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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Medizinischer Notfall: Spurs-Profis erzwingen Spielunterbrechung in Newcastle

Das Premier-League-Spiel zwischen Newcastle United und Tottenham Hotspur musste am Sonntagabend für rund 20 Minuten unterbrochen werden. Grund war ein medizinischer Notfall auf der Tribüne.

Referee Andre Marriner (li.) im Austausch mit den Profis von Tottenham Hotspur.

Referee Andre Marriner (li.) im Austausch mit den Profis von Tottenham Hotspur.

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Zunächst hatte die Partie im St. James’ Park in Newcastle ganz im Zeichen der saudischen Übernahme des Traditionsklubs aus Nordengland gestanden. Schnell waren die Magpies dann auch noch in Führung gegangen, gaben diese allerdings binnen fünf Minuten wieder ab. Kurz vor der Pause rückten Ergebnis und Spielverlauf aber weit in den Hintergrund.

Während das Spiel noch lief, kam es auf der Gegengerade nahe der Spielfeldbegrenzung zu hektischen Szenen. Weil ein Zuschauer zusammengebrochen war, riefen andere Fans Ordner herbei und versuchten, erste Hilfe zu leisten. Das wiederum bekamen die Spurs-Profis Eric Dier and Sergio Reguilon offensichtlich mit und machten Schiedsrichter Andre Marriner eilig darauf aufmerksam, um möglichst schnell einen Defibrillator an den Ort des Geschehen bringen zu können. Dieser wurde kurz danach von Newcastle-United-Teamarzt Paul Catterson zum Ort des Geschehens gebracht.

Partie wurde nach 20 Minuten fortgesetzt

Marriner hatte das Spiel zu diesem Zeitpunkt schon unterbrochen, die Mannschaften erst am Spielfeldrand versammelt und diese dann nach Rücksprache mit Sicherheitskräften in die Kabinen gebeten. Während die Rettungsmaßnahmen andauerten und der betroffene Zuschauer schließlich abtransportiert werden konnte, gab es von den übrigen Besuchern viel Applaus. Nach 20 Minuten wurde die Partie schließlich fortgesetzt.

Englischen Medienberichten zufolge konnte der Zustand des Zuschauers stabilisiert werden. Er befinde sich inzwischen im Krankenhaus, hieß es seitens Newcastle United.

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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Tottenham have been boosted by the news the two players who tested positive for coronavirus are available to face Newcastle after their results were declared false positives.

Spurs did not name the pair when it emerged that two players provided positive tests after returning from international duty.

Coach Nuno Espirito Santo cut a frustrated figure during his pre-game press conference, speaking of “huge issues” – which was widely felt to be in reference to the positive tests.

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“After the international break, there are always huge issues that happen,” Nuno said.

“We have problems but I will not say before the game. You’re going to see that we have problems. We have small issues … big issues, if you want.”

Positive tests require a 10-day period of isolation, meaning the pair would have missed games with Newcastle, Vitesse Arnhem and West Ham, but that is now not the case following the release of a club statement on Sunday.

The statement read: “Following a number of reports regarding the health of our players, the club would like to provide clarity to events of the past 48 hours.

“After further analysis following Premier League protocol, two players – whose names will not be disclosed due to medical confidentiality – returned false positive tests for Covid-19 on Friday after returning from international duty.”

Tottenham face Newcastle on Sunday, in what is the first game since the Magpies were taken over by the Saudi Arabian public wealth fund.


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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.

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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.


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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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!


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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Bale and Mourinho 'saw football differently' – agent

Gareth Bale´s agent says the Welshman and Jose Mourinho did not see football in the same way during the winger´s return to Spurs last season.

The 32-year-old returned to Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid last season following several years on the sidelines under the reign of Zinedine Zidane.

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And while he scored a respectable 11 goals in 20 Premier League appearances during his second stint for the north London club, his agent Jonathan Barnett has revealed that there was friction between the player and former Spurs boss Mourinho.

“At Spurs, there wasn’t a fall out,” Barnett told Mirror Sport.

“I just think they didn’t see football the same way – I’m being very diplomatic here.

Let’s just say it wasn’t the best return to a club in history.”

Bale left for Spurs having been largely ostracised by then-Real Madrid manager Zidane, but the Welshman returned to the Spanish capital under new management this season.

Carlo Ancelotti, who initially signed Bale for the club in 2013 is fond of the player, had been reappointed manager in the summer.

Gareth Bale (L) of Real Madrid CF walks on with his head coach Carlo Ancelotti (R) during the training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC at Valdebebas training ground (Getty)

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“He went back to Real Madrid and he was in the first team ­immediately,” Barnett explained

“Unfortunately he tore his hamstring so it’s a long way back.

“It’s a shame with Carlo Ancelotti back as manager he got the injury this season.”

Injuries and disagreements in the last few seasons with Zinedine Zidane have held him back.”

Bale is hoping to captain Wales to the World Cup next season, and his nation are currently neck and neck with the Czech Republic in Group E for a play-off spot.

The player has made no secret that he has preferred national football over club football in recent years, and his agent echoed that sentiment.

“It’s a dream for him to play in the World Cup finals with Wales,” added Barnett.

“That’s the most important thing for him, I believe.”

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Tottenham cannot avoid being envious of Newcastle riches as Magpies 'jump the queue' – Opinion

Tottenham travel to St James Park to face Newcastle in a match where many inside the ground may not be overly concerned about the final result.

The Magpies may be second bottom in the Premier League at present and could even prop up the table by the end of the weekend but there is a newfound optimism surrounding the club that sees the club and its supporters looking toward what will hopefully be a brighter long-term future.

The controversial takeover of the north east giants by the consortium including Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund has drawn a lot of justified questions and criticism but in pure football terms is set to have a transformative effect on the fortunes of the club.

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A vocal and passionate fanbase has seen their side fade into mediocrity under the ownership of Mike Ashely and a hugely unpopular 14-year spell at the helm, witnessing two relegations to the Championship and a distinct lack of ambition to be better than a midtable side while in the top flight.

Fans have been clamouring for proper investment in the playing staff down the years but their appeals have largely fallen on deaf ears.

A club with a reputation historically for trying to play progressive football, there has been little reason for supporters to get excited about in recent years, in particular under the conservative approach of current manager Steve Bruce.

Despite the size of the club, Newcastle had failed to win a meaningful trophy for decades, yet fans have still mostly turned out in large numbers to back their team.

Now that is all set to change with the figures being bandied about in relation to the new owners fully expected to propel the club into footballing elite in both England and Europe.

Of course, there are a number of important questions regarding the identity of the people now running Newcastle but given the celebrations seen outside the ground when the deal was confirmed, it’s clear a lot of fans will be fully focused on what happens on the pitch above all else.

New Newcastle directors Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi at St. James Park

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The first game of the new era against Spurs is expected to generate a party atmosphere that is likely to reverberate across Tyneside and for the visitors, it will be difficult not to be a little envious.

There are a number of parallels to be drawn between the two clubs.

Like Newcastle, Spurs have a vocal and passionate fanbase but unlike the Geordies, have actually seen their club progress under the ownership of ENIC. A similarity does occur however in the sense that they too are frustrated at a perceived lack of ambition to take the next step.

Spurs failed to build on a second-place finish in 2017 and a Champions League final in 2019, and despite a brand spanking new stadium, have seen themselves drop down the league and out of Europe’s premier competition in recent years – a form of ‘relegation’ in itself.

Where investment in new players was quite clearly needed, ENIC and chairman Daniel Levy instead tightened the purse strings – something Toon fans can relate to.

Tottenham too have a reputation for playing good football that goes back decades but have been seen to compromise that in recent years with the managerial appointments of Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo who have shown themselves to be more defensively minded.

The lack of trophy-winning success at the club has also been well documented but like Newcastle, this hasn’t kept loyal fans away.

The takeover is likely to see an end to these parallels with Spurs sadly having to look on while their Premier League rivals overtake them and potentially embark on a period of unprecedented glory.

Tottenham fans protest the club’s ownership

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While many Spurs fans would have deep concerns over the new ownership of Newcastle, there will be a sense of resentment about the prospect of another team jumping the queue when not so long ago, they looked to be in a position of strength.

The ultimate insult will be if the Magpies then go and sign unsettled striker Harry Kane who has already make clear his desire to leave the club for a team with loftier ambitions.

Newcastle fans will understand when they see Tottenham fans protesting their ownership however, for the first time in years, the chants inside the ground of “We want Ashley out” will notable by their absence.

These chants will now likely to emanate from the upper tier of the Leazes Stand where away fans are housed, although the name ‘Ashley’ will be replaced by either ‘Levy’ or ‘ENIC’.

Naturally, there is no guarantee that Newcastle will go on to be the all-conquering side many expect them to be but if they do successfully capitalise on their recently acquired wealth, Spurs will understandably be left wondering how long they will have to wait for their time will come, if at all.

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Steve Bruce will remain the Newcastle United manager for Sunday’s game against Tottenham Hotspur, the club have confirmed.

Bruce has been widely expected to be sacked by Newcastle after the completion of the Saudi-backed takeover.

The club are 19th in the Premier League and yet to win but host Spurs at St James’ Park in their first game since the sale of the club was confirmed.

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The confirmation that he remains in the post will mean that Bruce will achieve his 1000th competitive game in management.

“We have had an extremely busy week reviewing the business and getting to know people and it is imperative that we continue to be patient and considered in our approach,” said Amanda Stavely, part of the takeover consortium and now a director at Newcastle.

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“Change does not always happen overnight, it demands time and that we follow a carefully considered plan and strategy.

“We met Steve and the players on Monday and have given them the time and space this week to focus on preparing for what is a very important game on Sunday.

Steve has been very professional in our dealings with him and he and his coaching team will take the team on Sunday. If we make any changes going forward, Steve will be the first to know but, in the meantime, we wish him the best of luck in his 1,000th match as a manager and will be joining you in getting right behind the team.

Bruce is in line for a payoff of £7 million if, as is still anticipated, the club do part ways with the 60-year-old.

A boyhood fan of the club, Bruce was appointed as manager in July 2019 after resigning from Sheffield Wednesday.

He has won less than a third of his games since taking charge.

The former Manchester United captain began his managerial career at Wednesday’s cross-city rivals Sheffield United and has also managed Huddersfield, Wigan, Crystal Palace, Birmingham, Wigan, Sunderland, Hull and Aston Villa since retiring in 1999.

He had been expected to depart Newcastle on Thursday but will hope to sign off with a further morale-boosting victory after the petrostate-funded takeover was completed.

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A host of headline names have been linked with the potential vacancy at Newcastle, including Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers.

Gerrard, currently manager of Rangers, refused to comment on speculation connecting him with Newcastle on Friday.

“I’m in a very big job, a very big role, which I’m very much focused on,” Gerrard said.

“I don’t react or get involved in any speculation, especially when someone I have the utmost respect for is sitting in that job. Steve [Bruce] is a great character, someone I’ve got a personal relationship with.

“Sitting in this position, I wouldn’t like people to speculate about my job, so I certainly won’t be getting involved in speculation towards his.”

Rafael Benitez, who Bruce succeeded on Tyneside, also distanced himself from a return to the role, with the Everton manager saying he is “really happy” at Goodison Park.

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Salida de emergencia para Morata

El futuro de Morata está en el aire. El jugador cuenta con la confianza de Allegri, que lo tiene en muy buena estima, pero en la Juventus no ven clara su continuidad. El club bianconero tiene una opción de compra de 35 millones de euros al término de la campaña, pero según medios italianos, en Turín se debate si debería emplearse esa oportunidad para dos jugadores cuya situación ha cambiado y que podrían salir el próximo verano de sus respectivos clubes: Vlahovic e Icardi.

El delantero serbio es el gran obstáculo de la continuidad de Morata en la Juventus. Su decisión de no renovar con la Fiorentina ha abierto las puertas a una salida y el interés de los clubes en uno de los delanteros con más proyección de Europa se ha disparado. Su situación afecta en especial al atacante español, ya que tanto Atleti como Juve lo quieren, y su fichaje descartaría al madrileño. Icardi, cuyo futuro está más en el aire que nunca ante la acumulación de estrellas ofensivas en París, sería otra de las opciones que maneja el conjunto bianconero para su delantera.

Si se decidieran por ir a por otro jugador, Morata tendría un problema, ya que el Cholo no lo quiere de vuelta en el Atleti. Sin embargo, el delantero español sigue teniendo ‘novias’ en las grandes ligas europeas. Según Calciomercato, Paratici estaría pensando en él como recambio ante una posible salida de Kane del Tottenham el próximo verano, e incluso podrían ofrecer una cantidad cercana a esos 35 millones de euros para hacerse con sus servicios. Al igual que sucede con su continuidad en París, su llegada a Londres está supeditada a lo que ocurra con otro delantero.