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Son and Lo Celso take Tottenham top with win over Manchester City

For José Mourinho, this was the definition of a plan coming together. The Tottenham manager introduced Giovani Lo Celso on 64 minutes and saw him finish off a quick and simple counterattack with his first involvement to sink Manchester City and propel …

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Lanzini’s late gem completes stunning West Ham fightback against Spurs

When Gareth Bale finally made his entrance, one month after re-signing for Tottenham and 72 minutes into this derby, it is fair to say that the scene was set. Spurs had a free-kick 30 yards out, to the right of centre, and the returning hero went strai…

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin gets Everton off to winning start at Tottenham

This was the sort of game that Everton had not won for a long time. The statistic that tracked them to London had highlighted their failure to triumph at a top-six Premier League club since December 2013 – a run of 40 matches, with the vast majority ha…

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Toby Alderweireld punishes Arsenal errors to give Spurs derby glory

José Mourinho had said he cannot wait for the season to finish and, given the gloomy mood that shadowed Tottenham into this derby and the state of the Premier League table, it was easy to see why. Yet there was a dose of unexpected cheer at the expense…

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Fernandes penalty salvages point for Manchester United at Tottenham

The reaction of Eric Dier, the Tottenham defender, said it all. He had just conceded one penalty, which allowed Bruno Fernandes to equalise for Manchester United, and now it appeared that he had conceded another at the very end.Dier knew that he had no…

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Son steps up to cut down Southampton and fire Tottenham through in FA Cup

Tottenham’s motivation in hiring José Mourinho to replace Mauricio Pochettino was clear. They wanted the serial winner to guide them to silverware which, despite Pochettino’s excellence, had consistently eluded them. The drought pre-dated Pochettino. S…

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Bergwijn’s debut strike sets Spurs on road to victory over 10-man City

Manchester City might have played for 78 minutes of this see-saw game with 10 men only for Raheem Sterling to get away with a horribly late tackle on Dele Alli. But when they did have a man sent off – Oleksandr Zinchenko for a second bookable offence i…

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Willian double earns Chelsea win at Tottenham but racism mars result

As if things were not bad enough for Tottenham, with their team trailing 2-0 to Chelsea and reduced to ten men following Son Heung-min’s rush of blood, it was left to a moronic member of their support to take matters down into the gutter.It was midway…

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José Mourinho apologised to Eric Dier for first-half substitution

• Tottenham manager replaced Dier in tactical switch at 2-0 down• ‘He is an intelligent boy with a good understanding of the team’José Mourinho felt compelled to apologise to Eric Dier after substituting him after just 29 minutes of Tottenham’s 4-2 Cha…

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Tottenham hit back to secure progress after poor start against Olympiakos

José Mourinho has had a few Champions League saviours over the years but on this occasion, his first home game as the Tottenham manager, he could be indebted to a ball-boy.Spurs had been two goals down to an energetic Olympiakos team, with their defenc…

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Harry Kane and Son Heung-min hit doubles as Tottenham thrash Red Star

For Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham, this was more like it. After the trauma of the 7-2 humiliation in their previous Champions League tie here against Bayern Munich and how it had affected them subsequently in the loss at Brighton and the home draw …

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Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham ‘gave up’ in dismal 7-2 defeat to Bayern

• Spurs manager responds to heavy Champions League loss• ‘We had to take risks and that gave them space to run’Mauricio Pochettino admitted that his Tottenham players gave up towards the end of the humiliating 7-2 Champions League defeat at home to Bay…

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Serge Gnabry scores four in brutal Bayern’s 7-2 humiliation of Tottenham

There were 55 minutes on the stadium clock and a look of pure bewilderment on the faces of Tottenham’s defenders. They had just been shredded for the second time in three minutes by Serge Gnabry, Bayern Munich’s former Arsenal winger and, despite havin…

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Serge Gnabry scores four in brutal Bayern’s 7-2 humiliation of Tottenham

There were 55 minutes on the stadium clock and a look of pure bewilderment on the faces of Tottenham’s defenders. They had just been shredded for the second time in three minutes by Serge Gnabry, Bayern Munich’s former Arsenal winger and, despite havin…

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Harry Kane rescues Hugo Lloris as 10-man Tottenham beat Southampton

With the heat on, the last thing that Mauricio Pochettino needed was a daft sending-off for the loose cannon that is Serge Aurier after 31 minutes and a goalkeeping howler from Hugo Lloris that presented Danny Ings and Southampton with an equaliser.At …

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Joelinton secures Newcastle’s first points in surprise win at Tottenham

Insulting criticism. Complete lies. An over-sensationalised mini-crisis. Steve Bruce’s soundbites had been heavy on emotion in the countdown to this trip to Tottenham, a portrait of a manager determined to fight back after Newcastle’s early season loss…

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Christian Eriksen snatches draw against Everton but Spurs finish fourth

Tottenham were determined to look up rather than over their shoulders and, after the dramatic manner of their surge into next month’s Champions League final against Liverpool, who could blame them? As such, their target for the final day of the Premier…

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Mauricio Pochettino defends medical staff after Jan Vertonghen injury

• Vertonghen briefly returned to pitch after clash of heads• Pochettino: ‘The medical staff are the bosses’Mauricio Pochettino defended his medical staff at Tottenham after the club’s 1-0 Champions League semi-final, first-leg defeat to Ajax was oversh…

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Mauricio Pochettino defends medical staff after Jan Vertonghen injury

• Vertonghen briefly returned to pitch after clash of heads• Pochettino: ‘The medical staff are the bosses’Mauricio Pochettino defended his medical staff at Tottenham after the club’s 1-0 Champions League semi-final, first-leg defeat to Ajax was oversh…

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Tottenham 0-1 Ajax: Champions League semi-final player ratings

Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt shone for Ajax, while the pick of Spurs’ players came off the benchHugo Lloris Outfoxed on the goal. Saved smartly from van de Beek on 25 minutes. Otherwise quiet. 6/10 Continue reading…