first_imgJoe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 10:14 amVERDICT from Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Wolves: Jose Mourinho is teaching this Spurs side how not to lose… Poch would have been lucky to get a point, let alone three.JOSE MOURINHO said he would not make the same mistakes when he became Tottenham boss.And he was true to his word in the last-gasp 2-1 win at Wolves.Mourinho knew exactly what to expect from a Wolves side managed by fellow Portuguese Nuno Espirito Santo – he was even one of his former players at Porto.As Manchester United boss, Mourinho lost twice at Molineux in the space of two weeks last season – with an FA Cup defeat followed by one in the Premier League.And Mourinho was clearly in no mood to get fooled again as he knew how to gain the upper hand – namely, striking the first blow which Spurs did with Lucas Moura’s superb eight minute goal.After that though, Tottenham could have crumbled as Nuno again tried to expose the weaknesses of a Mourinho side.But while the Spurs boss may be teaching his side how to be winners – but more importantly, he is telling them how not to be losers.Read more HERE.Joe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 9:35 amDELE ALLI came close to joining Aston Villa before ultimately signing for Tottenham, according to reports.The Athletic claim the England star had travelled with his foster parents and representative to Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground as an 18-year-old after the club agreed a deal to sign him from MK Dons.However, then-manager Paul Lambert was not part of the delegation that greeted Dele, having said to be unfamiliar with the midfielder’s game or potential.Despite Villa being prepared to pay Alli more than £20,000-a-week, Mauricio Pochettino’s desire for his signature led to him choosing Spurs with the Midlanders led to believe Lambert’s stance and absence proved costly.Joe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 9:00 amJOSE MOURINHO watched Paulo Gazzaniga’s “magic hands” help Spurs grab a vital victory then claimed: Dad’ll do for me!Mourinho’s late father Felix played in goal for Belenenses at Molineux in 1973 — and Gazzaniga’s save to deny Romain Saiss.That stop paved the way for Spurs to nick it at the end through Jan Vertonghen’s header on Mourinho’s first ever visit to Wolves’ ground.The Special One said: “Paulo had magic hands. He was important in that situation.“My father played in this stadium against Wolves in the Uefa Cup as a goalkeeper.“He was always telling me a goalkeeper of a top team has to be different to the others because you don’t have ten saves, you have one.“By the time the one comes, the magic hands have to be there and Paulo did it for us.”Joe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 8:24 amBAYERN MUNICH stars have demanded the club sign former Spurs target Philippe Coutinho following the forward’s stunning return to top form.The Brazilian scored a scintillating hat-trick in the weekend’s 6-1 win over Werder Bremen while also grabbing two assists.It comes off the back of the 27-year-old’s goal and match-winning performance in the 3-1 Champions League win over Tottenham.And now Bayern team-mate David Alaba has called for the club to go all out and land him on a permanent deal.Speaking after the game, he said: “If you watched the game today, we have to buy him, right?”His thoughts were echoed by Robert Lewandowski who added: “It was outstanding how he did that today.“We need this kind of player. I’m really happy that he showed what he is able to do.”Jake Lambourne16 Dec 2019, 10:11 pmJOSE MOURINHO has sent Chelsea a warning after Spurs closed the gap on the Blues to three points after their win against Wolves.Tottenham can leapfrog Chelsea in the table should they beat their London rivals next week.Mourinho said: “We were keeping our balance until the end, knowing that we could perfectly win the game. “I think Nuno has to be disappointed, he has to say it was unfair for his boys – that’s normal to have this feeling after they played so well. “But I have to say exactly the opposite thing. I have to say that the way my boys worked hard, the way so many of our fans – in the cold, in the rain – were with the team until the last seconds. “I cannot ask for more, the only thing I can ask now is that next weekend [against Chelsea], we are there waiting for them.”Jake Lambourne16 Dec 2019, 9:36 pmSPURS fan Ben Stokes has been won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award! TOTTENHAM snatched a late winner to take all three points against Wolves and rise to fifth in the Premier League.Jan Vertonghen netted in injury time, after Adama Traore had equalised for the hosts.Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has laid down the law to Serge Aurier, telling the mischievous right-back that he will not tolerate criticising messages on social media like he has done in the past.And Spurs will face RB Leipzig in the Last 16 of the Champions League – avoiding some of the bigger names like Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus.Follow all the latest updates from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium below…Joe Brophy4 Jan 2020, 12:30 amJake Lambourne4 Jan 2020, 12:27 amJake Lambourne28 Dec 2019, 12:29 amJake Lambourne27 Dec 2019, 12:37 amJake Lambourne17 Dec 2019, 10:10 pm🇰🇪 @VictorWanyama X @EliudKipchoge 🇰🇪#THFC ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 16, 2019Jake Lambourne17 Dec 2019, 9:33 pmICYMI – We have been drawn against RB Leipzig in the #UCL last 16!#UCLdraw ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 16, 2019Jake Lambourne17 Dec 2019, 8:57 pmTOTTENHAM fans were probably chuffed to bits to get RB Leipzig in the Champions League last 16 but their journey to Germany will be far from simple.Fans may no longer have to suffer the days of Europa League trips to far-flung corners of the continent and yet this tie is also not ideal travel-wise.There are no direct flights from London airports to the eastern German city, requiring either an additional plane or train journey.This has created a conundrum for those hoping to watch the second leg after the sides were drawn together on Monday.Skyscanner recommends catching the 12.15pm flight from Heathrow on the day of the game, Tuesday March 10.Travelling via Dusseldorf over three hours, passengers land in Leipzig at 4.45pm – in time for the 9pm kick-off at Red Bull Arena, and can fly back the same way for £248.For the cheaper £158, a return via Cologne can be sorted that leaves at 5.35pm on the Wednesday and takes just over four hours.Read more HERE. We will face RB Leipzig in the #UCL last 16!#UCLdraw ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 16, 2019Joe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 10:58 amTHE Champions League has reached its business end with all four English teams escaping their groups to make the last 16.Tottenham were handed an extremely tough clash with French champions Paris Saint-Germain in SunSport’s simulator after finishing runners-up to Bayern Munich in Group B. Jake Lambourne17 Dec 2019, 8:21 pmWin @WilliamHill’s super Sunday prize:⚽️ Two tickets to Spurs v Chelsea🎯 Two tickets to #WHDarts Championship🤞 To enter, simply tell us which ex-Spurs player made his professional debut this year!Terms 👉 ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 16, 2019Jake Lambourne17 Dec 2019, 5:43 pmThose full-time celebrations. 👌📸 @KumhoTyreUK#THFC ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 16, 2019Jake Lambourne17 Dec 2019, 5:07 pmRB LEIPZIG boss Julian Nagelsmann has spoken of what he is most looking forward to about facing Spurs in the Champions League.The German told the club’s social media channel: “Tottenham is a very nice and exciting tie!“They’re one of Europe’s top teams, playing in a fantastic city with star players who have a lot of experience. “It won’t be easy but we’re really looking forward to it, especially playing in that stadium.“Spurs have a world-class manager in Jose Mourinho. The games will be exciting and we’ll need to put in two top performances. “We’re more than capable of doing that. What a tie! We can’t wait!”Jake Lambourne17 Dec 2019, 4:31 pmJURGEN KLOPP is set to be ignored as Premier League clubs embrace plans to extend the Champions League.As SunSport reported earlier this month, support is growing among Europe’s elite clubs for a revised format involving more games from 2024.Liverpool boss Klopp slammed the plans after his side’s 2-0 win over Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.The straight-talking German, who tasted Champions League glory last season, branded the proposals “absolute b******s”.But as SunSport has previously revealed, Liverpool — along with other members of the Big Six — have been part of extensive negotiations led by Uefa and the European Club Association.And this should lead to clubs agreeing to a redesigned competition.The Prem six were determined not to accept initial plans, drafted by Juventus President Andrea Agnelli.This would have seen 12 games in the initial phase and a ring-fenced structure involving promotion and relegation for the initial elite.Read more HERE.Joe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 3:33 pmJoe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 3:01 pmLUCAS MOURA has revealed how close he came to joining Manchester United back in 2012.He told ESPN Brasil: “Yes, there was a conversation.“I was very close to closing with Manchester United. It was still at the time of [Sir Alex] Ferguson.“I ended up choosing PSG, I spent five fantastic years there, I won a lot, learned a lot. I do not regret it.“Despite the hard times, the bad times, I don’t regret it because I grew a lot, I learned a lot.“Now I’m here in the Premier League, and it’s a new hope.”Joe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 2:29 pm⚽ The match-winner. 🏆 The @eToro Man of the Match.👏 @JanVertonghen #THFC ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 16, 2019Joe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 1:50 pmA TOTTENHAM fan consultation of 23,000 supporters determined that 33 per cent still use the Y-word.Yet, it also found that 94 per cent of respondents accepted that it can be considered a racist term against a Jewish person.The club said: “[The consultation] underlines just how complex the nature of this issue is and these varying viewpoints are illustrated in the responses that we received.“Sentiment around this term appears to be changing among the fanbase. There is a recognition of the offence the Y-word can cause and that a footballing context alone does not justify its ­continued use.“This consultation has shown that a particular number of our supporters are offended by the term and almost half of all respondents indicated a clear desire to see fans use the Y-word less or stop altogether.“We pride ourselves on being an inclusive and forward-thinking club and these findings indicate the awareness our fans have of current sensitivities and a willingness to reconsider the appropriateness of the continued use of this term.“We shall be organising a series of focus groups, giving supporters the chance to meet and exchange opinions with fellow fans with views from across the spectrum on this matter.”Joe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 12:40 pmJAN VERTONGHEN has claimed Jose Mourinho has restored Tottenham’s fighting spirit.He said: “The gaffer has a lot to do with it – he has brought that fighting mentality back. We had lots of games last season when we won right at the end. “It is the best feeling, we can’t give up. Wolves wanted a late goal too – but we believed just that little bit more.“We had a lot of meetings this week about this game because, tactically, Wolves are a very good side, they will always have good spells in the game, especially in the first half.” Vertonghen added. “It was tough one, towards the end we were thinking, ‘Should we be happy with a draw or not?’ But this feeling is better.“At 1-1, you’re going to waste some time or try to go for the win. We had two thoughts there.”Joe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 12:08 pmLUCAS MOURA revealed Jose Mourinho has spent his first month in charge at Tottenham convincing the players they CAN be winners.Mourinho inherited a side from Mauricio Pochettino that had earned rave reviews for the way they competed at the highest level — yet failed to collect any silverware.Moura, 27, said: “He always talks to us, he tries to put in our mentality that we are strong, that we are a big club, that we are winners.“He tries to put this mentality in us and then afterwards, tactically, step by step, also his philosophy.“But especially he wants to put this mentality — a strong mentality, winners — in us.”Joe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 11:30 amTOTTENHAM have been handed a favourable tie against RB Leipzig.Jose Mourinho’s men avoided the likes of Barcelona and Juventus after finishing runners-up in Group B. The winner of BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 is…🌟 BEN STOKES 🌟 #SPOTY— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 15, 2019Load more entries…last_img

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