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Tottenham v Red Star Belgrade: Champions League Group B – as it happened

Guardian - tir, 22/10/2019 - 22:21

It was an emphatic night for Tottenham after a miserable month, albeit against fairly feeble opposition

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Mauricio Pochettino speaks: “Not great,” he says to BT Sport, when asked if he feels great. “I feel OK. It’s only one game. We need a run to build our confidence but we needed to start somewhere for the confidence. Tomorrow we have a day off because they scored five goals. I said ‘If you are going to be happy like this, you can have a day off’.”

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David Hytner was at White Hart Lane for the Guardian. Here’s how he saw Tottenham’s victory unfold.

Related: Harry Kane and Son Heung-min hit doubles as Tottenham thrash Red Star

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Harry Kane speaks: “We know we’ve been in a tough run of results and it’s a really good way to respond,” he tells BT Sport. “We were ruthless in front of goal today, which we need to be more often.”

Heung-min Son speaks: “As a team we stuck together from the start and we wanted to win this game,” says the man who is on the Ballon D’Or shortlist. “It was an amazing performance. Now we have coming the big away games and we just want to take things step by step, starting at Liverpool.”

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Elsewhere in Group B: Bayern Munich have come from behind to beat Olympiacos 3-2 in Athens. They top the group with nine points after three games. Tottenham are second with four points, with Red Star behind them on three. Olympiacos are in fourth place in the group with one point to their name.

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Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeeep! It’s all over at White Hart Lane, where Tottenham Hotspur have swatted their Serbian visitors aside with a minimum of fuss. Harry Kane and Heung-min Son got two apiece, while Erik Lamela got the fifth as Mauricio’s side got a much-needed confidence boost following three poor performances in a row.

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90+2 min: Milunovic heads well wide after getting on the end of a Marin cross.

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90+1 min: Red Star corner. Marin sends the ball into the mixer, where Lamela heads clear.

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89 min: Rather than pull the ball back to Lo Celso, who was in a good position in the Red Star penalty area, Harry Kane shoots into the side-netting from a very tight angle. We’ll allow him that bit of selfishness, seeing as he’s played so well, is on a hat-trick and his team is 5-0 up.

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87 min: Red Star have possession but are just trying to play down the clock without incurring further damage. They’ve been fairly hopeless tonight, but are likely to be a different proposition altogether when Tottenham travel to Serbia to play them in front of a ridiculously partisan and hostile crowd at the Maracana (not that one) in two weeks time.

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84 min: after good work from Aurier, Kane squares the ball for Dier at the near post, but the substitute pokes the ball wide from a difficult angle.

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82 min: Lo Celso grimaces as he comes out second best from a challenge with Milos Vulic, with the Red Star man treading on his instep. Moments later, he goes to ground again after being caught by a Milunovic forearm smash caress. Red Star substitution: Vukanovic on, Van La Parra off.

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77min: Tottenham substitution I missed a couple of minutes ago: Juan Foyth on, Jan Vertonghen off. Tottenham substitution I’m totally up to speed on: Giovanni Lo Celso on, Dele Alli off.

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76 min: Moments after scoring his second goal of the night, Kane almost notched his hat-trick, coming close to lobbing Borjan after spotting the goalkeeper off his line.

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74 min: Crisis? What crisis? They could scarcely have asked for easier opposition, but Spurs have been splendid this evening. It’s just the confidence-booster they need ahead of a trip to Anfield this weekend.

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It’s a rout+1: Harry Kane receives a pass from Eric Dier and his first touch in the Red Star penalty area is poor. He adjusts his feet, looks up and passes the ball into the far corner from a narrow angle. A wonderful, inch perfect finish - it’s like he was threading a needle.

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70 min: Marko Marin finds a yard of space just outside the Tottenham penalty area and curls a shot narrowly wide.

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69 min: Tottenham substitution: Son off, Eric Dier on. The South Korean has been outstanding tonight and obeys the new rule that dictates he must leave the field at the nearest point of exit and walk the long way back to the dugout. It might take him a while, as he’s happily giving high fives to any supporters with ringside seats who wants one on the way.

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68 min: On the edge of the six-yard box, Kane sticks his neck out to try to head home a curled pass from Son. He fails to make contact with the ball when he looked certain to score.

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66 min: Vertonghen is dispossessed by Mateo Garcia in the Tottenham right-back position. The ball is crossed to the far post, where Gazzaniga is forced to get down and save.

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64 min: On a hat-trick, Son takes on and beats two defenders before shooting low, hard and wide from distance. Harry Kane, who was unmarked in a better position, castigates his team-mate for not passing to him instead.

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60 min: Red Star double substitution: Milan Pavkov and Njegos Petrovic on for Tomane and Jose Canas.

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59 min: Good save from Borjan, who stops Lamela from lifting the ball over him and nabbing his second goal in quick succesion. I’m not sure it would have counted, as the Argentinian looked a mite offside.

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It’s a rout! Kane plays the ball out wide to Aurier, who sends a low cross into Lamela in the Red Star penalty area. Unmarked with his back to goal, he has time to turn and pick his spot, firing into the bottom corner. That is atrocious defending from Red Star.

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56 min: Formerly of Huddersfield Town, Van la Parra sends a cross to the far post, where Gobeljic chests the ball down before shooting low, hard and straight at Milan Borjan.

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55 min: Now Son tees up Lamela, who fires wide of the far post with a low diagonal effort that may have been intended as a cross for Kane.

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53 min: Son eschews the option of shooting from a tight angle and plays the ball into the path of Dele Alli after receiving another wonderful pass from Kane at the far post. Red Star clear. Son and Kane have been outstanding tonight.

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52 min: Red Star’s Gobeljic squares the ball from the left after beating the offside trap. With Tomane waiting on the edge of the six yard box, the cross is intercepted.

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51 min: Harry Kane curls a brilliant left-footed cross into the Red Star penalty area. It’s on a plate for Erik Lamela, who sticks out a foot and pokes the ball high over the bar.

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49 min: On the fringe of the Red Star penalty area, Lamela plays the ball wide to Ben Davies. His attempted cross is blocked.

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47 min: Rajiv van la Parra is fouled by Tanguy Ndombele halfway inside the Tottenham half. Free-kick for Red Star. Marin floats the ball towards the far post, where it’s shepherded back to Gazzaniga.

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46 min: Tottenham get the ball rolling for the second half. There are no changes in personnel on either side.

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Tottenham go in for the break with an emphatic lead. They took advantage of a lacklustre start from Red Star to go two up early doors through Harry Kane and Son, with Erik Lamela acting as provider on both occasions. Red Star worked their way back into the game with Marko Marin pulling the strings, but a hideous error by the Red Star skipper gifted possessino to Spurs moments before half-time and Tangey Ndombele took full advantage to tee up Son for his second goal of the night.

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Son scores again! Marin loses the ball in midfield, gifting possession to Dombele. He surges forward and plays the ball between two defenders into the path of Son. As the goalkeeper dashes off his line, Son tucks the ball into the back of the net. Hats off to Harry Kane, by the way, whose decoy run took two defenders out of Ndombele’s path. Hats firmly on to Marin, who lost the ball on the halfway line and was punished mercilessly.

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41 min: Red Star go forward again, but lose the ball in the Tottenham right-back position. Ben Davies tries to clear but is pressed hard by Marko Gobeljic. A little too hard, it seems - Spurs have a free-kick and clear their lines.

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37 min: A good attacking move from Spurs ends with a curling Aurier cross from the right towards Dele Alli at the far post being intercepted.

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35 min: Much better from Red Star, who have finally decided to start playing, albeit after going two behind. Having sat back and let Tottenham come at them in the opening 20 minutes, they’ve finally started pressing their hosts. Marko Marin is running proceedings, while right-back Marko Grobeljic has just had two shots in quick succession. The first was blocked, while the second is deflected wide by Tomane.

8.37pm BST

Elsewhere in Group B: It’s Olympiacos 1-1 Bayern Munich in Athens, where Robert Lewandowski has equalised for the German side.

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Stewards at Tottenham seemingly doing nothing to throw out a section of Red Star Belgrade fans - despite the club being banned from having fans at this game due to a UEFA racism sanction.

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31 min: Another Red Star corner. Marko Marin finds the head of Tomane, who fails to trouble Gazzaniga unduly.

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30 min: Free-kick for Red Star, which might as well be a corner. The ball’s played into the penalty area, where Serge Aurier clears with a header. That’ll be a Red Star throw-in, deep in Tottenham territory. The Serbian side are starting to find their feet in this contest.

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29 min: Marin plays a deft little pass into space in the Tottenham penalty area. He’s thoping Tomane will reach it first, but Vertonghen clears before the striker can get on the ball.

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27 min: Tottenham goalkeeper Gazzaniga saves unconvincingly from a Rajiv van la Parra downward header at the far post. He dives and catches the ball, but then drops it. Davinson Sanchez is on hand to clear before anyone in a navy shirt can pounce.

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24 min: Son and Davies combine down the left to tee Lamela up with a pull-back into the Red Star penalty area. He stretches to fire off a shot, which Borjan saves well. This is exhibition stuff from Tottenham’s players, who look like they’re having something resembling fun for the first time this season.

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Elsewhere in Group B: Olympiacos have taken the lead against Bayern Munich. It’s 1-0 in Greece.

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22 min: Tanguy Ndomeble tries to curl a shot around Borjan and inside the far post, but the goalkeeper is wise to his caper. He saves and Spurs win a corner when Dele Alli tries to contest the follow-up at the far post. Nothing comes from the set piece.

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21 min: Marko Marin plays a cross into the Tottenham penalty area. Nemanjja Milunovic gets his head to it, but sends the ball narrowly wide.

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18 min: Red Star win a free-kick halfway inside the Tottenham half. The ball’s played into the Tottenham penalty area, where Kane heads clear. Spurs gallop upfield on the break and find themselves with a six-on-three, which comes to nothing when Son misplaces a pass to Serge Aurier. If anything, Clive, they had too many men in that counter-attack.

8.20pm BST

Son doubles Tottenham’s lead! The South Korean arrives unmarked in the Red Star penalty area at the end of a 20 metre run and roofs the ball from a diagonal angle after being teed up by a Erik Lamela.

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14 min: Good play by Marko Gobeljc, the Red Star right-back galloping upfield to volley a ball from deep across the Tottenham Penalty area. He has no team-mates in the box to get on the end of his cushioned cross.

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14 min: Red Star are making life easy for them, but Spurs look unrecognisable from the rabble that have played so listlessly in their previous three games. They’re on it, tonight.

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13 min: Kane goes close again, shooting straight at Borjan from a tight angle after combining with Son.

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11 min: Tottenham are well worth their lead, even at this early stage. Lamela had shaped to take that corner, only to be stopped by the referee, who had spotted some pushing and shoving in the area. After a brief delay, he gave Lamela the signal to take it and his whipped cross was met by Kane.

8.13pm BST

Tottenham lead! Rajiv van la Parra is dispossessed after receiving a pass from Marko Marin deep in Tottenham territory and the home side advance once again. They win a corner, which Erik Lamela swings in from the right. Harry Kane gets in front of his man, leaps highest and glances a header in at the far post.

8.09pm BST

5 min: Good interplay between Son and Dele Alli leads to the South Korean making room for a shot on the edge of the Red Star penalty area. He shoots feebly and straight at goalkeeper Milan Borjan while aiming for the bottom left-hand far corner.

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4 min: Jan Vertonghen beats Red Star striker Tomane in the air as the Portuguese leaps to try and bring down a high ball towards the edge of the penalty area.

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2 min: Be Davies prods the ball through the centre to Son, who tries to play Harry Kane in behind the Red Star defence. The Tottenham skipper advances into the Red Star penalty area, where he jinks past Milos Degenek, but appears to dig his foot into the turf and fall while trying to unleash a shot. A good start from Tottenham.

8.04pm BST

1 min: Red Star get the ball rolling, their players wearing navy shirts, shorts and socks with red trim. Tottenham’s players wear white shirts, shorts and socks.

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A brief pause: A group photo is taken with selected players from each team each team brandishing an #equalgame anti-racism sign. A Uefa initiative, it’s far easier than actually doing anything useful and proactive to combat discrimination in the game.

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Not long now: The teams line up in the tunnel and are led out on to the pitch by captains Harry Kane and Marko Marin. Once there, they line up either side of the team of match officials, with all concerned looking suitably pensive as the Champions League anthem is played.

7.09pm BST

Tottenham Hotspur: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Sissoko, Ndombele, Lamela, Alli, Son, Kane.

Subs: Winks, Dier, Lo Celso, Foyth, Eriksen, Lucas Moura, Austin.

7.07pm BST

Mauricio Pochettino makes four changes from the team that was slightly fortuitous to draw with Watford at the weekend. Ben Davies, Tanguy Ndombele, Erik Lamela and Son Heung-min come into the side, with Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose conspicuous by their absence from the match day squad. Giovani Lo Celso features on the bench, with with fit-again Christian Eriksen also among the substitutes.

Red Star named former Chelsea midfielder Marko Marin and ex-Huddersfield winger Rajiv Van La Parra in their starting line-up.

7.02pm BST

White Hart Lane will not be at full capacity tonight, as Red Star have been banned from selling tickets to their fans as part of a punishment for racist chanting at a July qualifier against HJK Helsinki in Finland. The upshot? Their hosts have the full allocation and are struggling to fill it.

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Vladan Milojevic speaks: “Tottenham are going through a tough period but that happens with every club,” said Red Star’s manager upon being asked about Tottenham’s poor run of form. “There’s too much emphasis on it. Pochettino is one of the best coaches in Europe if not the world.

“We are looking at Tottenham as Tottenham of the past, an excellent team. We are going to give our all and play a good match. If we play our game they will not be able to stop us: that’s my philosophy.”

7.02pm BST

Mauricio Pochettino speaks: Although he’s extremely unlikely to be short of high profile offers should he find himself out of a job, Mauricio Pochettino has conceded that his position at Tottenham is under threat unless there is a significant improvement in results.

As he addressed the press yesterday, he stressed that tonight’s game is a big one, but no more so than any other.

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White Hart Lane is the venue for tonight’s Champions League group game between Tottenham Hotspur and Red Star Belgrade. Two matches into the campaign and Tottenham Hotspur are yet to get a win and sit bottom of Group B on goal difference following the humiliation they suffered at the hands of Bayern Munich last time out.

Their Serbian opponents, Red Star, have three points in the bag, having beaten Olympiacos and come into tonight’s game on a run of six consecutive wins in all competitions. Tottenham, by contrast, have won just three out of 12 this season and are terribly out of form, but remain white-hot favourites to prevail against opposition who have never taken a point on their travels in the Champions League. Kick-off is at 8pm (BST), but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.

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Harry Kane and Son Heung-min hit doubles as Tottenham thrash Red Star

Guardian - tir, 22/10/2019 - 22:07

For Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham, this was more like it. After the trauma of the 7-2 humiliation in their previous Champions League tie here against Bayern Munich and how it had affected them subsequently in the loss at Brighton and the home draw with Watford, they needed a tonic, something to steady the nerves and trample the prospect of an escalating crisis.

They got it on a night when Son Heung-min ran riot, scoring twice and striking fear in the hearts of the Red Star defenders whenever he touched the ball, and Harry Kane weighed in with two more of his own. Érik Lamela got the other goal and the truth was that Spurs ought to have reached double figures. Their dominance was total and they certainly had the chances.

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Five-star Tottenham thrash Red Star

Sky Sports - tir, 22/10/2019 - 21:50
Tottenham put their recent problems behind them for the night with a comprehensive 5-0 home win over Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League.

Banned Red Star fans attend Tottenham game

Sky Sports - tir, 22/10/2019 - 21:40
UEFA will wait for a report from their delegate before deciding whether to investigate how Red Star Belgrade fans got into their Champions League game at Tottenham.

Euro Papers: Real to shelve Eriksen plans

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Merson Says: Kane must think about Spurs future

Sky Sports - tir, 22/10/2019 - 10:30
Paul Merson says Harry Kane must think about his future at Tottenham at the end of the season if he wants to win trophies in his career - and insists Liverpool are still the favourites for the Premier League title despite dropping points at Manchester United...

Football transfer rumours: Isco to Spurs, Giroud to Crystal Palace?

Guardian - tir, 22/10/2019 - 10:01

Today’s fluff is taking it all with a pinch of salt

Juventus, storied heavyweights of the European game and a club who knows a decent defender when they see one, are scanning Europe for their next recruit and have zoned in, a tad improbably, on The Hawthorns. Reports this morning suggest that the Old Lady is eyeing a young man in the form of West Brom prodigy Nathan Ferguson. The 19-year-old has stood out for the Championship leaders in the past few weeks, so much so that he could be playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo rather than Hal Robson-Kanu come January – although not if Atlético Madrid have any say on the matter. Leeds are also interested, it seems, so all the best to them.

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Tottenham vs Red Star Belgrade preview

Sky Sports - tir, 22/10/2019 - 06:00
Team news, key stats and predictions ahead of Tuesday's game between Tottenham and Red Star Belgrade as the Champions League group stage continues.

Tottenham boosted by Lo Celso return

Sky Sports - man, 21/10/2019 - 22:42
Giovani Lo Celso is back for Tottenham's Champions League clash at home to Red Star Belgrade, Sky Sports News understands.

Carra: Time for change at Tottenham

Sky Sports - man, 21/10/2019 - 20:20
Tottenham remain outside the Premier League top six after their 1-1 draw at home to Watford, and Jamie Carragher believes this cycle is now over for Mauricio Pochettino's team.

Mauricio Pochettino fights on but accepts his Tottenham job is in danger

Guardian - man, 21/10/2019 - 19:18

• ‘We are in a period when we are fragile’ says Pochettino
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For Mauricio Pochettino it has long been a default response, a way to sidestep awkward questions. “Rumours,” the Tottenham manager says and, with it, he brings down the curtain on various subjects.

The rumours, as Pochettino would have them, are rife because Spurs are at such a low ebb, having won only three games all season. Harry Kane was asked on Monday whether it was the toughest period the team had been through in five and a bit years under Pochettino. “Yeah, probably, I’d say so,” Kane replied.

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Liverpool stars on Ballon d'Or shortlist

Sky Sports - man, 21/10/2019 - 18:13
A raft of Liverpool's Champions League winners, including Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk have been included on the Ballon d'Or's 30-man shortlist.

Liverpool stars on Ballon d'Or shortlist

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A raft of Liverpool's Champions League winners, including Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk and Roberto Firmino, have been included on the Ballon d'Or's 30-man shortlist, which will be completed later this evening.

Charlie's European predictions

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Charlie Nicholas returns with his latest round of European predictions with Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Celtic all in action.

Kane: It's not been easy

Sky Sports - man, 21/10/2019 - 15:39
Harry Kane admits Tottenham are going through their toughest period since he established himself in the side.

Poch hints job at risk over poor form

Sky Sports - man, 21/10/2019 - 14:43
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has hinted his job could be at risk if results do not improve ahead of Tuesday's Champions League home match against Red Star Belgrade.

Ref Watch: VAR right not to overrule decision

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On a big weekend of controversial decisions and VAR again in the spotlight, here's Dermot Gallagher's verdict on all the big calls.

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Overhead kicks, serenity and scarves in this week’s roundup of the best top-flight pictures


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