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Harry Kane makes it 200 goals in 300 Spurs games during win at Ludogorets

Guardian - tor, 05/11/2020 - 21:01

José Mourinho pledged that Tottenham Hotspur would be at “full power” in north east Bulgaria on Thursday night and, sure enough, a high-wattage performance dazzled Ludogorets into submission.

With Harry Kane scoring his 200th goal in a Spurs shirt on his 300th appearance for the club, the Bulgarian champions rarely looked as if they would collect their first point of this Europa League campaign as Mourinho’s revamped side atoned for last week’s reverse against Royal Antwerp.

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Kane scores 200th Spurs goal in Ludogorets win

Sky Sports - tor, 05/11/2020 - 20:52
Harry Kane scored his 200th goal for Tottenham in a much-improved Europa League showing for Jose Mourinho’s men as they dispatched Ludogorets 3-1.

FA chairman Greg Clarke 'supported push by big clubs' to control TV deals

Guardian - tor, 05/11/2020 - 20:32
  • Clarke met them on day he publicly criticised Project Big Picture
  • Premier League chairman told clubs he understood their stance

The Football Association chairman, Greg Clarke, told senior representatives of the Premier League and its big six clubs that he supported the clubs’ efforts to secure greater voting power for TV deals, club sources have told the Guardian.

Clarke is said to have made his supportive remark in the meeting called by the league’s chairman, Gary Hoffman, with Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal on Tuesday 13 October, two days after the leaked “Project Big Picture” plans were published in the Telegraph. The Premier League’s chief executive, Richard Masters, also attended.

Related: Revealed: Greg Clarke's real role in controversial Project Big Picture talks

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Jose: I have more emotional control now

Sky Sports - tor, 05/11/2020 - 07:00
Jose Mourinho will come up against Slaven Bilic this weekend, insisting he is much calmer these days compared to when the pair previously met four years ago.

José Mourinho says rival players go to ground 'when somebody blows on them'

Guardian - ons, 04/11/2020 - 17:47
  • Mourinho defends Harry Kane and points finger at other teams
  • Spurs striker criticised for penalty incident against Brighton

José Mourinho has strongly defended Harry Kane against allegations of diving but claimed players at Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are on the floor “when somebody blows on them”.

Tottenham’s manager was responding to claims that Kane manufactured a penalty during Sunday’s home win over Brighton. The former England internationals Gary Lineker and Martin Keown were among those who criticised Kane for deliberately positioning himself to make contact with Adam Lallana unavoidable, while making no attempt to win the ball.

Related: Joy for Gareth Bale as first goal since Tottenham return sinks Brighton

Related: Tottenham and Hoffenheim support Ryan Sessegnon after racist abuse

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Ludogorets vs Tottenham preview

Sky Sports - ons, 04/11/2020 - 16:00
Team news and stats ahead of Ludogorets vs Tottenham in the Europa League group stage on Thursday; kick-off 5.55pm.

Jose: Why speak about Kane? Talk about Utd or City

Sky Sports - ons, 04/11/2020 - 14:20
Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has launched a fierce defence of Harry Kane following suggestions the striker was "clever" in winning a crucial penalty against Brighton.

Kane defends actions in Lallana penalty incident

Sky Sports - tir, 03/11/2020 - 18:15
Harry Kane has defended the decision to award Tottenham a penalty during the 2-1 Premier League win over Brighton after Adam Lallana was deemed to have fouled the striker.

Tottenham and Hoffenheim support Ryan Sessegnon after racist abuse

Guardian - tir, 03/11/2020 - 13:26
  • Sessegnon says he is disgusted but not surprised by abuse
  • Winger, on loan at Bundesliga club, targeted on social media

Ryan Sessegnon, on loan at Hoffenheim from Tottenham, says he is disgusted by the racist abuse he has been subjected to online and has shared screenshots of the messages he received on social media.

“Honestly unbelievable. The craziest thing is I’m not even surprised anymore. Disgusting,” Sessegnon wrote on Instagram. Hoffenheim and Spurs offered their support to the 20-year-old winger.

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Everyone at the Club is with you @RyanSessegnon.

We are proud of the rich ethnic diversity that exists across our communities, fans, staff and players.

We are driven by inclusion and equality for all and nobody should have to endure such repulsive abuse.

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'Disgusting' - Sessegnon reveals online racist abuse

Sky Sports - tir, 03/11/2020 - 09:00
Ryan Sessegnon has become the latest footballer to reveal he has received racist abuse on social media.

Poch on: Next job, leaving Spurs, and more

Sky Sports - tir, 03/11/2020 - 01:30
Mauricio Pochettino was the special guest on this week's Monday Night Football and opened up on a range of topics, from highs and lows at Tottenham to what management plans are for the future.

Dier backs Alli to fight for Spurs future

Sky Sports - man, 02/11/2020 - 23:34
Eric Dier says his friend Dele Alli's future at Tottenham is still in his own hands.

Ref Watch: Were Kane, Salah pen calls correct?

Sky Sports - man, 02/11/2020 - 13:48
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher is back to assess the controversial decisions from around the Premier League...

'I'm going to look at Madrid websites': Mourinho pleased with Bale's start at Tottenham – video

Guardian - man, 02/11/2020 - 11:08

José Mourinho was delighted with his new-signing Gareth Bale's performance in Tottenham's 2-1 victory over Brighton on Sunday. Bale, who is currently on loan from Real Madrid, had suffered a turbulent spell at the Spanish giants and often received negative press from Spanish media. 'When I have five minutes I am going to Safari to look at Madrid's websites to see what they say.' said Mourinho, defending the Welshman's performance

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Jose: I'll check Bale reaction in Madrid; What did papers say?

Sky Sports - man, 02/11/2020 - 11:00
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho watched Gareth Bale score the winner against Brighton - and then declared his intention to check the reaction in Madrid.

Tottenham 2-1 Brighton: Premier League - as it happened

Guardian - søn, 01/11/2020 - 22:33

After a controversial penalty and a controversial equaliser Gareth Bale came off the bench to score a mercifully controversy-free winner for Spurs

9.33pm GMT

And with that, I’m off. Bye!

9.31pm GMT

Jacob Steinberg has filed his match report from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium:

It was not quite up there with the time Gareth Bale came off the bench to put Real Madrid on the path to Champions League glory with that overhead kick against Liverpool in 2018. Yet it was still a precious moment for the Welshman. Thrown on in the 70th minute and told to puncture Brighton’s resilience, Bale produced the decisive moment three minutes later, leaping to score for the first time since returning to Tottenham.

The beaming smile on Bale’s face spoke volumes. After the breakdown in his relationship with Madrid, he was home at last: back in Tottenham’s colours and providing moments of class when his team needed him. Tottenham had laboured. They had given up another lead and were heading for another home draw. In the end, though, a substitute lifted them to second place, two points behind Liverpool and dreaming of a title challenge.

Related: Joy for Gareth Bale as first goal since Tottenham return sinks Brighton

9.27pm GMT

So Brighton did alright but lost again and are 16th, Tottenham were poor but won again and are second. I found it a disjointed and disappointing game, with the referee demanding an irritating amount of attention, but at least there was one controversy-free goal to decide it and Spurs were, while wildly unconvincing, the better side. I expect both managers will find stuff to be angry about.

9.20pm GMT

Gareth Bale has a chat after scoring his first Premier League goal for seven years:

I just want to come on and do a job for the team. Being on the subs’ bench and coming on you just want to make an impact. It’s massively important. Everyone always talks about individual players, but I’ve always said I’m a team player. If I came on and just helped the team defend and we won 2-1 I’d be just as happy. The most important thing is the collective. We work together, we work hard, we win together. It was a great reaction from the team. I think we’re also learning to close out games, which is good, and we’re growing. I think we’re very competitive. We don’t want to get too carried away, we’re just going to keep working as hard as we can.

9.11pm GMT

90+6 mins: The referee blows his whistle a couple of seconds before the end of the six minutes, with Bissouma about to cross the ball into a crowded area. Spurs have turned a poor performance into three points, with Gareth Bale once again a matchwinner!

9.09pm GMT

90+5 mins: Spurs are keeping the ball and running down the clock.

9.07pm GMT

90+3 mins: Veltman tries to turn past Lo Celso inside the Brighton penalty area and fails. The ball doesn’t quite fall for either player, and they grapple with each other as both try to reach it until the referee gives Brighton a free kick.

9.06pm GMT

90+2 mins: Kane goes down again, this time on the left, and wins a free-kick.

9.04pm GMT

90+1 mins: Into stoppage time, of which there’ll be six minutes or so.

9.04pm GMT

89 mins: Welbeck is very nearly found in the area by White’s excellent pass, but Alderweireld comes accross to deal with it.

9.02pm GMT

88 mins: Kane does another horrible dive, attempting to win a free kick in prime shooting position. He does this a bit too much. Spurs keep the ball, though, and Bale tees up Lo Celso for a shot that curls not far wide.

9.00pm GMT

86 mins: The ball bounces into Dier’s arm, and VAR has a look at it, but it’s outside the area, and unintentional, and his arm is in a natural position, so it’s all good.

8.59pm GMT

85 mins: Another substitution sees Ben Davies come on for Spurs, replacing Son.

8.58pm GMT

83 mins: A cross from the right, and Lloris comes to collect and doesn’t, as Welbeck loiters. There seems to be a pause while everyone waits for the whistle to sound, and then everyone realises it hasn’t and isn’t going to, but Brighton can’t fashion a shot at the gaping goal.

8.57pm GMT

83 mins: Burn smashes a cross from the left straight into Doherty’s face.

8.56pm GMT

82 mins: The pace has rather gone out of the game, with Spurs now having a lead and apparently happy with it, and Brighton’s momentum stalled by the substitutions.

8.53pm GMT

79 mins: Lamptey, who was limping a bit a few minutes ago before apparently recovering, leaves the field, and Mac Allister comes on.

8.50pm GMT

75 mins: It feels like Spurs redoubled (well, started) their efforts after Brighton’s equaliser, and it really hasn’t taken very long of them actually playing for them to score.

8.49pm GMT

74 mins: Brighton have brought Danny Welbeck on for Trossard. It was at Spurs almost exactly a year ago (19 October, to be precise) that he sustained the injury that ruined last season for him.

8.48pm GMT

Spurs retake the lead! It’s a long ball from right to left, where Reguilon cuts onto his right foot and crosses to Bale, level with the near post, who heads past Sanchez!

8.45pm GMT

71 mins: Spurs hit the post again, in bizarre style! It’s a corner from the right that’s flicked on by Bale and runs to an unmarked Kane at the far post, who controls and then shoots into the post from a foot out!

8.44pm GMT

70 mins: And that’s Lamela’s last contribution, with Gareth Bale coming on to replace him.

8.42pm GMT

68 mins: Lamela hits the post! It was a shot from 22 yards or so, hit with no great power but it’s beyond the reach of Sanchez and into the meat of the post! It rebounds to Veltman, who for some reason decides to tuck the ball into his own net, only for Sanchez to deny him with an excellent reaction save!

8.40pm GMT

66 mins: Bernardo has come on for March, and play has resumed.

8.39pm GMT

65 mins: March has gone down, and then limped off, with apparent ankle-knack and it looks like his evening might be over.

8.37pm GMT

63 mins: A substitution! Ndombele goes off, and Giovani Lo Celso comes on.

8.35pm GMT

60 mins: It was a well worked and well taken goal, the ball worked from left to right along the edge of the Tottenham penalty area before Lamptey was finally played in, and he produced a neat sidefooted finish to bring his side level. However the fact is that Brighton only had the ball because of a foul on Hojbjerg. The referee it seems thinks March got a tiny touch on the ball before he steamrollered through the player’s legs.

8.33pm GMT

59 mins: I think this is a Premier League first, the referee having been told to review an incident but deciding to stay with his original decision.

8.32pm GMT

58 mins: I think Hojbjerg was fouled there, and this goal is not going to stand.

8.31pm GMT

57 mins: Graham Scott is going to have a closer look at that tackle on the pitchside screen.

8.30pm GMT

A nice equaliser for Brighton, though VAR might want to check March’s tackle on Hojbjerg in the build-up!

8.26pm GMT

52 mins: A short interlude while Hojbjerg is treated for something or other.

8.25pm GMT

49 mins: Spurs win a free-kick, which Kane chips into the area for Son. Over the next 20 seconds both Son and Kane throw themselves to the ground inside the area, or in Kane’s case into the area. No penalties this time, which is just as well. Kane’s in particular was a terrible dive for which he should be genuinely ashamed.

8.22pm GMT

48 mins: Webster cleanly tackles Son, but the referee insists on giving a free-kick. Generally I’m not one for referee-bashing, but the number of bad decisions made in this game has really been shaming.

8.19pm GMT

46 mins: Peeeeeeep! Spurs get the ball re-rolling.

8.19pm GMT

The players are back out and ready for more. No changes to either side.

8.08pm GMT

Spurs, Brighton and the officials will all be a bit disappointed at the break, I think. Spurs have been poor since the penalty, Brighton have played for 35 minutes against a half-interested side and achieved little, and the officials have made at least one bad penalty decision, probably two, and generally stuffed everything up for everyone.

“What’s more outrageous (but depressingly predictable) than the PPV mess is how easily the government got fobbed off on the games going on terrestrial TV,” writes Tom Atkins. “It was supposed to be the quid pro quo for making exceptions to the Covid rules to allow this whole thing to go ahead, and what did we get? A handful of 10th-choice games for a couple of months. It’s no wonder so few people have any moral qualms whatsoever when finding illegal streams to watch a sport which, let’s not forget, doesn’t belong to Sky, BT or Amazon in any sensible view of the game.”

8.05pm GMT

45+4 mins: Lamela gets up and has a ludicrously unlikely attempt at goal from only a foot or two away from the byline, which goes over the bar, and that’s the end of the half!

8.04pm GMT

45+3 mins: Burn tackles Lamela on the Brighton right, concedes a free-kick and gets booked. Another poor decision, in my opinion, as there was very little contact there, perhaps none at all.

8.02pm GMT

45+2 mins: The ball is lifted over Tottenham’s defence towards Lallana, who might have controlled it, and would have been rewarded with a clear sight of goal, but didn’t.

8.02pm GMT

45+1 mins: Into stoppage time, of which there’ll be three minutes or so.

7.59pm GMT

42 mins: The corner leads to a cross, a Burn header, and a Lloris collection. “I see your point, but it’s not quite convincing,” says Gary Naylor. “Fans cannot attend in the stadiums nor watch in the pub, so Sky and BT have us over a barrel. I’d pay £5 to watch Everton’s games (okay, not today’s obviously) but £14.95 is a bit gougey really.” I don’t disagree with that. As a supporter of a Championship team, I have been asked to pay £10 to watch my team’s games, which I think is reasonable. I also think that anyone who has paid for a 2020-21 season ticket should be getting deeply discounted access, though they may prefer just to get a refund at some point in the future.

7.56pm GMT

41 mins: Brighton win their fourth corner, double Tottenham’s tally. They have been on top for the last 15 minutes or so, but are still without a shot on target.

7.54pm GMT

39 mins: Reguilon slides in to tackle Gross, and catches the opponent’s toe in his follow-through. He’s booked, another poor decision in my opinion.

7.50pm GMT

34 mins: Lamptey pulls back to Trossard, whose shot is blocked, and anyway Lamptey was offside. Also it’s come to my attention that I called Lallana Lamela twice, which is extraordinarily foolish. It’s been a long day.

“I’m afraid it’s to be expected considering that we’re living in the upside-down that jumping to head a ball is a foul but purposely backing into an opponent who is in mid-air and cutting their legs out from under them wins a penalty,” writes JR. “Ah well, civilization may be ending Tuesday or soon after that anyway.”

7.47pm GMT

29 mins: Brighton are having a good spell here, but remain in search of their first clear chance. “I just sat down to watch the game and found out that it is PPV,” writes Adam Levine (presumably not the Maroon 5 frontman). “So not only do I pay a fortune for sky for the right to watch a bunch of games that I couldn’t care less about I now have to pay extra for the occasional one I do. I think the expression I’m reaching for is [sod] that for a game of soldiers.” Personally I don’t really see the issue here. Sky/Prime/BT Sport subscriptions are expensive, but nobody was ever promised live coverage of every Premier League game. They still all show their subscribers the same number of games they did pre-Covid, but those subscribers are no longer getting loads of bonus extra free games as they did after the resumption of football last season. I think the number of different subscription services fans are expected to pay for is unacceptable, but these PPV games have nothing to do with that argument. Pay for them or don’t, whatever.

7.40pm GMT

26 mins: Frankly I can understand their frustration, given the two penalty decisions that have now gone against them.

Potter and his staff furious that VAR check doesn't award Brighton a pen.

7.39pm GMT

24 mins: VAR is not convinced, and play continues. That falls deep into seen-them-given territory.

7.38pm GMT

23 mins: White crosses from the right, and Trossard flings himself to the ground. Doherty had hands on him there, and VAR is going to check this.

7.35pm GMT

21 mins: Son sends a curling shot way high and also way wide of goal from just outside the area.

7.35pm GMT

19 mins: The already-booked Ndombele goes into the back of Lamptey, who Kaned that situation a little bit, and concedes a free kick. This game seems depressingly likely to be decided by refereeing decisions.

7.31pm GMT

15 mins: That was such a cheap goal to concede. Bissouma did a terrible job of clearing the ball, and then Lallana threw himself at the header and in so doing clattered into a player who positioned himself deliberately to be in his path. I’m not at all convinced that it was a foul, but the situation should have been avoided.

Thought @HKane bought that one. Just backed into Lallana and also not convinced it was inside the box.

7.28pm GMT

Kane sidefoots into the right corner, with the keeper going the other way, and Spurs have been gifted a lead!

7.27pm GMT

12 mins: VAR has a look and decides the foul took place inside the penalty area, so it’s upgraded to a penalty!

7.26pm GMT

11 mins: Spurs are dominating here. Son crosses to the far post but it’s headed clear and eventually loops to Kane, who goes down as Lallana comes in to challenge for it. The Spurs striker was trying to win the free-kick rather than the ball, and got his wish.

7.22pm GMT

7 mins: Brighton look to break from a Spurs corner, but Ndombele pulls Lamptey back by a shoulder and gets booked.

7.21pm GMT

6 mins: Action for Robert Sanchez! Reguilon gets the ball in the area. He checks back, assesses his options, decides none of them are any good, spins again and shoots high but too close to the Brighton keeper, who helps it over the bar.

7.19pm GMT

3 mins: Son’s pass finds Lamela sprinting into the left side of the area, and he waits for Kane to catch up before sliding a low cross towards the far post, but it’s nicked off his toes as the goal loomed!

7.15pm GMT

1 min: Peeeeeep! Brighton get the game started.

7.12pm GMT

The players are out and will be in action very shortly, after a silence in memory of Nobby Stiles, and fallen members of the armed forces.

7.11pm GMT

The absence of Maupay and Aaron Connolly, plus the change in goal, is certainly intriguing. There’s no mention from Potter of any kind of injury issues, so we’re left with no choice but to jump to wild conclusions. Any suggestions, beyond the obvious training-ground punch-up?

7.08pm GMT

Graham Potter doesn’t have much to say in his pre-match interview, refusing to explain Neal Maupay’s absence while of the change in goal he says: “Rob Sanchez comes in. A goalkeeper with some fantastic attributes, we think he can help us in this game.” So, there’s that. Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho says this:

I hope we see a good reaction. I hope we see the team that fought hard and tried everything to win at Burnley. I hope we see the team that played so well in so many of the other matches. I want to believe that against Antwerp it was a question of motivation, concentration, being ready or not being ready for a match that could be a difficult match. I was disappointed not so much with individuals but in the general attitude of the team.

6.46pm GMT

Robert Sánchez comes into the Brighton team, making his league debut for the team he joined back in 2015. Tottenham meanwhile bring Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Eric Dier, Tanguy Ndombele, Moussa Sissoko and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg back into the team after sitting out the Europa League defeat to Royal Antwerp. Dele Alli, Carlos Vinicius, Serge Aurier and Steven Bergwijn drop out of the squad altogether. Or if you want to compare this team to their last league line-up, Reguilon and Lamela are in, and Davies and Lucas Moura are out.

6.36pm GMT

The team sheets have been handed in, and these are the players picked:

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Doherty, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon, Sissoko, Hojbjerg, Lamela, Ndombele, Son, Kane. Subs: Winks, Bale, Hart, Rodon, Lo Celso, Lucas Moura, Davies.
Brighton: Sanchez, Webster, Veltman, Burn, Lamptey, White, Bissouma, March, Gross, Lallana, Trossard. Subs: Ryan, Mac Allister, Alzate, Welbeck, Propper, Zeqiri, Bernardo.
Referee: Graham Scott.

-: Lloris (C), Doherty, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Ndombele, Lamela, Son, Kane

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5.34pm GMT

Tottenham, like Brighton, collected their first league points with a victory on 20 September, but unlike today’s opponents they have kept going, and they will go second if they win today. But Brighton’s five-point haul doesn’t even faintly reflect their performances, which have tended to be rather good, and it is not inconceivable that they will win at Spurs today for the first time in 39 years, even with Lewis Dunk suspended.

Jose Mourinho will celebrate the first anniversary of his appointment at Spurs later this month, a prospect which he relishes. “I am really happy because one year more or less since we arrived, there was, in our opinion, a great evolution in the team at every level,” he tubthumped. Time, as always, will tell. In the next couple of weeks Spurs play Brighton and then West Brom, before a run of games against Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal(, Crystal Palace) and Liverpool which will really show the extent of their evolution. The Seagulls will fancy their chances of exposing a few faultlines themselves, I’d wager.

Related: In this strange season, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min put Spurs in title mix | Jonathan Wilson

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Joy for Gareth Bale as first goal since Tottenham return sinks Brighton

Guardian - søn, 01/11/2020 - 22:29

The look of pure glee on Gareth Bale’s face spoke volumes. It must have felt like old times for the winger as his Tottenham teammates ran to mob him. Thrown on in the 70th minute and given the task of puncturing Brighton’s resilience, Bale had rolled back the years by heading home three minutes after his introduction, bringing to mind all those times he rescued Spurs with dramatic late winners at the end of the 2012-13 season.

Perhaps it was not quite up there with the time Bale came off the bench to put Real Madrid on the path to Champions League glory with an overhead kick against Liverpool in 2018. Yet he loved his goalscoring cameo. After the breakdown in his relationship with Real, he was home at last: back in Tottenham’s colours and making a difference.

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Super-sub Bale seals Spurs win over Brighton

Sky Sports - søn, 01/11/2020 - 22:10
Gareth Bale scored his first goal since his return to Tottenham to secure Jose Mourinho's side a 2-1 victory over Brighton to move second in the Premier League.
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