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Tottenham v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

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5.49pm BST

61 min Pepe is booked for a foul on Lucas Moura.

5.49pm BST

60 min “Spoilers,” says Martin McKeefry. “Arsenal defensive mayhem imminent. Also Bruce Willis is a ghost.”

5.48pm BST

59 min: Aubameyang hits the post! That was so close. There was a bit of a scramble 25 yards from goal before Lacazette picked up the loose ball and angled a nice pass to Aubameyang. He took it in his stride and smacked a left-footed shot that beat Lloris and thumped off the near post. I think the ball took a slight touch off Aubameyang’s standing foot before he shot, without which it would have gone on target.

5.45pm BST

57 min Aurier’s cross-shot is blocked by Kolasinac.

5.44pm BST

55 min Mustafi’s speculative, looping overhead kick from the edge of the area is comfortably saved by the backpedalling Lloris. Arsenal have been well on top since half-time.

5.42pm BST

54 min Xhaka plays a terrific angled pass into the area to find Bellerin, whose slightly heavy first touch allows Lucas Moura to get back and put the ball behind for a corner.

5.41pm BST

52 min When Ceballos’s free-kick is half cleared, Kolasinac hits a snapshot wide under pressure from Winks.

5.40pm BST

51 min Winks is somehow not booked for deliberately pulling back Ceballos.

5.38pm BST

50 min Lucas Moura runs at Mustafi in the area, shifts the ball onto his left foot that is excellently blocked by Mustafi.

5.36pm BST

49 min Plenty of Arsenal possession at the start of the second half.

5.34pm BST

46 min Peep peep! Arsenal begin the second half.

5.34pm BST

“Please can you not tell us what’s happening in the blimmin’ cricket when we’re looking at a football blog????!” says Jack. “I was looking forward to watching the cricket highlights on the BBC for the first time in about a gazillion years later, and now you’ve just gone and basically ruined it! PS. This email is significantly more restrained than it ought to be.”

It’s her head in the box btw.

5.19pm BST

Half-time reading

Related: Why Tottenham are stagnating under José Mourinho, who has yet to evolve | Jonathan Wilson

5.18pm BST

Peep peep! The scoreline is about right after an enjoyable if imperfect half of football. Alexandre Lacazette and Son scored well-taken goals - Lacazette’s was a screamer - although both stemmed from defensive mistakes. See you in 10 minutes for the second half.

Meantime, West Indies are closing in on an immense victory at the Ageas Bowl.

Related: England v West Indies: first Test, day five – live!

5.17pm BST

45+2 min Davies is booked for a foul on Pepe.

5.15pm BST

45 min Lacazette is booked for fouling Lo Celso.

5.14pm BST

44 min Spurs win a corner on the left. Son curls it in and Mustafi heads clear.

5.12pm BST

42 min Pepe’s low shot from 16 yards is comfortably held by Lloris.

5.10pm BST

40 min Aubameyang’s excellent, wobbling free-kick flashes just wide of the far post. Lloris’s desperate dive across goal betrayed how close it was.

5.09pm BST

39 min Davies fouls Pepe 25 yards from goal slightly to the left of centre.

5.07pm BST

37 min A quiet spell in the game.

5.04pm BST

34 min Aurier is booked for pulling back Lacazette.

5.02pm BST

32 min Pepe runs at the defence and shapes a left-footed curler that drifts a few yards wide of the far post. Lloris had it covered.

5.02pm BST

31 min: Davies hits the bar! That was a spectacular attempt. He was miles out, at least 30 yards and a fair way to the left of centre, but he hit a vicious shot that clattered off the crossbar. Replays confirm that Martinez got a slight touch on the shot as he leapt to his right. That is a seriously good save.

5.01pm BST

30 min Corner to Spurs on the right. Lo Celso swings it in and Mustafi heads away.

4.59pm BST

28 min “Everyone, as always, should be watching Ben Stokes instead,” says Mac Millings.

I’d much prefer to be doing this tbf.

Related: England v West Indies: first Test, day five – live!

4.58pm BST

27 min “And somewhere in the Great TV Panel in the Sky, Jack Charlton is effin’ and blindin’ about why defenders today have to faff about at the back, when there are vast empty stands to clear ball into,” says Justin Kavanagh. “The daft buggers!”

It’s an immutable truth that an attacker cannot score from row Z. And they can’t score if the ball’s in row Z either.

4.55pm BST

24 min Time for a drinks break.

4.52pm BST

21 min Aurier’s cross isn’t cleared properly by Mustafi and almost falls for Sissoko on the six-yard line. It’s a good game, this.

4.51pm BST

21 min In other news, Lo Celso was apparently booked for that incident with Dani Ceballos just before Lacazette’s goal.

4.51pm BST

Kolasinac played a hideous pass towards David Luiz, who was wrongfooted and beaten to the ball by Son. He moved away from David Luiz, drew Martinez and chipped the ball gently over him with his left foot. It was a cool finish from Son, and a desperate mistake by Kolasinac.

4.49pm BST

Whatever Aurier can do, Sead Kolasinac can do better.

4.48pm BST

That was a savage strike from Lacazette. It came from a slight mistake by Serge Aurier, who overran the ball and then lost a 50/50 with Xhaka. The ball ran to Lacazette, 25 yards from goal, and he lashed a rising drive past the diving Lloris.

4.47pm BST

Pick that out.

4.46pm BST

15 min There’s a VAR check against Lo Celso after an off-the-ball incident with Dani Ceballos. There was nothing much in it. Lo Celso puts his arm on Ceballos’s chest to block him, and Ceballos went down as if maimed.

4.44pm BST

13 min: Chance for Arsenal! Bellerin scoots down the right, holds off Winks and crosses low towards Aubameyang near the penalty spot. He makes a mess of a relatively straightforward volley and the ball runs onto Tierney, who rifles it well wide of the far post.

4.41pm BST

10 min: Good save from Martinez! Lucas Moura wandered infield from the left and flipped a superb pass around David Luiz to put Kane through on goal. He tried to cushion a lob over Martinez, who was close enough to stretch and make an excellent block. That was very good goalkeeping, not just the save but also the anticipation.

4.39pm BST

9 min The corner is headed miles over by Mustafi at the near post.

4.38pm BST

8 min At the other end, Tierney’s cross is headed behind by Alderweireld, who did very well to get in front of Lacazette at the near post.

4.37pm BST

7 min Sissoko’s cross is well claimed by the stretching Martinez. He’s kept goal with impressive authority since replacing the injured Bernd Leno.

4.36pm BST

6 min It’s been a decent start from Spurs, who have had most of the ball and look reasonably sharp.

4.34pm BST

3 min Arsenal have made a sloppy start at the back. Martinez plays a loose pass towards David Luiz that is nicked by Son. His cross is headed away.

4.33pm BST

2 min Spurs are playing 4-4-2. Son and Kane are up front with Lucas Moura is on the left wing and Sissoko slightly tucked in on the other side.

4.31pm BST

17 secs Lucas Moura has an early pop from 25 yards, and Martinez flies to his left to make a camera-friendly save. It was comfortable enough.

4.30pm BST

1 min Peep peep! Harry Winks kicks off the first North London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

4.26pm BST

The players emerge on a lovely, sunny afternoon in north London - perfect cricket weather.

4.19pm BST

Aston Villa 2-0 Crystal Palace was the final score at Villa Park, which gives Villa a soupçon of hope that they might avoid relegation.

Related: Aston Villa v Crystal Palace: Premier League – live!

4.13pm BST

“Among the many things to like about Arteta’s reign so far is the apparently miraculous redemption of Shkodran Mustafi,” says Charles Antaki. “Perhaps Arteta has used some kind of mesmerism to take him back to 2014 and winning the World Cup, something that Mustafi himself seemed to have completely forgotten, along with the skills that went with it.”

3.43pm BST

There’s a bit of a surprise in the Arsenal team, with Bukayo Saka only on the bench. That aside, the two teams are pretty much as expected.

Tottenham (4-4-2) Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies; Sissoko, Winks, Lo Celso, Lucas Moura; Kane, Son.
Substitutes: Gazzaniga, Vertonghen, Tanganga, Lamela, Sessegnon, Ndombele, Fernandes, Skipp, Bergwijn.

3.38pm BST

Hello. Arsenal and Spurs are only a point apart in the Premier League table, but the mood around the clubs could barely be more different. Arsenal are high on Bukayo Saka and four wins and a draw in the last five games; Spurs, whether they deserve it or not, have regained their old status as a renewable source of banter.

Much of the negativity around the club comes from the media, which loves a Jose Mourinho bad-news story, and Spurs have been desperately unlucky with VAR in the last few weeks. But Mourinho doesn’t help himself at times, and the contrast with the demeanour, style of play and – at this stage - results of Mauricio Pochettino does not flatter him. On match days, Mourinho displays the kind of joie de vivre and enthusiasm last seen when Livia Soprano was given a new CD player.

3.26pm BST

Rob will be here shortly. While you wait, have a read of Jonathan Wilson on Spurs and what is going wrong for Mourinho.

Related: Why Tottenham are stagnating under José Mourinho, who has yet to evolve | Jonathan Wilson

Related: Giovani Lo Celso ready to kick on after topsy-turvy beginning at Tottenham

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Giovani Lo Celso ready to kick on after topsy-turvy beginning at Tottenham

lør, 11/07/2020 - 23:30

Following an injury-hit start to life at Spurs, the Argentinian has established himself at the heart of José Mourinho’s midfield

For Giovani Lo Celso, it is difficult to imagine what could possibly have made the experience sweeter. But there has been something. The Tottenham midfielder made his Argentina debut against Russia at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium in November 2017 and he now has 21 caps. The something was the person playing with him and in and around him on many subsequent occasions. It was the symbol of his hometown. Lo Celso is able to call Rosario’s own Lionel Messi a teammate.

“It was a unique experience; a beautiful feeling,” Lo Celso says. “I’d dreamed of playing for the national team since I was a boy and to have been alongside Messi in training and to have played with him was a wonderful thing. He’s admired across the globe and we know he was born in Rosario. That’s wonderful for kids from there who idolise him. We know the class of player he is and that he’s from Rosario makes it even better.”

Related: José Mourinho accepts Tottenham fans' dissent but promises better next term

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Why Tottenham are stagnating under José Mourinho, who has yet to evolve | Jonathan Wilson

lør, 11/07/2020 - 21:00

It’s hard not to feel we’ve have seen this all before and know how it plays out. The sense is the endgame has begun

As they prepare for the north London derby on Sunday, who would you rather be: Arsenal or Tottenham? For the past four years, it wasn’t a question that required much consideration. Even in 2015-16, when Arsenal last finished above Spurs, it felt freakish. The trajectories of the two clubs seemed clear: Spurs were rising, replete with gifted young players and blessed with a charismatic manager whose ideas were notably modern, while Arsenal were sinking in the dotage of a managerial great whose best years were behind him but whose departure would inevitably bring turbulence.

Arsène Wenger’s retirement in 2018 did lead to chaos – or perhaps more accurately, exposed the chaos that was already there. With Ivan Gazidis and Sven Mislintat leaving, only Raul Sanllehi remains of the triumvirate who were supposed to replace him. Major concerns remain about recruitment and particularly the influence of the agent Kia Joorabchian.

Related: Calm Mason Greenwood can avoid Exciting Teenage Talent implosion | Barney Ronay

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José Mourinho accepts Tottenham fans' dissent but promises better next term

fre, 10/07/2020 - 23:29
  • Manager and players share supporters’ discontent
  • ‘Next season is going to be different,’ says Mourinho

José Mourinho is aware of Tottenham fans’ discontent, which makes him and the players unhappy, but has promised to provide them with a better season next time out.

Spurs have gone from beaten Champions League finalists last June to ninth in the Premier League and with a return to Europe’s elite competition next season looking all but impossible.

Related: Bournemouth's Wilson and King see efforts ruled out to reprieve Tottenham

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Tory conference finally cancelled, but the football season rolls on | John Crace

fre, 10/07/2020 - 14:59

Will anyone attend the livestreamed fringe events without free sandwiches as inducements?

There are times I feel I’m losing my touch as a hypochondriac. There were long periods during my 40s and 50s when I would only have to exhibit the mildest of symptoms and I would be on the phone to the doctor – with Google almost any symptom can be potentially fatal. I’ve lost track of the number of blood tests and more invasive procedures I’ve had in order to find out I’m not about to die.

Related: Rishi Sunak the chancellor who can be trusted to do as he is told | John Crace

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Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened

tor, 09/07/2020 - 21:31

Callum Wilson thought he had scored the winner late on but VAR ruled it out, meaning a mediocre game ended goalless

8.31pm BST

Thanks for joining me for tonight’s ‘action’. Here is Ben Fisher’s report.

Related: Bournemouth's Wilson and King see efforts ruled out to reprieve Tottenham

Related: Richarlison rescues point for lacklustre Everton against Southampton

8.25pm BST

The football is not over ... join Rob Smyth for a match which might be better.

Related: Aston Villa v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

8.18pm BST

Bournemouth look like they’re going down and Spurs look like they’re going nowhere. Which is worse?

8.10pm BST

Something to hold onto ...


No shots on target conceded in #BOUTOT ⛔️#afcb

8.04pm BST

Dom ‘you don’t get much for 15 million quid these days’ Salmon says: “Not to enrage the non-Stephen Carr Stephen Carr further, but Jose’s bunce is just the tip of the iceberg. If you factor in his backroom staff It will be the thick end of half as much again, and to fire them, Levy will be paying them probably twice that to flounce out taking their ‘Triple respect’ with them.

“Post that, I’d like Daniel to know I am available to shout ‘away, Kane-o, get rid’ on the touch line for considerably less , and if kept drunk enough by the Brew Dog franchise, I will throw in picking fights with players, press and fans Gratis. I know money will be tight.”

I am sure Mr Levy reads this blog.

8.01pm BST

Alan McIntyre says: “Spurs obviously don’t like playing in that pale blue kit .. or is it just the Mourinho effect?”

Mourinho makes me feel blue.

8.00pm BST

Callum Wilson and King drop to the ground at full-time, a sign of how utterly knackered they both are.

8.00pm BST

Two really poor teams were evenly matched for 113 minutes. Sadly, almost all of those minutes were dreadful. Bournemouth will feel they should have won it and now just live in hope that somehow three teams in the Premier League are even worse than them, which seems unlikely.

Spurs, on the other hand, need to work out how to improve for next season. Maybe they should look at their manager ...

7.57pm BST

90+10 (100) mins: Ramsdale has knacked his hamstring but is willing to carry on. Not only that, he is adding to all the stoppage time. Come on, mate, some of us want to eat.

Really pleased to bring the ton up here.

7.55pm BST

90+8 mins: Ndombele drives into the box and straight into Harry Wilson. The Spurs man wants a penalty but does not get one as he deliberately ran into Wilson.

King tries to break from a Spurs corner but is dispossessed by Davies and then catches the Welshman.

7.53pm BST

90+6 mins: Harry Wilson should put Bournemouth ahead after being found in lots of space by a wondrous King pass but the Liverpool loanee’s dink is repelled by the onrushing Lloris.

7.51pm BST

90+4 mins: Gedson throws himself to the ground in the hope of winning a free-kick in the corner. Rico gets his own back by kicking the ball off the Spurs man to give Bournemouth a goal-kick. Clever from the Spaniard.

7.49pm BST

90+2 mins: King drives into the box from the left and wins a corner. Hopefully the disallowed goal will give Bournemouth some hope they can score a legal one.

7.48pm BST

90 mins: Possibly the most mediocre overhead kick in history ends up in the back of the net. A free-kick is lumped into the box and bounces around until Callum Wilson positions himself to nudge it towards the net but it dribbles in after flicking King’s arm and VAR rules it out.

Twelve minutes added on.

7.46pm BST

89 mins: There could be more than 10 minutes of injury time. Actually, there should be around 12 or 13, I reckon. Especially now Aurier is down injured after falling badly at the byline and hurting his already bandaged wrist.

7.44pm BST

87 mins: Gosling also goes into the book for a hilarious hacking down of Lamela.

7.44pm BST

85 mins: Bournemouth are upset after the referee blows up very late for a dreadful foul by Ndombele on Callum Wilson. Their anger was due to the fact that Stanislas sprinted away and chipped the ball into the box for King to nod in. Sadly, for all involved, Stanislas was offside. On the upside, Ndombele was cautioned.

Peter Oh says: “Re: 49 min. No room in the all-time balloon XI for English greats Valve Ramsey, Paul Gas-coigne or the Dutchman Danny Blimp?”

7.40pm BST

83 mins: Spurs now look very much on top and Bournemouth only have one substitution opening in which to make their final few changes. Could be crucial.

Aurier drives a low cross but it is deflected wide. The corner is then cleared out for another, which comes to nothing.

7.38pm BST

81 mins: Aurier has put in around 10 crosses today. Fair play to him. He must be annoyed that no one has got on the end of one with real purpose.

“Considering the football on show, what this mbm needs is a 7/10 Keane anecdote,” says Paul Fitzgerald.

7.36pm BST

79 mins: Another Aurier cross finds Lamela in the box but the Argentine can only flick it onwards and wide. Spurs have finally woken up!

7.34pm BST

77 mins: Moura is on for Spurs, with Sissoko the man replaced. Hopefully that is a positive change.

“I have a theory,” says Andrew Pearson. “Jose has been taken on to keep the seat warm while Poch takes a deserved break. I can dream, can’t I?”

7.31pm BST

75 mins: And we are having a drinks break. Plenty of resting in this half.

7.30pm BST

73 mins: This will end 0-0, won’t it?

7.28pm BST

71 mins: Aurier once again gets in down the right and sends in a dangerous low cross into the box but Ake is in the right position to turn it behind. The corner comes to nothing.

Wilson earns Bournemouth a corner down the other end by driving to the byline, before getting crowded out. King heads the subsequent corner wide.

7.26pm BST

69 mins: The two injuries have made the match even slower, which is a feat.

7.24pm BST

67 mins: Harry Wilson replaces the stricken Brooks. He scored twice in the reverse fixture, which might help.

7.22pm BST

65 mins: Referee Tierney, who has had a poor game, gives Spurs a foul after Ndombele piles into Lerma.

Bournemouth clear another Aurier cross, which falls to Winks 30 yards from goal but his volley ends up about 20 yards over the bar.

7.20pm BST

63 mins: Smith is eventually taken off on a stretcher. Stacey on.

7.18pm BST

61 mins: Some good news ...

Smith thankfully conscious and having a joke with Harry Kane. "Smithy you're still ugly," Kane tells him.

7.17pm BST

59 mins: Smith is still being treated and is yet to be moved to a stretcher. Everyone right to use plenty of caution with an injury like this.

7.14pm BST

57 mins: Smith is to be replaced by Stacey. The right-back got inhumanely clattered by Davies and now needs to be stretchered off.

7.13pm BST

55 mins: Calls for a penalty by Bournemouth as Wilson goes down under pressure from Vertonghen in the box but the referee is having one of it.

Smith gets another whacking from Davies and it looks like the Bournemouth man might be out cold. There are lots of medical staff on to deal with it.

7.10pm BST

53 mins: A long ball is lumped out towards the right where Aurier jumps with Rico, resulting in a clash of heads. The Spaniard comes off worse but eventually gets up to check his teeth are all intact. Luckily, they are.

7.08pm BST

51 mins: Kane lines up a free-kick 25 yards from goal after Lamela is fouled. The Spurs skipper whacks it into the wall and, more specifically, into the stomach of Adam Smith who is down in agony. That has to hurt.

7.06pm BST

49 mins: Spurs have started the half looking bright, with Ndombele giving off the impression he might not be as bad as Mourinho makes out.

Mac Millings has used lockdown well.

7.04pm BST

47 mins: There is some early admin for us as Mourinho has taken off Bergwijn and Lo Celso, who barely touched it between them. Ndombele and Son have replaced. Hopefully these changes will make Spurs less awful to watch.

7.02pm BST

Here we go again!

7.01pm BST

Mary Waltz offers: “When Keane walks into a restaurant, do the chefs tremble in fear hoping that their idea of medium rare is the same as his?”

I assume so. I worked at ITV Sport for five years and had to interview Keane a couple of times. I can tell you two 7/10 Keane anecdotes if you ask nicely and send me wine.

7.00pm BST

“Will Unwin,” is the formal opening from Mike Welch.

“Thanks much for swinging wide the gate for me to release my irrational inability to fairly judge Erik Lamela’s soccerball skills because of his ridiculous hair. I haven’t closely reviewed the latest, which appears to consist of dollops of some sort of meringue-based bleach pomade. But it’s just the latest in a series of kewpie-doll styles that cannot be excused by youth.

“Send me an invoice.”

Like Graeme Souness, I judge all footballers based on their hair.

6.54pm BST

Now Keane is laying into how poor Spurs area. I wish I could be as angry as Keane about everything.

6.53pm BST

Keane and Evra are spending half-time pointing out that Spurs should have had a penalty for King’s push on Kane.

Evra: “I think the referee should go home in a taxi.” It’s the way you tell ‘em, Pat.

6.48pm BST

Ed Aarons beat me at tennis on Tuesday but I am happy to be the bigger man and promote his work here:

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6.47pm BST

Spurs have been frighteningly mediocre, while Bournemouth have looked dangerous without getting close to scoring. Bottom line: not a classic.

6.45pm BST

45 mins: Stanislas works some space for himself on the edge of the box, allowing him to drag a low shot at goal but Lloris reads it and palms it behind.

Two minutes added on.

6.44pm BST

44 mins: Lamela picks up the ball 30 yards from goal, skips forward a few yards and then lets fly with his wand of a left foot but it goes well over the bar. At least I had hope for a second.

6.42pm BST

42 mins: Winks passes the ball straight out of play for some reason or other. Not the midfielder’s best work.

6.40pm BST

40 mins: Lamela, still angered by his choice of hairstyle, slides in to take the ball off Rico but instead gives away a free-kick. He gets the ball, to be fair, but the referee sees it differently. Stanislas whips in the free-kick but it bounces straight to Lloris.

6.38pm BST

38 mins: Some lovely buildup play by Spurs allows Aurier to put in a cross from the right but he hits the first defender. I can understand how people are frustrated with Aurier’s output. The subsequent free-kick is lumped into Ramsdale’s arms.

6.36pm BST

36 mins: Bournemouth have a corner but it is sent over everyone and out for a throw-in. Please, Cherries, make better decisions.

Mary Waltz is committed to this MBM: “Watching Everton, my team, tracking Spurs on your MBM. Southampton is dominating my boys,sigh, just nicked a goal after missing a pen.”

6.34pm BST

34 mins: Bournemouth definitely look like they have more intent about their attacking play, while Spurs are going through the motions.

6.32pm BST

32 mins: Pushing and shoving between the two midfields, as Lerma and Sissoko give each other a nudge after a clash. Both go into the book to keep the referee busy.

Lerma’s 11th booking on the season. A true great of the modern era.

6.30pm BST

30 mins: The frenetic pace pre-drinks break has dropped, with Bournemouth quite content to just knock is around at the back until the ball is lumped down the other end. If Wilson had read it, he might have got onto the end of the long ball but instead Lloris comes to clear.

6.28pm BST

28 mins: Bournemouth have put a lot of dangerous crosses into the box but have only actually won a single header in the opposition area.

Aurier puts in his second vicious cross of the match from the right, which Ake heads behind. The Dutchman also caught Lamela in the process with a painful one.

6.26pm BST

26 mins: Bournemouth have just used the long throw as a weapon and it caused some concern in the box before Vertonghen cleared. Bournemouth might be trying to sign Andy Legg during the window.

How did you use the drink break? Get a snack? Open some Barolo?

@Will_Unwin Very impressed by #Spurs today. Seem to be playing at least as well as #Bournemouth

6.23pm BST

24 mins: Bournemouth are growing in confidence, that’s for sure. They are zipping passes around and frequently getting crosses into the box to be attacked.

Sadly, they will lose their momentum as the drinks break is beginning.

6.22pm BST

22 mins: Lamela takes Gosling down, which at least means we get a close up of the Argentines hair. Rico pumps the subsequent free-kick into the box for Lerma to head back across goal for Ake to attack but Kane gets in the way and flicks it clear before the Dutchman can head home.

6.20pm BST

20 mins: Stanislas swings in a dangerous free-kick from the right but Davies reads it well and clears before a Bournemouth play can reach it.

The subsequent corner is whipped in, Kane heads it up in the air and it brushes Aurier’s hand on the way down but VAR once again shakes its head.

6.18pm BST

18 mins: De Bruyne, Salah et al at Chelsea,” Digvijay Yadav says. “Pogba and Martial at United. Ndombele now. If Spurs had a more proactive board they’d pull the plug before he does real damage.”

Martial and Pogba certainly outlasted him at United, at least.

6.16pm BST

16 mins: Spurs still in control here. Bournemouth seem happy to let them play.

6.15pm BST

14 mins: Alderweireld tries to play a long ball for Aurier to chase on the flank but instead whacks it out for a goal-kick. Not a classic pass.

Richard Warner emails to say:

6.12pm BST

12 mins: Lo Celso is penalised for a hack on Wilson, gifting Bournemouth a free-kick and causing the Spurs man to limp off.

JR says: “A Jose Mourinho team’s “attack” versus this Bournemouth side’s “defence” is the classic matchup of a moveable force versus a resistible object.

6.10pm BST

10 mins: Bournemouth get some possession in and around the Spurs box. The end result is King darting for goal and earning a corner. If he had let the ball go quicker, he could have played a teammate in.

Colum Farrelly has been in touch once more: “Oh, Will. Now you have made me leave the MBM to turn on the TV to see Erik Lamela’s hair. And I do try to avoid seeing a Spurs team in a Mourinho 10-0-0 formation. Bah.”

6.08pm BST

8 mins: Spurs are dominating possession here. Bournemouth might be chasing shadows for quite a while.

Confirmation that it should have been a pen from Baz.

How is that not a penalty for the shove on Harry Kane by Josh King? #var

6.06pm BST

6 mins: A Spurs corner is swung in towards Kane, who is barged into by King, caused by the Bournemouth man not looking where he was going. VAR has a look but says the incident does not merit a penalty. I think it might have but Spurs taking the lead at this stage could ruin this match.

6.04pm BST

4 mins: Davies whacks the ball clear but is caught on the top of his boot by Brooks for his troubles. Not very friendly from his international teammate.

Down the other end, Aurier swings in a dangerous cross along the six-yard line, which flicks off Rico and bounces towards the back post for Smith to turn behind. Bournemouth looking pretty ropey already.

6.02pm BST

2 mins: Bournemouth pump it long from kick-off, which you do not see very often nowadays. A true sign of Sunday league intent.

If I stop providing updates at any point, it will be because I have become too distracted by Lamela’s hair. It looks like he has been stood below a flock of defecating seagulls on the pier.

6.00pm BST

Peep! Peep! Peep! Here we go!

5.55pm BST

Can players safely socially distance themselves in the stands at the Vitality? It’s not a big place. Some subs might need to sit behind the goal.

5.49pm BST

Since the announcement that five-a-side football is about to return, I have received 10 emails about arranging a match. It turns out people really do like football.

5.44pm BST

Impatient Jose.

5.43pm BST

Tobias Peggs is the latest person to email in, saving me from thinking for myself.

“Spurs fan here (and Englishman in absolutely sweltering New York),” says Tobias.

5.37pm BST

Colum Farrelly says: “Ah, Will, that Optajoe stat at 17:27 is the kind of nonsense that Motty used to come out with. So what if a Mourinho team playing 4-2-3-1 hasn’t lost away on a Thursday when Ian Rush is playing? It has no relevance to tonight’s game!”

Look, we all need nonsense stats at this stage of the season. Ian Rush only makes the bench for Spurs tonight, which gives greater hope to Bournemouth.

5.35pm BST

Roy Keane might struggle to get really angry here. I suspect he can’t get too frustrated about Aaron Ramsdale’s kicking.

5.30pm BST

Peter Oh emails to point out that my choice of top image is potentially deflating. Peter also uses this joke but I don’t have any other balloon-based humour: “The pre-match photo is encouraging to the home fans. Although Bournemouth’s recent results have been deflating, clearly Eddie Howe has got everyone pumped up for tonight’s contest. “

5.28pm BST

The even better news is that I’ve been watching the cricket on Sky Sports Main Event and it’s going straight to Bournemouth v Spurs. I don’t even need to change the channel. I can use that extra four seconds to review how awful Bournemouth are.

5.27pm BST

Some good news for Mourinho ...

24 - José Mourinho has never lost a Premier League away game against a side starting the day in the relegation zone, with the Portuguese winning 18 and drawing six of his 24 such games. Scourge.

5.20pm BST

Eddie Howe has a battle on to keep Bournemouth in the Premier League but he denies his team have become complacent with their top-flight status.

“To say we are an established Premier League club – I don’t think we could ever say that,” Howe said.

5.14pm BST

Mourinho has had his say on Dier’s ban.

Related: José Mourinho hits out over four-game ban for Eric Dier entering stands

5.03pm BST

Bournemouth: Ramsdale, Smith, Ake, Kelly, Rico, Brooks, Lerma, Gosling, Stanislas, C Wilson, King

Subs: Boruc, Stacey, S Cook, Surman, Danjuma, H Wilson, Solanke, Surrindge

1.20pm BST

Good evening!

Bournemouth have not won in their last eight Premier League games, securing a solitary point against Chelsea on the last day of February. Since the restart they have looked like a Championship side, barely impacting any game they have played in. Their pitiful nature has left them second bottom and four points from safety, a gap that is still closable due to poor quality of the teams above them.

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Bournemouth's Wilson and King see efforts ruled out to reprieve Tottenham

tor, 09/07/2020 - 21:30

That Tottenham did not muster a single shot on target against a team who have leaked goals for fun of late, with Harry Kane failing to register a touch in the opposition box until the final throes of play, is a damning indictment of just how grim this performance was. In truth, Spurs could count themselves fortunate to exit with a point after Callum Wilson and Joshua King had late goals disallowed.

It was such a listless and uninspiring Spurs display that Kane had more touches inside his own box than the opposition’s, with Bournemouth taking a crucial first point since February to reignite their fight for survival.

Related: Aston Villa v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

Related: Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened

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José Mourinho hits out over four-game ban for Eric Dier entering stands

ons, 08/07/2020 - 23:43
  • Spurs midfielder punished for confronting abusive fan
  • ‘Powerful people don’t have the feelings,’ says Mourinho

José Mourinho has accused the power-brokers in English football of being clueless and out of touch after Eric Dier was given a four-game Football Association ban.

Related: After Eric Dier snapped, let's turn the spotlight on the abusers too

Related: José Mourinho thrilled with 'beautiful' row between Spurs' Son and Lloris

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José Mourinho 'very happy' with clash between Son and Lloris – video

tir, 07/07/2020 - 10:52

José Mourinho has said he was 'very happy' after the half-time confrontation between the Tottenhgam captain, Hugo Lloris, and Son-Heung min during the 1-0 win over Everton. The pair were seen pushing one another as they left the field. The Spurs manager added that he does not want to manage a team capable of winning nothing more than the Fair Play Cup

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José Mourinho thrilled with 'beautiful' row between Spurs' Son and Lloris

tir, 07/07/2020 - 00:52
  • Manager happy with half-time argument in win over Everton
  • ‘My winning teams, we had big fights in the team’

José Mourinho described the half-time confrontation between Hugo Lloris and Son-Heung min during Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Everton as “beautiful” and said that he would not want to manage a team capable of winning nothing more than the “Fair Play Cup”.

Mourinho wanted a response after last Thursday’s insipid defeat to Sheffield United and the Spurs manager was happy to see Lloris erupt at Son after the winger’s failure to track back almost led to Richarlison cancelling out Michael Keane’s own-goal just before the interval. In Mourinho’s eyes his goalkeeper’s anger was proof that his players are ready to grow up.

Related: Keane’s unlucky break for Everton brings respite for Spurs and Mourinho

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Keane’s unlucky break for Everton brings respite for Spurs and Mourinho

man, 06/07/2020 - 23:10

This is no time for grand architectural blueprints or bold tactical experiments. No time for building blocks or moral victories. That moment may yet arrive for José Mourinho and Tottenham, if their chances of European football evaporate in the next couple of weeks. That moment may now be imminent for Carlo Ancelotti and Everton, whose defeat here gives them a formidable climb in that respect.

But at this stage of the season, with the days ticking down and the games coming thick and fast, you get no points for style. Which is just as well, because if you did, this fractious and largely drab game would have been a persuasive argument for relegating both Spurs and Everton on the spot.

Related: Oxford pip Portsmouth on penalties to reach League One play-off final

Related: Tottenham 1-0 Everton: Premier League – as it happened

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Tottenham 1-0 Everton: Premier League – as it happened

man, 06/07/2020 - 22:57

Michael Keane’s unfortunate own goal gave Spurs victory in a poor game that was most notable for a half-time row between Son and Hugo Lloris

10.12pm BST

Related: Keane’s unlucky break for Everton brings respite for Spurs and Mourinho

9.57pm BST

“Never,” says David Miller, “have two mediocre teams worked so hard to prove that they are mediocre. “

9.56pm BST

Peep peep! Spurs move up to eighth, a point behind Arsenal, after an important victory over Everton. It was a poor game, settled by Michael Keane’s unfortunate own goal, but Spurs created the better opportunities and deserved to win. Everton were frustratingly timid.

9.52pm BST

90+2 min Spurs make their final change. Jan Vertonghen comes on for Giovani Lo Celso.

9.51pm BST

90 min Kean twists away from Winks and Dier on the edge of the area but hits a low drive too close to Lloris, who makes another comfortable save.

9.50pm BST

89 min Digne’s corner is headed away to Gordon on the edge of the area. He tries desperately to get over the bouncing ball but can’t quite manage it and lashes his shot over the bar.

9.47pm BST

88 min Everton are going down with a whimper. This has been a very disappointing game.

9.47pm BST

87 min Andre Gomes is booked for kicking Lamela.

9.46pm BST

86 min A terrific ball from Davies flashes across the six-yard box.

9.45pm BST

85 min “These games really aren’t being helped by the drinks break,” says George Wright. “The flow gets totally stopped, particularly in the second half when it comes in a period already disrupted by countless subs. The 65th-75th minutes are totally lost. Do you reckon they’re here to stay? Sadly I think they probably are.”

Until the end of the season, yes, but I imagine/hope/pray they (and five subs) will be dropped after that. I thought the whole point of those changes was because games are being played during summer.

9.44pm BST

84 min Alderweireld is booked for flapping his gums at the referee.

9.43pm BST

83 min Calvert-Lewin’s snapshot is blocked by Alderweireld. Spurs are inviting trouble with their defensive approach.

9.42pm BST

82 min Erik Lamela replaces Lucas Moura for Spurs.

9.41pm BST

81 min Gordon’s free-kick is backheeled imaginatively towards goal on the volley by Calvert-Lewin, 15 yards from goal. Lloris makes a comfortable save.

9.40pm BST

79 min Davies swishes over the bar from long range.

9.38pm BST

79 min “It’s certainly looking that Mourinho was a bad appointment for Spurs,” says David Wall. “But I’m not sure they should have stuck with Pochettino. Spurs had been in consistently bad form for about a year before he was fired, a run that was masked a bit by the fact that they reached the CL final. But they only managed that thanks to 45 minutes of decent football against an Ajax team who had outplayed them over the previous 135 minutes. Something needed to change there. Bringing in Mourinho wasn’t the change that needed to be made but Spurs were starting to slide before he increased the rate of descent.”

I agree with that. I’m not entirely sure why, but it was increasingly clear that a brilliant Spurs era was coming to an end.

9.38pm BST

78 min And one for Spurs: Son is replaced by Steven Bergwijn.

9.38pm BST

77 min A double change for Everton: Moise Kean and Djibril Sidibe replace Coleman and Davies.

9.36pm BST

76 min Davies is booked for a cynical foul on Richarlison.

9.34pm BST

73 min Lucas Moura commits a silly foul just outside the Spurs area. Bernard slams the free-kick into the wall, and Davies’s follow-up deflects behind for a corner.

9.33pm BST

71 min “A clearly unpopular opinion here, but as a United fan I am actually quite grateful for what Mourinho did for the club,” says Matt Richman. “There were some real displays of attacking cohesion and even fun in his first two seasons, and most of the players that he brought into the first team are performing still (he may have fallen out with them at the end, but he clearly was right in his view of their potential). A 2nd place finish with 81 points, Europa League, and League Cup were all nice things to have in the turgid years since Fergie left. I’d counsel Spurs fans not to write him off yet (but by all means, do not waste time in his third season).”

I know what you mean, though I think you’re generous to most of his signings. The problem with Mourinho is that once the mood sours, there’s no way back. And I fear the second season is the new third season.

9.31pm BST

70 min Gordon has shown some nice touches since coming on at half-time, including another there as part of a zig-zag passing move with Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin.

9.28pm BST

68 min And that’s drinks.

9.27pm BST

67 min Another substitution for Everton: Bernard replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.

9.27pm BST

67 min Digne’s clipped free-kick is headed away excellently by Dier, under extreme pressure from Keane in the six-yard box.

9.26pm BST

66 min “Evening Rob,” says Simon McMahon. “I think the whole Spurs thing is just part of José’s master plan. You know, the one that sees him lead Scotland to World Cup glory in the year 2030. In England.”

9.25pm BST

65 min Another effort from Son, who wriggles away from Sigurdsson and belts a low left-footed shot that is beaten away by Pickford. That’s another good save.

9.25pm BST

64 min A lovely effort from Son, who has been the brighest attacker on the field. He turns just outside the area, dances away from Coleman and hits a curling shot that flies a couple of yards wide of the far post.

9.23pm BST

63 min When I said the game had improved...

9.23pm BST

61 min “Isn’t Mourinho like a batsman, once great, who now averages 16 after 17 the previous season and 18 the one before that,” says Andrew Hurley, eschewing the question mark. “What was Levy thinking, and getting rid of Pochettino to top it all off? It’s not one of those where hindsight is even really needed...”

I do wonder if us amateurs are missing something, and that Spurs are going to do the Treble in 2022-23. But it’s hard to resist the conclusion that he’s done, and has been since Madrid. I must say, I thought he would succeed at United, because it was his dream job so I expected it to lift him to his old great heights. Once he started sulking there, I couldn’t see a way back.

9.19pm BST

58 min Winks belts a half-volley well wide from distance. Everton have been better in the second half, and the game has improved as a result. Spurs are still a bit passive, certainly compared to Mauricio Pochettino’s team at their most dynamic, but they have the game under reasonable control.

9.17pm BST

57 min “Hi Rob,” says Ruth Purdue. “My cynical alarm went off at that visible hug… in front of the cameras… not in the changing room.”

It looked to me like a sincere, slightly self-conscious reaffirmation of what had already happened in the dressing-room rather than a cynical gesture. But what would I know about the etiquette of making up with a mate after an embarrassing display of toxic masculinity, eh? Oh.

9.16pm BST

55 min Coleman, found by Richarlison in space on the right of the box, floats a woolly cross in the vague direction of Calvert-Lewin that is headed away. That was unusually indecisive from Coleman, who was in a great position.

9.14pm BST

54 min Alderweireld wafts a long ball forward towards Son. Mina lets it bounce, then misses it, which allows Son to run on and drive a low shot across goal. Pickford plunges smartly to his right to push it away.

9.12pm BST

52 min Davies makes a fine block tackle on Calvert-Lewin, who was in the act of shooting from 20 yards.

9.11pm BST

51 min It’s a dog of a game, this.

9.10pm BST

50 min A crisp long-range drive from Gordon is comfortably held by Lloris.

9.08pm BST

48 min Sissoko fouls Richardson, who lost him with a lovely dummy, and is booked.

9.07pm BST

47 min “I don’t understand that photo captioned ‘Lloris and Son’,” says Mac Millings. “Surely Hugo’s too young to have a kid playing top-flight football.”

You’ve been watching Father Ted again, haven’t you.

9.07pm BST

46 min Peep peep! Spurs begin the second half. Everton have brought on the teenager Anthony Gordon for the anonymous Alex Iwobi.

9.06pm BST

Breaking news: two grown men have made up after a brief altercation

Lloris and Son had a wee embrace in the tunnel on the way out.

9.02pm BST

Lloris and Son

9.01pm BST

“Did you see what happened with Son and Lloris?” says Chris Ioannou. “They were at each other’s throats as they walked off at half-time.”

I’ve just seen it now – Lloris, in particular, was fuming and looked like he was quite close to throwing hands. I think it was down to Son not tracking back in the build-up to that Richarlison shot that went just wide.

8.59pm BST

“Rob,” says Ian Copestake. ““I think it is pretty clear that, like Klopp at Liverpool, Carlo Ancelotti has taken Everton as far as he can.”

8.52pm BST

Half-time chit-chat

“The problem with 4-4-2, of course, is that you need the two to offer out balls for an outnumbered midfield,” says Gary Naylor. “Richarlison looks short of fitness, too static, neither pressing nor playing the auxiliary target man. Don Carlo needs to do something. or this will get comfortable for Tottenham.”

8.51pm BST

Peep peep! Spurs lead through Michael Keane’s unfortunate own goal. It hasn’t been a classic.

8.51pm BST

45+5 min Richarlison almost equalises out of nothing. He received the ball on the half turn, pushed it forward to the edge of the area and crumped a shot that bounced this far wide of the far post. That was a really good effort.

8.48pm BST

45+4 min “I like Pickford’s shot-stopping skills and enjoy watching him play,” writes Divock Or- Peter Oh. “Sometimes, however, his enthusiasm seems to boil over a little. When he gets into that zone he reminds me of a cat repeatedly pouncing on a ball of yarn. Speedy and mostly effective, but all over the place.”

8.47pm BST

45+3 min This hasn’t been a great half of football. It has looked like a match between two mid-table teams.

8.46pm BST

45 min Five minutes of added time.

8.45pm BST

44 min “Football is really changing,” says Rotimi Styles Obisesan. “Many years ago, who could have predicted The Almighty Jose and Great Carlo would be managing Spurs and Everton respectively? (No disrespect to both clubs though.) Just thinking.”

8.44pm BST

43 min Lo Celso’s inswinging corner goes through the hands of Pickford, who is relieved to see it drift wide of the post.

8.43pm BST

43 min Kane, such an underrated passer, slides a nice ball across the field to Lucas Moura on the edge of the area. His first touch takes him past Digne, who recovers excellently to block Moura’s cross.

8.41pm BST

41 min The second corner is headed away to the edge of the D, where Andre Gomes slaps the bouncing ball miles wide.

8.40pm BST

40 min Now a corner to Everton on the left. Sigurdsson’s deep inswinger is headed back across goal by Calvert-Lewin and shovelled behind for another corner by Lloris.

8.38pm BST

38 min Son’s corner leads to another, this time on the right wing. Mina heads it away.

8.37pm BST

37 min Kane’s free-kick hits the top of the wall and goes behind for a corner.

8.36pm BST

36 min Holgate tried to continue but he can’t; Yerry Mina replaces him. Meanwhile, Andre Gomes has fouled Son 25 yards from goal, and Harry Kane is over the ball.

8.35pm BST

33 min “Pickford’s penchant for unnecessary diving is something that needs to be discussed in greater depth,” says Stephen Carr.

Ha, yes, he doesn’t exactly radiate calm. When it comes to temperament of goalkeepers, I think I’d definitely prefer a Seaman type to a Schmeichel.

8.32pm BST

32 min Holgate is going to continue.

8.31pm BST

31 min It looks like Holgate injured himself when he fouled Lo Celso. He’s receiving treatment.

8.30pm BST

30 min Dier clips the resulting free-kick onto the roof of the net. It was a good effort, with Pickford leaping desperately across goal in an attempt to make the save.

8.29pm BST

29 min Holgate is booked for cleaning out Lo Celso on the edge of the area.

8.28pm BST

27 min “Hi Rob,” says Peter Oh. “Unfortunately Ennio Morricone has passed away. He certainly could have penned a catchy musical flourish to capture Mourinho’s mood of circling wagons and tumbleweed desolation.”

8.25pm BST

25 min It’s time for the drinks break.

8.25pm BST

It wasn’t much of a goal, though Spurs won’t mind that. Son and Kane both had efforts blocked, and then Lo Celso’s shot on the turn took a huge deflection off Keane and wrongfooted Pickford. The original shot was going well wide, so that will go down as an own goal.

8.24pm BST

Spurs take the lead!

8.22pm BST

22 min “Not seen too much so far but genuinely think Calvert Lewin has something about him,” says Tom Collins. “Such a hustler, intelligent user of the ball, great aerially (tips from big Dunc). As and when Ighalo goes Utd could do a lot worse in an area that will require competition. Offers qualities the rest lack. Fits the Ole bill more than Jiminez as well.”

Yes, I like him too. His attitude is great and he’s improved a lot in the last 18 months. That said, I’m not sure how much better he will get. I doubt there’s any chance of Everton selling him anyway.

8.21pm BST

21 min Lucas Moura rouses the game from its slumber with an explosive low drive from 25 yards that whistles just past the far post. That was a fine effort.

8.17pm BST

18 min “Spurs,” says Stephen Carr, “are possibly better off playing behind closed doors at the moment...”

8.16pm BST

17 min Spurs’ problems this season have generally been away from home, so they should go into games like this expecting to win. But they have made a pretty tentative start tonight.

8.15pm BST

15 min See 10 min.

8.14pm BST

13 min “When Jose first came to England, they said he looked like Clooney,” says Digvijay Yadav. “That was a compliment to Clooney. So much charisma, oodles of charm, tactical nous. You name it, he had it. Look at him now.”

I have a vague theory that he changed indelibly because of three things at the start of the last decade: the politics of the Real Madrid dressing-room, the mental energy it took to compete with possibly the greatest club team of all time and the disappointment/humiliation of not getting the Man Utd job in 2013.

8.09pm BST

10 min Nothing much is happening at the moment. There’s been some decent passing but it’s all a bit too slow.

8.06pm BST

In other news

Related: Oxford pip Portsmouth on penalties to reach League One play-off final

8.06pm BST

6 min Digne’s cross is headed away by Dier. It’s been quite a bright start from Everton.

8.05pm BST

4 min “Jeez, what a ringing pre-game vote of faith that is from Jose for his players. Chelsea players used to say that they’d happily run through a wall for their coach,” says Justin Kavanagh. “Spurs players are probably desperately trying to tunnel their way out onto the Tottenham High Road these days.”

8.03pm BST

3 min Lo Celso’s free-kick goes behind off the head of Digne for a corner. Son’s near-post delivery is headed away.

8.00pm BST

1 min Peep peep! Everton kick off from left to right.

7.58pm BST

The players are out on the field. It’s a fine and dry evening with cloud slowly breaking. Winds will become light and accompanied by long clear spells overnight, giving a chilly feel around dawn, particularly in rural areas. Minimum temperature 8 °C.

7.51pm BST

Related: Mason Greenwood and the Manchester United renaissance – Football Weekly

7.51pm BST

Tom Davies (22 yrs, 6 days) makes his 100th PL appearance. He’s the second youngest player to reach 100 PL games for @Everton after Michael Ball (21 yrs, 68 days)

7.42pm BST

Pre-match mood music

[Jose, you’ve made two changes, is that a reaction to the Sheffield United defeat?]

7.39pm BST

“Though Everton have not won at Tottenham since November 2008, a victory today would vault them into ninth, with games against Wolves and Sheffield United among their remaining five,” says Matt Burtz. “The possibilities are enticing!”

7.36pm BST

An email! “It really shows how elite the Premier League has become,” says Eoin Doherty, “when a match between Spurs and Everton pits Mourinho vs Ancelotti.”

Or £15m a year vs £11.5m a year, if you’re into the whole remuneration thing.

7.28pm BST

Pre-match reading (and listening)

Related: Mason Greenwood and the Manchester United renaissance – Football Weekly

Related: Séamus Coleman: 'I want Everton back in race for Champions League'

Related: Moussa Sissoko believes Tanguy Ndombele can repay Spurs' faith

7.05pm BST

Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1) Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies; Winks, Sissoko; Lucas Moura, Lo Celso, Son; Kane.
Substitutes: Gazzaniga, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Lamela, Ndombele, Fernandes, Skipp, Cirkin, Bergwijn.

Everton (4-4-2) Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Digne; Iwobi, Davies, Andre Gomes, Sigurdsson; Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.
Substitutes: Stekelenburg, Baines, Mina, Sidibe, Branthwaite, Baningime, Bernard, Kean, Gordon.

5.48pm BST

Hello. The marriage of convenience between Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy always felt like a big gamble, and it might not be long before both parties are scrutinising the small print of the prenup. Spurs are on course for their lowest finish in over a decade, Harry Kane’s future is subject of constant speculation and, most worryingly of all, Mourinho already has his third-season face on.

Nothing would be more entertaining than Mourinho winning the Premier and/or Champions League with Spurs, before celebrating with a never-ending V-sign to the entire world, but it’s becoming increasingly hard to see that happening. We all know you need to be careful when discussing win percentage as Spurs manager, but so far Mourinho’s is a modest 41 per cent. That puts him below, among others, Tim Sherwood (2013-14), Doug Livermore (1992-93) and The Directors (1908-13). It’s also the lowest of his career.

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The Fiver | José Mourinho, who is 57 years old

man, 06/07/2020 - 18:07

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During a Zoom press conference last Friday, Séamus Coleman was asked about Everton’s latest false dawn and the Merseyside club’s captain put it down to mindset: that tonight’s match at Tottenham is the kind of game he and his team-mates should turn up for thinking they will win. In good news for Séamus and his team-mates, such is the current mindset of their opponents that tonight’s match in north London is almost certainly one Tottenham’s players also think Everton will win. Having been routinely thrown under the bus by their completely blameless manager in the wake of last week’s feeble surrender at Bramall Lane, Harry Kane and chums will have listened and read with interest as José Mourinho doubled down when it came to dishing out blame to everyone involved in that particular defeat except himself.

Related: Why are there so few British Asian footballers at professional clubs? | Sean Ingle

Related: European roundup: Barcelona find top gear against Villarreal to stay in title race

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Moussa Sissoko believes Tanguy Ndombele can repay Spurs' faith

lør, 04/07/2020 - 23:30

The Tottenham midfielder on working with José Mourinho, his first major injury and helping France teammate Tanguy Ndombele settle in his first year in north London

Moussa Sissoko is considering the situation of Tanguy Ndombele. “Maybe because I am like his big brother, I am a good example because nothing was easy for me at the beginning,” the Tottenham midfielder says of his teammate.

Sissoko is close to Ndombele, for whom Spurs paid a club record fee to Lyon last July. It was widely reported at £55m but is now believed to have been closer to £60m. Sissoko had previously played with Ndombele for France and he was always going to look out for him in north London. But it is easy to see that the parallels in their personal stories have helped to deepen the connection.

Related: José Mourinho backs Tanguy Ndombele to step out of the shadows at Spurs

Tanguy has come from another country, another culture, he doesn't speak the language. I'm sure he will be a success

Related: How much longer will Harry Kane tolerate a career without trophies? | Barry Glendenning

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José Mourinho 'destroyed a little bit' by Spurs defeat at Sheffield United

lør, 04/07/2020 - 15:27
  • The Portuguese says team could have done more in loss
  • Result leaves Spurs in ninth place in Premier League table

José Mourinho says he was “destroyed a little bit on the inside” by his side’s lack of fight against Sheffield United on Thursday. Spurs sunk without a trace after a controversial VAR decision robbed them of a goal as their Champions League hopes were left in tatters by a 3-1 defeat. They were outplayed and outfought by the Blades and Mourinho, who called his players out on it, was left unhappy by the performance.

“There was a lot in the game, there was a possibility of shortening distances to Champions League positions, there was the possibility of being more stable for the Europa League positions fight,” he said. “I believed in the evolution of the team and I thought that by a desire point of view, they put more in than us. That’s something that disturbs me.

Related: Sheffield United sweep Tottenham aside to revive hopes of Europe

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Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened

tor, 02/07/2020 - 21:15

Sander Berge, Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie got the goals as Sheffield United rediscovered their mojo against hapless Spurs

8.15pm BST

Andy Hunter travelled to Bramall Lane for the Guardian to see a decidedly average Tottenham side comprehensively beaten by their hosts.

Related: Sheffield United sweep Tottenham aside to revive hopes of Europe

8.04pm BST

What now for Jose? The Tottenham manager is getting pelters on social media and it’s not difficult to see why after an abominable display from his turgid side. It’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that, despite all his successes, the game has passed him by and he increasingly resembles a beaten docket.

Tottenham Hostpur, Champions League finalists last year, level on points with Burnley, who currently have about four fit senior players, all of whom are goalkeepers. It's not been a stirring start from Mourinho, has it?

8.00pm BST

ITV tonight. New series; Levytate.

A sinister hobgoblin uses his super powers to turn Champions League finalists into bottom-half cannon-fodder in record time.

7.59pm BST

Manchester City v Liverpool: The newly crowned champions will be getting a guard of honour from Manchester City ahead of their game which kicks off in a little under 15 minutes. You can follow that one with Paul Doyle.

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7.55pm BST

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeep! It’s all over at Bramall Lane, where Sheffield United have secured their first win in four games since the restart. Having rediscovered their mojo, they’ve run out comprehensive winners over a Spurs side that was fairly abject. They go seventh in the table five points behind Wolves, into a Europa League place. Tottenham, looking clueless under Jose Mourinho, are ninth, two points behind the victors.

7.52pm BST

90+3 min: Lys Mousset has been a real handful since coming on and he wins another free-kick for his team on the halfway line as Sheffield United run down the clock.

7.50pm BST

90+2 min: Sheffield United substitution: Oli McBurnie off after an outstanding performance capped by a goal. Kieron Freeman on.

7.49pm BST

Harry Kane fires home from six yards out at the far post, taking advantage of a Sander Berge error as Son squares it for him.

7.47pm BST

89 min: Sheffield United deserve this win. Their players have been working their red socks off and are first to every 50-50 ball. Tottenham’s, by contrast, look as if they couldn’t be bothered and would rather be anywhere else.

7.46pm BST

88 min: Lucas Moura drills the ball low and hard into the Sheffield United penalty area. Ollie Norwood gets a touch to take it out of Erik Lamela’s reach.

7.45pm BST

86 min: Jan Vertonghen wins a corner for Spurs. Sander Berge heads clear at the near post.

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85 min: Tottenham win a free-kick just to the left of the Sheffield United penalty area. Son’s delivery is cleared.

7.43pm BST

Game, set and match, Sheffield United. Oli McBurnie scores their third, getting in front of Davinson Sanchez to volley home a cross from the right with a deft finish.

7.42pm BST

81 min: Tottenham Hotspur are creating little or nothing as they attempt to peg back their two-goal deficit. Jose Mourinho will almost certainly blame this defeat on officialdom in general, specifically the goal his side had disallowed in the first half, but he ought to be very concerned about just how bereft of ideas they’ve looked in this second half.

7.39pm BST

78 min: Tottenham double-substitution I forgot to mention some minutes ago: Dele Alli and Tanguy Ndombele on for Moussa Sissoko and Serge Aurier. More recent Tottenham substitution that reminded me I’d forgotten to mention that double-substitution: Jan Vertonghen on for Ben Davies.

7.35pm BST

76 min: Harry Kane gets the ball in the Sheffield United net after pouncing on a ball threaded through a thicket of legs on the edge of the Sheffield United penalty area. Offside.

7.33pm BST

that is woeful defending. No-one tracking their man. I guess better not to qualify for the Europa League and have a clear run next year.

7.33pm BST

That defending. Spurs backline may as well have been training cones.

7.31pm BST

70 min: That’s two goals United have scored in the Manchester City style now, Sander Berge and Lys Mousset both scoring from pull-backs from the byline. Tottenham’s marking there was non-existent - Mousset was completely unmarked three yards from goal as he converted the delivery from Enda Stevens after a good rampaging run by Ben Osborn.

7.28pm BST

Sheffield United double their lead, the completely unmarked Lys Mousset tapping in from a couple of yards as he prods home a pull-back from the byline.

7.26pm BST

67 min: The second half has been extremely tedious, a state of affairs that will suit Sheffield United just fine. They’re defending very well against what is currently passing for the Spurs threat.

7.24pm BST

65 min: “OH F**K OFF, MAN!” roars Eric Dier in frustration after being penalised for a foul on Lys Mousset. That’s £1 in the swear jar, Eric. Up with that kind of potty-mouthed effing and jeffing we will not put.

7.23pm BST

64 min: Ben Osborn is penalised for a high boot near the face of Moussa Sissoko near the halfway line.

7.21pm BST

63 min: Sheffield United substitution: David McGoldrick off after another good shift, Lys Mousset on.

7.20pm BST

61 min: Having been under intense pressure in the final minutes before half-time, Sheffield United look very comfortable here. They almost double their lead when David McGoldrick volleys into the side-netting with his left foot. A poor effort, although he had picked up a knock moments previously and was in visible distress.

7.18pm BST

59 min: Erik Lamela goes a-rampaging towards the Sheffield United penalty area but runs down a blind alley and loses the ball when he’d have seen, if he’d looked up, Harry Kane was available and screaming for a pass.

7.16pm BST

57 min: Serge Aurier screams in pain as he goes to ground clutching his shin after a challenge by Ben Osborn. Free-kick for Tottenham, wide on the right. Lo Celso’s delivery into the Sheffield United penalty area is atrocious and the hosts clear.

7.15pm BST

56 min: Tottenham substitution: Erik Lamela on for Steven Bergwijn.

7.14pm BST

55 min: Good hold-up play from McBurnie, who controls a long clearance from Henderson. He manages to get a cross into the penalty area, but Tottenham clear.

7.11pm BST

53 min: Good work from McBurnie, who pressurises Sissoko into giving away a corner needlessly. His industriousness proves ultimately fruitless as nothing comes of the set piece.

7.10pm BST

51 min: Now Gio Lo Celso is penalised for a shove on Oli McBurnie a few yards outside the Sheffield United penalty area. It’s one from the training ground involving a flick round the corner from Chris Basham, who overcooks his pass. Hugo Lloris cleans up at the back.

7.09pm BST

50 min: Steven Bergwijn is penalised for a push on George Baldock as the duo contest a high ball on the edge of the Sheffield United penalty area.

7.08pm BST

48 min: Another driving run towards and into the Tottenham penalty area from Lucas Moura. He wins his team a corner and might have won them a penalty if Jack RObinson hadn’t done well to stay on his feet and resist what must have been an overwhelming urge to dive in. Nothing comes from the set piece.

7.06pm BST

48 min: A slow start to the second half, with Spurs dominating possession but doing little or nothing with it.

7.04pm BST

46 min: Sheffield United resume play, protecting a one-goal lead. They were under serious pressure towards the end of the first half so if you’re a Spurs fan, I wouldn’t feel too disheartened just yet. Aggrieved, yes. Disheartened, no. There are no changes in personnel on either side.

6.58pm BST

Jamie Redknapp speaks: “This is one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen,” says the Sky Sports pundit of Tottenham’s disallowed goal. “I can honestly say, since VAR has been introduced ... look, I get the letter of the law but we have to use common sense.

“A player has been fouled and when you fall over you have to put your arms out to protect yourself. Moura gets fouled by three Spurs players and the ball get ricocheted on to his arm and falls for Harry Kane, who finishes well. It’s common sense! That is a horrendous decision! This is ruining football – things like this happening. I’m not even convinced it hit his arm and he should at least have got a free-kick.”

6.53pm BST

A Football Weekly podcast host tweets and appears to make a good point

That disallowed goal is isn't VAR's fault. It's the law. It's @TheIFAB. I'd get rid of VAR, but the decision is correct.

Of course, anyone who's ever seen a football match knows you shouldn't be penalised for being fouled, falling over & the ball brushing your hand. ❤️

6.49pm BST

The sides go in for the break with Sheffield United leading courtesy of Sander Berge’s low drive. Tottenham thought they had equalised a minute later, only for Jose Mourinho to be left fuming after Harry Kane’s strike was ruled out by the curtain-twitchers at Stockley Park, who spotted an accidental – but illegal – handball moments after Lucas Moura had been fouled in the build-up.

6.47pm BST

45+1 min: With the Blades under more pressure from Tottenham, Ben Osborn plays the ball out of defence, picking out David McGoldrick on the left touchline.

6.45pm BST

45 min: John Egan throws his body in front of a Gio Lo Celso drive from the edge of the penalty area as Sheffield United cling on to their lead under serious pressure.

6.44pm BST

44 min: Good defending from Chris Basham, who tracks a Son run into the Sheffield United penalty area and forces him away from goal as he tries to run on to a pass in behind from Lo Celso.

6.43pm BST

42 min: Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff have been giving the fourth official, Peter Bankes, both barrels since Tottenham’s goal was disallowed and have been told to sit down and shut their yaps. Jose’s face is a picture. It really is.

6.42pm BST

39 min: Oliver Norwood takes one for the team, tripping Lucas Moura a few yards outside the Sheffield United penalty area, right of centre and about 35 yards from goal. Son’s free-kick loops high and wide after taking a deflection off the wall. From the ensuing corner, Norwood catches Son with an elbow into his neck as the pair contest a bouncing ball out by the touchline and is incredibly lucky to avoid a second yellow in quick succession. What the hell was he thinking?

6.38pm BST

37 min: So, back to that Spurs non-goal. Lucas Moura advances up the field towards the edge of the penalty area with the ball at his feet. He ran into a crowd of players and was fouled, whereupon he went to ground and the ball bounced off his arm and into the path of Harry Kane, standing in acres of space to his right. Kane hit a low shot past Henderson, who almost certainly should have done better but was probably expecting a ferocious drive towards the corner of his goal. Anyway, it’s been ruled out now, much to Jose’s displeasure.

6.36pm BST

35 min: Oli McBurnie heads the ball over the bar after getting on the end of a cross from Ben Osborn. There wasn’t much pace on the delivery, which made it a difficult chance.

6.35pm BST

It’s as you were, with Sheffield United leading by what is now the only goal of the game, after Tottenham’s goal is ruled out because the ball hit Lucas Moura’s arm accidentally as the Brazilian hit the deck after being fouled. Jose Mourinho is FURIOUS!!!

6.33pm BST

You’re always most vulnerable when you’ve just scored, they say ... and they might well be right. Harry Kane scores a soft one past Dean Henderson, the ball having bounced his way after Lucas Moura lost control of it on the edge of the penalty area.

6.32pm BST

Sheffield United takes the lead, with Sander Berge shooting low and diagonally into the bottom left-hand corner from inside the penalty area after getting on the end of a pull-back from the byline. He scuffed his shot but his aim was true.

6.30pm BST

30 min: Oli McBurnie protests his team-mate’s innocence to referee Chris Kavanagh after David McGoldrick is penalised for a foul on Lucas Moura. Free-kick for Spurs, about 35 yards from goal in a central position. Harry Kane stands over it and shoots for goal but blasts his effort high and wide.

6.29pm BST

28 min: TOttenham are looking more likely to score at the moment, but are lacking a little cutting edge. Moussa Sissoko tries his luck with a shot from distance that doesn’t trouble Henderson.

6.28pm BST

27 min: Son tries to pick out a decidedly unmarked Harry Kane in the Sheffield United penalty area with a cross curled in from the left. He slightly overhits his delivery and the ball sails into Dean Henderson’s arms.

6.26pm BST

24 min: Jose Mourinho had plenty to say to Moussa Sissoko during the drinks break, during which pointed a lot while instructing his midfielder. Play resumes, with everyone suitably rehydrated after an exhausting 20 minutes of gadding about at a quite pedestrian pace in stifling ... em, 14 degree heat.

6.24pm BST

23 min: Harry Kane gets a sight of goal after running on to a pass from Bergwijn after good work by Son. He slices his shot from a tight-ish angle and the ball sails well wide. It’s time for drinks.

6.22pm BST

22 min: McBurnie wins another knockdown from a Henderson goal-kick, attempting to pick out McGoldrick, who wins a throw-in. Fasten your seatbelt, dear reader. It really is that exciting.

6.21pm BST

20 min: Lo Celso plays the ball high in behind Sheffield United’s defence for Son to chase down the inside-left channel. John Egan is on hand to hack the ball clear.

6.19pm BST

19 min: Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie has picked up a knock of some sort and is limping gingerly but has yet to receive treatment.

6.18pm BST

18 min: Serge Aurier plays a give and go with Steven Bergwijn and his cross into the penalty area from the right is much better this time. Basham gets a touch, the ball hits Heung-min Son and bounces up nicely for Henderson.

6.17pm BST

16 min: Lucas Moura advances towards the right side of the Sheffield United penalty area and plays a perfect pass into the path of Serge Aurier on the overlap. His cross is diabolically bad and sails high and wide of Henderson’s goal.

6.15pm BST

14 min: McBurnie threads a little pass into the Tottenham penalty area for Chris Basham, of all people, to sprint on to. There’s too much weight on the pass and the central defender can’t reach it before Hugo Lloris.

6.13pm BST

12 min: McBurnie wins the ball in midfield after another long kick-out from Henderson, his goalkeeper. George Baldock is flagged for offside in the ensuing Sheffield United attack.

6.11pm BST

12 min: A fairly poor Enda Stevens cross into the Tottenham penalty area is cut out and cleared by Gio Lo Celso.

6.11pm BST

10 min: Another long ball up the field from Henderson, his third or fourth of the night so far. Baldock and McGoldrick get surrounded and penned in on the right touchline and are forced to play the ball backwards towards John Egan, who lumps it forward again.

6.08pm BST

7 min: Sheffield United win a throw-in just inside the Tottenham half and McGoldrick plays the ball wide to Baldock on the right. Spurs win possession back and advance quickly up the field. It’s pretty even so far.

6.06pm BST

6 min: Steven Bergwijn advances down the inside left and plays the ball wide to Son. He cuts inside and wins a corner with his attempted cross. Son takes the set piece and his delivery is sublime. Dier gets a touch at the near post and the ball flashes across the face of goal. Moussa Sissoko is unable to keep it in play and hooks it out for a goal kick.

6.04pm BST

4 min: A long throw from Ben Osborn into the Tottenham penalty area is cleared by Eric Dier. Good early pressure here from Sheffield United, which comes to naught when Sander Berge overhits a cross from the right and puts the ball out of play.

6.03pm BST

3 min: Tottenham’s defenders pass the ball from side to side under a press from David McGoldrick and Oli McBurnie. The ball makes it’s way upfield to Dean Henderson, who leathers it back down the pitch. Baldock crosses for McGoldrick, who is unable to flick it into the path of McBurnie.

6.02pm BST

1 min: George Baldock takes the first shot in anger after an aggressive start from the hosts. His low drive looks to be fizzing towards the bottom right-hand corner, but Hugo Lloris gets down to save without much fuss.

6.01pm BST

1 min: Harry Kane gets the ball rolling, like his team-mates a vision in sort of aqua-marine ensemble of shirt, shorts and socks. The players of Sheffield United wear their usual home kit of red and white striped shirts, black shorts and red socks.

5.58pm BST

Not long now: With the subs from both teams already dotted around various seats in the lower stand, Tottenham march out on to the pitch down the steps of one of one of the stands to the right the tunnel, from which their hosts emerge. The last of the pre-mch formalities are under way and kick off is just a few minutes away.

5.46pm BST

5.45pm BST

Chris Wilder speaks: “No excuse, we’re missing some big players and we just have to get on with it,”says Sheffield United’s manager in a pre-match interview with Sky Sports. “I just have the trust the team we’re putting out there to work hard and get a result. We only have seven on the bench tonight and we have to try to dig a result out from somewhere. This is a big challenge for us - we’re in the division for occasions and experiences like this, playing against top sides. I expect a fully committed front foot performance and I’m positive I’ll get that.”

5.28pm BST

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5.17pm BST

Sheffield United: Henderson, Basham, Egan, Robinson, Baldock, Berge, Norwood, Osborn, Stevens, McBurnie, McGoldrick

Subs: Sharp, Jagielka, Kieron Freeman, Mousset, Moore, Rodwell, Zivkovic

5.11pm BST

Team news: Sheffield United make two changes to the team that lined up against Arsenal on Sunday, with Sander Berge and Ben Osborn coming into midfield for Johns Fleck and Lundstram. Congratulations to Osborn, who makes his full Premier League debut for the Blades.

Tottenham make one change in personnel from their last start, with Steven Bergwiijn replacing Dele Alli, who drops to the bench. We’ll have the full line-ups shortly.

4.54pm BST

In the build-up to today’s game, the Tottenham manager has been singing the praises of his Argentinian midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, while simultaneously managing to toot his own horn too.

4.54pm BST

The Sheffield United manager has been discussing the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic and how it might affect his budget for next season. The Blades are expected to be between £20m and £30m out of pocket on the back of it because of it, with no sign of crowd restrictions at football matches being lifted any time soon.

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John Lundstram is a major doubt after being forced out of Sheffield United’s FA Cup defeat at the hands of Arsenal with a shoulder injury. Jack O’Connell is edging closer to a return following a knee injury, but with his replacement in defence, Jack Robinson, impressing in recent weeks, Chris WIlder says he feels under no pressure to rush O’Connell back.

11.44am BST

Reeling from three consecutive defeats in the wake of their “opening day” draw against Aston Villa, Sheffield United must try to get their season back on track with a win against Tottenham Hotspur, who are eighth in the table and just one point ahead of their hosts.

Following their draw with Manchester United and subsequent win over West Ham since the resumption of the season, Tottenham need a win to take them to within four points of Wolves and Manchester United and keep their faint hopes of Champions League qualification alive.

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Sheffield United sweep Tottenham aside to revive hopes of Europe

tor, 02/07/2020 - 21:10

José Mourinho rightly condemned the damage being done to “the beautiful game” by VAR but he has more to fear than the killjoys of Stockley Park on the evidence of Tottenham’s defeat at Sheffield United. Mentally, defensively and creatively, Spurs were second best and are in danger of finishing outside the top six for the first time since 2009.

Mourinho attacked the VAR decision that disallowed an equaliser for Harry Kane at Bramall Lane, naturally, but he did not camouflage its impact on his brittle players. Spurs lost their composure and fight after Michael Oliver’s decision and were sliced apart by Chris Wilder’s wing‑backs as United leap-frogged the visitors in the pursuit of European qualification. All three of United’s goals came from the flanks and on all three occasions the Spurs defence was found wanting badly. Oli McBurnie, who sealed victory, embodied the heart and commitment that his opponents lacked.

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José Mourinho backs Tanguy Ndombele to step out of the shadows at Spurs

ons, 01/07/2020 - 23:30
  • Club-record signing fourth in midfield pecking order
  • ‘No drama over having great players on the bench’

José Mourinho said Tanguy Ndombele can fire an upturn in his fortunes at Tottenham in much the same way Luka Modric did at Real Madrid and complained about why it is always a drama when he does not select a big-name player.

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How much longer will Harry Kane tolerate a career without trophies? | Barry Glendenning

man, 29/06/2020 - 09:00

Striker’s dedication to Spurs is beyond question but he cannot be blamed for casting envious glances at others’ celebrations

A penny for the thoughts of Harry Kane as he witnessed scenes of jubilation unfold outside Anfield, perhaps pondering the notion that, seven seasons into his career as a senior professional with Tottenham, the team he represents has yet to win even one of domestic football’s far less coveted baubles.

The often-ridiculed phrase “This Means More” was coined by Liverpool long before it applied to an inevitable increase in local Covid-19 cases caused by socially irresponsible public celebrations. The unbridled delight of fans who have seen their team win the Champions League, Premier League and Club World Cup in little over a year is unlikely to have been lost on a player who, for all the individual plaudits he has earned, remains resolutely a footballing bridesmaid rather than bride in terms of major honours won. Playing for Tottenham obviously matters a great deal to Kane, but at 26 he has reached a point in his career where lining up for a team more likely to win silverware would surely mean more.

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José Mourinho hails 'fundamental' Harry Kane as Moyes hits out at VAR

ons, 24/06/2020 - 01:05
  • Kane scored second goal in 2-0 victory over the Hammers
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José Mourinho emphasised that Harry Kane is “fundamental” to his Tottenham side after watching the England striker score his first Premier League goal of 2020 in the 2-0 home win against struggling West Ham.

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