7pm Tottenham news LIVE: Spurs appeal Son red card, Everton reaction, Gomes expected ‘to make full recovery’ – The Sun

TOTTENHAM were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton at Goodison Park.

But the match was overshadowed by a horror injury to Toffees midfielder Andre Gomes and a controversial red card for Son Heung-min.

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  • TOTTENHAM have appealed Son Heung-Min's red card for his leg breaking challenge on Andre Gomes.

    The Premier League initially explained the red was for “endangering the safety of a player which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge”.

    But Spurs have launched an appeal to the FA, according to the Guardian.

    If the appeal is rejected, Son will miss Tottenham's games against Sheffield United, bitter rivals West Ham and Bournemouth.

  • TOTTENHAM have offered Son Heung-Min counselling to help him deal with his leg breaking challenge on Andre Gomes.

    The 27-year-old was left in tears after his tackle on Gomes left the Everton midfielder with a dislocated and fractured ankle during yesterday’s 1-1 draw.

    South Korean international Son was sent off over the challenge, despite referee Martin Atkinson initially pulling out the yellow card to book the player.

    The ex-Hamburg winger was so distraught that he was unable to pick his head up in the dressing room, as Everton players came in to console him after the full-time whistle.

    And according to the Athletic, Son will be given psychological counselling by Spurs who will do all they can to help him.

  • EX-SPURS star Gareth Bale could be on his way to Manchester City.

    Real Madrid are ready to launch a stunning raid on the Blues by offering £70m and Bale for Raheem Sterling.

    Los Blancos have identified the England sensation as their next potential big-name signing and are ready to try and unsettle the in-form winger.

  • SON HEUNG-MIN is “really shaken up” following the Andre Gomes injury, according to Ben Davies.

    According to the Express, he said: “He's really shaken up. He's down about what happened.

    “I speak for everyone when I say sympathy for Gomes, I hope he's alright.

    “We will try to pick him up as much as we can. It's tough right now.

    “It's just about making sure that he realises he didn't go out there to hurt anyone, he thinks that people may see that in him but it's not the case.”

  • EX-PREMIER LEAGUE referee Dermot Gallagher can understand why Son Heung-min received a red card.

    He said: “Whatever the decision made on the day pales into insignificance for what happened to Gomes.

    “I wish him a speedy recovery. I just hope Martin Atkinson gets the support network he deserves because people will say it wasn't a red card – they may well be right – but if you're in that situation at that time I can fully understand why Atkinson took the action he did.

    “I defy any person refereeing at that level and to be involved in that situation to put their hand up and say 'I'd have done it differently'.”

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Spurs once had most solid defensive partnership in the Prem but Vertonghen and Alderweireld look like yesterday’s men – The Sun

THEY were once the most solid central defensive partnership in the Premier League.

But now Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen suddenly look like yesterday’s men.

Maybe it is just as well for Tottenham the pair are both out of contract at the end of the season.

The worry for Spurs fans, given their club’s appalling recruitment record, is who will replace the Belgian duo.

But given the way they performed against rock-bottom Watford it surely should not be too difficult to bring in better.

There is no doubt they have been outstanding in their time.

But their form, like the time remaining on their contracts, is dropping drastically.


Alderweireld was caught on heels for Abdoulaye Doucoure’s sixth-minute opener.

And Vertonghen, whose positioning left a lot to be desired again, was fortunate VAR John Brooks decided not to rule a stonewall penalty against him for a blatant foul on Gerard Delofeu just before the break.

Admittedly they were not helped by playing the first half alongside Davinson Sanchez in a back three which just invited the Hornets to attack them.

The clumsy Colombian has all the balance of a baby giraffe and hardly inspires confidence.

That is why Tottenham’s new defensive heroes will be have to be signed rather than developed.

Not so long ago it was widely believed Spurs’ biggest concern was finding a striker able to play alongside or instead of Harry Kane.

Now an even bigger concern must be bringing in a couple of replacements for the Belgian Statler and Waldorf at the back.

Because to paraphrase the Muppet Show curmudgeons: “They were not half bad against Watford, they were all bad!”

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4pm Tottenham news LIVE: Spurs ‘contact Jose Mourinho’, Vorm re-signs, Bruno Fernandes for £65m, and Eriksen new deal – The Sun

SPURS will look to get their season back on track when they face Watford this Saturday.

It's been a tough campaign so far for Mauricio Pochettino, having had to re-sign Michel Vorm following Hug Lloris's injury – while Christian Eriksen's future continues to remain unclear.

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  • MICHAEL DAWSON has warned nephew Joey against joining Arsenal.

    The former Tottenham star told talkSPORT: “When I saw that the other day, I thought he's signing for the wrong side in north London!

    “He's 16, who started [as an academy scholar] in July and then got the opportunity at Scunthorpe with Paul Hurst and Chris Doig.”

  • STAT attack ahead of Tottenham vs Watford.

    • The two teams have met on 12 occasions during the Premier League era.
    • Just three of their 12 matches have ended as a draw.
    • Tottenham have won eight of their league meetings – six of which have come at home.
    • The Hornets are yet to beat Spurs away in the Premier League.

    TOTTENHAM have reportedly made contact with Jose Mourinho over a stunning move to replace Mauricio Pochettino in North London.

    The 56-year-old has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United last December – but is believed to have chosen his next destination.

    Here's how Spurs could line up after a shake up from the Special One…

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Real Madrid make unhappy Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino No1 target to replace under pressure Zinedine Zidane – The Sun

MAURICIO POCHETTINO remains a top target for Real Madrid as the La Liga giants consider Zinedine Zidane's future.

The Frenchman eased the pressure tap on his second stint at the Bernabeu with a win over Sevilla at the weekend but big concerns remain over his management.

And, should Real dispense with Zidane, the Mirror claim Pochettino is their No1 preference to replace him.

Although he is on a five-year, £8.5million contract in North London, the former defender has hardly cut the most joyous figure in recent months.

The Champions League final saw him publicly question his own commitment to thrifty Spurs and he insinuated victory over Liverpool may have led to him calling it a day.

Results in 2019/20 won't have improved his mood much either with important leads against Arsenal, Olympiacos and Leicester surrendered in recent weeks.

In fact, when questioned about whether he will ever take over Real while attending Monday night's The Best FIFA Awards, Poch replied: "Maybe some year."

Madrid club president Florentino Perez is described as a big admirer of the Argentine and his connection to Barcelona's local rivals Espanyol may sweeten the deal with the fans.

The recent 1-0 win over Sevilla sent Los Blancos back towards the top of La Liga after only winning one of their opening three games.

Zidane's legacy at the club predominantly survives off his Champions League success though and the opening matchday defeat to Paris Saint-Germain set alarm bells ringing in the Spanish capital.

Les Parisiens ran out 3-0 winners at Parc des Princes as Real put in a severely lacklustre display on their first European outing since falling to a shock last-16 exit at the hands of Ajax last season.

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Ex-Arsenal and Spurs star Emmanuel Adebayor agrees to join Turkish minnows Kayserispor on one-year deal – The Sun

EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR has plunged his career to new depths by joining Turkish minnows Kayserispor.

The Togo international spent 11 seasons in the Premier League with Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Crystal Palace.

But Adebayor found himself without a club this summer after being released by Turkish league runners-up Istanbul Basaksehir.

The 35-year-old has now agreed a one-year deal with Kayserispor, who finished tenth in last season's Super Lig.

The striker flew in for a medical on Monday morning, and was pictured holding a club scarf with fans at Kayseri airport.

The town is 150 miles east of capital city Ankara in the Asian side of Turkey.

Kayserispor will hope Adebayor can help them add some honours to their modest record.

They have won the Turkish Cup once, in 2008, and were joint winners of the Intertoto Cup in 2006.

Adebayor has previously had a stint on loan to Real Madrid, and began his career in France with Metz and Monaco.

He was linked with a move to Iranian club Tractor SC earlier this month.

The Togo skipper was left out of the squad for his country's 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Comoros this week.

Former Gunners striker Adebayor was also overlooked for Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers last October as his international career takes a nosedive.

But he will hope he can earn a recall by firing in the goals for his new side.


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Man City 2 Spurs 2: Gabriel Jesus has dramatic last-gasp Man City winner ruled out by controversial VAR handball decision as Spurs cling on – The Sun

IN the end he didn’t need a boxing ring – but Pep Guardiola will still go to bed night dazed and confused.

Baffled at how his defence nodded off and Lucas Moura nodded Spurs’ second equaliser just 19 SECONDS after coming on.

Baffled at how his Manchester City had failed to make it 16 Premier League wins on the bounce.

And above all else, baffled at the most contentious and debatable VAR decision you will ever see robbing his side of victory.


Ninety minutes were up when Gabriel Jesus fizzed in the goal which had surely won the points for City and got them the win their dominance and chances deserved.

But then amazingly, with everyone back in position, referee Michael Oliver was signalling a Spurs free kick in the box.

Kevin De Bruyne’s corner had glanced Aymeric Laporte’s arm as it came into the area, before it fell to Jesus, before it ended in the corner of Hugo Lloris net.

Not even Spurs appealed.

Mauricio Pochettino – who had jokingly suggested the two managerial rivals should sort out their differences with boxing gloves – hadn’t.

No-one had.


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Spurs fans claim Ndombele is ‘best midfielder in the world’ after sublime assist outwits De Ligt with just second touch for club – The Sun

TOTTENHAM record signing Tanguy Ndombele is already proving he was worth the £65million Spurs paid Lyon for his services.

The midfielder inspired Mauricio Pochettino's men to a pre-season 3-2 comeback win against Juventus – getting the better of new Juve star Matthijs de Ligt.

Tottenham fell 2-1 behind the Serie A giants after Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo cancelled out Erik Lamela's opener.

But Ndombele, 22, fired Spurs right back on track, grabbing an assist with just his SECOND touch for the club.

The Frenchman intercepted a high ball around 40 yards out only seconds after coming off the bench.

And he charged towards Wojciech Szczesny's goal and threaded a precise ball past stunned De ligt and other Juve defenders.

Lucas Moura then slid past his marker and sent it into the net, drawing level at the National Stadium in Singapore.

Only for Harry Kane to bag a breathtaking worldie from the halfway line in the last seconds of the game.

And Spurs fans quickly took to social media to praise their new boy.

One wrote: "Not to be biased or overreactionary but Tanguy Ndombele is the best midfielder in the world."

While another added: "What a player Ndombele is going to be! First touch and an assist!"

A third tweeted: "Ndombele already top 3 midfielders in the world."

And one said: "Ndombele Sissoko link up play is a thing of beauty."

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Spurs fan ‘brutally’ mocked by plane full of Liverpool supporters on 'nightmare' flight to Madrid for Champions League final

A TOTTENHAM fan's flight to Madrid to watch his team bid for Champions League glory will live long in the memory – but for the wrong reason.

Jason McAuley discovered to his horror that he was the only Spurs fan on a plane full of Liverpool supporters.

The 45-year-old Irishman expected to see a few more Spurs shirts when he got on the direct flight to the Spanish capital, despite leaving from Liverpool's John Lennon airport, on Friday morning.

But he said it was a "nightmare" flight after he was mercilessly ribbed by scores of rival fans, including friend of 20 years Antony Lockley.

Mr McAuley said: "I honestly thought there would be a small group of Spurs fans on the flight, I couldn't believe it was just me – nightmare.

"Liverpool fans know their football … so I think they're pretty open to a bit of friendly banter and that was pretty much the way it was, so it was all good.


"I was getting battered by them, all flight. It was good-humoured, but it was brutal."

Mr Lockley, an ardent Liverpool supporter, said he enjoyed the flight – particularly after getting a picture alongside his friend and Anfield legend Jamie Carragher.

He said: "I spotted Jamie in the queue at the airport and I asked if he'd mind having a picture taken.

"I was in my Liverpool shirt and Jason was in his Spurs shirt – and he couldn't have been nicer.

"He seemed very happy, very gregarious. The whole thing was great, really."


While these football fans took things in good spirit, the same can't be said for the group of Tottenham supporters who were reportedly "battered by cops" in Madrid.

The five Brits, in Spain for the Champions League final, were detained on various assault charges, local media reported.

It comes after cops with batons were filmed storming a city-centre bar in the Spanish capital as trouble flared on Friday night ahead of Tottenham’s crunch clash with Liverpool.

One English fan was holding an eight-year-old boy on his shoulders as police reportedly "came steaming in" to the venue.

A cop is seen hitting one supporter on the back of the legs with his baton outside the bar during the flare-up near Puerta del Sol.

Video of the incident posted on the COYS News Twitter page was described as “disgusting and unacceptable”.

“Police in Madrid have just come into a bar and just battered about 50 Spurs fans for no reason. Many injured," COYS News tweeted.

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Spurs to launch £80m raid for Bournemouth attack duo Brooks and Wilson as part of huge spending spree

TOTTENHAM are eyeing an £80million double swoop for Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and David Brooks.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has put the pair on his transfer hitlist as he bids to bolster his squad.

He wants England striker Wilson, 27, to cover for and compete with Harry Kane up front.

Poch is also keen on Wales midfielder Brooks, 21, after getting the green light from chairman Daniel Levy to overhaul his squad this summer.

Tottenham have not made a SINGLE signing in the previous two transfer windows.

But Levy is set to loosen the purse strings after Poch guided them to their first Champions League final against Liverpool in Madrid next Saturday.

Wilson joined the Cherries from Coventry five years ago for a bargain £3m.


He fired them to promotion to the Premier League in 2015 and helped them stay there.

Wilson has scored 58 goals in 148 appearances and forced his way into Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

He was linked with a £75m January move to Chelsea — but injuries and loss of form mean Spurs are hopeful of landing him for £40m.

Though they face competition for his signature from Everton.

Brooks had an outstanding season after joining from Sheffield United last summer in a £15m deal and was shortlisted for PFA Young Player of the Year.

The Cherries gave him a new long-term deal in March — but it is thought that was to ensure they get the best price for him.

And Spurs are hoping to tempt the South Coast club to sell with a £40m offer.

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Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino 'desires' to become Juventus boss, reveals cousin

MAURICIO POCHETTINO wants to leave Spurs for Juventus.

That’s according to his cousin, who claims that the Argentine boss “desires” the Juve hot seat following Max Allegri’s departure.

Speculation is rife as to who will take charge in Turin this summer.

Antonio Conte has rejected a return to his former stomping ground after agreeing a deal with Inter Milan.

While SunSport understands Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is a leading contender after securing Champions League football next term.

Former Manchester United gaffer Jose Mourinho is also in the frame for a reunion with ex-Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

But Spurs favourite Pochettino could instead be the man in the Juventus dug-out next season.

He is of major interest to the Bianconeri hierarchy after guiding Tottenham to a European final showdown with Liverpool.


And cousin Daniele Pochettino, the deputy mayor of Turin town Virle Piemonte, claims the Spurs boss would love to make the switch in July.

He said: “Mauricio to Juventus is a feasible hypothesis. Everyone in our family wants to see him at Juve.

“He is certainly attracted to Italy. He told us he wants to come to our country to find his ancestral heritage.

“I met Mauricio a few months ago. We talked about Piemontese food (among other things). He’s a nice and helpful person.

“He has the desire to coach Juve. He’s equipped with all the qualities needed to coach Juve. Juve always recruit the best coaches.

“Juve are looking for a coach who has the profile of a winner and Mauricio has this attitude.

“In style, he is a bit like that of Conte because he wins with a competitive spirit and intensity.

“I don’t know if he can be convinced (to come to Juve). We must always see what would be eventually proposed to him.

“At the end, it is his decision. In the event he accepts Juve, we will welcome him with open arms.”

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Spurs were on brink of elimination SIX times but reached the Champions League final against all the odds

IT was the moment no Spurs fan will ever forget.

Lucas Moura’s left foot in the fifth minute of stoppage time, left the Johan Cruyff ArenA shocked and Tottenham fans in joyful disbelief.

But Lucas’ goal was just the latest in a series of Houdini acts by Mauricio Pochettino’s team this season.

Incredibly, Spurs have been on the brink of elimination no fewer than SIX times in the campaign to date.

Somehow, they survived to earn their date with destiny against Liverpool in Madrid on June 1.

SunSport analyses how Tottenham have walked the Champions League tightrope throughout the season – and somehow reached the other end unscathed.

October 24 – PSV Eindhoven 2 Tottenham 2

Having dominated, despite having Hugo Lloris sent off, Spurs conceded a scrappy late equaliser which left them with just one point from the first nine available.

Only seven clubs in Champions League history had ever recovered from such a poor start to progress.

Frustrated Poch admitted: “It is nearly over.”

November 6 – Tottenham 2 PSV 1

Spurs, despite all the ball, were still trailing to Luuk de Jong’s second-minute header with just 11 minutes to play and even when Harry Kane collected from substitute Fernando Llorente to level, they were heading out.

But with a minute to go, Kane’s deflected header somehow stumbled over the line.

November 28 – Tottenham 1 Inter Milan 0

Resilient Inter only needed a draw to be through on the head-to-head rule and after 80 minutes at Wembley Spurs looked to be running out of ideas and hope.

But then Moussa Sissoko drove down the right and into the box, Dele Alli switched feet to feed on and Christian Eriksen rifled into the roof of the net.

December 11 – Barcelona 1 Tottenham 1

Spurs needed to match Inter’s result to qualify but were trailing in the Nou Camp after just seven minutes when Moussa Dembele picked Kyle Walker-Peters’ pocket to score.

Poch’s men were desperate but with just five to go Kane plundered down the left and crossed for Lucas to steer home from close range.

The Spurs players stood around at the final whistle, waiting for news from the San Siro – and it came first from the travelling fans perched high in the stands.

April 17 – Manchester City 4 Tottenham 3

Without the crocked Kane, Spurs’ first leg advantage lasted just three minutes before a quickfire Heung-min Son double seemed to put them in charge.

But City were ahead on the night by half-time through Barnardo Silva and Raheem Sterling’s second of the evening, and ahead in the tie when Sergio Aguero rifled home.

Llorente’s effort, off his arm and hip, was bundled in and allowed by VAR. But with second to go, Sterling thought he had completed his hat-trick.

The Etihad celebrated, Pep Guardiola going mad, only for the VAR team to rule Aguero was fractionally offside in the lead-up to the goal. Surely, you couldn’t get more dramatic than that?

May 9 – Ajax 2 Tottenham 3

You could, you know! And how. Dead and buried at half-time as they trailed by two on the night and three on aggregate, against a team that had never lost at home in Europe after scoring first.

But what followed was instant Spurs legend. Dele set up Lucas for his first, before the brazilian twisted, turned and somehow poked home the equaliser.

They still needed one more, as the game entered the fifth minute of stoppage time, when Dele fed Lucas again for the strike which broke Dutch hearts.

Ajax had led for 175 minutes of the tie and never trailed – until then.


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Spurs want Anthony Joshua to fight at their new stadium when heavyweight champ returns to UK later this year

TOTTENHAM want to make their new stadium Anthony Joshua’s next home venue — nearly 30 years after the controversial last big fight in N17.

The Londoners are ready to open negotiations to host Joshua when the world heavyweight champ returns to the UK later this year.

Joshua is still trying to identify the new opponent for his New York title defence after Jarrell Miller’s doping shame.

But Spurs are keen to replace 90,000-seat Wembley as Joshua’s London venue of choice.

Unlike at Wembley, which bore the scars of Joshua’s win over Alexander Povetkin in October for weeks, Spurs would simply roll the football pitch under the south stand and put the ring and ringside seats down on the artificial surface underneath.

It would be a bill loaded with significance as it was in September 1991 that Michael Watson’s life almost ended in the ring at White Hart Lane after being knocked out by Chris Eubank.

That was the last major bout staged at the ground but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy wants to add boxing to the two NFL matches and Saracens’ “Big Game” rugby union ties.

Meanwhile, Andy Ruiz Jr has emerged as a shock contender to be AJ's next opponent.

Promoter Eddie Hearn was set to unveil IBO inter-continental heavyweight champ Michael Hunter as drugs cheat Jarrell Miller’s replacement.

But American slugger Ruiz Jr, 29, gatecrashed the announcement for Joshua’s US debut following his win over Alexander Dimitrenko on Saturday.

The 32-1 Californian, whose only loss was a close 2016 points defeat against then WBO belt holder Joseph Parker, said: “Anthony Joshua, I’m your opponent for June 1.

“I’m here. I’m ready. “We should have met a few years ago when I fought for the WBO belt.

“Styles make fights — I know my style is one that you haven’t met before. That WBO belt is actually mine because the whole world knows I beat Parker for it in New Zealand."

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Liverpool vs Spurs Champions League final would rock England’s Nations League dream… but hurt Holland too

AN all English Champions League final could seriously hamper England's chances of Nations League glory.

Liverpool and Tottenham still need to edge past Barcelona and Ajax respectively if they are to do battle on the grandest stage of them all.

Supporters would have already circled June 1 in their diaries as the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid awaits.

But it could come as bad news for England boss Gareth Southgate.

That is because the Nations League semi-final against Holland takes places just five days after.

There is also little rest before the final and the match for third place which takes place on June 9.

Both Liverpool and Spurs have a host of English players integral to Southgate's plans.

The most notable ones include Jordan Henderson, Danny Rose, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Kieran Trippier.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adan Lallana are unlikely to be picked by Southgate after a lack of first-team football for the Reds.

In England's most recent victory over Montenegro last month Alli, Henderson, Rose and Kane all featured.

And they will surely require a lengthy break after a gruelling campaign if they do progress into the Champions League final.

Holland will also be slightly hampered.

Dutch duo Virgil Van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum will most likely miss the clash with England.


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Spurs threaten to ban fans after tickets for Palace game are advertised for £1200

SPURS are threatening to ban supporters trying to flog tickets for the first game at their new stadium.

Tottenham will finally play in the grand arena on April 3 against Crystal Palace.

But some fans are already attempting to sell their tickets for a huge profit.

They have appeared on social media being sold for up to £1,200 a pair.

But Spurs have promised to take severe action on those trying to make a quick buck.

A spokesperson told The Telegraph: “Season-ticket holders or anyone else selling their tickets on social media platforms and other unofficial websites are in breach of the club’s terms and conditions, therefore leaving themselves liable to having their accounts suspended.

“The only official way to transfer tickets is via Ticket Exchange or Ticket Share, which become operational on the date tickets go on sale.”

However, there is some good news for Spurs fans, with the club announcing a freeze on season-ticket prices for next term.

A statement read: “The club can announce that we shall be freezing the prices of all season tickets. We should like to thank our season-ticket holders for bearing with us and supporting the team at Wembley.

“We acknowledge the inconvenience caused by this unique set of circumstances. Season-ticket renewals will open on April 22 with the final deadline being May 17.”

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Man Utd and Spurs blow as AC Milan join race for Swedish defender Joachim Andersen

The Swedish centre-back, 22, has been starring in Serie A and is being tipped to leave for a bigger club this summer.

CalcioMercato claim Inter Milan lead the way for Anderson, with their cross-city rivals joining the Prem duo in the hunt.

The Rossoneri are looking for somebody to partner skipper Alessio Romagnoli at the back and have made the position a No1 priority.

United have been in the market for a central defender for some time.

But SunSport exclusively revealed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will let Manchester United’s defenders prove themselves before deciding whether to splash out this summer.

The Old Trafford boss-in-waiting has £80million to spend on a centre-back but his priority is a right winger.

SunSport last month revealed United’s interest in England ace Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund.

Solskjaer is also monitoring Juventus star Douglas Costa and Inter wide man Ivan Perisic.

Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly has been watched regularly at Napoli this season and would shatter the £75m paid by Liverpool for Virgil van Dijk.

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Spurs fans in meltdown as club use 'photo of doom' to FINALLY announce stadium opening

After countless delays, Spurs sent social media into meltdown when they confirmed their new ground is ready to open.

Tottenham fans feared seeing the photo flash up on social media because it always seemed to bring them bad news.

But their opinion of it soon changed after it was used to announce that Spurs will play in their new home against Brighton next month.

One stunned Twitter user said: "First time you've ever received positive feedback using that image. Congratulations."

While another sarcastically joked: "I've always liked that picture you know."

Another added: "We're used to this being a picture of doom, at last some good news."

The image will haunt some Tottenham fans forever after it was used to announce a number delays to their stadium over the past six months.

It was due to be opened at the start of the season and Mauricio Pochettino's men have had to be stationed at Wembley in the mean time

But Spurs still need to stage two test events at the stadium to gain safety certificates from the authorities.

And this infuriated some supporters because the club revealed that adults will have to pay £10 to go to a test match.

One said: "We wait a lifetime for this stadium to open then you charge us for that? Ridiculous."



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Spurs star Eric Dier charges rich American kids £1,500 for five-day training camp… but will only see them twice

The Three Lions midfielder, 25, is laying on the five-day course at the £47,000-a-year Berkshire School in the upmarket New England town of Sheffield.

His course in June is open to girls and boys aged ten to 15 years old.

Speaking of the course, Dier said: “I’m really excited to invite you to the first Eric Dier soccer academy at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts.

“With my former Sporting Lisbon coach and friend, we’ve put together a week with loads of soccer and fun and games. I hope to see you there.”

The Tottenham star’s Dier Soccer site says: “Eric is one of the few England International players whose career began in a foreign country.

“His journey began at the world-renowned Sporting Lisbon Youth Academy, which is credited for the development of players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Nani."

“The training is personally designed by Eric Dier and our head coach, Alexandre Cardoso, and is based on the philosophy they learnt at the world-renowned Sporting Lisbon Academy.”

It adds: “Hosted at the beautiful Berkshire School Campus, participants will have access to the school's extensive and state-of-the-art sporting facilities and residents will stay on campus in an air-conditioned dorm room.

“During down time the participants will be offered a variety of activities that have been handpicked by Eric, offering an insight into his day-to-day life.”

The Spurs midfielder will Skype in on day one to introduce the camp and meet the participants.

Dier will be sent video updates of the first four training sessions before hosting a session on Thursday afternoon.

He will then be present for a Q&A and signing event on the Thursday night.

The star will also be in attendance for the final matches on Friday and host the prize-giving ceremony in the evening.

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Spurs legend Gary Lineker fears for Harry Kane's recurring ankle injury

The England forward, 25, is hoping to return to action later this month after picking up the injury against Manchester United in January.

But Lineker has urged Kane to err on the side of caution, fearing there is a deeper reason for his persistent ankle niggles.

Lineker told Goal: "It is always a worry when you get a recurring injury and there is clearly a little weakness in there.

"No player wants to have an injury that keeps cropping up, but ankles are not as bad as having a recurring calf problem or a hamstring issue, as they can be hard to overcome.

"You can roll your ankle and get away with it to an extent, but the more you do it, the more you worry the weakness will become a problem.

Harry Kane's ankle injury history

2018-19: Missed five games*

2017-18: Missed two games

2016-17: Missed three games

2016:17: Missed 11 games

*Correct as of February 9, 2019

"Maybe Kane can come back for the second leg of the Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund.

"Having had this injury before, Harry will know when he is ready to play again."

Kane was set to miss two months with his latest setback but could be back in just half that time after the latest updates from Spurs.

Mauricio Pochettino is hoping to have his star striker back for the game against Burnley on February 23.

Since kicking off his senior career, Kane has suffered FOUR ankle injuries – totalling 21 games missed.

In fact, Kane has suffered one ankle knock this season – his torn ligament – with one last season and two the campaign before.

As Lineker suggests, it's a recurring theme and a potential worry for Kane, Spurs and England moving forward.

Tottenham will have to make do without the striker for tomorrow's game at home to Leicester.

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Llorente wants new Spurs contract after rejecting China and Turkey transfer interest

The Spanish striker is desperate to use the opportunity presented by Harry Kane's injury to prove he is worth an extension to his current deal which runs out this summer.

The 33-year-old scored the winning goal as Spurs beat Watford 2-1 last night despite squandering two good chances to find the net before then.

And having struck twice in his three games since Kane was ruled out until March with an ankle injury, Llorente is hoping an offer from the club will come.

talkSPORT say clubs in China and Turkey have already registered an interest in snapping him up on a free transfer in the close season.

Turkish giants Galatasaray are among those sides, but the Spanish international would prefer to stay as a squad player under Mauricio Pochettino.

He seems content with his role playing back-up to Kane, and there is an argument keeping him for a further year would be sound business sense for Spurs.

But Llorente still has to prove he can make an impact when he does play before Pochettino and Daniel Levy will be convinced enough to offer him new terms.

Speaking after the Watford game, Llorente said: “It’s really difficult because Harry is one of the best in the world.

“The most difficult thing is to be fit when you don’t play because the only way to be fit is to play 90 minutes.

“Training is important but the game is the game. Now I feel every game, I feel much better. Today I feel good. Now I’m very focused to help the team and do my best.

“It is probably the most important goal I have scored here at Tottenham. It was my dream.

“When you dream of days like this and finally it happens, it’s amazing. Now I enjoy the moment because we haven’t got a lot of time to enjoy.”

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Spurs tell Real Madrid they must pay £310MILLION to sign Harry Kane

The England captain is one of the world's best attackers, and the struggling Spanish giants want him to rejuvenate their team.

SunSport understand Spurs have no need to sell Kane or any of their other star players during January.

Real Madrid want to bolster their under-performing frontline with an established but still young striker.

While the likes of Robert Lewandowksi and Edinson Cavani could be available for the right price, both are over 30 and Los Blancos want a longer-term solution.

The club, currently fifth in La Liga, have found the net just 26 times in 18 league matches so far this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo was allowed to depart for Juventus in the summer after nearly 10 years at the club.

In his absence, fellow Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale have struggled to fill the void.

Summer signing Mariano Diaz has also failed to step up as a regular source of goals.

Teenage star Vinicius has impressed in spells, but is still just 18.

Tottenham have also moved to fend off interest in Kane's team-mate Christian Eriksen.


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3pm Man Utd news: Spurs join Anderson race, Coutinho move odds slashed, pay-off threatens Mourinho to Real deal

Read on for all this and more of today's latest transfer news, views and gossip from Old Trafford.


RED DEVILS could miss out on Joachim Anderson with reports claiming Tottenham will move for the Danish centre-back if Toby Alderweireld leaves in the summer.

The Belgian defender signed an extension at Spurs, but will be allowed to leave for £25m at the end of the season – leaving the North Londoners in need of a top replacement.


MAN UNITED could threaten to hold up any negotiations between Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese boss has been contacted by Los Blancos with returning to the Spanish capital – but his £15m pay-off could prevent swift appointment.


ANTHONY MARTIAL and Romelu Lukaku visited Salt Bae's restaurant while on Dubai trip with Man United.

French striker Martial cracked a rare smile as they enjoyed steak served by the celebrity chef.


MAN UNITED will offer Andreas Pereira as part of a swap deal for Fiorentina centre-back Nikola Milenkovic.

The Brazilian has struggled for game time at Old Trafford and could be used to bring in the Serb to solve their defensive problems.


RED DEVILS face missing out on Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen as they are prepared to wait until the summer.

The Dane has impressed plenty of elite clubs this season with Inter Milan and Tottenham also targetting the centre-back.


OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER is optimistic about Paul Pogba's fitness ahead of Manchester United's crunch Premier League fixture at Tottenham on Sunday.

Solksjaer was unable to call upon Pogba in the 2-0 FA Cup third round win over Reading on Saturday because of a knock the Frenchman sustained in a challenge with Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey last week.


IVAN PERISIC could finally become a Manchester United player at the end of the season with Inter Milan looking to raise cash to fund a move for Luka Modric.

The Croatian international has been repeatedly linked with the Red Devils, and recently spoke of how close he came to linking up with the Premier League side last summer.


MATTHIJS DE LIGT has been urged to sign for Manchester United over Juventus by Ajax legend John van Loen.

A host of European giants are chasing the Dutch wonderkid, 19, with John van Loen urging him to choose the Premier League over Serie A.


OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER wants his Manchester United stars to up the intensity of their training sessions.

The Norwegian sees nothing wrong with having a determined attitude behind closed doors.


MARCUS RASHFORD'S brilliant tweet poking fun at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has gone down a storm with Manchester United fans.

The striker posted a picture of Solskjaer telling him, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial a story during United's warm-weather training break in Dubai.


REAL MADRID are reportedly primed to offer £90million for Kalidou Koulibaly.

Il Mattino claims the Manchester United target is also being eyed up by Los Blancos after becoming one of the world’s top defenders at Napoli.


MIKE DEAN has been named referee for Tottenham's massive clash with Manchester United… and Twitter can't believe it.

Supporters have been stunned after "Spurs fan" Dean was named as the match official for next Sunday's Premier League game.

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Chelsea and Spurs' hopes of signing Hummels dashed by Bayern Munich chief

The German international is out of favour under new manager Niko Kovac with reports claiming he wants out of the club.

Bild said his agent, Marc Kosicke, travelled to London recently to discuss a switch to the Premier League giants.

However, the 30-year-old is going nowhere after Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge denied they were looking to sell the centre-half.

He said: “We had a conversation with Mats a few days ago and he will play for Bayern Munich in the second half of the season.”

And the Bundesliga side’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic also insisted talks went well with the defender.

He added: “We talked to Mats, it was a good conversation.

“Mats feels very well in Munich, and if a player does not always play, it's clear that there are discussions.

WE WON'T MICH YOU Chelsea may have ANOTHER flop striker with ace close to return

“Mats wanted to talk to us. We explained our point of view to him and he explained his point of view.

“I think that we came to a common denominator.”

Bayern managed to close the gap on leaders Dortmund to six points this week after securing a 1-0 win at RB Leipzig.

Hummels, who has two years remaining on his deal, actually started for the reigning champs and the clean sheet will have only helped his cause to get his spot.

Bayern face Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday in their final match of 2018 before the winter break.

Chelsea legend is now a hipster DJ playing at a club night in trendy East London

HE used to be famed for leaving defenders in a spin, so what Pat Nevin did after football must've come natural.

The Chelsea and Everton legend, who bamboozled all with his tricky wing play in the 80s and 90s is now a DJ playing for hipster crowds in London.

Nevin, 55, has a regular spot playing at The Victoria in Dalston at a trendy club night called Scared to Dance, which was previously at the Shacklewell Arms.

He's also appeared at the 2015 Shiiine On Weekender festival alongside the likes of Happy Mondays playing tracks by indie artists including The Smiths, Pulp and New Order.

Busy Nevin manages to juggle his new career alongside his football commitments, working as a pundit for BBC Radio 5 Live.

He revealed how he first caught the music bug.

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Arsenal and Spurs fined by FA for failing to control players in league clash

The Gunners bagged the points thanks to a 4-2 victory on December 2- but there were several flashpoints throughout.

In particular players from both sides clashed when Eric Dier put his finger to his lips in front of the Gunners' supporters after scoring the first-half equaliser.

This saw the likes of Dele Alli, Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi and Dier himself involved in a heated shoving match by the sideline.

A statement from the FA reads: "Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have been fined £45,000 and £50,000 respectively after both clubs admitted an FA charge of failing to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

"It relates to their game on December 2, 2018."

It was old-fashioned and very English clash at the Emirates, with eight yellows shared between these two warring sides, plus a red late on for Spurs centre-half Jan Vertonghen.

The game will also be remembered for another shocking incident – when a Tottenham fan threw a banana at Gunners striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.


DELE ALLI was struck on the head by a missile during Tottenham's 2-0 Carabao Cup victory over Arsenal at the Emirates.

Now, new footage appears to show a kid launching the bottle on to the Emirates turf, while seven supporters were reportedly arrested last night.

The clip was uploaded to Twitter, captioned: "No Christmas presents for the kid who pings Dele Alli in the head with a bottle."

Both Arsenal and the Metropolitan Police have been hunting for the culprit and may take a look at this video as part of the process.

A police statement read: "The Met is working with Arsenal Football Club to identify the person responsible for an incident where a bottle was thrown onto the pitch during the Arsenal vs Tottenham match on Wednesday, 19 December.

The moment a banana skin is thrown at Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by a fan not in the picture

Van driver Averof Panteli, 57, threw the piece of fruit when the Gabon captain netted the first of his two goals in the Gunners' 4-2 derby win.

The granddad has already been banned from Tottenham games for life by the club but magistrates also stopped him attending any other games.

Panteli was also told to pay £635 in fines and costs after magistrates uplifted the sum because of the "racial element."

He denied the gesture was racist when he admitted throwing the banana during a court hearing today, but magistrates rejected his claim.

The widower threw the skin, which he picked up after a child nearby finished eating the banana, when Aubameyang netted a penalty in the tenth minute.

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Arsenal and Spurs battle for Hoffenheim midfielder Florian Grillitsch

The Austrian international has caught the eye with some impressive midfield performances in the Champions League group stages.

And now the 23-year-old is a transfer target of the two London clubs, according to German newspaper Bild.

They report that Grillitsch’s agent Thomas Boehm was in England last week – not necessarily a surprise, with the Bundesliga side playing Manchester City at the Etihad.

But when asked, Boehm failed to rule out the possibility of the player making a move to the Premier League.

He said: "The fact that Flo is in the focus of top clubs with his strong performances, is no big secret."

He added: "But he feels comfortable at Hoffenheim and still has goals with the club."

Grillitsch – who has played for Hoffenheim 18 times this season, scoring one goal from central midfield – would be a tailor-made replacement at Spurs for Mousa Dembele, who is currently sidelined with an ankle injury.

Equally, with Aaron Ramsey seemingly on his way out of Arsenal, the Austrian could also slot in comfortably at the Emirates.

And with the German club finishing bottom of their Champions League group, a move to London now seems more likely – even though Grillitsch would be cup-tied in Europe for the rest of the season.

Hoffenheim have three more matches to play before the Bundesliga’s mid-season break begins.

With the transfer window approaching, there’s every possibility that the midfielder could be playing in the Premier League before January is out.

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Spurs fan charged with throwing banana skin at Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang denies he is a racist

Van driver Averof Panteli, 57, threw the piece of fruit when the Gabon captain netted the first of his two goals in the Gunners' 4-2 derby win.

The lifelong Spurs fan and grandfather-of-two told The Sun Online he picked up banana skin after a child had finished eating it – and threw it without thinking about the racial implications.

He was arrested and charged after a nearby steward pointed him out to pitch-side cops.

Speaking from his home in Norwich, Norfolk, he said he "swears on his kids' lives" that he is not racist.

He said: "I am not racist whatsoever. I am actually a Greek Cypriot. I am 100 per cent not a racist. I swear on my kids’ lives that I am not that kind of guy.

"I apologise if I have offended anyone from both clubs, especially Tottenham. It was a mad thing I did and I never meant to offend anyone in any way. I never meant anything by it.

"The Arsenal player was gloating in front of the away fans. He came up towards the away fans about 10m away and he is basically nodding his head and clapping at us.

"Without thinking, I picked up this banana skin from the ground and threw it on the edge of the pitch. I didn’t throw it at the players. It was just on the edge of the pitch.

"I am not condoning what I did and I regret it already."

Mr Panteli said he intended to plead guilty to throwing a missile on the pitch when he appears at Highbury Corner magistrates court on December 18.

After phoning club bosses to apologise, he was slapped with a lifetime ban from Spurs matches – meaning he will miss the new stadium's long-awaited opening next year.

He added: "The police were happy to say it was not racism.

"I phoned Tottenham to apologise and they said they would be getting in touch with me to ban me for life.

"I have been friends with black people all my life.

"I do not have a criminal record and I have never been in trouble with the law in my life.

"The only thing I have ever did was run on the pitch at Spurs when I was 14 and I got chucked out of the ground."

Footballq fans lined up to condemn the incident after images of the banana skin went viral last night.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright branded the fan an ‘idiot’ – and dubbed him an "embarrassment" to his club and the Premier League.

He fumed: "I've played against Spurs and I've taken a lot of abuse from Spurs but never ever has it been racial.

"Now Spurs have to deal with that and have that tainting all over them. It's really unfortunate to see."

Aubameyang took to Instagram after the match following the victory where he posed a picture of himself next to the banana, where he said: "#whysmandoingthis?"

A Spurs spokesman added: "Behaviour such as this is completely unacceptable and the supporter in question will be issued with a ban."

Also charged with throwing things onto the pitch were Charlie Watts, 26, and Jason Gannon, 36.

Paul Wright, 41, was charged with a public order offence.

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Spurs fan charged with throwing banana skin at Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang denies he is a racist

Van driver Averof Panteli, 57, threw the piece of fruit when the Gabon captain netted the first of his two goals in the Gunners' 4-2 derby win.

The lifelong Spurs fan and grandfather-of-two told The Sun Online he picked up banana skin after a child had finished eating it – and threw it without thinking about the racial implications.

He was arrested and charged after a nearby steward pointed him out to pitch-side cops.

Speaking from his home in Norwich, Norfolk, he said he "swears on his kids' lives" that he is not racist.

He said: "I am not racist whatsoever. I am actually a Greek Cypriot. I am 100 per cent not a racist. I swear on my kids’ lives that I am not that kind of guy.

"I apologise if I have offended anyone from both clubs, especially Tottenham. It was a mad thing I did and I never meant to offend anyone in any way. I never meant anything by it.

"The Arsenal player was gloating in front of the away fans. He came up towards the away fans about 10m away and he is basically nodding his head and clapping at us.

"Without thinking, I picked up this banana skin from the ground and threw it on the edge of the pitch. I didn’t throw it at the players. It was just on the edge of the pitch.

"I am not condoning what I did and I regret it already."

Mr Panteli said he intended to plead guilty to throwing a missile on the pitch when he appears at Highbury Corner magistrates court on December 18.

After phoning club bosses to apologise, he was slapped with a lifetime ban from Spurs matches – meaning he will miss the new stadium's long-awaited opening next year.

He added: "The police were happy to say it was not racism.

"I phoned Tottenham to apologise and they said they would be getting in touch with me to ban me for life.

"I have been friends with black people all my life.

"I do not have a criminal record and I have never been in trouble with the law in my life.

"The only thing I have ever did was run on the pitch at Spurs when I was 14 and I got chucked out of the ground."

Footballq fans lined up to condemn the incident after images of the banana skin went viral last night.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright branded the fan an ‘idiot’ – and dubbed him an "embarrassment" to his club and the Premier League.

He fumed: "I've played against Spurs and I've taken a lot of abuse from Spurs but never ever has it been racial.

"Now Spurs have to deal with that and have that tainting all over them. It's really unfortunate to see."

Aubameyang took to Instagram after the match following the victory where he posed a picture of himself next to the banana, where he said: "#whysmandoingthis?"

A Spurs spokesman added: "Behaviour such as this is completely unacceptable and the supporter in question will be issued with a ban."

Also charged with throwing things onto the pitch were Charlie Watts, 26, and Jason Gannon, 36.

Paul Wright, 41, was charged with a public order offence.

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Spurs rip Chelsea to shreds thanks to Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min goals

Dewy-eyed Tottenham fans will sit their grandkids on their knee to regale tales of the night when it all came together.

Up and coming coaches the world over will fall at the altar of Mauricio Pochettino and try to replicate this masterful display.

Tottenham players past and present will drool forever more about the time when it all came together in 90 spell-binding minutes.

The brutal, chastening reality for Chelsea is that Spurs stopped at three, easing off the controls after Son completed this rout after just 54 minutes.

They were already in command, with first half strikes from Dele and Harry Kane giving Tottenham a handsome lead.

The great shame is that this stadium was well short of capacity, 15,000 down on the same fixture last season.

The stay-aways missed something special.

To beat Chelsea, with their much-trumpeted unbeaten Premier League record, is one thing.

To do it in such a breathless, captivating fashion is quite another.

This was emphatic, ruthless and powerful.

Spurs bossed it, doing a number on Maurizio Sarri’s side with this extraordinary demolition.

Even when Olivier Giroud scored after 85 minutes, bringing a semblance of respectability to the scoreline – but not the shoddy performance – Spurs were still shimmering.

They played as if they could turn it on any moment, the hallmark of the truly great teams in this game.

The real hero was creator supreme Christian Eriksen.

Name a pass, any pass, and the Spurs forward will ping it off either foot: lob wedge, chip, backspin, fade.

Eriksen, the architect behind Tottenham’s two goals inside the opening 16 minutes, was irresistible.

Sign him up, Spurs.

Alongside Manchester City’s red-hot forward Raheem Sterling, he is the other outstanding player in his position on current form.

It is difficult to separate them.

They are match-winners, with Eriksen taking control of this game when he sent in a sixth minute free kick.

It had been given away by that bozo David Luiz after the Chelsea defender bundled over Harry Kane.

The response was emphatic.

Eriksen’s right footer was laser-guided, finding the head of Dele Alli making his way towards the near post.

Dele’s flick on was decisive, zipping off his forehead and through the hands of Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Easy.

So was the next one, with Eriksen playing a simple pass into Kane’s feet.

What happened next, with Chelsea defenders giving the Spurs striker the freedom of Wembley, is unforgivable at the highest level.

Kane spied the chance, advancing ten yards and then smacking an effort into an empty net.

That 2-0. It could easily have been four or five by half-time.

Eriksen’s up-and-under, leaving Chelsea’s dozy defence ball-watching, could have been converted by Son.

Instead his cushioned half-volley, hit first time, sailed sweetly over Kepa’s bar.

He got another go at it just before the break, with his volley turned wide after connecting with Eriksen’s cross from the left.

This was a rampant Spurs.

For all the moaning and groaning and griping about them failing to hit top form this season, well this was not far off.

This is how Chelsea play when a manager is about to be fired.

Eden Hazard was terrible, twice appealing for penalties before the moody forward was booked for clattering into Ben Davies.

N’Golo Kante, feeling the love after coming out of Football Leaks with his reputation enhanced, was reckless.

David Luiz was, well, David Luiz.

At one stage he was so pre-occupied with marking Kane at a Chelsea corner he tried to rip the shirt off his back.

After 90 minutes of misery, Kane should have handed it to him as a souvenir.

That was not the end of a pitiful performance from the Chelsea defender.

Son got the goal his game deserved, rewarded for his endeavour and his enthusiasm when he bounded down the right.

He was sent haring down the touchline by Dele, with only one thing on his mind as he made his way towards goal.

He tricked his way past Jorginho and then rinsed Luiz, sending him off the pitch for a hot-dog when he cut inside on to his left boot.

The finish was composed and class, bending it beyond Kepa to stretch Tottenham’s lead to three.

They did this to Manchester United earlier in the season, soaking up the pressure at Old Trafford before hitting them clinically on the break.

This looked even better.

There will be a touch of regret about Giroud’s goal, failing to get a man near him when Cesar Azpilicueta sent in a cross from the right.

He scored from his head, sending Chelsea’s consolation beyond Hugo Lloris five minutes from time.

It was the only moment Spurs wavered, a brief moment of self-doubt before they took control again.

For Tottenham, it was a night they will never forget.

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Spurs' new stadium christened by Lord Sugar who's first to take a PEE in director's lounge – as picture shows it looking incredible at night

And Lord Alan Sugar has already christened the ground – by taking the first PEE in the director's lounge toilet.

The former Spurs chairman, 71, shared a video of the stadium captioned: "I had a tour of the new Spurs stadium yesterday.

"It's amazing the best in Uk and Europe and possibly in the world.

"Most important thing is I had the honour of being the first person to take a pee in the directors lounge too."

Up to 3,800 tradesmen have been working round-the-clock to complete the ground.

But despite our snaps, club bosses still say it won't be ready until February at the earliest – and there are fears it will not be fit to play in until next season.

In the meantime Harry Kane and Co will have to continue playing at Wembley.

The long-awaited opening of Spurs' new 62,000-seater ground has faced countless set-backs with the club recently announcing that it won't be until at least January when it is fit to host its first game.

It is edging closer to completion after markings were drawn on the pitch and the famous Golden Cockerel was installed on top of the stadium.

But there is still work to be done including electrical and construction issues.

Tottenham had hoped to to host their first game on September 15 but have suffered numerous setbacks.

Manchester United's visit to Tottenham on January 13 had been pencilled in as the first game at the stadium.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino urged fans to be patient ahead of the unveiling of "the best stadium in Europe".

He said: "I would like to be 20-years-old and be a player that Tottenham offer a contract to, because [the stadium] will be amazing.

“Again I say to our fans ‘patience’, because it’s going to be the best stadium in Europe.”

Meanwhile, Tottenham have been rapped by the Advertising Standards Agency over a poster claiming their delayed new stadium was the only place in London to watch Champions League football.

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Spurs stadium pitch has lines painted on with Manchester United clash on January 13 earmarked as curtain raiser

Markings have been drawn on the pitch in the new 62,000 capacity ground, and this will come as welcome update for the Spurs faithful – who have been frustrated consistently after delays for its opening.

The most recent update from the top brass came last month where it was stated their remaining home fixtures of 2018 will be played at Wembley.

Spurs chief Daniel Levy said  “factors completely outside of our control” were the reason for the latest delay.

“We know the continued delay is a source of immense disappointment to everyone and I can only continue to apologise for this – it is a sentiment felt by all of us," he said.

The stadium was due to open on September 15 for Tottenham's clash Premier League clash against Liverpool but failures in planning means the opening is likely to be FOUR months behind schedule.

Their match against Man United on January 13 now looks like the first fixture to be held at the new ground.

SunSport also reported that Mauricio Pochettino said this season has been the worst of his Tottenham tenure and the stadium delay is a major reason for this.

He said: “The season so far… it’s strange because my feeling is the worst feeling I’ve had in the five years that I’ve been here.

“I am disappointed we are still waiting for the new stadium when the expectation was to be there at the beginning of the season."

However, as the work continues behind the scenes the stadium looks to be blossoming into a thing of beauty.

Fans of the north London club will be hoping the ground is worth the wait.

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Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp reveals he will blank Gary Neville after Man Utd legend called Tottenham ‘spineless and soft’

Redknapp, who got Spurs to the Champions League quarter-final in 2011, is fuming with Red Nev for labelling the club “spineless and soft, flaky, rubbish” in the last 30 years.

And he says he will BLANK his son’s Sky Sports colleague over his outburst on Monday Night Football this week.

Redknapp, who managed Spurs from 2008 to 2012, said on talkSPORT, said: “I've got the raving hump with him and wouldn't want to speak to him, to tell the truth. I've got the raving needle and think he's totally out of order.

“People have a right to an opinion but his opinion in this case is totally wrong and it's a disgrace to talk how he has.

"It's a disgrace to label players spineless and gutless in that team like Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Ledley King, Rafael van der Vaart, William Gallas.

"I was so disappointed and upset with his comments. He wants to do his homework before coming out with comments like that.

"He was totally out of order.

"We can all come back. He managed Valencia and when he managed them they were the worst Valencia team not just in the last 30 years but in their history.”

Neville’s glittering playing career included the historic Treble and eight Premier League titles – but his only stint in management was three months at Valencia in which he lost 11 of his 28 games in charge before getting sacked.

He then returned as a Sky Sports pundit where he works alongside Jamie Redknapp.

Redknapp Snr blasted: "Gary's comments were an absolute disgrace.

“I can only speak about the three and a half years I was at the club and we weren't gutless, we weren't spineless, we weren't pathetic, flaky, rubbish.

"I managed a team that had to go to the Etihad to beat Man City to get into the Champions League, they had to beat us to qualify.

"It was a winner-takes-all situation and we won 1-0.

"We got into the Champions League and were drawn in a group with the holders Inter Milan at that time, who had done the double and had won the World Super Cup that year.

"We finished above them in the group and went there and had our goalkeeper sent off in the first ten minutes, were 4-0 down at half-time and got three goals back.

"Gareth Bale ran them ragged and if the game went on another ten minutes we would have won the game. That is not a team that is gutless.

"We battered them at home and beat them 3-1 in a great night at White Hart Lane.


"We won at AC Milan, who was managed by Allegri who has a reputation as one of the great coaches. We went through.

"We go to Madrid and Crouchy got sent off and we ended up losing.”

Redknapp has been upset before over Neville’s comments on Spurs.

He added: "Maybe two years ago I heard him have a pop saying 'they got rid of some bad apples'. He mentioned Michael Dawson who is one of the best pros I've ever come across in my life.

“He wants to do his homework before he comes on and talks about people in that tone. I thought his comments were an absolute disgrace."

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