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Tottenham forward Son Heung-min could be out for the season because of a broken right arm.
Tottenham took up the option to sign Giovani Lo Celso on a permanent basis Tuesday, with the Argentina midfielder regarded as a natural replacement for the departed Christian Eriksen.
Christian Eriksen completed his move from Tottenham to Inter Milan on Tuesday, becoming the Italian club’s third signing of the January transfer window.
Just when some of Europe’s top teams risked failing to advance from their Champions League groups, they steadied the ship.
Tottenham broke into English soccer’s established elite through squad unity, the energy of youth and a common purpose created by manager Mauricio Pochettino. More than five years into Pochettino’s tenure, that all looks to be slipping away. And he knows it.
Tottenham was eliminated from the English League Cup by fourth-tier Colchester after a penalty shootout on Tuesday, an embarrassing loss amid a tough season for a team that was playing in a Champions League final less than four months ago.
Tottenham made the biggest moves on the Premier League’s transfer deadline day as it signed winger Ryan Sessegnon and midfielder Giovani lo Celso. Spurs, which ended 18 months of transfer inactivity in July, paid Fulham 25 million pounds ($30 million) for the 19-year-old Sessegnon. The England Under-21 international signed a six-year deal. Lo Celso joined on a year-long loan from Real Betis with the option to make the transfer permanent.
Tottenham signed midfielder Tanguy Ndombele for a club-record 60 million euros ($68 million) as the English club ended 18 months of transfer inactivity. The France international moved from Lyon, which could receive 10 million euros ($11.3 million) more if Ndombele achieves certain targets at the club that reached the Champions League final last season. Ndombele was the second signing of the day by Tottenham, which also brought in 18-year-old winger Jack Clarke from second-tier Leeds.
Liverpool is champion of Europe for a sixth time after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League final in Madrid. Mohamed Salah scored a penalty inside two minutes and Divock Origi struck the second in the 87th minute against the first-time finalists.
It will be an unusual Champions League final for Spain. Madrid will be hosting the final again after nearly a decade but the country’s streak of having at least one team playing for the European title ended this year after five straight seasons. Fans will have little to cheer for when Liverpool faces Tottenham in an all-English matchup at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Saturday.
Lucas Moura completed a hat trick in the sixth minute of injury time as Tottenham pulled off another stunning Champions League comeback to beat Ajax 3-2 and set up an all-English final. Liverpool advanced by erasing a three-goal deficit with a 4-0 win over Barcelona at Anfield on Tuesday. A day later Moura helped Tottenham pull off a similar feat in Amsterdam.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested he may look for a new challenge if he can lead his team to the Champions League title this season. Tottenham is 1-0 down to Ajax heading into the second leg of the semifinals in Amsterdam. Pochettino said he would “need to think about maybe doing something different” if Tottenham goes on to win the competition.
Donny van de Beek gave youthful Ajax a 1-0 Champions League lead over a Tottenham side depleted by injuries and suspension. It edges the Dutch side toward a first Champions League final appearance in 23 years. Tottenham had to contend with the loss of defender Jan Vertonghen in the first half after a head injury that threw a fresh spotlight on soccer’s handling of suspected concussions.
Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen had to be helped off the field shortly after attempting to play on following a clash of heads in the Champions League semifinal against Ajax. Vertonghen challenged for a header in the Ajax area but slammed his face into the back of teammate Toby Alderweireld’s head, leaving him with blood pouring from a cut on his nose. Vertonghen received treatment on the field and went to change his bloodied white jersey before returning to the game.
Mauricio Pochettino has collected many plaudits as a coach but never a major trophy. The biggest prize in European club soccer isn’t a bad place to start. Pochettino led Tottenham into its first Champions League semifinal after masterminding an overall victory over Manchester City. Tottenham will play Ajax for a place in the final.
Fernando Llorente sent Tottenham into its first European Cup semifinal in 57 years by ending Manchester City’s quadruple hopes on a breathtaking night in the Champions league that produced that produced seven goals – four in the opening 11 minutes. Tottenham lost 4-3 at the home of the Premier League champions but advanced 4-4 on aggregate on Wednesday to set up a meeting with Ajax.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has described himself as a “failure” in the Champions League. He has won it twice as a coach, with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011. Guardiola never reached the final of the competition in three seasons at Bayern Munich and his City teams have been eliminated in the last 16 and then the quarterfinals. City trails Tottenham 1-0 after the first leg of the quarterfinals. The second leg is at City’s Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.
Borussia Dortmund’s hopes of a miracle were denied by Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane as Tottenham reached the Champions League quarterfinals with a 1-0 win on Tuesday. Kane’s 49th-minute strike after Lloris had made a series of outstanding saves ensured the visitors completed a 4-0 win on aggregate after securing a comfortable lead in the first leg of their last-16 tie. Ajax Amsterdam knocked three-time defending champion Real Madrid out with a 4-1 away victory, progressing 5-3 on aggregate.
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been ruled out until March because of a hamstring problem, further limiting the Premier League team’s attacking options in a key period of the season. Forwards Harry Kane and Son Heung-min are also currently unavailable to manager Mauricio Pochettino, with Tottenham facing matches in four competitions over the next few weeks.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane is the subject of online teasing after claiming credit for a goal after a match. Christian Eriksen was recorded as the scorer of both goals in a 2-1 win at Stoke but Kane was adamant that he got the faintest of touches to the Dane’s second. The mockery will be a small price to pay for winning the Golden Boot for the third season running as top scorer in the league.