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Juve 2-2 Spurs: Six THFC Observations

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1. That Calamitous Start

As calamitous starts go, this one was the poster-boy of a generation. It felt like just off-screen there must have been dodgy fitting collapsing and pipes springing leaks, because on the pitch every conceivable error in the book was being dredged up and paraded to the paying public in the most ghastly manner.

Newport 1-1 Spurs: Four THFC Observations

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I suppose the non-Spurs-supporting mob who traverse this Fair Isle allowed themselves a chuckle or two at our expense yesterday. In fact, I can do more than suppose, I can report the point as one of fact. And the reason I can do the aforementioned is that just about every blasted one of them spent the game helpfully reminding me, via the medium of the humble telephone-based messaging system, of such critical points as the scoreline, the time elapsed, the league placement of our opposition and other such salient information.

Real Madrid 1-1 Spurs: Five Lilywhite Observations

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1. The Eriksen-Modric Fantasy Clash

I don't mind admitting that the heart skipped a lovestruck beat when I saw Messrs Modric and Eriksen line up in opposition in the centre of the Bernabeu. It was like one of those classic films in which an inspired casting director has called in a few favours and pulled a few strings, with the result that he has managed to obtain the services of two absolute giants of the silver screen, to peddle their muck alongside one another for the first time.

English Premier League

Jack Wilshere reveals Arsenal’s downfalls in derby day defeat

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Monday Kickoff: Leicester City, Barcelona-Valencia, Aston Villa and more

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A weekend of thrilling action saw the Spanish La Liga and English Premier League races intensify with just a few weeks remaining in each campaign.

Despite playing down a man, Leicester City tied West Ham United, 2-2, after Leonardo Ulloa converted a stoppage-time penalty kick. (REPORT)

Valencia defeated Barcelona, 2-1, as Lionel Messi scored his 500th career goal.

Premiership

Spurs 1-0 Arsenal: Four THFC Observations

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1. Second Half Performances

I think any jury would agree that the first half was a fairly cagey affair. Not a million miles away from a game of chess I suppose, with one side nudging a pawn forward a step or two, and the other side dangling an experimental bishop to survey the battlefield.

Liverpool 2-2 Spurs: Six THFC Observations

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As just about every living soul on the planet has immersed themselves in the rights and wrongs of the various decisions in those final ten minutes, I might incline the bean towards the various other goings-on.

1. Lloris Playing From The Back

Starting at the beginning, I think the shrewder observers amongst us would have been bang on the money in identifying that, in the first half, all was not well on the domestic front.

Spurs 2-0 Man Utd: 5 THFC Observations

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1. Perfect Performance, Tens All Round

Well that was an absolute tour de force. It was the sort of pristine performance that the critics shower with praise, and then proceeds to swipe every gong available at the glitzy award bash.

From the rip-snorting first minute to the olé-riddled final few swings, this was about as good it ever gets – and against a mob the statistics suggest know a thing or two about launching a pig's bladder in between a couple of sticks.

Man Utd 1-0 Spurs: Four Lilywhite Conclusions

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1. Struggles Without Kane

Having spent the last 48 hours or so confidently assuring friend and foe alike that we are plenty more than a one-man team, and the loss of Kane would be swatted away with the care-free insouciance of an elephant dispatching a few errant flies on its muzzle, you can well imagine the awkwardness at AANP Towers as events unfolded on Saturday.

Spurs 0-0 Swansea: Four Lilywhite Observations

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1. Sideways

So following the triumphant, mature and slightly lucky Champions League victory midweek, the shiny new tactic unveiled today seemed, if anything, to be to bore the opposition into submission. The sideways passes and keep-ball one understands to an extent, for there was little point in flinging hands heavenwards and lobbing passes straight down opposition gullets.

Spurs 1-2 Chelsea: Four Lilywhite Points

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A mathematically-minded chum rather threw me this week when he told me there are 10 types of folk in this world – those who understand binary numbers and those who don't, apparently but I presume that 2 more of those types will include those who thought our heroes controlled this particular joust, and those who thought Chelski bossed the thing like a team of evil puppetmasters.

Man Utd 1-0 Spurs: Five Lilywhite Conclusions

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1. A Distinct Lack of Energy

Well I can't say that did much to whelm me. It's not yet Christmas and the whole bally season already feels dreadfully flat. Even the 5-0 win last week was an oddly muted affair, with all and sundry still lamenting the Champions League debacle. Today it seemed that our heroes simply turned up and expected to walk off with the thing, with a distinct lack of hum or ding about them.

Man Utd 1-0 Spurs: Five Lilywhite Conclusions

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1. A Distinct Lack of Energy

Well I can't say that did much to whelm me. It's not yet Christmas and the whole bally season already feels dreadfully flat. Even the 5-0 win last week was an oddly muted affair, with all and sundry still lamenting the Champions League debacle. Today it seemed that our heroes simply turned up and expected to walk off with the thing, with a distinct lack of hum or ding about them.

Arsenal 1-1 Spurs: Four Lilywhite Conclusions

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1. Three at the Back

Arched eyebrows all round at kick-off, as the meanest defence of all 92 clubs in England swivelled from its traditional back-four to a terrifically trendy and fashionable three-man troupe. Eagle-eyed as ever, AANP was onto it like a flash, and did the only logical thing there is to do in such radical times – I made a list of Pros and Cons.

Arsenal 1-1 Spurs: Four Lilywhite Conclusions

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1. Three at the Back

Arched eyebrows all round at kick-off, as the meanest defence of all 92 clubs in England swivelled from its traditional back-four to a terrifically trendy and fashionable three-man troupe. Eagle-eyed as ever, AANP was onto it like a flash, and did the only logical thing there is to do in such radical times – I made a list of Pros and Cons.

Boro 1-2 Spurs: Son, Janssen & Other Lilywhite Thoughts

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1. Son's Unique Brand of Selflessness

In football these days it seems you can't swing a cat without someone chirping away about new-fangled formations, or all manner of quirky statistics and allsorts. All rather complicated, what?

Enter Son, stage-left, and suddenly football was broken down to playground level again The chap simply gets his head down and sets off on his onei-man mission to dribble past as many people as possible.

Boro 1-2 Spurs: Son, Janssen & Other Lilywhite Thoughts

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1. Son's Unique Brand of Selflessness

In football these days it seems you can't swing a cat without someone chirping away about new-fangled formations, or all manner of quirky statistics and allsorts. All rather complicated, what?

Enter Son, stage-left, and suddenly football was broken down to playground level again The chap simply gets his head down and sets off on his onei-man mission to dribble past as many people as possible.

Spurs 1-1 Liverpool: Five Lilywhite Musings

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I suppose in theory one could quite rightly point to a win and two draws as a solid, meat-and-two-veg sort of return on the opening few weeks, the sort of thing upon which vast and dashed successful empires were built in the days of yore.

Nevertheless, at the final whistle yesterday it felt not so much like we had purred through the gears so much as just about got the thing back into the garage in one piece, and with some pretty dubious coughing and spluttering sounds emanating from the engine.

Spurs 1-0 Palace: Four Lilywhite Musings

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A new season, and to all intents and purposes the same serving of near-incessant pressure against a well-drilled defensive mob – but we at AANP Towers are nothing if not eagle-eyed, and the subtle differences being paraded to the masses yesterday did not escape detection.

There was the giant hole in the stadium for a start, which those with less keen powers of observation might simply have overlooked, or dismissed as one of those things that happens during the summer months.

Spurs 3-0 Man Utd: Five Lilywhite Observations

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1. Familiar Beginnings

I don't mind admitting that when the opening toot sounded and the assembled cast got stuck in, I started to get the sense that I had seen this thing before. Déj vu all over again, as the chap put it. The sight of our heroes being harried to within an inch of their lives every time they tried to put a foot on the ball took me right back to the sepia-tinted era that was last weekend, when our heroes were harried to within an inch of their lives every time they tried to put a foot on the ball.

Celtic

Arsenal on scouting mission with Celtic-Bayern monitored

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Arsenal are named amongst other clubs to be keeping a close eye on tonight's Champions League tie between Celtic and Bayern Munich. It is claimed that as many as 17 Premier League sides will have scouts at the match, with the Scottish champions having a number of their stars being watched. Arsenal among other big [.

Celtic receive massive double injury boost ahead of PSG clash

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Celtic have received a massive boost ahead of their Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night in form of Moussa Dembele’s return to full training.

The 21-year-old has been suffering a hamstring injury since July, but he has returned to full fitness. The French striker has resumed training and he is in contention to be in the playing squad ahead of the crucial game.

Celtic looking to French connection against Astana

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Glasgow (AFP) – Olivier Ntcham is aiming to emulate Moussa Dembele by becoming the latest French import to make an impact at Celtic.

The 21-year-old midfielder followed in the footsteps of his under-21 international team-mate as he made a £4.5 million ($5.8 million) move from Manchester City to the Scottish champions in the summer.

Celtic star rejects £65k-per-week wage offer; Liverpool interested in the player

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Premier League giants, Chelsea, have reportedly tabled a £65k a week offer, but Moussa Dembele has rejected the deal.

According to reports from Glasgow Live, Dembele has turned down a multi-million pound offer to join the Blues this summer.

Chelsea had requested a meeting with Dembele’s representatives where they proposed an offer of around £65k a week increasing to £100k over the course of the contract.

Celtic star trolls Rangers on Twitter after Old Firm draw

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Clint Hill scored a late equaliser to earn Rangers a point in a dramatic and pulsating derby against Glasgow Celtic on Sunday.

The veteran defender struck with just a minute left on the clock, and cancelled out Stuart Armstrong’s opener for Celtic.

Although Celtic still remain unbeaten, the result puts an end to their astonishing winning run.

Rangers legend: This Celtic star is not a £40m player

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Rangers FC legend, Ally McCoist, has insisted that Celtic forward, Moussa Dembele, is a highly talented footballer, but he is nowhere near worth the £40m price tag slapped on him.

The Frenchman joined Celtic in 2016 on a four-year deal from Fulham. He has impressed in his first season at the Glasgow club, scoring 32 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions.

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder: This Celtic star is an 'unreal' player

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Celtic are edging closer to winning the Scottish Premiership title after winning 4-0 against Inverness on Wednesday night. The victory leaves them just seven points away from winning the Premiership glory.

Brendan Rodgers has hailed the victory as the ‘most complete performance’ of his time in charge.

Celtic go 27 points clear in Scotland

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 27 points as they eased to a 4-0 victory at bottom of the table Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

A superb strike from Scott Sinclair fired Celtic in front just before the break before a horrendous mistake from Inverness goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams allowed in-form French striker Moussa Dembele to make it 2-0 just 11 seconds into the second half.

Celtic go 27 points clear in Scotland

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 27 points as they eased to a 4-0 victory at bottom of the table Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

A superb strike from Scott Sinclair fired Celtic in front just before the break before a horrendous mistake from Inverness goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams allowed in-form French striker Moussa Dembele to make it 2-0 just 11 seconds into the second half.

27 goals in 41 games: European giants join Chelsea in the race to sign £30m Celtic star

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Bayern Munich are reportedly lining up a £30m bid for Celtic’s highly rated forward, Moussa Dembele, in the summer transfer window. The 20-year-old is also a reported target of Chelsea.

The French youngster joined Celtic from Fulham last summer on a four-year deal. He didn’t take much to settle down at his new club, and has scored 13 goals in 23 games in the league so far, and 27 in 41 games in all competitions.

Arsenal plan £40m summer bid for Celtic hotshot

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Should Arsenal stump up £40Million asking price for striker?

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Celtic are claimed to be unwilling to discuss the sale of Arsenal and Chelsea targetMoussa Dembele for any less than £40 Million, but is he worth that? The 20 year-old hasan impressive 20 goals in all competitions so far this term for his club, and is claimed to be in London visiting a specialist with [.

Dembele late show sees Celtic beat Rangers

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Glasgow (AFP) Moussa Dembele grabbed a late winner as Celtic clinched a place in the Scottish League Cup final with a 1-0 defeat of Old Firm rivals Rangers at Glasgow's Hampden Park on Sunday.

Rangers looked a much improved side from the one hammered 5-1 at Parkhead in their last meeting with arch-rivals Celtic in August, but it was the Hoops who had the best chances, with Erik Sviatchenko's header ruled out for a foul before Scott Sinclair crashed a free-kick off the bar.

Dembele’s star continues to shine at Celtic

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Glasgow (AFP) From Paris to Glasgow via London, Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has packed a lot into his short footballing career.

The 20-year-old has enjoyed a dream start to life at Celtic Park where he has already netted 12 goals since his summer move from Fulham and has been keeping last season's top scorer Leigh Griffiths out of the starting line-up.

Champions League: Moussa Dembele Scores Dazzling Overhead Kick As Celtic And Man City Duke Out Six-Goal Thriller (Video)

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Moussa Dembele scored twice as Celtic held Man City ina rollicking 3-3 draw in the Champions League, though the 20-year-old striker'ssecond goal of the night was certainly more impressive than his first at least from a technical standpoint.

Having put the Bhoys ahead in the third minute by deflectingErik Sviatchenko's diving header in from close range with his chest, Dembele edged the home side ahead again just three minutes into the second half with an inspired piece of off-the-cuff athleticism.

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Rodgers hails Celtic’s hat-trick hero Dembele

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers lauded the impact of striker Moussa Dembele after he came off the bench to fire the Hoops to a 5-2 victory over St Johnstone.

The French forward replaced Gary Mackay-Steven in the 59th minute with the Scottish champions trailing 2-1 after a Keith Watson header and Dedryck Boyata’s own goal cancelled out Liam Henderson’s opener.

League Cup win reward for Celtic players – Rodgers

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Glasgow (AFP) Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says winning the Scottish League Cup is a tangible reward for his players after their great start to the season.

The Hoops cruised to a 3-0 win over Aberdeen at Hampden on Sunday thanks to first-half strikes from Australian international Tom Rogic and James Forrest while in-form French striker Moussa Dembele added a second-half penalty.

Rodgers hails Celtic side’s character

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Glasgow (AFP) Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers praised his side's hunger for success as they extended their unbeaten start to the defence of their Scottish Premiership title with a 2-0 win over Motherwell on Saturday.

Celtic maintained their four point lead over Aberdeen at the top of the table thanks to a first-half strike from Scott Sinclair and a late penalty from Moussa Dembele.

The Rest

Brede Hangeland: Ex-Fulham And Crystal Palace Hero Doesn’t Disappoint After Being Asked To Name Laziest XI Teammates

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Waffling away on a Norwegian podcast, Brede Hangeland spent a little time reminiscing about his career specifically the laziest players he's ever played alongside.

Speaking in a light-hearted interview withHeiaFotball, Hangeland was asked to name XI of the most work-shy fops he'd ever played with.

England U21: Duncan Watmore And Lewis Baker Net Stunners But Young Lions Lose To France (Video)

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Aidy Boothroyd's England U21 side saw their 15-game unbeaten run come to an end on Monday night, with the Young Lions losing 3-2 to France in a friendly clash in Bondoufle.

However, both the England goals were crackers, with Sunderland striker Duncan Watmore opening the scoring via a superb chipped effort.