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Manchester City can overcome Spurs in second leg, says Fernandinho

• Midfielder backs Pep Guardiola’s more defensive tactics• ‘We have all the conditions to play better and win the game’Fernandinho is confident Manchester City can turn around their 1-0 Champions League quarter-final deficit against Tottenham and he ar…

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Jan Vertonghen says VAR could lead to 40 more penalties in Premier League

• Tottenham player believes it will change art of defending• ‘So many things look like a penalty in slow motion’Jan Vertonghen fears that VAR will fundamentally change the art of Premier League defending – together with the emotion of the game – creati…

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Mauricio Pochettino tells Tottenham to match Manchester City’s desire

• Champions League game is biggest of his managerial career• ‘The first strength of City is their will to fight for every ball’Mauricio Pochettino has described the Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City as the biggest game of his manag…

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Guardiola primed for Tottenham test in Manchester City’s ‘quintuple’ quest

City’s manager wants Community Shield win noted before a fierce Champions League welcome at Spurs’ new groundPep Guardiola has refused to entertain talk of the quadruple but perhaps the question has been wrong all along. How about the quintuple? He and…

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Danny Rose ‘can’t wait to see the back’ of football because of racism

• ‘I’ve five or six more years left … I just want to get out of it’• Spurs and England defender critical of authorities’ responseDanny Rose has revealed he cannot wait to walk away from football because he is so disgusted by the racism that blights the…

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Free-talking Danny Rose worn down by racism and ready to leave the game | David Hytner

Tottenham left-back scarred by incidents dating back to 2012 and which he encountered again in March with EnglandTo understand the anger, the frustration and, above all, the sense of resignation that engulfed Danny Rose on Wednesday night, in the after…

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‘Another dimension’ for Spurs means Pochettino wants big-club mentality

The Tottenham manager pushed Daniel Levy to match his ambitions on the pitch to the club’s spectacular surroundingsFor Daniel Levy, it has taken 18 years; a journey driven by his perfectionist nature, his obsession with the finest of details. The Totte…

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Paul Gascoigne’s poignant cameo sets the stage for Spurs’ next chapter | David Hytner

Club’s past and future converged at the new stadium and left the crowd hungry for Wednesday’s curtain-raiser“He’s still the same Gazza,” says Robbie Keane. “On the bus on the way in, he had me in stitches. I cannot repeat the stories …” Go on, Robbie…

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Son Heung-min: ‘I miss White Hart Lane but the new stadium is amazing’

The Spurs forward believes the move to a shiny new ground can provide fresh impetus for their stuttering Premier League formSon Heung-min has never known anything like it. Not since his arrival at Tottenham in August 2015 have the team endured a worse …

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Son Heung-min: ‘I miss White Hart Lane but the new stadium is amazing’

The Spurs forward believes the move to a shiny new ground can provide fresh impetus for their stuttering Premier League formSon Heung-min has never known anything like it. Not since his arrival at Tottenham in August 2015 have the team endured a worse …

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Mauricio Pochettino would withdraw team if players were racially abused

• ‘Football is strong weapon to defend principles of humanity’• Tottenham manager backed by Liverpool’s Jürgen KloppMauricio Pochettino has said he would not hesitate to call his Tottenham players off the field if any of them were subjected to racist a…

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As United and Madrid doors close on Pochettino, what now for him at Spurs?

The manager faces a tricky-looking summer of restructuring with money tight and he may have lost leverage with Daniel LevyThose close to Mauricio Pochettino have described it as a ridiculously intense 10-day period, when he and his coaching staff were …

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Son Heung-min: ‘My father says I shouldn’t marry until I retire and I agree’

The Spurs forward talks about gruelling four-hour keepy-uppy sessions as a child, his desire to repay his family and why marriage can waitThe way that Son Heung-min tells it, he was 10 years old and squabbling with his older brother, Heung-yun. Then so…

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Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs now looking over their shoulders | David Hytner

Defeats at Burnley and Chelsea have switched Tottenham’s focus to preserving a top-four place rather than chasing the titleAs every Tottenham fan knows, Mauricio Pochettino is magic and it seems the man himself knows it, too. But there are limits. “If …

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Luke Shaw is thriving under Solskjær – and away from Mourinho

Left-back is ‘mentally tough’ and United’s player of the season, says teammate Romelu LukakuIt has been an interesting part of the Ole Gunnar Solskjær revolution at Manchester United – perhaps not the most high-profile but a component nonetheless and a…

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Claudio Ranieri facing sack as Fulham manager after 16 Premier League games

• Italian set to depart after three and a half months in the job• Scott Parker asked to take charge of team for rest of seasonClaudio Ranieri is set to be sacked by Fulham, with the club’s directors and supporters having lost confidence in him. The fin…

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Claudio Ranieri facing sack as Fulham manager after 16 Premier League games

• Italian set to depart after three and a half months in the job• Scott Parker asked to take charge of team for rest of seasonClaudio Ranieri is set to be sacked by Fulham, with the club’s directors and supporters having lost confidence in him. The fin…

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Mauricio Pochettino sorry he cannot apologise to Mike Dean in person

• Spurs coach accepts misconduct charge over clash with referee• Dean switched to Manchester City game on Wednesday nightMauricio Pochettino says he is disappointed that Mike Dean will not be the fourth official for Tottenham’s Premier League game at C…

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Chelsea hit with transfer ban for two windows by Fifa

• Sanction relates to dealings with foreign players under 18• Chelsea denied wrongdoing and can appealChelsea have been banned from the transfer market for two windows after Fifa found them guilty of a serious and systemic breach of the rules regarding…

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Harry Winks: from flag-bearer to standard-bearer at Tottenham

Midfielder was the quiet force behind a win over Dortmund which he sees as a statement that Spurs mean businessIt is a lovely story, a real ratings winner, and one that bears retelling at times like these. As a 15-year-old Tottenham academy hopeful, Ha…