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Matthijs de Ligt es una de las piezas de presente y más futuro de la Juventus, pero Mino Raiola parece no estar contento con la situación del central y, tal y como informa ‘Calciomercato’, amenaza a la Vecchia Signora con sacarlo de Turín al final de la presente temporada. El neerlandés es titular habitual, pero en determinados partidos ha visto cómo los elegidos por Allegri eran Bonucci y Chiellini, dejándole en un segundo plano que no gusta al agente italiano.

Así, añade ‘Calciomercato’, Raiola ha contactado a Chelsea, City y Barcelona para tratar el posible traspaso de su representado. En Turín no tienen intención de aceptar ofertas por debajo de los 150 millones de euros que tiene Matthijs como cláusula.

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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'I am never going to chuck it when it gets tough' – Bruce won't walk away

Steve Bruce has conceded he can understand Newcastle fans’ frustrations, but insisted he has no intention of walking away from the manager’s job.

Bruce appears to be on borrowed time following the takeover of the club, with new custodian Amanda Staveley saying on Friday that change does not happen overnight.

It was strongly inferred that a new manager will be put in place, and Bruce’s grip on the job was not strengthened by the 3-2 loss to Tottenham on Sunday.

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The Magpies made a rip-roaring start to lead inside two minutes, but were ultimately picked apart by Spurs – much to the annoyance of the Tyneside faithful.

“It is not easy,” Bruce said in response to being asked how he felt about calls from the stands for him to go.

“I understand their frustration, and I understand how they’ve been for a long time. But at the end of the day we have not won enough matches this season, so whether you are myself or anybody else and if you are not winning, or not winning enough, then you have to take the consequences.”

Asked if he still has a future at St James’ Park, Bruce replied: “You will have to ask others on that one.

I am never going to chuck it when it gets tough.

“I’ve maybe done it when I’ve had the chance of a better opportunity, but I am not going to chuck it when it gets tough and we are in the bottom three. That’s not me.”

The game was interrupted for a medical emergency in the crowd, and Bruce praised all those involved for their swift intervention.

“Well done to everybody – players, medics, doctors, everybody,” Bruce said. “It puts football into perspective. Thankfully there is a defibrillator over that side of the pitch.

“It looks like the medics have saved the man’s life, which we are all delighted about.

“I am delighted that he seems to be okay, and our thoughts are with his family and hope he gets well soon.”

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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.

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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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Mohamed Salah is on one

That’s with the outside of the foot, hardly the most exact way to distribute the ball. And it’s so perfectly weighted, it’s just a puppy turning onto its back begging Sadio Mané to rub his belly. It’s beckoning and welcoming and gentle and vicious all at the same time. Mané doesn’t have to take a touch to control it after it’s traveled some 30-40 yards. It’s just waiting to be easily slotted home.

That’s genius enough for one afternoon. But Salah was hardly finished:

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If that looks familiar, it’s because in his last game:

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Perhaps the best way to appreciate Salah’s pièce de résistance yesterday is to see exactly where it started:

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Who does this two games in a row? It’s almost insulting. And it’s how you get labeled the “best player in the world,” when it looks like you’re playing a different game than the other 21 players on the field. That they’re only there to provide a stage.

Of course, weighing down, or balancing out, those who lead with their hearts are those who lead with their brains and have to throw numbers at you. And I’m usually in that crowd, so you can see my conflict.

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By the numbers, Salah is among the best without being anything near definitely so. Karim Benzema at Real Madrid has 13 goals + assists to Salah’s 11, and Erling Haaland has matched Salah’s 11. Florian Wirtz at Leverkusen has lapped the field when it comes to goals + assists – penalties per 90 minutes (all stats from FBREF.com).

When it comes to expected rates, which cross out the noise of other people’s finishing abilities, Salah ranks fourth among the top five European leagues, trailing Lewandowski and Kylian Mbappe in expected non-penalty goals + assists (and Andrei Kramaric of Hoffenheim which… what?). But I could say that Lewandowski plays for the Gashouse Gorillas of Germany in Munich and they’re so far above the competition there that it’s skewed. Or that Mbappe is just beating up Ligue 1 again. There’s probably an element of truth in both, while those statements themselves are exaggerated pretty grossly.

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I could point out that Salah’s massive improvement this season in his chance- and shot-creation for others has Sadio Mané ranking right next to him in the Premier League in a few scoring categories like goals, expected goals, and shots. But you could say that Mané has been one of the league’s best forwards for years now, and maybe Salah is benefitting too. We’ll spin our wheels.

All of that discussion would miss the point. We use numbers and stats to give us context after the fact. To learn what went on. But in the moment, during the game, we’re there to feel. Thrill of victory, frustration of defeat, the release of seeing a goal, to be wowed. Salah at the moment is the one making the most people feel the most things right now. Benzema may be doing more for a worse team. Lewandowski is just clockwork. But your Twitter feed is littered with Salah highlights.

Spurs duo available to face Newcastle after coronavirus tests declared false positives

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.

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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Steve Bruce’s son, Alex, says his dad has been ‘battered since the moment he walked through the door’ at Newcastle.

Bruce took the role at his boyhood club in 2019, replacing Spaniard Rafael Benitez who was incredibly popular with the Toon faithful.

The former Manchester United player guided the Magpies to a 12th-placed finish last season, and is tipped for the sack following the 305m Saudi-led takeover of the club earlier this month.

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And Alex Bruce believes his father has been the ‘fall guy’ at Newcastle following the takeover, with the club sitting 18th and toying with yet another relegation threatened season.

“It’s been tough. I wouldn’t sit here and lie and say it hasn’t, it’s been really tough to watch the criticism,” Alex Bruce told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily podcast.

“Since he took the job, I think the lack of respect that has been shown, considering he’s done 1,000 games, has been unbelievable.¨

With Newcastle winless this season and now with huge financial backing, Bruce is expected to be ousted from the job with the club linked to big names such as Jose Mourinho, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Eddie Howe.

“A lot of things have been said about my dad,” added Bruce.

“I feel a bit naff sticking up for him, but I would genuinely say for anyone who has done 999 games as a manager, 980-odd as a player, to see certain individuals question his integrity, his professionalism, his ability as a manager, questioning things like his warm-ups, his substitutions… they all make mistakes, but has he not deserved a crack?

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“He’s never had the opportunity at managing a club who can go and spend proper money. He’s managed teams in the Premier League like Wigan, Birmingham, Hull City… his win ratio in the Premier League has been questioned umpteen times – do people really expect massive win percentages when you’re managing clubs like that?

“I don’t think so. I think when you’re a level-headed and intelligent person, you look at the bigger picture. I think he’s done a very good job at all the clubs he’s managed, and I think he deserves a crack. Some of the disrespect he’s been shown has been hard to watch.”

Bruce was not a popular appointment with the fans who saw the Englishman as a downgrade on former manager Benitez.

While Bruce´s Premier League finishes in recent seasons have fallen just short of Benitez´s records, there are calls for him to leave the club amid pressure from fans following the club´s recent financial injection.

And his son Alex Bruce believes that he never really had a chance at Newcastle under the circumstances of his arrival.

“He knew that was going to be the case from the day he took the job,” he said. “He had an owner who was trying to sell the club, he had an owner who didn’t really want to put any money of his own into the club for a number of reasons, he could only use the money that the club generated and with the pandemic there wasn’t any money there.

“Dad’s finished round about similar (to Benitez) and yet one’s been lauded as a messiah and the other one’s been battered since the moment he walked in the door, which has been the most difficult thing for me to watch because he’s a Geordie.x

He has been the fall guy. The amount of times I’ve said to him ‘why don’t you let someone else do the press?’ and he just says ‘because I’m the manager, it’s my responsibility’.”

Alex Bruce says the onslaught from fans and the media has been particularly difficult to watch given his dad´s love for the club, which he has supported since childhood.

“I know for a fact, no matter what people say, what Newcastle means to him as a fella. He used to crawl under the turnstiles, stand there when he was a kid with his dad, he’s always supported the club.

“No matter what you say about my dad, he thinks a lot of the club and he knows more than anybody that this new ownership has needed to happen and believe me, he is absolutely delighted that it has, not just for the football club, but for the city and the supporters as well.”

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