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Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool are 'on fire' to arrest poor run against Tottenham

ons, 27/01/2021 - 23:37
  • Klopp certain his side ‘will fight’ to ‘strike back’
  • José Mourinho’s Spurs host Liverpool on Thursday night

Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool will show they are up for the fight of reviving their faltering season at Tottenham on Thursday.

The Liverpool manager admits there are no guarantees this is the game where his team will improve a run of one win in seven matches, but he is convinced the resolve to repair their defence of the Premier League title will not be in question. Liverpool have won the past five league meetings between the sides and are aiming to record a third successive league double over Spurs for the first time.

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Calmer Mourinho flatters Liverpool but still finds time to aim Klopp dig | David Hytner

ons, 27/01/2021 - 23:30

The Tottenham manager talked of the benefits of his new approach and why he expects Liverpool to soon find their form

José Mourinho made the point that he could speak only about himself and his own behaviour on the touchline rather than that of Jürgen Klopp, with whom he clashes on Thursday night at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The way the Spurs manager tells it, he is glad to have calmed down, to have “felt an evolution on the emotional control”. It is fair to say Klopp has yet to undergo the conversion; he remains an energetic and sometimes volcanic presence. Mourinho called him out for it last month, after Spurs’ 2-1 defeat at Anfield, claiming Liverpool’s manager had gone beyond the bounds of acceptable exuberance.

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Dele Alli's loan move to PSG hinges on Tottenham finding a replacement

tir, 26/01/2021 - 18:53
  • Christian Eriksen an option but Dane’s salary a stumbling block
  • Spurs still in four competitions and could yet move for Eriksen

Paris Saint-Germain are pushing to sign Dele Alli on loan from Tottenham and talks are progressing well but the Premier League club have said that they do not want to let the midfielder go without finding a replacement.

The two clubs have been in talks for some time to try to find a way for Alli to rejoin his former manager, Mauricio Pochettino, at PSG but Spurs are concerned that letting the 24-year-old go would leave them short in the final six months of the season as they are still in four competitions.

Related: Men's transfer window January 2021 – all deals from Europe's top five leagues

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Wycombe 1-4 Tottenham: FA Cup fourth round – as it happened

man, 25/01/2021 - 23:01

Tanguy Ndombele stepped off the bench at Adams Park to seal a comeback win and power Tottenham into the FA Cup fifth round

Bale, Winks and Ndombele help Spurs avoid shock

10.01pm GMT

Thanks for your company. Read Ed Aarons’s report:

Related: Bale, Winks and Ndombele ensure Spurs avoid Wycombe FA Cup shock

9.55pm GMT

José Mourinho speaks after Spurs get the job done. “I knew the game could be difficult,” he says. “They [Wycombe] can score from nothing, from a throw-in, from a long ball. In the second half we were super dominant and the people that came from the bench brought some intensity and quality to the game.”

9.49pm GMT

Harry Winks talks after Spurs traipse through to the fifth round. “The FA Cup is so important to everybody and it’s something we take very seriously,” he says. “We have to grind it out to come to places like this and win and hopefully we can go all the way. It was a battle and we knew it was going to be that way. It was never going to be an easy game. The keeper has made some good saves and there were a couple of chances where we should have scored but the resilience was there and we kept going. I’ve been working a lot on my finishing – I’m actually a lot better on my left foot than my right, for some reason. I tried to find the right spot and, thankfully, it went in. I’m still in and out [of the team] – which is not ideally what I want – but every time I get a chance I know I need to take it.”

9.38pm GMT

Spurs will play Everton at Goodison Park in the fifth round. They were made to sweat but ultimately cantered to victory, with Harry Winks’s goal earning them the lead before the substitute Tanguy Ndombele wrapped up a deserved victory, with two brilliantly-taken goals. Gareth Bale had equalised with a deft finish on the brink of the interval to cancel out Fred Onyedinma’s crisp opener.

9.37pm GMT

Exquisite footwork and an emphatic finish. Ndombele wriggled away from two defenders before firing into the near post. He’s had a very good 25 minutes or so.

9.35pm GMT

90 min: There will be three added minutes.

9.34pm GMT

89 min: One Swansea boy, Joe Rodon, replaces another, in Davies. Wycombe’s effort was admirable but Spurs missed a hatful of chances before eventually pulling away, propelled by Son, Kane and Ndombele. Spurs want a fourth, too.

9.33pm GMT

88 min: Mourinho’s calvary have produced the goods. It was painful at times but that is surely Tottenham through to the fifth round. Meanwhile, Ben Davies, the only player to keep his place from Spurs’ win over Sheffield United, is down injured and looks set to be replaced. That’s a concern before Liverpool on Thursday.

9.32pm GMT

Job done. Son feeds Ndombele, who finishes smartly.

9.31pm GMT

Eventually, Spurs blow the Wycombe house down. Winks steers the ball into far corner of Allsop’s goal with a wonderful left-footed strike after chaos ensued in the Wycombe box. Ndombele scooped a fine ball into Kane, whose powerful effort was kept out by Allsop. Wycombe cleared the rebound, but only as far as Winks.

9.29pm GMT

85 min: Kane slides the ball across the box ... Charles clears.

9.29pm GMT

84 min: Spurs go long with Alderweireld flighting a pass towards Hojbjerg – but it’s a little heavy and Allsop gathers.

9.27pm GMT

82 min: And now Ndombele miscues after the ball drops to him inside the box. Son flew down the left, crossed into the box and then Knight’s clearance fell kindly for Ndombele. He tries to hit it first-time on the half-volley but gets it all wrong.

9.26pm GMT

80 min: Son passes up a golden chance! It is a sitter. Sissoko bursts into the box, cuts the ball back for Son but the substitute leans back and blazes over. He knows that was a massive opportunity to put this game to bed. Mourinho’s not best pleased.

9.24pm GMT

79 min: ... Spurs work the corner to Harry Winks on the edge of the box. He takes aim from 25 yards but it sails over. Ambitious.

9.24pm GMT

78 min: Ndombele traps the ball with a velvet touch and gets Spurs moving again after a game of head tennis. Bale drives to the byline and wins a corner ...

9.22pm GMT

77 min: The ball comes crashing in but it eludes Son and Kane, who appeared to be manhandled by Darius Charles.

9.21pm GMT

76 min: Akinfenwa does well to flick the ball out to McCleary but the move fizzles out. And back come Spurs ... corner.

9.19pm GMT

75 min: Mourinho will want this game wrapped up as soon as possible. They host Liverpool in 72 hours.

9.18pm GMT

74 min: Son flashes wide after getting the better of Grimmer! Spurs have dominated this half but have been thwarted in their search for a second – so far. Wycombe will not let them escape easily.

9.17pm GMT

73 min: Akinfenwa and Kashket replace Muskwe and Ikpeazu. Will Spurs find a winner or are we heading for extra time?

9.16pm GMT

71 min: Spurs go mightily close to finding a second! Davies pings a fine pass into Harry Kane but the striker cannot beat Allsop from close range. Wycombe, meanwhile, are readying their own trump card: Adebayo Akinfenwa, the striker nicknamed ‘the Beast’.

9.15pm GMT

70 min: “For a moment I thought your entry on 63 minutes read Mighty Mourinho, who sounds like some sort of cage fighter,” emails Richard Hirst. If only ... no doubt the Spurs manager would love to bring someone like that off the bench ...

9.13pm GMT

68 min: Son and Ndombele replace Moura and Lamela. Just before the changes, Kane teased a wonderful ball into the box, but it came and went without any fuss. Son, Ndombele and Kane have now all arrived off the bench. Wycombe, as expected, have been obdurate opponents.

9.11pm GMT

67 min: Lucas Moura has been very bright for Spurs. He tries to carve out another opening but Wycombe stand firm. Ikpeazu, a real presence in the first half, is becoming more and more isolated.

9.09pm GMT

64 min: Bale switches on the afterburners to fly beyond McCarthy and tries to hook the ball across goal with the outside of his boot, but Wycombe clear. Son looks set to arrive from the bench.

9.08pm GMT

63 min: Son is limbering up on the touchline. Might Mourinho, who turns 58 on Tuesday, make another change or two?

9.06pm GMT

61 min: Matt Bloomfield hands Darius Charles the captain’s armband, gives Onyedinma a little pep talk and heads off to be replaced by Garath McCleary, the former Nottingham Forest and Reading winger. Half-hour of normal time to play ...

9.05pm GMT

59 min: Onyedinma fouls Kane, who wins Spurs a free-kick ... but Allsop gobbles it up. Moments earlier Bale beautifully spun away from McCarthy on the flank.

9.03pm GMT

58 min: Lamela fouls McCarthy and Wycombe earn some respite. Ikpeazu tries to find Muskwe when the free-kick comes in but Spurs clear their lines. Wycombe have struggled to make Spurs suffer as they did in the first half.

9.02pm GMT

57 min: Harry Kane replaces Vinicius.

9.01pm GMT

56 min: Josh Knight does well to shepherd the ball away from Vinicius. And now Mourinho is calling for the cavalry. Harry Kane is stripped and ready for action. Ledley King is giving him a few tactical tidbits. Mourinho prepares to up the ante ...

8.59pm GMT

55 min: Allsop saves from Lamela – Spurs are knocking on the door!

8.59pm GMT

53 min: Matt Bloomfield is down after colliding with Vinicius after Moura drove at goal. But he is soon back up and running. Bloomfield really is Mr Wycombe.

8.55pm GMT

50 min: And now Gareth Bale goes close after speeding away from three Wycombe defenders inside the box – but he drags his shot just wide. Mourinho will be much happier with this. Wycombe are yet to have a sniff in this half.

8.54pm GMT

49 min: Lucas Moura goes close! Lamela slides the ball to Moura, who is loitering on the edge of the box. He wrings a Wycombe defender inside-out and toe-pokes a shot at goal but it whistles just wide of Ryan Allsop’s left post.

8.53pm GMT

47 min: Lamela forces Allsop into a save! Moura comes alive, slips in Winks who lays it on for Lamela, but he scuffs an effort at goal.

8.50pm GMT

46 min: Moussa Sissoko seems to have shifted to right-back.

8.50pm GMT

46 min: Hojbjerg, who won’t have any problem getting to grips with Wycombe’s physicality, replaces Japhet Tanganga.

8.49pm GMT

Our man at Adams Park has some news ...

Hojbjerg has been out warming up sans tracksuit for at least five minutes. Think he may be coming on...

8.42pm GMT

Some half-time reading:

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8.36pm GMT

Gareth Bale cancels out Fred Onyedinma’s opener to prevent Mourinho from getting his hands on the hairdryer. Wycombe have been good value and Spurs, who passed up a sea of chances before Bale levelled on the brink of the interval, have struggled to get to grips with their front two. It’s been an entertaining tie.

8.32pm GMT

Gareth Bale nips in at the front post to level! Lucas Moura plays a wonderful cross towards Bale, who ghosts in behind a dozing Wycombe back line, and calmly does the rest, striking into the roof of the net. An incisive pass and a wonderfully-taken finish.

8.31pm GMT

45 min: Tanganga hits the bar! Spurs play it short, with Moura fizzing it into Davies, who sends in a delicious cross. Tanganga rises highest but it cannons off the woodwork. Maybe it is going to be one of those nights. There will be three added minutes.

8.30pm GMT

45 min: And now Spurs win a corner ...

8.29pm GMT

43 min: ... McCarthy rattles the side netting.

8.28pm GMT

42 min: Ikpeazu is proving a real handful and now Harry Winks fouls the former Cambridge striker. Wycombe win a free-kick, 25 yards from goal. Jason McCarthy will take it in the absence of Jacobson, a set-piece king ...

8.27pm GMT

41 min: Lamela has options but, off-balance, elects to have a go himself. It dribbles into the hands of Ryan Allsop in goal.

8.25pm GMT

39 min: Bale skips away from the 36-year-old Bloomfield and then tries to locate Erik Lamela ... but the pass zooms away from the Argentine. Bale looks in a bit of a huff – and with good reason. He’s missed a couple of inviting chances, too.

8.23pm GMT

36 min: Spurs come within millimetres from an equaliser! Bale bounces in off the right flank and drives inside on to his left foot. It looks as though he is shaping to bend an effort at goal but he slides the ball across to Moussa Sissoko, who takes aim from the edge of the box. His effort cannons into Darius Charles, who makes a block with his first touch, diverting the ball on to the underside of the bar. Fortuitously, the ball then pinballs off the woodwork and into Ryan Allsop’s arms. Is it going to be one of those nights for Spurs?

8.20pm GMT

35 min: Wycombe win another corner ... but it’s cleared.

8.20pm GMT

34 min: Darius Charles replaces the injured Jacobson.

8.19pm GMT

34 min: Joe Jacobson is going to have to come off.

8.18pm GMT

33 min: ... Carlos Vinicius attacks it, but cannot keep his header down!

8.18pm GMT

32 min: Spurs probe on the edge of the box and David Wheeler nips the ball away. Spurs win a corner. Lucas Moura will swing it in ...

8.16pm GMT

30 min: Jacobson appeared to damage his knee in trying to stand Bale up ... he was down on the grass for a while but is back up and jogging now. Darius Charles has been sent to warmup.

8.15pm GMT

29 min: Bale passes up another big Spurs chance! Moura frees the forward, who jinks past his former Wales Under-21 team-mate Joe Jacobson and to his right foot. He strikes at goal but his effort zooms into the side netting.

8.14pm GMT

28 min: Uche Ikpeazu is enjoying himself. Might we have a fourth-round upset, after all? There’s a long way to go yet.

8.10pm GMT

Fred Onyedinma strikes! Ikpeazu rolls Alderweireld, holding off the Belgium defender before crossing the ball into the box. Sanchez throws a leg at it and there is Onyedinma to finish. A wonderfully-taken strike after Ikpeazu did the dirty work. It had been coming, with Spurs wilting following a period of prolonged pressure.

8.10pm GMT

24 min: ... Spurs make a meal of clearing it, with Alderweireld eventually ushering the ball away from Ikpeazu, who is proving a handful.

8.09pm GMT

23 min: And now Wycombe win a corner ...

8.09pm GMT

22 min: Spurs seamlessly click into gear, with Lamela nonchalantly flicking the ball into the path of Davies, who marauds forward. He finds Bale but the Welshman is guilty of taking a heavy touch and the move fizzles out. Spurs will have to go again.

8.05pm GMT

18 min: Onyedinma latches on to Muskwe’s pass inside the box – but blazes over! And then, after Wycombe recycle possession, Lamela concedes a foul on halfway, lunging in on Curtis Thompson. Spurs are not having it all their own way.

8.03pm GMT

16 min: Josh Knight, another player on loan from Leicester, does brilliantly to calmly bring the ball out for Wycombe, with the centre-back jinking past a couple of Spurs players en route upfield to halfway. Wycombe work the ball to Muskwe and then Onyedinma’s cross forces Sanchez into a clearance. It culminates in a Spurs goal-kick, but another move that will do Wycombe’s confidence no harm.

8.01pm GMT

15 min: Wheeler picks out Ikpeazu but the Wycombe striker inadvertently upends Ben Davies, the only player to keep his place in the Spurs side.

8.00pm GMT

13 min: Bale shoots wide! McCarthy gifts the ball straight to Bale on the edge of the D, as a poor defensive header dropping into the Welshman’s path. Bale gets hold of it and then takes aim but a vicious effort dips wide of a post.

7.57pm GMT

10 min: A loose pass runs to Muskwe, who then tries to release Ikpeazu but he overcooks it. Davinson Sanchez, one of 10 Spurs changes here, has not looked too at ease so far.

7.54pm GMT

8 min: Mourinho looks pretty glum. His team should have taken the lead via Bale but can now consider themselves fortunate not to be behind. After a slack start, Wycombe look determined to make life difficult. They’re looking long to Ikpeazu and Muskwe to hold up the ball. Wycombe will be encouraged.

7.53pm GMT

7 min: Brilliant stop by Joe Hart! Admiral Muskwe, a Zimbabwe international on loan from Leicester, rises highest at the front post to meet a delicious cross. Hart scrambles to his left to clear. It looked to be creeping in. From the resulting corner Hart has to be alert to prevent Joe Jacobson’s cross dipping inside the post. A couple of hairy moments for Tottenham.

7.52pm GMT

5 min: Wycombe earn a goal-kick after Spurs overcook a cross and a chance for the hosts to earn a touch of respite. Spurs were beginning to enjoy themselves. On the touchline Gareth Ainsworth is not best pleased with his side’s start.

7.50pm GMT

4 min: ... Gareth Bale should score! Moura whips in a corner, it arrows into the six-yard box and Bale, left alone by the Wycombe defence, gets it all wrong. That’s a big let-off for Wycombe.

7.49pm GMT

3 min: Winks drives away from Matt Bloomfield, powering beyond halfway and then looking for Lamela to his left. It runs wide to Lucas Moura, who wins a corner ...

7.48pm GMT

2 min: ... Lamela forces Wycombe into some last-gasp defending after Carlos Vinicius worked the ball into the Argentine.

7.47pm GMT

1 min: Fred Onyedinma has a crack at goal after Joe Hart’s skewed clearance lands at his feet. It was not the most convincing start by Spurs but now they bare their teeth ...

7.46pm GMT

Matt Bloomfield kicks off for Wycombe.

7.44pm GMT

Tottenham are first out and now here come Wycombe ...

7.36pm GMT

The managers have been talking pre-match, with José Mourinho, as he did before Spurs overcame Marine, telling his players the responsibility to deliver rests on their shoulders, not his. Gareth Ainsworth reveals he has shown his players clips of their 4-3 defeat at White Hart Lane in 2017 to remind his players that Spurs are not superhuman. Joe Jacobson, Adebayo Akinfenwa, Dom Gape and Scott Kashket remain from that side. “I played some of the goals from four years ago just to say: ‘Look, it can be done,’” says Ainsworth, wearing a Guns ‘N’ Roses face mask.

“Fingers crossed we can have a bit of luck as well. I can’t remember a better subs bench than Tottenham’s tonight. We won’t sit back. We want to go at them and show what we have done over the last four years since we played Tottenham and how we have grown as a team.” Mourinho says mentality will be key to deciding the tie. Teams from lower leagues but Premier League teams in difficulties, so you can consider this game a high risk,” says the Portuguese.

7.21pm GMT

Twenty years ago, Wycombe made it to the FA Cup semi-finals. They battled past Millwall, Grimsby and Wolves before overcoming Wimbledon – for whom now-Wycombe boss Ainsworth scored – on penalties. Then they beat Leicester in the quarter-finals, with Roy Essandoh striking an unlikely winner, before Liverpool eventually ended their extraordinary journey at Villa Park.

7.17pm GMT

Tottenham are unbeaten in seven games and, while Wycombe’s form is not quite so splendid, they have won two of their past three matches. They are propping up the Championship and the club’s hierarchy view the league as the priority but how they would love to cause an upset. Chorley and Cheltenham went close to toppling Premier League opposition – but can Wycombe go one step better?

We were the last away team to score three goals at White Hart Lane in 2017, which is a real privilege for Wycombe Wanderers. It was a really historic moment for us. We were close that day, we didn’t quite finish the job, but at the end of the game there were some really big hitters on that pitch for Spurs, including Son Heung-min who got the winner.

6.57pm GMT

Team news news: Gareth Bale gets a rare outing at Adams Park as Mourinho makes 10 changes, with Son Heung-min and Harry Kane taking pews on the bench. Carlos Vinicius, who enjoyed himself at Marine in the last round, gets the nod up front, while Harry Winks, Joe Hart and Japhet Tanganga also start. As for Wycombe, the evergreen Matt Bloomfield captains Gareth Ainsworth’s side. Adebayo Akinfenwa is among the substitutes.

6.50pm GMT

Wycombe (4-4-2): Allsop; Grimmer, Knight, McCarthy, Jacobson; Wheeler, Thompson, Bloomfield, Onyedinma; Ikpeazu, Muskwe

Subs: Stockdale, Samuel, Pattison, Mehmeti, Adeniran, McCleary, Charles, Kashket, Akinfenwa

5.55pm GMT

Now, I know Frank Lampard’s departure from Stamford Bridge has caused a royal stir but, well, if Wycombe can send José Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspur packing in the FA Cup then we might just land on a tale that would give even a club legend like Lamps unceremoniously being shown the door a run for its money. Fair enough, Wycombe are not quite what they used to be. These days, just one league separates them and Spurs but, while Wycombe were taken over by an American lawyer last year, they are run on fumes compared with the financial muscle Mourinho is able to lean on. The last and only previous competitive meeting between these sides was a humdinger – Spurs won 4-3 in a fourth-round Cup match at White Hart Lane courtesy of a 97th-minute Son Heung-min winner, at a time when Gareth Ainsworth’s side were meddling in League Two – so hopefully we are set for another cracking tie. Ainsworth, as you will almost certainly know by now, is also the lead singer of the Cold Blooded Hearts, but Mourinho won’t be joining him for band practice any time soon. “I only feel sorry I cannot sing with him because I will destroy his music,” he said. Wild Thing v Mourinho: what more could you want?

Kick-off: 7.45pm (GMT)

Related: Tottenham manager Mourinho warns Gareth Bale he 'cannot give' minutes

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Bale, Winks and Ndombele ensure Spurs avoid Wycombe FA Cup shock

man, 25/01/2021 - 23:00

José Mourinho had warned Gareth Bale he would have to fight for his place in this Tottenham team. But even if he is still showing signs of rustiness four months into his second spell at the club as he spurned several chances, it was the Welshman’s equaliser that ensured Spurs avoided the embarrassment of being eliminated from the FA Cup by the team currently propping up the Championship.

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Tottenham manager Mourinho warns Gareth Bale he 'cannot give' minutes

søn, 24/01/2021 - 23:30
  • Bale likely to feature in FA Cup fourth-round tie at Wycombe
  • The forward has struggled for game time since his return

José Mourinho has warned Gareth Bale that he “cannot give minutes” on the pitch, as the forward continues to struggle for a first-team place since his return to Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid.

Bale is expected to appear at Wycombe in Spurs’ FA Cup fourth-round tie on Monday but time in the Premier League has been in short supply for the 31-year-old, who has played 45 minutes in the competition in the past two months.

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He shoots, he scores – or does he? How VAR changed football for ever

lør, 23/01/2021 - 09:00

Virtual assistance for referees has drawn complaints from managers, players and fans. What has it done to the beautiful game?

When Manchester City scored a brilliant winning goal in the last seconds of a Uefa Champions League quarter-final against Spurs in the spring of 2019, at least two spectators who were present at the game abandoned watching.

Out in the stands, an overcoated City fan hurried for the exits, delighted with his last-gasp win and keen to beat the rush home. At the same time, down on the substitutes’ bench, Moussa Sissoko, a Spurs player who’d been withdrawn through injury, was so distraught that he turned his back on the game and hobbled to his dressing room alone.

Had strikers learned to celebrate half-heartedly, until they knew for sure that a goal of theirs stood?

Watching games can be painful. Some of the joy’s gone. When do you see a referee smile now, or laugh with the players?

Related: Hostile players, irate fans and decisions that haunt you: who’d be a football ref?

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FA Cup fourth round: 10 things to look out for this weekend

fre, 22/01/2021 - 01:01

Liverpool meet Man Utd once again, Chorley need ‘a miracle’ against Wolves and Luton could hurt Lampard

Last season’s fifth-round exit at the hands of Chelsea represented the furthest a Jürgen Klopp team had progressed in the FA Cup. He has been in England for more than five years but his attitude to the world’s oldest competition remains enigmatic at best, dismissive at worst. The biorhythms of a German season, including its winter break, continue to beat within him. Klopp has habitually blooded youngsters in the Cup, plus hardy perennials like James Milner. Last season, particularly in the third-round win at Everton, Curtis Jones announced his credentials and is likely to be granted a leading role at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjær is more of an FA Cup traditionalist and can be expected to select a stronger team; his squad has been far less riven by injuries and fatigue than the opponent they drew 0-0 with last Sunday. United’s manager has fourth-round history with Liverpool; he scored a late 1999 winner that preluded future super-sub heroics but the time when these great rivals would throw the kitchen sink at each other in the Cup’s early rounds is sadly long passed. JB

Manchester United v Liverpool, Sunday 5pm (all times GMT)

Related: When Wolves were trounced 3-0 by non-league Chorley in the FA Cup

Chorley v Wolves, Friday 7.45pm

Burnley v Bournemouth or Crawley
Manchester United v West Ham
Sheffield United v Bristol City
Wolves v Southampton
Barnsley v Chelsea
Everton v Wycombe or Tottenham
Swansea v Manchester City
Leicester v Brighton

Chelsea v Luton, Sunday 12pm

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Everton v Sheffield Wednesday, Sunday 8pm

Southampton v Arsenal, Saturday 12.15pm

Cheltenham v Manchester City, Saturday 5.30pm

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Sheffield United v Plymouth, Saturday 3pm

Brentford v Leicester, Sunday 2.30pm

Related: 'Once in a lifetime': Alcoyano rock Real Madrid as worlds collide | Sid Lowe

Swansea City v Nottingham Forest, Saturday 3pm

Wycombe v Tottenham, Monday 7.45pm

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Sheffield United 1-3 Tottenham: Premier League – as it happened

søn, 17/01/2021 - 17:05

Serge Aurier, Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele scored for Spurs as they eased their way past an underwhelming Sheffield United side

4.05pm GMT

Here is Nick Ames’ lovely report from Bramall Lane. Thanks for your company.

Related: Tanguy Ndombele's moment of magic caps Spurs win at Sheffield United

4.04pm GMT

I would advise you all join Rob Smyth for the main course today of Liverpool v Manchester United. I will be back for dessert - Manchester City v Palace - later, which is the real quiz today.

Related: Liverpool v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

4.03pm GMT

Harry Kane: “I thought it was a really good performance. We made a lot of chances and took our chances.”

Kane says Ndombele’s goal was “incredible”.

3.57pm GMT

Here is the Ndombele goal FYI.

WHAT. A. FINISH!

From a tight angle Tanguy Ndombele has lifted it over Ramsdale and dropped it right in the bottom corner, with the outside of his foot. Stunning.

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3.56pm GMT

Classic Graeme.

Only someone as miserable as Graeme Souness would try and suggest Ndombele didn't mean it.

3.51pm GMT

It was all very predictable in the end but at least we all got to witness a wonderful goal from Ndombele. A bit of stroll for Spurs in the end.

Sheffield United are, unfortunately, doomed. On the upside for Chris Wilder, his team tried really, really hard, but were not very good.

3.49pm GMT

90+1 mins: Kane should add a little gloss as he runs onto a pull back from Son but the skipper gets his technique wrong, leaning back as he smashes it over from 16 yards.

3.47pm GMT

90 mins: Three minutes added on.

3.46pm GMT

88 mins: Bryan has been very keen since coming on, so fair play to him.

McGoldrick is now operating near the halfway line, which is a novel approach.

3.44pm GMT

86 mins: Sheffield United are just looking to lump the ball into the box now but the three centre-backs of Spurs do not look fussed. The latest punt is headed clear to Kane who is taken down by Egan, resulting in a booking and suspension for the defender.

Moura on for Bergwijn

3.41pm GMT

84 mins: A long ball is punted into the box by Lundstram which is headed out to Sharp on the edge of the box, from where the veteran volleys powerfully wide.

3.39pm GMT

82 mins: Ampadu sends in a long throw like it’s the mid-90s but a Spurs head meets it. The ball come back through Egan but his volleyed pass lands straight on Aurier’s head.

3.37pm GMT

80 mins: Spurs look very happy to slow things down here but the last time they did that they ended up conceding.

3.36pm GMT

78 mins: Son picks up the ball in the box, drops a shoulder and cuts inside, allowing him to fire a shot off which is deflected behind for a corner. The South Korean takes the corner but it is headed clear.

The ball hits the ref and the game is stopped. Andre Marriner has looked more effective than Norwood on the ball.

3.33pm GMT

76 mins: Reguilon pings a cross into the box, Bryan gets his feet mixed up a little, so ends up turn the ball behind with his left boot for a corner.

3.31pm GMT

74 mins: Bryan intercepts a pass and instigates a Sheffield United attack, which reaches Lundstram who swings a cross straight out for a goal kick.

Billy Sharp is now on for Basham. Good luck to him.

3.29pm GMT

72 mins: Brewster comes on for Burke, who has certainly run around a lot.

3.27pm GMT

70 mins: Kane has another shot from about 35 yards, which is about the third time he has tried it today. He must really fancies his chances against Ramsdale.

McGoldrick does likewise at the other end, as he smashes the ball straight into Lloris’ arms from distance.

All of David McGoldrick's Premier League goals came against clubs who were in the knockout stages of the Champions League in 2010-11.

3.25pm GMT

68 mins: Brewster is also ready to come on, so he can run around for a bit without any chances being created for him.

3.24pm GMT

66 mins: Reguilon swings in a cross from the left which Sheffield United’s Ramsdale comes to claim but there is a breakdown in communication and he clatters into Egan who whacks it clear.

Kean Bryan is on for Sheffield United, replacing Norwood who is been dreadful. Bryan and I went to the same high school, which is nice.

3.21pm GMT

64 mins: Norwood swings in a free-kick which is headed up in the air, allowing Ampadu to nod the second ball towards goal but it is an easy catch for Lloris.

3.20pm GMT

Norwood loses the ball AGAIN! Bergwijn picks up the loose ball and dinks it over the top for Ndombele who stretches with his right leg, lifting it over Ramsdale from a silly angle with the outside of his boot. Ooooof!

3.18pm GMT

61 mins: Spurs spent so long looking very comfortable in this game but have really took their foot off the gas in the last 10 minutes and need to regain their composure and tempo soon.

3.16pm GMT

Spurs have sat back for a few minutes now and are punished for their laziness as Fleck swings in a shot from deep for McGoldrick to attack and flick into the corner.

3.14pm GMT

57 mins: Kane gets the ball 20 yards from his own goal and just whacks it down the other end of the pitch for no one. A bit odd, I must say. Needless to say, the ball comes straight back, eventually making its way to Lundstram who thwacks a shot across goal but it is not troubling Lloris.

3.13pm GMT

55 mins: The Blades knock it around nicely until Norwood gives up possession, allowing Spurs to break on them. The ball eventually reaches Kane on the edge of the box but he curls a shot over. Norwood is having a woeful match, that’s for sure.

3.11pm GMT

53 mins: Aurier slips the ball through for Son to chase but Ramsdale gets there first to claim only for the goalkeeper to back out late on, allowing the South Korean to collect the pass. In the end, the Blades scramble it clear but it was another underwhelming moment for Ramsdale.

3.08pm GMT

51 mins: Lloris picks out Bergwijn 70 yards down the pitch, the Dutchman takes a lovely first touch to get the ball in front of him, forcing Lundstram to take the Spurs man down. Kane picks up the free-kick 35 yards out and whacks a left-footed shot which Ramsdale is forced to tip over.

3.06pm GMT

49 mins: Burke finds himself in space down the left but his cross into the box finds no one in a red and white shirt. The ball comes back into the area but Stevens’ strike is blocked.

3.04pm GMT

47 mins: All the pundits are praising Mourinho for his tactics here being perfect but they probably could have played a 3-1-3-2-1 and still thrashed this lot.

3.02pm GMT

Here we go again!

2.57pm GMT

What can Sheffield United do to get back into this? Buy a new squad?

2.53pm GMT

Roy Keane describes Sheffield United as “one of the worst teams to play in the Premier League”. That’s my sort of punditry.

2.52pm GMT

Admir emails to say: “I reckon things would have been better for The Blades had they secured another season of Dean Henderson on loan which would have allowed them to spend those £20m spent on Ramsdale on a reliable goalscorer instead. They have struggled with scoring goals since their return to Premier League and no player scored more than six last season.


“They are not Barcelona 2008-09 but they are not Derby 2007-08 either.”

2.47pm GMT

Aurier and Kane have made the difference by making the most of mistakes from Sheffield United, who look devoid of confidence. Sheffield United need to mix things up or they will be going down with a whimper.

2.46pm GMT

45 mins: Spurs have an eye on third. (Only one more goal needed now.

Hi @Will_Unwin 2 more goals for Spurs this afternoon and the ‘biggest game of the season’ (TM all of the media) will feature 1st vs 4th. At which point all fans of anyone other than ManUtd and Liverpool might want to invoke the trades description act.

2.44pm GMT

44 mins: Basham sends in a dangerous cross which reaches Bogle but his vicious shot is blocked by Dier. The England centre-back is showing great commitment today, him and Rodon have put their bodies on the line a few times already.

2.42pm GMT

42 mins: Spurs are in complete control here and Sheffield United look out of their depth, as they have done for most of the season. It’s nice to show faith in McGoldrick but he is, ultimately, a League One striker. Is it not worth giving Brewster a run in the side to boost his confidence?

2.41pm GMT

Sheffield United try to play out from the back but Norwood is dispossessed 30 yards from goal and the ball is played to Kane, who gets it out of his feet and picks out the bottom corner from 20 yards.

2.39pm GMT

38 mins: Reguilon provides some lovely skill as he dinks the ball over a Blades man, takes it up the pitch and lays it off to Son who hits a cross into the six-yard box where Kane is waiting. A defender, however, reaches it first and knocks it up in the air, allowing Ramsdale to get up off the floor and punch the ball off the line when under pressure from Kane.

2.36pm GMT

36 mins: Norwood slips in McGoldrick, he cuts back onto his right foot and fires a shot which is blocked by Dier.

Fleck is the next to try a shot from distance but he fires it straight into the arms of Lloris. At least it is a sign of intent from the Blades.

2.34pm GMT

34 mins: Stevens gets the ball a good yard offside but, due to the current regulations, the assistant lets play go. The farce ends due to the fact everyone on the pitch had stopped playing.

Burke gets to the byline down the left and then flashes the ball across the box but there is no one there to reach the cross.

2.31pm GMT

32 mins: Ndombele slides a pass towards the penalty spot but it is read by Ampadu who glides in to clear.

2.30pm GMT

30 mins: Ndombele is dispossessed on the halfway, Fleck brings it forward for the Blades but the attack quickly breaks down. Even after a couple of wins, Sheffield United look devoid of confidence in the final third. They seem more concerned with what is happening down the other end.

2.28pm GMT

28 mins: Spurs are dominating possession, unsurprisingly, but Sheffield United hold firm on the edge of their own area. They ball is send upfield to McGoldrick, who gets it in front of him but Rodon reads it and takes the ball off him before any danger can occur.

2.26pm GMT

26 mins: There is an incredibly large gap between the Sheffield United midfielder and strikers. I have a feeling they will not be offering much in the final third today.

2.24pm GMT

24 mins: Kane instigates a break down the middle but his progress is curtailed by Norwood who eventually brings down the Spurs skipper after a couple of nibbles at his ankles, which see the midfielder go into the book.

2.22pm GMT

22 mins: Rodon brings the ball out of defence and the plays it to a red and white shirt on the halfway line but the Welshman still seems to blame everyone else for his terrible pass. Luckily, for Rodon, nothing comes of it.

2.20pm GMT

20 mins: Ndombele finds Aurier with a lovely outside-of-the-foot pass, the wing-back then lays it off to Kane who sees his cross easily cleared.

2.18pm GMT

18 mins: McGoldrick is certainly working very hard, as usual, but he never really looks like scoring, which is quite important for a striker.

2.16pm GMT

16 mins: Lloris is allowed to ping a pass 60 yards to Aurier without fuss, he plays it into Kane who is then cleared out by Egan. The Sheffield United man is lucky to avoid a booking.

2.13pm GMT

14 mins: Son breaks down the left, gets into the box and drives a cross for Kane but it is intercepted and cleared for a corner. Son’s set-piece does not get past the first man and it is cleared.

2.12pm GMT

12 mins: The resulting corner finds Basham at the back post, he heads it back across goal but Davies is there waiting to clear. Some positive signs for the Blades, at least.

2.10pm GMT

10 mins: The Blades will be looking to provide some sort of response and they almost do as McGoldrick slips in Burke, who finds space and slams a left-footed shot towards goal but Dier is there to block it.

2.07pm GMT

7 mins: Game over? Probably as Sheffield United have not scored 10 goals all season in the league. When you are doing as badly as the Blades are, defending set-pieces competently is the bare minimum.

2.05pm GMT

Son swings in the resulting corner, which Aurier nods in at the front post, resulting in a shout from a Blades player: “Too f*cking easy.”

2.04pm GMT

4 mins: Sheffield United providing their usual high energy to press the Spurs defence but the visitors still get out pretty easily.

Bergwijn picks up the ball from Kane 25 yards from goal, gets it out of his feet and drives the ball towards goal, forcing Ramsdale to push the ball over the bar.

2.02pm GMT

2 mins: As predicted, Spurs have started with three at the back; Rodon on the right, Dier central and Davies on the left.

Down the other end, Spurs are looking pretty confident and have already forced the Blades into a couple of blocks. Sheffield United a looking very compact.

2.00pm GMT

Peep! Peep! Peep! Here we go!

1.56pm GMT

Our man at the match, Nick Ames, describes the weather in Sheffield as ‘chilly but OK’. More insight from him as we get it.

1.54pm GMT

I have only ever been to Bramall Lane once but that was to cover their drop into League One, so at least I witnessed a moment in history.

1.47pm GMT

I had fishcakes for lunch but no strawberry Nesquik, so it was not a complete meal.

1.45pm GMT

Something to think about for later ...

Related: Jürgen Klopp needs faltering Firmino, Mané and Salah to spark again | Andy Hunter

1.37pm GMT

Do Sheffield United have any hope of staying up? Nope, not at all. At least they can have some fun now they have actually won at match. Wilder will be desperate to at least take a few scalps before the end of the season and Spurs would be a decent one to start with.

1.31pm GMT

The lads.

The Gaffers. pic.twitter.com/NmfhVUvClk

1.22pm GMT

Along with Alli, Harvey White also misses on the matchday squad. The young midfielder was another who looked impressive at Marine but his place on the bench has gone to Gedson Fernandes who has never looked particularly impressive and is needlessly blocking a path to the first team.

1.16pm GMT

Sheffield United remembering better times ...

Enda & Ozzy combine to find Moose. pic.twitter.com/11GUd2rwIM

1.09pm GMT

Dele Alli is nowhere to be seen for Spurs, which is very telling. Mourinho does not think he is fighting for a place in the team. Maybe Pochettino will be his saviour and take him to PSG. I thought Alli was decent last weekend against Marine, putting in plenty of effort and showing his quality at the same time. Sadly, for Alli, his manager does not agree.

Related: José Mourinho suggests Dele Alli is not happy and not fighting for Tottenham

1.02pm GMT

Sheffield United: Ramsdale, Bogle, Basham, Egan, Ampadu, Stevens, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, McGoldrick, Burke

Subs: Jagielka, Foderingham, Sharp, Brewster, Bryan, Lowe, Baldock

12.02pm GMT

Sheffield United come into this game as the form side, having won an actual Premier League match last time out against Newcastle, which still counts, not to mention knocking the mighty Bristol Rovers out of the FA Cup. They are still doomed to relegation as they only have five points as we sit here in mid-January but at least they are now confident of avoiding the embarrassing 11-point mark of Derby in 2007. Not even a January spending spree will save them, which might explain why they will not be getting one.

Sadly, for the Blades, they are missing seven players for this fixture, which will result in a Chris Wilder re-jig as he looks to come up with the formula to defeat Spurs.

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Tanguy Ndombele's moment of magic caps Spurs win at Sheffield United

søn, 17/01/2021 - 17:02

Back in July, Tottenham’s players produced a no-show at Bramall Lane that they came to see as a turning point in José Mourinho’s reign. This time they beat Sheffield United by the same scoreline that had jolted them into action six months ago and will hope it has a similarly transformative effect after such an inconsistent run of form.

Whether or not that proves to be the case, this game will be best remembered for an exquisite and ultimately decisive piece of improvisation by Tanguy Ndombele shortly after the hour.

Related: Liverpool v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

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Sheffield United v Tottenham: match preview

lør, 16/01/2021 - 10:00

Sheffield United looked much more like their 2019-20 selves in claiming a first win of the league season against an admittedly dismal Newcastle in midweek and Chris Wilder will hope that continues on Sunday against a Tottenham side they took four points off last season. Spurs need to pull themselves out of a mini-slump – one win in six has stalled their Champions League push and they have not won away in the league since early November. John Ashdown

Sunday 2pm Sky Sports Premier League

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José Mourinho suggests Dele Alli is not happy and not fighting for Tottenham

fre, 15/01/2021 - 23:30
  • Midfielder has played only 74 minutes in league this season
  • Alli has been linked with loan move to PSG

José Mourinho has suggested he has an unhappy player on his hands in Dele Alli. The Tottenham attacking midfielder, who is the subject of January transfer discussions, posted a photograph of himself looking fed up on Instagram after Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Fulham – when he was an unused substitute for the third Premier League game in a row.

Alli has made only four league appearances this season – totalling 74 minutes – although he has played more regularly in the cups. His representatives are exploring his options and Paris Saint-Germain, under the charge of the former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, want him on loan for the remainder of the season.

Related: PSG and Pochettino step up efforts to sign Tottenham's Dele Alli on loan

Related: Tottenham against idea of allowing Dele Alli to leave club in January

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PSG and Pochettino step up efforts to sign Tottenham's Dele Alli on loan

tor, 14/01/2021 - 22:13
  • Former Spurs manager has made Alli his No1 target
  • Tottenham reluctant to let the midfielder leave

Paris Saint-Germain are hoping to sign Dele Alli on loan this month, with Mauricio Pochettino having told the club hierarchy that the Tottenham midfielder is his main target this transfer window.

Pochettino and Alli worked together with great success for more than four years at Tottenham and the Argentinian has told PSG he thinks Alli can make a great contribution for the remainder of the season. The Ligue 1 side have also been linked with another former Tottenham player, Christian Eriksen, but it is Alli that Pochettino is interested in.

Related: Men's transfer window January 2021 – all deals from Europe's top five leagues

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'Not good enough': José Mourinho on Tottenham's draw against Fulham – video

tor, 14/01/2021 - 13:18

Tottenham Hotspur manager José Mourinho said his side's performance against Fulham was 'not good enough, but good enough to win'. Tottenham drew 1-1 against Fulham, despite dominating the match. Asked about his side's failure to convert an overall good performance into a win, Mourinho agreed that 'today was a clear situation that we should and we could have killed the game in the first half'

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Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Fulham: Premier League – as it happened

ons, 13/01/2021 - 23:43

Tottenham threw away points from a winning position once again, with Ivan Cavaleiro cancelling out Harry Kane’s opener

10.43pm GMT

Jacob Steinberg was at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to see Fulham capitalise on Tottenham’s montonously predictable failing to rescue a well-earned point.

Related: Ivan Cavaleiro's header earns Fulham deserved point at Tottenham

10.41pm GMT

“I was very impressed to be fair,” the Fulham boss tells Prime Video. “I thought we was outstanding tonight from start to finish. Everything about us ... with the ball ... just, everything about us.

“With what’s happened, there’s been a lot of talk but nobody really knows what we’ve been throught in the past couple of weeks. We’ve had players out there tonight who’ve had one day’s training, players in the squad who have had no training. To play like we did ... I’m proud of the team for how we performed under the circumstances but I’m even more proud of them because we showed some real quality today.

10.34pm GMT

Asked if it is up to him to iron out these mistakes: “There are things that are individual, to do with individual qualities and mistakes. Basically I cannot say any more than that.” He finishes by saying he is “not expecting anything” from the transfer window.

10.31pm GMT

“Three or four big chances in the first half to have a different result,” the Spurs manager tells Amazon. “The biggest chance was in the second half to kill the game with 2-0. And then we concede a goal that was completely avoidable. I have to admit that in the second half they played more but of course they were losing and they tried. But even so, we didn’t make a save and could have killed the game. Then we lose a man in the box in a corner, which is something that happens in set pieces, but this time it was in free play.”

10.28pm GMT

On being reminded that his team keeps losing points from winning positions: “Yes, you are right,” he says. “You are right. What can I say? I’m just glad we have a game again in three days so that we can show we’re better than this. But I don’t want to say too much.”

10.26pm GMT

“Very disappointing,” the Spurs midfielder tells Amazon. “I think we have to do better in different aspects of the game. It’s difficult to speak right now because of the emotions, but we need more bravery, more focus in terms of organising the team and being solid as a team.

“It doesn’t mean that you have to stand in your own box and defend, it means that the team is compact, close to each other, closes the line. We have to execute the chances - I had a chance which I had to score. There’s many details that we have to do better.”

10.22pm GMT

Joyless and, apparently, a bit thick. Doing the same stuff and expecting different outcomes. Wasting the forward talent. One more time... I'd prefer to lose trying to win, rather than draw trying to prove... well, what? #COYS pic.twitter.com/Yc2QQosp46

10.13pm GMT

Post-match reflections: Not for the first time this season, or indeed the second or third, Tottenham decided one goal was enough and showed little or no appetite for actively going in search of a second, choosing instead to sit back and invite pressure. It’s cost them dearly, again ... but hats off to Fulham who took advantage of their hosts’ largesse.

Theirs was a very impressive performance, enhanced by some inspired substitutions from their manager Scott Parker. Fulham remain in the relegation zone, but are only two points behind Brighton. Tottenham stay sixth, two points behind Everton and surely regretting the alarming number of points they have thrown away cheaply from winning positions.

10.08pm GMT

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeep! It’s all over at White Hart Lane, where Fulham have come from behind to take a well deserved point from a very entertaining game of football. Harry Kane put Spurs ahead, but his excellent header was cancelled out by an even better one from Ivan Cavaleiro.

10.06pm GMT

90+4 min: Lloris lumps the ball forward, but it ends up in the arms of Areola.

10.05pm GMT

90+4 min: The ball’s sent into the Spurs penalty area and headed clear. Son wins his team a free-kick just inside the Fulham half.

10.05pm GMT

90+3 min: Kamara wins a corner for his side off Davinson Sanchez.

10.04pm GMT

90+1 min: Joachim Anderson is booked for time-wasting.

10.03pm GMT

90 min: Just before that disallowed Spurs effort, Kamara squandered an excellent chance to play Lookman in on goal, failing to look up and spot his team-mate’s excellent run as he dribbled down the inside right.

10.02pm GMT

89 min: Sergio Reguilon stabs home a Son cross from close range, but his effort is correctly disallowed for offside.

10.01pm GMT

88 min: Aboubakar Kamara makes a good first impression, galloping down the right flank and sending in a cross. Antonee Robinson shoots but his effort is blocked by Serge Aurier and the ball loops up into the air for Hugo Lloris to catch.

9.59pm GMT

86 min: Fulham substitution: Ivan Cavaleiro off, Aboubakar Kamara on.

9.58pm GMT

84 min: A poor touch from Antonee Robinson sends the ball out of play down by the technical area, putting an end to a promising Fulham counter-attack. He puts his head in his hands and small wonder - if you’re going to do that, better to do it on the other side of the pitch rather than right under your manager’s nose.

9.55pm GMT

83 min: Attempts on goal: Spurs 14-15 Fulham. On target: 6-4.

9.55pm GMT

82 min: An inspired substitution, Ademola Lookman is bossing proceedings and pulling the strings out on the pitch as Fulham go in search of a winner.

9.53pm GMT

80 min: Whether they win, lose or draw this game, it’s worth noting that this Fulham side is unrecognisable from the absolute rabble that looked like relegation fodder after a few matches of this season. Brighton, among other sides just above them in the Premier League table, should be very concerned.

9.51pm GMT

80 min: A Harry Kane cross from the left is cleared from the Fulham penalty area.

9.51pm GMT

78 min: Hugo Lloris is forced to dart off his line to smother the ball at the feet of Ruben Loftus-Cheek after more excellent play by Lookman, who had played his team-mate in after a direct run on the Tottenham goal. Make no mistake, Spurs are rattled and on the back foot here.

9.48pm GMT

77 min: Tottenham substitution: Erik Lamela on for Harry Winks.

9.47pm GMT

Fulham equalise! And it’s no more than they deserve. Ivan Cavaleiro leaps majestically to plant a firm header into the top right hand corner, getting on the end of a wonderful cross from Ademola Lookman.

9.45pm GMT

71 min: Son is put through on goal down the inside left after Olas Aina slips. With Joachim Anderson in hot pursuit, he scuffs a low diagonal effort off the foot of the far post and into the hands of the mightily relieved Areola. You’d have put the farm on Son to score there. And you’d have lost it.

9.43pm GMT

70 min: Ademola Lookman has a shot from a tight angle blocked by Davinson Sanchez.

9.42pm GMT

68 min: Serge Aurier concedes a free-kick, bringing down Lookman about 35 yards from the Spurs goal, a little left of centre. Cavaleiro curls the ball towards the far post, but Spurs force Fulham back.

9.39pm GMT

66 min: Fulham substitution: Ademola Lookman on for Kenny Tete, who’s had a decent game. Bobby Reid moves out to a wide position on the right.

9.38pm GMT

64 min: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg gets booked for leaving one in on Ruben Loftus-Cheek, very shortly after the Fulham man had caught him with a flailing arm in the face as they contested the ball. Revenge is a dish best served cold, Pierre-Emile!!! Jose must have told you that.

9.36pm GMT

63 min: Harry Kane squares the ball for Moussa Sissoko, who dummies it and allows it to run into the path of ... nobody. I’m not sure who exactly he thought was behind him. I’d like to think one of the Fulham defenders shouted “Leave it!”

9.34pm GMT

61 min: Fulham have had 67% of the possession over the past five minutes of play.

9.32pm GMT

60 min: A poor effort from Bobby Reid goes straight into the wall.

9.31pm GMT

58 min: Antonee Robinson sends a cross into the SPurs penalty area, but it’s headed clear. Moments later, Hojbjerg barges into Loftus-Cheek, conceding a free-kick just outside the Tottenham penalty area, a little left of the D.

9.29pm GMT

57 min: Davinson Sanchez is penalised for a foul on Cavaleiro near the halfway line.

9.28pm GMT

55 min: Another Spurs corner is put out by Tete at the near post. There was vicious whip on that Son delivery. Again Son sends the ball into the penalty area, where Winks flicks it towards Sissoko at the far post. Fulham clear.

9.27pm GMT

54 min: Reguilon curls another good delivery into the Tottenham box. He tries to pick out Son, but Harrison Reed leaps to put the ball out for a corner. Son’s delivery from the corner flag is punched clear by Areola. Moments later, the Fulham goalkeeper is forced to save a curled Harry Winks effort from distance that was curling inside the upright.

9.25pm GMT

52 min: Number of times Fulham have come back to win a point or more from a losing position this season? None. If any team is going to let them improve that record, it might be Spurs, given the soft points they threw away against Crystal Palace and Newcastle, among others.

9.23pm GMT

51 min: Antonee Robinson crosses into the Tottenham box from the left. The ball’s cleared in a joint effort by Reguilon and Son.

9.22pm GMT

49 min: Anonee Robinson and Harrison Reed combine well on the left side of the pitch before switching play. From a narrow angle, Kenny Tete smashes the ball into the side netting from a tight angle after Reguilon misjudges the flight of the ball. Bobby Reid is furious with his team-mate for his selfishness.

9.20pm GMT

47 min: End to end stuff, as Ruben Loftus-Cheek has an effort blocked, before Moussa Sissoko finds himself dribbling goalwards in the Fulham penalty area, only to be blocked by a perfectly timed Tosin Adarabioyo tackle seven yards from goal before he can pull the trigger.

9.17pm GMT

46 min: Play resumes with no changes in personnel on either side.

9.03pm GMT

Peep! He’s been subdued by his own high standards, but Heung-Min Son will go in for the half-time break wondering how on earth he hasn’t scored. He’s been denied by two splendid Alphonse Areola saves, but the Fulham goalkeeper wasn’t equal to the task of keeping out Harry Kane’s fine header from a wonderful Sergio Reguilon cross. It’s 1-0 to Spurs at the break, but Fulham have had their chances.

9.00pm GMT

42 min: Sergio Reguilon is forced into a gallop as he rushes to try to cut out a cross to Bobby Reid. A poor touch from the Fulham man makes his defensive job easier.

8.56pm GMT

41 min: Anguissa tries his luck from a long way out after picking up a pass from Robninson. His low drive is saved comfortably by Hugo Lloris.

8.55pm GMT

40 min: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg finds himself in front of goal with the ball at his feet and only Areola to beat after excellent work from Son. His shot lacks anything resembling conviction and the Fulham goalkeeper saves easily.

8.54pm GMT

38 min: Moussa Sissoko appeals for a penalty after nutmegging Adarabioyo and seeing the ball brush the Fulham midfielder’s hand, which was behind his back. Fulham survive the VAR check and it would have been incredibly harsh if they hadn’t.

8.52pm GMT

37 min: Harry Kane tries to play Moussa Sissoko in behind with a nicely weighted pass along the deck, but Tosin Adarabioyo is too quick for the Spurs midfielder.

8.51pm GMT

35 min: Ruben Loftus-Cheek pirouettes on one foot and volleys inches wide of the upright from about 14 yards out after connecting with a cross from Kenny Tete.

8.49pm GMT

34 min: Serge Aurier has a cross from the right into the Fulham penalty area cleared by the head of Joachim Anderson.

8.47pm GMT

30 min: Fulham have rather wilted following the concession of that goal. THey shouldn’t be too disheartened - they were playing quite well until going behind. Ndombele plays a good ball in behind to Aurier, whose cross takes a little deflection off Joachim Anderson. Waiting to nod home his second goal of the game, the deflection seems to distract Harry Kane, who skims a header well wide.

8.43pm GMT

27 min: That was a fine goal from Tottenham, incorporating as it did a wonderful switch of play from one side of the pitch to the other, an inch-perfect curled cross from the left touchline to the far post by Sergio Reguilon and a perfect diving downward header from Harry Kane.

8.41pm GMT

Tottenham lead! Harry Kane dives to steer home a wonderful curled cross from Sergio Reguilon with his head from about seven yards. There was no stopping that one.

8.40pm GMT

23 min: Son is denied again by another fantastic save from Areola. Meeting a beautifully weighted delivery on the edge of the six-yard box, his header is at a nice height for the goalkeeper but still takes some stopping.

8.36pm GMT

19 min: Tottenham win a free-kick directly in front of the Fulham goal for a foul by Harrison Reed. Andre Anguissa then gets booked for preventing Tottenham from taking it quickly. Eric Dier eventually takes it and his shot is deflected out for a corner off the Fulham defensive wall. Nothing comes of the ensuing set piece.

8.34pm GMT

18 min: Alphonse Areoila saves brilliantly from Heung-min Son, who had stuck out a leg to prod the ball home from six yards after getting on the end of an excellent cross from the right.

8.32pm GMT

17 min: From the corner, Harrison Reed plays the ball to his near namesake Bobby Reid on the edge of the Spurs penalty area. He tees up Andre Anguissa, whose shot from inside the area brings a decent save out of Hugo Lloris. Good work from Fulham.

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14 min: Eric Dier goes down injured after stretching every sinew to get back, dive in and block a Kenny Tete cross from the right. He looks to have hurt his left knee, but is ready to soldier on. Corner for Fulham.

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13 min: Antonee Robinson wins a corner for Fulham. Ivan Cavaleiro plays it short to Robinson, whose cross is cleared by Davinson Sanchez and Ndombele between them.

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12 min: Bobby Reid wins the ball in a good position wide on the right for Fulham, then cuts inside and runs straight at Sergio Reguilon. He shoots, but the left-back blocks his effort.

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11 min: Fulham win a throw-in halfway inside the Tottenham half. Nothing comes of it.

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9 min: Ruben Loftus-Cheek gets the better of his man down the left, before slicing a cross horribly wide.

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8 min: Moussa Sissoko and Serge Aurier combine down the right flank, before playing the ball inside to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Tottenham are growing into the game after a less than convincing start.

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6 min: Fulham advance into Tottenham territory again, only for Andre Anguissa to lose the ball. Tanguy Ndombele wins a free-kick, the ball is played wide to the right and then squared into the Fulham penalty area. Sergio Reguillon’s first shot is off target, the ball ricochets back his way and he fires high over the bar from an excellent position about 12 yards from goal.

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3 min: A bright start by Fulham, who win a free-kick about 40 yards from the Tottenham goal. The ball is curled across the penalty area by Ivan Cavaleiro, and Joachim Anderson and Tosin Adarabioyo try to connect. Neither can connect properly and Lloris gets down to gather.

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2 min: Ahead of the game, Jose Mourinho waited at the opening of the tunnel to greet his opposite number Scott Parker. There appears to be no bad blood between them following their fairly confected “war of words” in the build-up to this game.

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1 min: Paul Tierney blows his whistle and Fulham get the ball rolling, their players wearing yellow shirts, shorts and socks. Tottenham’s players wear their customary home kit of white shirts, navy shorts and white socks.

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Not long now: The teams march out on to the pitch, with Fulham leading the way, followed moments later by their hosts. The last of the pre-match formalities are under way and kick-off is imminent.

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“We are prepared,” the Tottenham manager tells Amazon Prime. “We thought we were going to play Villa on Wednesday but two days ago it was changed to Fulham and here we are prepared to play a very good team.”

On Tottenham’s league position: It is not about the title race, it’s about winning the points that you have in front of you,” he says. “And now today, this is the match. We are not even thinking about the table. The table is quite strange because some teams ... they have one match postponed, other teams two, other teams play every match. I don’t even look to the table, I look to the match. It’s a difficult match but we are going to fight for the points.”

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Premier League: Raheem Sterling ballooned a late penalty over the bar but Phil Foden’s fine strike just before half-time was enough to secure all three points for Manchester City.

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Those teams: Jose Mourinho makes four changes to the team that spanked Leeds 3-0 in their most recent Premier League outing, bringing in Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier, Sergio Reguilon and Moussa Sissoko. Steven Bergwijn is injured, while Matt Doherty, Toby Alderweireld and Ben Davies are among the substitutes.

Scott Parker makes just one change to the Fulham side that drew with Southampton on Boxing Day. Kenny Tete replaces Ademola Lookman, who drops to the bench. Tom Cairney and Aleksandar Mitrovic are both absent from tonight’s squad.

7.19pm GMT

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon, Winks, Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Sissoko, Kane, Son

Subs: Hart, Lamela, Alli, Moura, Vinicius, Bale, Alderwiereld, Doherty, Davies

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⚪️ Lloris (C), Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Winks, Sissoko, Ndombele, Son, Kane.

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Scott thinks this is the best approach for tonight! #TOTFUL pic.twitter.com/AwvUyPSBlH

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Having rested several of his big name stars for Sunday evening’s FA Cup third round win over Marine, Jose Mourinho is expected to make numerous changes. He will have to plan without Giovani Lo Celso, who is out with a hamstring injury, while Steven Bergwijn could also miss out with a knock. Pierre Emile Hojbjerg is also carrying an injury but may well be risked. Erik Lamela, who has not featured for Tottenham since being photographed breaking Covid regulations, may return.

Scott Parker has no injury concerns and also rested several players for Fulham’s FA Cup win over QPR on Saturday, a day when Josh Onomah, Kenny Tete and Terence Kongolo all returned from spells on the sidelines.

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Related: José Mourinho hits out at Fulham after Parker blasts ‘scandalous’ short notice

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Rearranged at short notice after an outbreak of Covid-19 precluded Aston Villa from fielding a team for their scheduled match against Spurs, tonight’s match goes ahead despite Fulham boss Scott Parker’s reluctance to play the game with less than three days notice.

Originally scheduled for 30 December, this match was postponed a couple of hours before kick-off due to postivie tests for the virus in the Fulham ranks. While Parker’s description of the decision to play this match tonight as “scandalous” suggests a healthy outbreak of perspective might be required at Craven Cottage in times we are all being forced to make sacrifices, his frustration is understandable. Of course it ought to go without saying that his complaints were greeted with predictable levels of scorn by Jose Mourinho.

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Ivan Cavaleiro's header earns Fulham deserved point at Tottenham

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Tottenham refuse to learn their lesson. Once again they allowed a game to slip from their control, failing to build on Harry Kane’s early goal and falling into defensive mode. It has become a recurring theme and Spurs ended up paying the price for José Mourinho’s conservatism when Fulham, inspired by a thrilling cameo from Ademola Lookman, punished their negative opponents with a deserved equaliser.

Mourinho could not complain about bad luck, even though his side missed a series of outstanding opportunities and had a winner from Sergio Reguilón disallowed for offside. To focus on misfortune and missed chances would be a distraction when the reality is that Spurs, who have won two of their past eight league games, have made a habit of conceding costly late goals.

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Aston Villa ask Premier League to postpone Sunday's match against Everton

ons, 13/01/2021 - 19:31
  • Villa’s first-team squad self-isolating after Covid outbreak
  • Southampton move Leeds game in order to play FA Cup tie

Aston Villa have asked the Premier League to postpone their fixture against Everton on Sunday because of the Covid-19 outbreak at the Midlands club.

Villa’s entire first-team squad and support staff have been in isolation since last week after nine players and five backroom staff tested positive for the virus. The club’s Bodymoor Heath training ground was closed as a result.

Related: Tony Dorigo on England, Italy and a short stint with Souness at Torino

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José Mourinho hits out at Fulham after Parker blasts ‘scandalous’ short notice

tir, 12/01/2021 - 23:34
  • Tottenham manager rails against ‘selfish’ agendas
  • ‘If they come with half of the team, I will apologise’

José Mourinho says Fulham will owe the rest of the Premier League an apology if they field a full-strength team in Wednesday’s rearranged match at Tottenham.

The Spurs manager has been angered by what he perceives to have been a reluctance on Fulham’s part to play the game at short notice. He suggested the only grounds for them not to do so was if they had selection issues but he does not believe they have any.

Related: Fulham to play Tottenham at two days' notice after Spurs v Aston Villa called off

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FA Cup: Manchester United drawn against Liverpool in fourth round

man, 11/01/2021 - 21:07
  • Chorley get Premier League tie with Wolves after win over Derby
  • Everton could meet Spurs if both teams progress to fifth round

Manchester United will host the Premier League champions Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round.

Monday night’s draw pitched United into battle with Jürgen Klopp’s men and the encounter will take place just a week after Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side take on Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday. The last time the Merseyside club won the FA Cup, in 2006, they beat United on the way to the final, winning 1-0 in the fifth round.

Related: FA Cup fourth and fifth-round draw: Man Utd face Liverpool – as it happened

On Sunday Neil Kengni gave Tottenham a scare when his shot hit the bar in the 20th minute of Marine's FA Cup tie. On Monday he attended a Zoom tutorial on health and safety for his apprentice plumbing course from his home in Manchester. 

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Fulham to play Tottenham at two days' notice after Spurs v Aston Villa called off

man, 11/01/2021 - 14:30
  • Coronavirus outbreak hit Villa’s first team last week
  • Fulham unimpressed and have Friday game moved too

Tottenham will play Fulham, rather than Aston Villa, in the Premier League on Wednesday night with the Cottagers’ subsequent fixture against Chelsea pushed back a day in a complex piece of rescheduling that shows the challenge of continuing elite sport during the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Premier League confirmed Aston Villa had requested their match against Spurs be postponed following a substantial coronavirus outbreak at the club. The league accepted that request, then asked Fulham to fulfil the fixture instead. That match-up will go ahead, despite Fulham’s misgivings, as will their west London derby with Chelsea, albeit on Saturday rather than Friday.

Related: 'We made a mistake': QPR sorry for letting Eberechi Eze attend game

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