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Mauricio Pochettino rues early error but salutes ‘unbelievable’ Lionel Messi

• Spurs manager says his players were heroes for chasing game• ‘We still have it in our hands to be in the next stage,’ he saysMauricio Pochettino lamented the self-inflicted “handicap” of a sloppy early concession to Barcelona from which his Tottenham…

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Thibaut Courtois stands tall to grant Antonio Conte a glorious swansong | David Hytner

Gutsy backs-to-the-wall show delivers a triumphant end to Italian’s stormy season – and perhaps his Chelsea tenureAntonio Conte remained in a state of agitation. The Chelsea manager had seen Eden Hazard put his team in charge of the FA Cup final with a…

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Antonio Conte: ‘I showed in a difficult season that I’m a serial winner’

• Chelsea manager issues ‘back me or sack me’ message• ‘If they want to continue to work with me, they know me‘Antonio Conte warned Chelsea they would be losing a “serial winner” if they chose to sack him and said that, whatever the future mi…

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Mauricio Pochettino hints Spurs future hinges on commitment of transfer funds

• Manager appears to issue coded ultimatum to Daniel Levy• ‘Being brave is the most important thing and take risks‘Mauricio Pochettino appeared to suggest that his future at Tottenham Hotspur is linked to how the club approach the summer transfer windo…

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Tottenham fight back to beat Leicester in thriller and seal third spot

The Tottenham Hotspur support chanted that they were going home and there is certainly excitement among their number at the prospect of returning to the rebuilt White Hart Lane next season. Yet what a send-off they gave to Wembley.The merits of the clu…

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Harry Kane purges Spurs of Champions League nerves with win over Newcastle

It was a long way from being the most fluent performance of the Mauricio Pochettino era and there were times, particularly during a fraught first half, when the Tottenham support could imagine the worst case scenario – that their team would contrive to…

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Giorgio Chiellini says Spurs lacked mental toughness to beat Juventus

• ‘It’s the history of Tottenham. In the end, they miss something’• Mauricio Pochettino said his side dominated but made big mistakesGiorgio Chiellini watched Juventus destroy Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League dream with a devastating one?two punch …

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Pep Guardiola sends message to FA over yellow ribbon after Carabao Cup win

• Manchester City manager will continue to wear pro-Catalan ribbon• Guardiola says he is grateful to club after difficult first seasonPep Guardiola believes that Manchester City’s 3-0 Carabao Cup final win over Arsenal at Wembley can fire the club’s pu…

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Harry Kane header claims the spoils for Spurs against lacklustre Arsenal

Harry Kane has soared and scored before in the north London derby. The Tottenham striker rates his late headed winner against Arsenal from February 2015 as the finest goal of his career. He was at it again here in a moment to sum up the difference betw…

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Spurs’ Érik Lamela breaks goal drought in easy win and ends Newport’s Cup run

Mauricio Pochettino is sick and tired of being told he needs to win a trophy with Tottenham but the route to glory in the FA Cup appears to have opened up for him. This routine dismissal of League Two Newport County has set up a visit to Rochdale on Su…

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José Mourinho laments Manchester United’s ‘ridiculous’ errors against Tottenham

• Mourinho identifies four separate errors for opening goal• Of Alexis Sánchez, he says: ‘He worked hard but the game was not for him’José Mourinho lamented the “ridiculous” defensive errors that condemned his Manchester United team to a 2-0 defeat at …

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Spurs’ Son Heung-min matches Pedro Obiang’s strike in draw with West Ham

There was little on for Pedro Obiang. Just as there had been little on for West Ham United, which had been no great surprise given David Moyes’s emphasis on being difficult to beat. And so the West Ham midfielder edged forward a little and decided to h…

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Harry Kane among the world’s finest forwards, says Mauricio Pochettino

• Tottenham striker overtakes Shearer and Messi with Southampton hat-trick• Mauricio Pellegrino offers no assurances over Virgil van Dijk’s futureMauricio Pochettino asked whether there was a better centre-forward in world football than Harry Kane afte…

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Harry Kane breaks record in style as Tottenham brush aside Southampton

For Harry Kane, the records continue to tumble and the reality was there was never any doubt. Another day; another hat-trick. It was the Tottenham Hotspur striker’s eighth of 2017 but the headline details were even more eye-catching.Kane had Alan Shear…

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Fernando Llorente off the mark for Tottenham in stroll against Apoel

It has taken a while – 17 appearances, to be precise – but Fernando Llorente is up and running as a Tottenham Hotspur goalscorer. The summer signing from Swansea City has been used mainly as a substitute by Mauricio Pochettino but, given a starting opp…

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Fernando Llorente off the mark for Tottenham in stroll against Apoel

It has taken a while – 17 appearances, to be precise – but Fernando Llorente is up and running as a Tottenham Hotspur goalscorer. The summer signing from Swansea City has been used mainly as a substitute by Mauricio Pochettino but, given a starting opp…

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Be cautious with Harry Kane, Mauricio Pochettino urges England

• Striker substituted as precaution in Tottenham’s win over Crystal Palace• Dele Alli ruled out of England games, while Harry Winks is doubtfulMauricio Pochettino has urged Gareth Southgate to handle Harry Kane with care during the upcoming internation…

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Son Heung-min strike seals Tottenham laboured win over Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson turned on his heel and marched back towards the bench. The Crystal Palace manager’s stony-faced fury told the story. Football can be the cruellest of pursuits and how Hodgson felt it shortly after the hour mark here at Wembley.His Palace te…

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Christian Eriksen sinks Bournemouth for Spurs’ first Wembley league win

The Harry Kane team could be grateful to Christian Eriksen. Tottenham Hotspur – to give them the name that the Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, contentiously did not – were desperate for a first Premier League win at Wembley; no title challenge …

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Tottenham thankful for Dele Alli winner to see off Barnsley at quiet Wembley

It was an unusual vibe, with the stadium containing 23,926 supporters, and Mauricio Pochettino having made it plain the Carabao Cup was a long way down his trophy wishlist. But Tottenham Hotspur will continue in the competition after Dele Alli found a way to break Barnsley’s resistance midway through the second half.

There is seemingly no way to keep the 21-year-old out of the limelight, whether for good or, sometimes, bad and he was on hand to shoot low past Adam Davies from close range for his third goal of the campaign.

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