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#thfc Toby Alderweireld says Spurs' gruelling schedule feels just like Christmas and has praised the squad for overcoming their latest challenge.…
#thfc Thoughts on tonight’s match here. Mourinho knows the value of the League Cup as a first trophy. Now he’s three games away from winning it with Spurs - and his players showed a winning mentality in the shootout too.…
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#thfc Not sure this is exactly the kind of image or advertising Carabao are looking for in their sponsorship of the League Cup.…
#thfc Thoughts on tonight’s match here. Mourinho knows the value of the League Cup as a first trophy. Now he’s three games away from winning it with Spurs - and his players showed a winning mentality in the shootout too.…
#thfc Revenge for Spurs, who lost the League Cup semi-final to Chelsea in a penalty shootout in January 2019. Lucas, who was denied by Kepa that night, scores his penalty this time.
#thfc Spurs win the shootout 5-4! Mason Mount misses - or Lloris saved it. Couldn't quite see if Lloris got a touch. If he did, it's a brilliant save.
#thfc 3-3 as Jorginho squeezes the ball past Lloris, who went the right way.
#thfc Eric Dier scores the opening penalty in front of the south stand, while Tammy Abraham also converts. Home fans would be particularly useful right now...
#thfc 1-1 at FT and we'll head straight to a penalty shootout. Given Mourinho's comments before the tie about struggling to compete in this game, and the way it was going after half an hour, he'd probably have taken this. Spurs got better and better after around the 35th minute.
#thfc 1-1 in the 84th minute! Alderweireld fires a crossfield ball over to Reguilon, who cuts back onto his right foot and chips a cross to the far post, where Lamela brings the ball down and scores at close range.
#thfc 70' Hojbjerg and Kane are on for the final 20 minutes. Aurier crosses for Reguilon, who tries a diving header with a bouncing ball and gets it horribly wrong beyond the back post.
#thfc 50' Big moment as Aurier gets down the right and sends the ball across to his fellow wing-back Reguilon, who runs onto the ball unmarked in front of goal. He shoots on target but too close to Mendy, who makes his second good save of the match.
#thfc HT: 1-0 to Chelsea. For the most part it's been disappointingly unambitious from Spurs, who have had just 30% of the possession and played with 5 at the back. And yet, there have only been 3 good chances in the half and Spurs have had 2 of them, with Gedson and Lamela.
#thfc 35' Better spell from Spurs, who have finally started to string some passes together. Lamela has a good sight of goal and fires towards the bottom corner, but Chelsea's debutant goalkeeper Mendy makes a smart save with his foot.
Mourinho and Lampard exchanging heated words on the touchline. Couldn't catch all of it but gist seemed to be Mourinho complaining about Lampard becoming more vocal because Chelsea are winning. Saw a big grin just now from Lampard looking back at some of his backroom staff.
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#thfc 19' 1-0 to Chelsea as Werner scores his first goal for Chelsea. Not great from Reguilon, who lost the ball, was unable to get it back from Hudson-Odoi and then dived in to challenge Azpilicueta, allowing him to cut back and cross.
#thfc 15' Chelsea are dominating possession, so it's very much a 5-3-2 for Spurs at the moment. The lack of width in Spurs' midfield means it's very easy for Chelsea to move the ball wide, but they're not getting much penetration. It's mostly sideways for now for the visitors.
#thfc Looks like it's 5-3-2 for Spurs.
#thfc If it's 3-4-3 as it looks, it's hard to understand why Gedson Fernandes is getting in the team ahead of Alli. I can understand Alli not getting in the strongest XI, but not getting in the second-string XI...?
#thfc At the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where Reguilon makes his debut. Looks like Mourinho's gone for three centre-backs and wing-backs - is that a sign of things to come with Reguilon? Kane's on the bench. Alli's not in the squad. Mendy makes his debut for Chelsea.
#thfc Utterly grim VAR decision. The only solution for defenders is to jump and compete for a header with their arms behind your back, which is ridiculous. Only thing Spurs could have done better was kill the game off far earlier. Will be interesting to hear why Son was taken off
#thfc Some of Lucas’s decision-making is utterly bizarre. Nice piece of skill to get free down the right side. Surely then attack the space and carry the ball into the box. Instead it’s a hopeful punt towards the far post and any opportunity is lost.
#thfc Very encouraging half. My main fear for Spurs this season was that they’d drop too many points in games like this, when there’s no space in behind & few chances to counter. Despite facing very defensive opponents today, they’re creating chances galore. Bodes well.
#thfc Take nothing away from Son & Kane but that was a masterclass in how NOT to play against Spurs. Particularly dumb as Solon probably didn’t need to stay so high to keep creating chances against a porous defence. That was a total gift. Most won’t make the same mistakes.
#thfc Pretty astonishing that Southampton have stuck with that high line - suicidal stubbornness. They’ve had enough good chances to win but, defensively, they’ve played straight to Spurs’ strengths and been well and truly punished. As for Son - clinical.
#thfc Reguilon’s an exciting signing too. Davies is a great guy but he’s not a top-4 LB and the lopsided approach hasn’t worked well. Balance is important in all respects. The full-backs used to be an area of strength. It’s since become a weakness. Now it looks a strength again.
#thfc When people ask what’s been the best thing about covering Spurs over the past 12 years, I usually say it’s been following the rise of both Bale and Kane. We’ll see whether Bale’s still got it, but the prospect of them playing together is just so exciting. Just embrace it.
Jonathan Barnett to @AFP on Bale to Spurs this morning: "It's close but not done. It's a complicated deal." Madrid still pushing for a permanent. No problems, clubs negotiating.
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It’s remarkable Wolves have managed to keep so many of their top players this summer. Who wouldn’t want Jiménez or Traore for starters? How many other clubs would be so impressive for 2 seasons after promotion without being thoroughly raided?
Well this game is certainly living up to the billing 👀 Leeds are going to be a lot of fun this season.
This, I would say, is a wholly acceptable use of "insists".…
My great hope for sports journalism this season: fewer examples of "insists/admits" in the wrong places. "(Player X) insists he is delighted with his hat-trick." (is anyone surprised?) "(Manager X) admits he is pleased with Saturday's 5-0 win." (is this really an admission?)
Will be v interesting to see how Mourinho does with a fresh start, his own signings & hopefully fewer injuries. For me, #thfc's season will be defined by their ability to break down defensive teams. They still miss Dembele. Ndombele looked a great replacement. Can he step up?
Reporting with @PaulTenorio: Alex Morgan is also heading to England for the rest of the year thanks to a deal with the Spurs. #NWSL #USWNT #BarclaysFAWSL…
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Barca have told Tottenham Lucas de Vega not for sale. Club asked Pimienta and he said he sees him as key for Barca B this season.
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Good to see another media organisation picking this up, after @LBC, Newsnight, The Telegraph and others. An estimated 3million people affected...! And the vast majority of those probably don’t even know it yet.…
#thfc My reservation is that, while there are awkward moments for some players, the club, Levy and Mourinho haven’t really had any moments of embarrassment. I was hoping it wouldn’t just be a PR film and, so far, it feels like one. But it’s an enjoyable watch nonetheless. (2/2)
#thfc Really enjoyed All Or Nothing so far. It’s fun to see how Mourinho motivates players, his team talks, etc. The way the players’ own stories and situations are highlighted leading into matches of personal significance is nicely done too (eg Vertonghen v Wolves)... (1/2)
15 - Since the start of the 2018-19 season, Matt Doherty has scored more goals in all competitions than any other Premier League defender (15). Outlet.
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#thfc Right-back looked the priority at the start of the summer. If someone had suggested Matt Doherty I'd have said "he'd be ideal but I can't see Spurs getting him, especially in the current climate". What a deal. Next question is how much Levy will recoup by selling Aurier.
On what was meant to be my wedding day, cheers COVID 🙄 Perfect weather for it too!
#thfc Superb signing assuming it all goes through - a perfect fit in the position that most needs upgrading. Doherty’s ideally suited to the attacking RB role and has shown it in the Premier League, which is a big bonus. The fee’s remarkably low too, with 3yrs left on his deal.…
Hopefully this will alert the government as to what's going on, and the impact on people in what's already been quite a tough year, with lives and plans already put on hold!…
There's a couple living downstairs who are in the same situation as this caller - just had a baby, want to move out of a small flat into a family home, but their sale's fallen through and there's no timescale for work to be done. It's ruining lives.…
This is a big national problem, which is unfortunately affecting me & my fiancee as well. At a time when the government are trying to stimulate the housing market, people are being trapped in their current homes with no prospect of being able to move.…
#thfc Decent start for Spurs. Only one of their first eight opponents finished in the top nine places last season (that being Man Utd). Chance to build momentum/confidence before they face Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Leicester and Wolves in the space of seven matches!
#thfc Don't really have a problem with Spurs signing Joe Hart and I certainly like the fact he accidentally said "I've got a lot in the bank" instead of "tank". Otherwise, he's saying the right things - sounds humble and ready to play his part.…
Trippier 1 of only 3 English players (with probably Walker and Sterling) to play Champions League quarters in both the 2 years since the World Cup. Bad end to a really good first season for him in Spain.
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#thfc Always enjoyed speaking to Walker-Peters as well. He’s clearly a nice lad and he spoke very honestly after his nightmare start to the game against Barca in Dec 2018. Looking forward to seeing what he can do with Saints now. 3/3…
#thfc My frustration with KWP was he was often too passive when he got a chance to impress - especially in pre-season games. He'd have a chance to attack a defender 1v1 but would instead play the easy pass inside to someone like Eriksen. Hope he backs himself more at Soton. 2/3
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