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Pochettino 'so proud' after Tottenham draw with Real Madrid – video

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Following his Tottenham side's 1-1 draw away at champions Real Madrid, manager Mauricio Pochettino congratulated his team on the result, saying: 'I'm so proud of the effort.' Harry Kane, whose deflected effort provided the first goal, said that he thought the draw represented a good result for Spurs, while Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos assessed that a draw was probably a fair result

Pochettino full of praise after Lloris saves Spurs at Real

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Jimmy Greaves takes a curtain call – archive, 18 October 1972

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18 October 1972 At the end of his last match the crowd sang for Greaves and chanted “Jimmy for England”

Tottenham Hotspur 2, Feyenoord 1

The crowd was only slightly smaller than for the visit of West Ham United, the mood was nostalgic, the entertainment excellent, and the result predictable, even to the scorer of the first goal. Everything was as it should be at White Hart Lane last night for positively the last performance of Jimmy Greaves. As Tottenham Hotspur beat their Dutch visitors Feyenoord 2-1 in this testimonial match the bovver boots stamped out a rhythm of approval, the chanting was warm and witty, and the notorious North Bank led a session in which they invited 45,000 others to join them in “All who love Jimmy clap your hands.”

Related: The Monday Interview: Jimmy Greaves

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Mauricio Pochettino full of praise after Hugo Lloris saves Spurs at Real

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• ‘Hugo was fantastic. He showed his real level,’ says manager
• Draw keeps Tottenham level at top of group with Madrid

Mauricio Pochettino paid tribute to Hugo Lloris after the goalkeeper helped Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 Champions League draw at Real Madrid but the manager was more pleased that his team had held their own and showed they could compete at the highest level.

Tottenham led at the Bernabéu through a Raphaël Varane own goal before Cristiano Ronaldo equalised before half-time from the penalty spot. Lloris was busy and he made two outstanding saves to deny Karim Benzema and Ronaldo in the second half. Tottenham had chances of their own and Harry Kane could not find a way past Keylor Navas when he was one-on-one with him on 71 minutes.

Related: Spurs’ Harry Kane rues missed chance after Cristiano Ronaldo earns Real draw

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Harry Kane relishes Real Madrid experience but key moment proves elusive | Sid Lowe

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Tottenham’s top scorer could not find the decisive finishing touch at the Bernabéu but still made an impact that demonstrates how far he has come

A backheel at the Bernabéu. That is quite a baptism or it would have been if, as most of this stadium first thought, it had actually happened. The replay told a different story but it was Harry Kane the Tottenham Hotspur players ran towards as the ball settled in Keylor Navas’s net, giving them the lead just before the half-hour. The problem was that at the end of the game it was also Kane they sought out, Hugo Lloris putting an arm round his shoulder and walking him to the touchline. This was an excellent result celebrated by supporters, but it could have been even better and Kane’s face told a tale of opportunity lost.

Mauricio Pochettino has said he is forever giving Kane videos, endless clips of moments in games, things to correct, improve and learn from. He will not need to hand over footage of what happened here in the 71st minute for Kane to replay it over in his mind, when he stood alone before goal, the kind of opportunity he would have dreamed of, but saw Navas save his shot. Nor, he will be sure, will this moment sink him; it may even propel the striker to more. The manager has, after all, described him as “the best player in the world in terms of mental strength, willpower and endeavour”. That does not make it painless, though, not least as this was set up as his night. When Fernando Llorente found him with 19 minutes remaining it really could have been.

Related: Spurs’ Harry Kane rues missed chance after Cristiano Ronaldo earns Real draw

Related: Manchester City rely on early goals to overcome Napoli in Champions League

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Real Madrid 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Champions League – as it happened

tir, 17/10/2017 - 23:00

Spurs left the Bernabeu with a point after an intelligent and brave performance marred by one rash challenge

10.00pm BST

David Hytner was at the Bernabeu for the Guardian and his winged monkey has just pitched up in London bearing this on-the-whistle match report. Tune in later for added reflections and quotes from the players and managers involved in a great game of football in the Spanish capital.

Related: Spurs’ Harry Kane rues missed chance after Cristiano Ronaldo earns Real draw

9.45pm BST

Elsewhere in this group: Apoel and Borussia Dortmund have also shared the points after their match in Cyprus finished with an identical scoreline. Spurs and Real lead the group with seven points each, while their rivals already look to be duking it out for third place with just one point apiece.

9.42pm BST

It ends one apiece between Real and Tottenham, where a young Spurs side depleted by injury and rather lacking in Champions League experience has put in a very impressive and mature performance to make off with a share of the spoils. A Raphael Varane shin into his own net gave them their first ever goal against Real, while the only noticable blot on their copybook was a ludicrous Serge Aurier challenge that gifted Real Madrid their equaliser from the penalty spot. Cristiano Ronaldo made no mistake as he sent Hugo Lloris the wrong way just before half-time.

Tottenham missed two glorious chances in the second half, with Harry Kane being denied by a wonderful save from Keylor Navas when he should have scored. Christian Eriksen also went close, only to be denied by another good Navas save. At the other end of the pitch, Hugo Lloris also performed heroics, saving brilliantly from Karim Benzema with his left foot, before using his left hand to keep out a Cristiano Ronaldo shot that was goalbound. A point won for Spurs after a terrific performance, but they may feel they should have taken all three.

9.37pm BST

90+3 min: Tottenham are finishing this match on the front foot, with Son advancing forward as the referee blows his final whistle. It’s all over and it’s finished all square at the Bernabeu.

9.36pm BST

90+2 min: Raphael Varane is forced to hack clear as Son and Kane hunt him down on the edge of his own penalty area.

9.34pm BST

90+1 min: Real Madrid have a corner as the game reaches its knockings. The ball’s sent into the Tottenham penalty area, where Lloris claims comfortably.

9.33pm BST

88 min: Moussa Sissoko requires treatment after what looks like an innocuous slip. There doesn’t seem too much wrong with him, but he limps off to be replaced by Heung-min Son.

9.30pm BST

86 min: Real Madrid substitution: Lucas Vazquez on for Isco.

9.28pm BST

83 min: Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld leap either side of Cristiano Ronaldo to stop the Real Madrid striker getting a header on goal as he climbs to reach a cross from the left.

9.26pm BST

82 min: Moussa Sissoko plays a ball down the right flank for Christian Eriksen to chase. The Spurs playmaker gets in behind the Real Madrid defence and attempts to drill the ball square to Harry Kane, but his delivery is weak. He looks shattered with tiredness.

9.24pm BST

81 min: Elsewhere in this group, Borussia Dortmund have equalised against Nicosia in Cyprus, where it’s 1-1.

9.23pm BST

80 min: Tottenham substitution: Danny Rose on, Fernando Llorente off.

9.23pm BST

77 min: Real go forward, with Marco Asensio picking out Cristiano Ronaldo with a ball out wide to the left. A period of sustained Real Madrid pressure ensues, but ends with Marcelo getting a pat on the back from his own manager as he slides into Zinedine Zidane’s technical area and lands in a pile at the great man’s feet while unsuccessfully trying to keep the ball from going out for a throw-in.

9.20pm BST

76 min: Real Madrid substitution: Marco Asensio on, Karim Benzema off.

9.19pm BST

74 min: Navas to the rescue again as Eriksen shoots towards the near post from a narrow angle, when picking out Harry Kane at the far post might have been a better idea. Kane certainly thinks it might have been a better idea and isn’t slow about telling his team-mate through the medium of mime. Eriksen’s corner is dreadful and Benzema clears.

9.16pm BST

72 min: CHANCE!!! Keylor Navas pulls off a miraculous save from Harry Kane, who was put clean through on goal by Fernando Llorente. The Spurs striker was seven or eight yards from goal and you’d have bet the farm on him scoring, but Real Madrid’s goalkeeper got a hand to a shot that was heading for the bottom right-hand corner and clawed the ball out for a corner. That was incredible opportunity and Kane is on his knees with an expression on his face that suggests he can’t believe he didn’t score. It was a fine save, but a bad miss.

9.14pm BST

70 min: From the corner, Spurs earn some respite when Cristiano Ronaldo shoves Vertonghen in the small of the back and concedes a free-kick.

9.13pm BST

69 min: Spurs embark on a rare second half sortie into Real Madrid territory. It comes to nothing and Real go on the attack again with Achraf Hakimi on the ball down the right flank. The Moroccan teenager has been very impressive tonight. Once again he runs at Vertonghen and wins a corner, much to the Tottenham player’s disgust. He thinks it should have been a goal-kick.

9.11pm BST

67 min: Elsewhere in this group, Apoel have taken a surprise lead against Borussia Dortmund in Cyprus. Mickael Pote with the only goal of the game there, I’m told.

9.09pm BST

64 min: Another Lloris parry keeps Cristiano Ronaldo at bay. This time the Real Madrid man was running away from goal with the ball on his left foot, but still managed to unleash a powerful diagonal drive that the Tottenham goalkeeper blocked but couldn’t hold.

9.06pm BST

62 min: Another great stop from Hugo Lloris, who gets a strong left-hand to a rising shot from Cristiano Ronaldo that was heading goalwards. Tottenham’s French captain is keeping them in the game with some splendid saves.

9.05pm BST

60 min: Tottenham win a free-kick wide on the right for a foul on Eriksen. The Dane takes the free-kick and his delivery sails straight into the arms of Keylor Navas.

9.03pm BST

58 min: Good defending from Davinson Sanchez, who is on hand to hook the ball clear as Cristiano Ronaldo attempts to pick out Toni Kroos with a neat little dink into the penalty area. Spurs are on the ropes here and have been since the start of the second half.

9.01pm BST

57 min: Tottenham win a corner, with Hakimi putting the ball out of play. Eriksen sends the ball into the Real penalty area, where Davinson Sanchez heads wide.

8.59pm BST

55 min: Hugo Lloris denies Karim Benzema with a sensational save. The French striker sent a powerful downward header goalwards from about five yards out, but his compatriot somehow managed to keep it out with his left foot. Incredible goalkeeping, although a cynic might say Lloris didn’t know much about it. I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt.

8.56pm BST

52 min: Harry Winks attempts to play a through-ball to the feet of Harry Kane on the edge of the Real Madrid penalty area, but Casemiro intercepts. The idea was good, the execution left a little to be desired.

8.54pm BST

50 min: Good hold-up play from Harry Kane leads to a Tottenham corner as the striker’s cross towards Christian Eriksen goes out of play off Raphael Varane. From the corner, Real Madrid get the opportunity to clear their lines after a Harry Winks foul on Luka Modric just outside the Real Madrid penalty area.

8.52pm BST

49 min: Real Madrid win a free-kick wide on the right near the touchline. The ball’s played in to the crowded penalty area, where Eric Dier heads clear for Spurs.

8.51pm BST

47 min: Real Madrid play the ball out from the back under a heavy Tottenham press and Cristiano Ronaldo tries to release Hakimi down the right flank. The young full-back has enjoyed a thrilling duel with Jan Vertonghen all evening and on this occasion, the Spurs defender prevails.

8.49pm BST

46 min: Spurs get the second half under way with no changes in personnel on either side.

8.43pm BST

Looking at the Spurs goal again: It seems Harry Kane didn’t get any sort of touch on the ball before Raphael Varane shinned it past his own keeper. The Spurs striker looked a smidge offside as he began his run across the bows of the Real Madrid defender towards the near post, got in front of his man but failed to get a touch on the ball. It didn’t matter.

Other half-time replays show that Fernando Llorente should definitely have got a penalty when Casemiro hooked his leg during the scramble following the corner I described in the 22nd minute, while the needless Serge Aurier challenge on Toni Kroos that led to Real Madrid’s penalty was just dimwitted. The Spurs full-back had no business diving in on Kroos on the edge of his six-yard box, as the German scrambled to get the ball out from under his feet.

8.38pm BST

It’s scoreless between Apoel and Borussia Dortmund in Cyprus, between two teams who have yet to secure a point in this group.

8.35pm BST

A very entertaining first half comes to a close with the scores tied at one apiece. A Raphael Varane own goal gave Spurs the lead after Harry Kane got on the end of a cross from Serge Aurier and flicked the ball home off the Real Madrid defender’s shin. Shortly before half-time, Real Madrid equalised courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty that was needlessly gifted to the home side by a rash Aurier challenge on Toni Kroos.

8.32pm BST

43 min: Serge Aurier has been criticised for his immaturity and impetuousness on more than one occasion this season and he’s likely to be castigated for the challenge that led to that penalty too. Toni Kroos had the ball stuck under his feet at the end of a good move that led to him getting possession in the Spurs penalty area and there was no need for the SPurs defender to dive in and bring him down. That didn’t stop him, mind. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and booked Aurier for good measure before Ronaldo levelled the score.

8.29pm BST

Cristiano Ronaldo rifles the ball inside the right upright, while Hugo Lloris dives the wrong way.

8.28pm BST

42 min: Serge Aurier brings down Toni Kroos in the penalty area.

8.28pm BST

40 min: Another corner for Spurs. Christian Eriksen sends the ball into the mixer, where Casemiro clears with Harry Kane lurking.

8.27pm BST

38 min: Free-kick for Real Madrid, wide on the right. Toni Kroos floats the ball into the penalty area, where Sergio Ramos heads it across the face of goal. It’s too high for Karim Benzema, who is unable to get his head to the ball for reasons that, on this occasion are not his fault.

8.25pm BST

37 min: Luka Modric floats a delightful ball into the Tottenham penalty area for Karim Benzema to attack. It’s on a plate for the France international eight yards from goal, but he appears to lose track of the trajectory and fails to connect.

8.23pm BST

35 min: Marcelo shoots into the side-netting with a shot from a tight angle that takes a nick off Davinson Sanchez. Nothing comes from the ensuing corner. There’s no let-up here in what’s turning into a fascinating game. Madrid’s players are visibly rattled and frustrated at having gone behind on their own patch.

8.21pm BST

32 min: Cristiano Ronaldo gets booked after a tussle with Jan Vertonghen, dragging the Spurs defender to the ground in his own penalty area while waiting for a corner to be delivered. Vertonghen is subsequently jeered by the Real faithful, who think he made a bit of a meal of that. They might have a point. Moments previously, Isco had brought a save out of Hugo Lloris, who put the ball out for the corner in question with a block at his near post.

8.17pm BST

30 min: Their tails well and truly up, Tottenham win another corner. Christian Eriksen pings the ball towards Fernando Llorente, who sends a header over the bar.

8.16pm BST

Spurs take the lead! Harry Kane gets on the end of a cross from Serge Aurier at the near post and his flick takes a horrible deflection off the shin of Raphael Varane and loops past Keylor Navas into the Real Madrid goal.

8.14pm BST

26 min: Well, I say nothing, but I suppose Harry Winks would disagree and point out that him sending a shot high over the bar is worthy of mention.

8.12pm BST

24 min: Real Madrid win a corner, which Isco takes. From that they win another, which the winger sends long to Marcelo running in towards the far post. Spurs clear and embark on a counter-attack, with Moussa Sissoko on the ball and Serge Aurier galloping along in support. Nothing comes of it.

8.10pm BST

22 min: Spurs have a shout for a penalty turned down from the ensuing corner. Casemeiro appears to hook Llorente’s ankle in a penalty area scramble, before Keylor Navas drops on the loose ball. I’ll need to see that again before I can confirm whether or not Tottenham were hard done by. This is very entertaining stuff.

8.07pm BST

19 min: Tottenham corner. The ball is floated into the penalty area, where Harry Kane brings a smart save out of Keylor Navas with a powerful downward header that the Real goalkeeper is forced to paw over the bar as it bounces up. That was a very good save.

8.06pm BST

18 min: In the Tottenham penalty area, but running away from goal, Cristiano Ronaldo pulls a low diagonal shot just wide of the far post. Hugo Lloris had it covered.

8.05pm BST

16 min: Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and the very impressive Achraf Hakimi ping the ball back and forth from left to right about 20 yards from the Spurs goal. They’re defending so deep, with Tottenham wing-backs Serge Aurier and Davinson Sanchez pinned well back in these opening minutes.

8.02pm BST

14 min: It’s been a lively start and Real Madrid are definitely enjoying the better of things thus far. Tottenham are exceptionally lucky not to be a goal down and are currently being over-run in midfield. Early indications suggest Spurs are perhaps lacking the bit of bite that could have been added by Victor Wanyama.

7.59pm BST

12 min: Toby Alderweireld heads clear as Marcelo plays the ball into a Spurs penalty area that the visitors are defending from a very, very deep position.

7.58pm BST

10 min: Tottenham Hotspur are looking lively on the counter-attack in these early stages, but a poor touch from Christian Eriksen allows Luka Modric to bring this particular break to an end.

7.57pm BST

9 min: Casimiro plays the ball wide to the right, where Real right-back Hakimi is deep in Spurs territory. Jan Vertonghen puts a stop to his gallop.

7.55pm BST

8 min: Spurs win a throw-in deep in Real Madrid territory. Vertonghen hurls it long to Fernando Llorente in the penalty area, where the Spurs striker is penalised for backing into Casemiro.

7.54pm BST

5 min: Chance! Real Madrid waste a glorious chance to go ahead. Cristiano Ronaldo gets on the end of a Hakimi pull-back and plants a firm header against the right upright. It bounces back to the feet of Karim Benzema and with the goal gaping, he somehow pulls his shot wide of the other upright from about 10 yards out.

7.52pm BST

4 min: Fernando Llorente squanders a chance to hook the ball across the face of goal, choosing instead to wave at the ball with the outside of his right foot before it goes out of play.

7.50pm BST

2 min: Cristiano Ronaldo is flagged for offside early doors as he tries to latch on to a through ball from deep from Raphael Varane. Spurs are employing a high press, with Harry Kane, Fernando Llorente, Moussa Sissoko and Christian Eriksen getting a sweat on in the opening minutes.

7.48pm BST

1 min: Real Madrid kick off with their players wearing white ashirts, shorts and socks. Tottenham’s players are in all black. The surface is slick on the back of some torrential rain that poured down before kick off.

7.47pm BST

There’s a pause before kick-off in memory of those who have lost their lives in the wildfires spreading through Spain and Portugal.

7.43pm BST

Not long now: The teams line up in the tunnel, with Sergio Ramos and Hugo Lloris leading out their sides for the last of the pre-match niceties. They stand to attention for the Champions League anthem before a packed Bernabeu crowd. Kick-off is just a couple of minutes away.

7.35pm BST

On the absence of Mousa Dembele: “Dembele is not on the bench because after the last training session yesterday he suffered a little bit of pain and he’s out for today,” the Tottenham manager tells BT Sport reporter Reshmin Chowdhury.

On playing Kane and Llorente up front: “It’s important for us to be brave and try to develop our game,” he says. “We know Real Madrid are a good team, but we have to try to be brave and go forward and do some damage when we go forward.”

7.16pm BST

Fernando Llorente and Harry Kane start together for the first time in a brave and surprising team selection from Mauricio Pochettino that few could have expected. The duo have played together for just 34 minutes of competitive action so far this season. It’s a turn-up for the books, but in Poch the Tottenham fans trust.

6.58pm BST

Real Madrid: Navas, Hakimi, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Isco, Benzema, Ronaldo.

Subs: Casilla, Nacho, Hernandez, Lucas, Llorente, Asensio, Ceballos.

6.47pm BST

Asked how he felt about sending a team out to face Tottenham Hotspur, Zinedine Zidane said: “We give all sides maximum respect and we treat them as big tests. We have two games against Spurs now. The first ‘final’ is tomorrow – a ‘final of the group’ between two sides on the same points. We want to produce a performance and I think it will be a good game for everyone who likes football – they’ll see a good game. Hopefully we’ll get the three points.”

On his career to date as manager of Real Madrid with 100 games under his belt: “I’m not going to give myself a mark – I’m happy,” he said. “My dream was always to play in Spain, I’m at the best club in the world and my passion is still coaching this club and hopefully I’ll get at least another 10 games.”

6.47pm BST

Speaking at his pre-match press conference yesterday, the Tottenham manager and one-time Espanyol stalwart had this to say about playing at Real Madrid’s ground. “It’s always special to play at the Bernabéu against Real Madrid in the Champions League,” he said. “They’re the club with the most European Cups. For English players to come here and play here is a dream from their childhoods and that’s why it’s a baptism. You feel that when you play here; that you feel the reality of football.”

Asked if he thinks his side is up to tonight’s challenge, Pochettino was non-committal and said time would tell. “We want to grow our level together,” he said “We’re up against the best side in the world right now. In the Premier League we have played against good sides, but there’s another last step to take to be competitive with the best sides in Europe and we’ll see tomorrow if we are there.”

6.46pm BST

Gareth Bale is not fit to face his former club, as he struggles with the general sense of ennui that engulfed him in the wake of Ireland’s win over Wales in that World Cup qualifier, not to mention the calf injury that kept him out of that game. Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas is expected to recover from a thigh injury, while Jesus Vellejo, Dani Carvajal and Mateo Kovacic are also out. Marcelo and Karim Benzema both played at the weekend after spells on the sidelines and both are expected to line up for the hosts tonight.

Related: From Zaha to Mourinho: the Premier League happiness index – Football Weekly

6.46pm BST

Danny Rose is expected to return from injury to take a place on the Spurs bench tonight, while his fellow left-back Ben Davies has been left home suffering from illness after a terrific start to the season in which he has scored two goals and provided two assists. Dele Alli will also be a huge loss for Spurs, as he sits out the final match of a suspension. Moussa Dembele has also travelled, having missed TOttenham’s past six games through injury.

“Danny Rose will be on the bench – that’s important, maybe he’s not fit to play from the beginning but to help the team,” said Mauricio Pochettino. “It’s very good for the team, good for him after nearly 10 months away and it’s always important that players feel they can be involved and part of the team. Mousa Dembele is here as well. Dele wanted to come and stay with the team.”

6.46pm BST

2.22pm BST

Greetings one and all. Welcome to the Guardian’s minute-by-minute coverage of what promises to be an exciting night at the Bernabeu. Tottenham Hotspur are the visitors for a match between two sides who have two wins each going into the third round of Group H games. Not only that, they are also level on goal difference, goals for and goals against after their wins over Apoel and Borussia Dortmund. Its not much of a leap to suggest that it is Real and Tottenham who will be duking it out to see who wins top spot in the group ahead of the knockout stages, although Dortmund might have something to say about that. They travel to Cyprus tonight, where both sides need some points. Kick off in Madrid is at 7.45pm (BST), but stay tuned for team news and build-up as we countdown to the action.

Related: Hugo Lloris seeks more success at Real Madrid as Tottenham test their mettle | David Hytner

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Spurs’ Harry Kane rues missed chance after Cristiano Ronaldo earns Real draw

tir, 17/10/2017 - 22:54

Harry Kane’s reaction said it all. It was a mixture of disbelief and deep regret. There were 71 minutes on the clock and, suddenly, Tottenham Hotspur’s main man was in. The pass from Fernando Llorente was made to measure and, when Kane shot, all eyes followed the ball to the bottom corner of the Real Madrid net.

It squirmed agonisingly wide, Keylor Navas having got his fingertips to it and everyone seemed to take a moment to let it all sink in. Kane, who had been the pre-match story because of his explosive form and Real’s interest in him, might have made quite the statement.

Related: Harry Kane relishes Real Madrid experience but key moment proves elusive | Sid Lowe

Related: Mauricio Pochettino full of praise after Hugo Lloris saves Spurs at Real

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Hugo Lloris seeks more success at Real Madrid as Tottenham test their mettle | David Hytner

tir, 17/10/2017 - 00:07
The French goalkeeper tasted Champions League success against Real Madrid with Lyon in 2010 and wants ‘to show the face of Tottenham’ at the Bernabéu

For Hugo Lloris it is an occasion to savour and an opportunity to embrace. And, if he is perfectly honest, it is one that he did not see happening for him at Tottenham Hotspur. A Champions League glamour tie at Real Madrid? It seemed like a pipe dream.

So much so that Lloris, who joined Spurs from Lyon in 2012 in the hope of continuing his development in the Champions League, had started to consider his future. It was the final months of the 2014‑15 season – Mauricio Pochettino’s first in managerial charge – and the goalkeeper felt further away than ever from Europe’s elite competition.

Related: Harry Kane can be one-club man like Roma legend Totti, says Pochettino

Related: Harry Kane threatens to transcend Tottenham as Ronaldo showdown looms | David Hytner

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Harry Kane can be one-club man like Roma legend Totti, says Pochettino

man, 16/10/2017 - 21:26
• Spurs manager says Kane was very emotional watching Totti’s final game
• Pochettino discusses his own future before Real Madrid match

Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Harry Kane was caught up in the emotion that surrounded Francesco Totti’s final game for Roma and the Tottenham Hotspur manager expressed hope that his striker could also prove to be a one-club man.

Related: Harry Kane threatens to transcend Tottenham as Ronaldo showdown looms | David Hytner

Related: Francesco Totti brings down curtain on ‘something beautiful’ at Roma | Paolo Bandini

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Harry Kane is a 'complete player', says Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane – video

man, 16/10/2017 - 18:09

Zinedine Zidane has hailed Harry Kane as a complete footballer before Real Madrid’s Champions League match against Tottenham at the Bernabéu. Kane is in superb form, having scored 15 goals in his last 11 games for club and country

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

man, 16/10/2017 - 11:00

Manchester City resemble the girl with a curl in the middle of her forehead, N’Golo Kanté’s return to Leicester shows Wilfred Ndidi what needs to be done and David Moyes regrets catching the bullet dodged by Mark Hughes

This time last year Southampton paid £4m to sign Charlie Austin from Queens Park Rangers. It was a while before he made an impact, but he certainly made an impact during the early part of this season, scoring nine goals in 19 games. But Southampton’s form has tailed off since Austin suffered a shoulder injury last month. They have lacked a cutting edge and have won only three of their past nine games in all competitions, sinking into the bottom half of the league in the process. Shane Long has rarely been prolific, Jay Rodriguez is still regaining his sharpness after his injury problems and Nathan Redmond is maturing. While Claude Puel’s side dominated for long spells against Burnley, a shortage of ruthlessness left them vulnerable and Joey Barton scored a late winner for the hosts. The outcome might have been different had Austin been available, but he is likely to be out until March. They may have to buy again. Jacob Steinberg

Related: Eden Hazard and Pedro provide answers for Chelsea in Diego Costa’s absence | Jacob Steinberg

Related: Jürgen Klopp’s diamond surprise tires under Manchester United pressure | Michael Cox

Related: Arsène Wenger aims to save Alexis Sánchez’s energy for tougher battles | Nick Miller

We need a lift and it's not just the players – it's everybody around the place

If you've got less points than games you're going to get relegated so you've got to start catching up

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

man, 16/10/2017 - 09:38

Anthony Knockaert could make the difference for Brighton, Pablo Zabaleta fed up with West Ham’s ill-discipline and Kevin de Bruyne is drawing more praise

Mark Hughes was in no doubt he had witnessed the favourites for the title. “Clearly I would say that after being beaten 7-2 but they do look significantly better than anybody else in the league in terms of our experience,” he said. Of City’s potential rivals Hughes has guided Stoke to a 1-0 win over Arsenal, a 2-2 draw with Manchester United and endured a 4-0 home reverse against Chelsea. “We’ve faced Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and we’ve acquitted ourselves fine. But they were just very clinical. The difference was De Bruyne’s understanding of what needed to be done. The quality of his passing, the weight of his passes and his understanding of the angles in terms of releasing people. You can see the reaction of his team-mates. As soon as he gets on the ball they expect him to put the right ball in at the right moment with the right pace. That’s the influence that he has on the team.” Jamie Jackson

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Harry Kane threatens to transcend Tottenham as Ronaldo showdown looms | David Hytner

søn, 15/10/2017 - 21:33
The Tottenham striker is driven to better himself, to link his seasons and to use the previous one as the basis to improve the next

When Pep Guardiola referred to Tottenham Hotspur as “the Harry Kane” team, there were people at the London club who did not know whether to laugh or cry. The Manchester City manager, after all, had been in charge of the Lionel Messi team at Barcelona.

Behind the scenes at Tottenham, amid the pot-and-kettle bitching, came a recollection from last season. Had they not beaten Guardiola’s City convincingly at White Hart Lane without the injured Kane?

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Christian Eriksen sinks Bournemouth for Spurs’ first Wembley league win

lør, 14/10/2017 - 18:11

The Harry Kane team could be grateful to Christian Eriksen. Tottenham Hotspur – to give them the name that the Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, contentiously did not – were desperate for a first Premier League win at Wembley; no title challenge can withstand ropey home form. Thanks to Eriksen, one of their other stellar performers, they got it.

It was a scratchy game and Tottenham were a long way from their best. But Eriksen helped to settle their nerves with what proved to be the winning goal early in the second half, and they can look forward to a big week with optimism. They visit Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday night and host Liverpool next Sunday.

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Mauricio Pochettino hits out at Pep Guardiola over ‘Harry Kane team’ remark

fre, 13/10/2017 - 23:37
• Tottenham manager says comments were ‘sad’ and ‘disrespectful’
• Pochettino claims Guardiola can ‘struggle to be a gentleman’

Mauricio Pochettino has accused Pep Guardiola of showing a lack of respect towards Tottenham Hotspur. The Manchester City manager referred to them as “the Harry Kane team” after his side’s 1-0 victory at Chelsea on 30 September and it was badly received at Tottenham, even though they are proud of their in-form striker’s prominence.

Pochettino described Guardiola’s comment as “sad” and “unnecessary”. There is no love lost between him and Guardiola, with Pochettino even suggesting that his rival “struggles to be a gentleman” when he is on a winning run and riding high. Pochettino also brought up Guardiola’s success at Barcelona, which was inspired by Lionel Messi, and he noted how he had never called them “the Messi team”.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Bournemouth: match preview

fre, 13/10/2017 - 18:51

It is a big week for Tottenham Hotspur, with the glamour Champions League tie at Real Madrid on Tuesday and a visit from Liverpool next Sunday but Mauricio Pochettino will not look beyond Bournemouth – and the chance to win at Wembley in the league for the first time. Eddie Howe is not the type to park the bus, which is a good thing for Tottenham. The Bournemouth manager maintains his team can play their way out of trouble. David Hytner

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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Danny Rose and Erik Lamela return to Tottenham training after injury

ons, 11/10/2017 - 21:03
• Rose has not played since 31 January because of knee injury
• Lamela’s hip problem has kept him out of action since October 2016

Danny Rose and Erik Lamela have returned to training with the Tottenham Hotspur squad as they step up their comebacks from long-term injuries.

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Football transfer rumours: Real to offer Bale, Benzema and Modric for Kane?

ons, 11/10/2017 - 09:58

Today’s prattle is struggling to speak

It’s starting. Tottenham have been here before. Real Madrid have decided they want to sign Harry Kane next summer and Tottenham will know from past experiences that the Spaniards like to get their man. Today’s story has the European champions preparing to do a swap deal for Kane in an attempt to make Mauricio Pochettino consider the merits of selling the best striker in England. Admittedly it’s not Antonio Núñez they’re preparing to chuck Tottenham’s way. Nor is it a signed photo of Julien Faubert. In fact, at first glance it looks like they’re being mightily generous, with plans afoot for Real to throw Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric into the bargain – until you consider that Benzema turns 30 in December, Modric is 32 and Bale was watching from the stands as Wales lost their decisive World Cup qualifier to Martin O’Neill’s galácticos after his latest injury setback. Hmm. Tottenham may want to think carefully before agreeing to that one.

Anyway there’s no point them even contemplating an emotional reunion with Bale. Not if Manchester United have anything to do about it. They’ve been after the Welshman for ages – it might seem that José Mourinho doesn’t need any more forwards but his team could do with an upgrade at left-back – and reckon that £89m will convince Real to sell a player whose star has slightly dimmed at the Bernabéu in recent months.

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane included on 2017 Ballon d’Or shortlist

man, 09/10/2017 - 20:46
• Kane is one of seven Premier League players on 30-player list
• Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud nominated for Fifa’s Puskas award

The Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has been named on a 30-man shortlist to win the 2017 Ballon d’Or.

Kane has enjoyed a superb year, scoring 43 times in 37 appearances for club and country, to help Spurs qualify for the Champions League and England secure a place at the 2018 World Cup.

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Harry Kane turns to kitchen rather than training ground for England recipe

ons, 04/10/2017 - 23:45
The England captain hopes the ‘marginal gains’ he has made by taking nutrition even more seriously will continue to benefit player, club and country

Harry Kane was striving for marginal gains. Those little tweaks to his daily preparations that would assist recovery time amid a cluttered fixture schedule, and always with the fatigue he had endured back in the summer of 2016, after a year where football had hauled him from postseason tours of Australia to the European Championship in France via the shlep of Premier League and Europa League campaigns, still foremost in his mind. If he was to retain his edge, particularly with a daughter on the way, then something had to change.

Yet even Kane, a model professional who will captain his country against Slovenia on Thursday, probably never appreciated those improvements would be made not on the training pitch but in the kitchen. “It clicked in my head a football career goes so quickly, so you have to make every day count,” said the striker.

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He’s absolutely the kind of role model you want, a player trying to maximise his ability

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