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Friday Morning Hoddle of Coffee: News and Links for November 3rd, 2017

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

Happy Friday Spursland!

November 5th is just around the corner, which in the UK means Bonfire Night. If any of our British readers are planning to observe the pyro-heavy traditions of this holiday, please remember to show a bit more responsibility and self-control than Spurs did when setting light to the whole Madrid team on Wednesday.

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Links

The acronym NLD (used to describe our matches against against Arsenal) has historically stood for North London Derby, but this month it may well also mean No Lloris; Doomed. Also, Toby might miss the game as well.

The fearless qualities of Tottenham’s young squad have been widely praised this season, but The Times thinks it might have uncovered another factor that’s been driving their bold, swashbuckling play- dolla dolla bill y’allllll.

Elsewhere in football...

English national team manager Gareth Southgate has sparked something of a debate by radically choosing to drop some underperforming players and call up some promising ones for the next international break.

With all the dignity and fight of a lame, incontinent donkey being put down by its merciful master, Everton were finally knocked out of the Europa League last night by Lyon.

Liverpool have become the first Premier League club to commit to paying all of their staff (including casuals) the real living wage. This is a Really Good Thing and I hope other teams decide to follow suit.

And finally...

Patrice Evra might be very good on social media, but he isn’t so adept at making friends in real life- ask the fan he kicked in the face last night, earning a red card before Marseille’s tie with Vitória de Guimarães had even started.