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Houghton inspires Manchester City Women to FA Cup win over Tottenham

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• Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Manchester City
• Ellie Roebuck saves penalty as City make FA Cup quarter-finals

Tottenham were given another look at the level they need to reach to be competitive in the Women’s Super League should they win promotion as goals from the captain Steph Houghton, Lauren Hemp and Gemma Bonner, along with a penalty save from Ellie Roebuck, ensured Manchester City cruised into the FA Cup quarter-finals.

“There’s another two levels, there’s the top-top, the top-four, and then there’s the rest. We know we can compete at that level,” said the Spurs manager, Karen Hills, whose team held off City for much of the first half. “We’re semi-professional and they’re full-time – if it got evened up who knows? We know we’re not a million miles off and what the girls did was fantastic. The crowd were brilliant today and hopefully they can be proud of the girls.”

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Harry Winks: from flag-bearer to standard-bearer at Tottenham

tor, 14/02/2019 - 15:00
Midfielder was the quiet force behind a win over Dortmund which he sees as a statement that Spurs mean business

It is a lovely story, a real ratings winner, and one that bears retelling at times like these. As a 15-year-old Tottenham academy hopeful, Harry Winks was given the honour of being a flag-bearer before the club’s Champions League quarter-final tie against Real Madrid at White Hart Lane in 2011.

It was an incredible thrill for him, being up close to Cristiano Ronaldo and all of the rest, but not least because first and foremost Winks is a Spurs fan who started going to home games with his father, Gary, when he was six or seven. By then, Winks had joined the club’s academy. He was five when that happened.

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Pochettino praises Tottenham 'heroes' after 3-0 victory over Dortmund – video

tor, 14/02/2019 - 12:19

Tottenham took a giant step forward towards the Champions League quarter-finals with a stunning 3-0 victory over Dortmund. It wasn’t until the second half that the goals came, with Son Heung-min volleying Spurs into the lead. Two late goals from Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente rounded off a brilliant first leg for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. The two sides meet again early in March.

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Mauricio Pochettino salutes Son and Spurs ‘heroes’ after Dortmund win

tor, 14/02/2019 - 01:15

• Manager jokes that when team’s talisman scores it is game over
• South Korean now has 11 goals from his last 12 club games

Mauricio Pochettino saluted his talismanic goalscorer Son Heung-min after the Tottenham forward helped to move the team to within touching distance of the Champions League quarter-finals.

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Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho makes mark but has to settle for second best | Barney Ronay

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England’s 18-year-old winger sparkled at times on his return to London, even if Tottenham’s Son Heung-min stole the show

Two lucrative transfers, two academy stints and one dramatic overseas switch into Jadon Sancho’s career the English football prodigy, a talent-riddle waiting to be solved, has finally played a club game in his home country.

He might expect a few happier returns in future. They came to watch Jadon, or at least to gawp just a little. In the event it was an evening that offered glimpses of his talent in a fine first half but brought a chastening end for the Bundesliga leaders.

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Tottenham 3-0 Borussia Dortmund: Champions League player ratings

tor, 14/02/2019 - 00:17

Jan Vertonghen and Son Heung-min excelled for the home side, while Jadon Sancho was a bright spot for the visitors

Hugo Lloris Kept his team in it during the first half. Drew the breath with diving save to deny Zagadou 8

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Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Borussia Dortmund: Champions League – as it happened

ons, 13/02/2019 - 23:25

Stand-in wing-back Jan Vertonghen was the man of the match as Spurs took a big step towards the quarter-finals.

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10.25pm GMT

So that’s your lot. A huge second-half performance by Tottenham Hotspur. The leaders of the Bundesliga were swept aside, and now Spurs have one foot in the quarters. Just one solid night’s work at the Westfalenstadion in three weeks’ time should do it. Our man Daniel Taylor was at Wembley, and here’s his report. Thanks for reading! Nighty night!

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And here’s Mauricio Pochettino, who really earned his corn tonight at half-time. “It was a fantastic second half. It was a very difficult game from the beginning, and difficult to find our best positions in both directions. We struggled to play the way we wanted to play. But afterwards we played with more confidence. In the second half, we played a very good game. Against a very good side like Dortmund, in the Champions League, it is still difficult and there is still a lot of work to do. 3-0 is a very good result but we need to think how we can finish the job. We have an unbelievable squad, the only problem we have is I can only pick 11, not 22.”

10.16pm GMT

Jadon Sancho comes out to speak. “Aw, I don’t have any words for the second half. We tried our best but tonight Tottenham was the better team. First half we played really well, but in the second we dropped a bit and lost focus. Next leg we have to keep focus for the whole game. Jan Vertonghen is a good player, but hopefully next time we can handle it a bit better. But I’m happy to be home and play in front of my friends and family, I’m happy to be here. We’re still in it, still focused, and will go into the next leg thinking we can score enough goals.” The 18-year-old Dortmund winger an impressive interviewee, despite his obvious disappointment.

10.08pm GMT

Here’s the man of the moment - the man of the match - Jan Vertonghen. “We were not creating too many chances, they had the better of the game in the first half. But in the second they dropped off a bit, and our early goal helped us. They were happy with 1-0 so we could continue attacking. It was just one of those nights. A great cross by Serge for the goal, who saw me running.”

His pal Heung-Min Son adds: “Jan is technically unbelievable, he could play any position. I am happy for him with his one goal and one assist. The cross for my goal was unbelievable, unreal, I just had to touch the ball. I feel sorry because when I scored I didn’t run to him! I am honoured to play with him and he can play striker for me!”

10.03pm GMT

It’s also worth noting that Spurs have only reached the quarter finals of the European Cup or Champions League on two occasions before. The glory, glory team of Blanchflower, White and Mackay made it to the semis in 1962, while a Crouchigol took Harry Redknapp’s team past Milan and into the quarters in 2011. Nobody at Spurs will be counting their chickens, but a third appearance at the business end of this tournament is well within their reach now.

9.58pm GMT

Easy to forget now that Spurs were second best in the first half, albeit not by any great distance. However they were wonderful in the second period and simply blew Dortmund away! Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen both excelled, but the plaudits will go to stand-in wing-back Jan Vertonghen, whose front-foot display as an ersatz winger in the second period was quite something to behold. And he didn’t neglect his defensive duties either, allowing Dortmund not a sniff after the restart. Mauricio Pochettino walks off smiling quietly, another tactical plan having come together.

9.51pm GMT

How about that Jan Vertonghen, huh.

9.51pm GMT

90 min +1: Victor Wanyama comes on for Moussa Sissoko. It’s a party atmosphere at Wembley.

9.50pm GMT

90 min: Just two minutes of stoppage time to come. Guerreiro hits a first-time curler towards the top left from 25 yards. If it had been on target, it was a goal because Lloris wasn’t getting there. But Dortmund aren’t getting an away goal that would give them a desperately needed boost ahead of the second leg. Inches wide.

9.48pm GMT

89 min: Son Heung-Min - who would be man of the match on any other day, but you’re not getting that award off Jan Vertonghen - makes way for Erik Lamela.

9.47pm GMT

87 min: Raphael Guerreiro comes on for Jadon Sancho. The Bundesliga leaders don’t know what’s hit them. Tottenham have been quite outstanding since the restart!

9.46pm GMT

What a second-half showing this is from Spurs! Eriksen works his way down the left and earns a corner. He takes the set piece himself, and loops it into the six-yard box, where Llorente nips in ahead of Diallo and heads neatly towards the bottom right and in! Wembley’s roof now spinning over the Severn Bridge.

9.44pm GMT

84 min: Lucas Moura makes way for Fernando Llorente. The Wembley roof is now frisbeeing halfway down the M4.

9.43pm GMT

Vertonghen has been the star of the show tonight, and now he’s set the seal on it! Aurier, deep on the right, loops a cross into the centre where Vertonghen has made a striker’s run. It’s a perfect cross, dropping right in front of Vertonghen, and he powers a first-time sidefoot past Burki. Who needs Harry Kane when you’ve got Jan Vertonghen?

9.41pm GMT

82 min: Son is sent scampering into space down the left by Winks, quarterbacking from deep, but can’t quite summon the energy to power towards the Dortmund area. He’s forced to check back and the move breaks down.

9.39pm GMT

80 min: Sancho was a jet-heeled sensation in the first half, but he’s not been so proactive in the second. He’s got a chance to race at the Spurs back line, but turns tail this time and though his skill earns a free kick off Sissoko, it’s in the middle of the park and not much use to Dortmund at all.

9.38pm GMT

78 min: And here’s Wayne Ziants: “I don’t know about the game, but I’m thrilled by the fact that every Dortmund player in the starting XI has between five and seven letters in his name. The side picks itself.” Oh Schmelzer! How could you!

9.36pm GMT

77 min: Dortmund make the first change of the evening, replacing Dan-Axel Zagadou with Marcel Schmelzer.

9.35pm GMT

76 min: Eriksen’s flat delivery goes through a thicket of players and finds its way to Moura, bombing in from the left. Moura lashes towards the top right; the ball is blocked by Delaney’s back, and out for a corner. There’s a quick VAR check for a handball shout against Delaney, but nothing’s doing. And then from the second corner, Moura blazes over the bar from distance, and that’s the end of all that.

9.33pm GMT

75 min: Vertonghen digs out a deep cross from a tight spot on the left. Son recycles on the other flank, and tees up Eriksen, whose low shot from the edge of the box is deflected out for a corner on the right. Eriksen to take himself.

9.32pm GMT

73 min: Dortmund take a turn to probe this way and that. Dahoud tries to flick Pulisic clear down the inside-left channel, but the ball breaks to Lloris who can clear and set Spurs away on the break. Moura romps down the left, with Son free on the right. Hakimi is the only Dortmund player back! But the defender does exceptionally well to deny Moura the chance to flick a pass inside for Son, and eventually the ball is sent back to Burki, who tidies up.

9.30pm GMT

71 min: Spurs ping it around the midfield with such style that the crowd break into spontaneous applause at their crisp triangulations. Of course, almost immediately, Alderweireld gives up possession with a clunker of a pass. Timing is everything in comedy.

9.28pm GMT

69 min: A lot of space for Dahoud, 25 yards from goal, teed up by Delaney. But his shot, an attempted thread into the bottom right, has no oomph whatsoever. Lloris snaffles without drama.

9.27pm GMT

67 min: Dortmund continue to toil. Their fans continue to make a wonderful noise. Their drummers have been going metronomically all night. Jaki Liebezeit would be proud.

9.24pm GMT

65 min: Aurier powers his way down the right. He’s got Moura in the middle, but his low cross is hooked away by Toprak. That’s great defending. Spurs are causing Dortmund all manner of bother here.

9.23pm GMT

63 min: Vertonghen’s wing wizardry continues. Now he whips low into the Dortmund box from the left, Son very nearly bundling home from close range. But three yellow shirts bundle Son and the ball out for a corner instead. And the set piece comes to nothing. Spurs - and in particular Vertonghen and Son - have been superb since the restart.

9.21pm GMT

62 min: Pulisic dribbles into the Spurs box from the left. For a second it looks like it’s going to open up for him, but Sanchez pressurises him from behind and the ball clanks between his legs. Spurs clear. That’s the first time Dortmund have looked dangerous since the restart.

9.21pm GMT

61 min: Alderweireld rakes a long pass down the left to release Eriksen in acres. Dortmund were fast asleep! Eriksen tears into the box, and merely has to find Son in the middle for a tap-in. But his cross is headed out just in time by Zagadou. The resulting corner nearly leads to a goal as well, Eriksen’s delivery from the left nearly flicked into the top left by Alderweireld. But Burki gathers.

9.19pm GMT

59 min: That wonderful assist has got Vertonghen’s juices flowing. He channels his inner Tom Finney, dribbling his way down the left, cutting inside, and shaping for a shot. He should probably slip in Son, but gets caught up in the mood and sends a shot over instead.

9.17pm GMT

58 min: However the Dortmund fans are still giving it all they’ve got. They’re contributing to a fine atmosphere at Wembley.

9.16pm GMT

57 min: The Spurs press is so much more intense in this second half. Dortmund continue to labour as a result.

9.13pm GMT

55 min: It takes a while to find a ball so the free kick can be taken. It’s not worth the wait, Eriksen blootering witlessly, uncharacteristically, into the Dortmund wall.

9.12pm GMT

53 min: Dortmund are understandably a bit flat since that early second-half blow. They’re struggling to string more than a couple of passes together. Spurs want to make hay while the sun shines. Vertonghen tears down the left and slips a pass inside for Son, who Cruyff turns Delaney and is clipped on his heel for the trouble. A booking for Delaney, and a free kick in an extremely dangerous position to the left of the D.

9.10pm GMT

51 min: Eriksen tries to find Moura with a raking pass down the middle. Just a little too much juice on the ball, allowing Burki to gather.

9.08pm GMT

49 min: Wembley has erupted, the roof currently spinning over Hanger Lane roundabout. A superb start to the second half, and it’s going to be interesting to see how Dortmund - who were on balance, just about, the better team in the first half - respond to that.

9.06pm GMT

Just over a minute into the second half, and Spurs lead! Alderweireld launches long down the left. Moura flicks a header into the box, but Burki gathers. No matter, because Spurs are back at Dortmund again, Vertonghen tight on the left touchline. The big defender curls a perfect cross into the centre, inches over Zagadou’s head. It drops to Son, who sidefoots powerfully into the top left! A fine run and finish by Son, but what a cross from Vertonghen!

9.03pm GMT

We’re back! Spurs get the second half underway. There have been no half-time changes.

8.54pm GMT

Half-time entertainment. For those of you who can’t be bothered to click, the answer is no.

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8.49pm GMT

And that’s that for the first 45. Interesting rather than exciting, though both teams will wonder how they haven’t scored. Lucas Moura and Dan-Axel Zagadou have both gone very close, while Jadon Sancho has been a handful.

8.48pm GMT

45 min: ... Dortmund nearly score! They take it short, Sancho chips to the far post, Zagadou rises highest and should plant a header home from close range. But the ball takes a slight deflection off Foyth, and Lloris is able to get over and palm away with a strong hand. Great save! Another corner follows, but that comes to nought.

8.46pm GMT

44 min: Goetze barges his way through a couple of challenges down the right and earns a corner. From which ...

8.45pm GMT

42 min: Hakimi goes on a power wander down the right. He looks for Goetze in the middle, but the ball takes a huge deflection off Vertonghen and loops into the arms of Lloris.

8.43pm GMT

40 min: Sancho was livid at the lack of any decision from the referee there. You can’t blame him. But it was a wonderful, exhilarating run by the English youngster, who has been the star turn in this first half.

8.42pm GMT

38 min: Sancho tears down the inside-right channel, gliding into the centre. Sissoko, having been burned for speed, cynically clips Sancho’s foot. It’s got to be a free kick to the right of the D, and a booking for Sissoko, but the referee waves play on. That’s a very poor decision. Sissoko and Spurs have got away with one there.

8.40pm GMT

37 min: An odd cameo from Burki, who has the ball at his feet, lets it clank between his legs, spins through 360 degrees in confusion, then rediscovers his poise well enough to scoop a pass over Moura towards Toprak in the left-back position. From the ridiculous to the sublime.

8.39pm GMT

36 min: Eriksen finds Son free down the left. He enters the box and hits a hard cross-cum-shot towards Moura in the middle. Burki, at the near post, kicks away from danger.

8.38pm GMT

35 min: Delaney has a crack from a position to the left of the D. It’s heading into the bottom left. Lloris gets down well, though can only parry straight back into the box. Sanchez can’t quite clear; Sancho can’t quite shoot. Spurs eventually clear their lines.

8.36pm GMT

34 min: This is a little better from Spurs, as Moura nearly fashions space for a shot 25 yards out. Then Vertonghen whips a cross in from the left; Zagadou clears. Finally Aurier and Foyth combine crisply on the right touchline; Foyth cuts one back for Eriksen, who blazes a wild first-time effort over the bar from the edge of the box.

8.35pm GMT

32 min: Son tries to trick Zagadou down the right with an elaborate dummy. It nearly comes off but he runs out of pitch. Still nothing quite working for the hosts.

8.33pm GMT

30 min: But then they’re not getting any help from the referee either. Hakimi stands on Vertonghen’s toe, near the left-hand corner flag, but Spurs aren’t awarded a free kick in a dangerous position. Instead Dortmund nearly open them up from the resulting goal kick, Goetze close to setting Sancho off on another of his searing scampers on the right. Not quite.

8.32pm GMT

29 min: Alderweireld creams a long pass down the inside-left, hoping to release Son. But Toprak calmly flicks a header back to Burki and that’s that dealt with. Spurs are not clicking in the final third right now.

8.30pm GMT

27 min: A much-needed period of sterile domination for Spurs. They’re going nowhere, but they’ve pushed Dortmund back after a period in which the visitors were beginning to ask some awkward questions.

8.28pm GMT

25 min: Not much happening for Spurs right now. Moura drops deep in the hope of making something happen, but his play is nervous and fidgety and he gives up possession with some loose control and a poor ball forward.

8.26pm GMT

23 min: Sancho runs at Spurs down the inside-right again, and in tandem with Goetze causes all sorts of bother in the box. Fortunately for Spurs, they’re able to crowd the pair out in numbers, and an eventual shot squirts softly through the thicket and into the arms of Lloris. Dortmund are beginning to look extremely dangerous.

8.25pm GMT

21 min: Sancho is sent scampering clear down the right wing, thanks to a first-time pass from Dahoud. For a second it looks as though he’ll make it into the box for a shot, turning Sanchez this way and that. But he decides to cross, and his low ball, intended for Goetze, is cut out well by Foyth.

8.22pm GMT

20 min: Vertonghen clears Pulisic’s free kick with ease, but Witsel immediately comes back at Spurs and sends a low fizzer towards the bottom left. Lloris is behind it all the way and gathers confidently.

8.21pm GMT

19 min: Sissoko slides in clumsily on Hakimi as the right-back races down the wing. This is a free kick just to the right of the Spurs box, which is now loaded with Dortmund players.

8.21pm GMT

18 min: The visitors enjoy another period of sterile domination. This match has had a nice back-and-forth swing so far, with both teams enjoying periods of possession. Nice.

8.19pm GMT

16 min: Dortmund have had a sniff now, and it’s suddenly enlivened them. Goetze slips a pass down the inside-right channel that should release Sancho, but the young striker takes a heavy touch that allows Vertonghen to come across and clear. He should have made it to the area for a shot on goal.

8.18pm GMT

15 min: Foyth over-elaborates on the left-hand edge of his own box. Goetze strips him of possession and sets up Pulisic for a dribble into the area. He’s faced with a tight angle, and has Sancho in the middle, waiting to tap home. But he tries to beat Lloris, who isn’t getting beaten at his near post and kicks away.

8.16pm GMT

14 min: Passes aren’t sticking right now. Sanchez plays a poor one forward, Sancho intercepts, looks for Goetze, falls over.

8.14pm GMT

12 min: Good work by Aurier, who chases an Eriksen pass down the right and earns Spurs the first corner of the match. Eriksen takes. Foyth fresh-air kicks, and Dortmund can break upfield. Pulisic turns on the jets down the left and Aurier pulls him back by the elastic of his trousers. That’s another first for Aurier: the first yellow of the game.

8.12pm GMT

10 min: And it’s giving Dortmund something to think about. Winks bursts into space in the middle of the park, and should release Son down the inside-right channel, but overhits the pass. Not by much; small margins.

8.11pm GMT

9 min: After a slow-ish start, Spurs are beginning to get more into the game. They enjoy an extended period of possession for the first time this evening.

8.10pm GMT

7 min: Spurs nearly take the lead in spectacular style! Delaney’s header upfield isn’t all that. Sanchez returns it, and the ball drops towards Moura, just inside the box on the left. Moura takes the ball down with one touch, then creams a diagonal volley inches wide of the top right! So closde. Burki wasn’t getting to that.

8.09pm GMT

6 min: Delaney slips a clever ball down the inside-left channel, into acres, but Pulisic was a bit slow to read it. Foyth plays it back to Lloris, who gives Spurs fans a shudder, nearly getting closed down by Sancho. But he gets it away.

8.06pm GMT

4 min: Dortmund are enjoying the lion’s share of possession in these early exchanges, but nearly all of it is in their half. Goetze and Pulisic try to get positive down the left, but Foyth is in charge of this situation and clears.

8.05pm GMT

2 min: Dortmund spend some more time knocking the ball around at the back. Then Delaney scoops a pass forward down the left for Sancho, who briefly threatens to drop a shoulder and scoot past Foyth, but Spurs hold their shape well and eventually the ball’s won back. Early signs that Dortmund aren’t planning to sit back all evening.

8.03pm GMT

And we’re off! The visitors get the party started, as Wembley erupts again in noise. Roars pinging off the walls. Dortmund stroke it around the back awhile, then gift the ball to Winks, who combines with Vertonghen to send the ball out for a throw. Everyone just happy to get their first touch.

8.01pm GMT

A minute’s silence before kick-off. It’s in tribute to England’s 1966 World Cup goalkeeping hero Gordon Banks, who passed away yesterday, and the tragic Emiliano Sala. It’s perfectly observed, then it segues into warm applause. A touching moment. RIP.

7.57pm GMT

The teams are out! A wonderful European atmosphere at Wembley, not least because the Dortmund fans have been in situ for ages and have been giving it plenty. Tottenham Hotspur sport their world-famous lilywhite shirts, while Dortmund are in their equally storied yellow and black. It’s an aesthetic treat, my old association-football-loving pals. We’ll be off in a couple of minutes!

7.47pm GMT

A relaxed Mauricio Pochettino speaks to BT Sport! “I am always positive. Of course we have the utmost of respect for our opponent, Borussia Dortmund is a fantastic team and will be very competitive. But I believe in my players. It will be different, we cannot compare to last season, the momentum, the circumstance, the situation is different. We believe we need to be at our best if we want to win. The competitive level is so high, with the Premier League it is the best competition, and we need to be 100 percent focused. We have tried to provide the team with fresh legs. I trust and believe in all the players and hope I am right in my selection. People can talk after, but we always try to be right and prepare so we can win today.”

7.36pm GMT

A reminder that VAR is in use for the first time in the Champions League this week. All the officials have been issued with a nicely typeset leaflet explaining how the VAR team will “constantly check for clear and obvious errors related to the following four match-changing situations: goals, incidents in the penalty area, red cards, and mistaken identity.” Two matches in, and there’s been no major controversy that would lead you to question whether the whole thing is worth the effort yet. But give it time. Older readers may recall Andy Townsend’s Tactics Truck, from 2001 ITV light-entertainment vehicle The Premiership. The set-up’s not a million miles away from that. Tragedy + time = comedy.

7.26pm GMT

Pennant watch: Tottenham’s crest is a stone-cold design classic, but the same can’t be said of this pennant. Some major leading issues with the text squeezed in at the top, it’s all over the place. Note that while the commemorative flag hangs from a solid silver hook, keeper and captain Hugo Lloris’s shirt is on something of a shoogly peg. A cheap and cheerful metaphor for his recent form.

7.09pm GMT

Both sides make four changes from their weekend XIs. Of the team named for the 3-1 win over Leicester City, Tottenham drop Kieran Tripper, Danny Rose, Oliver Skipp and Fernando Llorente to the bench. Their places are taken by Serge Aurier, Toby Alderweireld, Juan Foyth and Lucas Moura. Jan Vertonghen will play left wing-back as Spurs start with a back three.

Dortmund drop Raphael Guerreiro, Maximilian Philipp, Lucasz Piszczek and Julian Weigl from the team that capitulated against Hoffenheim. Thomas Delaney, Omer Toprak, Dan-Axel Zagadou and Chelsea-bound Christian Pulisic take their places.

7.08pm GMT

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Foyth, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sissoko, Winks, Eriksen, Son, Lucas Moura.
Subs: Gazzaniga, Trippier, Rose, Lamela, Wanyama, Llorente, Skipp.

Borussia Dortmund: Burki, Hakimi, Zagadou, Toprak, Diallo, Witsel, Delaney, Sancho, Dahoud, Pulisic, Gotze.
Subs: Hitz, Guerreiro, Balerdi, Philipp, Wolf, Schmelzer, Bruun Larsen.

2.24pm GMT

According to their sporting director Michael Zorc, Borussia Dortmund have eschewed former coach Jurgen Klopp’s “heavy metal football” in favour of a “modern jazz approach” built around bandleader Lucien Favre’s inventive new 4-2-3-1 arrangement. Nice! On the wings, Jadon Sancho and Jacob Bruun Larsen. Playing full back, Achraf Hakimi. Axel Witsel and Mario Gotze in midfield. Theydon Bois on guitar. Clam on bass.

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Jan Vertonghen inspires Spurs to take Borussia Dortmund to the cleaners

ons, 13/02/2019 - 23:00

At the end of a hugely satisfying night for Tottenham Son Heung-min walked off the pitch with his shirt untucked, the ball at his feet and a look of boyish joy on his face. He was doing keepie-ups, still wanting to entertain the crowd after another of those occasions when it can be difficult to remember Spurs did not sign anyone in the last transfer window, or the one before that, are not even playing in what they can genuinely call a home stadium and have Harry Kane and Dele Alli among their absentees.

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Bargain-buy Axel Witsel conducts Borussia Dortmund’s ‘modern jazz’

ons, 13/02/2019 - 10:21

Belgium midfielder was written off when he joined Tianjin Quanjian but two years later he is a vital cog in BVB machine

At least Axel Witsel was honest. “I don’t deny the economic aspect was important and my choice was made especially with the money in mind,” said the Belgium midfielder in November 2017.

A little more than a year on and now at the fulcrum of Borussia Dortmund’s revival following his lucrative spell with the Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian that is thought to have earned him £20m in only 18 months, he can certainly afford to feel smug.

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Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs can win 'every single game' in the Champions League – video

tir, 12/02/2019 - 22:02

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side's league form since December shows they can beat "any team" in the Champions League, as Spurs prepare for the first leg of their last 16 clash with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

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Spurs ready for Champions League and Dortmund – then a much-needed break

tir, 12/02/2019 - 20:38
• Tottenham likely to be without starting services of Danny Rose
• Harry Kane and Dele Alli set to be ready for 5 March return

It has been a punishing schedule for Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham players. Since they returned from the November international break they have played 21 times in 78 days, fighting against tiredness and injuries without reinforcements from the summer or winter transfer windows while also dealing with the unsettling delays over their new stadium.

The 22nd game comes on Wednesday night at Wembley and it is the biggest of the lot – the first leg of the Champions League last 16 against Borussia Dortmund, the Bundesliga leaders. But when Pochettino looked into the eyes of his players during Tuesday’s team meeting, he saw what he wanted to see. He is not quite sure how but they are ready for one more push.

Related: Jadon Sancho: ‘It hasn’t been easy. I’ve had to work for this’

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Un-brie-lievable: VIP cheese room at new Spurs stadium melts away

man, 11/02/2019 - 13:59
• Tottenham’s new £1bn stadium has been hit by delays
• Club say there were no plans for cheese room in the first place

It was trailed as a high-end highlight of Tottenham’s magnificent new stadium and, in many respects, came to be an emblem of the extravagance of the £1bn build. But, in a stomach-churning twist, the Guardian can reveal that the much talked about VIP cheese room will not be happening.

Related: Big cheeses: Tottenham’s new stadium to give half-time snacks fancy flavour

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

man, 11/02/2019 - 09:46

Sarri is heading into Chelsea danger zone, Martial is showing up Mourinho’s poor judgment and is Mee ready for England?

Maurizio Sarri is heading into the shark-infested waters that did for Luiz Felipe Scolari and André Villas-Boas, who were sacked midway through their first seasons in charge of Chelsea. They were removed by Roman Abramovich once his team’s place in the following season’s Champions League was endangered and this weekend ended with Manchester United in fourth spot. Villas-Boas lost his job on 4 March 2012 while Scolari departed on 9 February 2009. At least Sarri has now lasted longer than the Brazilian, but ‘Sarriball’ has lately looked as poor a fit for Chelsea as his laissez-faire attitude and Villas-Boas’s overly methodical stratagems. Sarri’s displacement of N’Golo Kanté to play everything through Jorginho and the cold shoulders given to youngsters such as Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek may end up being his deepest Chelsea legacies. John Brewin

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

søn, 10/02/2019 - 22:18

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Leicester City: Premier League – as it happened

søn, 10/02/2019 - 16:47

Goals from Davinson Sanchez, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min extinguished a spirited Leicester, for whom sub Jamie Vardy scored having missed a penalty with his first touch

3.47pm GMT

Here’s David Hytner’s report from Wembley.

Related: Tottenham cash in on Jamie Vardy penalty miss to sink Leicester

3.41pm GMT

Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen speak:

Son: After 2-1, I struggled a little bit. The game was finished when I scored. I was very confident when I was one on one. The keeper is very big but I was confident to score...It was a penalty. I was surprised to be given a yellow card. I was disappointed and angry but we have to take that/

Eriksen: [Hugo Lloris] did save us a few times. Saving the penalty gave us confidence. We are happy to have Hugo... I saw a stat that we have won the last three games in the last ten minutes and even today we did that. (On the title): anything is possible.

3.35pm GMT

Some Twitter interactions as we wait for reaction and reports.

Paul Burkett: “You seem to be saying something about Puel and Vardy, but I can’t quite get your meaning.”

The Boss: “if the ticket prices were affordable, I’d come to watch Tottenham game against Leicester even though I’m a @LFC fan. It would give the kids an opportunity to watch a live prem game. But cost of tickets, plus transport costs mean I can’t.”

The Last Man in Europe: “as a West Brom fan, I think I’m entitled to some schadenfreude over Barnes misses. A season long loan should mean just that.”

3.25pm GMT

A hug between Poch and Claude as the whistle sounds. This win, the fourth in a row, is a tribute to Spurs’ resilience. They have ridden their luck but been clinical when it mattered, which is precisely what Leicester have failed to do. That Vardy penalty farrago was farcical, and betrayed some of the muddled thinking that is costing Leicester this season. Vardy beginning on the bench didn’t help, either.

3.21pm GMT

90+2 min: There have been four minutes added on, and that looked time enough for Leicester to get chance to equalise. As it turned out, the opposite was true.

3.20pm GMT

As Leicester pile forward, Ndidi slips on the ball in the style of Steven Gerrard in 2014. And Son does a Demba Ba, loping through and keeping calm to score. That’s that, then.

3.19pm GMT

89 min: Okazaki hustles Walter-Peters into conceding a corner. Maddison takes, Chilwell jumps to the front of the queue to head. Lloris is equal to the challenge, though; it was straight at him.

3.17pm GMT

88 min: The final subs are made by both teams. Off comes Danny Rose as Kyle Walker-Peters comes on. No coincidence that Rose is the furthest player away. For Leicester, Okazaki replaces Harvey Barnes.

3.15pm GMT

87 min: A Tottenham penalty claim as Rose falls to the floor when Maguire comes across to block off the shot. It was not a penalty but it wasn’t a dive, either.

3.14pm GMT

86 min: Sissoko is brought down by Tielemans hauling him to the floor. Tielemans gets a booking on his debut, which has otherwise been hugely impressive.

3.13pm GMT

84 min: Corner to Leicester. But Maddison’s attempts to create an angle by going short comes to nothing. Wasteful, given the circumstances.

3.12pm GMT

83 min: Ooof. Iheanacho cuts inside, makes space to shoot and hits the side-netting. Tottenham really hanging on for dear life.

3.11pm GMT

82 min: Leicester are pouring forward, with Chilwell pretty much playing as a left winger. The same goes for Ricardo on the other flank, who sets up a chance for Vardy, who spins and shoots but can’t keep the ball down.

3.09pm GMT

81 min: Pochetttino is looking to cling on to this one. That’s how Spurs have been getting things done of late, by the narrowest of margins.

3.08pm GMT

79 min: Another Spurs change. On comes Victor Wanyama into midfield as Llorente, who has had a poor game, in truth, goes off.

3.06pm GMT

77 min: We are set for a grandstand finish. Can Leicester hand Spurs their first draw of the entire season? Leicester do deserve something from this game.

3.05pm GMT

Jamie Vardy - who else? - pops up to slide home from close range. Ricardo was his supplier.

3.04pm GMT

74 min: Chilwell’s cross is aimed at Jamie Vardy but is too high. Claude Puel is turning the Sunday sky blue with some of his caterwauling.

3.02pm GMT

72 min: Leicester keep going forwards, with Claude no longer whispering, but roaring on his team. Ghezzal comes off, with Iheanacho coming on. He wasn’t even in the matchday 18, the striker. That suggests Claude has been forced to rip up his plan.

2.59pm GMT

70 min: Off comes Oliver Skipp, on comes Alderweireld. Skipp has done OK, but Tielemans had the run of midfield for much of the first half.

2.58pm GMT

69 min: Spurs trying to take the sting out of what has been a tough afternoon for them. Toby Alderweireld is coming on, and is looking through his instructions on the iPad.

2.56pm GMT

67 min: Harvey Barnes is a player of obvious talent but he has cost his team with his misses and perhaps cost Whispering Claude his job in the long run.

2.55pm GMT

66 min: Again, Leicester really should have scored. Vardy’s flick finds Barnes with just Lloris to beat, but he can’t. The Frenchman has had a superb day, though Leicester do keep hitting the ball straight at him.

2.54pm GMT

65 min: So harsh on Leicester. They should be level, even in front. As against Manchester United, their finishing has let them down, and decision-making, too.

2.53pm GMT

Eriksen cuts inside, waves that wand of a right foot and scores from outside the box.

2.51pm GMT

61 min: By the way, James Maddison was going to take that penalty but then passed the responsibility to Vardy. It always seemed an odd thing to do for Vardy to come on and take but still. Claude Puel looks unamused, if he has perhaps been a tad vindicated.

2.49pm GMT

Vardy chooses to shoot bottom left and Lloris guesses right. A great save but a poor penalty.

2.48pm GMT

59 min: On comes Vardy to take the penalty, with Gray making way.

2.47pm GMT

Maddison shaped to shoot and Verthongen barged him over. Or did he? Looked soft but we have all seen them given.

2.46pm GMT

57 min: Son charges on, and runs out of ideas on the edge of the box. At the other end, Chiwell forces a save from Lloris. And Vardy is stripped and ready to come on.

2.44pm GMT

55 min: Applause from Jamie Vardy as Gray pivots and gets a shot on goal. Vardy happy for his mate to do well, though maybe not too well.

2.43pm GMT

54 min: Better atmosphere in this half. Seems like the highly expensive cooking lager they sell at the national stadium is doing its job.

2.42pm GMT

52 min: Ironic cheers as Michael Oliver gives a foul by a Leicester player. The first so far: let us recall he did not give a penalty when Son flopped. On second viewing that now looks a bad decision.

2.41pm GMT

50 min: Close for Leicester. Ricardo’s cross and Gray has a clear header on goal. He can only head straight to Lloris. Would Vardy have done better? You betcha. Also, that was Gray’s first touch in the opposing penalty box. Claude’s experiment is not working.

2.38pm GMT

48 min: More footage of Puel shouting very loudly indeed, and Poch can also be heard. Jamie Vardy is chewing gum, and carving his name into the seat in front of him. Puel may soon have to launch the board rubber at him.

2.37pm GMT

46 min: Leicester begin with brio with Harvey Barnes again active. Had he been more precise with his first-half effort, then his team would have been leading. Talking of which, Llorente makes a mess of a header. It’s not really happening for him.

2.34pm GMT

The teams are back out and Jamie Vardy will be sniggering on the sidelines for a little bit longer. No changes have been made.

2.31pm GMT

Email from Kari. “It’s odd to see so many empty seats for a game between two entertaining teams. I know Wembley is big, but surely there are enough potential spectators in the greater London area to see a match like this. Is the price too prohibitive? If so, that’s a rather silly way to lose money. Enjoy the second half!”

Think some of the empty seats are down to Tottenham not being allowed more than a set amount - 50,000, say - but also because the fans are pig sick of Wembley. Which is understandable as it’s a pain in the neck to get to. Then again, so is White Hart Lane, but it’s their pain in the neck, I suppose.

2.20pm GMT

A decent contest in which Leicester seem a little unlucky to be behind, though their marking for Sanchez’s goal was slack. If they had a decent striker, they’d be dangerous. But Jamie Vardy is on the bench cracking gags with Simmo and Morgs.

2.18pm GMT

45+2 min: Tielemans hits the ball with real swazz to force Lloris into evasive action, and a corner. That comes to naught as Chilwell slices his shot wide. That concludes the half.

2.16pm GMT

45+1: Two minutes added in this half.

2.16pm GMT

45 min: Ricardo yelps out in shame as he hoiks the ball into the stands. Then, Chilwell is again sloppy in allowing himself to be robbed by Eriksen, whose pass is close to sublimity, but overhit and beyond the reach of Danny Rose on the opposite flank.

2.13pm GMT

43 min: Chilwell’s surge has Tottenham backpedalling again. He has been outstanding when coming forward. Less so in defence, where he lets Trippier get the ball on the overlap. Leicester, though, manage to regain their shape and stop Spurs on the edge of their box.

2.11pm GMT

41 min: Lovely skill in midfield from Winks clears up some danger. But Leicester get it back. Tielemans goes on the run and looks to be felled but the referee doesn’t give anything. Chilwell forces a corner off Trippier. The corner from Maddison is hit far too high.

2.08pm GMT

39 min: Sissoko sees glory with a long-range shot. He blams it over and somewhere in the direction of the North Circular.

2.08pm GMT

37 min: A Sissoko error gifts Leicester a corner but Maguire and Evans rather crash into each other; Sanchez had a tight hold of Jonny Evans.

2.06pm GMT

36 min: Jamie Vardy and Danny Simpson are warming up on the sidelines, looking somewhat conspiratorial.

2.05pm GMT

34 min: That was Sanchez’s first goal for Spurs. And came a little against the run of play.

2.04pm GMT

Eriksen’s cross finds Sanchez in the box, he had come up for a corner, and he stoops to head in. Leicester want an offside, but Sanchez was level.

2.02pm GMT

31 min: Leicester are up for this. With Chilwell outstanding down the left. He creates space and a chance for Harvey Barnes, who takes his time over a shot and then makes a frightful mess of it.

2.00pm GMT

29 min: Leicester corner. They can’t make much of it, but then Verthongen becomes the third Spur to be booked when clattering Ben Chilwell, who was just too quick for him. From the free-kick, Ndidi should have hit the target, from barely six yards out, but thankfully for him, an offside flag was up. Spurs are wobbly.

1.56pm GMT

26 min: Leicester are struggling to hold the ball up, with Gray not looking much of a target man. He does, though, force Sanchez and Verthongen into an error, with some chasing that reminds of Jamie Vardy.

1.55pm GMT

24 min: Sanchez’s probing pass is flicked by Eriksen into the path of Son, whose shot is blocked. At the other end, the excellent Tielemans is brought down. He has been a live wire and his passing has been superb.

1.53pm GMT

22 min: Decent game, this. Both teams looking capable of scoring, but missing their top striker. In Claude’s case, that’s through choice.

1.51pm GMT

20 min: Rose again involved but his cross is aimed just where Harry Kane would be. And Llorente isn’t. Rose then picks up a booking for an injudicious tackle.

1.49pm GMT

19 min: Rose is back on and in action almost immediately. He cuts inside and forces a fine save from Kasper Schmeichel.

1.47pm GMT

17 min: Danny Rose is off the field receiving treatment. Oliver Skipp has stepped over to left-back. Looks like a calf problem. Rose come back on, though gingerly.

1.46pm GMT

16 min: Son falls to the floor in the penalty pen. In fact, he is booked for his troubles. That looked harsh as he had taken a rap to the shins.

1.45pm GMT

14 min: Llorente and Eriksen try to link up but fail to read each other’s wavelength. Looks like Spurs are going to have to grind through the gears.

1.42pm GMT

12 min: Spurs try and settle after that series of scares. Claude Puel can heard shouting. Yes, shouting.

1.40pm GMT

10 min: Leicester go close again! Harvey Barnes gets inside Trippier from another fine pass by Tielemans, but Spurs beat it away. They look ragged at the back, it has to be said.

1.39pm GMT

8 min: Leicester go close! Maddison’s free-kick finds Harry Maguire at the back post. A fierce header is palmed behind by Hugo Lloris. Jonny Evans climbs highest for the corner but nods over.

1.37pm GMT

7 min: A first Leicester attack is set up by Tielemans’ great pass, though Gray is stopped by Davinson Sanchez’s intervention.

1.36pm GMT

6 min: Son’s surge ends when he falls to the floor. No free-kick given.

1.35pm GMT

5 min: Another Tottenham attack, down Trippier’s flank this time, and Son is edged out. Leicester yet to show much in the way of shape.

1.33pm GMT

3 min: Tottenham on the attack. Danny Rose flies down the left flank, and on the other side, Kieran Trippier’s shot is deflected behind. Ben Chilwell clears the resultant corner.

1.32pm GMT

1 min: Jamie Vardy is sharing a joke with Danny Simpson and Wes Morgan on the bench. Something of the insolent schoolboy about that.

1.31pm GMT

With Tottenham taking the kick-off. Some decent noise at Wembley from the home fans.

1.30pm GMT

There’s been a last-minute alteration for Leicester: Papy Mendy got injured in the warmup and in comes Wilfred Ndidi. Kelechi Iheanacho is added to the matchday 18.

1.29pm GMT

Here come the teams and the pre-match handshakes. The top tiers of Wembley do look a little empty, as in there is nobody sat up there at all. That is down to licensing issue, we believe.

1.27pm GMT

They have been paying tribute to Emiliano Sala at Wembley. Daniel Taylor points out here that not everybody is being quite so respectful.

Related: Money squabbles before Emiliano Sala is even buried show game’s hard face | Daniel Taylor

1.25pm GMT

Poch is being polite about Leicester.

I have been watching Leicester the last few games. They deserved much better against United. In the end they lost the game. They have a good player and a good squad. We need to fight and play well if we are to win the three points.

1.22pm GMT

Claude Puel talks about that de-selection of Jamie Vardy.

I would like to develop other options than Jamie. I don’t want to put all the pressure in Jamie. I think Demarai has the attributes to play in this position. It will be a good opportunity for him and us.

1.13pm GMT

David Hytner heard from Hugo Lloris this week.

Related: Hugo Lloris forgets World Cup to concentrate on glory days at Tottenham

1.11pm GMT

There’s plenty of other football today and Alex Hess has the latest from the Etihad Campus.

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12.57pm GMT

And for Youri Tielemans, it’s a Leicester debut. Interesting stat here. Claude is definitely trying to change things up.

Demarai Gray makes his 100th PL app & Youri Tielemans becomes the 8th player aged 22 or younger to start for Leicester in PL this season

Jamie Vardy is only on the bench - has scored 28 goals in 51 PL apps v Big 6 sides, 13 of which have been since start of last season

Related: Anderlecht’s Youri Tielemans ready to make mark despite tender years | Paul Doyle

12.44pm GMT

Another glance at that Leicester team and only one starter, Kasper Schmeichel, survives from their title-winners from 2016. There are four of them on the bench, but it’s apparent that Claude has decided to make his own mark on the team, for better or for worse. And that may point to a few difficulties in the background.

12.41pm GMT

For Tottenham, Oliver Skipp gets his second ever Premier League start in the midfield. Toby Alderweireld is dropped to the bench.

Skippy starts. #COYS

12.38pm GMT

No Vardy, and Demarai Gray as a false nine: what can possibly go wrong?

12.32pm GMT

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose, Winks, Skipp, Sissoko, Eriksen, Son, Llorente.

Subs: Alderweireld, Wanyama, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Gazzaniga, Aurier, Lucas Moura.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira, Maguire, Evans, Chilwell, Mendy, Tielemans, Ghezzal, Maddison, Barnes, Gray.

Subs: Simpson, Morgan, Vardy, Ward, Okazaki, Ndidi, Choudhury.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

12.14pm GMT

“We’re not fickle. We just don’t like you,” as the banner on Aston Villa’s Holte End said. That was directed at David O’Leary back in 2006. Leicester fans hold much the same view of Boring/Whispering Claude Puel. Only Magic Marco Silva is higher in the next manager to be sacked odds.

For Tottenham fans, the opposite is true. They find themselves cheering on Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Manchester United, in the hope the greying assassin gets the job instead of Mauricio Pochettino. Poch is doing a fine job again this season for homeless Spurs, and should be the man to lead them into life at the new stadium when they finally move there some time in 2034. No Kane, no Alli? No problem when you have Son Heung-min back and firing. A shame for Cousin Vinny Janssen, whose big moment has been and gone with a knee injury. Fernando Llorente struggles to score but he is putting everything he can into the cause.

For Leicester, the word was that there might be no Jamie Vardy in the team and he’s on the bench. He and Claude don’t get on and he may or may not have told Paul Pogba last week that Puel is a “f***ing k***head”. There can only be one winner there. Wembley is the venue, and a Spurs win has to be expected.

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Tottenham cash in on Jamie Vardy penalty miss to sink Leicester

søn, 10/02/2019 - 16:45

To say the scene was set for Jamie Vardy was one of the understatements of the season. Dropped to the Leicester bench by Claude Puel despite his fine scoring record against big-six opposition, the striker was introduced in the 59th minute with his team trailing to Dávinson Sánchez’s first-half header but having just been awarded the softest of penalties.

Surely Vardy would not run straight on to take the kick? He did and the Wembley crowd held its breath. In 51 previous Premier League appearances against the big six Vardy had scored 28 goals. Thirteen of them had come since the beginning of last season but, on this occasion, his sights were awry. Hugo Lloris, the game’s outstanding performer, went the right way to save and that seemed even more important moments later when Christian Eriksen scored at the other end for 2-0.

Related: Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City: Premier League – as it happened

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Hugo Lloris forgets World Cup to concentrate on glory days at Tottenham

lør, 09/02/2019 - 23:30

The goalkeeper believes that Mauricio Pochettino’s side can keep the pressure on the Premier League leaders

It was the fulfilment of the ultimate footballing fantasy. Only 20 men had done it previously, each one a titan, a name to stir awe and respect. Think of Bobby Moore and Carlos Alberto, Franz Beckenbauer and Diego Maradona. On a tumultuous evening in Moscow last July, Hugo Lloris became the 21st, when he hoisted aloft the World Cup as the captain of France.

It was an occasion of high drama, with even the elements reinforcing the feel of a primal epic – thunder, lightning and tipping rain framing France’s 4-2 win over Croatia. When Lloris got his hands on the trophy, and fireworks and golden confetti lit the scene, it was tempting to wonder how he could possibly drink it all in.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City: match preview

lør, 09/02/2019 - 10:00

Nobody has been more voluble than Mauricio Pochettino about why Tottenham cannot be expected to win the title but they continue to cling onto the leaders’ coat-tails. Three times in three matches they have scored late winners and the impression has been of a team that is determined to find a way, however much the odds and external circumstances (namely, the new stadium build) are stacked against them. Leicester have hit another downturn yet they have shown a capacity to rouse themselves against the big boys this season. David Hytner

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Mauricio Pochettino says move to new stadium ‘tough’ before season’s end

fre, 08/02/2019 - 16:09
• Redeveloped White Hart Lane has had numerous setbacks
• Harry Kane could be fit in a fortnight after ankle injury

Tottenham’s hopes of playing at the new White Hart Lane this season appear to be fading after Mauricio Pochettino admitted it would be “tough” for them to move in by May.

The move has been fraught with delays and experienced its latest setback on Thursday when the club confirmed the derby with Arsenal, scheduled for 2 March, would be played at Wembley. Repeated journeys to the national stadium, where they host Leicester on Sunday, have worn thin with Spurs fans this season. Only 29,164 attended last month’s win over Watford in the Premier League but with only five home fixtures remaining after the Arsenal game it appears Pochettino is bracing himself for an extension of the status quo.

Related: Spurs announce more delays with little chance of move before mid-March

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

man, 04/02/2019 - 09:47

Sean Dyche cannot wait for VAR, Higuaín and Hazard lift Sarri and the Pogba-Rashford combo looks good for United

Sergio Agüero’s hat-trick, scored from a collective distance of 10 yards, was not achieved by accident but thanks to his instincts and endurance. At times City looked sloppy against Arsenal but Agüero made the difference, repeatedly finding himself in the crucial position to jab the ball home with any available limb. All of City’s attacking midfielders know where the Argentinian wants to be once they break into the area and Agüero’s improved fitness under Pep Guardiola helps him get there. Superior fitness was one of the things that made the difference as Arsenal wilted while Agüero and City thrived. The striker is definitely working harder under the Catalan than his predecessors and his increased stamina is bringing rewards. He will need every last ounce of energy for the rest of the season as he is still irreplaceable. Will Unwin

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