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Coronavirus could impact Wolves game

Sky Sports - søn, 08/03/2020 - 13:40
Coronavirus measures could impact Wolves' Europa League game against Olympiakos - but Tottenham's clash with RB Leipzig will go ahead with fans in attendance.

Jose lays into Ndombele after Burnley draw

Sky Sports - lør, 07/03/2020 - 22:54
Jose Mourinho said he "cannot keep giving Tanguy Ndombele opportunities" after hauling the midfielder off at half-time during Tottenham's draw at Burnley.

Burnley 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened

Guardian - lør, 07/03/2020 - 22:00

Both teams earned a deserved point in a see-saw match at Turf Moor.

8.00pm GMT

Paul Wilson was at Turf Moor to witness this particular game of two halves. Here’s his report. Thanks for reading this MBM ... and enjoy the rest of your sporting weekend. Nighty night!

Related: Dele Alli capitalises on Ben Mee mistake to earn Spurs draw at Burnley

7.59pm GMT

And now here’s Sean Dyche’s take on the refusal of the officials to give Burnley a penalty for the Sanchez-Wood incident. “People are falling all over the place. Today we saw it with Joe Gomez: he gets a push in the back and I guarantee if he flails his arms about and goes rolling on the floor, it’s given. Because he tries to do the right thing, it’s not given and Bournemouth get a goal from it. A similar thing with Chris Wood, who has tried to bring the ball down on his chest and turn in the box. The bloke came through the back of him, it’s a definite penalty, nothing given. If he falls on the floor holding his face, he probably gets it. I think the game has got to be careful. You can’t not get a decision because you’re trying to play the game correctly. I can bore myself stupid about this!”

7.52pm GMT

Jose Mourinho’s verdict is in, mainly on Ndombele by the sounds of it. “The quality and dynamic of Lucas and Lo Celso made a difference. I want to say, but I cannot say: we had something in the second half that we didn’t in the first. Lucas had fatigue, Lo Celso had, Bergwijn had, Alli had, and they gave what you saw. Don’t ask me much more than this. I was expecting players not tired to give more to the team. Somebody has to realise this is the Premier League ... I hope that next season he can be fantastic, because until now it is not enough. Skipp is a kid, he had a fantastic 120 minutes, I needed to protect Winks. He is in evolution and I would never want to criticise a kid like him.”

7.37pm GMT

Dele Alli speaks to Sky. “There was a lot of aggression [in the Spurs dressing room at half-time]. We knew we weren’t good enough, though it’s a difficult place to come. If you lose focus, they can punish you. It was a sticky changing room to be in! We probably should have won the game, we created enough to win. I knew it was going to be a physical battle, but I tried to help the team as much as I could. It’s a great achievement [to reach 50 Premier League goals] but I’d swap all 50 for the three points and the win.” He also reveals - with a huge cheeky grin on his face - that he knew he’d send Nick Pope the wrong way with the penalty ... because they practice together with England, and Alli usually puts the ball in the opposite corner. “He asked me why I switched sides! I said I knew he thought I would go that way!”

7.27pm GMT

Burnley end the day in tenth spot on 39 points. Tottenham are in eighth, two points ahead on 41. The race for Europe has a crowded field, with Burnley only six points shy of fourth-placed Chelsea, albeit having now played one more game.

7.23pm GMT

The corner’s hit long. Wood chests down at the far post, but can’t get a shot on target. And that’s that! A draw that will please neither side in the push for Europe. But on balance the right result. Burnley were the better team in the first half, Spurs in the second. Though the hosts will point to Sanchez’s shove on Wood, and the referee’s refusal to award a penalty kick.

7.22pm GMT

90 min +4: McNeil crosses from the left, forcing Alderweireld to chest behind for a corner. One last chance for the hosts!

7.20pm GMT

90 min +3: Westwood is booked for kicking the ball away in frustration at the award of a garden-variety free kick in midfield.

7.19pm GMT

90 min +2: McNeil makes to tear away down the left. Lo Celso pulls him back by the shorts, and goes into the book for his brazen cheek.

7.19pm GMT

90 min +1: A free kick for Spurs out on the right. Lo Celso takes it, but not particularly well.

7.18pm GMT

90 min: There will be four extra minutes for the two sides to find a precious winner.

7.16pm GMT

89 min: Aaron Lennon, formerly of Spurs, comes on for Hendrick.

7.14pm GMT

87 min: And it’s no good.

7.14pm GMT

86 min: Both teams are pushing hard for the winner, and this is great entertainment. Aurier makes good down the right and cuts back for Alli, whose first-time slapshot is deflected into the side netting. The first corner, from the right, is punched over the bar by Pope. The second will come from the left.

7.13pm GMT

84 min: What a save by Lloris! Bardsley sends a long diagonal into the Spurs box from the right. A poor clearing header by Sanchez, who has been dismal today. McNeil tries the spectacular volley. The ball breaks to Vydra, who whips a shot towards the bottom right. Lloris parries, and Alderweireld clears. Time stood still when the ball was at Vydra’s feet, though much good it did him.

7.09pm GMT

82 min: Lo Celso has been excellent, as usual, since coming on. He nearly scores a spectacular goal, taking a touch to the right of the D and curling powerfully towards the top left. He’s got Pope beaten, but the ball sails inches wide. Such a fine effort.

7.08pm GMT

81 min: Moura drives at Burnley. He rolls a pass left towards Alli and Vertonghen; the former leaves it to the latter, whose first-time shot is blocked. Burnley go up the other end, Wood slapping a 20-yarder straight at Lloris, who looks fine after that earlier injury scare.

7.07pm GMT

80 min: Moura shoots from distance. His effort is deflected wide left for a corner. The set piece is hacked clear, then the ball is returned by Tanganga, who sends a wild effort high into the stand behind the goal.

7.06pm GMT

78 min: Yet another yellow card, as Bergwijn tugs back Hendrick. Spurs make their last change, replacing Lamela with Aurier.

7.04pm GMT

77 min: Wood takes a crack from distance. It’s straight at Lloris, who handles well, with Vydra closing in, hoping for another fumble.

7.04pm GMT

76 min: Lo Celso swings in the free kick. Pope climbs highest to claim. It’s good fun, this second half, with both teams going hard for the winner.

7.03pm GMT

75 min: Hendrick is booked for a cynical check on Bergwijn, who was motoring down the left. A free kick in a dangerous position. Spurs load the box.

7.01pm GMT

74 min: There was a defensive nick on that Alli shot. It should have been a Spurs corner, but they’re not getting it. Alli’s far from happy.

7.01pm GMT

73 min: ... Lloris comes through a crowded box to punch clear. Spurs break at great speed through Bergwijn, Alli eventually flashing a diagonal shot wide left from a position on the right.

6.59pm GMT

72 min: More space for Taylor out on the left. His cross is slapped out for a corner. From which ...

6.58pm GMT

71 min: McNeil slips Vydra away down the inside right. He drops a shoulder to get inside Vertonghen, but as he cocks his leg back to shoot, is dispossessed by Dier’s sliding tackle. A goal-saving challenge by Dier.

6.57pm GMT

70 min: Alli drives at the Burnley back line. He slips a pass wide right for Moura, who fizzes in a low cross. Tarkowski flicks the ball clear just in time, with white shirts lurking.

6.57pm GMT

69 min: Taylor, in a tight spot near the left-hand corner flag, digs out an excellent cross. Lloris claims, but hurts himself as he makes the save. A theatrical grimace. He might be worth keeping an eye on.

6.55pm GMT

68 min: Rodriguez is replaced by Vydra, recently in the goals against Southampton and Bournemouth.

6.54pm GMT

67 min: This is a completely different game now. Spurs are dominating possession, pushing Burnley back into their final third. Skipp and Ndombele will be feeling a little down right now.

6.53pm GMT

65 min: Moura and Lamela attempt a one-two down the inside-right channel. Had Moura not fallen over, he’d have gathered the return pass and would have been clear on goal. Lamela claims Moura was illegally bodychecked by Mee, but the referee isn’t interested.

6.51pm GMT

63 min: Bergwijn embarks on a power skitter down the left. He loses possession upon entering the box, but that’s another example of Spurs moving up a gear since the equaliser. They’ve been much more positive, on the front foot at last.

6.49pm GMT

61 min: Spurs are making sorties into enemy territory now. Lo Celso is at the heart of much of it. Alli and Lamela appear rejuvenated too, exchanging crisp passes down the middle and nearly opening Burnley up. Much better from the visitors.

6.47pm GMT

59 min: Taylor zips down the left. His excellent low cross is dummied by Wood, but there’s nobody behind him to take a shot. Moura breaks upfield, and is tactically bowled over by Cork, who is the latest figure to go in the book.

6.45pm GMT

58 min: A corner for Spurs out on the left. It’s worked back out to Alderweireld, who welts a long-range effort over the bar. Pope had it covered.

6.45pm GMT

57 min: As if to illustrate the point, Sanchez barges into the back of Wood again, as the striker makes his way down the left wing. This time it’s a foul and a booking! The resulting free kick comes to nought. Then Tarkowski clips Alli at high speed and he’s in the book as well. The home side, and their fans, are greatly irritated at the minute.

6.43pm GMT

55 min: A Burnley throw from the right. It’s flung into the box towards Wood, who is barged clumsily from behind by Sanchez. Anywhere else on the pitch, and that’s a foul. Not in the area, it would seem. The referee waves play on, preposterously so. Burnley are rightly livid.

6.41pm GMT

53 min: Burnley will be wondering how they’re no longer ahead. The penalty came out of nowhere, and it was the only coherent move Spurs have put together since the opening minute. But the visitors now have the collective tail up. A palpable change of mood around Turf Moor.

6.39pm GMT

51 min: Mee had no complaints with the penalty decision, by the way. A defeated shake of the head. But Taylor isn’t so quiet with the referee now; he’s booked for a late clip on Moura, who was skedaddling down the right wing.

6.38pm GMT

No Harry Kane, so it’s Dele Alli who steps up to take. He cracks a fine penalty into the bottom left, and that’s his 50th goal in the Premier League. Well, that didn’t take Spurs long!

6.36pm GMT

48 min: PENALTY TO SPURS! Here’s a game-changer! Lo Celso slips a ball down the inside-right channel. Mee slides in to poke clear, but Lamela gets there just ahead. Mee’s toe clips Lamela, who goes over, giving the referee one of the easier decisions.

6.35pm GMT

47 min: Wood, chasing a long ball down the left, brushes Sanchez off with great ease. Wood crosses, Spurs clear after a fashion.

6.33pm GMT

Burnley get the second half started. Jose Mourinho has made two changes, hooking Skipp and Ndombele and sending on Moura and Lo Celso. Moura is the only substitute who has scored for Spurs this season.

6.20pm GMT

Half-time entertainment.

Related: Eric Dier's trip through the fourth wall was an oddly moving act of defiance | Barney Ronay

6.18pm GMT

This scoreline flatters Spurs. Jose Mourinho strides off purposefully, pen and notebook in hand. He’ll have made a few observations, no doubt, and is likely to be raising them in the trenchant style. Burnley, especially Dwight McNeil, have been magnificent.

6.17pm GMT

45 min +1: There will be two added minutes. During the first, McNeil crosses deep from the left. Rodriguez heads down for Bardsley, who attempts to send a spectacular bicycle kick into the top left. It’s high and wide, though not by much.

6.15pm GMT

44 min: Rodriguez whips a ball into the Spurs box from the left. It nearly finds its way to Wood, but Lloris claims just in time. Spurs really could do with hearing the half-time whistle. Mourinho has some thinking to do.

6.13pm GMT

43 min: Alderweireld bundles Hendrick to the floor out on the right touchline. Westwood sends a long diagonal free kick towards Tarkowski at the far post. Tarkowski heads across; Wood can only bundle the ball wide left. The flag would surely have gone up for offside anyway.

6.12pm GMT

41 min: Burnley by contrast are playing some lovely football. Taylor, McNeil and Rodriguez combine well down the left yet again. The move comes to nothing, but the ease with which they’re knocking it around must worry Jose Mourinho. His team are being thoroughly outplayed.

6.09pm GMT

39 min: Another lull. Spurs are so lethargic.

6.08pm GMT

37 min: Bardsley goes down with a muscular problem, but is soon up and about again. Whether we’ll see him in the second half is another issue. Meanwhile Burnley come again. McNeil loops long. Rodriguez heads down for Wood, who tees up Westwood. His shot from the edge of the box flies wide left. Burnley are getting plenty of shooting practice today.

6.06pm GMT

36 min: Alli makes his way down the inside right and looks for Bergwijn or Alderweireld in the box. But the pass goes astray, Burnley clear, and then Alderweireld lets a simple pass clank between his ankles and out for a throw. More sarcasm in hooray form. Spurs have been extremely poor so far.

6.04pm GMT

34 min: Some space for Vertonghen out on the left. As he runs with the ball, he holds his hands out in exasperation, as there are no options for him in the middle. He does extremely well to win a corner, but trudges off furious, nevertheless, gesticulating wildly. The set piece comes to nothing, which won’t help his mood.

6.02pm GMT

32 min: Burnley stroke it around in midfield. Spurs aren’t busting a gut to close them down. The game falls a little flat as a result.

6.00pm GMT

30 min: Spurs finally warm Pope’s hands. Lamela drives down the middle of the park and from 20 yards unleashes a rising shot towards the top right. Pope is behind it all the way. Whether or not it was the right decision to shoot is moot; Vertonghen was tearing alongside him down the inside-left channel, and could have been slipped clear into the box.

5.58pm GMT

28 min: Taylor is allowed to romp all the way down the left. His whipped cross takes a little deflection and nearly tricks Lloris at his near post, but the keeper reads the situation well to react and gather.

5.57pm GMT

26 min: Alli dithers on the ball, allowing Bardsley to make off down the right flank. He slips the ball infield for Hendrick, who has a crack that’s deflected into the path of Rodriguez, free in the box down the inside-right channel. The offside flag rescues Spurs.

5.55pm GMT

25 min: Spurs look extremely nervous and uncertain. Skipp has time on the ball in the centre circle, but there’s nobody ahead making a run, and eventually he’s closed down. The ball breaks to Alderweireld, who shanks straight out of play to sarcastic cheers.

5.54pm GMT

24 min: The first 30 seconds apart, Spurs have done absolutely nothing in attack. They’ve barely spent any time in Burnley’s half.

5.53pm GMT

22 min: Tottenham are all over the shop here. A simple long punt nearly releases Wood, Dier hesitant under the high ball. Wood is eventually forced to turn tail but nearly tees up Rodriguez in the area. Spurs eventually hack clear, but if they keep on like this, Burnley will be adding to their lead sooner rather than later.

5.52pm GMT

21 min: Alderweireld clumsily bundles Rodriguez to the ground, the best part of 30 yards from goal. McNeil goes direct for the top right, but Lloris is behind the free kick all the way and makes a save for the cameras.

5.51pm GMT

19 min: Lamela is booked for an out-of-control slide on the highly effective McNeil. He complains, though you can tell his heart isn’t really in the argument. A fair decision.

5.50pm GMT

17 min: Cork drills a pass down the left for Wood, who is bowled over near the corner flag by Sanchez, but there’s no free kick. In other rules-related news, there was a hint of handball in the build-up to the goal, the ball ricocheting off McNeil’s left arm as he made two attempts to whip a cross past Sanchez. It wasn’t flagged by VAR because it wasn’t the assist, and it might not have been deemed handball in any case, with the player’s arm by his side, and the players in close proximity to each other.

5.45pm GMT

15 min: Burnley have won ten of the 12 Premier League games this season in which they’ve scored first. History continues to deal Spurs blow after blow.

5.44pm GMT

It’s fair to say this had been coming, and once again it’s McNeil who instigates all the trouble. He beats Sanchez out on the left and crosses. Dier heads weakly clear. Rodriguez, 20 yards out down the inside-left channel, wallops a low shot straight at Lloris, who finds it too hot to handle. Wood, standing nearby, pokes the rebound into the bottom left. No more than Burnley deserve for an excellent start.

5.42pm GMT

11 min: McNeil is causing all sorts of bother out on the left. This time his cross is half-cleared by Alderweireld, and ends up at the feet of Cork, who bobbles a shot straight at Lloris.

5.41pm GMT

9 min: ... an almighty scramble in the Spurs box! It’s a good old-fashioned stramash. A comic-book cloud with boots and fists poking out of it. No idea how Burnley don’t force the ball over the line. But Spurs somehow hold out amid a melee that started with Westwood’s deep corner, causing mayhem at the far post. Westwood’s already scored directly from a corner at Liverpool and Southampton, and he nearly did so again.

5.38pm GMT

8 min: Taylor and McNeil are having the run of this left flank. They combine again, the latter fizzing a cross along the byline, forcing Dier to poke out of play. And from the corner ...

5.36pm GMT

6 min: McNeil rolls a pass down the touchline on the left to release Taylor, who has time to size up the scene. He crosses for Wood, but Alderweireld manages to half clear. Burnley recycle possession, McNeil whipping another cross in from the same flank. Dier chests down without much control. The ball breaks to Wood, who whistles a fierce drive inches over the bar from the edge of the box. That would have been some goal.

5.34pm GMT

4 min: An early goal would have given Spurs some much-needed succour. In the ten games where both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have been missing, they’ve lost eight and drawn one. It doesn’t augur well.

5.33pm GMT

2 min: In fact the ball rolled an inch behind Lamela. Or Lamela over-ran it, whichever you prefer. Either way, Spurs really should be a goal up. Burnley were uncharacteristically opened up with great ease.

5.32pm GMT

And we’re off! Spurs get the ball rolling. They’ll be hoping to put an end to their four-game losing streak, and they should be ahead within 30 seconds! Lamela, Bergwijn and Alli make their presence felt down the right. The ball rolls across towards Lamela on the penalty spot, but somehow continues rolling under his foot when it was surely easier to score!

5.28pm GMT

The teams are out! Turf Moor erupts as the hosts, draped in their famous claret and blue, take to the field. Spurs sport their equally storied lilywhite. With both teams in their first-choice duds, this is an aesthetic delight. Here’s hoping there’s football to match. We’ll be off in a minute!

5.24pm GMT

Jose Mourinho, channelling the great Art Blakey, bangs the same drum very loudly. “The feelings of the players are very important. We have an important game today, but we have another important game on Tuesday and we had two hours of football two days ago that pushed many of my players to run more thank 50 kilometres. We have to make decisions that are good for the team and the players. That is why Lucas and Lo Celso and Winks are not playing, because they are not in the best condition, and we hope they can be in the best condition on Tuesday. The players are ready to work and give everything; the point is to give them a good chance to play at a high level. I look to Leipzig today, they had Timo Werner on the bench, and are not in the situation like we are, they have six or seven attacking players. So for us it is more difficult than for others. I am not going to speak again because people are tired of listening to me.”

5.08pm GMT

Sky have a pre-match word with Sean Dyche. “We’ve had a few blips but come out of that strong. It certainly would be a marker to go above a club like Spurs, but you’ve got to earn the right. The whistle hasn’t gone yet, so we’ll see. We weren’t a million miles off when we didn’t win, but we had some big moments against Leicester, and a really good performance at Manchester United, and that inner belief grew. Our performances have been strong and consistent. We’re going to have to raise our game today.”

5.01pm GMT

The 3pm kick-offs have finished. Wins for Arsenal and Crystal Palace have pushed Burnley into the bottom half; they can move up to eighth with a win this evening. Spurs have been nudged down to eighth as a result of Sheffield United’s victory; they’ll leapfrog Wolves into fifth if they get the three points on offer tonight. Mind you, if they lose by four clear goals, no prizes for guessing who’d leapfrog them on goal difference. Their old north London pals Arsenal. So plenty at stake at Turf Moor.

4.41pm GMT

Burnley make just one change to the XI selected last weekend at Newcastle. Chris Wood replaces Matej Vydra up front.

Spurs make five changes to the team that crashed out of the FA Cup at home to Norwich. Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld, Japhet Tanganga, Tanguy Ndombele and Erik Lamela replace Michel Vorm, Serge Aurier, Harry Winks, Giovani Lo Celso and Lucas Moura.

4.31pm GMT

Burnley: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Hendrick, Cork, Westwood, McNeil, Wood, Rodriguez.
Subs: Brownhill, Brady, Hart, Pieters, Lennon, Vydra, Long.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Tanganga, Vertonghen, Skipp, Dier, Ndombele, Bergwijn, Alli, Lamela.
Subs: Winks, Lo Celso, Sessegnon, Gazzaniga, Aurier, Lucas Moura, Fernandes.

4.45pm GMT

To think Burnley (last title 1960) were in a spot of relegation bother not so long ago. But we never should have doubted Sean Dyche’s side. Four wins and two draws in their last six matches have seen the Clarets catapult up the table, and now they’re bothering the European spots instead. It’s been a fantastic run of form.

By contrast, Tottenham Hotspur (last title 1961) are in a bit of a state. A three-game winning burst at the start of February, against Manchester City, Southampton and Aston Villa, slightly flattered Jose Mourinho’s injury-hit side. Now they’ve lost four games on the bounce, if we count the midweek penalty shoot-out loss to Norwich City in the cup, which we surely must. The team haven’t looked at all confident going forward lately, unless you factor in Eric Dier’s determined stand sortie the other night. European football next season is far from a pipe dream, but they’ll need to arrest the slide, and quick.

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Dele Alli rescues Spurs at Burnley but Mourinho takes aim at Ndombele

Guardian - lør, 07/03/2020 - 21:44

This is still not Tottenham as we know them, but at least the slump has been stopped. José Mourinho has never lost four games in a row before, let alone five, so he will have been pleased to see his side come back from a goal down and a shocking first-half performance to draw a line under the losing sequence, even if Burnley and their captain, Ben Mee, will be kicking themselves for letting their visitors back into the game.

Mee was guilty of an uncontrolled tackle at the start of the second half that gifted Spurs a penalty and gave them a route back into a game that they never seemed likely to find for themselves. Burnley were so much on top in the first half they were probably not too worried about the number of chances they wasted, but the game changed when Spurs equalised and in the end a point apiece was a fair result. The home side missed their chance to overtake Spurs in the table and will have to console themselves with extending their unbeaten league run to seven matches.

Related: Alexandre Lacazette breaks West Ham’s resistance for fortunate Arsenal

Related: United and City ensure Manchester derby is not just about the football | Jonathan Liew

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Spurs rally to draw but fail to cut top-four gap

Sky Sports - lør, 07/03/2020 - 21:31
Dele Alli's penalty earned Spurs a 1-1 draw at Burnley but a third winless game saw them miss the chance to cut the gap to the top four to two points.

Dele Alli's best Premier League goals

Sky Sports - lør, 07/03/2020 - 21:12
After scoring his 50th Premier League goal against Burnley we take a look back at some of Dele Alli's best goals for Tottenham.

Eric Dier in right frame of mind to play for Tottenham, insists José Mourinho

Guardian - lør, 07/03/2020 - 00:36
  • Manager says Dier will start at Burnley after incident with fan
  • Mourinho: ‘Nothing to be afraid of, nothing to be ashamed of’

José Mourinho has said Eric Dier will start at Burnley on Saturday because the player has put his high-profile altercation with a Tottenham fan behind him and is in the right frame of mind.

The Spurs manager believes his player has “nothing to be afraid of, nothing to be ashamed of” following the incident on Wednesday in the emotional aftermath of the FA Cup penalty shootout defeat at home to Norwich.

Related: Eric Dier's trip through the fourth wall was an oddly moving act of defiance | Barney Ronay

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Jose not expecting Spurs to discipline Dier

Sky Sports - lør, 07/03/2020 - 00:30
Jose Mourinho does not expect Tottenham to discipline Eric Dier for his confrontation with supporters in the stands.

Eric Dier's trip through the fourth wall was an oddly moving act of defiance | Barney Ronay

Guardian - fre, 06/03/2020 - 19:00

Sympathy for Spurs player’s action reflects an age where anonymised abuse isn’t just aimed at sporting celebrities

‘Where can there be a place in the game for a man of such extravagant talent, a man of such wicked temperament? A man who has now … OH MY GOODNESS ME!!! He has KICKED … He has PUNCHED A FAN!!! Eric Cantona has jumped in and SCISSOR KUNG FU KICKED a fan. I have never seen such a disgraceful incident in all my years in football. Cantona must be thrown out of the game. I care not one jot about his supreme talent!!”

The words of the young firebrand Jonathan Pearce there. Pearce was commentating on the radio as Cantona scissor kung fu kicked – excellent football-style technique descriptor there – an abusive supporter at Selhurst Park in January 1995. In the process he captured perfectly the mind-boggling weirdness of a moment where modern football became, ahead of time, a truly interactive entertainment.

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Despite the experts back in charge, I'm having coronavirus anxiety dreams | John Crace

Guardian - fre, 06/03/2020 - 17:57

That’s all people talk about now and I’ve never seen such frantic hand washing in Westminster

Fiona Bruce has told the Radio Times she has been surprised by the toxicity of the Question Time debates. So I can only assume she had never watched the programme when she agreed to take over the presenter’s role from David Dimbleby. For some years now – not helped by Brexit which still continues to divide the country no matter how much we are told that now is the time for everyone to come together – Question Time has been a bit of a bear-pit with panels, composed of politicians and professional gobshites, and audiences selected for their capacity to kick lumps out of one another. All of which I am sure is entirely deliberate as it’s the rows that pull in the ratings. QT’s prime aim is to attract viewers and get people mouthing off on Twitter, not stimulate intelligent debate. If anyone ends the hour any better informed, then it’s just an added bonus. A politician not abjectly defending a party line, or a business person or pundit making a nuanced argument are the exception. I’ve never been invited to take part in the programme, but even if I were to be I would turn it down. Partly because I wouldn’t want the stress of being in such a pressured situation – my anxiety levels are bad enough on the occasions I punish myself by watching it on TV – but mainly because there are many topics on which I either don’t have a particularly strong opinion or don’t feel sufficiently well-informed to start sounding off. Somehow, I suspect, the producers would be tearing their hair out at a guest whose main contribution was to say, “It’s complicated” or “I don’t really know”.

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Burnley v Tottenham: match preview

Guardian - fre, 06/03/2020 - 17:32

Burnley are on a roll at the moment and could overtake Tottenham if they can keep up their impressive record against top sides. That might not be as improbable as it sounds, for José Mourinho’s side have lost four in a row since Son Heung-min joined Harry Kane on the injury list, and Tottenham have a Champion League trip to RB Leipzig on Tuesday to worry about. Paul Wilson

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Live on Sky: Burnley vs Tottenham

Sky Sports - fre, 06/03/2020 - 17:00
Team news, key stats and ways to follow ahead of Burnley vs Tottenham in the Premier League.

Jose: Dier in right frame of mind to play

Sky Sports - fre, 06/03/2020 - 14:25
Jose Mourinho says Eric Dier is in the right frame of mind to play for Tottenham against Burnley on Saturday despite a fan altercation after Wednesday's defeat to Norwich.

Bruce: Dier will have regrets - just like I do

Sky Sports - fre, 06/03/2020 - 13:08
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce says Eric Dier will have regrets about his confrontation with Tottenham supporters – just like he does after his spat with a journalist over Allan Saint-Maximin.

'Honest' Jose talks spurred Winks to captaincy

Sky Sports - fre, 06/03/2020 - 08:00
Harry Winks says he was honoured to be handed the Tottenham captaincy after reacting well to an "honest" heart-to-heart with Jose Mourinho.

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Guardian - fre, 06/03/2020 - 03:31

A chance for Bournemouth at Anfield, Burnley and Spurs battle for European slots and Fernandes can seize big derby stage

Given their 22-point lead at the top, no one at Liverpool is likely to be concerned by three recent defeats in four games across three different competitions. Of course, while a win against Bournemouth would help steady the ship and halt the onset of anything approaching mild jitters, Eddie Howe’s men will head to Anfield to face hosts recently derobed of what had previously resembled a cloak of invincibility. With Fabinho in poor form and Jordan Henderson still injured, Liverpool look uncharacteristically vulnerable in midfield and are crying out for on-field leadership. While it ought to come in the form of James Milner, who returned from injury during their FA Cup defeat at Chelsea, Bournemouth will still fancy their chances. There is never a good time for a relegation-threatened team to venture into the belly of the beast that is the champions-elect, but if you had to pick your moment, now seems a better one than any other. Barry Glendenning

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Sherwood shocked by 'mild-mannered' Dier

Sky Sports - tor, 05/03/2020 - 23:08
Tim Sherwood says he is surprised that "mild-mannered" Eric Dier stormed into the Tottenham stands to confront a supporter but refused to criticise him and instead called for a limit on fan criticism.

After Eric Dier snapped, let's turn the spotlight on the abusers too

Guardian - tor, 05/03/2020 - 20:04

Tottenham player found his tipping point and marched into the crowd but why do fans think they can shout what they like?

Let’s start with a run through of what happened. Tottenham had lost on penalties to Norwich in the FA Cup, a defeat at their own stadium that was extremely difficult to take – the latest low in a traumatic season. It was too much for one home fan, in particular.

As Eric Dier left the pitch on Wednesday, having scored his penalty and played well in his preferred role of centre-half, the individual began his diatribe. According to one witness, he called Dier every expletive under the sun.

Related: FA contacts Eric Dier for observations after confrontation with supporter

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Jones Knows: Lo Celso to fire first at 14/1

Sky Sports - tor, 05/03/2020 - 18:45
What betting opportunities are out there? If anyone knows, Jones Knows.

FA contacts Eric Dier for observations after confrontation with supporter

Guardian - tor, 05/03/2020 - 15:36
  • FA and Tottenham launch inquiries after incident
  • Spurs believe they know who the fan is

The Football Association has opened an investigation and contacted Eric Dier for his observations after the Tottenham player went into the stands and confronted a supporter following the FA Cup home defeat by Norwich on Wednesday.

Spurs have also begun an investigation and believe they know the identity of the fan involved. They are not considering a club punishment for Dier while they work with the FA to establish what happened. The ruling body is considering bringing a charge against the player.

Related: Eric Dier confronts fan in stands after Tottenham's FA Cup defeat by Norwich

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