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Abramovich era leaves Lampard with no time to pull out of nosedive | David Hytner

Chelsea’s latest ex-manager is yet another victim of a hierarchy that will not hesitate to make a change if they feel Champions League qualification is at riskFrank Lampard may allow himself a rueful smile, albeit only when the pain begins to ease. At …

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Mikel Arteta praises ‘phenomenal’ Granit Xhaka for rallying after red card

Midfielder was sent off in 1-0 home defeat to BurnleyArteta: ‘After the red card, he was in a difficult place’Mikel Arteta has described Granit Xhaka’s form as “phenomenal” and a key reason behind Arsenal’s greater solidity in recent weeks.Xhaka has be…

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José Mourinho suggests Dele Alli is not happy and not fighting for Tottenham

Midfielder has played only 74 minutes in league this seasonAlli has been linked with loan move to PSGJosé Mourinho has suggested he has an unhappy player on his hands in Dele Alli. The Tottenham attacking midfielder, who is the subject of January trans…

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Kieran Trippier may never serve full betting ban after panel deals blow to FA

FA fails to get dates revised while Fifa appeal ongoingPanel says that would cause Atlético player ‘stress and anxiety’Kieran Trippier could end up missing no further matches for Atlético Madrid – and be clear to play for England in March – after the F…

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Crawley’s Nick Tsaroulla: ‘Proving Spurs wrong gives me a lot of drive’

The scorer of Crawley’s first goal in their shock defeat of Leeds has drawn inspiration from being released by Tottenham in 2018 after serious injuries which threatened his playing careerIt was a wonder goal that appeared to tick every box. Nick Tsarou…

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Tottenham’s José Mourinho gets in FA Cup spirit by buying Marine raffle ticket

Spurs manager in gesture of solidarity with non-league sideMourinho picks first-team squad to face third-round opponentsJosé Mourinho has bought a ticket in a raffle organised by Marine in which the top prize is to manage them in a pre-season friendly….

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Moussa Sissoko believes José Mourinho is turning Tottenham into winners

‘He pushes hard every day on it,’ says midfielderSpurs, without a trophy since 2008, are in Carabao Cup finalMoussa Sissoko believes José Mourinho is turning Tottenham into winners. The midfielder scored in the 2-0 Carabao Cup semi-final victory agains…

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Tottenham against idea of allowing Dele Alli to leave club in January

Frustrated midfielder linked with move to Paris Saint-GermainJosé Mourinho wants to keep options open given busy scheduleTottenham are reluctant to sanction a move for Dele Alli in January. The 24-year-old midfielder is frustrated at his lack of playin…

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José Mourinho typically primed for his ‘biggest game’ as Spurs manager

Portuguese knows importance of Carabao Cup semi-final with Brentford to Tottenham’s 13-year hunt for silverware Never let it be said that José Mourinho hides his light under a bushel or runs from the pressure and significance of high-profile matches. T…

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José Mourinho typically primed for his ‘biggest game’ as Spurs manager

Portuguese knows importance of Carabao Cup semi-final with Brentford to Tottenham’s 13-year hunt for silverware Never let it be said that José Mourinho hides his light under a bushel or runs from the pressure and significance of high-profile matches. T…

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The Guardian Footballer of the Year Marcus Rashford: ‘My mum is everything’

The Manchester United forward reflects on an extraordinary year where he improved the lives of millions of people – all, he says, inspired by his mother, Mel The Guardian Footballer of the Year is an award given to a player who has done something rema…

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Érik Lamela will not play against Brentford after Christmas Covid breach

Winger was among three Tottenham players pictured at partyJosé Mourinho gives no explanation of absence from squadÉrik Lamela will not be available to face Brentford in Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final, José Mourinho has said. The Tottenham winge…

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Frank Lampard says Chelsea lacked character against Arsenal

Recent defeats ‘are because we dropped off’Lampard to make changes for Aston Villa gameFrank Lampard has questioned the mentality of his Chelsea players, wondering whether they have been adversely affected by being talked up as Premier League title con…

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‘He has to slow down’: Pep Guardiola calls for composure from Phil Foden

‘Top, top players have patience,’ says Man City coachFoden scored and created a goal against Arsenal on TuesdayPep Guardiola says that Phil Foden must play the game at different speeds to maximise his enormous potential, slowing down during decisive mo…

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‘He has to slow down’: Pep Guardiola calls for composure from Phil Foden

‘Top, top players have patience,’ says Man City coachFoden scored and created a goal against Arsenal on TuesdayPep Guardiola says that Phil Foden must play the game at different speeds to maximise his enormous potential, slowing down during decisive mo…

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Mikel Arteta says relegation fight looms if Arsenal fail in next three matches

Run of Chelsea, West Brom and Brighton ‘crucial’ for seasonManager says lack of team-bonding sessions harming moraleMikel Arteta has admitted to feeling the psychological strain of Arsenal’s dire predicament and accepts the next three matches will dete…

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Arsenal in ‘big trouble’ says Mikel Arteta after miserable Carabao Cup exit

Arteta: ‘This was a really painful moment’Manager defends Alex Rúnarsson after keeper’s blunderMikel Arteta said Arsenal were in “big trouble” and feeling further pain after a 4-1 home defeat to Manchester City dumped them out of the Carabao Cup quarte…

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Arsenal in ‘big trouble’ says Mikel Arteta after miserable Carabao Cup exit

Arteta: ‘This was a really painful moment’Manager defends Alex Rúnarsson after keeper’s blunderMikel Arteta said Arsenal were in “big trouble” and feeling further pain after a 4-1 home defeat to Manchester City dumped them out of the Carabao Cup quarte…

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Arsenal in ‘big trouble’ says Mikel Arteta after miserable Carabao Cup exit

Arteta: ‘This was a really painful moment’Manager defends Alex Rúnarsson after keeper’s blunderMikel Arteta said Arsenal were in “big trouble” and feeling further pain after a 4-1 home defeat to Manchester City dumped them out of the Carabao Cup quarte…

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José Mourinho spared Stoke’s ‘pigsty’ and sniffs trophy chance with Spurs | David Hytner

Away facilities upgraded before quarter-final of League Cup, a competition Tottenham’s manager has won four timesThe forecast is for rain and 4C or, to put it another way, the kind of midweek evening in Stoke that asks a particular question of visiting…