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Friday Hoddle of Coffee: News and Links for October 20th, 2017

Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

After a glorious draw on Tuesday, there is a more familiar challenger awaiting Spurs this weekend.

Tottenham will face Liverpool, who have become sort of a bogey team for Mauricio Pochettino. A win by Spurs this Sunday at Wembley would be the first time they’ve beaten the Reds since 2012. Tottenham’s scorers that day, in a 2-1 victory, were Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale. It’s safe to say a few things have changed since then.

One last theme from me before Ed makes his triumphant return on Monday. It has been an honor to be his super-sub.


Sometimes events take place that allow two global superstars to meet on the same stage. Tuesday’s game in Madrid was one of those special occasions. Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo shared the pitch, and then swapped shirts after the match.

One player who didn’t feature on Tuesday was Gareth Bale, as he struggles with another injury. Don Balon, who are not a quality source at all, are claiming that Bale would prefer a move back to Spurs over a transfer to another Premier League team.

Elsewhere in football...

Trouble at the Library? According to the Mirror, Mesut Ozil has told his Arsenal teammates that he will leave for Manchester United in January. The thought of him defending in Mourinho’s current system is pretty funny.

Wolfsburg have turned their season around and won four games in a row in the Bundesliga. Their secret? Brushing their teeth after matches. I honestly have no idea.

Any fans of the Italian fourth tier here? No? Well here’s a story that may pique your interest in the league. A footballer has been suspended after he urinated in the direction of the away fans during a break in play.

The MLS playoffs will begin soon, and one of the best players in the league has been talking up his team. Sebastian Giovinco thinks that Toronto FC would easily avoid relegation if they played in his native Serie A. Toronto are the best team in the league this year, how do you think they would fare in the Italian league?