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Gerard Deulofeu: ‘I’ve made adaptations to my game at Watford but I’m happy here’

Gerard Deulofeu still has much to prove as he reflects on the ups and downs of his journey from Barcelona wonderkid to WatfordGerard Deulofeu is discussing Barcelona, how the spotlight burns and the pressure can contort, when he mentions the club’s lat…

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Ralph Hasenhüttl sets hare running on Southampton’s escape bid

Saints’ new manager has made it clear he is looking to replicate the success enjoyed by his hard-running RB Leipzig sideRalph Hasenhüttl wanted to break it down for the benefit of his new English audience and, also, for his old friend Jürgen Klopp. Whe…

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

• 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 that he and his Tottenham t…

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Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino says it is important to show humility in victory

• ‘If you win a trophy it is a moment to celebrate’• Arsenal players posted selfies after derby winMauricio Pochettino believes that celebratory dressing-room selfies ought to be posted only after a trophy win. The Tottenham manager offered his view af…

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Southampton close to appointing Ralph Hasenhüttl as new manager

• He is expected to be in stands at Wembley for Spurs game• Austrian to be given two-and-a-half-year contract at St Mary’sSouthampton hope to finalise the appointment of Ralph Hasenhüttl before Wednesday night’s fixture against Tottenham at Wembley in …

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Toby Alderweireld demotes Arsenal derby to ‘big but not the biggest’

Tottenham defender believes the increasing number of other high-profile matches shades the north London showdown and is a measure of Spurs’ progressIt has long been a part of the pre-season ritual. Tottenham’s players and supporters will scan the fixtu…

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Spurs’ Pochettino admits debt to Unai Emery before north London derby

• Rival managers are ‘good friends’ from time together in Spain• Emery recommended Pochettino for Valencia job in 2012Mauricio Pochettino has spoken of the debt that he owes to Unai Emery, the Arsenal manager, who has become his near neighbour in Hertf…

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Lucas Moura relishes chance to shine at Spurs after being displaced at PSG

Brazilian is keen to make his point on Sunday against Arsenal and Unai Emery, the manager who froze him out at PSGLucas Moura has described it as the worst seven months of his life and even now the speed of his descent from hero to zero under Unai Emer…

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Mauricio Pochettino unhappy over balance of Spurs squad in Europe

• Manager must omit Juan Foyth against Inter due to Uefa rules• Pochettino pleased with ‘humble’ reaction to Chelsea victoryMauricio Pochettino has voiced his unhappiness at how Tottenham’s recruitment policy has affected his selection decisions, befor…

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Mauricio Pochettino battling skewed perceptions and stadium malaise | David Hytner

Spurs manager says players and staff disappointed by delays to new stadium but that ‘the reality is we’re in the top four’There is a perception that has gathered steam over the course of what Mauricio Pochettino has described as Tottenham’s “weird” sea…

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Mauricio Pochettino excited by stadium but hints at delay to February

• Spurs manager calls new White Hart Lane ‘a fantastic project’• ‘We need to hope that in January or February we can move’Mauricio Pochettino has expressed hope that Tottenham can move into their new stadium in “January or February” – raising the prosp…

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Tottenham’s Harry Kane judged in an extreme way, says Mauricio Pochettino

• Striker’s form questioned despite 10 goals this season• Manager compares Kane to Argentina great Gabriel BatistutaMauricio Pochettino has described Harry Kane as an “assassin” in front of goal, as he reflected on the striker’s enduring finishing exce…

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Southampton sack vice-chairman Les Reed as pressure builds on Mark Hughes

• Technical director Martin Hunter also dismissed in shake-up• Manager vulnerable with Saints struggling in Premier LeagueSouthampton are committed to a major restructuring at the top of the club after the decision to sack the vice-chairman, Les Reed, …

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Rooney should wear armband against USA, says England captain Kane

• Kane says striker deserves it and one-off appearance is ‘great’• ‘A good thing for everyone to be a part of,’ Spurs striker addsHarry Kane says that Wayne Rooney ought to wear the captain’s armband when he makes his farewell appearance for England ag…

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Mauricio Pochettino looks to House of Cards for tips on life at Tottenham

The Tottenham manager has said the US political drama has similarities with life in football as his team prepare to face PSVIt has been a tortuous wait for Mauricio Pochettino, scarred by delays and problems with personnel but, at last, it has been del…

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: from ‘crazy kid’ to Arsenal’s cutting edge | David Hytner

Arsenal striker has quickly become successful in his third major European league and his flourishing partnership with Alexandre Lacazette is obvious to allThe feeling within the Arsenal hierarchy was that there was an orchestrated campaign against Pier…

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Bernardo Silva criticises ‘complicated’ Wembley pitch after win over Spurs

• Manchester City midfielder says surface was far from perfect• Silva hails ‘big win’ that took City top of Premier LeagueBernardo Silva has lent his voice to the growing band of critics of the Wembley surface, describing it as complicated and a long w…

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Dele Alli signs new six-year Tottenham contract to extend stay to 2024

• Midfielder joins Kane and Pochettino in signing new deal• Alli likely to start Carabao Cup tie at West Ham on WednesdayDele Alli has signed a new six-year contract at Tottenham, tying him to the club until 2024. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder h…

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Érik Lamela happy with fewer starts and better form at Tottenham

Spurs winger is in the form of his life after a 13-month injury layoff during which he feared he would not get back to his bestÉrik Lamela has started only one Premier League game this season yet he has scored three goals in the competition and the sta…

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Cherno Samba: ‘I love Championship Manager … but there was a time I wanted to sleep and never wake’

The Championship Manager legend on how his career fell apart after a failed move to Liverpool, the day he attempted to take his own life and how he bounced backCherno Samba was isolated and scared, gripped by burning sweats and haunted by the sense he …