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Sean Dyche warns Tottenham of Burnley's 'awkward style'

Sean Dyche has vowed to play “a style that is awkward” for Tottenham as Jose Mourinho’s men travel to Burnley live on Monday Night Football.

Spurs blew a 3-0 lead with less than 10 minutes of normal time remaining in their last Premier League match as West Ham scored three late goals to secure a point at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Dyche wants to take advantage of those fragilities through Burnley’s style of play but his side have had their own tricky start to the season, finding themselves winless after four games and scoring just three goals.

However, the Clarets – who finished 10th last term – did pick up their first point of the campaign last time out and now Dyche wants them to secure their first victory to restore Turf Moor into the fortress it has become in recent seasons.



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“We will look to play effectively and a style that is awkward and hard to get grip of,” Dyche said ahead of the game against Spurs, live on Sky Sports Premier League. “They are in good form and have top players.

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“We have got things from the games against them before. They have one of the top players in the country in Harry Kane. It is not about individuals but he is a top, top player.

“[Jose Mourinho] is in my mind a top manager. He is getting the team more how he likes it. They are maybe adapting to his thinking and the players adapting to the roles he wants.

“And if you look at the squad they are top-class players so there is a chance they are going to do pretty well anyway so the manager’s job is to maximise that.”

Dyche says Burnley’s poor start to the new Premier League campaign has given him no cause to stray from the blueprint that has served him well in almost eight years in charge after he replaced Eddie Howe in October 2012.

He also revealed that Erik Pieters is an early doubt for the clash against Spurs with a calf injury, Phil Bardsley is still out following his positive coronavirus test while Ben Mee is back in training but not yet ready to return to action.

Matt Lowton is in contention to return after an ankle injury while Jack Cork and Bailey Peacock-Farrell remain sidelined.

“Matt is making good progress so he will be considered,” Dyche added. “Erik managed to get through the game but he has got a minor calf injury so he is a bit of a doubt. He is touch and go.

“We had a tough pre season with injuries that can’t be underestimated but I do believe in the group and we have not been too far away.

“Leicester was a bit of a ding dong. Southampton was one that got away for me, it was a soft goal. West Brom we probably edged it and those are the margins.

“You’re not always as far away as you think and we just have to get on the right side of those margins.

“It’s not difficult to galvanise them because they’re wise enough to know you can have bumps in your journey during the season. I’m aware it is a season’s work and it always has been for us.

“The minimum requirement is around the 38 to 40 point mark and then we build on top of that, and we’re not going to move too far away from that thinking because it’s served us well.”

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Tottenham vs LASK prediction: How will Europa League fixture play out tonight?


The Europa League group phase starts on Thursday evening and Jose Mourinho will be hoping to take his side all the way in a competition he has already won twice before.

Mourinho lifted the UEFA Cup, as it was then known, with FC Porto before winning the Europa League with Manchester United in 2017 – now he’s hoping to take Tottenham to glory too.

First up for Spurs in the groups is Austrian side LASK Linz, who have won two of their four games this season domestically.

Also in Group J are Belgian side Antwerp and Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.

When is the match?

The game kicks off at 8pm on Thursday, 22 October.

Where can I watch it?

The match will be shown live on BT Sport 2. Subscribers can also stream the match via the BT Sport website or app.

What is the team news?

Spurs are likely to line-up with Hugo Lloris in goal, while at full-back, it is likely to be Matt Doherty and Ben Davies replacing Serge Aurier and Reguilon. The centre-backs will probably not see any changes as Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld were impressive against West Ham and will want to continue that form.

Dele Alli will be hoping to be included in midfield having started in all of the Europa League qualifiers so far. Gareth Bale could expect to start but do not be surprised if Jose Mourinho names a much-changed side.

Erik Lamela is also expected to feature in some capacity, while there’s a decision to make up front as Harry Kane has been in exceptional form, but Carlos Vinicius is waiting for his full debut.

LASK will be without midfielder Dominik Reiter, who has a torn cruciate ligament. Outside of that, the Austrian side will be able to call upon a full-strength squad which they will need against Tottenham who are by far the superior team. 

Predicted line-ups

Tottenham: Lloris, Doherty, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Hojbjerg, Bale, Alli, Lamela, Kane.

LASK: Lawal, Ramsebner, Filipovic, Weisinger, Ranftl, Holland, Michori, Renner, Gruber, Balic, Raguz.

Odds

Tottenham 9/25

Draw 4/1

LASK 25/4

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Spurs’ squad strength should be far too much for LASK to handle even if there is plenty of rotation and subs on the night. Spurs 4-0 LASK

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Son Heung-min claims Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is 'misunderstood'

Son Heung-min claims Jose Mourinho is ‘misunderstood’ and the Tottenham manager’s ‘winning mentality’ can lead the club to a trophy

  • Jose Mourinho has fallen out with several players during his managerial career 
  • The All Or Nothing documentary showed him arguing with left-back Danny Rose 
  • But Son Heung-min insists Mourinho has brought a feel good factor to Spurs 
  • The South Korean also backed him to end their 12-year wait for some silverware 

Tottenham forward Son Heung-min believes boss Jose Mourinho is a misunderstood figure in the game and has backed the Portuguese boss to help the club end their 12-year trophy drought.

The All Or Nothing Amazon Prime Documentary showed Mourinho being brutally honest with stars such as Danny Rose, with the Portuguese boss having a history of falling out with players – including Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas – during his career as a manager.

But Son insists Mourinho has revived the positive atmosphere at Spurs after he replaced Mauricio Pochettino as boss last year and can help his side win their first piece of silverware since 2008. 

Tottenham forward Son Heung-min believes current boss Jose Mourinho is misunderstood

Son has been a key figure for Mourinho and has scored score 18 goals under the Portuguese

‘Some people misunderstand the manager,’ Son told Goal.

‘Maybe they have a different opinion compared to what he really is, but we see him every day and it is a great atmosphere at the training ground.

‘We laugh and smile at training every day and you can see that in the Amazon video. He has a winning mentality and we all believe he can bring us success and take us to the next level.

‘He has been amazing with us and I will always remember how I felt when he first came to the club and became my manager.’

Mourinho has fallen out with players during his career including with left-back Danny Rose

The Portuguese also fell out with goalkeeper Iker Casillas (left) during his time at Real Madrid

Son could play under Mourinho for some time yet after Sportsmail revealed that the club are prioritising a new deal for the South Korean following an impressive run of form.

The 28-year-old has been a key player for Mourinho since his arrival last year, scoring 18 goals for the Portuguese. 

Son will enter the final two years of his contract at the end of this season and Tottenham are keen to avoid any uncertainty with Son following Christian Eriksen’s departure in January,  given his huge importance and the fact he is in the prime of his career.

He currently earns in the region of £150,000-per-week, but can expect a sharp increase as Spurs look to cement his position.

But Son insists he has only brought positivity and will help end Spurs’ 12-year trophy drought




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Tottenham vs West Ham result: Player ratings as Hammers pull off incredible comeback against Spurs

Sissoko – 6: Solid in the centre for most of the game.

Hojbjerg – 6: Tidy showing from the new recruit for the most part.

Ndombele – 7: Played with a visible confidence that has evidently come from his increased game time.

Bergwijn – 8: Looked lively from the opening whistle and gave the West Ham defence yet another threat to consider.

Son – 9: Took his goal with supreme confidence; as soon as he cut inside, there was no doubt he would find the net. Elsewhere caused Balbuena plenty of problems.

Kane – 10: Two goals and a terrific assist, and he hit the post late on. The England captain is as potent a playmaker as he is a striker at the moment.

Bale – 6: Came on late. Looked fit and motivated, which is the main thing, but missed a great chance to put the result beyond doubt.

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Fabianski – 6: Could do little about any of the goals and exhibited some courage and sharp decision-making at times.

Masuaku – 7: Dribbled forward purposefully with every opportunity he got.

Cresswell – 6: Rather anonymous in a fixture in which every player needs to turn up and his deliveries were sup-par – all until he assisted Balbuena’s header, that is.

Ogbonna – 5: Centre-back didn’t quite look up for it – or up to it, during Spurs’ fast start.

Balbuena – 5: Painfully mismatched against Son and severely lacking in confidence, it seemed. Improved as the game progressed, however, and redeemed himself slightly with a headed goal to give West Ham a shot at a draw.

Coufal – 6: After his team’s dreadful start, the defender was one of the first to show some spirit and help the Hammers get a grip on the game. His cross caused Sanchez’s own goal late on.

Rice – 6: Tried to drag his team back into the game as a matter of pride.

Soucek – 7: Physical presence was notable in the centre, as ever.

Fornals – 6: Passing and deliveries were tidy enough as West Ham tried to get back into the game.

Antonio – 6: Applied himself with as much vigour as usual, but was not often enough put in the positions to make a difference.

Bowen – 6: Like Antonio, struggled to impact the game as much as he usually would, but not for a lack of trying.

Lanzini – 7: A late substitute, the Argentine gets such a high grade purely for the quality of his equaliser – the last kick of the game and as fine a hit as you’ll ever see.

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Tottenham vs West Ham LIVE: Team news, line-ups and more ahead of Premier League fixture today

Alexis Mac Allister salvages a point for Brighton amid blood and thunder at Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton: Lewis Dunk was sent off at the end of a hard-fought derby in which the spoils were shared

Some pre-match reading:

Gareth Bale returns to give Spurs another kick-start a decade on from putting the whole project in motion

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Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, speaking to Sky Sports: “The message and the philosophy we want is here. We don’t speak about finishing top four or top six or top ten or winning a cup. Just every match we go to win. It doesn’t matter where or against who, we go to every match to win it. Old Trafford was a good example of that. 

“[On Gareth Bale] We have three incredible attacking players on the bench: Gareth, Vinicius, Lucas, and we have Dele and Lamela and Lo Celso also injured. We have lots of talent in the last third of the pitch.”

It’s time for another derby now, this time from London. Tottenham host West Ham, looking to build on their 6-1 victory over Manchester United last time out.

The Hammers are in good form, too, heading into this game on the back of impressive wins over Wolves and Leicester.

The big team news is that Gareth Bale is on the bench, perhaps ready to make his second debut for Spurs.

That result sees Brighton stay in 16th, with four points from their first five games. It’s a return that doesn’t really reflect how well they’ve played.

Palace climb to 12th, three points above the Seagulls.

Brighton would have justifiably felt robbed had they not scored late on…

Full time

That’s it! A dramatic end to a derby that got progressively more hostile as time went on. Mac Allister’s late equaliser earns a point for Brighton, who deserved something from the game. Monk’s red card will have sullied things a little, while Palace will be disappointed to have held on for so long and then surrendered the lead. In the end, though, a draw feels like a fair result.

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Joe Rodon: Tottenham complete signing of Swansea defender

Tottenham have completed the signing of Swansea defender Joe Rodon in a deal worth an initial £11m rising to £15m, subject to international clearance.

The 22-year-old Wales international impressed for Steve Cooper’s side in the Championship and has now completed his move to north London.

Rodon has signed a contract until 2025 and will wear the No 14 shirt at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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Tottenham’s interest in Rodon was long-standing, with Sky Sports News reporting earlier this month the two clubs had opened talks over a move for the player.

Jose Mourinho made it known of his desire to strengthen Tottenham’s central defensive options, having already added full-backs Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilon during the international transfer window.

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Meanwhile, Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers has joined Bournemouth on a season-long loan deal. The 22-year-old came through Spurs’ academy and has made four first-team appearances.

Will Joe Rodon become a star at Spurs?

Earlier this summer, Sky Sports EFL pundits Danny Higginbotham and Andy Hinchcliffe assessed Rodon’s attributes as part of the Future Star series and explained why he is such a special talent.



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“He’s right up there in terms of position for his age,” said Andy Hinchcliffe. “I think what you tend to do with young centre-halves is look at the greats of the Premier League. You look at Rio Ferdinand and John Terry and there are elements of both in Rodon’s game.

“What I want from a centre-half is someone who loves to defend. Yes, they can play, but they don’t just like defending, they really want to defend – they want to get in the line of fire, they want to stop the opposition scoring. That’s what we see with Rodon. When the ball is there to be won, he wins it.”

Swansea sign Bennett from Wolves

Swansea have dealt with Rodon’s departure by completing the signing of Ryan Bennett from Wolves, subject to international clearance.

The 30-year-old centre-half has signed a three-year contract and will wear the No 2 shirt.

He becomes Swansea’s third deadline-day signing, following the arrivals of Kasey Palmer and Joel Latibeaudiere.

The former England U21 international brings a wealth of experience with over 100 Championship appearances to his name, as well as Premier League stints with Norwich, Wolves and Leicester.

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Jose Mourinho says Arsene Wenger did not mention him in his autobiography “because he never beat me”.

Former Arsenal manager Wenger has this week released a new autobiography called, ‘My Life In Red And White’, but the exclusion of his former foe, Mourinho, has not gone unnoticed.

Asked to explain his absence from the book, Tottenham boss Mourinho said: “Because he never beat me.

“You are not going to do a chapter about 12 or 14 matches and never winning one.

“So why should he speak about me in his book. A book is a thing to make you happy to make you proud. So I understand perfectly the situation.”

Harry Kane evolving under Jose Mourinho

Harry Kane is evolving into a creator as well as a goalscorer under Jose Mourinho at Tottenham, writes Nick Wright.

One of Jose Mourinho’s first acts as Tottenham manager was to summon Harry Kane to his office for a meeting. In it, as shown in All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur, he said he could help him “build his status” as one of the world’s best players. “That’s my aim,” replied Kane. “I want to be [like] Ronaldo and Messi.”

Mourinho said Kane could “explode” under the guidance of a manager who already enjoys that status – “my profile, I am little bit like that as a coach,” he added – and given the two names Kane mentioned himself, the assumption was that the explosion referred to his scoring rate.

A year on, however, and Mourinho’s plan for Kane looks different to how it was originally perceived. Rather than fixating on increasing his goal tally, he wants Kane to become a player who creates as well as scores, a player who serves the team in multiple ways.

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Swansea insist Tottenham must pay £18m for defender Joe Rodon

Swansea insist Tottenham must pay £18m for defender Joe Rodon after rejecting £7m bid as Jose Mourinho looks to swoop before Friday’s EFL transfer deadline

  • Swansea are insisting on £18million for highly rated defender Joe Rodon
  • The Swans rejected a £7million bid from Tottenham earlier in the window 
  • Leicester are also thought to be interested in the Wales international 

Swansea are insisting on £18million for defender Joe Rodon who is the subject of a £7m offer from Tottenham. 

The centre back is a product of the Swansea academy and broke into the first-team in 2018 and helped Steve Cooper’s side reach the Championship play-offs last season.

Tottenham’s £7m offer is understood to have been rejected with Leicester also said to be interested in making a move for the defender before Friday’s EFL transfer deadline.

Swansea are insisting Tottenham must pay £18million for highly rated defender Joe Rodon

The 22-year-old is also thought to have had interest from Leicester ahead of Friday’s deadline

Jose Mourinho has already brought in defensive reinforcements with Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguillon joining in the summer. 

Rodon has made a total of 49 appearances in all competitions for the Swans, with all of them coming while they have been in the second tier. 

He was called up to the senior Wales squad for the first time in 2018 though did not make his appearance until a year later – with his international debut coming in a Euro 2020 qualifier against Azerbaijan.

Rodon is a product of the Swans academy and has forced his way into the Wales senior team

He was part of the Wales team that lost 3-0 to England on October 9 at Wembley but also featured in the 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland and the 1-0 victory over Bulgaria. 

Meanwhile, Swansea striker Andre Ayew’s proposed move to Brighton has stalled. 

Brighton, however, retain interest in free agent Danny Welbeck. 




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Tottenham sweating on injury status of £30m new boy Sergio Reguilon

Tottenham sweating on injury status of £30m new boy Sergio Reguilon after left-back picked up knock during Spain’s stalemate with Portugal

  • Tottenham signed full-back Sergio Reguilon for £30million from Sevilla  
  • He has started brightly under Jose Mourinho so far in the Premier League  
  • But now Spurs are sweating on his fitness after suffering injury with Spain  

Tottenham are sweating on the injury status of £30million new boy Sergio Reguilon after he was taken off at half-time in Spain’s 0-0 draw with Portugal. 

The full-back has started life at Spurs positively and impressed in the short time he’s been at the club having joined from Sevilla in the transfer window. 

But now there are doubts over Reguilon’s fitness as he was brought off for Jose Gaya on Wednesday. 

Sergio Reguilon came off at half-time against Portugal in the friendly on Wednesday 

Spain manger Luis Enrique said: ‘It is a blow that the doctors have to see. I hope it doesn’t get complicated.’

He was seen limping prior to coming off and if the issue is anything more serious than a knock then Jose Mourinho will be desperately disappointed. 

Reguilon player the full 90 minutes for Tottenham in his first start for the club against Manchester United last weekend. 

He delivered an assured display in the 6-1 rout and gave fans a glimpse of what they can look forward to. 

The 23-year-old joined as No 1 left-back, moving Ben Davies down in the pecking order. 

The left-back has started well at Tottenham but they will be concerned about his knock

Reguilon made a strong start to life with Spurs as he played the full game in their 6-1 win 

Reguilon’s addition meant Ryan Sessegnon left the club on loan and moved to Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga for the season.  

Danny Rose is out of favour and is set to be left out of Spurs’ Premier League and Europa League squads, another reason why Mourinho will be keen to hear positive news from the medical staff in Spain. 

It remains to be seen if Reguilon will be back in time for Tottenham’s clash with West Ham a week on Sunday.  




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Joe Rodon: Tottenham target ready for Premier League, says Wales team-mate Chris Mepham

Joe Rodon has been backed to make the Premier League grade by Wales colleague Chris Mepham should Tottenham push through their interest in the Swansea defender.

Spurs have held talks with a view to signing 22-year-old central defender Rodon, and could complete a deal before the extended EFL transfer deadline on October 16.

Rodon and Bournemouth centre-back Mepham are likely to be at the heart of the Wales defence against England in Thursday’s friendly at Wembley.

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“Joe’s quality is there for everyone to see,” said Mepham, who made 25 appearances in the top flight for the Cherries.

“He’s played a lot of games for Swansea now and has been putting in some really good performances. He’s definitely got what it takes to make the step up.

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“He’s very calm and composed on the ball and very confident in stepping forward. Defensively, he’s very dominant in the air and he’s quite a big lad so he imposes himself on the game.

“I think he has all the characteristics that any Premier League team would look for in a centre-back. If he does make the step up then I hope he does really well. I think he could be a good talent.”

Rodon has won just four caps for Wales since making his debut in September 2019, with injuries preventing him from making a bigger impact under Ryan Giggs.

He underwent ankle surgery last autumn to miss the end of Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifying programme, and sat out September’s Nations League wins over Finland and Bulgaria after picking up another injury.

Rodon’s Swansea team-mate Connor Roberts said: “I was chilling with him on Deadline Day (Monday) and asking what the crack is.

“I don’t want him to go anywhere, but at the moment all that’s in his head is playing against England for Wales on Thursday.

“I have known him since he was a kid and he is a great lad. I wouldn’t say it affects him too much.

“If after the Wales camp he is off to another team then he is off to another team.”

The build-up to the Wembley friendly has been dominated by England trio Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho.

The Football Association is investigating reports that the three players attended a social gathering at the weekend and breached coronavirus rules in England as there were more than six people in attendance.

Abraham, Chilwell and Sancho could now miss the game after being told to stay away from St George’s Park – and Mepham said Giggs had stressed the need to remain safe in Wales’ bio-secure bubble.

“It was one of the first talks we had when we came away, about the importance of the virus and how we need to be extra safe and extra wary,” Mepham said.

“This is a real-life situation that’s happening and we need to make sure we are not putting each other at risk, and that we are doing everything by the letter. Ultimately if we do that we’ll be safe and healthy.”

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Man Utd ace Anthony Martial sent off for striking Tottenham star Erik Lamela

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Manchester United lost striker Anthony Martial to a red card during the first-half against Tottenham after appearing to hit Erik Lamela in the face.

The pair clashed in the penalty area, with Lamela falling to the floor despite a light blow from Martial.

The Spurs man appeared to push his elbow towards Martial as the players jostled in the area.

But the United forward hit back, striking Lamela on the face causing him to fall to the floor.

United players contested the decision, but after a VAR check, Martial was sent down the tunnel.

Many Red Devils fans were fuming that Lamela wasn't also shown a straight red and sent for an early bath.

"Lamela you cheating B*****," one wrote.

"Lamela is a joke," another said.

If Martial had dived from Lamela's elbow then it would different story," a third added.

The sending off added to what was already an action-packed first-half at Old Trafford.

United won a penalty in the first-minute as Martial went down under a Davidson Sanchez challenge.

And Bruno Fernandes made no mistake as per usual from the spot.

That lead was ultimately short-lived, however, as Tanguy Ndombele netted an equaliser moments later.

Son Heung-Min then put Spurs in front in the seventh minute.

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And after Martial's dismissal, things got worse for United.

Harry Kane made it three soon after, before Son again netted to make it 4-1 going into the half-time interval.

It remains to be seen whether Martial's red will be rescinded or not.

But the Frenchman is due to miss United's clash with Newcastle after the international break.

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