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Mourinho for Pochettino: are Spurs run by Amazon’s documentary makers? | Max Rushden

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Hiring Mourinho feels like a step backwards and it would be peak Spursy to hire this serial winner and still win nothing

Just how much have Amazon paid for this season’s Spurs documentary? Is this the first football reality show – Made in Tottenham – where if things aren’t quite interesting enough the producers can suggest things to keep it interesting?

It was already turning into a reasonably interesting show. Did they have to go this big this early? Perhaps they were bored by the Manchester City one. Teams starting at the top and staying there doesn’t make interesting TV. Or the Leeds one, where the star Marcelo Bielsa didn’t appear until the final scene. The only good ones are bad for the teams involved. And that team is always Sunderland. Until Spurs got on the Amazon train.

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Football rumours: where next for Mauricio Pochettino?

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Former Spurs manager will not be kicking his heels for long

A world of infinite possibility has suddenly opened up for Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino. The former Spurs boss – and yes it does feel strange suddenly saying that – is unlikely to be kicking his heels for long. Bayern Munich currently have an interim manager in the shape of Hans-Dieter Flick, while Zinedine Zidane and Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s coats hang on a shoogly peg at Real Madrid and Manchester United respectively. Ears will be pricking up all over the shop. There’s also been talk of Arsenal and Barcelona, but, again respectively, come off it and come on.

Related: Spurs’ sacking of Mauricio Pochettino is brutal but oddly inevitable | Barney Ronay

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Tottenham Hotspur: José Mourinho named new manager of Spurs

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Tottenham Hotspur have acted swiftly to appoint José Mourinho as their new manager on a contract that will run until the end of the 2022-23 season following Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking on Tuesday.

Less than 12 hours after Pochettino was relieved of his duties by chairman Daniel Levy, Spurs confirmed that Mourinho will take charge of his third Premier League club after two spells at Chelsea and one at Manchester United. That ended with him being sacked by United in December last year, with the 56-year-old having since worked as a television pundit.

Related: Spurs’ sacking of Mauricio Pochettino is brutal but oddly inevitable | Barney Ronay

How his career has unfolded

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Mauricio Pochettino: the road to his Tottenham sacking – video report

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Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked as the manager of Tottenham, with the club already locked in talks with José Mourinho to be his replacement. Pochettino, who oversaw year-on-year progress at Spurs after his arrival in 2014, culminating in the memorable run to last season’s Champions League final, had watched his fortunes slump after a difficult summer. Here's a look back at the road to his dismissal

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Spurs’ sacking of Mauricio Pochettino was brutal but oddly inevitable | Barney Ronay

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Argentinian achieved remarkable things at a club where he spent less than most while juggling the move to new stadium

Farewell then, Poch. After the hugs and the backslaps, time now for a last wave goodbye.

It says a great deal about the strangeness of modern football that the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino by Tottenham on Tuesday night felt startling, brutal but also oddly inevitable.

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Tottenham close to José Mourinho deal after Mauricio Pochettino sacked

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• Daniel Levy locked in talks with Mourinho
• Pochettino dismissed after dismal run of results

Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked as the manager of Tottenham, with the club already locked in talks with José Mourinho to be his replacement. Mourinho, who has been out of work since his dismissal by Manchester United last December, has made little secret of his desire to return to the Premier League.

Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman, has opened talks with Mourinho, who has managed Chelsea on two occasions, with the discussions focusing on transfer budgets and the club’s vision for the immediate future. Levy is a long-standing admirer of Mourinho and both parties now believe a deal for him to take over is close.

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‘The players got him the sack’ … football reacts to Pochettino’s Spurs dismissal

tir, 19/11/2019 - 23:49

• Football world expresses shock at Spurs’ decision
• Harry Redknapp says squad should have played better

Tottenham’s decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday night was met with shock and surprise, despite his side’s dreadful run of results that equated to 25 points from 24 games in the Premier League, with the former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp blaming the players and Gary Lineker warning the club: “Good look with finding a better replacement.”

Redknapp, who held the Spurs job from 2008 to 2012, told Sky Sports: “People talk about the players there all loving him – if they love him that much, maybe they should have started playing a bit better. At the end of the day they’ve got him the sack.

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Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked by @SpursOfficial. He helped the club to punch massively above their weight for years. Good luck with finding a better replacement....ain’t gonna happen.

Related: Spurs’ sacking of Mauricio Pochettino is brutal but oddly inevitable | Barney Ronay

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Pochettino the furious fall guy for Tottenham’s clogged exit route | David Hytner

tir, 19/11/2019 - 21:30

Mauricio Pochettino’s frustrations with slow player turnover boiled over this summer, leading to his eventual departure

To understand how it has come to this for Mauricio Pochettino, why his Tottenham team have flatlined in the Premier League and why he has now been sacked as the manager, it is necessary to consider a concept that he holds dear. It involves the natural cycle of an elite player’s development.

When the player is young, he is grateful for opportunity and he seizes it with everything he has. He becomes a regular, a star, a full international. He wants more money. Then, in many cases, he wants an opportunity at another club, a bigger club, perhaps. He thinks he deserves even more money.

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‘I’m not going anywhere’: Danny Rose resolves to see out Tottenham contract

ons, 13/11/2019 - 14:23
• England defender says Spurs wanted to sell him in summer
• ‘My contract is up in 18 months’ time and I’ll leave then’

Tottenham defender Danny Rose intends to see out the remaining 18 months of his contract at the club and revealed he would not be offered a new deal.

The 29-year-old England left-back was again made available for transfer during the summer and left off the club’s pre-season tour to Asia. However, a move away failed to materialise, and Rose has since started 11 games for Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season. Rose now maintains he has no intention of leaving the club before the end of his current contract in June 2021, when the defender will become a free agent.

Related: Southgate tries to put brakes on but Sterling v Gomez will run and run | David Hytner

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

man, 11/11/2019 - 09:30

Emery’s Arsenal have lost their direction and Spurs’ problems start at full-back but Burnley’s Dwight McNeil is on song

Riyad Mahrez impressed only in spells during his first season at Manchester City but, with Leroy Sané felled by a cruciate injury in August’s Community Shield victory, the onus was on the £60m man to step up. An imperious performance at West Ham on the opening day of the season suggested he would do exactly that, yet he has started only four league games since – two of those being defeats – and with his side desperate for goals in a critical game at Anfield he was not called on at all. Mahrez remains a magical player on his day but the suspicion remains that he is a player who reflects his team’s performance rather than dictates it. City broke the bank to sign Mahrez from Leicester. With their defence a shambles, it looks in hindsight like a woeful misjudgment. Alex Hess

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The Dozen: flares, zorbs and Maddison's delight – the best Premier League pics

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Our picture editors chose their favourite pics from the weekend’s action

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Son’s reaction to Gomes injury shows how hard it is for players to walk away

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From John Fashanu to Andoni Goikoetxea, it is not just the injured who feel the pain of career-threatening tackles

‘Take that.” Roy Keane stood over Alf-Inge Haaland, lying in a crumpled heap never to play a full game again, delivered his message and walked away without remorse. As reactions go – as tackles go too, if Keane’s infamous lunge can be called that – it could hardly have been more different to that of Son Heung-Min, who broke down in tears after André Gomes broke his ankle last week. On Wednesday night, Son dedicated his opening goal against Red Star Belgrade to the Everton midfielder. “I’m so sad this happened and that I was involved with this situation. I feel really, really sorry about this accident,” he said.

Be clear: Gomes is the victim, unable to return to playing for a long time, if at all. But Son’s reaction was a reminder that for players involved in serious injuries it is not always so easy to walk away. There’s guilt, even if there is no blame, a backlash, a desperation to atone in some small, insufficient way.

Casiraghi didn't blame me for ending his career ... but his wife did

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Sheffield United’s George Baldock seals draw against limp Tottenham

lør, 09/11/2019 - 18:30

For Tottenham Hotspur this proved to be a case of one step forward and two steps back. After Wednesday’s 4-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade came a result and a performance to suggest that all remains unwell with Mauricio Pochettino’s men. They were outfought and outplayed by a Sheffield United side who left north London with much to cherish but also a sense of injustice given this proved to be another occasion when VAR made its presence felt in maddening fashion.

The visitors thought they had cancelled out Son Heung-min’s 58th-minute goal when, on the hour, David McGoldrick converted Enda Stevens’ cross at the back post. There appeared nothing wrong with the strike but then came that now common uncertainty and dread. Referee Graham Scott had his finger to his ear, the large screen said the goal was being checked by VAR and then, after a delay of 3mins 47secs, came the verdict – no goal. Why? Because Jonathan Moss, the VAR located at Stockley Park, deemed John Lundstram’s big toe had been offside in the build-up. Yes – big toe.

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It is too early to say Spurs cannot catch top four, says Mauricio Pochettino

fre, 08/11/2019 - 23:29

• Tottenham already 10 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea
• Hugo Lloris has had elbow surgery and will return in February

Mauricio Pochettino has said Tottenham’s frustrations in the Premier League remind him of those he experienced five years ago at the start of his tenure when he feared he was about to be sacked. The manager goes into Saturday’s home game against Sheffield United with his team in 11th place, having taken 13 points from 11 games and with question marks over whether a clutch of players are to remain a part of his long-term plans.

In early November 2014, when Pochettino went to Aston Villa for a league fixture, Spurs were 14th, with 11 points from the Argentinian’s first nine league matches, and a lineup that included plenty of players he would move on. Pochettino is on record as saying that had Spurs lost he would have been gone. They won 2-1, thanks to a last-gasp Harry Kane goal, which Pochettino credits as being the turning point for him at the club.

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Tottenham v Sheffield United: match preview

fre, 08/11/2019 - 16:52

On the back of a convincing Champions League win in midweek, Tottenham would normally view the visit of a promoted team as a home banker. Spurs might have beaten Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday but they have not won consecutive games since April, their league results have been poor and Sheffield United, unbeaten away from home this season, arrive as the form team. Would something for the Blades even count as a shock?. David Hytner

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

fre, 08/11/2019 - 01:01

Liverpool’s resilience faces biggest test, Vardy threatens to deepen Arsenal’s gloom and a welcome dilemma for Newcastle

Apparently there is a game going on in Liverpool on Sunday. Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Genk in midweek was very much a continuation of a theme – since mid-September they have also beaten Chelsea, Leicester, Tottenham and Aston Villa by the same scoreline, and they last won a league game by more than one goal at home to Newcastle on 14 September. In their last six league games they have a goal difference of only five, yet they have somehow converted that into a mathematically maximal 16 points. The day Liverpool beat Newcastle was also when Manchester City lost at Norwich, but since then the champions have thumped Watford 8-0, put three past Everton and Aston Villa and with the damaging exception of last month’s home defeat to Wolves looked gloriously untroubled. In their own past six games City have accumulated a goal difference of 14, but won only 15 points. Liverpool have often looked of late like a side desperate to lose but somehow unable to, and another demonstration of that kind of resilience on Sunday would give them a very significant advantage in the title chase. SB

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Eric Dier: ‘People said I was injured but I just kept on falling ill’

tor, 07/11/2019 - 23:37

Tottenham utility man opens up on the perforated appendix that laid him low for months and left him in a downward spiral

Eric Dier and the Tottenham medical team had tried to explain it away as a stomach bug. A number of the club’s players had gone down with it and Dier’s symptoms sounded similar. Except they were not. It was something far more sinister and it would be the beginning of a nightmare period for Dier, one that would see him lose his status as a regular Spurs starter and mainstay of the England squad – and from which he is still battling to recover.

It was mid-December last year, Spurs were about to play Burnley at home in the Premier League and Dier reported feeling unwell. He would be stood down from selection and on match day he was overwhelmed by a crippling abdominal pain. His appendix was perforated and infected – a dangerous situation – and he needed an emergency surgery.

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Marco Silva says it is ‘possible’ for André Gomes to play again this season

tor, 07/11/2019 - 18:15
• Player had successful surgery to repair fracture dislocation
• Silva facing shortage in central midfield for Southampton game

Marco Silva said André Gomes could play again for Everton this season despite the serious injury sustained against Tottenham.

Gomes underwent a successful operation on Monday to repair a fracture dislocation to his right ankle that resulted from Son Heung-min’s foul at Goodison Park. The Portugal midfielder has returned home for a few weeks as he begins a long rehabilitation process but Silva, while reluctant to put an exact time on the recovery, is optimistic Gomes could feature before the campaign is over.

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Son Heung-min in text message contact with André Gomes after serious injury

tor, 07/11/2019 - 13:00

• Son contacted Everton player before Spurs played in Belgrade
• Forward says: ‘I feel really sorry. I still feel really bad about this’

Son Heung-min has revealed that he has swapped text messages with André Gomes after his role in the Everton midfielder’s serious ankle injury. The Tottenham forward, who put his psychological issues behind him to score twice in Wednesday’s 4-0 Champions League win at Red Star Belgrade, contacted Gomes to express how sorry he felt for the player and his family.

It was Son’s trip during the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday that led to Gomes getting his studs caught underneath him, crashing into the Spurs full-back Serge Aurier and suffering a fractured dislocation of his ankle. Son did not want to disclose what Gomes had said to him in response.

Related: Son Heung-min’s double helps Tottenham past Red Star Belgrade

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Red Star Belgrade 0-4 Tottenham: Champions League – as it happened

ons, 06/11/2019 - 23:24

Son Heung-Min scored twice as Spurs quelled the hostile atmosphere in Serbia for a crucial victory in Group B

10.24pm GMT

David Hytner was at the Marakana to witness Tottenham’s first away win in any competition since the Champions League semi at Ajax, nearly six months ago. Here’s his report. Enjoy ... and thanks for reading this MBM. Nighty night!

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Mauricio Pochettino speaks. “It is good, we are happy with the performance of the team. Our approach was fantastic. We controlled the game, and we were better. This game will help us stay together, and now we need to keep going. We need three points more to qualify, but it’s a good feeling after Everton.”

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Tottenham’s two-goal hero Son Heung-min speaks. “It was so important to win this game, especially against a team who were unbeaten at home. We played really well. It’s a really difficult place, and we should take confidence, the positive things. It has been a tough few days, but my team-mates and supporters have made me realise how lucky I am. Everyone gave me strong messages. Of course I feel really, really sorry about this accident ... [long pause] ... but I had to focus for the team.”

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Easy to forget that Red Star could - and probably should - have scored two goals in the first half. But they didn’t manage it, and Spurs were utterly dominant in the second half. Mauricio Pochettino’s men thoroughly deserved their victory, and they’re now looking good for a place in the knockout stage. One more win will guarantee it - and if Bayern win at Red Star next time round, they’ll be through no matter what. Special praise goes to Son Heung-min, who responded to the emotional tumult of Goodison by scoring twice, and Giovani Lo Celso, so impressive on his full debut. It’s been a good night for Tottenham.

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A magnificent performance by Spurs, who now just need to beat Olympiacos on matchday five to progress to the knockout stage.

9.53pm GMT

90 min +4: The Red Star coach Vladan Milojevic isn’t happy with that Skipp challenge. He’s bouncing around on the touchline, beyond furious. Boakye limps off, unable to continue. The hosts will end the game with nine men.

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90 min +2: Skipp is booked for an extremely over-zealous slide on Boakye. That could easily have been a red. Needlessly aggressive.

9.51pm GMT

90 min +1: Eriksen should free the lively Sessegnon down the left, but opts to attempt to spring Kane in the middle instead. Wrong choice. His pass is easily cut out.

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90 min: But there will be four added minutes. Poor Red Star.

9.49pm GMT

89 min: Ndombele sends Sessegnon away down the left. Sessegnon spots Kane free in the centre, but he slips as he tries to hook a cross towards his captain. Red Star are all over the shop now, in tatters, and are desperate to hear the final whistle.

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88 min: Red Star don’t often get battered like this at home. I wonder when the Marakana was last as quiet as it is now?

9.46pm GMT

86 min: The excellent Lo Celso is replaced by Oliver Skipp.

9.45pm GMT

Rose feeds Sessegnon down the left. Sessegnon pulls one back for Eriksen, who shapes to send a shot towards the bottom right. But it takes a deflection and dribbles apologetically past a wrong-footed Borjan and into the bottom left.

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83 min: Sessegnon combines with Lo Celso and tees up Eriksen, who tries to fire low into the bottom right from 20 yards. It’s an easy gather for Borjan.

9.41pm GMT

81 min: Red Star have used all their subs, so they’re down to ten men now. Ninety minutes can’t tick round fast enough for the hosts.

9.39pm GMT

79 min: Pavkov crumples in a heap, having jumped for a high ball and landed awkwardly on his ankle. He’s in some pain, and won’t be able to continue. He departs on an electric buggy.

9.38pm GMT

77 min: Kane crosses from the left. Lo Celso wafts a weak volley wide right. That was a good chance, he should have done much better. But he’s had a fine game tonight, as has Ndombele. Throw in the beginning of Sessegnon’s Spurs career, and Mauricio Pochettino’s second-wave Spurs side is beginning to take shape.

9.35pm GMT

75 min: Tottenham’s two-goal hero, Son Heung-min, is replaced by Ryan Sessegnon, making his Champions League debut, three days after turning out for Spurs for the first time in the Premier League.

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73 min: A lull ... and a sense that both teams would quite happily declare now, given the opportunity to do so.

9.31pm GMT

71 min: Ndombele rolls a pass down the right for Eriksen, who cuts one back from the byline. Kane meets it, 10 yards out and level with the right-hand post. He drags his shot inches wide right. Or was it deflected? It looks deflected. It should have been a corner. Kane is incensed, though the scoreline being what it is, it doesn’t really matter. But Kane will be wanting a goal.

9.29pm GMT

69 min: Ndombele cuts in from the right and finds the top-left corner ... of the stand behind the goal. That was a wild old slash.

9.28pm GMT

68 min: Marin waits to take, but before he does so, Richmond Boakye comes on for Mateo Garcia. The free kick’s then whipped towards the bottom-left corner. Lo Celso blocks for a corner that’s easily dealt with by the Spurs defence.

9.27pm GMT

67 min: Marin busies himself down the left and is crudely bundled over by Foyth. Just outside the box, but a free kick in a dangerous position nonetheless. The crowd find their voice again.

9.26pm GMT

66 min: The home crowd, so intimidating early on, have fallen almost totally silent. The only songs to be heard are coming from the away end. Glory, glory, all that.

9.24pm GMT

65 min: Petrovic slides in late, though not particularly recklessly or dangerously, on Rose. It’s mistimed enough to earn a booking, though.

9.23pm GMT

64 min: That was a quite magnificent one-two from Spurs, who drew the sting from a re-energised Red Star, calmly and methodically, before springing forward and surely putting this game beyond the hosts. Four minutes that could get their season back on track.

9.22pm GMT

62 min: A couple of changes in the wake of the third goal. Jose Canas comes on for Dusan Jovancic, while Christian Eriksen replaces Dele Alli.

9.21pm GMT

Spurs are in total control now! Kane slips a glorious pass down the left for Rose, who scampers into space and squares for Son, who slams home from close range at the far post!

9.20pm GMT

59 min: Red Star win a corner down the left. Marin takes, but it’s easily cleared and Lo Celso nearly breaks clear into the Red Star half on his own. Red Star want to watch themselves here.

9.18pm GMT

And then Spurs, having bored Red Star into submission, break quickly upfield! Sissoko powers with great grace down the inside right, holding off his man and drawing another defender. He’s got Alli and Son to his left. He feeds Alli, who shuttles the ball on to Son, and the striker roofs one past Borjan. A wonderful goal on the break! Tottenham’s away-day woes could be coming to an end here in Belgrade.

9.16pm GMT

56 min: Spurs pass it around the back in the sterile fashion. It’s clever, because it’s getting on the home crowd’s nerves. It doesn’t make for great viewing, admittedly, but Spurs haven’t won on the road for nearly six months, so you do what you have to do.

9.14pm GMT

54 min: All a bit scrappy again. Spurs will be happy enough with that, in the wake of Red Star’s recent burst of increased energy.

9.12pm GMT

52 min: So having said that, Spurs nearly make it two, Alli sashaying into the box through the middle only to be robbed just as he’s cocking his leg back to shoot. The ball’s poked out for a corner, from which nothing much occurs, despite the very impressive Lo Celso’s prompting.

9.10pm GMT

50 min: Degenek, quarterbacking from deep, fires a long pass down the inside-left channel and nearly finds Garcia in the Spurs box. Not quite. Another goal kick. But this is much better from Red Star.

9.09pm GMT

49 min: Red Star should be level. Ndombele gifts the ball to Marin in midfield. Suddenly Red Star are two on two. Marin instigates a one-two with Pavkov, and should be sent clear into the box on the left, but the return pass is a real clunker. Goal kick, and Marin is beyond livid.

9.07pm GMT

47 min: Tottenham impose themselves on the second half immediately. They stroke the ball this way and that. Then Kane bursts into the box down the left. Kane goes over very easily in a barging match with Milunovic, who did shove the Spurs captain in the small of the back, but very gently indeed, so come on. The referee’s not having it, quite correctly.

9.05pm GMT

We’re back! Spurs get the second half underway. Red Star have made a change at right back, with Jander coming on for Marko Gobeljic.

8.53pm GMT

Half-time entertainment. A few episodes of the magnificent Nessun Dorma pod for your leisure and pleasure. Includes a fine dissection of Ossie Ardiles and the Famous Five, the cult attacking quintet of Teddy Sheringham, Jürgen Klinsmann, Ilie Dumitrescu, Darren Anderton and Nick Barmby. Enjoy!

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8.50pm GMT

And that’s the end of the first half. If you didn’t know better, you could be forgiven for thinking this game has a multi-ball feature. Two amazing pinball sequences, one at each end, both going Tottenham’s way. It’s been great fun. More in ten minutes!

8.48pm GMT

45 min +2: Van la Parra earns a corner for Red Star in the second of two added minutes. Marin floats it in from the left. Pavkov is penalised for pushing. For a second, the home crowd think the referee’s signalling for a penalty. But it’s not to be.

8.46pm GMT

45 min: This has been all Spurs, really, and yet Red Star must wonder how they’ve managed to pass up two gilt-edged invitations to score.

8.45pm GMT

43 min: More pinball madness, this time in the Spurs box! Van la Parra bursts into the box on the right and smacks a shot against the base of the right-hand post. Sanchez, facing his own net, loops the rebound over his own keeper Gazzaniga and off the crossbar! Spurs clear, having got away with that big-style!

8.43pm GMT

42 min: Son earns a corner on the left. He possibly should have laid the ball off for Alli. From the set piece, he tries to mend fences by slipping a pass down the left wing for Alli. Too much juice on the ball, and it’s out for a goal kick. Alli doesn’t look particularly pleased.

8.42pm GMT

41 min: Alli considers a shot from 20 yards, but thinks twice and slips the ball right for Lo Celso, who is brimming with confidence after his goal. We know this because he’s just tried to flick an insouciant shot into the bottom right from the edge of the box, first time, with the outside of his boot. It flies wide, but full marks for ambition.

8.40pm GMT

40 min: Some more space for Kane down the inside right. He floats a chip over Borjan and over the bar. The flag goes up for offside, so it didn’t really matter.

8.40pm GMT

38 min: Lo Celso’s finish was quite sublime, by the way. A cushioned first touch and a deft swish into the top right, calmness personified amid some wild nonsense.

8.38pm GMT

36 min: The previous entry was brought to you by Bally Entertainment.

8.37pm GMT

Pinball madness! Lo Celso wins the ball in the midfield and sends Kane clear down the inside right. Kane enters the box and should score, but slips the ball past Borjan and off the base of the right-hand post. Son volleys the rebound goalwards, but it’s hacked off the line. Alli looks to have been bundled over amid the melee, but the ball breaks to Kane, who pulls a volley across the face of goal, left to right. Son tries to bundle the ball home, but hits the bar. And finally the man who started it all, Lo Celso, crashes home! That ... was intense.

8.33pm GMT

32 min: Now Garcia is clattered by Rose, who was late and clumsy. But it’s just a free kick, he gets away without a booking. So each side has had one. Fair’s fair.

8.32pm GMT

30 min: Dier goes up to challenge for a high ball, and clacks Pavkov in his startled coupon. He goes in the book. That was completely unnecessary. Now he’s tip-toeing gingerly along that metaphorical ribbon of censure, the disciplinary tightrope. He’ll be up on that an hour!

8.30pm GMT

29 min: Ndombele is fine, all right. He nearly releases Son with a glorious slide-rule pass down the inside-left channel, but just as Son is shaping to meet it first time and shoot on goal from an inviting position, Milunovic slides in to intercept. Fine football all round.

8.27pm GMT

26 min: Son is crudely stopped in his tracks by Gobeljic, and that’s a free kick just to the left of the Red Star box. Ndombele wafts the set piece into the box, and it’s eyebrowed out for a corner by Van la Perra. Lo Celso takes the corner from the right. The ball’s punched clear by Borjan, then lashed wildly high and wide by Sissoko. A sense that a goal’s coming soon, one way or another.

8.25pm GMT

25 min: Well, that got the home crowd going again. Red Star needed that, because Spurs have enjoyed nearly 70 percent possession so far.

8.25pm GMT

23 min: So after all that, it’s Red Star who nearly take the lead. Pavkov, who scored twice against Liverpool here last year, barges his way through a couple of poor Spurs challenges, and he’s free in the box! He opens his body and sidefoots powerfully towards the bottom right, but Gazzaniga has read his intentions well, and sticks out a strong leg to block and clear!

8.23pm GMT

22 min: Sissoko drives Spurs forward, winning possession and finding Lo Celso in a central area, 25 yards from goal. Lo Celso slips the ball to Son on his left; Son drops a shoulder and drags a shot across Borjan and wide right.

8.22pm GMT

21 min: Foyth and Lo Celso combine well down the right again. Foyth pushes the ball along the byline only to lose control before he can find a team-mate, and Degenek is able to clear. Most of the game is now being played in Red Star’s final third, though Spurs haven’t warmed Borjan’s hands yet. A sense that it’s only a matter of time.

8.20pm GMT

19 min: Sanchez’s long pass down the middle nearly causes havoc in the Red Star box, but Borjan manages to slap the ball out of harm’s way with Son and Kane lurking, hoping to pick up the pieces. Spurs are beginning to cause Red Star a little trouble.

8.19pm GMT

18 min: Lo Celso finds Foyth on the overlap down the right. Foyth’s cross isn’t all that, but it’s good enough to win the first corner of the game. Lo Celso sends a vicious inswinger into the mixer, a fine delivery, but Borjan punches clear with confidence from the middle of a packed box. Lo Celso has looked lively in these early exchanges.

8.17pm GMT

16 min: Son reaches the byline down the left and scoops a dangerous ball over Borjan. It’s begging to be prodded home, but there’s nobody there in dark blue, and turns out he was offside anyway, the flag going up late.

8.16pm GMT

15 min: Rose and Pavkov clash heads in the middle of the park. Ooyah oof. Totally accidental, and while Rose furrows his brow and attends to his sore neep by rubbing it with great vigour, both players look fine to continue. We play on.

8.14pm GMT

13 min: Suddenly Spurs spark into life. Sissoko slips a quick ball down the inside-right channel. Ndombele shuttles it further on to Kane, who takes a stride into the box and lashes the evening’s first shot in anger into the side netting on the right.

8.12pm GMT

12 min: Spurs knock it about the back for a while. They go absolutely nowhere, but that’s not really the point. They continue to work their way into this game, and are quieting down the crowd a little. Just a little, mind, it’s all relative.

8.10pm GMT

10 min: Lo Celso plays a cute ball around the corner for Kane, who makes good down the right and tries to interact with Son just inside the Red Star box. But Kane leans unnecessarily on a nearby defender and it’s a pressure-releasing free kick.

8.10pm GMT

8 min: Lo Celso has the ball at his feet and options ahead of him. But he can’t pick a pass. Possession’s given up to Van la Parra, who draws a foul from Lo Celso. All a bit scrappy at the moment.

8.08pm GMT

6 min: Borjan launches a goal kick long. Pavkov flicks on for Garcia, who threatens to get the better of Foyth, but the Spurs man nudges a weak pass backwards towards Dier, who sorts out the bother. Another slightly uncertain moment for Foyth; a worry for Spurs unless he finds his feet soon.

8.05pm GMT

4 min: Foyth hassles Rodic out on the Spurs right. The ball breaks to Kane, just inside the box, and he tries to combine with Ndombele, but Red Star swarm around and refuse to be opened up. That’s a first sortie into the Red Star half for Spurs, and a small foothold in the game after that early home flourish.

8.04pm GMT

2 min: Marin attempts a dribble down the left but the Red Star captain goes down a dead end. He might have taken a little knock while doing so, and grimaces accordingly. Ah, panic over, he looks fine to continue and trots back upfield.

8.02pm GMT

Here we go, then! The hosts get the ball rolling. It’s launched forward quickly, and Foyth hesitates with the ball at his feet. He’s nearly closed down by Van la Parra, but a rebound goes out for a goal kick. Red Star are soon coming back at Spurs, Garcia nearly besting Rose down the right. But Rose keeps cool and clears. A fast start from the home side, though.

7.58pm GMT

The teams are out! The 1991 champions Red Star sport their world-famous red and white stripes, while Spurs are shunted into second-choice dark blue. There is, it goes without saying, one hell of an atmosphere at the Marakana. Red Star don’t lose here often. In fact they rarely concede, so let’s not be too disappointed if we don’t get another 4-4 tonight. But whatever happens, it’ll be a big test of Tottenham’s moxie. Handshakes and coin tossing to come, but we’ll be off before you know it! Incidentally, in the early kick-off in Group B, Bayern Munich have beaten Olympiacos 2-0. So they’ve qualified for the knockout stage already.

7.48pm GMT

The abridged pre-match thoughts of Mauricio Pochettino. He tells BT Sport it’s the “right moment” for Giovani Lo Celso to make his full debut, having finally got himself up to full fitness. Meanwhile Son Heung-min has “moved on quick” after the distressing injury to Andre Gomes at Goodison Park. “He’s started to realise it wasn’t his fault. He is in a perfect state to perform.” One last point: it’s going to be a “tough game”.

7.36pm GMT

So here’s how the players get from the changing room to the pitch at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. (Actually this is the NFL Tunnel Club under the East Stand, but it mirrors the Spurs Tunnel Club in the West Stand, so you get the general idea.)

7.07pm GMT

Tottenham make five changes to the XI sent out at Everton last Sunday. Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura and Ben Davies drop to the bench, while Serge Aurier is out altogether. In come Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Giovani Lo Celso, Juan Foyth and captain Harry Kane, who has recovered from a virus.

Red Star Belgrade - Crvena zvezda to the purist - make three changes to the side thrashed at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium two weeks ago. Midfielders Milos Vulic and Jose Canas, and striker Tomane, are replaced respectively by Njegos Petrovic and Dusan Jovancic, and Milan Pavkov.

6.54pm GMT

Red Star Belgrade: Borjan, Gobeljic, Milunovic, Degenek, Rodic, Jovancic, Petrovic, Garcia, Marin, van La Parra, Pavkov.
Subs: Popovic, Pankov, Vulic, Richmond Boakye, Jander, Simic, Canas.

Tottenham Hotspur: Gazzaniga, Foyth, Sanchez, Dier, Rose, Sissoko, Ndombele, Lo Celso, Alli, Son, Kane.
Subs: Alderweireld, Vorm, Sessegnon, Eriksen, Lucas Moura, Skipp, Davies.

4.56pm GMT

Spurs swatted Red Star aside a fortnight ago in north London. Harry Kane and Son Heung-min both scored twice in an easy 5-0 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Erik Lamela also getting on the scoresheet. In that sense, they should be confident of getting the victory tonight in the return match, one that’d help immensely in their quest to qualify for the knockout stage.

Nevertheless, they’ll be wary. Red Star were pasted 4-0 at Liverpool last season, yet bounced back to beat the eventual champions 2-0 in Belgrade soon after. They’re a different proposition in Serbia: they’ve won 13 of their 14 league matches so far this season, and have lost only two of their last 21 home games in Europe. And this season they’ve already got a 3-1 win over Olympiacos in their Group B bag. A home win tonight will give Red Star a boost in their hopes of reaching the last 16.

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