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Spurs, Bournemouth split points in drab draw

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Twelve minutes of stoppage time barely injected life into a scoreless, slumberous slog between Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Thursday.

Hugo Lloris made a terrific stop on Harry Wilson deep in 12 minutes of stoppage time to keep Spurs’ sheet clean.

Tottenham has 49 points, six back of fifth-place Manchester United who plays Thursday and behind three teams in the race for Europa League places.

BOURNEMOUTH – TOTTENHAM FULL MATCH REPLAY

Spurs face Arsenal at the weekend in a statement North London Derby between Mikel Arteta and Jose Mourinho, before Newcastle, Leicester City, and Crystal Palace complete the fixture list.

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Bournemouth’s 28 points are three back of safety. The Cherries finish with Leicester City, Manchester City, Southampton, and Everton.


Three things we learned

1. South coast snooze: Bournemouth fans wouldn’t have minded the point, but the journey to a rare clean sheet was just about as boring as you’ll see apart from an early penalty controversy, a gnarly injury, and a goal being pulled off the board by handball when Callum Wilson’s clever 90th-minute goal took a turn off Josh King and into the goal.

2. Scary incident for ex-Spurs man Smith: There was a lengthy delay around the hour mark when Cherries defender Adam Smith was involved in a violent collision at midfield, requiring plenty of medical attention. The former Spurs man was given oxygen and needed a stretcher to get off the pitch. Hopefully the long time right back is doing alright.

3. Mourinho’s offense looks toothless: First, let’s admit that Harry Kane had a goal egregiously taken away from him via the rulebook when Lucas Moura’s unwitting handball led to a goal against Sheffield United. But Spurs have five goals in five matches since the Premier League’s return. As much as it’s nice to see three clean sheets in four outings, Mourinho has to find a way to get his men moving.

Man of the Match:

Hugo Lloris – The Frenchman’s incredible stop of a surging Harry Wilson deep in stoppage time was a welcome moment for a sleepy match. Lloris made the only two saves of a slumberous affair.

Bournemouth – Tottenham recap

Harry Kane was not given a penalty in the opening minutes as he was shoved to the turf but also collided with a teammate while tracking a pass. Referee Paul Tierney didn’t see anything in it, and surprisingly neither did VAR.

The Cherries had a good spell of play after that, a mini-vibe of how Spurs looked after the Harry Kane goal was took off the board against Sheffield United.

The game flowed back into Spurs control for the final stanza before halftime.

Spurs let Bournemouth stick around and Harry Wilson’s nice run led to nothing in the 68th minute as the match looked destined for goose eggs, sadly enough.

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Blades cut through Spurs after early VAR controversy

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Sheffield United – Tottenham Hotspur recap: Tottenham never recovered from a wildly controversial VAR decision, displaying miserable defense in a 3-1 loss to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Thursday.

Playing nothing like the European team they are increasingly unlikely to be, Spurs fell apart and sit ninth with 45 points. Harry Kane, whose early goal was ruled out by VAR, scored in the 90th minute.

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Blades got a goal and an assist from Sander Berge in moving into seventh. Oli McBurnie and Lys Mousset also scored for the hosts.

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Three things we learned

1. Blades find their sharpness against sleepy Spurs defense: Raise your hand if you had Sheffield United taking four of six points from Tottenham Hotspur during Blades’ first season back in the Premier League? Okay, maybe, we believe you but keep that hand up if you though a late season win would boost Blades back over Spurs and into a top seven place. The first goal saw Blades move the ball through and to Berge like it was a training exercise. The second goal saw Spurs fast asleep when Enda Stevens drove deep into the box before cutting back to Mousset. The third goal? Somehow the worst of the bunch, as Davinson Sanchez had a day to forget.

2. VARroneous: An atrocious reading of the laws has taken Harry Kane’s equalizer off the board at Bramall Lane. Lucas Moura was nudged over by Berge while dribbling through the Blades defense. The ball ricocheted off his arm while he was falling and facing the opposite direction. That was enough to pull it off the board. Letter of the law? We guess, but even Blades boss Chris Wilder is going to stand with infuriated Spurs boss Jose Mourinho on this one.

Wednesday saw a silly VAR call that at least made a modicum of sense when a prone and technically offside West Ham’s Michail Antonio was stranded between goal scorer Tomas Soucek and would-be stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga. This took that to the next level.

3. Mousset rejoins the scoring ranks: The French playmaker had trouble living up to expectations at Bournemouth, scoring five times with one assist in 2146 minutes (71 appearances). Mousset now has six goals and four assists in his first season at Sheffield United, the production coming over less than 1200 minutes.

Man of the Match

Berge — The big Norwegian covered seemingly every blade of grass and won most of his duels (7-of-9) on an economical day that saw him grab his first PL goal. He’d late get his assist and was every bit the man they signed for big money this January.


Sheffield United – Tottenham recap

Spurs controlled play for most of the first 25 minutes, but Berge put the game on its ear by helping facilitate the opener he’d finish with class.

Berge moved the ball from left to right and stayed in the fray to make it 1-0 with a shot dragged across goal.

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Spurs scored within 30 seconds of restart, Kane slotting low past Dean Henderson in the 33rd.

But wait! The ball ricocheted off a falling Lucas Moura’s arm and VAR ruled it no goal.

Chances were few the rest of the way aside from two terrible bits of defending from Spurs.

Mousset’s sixth PL goal of the season came wide open in the six, while Berge cued up McBurnie for a similar goal toward the final whistle.

Heung-min Son set up Kane for Spurs’ last-minute concession, the Englishman’s 13th league goal this season coming on the South Korean’s ninth assist.

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Kane, Mourinho react as star scores in 200th Premier League appearance

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Harry Kane is back on the score sheet and Tottenham Hotspur is back in the win column.

Those don’t feel like a coincidence, even if Kane’s marker was the insurance marker in Tottenham’s 2-0 defeat of West Ham United on Tuesday.

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Kane was happy to get on the score sheet and feeling good about his day.

“When you’ve been out for over six months it’s about getting that feeling back on the pitch,” he told the BBC. “I should’ve scored one other but it’s nice to put that one away. I’m in good shape. I’ve been working very hard. I feel as good as I’ve ever done.”

Kane was also asked about scoring his 137th Premier League goal during his 200th appearance in England’s top flight.

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“200 games it goes so quick,” Kane said. “The years fly by and you have to make the most of it. I’m still only 26 so hopefully I can get to that 200 mark sooner rather than later and go from there.”

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho says it’s good to see Kane rewarded for all the hard work taken to get fit for the summer after a long layoff that began with an injury.

“I am happy for him, he worked a lot and now there will be better headlines and a better feeling for him,” Mourinho said. “He has been phenomenal in lockdown, did amazing work at home, and he is in the condition to help the team.”

TOTTENHAM – WEST HAM FULL MATCH REPLAY

VIDEO: Mourinho goes off in bizarre rant after Kane questions

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Jose Mourinho went off on a bizarre rant after his handling of Harry Kane was questioned.

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In his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against West Ham (Start time, 3:15pm ET on Tuesday, live on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com), Mourinho was asked about comments from ex-Arsenal player and current Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson about Kane and how the current style of play at Tottenham means he will no longer score 25-30 goals a season.

Mourinho then went on what can best be described as a four-minute rant as he listed Didier Drogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and others as strikers he has got the best out of.

That’s fair enough. One small thing though, Jose, you may want to work on your math when it comes to the number of goals Drogba scored at Chelsea.

Here’s a clip of Mourinho switching into full stats mode:

 

For the most part, his stats were correct but Drogba scored 164 goals across all competitions during his entire Chelsea career. Not 186 during Mourinho’s spell in charge of the Blues.

Mourinho only managed him for four seasons at Chelsea and Drogba scored 73 goals in that period. He was also off when quoting stats on Gonzalo Higuain. Mourinho should probably get a new calculator but his point is that central strikers usually fare well in his system and it’s tough to argue with that.

Kane looked sluggish in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Man United but that was to be expected in his first appearance since Jan. 1. That said, Tottenham gave him little service and their tactics to sit back and hit Man United on the break worked, for the most part.

Mourinho was not happy his team couldn’t seal the win against Man United and is feeling the pressure a little as Spurs’ season looks in danger of petering out as they missed a big chance to cut the gap to fifth place, which looks like being a Champions League qualification berth if Man City’s UEFA ban is upheld.

Premier League friendlies: Kane, Pogba return, Capoue scores thunderbolt (video)

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Two Premier League powers with newly healthy stars saw mixed results in Friday friendlies for Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

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Manchester United’s split squad played Championship promotion favorites West Bromwich Albion twice, with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba starting together in a 2-1 defeat before the Red Devils reversed their fortune in a 3-1 win.

Fernandes converted a penalty but also missed one in the loss as United’s uneven 2019-20 penalty record continued albeit in a friendly.

Andreas Pereira scored two pretty goals while Tahith Chong forced a terrible goalkeeper mistake for the third goal in the second match.

Watch all of the highlights here with Marcus Rashford’s dazzling fancy footwork a welcome sight.

Tottenham saw Harry Kane fit but not firing as Moussa Sissoko, Steven Bergwijn, and Heung-min Son also returned from injuries in a 2-1 loss to Norwich City that was played over four 30-minute quarters (Spurs love their NFL).

Josip Drmic and Mario Vrancic scored for Norwich after Erik Lamela gave Spurs an early lead at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Don’t be too worried, Spurs faithful, Norwich struck in the final quarter when Jose Mourinho inserted a trio of youngsters into the contest. Of Harvey White, Dennis Cirkin and George Marsh, only Marsh has played for the first team, a solitary cup appearance. White and Cirkin are 18.

The sides drew 2-2 at Carrow Road on Dec. 28 while Spurs beat the Canaries 2-1 less than a month later in North London.

Watford beat Championship side Brentford 2-0 on Saturday in a tune-up for the PL season.

Joao Pedro’s cross into the box was mismanaged and Ismaila Sarr acted quickly to salt away the result very late, but the real highlight was Etienne Capoue’s rocket.

Oh, don’t you love when the ball just comes faster and faster in the direction of the viewer?

Burnley drew Preston North End 1-1.