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Lloris: Arsenal more than a game

Sky Sports - tor, 29/11/2018 - 07:00
Hugo Lloris says Sunday's north London derby against Arsenal is "more than a game" for Tottenham.

Pochettino says Spurs can beat Barcelona and make knockout round

Guardian - tor, 29/11/2018 - 02:12

• Champions League win over Inter gives Tottenham belief
• ‘We dominated Inter and had the best chances,’ says Pochettino

Tottenham can still qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds according to Mauricio Pochettino, who believes his side’s 1-0 victory over Internazionale has changed the dynamic of their group ahead of the crucial final round of fixtures.

Christian Eriksen’s 80th-minute winner means that Spurs travel to Barcelona on 11 December knowing that a win will be enough to see them through to the round of 16, whatever Inter manage against PSV Eindhoven.

Related: Christian Eriksen pounces to give Spurs crucial victory over Internazionale

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Dele Alli the intense, flexible emblem of Tottenham’s mental strength

Guardian - tor, 29/11/2018 - 01:23
Spurs’ special brand of nerveless resolve was on glorious display in the win over Internazionale – Alli represents its zenith

When we talk about nerves, we often ascribe them the qualities of metal. They’re made of steel, obviously, and when things are not going so well they start to jangle, like a set of keys or a piece of taut piano wire. But what if real emotional resilience was less like metal and more like, say, pastry? What if the key to surviving pressure was actually to stay malleable, supple, even a bit soft?

Spurs were within 10 minutes of flunking out of Europe here and might well do so for real when they head to Camp Nou in two weeks’ time. But thanks to Christian Eriksen’s beautiful goal – delivered by Moussa Sissoko, finessed by Dele Alli and slammed home by the Dane – Spurs are still alive in the Champions League. And in winning this game they showed nerves of pastry throughout.

Related: Tottenham 1-0 Internazionale: Champions League – as it happened

Related: Christian Eriksen pounces to give Spurs crucial victory over Internazionale

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Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham recap

Sky Sports - tor, 29/11/2018 - 01:05

CL: Napoli win to stay top

Sky Sports - tor, 29/11/2018 - 01:00
Napoli maintained their one-point advantage at the top of Group C with a 3-1 win over Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday.

Tottenham 1-0 Internazionale: Champions League – as it happened

Guardian - ons, 28/11/2018 - 23:12

Tottenham kept their hopes of reaching the last 16 alive as they went above Inter thanks to Christian Eriksen’s late goal

10.12pm GMT

And so this MBM comes to an end. Here’s David Hytner’s match report from Wembley. Thanks for reading and emailing tonight. Bye!

Related: Christian Eriksen pounces to give Spurs crucial victory over Internazionale

10.11pm GMT

Mauricio Pochettino speaks! “I was not nervous. I am always so calm and I try to enjoy the game to help the team. Of course we were better than Inter. But if you don’t score it’s difficult. But the performance, I was so pleased. The players did their best to beat a team like Inter. It’s fantastic for our belief. We have a busy period and it’s so important to look forward.

Pochettino is asked about starting with Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen on the pitch. “I can explain easily and you will understand. It is difficult to say we are training and how it feels. They were a little bit tired. In the end the most important thing is to translate confidence to the whole squad. If you win, it is a topic in football if you change after you win. But sometimes you need to do something to spark the team. We are all important. It’s not about the name, it’s about the quality.

9.59pm GMT

Of course, Tottenham only need to equal Inter’s result against PSV on 11 December. But it’s difficult to see the Italians failing to beat PSV at home. No, the likelihood is that Tottenham will have to win at the Nou Camp.

9.54pm GMT

It was looking grim for Tottenham with 10 minutes left, but Christian Eriksen’s goal has given them hope of reaching the last 16. The winner from the Dane, who didn’t come on until the 70th minute, means Mauricio Pochettino’s side are second thanks to their superior head-to-head record over Inter, who host PSV in their final game. Tottenham will be certain of qualification if they win in Barcelona in a fortnight. That sounds like a daunting task, though it will help that Barcelona have already won their group after winning away to PSV tonight.

9.50pm GMT

That’s it! Tottenham’s Champions League hopes are still alive thanks to Christian Eriksen’s late winner!

9.49pm GMT

90 min+3: Inter eventually get the ball forward and Balde wins a corner off Davies. Handanovic is coming up! Brozovic’s corner’s cleared as far as Asamoah, who lashes one goalwards from 25 yards! It hits Alderweireld’s safety and whooshes away. The ball’s flung back in and Miranda heads wide.

9.48pm GMT

90 min+2: Eriksen chips the free-kick to Kane. Tottenham keep the ball deep in Inter territory for a while. This is sub-optimal from Inter’s perspective.

9.47pm GMT

90 min+1: Vecino trips Son 35 yards from goal. Tottenham are eating up the time.

9.47pm GMT

90 min: There will be three added minutes.

9.46pm GMT

89 min: Kane wins a corner on the left. Tottenham are almost there.

9.43pm GMT

87 min: Eric Dier replaces Harry Winks.

9.40pm GMT

84 min: Inter need an equaliser now. They probe outside the Tottenham area and D’Ambrosio has a dig from 20 yards. Lloris dives to his right to push the right-back’s effort away. He’s grateful it doesn’t land at the feet of an Inter player.

9.39pm GMT

83 min: Inter make their third change, Keita Balde on for Politano.

9.39pm GMT

82 min: Miranda replaces Stefan de Vrij.

9.38pm GMT

81 min: As it stands, Tottenham are in second place thanks to their superior head-to-head record against Inter. Meanwhile Valero has been booked for dissent.

9.38pm GMT

Moussa Sissoko - who else? - decides to take the game by the scruff of the neck with a stunning power surge inside from the right. He leaves the wheezing Brozovic behind and then he finds the composure to slip the pass to Alli in the area. Alli spins and then unselfishly rolls the pass to his left for Eriksen, who’s arrived just in time to smash a left-footed shot past Handanovic from 12 yards out! That was Tottenham’s best move of the night. Moussa Sissoko, eh?

9.36pm GMT

Tottenham score out of nothing!

9.34pm GMT

78 min: Kane lofts a pass over the top, looking for Son, but Asamoah races back to win the ball. Brilliant defending.

9.33pm GMT

76 min: That was almost the game. Valero sends Perisic into the Tottenham area and the Inter winger lets fly with a fearsome drive from the left. Lloris reacts sharply to palm it wide. Tottenham deal with the corner with a shade of panic, Kane hacking the ball clear.

9.29pm GMT

73 min: Son’s booked for tugging Brozovic’s shirt. Tottenham’s frustration is growing. They’ve been so short of inspiration tonight.

9.27pm GMT

70 min: De Vrij fails to realise that Lamela’s creeping up behind him and he ends up booting the Tottenham man into the air. Yellow card. And that’s also Lamela’s final contribution. On comes Christian Eriksen. The Dane’s first involvement is to take the free-kick. He drives a flat cross to the far post. The unmarked Vertonghen arrives and somehow heads wide from close range!

9.24pm GMT

68 min: Son causes problems again, this time on the right. The ball squirts through to Lamela, who turns and crosses to the far post. Davies heads it down to Alli, who volleys a few yards wide. Time’s running out. Tottenham still haven’t created a proper chance.

9.20pm GMT

65 min: Kane’s beaten in the air as he tries to meet Lamela’s corner. Inter are defending very well.

9.20pm GMT

64 min: Son’s involved straight away, skipping past D’Ambrosio on the left and winning a corner. Lamela takes it. It’s headed behind for another one.

9.19pm GMT

62 min: Perisic curls a cross into the middle from the right. It evades everyone, with Lloris rooted to his line, and Skriniar can’t turn it in at the far post. The ball bounces wide, much to Tottenham’s relief, and that’s the cue for Son to replace Moura.

9.17pm GMT

61 min: Perisic pings a cross into the middle, looking for Icardi, but Vertonghen reads the danger and slides in to concede a corner. Son is getting ready to come on.

9.16pm GMT

59 min: A corner to Spurs on the right. Lamela curls it in, Vertonghen flicks it on and De Vrij makes sure Kane can’t get to it at the far post.

9.15pm GMT

58 min: Inter counter and Politano races through the middle. It’s a two on two! Politano moves the ball to Icardi, who dinks it to no one. Oh. Spalletti looks utterly baffled on the touchline. Let’s hope there aren’t any water bottles nearby.

9.12pm GMT

56 min: Alli trips Vecino on the edge of the area. A free-kick to Inter on the right. It’s in a dangerous position. Politano decides to drive it low into the middle. Davies diverts it over.

9.11pm GMT

55 min: Winks decides to have a volley from 30 yards. Throw to Inter.

9.09pm GMT

53 min: Tottenham take the corner short and work the ball back to Aurier, whose shot’s deflected wide. Another chance. This time the corner’s sent into the middle, but Inter head it away.

9.09pm GMT

52 min: Moura does brilliantly on the left, beating Skriniar with a lovely backheel, but Asamaoah’s in the right place to knock his cutback behind before Lamela can take it in.

9.07pm GMT

51 min: Kane ducks inside from the left and tries to curl a shot into the far corner. It doesn’t bend enough, making it an easy save for Handanovic.

9.06pm GMT

49 min: Valero and Asamoah combine well on the left. The ball comes to Icardi, who lays it off for Vecino, who drags a shot wide from 25 yards,

9.05pm GMT

48 min: There’s no sign of any improvement yet from Tottenham. Inter have made a confident start.

9.03pm GMT

46 min: Tottenham get the second half underway. One goal will take them into second place. One goal. One goal! But they’ll need to make a chance to get it.

8.48pm GMT

It’s been tense and uneventful. Inter will be pleased. Tottenham have some thinking to do during the interval. They’re 45 minutes from an early exit. See you in 15 minutes.

8.47pm GMT

45 min+1: Moments later Inter cut Tottenham open on the right and work the ball into the area for Icardi, who can’t quite sort his feet out. The ball runs to Valero, who takes too long to shoot, allowing Aurier to rob him.

8.46pm GMT

45 min: That is a shocker from Lamela! He goes over the ball and jumps into a two-footed challenge with Brozovic, catching the Inter man with his studs. He’s very lucky to be booked.

8.44pm GMT

44 min: Inter are forced to make a change, West Brom legend Borja Valero replacing the injured Radja Nainggolan.

8.43pm GMT

43 min: Kane’s deflected shot from the left hits the side netting. Corner. Moura meets Lamela’s corner with a firm header, but the whistle’s already gone for an Inter free-kick.

8.42pm GMT

42 min: Despite that Winks shot against the bar, Tottenham are struggling to create chances. They miss Eriksen’s guile and Son’s energy.

8.39pm GMT

38 min: Tottenham eventually win it back and press outside the Inter area. Eventually Winks finds space to get the ball out of his feet and try a shot from 25 yards. The midfielder’s curling effort beats Handanovic’s despairing dive, but it hits the face of the bar and bounces to safety!

8.37pm GMT

37 min: Inter are taking control again, simply by keeping the ball from Tottenham.

8.36pm GMT

35 min: A lull.

8.32pm GMT

32 min: Alli wriggles into the area from the left. Moura can’t control his cutback. Sissoko tries a shot: blocked. Tottenham are stepping it up now, though.

8.31pm GMT

30 min: Just when it seems that Tottenham are starting to wobble, Sissoko steps in to win possession in midfield and rumble down the right. Just look at him go! A pure force of nature! Sissoko clips a pass inside and Alli lets it run to Moura, who sidefoots straight at Handanovic from 20 yards.

8.29pm GMT

29 min: Politano belts the free-kick straight into the wall. Moments later Perisic digs out a cross from the left. Lloris punches clear.

8.28pm GMT

28 min: Perisic flicks on D’Ambrosio’s long ball and catches Tottenham dozing at the back. The ball’s allowed to squirt through the middle, giving Icardi something to chase. The striker’s too fast for Alderweireld, who pulls him back 30 yards from goal. He’s booked. He’s lucky a couple of defenders were covering.

8.27pm GMT

27 min: Unfortunately for Pochettino, Lamela and Moura are struggling to vindicate his decision to start them over Eriksen and Son. They’ll need those two in the second half.

8.26pm GMT

25 min: Winks run on to Vertonghen’s clearing header and knocks an awkward backpass to Lloris. The Tottenham goalkeeper has struggled with his feet at times this season and he only succeeds in sending the bouncing ball to Perisic. He’s relived the Croatian can only win a corner.

8.22pm GMT

22 min: Lamela races back to challenge Asamoah on the left. He slides to win the ball but can’t stop it running behind for an Inter corner. Politano’s delivery amounts to nothing. This is very tight.

8.19pm GMT

19 min: Lamela breaks through the lines and tries to bend one past Handanovic from 20 yards. The ball dips and swerves wide.

8.19pm GMT

18 min: Liverpool are a goal down against PSG. The Europa League semi-finals will be Arsenal v Tottenham and Chelsea v Liverpool.

Related: PSG v Liverpool: Champions League – live!

8.17pm GMT

17 min: Alli looks to slip a pass through to Davies, but it’s just overhit. Davies would have been in. Alli is furious with himself for not weighting it correctly.

8.16pm GMT

16 min: Politano drives down the right and drills a low cross into the middle. Vertonghen clears it. Then Kane barrels down the right and gets barged over by Brozovic, who escapes without a booking that would have ruled him out of the PSV game.

8.15pm GMT

14 min: Inter stroke the ball around in midfield, looking to take the sting out of the game. They only need a draw.

8.13pm GMT

12 min: After a scrappy spell, Kane takes matters into his own hands, dropping deep to collect possession and start a Tottenham attack. Out of nothing, he injects some urgency into the move with a brilliant nutmeg to hoodwink Nainggolan. Off he goes! Inter backtrack and Kane finds Alli, who lashes a rising drive just over the bar from 20 yards.

8.09pm GMT

8 min: Tottenham are up for this. Now Lucas Moura charges into the area before going down with Politano nearby. Cuneyt Cakir waves away Tottenham’s loud appeals for a penalty.

8.08pm GMT

7 min: Kane, full of running, surges into the area from the left. He tries to barge Brozovic aside, though the Inter midfielder stays strong to force Kane wide. He still manages to get a shot away and Handanovic, taken by surprise, saves with his chest at his near post.

8.07pm GMT

6 min: Moura can’t make proper contact with Lamela’s corner. Winks collects on the right and crosses, but the ball ends up with Handanovic. “It’s about time they ripped the red seats out on the halfway line at Wembley and made it a safe standing area,” Roger Kirby says. “Then the giveaway ticket holders can come back from hospitality whenever they want, and some real fans get a good view.”

8.05pm GMT

5 min: Tottenham press down the left, Davies winning his team’s first corner. The big men trot forward from the back. The referee, meanwhile, is keeping a close eye on all the pushing and shoving in the area.

8.02pm GMT

2 min: The Inter fans are making quite the racket. They’ve even done what appears to be their version of the Icelandic thunderclap, just to make Harry Kane have nightmares of some rubbish corners.

8.01pm GMT

Peep! Inter, in their famous black and blue stripes, get the game underway. They’re kicking from right to left in the first half. Tottenham don’t take long to win it off Luciano Spalletti’s side.

7.58pm GMT

Here come the teams! Of course, this is a fixture that evokes memories of Gareth Bale ripping into Inter at White Hart Lane back in 2010; taxi for Maicon and all that. Tottenham won 3-1 that night and what’d they give for a repeat of that scoreline here. In their favour is the fact that Inter have never beaten them in London. Inter have beaten Arsenal and Chelsea in London. But not Tottenham.

7.34pm GMT

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7.14pm GMT

Jim Denvir emails to point out that two wins could be enough for Tottenham. Their 2-1 defeat in the San Siro means a 1-0 win or a win by two goals would, of course, put them in the driving seat tonight. Then they’d just have to beat Barcelona away. Damn permutations.

7.12pm GMT

Tottenham, with an eye on Sunday’s north London derby, make four changes after last Saturday’s win over Chelsea. Juan Foyth’s ineligbility means the returning Jan Vertonghen slots into central defence, Harry Winks replaces Eric Dier, Erik Lamela is in for Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura gets the nod over Christian Eriksen.

Inter make three changes after thumping Frosinone C on the weekend. Out go Roberto Gagliardini, Lautaro Martinez and Keita Balde, in come Matias Vecino, Ivan Perisic and Mauro Icardi, the danger man up front.

7.06pm GMT

Tottenham: Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Winks, Sissoko; Lamela, Alli, Lucas; Kane. Subs: Gazzaniga, Rose, Walker-Peters, Dier, Eriksen, Son, Llorente.

Internazionale: Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, De Vrij, Skriniar, Asamoah; Vecino, Brozovic; Politano, Nainggolan, Perisic; Icardi. Subs: Padelli, Ranocchia, Miranda, Candreva, Keita Balde, Martinez, Borja Valero.

6.15pm GMT

Hello. It’s difficult not to admire this Tottenham side. In fact, even though journalists are supposed to have no bias (LOL!), it’s difficult not to like them. They don’t spend loads of money, they have one of the best managers in Europe, they have some of the best young players in Europe and they’re capable of playing outstanding football, all of which means they probably won’t be criticised too viciously if they end up crashing out of their Champions League group for the second time in three seasons. Looking at the wider picture, it’s clear they’re still a team heading in the right direction under Mauricio Pochettino – assuming, of course, the Argentine hangs around long enough to sample everything on offer in the cheese hall at the new White Hart Lane.

Ah, there’s the rub. It’s the fine details that count at this level and that’s something Tottenham have failed to address in the past few months. The harsh truth, sadly, is they’ll only have themselves to blame if they end up playing Europa League football in the new year. Small mistakes catch up with you eventually and Tottenham, a team who still leave you wanting more at times, have been making too many on and off the pitch. Once again they find themselves playing a big game at Wembley instead of their new home and if they don’t beat Internazionale this evening that will be it as far as their Champions League campaign is concerned. The heat is on!

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Christian Eriksen pounces to give Spurs crucial victory over Internazionale

Guardian - ons, 28/11/2018 - 22:57

Tottenham had to win and, as the second-half minutes ticked down and Wembley grew increasingly fraught, they came to crave a single chance; a shot at Champions League salvation.

Internazionale had been obdurate and it was difficult to remember Spurs creating anything in open play after the interval. Was this the slow death of their hopes? One thing was plain: Mauricio Pochettino and his players needed something special.

Related: Tottenham 1-0 Internazionale: Champions League – as it happened

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Eriksen keeps Spurs alive in CL

Sky Sports - ons, 28/11/2018 - 22:55
Tottenham kept their Champions League campaign alive thanks to Christian Eriksen’s winner as they beat Inter Milan 1-0 at Wembley.

Derby Day: What makes a good derby?

Sky Sports - ons, 28/11/2018 - 18:17
What makes a good derby? Ahead of Derby Day on Sky Sports, we asked the Soccer Saturday pundits for their verdicts...

Keane’s record to be respected

Sky Sports - ons, 28/11/2018 - 12:00
Robbie Keane retires as an Ireland hero and one of the Premier League’s top goalscorers. Adam Bate gets the views of former team-mates on Keane's long career and his prospects as a coach...

What do Reds, Spurs need to qualify?

Sky Sports - ons, 28/11/2018 - 10:15
With only two group games left to play in the Champions League, we take a look at just what Liverpool and Tottenham need to do in order to progress to the knockout phase of Europe's premier club competition.

Arsenal vs Spurs: Evolution of a rivalry

Sky Sports - ons, 28/11/2018 - 07:40
Take an interactive journey as Sky Sports examines the north London derby during the Premier League era...

Mauricio Pochettino unhappy over balance of Spurs squad in Europe

Guardian - tir, 27/11/2018 - 20:39
• Manager must omit Juan Foyth against Inter due to Uefa rules
• Pochettino pleased with ‘humble’ reaction to Chelsea victory

Mauricio Pochettino has voiced his unhappiness at how Tottenham’s recruitment policy has affected his selection decisions, before Wednesday night’s make-or-break Champions League tie against Internazionale at Wembley.

The manager said the club had made unacceptable mistakes regarding the balance of the squad for the season which, he suggested, were exacerbated by the inability to sign any new English players.

Related: Arsenal’s Europa League tie set to go ahead despite tensions in Ukraine

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Auba ready for tough Spurs CL battle

Sky Sports - tir, 27/11/2018 - 17:30
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he is relishing a “great battle” as Arsenal and Tottenham target Champions League football next season.

Tottenham vs Inter Milan preview

Sky Sports - tir, 27/11/2018 - 16:50
Tottenham must defeat Inter Milan at Wembley on Wednesday to remain in contention for the Champions League last 16 (kick-off 8pm).

Poch: I want to manage in Italy

Sky Sports - tir, 27/11/2018 - 16:22
Mauricio Pochettino says it would be a "wonderful experience" to manage in Italy in the future, but has insisted he is currently happy at Tottenham and targeted winning the Premier League title in the club's new stadium.

Poch: Foyth CL omission a mistake

Sky Sports - tir, 27/11/2018 - 15:11
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Juan Foyth’s ineligibility to play in the Champions League against Inter Milan is "painful".

Ginola: Life gave me second chance

Sky Sports - tir, 27/11/2018 - 14:00
David Ginola believes life has given him a "second chance" after surviving a heart attack and ponders "every day" why he survived.

Super 6 stat pack

Sky Sports - tir, 27/11/2018 - 12:28
Another Champions League round means another £250,000 is up for grabs - boost your chances of winning with our stat pack.

WATCH & VOTE: PL goals of the week

Sky Sports - tir, 27/11/2018 - 11:00
There were plenty of goals in the Premier League over the weekend with some wonderful strikes in the mix, and you can vote for your favourite!
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