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Southgate's options: Defenders

Sky Sports - tir, 13/03/2018 - 07:00
Before Gareth Southgate naming his England squad on Thursday, we will be examining his options across the pitch.

Kane injury scare: Key questions

Sky Sports - tir, 13/03/2018 - 02:00
What's the initial prognosis on Harry Kane? And can Tottenham and England cope without him? We look at the key questions after his injury scare against Bournemouth.

WATCH: Kane, Lloris awe at new stadium

Sky Sports - man, 12/03/2018 - 17:30
Harry Kane described the feeling as "incredible" as he practiced walking out at the new Tottenham stadium - still only half-built - with Hugo Lloris.

Harry Kane set for scan on ankle injury with fears for lengthy absence

Guardian - man, 12/03/2018 - 16:11

• Pochettino refuses to put time limit on how long striker will be out
• ‘We hope it is not a massive issue but need to wait until the scan’

Harry Kane is facing a prolonged period out of action and could potentially miss the World Cup after sustaining an injury in Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-1 victory over Bournemouth yesterday that resulted in the striker departing from the south coast on crutches and in a protective boot.

Kane collided with Bournemouth’s goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic, after 34 minutes and during a subsequent tangle of legs, twisted his right ankle. The 24-year-old received treatment but was unable to continue. An update on the extent of the damage had been anticipated on Monday but the swelling was too great to allow this and Tottenham said it would not be possible until Tuesday at the earliest.

Related: Son Heung-min hits two but Harry Kane limps off in Spurs win at Bournemouth

Related: Son Heung-min hits two but Harry Kane limps off in Spurs win at Bournemouth

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Ref Watch: Penalty at Old Trafford?

Sky Sports - man, 12/03/2018 - 14:40
A Marcus Rashford double saw Manchester United run out 2-1 winners over Liverpool on Saturday, but should the Reds have had a penalty at Old Trafford? Dermot Gallagher has his say in this week's Ref Watch.

Premier League grades

Sky Sports - man, 12/03/2018 - 12:20
Who were the top performers and who let themselves down in the Premier League this weekend?

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

Guardian - man, 12/03/2018 - 10:02

Alex Iwobi is drifting, Pellegrino is on dangerous ground and Manchester United produced a classic performance

It always feels unfair to single out a young player, not least one who seems with each performance these days to become a one-man Arsenal social media event, a living banter-meme. Just check out Alex Iwobi on Twitter the next time Arsenal are playing – and hope he never makes the mistake of searching his own name. But watching him against Watford it was tempting to wonder about stalled progress, and a comfort zone at the wrong moment in his career. He has been more productive since Christmas, has made an effort to make more decisive forward runs. But he remains a strange footballer, a creative midfielder who seems to be always shuttling in vaguely the right area, but who somehow ends up doing very little actual creating. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has shown the fruits of moving on to develop. Iwobi still seems unsure of his place in the pecking order, too mannered to have any real sharp edges, and in danger of becoming a poster boy for late-Wenger drift. Barney Ronay

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

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Premier League hotlist

Sky Sports - man, 12/03/2018 - 07:00
Who were the best Premier League players from the weekend games? We take a look at the man-of-the-match performances in our hotlist...

Poch: The perfect answer

Sky Sports - søn, 11/03/2018 - 19:48
Mauricio Pochettino said Spurs' 4-1 win at Bournemouth was the "perfect answer" after their devastating midweek Champions League exit.

Son Heung-min hits two but Harry Kane limps off in Spurs win at Bournemouth

Guardian - søn, 11/03/2018 - 19:20

To say this was a mixed occasion for Tottenham Hotspur would be an understatement. There was a battling victory for the visitors to enjoy, one that moved them up to third and allowed all concerned to clear their heads following their eviction from the Champions League by Juventus last Wednesday. But a gloomy afternoon on the south coast was not without a gloomy moment, namely the injury to Harry Kane that threatens to rule Spurs’ top scorer out for the rest of the season and places questions over his involvement at the World Cup.

The prognosis does not look good given he departed the stadium with the aid of crutches and a protective boot following a collision with Asmir Begovic. The pair tangled in the 34th minute as Kane converted a cross only to be ruled offside, with his right ankle taking the brunt of the impact.

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Son stars, Kane injured in Spurs win

Sky Sports - søn, 11/03/2018 - 19:10
Heung-Min Son scored twice as Tottenham came from behind to beat Bournemouth 4-1 in the Premier League, but Harry Kane suffered an ankle injury.

Bournemouth 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened

Guardian - søn, 11/03/2018 - 18:56

Bournemouth took an early lead and will have fancied themselves to take the points, especially when Harry Kane limped off injured, but Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min stepped up to send Spurs above Liverpool into third place

6.43pm GMT

Related: Son Heung-min hits two but Harry Kane limps off in Spurs win at Bournemouth

5.56pm GMT

So there we go. Bournemouth showed plenty this afternoon, particularly in the first half, and I’m sure they’ll stay up. Spurs, though, played with the confidence of a side which properly rates itself, and eventually their class told. Thanks for your company and comments – sorry I couldn’t use them all – and enjoy what’s left of the weekend. Ta-ra.

5.54pm GMT

Excellent from Spurs, who go above Liverpool by a point and now sit third. Bournemouth stay 12th.

5.53pm GMT

90+5 min Spurs enjoy the closing seconds, while Bournemouth do not.

5.51pm GMT

90+3 min This has been a really good effort from Spurs, who lost their best player and talisman when a goal down. Alli, Son and Eriksen have really taken responsibility, while Pochettino made a very good call to bring on Lamela when he could easily have gone for Llorente or Moura.

5.50pm GMT

Sissoko trips over the ball 30 yards out, but recovers it in time to roll nicely into the path of Trippier. He caresses a fair cross into the middle but Begovic really should do better than palm towards the back post - where Aurier nods home from an acute angle.

5.48pm GMT

90 min There shall be five additional minutes.

5.48pm GMT

89 min “Nice one Sonny” sing the away fans with all the gusto of a support who’ve happened upon a new tune. Surely it hasn’t taken this long to come up with that?

5.47pm GMT

Lewis Cook overruns possession and all it takes is once pass from Eriksen, well inside his own half, to send Son in on goal, at inside-left. Alongside him, Lamela is pounding through the middle so he shapes to roll him in, then drags the ball around the keeper the other way - we don’t see enough keeper roundings these days - then rams a finish high into the net. Great finish, fine player.

5.45pm GMT

87 min Sissoko is basically that kid in the playground who hits puberty first and chases faster and harder than everyone else. He’s already conceded a free-kick.

5.43pm GMT

85 min Alli has hurt himself so is replaced by Sissoko, after taking roughly 69,027 minutes to amble off the pitch, loving each and every one of them individually.

5.43pm GMT

84 min Ball launched towards the box and Ake wins it; Wilson shoves Sanchez and pokes home, but fails to hoodwink Mikey Dean. Oh, you’ve to get up very early in the morning to pull that one off, yes you do.

5.40pm GMT

82 min Francis humps long and Wilson sets off in pursuit; that Alan Parry alters the pitch of his voice tells you how threatening Bournemouth have looked this half, and Lloris collects easily.

5.39pm GMT

81 min Danny-danny Rose has hurt himself, so Kieron Trippikiyay comes on. He goes to right-back, and Aurier steps across to the lleft.

5.37pm GMT

79 min Ibe floats in an absolute dog, and Spurs clear easily.

5.37pm GMT

78 min Spurs are sitting a bit deeper now, but Bournemouth are struggling to use the extra space. But they find Ibe, who darts a clever pass into Wilson; Vertonghen opts to slide in and cede the corner.

5.34pm GMT

76 min Eddie Howe sends on Jermain Defoe for Junior Stanislas; he comes on with a note for Dan Gosling which seems to read “YOUR MUM”.

5.33pm GMT

74 min Nice from Smith, jinking by a couple of men down the left and moving it onto Cook, who squares for Francis. 20 yards out, he has a decent sight of goal, but flings his whole body into a drive which wafts over the top.

5.32pm GMT

72 min Lovely feet from Dembele, three lovely touches in a confined space setting an attack away. Nothing comes of it, and in any case I wonder if his hot streak is over now; at 30, does he still have scope to find the consistency he needs to be a top player?

5.30pm GMT

71 min Rose is coming onto a game, and he weaves forward, rushing the ball into Alli, who finds Son. He shoots and the effort is deflected behind, but the prospect of a corner doesn’t spare him a telling for not having passed.

5.28pm GMT

69 min What kind of player is Dele Alli going to be? He can be great in a free role, but if he’s not scoring or creating, doesn’t contribute much. I’ve always thought that a player with his attitude and physique needs to be involved in the game as much as possible, so should play in midfield.

5.26pm GMT

68 min A double change for Bournemouth: off go Daniels and Mousset, on come Ibe and King.

5.25pm GMT

66 min Lovely from Lamela, beating Stanislas along the by-line then rolling his studs over the ball to take it away from Daniels before prodding against Ake, whose unwitting deflection concedes another corner. It comes to nothing.

5.24pm GMT

64 min Son has, over the last couple of months, progressed from useful accessory to must-have staple. Not many players can play across the front line and fewer still are as two-footed; he now has six in four games, and there he is again, running the channel on the right of the box, stealing a march on Cook and rattling a shot into the near post which Begovic shovels around the post.

5.21pm GMT

Spurs have passed it really well this half, showing great composure. Son is involved in the move early, and in the middle when the ball arrives at Alli, loitering on the left of the box. He looks up and picks over a lovely pass, which Son volleys into the ground, a dodgy contact enough to deceive Begovic.

5.19pm GMT

61 min Rose reaches a loose ball before Gosling who, committed to the tackle, has no option but to foul him. He’s booked.

5.18pm GMT

60 min How long till Pochettino makes another change? On the one hand, Spurs are playing pretty well, but on the other another body in the box might help. Do they really need Dembele and Wanyama?

5.17pm GMT

58 min Lovely from Stanislas, nipping the ball away from Aurier, who sells himself for a burton because he simply cannot help it. As 63 defenders rush over to resolve the situation, Stanislas knocks it square to Gosling who, faced with a lunging Rose, drags a low shot wide.

5.16pm GMT

58 min Eriksen plays into Lamela and glides forward, accepting a square pass and immediately whipping a low shot which Begovic saves.

5.15pm GMT

56 min Alli turns up on the left wing, nicking the ball away from Francis who ploughs through him. No foul, reckons Mikey Dean – we don’t see it, but I’m hoping he indicates as much by uncrossing his arms – let’s assume.

5.13pm GMT

54 min Son plays a delicious little pass out to Alli, who lankily saunters inside before feeding a return into the box. As he accepts the ball, Daniels kicks through him and down he goes, but Mikey Dean sees nothing; fair enough in a sense, it probably didn’t hurt much, but it did probably contravene the laws of the game.

5.11pm GMT

53 min Spurs are back to dominating possession, sweeping the ball from right to left via Eriksen and Son. But Rose can’t control his cross on the run, which sails behind.

5.10pm GMT

52 min This is fantastic. Football is the greatest.

The game comes to a stop in the 13th minute as everyone pays tribute to Davide Astori.


5.09pm GMT

50 min Eriksen swings in a cross from the right and Alli shapes to hook it home, but Cook, after reacting slowly, does superbly to insinuate himself between man and ball, his crucial touch allowing Francis to slam clear.

5.06pm GMT

49 min The ballboy who got telt in the first half has an identical twin sat on the opposite touchline.

5.06pm GMT

47 min Bournemouth have started then second half as well as they started the first, and when Sanchez tickles a clearance, Francis puts his foot through it swiping hard; Lloris saves easily enough, and from the resultant corner, curled in by Stanislas, Aurier heads against Ake’s face. The ball flies wide, and Ake stays down for treatment.

5.04pm GMT

46 min Francis curls a long pass into the channel, missed by both Vertonghen and Wilson. But Smith can’t pick it up, and Spurs clear.

5.03pm GMT

46 min Off we pootle once more.

5.03pm GMT

Kane has diddled his right angle – possibly the ligaments of. That’s bad news for Spurs, but might be ok news for England, provided it’s not too serious.

5.01pm GMT

“Speaking of stepping up, it really feels like Bournemouth is just one top-drawer attacking player away from challenging for European places,” emails Kari Tulinius. “I wasn’t too convinced by them last season, but they seem to have adapted really well this time around, but they need to score more goals.”

Easier said than done, but I really like Wilson, who must be a proper aggravation to mark, and Lewis Cook.

5.00pm GMT

“Not sure four sub appearances, one goal & two assists makes Moura an inferior player to Lamela,” tweets Mike, “who needed two seasons to ‘settle in’ to his ‘form’, which seems to involve a lot of clumsy fouls and very few goals. Problematic favouritism from MoPo. Is it cos he is Argentinian?!”

I very much doubt that. As far as I can see, Lamela leads the press and offers clever passing and balance.

4.55pm GMT

Looking at the Kane injury, Begovic’s whole body went through his ankle looking to smother the shot. He’ll be resting up for a while, I shouldn’t wonder.

4.49pm GMT

That was a really good half of “Premier League football”. Bournemouth set about Spurs early and their goal reflected the balance of play, but Spurs slowly inched into things and were in the process of improving when Kane went off. They then equalised and more or less dominated thereafter; the second half should be decent.

4.47pm GMT

45 min There’ll be two additional minutes.

4.46pm GMT

45 min Eriksen in low and fast to Lamela, who tees him with a deft touch - the shot scoots wide.

4.46pm GMT

45 min Vertonghen steps forward and misplaces his pass, Wilson snapping into it and heading for the vacated space. But various defenders converge upon him and the danger is averted.

4.44pm GMT

43 min Peter Raleigh is back, and he says: “Fair play, this step certainly doesn’t get to last forever, but I think it can reasonably last longer than it has. Your intro says it is ‘long since time’ that Spurs seriously contended for top honours - so when did that time arrive? Their first season in the top 4? Their second? Maybe this is the reality of modern football, but that seems like it’s permitting them a very small window in which to develop. It’s not as though there aren’t already signs of year-on-year improvement.”

Naw, not a reality of modern football, simply that teams generally operate in four-year cycles. In that context, if it’s a season overdue, that’s significant.

4.43pm GMT

41 min Spurs look really confident in possession now, Eriksen doing his best David Silva impression by popping up all over the show. Bournemouth are sitting pretty deep now, rather than engaging the men with the ball.

4.41pm GMT

40 min Wilson is a really good player, and he moves the ball onto Smith, over towards the left from the right flank. But he deices not allow it across his body, the shape of which forces him to sweep wide.

4.39pm GMT

38 min That goal will have shaken Bournemouth, who had been comfortable until that point. But three quick passes can be enough to undo any team.

4.37pm GMT

These is a beautifully constructed goal. On the right, Lamela feeds Son, who snaps a pass into Aurier’s stride and suddenly Spurs are around the back for the first time. Immediately, Aurier curls in a low cross between keeper and back four, and Alli cleverly controls a finish for his first goal since Palaeolithic times. He celebrates in the correct manner, goading the home fans via hand cupping ear.

4.35pm GMT

33 min Lamela is stripped and ready, and on he comes. That doesn’t say much for Fernando Llorente, and I’m also surprised that he comes on ahead of Moura, an inferior player but one who might ask Bournemouth a few different and more pertinent questions.

4.33pm GMT

32 min Spurs have Bournemouth pushed back now, but Kane, off to get treatment, slopes down the tunnel! Where’s Vincent Janssen when you need him? Anyway, Eriksen and Aurier combine, the former teeing up the latter to cross, and as the ball drops, Alli swipes at fresh air to widespread mirth.

4.32pm GMT

30 min Kane hurt himself colliding with Begovic, so accepts treatment. In the meantime, here’s Matt loten: “Perhaps one thing Spurs need is more of a ‘Lads, it’s Tottenham’ quality: an almost arrogant self-belief that they are going to go out and dominate a match against inferior opposition. They often turn up against the big teams, but they seem to sleepwalk through the opening months and drop silly points against teams that title winners would swat aside, like they’re threatening to do today. I don’t buy into the theory that they ‘have’ to win a trophy to breed that confidence; I think a few of their players (Eriksen and Alli are prime examples) need to look at Harry Kane, and take heed of his desire to leave his mark on every single match, regardless of the opposition.”

I think they have that – what they don’t have is the attacking options that redeem a poor performance, or a first XI quite good enough to beat a good team playing well.

4.30pm GMT

28 min Clever, disguised pass from Son, gently down the line for Alli. He keeps things moving, the ball reaches Aurier, and when his square ball is wayward, Spurs are quick to regain possession. This is much better from them, and when Son finds Eriksen on the right, he curves a clever pass into the middle for Kane to turn home. He’s offside, but the flow of this game has changed.

4.28pm GMT

27 min Son wins Spurs a corner down the left, and when the ball is cleared back to him, a low cross finds Vertonghen. He drags a shot from around his spectacular buttocks, but Daniels flings himself into a challenge which is enough to force him to fire high.

4.27pm GMT

26 min “If Spurs thinks they can afford to let Alderweireld go,” emails Paul Binns, “Wednesday and today is proof that they are deluded. Sanchez has been good but can’t compare to Alderweireld’s commanding composure and organisation.”

I doubt Spurs think they can afford to let him go, but that probably isn’t in their control - if a better team, or one with more money make an offer, chances are he’ll take it, and who can blame him?

4.25pm GMT

24 min The game’s gone a little quiet, which might suit both teams. Bournemouth will happily see time elapse in its characteristic style, while Spurs have a chance to find themselves. Feel free to send in any further existentialist thoughts.

4.24pm GMT

22 min “Peter Raleigh and other similar thinking members of the fanbase are the reason we won’t push on,” reckons Alistair Donegan. “Having the sixth-biggest spend and finishing above sixth is nothing to celebrate - winning is. The point is, spend a bit more and we could win it. By celebrating noble failure you’re enabling Levy and ENIC to always, ALWAYS sell us short.”

I agree with this, more or less. Of course it’s great to finish above teams with bigger budgets, but that’s not what the competition is there to measure.

4.22pm GMT

21 min We’ve not seen Kane, Eriksen or Alli yet, largely because we’ve barely seen Wanyama or Dembele yet. Bournemouth are giving them very little time or space, while Wilson and Stanislas are sending for Sanchez and Vertonghen. Meanwhile, a ballboy gets a mapolleh for chucking one at Vertonghen’s knees.

4.20pm GMT

19 min “Admittedly, I am an absolute outsider with no investment,” emails Matt Dony, “but I think patience and development are the key necessities for Spurs, for Pochettino as much as anyone else. He rightly gets plaudits as a manager, but he’s still relatively young, and before the Spurs gig hadn’t worked at any great length with players of an Eriksen/Kane sort of quality. He will improve and learn, which will bring more out of his players. The first XI might not be comparable with, say, City, but they are certainly good enough to win a few trophies.”

I think that’s fair, provided he keeps the team together. But if the aim is to challenge for the big pots, there’s work that needs doing.

4.19pm GMT

18 min A long ball out to the right finds Wilson, sealing in front of Sanchez, who consolidates his error by selling himself, forcing Rose to foul. He’s booked, but the free-kick from close to the right touchline, is rubbish and Spurs clear.

4.18pm GMT

16 min Spurs knock the ball along the back four before finding Son down the left. He’s really stepped things up this season - perhaps his incremental improvement will obviate the need to sign another winger – and his low cross is decent, but shoved away by Begovic.

4.15pm GMT

14 min Spurs are gently easing themselves into this.

4.15pm GMT

12 min “Why can’t Spurs finish taking THIS step before we start asking why they can’t take the next one?” asks Peter Raleigh. “Spurs have never finished top 4 in consecutive PL seasons before, let alone three in a row as they may do now. I suppose I should be grateful for the rapid promotion to ‘team which ought to be criticised for not winning the league,’ but we’re resolutely 6th in revenue and wage spending, and clearly punching above our weight as it is. An upward trajectory needn’t have reached the very top to be recognised as such.”

I think you’re conflating two things here. Obviously they’re doing very well for what they’ve spent, but that’s not really relevant when discussing the need to improve. And how long does this step last? Inferior teams to Spurs have won competitions they’ve been in recently.

4.11pm GMT

10 min “I’m a Spurs fan and am very proud of what the club have achieved in the last few seasons,” emails Mike Rayment. “However there are definitely replaceable players in that first XI. Going forward we’re incredible, it’s the foundations at the back that are questionable. Dier was poor on Wednesday night and Dembele’s form dropped off significantly in the second half when Juve pressed.

Man City, Chelsea and Man Utd (the three most successful English clubs of recent years in terms of trophies) aren’t afraid to get rid of players who don’t cut it, Spurs should be the same. The problem for Spurs is that we don’t have the luxury of endless money to replace players on a whim.”

4.09pm GMT

8 min Bournemouth have started really well here; Spurs haven’t even started. And though they’re the only side in the league not to lose in 2018, they have yet to win from a losing position this season.

4.08pm GMT

No mistakes this time! Smith takes a great touch down the right, back to Rose - he flicks the ball around him, turns, fetches, and crosse on the runs. Meanwhile, in the middle, Sanchez is out of position, Aurier doesn’t call him back, and Stanislas chests down to spank a low drive just inside the far post!

4.07pm GMT

4 min What a miss! Exceptional! Bournemouth break and one pass is all it takes to send Mousset screeching away down the middle, Stanislas alongside. Sanchez is in pursuit so he squares to leave Stanislas a tap-in ... except Lloris does really well to get over and dive in front, forcing a lifted finish ... of which Stanislas gets too much, and the ball bashes the face of the bar!

4.04pm GMT

3 min Today represents a big chance for Danny Rose. There aren’t many places better to play than Spurs, fewer still who want and can afford him, so he may have to stay where he is - in which case he’ll be wanting to nail down a spot in the side.

4.02pm GMT

1 min Christian Eriksen is into the game immediately, prompting around the Bournemouth box. But he’s crowded out and the home team are away.

4.01pm GMT

1 min Bournemouth set us away.

4.00pm GMT

Bournemouth huddle, to discuss whether entry to the single market is possible after Brexit.

3.59pm GMT

The crowd sing Sweet Caroline. Is Daryl Gurney in attendance?

3.58pm GMT

I remember thinking similar about Rio Ferdinand who, towards the end of his career stayed back while Patrice Evra went up and revealed a talent for scoring with headers.

Vertonghen hasn’t scored in 5 years for Tottenham! They have had 1182 corners in that period. He is coming up at all corners...

Great points by @SimenAxel at TV2-studio

3.57pm GMT

The players are ready in the tunnel, tracky tops on and everyfink. Here they come!

3.54pm GMT

On the same topic, here’s William Hargreaves: “As a Gooner, I enviously admit they need only to carry on as they are and ensure that spirit grows. Wenger has tenacity, ability to embody the spirit needed to win a trophy. Poch et al will get there soon, I fear.”

I’m not sure the team is strong enough not to need strengthening. The question for me is in what position – perhaps alongside Dembele.

3.52pm GMT

“In answer to your question,” tweets Mike, “not playing Aurier and playing Moura would be a start! MoPo’s done pretty well, but often seems a bear of little brain, especially his lack of tactical flexibility and defending cheating. His own red card record (13) isn’t inspiring.”

Not sure about that last bit – the best side is rarely the cleanest side – and not sure Aurier is the reason Spurs haven’t taken the next step.

3.50pm GMT

Eddie Howe explains that Josh King has a neck problem, and hopes that his players will start the game well. Asked about controlling Harry Kane, he explains that “As I always say, when you’re dealing with individual players it’s about the team.” Not sure I’d be so keen to assert ownership of that insight, but there we go.

3.45pm GMT

“Is this about character for Spurs today, Tim?”

“Yeah, it’s about dusting themselves dahn.”

3.44pm GMT

Mauricio Pochettino accepts Sky’s commiserations for Spurs’ European exit – it’s a touching moment, I can tell you. He explains that Davies is fatigued but says Rose is ready, and that he’d like his team to improve their position - “the competition does not wait” for them to finish mourning the loss to Juventus.

3.39pm GMT

Tim Sherwood is in the Sky studio.

3.33pm GMT

I ask this question a lot, because I don’t know the answer, so: what do Spurs need to do take the next step? Their first XI is nailed down with high-quality players, so it’s tricky to advocate replacing any of them. Yet, quite clearly, it’s not been good enough to contest the major prizes, so does Mauricio Pochettino just wait for his younger players to improve sufficiently? Or change something, whether personnel, formation or both?

3.22pm GMT

So Bournemouth make one change, Mousset replacing King. Spurs, meanwhile, make three changes from midweek, Trippier, Davies and Dier stepping out to be replaced by Aurier, Rose and Wanyama.

3.11pm GMT

Bournemouth (a studied 4-4-1-1): Begovic; Francis, Cook S, Ake, Daniels; Smith, Cook L, Gosling, Stanislas; Mousset, Wilson. Subs: Boruc, Sermon, Arter, Fraser, Ibe, king, Defoe.

Tottenham Hotspur (a drilled 4-2-3-1): Lloris; Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama, Dembele; Eriksen, Alli, Son; Kane. Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Dier, Sissoko, Lamela, Moura, Llorente.

12.05am GMT

Not many of us marry our first, second or sixty-second love, let alone make a go of it. Rather, we learn from experience, hope to get there in the end, and either do or don’t.

So it makes little sense to chastise Spurs for their naivety in losing to Juventus, nor to decry them as bottlers. It is possible for one good side to shade another just because, because football is like that; it is also possible for one good side to shade another because they have better players, able to turn it up at clutch beyond the scope of their opponents. And for all Spurs’ virtues, they don’t have a defender as good as Giorgio Chiellini, nor an attacker as dynamic as Paulo Dybala.

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Kane set for scan on ankle injury

Sky Sports - søn, 11/03/2018 - 17:39
Harry Kane will have a scan on his right ankle on Monday after suffering an injury in Tottenham's weekend win over Bournemouth.

Kane set for scan on ankle injury

Sky Sports - søn, 11/03/2018 - 17:39
Harry Kane will have a scan on his right ankle on Monday after suffering an injury in Tottenham's weekend win over Bournemouth.

Davies suffering 'general fatigue'

Sky Sports - søn, 11/03/2018 - 16:57
Ben Davies was left out of Tottenham's squad to face Bournemouth because of "general fatigue", according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Ozil the assists king

Sky Sports - søn, 11/03/2018 - 16:40
Mesut Ozil became the fastest player in Premier League history to reach 50 assists during Arsenal's 3-0 win over Watford on Super Sunday, bringing up the milestone on his 141st appearance for the Gunners.

Jan Vertonghen: the hangdog warrior who keeps Tottenham thinking big

Guardian - lør, 10/03/2018 - 23:29
The Belgian has become the complete centre-back under Mauricio Pochettino and is desperate for trophies even if he doesn’t show it like Giorgio Chiellini

For Jan Vertonghen and his Tottenham team‑mates the inquest began in the minutes after full-time at Wembley, continued over breakfast at Hotspur Way the following morning and carried on into the dressing room before training. The ghosts of Juventus will not disappear easily; nobody could really expect them to, but times like this demand that balance quickly overrides emotion. Paulo Dybala’s dead-eyed finish and the Chiellini‑Buffon rockface on which Spurs dashed their heads thereafter had provided object lessons; then again, Tottenham had convinced themselves of a few things too.

“If you see how they approach the games, and how they live and play the game, you can definitely learn from it,” Vertonghen says of that weatherbeaten Juve core. “I don’t think we are far away from that but they have the experience over us and the way they approached the game is impressive.”

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Sky Live: Bournemouth v Tottenham

Sky Sports - lør, 10/03/2018 - 15:10
Tottenham Hotspur take on Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Super Sunday looking to recover from their Champions League defeat to Juventus in midweek

Poch: Lessons learnt from Juve defeat

Sky Sports - lør, 10/03/2018 - 10:30
Mauricio Pochettino believes Juventus have taught Tottenham a valuable lesson after the Italian champions knocked them out of the Champions League on Wednesday.
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