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José Mourinho quashes title talk after Spurs see off West Brom at the last

Guardian - søn, 08/11/2020 - 15:01

Harry Kane’s 150th Premier League goal allowed Tottenham a visit to the top of the table – their first in six years – though once again they left it late.

Just as at Burnley a couple of weeks ago Spurs found it hard to break through an organised defence but managed a winner in the last 10 minutes. Kane’s header here was even later in the game than Son Heung-min’s at Turf Moor. Another couple of minutes and West Brom might have been able to claim a valuable point that would have been far from undeserved, but Spurs are gaining a reputation for persevering right to the end and a momentary lapse of defensive concentration cost the home side dear.

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West Brom 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened

Guardian - søn, 08/11/2020 - 14:57

Harry Kane’s late goal, his 150th in the Premier League, gave Spurs a hard-fought victory at the Hawthorns

2.58pm GMT

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1.57pm GMT

Here’s Harry Kane, who has now scored 150 Premier League goals

“The goals always feel better when you win and that was a tough game. We played a lot better in the second half but they were defending for their lives, as we knew they would. It was just about getting that breakthrough and thankfully I got a little header in there. We’re delighted with the three points. There’s a lot of big games to come after the international break but we’re happy to be top of the league. So far, so good.”

1.52pm GMT

Peep peep! Harry Kane’s late goal takes Spurs top of the Premier League, at least for the next couple of hours. It was an extremely hard-fought victory against a determined West Brom side who probably deserved a draw. They should take encouragement from this performance, even though they stay in the relegation zone. Spurs have loftier ambitions - since their opening-weekend defeat they have won five and drawn two in the league.

1.48pm GMT

90+2 min Diangana’s low cross is cleared by Reguilon at the far post. Phillips was waiting behind him to equalise.

1.46pm GMT

90 min Kyle Edwards has come on for Jake Livermore. There will be five added minutes.

1.46pm GMT

90 min Spurs are going top of the Premier League.

1.45pm GMT

That’s so cruel on West Brom. Doherty, in a deep position on the right, floated a cross towards the six-yard line. Johnstone stayed on his line, a decision he’ll surely regret, and Kane nipped in to steer a deft header into the net. That’s a deceptively brilliant finish.

1.44pm GMT

Harry Kane has nicked it for Spurs!

1.43pm GMT

87 min A couple of corners for West Brom, who haven’t given up hope of a surprise victory. They have worked so hard today.

1.41pm GMT

84 min Matt Phillips replaces Grant for West Brom.

1.40pm GMT

83 min: Fine save from Johnstone! That’s the best save of the match. Reguilon angled a sharp low cross to Vinicius on the edge of the area. He whistled a left-footed drive on the turn that was going into the bottom corner until Johnstone plunged to his right to push it away. That’s a terrific stop - not just the reflexes and agility but also the strength of wrist to ensure it didn’t go through him and into the net.

1.38pm GMT

82 min Son’s near-post corner is flicked towards goal by the head of Alderweireld. It’s straight at Johnstone, though, and he makes a comfortable save.

1.36pm GMT

80 min A ferocious long-range shot from Kane hits Bartley. It’s all Spurs now.

1.35pm GMT

78 min A double change for Spurs: Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius replace Sissoko and the disappointing Bale. He doesn’t look match-fit just yet.

1.33pm GMT

77 min Lo Celso’s corner is headed away by Bartley. West Brom will be shattered if they lose this because they’ve defended so well.

1.31pm GMT

74 min Kane’s free-kick hits the man standing behind the wall, and he drags the rebound wide.

1.30pm GMT

74 min Lo Celso is fouled on the edge of the area by Ajayi. The free-kick is to the left of centre, and Kane looks very interested.

1.28pm GMT

71 min: Good save from Lloris! Krovinovic belts an excellent corner towards the far post, where Furlong flicks a header towards the far post. Lloris reacts smartly to push the ball away, and then Grant volleys the rebound wide. That was a decent chance for Grant.

1.25pm GMT

69 min: Gallagher hits the outside of the post! That was a lovely effort. He received the ball 30 yards from goal, moved away from Sissoko and hit a surprise shot that clipped the outside of the left post. Lloris didn’t move.

1.25pm GMT

69 min “Afternoon Rob,” says Michal. “With City looking unremarkable, Liverpool playing without their most important player, is this season the best chance since Leicester ‘16 for an underdog, like United, Wolves or Spurs, to win the title? Despite their poor recent form OGS’s team will be only three points behind the leaders should they win their game in hand. I reckon there are more twists and turns in this year’s title race.”

Personally I think Liverpool will win it at a canter again. They’ve already come from behind to win three league games, which suggests they are still the mentality monsters of 2019-20. The early season unpredictability has been great fun, though. It used to be like that every season.

1.24pm GMT

68 min Grady Diangana replaces Callum Robinson for West Ham.

1.24pm GMT

67 min: Lo Celso misses a sitter! Spurs really should be ahead. Kane pulled the ball back from the left towards Reguilon, whose first-time shot was blocked by Bartley in the six-yard box. It rebounded straight to Lo Celso, who belted it well wide from eight yards. He was backpedalling slightly but should still have scored.

1.21pm GMT

65 min “If building Spurs up as title challengers leads to this performance,” says Ian Copestake, “could you please write Liverpool off as ponderous hasbeens this afternoon.”

I’ve already pencilled them in for 12 consecutive titles.

1.20pm GMT

64 min Ndombele limps off to be replaced by Giovani Lo Celso.

1.20pm GMT

63 min This is much better from Spurs. Kane drops deep and angles a pass to Son in the inside-left channel. He scoots away from Bartley and hits a low drive that is comfortably saved by Johnstone.

1.19pm GMT

62 min Ndombele is limping heavily but he wants to continue. It looks like Bartley accidentally stood on the toes of his left foot.

1.17pm GMT

61 min Ndombele went over in the build-up to that Kane chance and has stayed down. It looked innocuous enough, with Bartley running into him from behind, but Ndombele looks in a lot of pain.

1.16pm GMT

60 min Kane picks up a loose ball on the edge of the area, moves forward and hits a low drive that is crucially blocked by O’Shea.

1.15pm GMT

59 min Reguilon’s awkward, wobbling long-range strike goes straight at Johnstone, who takes no chances and punches it away.

1.14pm GMT

58 min Doherty pings a flat cross towards Bale, whose stooping header is blocked by Livermore. The pressure is mounting.

1.13pm GMT

57 min Spurs are getting increasingly frustrated. They’ve been crap today, frankly, though you’d still expect them to find a winner given their attacking quality.

1.12pm GMT

55 min “Ha, I need to keep up (49th minute),” says Simon McMahon. “News travels slow here, somebody mentioned a new coronavirus to watch out for ...”

Wait until you hear about Bobby Ewing’s shower.

1.11pm GMT

55 min Bale’s deep, inswinging free-kick is headed over by Kane. He was under a lot of pressure, and was falling backwards, so it wasn’t really a chance.

1.09pm GMT

52 min Bale is flattened by O’Shea, who hurts himself in the process. West Brom’s tackling today has been zestful, though Jose Mourinho might choose a different word.

1.08pm GMT

51 min “Bob,” says Mac Millings, “I’ve been out of the country for a long time, so maybe everyone knows this, but I had no idea until looking at his picture just now that Gareth Bale was every member of Supergrass.”

1.06pm GMT

50 min Excellent play for Kane, who turns Bartley on the right and lobs a cross towards Bale at the far post. He slides onto the ball but can only poke it well wide; it was a half chance at best.

1.05pm GMT

49 min “Afternoon Rob,” says Simon McMahon. “If Spurs do win and go top, I’m fully expecting Mourinho to immediately tweet ‘STOP THE LEAGUE’ and declare himself and his team champions. And even if Spurs don’t win the league this season, I’m looking forward to his speech declaring them the winners anyway, if you only count ‘legal’ goals.”

That is so Friday night.


1.04pm GMT

48 min Kane slaps a 20-yard shot that is bloked by Ajayi.

1.04pm GMT

47 min Krovinovic’s outswinging corner is headed a few yards wide by O’Shea. That was a decent chance because he got between two defenders and had a clear jump at the ball.

1.01pm GMT

46 min Peep peep! West Brom begin the second half. No changes on either side.

12.58pm GMT

“Spurs look organised and disciplined, but slow,” says Ron Stack. “Could their schedule be catching up to them?”

I just think it’s been a sluggish performance, and also that West Brom haven’t given Son any space to run into. Spurs could easily snap out of it – they were hopeless at Southampton for 40 minutes and ended up winning 5-2. I bet Jose Mourinho is giving them a brollocking as we speak.

12.46pm GMT

Half-time reading

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12.46pm GMT

Peep peep! So far so good for West Brom, who have frustrated Spurs with a disciplined and vigorous defensive performance. Son missed a great chance at one end, Eric Dier headed off the line at the other. The second half will surely be more eventful.

12.44pm GMT

44 min Bartley is booked for taking a shortcut through the back of Harry Kane.

12.43pm GMT

43 min “Not a Spurs fan but admire the remarkable consistency of Son and Kane,” says Niall O’Keeffe. “Both in the top 10 in the EPL in my opinion. Fancy Jose to guide them to the Premiership this season.”

I think that will be beyond them, even if Son and Kane stay fit, but they do have an outside chance. And I think they’ll win one of the cups.

12.42pm GMT

42 min This is a decent spell of pressure for Spurs, probably their best of the half.

12.40pm GMT

40 min Ndombele’s excellent cross from the right is cleared by Bartley at the near post. Kane went down under challenge from Livermore, but I don’t think there was anything in it.

12.38pm GMT

38 min A few of the Spurs players, and Jose Mourinho, are unhappy with West Brom’s physicality. Reguilon goes down holding his face after an aerial challenge with Furlong. The referee saw nothing wrong.

12.37pm GMT

38 min “Hey Rob,” says J.R. in Illinois. “It’s all happening this weekend, eh?. It started badly Friday with the crushing blow of Ireland getting knocked out of the World Cup (of Darts). Then we had a Saturday that is the beginning of the end of a very long four years (don’t get me wrong though, we’re still in deep doo doo), And today my Baggies get a chance to ruin the dastardly Jose Mourinho’s day. What a time to be alive.”

12.37pm GMT

37 min Johnstone comes for the corner and doesn’t get there, but he gets away with it.

12.36pm GMT

36 min Ndombele plays a return pass to Reguilon, who hares towards the area and is very well tackled by Ajayi. Corner to Spurs on the left...

12.35pm GMT

35 min Gareth Bale has been very quiet, although you could say the same about Kane and Son. West Brom could do with scoring now while they are on top, because the second half surely won’t be as comfortable.

12.34pm GMT

34 min After nice play from Robinson, who has been excellent, Livermore sprays a drive over the bar from 25 yards.

12.33pm GMT

33 min West Brom are the better team at the moment; on the touchline, Jose Mourinho has the face on.

12.30pm GMT

30 min Krovinovic’s deep free-kick is headed over the bar by Bartley. He was trying to nod it back towards the far post but got too much on the ball.

12.29pm GMT

28 min Spurs have been poor so far. West Brom are squeezing the game very effectively.

12.27pm GMT

26 min: Fine defending from Dier! Robinson breaks into space down the left, reaching the byline before flipping a lovely cross over Lloris. Grant, at the far post, is about to head the ball into the net from a yard when Dier leaps to flick it away.

12.24pm GMT

24 min Slaven Bilic will be pretty happy with how the match has gone so far. Spurs have been a bit sluggish and have only created that one clear chance for Son.

12.23pm GMT

22 min Kane’s lofted pass is just too heavy for Reguilon, who would have been through on goal.

12.20pm GMT

20 min Ndombele is fouled just outside the D by Gallagher, but the referee waves play on. Jose Mourinho is not thrilled.

12.19pm GMT

20 min This is a good spell for West Brom, who look sprightly on the counter-attack. Furlong breaks into the area and is well tackled by Reguilon.

12.19pm GMT

18 min: Good chance for West Brom! Furlong’s terrific cross from the right is headed well wide by the stretching Grant. I think he mistimed his jump; either way the ball skimmed off his head and went out for a throw-in.

12.17pm GMT

17 min Bale concedes a corner on the West Brom left. Krovinovic’s corner leads to another, this time on the right. Hojbjerg heads it away.

12.14pm GMT

13 min Robinson cuts the ball towards Gallagher, whose shot is blocked by Reguilon. Spurs break dangerously and 10 seconds later Son misses a great chance. Kane and Ndombele combined neatly to find him in a criminal amount of space 10 yards from goal. Son almost had too much time - he waited an age before hitting a left-footed shot that was blocked by Ajayi.

12.10pm GMT

10 min West Brom are working really hard defensively, and so far have kept Spurs at arm’s length. It hasn’t been the greatest start to the game.

12.07pm GMT

7 min Doherty’s low cross is put behind by Townsend for the first corner of the match. Son’s delivery is poor and Gallagher heads clear.

12.05pm GMT

5 min Lots of early possession for Spurs, as you’d expect. So far it has all been in front of the West Brom defence.

12.02pm GMT

2 min Lloris makes a comfortable save from Robinson’s low drive.

12.00pm GMT

1 min Peep peep! After both sets of players stand for a Remembrance Sunday tribute, Spurs get the game underway. They’re wearing their yellow change strip; West Brom are in blue and white.

11.55am GMT

West Brom are looking for their first win in the league this season. They’ve played well enough in some games, especially the 3-3 draw with Chelsea, but they were dismal in the 2-0 defeat at Fulham on Monday.

11.36am GMT

Pre-match reading

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11.04am GMT

West Brom are without Matheus Pereira and Branislav Ivanovic, who have both tested positive for Covid-19, while Grady Diangana has been dropped to the bench. Gareth Bale, who scored the winner against Brighton last weekend, starts his first Premier League game since returning to Spurs.

West Brom (3-5-2) Johnstone; Bartley, O’Shea, Ajayi; Furlong, Gallagher Livermore, Krovinovic, Townsend; Grant, Robinson.
Substitutes: Button, Gibbs, Peltier, Phillips, Diangana, Sawyers, Edwards.

10.38am GMT

Morning. Jose Mourinho’s second home used to be 1 Premier League. He spent most of his time there, looking down at the unspecial ones going about their mundane business. In the last few years, he has become one of them. Since winning the title with Chelsea in 2014-15, Mourinho has only been top of the Premier League for a few weeks, at the start of his first two seasons with Manchester United. But if Spurs win at struggling West Brom today, he will return to his old residence.

It might only be for a few hours, but it would support the growing feeling that Spurs could make a surprise title challenge this season. They need Harry Kane and Son Heung-min to stay fit and maintain their spectacular form, but a Spurs challenge is much more conceivable than when they started the season with that dismal defeat at home to Everton.

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Morgan makes debut in Spurs draw

Sky Sports - lør, 07/11/2020 - 19:45
Two-time World Cup winner Alex Morgan could not find the winning touch as she made her Women's Super League debut off the bench in Tottenham's 1-1 draw at home to Reading.

West Brom v Tottenham: match preview

Guardian - lør, 07/11/2020 - 10:00

West Brom’s season darkened further after losing to fellow winless side Fulham on Monday and on recent form Tottenham should ease past Slaven Bilic’s side without breaking sweat. Bilic needs to fire up his side for a free hit, as losing here will not condemn their season. A shock result, however, could define it and turn the corner toward improved performances.Jake Livermore, the captain, will be surely be motivated to lead an upset against his former side Graham Searles

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How long since your club topped the top flight?

Sky Sports - fre, 06/11/2020 - 23:00
Southampton lead England's top division for the first time in 32 years after beating Newcastle on Friday - but which current Premier League club has waited the longest to top the table?

Wilshere: I couldn't join Tottenham

Sky Sports - fre, 06/11/2020 - 17:30
Jack Wilshere was the latest guest on the Super 6 Podcast, joining hosts Laura Woods and Adebayo Akinfenwa to discuss where next for his career, Barcelona and much more.

West Brom vs Tottenham preview: Will Bale keep starting spot?

Sky Sports - fre, 06/11/2020 - 17:25
Team news, stats and prediction ahead of West Brom vs Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday; kick-off 12pm.

Mourinho worried about Bale working with Arsenal coach on Wales duty

Guardian - fre, 06/11/2020 - 14:00
  • Arsenal’s Albert Stuivenberg is a coach for Wales
  • ‘Honestly, it doesn’t make me very comfortable’

José Mourinho has said he is uneasy that Gareth Bale will be under the jurisdiction of an Arsenal coach when the Tottenham winger returns to international duty next week. Bale is back in the Wales squad after missing the October internationals and, with Ryan Giggs absent after being arrested on suspicion of assault, they will be led by assistant coaches Robert Page and Albert Stuivenberg, who also works alongside Mikel Arteta for Spurs’ arch-rivals.

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Mourinho: Wales must not 'destroy' work with Bale

Sky Sports - fre, 06/11/2020 - 14:00
Jose Mourinho is calling on Wales to take care of Gareth Bale while he is on international duty and not "destroy" the work Tottenham have done with him.

Kane, Son, Jose among October nominations

Sky Sports - fre, 06/11/2020 - 12:00
Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son are on the shortlist for October's Premier League Player of the Month award, while Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho has been nominated for the manager's prize.

How long since your club topped the top flight?

Sky Sports - fre, 06/11/2020 - 10:50
Southampton will lead England's top division for the first time in 32 years if they beat Newcastle this Friday, live on Sky Sports - but which current Premier League club has waited the longest to top the table?

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Guardian - fre, 06/11/2020 - 01:01

Keane is setting an example for Maguire, Liverpool can expose Manchester City’s vulnerability and will Southampton go top?

The knives are out again for Ole Gunnar Solskjær following Manchester United’s slapdash defeats to Arsenal and Basaksehir. Beating Everton is the only acceptable way to fight back. Solskjær is likely to go with a counterattacking formula that has generally worked well for him, although his job stability could still hinge on Harry Maguire’s ability to subdue Dominic Calvert-Lewin. As Maguire struggles to play his way out of a prolonged wobble, he might do well to seek inspiration from Michael Keane who, Everton’s two recent defeats notwithstanding, has improved hugely this year. One aspect of Keane’s play that has become especially noticeable in silent stadiums is how well he communicates with and guides his teammates. PD

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Jose: Lo Celso not fit enough

Sky Sports - tor, 05/11/2020 - 23:02
Jose Mourinho criticised Giovani Lo Celso despite his impressive Europa League showing for Tottenham, declaring the midfielder is not fit enough.

PL predictions: Liverpool win, Villa shock?

Sky Sports - tor, 05/11/2020 - 22:00
Our betting expert Jones Knows makes his Premier League predictions for the weekend.

Harry Kane makes it 200 goals in 300 Spurs games during win at Ludogorets

Guardian - tor, 05/11/2020 - 21:01

José Mourinho pledged that Tottenham Hotspur would be at “full power” in north east Bulgaria on Thursday night and, sure enough, a high-wattage performance dazzled Ludogorets into submission.

With Harry Kane scoring his 200th goal in a Spurs shirt on his 300th appearance for the club, the Bulgarian champions rarely looked as if they would collect their first point of this Europa League campaign as Mourinho’s revamped side atoned for last week’s reverse against Royal Antwerp.

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Kane scores 200th Spurs goal in Ludogorets win

Sky Sports - tor, 05/11/2020 - 20:52
Harry Kane scored his 200th goal for Tottenham in a much-improved Europa League showing for Jose Mourinho’s men as they dispatched Ludogorets 3-1.

FA chairman Greg Clarke 'supported push by big clubs' to control TV deals

Guardian - tor, 05/11/2020 - 20:32
  • Clarke met them on day he publicly criticised Project Big Picture
  • Premier League chairman told clubs he understood their stance

The Football Association chairman, Greg Clarke, told senior representatives of the Premier League and its big six clubs that he supported the clubs’ efforts to secure greater voting power for TV deals, club sources have told the Guardian.

Clarke is said to have made his supportive remark in the meeting called by the league’s chairman, Gary Hoffman, with Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal on Tuesday 13 October, two days after the leaked “Project Big Picture” plans were published in the Telegraph. The Premier League’s chief executive, Richard Masters, also attended.

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