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Mauricio Pochettino adamant only Premier League title will do for Spurs

lør, 19/08/2017 - 23:30

The Tottenham manager goes into the London derby against Chelsea convinced that claiming the title or the Champions League is how he will be judged

Mauricio Pochettino welcomes the champions to Wembley on Sunday with a simple message. The Tottenham manager has guided his club to third- and second-placed league finishes in the past two seasons but failed to bring a trophy to White Hart Lane. The Argentinian is clear, however, that the only piece of silverware that will really satisfy his ambitions is the one that Chelsea currently hold.

Related: Mauricio Pochettino calls on Tottenham to become guardians of ‘galaxy’ at Wembley

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Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino: The crazy Diego Maradona who inspires me

lør, 19/08/2017 - 23:30
‘I learned a lot from him,’ says Spurs manager who recalled one day during his playing career when the Argentinian legend opened fire on journalists

Diego Maradona is always with Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentinian legend is seared into the Tottenham manager’s psyche and will be with him in spirit on Sunday afternoon when Chelsea visit Wembley in a deliciously early examination of his – and Antonio Conte’s – title ambitions.

But one crazy morning by the coast in 1994 when Pochettino and Maradona were supposed to be sharing a room as team-mates of Newell’s Old Boys, the World Cup-winning hero of a nation was nowhere to be seen. What transpired gave the young Pochettino a glimpse into the art of crisis management and dealing with star names and the attention they bring, even if the problems that transpired were off the scale when it comes to sheer and utter madness.

Related: 'Many see the picture as symbolic of Maradona’s talent and our terror'

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Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea: match preview

lør, 19/08/2017 - 10:00

Antonio Conte will be been forced to make changes after last week’s disastrous 3-2 home defeat by Burnley – Gary Cahill and Cesc Fàbregas are both suspended after being sent off. Victor Moses is back following a ban but the Chelsea manager will also be hoping Pedro and summer signing Tiémoué Bakayoko come through fitness tests otherwise his squad, with 26 players out on loan, will be stretched to the limit. Rich Flower

Kick-off Sunday 4pm

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Mauricio Pochettino calls on Tottenham to become guardians of ‘galaxy’ at Wembley

fre, 18/08/2017 - 23:45
• ‘Wembley was a big one for me. When I was young it was like the moon’
• Manager wants national stadium to feel like home for next nine months

Mauricio Pochettino is looking forward to making Wembley his home for the next nine months, even if the English national stadium seemed like something from “another galaxy” as a child.

Tottenham Hotspur, who on Friday sealed the record £42m move for the centre-half Davinson Sánchez, will play all their home matches at Wembley this season while construction of their new stadium is completed.

Related: Tottenham must play their part in ending talk of Wembley hoodoo | Paul MacInnes

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Tottenham in advanced talks to sign Juan Foyth from Estudiantes

fre, 18/08/2017 - 20:09
• Argentinian centre-back would cost around £9m
• Spurs confirm they have agreed a deal for Davinson Sánchez

Tottenham are hoping to conclude a deal for Juan Foyth after entering advanced talks with the centre-back’s club Estudiantes. Spurs were in contact with the Argentinian club last month but have now firmed up their interest and are hoping to sign the 19-year-old for around £9m.

Spurs, however, will have to fend off interest from Paris St-Germain and Internazionale if they are to sign the Argentinian Under-20 international.

Related: Mauricio Pochettino calls on Tottenham to make Wembley feel like home

Related: Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe's top five leagues

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No excuse for failure at Wembley, says Mauricio Pochettino – video

fre, 18/08/2017 - 16:51

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says there is no excuse for his team to perform badly at Wembley this season. Spurs struggled last term, when they bombed out of the Champions League at the group stage and then failed to overturn a first-leg deficit against Gent in the Europa League knockout stages. Spurs face Chelsea on Sunday afternoon

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How lucky doorframes and sightlines can help Spurs end talk of Wembley hoodoo | Paul MacInnes

fre, 18/08/2017 - 13:46
Spurs move into Wembley for all their games with defeats in the Champions League and FA Cup semi-final last season leading to assumptions they don’t play their best at the national stadium

While it sounds like the title of a dusty 78 by a forgotten Delta bluesman, “Wembley hoodoo” is still popular in 2017. It is a refrain sung by fans and pundits alike when discussing the prospects for Tottenham Hotspur this season, when they move into the national stadium as their temporary home.

Spurs’ time as tenants begins this Sunday against Chelsea, in what everyone hopes will be a reprisal of last year’s games between the teams: high quality, equally matched. Of interest to students of the hoodoo is that Spurs lost to Chelsea 4-2 in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

Related: Tottenham cannot blame Wembley, they were simply out-classed by Monaco

Related: Eden Hazard clinches semi-final thriller for Chelsea against Tottenham

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Can Tottenham break their Wembley curse? – video

fre, 18/08/2017 - 11:25

This season Tottenham will play their home games at Wembley as work continues on the new White Hart Lane stadium. Not everyone at Spurs will see this as a good thing. The club struggled to adjust to playing at the famous ground last season and Spurs will need to find some form there if they are to challenge for the title this year

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Tottenham agree club-record £42m fee for Ajax defender Davinson Sánchez

fre, 18/08/2017 - 00:23

• Mauricio Pochettino closes in on Colombia centre-half
• Club officials are thrashing out a deal for the 21-year-old

Tottenham are closing in on their first signing of the transfer window after they agreed a club record fee of up to £42m with Ajax for centre-half Davinson Sánchez, with the Colombia defender now expected to compete his move in the coming days.

Related: Fall of pound means Tottenham face paying more for Davinson Sánchez by the day

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Fall of pound means Tottenham face paying more for Davinson Sánchez by the day

ons, 16/08/2017 - 14:12
• Ajax’s stance reflects problem faced by Premier ​League clubs since Brexit vote
• Dutch club slow down negotiations as pound continues to fall against euro

Premier ​League clubs are facing demands for ever higher transfer fees and for players’ wages to be paid in euros because of the collapse in the value of the pound since the Brexit vote.

As sterling fell this week to its lowest value since Britain emerged from the financial crash, the consequences for top-flight clubs have been laid bare by the haggling over the future of Ajax’s Davinson Sánchez.

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Football transfer rumours: Danny Rose to Chelsea for £30m?

ons, 16/08/2017 - 10:09

Today’s blurb is bleary-eyed

Like Usain Bolt heading into the final 50m, Daniel Levy sees the end of the transfer window approaching and is starting to pick up the pace. There are signs of the pursestrings being loosened at last. That clinking sound you can hear is Levy rustling around his wallet for some loose change. The increased urgency may have something to do with *that* Danny Rose interview last week, in which the left-back helpfully wondered if Tottenham Hotspur might like to show him and his team-mates the money. But maybe it’s just a coincidence that Tottenham look like they may mean business.

Related: Danny Rose the rebel causes thorny problem for Daniel Levy and Spurs | Daniel Taylor

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Kyle Walker-Peters steps into big time at Tottenham with a minimum of fuss | Nick Ames

man, 14/08/2017 - 22:50
Mauricio Pochettino’s deputy right-back has been schooled the Argentinian’s way and he duly made a composed debut for Spurs in the win at Newcastle

In January 2016 Kyle Walker-Peters had a decision to make. Tottenham had agreed that he could join up with Roda JC, a lower mid-table side in the Dutch top flight, on their mid-season training camp in Portugal. Both parties would spend the week looking at one another with the idea of coming to a loan arrangement and, all being well, it would bring a first taste of competitive senior football to a player still three months short of his 19th birthday.

A temporary move never materialised and the suggestion when Walker-Peters returned to London was that the number of high balls Roda played was a stumbling block for the right-back. Any fit has to be an appropriate one so instead he slotted back into Spurs’ under-21 side, where he had stood out in the previous 12 months, continued working and waited for his chance.

Related: Tottenham open talks with Ajax over £25m move for Davinson Sánchez

Related: Premier League: 10 talking points from the opening weekend's action

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Tottenham open talks with Ajax over £25m move for Davinson Sánchez

man, 14/08/2017 - 19:15
• Colombia defender has informed Ajax he wants to join Spurs
• Tottenham also interested in Celta Vigo midfielder Pape Cheikh

Tottenham have opened talks with Ajax over the transfer of Davinson Sánchez, with Mauricio Pochettino increasingly confident of signing him after the Colombia defender informed the Dutch side that he wants to move to Spurs.

Having sold Kyle Walker to Manchester City for a fee that could reach £50m, Pochettino has been searching for reinforcements to his squad and identified the 21-year-old as the perfect player to complement Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in his back three.

Related: Despite this clod-hopping powerplay, Diego Costa may be on to something | Barney Ronay

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the opening weekend's action

man, 14/08/2017 - 09:01

Liverpool’s defensive frailties, Wayne Rooney’s nous in both boxes, an unwanted headache for Paul Clement and Manchester United’s unsung heroes

So, why was it that Chelsea decided they could afford to let Nemanja Matic join Manchester United and willingly pass over one of the more brilliantly effective midfield players of the modern game to a major rival? When that question was posed to José Mourinho after Manchester United’s biggest league win since he took over as manager he made it sound as if he was slightly bewildered, too. “It depends on what is happening, or what was happening, behind doors and we don’t know,” he said. “The only thing I know is that, with Chelsea’s money, I brought him to Stamford Bridge because I thought he was a player with special qualities and ever since I left I always thought he could be a perfect player for us.” That still doesn’t answer the question about why Chelsea have apparently given Mourinho the final piece in his jigsaw when it comes to assembling a team capable of winning the Premier League. We never get a satisfactory answer and, in the meantime, Matic has quickly shown it might be a grave error on Chelsea’s part. United were struggling to break down West Ham until Matic’s interception sparked the breakaway that led to Romelu Lukaka’s first goal.

Related: Romelu Lukaku rises to José Mourinho’s challenge at Manchester United

Related: Antonio Conte tells Chelsea to show more fight but prays for new signings

Related: Diego Costa accuses Chelsea of being unfair and treating him like a ‘criminal’

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Rafael Benítez reveals Jonjo Shelvey apology after Tottenham red card

man, 14/08/2017 - 01:01
• Shelvey was sent off as Newcastle lost 2-0 against Spurs
• Midfielder stood on Dele Alli’s ankle with game goalless

Rafael Benítez revealed that Jonjo Shelvey had apologised after “letting everyone down” by collecting an inevitable red card for needlessly standing on Dele Alli’s ankle in an off-the-ball incident at St James’ Park on Sunday.

Related: Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey sees red as Dele Alli has last laugh for Tottenham

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

søn, 13/08/2017 - 21:08

With the new 2017-18 season in full swing, we have selected 12 of our favourite images from the opening weekend in England’s top flight

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Jonjo Shelvey falls victim of Dele Alli’s textbook ‘hook, line and sinker’ move | Nick Miller

søn, 13/08/2017 - 19:16

The Newcastle captain remains prone to bouts of petulance but the Tottenham midfielder has learned how to channel his inner devil

The role of the captain in modern football is not always entirely clear. Do teams need a single inspirational figure, a chest-thumper who stirs the heart and soul? An experienced head, one who can offer big-brotherly advice to his colleagues? Someone who leads by example, which usually just means being better than everyone else?

In theory it should not matter who has the armband. As long as he can tell the difference between heads and tails on a coin and is half-respected by his colleagues, he should not need much else, except just one other thing: ideally he should not brainlessly get himself sent off at a crucial phase of a game against title contenders.

Related: Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey sees red as Dele Alli has last laugh for Tottenham

Related: Newcastle United 0-2 Tottenham: Alli and Davies strike after Shelvey red – as it happened

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Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey sees red as Dele Alli has last laugh for Tottenham

søn, 13/08/2017 - 16:46

Familiarity can so often be wonderfully reassuring but, for Newcastle United, it all too frequently provokes depression. There was to be no exception to this general Geordie rule on Sunday when the sight of Mike Ashley with his arms determinedly folded in the directors’ box simply served as a reminder of how badly the club’s owner has let Rafael Benítez down in the transfer market this summer.

As if that were not sufficient, a moment of mindless, all too typically self-destructive stupidity from Jonjo Shelvey – namely stepping on Delle Alli’s ankle straight in front of the referee – at the outset of the second half saw Benítez’s side reduced to 10 men.

Related: Danny Rose the rebel causes thorny problem for Daniel Levy and Spurs | Daniel Taylor

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Newcastle United 0-2 Tottenham: Alli and Davies strike after Shelvey red – as it happened

søn, 13/08/2017 - 16:28

Newcastle did a good job of policing Spurs until Jonjo Shelvey got himself sent-off three minutes into the second half for treading on Dele Ali; Alli put his team ahead soo after, and Ben Davies then cemented their victory

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Louise Taylor’s match report:

Related: Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey sees red as Dele Alli has last laugh for Tottenham

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That aside, enjoy the rest of your weekends. Bye.

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Anyway, there we go; every team in the Premier league has now played, save Manchester United and West Ham United. Follow their match here, with Rob Smyth.

Related: Manchester United v West Ham United: Premier League – live!

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But what about Jonjo Shelvey?

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Jonjo Shelvey, though.

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Easy for Spurs in the end, but they did not play well until Shelvey got himself sent-off. Newcastle looked solid and well-organised, though will need to find more attacking cohesion against sides who allow them more of the ball.

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90+3 min Please take a read of the below.

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3.23pm BST

90+2 min Son drives at the heart of the Newcastle defence and slips in Kane. With just Elliott to beat, he beats Elliott, shooting low and hard across him, only to cannon the foot of the post.

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90+1 min Alan Smith gives Walker-Peters man of the match, which is fair enough given the lack of obvious contenders. Eriksen has been Spurs’ most consistent threat, but this game was won by one man’s sense of mischief: Dele Alli.

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90+1 min There’ll be three added minutes.

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90 min Harry Winks comes on for his bonus Dembele.

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88 min Newcastle have done pretty well not to crumble here. Spurs haven’t exactly had at them, but still, they’ve been disciplined in keeping shape with the ball moving around them.

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86 min Davies leaves one on someone - Perez I think - and is booked. Newcastle have a free-kick on the right, not far from the corner of the box, and Clark curls it in nicely. Various attackers and defenders then contest the first ball, sending the second onto the laces of Clark, loitering on the edge. He lines up a volley, but gets right under the ball, slicing it towards Lloris who leaps to catch above his heed.

3.15pm BST

84 min Newcastle have done well these last few minutes and Clark cuts the ball into the box from right, at which point Hayden arrives to moves it from near side to far post. Walker-Peters, though, does enough to distract Atsu who, from a narrow angle, fires into the side-netting.

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83 min Alli goes off, slowing down under the guise of applauding the away support but really to antagonise the home support, who are jeering. He does well not to crease.

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81 min This’ll end up a dispiriting afternoon for Newcastle, but the signs for them are good: they’ve looked solid at the back and enterprising going forward, though another striker would make a big difference. I think they’ll stay up.

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80 min Atsu hasn’t given up, running up Alderweireld and making to go outside before nipping inside and leaving him hanging. His shot, though, isn’t well hit and Lloris fields easily, but that was still nice.

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78 min Walker-Peters, who’s had a decent game, agains finds himself in an advanced position, knocking back to Eriksen. He’s sold him short, but yerman still manages to nudge square for Dembele, who does likewise for Dier; his shot, swept from right to left, is deflected just past the far post. Naturally, the corner comes to nothing.

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77 min Merino, making his debut, replaces Gayle.

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75 min With that Shelvey red it’s the thickness more than anything else. There was literally nothing to be gained with that tread - it wasn’t even going to hurt - and instead he walked right into the trap. A proper look over there, slap! moment.

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72 min Spurs will probably score another soon. Amazingly, they’re much too good for Newcastle with an extra man.

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And there it is. Kane into Alli outside the box, and he turns a lovely return pass around the corner which Eriksen bursts into inside the box. He might swivel and shoot, but sees Davies arriving from the other side, allowing him to stroke a low finish past Elliott.

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69 min “You’ve got to hand it to Jonjo Shelvey, he’s as consistent as they come, as reliable as a Swiss timepiece,” emails JR. “Benitez is going to need to get some power drinking tips from Ashley if he’s counting on Shelvey.

Side note: I could watch a whole game with the camera only focused on Dele. As Ray Hudson would say, he is magisterial.”

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67 min It’s pretty quiet now. Spurs will just keep possession and tire Newcastle, then take a second goal when the opportunity presents itself, which it surely will.

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65 min What’s a suitable punishment for Shelvey at training tomorrow? Sweatsuit, Deep Heat and beep test?

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63 min Nice from Kane, pulling left then moving in off the line with the ball, driving a reverse-pass into the box for Eriksen. From an acute angle, he can’t decide whether to shoot or cross, squirting the ball into the middle instead.

2.52pm BST

Dele Alli is hilarious. Outside the box, Kane and Eriksen exchange passes before the latter clips a ball over the top from right to left; naturally, Alli has timed his run beautifully, stretching to divert it back across Elliott and this game is over.

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60 min I reckon if Spurs still haven’t scored with six seconds to go, Pochettino will send on Janssen.

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59 min Son finds Alli outside the box, and he spreads wide to Walker-Peters. The eventuating cross is a decent one, but no one gambles at the near post and Newcastle clear.

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58 min Pochettino realises he needs to go for this now, so removed Sissoko to replace him with Son. His wrist is in plaster, but he looks fine.

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56 min That Kane chance looked a lot easier than it was, incidentally. He was close to goal, it’s true, but striking the ball properly meant that it’d always go in line with his swing, so the keeper could spread himself and have a good chance of blocking. The kind of thing that Ludo Miklosko did to Andy Cole on the last day of 1995-96, basically.

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54 min Jonjo Shelvey, eh.

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52 min Ritchie is booked for that foul on Alli.

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51 min Alli is buzzing, enticing Ritchie into a foul before Spurs break. Eriksen drifts across the face of the box and looks to spread the play, but the pass takes a deflection off Hayden AND KANE IS IN! Waiting for the the ball to drop over his shoulder allows Mbemba to extend a leg but it barely matters, and backpeddling to take account of the bounce, he spins and clatters a shot from close range! But it’s straight at Elliott!

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50 min The game needed something, but it’s Newcastle who strike first, Atsu and Gayle wriggling space inside the box and Lloris beating away the latter’s resultant shot.

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This is classic Dele Alli! Alli, down after a challenge, pokes the ball away as Shelvey tries to retrieve it so Shelvey treads on his ankle. Alli then flings himself backwards - grassing, where Shelvey comes from - and the ref shows the red. He blundered right into that, I’m afraid; what a clown.

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47 min “Yawn,” says David Flynn. “Between this game and Jose’s United still to come, I reckon advertising standards might have something to say about Sky claiming this is a Super Sunday.”

Er, that’s not a description of the football, rather what the day of the week is now called. In sequence:

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46 min We’re back underway.

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“Did the Sky commentator just say that Spurs (with Eriksen/Alli/Kane) haven’t scored a free kick since October 2015?!” asks Matt Loten. “Absurd.”

The thing about free-kicks is they hardly ever go in. I’ve always wondered if there’ll come a time where all teams just stickitinthefackinmixah.

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I see the merits of Charlotte, but anyone not in thrall to Dr Gaz is dead to me.

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Or if highbrow is more your style, here’s the prophet of reality telly.

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Half-time entertainment: archive of Newcastle.

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Not the greatest half. But Newcastle have done very well to shut Spurs down without shutting their own attack down in the process; Spurs have lacked authority and conviction in their passing and movement, and have a bollocking in the post.

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2.18pm BST

45+2 min Spurs win a free-kick 40 or so yards from goal, which Eriksen lifts onto the forehead of a defender. Newcastle then break, and Perez hares down the right, then chips a cross into the middle looking for Shelvey. But Lloris is up early to claim.

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45+1 min There shall be three added minutes. Given two injuries, it could’ve been far, far worse. We’re nearly there.

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45 min Kane touches down to Eriksen, Spurs’ liveliest player this half. He bursts onto the ball and contemplates feeding a runner before shooting tamely straight at Elliott.

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43 min Spurs need to get the ball moving more quickly, and more men into the box. Newcastle need to keep doing what they’re doing.

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41 min Eriksen moves inside again and using Clark as a screen tries a curler looking for the far corner. But he doesn’t get hold of it correctly and the ball loops into Elliott’s arms.

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41 min Nothing is happening, less or more. The advertising hoardings are changing, but that’s about it.

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39 min Let’s be real, sunny Sunday afternoons like this are not for football, so we’re not really seeing any. Serves us right.

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37 min If it’s still 0-0 at half-time I don’t think it’ll be long before we see at least one of Son and Winks. Spurs lack spark and speed, and both those two can supply it.

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34 min Oh dear. Lejeune can’t continue, and Newcastle make their second defensive change, bringing on Mbemba.

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33 min Ok, I take it back; Kane’s actual tackle wasn’t so bad, but stretching his lead leg around Lejeune’s lead leg, trailing leg wrapped-up trailing leg. Lejeune goes off for treatment.

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32 min Lejeune, though, is down and struggling.

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31 min Kane goes around Lejeune on the outside, overruns the ball, and scythes in to win it back. He fails, and is booked for his trouble. Seems a bit excitable to me, on Dre Marriner’s behalf.

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30 min Again Atsu causes trouble, dashing to the line and cutting back; Walker-Peters blocks behind for a corner of which nothing comes.

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29 min Atsu takes possession on halfway, allowing the ball through his legs and stretching away. With Walker-Peters stranded Dembele gives chase, but he can’t quite keep up and when the low cross arrives Gayle ought to be there to tap home ... except he’s on his heels and too late.

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28 min “Classic Rafa,” tweets Hubert O’Hearn. “Every player knows his space and duty, and where his team-mates will be. Never flashy, but maximum efficiency.”

Yep, that’s true - though this is also a good time to be playing Spurs.

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27 min Davies finds a bit of space down the left and nips a pass back to Eriksen. From the edge of the box, he shoots early and low, ball passing between Lascelles’ legs and just wide of the far post.

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25 min Walker-Peters snaps down the right and snaps over a cross at roundabout shin-height. Sissoko fastens onto it, looking to turn it in at the near post, but Clark is on-hand to block him off.

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23 min Lascelles crunches Alli then accidentally runs into him accidentally. This is exactly what Alli is after, taking the opportunity to engage in the mouth that gets him going and chortling in the process. Lascelles affects levity too, but without comparable elan.

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22 min Spurs win a free-kick on the right touchline, level with the edge of the box, and Eriksen whips in a tremendous cross that Kane is very close to nodding home. But not close enough.

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20 min Newcastle sit deep and Spurs probe, but without the movement and touch to which we’ve become used. The wide pitch at St James’ Park isn’t to their advantage, I don’t think; not just the lack of a winger, but the excellent Kane’s lack of pace too.

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18 min We can now assert this as A Good Start for Newcastle. No chance conceded, some promising movement up front, and general calmness and all that.

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16 min Newcastle win a free-kick 35 yards from goal, chipped over the top by Shelvey, again into the space between Walker-Peters and Alderweireld. And again, Gayle is there first, but this time he’s gone too early, so as he hits the ground following apparent contact, Andre Marriner is saved from having to make a penalty decision by the linesman’s flag.

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14 min “This game is a 7:30am start here,” emails JR in Illinois, where they particularly hate Nazis. “The jackass next door decided that it was time to mow the lawn at 7am on the dot. This didn’t matter much to me as I was going to get up for the game anyway. Mrs. J.R. in Illinois not quite so sanguine about this beginning to the day.”

Are you sure it was the neighbour’s fault?

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13 min Eriksen ventures infield and clips a lovely ball over the top for Alli, pulling right. He cushions a volley across the face, winning a corner; it comes to nowt.

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11 min Spurs are into this now, picking passes around the pitch. They’ve not created anything mind - Alli and Kane have barely had a touch - but already it looks ominous for the home side.

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9 min Dembele, who would be one of the best midfielders in the world if he scored and made a few more - in other words, if he maximised his talent - glides around Hayden and lamps a drive from distance. It’s blocked.

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9 min Clark has gone to left-back with Lascelles now alongside Lejeune in the middle of the Newcastle defence.

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8 min It doesn’t. Lascelles, the club captain who can’t get into the side, replaces him in time to defend a corner. Oddly, Eriksen doesn’t immediately pump it into the middle but goes short to Davies, of which nothing comes.

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6 min Dummett over-stretches a hamstring and goes down; hard to see how that’s getting better in the next minute or so.

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5 min All Newcastle so far, and Dummett takes a throw inside the Spurs half, gets it back, and lifts a ball over the top between Walker-Peters and Alderweireld. Gayle makes a good run too, but it’s a tricky finish coming over his shoulder, and he slashes over the top.

1.35pm BST

3 min Spurs then. How would you strengthen their first XI? Last season I suggested that a winger instead of Christian Eriksen might help, which wasn’t to decry his pressing, delivery or late goals. Just that the most obvious thing the side was missing was attacking width, something I thought especially glaring at Wembley in the Champions League.

1.32pm BST

1 min Newcastle put Walker-Peters under, a long ball sending Perez haring at him. He copes well and wins the free-kick.

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1 min Newcastle kick-off with Gayle knocking it back. That law change makes sense I suppose, but there’s something great about the old way of doing it, using three strikers.

1.31pm BST

Newcastle huddle. All the difference.

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1.28pm BST

Out come our teams!

1.27pm BST

Apropos of saving the world: this is Ava Vidal.

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I think it was me who said dept: read my preview of the Premier League season here.

1.21pm BST

He’s also asked whether Newcastle have to get after Spurs or sit back. Both, he says.

1.20pm BST

Sky ask Rafael Benitez if he’s excited. He confides that he is.

1.19pm BST

I love club Twitter accounts.

Ready for action. #COYS pic.twitter.com/odsYeCp7Vl

1.15pm BST

He reckons he was too hasty in binning Sam Allardyce and was unfair to Chris Hughton. Alan Shearer “did a fantastic in job in everything else but the odd result not going his way.” Laugh!

1.14pm BST

“I was probably too keen to get going and make a difference,” says Ashley, who is, no doubt, also a bit of a perfectionist who thinks things can be done too quickly, is too humble, too self-deprecating, and likes to do everything himself.

1.12pm BST

“Here’s hoping Sky’s new half time entertainment is Pards throwing some shapes in the centre circle,” tweets Matt Loten.

I know Wayne Rooney isn’t everyone’s vat of slurp, but he deserves our love and affection for ensuring that jig became part of football folklore for all the right reasons.

1.11pm BST

“The normally camera-shy Newcastle owner Mike Ashley” - Adam Darke really just spoke those words.

1.06pm BST

On which point, for a lesson in how to celebrate a goal against a former club, visit a popular video hosting site, put in “Man United Chelsea 1997”, and see Mark Hughes show how it’s meant to be done.

1.05pm BST

They’re now showing VT of Javier Hernandez and asking if he’ll celebrate a goal. I can report that we might be #classytouch deficient. I’m sorry.

1.00pm BST

Alan Pardew is the new - or should I say “noo” - eye candy on sky’s football coverage. They do spoil us.

12.59pm BST

Tangentially, let’s have a closer look at our teams. Newcastle give debuts to Lejeune and Manquillo, while Atsu is now officially theirs. They’ll look to Ayoze Perez to disquiet the league’s best pair of centre-backs.

Spurs, meanwhile, have lozzed their three at the back - for now, at least, though it’s hard to see it working at Wembley as well as it did at White Hart Lane. At full-back, they had no choice but to field Walker-Peters and Davies, an area for Newcastle to target, while in midfield, Pochettino goes for Dier not Wanyama or Dier and Wanyama; he’ll be pleased to know I consider that a sensible decision. On the other hand, well, er, Moussa Sissoko.

12.52pm BST

Did you know: Metallica’s black album is 26 years old today. What a piece of work that was and is, making headbangers out of indy kids.

12.37pm BST

Newcastle United (a usual 4-2-3-1): Elliot; Manquillo, Clark, Lejeune, Dummett; Hayden, Shelvey; Atsu, Perez, Ritchie, Gayle. Subs: Darlow, Lascelles, Murphy, Aarons, Mbemba, Merino, Mitrovic.

Tottenham Hotspur (a whatchagonnado 4-2-3-1): Lloris, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Eriksen, Sissoko, Alli; Kane. Subs: Vorm, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Wanyama, Winks, Son, Janssen.

10.40am BST

Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur are two of English football’s most evocative names. Each club has a rich history of maverick players, attacking style and spendthrift spending, their lots of FA Cups and not lots of league titles casting them as heroes and tragic heroes of their own self-parody and self-mythology. In many ways, they encapsulate The GameTM.

And they arrive at today’s fixture in similar nick, promising previous seasons naused up by failure to arrange necessary and expected reinforcements. Both managers will hope to have this addressed before the transfer window gently eases closed, but in the meantime, Newcastle must stay up but ought really to manage better, while Spurs need to win something, anything.

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Danny Rose the rebel causes thorny problem for Daniel Levy and Spurs | Daniel Taylor

søn, 13/08/2017 - 00:52

The Tottenham chairman, renowned as a tough negotiator, risks a major mutiny if he does not increase wages significantly

They tell a story at Manchester United that probably sums up why the previous regime at Old Trafford had a policy never to do business with Tottenham Hotspur and Sir Alex Ferguson once remarked that hip surgery was more enjoyable than trying to find common ground with Daniel Levy when it came to money. It goes back to Luka Modric’s final season at White Hart Lane when Ferguson was tipped off that the Croat would be keen on a move to Manchester to fill the void left by Paul Scholes’s retirement. In ordinary circumstances, Modric would have been the ideal fit. These, however, were not ordinary circumstances. Ferguson had never forgotten what it was like dealing with Levy in the protracted transfer saga he referred to as “the Dimitar Berbatov carry-on” and when he raised the matter with David Gill, United’s chief executive, the two men agreed they didn’t have the stomach to go though the same again. As good as Modric was, they simply couldn’t countenance another negotiation involving the Spurs chairman.

Related: Mauricio Pochettino forgives Danny Rose for Tottenham criticism

Related: Premier League 2017-18 preview No17: Tottenham Hotspur | Jacob Steinberg

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