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Harry Kane to Mauricio Pochettino: 'In the end I scored, gaffer' – video

lør, 18/08/2018 - 20:17

Mauricio Pochettino gives his verdict after Tottenham Hotspur beat Fulham 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday. Harry Kane scored in August after failing to find the net in 14 previous games in the opening month of the season

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Harry Kane breaks August goal drought in Tottenham win over Fulham

lør, 18/08/2018 - 18:21

There were echoes of England’s World Cup summer as Tottenham put a bad week behind them to claim victory over Fulham. Unfortunately for Spurs, playing like a side who finished fourth in Russia is not what Mauricio Pochettino is after.

A superb free-kick from Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane’s first Premier League goal in August turned the match in Tottenham’s favour after Aleksandar Mitrovic had cancelled out Lucas Moura’s first-half strike. For Pochettino this was not good enough and he demanded his side become more clinical if they are to become winners rather than just gallant runners-up.

Related: Steve Cook header seals Bournemouth comeback win over West Ham

Related: Richarlison’s fast start continues as Everton see off Southampton

Related: Fulham need time to find feet in Premier League, says Slavisa Jokanovic

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Harry Kane to get chance to break August duck for Tottenham

fre, 17/08/2018 - 23:29

• Striker has failed to score in 14 games during August
• Kane has been below best form since return from ankle injury

Harry Kane looks set to be given another opportunity to break his August duck against Fulham, despite the Spurs and England captain having effectively had no pre-season training. After being handed a start in Tottenham’s league opener, only five days after returning to training following the World Cup, Kane failed to score and looked short of sharpness in the 2-1 win at Newcastle last Saturday. The 25-year-old has failed to score in 14 games during August and has also appeared beneath his best form since returning from an ankle injury at the end of last season. But Mauricio Pochettino believes external impressions do not tell the full story.

Related: Tottenham v Fulham: match preview

Related: Fulham need time to find feet in Premier League, says Slavisa Jokanovic

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Tottenham v Fulham: match preview

fre, 17/08/2018 - 18:09

Tottenham wave goodbye to Son Heung-min who will be competing at the Asian Games until September with South Korea’s Under-23 side as one of their three senior players. Tottenham are counting on the favourites prevailing as a gold medal will mean Son is exempt from two years’ military service. Mauricio Pochettino has ample cover but with disappointment at the new stadium’s delay and legs still weary from exertions in Russia this could be a perfect time for Fulham to at least grab a point. Slavisa Jokanovic’s side showed promise against Crystal Palace especially from Jean Michaël Seri. Naturally Harry Kane’s never ending search for a goal in August, now standing at 898 minutes, continues. Graham Searles

Saturday 3pm

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

fre, 17/08/2018 - 01:45

Chelsea and Arsenal promise goals and flaws, Fulham must tighten up and will sparks fly between Benítez and Warnock?

With two teams in flux, Chelsea’s derby with Arsenal is a meeting that promises goals. Both sides are vulnerable in defence and dangerous in attack. Although beaten comfortably in the end, Huddersfield exposed Chelsea’s weakness to attacks down the wings last week and Arsenal may aim to do likewise, while David Luiz, in particular, will likely struggle to keep up with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the middle. But Chelsea’s midfield thrusters – who could include Eden Hazard from the start as well as N’Golo Kanté in all-new Roving Mode – could wreak havoc at the other end, especially if certain Arsenal midfielders remain dozy when it comes to defensive duties. That is something Unai Emery needs to change and he could start by picking Lucas Torreira instead of Granit Xhaka. Or he might consider deploying both in a midfield trio with Mattéo Guendouzi. But even that would probably not be enough to keep Chelsea at bay so Emery will most likely err on the side of adventure and start Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Özil and Aaron Ramsey in a difficult away assignment. Petr Cech is likely to start in goal at Stamford Bridge but how long can the manager persevere with a keeper less suited to his approach than the new signing Bernd Leno? PD

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Related: Transfer window 2018 – every summer deal from Europe's top five leagues

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Mauricio Pochettino ready for ‘toughest challenge’ of Tottenham career

tor, 16/08/2018 - 23:39
• Manager wants to win first trophy of his Spurs tenure
• Argentinian apologises over stadium delay

Mauricio Pochettino says he knew this season would be the “toughest challenge” of his Tottenham career but was determined to take it on out of a sense of gratitude to the club.

Pochettino turned down the advances of Real Madrid this summer to sign a new contract with Spurs. In the past week, however, the club have emerged from the transfer window empty-handed and postponed the opening of their new £850m stadium.

Related: Tottenham apologise to fans and issue refund details following stadium delay

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Slavisa Jokanovic urges Ryan Sessegnon to drive Fulham’s top-flight return

tor, 16/08/2018 - 23:30

• Teenager is ‘one of the longest-serving players in this team’
• Fulham prepare for Wembley return to face Tottenham

Slavisa Jokanovic believes Fulham can lean on the prodigiously talented Ryan Sessegnon as they seek to adjust to life back in the Premier League, with the teenager’s presence in the side providing some continuity after a summer of lavish transfer spending.

Sessegnon made his first top‑flight appearance in the 2-0 home defeat by Crystal Palace last weekend and will confront Tottenham Hotspur, one of the elite clubs who has closely monitored his eye-catching progress over recent seasons, at Wembley on Saturday.

Related: Mature and motivated: Aleksandar Mitrovic ready to fire for Fulham

Related: Ryan Sessegnon leads exciting teenagers facing a season of scrutiny | Richard Williams

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Tottenham apologise to fans and issue refund details following stadium delay

tir, 14/08/2018 - 19:46
• We are hugely frustrated at this late stage, club says
• Location of Champions League games still unconfirmed

Tottenham have made a new apology to their fans as uncertainty continued following the decision to delay the opening of their new stadium.

Spurs officials met members of the Tottenham Supporters’ Trust on Tuesday after the club postponed the launch of the £850m ground over safety concerns which they say they only learned of this week. At least three Premier League games and an NFL match will be played at Wembley, with others possibly to follow, and there remains no set date for the opening of the new White Hart Lane.

Related: Tottenham are forced back to Wembley by safety concerns at home

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Is the US falling out of love with European clubs' summer tours?

tir, 14/08/2018 - 11:00

The International Champions Cup is still capable of attracting huge crowds in the US, but away from the marquee games, attendances were down

Whatever you do, don’t call it pre-season. Meaningless games are now a thing of the past, at least according to the International Champions Cup. Billed as “club football’s premier summer tournament,” this year’s edition was the largest to date, encompassing 18 teams and 27 games played in 22 different cities on three different continents. And yet, the crowd numbers didn’t quite live up to hype.

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#ICC2018 RT @MikeMartignago: My beloved Milan v Manchester United at the StubHub Center. Appears it’s friends and family night

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Football transfer rumours: Spurs' Christian Eriksen to PSG for £100m?

tir, 14/08/2018 - 09:43

Today’s fluff wants all you gappers and finger snappers

Having failed to recruit a single player before the time available for incoming deals ran out, Tottenham’s summer transfer window is only now starting to hot up, with this morning’s newspapers linking them with a stadium-fund-swelling if slightly optimistic £150m-worth of outgoings. The Express exclusively report that Paris St-Germain are ready to spend £100m on Christian Eriksen, on whom the French side “have long been keen”, but that Spurs are “equally determined not to sell”. The Parisians aren’t the only club whose eye has been caught by the twinkle-toed Dane: according to the Star, Real Madrid could join the chase if they sell Luka Modric to Internazionale (though according to Tuttosport that move is becoming less likely).

Related: Tottenham are forced back to Wembley by safety concerns at home

Related: Paul Pogba: 'if you're not happy, you cannot give your best'

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Tottenham are forced back to Wembley by safety concerns at home

man, 13/08/2018 - 23:26

• Premier League matches with Liverpool and Cardiff moved
• Spurs pay undisclosed amount to reserve national stadium

Questions have been raised over the safety of Tottenham’s new stadium after the club announced it is to delay the opening of the £850m venue.

At least two Premier League games as well as a lucrative NFL fixture will now be played at Wembley this autumn after Spurs said they had found “issues” with critical safety systems at the new White Hart Lane. As the club pursue “urgent” meetings with the project’s contractor, there remains the possibility of further fixtures being moved. It is understood that Spurs have paid an undisclosed sum for the use of Wembley until the end of the year.

Related: Tottenham facing up to reality check as stadium costs escalate

Related: Dele Alli gets Tottenham off to a winning start against Newcastle

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

man, 13/08/2018 - 09:25

Guendouzi is one of Arsenal’s few reasons to be cheerful, Naby Keïta is a thrilling talent no matter whose shirt he’s wearing, and Richarlison already looks worth the money

Wherever Arsène Wenger was watching, he would have approved of Mattéo Guendouzi’s presence at the base of Arsenal’s midfield. The 19-year-old was poached from Lorient, exactly the type of under‑the-radar Francophone deal in which the former manager delighted. Eager and energetic, his tousled locks and upright style make him stand out but, with City interchanging midfield passes at breakneck speed, Unai Emery had exposed him to a heavy workload – neither Granit Xhaka nor Aaron Ramsey showed much dedication to defensive duties. When Raheem Sterling blazed past him to score City’s opener, Guendouzi’s inexperience was exposed but so was neglectful defending from Mesut Özil and Héctor Bellerín. His passing was often chaotic but so was that of his midfield partners, particularly Xhaka. John Brewin

Related: The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

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Dele Alli gets Tottenham off to a winning start against Newcastle

lør, 11/08/2018 - 15:42

In Mauricio Pochettino’s native Argentina interest rates have been held at an emergency 40% since May and the plummeting peso recently led to the government receiving an emergency $50bn International Monetary Fund bailout. It makes the UK’s own travails seem rather tame but Tottenham’s manager has nevertheless said he feels “sorry for the English people” as Brexit looms. Moreover, Pochettino blames the Leave vote for the fall in the pound which prompted a rise in the costs of building the new White Hart Lane and, apparently, precipitated his club’s failure to buy a single player during the transfer window.

Even by football manager standards it is a creative excuse but the good news is that Pochettino is infinitely more convincing as a coach than an economist, and his young squad were arguably not really in need of reinforcement anyway.

Related: Huddersfield v Chelsea, Fulham v Palace and more: Saturday clockwatch – live!

Related: Newcastle United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened

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Newcastle United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened

lør, 11/08/2018 - 15:36

Early headers from Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli ensured Spurs started the season with victory in an entertaining game at St James’ Park

2.43pm BST

Louise Taylor’s match report has arrived, which is my cue to do one. Thanks for your company and emails, bye!

Related: Dele Alli gets Tottenham off to a winning start against Newcastle

2.36pm BST

Post-match interviews

Dele Alli “Everyone knows the first game’s a big one and you want to get off to a good start. As a squad we want to keep improving. It was a great experience in Russia. When you’re there you’re in your own little bubble and you don’t realise how much it means until you get back. We’re disappointed we didn’t win it. Now it’s all about Tottenham and the Premier League.”

2.25pm BST

The team news is in for the 3pm kick-offs

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2.23pm BST

Peep peep! Spurs start the season with a good win on a ground where Newcastle don’t lose too often. It was a close game, settled by Dele Alli’s smart header in the first half. We’ll have reaction and a full match report shortly.

2.20pm BST

90+4 min Diame is booked for a foul on Kane.

2.20pm BST

90+3 min Newcastle probably deserve a point, having hit both the post and the bar. I doubt there is anything for them to worry about this season.

2.19pm BST

90+2 min Yedlin is being helped off, so Newcastle will finish the match with 10 men. He doesn’t look in pain but he is struggling to put weight on his right leg.

2.18pm BST

90 min There will be four added minutes. Yedlin is down and looks in a lot of pain. He planted his right foot very awkwardly after stretching for a high ball; this might be ligament damage.

2.16pm BST

88 min Spurs make their final change, with Eric Dier limping off to be replaced by the 21-year-old debutant Luke Amos.

2.14pm BST

85 min: Rondon hits the bar! Newcastle’s new No9 almost equalises on his debut. Shelvey played a crisp pass to the edge of the area, where Rondon ignored the challenge of Davies. That gave him time out of his feet and sweep a shot that hit the stretching Vertonghen, wrongfooted Lloris and looped tantalisingly onto the face of the bar!

2.12pm BST

84 min Spurs are keeping Newcastle at arms length for the time being. The atmosphere is very quiet.

2.10pm BST

82 min Muto wriggles into the box and wins a corner for Newcastle. Shelvey’s inswinger is fisted away by Lloris.

2.08pm BST

81 min Newcastle’s final change: the debutant Yoshinori Muto replaces Ayoze Perez.

2.08pm BST

80 min A Spurs substitution: Son replaces Dele Alli, who scored a fine goal and has probably been the Man of the Match.

2.07pm BST

79 min Davies clips the ball down the left to Eriksen, who races into the box and lifts a cross that flashes past Dubravka and out of play on the far side.

2.06pm BST

78 min “That shot from Dembele makes me ask, why is there not a practice pitch where subs can actually touch the ball and take a shot rather than just stretch some muscles?” asks Daniel Friedman. “Like in baseball pitchers warm up with some pitches in the bullpen — why no footie bullpen?”

I suppose any new stadiums need that space for the Michelin-starred restaurant.

2.05pm BST

77 min Spurs appear to have declared at 2-1, which is a dangerous game away from home. Newcastle are having most of the ball now.

2.04pm BST

75 min “Welcome to a new season,” says Felix Wood. “It’s too early for it, there’s no getting away from that. Not sure I agree with you on referees being reluctant to give cards being a good thing. I may be biased, but Croatia being able to haul down England players whenever it looked like there was a break on without fear of anything worse than giving away a free kick still rankles. Cynicism should always be punished in my book.”

That’s a fair point (though I didn’t notice it in the England game). But I think it’d be good if referees were able to make a distinction between cynical fouls and, for want of a better word, honest ones.

2.01pm BST

73 min After a flurry of chances at the start of the second half, the game and the crowd have gone a bit quiet.

1.58pm BST

71 min Eriksen plays a square pass to Dembele, who blooters high and wide from 25 yards.

1.57pm BST

70 min Ritchie is furious at being substituted. He’s effing at anyone and everyone, grinding his teeth in frustration.

1.56pm BST

69 min A Spurs change: Mousa Dembele replaces the slightly disappointing Lucas Moura. And Newcastle have brought on Christian Atsu for the excellent Matt Ritchie.

1.56pm BST

68 min Kane gives the ball away to Kenedy, fouls him and is booked.

1.54pm BST

67 min Ritchie is lucky not to be booked for a deliberate foul on Davies. It feels like referees are becoming more reluctant to show yellow cards, which is a welcome development.

1.53pm BST

66 min Dier, already booked, fouls Perez. Some referees would have sent him off for that, but I think Martin Atkinson was right not to do so.

1.52pm BST

65 min Here’s Christian Svanes Kolding. “From Brooklyn, where darkened skies have descended to unleash heavy lashings of rain - cue Michael Bay - I can enthusiastically second the endorsement of yeast on the popcorn,” says Christian. “It really brightens up your day and adds a bit of zing to your step. Now, if only Eriksen would score then this Dane would be well pleased.”

1.52pm BST

64 min This is a good spell for Newcastle. If I was Mauricio Pochettino I’d bring on Son for Kane, who is as peripheral as he was at the World Cup. Something isn’t right there.

1.49pm BST

62 min This has been such an open game, surprisingly so given the quality of the two defences.

1.48pm BST

60 min: Fine save by Lloris! That corner was not cleared properly by Spurs, and Perez hit an excellent shot on the turn from the corner of the six-yard box. Lloris had almost no reaction time but plunged to his right to make a brilliant stop.

1.47pm BST

59 min Ritchie plays a fine pass behind the defence for Joselu, but Sanchez scoots back to concede a corner. Good defending. That’s Joselu’s last touch: he is replaced by the new signing Salomon Rondon.

1.46pm BST

58 min Joselu is booked for a lunge at Eric Dier.

1.45pm BST

58 min Spurs are playing some lovely stuff now, with Alli and Eriksen to the fore. If they play like this when Kane is back to his best, they will be some team.

1.45pm BST

57 min Aurier’s cross is half cleared by the flying Dubravka and volleyed over acrobatically by Sanchez. He could have had a hat-trick today.

1.43pm BST

56 min Lucas Moura and Kane work the ball out to Davies, who hammers a cross into the area. It finds Sissoko, who sweeps a first-time shot towards goal that is superbly saved by Dubravka!

1.42pm BST

53 min A brilliant dummy from Alli allows him to nutmeg Yedlin without touching the ball. He is having a fine game. Yes, yes, I know that’s not technically a nutmeg but you know what a mean.

1.40pm BST

51 min: What a chance for Kenedy! Joselu’s superb pass found him in all sorts of space on the left of the box, but Kenedy’s first touch was poor and that allowed Lloris to sprawl at his feet and save. The ball came back to Kenedy, who shovelled it across the face of goal, and Aurier was able to clear desperately.

1.38pm BST

50 min Alli almost makes it 3-1. Eriksen’s cross from the right took a touch off Kane, which affected Alli as he made another brilliant late run into the box. He couldn’t put the brakes on and the ball hit him before looping towards goal, with Dubravka able to make a comfortable save.

1.36pm BST

49 min “Re Matt Dony’s plea (31 min), I’ve cut out dairy (it was killing me and it’s still killing the planet) and I can confirm that nothing really replaces cheese,” says Gary Naylor. “The best alternatives are houmous - especially leavened with pomegranate seeds or something exotic - or guacamole (but watch the fat). A decent red might work better than the whisky too. PS I remain a less than convincing advert for such abstemious diets - though my kids are!”

1.35pm BST

47 min: Diame hits the post! The chance came out of nothing. Shelvey’s towering header sent the ball into the Spurs area, where it dropped nicely for Diame on the left of the box. He took the ball down deftly and thundered a rising left-footed shot that clattered off the outside of the near post. I think Lloris was beaten.

1.33pm BST

47 min “I assume Matt has tried nut-based cheeses (excuse me, cheezes, for EU lawyers’ sake), but they are truly awful,” says James Hupp. “Hummus seems to be the only way to go here. And it doesn’t totally rule out having someone over, whereas asking someone to partake of cashew-derived cheddar alternatives might.”

1.32pm BST

46 min Peep peep! Newcastle get the second half under way.

1.29pm BST

A bit of half-time reading

Related: Wolves, Fulham and Cardiff: the best-prepared trio of promoted clubs ever?

1.29pm BST

“Ready Salted crisps are the ideal accompaniment to whisky,” says Josse McMahon and nones of others.

1.26pm BST

Half-time chit chat “Afternoon, Rob,” says Ian Copestake. “How was your pre-season? Did the Guardian put you all through your paces at an internet cafe in Marbella? The paint-ball team-building exercise might have been a tad unnecessary though.”

The boot camp was the killer. It was a breeze to go without food or water, but to deprive journalists of Twitter for 72 hours was just barbaric.

1.17pm BST

Peep peep! That was 45 minutes of good, clean fun. Spurs deserve to be ahead, though there isn’t much in it. See you in 15 minutes for the second half.

1.15pm BST

44 min Though they are behind, Newcastle will go into half-time in decent spirits. They have played much better in the last 15 minutes, with the wide attackers Kenedy and Ritchie increasingly influential.

1.13pm BST

43 min “As a vegan for a number of years, I can say popcorn dusted with nutritional yeast is a delightful treat,” says Joshua Reynolds. “No, really.”

1.11pm BST

42 min Dier is booked for a foul on Kenedy.

1.10pm BST

39 min A Newcastle free-kick leads to a game of head tennis in the Spurs area. Eventually an inadequate header from Aurier falls to Clark, who drags a left-footed volley through the crowd and just wide of the far post.

1.08pm BST

37 min Davies’s cross finds Kane in a scandalous amount of space at the near post. He eventually wins a corner, from which Sanchez almost makes it 3-1. It was a wicked inswinger from Eriksen towards the near post, where Sanchez got in front of Shelvey and flashed a header across goal. It was a really good chance, especially as Dubravka was in no man’s land.

1.04pm BST

34 min Eriksen slides a nice through pass to Kane, who inexplicably miscontrols the ball. He would have been clear on goal. I thought he was offside actually, but I don’t think the flag went up. Kane, as at the World Cup, doesn’t look particularly sharp.

1.03pm BST

33 min It’s been a good few minutes for Newcastle, who have spent more time in the Spurs half. Ritchie looks in the mood to make mischief; I’d get the ball to him at every opportunity.

1.02pm BST

31 min “In amongst all the goals and general excitement, can I canvass some advice from the learned and venerable brains-trust that makes up an MBM ‘community’?” sniffs Matt Dony. “I realised that middle-age had truly set in (a few years ahead of schedule) when I had to acknowledge that cheese and crackers and whiskey in front of Match Of The Day wasn’t an occasional treat, but a routine that had become preferable to going out on a Saturday night. (‘What’s that? The pub, you say? Nah, I’m busy...’) Anyway, over the summer, I’ve gone vegan, so cheese is out of the picture. Any suggestions on what I should replace it with?”

A beard?

1.00pm BST

29 min Kane’s cross is punched away desperately by Dubravka. It comes to Aurier, just inside the box. He considers his options - good ones, all of them - and then belts a left-footed shot high and wide. Oh, Serge.

12.58pm BST

27 min Perez pressures Vertonghen into conceding a corner. Ritchie swings it out towards Clark, whose header is blocked by Alli. The loose ball eventually falls for Dummett, who swishes wide from 25 yards.

12.56pm BST

26 min Spurs are so dominant at the moment, with Newcastle really struggling to get and then keep possession.

12.53pm BST

22 min The only slight criticism of Spurs, apart from their defending for Joselu’s goal, is that their build-up play has been a little deliberate at times. When they move the ball quickly they look so dangerous.

12.50pm BST

20 min Spurs are looking really good, with no signs of early-season rust. That’s the big advantage of having no new players, I suppose. Meanwhile, replays confirm that Vertonghen did score the first Spurs goal. The ball was this far over the line. VAR may be a shambles in its current form but goalline technology works perfectly.

12.48pm BST

We’ve had three goals in 11 minutes! This is another nice goal. Aurier, on the right, curls a beautiful first-time cross beyond the far post, where Alli makes a trademark late run and plants an accomplished header back across Dubravka.

12.44pm BST

13 min Spurs are controlling possession, to no great surprise, but Newcastle are well organised defensively and look lively on the break. It’s a good game.

12.42pm BST

12 min I was just about to say that I think Vertonghen scored the Spurs goal. Dummett made a desperate challenge just as Vertonghen was about to head it, so it may have been his touch. But I think it was Vertonghen.

12.41pm BST

That didn’t take long. Ritchie, on the right, whips a brilliant left-footed cross into the area, where Joselu gets away from the negligent Sanchez and kisses a header into the far corner. That’s a really nice goal.

12.39pm BST

Spurs take the lead from the resulting corner. Eriksen’s outswinger from the right was flicked towards the far post by Sanchez, and Vertonghen stooped to head the ball onto the underside of the bar. It bounced down and landed just over the line, with technology confirming the goal.

12.37pm BST

8 min Eriksen drags a low, left-footed shot from 25 yards that is fingertipped behind by Dubravka. It was going wide anyway but the keeper took no chances.

12.37pm BST

6 min Spurs look decent value to win the league at 16-1 but it’s surely essential that they avoid their usual slow start to the season. Lucas Moura threatens to give them the lead here, surging into the box before clipping a shot that is crucially blocked by the sliding Clark.

12.34pm BST

5 min “As a Liverpool fan, I have high expectations and no doubt they’ll provide lots of excitement,” says Mike MacKenzie. “I just hope that they can reduce the number of nail-biting finishes! In any case, I’m looking forward to seeing how many clubs perform this year. I hope all MBMers can enjoy their club despite whatever problems it might have (even Newcastle whose fans I do empathize with; hope Rafa can keep them up). Finally, I must say that ending the transfer window before the start of the season was a great move.”

12.33pm BST

4 min Shelvey and Perez combine nicely to find Joselu, whose shot is blocked by Dier. It’s been a bright start by both sides. Moments later, Ritchie batters a loose ball over the bar from 20 yards.

12.32pm BST

3 min “I once taught in Newcastle,” says Alun Pugh. “One of my colleagues well remembers teaching a young lad who was later to achieve some measure of sporting fame. Professional standards dictate I cannot reveal his name (it will all end in tears otherwise) but she told me ‘That **** ******** was by some measure the daftest lad I ever taught’.”

You wouldn’t forget a brush with someone like that.

12.32pm BST

2 min Ciaran Clark gives away a silly free-kick with a reckless challenge on Sissoko near the byline on the right. Eriksen eschews the cross and clips it back to Davies, whose shot is blocked.

12.30pm BST

1 min Peep peep! Spurs kick off from left to right. Newcastle are in the usual black-and-white stripes; Spurs are wearing their neptune green (sic) third strip.

12.28pm BST

The players of both sides are going through the ritual of pre-match handshakes. Yep, it’s time for some association football.

12.18pm BST

The MBM season does not truly start until we receive the first email from the great Gary Naylor

“Teddy was indeed an outstanding finisher at all levels of the game (as was John Aldridge and other late(ish) bloomers like Kevin Phillips and Ian Wright),” says Gary. “So, to what extent is finishing a knack? If it is (and, you’ve guessed it, I suspect it might be) wouldn’t it be worth a Premier League club taking a punt or two on a prolific lower league er... fox in the box? Play him in the Carabao Cup and see how he goes.”

12.03pm BST

“Welcome back Rob,” says Matt Loten. “Currently sat in traffic outside Preston, heading to Blackpool for Portsmouth’s first away game of the season. Sunshine’s out, inane transfer debate on the radio, stomach full of questionable motorway service station cooked breakfast. Does it get any better than this? I’ll answer that question for you: it does not. Here’s hoping that everyone - fan, footballer and MBM’er alike - is as excited as I am. Football is well and truly back!”

11.53am BST

Remember When department

Now this is how to finish a one-on-one. Teddy Sheringham was such an underrated finisher.

11.48am BST

Pre-match reading

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11.34am BST

Newcastle (4-2-3-1) Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Diame; Ritchie, Perez, Kenedy; Joselu.
Subs: Darlow, Schar, Manquillo, Ki, Atsu, Rondon, Muto.

Spurs (4-2-3-1) Lloris; Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Alli; Sissoko, Eriksen, Moura; Kane.
Subs: Vorm, Alderweireld, Walker-Peters, Dembele, Amos, Son, Llorente.

8.13am BST

Wotcha. Welcome back. The start of the football season is Christmas Day for football fans. Newcastle’s supporters received a pair of socks; Spurs fans got a new training ground. The inactivity of both sides in the transfer market has compromised the usual opening-day optimism, yet you could argue both sides had a decent summer. Newcastle kept Rafael Benitez, and Spurs are still the employers of Mauricio Pochettino, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and others.

Novelty trumps stability in the juvenile world of modern football, but the latter is far more conducive to success. That word means different things to different clubs. For Spurs, it’s the traditional definition: they need a trophy, any trophy, this season, because this team will probably break up if they don’t win one.

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Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur: match preview

fre, 10/08/2018 - 18:39

Mauricio Pochettino has become the first Premier League manager to blame Brexit for an underwhelming transfer window – Pochettino claims it has added to the cost of the club’s new ground – and Newcastle fans are planning protests against the owner, Mike Ashley, outside St James’ Park before kick-off. So far so vexing but Jonjo Shelvey trusts events on the pitch will prove less complicated. Rafael Benítez’s key midfielder hopes to atone for last year’s sending off in the opening fixture against the same opponents by undoing Tottenham. Louise Taylor

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Mauricio Pochettino says costs of Brexit helped lead to no signings

fre, 10/08/2018 - 15:11

• Tottenham manager says fall of pound has been obstacle
• ‘Building new training ground was massive investment’

Mauricio Pochettino “feels sorry for the English people” as the effects of Brexit, including on the cost of Tottenham’s new stadium, begin to bite.

Related: Premier League’s power shown by spending of clubs outside elite | David Conn

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How the season began 30 years ago: TV money, transfers and Tony Cottee

fre, 10/08/2018 - 11:56

A new TV deal brings about huge transfer fees, Liverpool spend big and Spurs need to sort out stadium issues. Sound familiar?

By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog

English football was on its knees in the late 1970s and early 1980s as hooliganism and crumbling stadia led to a steady decline in attendances. Rock bottom arrived in 1985 in the shape of the Bradford fire and Heysel stadium disaster. Football spent the rest of the decade taking a long look at itself and, gradually, it started to get its house in order. As the sport’s reputation improved, so did TV revenue, with domestic rights more than doubling from £5.2m in 1983 to £11m in 1988.

On the back of this new TV deal, some clubs chose to spend big in the summer of 1988. Tottenham invested £1.7m on Paul Stewart and broke the British transfer record by spending £2m on Paul Gascoigne. Everton pushed the record up to £2.2m when they brought in Tony Cottee from West Ham; they also signed Stuart McCall for £850,000 and Pat Nevin for £925,000. Not to be outdone by their local rivals, Liverpool paid a whopping £2.8m to bring Ian Rush back from Juventus. George Graham went about his business quietly at Arsenal, only adding Steve Bould to his squad for a bargain price of £390,000.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the opening weekend

fre, 10/08/2018 - 09:30

Manchester United and Leicester under pressure to start well, Emery’s formidable opening task, heightened ambitions for Brighton and Wolves

Related: Summer transfer window verdict: how every Premier League club fared

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Related: The big Premier League preview – Football Weekly Extra

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Manchester United veto José Mourinho’s transfer wishlist

fre, 10/08/2018 - 09:02

• Manager’s short-term fixes rejected by Ed Woodward
• Some targets viewed as no better than those already at club

Manchester United did not follow through with some of José Mourinho’s transfer targets because of misgivings about the players he had identified and a decision, from the top of the club, that he should not be allowed to get his way if it meant potentially wasting tens of millions of pounds on a short-term fix.

Related: Transfer window 2018 – every summer deal from Europe's top five leagues

Related: Manchester United v Leicester: match preview

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