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Marcos Alonso double fires Chelsea to Wembley victory over Tottenham

Guardian - søn, 20/08/2017 - 19:07

It has taken a little longer than Chelsea would have liked but, finally, they have reminded everybody of the qualities that elevated them to the Premier League title last season. They played on Sunday as though affronted by the criticism that has engulfed them over the previous week. Their season has lift-off and, though it would be stretching the truth to say one result resolves all their issues, they were barely recognisable from the team that finished against Burnley looking in need of smelling salts.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea: Premier League – as it happened

Guardian - søn, 20/08/2017 - 18:55

Tottenham’s Wembley problems flared again as Marcos Alonso scored twice to kickstart Chelsea’s title defence

5.55pm BST

Antonio Conte celebrates wildly in front of the away fans. What a win for Chelsea. Mauricio Pochettino can’t believe it. Tottenham thought that they had escaped with a point after Michy Batshuayi’s own goal, but it’s turned out to be the same old story for them at Wembley. Take nothing away from Chelsea, though. They were under so much pressure after last weekend’s shambles and were without so many big players, but this was a very good performance from them in the circumstances, shrewd and defiant. Marcos Alonso got both the goals and the champions are up and running. Now they need to sort themselves out in the transfer market before the window shuts. That’s all from me. Thanks for reading. Bye.

5.53pm BST

And that, I suppose, is why they’re champions.

5.51pm BST

90 min+3: Chelsea are eating up stoppage time. There’s one minute left.

5.51pm BST

90 min: On comes Vincent Janssen, replacing Kieran Trippier. He’s got loads of time to sort this out.

5.48pm BST

89 min: Harry Kane was booked before the restart. I’m not sure why.

5.48pm BST

Marcos Alonso has surely won it for Chelsea with his second goal of the afternoon! David Luiz robbed Victor Wanyama midway inside Tottenham’s half, Lloris having put the midfielder in trouble with a hasty throw. The ball was played through to Alonso by Pedro and his low drive from the left squirmed underneath Hugo Lloris, sparking huge celebrations from everyone in Chelsea colours!

5.46pm BST

87 min: Eriksen’s teasing free-kick’s headed wide for a corner on the left. Before it can be taken, Alonso’s booked for dissent. The noise is deafening now. Who needs an artificial drum? Eriksen’s delivery is disappointing, though, and Courtois claims it. Chelsea break, Kante tries to play in Batshuayi, but Dembele makes a crucial challenge. And then...

5.44pm BST

86 min: The increasingly influential Eriksen plays for a free-kick, waiting for Bakayoko to put an arm on his back, and he duly goes down when the Chelsea midfielder obliges. This is a chance for Eriksen again. It might be too far wide for a shot.

5.43pm BST

83 min: Can Tottenham go on and win this now? Knowing how big games between these two tend to pan out, I’m waiting for Chelsea’s last-minute penalty.

5.42pm BST

It hasn’t been coming, but Tottenham are level. Bakayoko concedes a free-kick rather needlessly on the left, leaning on Alli, and Tottenham finally make a set-piece count. They have Michy Batshuayi to thank, though. His body shape’s all wrong as he meets Eriksen’s delivery at the near post and there’s nothing that Courtois can do to stop the substitute’s header flying past him!

5.40pm BST

81 min: If anything, this is a performance that has showed why Tottenham could do with a top winger. Something different. They wanted Zaha before he signed a new contract at Palace. Why not look for someone else?

5.39pm BST

80 min: Tottenham bring on Moussa Sissoko for Ben Davies, a substitution that reminds you they really could do with bringing in more quality before the window shuts. Having said that, though, Sissoko will now score a hat-trick.

5.38pm BST

79 min: Chelsea make another change, Michy Batshuayi on for Alvaro Morata. “You hinted at it in the MBM a few squares down,” says Mark Turner. “Spurs are losing their way in the final third, ironically due to having too much space. They’re the closed game touch and deft flick people, there’s some adapting to do.” It might take time. It isn’t easy to adjust to new angles on an unfamiliar pitch.

5.37pm BST

78 min: Pedro has been waiting to come on for a while, but Conte delayed his introduction because Willian was playing so well. Now he does replace the Brazilian, though.

5.35pm BST

77 min: Kane’s teed up for a shot on the edge of the area, but Christensen gets in the way to deny him.

5.34pm BST

76 min: Eriksen gambols into the Chelsea box on the right, but his cross is deflected behind for a corner. Chelsea have dealt with all of them comfortably so far. They deal with this one as well.

5.32pm BST

73 min: Willian tries a stepover before deciding to shoot from 25 yards. It’s low and hard and it beats Lloris, but the ball hits the base of the right post and Tottenham survive!

5.31pm BST

72 min: Morata charges away from Alderweireld on the left, showing good pace, before trying to pick out Bakayoko in the middle. Almost. Chelsea are the more threatening side at the moment.

5.30pm BST

71 min: A chance for Moses. He pops up in the Spurs area on the right and shoots powerfully over the angle of post and bar. It looked like Lloris saved it, but a goal-kick’s awarded.

5.29pm BST

70 min: A rare Chelsea counter almost catches Tottenham out. Taking advantage of Dier’s withdrawal, Willian breaks through the middle and slides the ball to Morata on the left. He works it back to his right foot, but his shot’s deflected by Alderweireld and bobbles wide.

5.27pm BST

69 min: Tottenham intricately work the ball to Wanayama on the edge of the area, but he slices his shot well wide.

5.27pm BST

68 min: With his right wrist heavily bandaged, Son Heung-Min replaces Eric Dier.

5.24pm BST

66 min: The second half pressure from Tottenham has been unrelenting, but they’ve lacked direction in the final third. Courtois hasn’t had much to do. They need more composure.

5.23pm BST

64 min: Another corner for Tottenham. Another clearing header by Morata, the new Drogba.

5.20pm BST

61 min: Dele Alli nutmges Kante, who decides to chop him down by way of retribution on the left. The free-kick’s headed away by Morata.

5.18pm BST

59 min: Dele Alli lofts a pass into the area and claims it’s handled by a Chelsea defender, but Anthony Taylor is not inclined to agree.

5.15pm BST

56 min: Azpilicueta hacks clear as a lovely controlled ball from Trippier rolls across the area, Kane lurking behind him.

5.14pm BST

55 min: A scrappy lull. It suits Chelsea. “The inconsistency by the referees is maddening sometimes,” says Byron Adu-Boakye. “How are either Vertonghen and Dier on the pitch when Cahill got sent of for his tackle? Does the rulebook change from week to week?”

5.11pm BST

52 min: Moses scampers down the right and cuts the ball back. Morata’s low shot is blocked. Chelsea don’t let Tottenham out, though, and Kante wins a corner.

5.09pm BST

51 min: There have been some heavy tackles in this game and now Vertonghen hacks down Moses. That’s a reckless shocker of a challenge and he’s fortunate to escape with a booking.

5.09pm BST

50 min: It’s all Tottenham.

5.07pm BST

48 min: This is an excellent start from Tottenham. Now Kane turns and powers past Rudiger before winning another corner. Chelsea are under the cosh, but Vertonghen’s cross is too close to Courtois.

5.06pm BST

47 min: The ball’s flung into the Chelsea area and Kane, unmarked, mistimes his header. The ball skids off to the left and Kane holds his head in his hands, aware of what a wonderful chance that was, rueing his wastefulness.

5.05pm BST

46 min: Off we go again. Tottenham get the second half underway. They’re on the attack straight away, Kane beautifully backheeling the ball to the onrushing Eriksen, whose prodded shot’s deflected wide for a corner.

4.57pm BST

“I’m at Wembley and the piped in drumming is the most embarrassing thing I’ve heard at a stadium in my life,” says Pete Corbett. “Why do clubs not trust the supporters to create an atmosphere?”

For they are awful.

4.50pm BST

Crisis? What crisis? Antonio Conte’s patched-up champions deservedly lead after a good first half, Marcos Alonso scoring the first ever Premier League goal at Wembley with a fine free-kick. Tottenham were better after going behind, but they need to improve.

4.48pm BST

45 min+2: Vertonghen tricks his way past Bakayoko on the left, reaching the byline as the midfielder stumbles, and hammers a low cross towards the near post. Under pressure, Dier diverts it over. Tottenham want a corner, but they aren’t getting one.

4.46pm BST

45 min+1: There will be three added minutes. Tottenham are finishing the half strongly. Davies bursts into the area from the left and sees his shot deflected wide. Chelsea deal with it, sort of, but they’re under pressure here. Trippier’s low ball from the right’s put behind by Alonso.

4.45pm BST

45 min: Eriksen’s corner is met by Kane, but his header loops straight at Courtois.

4.44pm BST

44 min: Kane sweeps a ball out from right to left for Davies, whose 25-yarder takes a deflection, forcing Courtois to push it away. This is a good spell for Tottenham. Dembele wins a corner on the right.

4.44pm BST

42 min: A superb touch, assuming it was intentional, takes Dele Alli away from Azpiluceta in the middle. Azpilicueta’s over-committed and Alli moves it on to Kane on the left. Into the area, he steps inside Christensen, on to his right foot, and hammers a low drive past Courtois. Is this his first Premier League goal in August? Think again. The ball bounces off the inside of the far post and away to safety!

4.42pm BST

40 min: “A fascinating battle of the new style job sharing defenders / midfielders is a feisty one here,” says Jeremy Dresner. “Luiz is a stronger straight defender and will now be defending more with the goal advantage. Dier is a slightly better midfielder at making supporting runs to help the attack. Both are now set to play to the stronger part of their broad respective skill sets if the game stays like this.”

4.40pm BST

39 min: Eriksen flicks a low, curving ball into the six-yard box. Morata has a swing and a miss, Kane and Dier can’t reach it, Courtois is rooted to the spot and the ball bounces just wide of the far post. That deserved more.

4.39pm BST

38 min: Christian Eriksen’s fouled off the ball by David Luiz, who cynically stopped the Dane from reaching a pass down the line by Trippier on the right of the Chelsea box. Despite shaking his head, the Brazilian’s booked.

4.37pm BST

36 min: On reflection, that Dier tackle on Luiz probably merited an orange card. He does some silly things at times.

4.35pm BST

35 min: “Good goal by Chelsea but why does Dele tackle in such a reckless way in that position?” says Mike Nagle. “Also why is a left-footed free kick not anticipated? Poor from Spurs, so far. Too many people thought Chelsea would be poor but they were not Champions for nothing.”

4.32pm BST

31 min: Now Dier’s booked for a tackle so absurd he managed to take out Moses and David Luiz at the same time. Luiz has come off worse. He needs treatment.

4.32pm BST

30 min: Antonio Rudiger, who hasn’t looked entirely convincing yet, picks up a booking for kicking the ball away after giving away a free-kick.

4.31pm BST

29 min: This is better from Tottenham. A pass is slid down the inside right channel for Kane, who uses his strength to roll away from Rudiger and muscle his way into the area. He’s past Alonso, too, and one on one with Courtois, who expertly denies the striker an equaliser by making himself big and blocking the shot. Tottenham aren’t done yet, though. The ball’s flung into the box. Kane goes down with Alonso nearby. No penalty. One more try. Kane shoots again from the right. This one’s wide of the far post.

4.30pm BST

28 min: Chelsea have done a number on Tottenham so far. Moving David Luiz into the middle and denying Tottenham space is working a treat. Tottenham don’t have brilliance in the wide areas today, so squeezing Alli and Eriksen is a clever tactic.

4.27pm BST

27 min: Davies curls the corner in from the right, but Alderweireld heads wide.

4.27pm BST

26 min: Tottenham look for an immediate response, winning a free-kick on the left. Eriksen’s inswinger’s headed over by Bakayoko again.

4.26pm BST

Willian scored a free-kick against Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final; Marcos Alonso scores one today. And this is a stunner. It was made for the Spaniard’s left foot. The ball was a little to the right of centre, 25 yards out. Willian stood over it, but he left it to Alonso, who bent a superb effort over the wall, sending it curling to the left of the despairing Lloris and into the top corner! Chelsea deservedly lead thanks to a moment of brilliance.

4.24pm BST

23 min: A Chelsea free-kick’s only half cleared and Dele Alli ends up conceding another on the edge of the Spurs area with a trip on David Luiz. This is a big chance for Chelsea. Willian scored a free-kick in the FA Cup semi-final here last season.

4.22pm BST

21 min: “Did Kane run seemingly slowly, but cover the ground suprisingly quickly?” says Charles Antaki. “Or (less likely) did he look like he was running fast, but was in fact just miming it while in fact moving quite slowly? “Deceptively X” is a conundrum introduced int the English language by, I think, estate agents in the 1980s, making it impossible now to decide whether a ‘deceptively large’ room is spacious or tiny.”

Kane never looks like he’s running at a particularly high speed, but he has a powerful way of striding along. He can look slow, but he often seems to be able to get away from defenders when he lollops down the left.

4.21pm BST

20 min: David Luiz shoots from 20 yards. It’s a Courtois of an effort.

4.20pm BST

19 min: Dembele barrels away from David Luiz and lets fly from 25 yards. A deflection takes it just over for a corner, which leads to a whole lot of nothing.

4.19pm BST

18 min: Are Tottenham piping the sound of a drum over the loudspeaker in order to create an atmosphere?

4.17pm BST

17 min: This is very ... tactical.

4.15pm BST

15 min: A horrible mistake from Christensen, who fails to deal with a long ball from Alderweireld, lets in Alli, but the Tottenham forward lets off the inexperienced Chelsea defender by wildly blazing over from a tight angle.

4.14pm BST

13 min: Lloris’s clearance is charged down by Morata. Fortunately for the Tottenham goalkeeper, the ball doesn’t spin towards his own goal and he’s able to gather the ball before Morata can pinch it off him.

4.13pm BST

12 min: Kane goes one of those deceptively quick runs down the left flank, but David Luiz does enough to pressure him and the striker’s cross is harmless.

4.11pm BST

10 min: A pattern is developing, Tottenham seeing most of the ball, Chelsea sitting back. All of a sudden, Kane turns 30 yards from goal, allowed to do so far too easily by Kante. Ever positive, the striker decides to shoot. It’s hit low and hard and Courtois makes a mess of it even though it’s straight at him, spilling the ball. Luckily for the Chelsea goalkeeper, no one’s there to capitalise for Tottenham.

4.09pm BST

9 min: Tottenham haven’t got going yet. Blame Wembley.

4.07pm BST

6 min: A free-kick to Tottenham midway through Chelsea’s half, Luiz fouling Alli. It’s played out to Dier. His whipped cross is headed over by Bakayoko, but the corner comes to nothing.

4.06pm BST

5 min: Chelsea continue to press. David Luiz rolls a pass to Cesar Azpilicueta on the right. He lifts a cross into the six-yard box, where Alvaro Morata has crept in between Alderweireld and Trippier. With only Hugo Lloris to beat, somehow he steers his header a few yards wide of the left post. What a miss from the Spaniard. He can’t believe it. Nor can Antonio Conte.

4.05pm BST

4 min: Chelsea have started brightly. Kante curls a cross in from the left, but Morata can’t direct his header goalwards. Chelsea win possession back quickly, though. They’re enjoying plenty of early possession.

4.04pm BST

2 min: David Luiz is playing in midfield for Chelsea, with N’Golo Kante and Timoue Bakayoko also in there with him. They won’t be easy to break down.

4.02pm BST

And we’re off! Chelsea, all in blue, get the game underway at Wembley. They’re kicking from right to left in the first half. Tottenham are in white shirts and navy shorts. The visitors are immediately on the attack, Morata linking well with Willian, but Moses’s dangerous cross flashes across the face of goal.

3.58pm BST

The teams arrive. The first ever Premier League match at Wembley is minutes away!

3.57pm BST

The Tottenham fans are all waving flags as they wait for the teams to emerge. A sense of anticipation is building. Can Tottenham play here? 18 wins and one draw in the league at White Hart Lane last season; three defeats in five at Wembley. Can they play on this pitch? Will it suit their pressing style? What a boost it would be if they can win today. What an opportunity for Tottenham to show just how good they are. “Those tops Spurs wear during warmups are horrendous,” says JR in Illinois. “Whoever designed them needs to be sacked. And perhaps imprisoned for a short spell to consider what they have done. Okay, prison may be harsh. Just fine them and make them responsible for gathering all existing shirts and burning them.”

3.44pm BST

Antonio Conte is back in his suit today. Well, it is Wembley.

3.44pm BST

“Tough on Walker-Peters,” says Jeremy Dresner. “MOTM by some accounts against Newcastle and yet benched at big stadium. Understandable I feel after the fateful Son tackle last season that inexperienced fullbacks don’t go up against Victor Moses. The leather worn head of Cahill is not there to nod the crosses away today so I think it’s the right call as Trippier can curl them beautifully. KWP will get more chances.”

Mauricio Pochettino should have taken pity on Chelsea and put Son at wing-back again. Doesn’t he know how to play host?

3.32pm BST

Tottenham make two changes from the side that beat Newcastle last week. Kieran Trippier comes in for Kyle Walker-Peters after passing a late fitness test and Victor Wanyama is ready to replace Moussa Sissoko in midfield. Danny Rose and Erik Lamela are still absent.

As for Chelsea, that’s one makeshift team. Paulo Ferriera and Michael Essien start at centre-back, Eddie Newton’s in midfield and John Spencer leads the line. Antonio Conte suggested the other day that he might put a goalkeeper in midfield. It was either that or registering himself. The suspension of Cesc Fabregas, the sale of Nemanja Matic, plus the decision to let go of Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, left Conte with a selection headache. However he’s responded by pushing David Luiz forward, while Timoue Bakayoko is rushed back from a knee injury to make his debut after his move from Monaco. The focus seems to be on containment. With so many players unavailable, word is that Conte has gone for a 3-5-1-1. Andreas Christensen replaces the suspended Gary Cahill at the back, Victor Moses replaces Jeremie Boga and Alvaro Morata might be quite isolated up front on his full debut. 1-0 to Chelsea, then.

3.13pm BST

Tottenham: Lloris; Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Trippier, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies; Eriksen; Alli, Kane. Subs: Vorm, Walker-Peters, Wimmer, Son, Sissoko, Janssen, Winks.

Chelsea: Courtois; Christensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta; Moses, Bakayoko, David Luiz, Kante, Alonso; Willian; Morata. Subs: Caballero, Musonda, Batshuayi, Pedro, Kenedy, Tomori, Scott.

8.25pm BST

Judging by Antonio Conte’s demented completely genuine laughter when Diego Costa’s latest batch of complaints were put to him on Friday afternoon, it seems the Chelsea manager has decided to adopt David Brent’s approach to staying motivated at work. It doesn’t matter if a professional wind-up merchant has decided to make life miserable for you all the way from Brazil. Just laugh! It’ll reduce your stress levels! Look! Hoo hoo hoo! Feels good, doesn’t it? It’s the cure for every ailment. Take your eye off the ball and let Manchester United have Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic? Hee hee hee! Fail to persuade Juventus to sell Alex Sandro? Ho ho ho! Let a host of squad players go without properly replacing them? Ha ha ha! Let Thibaut Courtois almost knock down the Wembley arch during a shootout defeat to Arsenal in the Community Shield? Tee hee hee!

You can apply it to every scenario, no matter how infuriating. Three-nil down at half-time at home to Burnley in your opening match because your centre-back has got himself sent off after 10 minutes? Laugh. Almost mount an unlikely second-half comeback, only for one of your best players to add a second yellow card to his earlier booking for dissent? Funny. Find yourself looking up what “down to the bare bones” means before your second match, which happens to be away to one of your main title rivals? LOL. Find yourself suffering from such a shortage of central midfielders that you might have to give a debut to Timoue Bakayoko even though his knee’s being held together by paper clips? ROFL. Manage at a club where you can get sacked the year after winning the double in your first season? Careful, Antonio, you’ll split your sides if you laugh any harder!

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Pulis to decide on Wimmer move

Sky Sports - søn, 20/08/2017 - 16:50
West Brom boss Tony Pulis will decide in the next couple of days whether or not to sign Tottenham centre-back Kevin Wimmer for £15 million, according to Sky sources.

Poch: Player power a problem

Sky Sports - søn, 20/08/2017 - 11:50
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino feels there is "a problem" with player power in football.

Antonio Conte right at home as Chelsea enter Spurs’ new Wembley domain

Guardian - søn, 20/08/2017 - 11:00
The champions’ fretful start to the season has not dimmed Conte’s commitment and he can draw on his past at Juventus for the London derby against Tottenham

Considering neither Chelsea nor Antonio Conte are renowned for their love of long managerial reigns, it was a surprise to see something in the Italian’s eyes spark when he contemplated bucking tradition to stick around for longer than the average in these parts. Since Dave Sexton settled in half a century ago, two managers have lasted four seasons at Chelsea. Claudio Ranieri was the most recent, with John Neal, who took over when the club had been flirting with relegation to English football’s third tier, the other. Conte contemplated the statistics. “I want to break this bad record,” he says. “I must be positive. I hope to stay in this club for many years.”

Related: Antonio Conte craves continuity – but time is never on your side at Chelsea | Jacob Steinberg

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WATCH: Premier League goals

Sky Sports - søn, 20/08/2017 - 01:00
Watch goals and highlights from Saturday's Premier League games, including wins for Man Utd, Liverpool and Stoke's 1-0 victory over Arsenal.

Mauricio Pochettino adamant only Premier League title will do for Spurs

Guardian - 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

Guardian - 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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Spurs close to Gazzaniga deal

Sky Sports - lør, 19/08/2017 - 17:00
Tottenham are close to completing a deal to sign Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, Sky Sports News understands.

Alli: We've got history with Chelsea

Sky Sports - lør, 19/08/2017 - 12:30
Tottenham's Dele Alli says there is "no hiding" the importance of Sunday's match against Chelsea.

Conte: We must follow Spurs

Sky Sports - lør, 19/08/2017 - 11:10
Antonio Conte insists Chelsea must look to model themselves on London rivals Tottenham if they are to enjoy continued success.

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea: match preview

Guardian - 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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Sky Live: Tottenham v Chelsea

Sky Sports - lør, 19/08/2017 - 08:00
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte says the Premier League champions must try to emulate Tottenham Hotspur ahead of their meeting at Wembley, live on Super Sunday on Sky Sports Premier League from 3.30pm.

Merson's predictions

Sky Sports - lør, 19/08/2017 - 08:00
After kicking off the new season with seven correct results, Paul Merson is back with his Premier League predictions.

'Spurs ready for new chapter'

Sky Sports - lør, 19/08/2017 - 07:00
Ahead of Tottenham's Nissan Super Sunday clash with Chelsea, Christian Eriksen tells Johnny Phillips how he "calmly" picks a pass, why Spurs are more mature this season, and why Wembley represents the start of a positive new chapter...

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

Guardian - 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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Poch plays down Conte comments

Sky Sports - fre, 18/08/2017 - 23:37
Mauricio Pochettino revealed Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte sought him out to explain negative media comments he made about Spurs during the summer.

Tottenham in advanced talks to sign Juan Foyth from Estudiantes

Guardian - 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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Tottenham sign Sanchez

Sky Sports - fre, 18/08/2017 - 18:40
Tottenham have signed defender Davinson Sanchez from Ajax.

Poch: Trippier could face Chelsea

Sky Sports - fre, 18/08/2017 - 17:32
Tottenham's Kieran Trippier could be fit to play against Premier League champions Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday.
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