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PL goals: Yedlin's red, Doherty's winner

Sky Sports - man, 10/12/2018 - 01:00
Watch Premier League goals and highlights from the weekend's games, including Wolves' last-gasp win over 10-man Newcastle at St James' Park.

Alli: Barca win would rank among finest

Sky Sports - man, 10/12/2018 - 00:25
Dele Alli believes victory at Barcelona would be among this Tottenham side's greatest achievements as they attempt to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Guardian - søn, 09/12/2018 - 19:24

Our picture editors choose their favourite images from the weekend’s Premier League action

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'Spurs need trophy to keep Poch'

Sky Sports - søn, 09/12/2018 - 15:12
Tottenham must win a trophy to ensure Mauricio Pochettino will stay with the club, says Dimitar Berbatov.

PL goals: Salah's treble, Alli's landmark

Sky Sports - søn, 09/12/2018 - 01:00
Watch Premier League goals and highlights from Saturday's games, including Chelsea's 2-0 win over Man City and Liverpool's 4-0 win at Bournemouth.

Poch turns attention to Barca

Sky Sports - lør, 08/12/2018 - 23:58
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino declared all eyes are on Barcelona after his side cruised past Leicester.

Leicester City 0-2 Tottenham: Premier League – as it happened

Guardian - lør, 08/12/2018 - 23:03

A game of few chances and little goalmouth action was won by Spurs thanks to a goal and an assist from Son Heung-min

10.03pm GMT

And with that, I’m done. Bye!

10.03pm GMT

Here’s Mauricio Pochettino:

So happy. Three very important points for us to be in a very important position in the table. A very solid performance. I am so pleased. I think we show great character in this group. We play at Wembley and we play away from home and the team tries to do the same, to win games, that is the most important.

It’s a lot of games to play, we still didn’t finish the first half of the season. The most important is to be there in the last five, six, seven games of the season, trying to fight. We are capable to be there in the last five games.

9.50pm GMT

Here’s Nick Ames’ match report from the King Power Stadium:

Mauricio Pochettino gambled, and saw it pay off handsomely. Tottenham’s manager must have acknowledged the element of risk in weakening his lineup against a Leicester side who were unbeaten in seven games but everything fell into place in a way that, with a potentially season-defining night in Barcelona looming on Tuesday, affords them the best possible chance of salvaging their Champions League campaign.

Related: Son Hueng-min and Dele Alli lift Tottenham a class above Leicester

9.49pm GMT

Dele Alli, the man of the match, admits he thought he might have been offside when he scored his goal:

Yeah, to be honest. When the ball went out [to Son] I was trying to hold my run but then he cut back on. I was trying to stay onside, trying to time it. I think it was, in a very tough game, a strong performance for us and in the end we deserved three points.

9.46pm GMT

I’m not a fan of shirt-begging sign-clutching fans. It brings out the snarling grump in me. I’d have preferred it if Son and Alli deliberately handed their shirts to the person next to them.

They went through the trouble of making a sign...

So Heung-min Son and Dele Alli decided to make these Spurs fans' year

9.42pm GMT

It was a game that never quite caught fire. There didn’t seem to be a lack of desire on Leicester’s part, but certainly a lack of quality, particularly in attack, and a plan to stretch and discomfort Tottenham’s defence, even though Aurier in particular looked a little wobbly at times. Tottenham broke the deadlock with a goal that came from nowhere, but took a measure of control from there.

36 - Tottenham’s tally of 36 points from 16 games is their best ever start to a Premier League season; indeed, only twice before have they had a better total after 16 matches in a top-flight campaign (46 in 1960-61 and 37 in 1956-57 – based on three points for a win). Impressive.

9.36pm GMT

90+3 mins: And that’s it! The final whistle sounds, and Spurs sprint back to third in the table!

9.34pm GMT

90+2 mins: Thanks to those Ghezzal efforts Leicester now lead 3-2 on shots on target, Spurs having a 100% shot-on-target-to-goal conversion rate this evening.

9.33pm GMT

90+1 mins: There will be about three minutes of stoppage time.

9.32pm GMT

89 mins: Another save from Lloris! Ghezzal shoots low and hide but too central from 20 yards or so, and the Frenchman picks it up.

9.30pm GMT

88 mins: Now Maddison’s cross from the right flashes just too far in front of Okazaki.

9.30pm GMT

87 mins: Lloris makes a save! Ghezzal cuts back inside and from the left side of the area attempts a curler towards the far post, which is saved and held.

9.29pm GMT

85 mins: Leicester are still running, trying, pushing. But this has been a pretty comfortable evening for Tottenham’s defence, and the Foxes really need a striker who can genuinely worry decent defences when Jamie Vardy is absent.

9.26pm GMT

83 mins: Gray cuts in from the left, and though Walker-Peters does well to shadow his run and block his shot, the ball pings about afterwards, Okazaki gets it and turns, and it deflects wide for a corner.

9.24pm GMT

81 mins: Gray, desperate to stop Spurs winning the ball, stretches a little too far and clips Walker-Peters, ensuring not only that Spurs do get the ball, but that he gets a booking.

9.21pm GMT

79 mins: Leicester bring Okazaki on, and Mendy off.

9.21pm GMT

77 mins: Aurier goes down, and after a bit of physio treatment he walks off, with Kyle Walker-Peters replacing him.

9.19pm GMT

76 mins: It’s almost uncanny how similar tonight’s goal, Dele Alli’s 50th for Spurs, is to his first, which was scored at the same end of the same ground in the same way (though that cross bounced).

5️⃣0️⃣ Spurs goals for Dele Alli

And the 50th was almost identical to the first

9.16pm GMT

73 mins: It’s Son’s turn to put his feet up, with Kane now on the pitch.

9.15pm GMT

72 mins: Looks like Harry Kane is going to come on for a bit of a runaround.

1 - Barcelona's Lionel Messi has scored two direct free-kick goals in a La Liga game for the first time ever. Spectacular.

9.14pm GMT

71 mins: Meanwhile in Barcelona, Lionel Messi is at it again. Perhaps he will now be tired enough to require resting on Tuesday.

| GOAL! |

He's done it again!

Lionel Messi has scored another free-kick, he is not human.

9.13pm GMT

69 mins: Leicester just aren’t getting the rub of the green at vital moments. Gray gets into the area, but his shot not only hits Alderweireld, in bounces back into him and then out of play. Goal kick.

9.09pm GMT

67 mins: Tottenham bring on Eriksen, in place of Lucas Moura.

9.08pm GMT

65 mins: Albrighton fouls Son from behind, and gets himself a booking.

9.07pm GMT

64 mins: In the centre circle Alli leaves the ball for Lucas Moura, who leaves the ball for Alli. Leicester snaffle it and go forward, but the move ends when Maddison goes down on the edge of the area and the referee waves play on.

9.05pm GMT

61 mins: “You can see Tottenham going on and winning now,” says John Hartson on commentary. Sparkling analysis there, John.

9.03pm GMT

60 mins: Replays suggest Alli was marginally offside when Son’s cross came in. It was, to be fair, very close.

9.02pm GMT

An assist now for Son! When the ball was played to him by Lucas Moura Alli was clear at the far post, if only he could come up with a decent, quick low cross. He doesn’t, though. He hangs onto it for an age, but Alli remains totally unmarked at the far post, and when Son eventually decides to cross to him he heads in from three yards!

8.59pm GMT

56 mins: A double change for the home side, who bring on Ghezzal and Albrighton, and take off Iborra and Iheanacho.

8.58pm GMT

55 mins: The free-kick is clipped into the area, headed on and Lloris catches it about two feet over the goalline, well wide of goal. The linesman waves play on.

8.57pm GMT

54 mins: Ricardo launches into a remarkable if brief mazy run through the Tottenham half, twisting this way, spinning the other, and eventually being caught.

8.56pm GMT

53 mins: Now it’s Gray’s turn to try to replicate Son’s goal, cutting in from the right and, from almost precisely the same spot from which the Korean scored, curling a shot that was a bit too weak, and easily saved.

8.54pm GMT

51 mins: Lloris hits a poor clearance, which clips Maddison’s boot and runs to Chilwell, who bursts forward, runs into the box and then skews his shot well wide of the near post.

8.53pm GMT

50 mins: There’s Morgan again, sliding across to block another Son shot. He’s having one of those games, turning the clock back a couple of years.

8.52pm GMT

49 mins: Son cuts in from the right again and decides to repeat his first-half curler. This time, though, he thumps it into orbit!

8.51pm GMT

48 mins: Leicester break smartly, Iheanacho passes left to Chilwell, but the overlapping left-back pulls the ball straight back to a white shirt.

8.49pm GMT

46 mins: Spurs knock the ball around for a while, until Davies clumps a remarkably useless pass into touch.

8.48pm GMT

46 mins: Peeeeeep! Leicester get the second half started.

8.48pm GMT

Out comes the home side. No changes at the break, and both sides ready to get things back under way.

8.47pm GMT

Tottenham’s players are back out. Leicester’s are still stuck indoors.

8.46pm GMT

Son’s was the only shot on target in the first half. It wasn’t a great half, notably low in goalmouth action, but there was some quality action in there just trying to get out: Son’s beautiful first touch before being stopped by a linesman’s flag; Lucas Moura’s beautiful first touch before his cross was cut out; Maddison’s progressive promptings around the area; Morgan repeatedly being in the right place at the right time. A goal could be just what it needs to catch fire. Well, here’s hoping.

8.34pm GMT

45+2 mins: A few seconds later, the whistle goes. Alli’s chance in the 45th minute was the best of the half, and Son’s brilliant goal came about half a minute later, the game cramming all its best first-half action into the final 90 seconds.

8.32pm GMT

Twelve seconds from the end of stoppage time, Spurs steal the lead in style! Son cuts in from the right and from 20 yards curls an absolute beauty into the far corner!

8.31pm GMT

45 mins: But Spurs nearly take the lead! Alli bursts through, and Morgan slides in at the last moment to steal the ball away.

8.30pm GMT

44 mins: Both sides continue to look unlikely to score, with both managers having some work to do at the break.

8.26pm GMT

40 mins: Spurs win a free kick, in a central location, perhaps 35 yards out. Son smacks it wildly wide.

8.24pm GMT

38 mins: Spurs break, with a long pass to Sissoko. He carries the ball down the right wing before cutting inside and waiting for assistance. Both Alli and Lucas Moura sprint 60 yards to provide it, running unmarked down the middle, and so Sissoko passes it straight to a defender.

8.23pm GMT

37 mins: Alli pushes the ball past Evans and throws himself to the ground on his way past. If there was contact, the referee didn’t see it.

8.21pm GMT

35 mins: Defences are doing a little bit too well, and there have so far been just two shots, with each team having one.

8.19pm GMT

32 mins: Spurs have continued to dominate, but in the last few minutes have been constantly pressuring the Leicester defence, which has so far remained impressively resolute.

8.15pm GMT

29 mins: Alli plays a one-two with Lucas Moura and skips past a defender, but Morgan appears in the nick of time to block his shot.

8.14pm GMT

28 mins: Barcelona, Tottenham’s opponents on Tuesday, are playing a derby at Espanyol this evening. They currently lead 2-0, thanks to a masterful Messi free-kick and a second from Dembélé.

8.12pm GMT

26 mins: Then Alli plays the ball to Son, whose first touch to send a ball that was behind him spinning perfectly into his path was delicious, but the linesman’s flag is raised.

8.10pm GMT

24 mins: Oh but that’s not bad! A long ball over the top finds Lucas Moura haring clear, and his first touch to control the ball is magnificent! His attempt to pull the ball back to Son, though, finds a defender.

8.10pm GMT

23 mins: Spurs have massively dominated possession over the last 10 minutes, though without doing anything very interesting with it.

8.04pm GMT

19 mins: Spurs press for a while, but Leicester do an excellent job of closing them down and holding their shape, and eventually force the visitors to turn back.

8.01pm GMT

16 mins: Mendy lands his studs on the back of Sissoko’s foot. The Spurs player goes down clutching the top of his calf, absolutely nowhere near the point of contact, and Mendy gets a booking.

7.59pm GMT

13 mins: It has been a promising start, and Leicester have had the best of it.

7.56pm GMT

10 mins: Chilwell escapes down the left, outpaces Aurier and pulls the ball back, but Vertonghen turns it behind with Iheanacho just behind him and waiting to pounce.

7.55pm GMT

9 mins: Dier slides in a little untidily, and though he gets heel on the ball he also tripped Iheanacho, and the referee thinks it’s worth a booking.

7.53pm GMT

7 mins: Now Ndidi makes a run from deep, savagely outpaces Vertonghen but then blasts a volley way high from just outside the area.

7.52pm GMT

6 mins: After a Spurs free kick is cleared Leicester break tidily, only for Ndidi to hit the ball against a Tottenham leg when a better pass would have sent Iheanacho clear.

7.49pm GMT

4 mins: Both teams try to play forwards in, but Maddison’s run is well tracked and Morgan sees off Lucas Moura.

7.47pm GMT

2 mins: Leicester burst forward, and Maddison plays the ball into the area for Iheanacho, but his attempt to turn back is stopped by Aurier.

7.46pm GMT

1 min: Peeeeeeep! Tottenham get the game started!

7.45pm GMT

Harry Kane has only missed six Premier League minutes so far this season. The last time he was left out of the starting XI was on April Fool’s Day, at Chelsea, and he started only three league games last season on the bench. Spurs won them all.

7.42pm GMT

The players are already on their way out!

7.41pm GMT

BT Sport still haven’t started concentrating on this game. Here’s a photo of some players warming up, just to prove that it happened:

7.25pm GMT

The final whistle goes at Stamford Bridge, and Manchester City are unbeaten no longer.

7.15pm GMT

With Chelsea apparently on their way to victory at home to Manchester City, Tottenham will start the game in fifth, and because of Chelsea’s superior goal difference will need a win to return to third.

7.08pm GMT

I’m forever ribbing Mrs B about the amount of footwear she takes on our occasional travels. Tottenham players though (assuming they didn’t arrive barefoot) need five pairs for an afternoon in Leicester, which leaves her very much in the shade.

6.52pm GMT

Mauricio Pochettino seems to have made a couple of big calls: Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen are only on the bench, saving their legs for Tuesday, and presumably will remain there if Spurs take control of the game in the first hour.

6.47pm GMT

Team news is in, and this is it:

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira, Morgan, Evans, Chilwell, Iborra, Ndidi, Gray, Maddison, Mendy, Iheanacho. Subs: Albrighton, Ward, Maguire, Okazaki, Fuchs, Ghezzal, Choudhury.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Winks, Sissoko, Alli, Son, Lucas Moura. Subs: Rose, Kane, Nkoudou, Walker-Peters, Gazzaniga, Eriksen, Skipp.
Referee: Craig Pawson.

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#THFC: Lloris (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Sissoko, Winks, Dele, Son, Lucas.

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6.42pm GMT

Hello world!

The third (domestically) televised Premier League game of an exhausting day of top-flight action comes from Leicester. Tottenham have won seven of their last eight games in all competitions, their only hiccup being the 4-2 derby savaging at Arsenal, but could be distracted by thoughts of the win-or-bust trip to Barcelona looming in midweek. Like their opponents Leicester have one defeat in their last eight games and that came at Arsenal, but though they are unbeaten in seven in all competitions five of those games have been drawn and only in one - the 2-0 victory over Watford in their last home game - has any side scored more than a single goal.

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PL review: Title race hotting up

Sky Sports - lør, 08/12/2018 - 23:00
Liverpool sprung to the top of the Premier League as Manchester City's unbeaten run went up in smoke at Chelsea – here's what happened in Saturday's games.

Alli landmark as Spurs go third

Sky Sports - lør, 08/12/2018 - 22:50
Dele Alli scored his 50th goal for Tottenham as Mauricio Pochettino's side moved back up to third in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Leicester at the King Power Stadium.

Son Heung-min and Dele Alli lift Tottenham a class above Leicester

Guardian - lør, 08/12/2018 - 22:48

How deceptive appearances can be. On the face of things this was hardly an assignment Mauricio Pochettino would have asked for with a potentially season-defining match in Barcelona three days away, and to the naked eye his decision to name Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen on the bench seemed to play fast and loose with the evening’s outcome. Yet reality told a different tale: one of a surprisingly comfortable win that at once minimised Tottenham’s stress levels before visiting the Camp Nou and left them aglow with what feels like a renewed set of possibilities on the domestic front.

That they departed so buoyantly owed plenty to Son Heung-min, whose slow start to the season has seemed a distant memory over the past three weeks. A largely dreary first half was drawing to a close when, cutting inside on to his left foot, he cracked a marvellously clean 20-yard shot across Kasper Schmeichel and ended a Leicester resistance that had just begun to appear precarious. He crossed for Dele Alli to score Spurs’ second after half-time and ensure that, with 36 points from 16 games, they have made their best-ever start to a Premier League campaign.

Related: Leicester City 0-2 Tottenham: Premier League – live!

Related: David Luiz seals win as Chelsea end Manchester City’s unbeaten start

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Sunderland to face Newcastle U21s

Sky Sports - lør, 08/12/2018 - 14:17
Sunderland will face Newcastle's U21s at in the third round of the Checkatrade Trophy.

Poch remains committed to Spurs

Sky Sports - fre, 07/12/2018 - 23:41
Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated his commitment to Tottenham despite admitting a top-four finish is probably the best they can hope for.

Poch hopes for title 'one day'

Sky Sports - fre, 07/12/2018 - 23:30
Mauricio Pochettino believes the top four is the best Tottenham can aim for this season, but hopes to win the Premier League "one day".

Mauricio Pochettino: ‘If you look at our budgets Spurs are the same as Leicester’

Guardian - fre, 07/12/2018 - 23:29

• Tottenham manager says money is not everything
• ‘We are closer in points [to the top] than our budget says’

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted Leicester are on Tottenham’s level when it comes to investment but insists money is not everything when it comes to competing at the top end of the Premier League.

Related: Leicester City v Tottenham: match preview

Related: Arsenal to talk to players seen apparently inhaling nitrous oxide

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Leicester City v Tottenham: match preview

Guardian - fre, 07/12/2018 - 18:38

A tricky match for Tottenham to negotiate, not least because they have a critical Champions League tie away against Barcelona on Tuesday. Three points would give Spurs their best top-flight record after 16 matches since the 1960-61 season. Jan Vertonghen is back from suspension but Kieran Trippier and Juan Foyth are out. Leicester welcome back Harry Maguire after a five-week absence but they are still missing Jamie Vardy, who has a groin problem, leaving the onus on Kelechi Iheanacho to rediscover his touch in front of goal. Stuart James

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Trippier unlikely to face Barca

Sky Sports - fre, 07/12/2018 - 15:55
Kieran Trippier is expected to miss Tottenham's crucial Champions League trip to Barcelona after his groin injury flared up again.

Poch's passionate Wembley defence

Sky Sports - fre, 07/12/2018 - 14:52
Mauricio Pochettino has described playing at Wembley as a "gift" following Tottenham's extended stay at the national stadium.

Football transfer rumours: Man Utd to pay £40m for Pochettino?

Guardian - fre, 07/12/2018 - 09:44

Today’s fluff is sniffly

Manchester United are said to be prepared to pay £40m to nab Mauricio Pochettino from Tottenham. Bit steep, though. Maybe Ed Woodward could just come back to Old Trafford with the much cheaper and the much more available Mauricio Pellegrino. Would anyone notice?

Maybe. In that case, United could just stick with PROVEN WINNER Jose Mourinho, the PROVEN WINNER who finds himself in an impressive eighth place after 15 games.

Related: Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong: ‘I try to have a picture of where everyone is’

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Guardian - fre, 07/12/2018 - 01:00

Chelsea are fragile before meeting Manchester City, Manchester United at home to the bottom club no longer looks a walkover and will it be same old for Saints despite a new manager?

It is far too early for any “I’m Sarri I haven’t a clue” headlines but the past few weeks have given a more accurate impression of the job Chelsea’s manager faces. Their defeat by Wolves was sloppy, particularly given they looked comfortable at 1-0 up, and with an evisceration by Spurs still fresh in the memory Sarri is presented with his first real bump in the road. The odds on things improving this Saturday, when Manchester City visit Stamford Bridge, are unpromising but Sarri has always been aware this would be a rebuilding effort and the squad still requires a mini overhaul if the gap with City is to be closed in the long term. The setback at Molineux proved that Sarri does not yet have the facility to rest key players: Jorginho, who stayed on the bench throughout, was missed and greater depth is surely a priority in January. City may show Chelsea how far there is to go; the hope must be that those in the club’s corridors of power are, for once, sympathetic. NA

Related: Manchester United are crumbling, so why the lack of fan fury? | Jonathan Wilson

Related: Ralph Hasenhüttl: the ‘Alpine Klopp’ who admits he is a little bit crazy

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Tottenham’s Danny Rose: playing at Wembley no longer feels like an honour

Guardian - tor, 06/12/2018 - 20:24
• Left-back claims atmosphere has gone flat as club wait to move
• Rose says Dier celebration at Arsenal is ‘what derbies are about’

Danny Rose says it is no longer an honour to play at Wembley as he laid bare the frustration of Tottenham players with the club’s delayed new stadium and their unsatisfactory stop-gap accommodation.

Spurs will continue to play their home matches at Wembley until at least the end of the month – with the suggestion being it could be February before they get into the rebuilt White Hart Lane – and there was a low point on Wednesday when only 33,012 turned up to see them beat Southampton 3-1.

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