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‘It wasn’t funny’: Tottenham’s Dele Alli apologises over coronavirus video

Guardian - søn, 09/02/2020 - 20:59

• England midfielder appeared to mock Asian man
• ‘I let myself down and the club’

Dele Alli has apologised for a video posted on his Snapchat account in which the Tottenham and England midfielder appeared to mock an Asian man and joke about the coronavirus outbreak.

Related: How Premier League clubs are using their winter break this month

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Alli issues apology over coronavirus video

Sky Sports - søn, 09/02/2020 - 19:50
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has issued an apology after appearing to mock an Asian man and making jokes about the ongoing deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Even when her government was imploding, May never tried to exclude me | John Crace

Guardian - fre, 07/02/2020 - 13:08

All governments try to control by giving access to favoured journalists, but Boris Johnson is taking it to new levels

It had felt like something of a no-brainer when the Premier League changed the kick-off of Spurs’ game against last season’s champions, Manchester City, to suit the Sky TV schedules. Why would I want to put myself through the pain of watching my team get annihilated when I also had tickets to see Ermonela Jaho give her debut recital at Wigmore Hall on the same day and there wasn’t enough time to do both?

Related: Shapeshifter? World King? The PM could be seriously unwell | John Crace

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'Door is open for Vertonghen at Spurs'

Sky Sports - fre, 07/02/2020 - 11:13
Jan Vertonghen's future at Tottenham is undecided, but the defender's agent insists that "the door is still open" for a contract renewal.

PL squads updated for 2019/20 season

Sky Sports - tor, 06/02/2020 - 18:40
Following the closure of the January transfer window, Premier League clubs have announced their full updated squads for the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign.

Mourinho digs out his undersized blanket to deal with Spurs challenges | David Hytner

Guardian - tor, 06/02/2020 - 17:54

After 11 weeks in charge the Tottenham manager is playing to the gallery with his tough love and ruthless gestures

José Mourinho has problems at Tottenham. You may have heard of them but here is a precis. In the absence of Harry Kane he has no centre-forward. The squad have imbalances. Son Heung-min is not a No 9 but he has had to play there. Lucas Moura is not really a central striker but has had to play there.

Ryan Sessegnon is not a left-back but he has had to play there. Tanguy Ndombele cannot last 90 minutes and, to put it bluntly, it is time he sorted it out. Players are in the red zone in terms of fitness and are succumbing to injury – they cannot cope with the schedule.

Related: The Fiver | The Premier League falling in line with Europe as the UK heads out

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PL sets blanket bans for abusive behaviour

Sky Sports - tor, 06/02/2020 - 17:53
All 20 Premier League clubs have committed to a league-wide ban for anyone who is found guilty of discriminatory, abusive or violent acts.

PL moves transfer deadline to September 1

Sky Sports - tor, 06/02/2020 - 15:55
Premier League clubs have decided to change their summer transfer window to bring it back in line with the rest of Europe.

Teenage Bournemouth fan gets three-year stadium ban for racist abuse

Guardian - tor, 06/02/2020 - 14:37
  • Seventeen-year-old pleads guilty to charge
  • Incident took place at Spurs match in November

A 17-year-old Bournemouth fan has been banned from attending football matches for three years after pleading guilty to chanting racist abuse.

The Metropolitan police said that the teenager, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to indecent/racial chanting during a football match between Tottenham and Bournemouth on 30 November last year when he appeared at Highbury Corner magistrates’ on Tuesday. In addition to the three-year banning order, he was fined £55 plus a £21 surcharge.

Related: Verona to equip stewards with small cameras to combat racism

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Bournemouth fan, 17, banned over racist chants

Sky Sports - tor, 06/02/2020 - 12:09
A 17-year-old Bournemouth fan has been given a three-year football banning order after pleading guilty to chanting racist abuse during their game at Tottenham in November 2019.

Parrott signs long-term Spurs deal

Sky Sports - tor, 06/02/2020 - 11:50
Tottenham striker Troy Parrott has signed a three-year contract extension with the club.

Ten uncapped players who could feature for England at Euro 2020

Guardian - tor, 06/02/2020 - 11:40

Gareth Southgate has two games left before he picks his squad. Should he give Grealish, Greenwood or Foden a chance?

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored

The next six weeks are crucial for players on the periphery of the England squad. Gareth Southgate has just two more matches left before he picks his final 23 for Euro 2020. The manager is unlikely to bring in a lot of new faces for the friendlies against Italy and Denmark next month, but here are 10 players who are worth considering even though they have never featured in England squads before.

Related: Which players scored their country's first goal in the Premier League? – quiz

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Lloris: Next few weeks vital for Spurs

Sky Sports - tor, 06/02/2020 - 08:42
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says they head away for their winter break in the knowledge that the next few weeks will determine the course of their season.

Mourinho: The best team lost

Sky Sports - ons, 05/02/2020 - 23:33
Jose Mourinho conceded Southampton were the better side following Tottenham's dramatic 3-2 win in the FA Cup fourth-round replay on Wednesday.

Tottenham 3-2 Southampton: FA Cup fourth-round replay – as it happened

Guardian - ons, 05/02/2020 - 23:08

Saints were the better team for 75 minutes, but Spurs came on strong late to book a fifth-round tie with Norwich City

10.08pm GMT

David Hytner was in N17 to see Spurs sneak past Southampton, and keep their dream of a first FA Cup since 1991 alive. Here’s his verdict. Enjoy, enjoy ... and thanks so much for reading this MBM. Congratulations to Tottenham; commiserations to the Saints. Nighty night!

Related: Son steps up to cut down Southampton and fire Tottenham through in FA Cup

10.05pm GMT

A disappointed Ralph Hasenhüttl responds. “The worst thing to happen is to be out of the FA Cup with James Ward-Prowse injured, but it’s good that he has only a cut. That is what I was worried the most about, because that would have had a massive impact. But I can hope that he is not long injured. It is not enough to dominate, we have to use our changes. We stuck to our gameplan, but in the last 15 minutes gave it away too easy. We didn’t defend well. Against such an opponent this is not possible. They showed their quality and we lost the game. It is only about winning and losing, it’s not about getting warm words. We must quickly turn the behaviour of getting the results back, this is what we are playing for. I am not happy.”

10.01pm GMT

Jose, with many perfectly timed pauses, delivers a bravura post-match soliloquy. “I have to be honest. I think the best team lost. The best team on the pitch lost. But the team with more heart ... the team with the players who went to their limits ... the team who had so many difficulties, even to build a team ... the team who, on the bench, had options that were not options to change the game ... even Dele was in so difficult condition ... so my team deserved to win! The best team lost, but my team deserved to win. From the beginning I could feel immediately that the intensity level, conditions and freshness, they were much stronger than us. We tried to organise the team with the players we had available. We tried to build the puzzle, but some pieces were missing. We fought to our limit.” [applause, bouquets]

9.54pm GMT

Here’s the revised fifth-round draw. Ties will be played the week commencing March 2.

9.51pm GMT

As for Saints, who were less than a quarter-of-an-hour away from the fifth round? It’ll hurt for a while, of course. But tonight’s performance was more proof that Ralph Hasenhüttl has Southampton moving in the right direction. They dominated possession for the most part, at the home of last year’s Champions League runners-up, and on another night would be celebrating victory. Spurs needed to dig deep to see them off. Once the pain subsides, they’ll begin to feel good about themselves going forward. Even if their wait for a second FA Cup will stretch to at least 45 years.

9.47pm GMT

Spurs celebrate more in relief than joy. For long stretches tonight, they weren’t very good at all. But they kept battling, and the introduction of Dele Alli brought a little class to their play. He was involved in Lucas Moura’s fine equaliser, then set up Son Heung-min for the winning penalty with a stunning pass. “It says a lot about the character we have in this team,” a content but determined Dele tells BT Sport. “It was such a big game at the weekend [against Manchester City] that you can lose the momentum, and we didn’t play our best. But it takes one little switch, and our second goal did that. I think we deserve a trophy but nobody is going to give it to us. We have to keep this momentum in all competitions, and we need to win something.”

9.42pm GMT

Southampton were the best team for 75 minutes, but Spurs floored the accelerator at the business end of the match and somehow prevailed. A sign that it could be their year? It could be their year, you know. They host Norwich City in the fifth round.

9.40pm GMT

90 min +4: Spurs take their own sweet time over a throw deep in Southampton territory. On the touchline, Mourinho throws frantic semaphore shapes, ordering his charges to keep concentrating. A place in the fifth round, which looked so far away 20 minutes ago, is so close now!

9.38pm GMT

90 min +3: Ings sends a shot screaming over the Spurs bar, but it’s an act of frustration, the offside flag having pinged up seconds before, putting a stop to Southampton’s gallop.

9.37pm GMT

90 min +1: Oh When The Spurs Go Marching In rings around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. For the first time this evening, the home fans are winning the spiritual-off.

9.36pm GMT

90 min: Alli glides down the inside left, thinks about shooting, then tees up Moura, who can’t quite get a shot away. Spurs are suddenly swarming all over Saints. Can the visitors force extra time? They’ve got five extra minutes to find something.

9.35pm GMT

89 min: Breaking clock-management news: Sessegnon is replaced by Sanchez.

9.34pm GMT

Son whip-cracks the penalty into the bottom left, and Spurs get their reward for finally waking up in the last 15 minutes of this match! Saints must wonder what’s happened to them.

9.33pm GMT

86 min: PENALTY FOR SPURS! Fine work by Alli, who slips a diagonal pass in from the right. Son is free, and tries to round Gunn on the penalty spot. He goes left. Gunn sticks out an arm, and down Son goes. There wasn’t much contact, but enough for the referee to point to the spot!

9.32pm GMT

85 min: Adams is booked for a crude bodycheck on Aurier. Saints are rocking. Spurs have enjoyed 68% during the last five minutes.

9.31pm GMT

84 min: Moura’s bustle down the right wins a corner for Spurs. Alderweireld heads it harmlessly over the bar. Spurs have stepped it up in these closing stages, the first time in the evening they’ve looked in control.

9.30pm GMT

83 min: Romeu bumbles into Moura, and is booked for a second foul in 30 seconds. The first, on Son, saw the Spurs striker gesticulating for a card, which was a bit saucy of him. But this is the heat of battle, to be fair, so anything goes.

9.28pm GMT

82 min: This match has descended into high-octane nonsense. Marvellous. Both teams seem hell bent on finding a late winner. The atmosphere crackles accordingly.

9.27pm GMT

81 min: Long has picked up a minor knock and is replaced by Che Adams.

9.25pm GMT

79 min: What a great cup tie this has been. Not entirely sure how Spurs have managed to keep up with Saints, but they’ve stuck at it, despite being second best in midfield all evening.

9.24pm GMT

Out of nowhere, Spurs equalise! Moura and Alli one-two down the middle. Moura takes a touch to the right, sending Vestergaard the wrong way, and whipping a wonderful shot into the bottom left, past the outstretched arm of Gunn. The home fans explode in relief. Hopes of a first FA Cup since 1991 are still alive!

9.22pm GMT

75 min: Redmond skitters down the inside left channel and nearly gets to the ball ahead of Lloris. Redmond goes over, Lloris draws his arm back. No contact, they say, though it wasn’t 100 percent clear. Still, the officials are convinced that it wasn’t a penalty, and in VAR we trust, right kids?

9.20pm GMT

74 min: Saints deserve their lead. They’ve been marvellous. Spurs have been all over the shop, mind, but take nothing away.

9.19pm GMT

A length-of-the-pitch move gives Saints the lead. Redmond races up the right from deep. He cuts inside adroitly, passing Winks with ease, and raking a sensational pass wide left for Ings, who drifts infield past Tanganga and plants a curler into the bottom right! Lloris had no chance. Ings is such a fine striker, though that goal was as much about Redmond.

9.17pm GMT

71 min: Dier takes a speculative whack from distance. It’s deflected out for a corner. Easily cleared. But Spurs come again through Son, who earns another and takes it himself from the left. Gunn comes off his line to punch clear semi-confidently.

9.16pm GMT

70 min: A sore one for Son, as Stephens tries to kick the ball from under the prone striker but catches his arm. Neither referee nor VAR see any foul play, and Son’s quickly up and running again, so all’s well.

9.14pm GMT

68 min: Long whips a cross in from the right. Lloris claims well with Ings lurking. Spurs go up the other end, Aurier sending a ball in from the right. His cross hits Vestergaard’s arm, but the pair were standing right next to each other, and he’ll not be getting the penalty he claims.

9.13pm GMT

67 min: Yep, here comes Armstrong. He replaces Boufal, who has put in a shift, and receives a warm ovation from the travelling Saints fans for his efforts.

9.12pm GMT

66 min: Spurs are struggling to get out of their own half. They’ll not be pleased to see Stuart Armstrong pulling on his boots, a sign that Saints intend to go for this in the final stages. They’ve been well on top pretty much from the get-go.

9.10pm GMT

64 min: Now it’s Alderweireld’s turn to explode in anger, as Redmond wins a corner off him down the right. The defender’s claiming no touch. From the set piece, Vestergaard is found free, six yards out, but heads straight at Lloris, who tips over. Goodness knows what Alderweireld’s mood would be like had Lloris not made that save. The second corner comes to nothing.

9.08pm GMT

62 min: Saints have enjoyed 63% possession since the restart. The home fans don’t sound particularly enamoured with the fare on display, though a goal would of course change everything, if only for a night. “If Messi’s looking for a new challenge may I humbly suggest he gives the Scottish Premiership a go, which is where Dundee United will be playing next season?” Yes, folks, it’s Simon McMahon. “A swap deal with Lawrence Shankland (plus, say, 50 million euros to United) should see a deal completed.”

9.07pm GMT

61 min: Alli replaces Ndombele. Spurs, having made two quickfire changes in midfield, are momentarily all over the shop, allowing Redmond to skitter down the left into a lot of space. He’s got options in the middle, but his cross is too close to Lloris, who gathers.

9.06pm GMT

59 min: Spurs’ new boy Fernandes is booked for a late clip on Boufal, who has diddled him out on the right flank. No complaints. In the dugout, Vertonghen continues to seethe and smoulder like a 1940s movie star.

9.04pm GMT

58 min: ... but Saints aren’t awarded it. Long descends into a wild fury. Spurs tear up the other end, Son seeing a shot deflected wide right for a corner that is given. Happily for the karmic order, nothing comes of the Spurs set piece.

9.03pm GMT

57 min: Stephens finds some space down the right and whips low towards the near post. Long tries to turn the ball goalwards. Alderweireld blocks out for a corner ...

9.02pm GMT

55 min: Moura spins in the midfield, away from Bednarek, who pulls him back. That’s a deserved booking. Meanwhile Vertonghen reaches the dugout, and pointedly looks away as Mourinho gives him a consoling tap on the shoulder. He sits on the bench, chin balanced on fist. A deep funk.

9.00pm GMT

54 min: Spurs make the first tactical change of the evening. Vertonghen is replaced by the new boy Gelson Fernandes. The big defender trudges around the perimeter with head bowed, deep in thought. He’s not happy.

8.58pm GMT

52 min: And now it’s Spurs who pass up a great opportunity to take the lead. Sessegnon rolls a pass down the left, the ball rolling along the white line and somehow staying in play. Son crosses gorgeously towards the far post. Moura has to score, but plants a header wide right from six yards. How on earth is this game still only 1-1?

8.57pm GMT

50 min: Saints should be leading. Ings and Redmond combine crisply down the left. Ings again can’t quite get a shot away, so rolls a pass wide right for Boufal, free in the area! Boufal opens his body and tries to pop a sidefoot into the bottom left, but sends it well wide. Boufal holds his head in his hands, a fine chance spurned.

8.55pm GMT

49 min: The early signs: it’s as-you-were. Saints continue to stroke it around in the midfield, with Spurs often chasing shadows. Redmond rakes a ball down the left for Ings, who can’t quite find the space to shoot. Then Romeu hoicks a cross in from the left, Hojbjerg heading harmlessly over from six yards.

8.53pm GMT

47 min: An update on James Ward-Prowse: he may have suffered knee ligament damage, though it’ll be hard to say for sure until some swelling goes down. Here’s hoping for a positive outcome and a swift recovery; he’s been excellent for Saints this season, and will be sorely missed.

8.51pm GMT

And we’re off again. Spurs get the ball rolling for the second half. You’d expect them to have had the riot act read to them during the break; they had one shot on target during that first half, and that wasn’t even their goal. Let’s see if it’s had any effect.

8.44pm GMT

Half-time paranormal activity. “I was just scanning back through today’s MBM, when your line for the first goal (‘Saints have been the better side, so of course it’s the home side who take the lead’) gave me a sense of deja vu,” writes Sarah Rothwell, and not just because I clumsily used the word ‘side’ twice in the same sentence. “I quickly brought up last Saturday’s Clockwatch and found the following line for Liverpool’s second goal: ‘Southampton have been much the better team, so they probably knew this was coming.’ I’d feel sorry for the Saints if I weren’t such a dyed-in-the-wool Liverpool supporter.”

8.36pm GMT

Half-time entertainment. Some news that may cheer Jose up: Barcelona are in disarray. Sid Lowe has the latest!

Related: The blame game: how Lionel Messi’s patience finally snapped at Barcelona

8.34pm GMT

Saints have been by far the better team. Spurs will be much happier with the scoreline. Mourinho stomps off with not too many cheers ringing in his ears. We could be in for quite the second half ... and perhaps extra-time and penalties to come.

8.33pm GMT

45 min +3: Son and Aurier one-two crisply down the inside-right channel. Both have chances to shoot, but both hesitate, and Bednarek slides in to block and clear. Great defending, ponderous attacking.

8.31pm GMT

45 min +1: In the first of four added minutes, Redmond spins Winks with great ease, 20 yards out, and blazes over the bar.

8.31pm GMT

45 min: And now Son bustles down the middle, but with options at either side and Saints extremely light at the back, the striker loses control and there goes the chance to set someone clear. So much for waiting for the half-time whistle, eh. Pulitzer, please!

8.30pm GMT

44 min: Actually, scrub that. First Bertrand powers down the left to win a Saints corner. Then from the set piece, Spurs break upfield, Moura nearly wriggling his way clear on the left.

8.28pm GMT

42 min: That unpleasant accident has understandably taken the wind out of Southampton’s sail, and most of the energy from what had been a very entertaining, if slightly lop-sided, game. Both sides could probably do with hearing the half-time whistle.

8.26pm GMT

40 min: Poor Ward-Prowse is taken off on a stretcher. It might be an injury to his right knee, his leg planted upon taking a kick. Sessegnon looks concerned and not a little shaken; the incident certainly looked accidental. Vestergaard comes on to replace the stricken Saint. God speed, James Ward-Prowse.

8.24pm GMT

38 min: Uh-oh, this doesn’t look good. Sessegnon and Ward-Prowse come together out on the Saints right. It’s a 50-50 ball. At first glance, it looked like a kick on the shin, no more, but it might be worse than that, sadly. Ward-Prowse holds his head and he’s in some distress. The oxygen mask comes out as his team-mates comfort him. Fingers crossed this looks worse than it is.

8.22pm GMT

36 min: On the touchline, Mourinho frowns and pouts, harrumphs and emotes. And no wonder. Saints have made 209 passes to the home side’s 102. His side have been very much second best.

8.20pm GMT

This is no more than Saints deserve. Boufal slips Redmond into space down the inside right. Redmond looks to have made the wrong choice, spinning to his right, away from goal, seemingly the wrong way. But he turns and threads a shot towards the bottom left. Lloris parries weakly, into the path of Long, who makes no mistake from six yards.

8.18pm GMT

32 min: Moura romps down the left, checks, then u-turns and nearly breaks clear into the Saints box. He’s crowded out by three Saints players, but it’s a fine run that almost bears fruit.

8.16pm GMT

30 min: Aurier creams a lovely pass down the right for Son, who can’t turn Bertrand as he enters the box. Saints clear, but for a split second there it looked as though Spurs had opened them up. A better period for the home side.

8.14pm GMT

29 min: Boufal and Bertrand combine nicely down the left, the latter whipping a low ball towards the near post. Ings attempts to trap and turn past Tanganga by the near post, but the full-back is wise to the grift and holds his ground before shepherding both ball and Ings out of play.

8.13pm GMT

28 min: Even so, Spurs look dangerous when they do piece an attack together. Moura zips down the left, twisting, turning and nearly earning space to shoot. He settles for a corner, from which very little occurs.

8.12pm GMT

26 min: Corner for Saints down the right, Ward-Prowse swinging a low cross in that Vertonghen is forced to slice clear. Ward-Prowse gets two goes at delivering the corner, but neither effort is all that. But Spurs continue to look second best, and Ward-Prowse is usually the thorn in their side.

8.10pm GMT

24 min: Spurs are struggling to string more than a couple of passes together. The home support has been pretty quiet from the get-go, one obvious moment apart. The travelling fans currently in better voice, winning the battle of the US spiritual both claim as their own.

8.08pm GMT

22 min: Saints are stroking the ball around delightfully. A PlayStation move involving Ward-Prowse, Boufal and Ings nearly comes off down the right. Not quite. The admittedly important matter of the scoreline apart, they’ll be very pleased with their performance so far. They’ve been the better team.

8.06pm GMT

20 min: Redmond sends a low drive towards the bottom right from 20 yards. Lloris parries, and is pretty fortunate not to tee up the lurking Ings. Spurs get away with it again. Not entirely sure how they’re leading, but here we are.

8.05pm GMT

19 min: Southampton hit the crossbar! Ward-Prowse exchanges passes with Hojbjerg out on the right, and curls a glorious defence-splitting pass down the line. Ings is clear, and enters the box. Lloris hesitates, and Ings must surely score. He gets the ball past the keeper, but with far too much force, leaning back and blootering it off the bar. The ball twangs miles back upfield. Ings will consider that a bad miss.

8.03pm GMT

17 min: Another cute Ndombele spin. His dragback foxes Romeu, who might have gone in the book for his clumsy clatter had there been a few more minutes on the clock. But it’s still early enough, and we all play on.

8.01pm GMT

16 min: Saints continue to enjoy the lion’s share of possession. Spurs seem quite happy to sit back and see what they can do on the break. And it’s working so far. Textbook Joseball.

8.00pm GMT

14 min: A bit of space for Long down the inside-left channel. He cushions a pass back to Ings, who has plenty of space and time to size up a shot from distance. But the flag goes up for offside, Long the transgressor, and there goes a chance for Saints to hit back immediately.

7.58pm GMT

Saints have been the better side, so of course it’s the home side who take the lead. Winks hooks a ball down the inside-left channel for Sessegnon, who can’t get a shot away. The ball breaks back to Ndombele, who whacks a first-time shot goalwards. It’s heading wide left, but cannons off Stephens and into the bottom right, an outrageous deflection that wrong-foots Gunn.

7.55pm GMT

10 min: Redmond skitters down the inside left and enters the Spurs box, using Vertonghen as a shield and sending a shot towards the bottom left. Lloris, partially unsighted, does very well to hack clear with his legs. Spurs are living dangerously.

7.55pm GMT

9 min: Saints continue to stroke it around. Spurs eventually break up their pretty midfield patterns, Moura tearing down the middle and slipping the ball wide right for Aurier, but the Spurs wing-back is forced to turn tail. Saints held their shape very nicely.

7.53pm GMT

7 min: Boufal turns on the burners and blazes down the left. He eases past Tanganga, as if the young full-back wasn’t there, and fizzes a stunning low cross through the six-yard box. Long hopes to toe-poke home, but Lloris diverts it out for a corner with a crucial fingertip. The resulting set piece comes to nothing, but Saints could easily have had a couple of goals already. The home fans have fallen a little quiet as a result.

7.50pm GMT

5 min: And now it’s Southampton’s turn to have a whack on goal. Romeu drifts down the inside left and rakes a diagonal pass towards the in-form Ings, who takes a touch inside, bypassing Alderweireld, but sending a weak volley down the throat of Lloris. Somewhere, in a parallel universe with better finishing, it’s 1-1.

7.49pm GMT

3 min: Saints ping it around in a confident style, befitting a team with such a good record on the road. But then the play’s broken up, and Son chases after a long pass down the Spurs left. He cuts into the area but can’t work space for a shot. He pulls back for Sessegnon, who sidefoots lamely towards Gunn. A nice open start to the match.

7.47pm GMT

2 min: Sessegnon passes in from the left for Ndombele, who spins away from trouble and into acres of space. A lovely pirouette. But he can’t find Son with a pass down the inside-right channel. Saints clear their lines.

7.45pm GMT

And we’re off! Saints, who have won four of their last five away matches, get the party started. Spurs have won their last seven home FA Cup ties. Within nine seconds, Stephens has launched the ball long and out of play for a goal kick.

7.43pm GMT

The teams are out! A rare old atmosphere at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as the players take to the pitch. Spurs fans are looking to scratch a 29-year itch in this competition; Saints supporters have been waiting 44 years for the soothing balm of Wembley victory. Both sets giving it plenty accordingly. We’ll be off in a minute!

7.29pm GMT

And now a word from Mourinho’s opposite number, Ralph Hasenhüttl: “We play against a very, very strong side. The Liverpool game was an important experience for us, and in the end the result was not a surprise. But it was an important experience. We have won the FA Cup once, so we are focused on this competition. It is an important signal to show how far we are in our development, because to win here, and go to the next round, will not be so easy. So it will be a massive signal and we want to win.”

7.26pm GMT

Here’s Jose! “We have the happiness of the victory over Manchester City, but also the consequences. We have injured players, we are very short of attacking options. I look forward to the game. It is a good opportunity for Eric Dier, who is working so hard to get back to the team, but has not had many opportunities to play. And Tanguy Ndombele, let’s see him finally start after his difficult period. Ryan Sessegnon is a kid who I am always happy to give an opportunity to.”

7.19pm GMT

EXCLUSIVE BREAKING NEWS: Spurs will be playing in white shirts tonight. Yes, it’s a fairly transparent excuse to whack up some pictures of classic kit of yore. Here are Tottenham in their double-winning glory, glory days.

6.58pm GMT

A bonus sprinkling of team news, because the FA Cup is special, isn’t it. Giovani Lo Celso misses out through injury, as does Erik Lamela. Dele Alli was only fit enough for the bench after picking up a knock at the weekend. Stuart Armstrong wasn’t expected to make it at all, thanks to a hip problem, but like Dele he’s in the dugouts tonight.

6.55pm GMT

Tottenham make four changes to the team selected for the original tie at St Mary’s. Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier, Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon are in; Dele Alli, Davison Sanchez and Gedson Fernandes drop to the bench, while Giovani Lo Celso misses out altogether.

Saints make three changes to the side named for that match. Oriol Romeu, Sofiane Boufal and Shane Long step up; Stuart Armstrong and Michael Obafemi drop to the bench, while Kevin Danso is left out altogether.

6.47pm GMT

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Tanganga, Dier, Winks, Ndombele, Sessegnon, Lucas, Son.
Subs: Gazzaniga, Sanchez, Cirkin, Skipp, Gedson, Dele, Parrott.

Southampton: Gunn, Ward-Prowse, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Hojbjerg, Romeu, Boufal, Redmond, Ings, Long.
Subs: Lewis, Vokins, Vestergaard, Smallbone, Armstrong, Obafemi, Adams.

3.07pm GMT

Since Southampton returned to the Premier League in 2012, they haven’t enjoyed travelling to Tottenham Hotspur very much. There have been eight matches between the clubs in N17, and Spurs have won seven of them. If this recent history is any guide, then tonight’s FA Cup fourth-round replay at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is a shoo-in for the eponymous hosts.

But not all recent history is against the Saints. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side may have depended on a late Sofiane Boufal equaliser at St Mary’s to force this replay, but they beat Jose Mourinho’s men down by the Solent in the league on New Year’s Day. They asked Spurs a few questions in defeat here back in September. And they’ve scored in each of their last ten matches against Spurs. The top-line stats may not make for great reading for today’s visitors, but all is not yet lost.

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Son steps up to cut down Southampton and fire Tottenham through in FA Cup

Guardian - ons, 05/02/2020 - 22:59

Tottenham’s motivation in hiring José Mourinho to replace Mauricio Pochettino was clear. They wanted the serial winner to guide them to silverware which, despite Pochettino’s excellence, has consistently eluded them. The drought pre-dated the Argentinian. Since the 1984 Uefa Cup, the club have won only three major trophies.

Mourinho has viewed this season’s FA Cup through the prism of opportunity. If he can win it, maybe it will galvanise his tenure. When Danny Ings put Southampton 2-1 up in the 72nd minute of this fourth-round replay, the prospect of Spurs advancing to a home last-16 tie against Norwich was outlandish.

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Late Son strike sends Spurs through

Sky Sports - ons, 05/02/2020 - 22:45
Heung-Min Son's 87th-minute penalty sent Tottenham into the FA Cup fifth round as they beat Southampton 3-2 in their fourth-round replay.

Minamino in CL squad, Spurs name five keepers

Sky Sports - ons, 05/02/2020 - 22:42
Clubs have been confirming their Champions League squads for the knock-out phase of this season's competition with Tottenham including five goalkeepers on their list.

Tottenham vs Southampton latest

Sky Sports - ons, 05/02/2020 - 20:35
Follow text commentary as Tottenham and Southampton meet in their FA Cup fourth-round replay. The winner will play Norwich in the fifth round.

Eriksen: Bigger chance to win at Inter than Spurs

Sky Sports - ons, 05/02/2020 - 12:48
Christian Eriksen says he joined Inter Milan because they are more likely to win trophies than Tottenham.
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