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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Monday, April 26

thoughts after a loss

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Forward Rosella Ayane is at the top of today’s Hoddle.

Ramble of the Day

I have been running the Hoddle long enough to have a little bit of protocol for cup finals (many thanks, 2018-18 Champions League run). To mark semifinal victory, make the Hoddle a spam of celebratory pictures the following day, and repeat if the team wins the trophy. Tottenham has not been in enough cup finals for me, though, to have developed protocol for when the team loses. The last time this happened, it was the end of the season and there was quite a bit to reflect on so I opened up this space for that. This time, though? It’s not quite the same situation.

What I truly believe is the best case here, and might be the best case every time Spurs lose a cup final, is to just invite everyone to share their feelings. Yesterday was not fun, and it had the unique quality of being frustrating for both teams and slightly underwhelming for the neutral. There’s always a lot to reflect on, from Ryan Mason’s lineup choices (and his substitutions) to Spurs’ overall chances against a team like Manchester City.

Here’s hoping Spurs don’t lose too many more of these, and we don’t have to do these often. Here’s also hoping Son Heung-min is feeling better.

tl;dr: Tottenham lost a cup final, it’s time to share our thoughts.

Stay informed, read this: Vanessa Friedman interviews actress Laverne Cox on wearing clothes by Black designers and making statements with fashion for The New York Times

Links of the Day

English clubs and organizations will go dark on social media next weekend to protest discriminatory abuse on the platforms.

Ryan Giggs was charged with assaulting two women, and as a result will not coach Wales at the Euros.

Bilbao and Dublin will no longer be host cities for the Euros because they cannot promise enough fans in the stadium.

LA Galaxy’s Sebastian Lletget received a two match suspension for using homophobic language on social media.

A longer read: Louise Taylor interviews Manchester United’s Katie Zelem on lessons from living and playing in Italy taught her and being from a footballing family for the Guardian