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Mousa Dembélé’s playing time must be managed, says Mauricio Pochettino

• Tottenham player on bench in league recently despite recovery from surgery
• ‘He is a genius … it’s so important to manage him properly,’ says Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has said he still has to manage Mousa Dembélé’s playing minutes with the utmost care, despite the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder having undergone surgery at the end of last season in a bid to ease a long-standing foot problem.

Pochettino has referred to Dembélé as his “genius” and, ordinarily, the Belgian would be the first name on the Spurs team sheet. Virtually every Tottenham player would say Dembélé is the best player at the club but Pochettino has surprised some onlookers by naming the 30-year-old as a substitute in the Premier League for the past two weekends against Everton and Swansea City. Dembélé was not used against Swansea.

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Holders Manchester United handed trip to Swansea in Carabao Cup draw

• Tottenham host local rivals West Ham at Wembley in fourth round
• Crystal Palace will be wary of an upset when they travel to Bristol City

Manchester United, the holders, will travel to Swansea in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. José Mourinho’s side beat Burton of the Championship 4-1 at Old Trafford on Wednesday to secure their place in the draw.

Chelsea, 5-1 winners against Nottingham Forest, will welcome Everton – who beat Sunderland 3-0 – to Stamford Bridge. Tottenham host West Ham at Wembley and Manchester City entertain Championship side Wolves. Arsenal will also welcome Championship opposition to the Emirates in the shape of Norwich.

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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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Leicester v Liverpool, Tottenham v Barnsley and more – Carabao Cup live!

6.54pm BST

Here are the Leicester v Liverpool teams. Headlines: Oxlade-Chamberlain starts his first game for Liverpool as Jürgen Klopp makes eight changes; Danny Ings is back in the first-team squad for the first time since a substitute appearance in this competition last October.

Today’s starting XI: Hamer, Amartey, Dragović, Morgan (c), Chilwell, Albrighton, Iborra, Ndidi, Gray, Slimani, Ulloa. #LeiLiv pic.twitter.com/YoIcbCe2xW

The #LFC team to face @LCFC. pic.twitter.com/TtlIbRK3ed

6.47pm BST

Team news is starting to trickle in. Standby!

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It would be a ‘mistake’ for Tottenham to prioritise League Cup, says Pochettino – video

Mauricio Pochettino has said his focus is on winning the Premier League or Champions League before their League Cup match with Barnsley at Wembley on Tuesday. The Spurs manager also dismissed contractual talks with Dele Alli as rumours and spoke about …

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Bookmaker apologises after offering odds on Ugo Ehiogu for Birmingham post

• Paddy Power offered 66/1 on late defender succeeding Harry Redknapp
• Former Tottenham coach Ehiogu passed away in April

A gambling firm has apologised after it allowed customers to bet on a dead former footballer becoming a manager.

Paddy Power briefly advertised odds of 66/1 on ex-Aston Villa and England defender Ugo Ehiogu taking charge of rivals Birmingham, following the sacking of manager Harry Redknapp on Saturday.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Bournemouth get some return from £15m Ibe, Chelsea lack plan B without Diego Costa, Burnley are not long-ball side and Jamaal Lascelles has grown up fast

Manchester City and Manchester United have goal differences of +14 after five matches. That is more than Celtic in the Scottish Premier League, a division routinely mocked for being uncompetitive. If the Manchester clubs carry on winning by the margins they have enjoyed so far, then they will surpass the Premier League’s record goal difference (+71 racked up by Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea in 2009-10), the best ever mustered by Celtic (+80), the New Saints in Wales (+75) and the preposterous Ligue 1 record set by Paris Saint-Germain two years ago (+83). Of course that is a big ‘if’ because there is a small clutch of teams who could frustrate or even beat them. But United and, in particular, City are likely to ridicule many opponents this season. City beat United to the 2012 title on goal difference (+64 against +56); for José Mourinho there would surely be no sweeter way to prevail over Pep Guardiola this season. Paul Doyle

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Swansea turnaround and Kane-esque Tammy Abraham give Clement platform | Ben Fisher

Stifling Tottenham at Wembley nine months after they were demolished 5-0 by Spurs and with a teenage striker ‘in a good place’ pleases Swans manager

Well into four minutes of added time, the advertising hoardings that illuminate the middle tier of Wembley lit up the names of the countless global Tottenham Hotspur official supporters clubs one last time. From Pittsburgh to Poland and Singapore to Sligo, the frustration was felt far and wide as Wilfried Bony cleared a flat Christian Eriksen free-kick. A smattering of boos from Spurs supporters followed while those in the away end celebrated a precious point.

Swansea City, led by captain Federico Fernández, earned a draw after a character-building performance in which they kept a third straight Premier League clean sheet on the road. In shutting out Tottenham on Saturday they became the first team since Leicester City, in January 2016, to stifle Spurs in front of their home supporters in the top flight. Lukasz Fabianski was magnificent in goal but a return to basics after a desperately poor home defeat by Newcastle United helped shape and organise Swansea, starting with their stubborn five-man defence. A glance at the 5-0 demolition by Spurs at White Hart Lane last December is a measure of Swansea’s progress, as voiced by the manager, Paul Clement.

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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Tottenham suffer more Wembley frustration after Swansea hold firm

The intense frustration for Tottenham is that, however anybody dresses it up, this was such a step backwards. Their disposal of Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, effected so clinically, was supposed to have shaken off all that talk of a Wembley jinx; it certainly looked the perfect platform for a routine evening against Swansea City, but once again they laboured at their temporary home and the familiar doubts returned as quickly as they had evaporated.

A dogged Swansea were worthy of their point despite failing, for the third time this season, to have a shot on target. They were rarely pulled apart, only wobbling to any considerable extent during a period midway through the second half in which Harry Kane struck the crossbar. By then Tottenham’s pressure had reached siege levels; the goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski played his part in keeping them out but the zest and clarity that marked Spurs’ form at White Hart Lane last season simply have yet to appear here in the Premier League.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City: Premier League – live!

5.52pm BST

22 min: Son flips a pass down the inside-left channel for Vertonghen, who channels his inner Beckenbauer and threatens to dribble into the area. Naughton takes urgent action and brings his man down just in front of the area, to the left of the D. Free kick in a very dangerous position.

5.50pm BST

20 min: Carroll robs the ball from Kane in the middle of the Swansea half. He launches long, quickly, for Abraham, who threatens to bust clear of a slightly shaky looking Sanchez. But the new Spurs defender gathers himself and eventually wins the tussle. Just as well he did so, because Abraham would have been one-on-one otherwise.

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Mauricio Pochettino admits he does not know when Danny Rose will return

• Tottenham full-back has been out since January with knee injury
• Pochettino: ‘It’s a very difficult situation but all the staff try to help him’

Mauricio Pochettino still does not know when Danny Rose will be fit to return to the Tottenham team.

The full-back has been missing since damaging medial ligaments in his knee against Sunderland in January. He had surgery in the close season and had been expected to return after the international break but Pocchetino admitted he is none the wiser as to the when the player will return.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Can Roy Hodgson’s meat and potatoes approach nourish Palace, will Alexis Sánchez regain centre stage for Arsenal and might Watford go top?

Following the fiasco of Frank de Boer’s short reign at Selhurst Park, Roy Hodgson takes charge of a Crystal Palace team who have already suffered four scoreless defeats in as many Premier League matches. With trips to Manchester City, Manchester United and a home match against Chelsea to follow the game against Southampton, the importance of getting a morale-boosting result against comparatively easy opposition cannot be overstated and the manner in which Hodgson approaches this match will give Palace fans some idea what to expect in the months ahead. Quite how instant an impact he’ll have is open to question, considering that his former charge Simon Davies once said Hodgson had taken more than two years to “convert” Fulham’s players to methods that eventually got them to the 2010 Europa League final. Very recent history suggests he won’t get that kind of time at Palace. While we all know what atrocities they are capable of at their worst, at their best Hodgson’s teams work hard to maintain a solid shape that renders them difficult to break down, the stuff of relentless, presumably tedious but effective training ground drills. “Every day in training is geared towards team shape,” said Davies back then. “I’ve been working with the manager three seasons now and every day is team shape, and it shows.” While this meat-and-potatoes approach that has served Hodgson with varying degrees of success is unlikely to get Palace’s players or their supporters too excited, if it yields better results than De Boer’s methods it will do for now. BG

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Harry Kane one of best strikers in the world, says Fernando Llorente

• ‘In front of goal he’s lethal – In every aspect, he’s very complete’
• Llorente snubbed Chelsea for Spurs because of Pochettino phone call

Fernando Llorente has described Harry Kane as “one of the best strikers in the world – if not the best”. The Spain World Cup winner, who joined Tottenham Hotspur from Swansea City on transfer deadline day, has now seen Kane’s quality at first hand and he believes the 24-year-old has it all.

Llorente made his Tottenham debut on Wednesday night as an 87th-minute substitute for Kane in the 3-1 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley. It was the latest game in which Kane had played a starring role. His two goals were the headline detail of a remorseless performance and Llorente led the applause as he came off.

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If only Patrick Vieira hadn’t selected power drive | The Fiver

In today’s Fiver: Big Vase, underpants, Carlos Tevez and a misty-eyed trip back to the glory days of January 2007

Times are changing in north London. In years gone by Tottenham Hotspur were the also-rans, forced to watch on enviously as Arsenal savoured countless famous Big Cup nights. There are so many wonderful memories, it’s hard to pick a stand-out moment. There was the time they lost 5-1 away to Bayern Munich. And also the time they lost 5-1 at home to Bayern Munich. There were so many battling, brave performances. The 4-0 defeat to Robinho’s Milan. Robin van Persie’s red card against Barcelona. Olivier Giroud’s finishing masterclass against Monaco. So many priceless contributions. Arsenal sure were missed from this week’s opening round of Big Cup matches. At least the Queen’s Celtic paid tribute to them by losing 5-0 to Paris Saint-Germain; a real classy touch from Brendan’s lot.

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Fortune favours the brave as Harry Kane drags Spurs to a hard-fought victory

The striker’s masterclass of craft and malevolent energy picked off a dominant Borussia Dortmund side and finally ended Tottenham’s Wembley woes

It is a theme of Harry Kane’s insurgent, late-breaking career. Never mind the evidence of the last three years, the goals scored, the matches won. For Kane there just always seems to be something to prove, a need even now to show that this isn’t all a fluke, an unsustainable plateau, an act of Premier League smoke and mirrors.

Kane himself has no doubts about his qualities. Quite the opposite: he keeps saying he wants to win the Ballon D’Or. Some have scoffed at this. But then the alternative is to believe what the stats and the goal charts suggest, that a serial Football League loanee, a striker without any obvious, flashy gifts really has managed to gatecrash the elite, and to transform himself under Mauricio Pochettino into a genuine top-level centre-forward.

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Harry Kane, fortune and fortitude help Tottenham dispatch Dortmund

The Wembley hoodoo struck again. Borussia Dortmund simply cannot get things to go their way at the home of English football. For long spells during this Champions League thriller, they weaved their patterns and stretched Tottenham Hotspur to breaking point.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team did not crack. Harry Kane did not crack. And Spurs rode their luck, with Dortmund complaining that Kane’s goal for 2-1 should not have stood because of a foul on Nuri Sahin and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang seeing what would have been an equaliser for 2-2 wrongly ruled out for offside.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund: Champions League – live!

8.33pm BST

That was breathless. Spurs lead thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, Andrey Yarmolenko replying for the visitors, who will wonder how they aren’t level at least. The Germans have been dominant, but they’ve lacked ruthlessness up front and organisation at the back.

8.32pm BST

45 min: Pulisic slides the ball into the Tottenham net, but the flag’s up for offside! He wasn’t off, far from it, but Aubameyang was and he needlessly tried to go for the ball! If he’d just stayed out of the way, Dortmund would be level. Oh dear. It all came after Dortmund sliced Tottenham open again, though. It’s doubtful that will be the last time they threaten. But Spurs still, somehow, lead.

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Tottenham can learn from last season’s Champions League, says Pochettino

• ‘It was very painful. We know very well what the competition demands of you’
• ‘The game against Borussia Dortmund is so important. It is like a final’

To Mauricio Pochettino it was simply a painful experience. Tottenham Hotspur had entered last season’s Champions League on a wave of optimism that had only swelled after the group phase draw put them with Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow. They were out after five games and the abiding memories were of basic individual errors and an overall lack of savvy and creativity.

This time, despite a more difficult draw, Pochettino believes it can be different. His team kick off at Wembley against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night – surely the pivotal fixture – and, thereafter, they will face Real Madrid, along with the Cypriot side Apoel Nicosia.

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Borussia Dortmund match ‘like a final’ for Tottenham, says Mauricio Pochettino – video

Spurs will host Borussia Dortmund in the opening match of what is arguably the toughest group of the Champions League. Harry Kane admits that home form will be key but insists that the players are excited about the challenge. Dele Alli will be missing …