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Tottenham made it three consecutive seasons of Champions League football after a nervy 1-0 win over Newcastle at Wembley. Spurs had Harry Kane to thank as the Englishman scored his 28th goal of the season and confirmed a top-four place for us.

There was a bit of tension in the air given that we needed a positive result to keep our top-four spot alive but it was Newcastle who started well with Jonjo Shelvey hitting the post from a free-kick.

We didn’t really do much until the second half when Kane finished brilliantly into the top corner. While we did not add to the lead, we did keep Newcastle out. While Kane will earn plaudits for his all-important goal, there were a number of other players who shined.

Tottenham Player Ratings

Hugo Lloris – 8/10

Lloris was brilliant for us as he made a great save from Jamaal Lascelles and then even tackled Matt Ritchie to ensure we did not give a goal away.

Kieran Trippier – 6.5/10

Trippier did his best down the right but had to be taken off after picking up an injury.

Davinson Sanchez – 8/10

The Colombian also had a great game as he was blocking shots and making important tackles for us. The former Ajax man also shot over the bar when he had a chance to score.

Davinson Sanchez

Jan Vertonghen – 7.5/10

The Belgian looked a little uncomfortable due to the injury he picked up against West Brom. Vertonghen did have a couple of shots on goal but could not score.

Ben Davies – 6.5/10

Davies did have a great block from Dwight Gayle’s shot but didn’t help much in the attack.

Moussa Sissoko – 7/10

The Frenchman was decent as he tried to build attacks, even having a header on target. Sissoko also played Dele Alli through on goal but the Englishman could not score.

Victor Wanyama – 7.5/10

Wanyama was great against the away side as he broke up a lot of attacks and was an enforcer in the heart of the park.

Christian Eriksen – 6/10

This was one of Eriksen’s poorer showings as he could not get going. However, he ran a lot and did his bit for the side.

Dele Alli – 6/10

Alli too, just like Eriksen, could not get into the gear. He did have a low shot which was saved by the Newcastle keeper but could not do much in the game.

Son Heung-min – 5/10

Another player who had a poor night, the South Korean struggled to keep possession but did supply the only assist of the game.

Harry Kane – 7/10

The Englishman had a couple of good chances to score before he got the only goal of the game in the 50th minute. This was not a great performance from Kane but was just about enough as we made it to the Champions League again.

Substitutes

Erik Lamela – 6/10

Lamela did a few tricks and flicks to keep the team going.

Toby Alderweireld – N/A

The Belgian came on as a right-back late in the game and did alright.

Danny Rose – N/A

The Englishman came on for a few minutes but didn’t do much.

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[Video] Amazing new time-lapse footage showcases pitch and seating areas of Tottenham’s new stadium

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Tottenham’s new stadium is towards completion and a new time-lapse video from last week has been shared which highlights the final stages of work being done.

The video begins with a view of the exterior where cranes are working on one section of the structure. The next part features an aerial view of the entire stadium. The video shows construction being done throughout the night to get the venue ready as quickly as possible.

A clip from the video showcases a section where numerous glass panes are yet to be installed, however, a number of cranes and workers are on the job.

The pitch was installed a week ago and an interior shot displays the grass and the artificial pitch lighting. It is great to see that most of the seats are installed and the LED hoardings across the seating area of the stadium.

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Hopefully, the venue will be completed quickly. Tottenham have spent a lot of time away from home with Wembley being used as a temporary ground. We even played a Carabao Cup game against Watford at Stadium MK.

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“Star on and off the pitch” – Some Tottenham fans react to Spurs star’s hilarious dance

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Lucas Moura seems to be enjoying his season with Tottenham. The Brazilian had a fantastic performance against Manchester United a few weeks ago and was even recalled to the Brazil squad during the recent international break.

The former PSG man has become a starter for Spurs and a recent video was shared by Moussa Sissoko of the Brazilian dancing.

Some Tottenham fans reacted to the Moura dance and loved every second of it.

Spurs beat West Ham in a tough London derby on Saturday and will need another quality performance against PSV Eindhoven in midweek.

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Tottenham have lost their two Champions League group games this season, and we need to defeat the Dutch team to have any chance of making it into the next round.

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Tottenham downplay interest in signing 25-year-old Colombian star

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Tottenham have no plans of signing Wilmar Barrios from Boca Junior, sources have told ESPN. The Colombian international had a decent World Cup with the national side and was linked with a move to Spurs, according to the report.

Reports (h/t ESPN) suggested that we had agreed on personal terms with the 25-year-old’s representatives and were preparing a bid for the midfielder.

However, sources have told ESPN that there were no discussions in the summer and he isn’t a target for Mauricio Pochettino in the winter window.

Spurs were the only club to not sign a player in the summer but the manager was open to signings in January.

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

The manager was quoted by ESPN as saying:

“In football you always need to think you can improve, and you need to try to improve your squad.

“We couldn’t sign [in the summer] for different circumstances, but we wanted to sign.

“Now January will come and we’re going to try to sign. I think it’s not only us — all the clubs and managers want to sign players, must refresh the squad.

“We need to try again in January or the summer if we want to move on the team and the club.”

Spurs are in a great position in the Premier League as we are just a couple of points behind the league leaders.

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Hopefully, the right signings can help us push on this season and lead us to our first ever Premier League title.

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