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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Wednesday, January 8

Sacrifice for rivalry

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Hello, Hoddlers!

That’s left back Ashleigh Neville and a fan. Neville’s been around since 2017, and was Spurs’ Player of the Year in her first season.

Ramble of the Day

Maybe it’s an obvious thing to say, but Pep Guardiola hates Manchester United. He hates the club so much that he’d rather ... well, I’ll just let Guardiola tell you.

Guardiola didn’t mince words, but again, who would when discussing his hate for a rival? I sympathize: I’d rather in a tropical paradise than be with a rival team. I’d also rather be eating my favorite meal, living rent-free in a place designed specifically to my wants and needs, and sit in a players’ box at a tennis grand slam than associate with the rival.

All tough things, but the price is worth it. Rivalries exist for a reason, though, and they must be preserved. Suffering on the part of one person, be it me or Guardiola, is ultimately nothing when it comes to treating an enemy appropriately.

tl;dr: Pep Guardiola would rather vacation than coach Manchester United, and I find this to be a great demonstration of respecting a rivalry.

Links of the Day

Liverpool will begin wearing Nike kits beginning next season.

Sunderland owner Stewart Donald is trying to sell the club.

Málaga manager Victor Sánchez was suspended by the club after he was blackmailed over an explicit video.

David Squires recaps the FA Cup weekend in his latest cartoon.

Today’s longer read: Ritika Bhasker checks the probability of UEFA’s statement that the Euros will be a racism-free event for StatsBomb