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Tottenham fan banned for hurling banana at Arsenal's Aubameyang

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Magistrate also fines Averof Panteli £500, saying his actions had ‘racial element’

A Tottenham fan has been fined after throwing a banana skin at a black Arsenal footballer in a “targeted gesture” that had a “racial element”.

Averof Panteli admitted hurling the item on to the pitch at the Emirates stadium after the Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored and celebrated in front of Spurs’ travelling support earlier this month.

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Champions League: PSG await for Mourinho and Liverpool face Bayern

man, 17/12/2018 - 12:37
  • Spurs set for Dortmund test in last 16 of competition
  • Manchester City land Schalke; Atlético meet Juventus

Jürgen Klopp has welcomed the prospect of facing Bayern Munich as Liverpool were one of three English sides to be drawn against German opposition in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Manchester United face a monumental task to progress against Paris Saint-Germain.

Related: Champions League last 16 draw: Man Utd face PSG, Liverpool v Bayern – live!

I u my former coach

Related: Champions League: tie-by-tie analysis of the last-16 games

Schalke v Manchester City
Atlético Madrid v Juventus
Manchester United v PSG
Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund
Lyon v Barcelona
Roma v Porto
Ajax v Real Madrid
Liverpool v Bayern Munich

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Champions League last 16 draw: Man Utd face PSG, Liverpool v Bayern – as it happened

man, 17/12/2018 - 12:36

Liverpool have been handed a Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich, while Manchester City face Schalke and Spurs will play Dortmund

11.47am GMT

And some further reading:

Related: Champions League: tie-by-tie analysis of the last-16 games

Related: Even a José Mourinho gripped by defensive dogma was better than this | Jonathan Wilson

Related: José Mourinho safe for now amid business as usual at Manchester United

Related: Death of Christian Gentner's father at Stuttgart puts game into perspective | Andy Brassell

11.40am GMT

Read the full story on the draw:

Related: Champions League: PSG await for Mourinho and Liverpool face Bayern

11.36am GMT

And with that, I’m going to jump off this sinking ship and climb aboard HMS Europa League. If you’ve not already had your fill of draw-based fun, join me for that one right here:

Related: Europa League: last 32 draw – live!

11.32am GMT

Ian Rush gives his reaction. He seems excited.

It’s been a fantastic week for Liverpool. Two really big games and we came out top in both games. They’re consistent now, they’ve got a settled side now. They’ve got a squad now capable of doing really, really well. There’s some great names in the Champions League. At this stage it doesn’t matter who you get, it’s going to be a difficult game. Our first game’s at home, we’ve got to try to take advantage. The atmosphere’s going to be incredible at Anfield, I just hope that can help us as well.

11.24am GMT

Schalke v Manchester City
Atlético Madrid v Juventus
Manchester United v Paris St-Germain
Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund
Lyon v Barcelona
Roma v Porto
Ajax v Real Madrid
Liverpool v Bayern Munich

11.23am GMT

So there were four English teams and three Spanish teams, but no England v Spain round of 16 ties. There were also three German teams, and there will be three England v Germany ties. What are the odds*?

* You don’t actually have to answer that.

11.21am GMT

And that concludes today’s Champions League draw. Short and very sweet, I’m sure you’ll agree.

11.19am GMT

Which leaves Liverpool left in a like-it-or-lump-it match-up with Bayern Munich!

11.18am GMT

Ajax can now only play Real Madrid, so that’s what’s going to happen.

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Roma will play Porto! That’s an excellent draw for both teams.

11.17am GMT

Next up it’s Lyon v Barcelona! Lyon have never beaten Barcelona, in six attempts.

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Now it’s Tottenham’s turn, and they will play Borussia Dortmund! They’ve played each other four times previously, with each side winning two of those games.

11.15am GMT

Manchester United are picked next. Of the available group winners, they get Paris St-Germain! The clubs have never met in European competition, so this is history we’re watching right here!

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Atlético Madrid are the second runners-up to be drawn. They will play Juventus. Juve have won four of their seven previous meetings.

11.13am GMT

Schalke are out of the hat first (they’re picking runners-up first, you see). And they will play Manchester City!

11.12am GMT

The draw is happening!

11.12am GMT

One thing I didn’t mention: After the draw, Uefa will determine which matches are played on Tuesday, which on Wednesday, and which will be played in which week, based on whatever they think is important.

11.10am GMT

Now a brief pause while the regulations are read out. You know the regulations, because I quoted the way down at the bottom of this page, so you’re missing nothing.

11.09am GMT

Then García is asked what brought about Liverpool’s fantastic half-timely turnaround in 2005. “I cannot tell you the whole truth,” he says. These interviews are going excellently.

11.08am GMT

Georges is asked who she thinks will win. “I wouldn’t pick anyone special,” she says.

11.08am GMT

Bayern Munich’s Laura Georges and the former Liverpool ace Luis García are introduced as today’s special guests and ball-pluckers.

11.06am GMT

After a lot of chat about which teams deserve particular commendation for their group-stage achievements, Marchatti pauses and says: “Ladies and gentlemen, we are getting closer to the draw.” This is not entirely encouraging.

11.05am GMT

The draw will be led by Giorgio Marchetti, Uefa’s deputy general secretary and drawmaster in chief, who has just taken the stage.

11.03am GMT

We start with a rousing and dramatically-soundtracked group stage highlights package.

11.02am GMT

The view from the hall. It’s probably better on TV:

It’s almost time!
How are you feeling? #UCL #UCLdraw

11.01am GMT

Lots of empty seats in the hall still, but then I suppose there are only 16 teams involved. Anyway, action!

10.59am GMT

The draw starts in 90 seconds!

10.57am GMT

Schalke are the bookies’ outsiders for the competition, which given that they are the only team that will absolutely certainly get a nightmare draw is probably understandable. Manchester City are the favourites, with three-time defending champions Real Madrid seventh. Here’s the chaps from WhoScored predicting how every team will do:

Related: Champions League: how far will the 16 teams go in the knockout stages?

10.44am GMT

“Looking at the potential match ups every English team other than city can focus on the EPL after March,” says Krish.

Here’s a team-by-team analysis from last week:

Related: Champions League last 16: who’s hot, who’s not and potential match-ups

10.29am GMT

Over on Uefa, they have managed to ask dozens of famous players at Champions League clubs about the draw, and elicited almost identical responses from all of them. Thus Mario Gotze says:

Regardless of which opponent you get in the Champions League last 16, it will be tense and very, very tough.

Whoever we’re drawn against, we’re going to have to play very well.

You come up against good opposition in every game so we’ll see who we get.

10.14am GMT

Here’s an English-team can-get-ometer, just so everybody knows where they stand:

Manchester City
Can’t play: Lyon, Liverpool, Manchester Utd, Tottenham
Can play: Ajax, Atlético Madrid, Roma, Schalke

9.58am GMT

Today we will mainly be thinking about Article 18 of the 2018-19 Champions League regulations, in which paragraph one sets out the basic rules for this draw as follows:

18.01 The round of 16 pairings are determined by means of a draw in accordance with the following principles:

a. Clubs from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

18.02 The eight winners of the round of 16 contest the quarter-finals. The quarter-final pairings are determined by means of a draw.

The countdown is on!! ⏳

How are you feeling ahead of the #UCLdraw?

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

man, 17/12/2018 - 09:29

Southampton have had an instant new-manager bounce while Huddersfield and Fulham look as if they must spend

Maurizio Sarri fell short of accusing his players of complacency, but admitted something strange keeps happening when his Chelsea team appear to be in complete control of matches. At Wolves recently their early lead was overhauled and they were beaten. They had more leeway at Brighton with a two-goal cushion established but still ended a contest, in which they had been utterly dominant, heaving to repel Albion’s late flurry of attacks. Every long ball suddenly seemed a threat, every set piece a route to parity. It ensured what had been an impressive display felt rather undermined at the death. “We are a danger to ourselves,” admitted the Italian. It is affecting some more than others in their ranks, with Marcos Alonso’s early-season composure having evaporated of late. He rather personifies this team’s current fragility in periods within games. They escaped real damage at Brighton. “But suddenly the level of application and attention lowered,” added Sarri. That, in truth, does sound like complacency at work. Dominic Fifield

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

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Mauricio Pochettino urges fans to ‘kill’ racism as Arsenal quarter-final looms

man, 17/12/2018 - 00:46
• Racism is the worst thing in the world, says Spurs manager
• Spurs have another north London derby this week

Mauricio Pochettino wants to “kill” any bad behaviour and racism from the stands for Tottenham’s second north London derby inside three weeks.

Spurs go to Arsenal in the Carabao Cup quarter-final on Wednesday, two and a half weeks after the league meeting there which led to one supporter being charged by the Metropolitan police and banned by Tottenham for throwing a banana skin at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The fan has said it was not a racist act.

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Tottenham’s new stadium ‘looks as if the work is done’

søn, 16/12/2018 - 22:27

New White Hart Lane has the smell of an atmosphere because it’s on the old site, says one lifelong fan allowed to visit

I was one of the 6,000 Tottenham fans lucky enough to get a look at the new stadium on Sunday and it’s got an amazing feel to it. It’s a really lovely ground.

You can tell the acoustics and the lighting will be brilliant and, because it’s on the old site, it’s got that smell of an atmosphere that new stadiums can lack.

Related: Mauricio Pochettino excited by stadium but hints at delay to February

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The Dozen: the weekend's best Premier League photos

søn, 16/12/2018 - 19:38

Our picture editors select their favourite images from around the grounds

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Tottenham’s Eric Dier ruled out until 2019 after surgery to remove appendix

søn, 16/12/2018 - 12:33
• Midfielder did not play against Burnley after abdominal pain
• Spurs thank NHS after Dier’s treatment for appendicitis

Eric Dier has had surgery to remove his appendix and has been ruled out of action until the new year.

The Tottenham midfielder came off the bench against Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday but missed Saturday’s win over Burnley after contacting the club with acute abdominal pain, later diagnosed as appendicitis.

Related: Christian Eriksen’s late strike gives Tottenham win over Burnley

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Christian Eriksen’s late strike gives Tottenham win over Burnley

lør, 15/12/2018 - 20:07

Last Tuesday, Tottenham played Barcelona in the Camp Nou for a place in the Champions League knockout stages. On Wednesday, they face Arsenal in a League Cup semi-final. A game against Burnley in front of a half-full Wembley, rain sheeting down and adding an extra chill to an already freezing Saturday, was always going to be what advertising types call a tough sell.

Thank the lord then, for Christian Eriksen. For 90 minutes, it was the sort of grim afternoon that might lead everyone to question their life choices, the 0-0 scoreline to that point even less interesting than it might sound.

Related: Raheem Sterling finishes off Everton to put Manchester City on top

Related: Raúl Jiménez puts Wolves on their way as Bournemouth struggle again

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Mauricio Pochettino: sometimes it is better not to sign players in January

fre, 14/12/2018 - 23:30

• Manager would not be disappointed if Spurs made no signings
• ‘It takes time for players to fit in with the team’

Mauricio Pochettino has said he would not be disappointed if Tottenham failed to strengthen their squad in January because he is mindful of the integration difficulties that mid-season signings face.

The manager took Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain last January in a £25m deal and the winger needed time to come to terms with what was demanded of him. Pochettino started Lucas in only five matches in all competitions over the second half of last season but this time out he has been a regular who has contributed significantly.

Related: Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley: match preview

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Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley: match preview

fre, 14/12/2018 - 17:55

Tottenham’s physios will be busy before this match, with four defenders – Serge Aurier, Davinson Sánchez, Juan Foyth and Kieran Trippier – all facing late fitness tests. Mauricio Pochettino must refocus his team after their dramatic Champions League qualification, and keep pressure on Liverpool and Manchester City, against a Burnley side who have proved tricky opponents in recent visits to Wembley and White Hart Lane. Sean Dyche’s side have two tough away trips in succession – they go to Arsenal next week, and have not won in the league at either north London side since 1974. Dyche has urged his team to play with more attacking freedom, but that may be easier said than done. Niall McVeigh

Saturday 3pm

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Champions League: how far will the 16 teams go in the knockout stages?

fre, 14/12/2018 - 12:25

Will PSG finally make the last four? Will Liverpool win away from Anfield? Will Lyon win another game?

By Ben McAleer and Josh Wright for WhoScored

Ajax have qualified for the Champions League knockout stages for the first time in 13 years and almost did so as group winners. The four-time European Cup winners were eight minutes away from beating Bayern Munich on Wednesday, only to then come from behind and secure a 3-3 draw. Ajax are one of only five teams unbeaten in the competition, after three wins and three draws. They have been particularly successful in turning over the ball high up the pitch and that could be important in the knockout stage; only Manchester City (43) won possession in the attacking third more times than Ajax (39).

Related: Liverpool walked the title 30 years ago but never bullied Manchester United

Related: How Fifa's clampdown on loan deals may affect Premier League clubs

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

fre, 14/12/2018 - 01:28

A crunch clash at Anfield, depleted Palace and Huddersfield teams, and the start of a crucial run for Fulham

It is a marker of how far Manchester United have fallen to see that when Gary Neville set about choosing his combined XI for Liverpool and Manchester United on Monday Night Football, he included just three outfield United players. The only player he picked with conviction was Anthony Martial at left wing, admitting Eric Bailly would not be in if Joe Gomez was fit and laughing that his selection of Paul Pogba alongside Naby Keïta and Gini Wijnaldum was “just an opportunity to get a United player in”. Nobody would argue that Liverpool are the better side, and have been for a number of years, yet the past eight league meetings read W0, D3, L5 for the Merseyside club. Liverpool’s lack of ruthlessness against Napoli so nearly came back to bite them in the Champions League; they can ill afford the same profligacy against a José Mourinho side that is unlikely to be anything other than defensively minded. MB

Related: Tottenham’s manager Pochettino tips his hat to ‘hard-working’ chairman Levy

Related: Sterling’s racism ordeal was ugly but the reaction has been positive | Eni Aluko

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Tottenham’s manager Pochettino tips his hat to ‘hard-working’ chairman Levy

tor, 13/12/2018 - 23:30

• ‘Fantastic recognition’ deserved for work on stadium project
• He needs to feel the love from fans and the club, manager adds

Mauricio Pochettino has told Tottenham fans that Daniel Levy deserves “fantastic recognition” for the club’s new stadium rather than being made a scapegoat for the delays, as he talked up the chairman’s other side and how badly he was suffering.

Spurs hope to be playing in the ground by early February, although the timings look tight. They confirmed the latest delay on Wednesday when they said the Manchester United game scheduled for 13 January will be played at Wembley, their temporary home.

Related: Tottenham braced for fresh Real Madrid interest in Pochettino at end of season

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Champions League last 16: who’s hot, who’s not and potential match-ups

tor, 13/12/2018 - 00:38

Liverpool, Spurs and Manchester United face the prospect of daunting ties after the cream rose to the top in the groups

The Premier League will supply a quarter of the teams in the Champions League last-16 draw, which will take place at 11am on Monday. Teams from the same country cannot be drawn against each other, and likewise teams who qualified from the same group. Group winners will be drawn against second-placed teams, with the top seed enjoying home advantage in the second leg. VAR will be used for the rest of the competition.

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Tottenham braced for fresh Real Madrid interest in Pochettino at end of season

ons, 12/12/2018 - 23:29
• Manchester United have also been linked to Argentinian
• Pochettino’s stock rising after Champions League progress

Tottenham are braced for further interest in Mauricio Pochettino after the manager enhanced his reputation with Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Barcelona – a result that carried his team into the Champions League knockout rounds.

It is an open secret at the club that they expect a fight to keep Pochettino at the end of the season with Real Madrid, in particular, monitoring his progress. Real sacked Julen Lopetegui at the end of October and turned to Santiago Solari, initially on a caretaker basis. In mid-November they gave him a contract until 2021. Manchester United are also admirers and considered him after the departure of Louis van Gaal in 2016 only to appoint José Mourinho.

Related: Tottenham fans bask in afterglow of a defiantly un-’Spursy’ denouement | Sid Lowe

Related: Harry Kane says Spurs are Champions League contenders after Barça draw

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Harry Kane says Spurs are Champions League contenders after Barça draw

ons, 12/12/2018 - 13:08
• Spurs reaching last 16 is ‘massive achievement’
• ‘It’s important we go as far as we can in this competition’

Harry Kane said Tottenham’s performance at Barcelona was the latest evidence that they can live with Europe’s best and should fire the belief they can progress deep into the Champions League.

Spurs drew 1-1 at Camp Nou on Tuesday to advanced to the last 16, because Internazionale could only draw 1-1 at home to PSV Eindhoven. Tottenham had needed to match Inter’s result to go through. “Thank us later Spurs,” PSV’s account tweeted, with a winking emoji.

Related: Lucas Moura’s late goal in Barcelona takes Tottenham through to last 16

Related: Tottenham fans bask in afterglow of a defiantly un-’Spursy’ denouement | Sid Lowe

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Tottenham seal qualification for Champions League last 16 on drama-filled night at Camp Nou – video

ons, 12/12/2018 - 04:15

Mauricio Pochettino hailed a 'massive achievement' for Tottenham as his side secured a place in the knockout phase of the Champions League with a 1-1 draw against already-qualified Barcelona. Spurs needed to match or better Internazionale's result against PSV Eindhoven on a tense final evening of Group B action; Lucas Moura's 85th-minute goal at the Camp Nou was enough as Inter also drew 1-1 in Milan.

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Tottenham fans bask in afterglow of a defiantly un-’Spursy’ denouement | Sid Lowe

ons, 12/12/2018 - 01:40

Tottenham’s support had to contemplate failure in Barcelona until Lucas Moura suddenly turned the evening on its head

Tottenham’s fans had just been asked to stay in their seats after the final whistle when Érik Lamela collected the ball on the left and saw Harry Kane move ahead.

It was more than an hour since Ousmane Dembélé had scored the opening goal at the Camp Nou and 15 minutes since the news had come in from Milan, where their fate was also being decided and where Mauro Icardi had scored. There were six minutes to go now, Internazionale were level against PSV Eindhoven, and Spurs were out. High in the east stand, a long wait lay ahead, 6,000 of them, sitting there behind the glass, contemplating failure in the cold.

Related: Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino: ‘I never said it was impossible’

Related: Lucas Moura’s late goal in Barcelona takes Tottenham through to last 16

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Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino: ‘I never said it was impossible’

ons, 12/12/2018 - 01:21

• Late equaliser puts Spurs into last 16 of Champions League
• Spurs should be able to play ties at new ground

Mauricio Pochettino could look forward to the prospect of Champions League football at Tottenham’s new stadium, after his team drew 1-1 with Barcelona on a tumultuous night to qualify for the last 16. Tottenham were helped out by the score in the other Group B tie – Inter’s home draw with PSV Eindhoven. They had needed to match Inter’s result.

Related: Lucas Moura’s late goal in Barcelona takes Tottenham through to last 16

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