Twitter Reacts as Tottenham Bounce Back From Miserable Few Weeks With Rampant Champions League Win

Tottenham finally turned on the style on Tuesday night, recording their biggest Champions League victory and showing their fans the effort, energy and endeavour that they’ve failed to display this season.

Twitter was much happier and more positive place for Tottenham fans to be on Tuesday evening, although it didn’t get off to the best start.

The latest edition of Spurs Twitter was shaping up to be a good one way before kick off as the club struggled to sell out the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – that All or Nothing documentary gets more mouthwatering by the week right now.

With Red Star Belgrade limited to just 200 travelling fans following earlier Champions League crowd trouble, ​Tottenham elected to restrict ticket sales to season ticket holders and those with memberships registered more than a month ago. This was only half of the story behind the empty seats.

Fans vented their frustration at Tuesday’s ‘greedy’ ticket costs, criticising the club for pricing many fans out of attending, especially considering the club’s start to the season and quality of opposition on show. 

With five goals scored in a record-breaking display, perhaps they were justified?

From afar, the empty seats weren’t particularly noticeable and the fans in attendance certainly got behind the team – although plenty of noise was being made by a large section of Red Star fans who somehow found themselves tickets.

On the field, Spurs came racing out of the blocks from kick-off and Red Star couldn’t deal with the movement and intelligence of Mauricio Pochettino’s front four. 

Erik Lamela assisted both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in the opening 16 minutes, and those two Tottenham goals were certainly ones for fans of statistics…

Spurs had a spring in their step and there was a fizz about their attacking play, with Dele Alli joining the aforementioned trio in clever exchanges that pulled Red Star apart. 

The effort had not gone unnoticed by fans, who were bubbling at the energy of this Champions League performance…

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The tempo dropped a little as the first half came to an end, but chances of throwing another lead away were severely diminished when Son put Spurs 3-0 up. The energy levels peaked again after the break and when Lamela made it 4-0 with more than half an hour to play, there were semi-serious murmurings that Spurs might get seven of their own!

Surely they couldn’t? That would be some way to banish the memories of Bayern’s seven-goal mauling.

There was to be just one more Spurs goal, but it was the cherry on a Champions League record cake and was fittingly scored by Harry Kane who was brilliant on the night. 

It was a complete performance from Tottenham’s number 10, who was creative when dropping deeper and clinical in front of goal in equal measure…


The players were much improved from the lethargic and disinterested performances they’ve put in this season, but make no mistake the fans recognised the importance of their manager on Tuesday evening.

Things have become a little stale at Spurs but by no means has Mauricio Pochettino’s managerial ability diminished. Tottenham fans still realise how lucky they are to have him in the dugout…




Just the small matter of Liverpool in the Premier League this weekend…..way to burst that bubble, eh?


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Twitter Reacts as Phenomenal Raheem Sterling Shines Brightly Again on Champions League Stage

Raheem Sterling, what a player and what a performance. 

The Englishman guided Manchester City to a comfortable 5-1 win over Atalanta, bagging a hat-trick inside 11 minutes to help earn his side all three points.  


Before a ball had even been kicked, many were quick to write off the away side as they came into the game having lost their first two matches in the Champions League this term. 

But, they were the highest-scoring team in the Serie A last season. Oh, and they are the top scorers again this season. That’s quite something.

So guess what? They came to play and that was very clear right from the off. They capitalised on City’s slow start and had a few chances in the opening exchanges…








The early warning signs were there, weren’t they?

Rodri appeared as though he forgot he was playing centre-back, while Kyle Walker seemingly forgot how to defend altogether. As a result, chances were aplenty on the counter for Atalanta.

On 27 minutes, Josip Ilicic broke forward once more and chopped inside Fernandinho, who hacked him down. The referee pointed to the spot and up stepped Ruslan Malinovskiy to give his side the lead…






But, when you have players of the calibre of Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero, it can all change in the blink of an eye.

Well, guess what.

They combined to great effect to draw the Sky Blues level…




The Citizens were getting into their stride and that spelt trouble for Atalanta. 

It was trouble. Sterling broke forward at searing pace only four minutes later, before being bundled to the ground in the area.

It was City’s chance to score from the spot this time, which Aguero did (of course, he did).

Normality was resumed…






Indeed Atalanta had poked the bear…and it woke up. 

Man City were ruthless as they extended their lead shortly after the restart, with Kevin De Bruyne bursting past two defenders before feeding Phil Foden, who calmly set up Sterling to slot the ball home.

It was deft. It was world-class. It saw Manchester City open up a two goal margin…



Look away Atalanta fans, it’s getting ugly.

Five minutes later, another goal. Sterling again. 4-1. Guardiola’s men were hungry for more. 






We told you to look away Atalanta fans! At 4-1, it was respectable. At 5-1, it was turning into a rout. 

Who? Well, you guessed it: Raheem Sterling there to complete his hat-trick. 

What a display from the Englishman, what a player…





As the game settled down and turned somewhat scrappy, Foden was shown a very soft yellow, which Guardiola was extremely unhappy with.

Well, if he was unhappy about that, he was even less pleased after the youngster was shown a second yellow moments later. A minor blemish but a blow for the teenage sensation. 

Nonetheless, the hosts comfortably saw out the rest of the game and made it nine points from nine in Group C.




Another win and five more goals, but you can be sure that the manager will be thinking that there is still room for improvement.

Europe, watch out. 

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Tottenham 5-0 Red Star: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Spurs Rack Up Record Champions League Win

Tottenham thrashed Red Star Belgrade 5-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday night, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side finally clicked into gear.

The north Londoners made an electric start to the game and seemed determined to banish the ghosts of that Bayern Munich humiliation through sheer weight of endeavour and chances created. 

They were ahead in just nine minutes, Harry Kane getting away from his marker at the near post to head home Erik Lamela’s corner. The Argentine was provider once again on 16 minutes, floating an inch-perfect ball across the box for Son Heung-min to hammer home.

Spurs created time and again throughout the first half and the South Korean struck again just before half time, Tanguy Ndombele slotting him through on goal after dispossessing Marko Marin. It could have been more but for a couple of fine saves from Milan Borjan in the Red Star goal.

Spurs weren’t a one-half wonder tonight and the tempo continued into the second period, Lamela making it four with a neat swivel and strike inside the penalty box and Kane adding a fifth on 71 minutes – surely they couldn’t get seven of their own?

Sadly not. They had to settle for the mere five goals and their biggest Champions League victory, but the performance will have gone a long way towards winning the fans over after a poor start to the season and the pain of Bayern’s 7-2 humbling.

Here’s 90min’s breakdown of the game below.


Tottenham

Key Talking Point

Where have this ​Spurs been all season? They played with energy, tempo and a level of effort that simply hasn’t been seen enough. It was set by their front four on the night, Mauricio Pochettino selecting Dele Alli to play just behind Kane with Lamela and Son either side.

Heung-Min Son

​At least that’s how it looked on paper. Once the game had kicked off, Spurs’ fantastic four were switching positions, exchanging it quickly among themselves and pulling Red Star out of shape to create countless chances. 

Kane was crucial to this and created space for the others, he seemed like a man possessed by finally delivering a performance in front of the home fans. They did just that, 3-0 up at half time for the first time in the ​Champions League and the same supercharged Spurs emerged for the second half.

With Red Star tiring, there was even more space in the wide areas and Tottenham capitalised with a barrage of low crosses into the box – one of which led to Lamela’s goal.

Team selection has been a constant thorn in Pochettino’s side this season, especially in the attacking areas, but it finally clicked tonight. This attacking quartet surely has to start at Anfield on Sunday.

Many had already written off Spurs’ chances, but with Liverpool not exactly watertight at the back, a performance like this would give them a genuine chance on inflicting the Reds’ first defeat.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Gazzaniga (7); Aurier (7),  Sánchez (7), Vertonghen (7), Davies (7); Sissoko (7), Ndombele (7); Lamela (8), Alli (8), Son (9*); Kane (9)

Substitutes: Dier (6), Foyth (6), Lo Celso (6)


STAR MAN

In a week where ​Son Heung-min was named on the Ballon d’Or shortlist, he produced a performance that proved exactly why – although Kane and Lamela deserve honourable mentions.

Son Heung-min

Son is as intelligent as he is lightning quick and was an absolute nightmare for the Red Star defenders. Before they’d even figured out where he was, he was making quick exchanges with those around him and charging towards the heart of their defence or motoring down the left flank.

Much like his fellow Spurs forwards, he thrives from the fluidity and freedom to switch positions and drop deeper when needs be – it just means he has a greater distance over which he can demonstrate that rocket pace. There can’t be too many players that seem quicker with the ball. 


​His link up play was excellent and he could have added a couple of assists to his two goals, if Lamela and Kane had converted excellent crosses. 

With the game wrapped up and Liverpool in waiting, Pochettino highlighted Son’s importance by withdrawing him ahead of anyone else with more than 20 minutes to play.

Having to leave at the nearest point of play highlighted just how much Spurs fans appreciate his brilliance. There were high fives, rapturous applause and a standing ovation as he made way round from behind the goal to the Tottenham bench.


Red Star Belgrade

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Borjan (6); Gobeljic (5); Degenek (5), Milunovic (6), Rodic (5); Cañas (6), Vulic (5); García (6); Marin (5), van La Parra (6*); Tomane (5)

Substitutes: Petrovic (5), Pavkov (5), Vukanovic (4)


Looking Ahead

Mauricio Pochettino

Premier League action resumes with a Merseyside double header for Tottenham. Sunday’s fixture with Liverpool at Anfield is followed by a trip to Everton’s Goodison Park a week later. Then there’s the matter of Spurs trip to Belgrade, where Red Star will be looking to restore some pride. 

The Serbian SuperLiga leaders are in league action three times before Spurs visit, with two of these fixtures at home.

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Juventus 2-1 Lokomotiv Moscow: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Late Dybala Double Rescues Hosts

Juventus struck twice late on to overcome a dogged and determined Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1 at the Allianz Stadium, retaining top spot in Group D in the process.

The visitors took a shock lead half an hour into the match when Aleksei Miranchuk smashed home with aplomb after Joao Mario’s initial effort was only parried by Wojciech Szczesny. It was a goal that punished Juve after a sluggish, lacklustre effort in the opening exchanges. 

Lokomotiv were relatively comfortable for a significant proportion of the action in Turin but were punished late on as tiring legs allowed Paulo Dybala two strike twice in two minutes to break the Russian’s stubborn and very bold resistance.

Here’s 90min’s breakdown of the game.


Juventus 

Key Talking Point 

The main narrative going into this clash was all about whether Maurizio Sarri’s side could avoid an upset and assert their authority over proceedings in Group D. 

A draw with Atletico Madrid and a convincing home win over Bayer Levekusen on match day two meant victory over the Russian side in at the Allianz Stadium would give La Vecchia Signora one foot in the knockout round after just three matches.

Despite such an incentive, Juventus played out a turgid opening 45 minutes in which they failed to click into gear and were limited to a myriad of half chances. 

Aleksei Miranchuk

Not even falling behind to a well taken Aleksey Miranchuk effort on the half hour mark could rouse the home side, and they were jeered off at half-time by their own supporters.The second half continued in much the same vain as most of Juve’s build play lacked the required zip and penetration to break down Lokomotiv’s disciplined 5-3-2 formation.

That was until the final 15 minutes when Dybala took centre stage. First, a real moment of quality saw a long-range drive fly beyond Alvin Marinato to level the scores, before the Argentine pounced on another lapse in defensive concentration to tap home after Alex Sandro’s shot had been parried.


Player Ratings 

Starting XI: Szczesny (6), Cuadrado (7), Bonucci (5), De Ligt (6), Lobo Silva (5), Khedira (5), Pjanic (5), Bentancur (7), Matuidi (6), Dybala (8), Ronaldo (6)

Substitutes: Higuain (6), Rabiot (7), Bernardeschi (5)


Star Player

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Look no further than Paulo Dybala for this award, even though the Argentine forward, like most of his teammates in Turin, had endured a very frustrating night for the most part. 

In fact, Dybala has endured a rather difficult time in recent weeks and months after Juventus’ board openly tried to jettison the 25-year-old out of the club and onto pastures new.

However, when it mattered most, he showed his class by first levelling things up with a lovely effort from distance, before tapping home a tidy poacher’s effort just a minute later to give his side a somewhat fortuitous win. His cheeky celebration, aimed in the vicinity of the directors box, won’t have gone unnoticed though.


Lokomotiv Moscow

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Alvim Marinato (7), Ignatev (7), Cerqueira Paim (8), Howedes (8), Corluka (7), Idowu (7), Krychowiak (6), Barinov (7), Joao Mario (6), Al Miranchuk (7), Macedo Lopes (5)

Substitutes: kolomeytsev (5)


Looking Ahead

Having endured a tough night at the hands of their Russian opponents, Sarri’s Juventus travel away to Lecce in Serie A as they look to extend their unbeaten domestic run to eight matches.

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90min’s Premier League Hall of Fame: Class of 2011

90min’s Premier League Hall of Fame shows no sign of slowing down, with the seventh set of inductees ready to take their place among the greats.

If you don’t know how the rules work yet you can have a quick look ​here, but don’t dilly dally – because the class of 2011 is an absolute belter. 

We’re welcoming in chalk and cheese Manchester United treble winners, one of football’s funniest characters and the striker with punditry’s driest sense of humour in this legendary quartet.


Ray Parlour

Ray Parlour

Premier League Clubs Years Played
Arsenal​ ​1992-2004
​Middlesbrough ​2004-06

The perfect blend of talent and personality, the Romford Pele was as entertaining off the pitch as he was on it. At a time when Arsene Wenger’s appointment made Arsenal seem so very serious, Parlour was vital in transitioning the camaraderie of Arsenal’s Tuesday Club drinking culture to the new wave of European talent who were more interested in focusing on their training and nutrition.

The Frenchman’s arrival was key to Parlour’s career, as he’d previously been a bit of a part player under Bruce Rioch. But having adopted Wenger’s new culture and training methods, his career reached new heights. Parlour was known for his energy and was equally adept on the right wing or central midfield, though the more creative players in the side often stole the limelight. 

Parlour secured his place in Arsenal folklore with a glorious strike in the 2002 FA Cup final victory over Chelsea – one of four he won at ​Arsenal, as well as three Premier Leagues, a League Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup.

Injury woes aside, his 14-year spell at Arsenal ended on a unparalleled high – he featured in 25 of the Invincible’s 38 unbeaten games.

There’s probably nobody better suited to giving an acceptance speech. Parlour has a wealth of hilarious anecdotes, from interrupting Gareth Southgate’s first talk as ‘Boro boss to ask if they could call him Big Nose to cheekily requesting a short back and sides from Glenn Hoddle’s faith healer – we told you he was entertaining.

He wasn’t laughing when he was dropped by both managers though, especially when he realised it would be for good.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Premier League Club​ ​Years Played
​Manchester United 1996-2007​

Before Ole was at the wheel, he was on the bench. Or more accurately entering games from the bench to carve a reputation as the Premier League’s greatest supersub. Goals change games, substitutes do too – Sir Alex Ferguson got himself a guy who could do both when the ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’ arrived from Molde.

His most famous cameo was ‘that night in Barcelona’ where he scored a stoppage-time winner in the Champions League final and sealed the treble for the Red Devils. 17 of his 91 Premier League goals came from the bench and his decade at Old Trafford resulted in an impressive six titles.

Solskjaer’s press conferences in his managerial tenure at ​Manchester United have been baffling at times, but they show all the hallmarks of a good acceptance speech. Harking back to the good old days, a frankly concerning level of admiration for the manager who got him there – it feels like we’re 11 months into his acceptance speech. When will it end?


Jaap Stam

Filippo Inzaghi of Juventus

Premier League Club Years Played
Manchester United​ 1998-2002​

While Ole probably still has posters of ‘the Gaffer’ above his bed, Jaap Stam is more likely to have them pinned to a dartboard. There was no love lost between Stam and Ferguson after an almighty falling out caused the Dutchman’s sale after just one Premier League appearance in the 2001/02 campaign.

Another of United’s 1998/99 treble winners, Stam won the ​Premier League title in all three of his full seasons at United. It’s not surprising; he was an imposing and uncompromising leader who struck fear into the opposition, as well as reading the game excellently. 

Prior to his arrival, the only glaring weakness in Sir Alex’s squad was a quality centre half. Many view Stam as the missing piece and his signing from PSV the completion of a puzzle that resulted in a trophy-laden few seasons.

Jaap Stam of Manchester United

However, strong he was on the pitch, the pen proved to be mightier than Stam’s metaphorical 

sword. He divulged a little too much on Ferguson for the Scot’s liking in his autobiography and was promptly sold to Lazio for a profit. 

In a rare occurrence, Fergie admitted he was probably wrong to let him go, but as they didn’t see eye to eye and Stam was approaching 30, good business sense has more commonly been wheeled out as the reason for his departure.


Chris Sutton

Chris Sutton of Blackburn turns to celebrate scoring

Premier League Clubs Years Played
​Norwich ​1992-94
​Blackburn ​1994-99
​Chelsea ​1999-2000
​Birmingham City ​2005-06
​Aston Villa ​2006-07

Chris Sutton’s £5m transfer to Blackburn Rovers made him the most expensive player in English football, but proved to be a monumental bargain as he formed the partnership that fired Blackburn to the 1994/95 Premier League title.

It seemed written in the stars that joining up with Alan Shearer would create the league’s most deadly marksmen, their initials lending themselves to the pair’s infamous nickname of ‘The SAS’. They bagged 49 goals between them that season, with Sutton notching 15 and Shearer 34. 

As injuries interrupted their final season together, Shearer scored 31 and left for Newcastle, but Sutton came roaring back and won the 1997/98 Premier League Golden Boot. Well, his 18 goals meant he shared it with Dion Dublin and Michael Owen – there’s a kiss, marry, kill scenario that would literally obliterate any conversation – but still a massive achievement.

Chris Sutton and Lucas Radebe

Sadly his spells at ​Chelsea, Birmingham and Aston Villa only resulted in three goals over three seasons, but he did add more medals to his mantelpiece during six seasons at Celtic.

This would be an acceptance speech worth attending for alone! Just make sure you’ve got some popcorn at the ready. Arguably the pundit with the driest wit, Sutton never shies away from the controversial issues and doesn’t appear to have heard of a fence, let alone sat on one. 

Surely it would only be a matter of time before he offended someone in the audience – cue lingering close ups on camera five.


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