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Fans charged with assault on Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale.

A spectator has been charged with assaulting Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale following last weekend’s north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur, the Metropolitan Police said Tuesday.

Joseph Watts, 35, has been accused of assault by beating, going onto an area adjacent to the playing area and throwing a missile onto a football playing area at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium following Premier League leaders Arsenal’s 2-0 win.

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Watts, of Hackney, north London, was charged on Tuesday and is due to appear at Highbury Magistrates’ Court on February 17.

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Following Sunday’s incident, England’s governing Football Association “strongly condemned” the incident, while Tottenham insisted “violence in any form has no place in football”.

Arsenal’s victory left them eight points clear at the top of the table.




Mikel Arteta speaks amid Chelsea, Tottenham clash.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says his players are in a “really good emotional state” ahead of Sunday’s north London derby as they aim to avenge last season’s painful defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Arsenal went down 3-0 in May last year as they chased qualification for a top-four spot, with Spurs eventually finishing in the Champions League qualification places instead.

Arteta said there were a lot of things to learn from that game.

“We haven’t won there (at the new stadium), and that’s the challenge we have ahead of us,” he said. “We are in a different place. We have to show that playing the way we want to play.”

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The Spaniard, whose team beat Spurs 3-1 at the Emirates earlier this season, said his players were relaxed ahead of Sunday’s clash.


“I think the players are in a really good emotional state,” he said. “We are excited, we are enjoying playing together and we are in a good position.

“So we have to improve a lot of the things we still have to do, and we have to maintain the things that have taken us this far.”

League leaders Arsenal, who are five points clear of defending champions Manchester City, have not won away at Spurs since 2014 — five years before their rivals moved into their new stadium.

“Obviously the way we have performed and the results that we have got confidence-wise puts us in a good position,” he said.

“But then it’s something that you have to show in every single match, every opponent and especially every away game brings big challenges and this is no different. We have to prove that we are good enough to go there, play our way and win the match.”


Arteta admitted Arsenal were “trying to improve” the squad in the January transfer window but would not speak about Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhailo Mudryk at his pre-match press conference.

Reports say a big-money deal for the 22-year-old is close.

“We cannot talk about any other players,” said Arteta. “There is some interest in things we’d like to do to improve the team, because we are a bit short in certain areas with the injuries we’ve (picked up).

“We are trying as a club. We are determined to try to improve the team in every window and that’s what we’re trying to do.”




Tottenham: Conte rules out loan exits for Sarr and one other.


Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has dismissed the idea of sending Oliver Skipp and Pape Matar Sarr, instead predicting big roles in the first team for the young duo for the remainder of the season.

22-year-old academy graduate Skipp started the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace in the absences of the suspended Yves Bissouma and injured Rodrigo Bentancur, with Sarr replacing him off the bench midway through the second half.

The two young talents both made an impression on Conte, who ruled out sending either player on loan and backed both Skipp and Sarr to help out the senior side.

“Skipp and Sarr showed they are really reliable players for me and I’m really happy,” he said. “We exploited the period of the World Cup to work with these young players to improve themselves under the tactical aspect and physical aspect.

“Now they stay with us in the squad. I don’t want to send these young players on loan because the league is very difficult. We have to play Champions League, we have to play FA Cup. I think these young players can stay here to help us face these three competitions.”


Central midfield has been a problem area for Spurs this season. While the combination of Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has earned positive reviews, the lack of senior depth outside of Bissouma has been touted as a concern.

However, with Skipp back from a foot injury and Sarr using the World Cup break to impress his boss, Conte now appears to have found two more dependable options for the remainder of the season as Spurs look to compete on three fronts.

The Spurs boss also had plenty of praise for young forward Bryan Gil, who has impressed in recent weeks as Richarlison, Lucas Moura and Dejan Kulusevski continue to battle injury.

“We are talking about a player who was born to play football,” Conte said of Gil. “He understands football quickly. He’s so clever, so intelligent to understand the situation.

“Then you know this league is difficult, because you have to be good in quality and be fast and to have good endurance and he has this type of quality.”




Bournemouth, Tottenham clash ends 2-3 in favour of spurs.


Tottenham completed a dramatic comeback against Bournemouth, winning 3-2 in the Premier League after initially going 2-0 down.

As he alluded to prior to kick-off, Antonio Conte did make a number of changes to his starting XI with one eye firmly on next week’s crucial Champions League clash with Marseille. But two goals from Kieffer Moore put Bournemouth ahead and on course for victory.

Conte was eventually forced to bring his usual starters back in, with a late goal from substitute Rodrigo Bentancur deciding it at the death after Ryan Sessgnon and Ben Davies had put Spurs level.

Not a lot had really happened before Bournemouth took the lead, with Spurs having the lion’s share of possession but failing to turn it into anything remotely meaningful.

The Cherries broke the deadlock midway through the first half, clinically moving the ball from back to front. Dominic Solanke played an important role with his back to goal in midfield, playing in Marcus Tavernier down the right, whose low cross was expertly turned in first time by Moore.

The hosts then continued to get the ball into good areas but twice in fairly quick succession Lewis Cook seemed to get it caught under his feet and the promising moves broke down. Hugo Lloris also had to be sharp off his line to beat Tavernier to the ball as he raced through.

Spurs didn’t test Mark Travers, who conceded nine goals on his previous Premier League appearance until the final 10 minutes of the half when he parried a shot from Oliver Skipp. It did seem to spark something though as only moments later they hit the woodwork courtesy of a dangerous cross from Son Heung-min that flicked off the head of Marcos Senesi.

Then again, Emerson Royal also put a shot over the stand and into the car park. But Son made sure Travers was still paying attention in first half stoppage time, with the Irishman equal to a fierce effort.

Conte flinched first at half-time, throwing on Lucas Moura to give Spurs something more after what had been a fairly lacklustre opening 45 minutes overall, despite some improvement. But Bournemouth again proved clinical, working the ball down the right and then Adam Smith swinging it into the box. It was an invitation Moore couldn’t refuse, burying the header past Lloris.

That could have been Bournemouth out of sight, but football can change in an instant and Sessegnon’s strike, pretty much out of nowhere, cut the deficit after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg found the gap between Cherries defenders.

They hadn’t really deserved to be in the game, but Spurs began turning up the heat to try and get back level. In reality, the equaliser with just over 15 minutes left was a gift. Bournemouth didn’t deal with Ivan Perisic’s in-swinging corner, Travers flapped, and Davies couldn’t miss the easy header.

Travers looked shaken at another corner soon after, although he did save really well from Son after that to at least keep Bournemouth level.

The sheer volume of Tottenham corners was ultimately what did it – the Cherries could no longer hold out. When the stoppage time winner came, Son swung the ball into the box, Bournemouth failed to clear and Bentancur was on hand to turn it in and break Bournemouth hearts.


Bournemouth vs Tottenham: Player ratings
1. Bournemouth (3-4-2-1)
GK: Mark Travers – 5/10 – First start since Neto’s injury. Made a few saves but really poor at the corner when Spurs equalised.

CB: Adam Smith (c) – 6/10 – Great inviting cross against his former club. Got drawn out of position for the first Tottenham goal.

CB: Chris Mepham – 6/10 – Didn’t cover himself in glory at the late winner. Disappointing after a huge block moments earlier.

CB: Marcos Senesi – 7/10 – Seemed to be in the right place at the right time to repel most balls into the box… but not every time.

RWB: Marcus Tavernier – 7/10 – First assist of his Bournemouth career. Provided good width and attacking threat.

CM: Lewis Cook – 5/10 – Lacked quality in good attacking positions on more than one occasion.

CM: Jefferson Lerma – 6/10 – Worked hard considering Spurs had three in the middle.

LWB: Jordan Zemura – 6/10 – Covered a lot of ground up and down his flank.

AM: Dominic Solanke – 8/10 – Played the role really well to ensure that Moore was never too isolated. Involved in both goals too.

AM: Philip Billing – 5/10 – Didn’t see loads of the ball.

ST: Kieffer Moore – 8/10 – Kept his head in front of goal so well to break the deadlock with the first time finish. His second was pure trademark.

SUB: Jaidon Anthony (63′ for Billing) – 5/10

SUB: Ryan Fredericks (78′ for Tavernier) – 5/10

SUB: Jack Stephens (89′ for Solanke) – N/A

Manager: Gary O’Neil – 7/10 – Was winning the battle of wits with Conte until the final quarter. The game plan worked though.

2. Tottenham (3-5-2)
GK: Hugo Lloris – 6/10 – Conceded twice but massively tested. Smothered well against Tavernier when it was still 1-0.

CB: Davinson Sanchez – 4/10 – Goes to ground too easily when staying on his feet would be more effective. Doesn’t normally start and it showed.

CB: Clement Lenglet – 6/10 – Covered well generally, but the pace of Bournemouth’s first half countering caught him out.

CB: Ben Davies- 6/10 – Couldn’t miss from yards out to equalise.

RWB: Emerson Royal – 5/10 – Had no chance competing with the physical Moore at the back post when Bournemouth went 2-0 up.

CM: Oliver Skipp – 5/10 – Tested Travers but not a consistent threat and lacked general creativity. Subbed at half-time.

CM: Yves Bissouma – 5/10 – Disappointing considering Spurs should have outnumbered the Cherries in central midfield.

CM: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 7/10 – Better than his midfield partners. It was his defence splitting pass that got Spurs back into it.

LWB: Ryan Sessegnon – 7/10 – Was about to be hooked seconds before he got Spurs back into it with a good finish.

ST: Harry Kane – 6/10 – Got more involved towards the end of the first half when he dropped deeper to try and create.

ST: Son Heung-min – 6/10 – Looked dangerous for a brief spell at the end of the first half. Faded but delivered threatening corners.

SUB: Lucas Moura (46′ for Skipp) – 6/10

SUB: Eric Dier (58′ for Sanchez) – 7/10

SUB: Rodrigo Bentancur (58′ for Bissouma) – 7/10

SUB: Ivan Perisic (64′ for Royal) – 6/10

SUB: Bryan Gil (84′ for Sessegnon) – N/A

Manager: Antonio Conte – 6/10 – Gambled by resting players for the Marseille game. Eventually had to bring on his usual starters to save the result anyway.

Player of the match – Kieffer Moore

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Son Heung-min: Tottenham unconcerned by Real Madrid transfer links.


Tottenham Hotspur are not worried about the prospect of Son Heung-min leaving the club amid reports linking him with the likes of Real Madrid, 90min understands.
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Son has endured a difficult start to the 2022/23 season at club level, but remains one of world football’s most feared forwards and placed 11th for the 2022 Ballon d’Or.

Prior to the start of his 2021/22 Premier League Golden Boot-winning campaign, the South Korean signed a new contract in north London running until 2025.
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But German outlet Sport1 reported this week that he is considering a new challenge in his career and that he was being watched closely by Real Madrid, while Bayern Munich and PSG were also touted as potential destinations.

However, 90min understands that even if Son were to want out of Spurs, the club would not consider his departure for another couple of years at least


The contract he penned last year reflected both his overall importance to the club and his lofty standing in the game.

Furthermore, sources have told 90min that Real Madrid are playing down links to Son. Club president Florentino Perez recently asserted that they already have two future Ballon d’Or winners who play on the wing on their books in Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, while Kylian Mbappe continues to be linked with an eventual move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
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Meanwhile, 90min reported earlier this week that Spurs remain confident that Harry Kane will sign a new long-term contract. His current deal expires in 2024 and Bayern Munich are interested in his services.

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Tottenham Hotspur confident Harry Kane will sign new contract.


Tottenham Hotspur are confident that Harry Kane will commit his long-term future to the club and want to reach an agreement over a new contract in early 2023, 90min understands.

Kane’s current deal expires in the summer of 2024 and he has been heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich in the near future as his search for a first career trophy goes on.

Spurs have lost their last two games to all but confirm that they currently aren’t ready to challenge for the Premier League title, while 90min has previously reported of Juventus’ interest in reuniting with Antonio Conte in the near future and Mauricio Pochettino’s interest in returning to north London.

Sources have told 90min that Tottenham would like Kane to lead by example and sign a new contract, though this is unlikely to happen before the end of the year.


The club aren’t worried about the current situation, though would prefer the striker to put pen to paper before the end of the season amid rising interest from Bayern.

90mins reported last month that Spurs were becoming frustrated with the Bavarian’s public courting of Kane, with Bayern director Hasan Salihamidzic asked once more about a potential move over the weekend.

“Harry is a top player in the world but we’re not talking about other players who are signed to other clubs,” he said.

“We have an attack that can keep up or be the best in Europe. We have different players. We tried to put together the attack in such a way that the coach had a lot of options.”

Kane has made a fine start to the 2022/23 season with 11 goals in 16 games for Tottenham in all competitions, and is now just seven behind Jimmy Greaves in Spurs’ list of all-time top scorers.

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Arsenal, Chelsea & Tottenham monitoring Liverpool Keita contract situation


A number of Liverpool’s Premier League rivals are keeping close tabs on Naby Keita’s contract talks as they entertain the idea of taking him on a free transfer at the end of the season, 90min understands.

The midfielder has not actually played this season due to a series of niggling injuries, which has been a huge frustration for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp given the Guinean’s form last season and their other medical woes.

Keita was outstanding for the Reds last term, especially towards the end of the season with many tipping him to start the Champions League final against Real Madrid. However, Jordan Henderson and Thiago were picked ahead of him.

During the summer, Keita’s agents made a concerted push for Liverpool to tie him down to a new deal before the transfer window closed, but when it became clear this wasn’t going to happen, it was made known that he wasn’t happy with the situation.


The situation remains deadlocked, and Keita’s camp know that interest in his services is strong both from within the Premier League and abroad despite his injury record.

The chance to land Keita on a free is hugely appealing and 90min understands that Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are among those contemplating an offer.

Chelsea could consider moving on from the likes of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho while Denis Zakaria does not have a long-term future at the club, and the chance to bolster their ranks with a free agent is believed to appeal to the Blues.

Arsenal and Tottenham could also both do with Keita as he would add some real depth to both their thin squads.

There is also major interest in Keita from Germany, Italy, Spain and France should he decide to leave the Premier League, and he would be able to negotiate a free transfer abroad from January.

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Newcastle United “left no stone unturned” – crippling Tottenham.


Newcastle moved up to fourth and closed the gap on third-placed Tottenham to two points by beating their error-strewn hosts 2-1 in north London on Sunday.

A Hugo Lloris blunder gifted Callum Wilson the opener from distance before Miguel Almiron raced away from the challenges of Ryan Sessegnon and Clement Lenglet to fire in his side’s second.
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Harry Kane stooped low to head in at the back post to drag Spurs back into the game but the Magpies frustrated their hosts well to run down the clock in the second half and claim a deserved victory.

A fast-paced start saw Son Heung-min go close twice with efforts from the edge of the box before Emerson Royal and Joelinton tangled and collapsed in the Tottenham area, with no decision given.
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Spurs pushed on and Kieran Trippier had to be on alert against his former club to hook Son’s effort off the line after it deflected off Nick Pope towards goal.

Newcastle saw plenty of the ball before almost being gifted an opener in calamitous fashion as Eric Dier’s erroneous pass back to Lloris trickled past the post. Kane then brought a save from Pope after a twisting run before more calamitous antics in Tottenham’s defence helped Newcastle take the lead.
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Lloris attempted to collect a long pass which had caught out Dier with Wilson running in behind, but the ball hit the goalkeeper’s midriff and fell straight to Wilson, who lifted the ball into an empty net from distance. Lloris and Spurs claimed a foul as he collided with the Newcastle striker, but no intervention came from the officials.

There was no doubting Newcastle’s second as another home implosion created a path to goal. The Magpies telegraphed Lloris’ distribution and pounced, Sean Longstaff finding Miguel Almiron who fired his shot under Lloris to make it 2-0. SportBet ⚽ Get a free promo code of about 50% … Click now!!

Tottenham’s composure in possession was patchy but as the rain poured in north London a familiar figure was on hand to bundle them back into the game.

A corner was flicked on by Lenglet to Kane at the back post. The England captain stooped to head in his tenth league goal of the season and half the deficit.
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The goal didn’t create the forward momentum needed for Spurs to drag themselves level, with Ivan Perisic and Kane having their most notable chances but failing to trouble Pope in the Newcastle goal.

Defeat sees Tottenham lose their 100% home record in the league this season and hands them their second loss on the trot after being beaten at Manchester United in midweek. Newcastle, meanwhile, remain unbeaten since late August.


Tottenham vs Newcastle player ratings – Premier League
1. Tottenham (3-5-2)
GK: Hugo Lloris – 0/10 – Claimed a foul for Wilson’s strike but got the situation horribly wrong. Dived over Almiron’s effort after a poor kick out. Gifted Newcastle a platform they did not pass up.

CB: Davinson Sanchez – 4/10 – Pressured into some loose passes. His right-hand channel with Emerson provided little joy for Spurs.

CB: Eric Dier – 3/10 – Lost concentration and played some sloppy passes from the back.

CB: Clement Lenglet – 4/10 – Skinned by Almiron far too easily for Newcastle’s second. Got an assist with a flick to Kane.

RWB: Emerson Royal – 4/10 – Started the game looking dangerous in attack but that was as good as it got.

CM: Rodrigo Bentancur – 6/10 – Tireless pressing from the front and produced some really nice dribbles. Didn’t always pick the right pass.

CM: Yves Bissouma – 4/10 – Not showing the composure and awareness that made him such an easy watch at Brighton.

CM: Oliver Skipp – 6/10 – A couple of bursts forward looked promising in the first half but his distribution was a little loose.

LWB: Ryan Sessegnon – 4/10 – Couldn’t handle Almiron before the Paraguayan raced off and scored. Played into space frequently but delivery wasn’t there.

ST: Harry Kane – 7/10 – Picked out some textbook passes and saw a shot saved by Pope. Got free at the back post to head in.

ST: Son Heung-min – 5/10 – Went close with a few early efforts from the edge of the box. Could have given Spurs the lead from close range but his effort was hacked away by Trippier. Faded as the game wore on.

SUB: Ivan Perisic (61′ for Sessegnon) – 5/10 – Provided a little more bite on the left but not enough.

SUB: Lucas Moura (67′ for Skipp) – 5/10 – A few moments of nice interplay but little more.

SUB: Ben Davies (81′ for Lenglet) – 5/10

SUB: Matt Doherty (81′ for Emerson) – 5/10

Manager: Antonio Conte – 4/10 – Was without Cristian Romero and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from midweek and wasn’t helped by Lloris’ implosion. Spurs couldn’t compose themselves in attacking areas and Conte had little to turn to on the bench.

2. Newcastle (4-3-3)
GK: Nick Pope – 7/10 – Half-stopped a Son effort and was more convincing when booting away Kane’s shot. No outrageous saves but was big and strong when he needed to be.

RB: Kieran Trippier – 8/10 – Swept up well to stop Son’s shot creeping over the line. Dealt well with Sessegnon.

CB: Fabian Schar – 7/10 – Played some nice long balls which put Spurs on the back foot.

CB: Sven Botman – 7/10 – Made a nuisance of himself in the opposition box and put in some solid blocks.

LB: Dan Burn – 6/10 – Formed part of the stout Newcastle backline that restricted Tottenham’s opportunities from open play.

CM: Sean Longstaff – 7/10 – Read the game brilliantly to rob Sessegnon and feed Almiron for Newcastle’s second.

CM: Bruno Guimaraes – 7/10 – An all-action display from the Brazilian, who frequently picked up possession for his side with some battling defensive work.

CM: Joe Willock – 6/10 – Strike from the edge of the box worried Lloris at 2-0. Worked hard before making way late on.

RW: Miguel Almiron – 8/10 – Whizzed past Lenglet from Longstaff’s pass to fire in his side’s second. Tricky dribbling made him a threat in the final third.

ST: Callum Wilson – 8/10 – Put Lloris under pressure and was rewarded by the Frenchman’s gaffe to net the opener from distance.

LW: Joelinton – 7/10 – Powerful presence and held the ball up well on occasion, also winning it back with some tackles.

SUB: Jacob Murphy (75′ for Willock) – 5/10

SUB: Chris Wood (88′ for Wilson) – N/A

SUB: Jonjo Shelvey (89′ for Guimaraes) – N/A

Manager: Eddie Howe – 9/10 – His players read Tottenham’s passing channels with ease and prevented their hosts from troubling Pope too often. Spurs imploded but Howe got pretty much everything right.

Player of the Match – Kieran Trippier

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Cristian Romero reveals his Tottenham target this season.


Cristian Romero has confessed he’s desperate to bring Tottenham’s trophy drought to an end this season.

Spurs have made great strides since the appointment of Antonio Conte last November – edging Arsenal in the battle for top four to secure a return to the Champions League – but they are currently enduring a barren run of 14 years when it comes to silverware.


And Romero, who has been a key figure during Conte’s spell in charge, says he’s desperate to write his name into the history books at Tottenham.

“For this season, on a personal level, I would like to add my name to that of the players who have won a trophy here at Tottenham – that would be the greatest achievement,” said the Argentine. “I think it’s in our grasp. It’s my personal target, to achieve it as a team, with this manager.

“Conte’s experience is well known and, to me, it’s very important to have him as my coach. I have learned from him over the past few months that we’ve worked together and there’s still plenty more to learn, so I’m eager to learn and listen to what he has to say on a daily basis.

“We are one of the top teams out there. We just need to push ourselves, continue on this path we’re on and meet the expectations that we have.”

Romero made his return from an adductor injury in his side’s 2-1 win over Fulham last weekend, with Spurs returning to winning ways following their disappointing 1-1 draw at West Ham.

The defender hopes that he has put his injury anguish behind him as he opened up on his frustration at having to watch from the sidelines.

“To be honest, it’s tough being out injured. I don’t like missing matches,” he added. “It’s difficult, but I guess I don’t waste time. I work on my strength with a view to promptly regaining my fitness. I don’t like being out of the team so I’m always in a hurry to be back on my feet.

“That’s the only thing in my mind, to get back to the team as soon as possible. Let’s hope I keep in good health from now on with no further injuries.”




Conte urges Tottenham officials to complain about fixture schedule.


Antonio Conte has called on officials higher up at Tottenham to complain about the club’s hectic fixture list.

Spurs are unbeaten in their first six league games but now face a tough run with the return of the Champions League.

They first host Marseille on Wednesday before travelling to English champions Manchester City on Saturday. A trip to Sporting CP next week will conclude a run of three games in six days, having only just finished a similarly packed schedule with games against Nottingham Forest, West Ham and Fulham.

Players are having to deal with increased workloads this season with games crammed in to compensate for the winter World Cup in Qatar.

“Honestly, to see this schedule about Tottenham is incredible, it’s crazy because we played three games in a week against Nottingham Forest, West Ham and Fulham,” Conte said.

“Now we are playing after four days, but we are starting to play again three important games against Marseille in the Champions League, City away and Sporting CP away.

“I think maybe this is the first time in my career to see a schedule like this. Honestly, I try to check the schedule of the other teams and I have seen that in this situation Tottenham are penalised a lot.”


He added: “In this situation we are unlucky, but in the future, and also I spoke with the club, we have to pay great attention to speak to the Premier League because we have to pay attention when there is this type of schedule.

“One day more, one day less can totally change your life and you can drop points. This is no good for a team like Tottenham. When you want to start to think as a winner, you have to take care of the details and the schedule is a detail that is very important for every club, especially for a club that wants to fight for something important. I think we can do much better for the future.”

Spurs are back in the Champions League after a two-season absence and face a Marseille side on Tuesday who have won five of their first six Ligue 1 matches.




Conte wants Harry Kane to sign new contract.


Antonio Conte has admitted he wants Tottenham striker Harry Kane to sign a new contract with the club.

After a dizzying 2021 during which he pushed for a move to Manchester City, the England captain is back at his best and scoring goals for Spurs, helping them up to third in the Premier League with a brace at Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

90min revealed back in July that neither Kane nor the club were in a rush to sign a new contract, with his current deal due to expire in 2024. He is happier under Antonio Conte than predecessor Nuno Espirito Santo and the Italian believes the club are trying to get him to pen fresh terms.

He said: “I have to be honest with you: I don’t know, I don’t know about this situation, I don’t know the details, honestly, honestly.

“You know we are talking about an important player for Tottenham. And the desire of everybody into the club is [for Kane] to continue to stay with Tottenham, to sign a new contract.

“But if you ask me about the details, about information, I cannot answer you.”




FA confirm charges for Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte.


The Football Association has confirmed Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte have been charged for improper conduct in the 2-2 draw between Chelsea and Tottenham on Sunday.

The pair came to blows during the fiery contest and had to be separated at full time when a handshake turned into a squaring off match.

The FA’s statement reads: “Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte have both been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3, following the Premier League fixture between Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC on Sunday 14 August 2022.

“It is alleged that the behaviour of both managers was improper following the end of the fixture.

“Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte have until Thursday 18 August 2022 to provide their respective responses.”

Tempers flared initially when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg made it 1-1, with Chelsea asking for both a foul on Kai Havertz and an offside against Richarlison, and Tuchel sprinted past the Spurs dugout when Reece James put the hosts ahead again.

Harry Kane’s 96th-minute equaliser saw the points shared before Tuchel and Conte shared their angry embrace at the full-time whistle.

The pair both seemed to make light of the incident in their post-match comments, though Conte later posted a story on his Instagram account with the caption: “Lucky I didn’t see you…making you trip over would have been well deserved…😂😂😂”

Spurs are next in action when they host Wolves on Saturday, while Chelsea visit Leeds a day later




Tottenham signs Ivan Perisic on free transfer from Inter Milan.


Tottenham Hotspur have signed Croatia international Ivan Perisic on a free transfer, the Premier League club announced Tuesday.

The 33-year-old will join the north London side when his contract at Inter Milan expires at the end of June after agreeing to a two-year deal.

“We are delighted to announce the transfer of Ivan Perisic,” said a Spurs statement.

“The vastly experienced Croatia international will join the club on 1 July following the expiration of his contract at Internazionale and has agreed on a deal that will run until 2024.”

Perisic worked with Tottenham manager Antonio Conte in Italy, with the duo winning the 2020/21 Serie A title together at Inter.

But he has turned down a new contract to stay at the San Siro in order to move to England.

Perisic has also won league titles in Germany — with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich — while also scoring in a World Cup final for Croatia.

A versatile player, Perisic can be deployed as a left wing-back, winger, second striker or attacking midfielder.

His arrival marks a change from Tottenham’s usual transfer policy of signing younger players with a sell-on value and is a sign of their growing confidence in Conte.

Perisic bid farewell to Inter fans with an Instagram message that acknowledged his time wearing this “glorious jersey” had come to an end.

He added: “It was an unforgettable learning experience for me as a player and for my whole family

“To the team, the staff, to all the employees but most importantly to the fans: you will always have a special place in my heart.”

Tottenham finished fourth in the recently concluded Premier League season to qualify for next term’s elite European Champions League




“Stupendous tie” – Salah, Son shares EPL golden boot


Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-min shared the Premier League Golden Boot on Sunday after both forwards scored on the final day of the season.

South Korea’s Son netted twice in Tottenham’s 5-0 win at Norwich to move to 23 goals — one clear of Salah, but the Egypt forward struck late in Liverpool’s 3-1 win at home to Wolves.

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo finished third with 18 goals in his first season back in the Premier League.

Salah’s goal was ultimately in vain as Jurgen Klopp’s team finished one point behind Manchester City, who scored three goals in five minutes to beat Aston Villa 3-2.

Tottenham’s win secured a fourth-place finish, meaning they qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Son, 29, said it was “incredible” to have the award.

“I can’t believe it,” he told the BBC. “I got really emotional. I dreamed of it as a child. Literally it’s my in hands. I can’t believe it.

“Until my goal I was really frustrated that I missed big chances. I told the players I missed the easiest chances and scored one of the toughest ones.

“I didn’t give up. I wanted to score today. The team helped me a lot at half-time. They wanted to help me, you could see it today.”

Spurs manager Antonio Conte was delighted to see club and individual ambitions realised with the rout of the Canaries at Carrow Road.

“This was our target,” he told the BBC.

“First to get in the Champions League but then when there was a chance to help Sonny reach the top scorer, we enjoyed it,” the Italian added.

“I have seen his team-mates try to help him. The award is for Son but it’s for the whole team. They helped him reach this big achievement.”




UCL: Mikel Arteta tags Tottenham clash as “most defining moment”


Mikel Arteta has labelled Arsenal’s north London derby against Tottenham on Thursday as the “defining moment” of their season as they chase a return to the Champions League.

Eddie Nketiah’s double sealed a 2-1 victory over struggling Leeds on Sunday to leave Arsenal on the brink of ending their five-year exile from top-tier European football.

Fourth placed Arsenal sit four points clear of fifth placed Tottenham with three games left for both teams.

A victory in the crunch clash at Tottenham would be enough to book a Champions League berth for the first time since 2017 and Gunners boss Arteta is relishing the opportunity.




“We are going to go for that match with the same enthusiasm that we always do but knowing that this can be a defining moment,” Arteta said.

“It can be another layer of motivation for us to really go for it. I can’t wait for the game.

“We have earned the right to play that game in that context. We started the season with nine or 10 players out and playing the best two teams in Europe.”

While Arsenal are looking optimistically towards a memorable end to the season, third bottom Leeds have slumped into the relegation zone after a second successive defeat.


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Leeds, below fourth bottom Burnley on goal difference, host Chelsea on Wednesday before ending the season with games against Brighton and Brentford.

Jesse Marsch insisted his team will do everything in their power to avoid slipping back into the Championship after two seasons in the top tier.

“I think we had a really bad start and dug a hole for ourselves which we didn’t need to,” he said.

“Obviously we are in a difficult situation. We have to regroup and figure out what we can do.

“Our backs are against the wall. We are in the relegation zone but we have to fight for our lives.”




Liverpool’s league title chase “uncertain” after draw with Tottenham.


Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes suffered a huge blow even though they went top of the table as Tottenham clung on for a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday.

The Reds edged ahead of Manchester City on goal difference, but the English champions can now afford to draw one of their remaining four games and still retain their title.

Pep Guardiola’s men can retake top spot and open up a three-point lead when they host Newcastle on Sunday.

A share of the spoils took Tottenham to within a point of fourth-placed Arsenal, but their chance of a top-four finish now also rely on the Gunners dropping points in two of their final four games.




Son Heung-min rounded off a brilliant team move to put Spurs in front on 56 minutes.

Luis Diaz’s deflected shot levelled 16 minutes from time, but Jurgen Klopp’s men failed to find a winner.

Twenty-one points separate the sides, but Spurs have made a habit of saving their best for the big occasion.

Antonio Conte’s men are unbeaten in all four meetings with City and Liverpool this season.

Liverpool did not start like a side fatigued by reaching the Champions League final in their 57th game of the season against Villarreal in midweek, as the intense press from the home side penned Tottenham in.

However, the visitors were first to seriously threaten when Alisson Becker had to be sharp off his line to prevent Harry Kane’s cross reaching Son and Rodrigo Bentancur fired the follow-up far too close to the Brazilian stopper.

Liverpool’s best efforts before the break came from set-pieces as Virgil van Dijk hit the crossbar, while Diaz also tested Hugo Lloris after being teed up by Sadio Mane.

Spurs also hit the woodwork in the first-half when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg took aim from long range.

The second-half followed the same pattern, with Liverpool camped in the Tottenham half, but this time Spurs did pick them off on the counter-attack.


Kane was given time to assess his options and picked out Ryan Sessegnon who slid the ball across the box for Son to tap in his 20th Premier League goal of the season to move within two of Mohamed Salah.

It was the first time Liverpool have trailed at Anfield in a league match since February and Spurs could have doubled their lead had Son controlled another Sessegnon cross moments later.

Salah did his best to extend his advantage in the race for the Golden Boot and rescue the Reds’ title challenge only to be denied by a brilliant block from Ben Davies.

Diaz swung the match and the tie in midweek as Klopp’s men came from 2-0 down on the night to win 3-2 against Villarreal and reach a third Champions League final in five seasons.

The Colombian has been a sensational signing since arriving in January and made another contribution with a slice of fortune.

Diaz’s shot from outside the box took a huge deflection off Bentancur to wrong-foot Lloris.

But Liverpool will have to settle for a shot at cup glory unless City stumble as Tottenham held firm in the closing stages.

Klopp’s men, who have already lifted the League Cup, face Chelsea in the FA Cup final next weekend and then Real Madrid for the European Cup in Paris on May 28.




Klopp warns Liverpool against Tottenham’s top strikers.


Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool that Tottenham forwards Harry Kane and Son Heung-min will pose a “massive” challenge for his quadruple-chasing team.

Klopp’s side, one point behind Premier League leaders Manchester City with four games left, can go top of the table if they beat Tottenham at Anfield on Saturday, with City facing Newcastle 24 hours later.

But fifth-placed Spurs are battling to finish in the top four and Reds boss Klopp is concerned about the potential damage that Kane and Son — with 43 goals between them in all competitions this season — could do.

“Tottenham have massive quality,” he said Friday. “Especially away from home, they are not too bothered about having the ball all the time, stuff like this. They defend compact and then obviously they have some of the best counter-attacking players in the world.




“Up front they have speed like crazy — Harry Kane, what a player, and obviously fits in that idea extremely well. There’s a blind understanding between them (Kane and Son) so I’d say it’s probably the biggest challenge for protection we face for a long time.”

Liverpool are on a high after sealing their place in the Champions League final against Real Madrid by beating Villarreal this week.

In contrast, City were left reeling by Real’s astonishing escape act in the other semi-final, eventually losing 6-5 on aggregate.

But Klopp is wary about writing off City too soon, expecting them to respond this weekend.

“City are good,” he said. “It was a massive blow for them, that was really harsh. I’ve had nights like that. It’s not cool, the next morning, not cool, but then there’s a moment you have to focus. They will be ready for Newcastle on Sunday.”

With the League Cup already in the trophy cabinet and an FA Cup final to come against Chelsea next weekend, Liverpool are in contention to become the first club to win all four major trophies in a single season.

Yet Klopp does not believe Liverpool will be favourites when they face 13-time European champions Real on May 28 in a repeat of the 2018 final won by the Spaniards.

“They are now the massive favourites with all the experience they have and all these kind of things,” said Klopp. “We are more experienced than we were, probably, but it’s obviously not to compare.

“They got through against PSG (Paris Saint-Germain), Chelsea and City. If you knock out these three guys, then you definitely deserve to be in the final.”




In-form Arsenal lashes West Ham; maintains 2 points lead ahead Spurs.


Arsenal maintained their two-point lead over Tottenham in the battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

They were 2-1 winners at West Ham to move back above Spurs, who earlier beat Leicester 3-1 thanks to a Son Heung-min double.

Arsenal’s centre-backs got the job done to keep the Gunners on course to end a five-year absence from the Champions League.

Rob Holding’s header from Bukayo Saka’s corner put the visitors in front at the London Stadium.




West Ham had one eye on the second leg of their Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt in midweek, but David Moyes named a strong side and was rewarded with an equaliser before half-time from Jarrod Bowen.

The Hammers’ strength from set-pieces has been one of the successes of their season.

But they were undone at the back from another corner as this time Gabriel Magalhaes turned in Gabriel Martinelli’s cross.

Tottenham took full advantage of Leicester naming a much-changed side ahead of their Europa Conference League second leg against Roma.

Harry Kane powered home a header from Son’s corner midway through the first half and Son doubled the lead on the hour mark after a pass from substitute Dejan Kulusevski.


Son scored a third in the 79th minute to kill the game, curling an unstoppable effort into the top corner for his 19th Premier League goal of the season before a late consolation for Kelechi Iheanacho.

“No-one could have imagined when I arrived in November we could be in this race still, but these players are deserving to fight for such an important place,” Conte told the BBC.

“It is not easy to qualify for the Champions League in England.”

The battle for fourth could come down to a north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal on May 12.

But Mikel Arteta’s men will hope to extend their lead to five points next weekend when they host relegation-threatened Leeds, while Spurs face a daunting trip to title-chasing Liverpool




Antonio Conte says PSG links ‘fake’


Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has labelled links with a move to Paris Saint-Germain “fake news”.

While the Italian hinted that his Spurs career could be over after a defeat to Burnley earlier in the season, 90min understands the club remain confident of keeping Conte for the 2022/23 campaign. There have been links with PSG this week, with Mauricio Pochettino expected to leave Paris imminently.

Conte’s appointment saw an upturn in results that led Tottenham into the top four, but disappointing recent performances against Brighton and Brentford have seen Arsenal usurp them in the Champions League race.

Spurs have the chance to put some pressure on Arsenal with victory over Leicester on Sunday, with the Gunners travelling to face West Ham later that day.




What did Conte say about PSG rumours?
The Italian said: “Obviously I think it’s good that other clubs appreciate my work, but this is one thing. The truth is I don’t like when people try to invent news, only to speak, only to create problems. This is not right, this is not fair for the clubs involved or for my players. Also because I feel we’re really focused on these fives games and getting a result.

“This type of situation makes me smile but I think that also the people that want to tell something about this have to show respect for all of the people that are involved in the situation and not invent fake news and tell a lot of lies.”

When asked whether he speaks to Tottenham players about speculation over his future, he added: “In this situation who works in football, players or managers, know very well at this point in the season a lot of fake news starts to go out. We are working very hard, my players know very well that we are really focused, we are speaking a lot about this opportunity.

“We have to live this situation with passion, enthusiasm and joy. We deserve to fight for a place in the Champions League. To stay there we need to enjoy this situation. Our fans have to stay close to us in every moment, in every negative moment.”


Tottenham team news vs Leicester
Left wing back Sergio Reguilon will not be available for Sunday’s clash with Leicester. That will likely mean Ryan Sessegnon and Emerson Royal are deployed out wide, but Conte said he could see January signing Dejan Kulusevski playing there too.

He said: “If now we have Emerson and Sessegnon available I think also Deki can play in this position. I think the best solution is not to change what we’ve been doing for six-seven months. I think this formation can give us great satisfaction. If something else happens then of course I will be forced to find another solution.”

Midfielder Oliver Skipp has been ruled out for the rest of the season. He has just signed a new contract with the club but hasn’t played since January.

On the youngster’s absence, Conte added: “I have spoken to the doctors. They said the surgery was OK and for sure Oliver will be ready for pre-season. It’s a pity and don’t forget we lost two players like Skippy and [Japhet] Tanganga from January and to not have two reliable players like them, it’s not good to manage this situation. It’s not good news.”




Tottenham offer to help Jermain Defoe with coaching badges.


Tottenham have given iconic former striker Jermain Defoe the chance to obtain his coaching badges with them after announcing his retirement.

The 39-year-old called time on his playing career on Thursday, just two months after he rejoined Sunderland.

At the time of his retirement, Defoe sits ninth on the Premier League’s all-time scoring charts and is fondly remembered as one of Tottenham’s best-ever strikers. In his 362 appearances for the club between 2004 and 2014, Defoe bagged 143 goals and chipped in with 32 assists for good measure.

The Daily Mail state that Defoe’s next plan is to obtain his coaching badges, and Spurs have offered him the chance to return to the club to gain the experience.

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Spurs want Defoe working at their training camp in Enfield, with a formal position in the future not ruled out either.

A handful of former players already ply their trade behind the scenes at Spurs. Ryan Mason works under Antonio Conte in the first team, while Ledley King is a club ambassador.


Antonio Conte again says would leave Tottenham if vision is unmet.


Antonio Conte has once again suggested that he could leave Tottenham this summer if his ambitions aren’t aligned with that of the board.

Conte’s contract runs until the end of the 2022/23 season but has repeatedly hinted that he may walk away from the club in recent weeks amid Spurs’ poor run of form.

Ahead of their trip to Brighton on Wednesday, the Italian was again quizzed on his future, and he admitted that he may ‘stop’ managing Tottenham if his vision is different to that of the board and managing director of football Fabio Paratici.

“At this moment the best thing we can do is to be focussed on the present,” Conte said. “Then, at the end of the season, everyone has to speak about their own vision.

“I speak about my vision, and I think also the club will speak about their vision, and Paratici will speak about his vision, and then we will see.

“After this we will see, now is too early. We have to be in the present, the future is very far in this moment. For sure there will be a moment when we will go to take decisions.”

Conte added: “Honestly I have my vision and it does not change. The vision was the same in the past, the vision is the same in the present, the vision will be the same in future. The vision will be this. I stop if the vision of someone is not the same.

“I have a vision, one vision: I want to fight to win. I want to fight to be competitive. I want to feel that we need one per cent to win the title or a trophy in which we participate. We have to feel this. This is my vision and I continue to have this vision.

“And then I know that there are different visions and many clubs have different visions but my vision brought me to be competitive and for sure I follow my vision in any case.”

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Harry Kane equals Wayne Rooney on Premier League away goal record.


Harry Kane tied with Wayne Rooney for the all-time record for Premier League goals away from home when he netted in Spurs’ 3-2 defeat to Manchester United.

The England captain slammed in a penalty to go level with his former Three Lions teammate on 94 top-flight league goals on his travels. It’s taken Kane just 138 games to reach the landmark, while Rooney required 243 appearances.

Kane had already gone clear of Premier League legends like Alan Shearer (87 goals), Frank Lampard (85) and Andy Cole (83).

The goal also took him level with Lampard as the league’s fifth all-time top scorer on 177 efforts.

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Kane will have the chance to move clear of both Rooney and Lampard next week when Spurs visit Brighton on Wednesday. Despite performing reasonably well at Old Trafford, a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick saw United bounce back from their shambolic defeat at Manchester City and boost their Champions League qualification hopes, damaging Tottenham’s in the process.

Arsenal remain in the driving spot for fourth place, having four games in hand on United and sitting just two points behind them in fifth. Tottenham are seventh and have two games in hand – one of which being the north London derby with Arsenal – but their inconsistency has majorly scuppered their chances of a top four finish.

Ralf Rangnick reveals how he fired Man Utd squad up before Spurs victory.


Ralf Rangnick has revealed he reminded his Manchester United squad of how bad they felt after their defeat to Manchester City in his team talk before the 3-2 victory over Tottenham on Saturday night.

United were comprehensively outplayed by City last week, particularly in the second half, and their hopes for the season seemed to hang in the balance ahead of Spurs’ visit to Old Trafford.

During a frantic game, Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hat-trick to take the Red Devils back up to fourth, two points ahead of Arsenal – who have four games in hand – and five clear of both West Ham and Tottenham.

With the build-up to the fixture being largely dominated by United’s defeat at City, Rangnick revealed he reminded his squad of the emotions they felt after that chastening loss.


He said: “Before we left the locker room, before kick-off, I said to the team everybody was gutted, frustrated, disappointed in the locker room after the derby at the Etihad.

“Today [Saturday] was the best possible day, the best possible venue, the best possible opponent in front of 75,000 to show the reaction we needed to show.

“That was the only answer we could give after that game. You can lose against Manchester City, no doubt about that, after teams lose there, but the way we played there in the second half was not Manchester United like and that was the kind of reaction we needed to show.”

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The top four race is somewhat skewed by the number of games certain teams have in hand. Arsenal are in pole position, though their previously postponed matches that still need to be played are against Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool.

United still have games against Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea to compete in, but their immediate attention will turn to the second leg of their Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid as they look to secure a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Mourinho’s contract at Tottenham includes ‘no break.’


Mourinho took over in November 2019 after the club sacked Mauricio Pochettino and to date, he has won 38 of his 73 matches in charge of the club, drawing 15 and losing 20.

It has been revealed that José Mourinho’s Tottenham contract does not include an early break clause, with the club in the midst of a torrid run of form.

Spurs were condemned to their seventh Premier League defeat of the season at Manchester City on Saturday, beaten 3-0 by Pep Guardiola’s table-topping side.


The Lilywhites, who were top of the pile earlier on this season, currently find themselves ninth in the Premier League and knocked out of the FA Cup by Everton. Understandably, the pressure has increased on their Portuguese coach in recent weeks.

While Spurs are struggling for results at the moment, concerns over their negative style of play have led to increased frustration with the job the 58-year-old is doing.

Mourinho took over in November 2019 after the club sacked Mauricio Pochettino and to date, he has won 38 of his 73 matches in charge of the club, drawing 15 and losing 20.

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His current contract in north London is due to run until June 2023 and according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, there is no clause whereby the club’s hierarchy can part ways with Mourinho early unless he is sacked.


Sacking the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss would mean paying him off, and given it’s rumoured he is on a very lucrative £15m-a-year contract, at a time like this – without the matchday revenue Spurs would earn under normal circumstances – Daniel Levy is likely to be even more reluctant to let his manager go.

So like him or loathe him Spurs fans, it looks like you’re stuck with him for the time being at least.



Mourinho speak on Alli’s major distraction.


Alli returned to the Spurs first team squad for their FA Cup thriller against Everton, playing the final 13 minutes of normal time plus extra time as Mourinho’s side lost 5-4.

Jose Mourinho has admitted that it is possible Dele Alli was distracted by rumours linking him with a move away from Tottenham in January.


Mourinho had made it his mission to recapture Alli’s previous form when he took the Spurs hot seat in November 2019, with his famous ‘are you Dele or Dele’s brother?’ quip.

However, the England international has since found himself frozen out of the Spurs first team, featuring just four times in the Premier League during the 2020/21 campaign.

He was linked with a reunion with former boss Mauricio Pochettino at PSG in January, but Spurs blocked the move – a decision that, as revealed by NoRM‘s known Media, left Alli furious.


“There’s nothing to speak about anymore,” Mourinho told the Evening Standard. “It’s possible that he was distracted, yeah.

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“It depends on the player’s mentality, how much the player is influenced by and follows the media and social media. I don’t know in his personal case. But I was expecting that this story is over. Now it’s about him working to be back in the team, to have minutes.”

Alli returned to the Spurs first team squad for their FA Cup thriller against Everton, playing the final 13 minutes of normal time plus extra time as Mourinho’s side lost 5-4.

He last started in the Premier League on the opening day of the season against Everton, and Mourinho has called on Alli to make his case for his inclusion in the Spurs starting XI on the pitch.


“When you are on the pitch, you have to show how good you are and how much you deserve to play,” the Tottenham boss added. “It’s very simple. So in this moment, everything is normal with him. He’s fit, he’s training.”

Alli will be attempting to force his way into the Spurs squad ahead of Saturday’s trip to highflying Manchester City – a side they beat 2-0 back in the heady days of November.