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GUARDIAN – Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Liverpool | Premier League match report

Joe Allen wins penalty to break back of Spurs Liverpool open scoring through Sterling after eight minutesThe Premier League has its reminder that Liverpool remain a potent force. That loss at the Etihad Stadium was exorcised here in thrilling fashion at a venue where they had plundered five last term, visiting players a blur of movement throughout against panicked opponents whose own encouraging start to the season has now been put in proper context. This was a satisfying way for Brendan Rodgers to celebrate a century of games in charge.His team have the cluttered schedule of a Champions League campaign to come and, if their first two fixtures had suggested they were embroiled in a period of post-Luis Surez adjustment, then this was them reimposing their credentials. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Mauricio Pochettinos fast-starting Tottenham face test against Liverpool | Paul Wilson

Spurs have begun the season strongly in an energetic and attacking style but their manager insists they must stay focused against Liverpool when the two sides meet on Sunday Tottenham open season with four wins from four AEL Limassol defeated over two legs in Europa LeagueMauricio Pochettino passed a major test when Tottenham won their first home game of the season 4-0 against Queens Park Rangers. The visitors were obliging opponents, defensively disorganised and no match for Spurs energetic brand of attacking football, but that was not the point. The point was that QPR brought with them not only Harry Redknapp but Glenn Hoddle, two former managers still regarded in high esteem at White Hart Lane and considered by many to have been shoved through the exit door too quickly.Spurs fans have seen young foreign managers come and go before, often starting promisingly but quickly losing the plot. With two favourite English managers on the premises, Pochettino could not have been sure of sympathy or patience from his own support had anything started to go wrong, but nothing did. Spurs were at their brightest, with rik Lamela in particular repaying the faith of his new manager, and Pochettino had wholly won over the home crowd by the end. Thanks to their victories over AEL Limassol in a Europa League play-off Spurs now have four wins out of four under their new manager, and while it could be argued that they have not played anyone of any real stature yet, the same could be said of Manchester United. Unlike Louis van Gaal, Pochettino has managed to hit the ground running. Continue reading…

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