the game.

12.28pm BST

29 min The lively Djenepo runs across the line of the penalty area and belts a shot that is blocked by Winks.

12.28pm BST

12.27pm BST

27 min: Another Kane goal is disallowed! But this might be overturned by VAR.

12.26pm BST

26 min: Djenepo hits the outside of the post! Ward-Prowse’s free-kick was headed away by Kane at the far post. It came to Djenepo, who whistled a low shot from 25 yards that hit the outside of the post and went behind. I think Lloris had it covered, though I’d like to see it again.

12.25pm BST

24 min “What is Dier doing?” says Yash Gupta. “He was literally in goal when Davies blocked the shot, shambolic.”

He did say he wanted to play further back this season.

12.23pm BST

23 min Both teams look dangerous going forward and less than secure at the back.

12.21pm BST

20 min A brilliant run from Djenepo leads to an almighty scramble in the Spurs area. Adams’ close-range shot is blocked almost on the line by Davies, and then Ward-Prowse’s follow-up is put behind for a corner.

12.16pm BST

Both teams have had a goal disallowed now. Adams flipped a great pass over the defence towards Ings. Lloris came out of his area, panicked and headed the ball onto Ings’ elbow. Ings picked up the loose ball and finished very confidently but replays confirmed it hit his elbow.

12.16pm BST

16 min: Ings has a goal disallowed for handball!

12.13pm BST

14 min It’s been a good start from Spurs, who look sharper than they did against Everton last week.

12.12pm BST

12 min McCarthy makes an excellent one-on-one save from Son, who was flagged offside after the event.

12.11pm BST

12 min “Why does everyone just shrug when a player is offside as Son was for the goal?” says Gary Naylor. “With his pace and a high pressing defence, he could be a yard off his marker, never mind half a step, and still be first to the ball. They know VAR will ping them if they’re a toenail off, so why don’t they give themselves a chance?”

Force of habit, I suspect, like bowlers who push the front line. You’re right though.

12.10pm BST

11 min Adams should probably have scored, but it was still a spectacular save from Lloris.

12.10pm BST

10 min: Great save from Lloris! Hojbjerg fouls Armstrong 25 yards from goal on he left. Bertrand’s free-kick hits a Spurs defender and falls perfectly for Adams, 10 yards out. He smashes the ball towards goal and Lloris throws out his right hand to make a brilliant reaction save.

12.07pm BST

8 min Southampton are struggling to play at their usual tempo, which can only be a fitness issue. At their best they are very uncomfortable to play against.

12.06pm BST

6 min That was such a smart finish from Kane, not that it counted for anything in the end.

12.05pm BST

5 min Romeu is booked for a foul on his old teammate Hojbjerg.

12.04pm BST

Son was fractionally offside, and that’s the end of that. Mourinho’s face is a picture.

12.04pm BST

Son’s cross from the left was slightly overhit, but Doherty kept it alive by heading the ball back into the middle. Kane reacted superbly, twisting his body to crack a volley that went through McCarthy.

12.03pm BST

This might be VARed - they are checking whether Son was offside.

12.03pm BST

Spurs score with their first attack!

12.00pm BST

1 min Peep peep! Southampton kick off from right to left.

11.56am BST

The players are out on the pitch. It’s a nice September day in Southampton, perfect for association football.

11.48am BST

Jose Mourinho’s pre-match thoughts

[What difference can Gareth Bale make?] “Today, nothing, because he’s not here. The only thing that matters for me today is to try to get the result we want. [Is Dele Alli unfit?] No. We have a huge squad, with numbers that are very difficult to manage. I don’t like it and it’s not easy for me to pick 18 players. We have too many players for some positions and some of them are paying the price for this.”

11.14am BST

Pre-match reading

Related: Gareth Bale escapes wilderness with every chance of redemption at Spurs

Related: Masterstroke or mistake? Who cares, Bale's return to Spurs is intoxicating | Barney Ronay

11.13am BST

Dele Alli isn’t even on the bench for Spurs. He’s not injured, unless you count wounded pride.

Southampton (4-2-2-2) McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Romeu; Armstrong, Djenepo; Adams, Ings.
Substitutes: Forster, Vestergaard, Vokins, Smallbone, Long, Obafemi, Tella.

11.13am BST

He’s back! And he’s not playing! Gareth Bale’s signing was not registered in time for him to take part in Spurs’ trip to Southampton today, though he has still dominated the pre-match chatter. It’s almost a shame there’s a football match to get in the way of more talk about what Bale might achieve when he starts playing in football matches for Spurs again.

Both teams started the Premier League season with 1-0 defeats, Southampton at Crystal Palace and Spurs at home to Everton. A strong-looking Southampton side was then beaten at home by Brentford in the Carabao Cup, while Spurs edged past Lokomotiv Plovdiv in their Europa League qualifier. Ralph Hasenhuttl and Jose Mourinho have both bemoaned their teams’ fitness levels, and neither can really afford another defeat today. In the Premier League you’re never far away from a perceived crisis, with or without Gareth Bale.

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Gareth Bale escapes wilderness with every chance of redemption at Spurs

søn, 20/09/2020 - 09:00

The Real Madrid reject should still have explosive pace and looks suited to Harry Kane and José Mourinho’s tactics

Football loves nothing more than a redemption myth. While there are many who will tell you to never go back, there is more rejoicing in the kingdom of football over one player who returns home than over nine and ninety who never leave.

The narrative appeal of Gareth Bale at Tottenham is clear. He was the protagonist of their first side to compete in the Champions League, the explosive forward who scored a hat-trick at San Siro and obliterated Maicon at White Hart Lane, Tottenham’s first global superstar since Paul Gascoigne left for Lazio.

Related: Why I can't wait to see Gareth Bale in a Tottenham shirt again | Max Rushden

Mourinho, of course, spent the end of the week complaining

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Gareth Bale: Spurs re-sign winger on loan from Real Madrid – video report

lør, 19/09/2020 - 23:22

Seven years after leaving for a world-record fee to Real Madrid, Gareth Bale is back at Tottenham Hotspur in a bid to reignite his career.

Tottenham confirmed the season-long loan signing of Bale on Saturday in one of the most high-profile moves of the transfer window, minutes after announcing left-back Sergio Reguilon is also joining from the Spanish champions.

'It's such a special club to me,' the 31-year-old Bale said of Spurs, 'it's where I made my name.'

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'I want trophies': Gareth Bale seals Spurs return while Liverpool land Diogo Jota

lør, 19/09/2020 - 19:18
  • Spurs will pay about £20m to loan the Welshman
  • Diogo Jota moves to Liverpool from Wolves on long-term deal

Gareth Bale has set his sights on silverware after returning to Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid. The 31-year-old rejoins Spurs on a season-long deal seven years after he moved in the opposite direction in a then world-record transfer and is determined to bring success to the club where he first established himself.

Related: Masterstroke or mistake? Who cares, Bale's return to Spurs is intoxicating | Barney Ronay

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Southampton v Tottenham: match preview

lør, 19/09/2020 - 10:00

A fairytale return to where it all started will come too soon for Gareth Bale but the subplots do not stop there. This week Tottenham had an approach for Danny Ings, who scored the winner in this fixture last season, swiftly rebuffed by Southampton, with Ralph Hasenhüttl adamant the striker, whom he labelled “one of the best in Europe”, has zero interest in playing second fiddle to Harry Kane. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, the former Southampton captain, and Kyle Walker-Peters, who joined Tottenham aged 10, are set to face their former clubs as Spurs travel to St Mary’s for the first of three games in five days. Ben Fisher

Sunday noon BT Sport 1

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Masterstroke or mistake? Who cares, Bale's return to Spurs is intoxicating | Barney Ronay

lør, 19/09/2020 - 09:00

The man in the YouTube reels may be seven years older but this is the kind of modern football moment too good not to enjoy

As a long-term observer it is always tempting to look out for moments that capture the essence of modern football, those single images that really get its basic weirdness. A personal favourite is the terrifying cube of death built by Qatar 2022 on the banks of the Moskva river at the last World Cup, a beautiful glass and steel exhibition centre intended to generate a thrill of carefree excitement about the next global festival of football, but one that resembled simultaneously a giant haunted cancerous polyp overseen by alien lizard secret service personnel.

There are plenty more everyday candidates. Gianni Infantino stepping on to a Gazprom private jet. Neymar running away from his teammates celebrating a goal by Neymar in an empty stadium where, just for a moment, the only audible sound is Neymar celebrating a goal by Neymar.

Related: Mourinho warns he has 'too many players' as Bale and Reguilón fly in

Related: Gareth Bale's Madrid exit is marked by bitterness, resentment and relief | Sid Lowe

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Why I can't wait to see Gareth Bale in a Tottenham shirt again | Max Rushden

fre, 18/09/2020 - 21:52

Spurs fans need the homecoming nostalgia of someone they saw turn from a boy into a joy of a footballer

Gareth Bale’s final – well hopefully not final – goal for Tottenham was in the last minute of the last game of the season. Sunderland at White Hart Lane, 19 May 2013. He picked the ball up on the right, cut inside like Arjen Robben and bent the ball into the top left corner from 25 yards past Simon Mignolet. It feels like Bale scored that goal a hundred times that season.

As soon as the ball hit the net, Emmanuel Adebayor ran to ask the crowd whether it was enough to get Spurs into the Champions League. It wasn’t. Beaten into fifth place by virtue of Arsenal’s win at Newcastle. André Villas-Boas insisted he could keep Bale at the club. He couldn’t.

Related: Mourinho warns he has 'too many players' as Bale and Reguilón fly in

Related: Gareth Bale's Madrid exit is marked by bitterness, resentment and relief | Sid Lowe

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'It's a total joke': Mourinho laments Tottenham fixture congestion – video

fre, 18/09/2020 - 15:07

The Tottenham manager, José Mourinho, criticised the Premier League's decision to schedule his side's match against Southampton for midday on Sunday, after they played a Europa League qualifier in Bulgaria on Thursday night.

Tottenham beat Lokomotiv Plovdiv before travelling back to the UK ahead of their trip to the south coast. Next week they face Leyton Orient on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup before a trip to North Macedonia on Thursday to play KF Shkëndija in another Europe League qualifier. 

'They forgot that this situation. This is a total joke,' Mourinho lambasted.

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Gareth Bale on verge of Spurs return as Mourinho bemoans 'too many players'

fre, 18/09/2020 - 13:00
  • Bale and Reguilón fly in to seal moves from Real Madrid
  • Tottenham manager outlines admiration for Danny Ings

Gareth Bale’s dramatic return to Tottenham is on the verge of confirmation after he arrived in London to complete a season-long loan deal. The Real Madrid forward was greeted by a group of cheering fans as he was driven into the club’s training ground to tie up the finer details of a move to will almost certainly end his spell in Spain.

The excitement around Bale’s arrival has gathered momentum since Wednesday when his agent, Jonathan Barnett, said a deal to bring him back to Spurs was close. He boarded a private jet owned by Enic, the club’s majority shareholders, on Friday morning and landed at Luton Airport. An announcement appears to be a matter of time and Bale – who will not sign in time for a fairytale return against another former club, Southampton, on Sunday – could make his second Spurs debut by the end of the month.

Related: Why I can't wait to see Gareth Bale in a Tottenham shirt again | Max Rushden

Related: Liverpool agree £41m deal for Diogo Jota after landing Thiago Alcântara

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

fre, 18/09/2020 - 01:01

Chelsea and Liverpool could both be vulnerable, Nathan Aké has a rare chance and are Newcastle the Entertainers again?

Last season Liverpool won 15 league games by the odd goal, and began their title defence in similar style, beating Leeds 4-3 in an indecently entertaining match. But this habit is not an easy one to sustain, and it is worth nothing that they have lost five of their past 14 games, conceding 19 times in the process. It is true that now is a good time to play Chelsea – Kepa Arrizabalaga is still first choice, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech are unfit, and Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have not fully settled. But Werner still looked sharp against Brighton, while Havertz can change the course of a game at any moment. If Chelsea somehow refrain from tossing goals in their own net, they will ask some serious questions of a back four that has looked more vulnerable of late. DH

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