Nuno happy with Tottenham's 'amazing job' in win over Newcastle

Nuno Espirito Santo felt his Tottenham players did an “amazing job” in shutting out all the hoopla around Newcastle to claim a win at St James’ Park.

It was a party atmosphere on Tyneside on Sunday, as Newcastle fans welcomed new owners to the club.

The mood among the Geordie faithful improved inside two minutes, as Callum Wilson headed Newcastle in front.

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“It did not start very well,” Nuno said. “We expected Newcastle to come strong but we reacted very well. Then they stopped because of the fan and I have the info that he is okay.

We knew we had to ignore the noise and do our job. We did not start well but did an amazing job after. Really proud of them.

“I would like to score more, the boys also but Newcastle are a good team with good defenders.”

Kane opened his account for the season in the league with a deft finish over Karl Darlow – with the effort taking him above Alan Shearer to second on the list of scorers of goals away from home in the Premier League – with only Wayne Rooney in front of the England captain.

Nuno feels it can only be positive for Spurs that Kane has finally found the target in the league.

“It is good for us, good for Harry,” Nuno said. “What he does for us goes beyond the goals he scores for us.”

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Newcastle v Tottenham paused due to medical emergency

The Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham at St James’ Park had to be paused as a result of a medical emergency in the stands.

The first half had be brought to an abrupt halt ahead of seven scheduled minutes of stoppage time after an emergency was flagged in the crowd. The stadium announcer later said the players would return to finish the half.

Paramedics from both sides rushed to attend to someone in the crowd as the players were taken off the pitch and into the dressing rooms.

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The incident occurred with four minutes plus stoppage time still to be played, but the first half was eventually allowed to resume.

A statement on the official Newcastle United Twitter feed read: “The supporter who was in need of urgent medical assistance has been stabilised and is on their way to hospital. Our thoughts are with them.”

Players take a break at the side of the pitch after a medical emergency in the crowd stops play shortly before half time during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park

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It was a very significant day for the hosts, with new ownership following Mike Ashley’s sale of the club.

Callum Wilson had given the Magpies the lead in just the second minute, only for Tottenham to totally turn the first half around through goals from Tanguy N’Dombele and Harry Kane.

Upon the resumption, the visitors added a third goal with Son Heung-min on hand to turn the ball home following an assist from Kane.

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Kane on target as Tottenham spoil Newcastle party

Tottenham Hotspur crashed Newcastle United’s party as Harry Kane’s first Premier League goal of the season helped his team to a 3-2 victory.

There was a carnival atmosphere at St James’ Park as Newcastle United played their first match since the controversial Saudi Arabia-backed takeover of the club was completed last week, but the final result brought their fans back to earth.

Things started brightly for Newcastle, who opened the scoring after two minutes when Callum Wilson got in front of his marker to head home a Javi Manquilo cross as the home team’s new owners celebrated.

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However, Tottenham restored parity after 17 minutes when Tanguy Ndombele whipped an excellent finish into the top corner of the Newcastle net after good work by Kane on the wing.

And the visitors to St James’ Park scored a second to turn around the contest just seven minutes later with Kane flicking a finish over Karl Darlow, which was ultimately adjudged onside after initially being disallowed.

A medical emergency in the stands saw the match suspended for a period towards the end of the first half, but play soon resumed and Spurs scored a third through Son Heung-min before the interval.

Jonjo Shelvey was introduced off the bench, but was given his marching orders soon after following two quickfire yellow cards. However, Newcastle United were given a late lifeline when Eric Dier diverted a free-kick into his own net.

That was to be the extent of the fightback, though, as Spurs claimed all three points. The result lifts Nuno Espirito Santo’s team up to fifth in the Premier League table, while Newcastle United remain second bottom.

TALKING POINT – Newcastle United’s new owners have a lot of work ahead of them

If Newcastle United’s new owners weren’t already aware of the job they have taken on, they are now. Wilson’s opening goal after two minutes electrified St James’ Park, but the reality of the situation became apparent as the adrenaline wore off. Steve Bruce’s team find themselves in a fight against relegation, a reality that was underlined by the way they collapsed after taking such an early lead. This will be a long-term project and Newcastle United’s fans will have to be patient.

MAN OF THE MATCH – Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur)

Kane and Son both caught the eye in this victory for Tottenham Hotspur, but it was Ndombele who made the biggest difference in the centre of the pitch. The French midfielder has hit a rich vein of form and is doing more than anyone else to turn around Spurs’ season. He was a driving force through the middle for much of the match at St James’ Park. Newcastle United struggled to handle him.

PLAYER RATINGS

Newcastle United – Darlow 5, Manquillo 6, Lascelles 4, Clark 4, Ritchie 4, Hayden 5, S.Longstaff 5, Willock 5, Saint-Maximin 6, Joelinton 5, Wilson 7. Subs – Shelvey 2, Fraser 3, Murphy 3.

Tottenham – Lloris 5, Emerson 6, Dier 3, Romero 6, Reguilon 7, Skipp 8, Hojbjerg 6, Ndombele 9, Lucas 8, Son 7, Kane 8. Subs – N/A.

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-2 via a VAR decision during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park

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KEY MOMENTS

2’ GOAL! Newcastle United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur: What a start! Newcastle United have opened the scoring after just two minutes! The ball was played to the right side, the cross was played by Manquilo and Wilson got in front of his man to head in from close range!

17’ GOAL! Newcastle United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur: What a way to equalise! Kane brought the ball down, passed inside to Ndombele, the Spurs midfielder had time to assess the situation and whips a finish into the top corner of the net! Brilliant finish by the Frenchman!

23’ GOAL! Newcastle United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur: The goal is given! Kane was released in behind the Newcastle defence, he lifted the finish over Darlow and the goal is given after it was initially disallowed for offside! Manquillo was keeping the Spurs centre forward onside.

39’ Off the crossbar! Inches away from being a third goal for Tottenham! The corner kick delivery from Son was a good one, Moura got up higher than anyone else, but his header comes off the woodwork!

42’ MATCH SUSPENDED! There’s no play taking place at the moment while the medical staff provide treatment to a fan in the stands. A lot of concern around St James’ Park.

45’ GOAL! Newcastle United 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs have scored a third! A great passing move involving Moura and Ndombele saw Kane threaded in behind and the Tottenham striker got his head up to square the ball to Son who had the simple finish.

84’ RED CARD! SENT OFF! Shelvey is shown a second yellow card for bringing down Reguilon who was bursting into the box. That is a short cameo from the Newcastle United midfielder.

89’ GOAL! Newcastle United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur: The Magpies have given themselves a lifeline late on here! Dier couldn’t sort out his feet and he deflects a freekick delivery into his own net! Can Newcastle United find a late, late equaliser? They have a chance!

KEY STATS

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have now combined for 35 Premier League goals, one away from equalling the record held by Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba (36).

Kane has now scored 88 goals in 128 away games in the Premier League, the second most of any player in the competition.

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With the clock ticking and the Three Lions needing a goal, Gareth Southgate withdrew Kane. The England boss, it appears, felt he could not rely on his, well, usually reliable marksman to make the breakthrough.

His travails this season were brought up in a post-match interview. Kane, though, insists he is in good shape.

“I’m in a good place. Obviously I know there’s been a lot of talk about me,” began Kane.

He then went on to outline – defiantly or perhaps desperately – the fact that he has scored goals this season. Nine of them.

At the end of the day I’ve still got nine goals this season and I’m working as hard as I can for the team.

Sounds impressive enough nine goals. However, a little scrutiny of the calibre of opposition does Kane no favours. For Spurs he has scored three against NŠ Mura, two against Paços de Ferreira – in the group stage of the Europa Conference League and in qualifying for UEFA’s tertiary competition respectively – and one against Wolves in the League Cup. Zip in the Premier League, by the way. For England he has scored one each against Hungary, Poland and Andorra. Exalted these teams are not.

He continued again defiantly or perhaps desperately:

When the chances come, I’m confident I’ll put them away. At the end of the day, I’m my own biggest critic. I put the most pressure on myself to deliver and perform and play well. Obviously, [there has been] a lot of noise about me but every time I step on the field I give 110%.

He would, in the fairest analysis of his situation, add:

“[The] performances for club and country maybe just haven’t been there the last few weeks but as I said there is no need to panic. I’m confident in myself.”

He is struggling. And the above quotes are hardly a surgical self-analysis of where things have gone wrong. His struggles at domestic level have now clearly infiltrated his international form too. Something needs to change. However, if Kane’s career has been marked by one characteristic, it is remarkable resilience. Empirical evidence would suggest he will emerge from this slump.

Denmark qualify for World Cup with perfect record

Denmark’s record in qualifying for the World Cup reads:

Played 8
Won 8
Goals scored 27
Goals conceded 0 (!)
Points 24
Their latest win – a 1-0 success against Austria – saw them become the third team, after Qatar and Germany, to qualify for the World Cup. They top a Group F that also contains Scotland, Israel, Austria, Faroe Islands and Moldova. It is hardly a group of death but that is some record.

However, to have emerged from the trauma of seeing Christian Eriksen collapse on the pitch during their first Euro 2020 group game against Finland to reach the semi-final of that competition and then qualify for the World Cup with a perfect record is remarkable.

Kasper Hjulmand has constructed a side built around attacking verve – see Mikkel Damsgaard and Andreas Skov Olsen – that is underpinned by defensive solidity – see Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen and Kasper Schmeichel. Put simply, Denmark are a very good team.

Here is what captain and Ballon d’Or nominee Simon Kjaer said after the win:

“We built up a crew and a mentality that is incredibly healthy and we have been eager to improve all the time,” he told Kanal 5 after the match.

We share the best with each other and adding that to the quality we have, we can go a long way. We have come a long way already but we have only become hungrier.

One week preparation time for the World Cup

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However, if a World Cup is going to sit slap bang in the middle of the European season, though, it may as well be done right. And releasing European players ONE WEEK before the start of the tournament is not right.

A document seen by L’Équipe that was sent out to its member associations by UEFA stated that players would only be available from November 14. The tournament runs from November 21 to December 18. Thus, there will potentially be domestic fixtures the weekend before the start of the World Cup.

If a World Cup is going to be plonked in the middle of the calendar then governing bodies should probably commit to it fully. The situation is far from ideal for a litany of reasons, but players and coaches should at least be afforded the requisite preparation time for a tournament that currently comes around once every four years.

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With the clock ticking and the Three Lions needing a goal, Gareth Southgate withdrew Kane. The England boss, it appears, felt he could not rely on his, well, usually reliable marksman to make the breakthrough.

His travails this season were brought up in a post-match interview. Kane, though, insists he is in good shape.

“I’m in a good place. Obviously I know there’s been a lot of talk about me,” began Kane.

He then went on to outline – defiantly or perhaps desperately – the fact that he has scored goals this season. Nine of them.

At the end of the day I’ve still got nine goals this season and I’m working as hard as I can for the team.

Sounds impressive enough nine goals. However, a little scrutiny of the calibre of opposition does Kane no favours. For Spurs he has scored three against NŠ Mura, two against Paços de Ferreira – in the group stage of the Europa Conference League and in qualifying for UEFA’s tertiary competition respectively – and one against Wolves in the League Cup. Zip in the Premier League, by the way. For England he has scored one each against Hungary, Poland and Andorra. Exalted these teams are not.

He continued again defiantly or perhaps desperately:

When the chances come, I’m confident I’ll put them away. At the end of the day, I’m my own biggest critic. I put the most pressure on myself to deliver and perform and play well. Obviously, [there has been] a lot of noise about me but every time I step on the field I give 110%.

He would, in the fairest analysis of his situation, add:

“[The] performances for club and country maybe just haven’t been there the last few weeks but as I said there is no need to panic. I’m confident in myself.”

He is struggling. And the above quotes are hardly a surgical self-analysis of where things have gone wrong. His struggles at domestic level have now clearly infiltrated his international form too. Something needs to change. However, if Kane’s career has been marked by one characteristic, it is remarkable resilience. Empirical evidence would suggest he will emerge from this slump.

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Denmark’s record in qualifying for the World Cup reads:

Played 8
Won 8
Goals scored 27
Goals conceded 0 (!)
Points 24
Their latest win – a 1-0 success against Austria – saw them become the third team, after Qatar and Germany, to qualify for the World Cup. They top a Group F that also contains Scotland, Israel, Austria, Faroe Islands and Moldova. It is hardly a group of death but that is some record.

However, to have emerged from the trauma of seeing Christian Eriksen collapse on the pitch during their first Euro 2020 group game against Finland to reach the semi-final of that competition and then qualify for the World Cup with a perfect record is remarkable.

Kasper Hjulmand has constructed a side built around attacking verve – see Mikkel Damsgaard and Andreas Skov Olsen – that is underpinned by defensive solidity – see Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen and Kasper Schmeichel. Put simply, Denmark are a very good team.

Here is what captain and Ballon d’Or nominee Simon Kjaer said after the win:

“We built up a crew and a mentality that is incredibly healthy and we have been eager to improve all the time,” he told Kanal 5 after the match.

We share the best with each other and adding that to the quality we have, we can go a long way. We have come a long way already but we have only become hungrier.

One week preparation time for the World Cup

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The impacts it has had on the European calendar is at the lower end of said problematic reasons.

However, if a World Cup is going to sit slap bang in the middle of the European season, though, it may as well be done right. And releasing European players ONE WEEK before the start of the tournament is not right.

A document seen by L’Équipe that was sent out to its member associations by UEFA stated that players would only be available from November 14. The tournament runs from November 21 to December 18. Thus, there will potentially be domestic fixtures the weekend before the start of the World Cup.

If a World Cup is going to be plonked in the middle of the calendar then governing bodies should probably commit to it fully. The situation is far from ideal for a litany of reasons, but players and coaches should at least be afforded the requisite preparation time for a tournament that currently comes around once every four years.

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Literally in every channel. All over the pitch.

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There can’t be anyone left in English football unaware of Harry Kane’s underwhelming performances this season. Indeed, the 28-year-old has been the subject of much discussion for months – first it was his apparent desire to leave Tottenham Hotspur for Manchester City then it was his subsequent poor run of form.

For all that Kane has struggled to get going for Spurs, though, England has always been his comfort zone. The 28-year-old had only scored in the Europa Conference League at club level when he scored in three successive games against Hungary, Andorra and Poland in the September international break.

This is why the sight of Kane being hooked with England still level against Hungary with 15 minutes to go was so symbolic. The national team captain could have no complaints after producing so little in the 75 minutes he was on the pitch, but that Southgate thought his side would stand a better chance of winning the match with Kane substituted off was nonetheless notable.

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Whether it’s for club or country, it’s clear something isn’t quite right with Kane. Outside observers can sometimes read too much into body language, but the 28-year-old has frequently looked disinterested, certainly detached, this season and he has now allowed this to creep into his international form too.

Of course, Gareth Southgate has plenty of attacking options to choose from. Tammy Abraham has revived his career since making the summer switch to Roma and looks to have climbed the England pecking order as a result – the 24-year-old was the one who replaced Kane against Hungary.

Ollie Watkins has also earned his place in the national team set-up with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Danny Ings also good options. This is before Mason Greenwood, arguably England’s best young attacker, and Ivan Toney, still uncapped, but catching the eye for Brentford, are even mentioned.

None of these options have the skill set of Kane, though. At the peak of his powers, the 28-year-old is the most accomplished all-round centre forward in the European game. He is much more than just a penalty box finisher. He is a final third conductor and Southgate recognises this, explaining why Kane plays almost every minute of every England game.

England have good centre forwards besides Kane, but they don’t have another one-man attacking hub. This is why it’s so important that the Tottenham striker rediscovers his best form before the 2022 World Cup. If Kane is still in this depression by the time England head to Qatar, Southgate will have to rethink his team’s attacking structure.

“I can’t talk about the club but I think he feels settled in our environment,” Southgate insisted before Tuesday’s match at Wembley, addressing a question on Kane’s recent form. One wonders if the England boss still believes Kane is “settled” for the national team after watching him toil against Hungary.

In isolation, Kane’s poor performance against Hungary is far from a reason to panic. Remarkably, this was the first time the 28-year-old has failed to find the back of the net in a qualifying fixture for a major tournament since September 2017 (against Slovakia), bringing to an end an incredible scoring run of finding the net in 15 consecutive such matches.

However, the sample size isn’t so small when also taking into account Kane’s less-than-impressive form for Tottenham this season. It’s clear the centre forward feels he has been left in no man’s land with regards to his club career, stuck between the past and what he hopes will be the future with another team, but he mustn’t allow that to affect his performances for England. His country needs him.

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Who should be England's centre forward depth option behind Kane?

Gareth Southgate’s loyalty to Harry Kane as his predominant centre forward was illustrated by how the 28-year-old played all but 17 minutes of England’s Euro 2020 campaign. Indeed, Kane will almost certainly lead the Three Lions into the 2022 World Cup assuming he is fit, and even then Southgate has shown he is willing to start a half-fit Kane over other options.

Nonetheless, England will need different attacking options in Qatar and there remains uncertainty over which striker Southgate will pick as a depth option behind Kane.

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Tammy Abraham

Handed a start in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier away to Andorra, Tammy Abraham found the back of the net in a 5-0 win. The 24-year-old has revived his career since making the summer move to Roma, where he has scored four goals in 10 appearances, and is seemingly one of Southgate’s favourites.

Jose Mourinho has unlocked areas of Abraham’s game that went unappreciated during his time at Chelsea. The 24-year-old has been able to showcase his skills as a dribbler and a facilitator. Previously renowned as a penalty box poacher, Abraham might well be the best like-for-like deputy to Kane.

Patrick Bamford

Southgate has had no choice but to consider Patrick Bamford as an important member of his England squad such has been the Leeds United striker’s form over the past year or so. Bamford struck 17 times in the Premier League last season and is now firmly in Southgate’s thoughts after making his international debut against Andorra last month.

Bamford has the all-round game to play his part in England’s build-up play, something that could mean he is capable of deputising for Kane without Southgate having to change his whole approach. However, he will have to up his numbers having scored just once in five games this season.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

With 11 caps to his name, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is an established member of the England squad and surely stands the best chance of being considered Southgate’s first-choice deputy for Kane. However, the 24-year-old made just two appearances at Euro 2020, playing just 17 minutes in total.

Calvert-Lewin has three goals in three Premier League appearances this season. He provides any team he plays for with aerial presence and gives England a different dimension in attack. The Everton forward could even forge a partnership with Kane if the situation requires it.

Mason Greenwood

On natural talent alone, Mason Greenwood is the standout name on this list. Indeed, the 20-year-old is widely considered one of the brightest young prospects England has produced in a number of years, yet his international career hasn’t quite taken off like his club career has for Manchester United.

Southgate has still to hand Greenwood a call-up after he was sent home from a national team camp a year ago. There are also questions over where the United attacker is most effective, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer using him most frequently on the right wing even when many believe he is most effective up front.

Danny Ings

Had it not been for injury, Danny Ings surely would have been included in Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020. The 29-year-old has enjoyed a career renaissance since making the move to Southampton two years ago. Since his move to Aston Villa he has started the 2021/22 season with two goals in seven Premier League appearances.

Ings could give England an unpredictable edge in the attacking third. The former Liverpool forward is capable of producing something out of nothing and is one of the most instinctive finishers in the English game right now. The 2022 World Cup might be Ings’ final chance to make a major tournament squad.

Ivan Toney

Ivan Toney has yet to receive a call-up at any level of the international game, but the Brentford striker has made an instant impact in the Premier League this season and is surely on Southgate’s radar, even more so after the 25-year-old reportedly rejected the offer to play for Jamaica.

Southgate could make good use of Toney as a member of his England squad. He is a good finisher, is capable of operating as a lone striker or as part of a front two, links up with others well, can hold up the ball and even shoulders his share of the defensive workload. Toney’s candidacy is a strong one and is getting stronger.

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Harry Kane has admitted that he was expecting a night off before Nuno Espirito Santo was forced to call upon his star striker against NS Mura.

Having been spooked by an early second half goal by the Slovenian side, Nuno called on both Kane and Heung-min Son in Tottenham Hotspur’s Europa Conference League encounter.

Kane put the game out of sight with a quick-fire hat-trick to spare the blushes of the under-fire Spurs manager.

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The hat-trick will boost the confidence of a player who has looked out of sorts of late in a struggling side.

It was Kane’s 16th career hat-trick, though the England captain suggested it was not one he expected to have the opportunity to score.

“We started the game really well, went two ahead, but we lost our way a little bit,” Kane explained to BT Sport

“We made it harder than we needed to. They scored a great goal. The momentum shifted in their favour. It was about coming on and doing a job for the team.

We hadn’t spoken about [me coming on]. It was all depending on how the game was going.

“It was nice to come off the bench and score a few goals.”

Lucas Moura also arrived alongside Kane and Son on the hour mark as Nuno was forced to deploy his three most potent forwards.

Youngster Dane Scarlett, 17, had started the game centrally in Kane’s stead but struggled with the step-up in physicality, while Giovani Lo Celso again looked out of place and out of sorts before the changes.

Captain on the night Dele Alli also looked more comfortable after the changes after a patchy sixty minutes.

Kane hopes that the result can boost the club’s confidence after a run of five games without a win in normal time.

Tottenham host Aston Villa on Sunday October 3.

“Us as players and staff need to stick together and work hard,” Kane said. “Our recent form has not been great but we need to try to turn it round next game.

Every striker wants to score goals. I probably wasn’t expecting to come on today but it’s nice to get the minutes.

“Whenever you see the ball hit the back of the net it’s a good feeling. Hopefully we can take it into the weekend.”

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In The Conference With Tottenham

For one beautiful moment, when Harry Kane scored his second, we thought the plan was coming together. Finally, somebody had scored two goals in a Europa Conference League game we’re planning to write about. Finally, we could make our Conference Pair joke.

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11 minutes later he scored his third. Inconsiderate. There’s no such thing as a Conference Hat.

Still, our very important problems aside, a comfortable win is exactly what Spurs needed. Well, not quite. What they need is [deep breath]: new owners, a new manager, half a new squad, another shot at the summer’s business, the derby not to have happened, some new ankles for Kane, the belief to Dare, the capacity to Do, and a second Son. You know, just in case.

But five goals and a Kane hat-trick will have to do. The general rule is that a Thursday night European campaign is a distraction from the very serious business of the Premier League. But right now, Spurs will take any distraction they can get. In the Conference, nobody can hear your crisis.

Although if a crisis does have a particular sound, it’s the sound of a stadium slowly tensing, tightening up, as the unfancied visitors get a goal back out of nowhere and the game starts to drift, just a little bit. It’s the sound of the first team getting up from the bench, unzipping their training tops, stretching their legs. It’s the shiver of relief as the big names make a difference and the game is finally closed down.

Afterwards, asked if his cameo was the plan, Kane said “No, but we were clearly in danger of c**king the whole thing up, so on I came. A reluctant and creaking hero. A grown-up surrounded by quivering children.” Wait, that doesn’t sound right. Oh, he actually said Spurs “lost our way a bit” and that his introduction “was all dependent on how the game was going”. Tomayto, tomahto.

This was a good result for Spurs but the broader questions — does this team have a system? does the manager have buy-in from his players? are any of these new signings any good? — remain tantalisingly open. We were never going to get any solid answers from a game in which Spurs were such heavy favourites, and this weekend’s game against Aston Villa will be far more illuminating. But at least everybody got to enjoy themselves for an evening.

The Upside Down

Off to the Europa League now, and to one of European football’s great pleasures: the four-team group that is thoroughly the wrong way up. Napoli and Leicester City, mutual favourites to get out of Group C, stuck at the bottom with one point each. Legia Warsaw tearing away with two wins from two, Spartak Moscow following close behind. That’s classic Europa.

Napoli, let’s remind ourselves, are top of Serie A with six wins from six. They conceded more goals in yesterday’s 3-2 loss to Spartak than they have in their entire league campaign. It just goes to show that having a man sent off after half an hour is a bit of a problem, tactically speaking. You’re welcome, Luciano Spalletti. Happy to help.

But if that result can be pinned on Mario Rui’s dismissal, Leicester’s loss in Warsaw fits neatly into a dispiriting pattern. Çağlar Söyüncü, shaky again. Leicester’s passing, wonky again. Leicester’s attack, wasteful again. At least Kelechi Iheanacho getting stuck at the border made for an interesting change, though not a helpful one.

On the evidence of the last few weeks, Leicester are suffering from the coincidence of two serious problems, one at either end of the pitch. One has a fairly obvious solution: that big James Maddison-shaped playmaking hole will, we can assume, be filled by James Maddison, who is slowly returning to something like form.

The wobbly defence has no such quick fix. Jonny Evans missed last night’s game with illness, and Rodgers’ experimental back three left Söyüncü entirely adrift on the left-hand side. Jannik Vestergaard has made a chaotic start to his Leicester career, and the upshot is that Rodgers now has a problem of both shape and personnel, to go along with one win in five.

Obviously, the manager has too much credit in the bank and Leicester too much talent in the squad for this to count as a crisis. Not yet, at any rate. But it’s definitely a wobble, and if it’s not sorted soon, it might be enough to wobble them right out of Europe.

23 Lions

An international break! Next week! Oh, these things just sneak up on you, don’t they? If only somebody like Arsène Wenger would come along and sort the whole calendar out for us … no, can’t see any problem with that wish. Certainly won’t be any unexpected consequences.

An international break means an England squad, and an England squad means drama and tragedy, as notable players are Snubbed or even Sensationally Overlooked, while others sneak in despite their awful form because The Manager Has His Favourites. Or that’s what it used to mean, before Gareth Southgate turned up and started being all sensible about things.

So, Jude Bellingham and Mason Greenwood are both missing — shock! horror! — but only because they’ve been playing a lot of football. Jadon Sancho is still there, despite a slow start at Manchester United, because Southgate is utterly in hock to the big clubs. Or because he has faith in a talented player that has been involved with England squads for a good long while. It’s the second of those. Of course it is.

The Warm-Up is studiously neutral when it comes to all matters England. But as Southgate’s reasonable revolution rolls on, we do occasionally wonder if we’ve lost something important. England have become one of the world’s most reliable football teams. And that’s nice for them. But the world is a smaller, quieter place, now that they’ve cancelled one of the world’s most reliable soap operas.

IN OTHER NEWS

Kane may have taken the match ball and most of the headlines, but Mura’s Žiga Kous scored the goal of the evening. Bonus points for hitting the bar that runs across the back of the net, sending the ball bouncing back as if he were playing kerby.

RETRO CORNER

It happened again. We thought about Napoli for more than five minutes, and then we went hunting for Maradona highlights. The reverse angle scoop-chip at 1:12 is a particular favourite. Also the header at 3:35. And the volley at 5:06. And— look, you get the idea.

HAT TIP

Today’s recommended reading is a fascinating and occasionally enraging article over on the Athletic (£). Stuart James and Phil Hay dig into how the men’s game in Britain handles — or, more accurately, totally fails to handle — the issue of players getting time off when their children are born. Phil Neville makes a cameo. He does not come out of it well.

According to the Professional Footballers’ Association, a player is entitled to ask for paternity leave … It is not, however, the done thing and those working in the game suspect that it would be frowned upon within. One source who has worked for several Premier League clubs says that the only time he can ever remember a manager sanctioning an extended break following the birth of a child was with an overseas player who was out of favour at the time and viewed as a pain in the backside.

COMING UP

Some teasers for the weekend, from the European leagues. Stoke City vs West Brom in the Championship, FC Cologne vs Greuther Furth in the Bundesliga, Lens vs Reims in Ligue 1, and Cagliari vs Venezia in Serie A. Watch them all and melt your brain.

Have a good weekend. Tom Adams will be here on Monday to Warm Up the working week.

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In The Conference With Tottenham

For one beautiful moment, when Harry Kane scored his second, we thought the plan was coming together. Finally, somebody had scored two goals in a Europa Conference League game we’re planning to write about. Finally, we could make our Conference Pair joke.

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Kane scores 20-minute hat-trick as Spurs cruise to victory

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11 minutes later he scored his third. Inconsiderate. There’s no such thing as a Conference Hat.

Still, our very important problems aside, a comfortable win is exactly what Spurs needed. Well, not quite. What they need is [deep breath]: new owners, a new manager, half a new squad, another shot at the summer’s business, the derby not to have happened, some new ankles for Kane, the belief to Dare, the capacity to Do, and a second Son. You know, just in case.

But five goals and a Kane hat-trick will have to do. The general rule is that a Thursday night European campaign is a distraction from the very serious business of the Premier League. But right now, Spurs will take any distraction they can get. In the Conference, nobody can hear your crisis.

Although if a crisis does have a particular sound, it’s the sound of a stadium slowly tensing, tightening up, as the unfancied visitors get a goal back out of nowhere and the game starts to drift, just a little bit. It’s the sound of the first team getting up from the bench, unzipping their training tops, stretching their legs. It’s the shiver of relief as the big names make a difference and the game is finally closed down.

Afterwards, asked if his cameo was the plan, Kane said “No, but we were clearly in danger of c**king the whole thing up, so on I came. A reluctant and creaking hero. A grown-up surrounded by quivering children.” Wait, that doesn’t sound right. Oh, he actually said Spurs “lost our way a bit” and that his introduction “was all dependent on how the game was going”. Tomayto, tomahto.

This was a good result for Spurs but the broader questions — does this team have a system? does the manager have buy-in from his players? are any of these new signings any good? — remain tantalisingly open. We were never going to get any solid answers from a game in which Spurs were such heavy favourites, and this weekend’s game against Aston Villa will be far more illuminating. But at least everybody got to enjoy themselves for an evening.

The Upside Down

Off to the Europa League now, and to one of European football’s great pleasures: the four-team group that is thoroughly the wrong way up. Napoli and Leicester City, mutual favourites to get out of Group C, stuck at the bottom with one point each. Legia Warsaw tearing away with two wins from two, Spartak Moscow following close behind. That’s classic Europa.

Napoli, let’s remind ourselves, are top of Serie A with six wins from six. They conceded more goals in yesterday’s 3-2 loss to Spartak than they have in their entire league campaign. It just goes to show that having a man sent off after half an hour is a bit of a problem, tactically speaking. You’re welcome, Luciano Spalletti. Happy to help.

But if that result can be pinned on Mario Rui’s dismissal, Leicester’s loss in Warsaw fits neatly into a dispiriting pattern. Çağlar Söyüncü, shaky again. Leicester’s passing, wonky again. Leicester’s attack, wasteful again. At least Kelechi Iheanacho getting stuck at the border made for an interesting change, though not a helpful one.

On the evidence of the last few weeks, Leicester are suffering from the coincidence of two serious problems, one at either end of the pitch. One has a fairly obvious solution: that big James Maddison-shaped playmaking hole will, we can assume, be filled by James Maddison, who is slowly returning to something like form.

The wobbly defence has no such quick fix. Jonny Evans missed last night’s game with illness, and Rodgers’ experimental back three left Söyüncü entirely adrift on the left-hand side. Jannik Vestergaard has made a chaotic start to his Leicester career, and the upshot is that Rodgers now has a problem of both shape and personnel, to go along with one win in five.

Obviously, the manager has too much credit in the bank and Leicester too much talent in the squad for this to count as a crisis. Not yet, at any rate. But it’s definitely a wobble, and if it’s not sorted soon, it might be enough to wobble them right out of Europe.

23 Lions

An international break! Next week! Oh, these things just sneak up on you, don’t they? If only somebody like Arsène Wenger would come along and sort the whole calendar out for us … no, can’t see any problem with that wish. Certainly won’t be any unexpected consequences.

An international break means an England squad, and an England squad means drama and tragedy, as notable players are Snubbed or even Sensationally Overlooked, while others sneak in despite their awful form because The Manager Has His Favourites. Or that’s what it used to mean, before Gareth Southgate turned up and started being all sensible about things.

So, Jude Bellingham and Mason Greenwood are both missing — shock! horror! — but only because they’ve been playing a lot of football. Jadon Sancho is still there, despite a slow start at Manchester United, because Southgate is utterly in hock to the big clubs. Or because he has faith in a talented player that has been involved with England squads for a good long while. It’s the second of those. Of course it is.

The Warm-Up is studiously neutral when it comes to all matters England. But as Southgate’s reasonable revolution rolls on, we do occasionally wonder if we’ve lost something important. England have become one of the world’s most reliable football teams. And that’s nice for them. But the world is a smaller, quieter place, now that they’ve cancelled one of the world’s most reliable soap operas.

IN OTHER NEWS

Kane may have taken the match ball and most of the headlines, but Mura’s Žiga Kous scored the goal of the evening. Bonus points for hitting the bar that runs across the back of the net, sending the ball bouncing back as if he were playing kerby.

RETRO CORNER

It happened again. We thought about Napoli for more than five minutes, and then we went hunting for Maradona highlights. The reverse angle scoop-chip at 1:12 is a particular favourite. Also the header at 3:35. And the volley at 5:06. And— look, you get the idea.

HAT TIP

Today’s recommended reading is a fascinating and occasionally enraging article over on the Athletic (£). Stuart James and Phil Hay dig into how the men’s game in Britain handles — or, more accurately, totally fails to handle — the issue of players getting time off when their children are born. Phil Neville makes a cameo. He does not come out of it well.

According to the Professional Footballers’ Association, a player is entitled to ask for paternity leave … It is not, however, the done thing and those working in the game suspect that it would be frowned upon within. One source who has worked for several Premier League clubs says that the only time he can ever remember a manager sanctioning an extended break following the birth of a child was with an overseas player who was out of favour at the time and viewed as a pain in the backside.

COMING UP

Some teasers for the weekend, from the European leagues. Stoke City vs West Brom in the Championship, FC Cologne vs Greuther Furth in the Bundesliga, Lens vs Reims in Ligue 1, and Cagliari vs Venezia in Serie A. Watch them all and melt your brain.

Have a good weekend. Tom Adams will be here on Monday to Warm Up the working week.

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