Tottenham captain Harry Kane is confident his side can still achieve success in the Champions League, even if they have started poorly in the 2019-20 campaign.

Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs reached the 2019 Champions League final but sit 11th in the Premier League table with just three wins from their first 11 matches this season.

Spurs are second in Group B of the Champions League ahead of a trip to Red Star Belgrade and Kane knows that if Tottenham win on Wednesday, they could be as much as four points ahead of the third-placed Serbian champions, if, as expected, leaders Bayern Munich beat Olympiacos in Germany.

Kane is fit and raring to go for the match, after missing Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Everton due to a virus.

“We are struggling to get wins over the line. Even on Sunday, we were 1-0 up, trying to hold on, it could have been a big away win and we obviously conceded," Kane was quoted as saying in The Daily Star.

"We can't quite get there, we can't quite get over the line at the moment. It's nothing to do with the fight in the squad. It's just one of those spells. All we can do is try and put it right.

"Obviously, the Champions League campaign last year was so good for us. We got further than a lot of people thought we would.

"We've got to try to find a way of consistently winning games. We're here to win trophies. If we can win one of the trophies we are still in, we will see that as a success.

"Can we still go all the way? I think so. You look at where we started in the group stage last year and where we got to, we proved a lot of people wrong. We're in a better position now."

Tottenham beat Red Star 5-0 in London last month, Kane scoring twice, but the striker knows facing the side in Serbia – where they beat European champions Liverpool last season – will be a much sterner test.

"I've been told by a few people who have played there and been there that it will be a real hostile game, a real hostile atmosphere against us but that's what European nights are about," he added.

Kane has netted four goals in three Champions League appearances this season.

Mauricio Pochettino never had any doubts Son Heung-min would have his red card for a tackle on Andre Gomes rescinded.

Son was sent off late on against Everton on Sunday after lunging in on Gomes, a challenge that saw the Portugal international land awkwardly and suffer a fracture dislocation to his right ankle.

Referee Martin Atkinson initially appeared set to show Son a yellow card but altered his decision to a red having seen Gomes' distress.

After a distraught Son headed down the tunnel, Everton equalised during 12 minutes of stoppage time as the points were shared in a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.

Spurs boss Pochettino commented after the match that it was a harsh decision to send Son off, and a Tottenham appeal followed.

The Football Association confirmed on Tuesday the forward will now be available for Spurs' next three league outings.

"I was confident [the red card] would be overturned," Pochettino told a news conference ahead of Tottenham's Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade.

"We were a bit confused after the game. It's completely fair that he's now not suspended.

"The only problem is that the VAR can check these things and it was clearly and obviously not a red card."

Pochettino confirmed after Sunday's match that Everton captain Seamus Coleman - who suffered a serious leg injury in 2017 - went to the away dressing room to comfort Son, who was "devastated".

"All the players for Tottenham, we feel so sorry," explained Pochettino, who included Son in his squad for the trip to Belgrade. 

"We're so happy with the news that everything was okay with his injury today [after surgery]. We hope he recovers soon.

"Sonny is okay. After the action, it was a mix of everything. It was an emotional moment for everyone. Now everyone is okay."

Harry Kane missed Sunday's match due to illness, but the stand-in Spurs captain will be fit to feature on Wednesday.

"I feel good, better than the weekend," Kane said. "I came down with some kind of virus, but I’ve been back in training yesterday and I feel much better.

 "The atmosphere is going to be very tough and very hostile but, once we're on the pitch, we have to focus on ourselves and do everything in our power to win the game."

Son Heung-min's red card for the challenge that preceded Andre Gomes' horrific injury in Sunday's draw between Tottenham and Everton has been rescinded, the Football Association (FA) has announced.

An independent regulatory commission upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal, meaning Son will be available for Tottenham's next three domestic fixtures.

The South Korea international was dismissed by referee Martin Atkinson in the 79th minute of the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park and was visibly distraught after Gomes suffered a fracture dislocation to his right ankle following his tackle.

Gomes left the field on a stretcher but is expected to make a full recovery and was released from hospital on Tuesday, having undergone surgery 24 hours prior.

The distressed Son had to be led down the tunnel and Mauricio Pochettino said after the match the 27-year-old was "devastated".

"We feel very sorry. It was a very bad situation, very bad luck how he landed. We can send our best wishes and of course I am very devastated for the situation," Pochettino told Sky Sports.

"Sonny was devastated. During the situation, he was very confused, it was difficult to keep calm. After you watch the action on TV, [you can see] it was never his intention [to hurt Gomes]."

Spurs' next three domestic fixtures see them face Sheffield United and Bournemouth at home either side of a trip to West Ham.

Raheem Sterling dreams of playing abroad and could be about to get his wish.

Real Madrid reportedly want to sign the Manchester City star after succeeding in their attempts to lure Eden Hazard from Chelsea.

To make the deal happen, the Spanish giants are ready to send Gareth Bale back to the Premier League.

 

TOP STORY – SANTIAGO BERNABEU CALLING FOR STERLING

China continues to loom as the likeliest escape route for Gareth Bale, but Real Madrid might just have a different destination in mind.

According to Sky Sports, Madrid are preparing to offer the Wales winger plus £70million in a bid to prise Raheem Sterling from Manchester City.

Whether the Premier League champions have any interest in 30-year-old Bale is another matter, while the long-term contract extension Sterling signed last November gives them a strong bargaining position.

 

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- Fresh speculation linking Kylian Mbappe to Zinedine Zidane's Madrid will prompt Paris Saint-Germain to offer the France forward an enticing new deal worth around €40million per season, Le Parisien reports. Mbappe has just over two years left on his current contract.

PSG are not just busy attempting to tie down their own players. De Telegraaf claims the Ligue 1 champions are one of three clubs expressing interest in Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana. Tottenham and Manchester United have also reportedly made contact with the 23-year-old's agent.

- Chelsea have identified several big-name January targets if their transfer ban is lifted at an appeal hearing later this month. Borussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho, Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha and Lyon striker Moussa Dembele are the primary targets according to The Telegraph, which also lists Ben Chilwell and Nathan Ake among the names interesting Frank Lampard.

- Rade Krunic, one of AC Milan's better performers in the weekend loss to Lazio, will not be allowed to leave the club on loan, despite Bosnia and Herzegovina boss Robert Prosinecki advising him to seek more playing time. Calciomercato say the recent Rossoneri signing is part of Stefano Pioli's plans and will be staying put at San Siro.

Andre Gomes is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing successful surgery on his right ankle on Monday, Everton have announced.

The Portugal international suffered a fracture dislocation in Sunday's Premier League draw against Tottenham.

Gomes was taken off on a stretcher in the second half at Goodison Park following a challenge from Son Heung-min, with the Everton player then colliding with Serge Aurier. 

Spurs forward Son, who was sent off by referee Martin Atkinson, was visibly distraught before being led down the tunnel, while players from both teams were clearly distressed by the incident.

"Everton can confirm Andre Gomes underwent surgery to repair a fracture dislocation to his right ankle and the procedure went extremely well," a statement on the club's official website read.

"The Portugal international, who sustained the injury in yesterday's Premier League fixture with Tottenham, will now spend some time recovering in hospital, before returning to USM Finch Farm [Everton's training ground] to start his rehabilitation under the guidance of the club's medical staff.

"The 26-year-old is expected to make a full recovery.

"On behalf of Andre, the club would like to thank all Everton supporters and members of the wider football family for the overwhelming messages of support we have received since yesterday's match."

Everton manager Marco Silva insisted Andre Gomes will return stronger after suffering a serious ankle injury against Tottenham.

Gomes is set to undergo surgery after sustaining a fracture dislocation to his right ankle in Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw with Tottenham at Goodison Park.

Everton were left distraught and reeling after Gomes was taken off on a stretcher in the second half following a challenge from Tottenham's Son Heung-min which saw the Portugal international then collide with Serge Aurier.

Speaking during his post-match news conference, Silva told reporters: "It was a really tough moment for us, forgetting the game and result.

"Andre will have all the support he needs from us.

"It is a serious injury and I am 100 per cent sure Andre will become stronger as a footballer player and stronger as a man, he is a fantastic lad and professional and all the support he needs, he will have from us.

"Our players are sad now, it is a tough moment in our dressing room, but the spirit we showed after that moment was good. It was the toughest moment for us this season."

Son was red carded following a VAR review, having initially been booked by referee Martin Atkinson for his tackle on Gomes.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino hit out at VAR afterwards and Silva also criticised the technology following the draw, which was secured by Cenk Tosun's 97th-minute equaliser.

"What I want to tell you, all of us love football and we play for our fans and I am 100 per cent sure they didn't like what they saw this afternoon," Silva said.

"In the second half, there are so many moments to stop the game. The penalty from Dele Alli, it was three minutes to decide. They have to be more clear.

"They saw their team last week lost the game one penalty coming from nowhere and this afternoon is completely the opposite. It was not just the Dele Alli situation. I saw all the moments and I have opinions on all of them. How it is possible three minutes to decide?

"Me, the club, we respect the referees, tough job, and we respect the VAR as well. I know they want the best but it is up to them to decide." 

Mauricio Pochettino vented his frustration over VAR after Son Heung-min was sent off for his challenge on Andre Gomes, with the Tottenham manager describing the red card as "unbelievable".

Everton's Gomes suffered a fracture dislocation to his right ankle after a tackle from Son saw the midfielder then collide with Serge Aurier in Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Goodison Park.

Son, who was left distraught by the serious injury as he was consoled by team-mates and Everton players, was initially booked by referee Martin Atkinson before a VAR review deemed the challenge worthy of a red card.

"He was devastated," said Pochettino. "The players from Everton came to console him. I want to thank the captain, Coleman. He came to speak to Son. In the moment it was a little bit confusing, everyone knows on the pitch what happened, but no one believed it was intentional. When we watched on TV the outcome was very bad and we feel very sorry for Andre. The action was very bad luck.

"It was dreadful for Andre, but judge the action, not judge what happened after. We are very disappointed with this type of situation on VAR - it is there to help the referee not confuse the situation more. The referees need help. They need to go and check on the screen. In the end the decision changed everything, we were in control, we believed we were going to win the game, then we conceded the goal. 

"The VAR need to check if it was a bad tackle and not a bad injury. It was clear that it was never the intention of Son to create the problem that happens after. It was unbelievable he received the red card. I never complain about the VAR, but please - we need use it in the best way. It is going to change the spirit of football."

Pochettino added: "I was the first or only coach in the Premier League that was against the VAR.

"This type of situation, that you need to help because the decision of the referee was yellow card. It is creating a big, big mess. For me, I love that the referees are the boss on the pitch.

"We feel very disappointed. Then, everything changed. I think it was under control for Tottenham. Then we concede a goal playing with one less. It is very difficult to understand this type of situation happened."

Everton have confirmed Andre Gomes suffered a fracture dislocation to his right ankle in Sunday's Premier League draw against Tottenham, with the Portugal international set to undergo surgery on Monday.

Gomes was taken off on a stretcher in the second half at Goodison Park following a challenge from Son Heung-min which saw the Everton player then collide with Serge Aurier. 

Spurs forward Son, who was sent off by referee Martin Atkinson, was visibly distraught before being led down the tunnel, while players from both teams were clearly distressed by the incident.

In a statement, Everton said: "Everton can confirm Andre Gomes will undergo surgery on Monday after sustaining an ankle injury in today's game with Tottenham.

"The Portugal international was stretchered from the pitch during the second half of the game and taken straight to Aintree hospital by ambulance accompanied by members of the Everton medical team. After undergoing hospital tests, it was confirmed he had suffered a fracture dislocation to his right ankle."

Son Heung-min is "devastated" after hurting Everton midfielder Andre Gomes with a tackle in Sunday's 1-1 draw, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says.

Gomes was taken off on a stretcher with a serious-looking injury to his right leg after Son's challenge tripped him and led to the Portuguese colliding with Serge Aurier in the second half at Goodison Park.

Spurs forward Son, who was sent off by referee Martin Atkinson, was visibly distraught before being led down the tunnel, while players from both teams were clearly distressed by the incident.

Gomes' treatment, along with lengthy pauses for VAR checks of possible penalties, led to 12 minutes of additional time at the end of the second half, with Cenk Tosun scoring in the 97th minute to cancel out Dele Alli's opener.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Pochettino said: "We feel very sorry. It was a very bad situation, very bad luck how he landed. We can send our best wishes and of course I am very devastated for the situation.

"It's not important, football; it's important for him. We can talk about football but always feeling bad, feeling sorry for the action. It was so, so difficult.

"The feeling changed in this moment. We were playing well, it was more close to the second goal for us. It's difficult to assess the last 10, 12 minutes, but talking only about football, I am happy with the performance, the way we competed.

"Sonny was devastated. During the situation, he was very confused, it was difficult to keep calm. After you watch the action on TV, [you can see] it was never his intention [to hurt Gomes].

"It was very, very bad luck for Andre, for the family and for Everton. We finish with a red card for Sonny and, of course, the condition of the game changed. In this situation, we defend well but then we concede. I'm disappointed for the result."

Alli, who appeared shaken by Gomes' injury, insisted Son would never attempt to injure a player deliberately.

"I didn't want to look too much at what happened. All I can do is send him my best wishes and wish him a quick recovery," he said to Sky Sports.

"Son is devastated, he's in tears but it’s not his fault. He's one of the nicest people you would want to meet and he's not like that. He can't even lift his head up he's crying that much in the dressing room."

Everton boss Marco Silva praised his players for battling back to draw the game, as they now wait for updates on Gomes, who was taken to hospital.

"He went to the hospital. Now, our medical staff is taking control of everything. They will give more information about the situation. We need to wait a little bit more to be more clear," he said.

"It's a bad moment for us as a group, as a team. We give all our support to Andre and his family as well. As a group, we have to keep the togetherness and the spirit we showed after that moment.

"I didn't see the moment yet. I saw it live, I didn't see anything more. I can't talk to you about the tackle, the things that happened after the tackle."

Cenk Tosun headed in a 97th-minute equaliser as Everton rescued a 1-1 draw against Tottenham in a game overshadowed by a serious injury to Andre Gomes.

Despite the absence of Harry Kane through illness, Tottenham appeared set to register their first away win in the Premier League since January thanks to Dele Alli's second-half strike.

However, Mauricio Pochettino's side were unable to hold onto their lead after Son Heung-min was dismissed for a tackle on Gomes that led to the midfielder suffering a severe-looking leg injury.

The South Korea international was visibly shaken following his involvement in the incident, as too was Spurs team-mate Serge Aurier, who Gomes collided with after the initial challenge.

A lengthy stoppage for treatment – following on from two VAR checks for penalty appeals – resulted in 12 additional minutes at Goodison Park, during which Tosun converted Lucas Digne's cross to secure a point.

 

Everton midfielder Andre Gomes suffered what appeared to be a major leg injury in the Premier League clash with Tottenham, leaving his tackler Son Heung-min inconsolable.

Spurs forward Son, who set up Dele Alli to score the opening goal of the game at Goodison Park, was sent off after catching Gomes with a sliding challenge as the midfielder led a break over the halfway line.

Gomes then seemed to collide with Serge Aurier while off-balance and went to ground with what looked to be a significant injury to his right leg.

Players from both teams were left visibly distressed as medical staff attended to Gomes near the touchline.

Referee Martin Atkinson then showed a red card to Son, who looked distraught as he was helped away and down the tunnel.

After a long delay, Gomes was taken off on a stretcher to a standing ovation from all corners of the stadium, with Gylfi Sigurdsson coming on as his replacement.

There were 12 minutes of additional time at the end of the second half, following Gomes' injury and two length pauses for VAR reviews of possible penalties, neither of which resulted in spot-kicks being given.

Harry Kane is missing from Tottenham's team to take on Everton at Goodison Park, the England striker reportedly ruled out through illness.

Kane's absence leaves a sizeable void in Spurs' attack for the Premier League fixture on Sunday, with Mauricio Pochettino picking Lucas Moura to start up front.

Ben Davies comes into the XI for the suspended Danny Rose and is named captain, with Tanguy Ndombele also starting for the visitors.

Christian Eriksen, meanwhile, retains his place in Pochettino's midfield, while Ryan Sessegnon is in the matchday squad for the first time.

Everton will be relieved at Kane's absence – the 26-year-old has scored two goals in each of his last four league appearances against the Toffees.

He was also on target on Merseyside last weekend, though his goal inside the opening minute against Liverpool ended up being in a losing cause, with a 2-1 reverse at Anfield stretching Spurs' winless run on the road in the Premier League to 11 games.

As for the hosts, Marco Silva make three changes. Djibril Sidibe, Tom Davies and Theo Walcott are drafted into the starting line-up.

Out of work and looking for a job – Massimiliano Allegri could be poised for a return to the dugout.

Allegri left Juventus at the end of 2018-19 after guiding the Old Lady to five consecutive Serie A titles.

The Italian coach has been linked to Manchester United but, with Niko Kovac on the brink at Bayern Munich, Allegri could find himself in Bavaria.

 

TOP STORY – BAYERN GO FOR ALLEGRI

Bayern Munich want former Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri to replace Niko Kovac, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Kovac is on the verge of being sacked after Bayern's humiliating 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, with the Bundesliga champions cancelling Sunday's public training session as pressure mounts.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax's Erik ten Hag have been linked but Bayern have reportedly identified the man to take over in Munich.

 

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- The Mirror claims Manchester United are ready to hijack Liverpool's move for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner. Champions League holders Liverpool have been linked to Werner, however, United want to bring the Germany international to Old Trafford in January.

Perth Glory are still optimistic they can lure Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Australia, reports The West Australian. After revealing an approach for Ibrahimovic on a guest-player contract, A-League side Perth have seen Serie A outfit Bologna confirm their interest in the 38-year-old striker ahead of the January transfer window. Ibrahimovic's LA Galaxy contract will expire before the end of the year.

Tottenham are eyeing a January swoop for Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana. With Hugo Lloris out injured, Spurs are on the lookout for a new keeper and £35million could see Eredivisie champions Ajax sell the Cameroon international.

- According to the Guardian, Arsenal have joined United and Juventus in the transfer chase for Salzburg sensation Erling Haaland.

- Mundo Deportivo says Barcelona have dropped their interest in Inter centre-back Milan Skriniar. The Slovakia international has established himself as one of the best defenders in the world since joined Inter in 2017.

United and Paris Saint-Germain are leading the race to sign Juventus midfielder Emre Can, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Tottenham's Ben Davies says his team-mates would put rivalries aside to help Arsenal's Granit Xhaka after the Gunners' captain's issues with the club's supporters.

Xhaka did not feature for Arsenal against Wolves on Saturday, with Unai Emery choosing to leave the Switzerland international out after a confrontation with fans during the home draw with Crystal Palace last Sunday.

The midfielder was booed by sections of Arsenal's support as he was substituted, cupping his ears and apparently swearing to the fans as he went off before removing his shirt and walking straight down the tunnel.

In a statement released on Arsenal's official Twitter account, Xhaka explained his actions were the consequence of abuse aimed at him at matches and on social media, including death threats to his family.

He was also reportedly visited by some Arsenal team-mates after the Palace draw, who tried to console him, while Emery described his mood this week as "upset, devastated and very sad".

Davies, who is likely to start for Spurs against Everton on Sunday due to Danny Rose's suspension, expressed his sympathy for Xhaka's situation and revealed he has previously consulted a psychologist over the pressure of playing at the highest level for club and country.

"I spoke to a ­psychologist we had at Wales and he said that footballers are really in a ­melting pot of anxiety when ­their performance is critiqued by ­millions of people every game," Davies said, as quoted by The Mirror.

"It's not like if you work in a shop that your performance will get judged by millions. It's a stressful environment. I get it if players get down and if players have evenings when they are ­struggling.

"That is normal and it's something that needs to be spoken about more. All you can do if it's your team-mate is try to help.

"Across football, nobody wants to see players getting booed. I can understand if these things happen, it’s part and parcel of the game.

"But as far as someone like Xhaka is concerned, when you read he is struggling or maybe needed counselling, nobody wants to see that. Rivalries aside, if we could help him out, we would."

Mauricio Pochettino believes Dele Alli will recapture his best form but feels the "massive" pressure on the player is sometimes unfair.

The Tottenham attacking midfielder has been criticised for his performances during 2019, most recently by former Manchester United captain Roy Keane, who accused the England international of losing his "hunger".

Pochettino accepts Alli has not been playing at his best, but the Spurs manager has warned people not to expect too much from a player who is still in the early part of his career.

"We need to remember that Dele is so young and the demand, the pressure on him is massive," Pochettino told reporters on Friday. "Everyone expects big things: he's English, he's an international, but he's still 23 years old.

"He was fantastic, and of course he dropped a little bit in his performance, but we need to help and to back him, not to pay attention too much and try to improve and be strong again."

Pochettino's side head to Everton on Sunday having won only three of 13 matches in all competitions since they beat Aston Villa 3-1 on the opening day of the Premier League season.

They took an early lead against Liverpool last weekend but could not withstand the pressure from the leaders, eventually losing 2-1 to drop to 11th in the table.

However, Pochettino is calling for his players to be positive as they look to get their season back on track.

"It was an important week to recover feelings after a tough game against Liverpool," Pochettino said. "It was important again to create that atmosphere that you want. It's a situation that only we can fix, winning games.

"We need to be positive – that positivity makes us believe we can beat any team. At the moment, we struggle a little bit, we drop a lot in our confidence. The most important thing is how we're going to finish. It's not nice to see yourself in the middle of the table, but that is our reality and we need to accept it. If you do not accept reality, you're going to struggle.

"In our minds, we know very well we need time, to be strong, be solid, and start winning because that's going to be the best thing for us."

Giovani Lo Celso came on as a substitute against Liverpool and will hope for more minutes at Goodison Park as he continues to recover from a hip injury sustained on international duty in September.

The midfielder was called up to the Argentina squad for this month's matches against Brazil and Uruguay, and Pochettino admits he is "not happy" at the prospect of him being involved.

"In general, always managers want players at home," Pochettino said. "For him, it's going to be tough because, again, when he's nearly fit to start again, he needs to go away and changing the dynamic of the training session, something can happen.

"Being honest, I am not happy, but I accept [it] because I always defend the national team and I always back the decision of the national team. I was a player – I know how it feels to play for your flag. What can I do? Nothing, only to show or describe my feelings."

Ryan Sessegnon may also hope to be involved against Everton, having yet to feature since his move from Fulham, but Pochettino is wary of rushing him back from a long-term hamstring problem.

"We are assessing all the players. We'll see. We have training tomorrow and we travel to Liverpool. We'll see if he can be involved or not," the Tottenham manager said.

"I cannot say he is complete in the way that you'd say, 'OK, we can trust him to play 90 minutes', but we have a big squad and sometimes it's difficult to give the possibility. He has to work hard: he's still young, it was a big injury, but for sure he's going to have the possibility to play in the future."

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