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PL review: Man Utd back on track

Sky Sports - lør, 13/04/2019 - 21:29
Manchester United and Bournemouth secured big victories while Brighton's relegation fears intensified in Saturday's Premier League action.

'Tough period ahead': Pochettino looks to Spurs top-four fight after win – video

Guardian - lør, 13/04/2019 - 19:00

    Following Spurs' 4-0 win against Huddersfield on Saturday, Mauricio Pochettino believes his side's top-four fate will be decided on the final say, he said: 'I think until the end it's going to be a massive ... a very tough race'. Spurs made light work of already relegated Huddersfield, with a hat-trick from Lucas Moura

  • Lucas Moura hits hat-trick as makeshift Spurs make light work of Huddersfield
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'Unbelievable' Moura gives Poch headache

Sky Sports - lør, 13/04/2019 - 18:01
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes Lucas Moura's "unbelievable" hat-trick in the 4-0 win against Huddersfield can inspire him to fill the void left by Harry Kane.

Lucas Moura hits hat-trick as makeshift Spurs make light work of Huddersfield

Guardian - lør, 13/04/2019 - 17:55

Tottenham believe they have a chance of making history and it has certainly been difficult to keep a lid on the excitement that is building for their Champions League quarter-final, second leg at Manchester City on Wednesday. They lead 1-0 from the first leg.

As such, the visit of relegated Huddersfield felt like a distraction; an irritation, even. It added up to a test of Spurs’ mentality, which Mauricio Pochettino has had cause to criticise on a few occasions this season. The points were still imperative to the club’s top-four aspirations.

Related: Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Huddersfield Town: Premier League – as it happened

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WATCH: Mini Moura celebrates on pitch

Sky Sports - lør, 13/04/2019 - 17:47
Lucas Moura was provided with a special moment after his first Tottenham hat-trick as he celebrated with his son on the pitch on Saturday.

Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Huddersfield Town: Premier League – as it happened

Guardian - lør, 13/04/2019 - 15:37

Lucas Moura’s storming hat-trick gave an under-strength Spurs an easy win over relegated Huddersfield

2.37pm BST

That’s it for today’s blog. I’ll leave you with David Hytner’s report. Bye!

Related: Lucas Moura hits hat-trick as makeshift Spurs make light work of Huddersfield

2.36pm BST

Lucas Moura speaks “It’s a special day for me – my first hat-trick in Europe. I’m so happy. I have to say thank you to God, to my team-mates. My son is my best gift, so today is a special day and I will never forget it. It’s my job to help my team, to score some goals, and I think I did very well today. It was a good performance from everyone.”

2.27pm BST

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2.25pm BST

Lucas Moura will remember this day for many a decade. His finishing was savage and has ensured - not that there was much doubt - that he will start at Manchester City on Wednesday.

2.24pm BST

Some of the biggest cheers of the day came after the final whistle, when Lucas Moura brought his young son onto the field to have a kickabout with the match ball. Ah, that’s lovely.

2.22pm BST

Peep peep! Spurs move back to third with the easiest of victories. Lucas Moura scored a high-class hat-trick, with three emphatic finishes, after Victor Wanyama opened the scoring.

2.20pm BST

Son burst forward from midfield and eased a pass through the inside-right channel towards Lucas Moura. He scooted into the area and then, from a very tight angle, lashed a brilliant first-time finish across Hamer and into the top corner. Have that!

2.19pm BST

Lucas Moura completes his hat-trick with another storming finish!

2.17pm BST

90 min Three minutes of added time.

2.16pm BST

The move started with Walker-Peters, who skedaddled around in midfield before playing a nice pass down the right to Eriksen. He looked up and clipped an admirably precise cross to Lucas Moura, who controlled the ball smartly on the run and stretched to crack it past Hamer from 12 yards. He enjoyed it, too, and celebrated with a somersault.

2.14pm BST

Lucas Moura finishes things off with a lovely goal.

2.13pm BST

86 min Spurs make their final change, with the adorable Heung-Min Son replacing the limping Fernando Llorente.

2.12pm BST

85 min “I fear that a part of you died covering this match,” says Ian Copestake. “But hey, on the bright side, it’s Man Utd v West Ham later!”

2.11pm BST

84 min Another Spurs change - Danny Rose replaces Jan Vertonghen.

2.10pm BST

82 min Aaron Mooy replaces Stankovic for Huddersfield, who are having their best spell of the match by a distance.

2.09pm BST

81 min: Eriksen hits the post! The ensuing Huddersfield corner leads to a devastating break from Spurs, four on two at one point. Eventually Walker-Peters finds Eriksen, whose shot takes a deflection off Lowe and hits the near post. It comes back to Eriksen, and his follow-up shot is brilliantly blocked by the sliding Kachunga.

2.07pm BST

80 min: Bacuna hits the bar! It was a fine, curling free-kick from 30 yards. Lloris moved smartly across his line but then made a mess of his attempted catch and ended up shovelling the ball onto the bar.

2.05pm BST

78 min “Fernando Llorente may be a dodgy substitute for Harry Kane,” says Gustav Björklund, “but he is a looker isn’t he?”

Are you suggesting Harold is not?

2.04pm BST

76 min Good play from Grant, who bursts down the left, cuts inside Sanchez and thrashes over the bar. He could have gone down under Sanchez’s challenge; had he done so, Huddersfield would have had a decent penalty appeal.

2.02pm BST

75 min Vertonghen is booked for this or that, I’m not sure which.

2.02pm BST

74 min That should have been 2-1. Hogg clipped a superb pass over the Spurs defence for Mounie, whose curling header went just wide of the far post. He tried to loop it into the corner and got just too much on the header.

2.01pm BST

74 min A Spurs change: Oliver Skipp replaces Moussa Sissoko.

2.00pm BST

73 min Walker-Peters’ cross is volleyed back across goal by Davies. I’m not sure whether it was meant as a shot or a cross, but it served neither purpose and Huddersfield cleared.

1.59pm BST

71 min Yet another chance for Llorente! He moved onto Eriksen’s pass, shifted the ball to the side and hit a low shot that was blocked.

1.55pm BST

65 min Llorente flicks an accomplished header just wide of the far post from Davies’s cross. He could have had four today.

1.55pm BST

69 min A Huddersfield change: Durm is replaced by Steve Mounie.

1.54pm BST

66 min Bacuna is booked for a foul on Sissoko.

1.50pm BST

64 min Lucas Moura goes on a fine run from the left before hitting a low shot from the edge of the area that is comfortably saved by Hamer. He has been by far the liveliest player on the pitch today.

1.47pm BST

61 min Foyth is booked for a robust challenge on Grant.

1.45pm BST

60 min I can’t recall Huddersfield having a proper attack in this half. It’s like a training session - attack and defence, invasion and repulsion.

1.43pm BST

56 min Wanyama is okay to continue.

1.42pm BST

55 min Wanyama is in pain after a challenge from Kachunga, who seemed to stand on his ankle.

1.41pm BST

54 min Davies drills well wide from the edge of the area.

1.40pm BST

54 min “Conjunctivitis, popularly known as ‘Madras Eye’ in the city of Madras (now Chennai), was common during my school days about two decades back,” writs Balaji. “If a cricket match suddenly looked interesting, all it took for us is to apply little Vicks vapour in our eyes, make it reddish and take leave on the pretext of conjunctivitis! Given that the infection is infectious, the teachers would refuse to entertain us for more than few seconds and sanction leave instantaneously.”

That reminds me of a kid I knew who chopped his arm off so he could get out of home economics.

1.37pm BST

51 min The game is being played almost exclusively in the Huddersfield half.

1.35pm BST

47 min: Llorente hits the bar! It was a lovely piece of play. Foyth clipped an excellent pass over the defence for Llorente, who controlled the ball deftly and swivelled to hit a volley that beat Hamer and smacked off the bar. That would have been such a classy goal.

1.32pm BST

46 min Peep peep! Huddersfield begin the second half.

1.29pm BST

“This game is so boring that I have to reply to the green tea comment,” says Robin Pratt. “Conjunctivitis is often an infection that usually requires antibiotic drops. Green teabags placed on the closed eyes is an alternative. Llorente could do with this to improve his shooting, perhaps.”

1.17pm BST

Half-time reading

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1.17pm BST

Peep peep! Spurs are enjoying a stroll in the sunshine. Victor Wanyama and Lucas Moura scored two good goals in the space of three minutes, and you’d expect more in the second half.

1.15pm BST

45 min Lowe is booked for a nasty tackle on Walker-Peters.

1.14pm BST

44 min “Surely this is a chance for Llorente to do that untypical thing, and score a goal?” says Charles Antaki. “I haven’t paid much attention to his career since he wasn’t scoring for the national team way back when, but he seems a game fellow and deserves a decent end to his career. (Please don’t tell me he’s still only 28.)”

He’s 27 next week.

1.12pm BST

42 min I’ve seen friendly matches with greater intensity. I suppose it’s understandable, given the circumstances of both clubs. But I doubt this will be a contender when we published 101 Great MBMs.

1.09pm BST

39 min Another chance for Llorente, who flicks a good header just wide of the far post from Eriksen’s free-kick.

1.07pm BST

37 min “This being a kindly corner of the internet (apart from the pricks), you will no doubt have received suggested treatments to pass on to your pink eye reader,” says Ian Copestake. “I read that green tea is good for it. Obviously I wondered how drinking it could possibly help but my thinking about this case had become very uptight. You pop the pink eyes into the tea.”

1.06pm BST

36 min Llorente wriggles away from Schindler in the box before hitting a low left-footed shot that is blocked by the falling Hadergjonaj. I think that was going in.

1.05pm BST

36 min Spurs keep the ball for about four days before Schindler makes a good tackle on Eriksen.

1.04pm BST

34 min “Copestake’s comment (there’s a title for a weekly column, if ever there was one) is a little chicken-and-eggy, I fear,” says Bill Hargreaves. “I suspect that mankind’s predilection for prediction, chancing the odds, okay I’ll say it: superstition, was there before the board of ethics in gambling institutions began to wonder how to tap into it. I know this because I read it in my tea leaves.”

1.03pm BST

33 min I suspect both teams would happily call the game off now - Huddersfield to avoid further punishment, Spurs to rest up before their trip to Manchester.

1.00pm BST

30 min Great chance for Huddersfield. Kachunga’s outswinging corner from the right is volleyed just wide by Stankovic, who was unmarked eight yards from goal. He should have scored.

12.59pm BST

29 min “Nice and sunny here in the Alps but I’m getting fed up with this ‘Spursy’ thing,” says Andrew Pearson. “Historically, true, but for the last four or five seasons (more?) they have been consistently high in the league and done well in Europe. Not won anything, I’ll admit, but not too prone to strange lapses these days. ‘Spursy’ is as much a cliche as saying they’re a one man team. Just lazy and – what’s more – inaccurate. OMG don’t lose to Huddersfield ...”

They are still quite accident-prone, I think. But maybe we see it more with Spurs because we look for it.

12.57pm BST

This is a fine goal. Sissoko storms forward from the halfway line and flicks a nice pass to Lucas Moura on the right side of the area. He takes the shot first time, walloping it across Hamer and into the net.

12.56pm BST

Pick that out!

12.55pm BST

Davies played a low pass into Llorente, who miscontrolled it on the edge of the area. The ball ran onto Wanyama, who nicked it past the sliding Kongolo and moved smoothly round Hamer to score. Nicely done.

12.54pm BST

That’s more like it.

12.53pm BST

23 min It’s all very muted. You’d still expect Spurs to win comfortably but so far they haven’t created any clear chances.

12.49pm BST

20 min Lord, this is dull.

12.48pm BST

18 min “I will reply to Copestake’s comment (12th min),” says Gordon Pittendrigh, “once I have done my coupon and worked out my yankee for Newbury.”

12.46pm BST

17 min Spurs have been a bit sloppy in the final third, possibly because of the assumption of almost everyone in the ground that they only need to turn up to ensure victory.

12.45pm BST

15 min “Hi Rob,” says Hubert O’Hearn. “I’ll be squinting at today’s matches and MBM, not out of disdain, rather both my dog Stella and I have come down with pink eye of all things. What next? Scurvy? Gout? The vapours? In any event, under quarantine and waiting for a bucket of laudanum laced leeches to arrive. Ah well, watch the world through rose-coloured glasses. Back to the football. A couple of weeks ago I mentioned BTL in some article or another a prediction. What would be the Spursiest thing Spurs could do on the run-in? On that basis, I figure Tottenham’s finest will knock City out of both Big Cup and the league title while winning neither for themselves. One Champions League win later, I’m starting to like the odds. Thoughts?”

I can’t see it. They might go through on Wednesday but there’s no way they’ll win both. But that’s just, like, my opinion, man.

12.43pm BST

13 min Davies’s deep cross is headed back across goal by Walker-Peters and glanced wide by the stretching Llorente. He couldn’t quite get over the ball. Spurs have had 90 per cent (N-I-N-E-T-Y) of the possession so far.

12.41pm BST

12 min “If I gave a solitary fudge I would try and work out why people want to predict the outcome of a game,” says Ian Copestake. “It is almost as if the gambling industry now sits inside people’s’ heads working the cogs.”

Literally.

12.40pm BST

11 min Huddersfield almost pay the price for crossing the halfway line. They lost the ball, allowing Eriksen to lead a good Spurs break that ended with Wanyama drilling a low shot just wide from 25 yards.

12.38pm BST

9 min “So Pochettino is concentrating on the Champions League,” says Steve Waterhouse. “Yep, that’s where Spurs are now.”

Trophies are overrated.

12.37pm BST

7 min Spurs are having heaps of possession, though almost all of it has been in front of Huddersfield. Lucas Moura looks very sharp.

12.35pm BST

5 min “Rob can you tell us about Harry Winks’ injury...” says Adam McCulloch. “A bit of a mystery there, how long is he out for? Also, Lamela is injured... you said he’s playing earlier. Re your preamble, seems to me this is not about rotation but whoever is fit has to play. Worrying.”

With Lamela, I was talking about general squad depth rather than the specific team for today. As for Winks, I went clubbing with him last night and he reckons he might be fit for Wednesday.

12.34pm BST

4 min That might have been a penalty to Spurs. Hamer dropped the ball, panicked and had a quick tug of Lucas Moura’s shirt. Liverpool were given a penalty at Fulham recently for a very similar incident. This time Moura stayed on his feet; had he dived, a penalty would probably have been given.

12.33pm BST

3 min A deft touch from Llorente finds Lucas Moura, who scoots forward before being fouled in the D by Hogg. This is a chance for Eriksen ... and he smacks it into the wall.

12.31pm BST

2 min “Rob!” says Benjamin Oates. “If that team is gonna be Huddersfield’s starting XI (plus Dwight Gayle) next season, they’ll likely end up doing a Sunderland and go down into League 1! Even the awful, awful Derby team of 07/08 would’ve got a draw against them.”

You’re just being silly now.

12.30pm BST

1 min Peep peep! Spurs get the match under way.

12.22pm BST

Spurs look a safe bet to finish the top four of the Premier League. Four of their last six games are at home, all against teams outside the top six. Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all have tougher run-ins.

12.12pm BST

“What chance an upset?” says Bill Hargreaves. “Not a lot, I’d guess.”

Lads, it’s Tottenham.

12.09pm BST

“So, Spurs are playing three centre halves plus two fullbacks against Huddersfield?” sniffs John Tumbridge. “Plus two defensive midfielders? the cupboard is quite bare now that Spurs really need some depth.”

I think that’s slightly harsh – the full-backs will play like wingers, pretty much, and they do have a lot of attacking players missing. A reserve (sic) front three of Lucas Moura, Llorente and Lamela is decent, though I suppose ideally they’d like one more quality attacking player.

11.45am BST

“Has Jan Siewert basically decided to demote the entire Danish contingent?” asks Anders Vad Bruun. “Not that long ago that Zanka, Lössl and Billing were regulars in the starting eleven. Now it seems as if they can’t get a game. Has he dropped all the players that are likely to leave in the summer?”

It looks that way, which makes sense I suppose, even if it is a slightly sad ending for Lossl in particular.

11.38am BST

Pre-match business

Related: Mauricio Pochettino fears psychological effect of injuries on Harry Kane

11.35am BST

Mauricio Pochettino has made seven changes from the team that beat Manchester City on Tuesday. The survivors are Lloris, Vertonghen, Sissoko and Eriksen.

11.34am BST

Tottenham Hotspur (3-4-2-1) Lloris; Foyth, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Walker-Peters, Sissoko, Wanyama, Davies; Eriksen, Lucas Moura; Llorente.
Substitutes: Gazzaniga, Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Marsh, Skipp, Son.

Huddersfield Town (4-2-3-1) Hamer; Hadergjonaj, Schindler, Kongolo, Durm; Hogg, Stankovic; Kachunga, Bacuna, Lowe; Grant.
Substitutes: Coleman, Smith, Zanka, Mooy, Williams, Pritchard, Mounie.

9.44am BST

Good morning. Three years ago, on a Friday evening in September, there was a big countdown clock at the bottom of the screen on Sky Sports News The event for which the world was waiting? The team news for Everton v Crystal Palace. Yep.

It was an exemplary satire of a sport that has completely lost its noggin. But today, and I feel slightly unclean typing this, the team news might genuinely be the most interesting thing about Spurs v Huddersfield.

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Moura hat-trick sends Spurs third

Sky Sports - lør, 13/04/2019 - 15:25
Lucas Moura scored the first hat-trick at Tottenham's new stadium as Spurs reclaimed third spot in the Premier League for 24 hours at least with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Huddersfield.

Trippier: I could have done better

Sky Sports - lør, 13/04/2019 - 08:00
Kieran Trippier has been critical of his form with Tottenham this season, saying he has watched games back and asked "what are you doing?".

Will Son step up for Spurs again?

Sky Sports - lør, 13/04/2019 - 08:00
Tottenham are battling for a top-four finish in the Premier League and challenging for the Champions League, but they look set to be without striker Harry Kane for the rest of the season. How will Spurs cope without Kane and will Heung-Min Son step up again his absence?

Mauricio Pochettino fears psychological effect of injuries on Harry Kane

Guardian - fre, 12/04/2019 - 23:30
• Kane suffered ankle injury against Manchester City
• Dele Alli almost certain to miss Huddersfield match

Mauricio Pochettino fears Harry Kane could be affected on a psychological level by his ankle injuries. The Tottenham striker suffered ligament damage in the 1-0 Champions League quarter-final first-leg win at home to Manchester City and Pochettino accepts it will be difficult for him to play again this domestic season.

He said it was possible Kane could be back for the Champions League final on 1 June – should Spurs make it – and England’s opening game at the Nations League finals on 6 June. Kane will see a specialist next week, which ought to clarify the length of absence.

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Sky Live: Tottenham vs Huddersfield

Sky Sports - fre, 12/04/2019 - 17:20
Huddersfield manager Jan Siewert has claimed it will be harder to face a Tottenham side missing Harry Kane on Saturday.

Tottenham v Huddersfield: match preview

Guardian - fre, 12/04/2019 - 16:27

Mauricio Pochettino has been enraged this season by damaging lapses in games that he felt his Spurs team should have won – chiefly, the defeats at Watford, Burnley and Southampton. His message to his players before the visit of Huddersfield is simple. Forget the Champions League return at Manchester City on Wednesday and make sure there is there is no complacency against a team that stands to go down as one of the worst in Premier League history. David Hytner

Saturday 12.30pm Sky Sports Premier League

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Premier League goals & reaction

Sky Sports - fre, 12/04/2019 - 16:19

Poch 'optimistic' on Alli's City fitness

Sky Sports - fre, 12/04/2019 - 16:14
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli is a major doubt for Saturday’s game against Huddersfield but Mauricio Pochettino is "optimistic" he will be fit for the Champions League match at Manchester City.

Fantasy Football Transfer Tips

Sky Sports - fre, 12/04/2019 - 15:47
Former Sky Sports Fantasy Football champion Dan Cox picks some players to consider for your fantasy XI this week.

FA invest record amount into the game

Sky Sports - fre, 12/04/2019 - 15:34
The Football Association has announced it invested a record £127.5m back into the national game for the 12 months up to the end of last July.

Poch: Kane to see specialist next week

Sky Sports - fre, 12/04/2019 - 15:14
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane will discover next week whether he will miss the rest of the season when he sees a specialist about his ankle injury.

Alli: Sterling the best guy you can meet

Sky Sports - fre, 12/04/2019 - 11:27
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has praised Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling for his focus and dedication to football, describing him as "one of the best people you could meet".

Tottenham’s Harry Kane suffers ‘significant’ ligament injury

Guardian - tor, 11/04/2019 - 21:27
• Striker sustained ankle problem against Manchester City
• Spurs give no timeframe over recovery but season likely over

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that Harry Kane has sustained a “significant lateral ligament injury” to his left ankle after limping off against Manchester City.

Related: Son Heung-min: Spurs’ superhero seems to flourish when the pressure is on | Eni Aluko

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Spurs confirm Kane, Alli injuries

Sky Sports - tor, 11/04/2019 - 20:14
Tottenham have confirmed that Harry Kane suffered ankle ligament damage, and Dele Alli fractured his hand during their Champions League victory over Manchester City on Tuesday.
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