- SunSport Reporters
- 17 Feb 2020, 20:30
- Updated: 18 Feb 2020, 9:04
TOTTENHAM started a busy week off in style, as Son Heung-min netted late to hand them victory over Aston Villa.
In his post-match press conference, Jose Mourinho joked he should have won a fourth Premier League title, following the announcement of Manchester City's Champions League ban.
Meanwhile, Man United's Chris Smalling is wanted at Spurs after impressing on loan at Roma.
Follow all the latest gossip and updates from North London below...
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes Spurs will beat RB Leipzig 3-2 in the Champions League.
He said: ” Again, to be fair to Tottenham, they did not deserve to beat Southampton. They did not deserve it against Aston Villa. Mistakes were given to them and they took advantage, but they are getting results.
“Jose Mourinho's face is no disguise for the way they are performing. Including Manchester United, he has not dealt with a worse defence, in terms of understanding what the shape and what the demands are. He just has to see what happens. If he upsets them, it could be a long way back. He is caught in an awkward place.
“RB Leipzig got an excellent draw at Bayern the other week, and they have goals in them that is for sure, with pace to burn. Christopher Nkunku and Tino Werner will cause a lot of problems. They all have a great working attitude and real assets. It is yet another awkward game.
“They should have beaten Bayern, so there are promising signs. Leipzig will play on the counter-attack, but I can only see goals. It will be an open game but Jose knows he must get a win from this one, and I think they will just about get there.”
IN THE DARK
RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann will leave his players in the Champions League dark at Spurs tomorrow.
American midfielder Tyler Adams revealed Nagelsmann keeps his squad on edge about who will be playing until the last minute.
It means Nagelsmann will give his players the starting line-up until as little as 30 minutes before kick-off – after the fans inside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium have been told.
Adams said: “It was a bit of a change when he came in because we only get the line-up 30-45 minutes before a game. That’s a bit of a close run.
“Other coaches I have had told us the team up to two days before a game, so it is different. When I tell people that is his way, they always react the same way, that it is unusual.
“But it does mean nobody can be complacent during the week. We all know we really have to work hard every day if we want to be in the team.”
CHRIS OF LIFE
Chris Smalling is in talks with a return to the Premier League as Everton and Tottenham battle for his signature, according to reports.
The England centre-back has spent the season on loan at Roma from Manchester United and has reignited his career with a string of impressive performances.
The Serie A side will attempt to land Smalling on a permanent deal at the end of the season but will face fierce competition.
According to Corriere Dello Sport, the Toffees and Jose Mourinho's side are weighing up moves while Maurizio Sarri's Juventus could also be in the mix.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not eye Smalling as part of his first-team plans and is willing to cash in with the right offer.
Chief executive Ed Woodward is demanding £16.5million for the 30-year-old whose contract expires in the summer of 2022.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is the third highest-paid manager in world football, according to L'Equipe.
Tottenham's home kit for next season has been leaked online and fans have branded it “horrific”.
Spurs switched from Under Armour to Nike in 2017 and enter their fourth season with the manufacturer next term.
FootyHeadlines, who have a track record of revealing new kits before official release, shared the apparent home jersey for Tottenham’s 2020-21 season.
But fans have not reacted well to their potential new design and are left praying the away kit is more pleasant on the eye.
One said: “If this is our home kit, I'll wait for the away kit thanks.”
Another commented: “Beyond disgusting.”
A third simply stated: “Horrific.”
CANT BELIEVE IT
Liverpool have joined Manchester United and Spurs in the race to sign highly-rated Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell, according to reports.
The 21-year-old has earned rave reviews for his performances this season and looks likely to leave Carrow Road even if the Canaries escape relegation.
Cantwell made his Prem debut at Anfield in August and the league winners in waiting are going to move for the wavy-haired wonder in the summer, according to the Athletic.
Jurgen Klopp also had another look at the Englishman on Saturday as his side beat Daniel Farke's men 1-0 thanks to Sadio Mane's second-half winner.
And Reds players and coaching staff were said to be impressed by Cantwell's showing.
Manchester City, Tottenham and United have all been linked with a move but now the January transfer window has shut, Liverpool are said to be leading the race for his signature.
IN A HARRY
Tottenham could face a fight to keep hold of Harry Winks this summer with Manchester United interested, according to The Mirror.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set for a busy summer as he looks to improve his inconsistent United squad.
If Paul Pogba leaves United in the summer, Solskjaer will need replacements and Winks is a target.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho would be unlikely to allow Winks to move to a rival but a bid in the region of £40million could persuade the former United boss to sell.
Winks is under contract until 2024.
Tottenham fans have taken to social media to vent their frustrations at right-back Serge Aurier following their 3-2 win over Aston Villa yesterday.
Aurier has been heavily criticised and his performance yesterday didn't go down well with the Spurs fans.
Almost in spite of him…the number of times he gives away the ball
— Mick Finn (@mickfinn01) February 16, 2020
He was terrible..
— Electric Forest (@electricForest6) February 16, 2020
This guy doesn’t know how to cross. He needs to improve on that.
— OSAYANDE ELEBHOSE (@ELEBZ) February 16, 2020
NOT SO LUCKY
Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris has insisted the club's recent form is not a fluke after their last-minute win over Aston Villa yesterday.
Son Heung-Min score a 94th minute winner to help Spurs close the gap to fourth to just one point.
Lloris said: “I don't think it's about luck.
“If you look at some games earlier in the season, we were very unlucky.
“We know we can do much better.
“Especially at this period of the season, only the points matter.
“We had a difficult game.
“We have to give a lot of credit to Villa but we never gave up.
“We expected a tough game, it was a big battle played in difficult conditions with a lot of wind.
“There are a lot of positive things, we still need to correct the negative ones but we have to be happy with the result.
Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle revealed he broke seven ribs during eight minutes of CPR following his heart attack in 2018.
Hoddle suffered a cardiac arrest in BT Sport's East London studios and his life was saved by sound engineer Simon Daniels' heroic actions.
Speaking on 'Good Morning Britain', Hoddle said: “I think the sign of a good CPR is how many ribs you break, and he broke seven, so he did a good job.
“He did a great job.”
Tottenham are considering a move for Chris Smalling who is on loan at Roma from Manchester United, according to reports.
The 30-year-old has impressed in Italy and now Jose Mourinho is keen to boost his defence.
According to Corrierre dello Sport, Smalling's chances of staying at Roma are slim with the club six points off the Champions League places after a 2-1 defeat to Atalanta on Saturday.
United are likely to sell, with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof being first-choice.
NOT ALL GOOD
Dele Alli has come under pressure from Tottenham fans after his performance in the 3-2 win over Aston Villa yesterday.
One fan tweeted: “Really don’t know what other thfc fans see in Dele Alli anymore. “Poor finisher, painfully slow, he lumbers around the pitch, very average passer.
“He’s shadow of his former self.
“Literally doesn’t offer any positive qualities to this team anymore.”
Another user wrote: “That is by far the worst performance I’ve seen Alli had in a long time.”
Alli is running out of time to convince England manager Gareth Southgate to include him in his squad for the Euro's.
MOU TITLE NO.4
Jose Mourinho loves to boast about his titles and how many times he has won the Premier League.
The Portuguese boss famously reminded journalists of his three league trophies during a press conference while at Manchester United.
And now the Spurs boss has joked about adding another, following Man City's recent ban.
Speaking after Tottenham's win at Aston Villa, Mourinho said of City's Champions League ruling: “I didn't lose one single minute analysing Uefa – they have to analyse.
“If I go into that, I have to ask if the team which finished second in 2018 are going to be champions, yes or no?”
That team was of course Man United, who finished a whopping 19 points behind their noisy neighbours.
GOOD GOAL, SON
Son's double against Aston Villa on Sunday took the South Korean past another landmark, as he became the first Asian player to score 50 Premier League goals.
The former Bayer Leverkusen ace, who joined Spurs in 2015, now has nine in the English top flight this season.
Yet, Son is a long way ahead of the next top Asian goalscorer, with Park Ji-Sung netting 19 for Manchester United – despite winning four Premier League titles in that time.
Behind him is Ki Sung-yueng on 15, while former Leicester City forward netted 14 times in his 114 games.
MORNING, SPURS FANS
What a win!
A double from Heung-Min Son – including one in the third minute of stoppage time – gave Spurs a fortunate win against an unlucky Aston Villa.
Toby Alderweireld put through his own net to give the Midlands side hope just nine minutes in before slamming in a delightful half-volley to make amends before the half-hour mark.
Sonny slotted away a rebound from his own missed penalty to put Spurs 2-1 up before Bjorn Engels headed the home side level with 35 minutes to go.
But Dean Smith's relegation threatened side could not quite hold on for a valuable point as Engels gifted Son the ball with just seconds left on the clock and the South Korean raced through on goal to slot home and break Villa's hearts.
Son became the first Asian player to score 50 Prem goals with the late winner that saw his team move to fifth.
Jose Mourinho also joked his old Man Utd side should be awarded the 2017/18 Prem title after finishing second behind FFP breach rivals Man City.
Spurs welcome RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Wednesday night next time out.
STEVEN BERGWIJN – 8
A really quiet first 35 minutes but came to life towards the end of the first half before winning a penalty.
His pace caused real issues for the hosts with a number of driving runs at the Villa defence.
Could be a really impressive signing judging on performances so far.
HEUNG-MIN SON – 8
Showed brilliant composure right at the end to seal the win when the pressure was on.
Grabbed two goals but could have easily had four or five with the amount of chances he had.
Villa struggled to contain him.
LUCAS MOURA – 6
Not his best day. Appeared to be playing deeper than usual and desperately tried to influence proceedings.
A few nice touches posed little threat in front of goal.
DELE ALLI – 6
Managed to find so much space in the hole and did everything right apart from his final ball.
Should have had his name on the scoresheet but was wasteful in front of goal.
Spurned a great chance in the second half and appeared to leave his shooting boots at home.
BEN DAVIES – 6
Was probably the most assured of all the defenders and made a goal-saving block in the first 45 minutes.
Mourinho didn't give him much of a licence to get forward so didn't influence the game at the other end of the field.
HARRY WINKS – 6
Tough afternoon for Winks in the heart of midfield.
He would've liked to have put more of a stamp on the game and get on the ball more. Grew into the contest as it went on.
ERIC DIER – 5
Barely influenced proceedings although made a crucial piece of defending in the first half to deny Villa doubling their advantage.
Was hooked off on 60 minutes.
DAVINSON SANCHEZ – 6
Solid if not unspectacular for the visitors. Made a couple of vital interceptions in the box to deny the hosts.
His long ball at the end assisted Son with the help of Engels.
TOBY ALDERWEIRELD – 4
An absolute rollercoaster of an afternoon for the centre-back.
It was a dreadful piece of defending for the own goal but redeemed himself with a cracking finish at the other end.
Was then beaten to the header for Villa's equaliser.
HUGO LLORIS – 5/10
Bit of a stinker in the opening 45 minutes. Didn't cover himself in glory with Villa's opener and then got lucky with numerous other opportunities.
Looked more assured in the second period but kept getting caught in two minds from Villa corners.
SERGE AURIER – 5
Was given the runaround by Jack Grealish throughout the first half.
Remains a real liability in Spurs' back four and could barely get close to the Villa star.
Did improve in the second period and was a threat down the right.
TOTTENHAM PLAYER RATINGS
SPURS continued their push for Champions League qualification after a cracking contest at Villa Park.
Heung-min Son made Bjorn Engels pay for a howler in the dying seconds of the contest to seal a dramatic 3-2 win.
Some questionable defending throughout allowed Villa to take the lead through a Toby Alderweireld own goal.
The Belgian then scored a brilliant equaliser before Son pounced on his missed penalty rebound to put the visitors ahead.
Engels then headed Villa level before his shocker allowed Son to grab his second and seal a priceless victory.
Here SunSport's Richard Forrester dishes out Spurs' player ratings as they move up to fifth…
MOUR THAN ENOUGH CHANCES
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho interrupted an interview with match winner Son Heung-min after Tottenham's last gasp win away at Aston Villa.
The South Korean star bagged a brace at Villa Park but squandered multiple chances to the displeasure of his Portuguese manager.
Mourinho was decidedly more relaxed than he would have been if Spurs had failed to take all three points.
He interrupted Son's interview and – with a smile on his face – said: “Are you speaking about the goals he scored or the goals he missed?”
Son's first goal came from the rebound of his missed penalty after a terrific save from former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
His second came right on the stroke of full-time to break Villa hearts and spare Mourinho's blushes.
GREAT WORK SON
Spurs star Son Heung-min has become the first Asian player to score 50 Premier League goals.
It has taken the South Korean ace 151 games to reach the impressive landmark – averaging a goal every three matches.
The 27-year-old is the biggest Asian football star in the Premier League and is a hero back home.
He has eclipsed Manchester United's former star Park Ji-sung who scored 19 goals and notched 21 assists during his 154 Premier League appearances.
KANE WE COPE?
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho again hinted that his side were struggling without talisman and England captain Harry Kane.
Speaking after his side scored a last-minute winner to beat Aston Villa, Mourinho said: “The problem with Son and Lucas, the problem with especially these two guys is they have to play 90 minutes every game.
“That's the problem and if they run out of fuel then we are in trouble but their quality as players is fantastic, their attitude towards the team is absolutely incredible and I am so, so pleased for them.
“A team without Harry [Kane] is finding obviously difficulties, the difficulties are the nature of the Premier League, but in the middle of the difficulties we are finding a different way to play football.
“We are finding a different way to create opportunities and to score enough goals to put ourselves in a position to fight for a good position in the table.”