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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham news and links for Thursday, September 1

A looks at the month ahead

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Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

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Do Tottenham need to make a couple more signings before the window closes? Does Antonio Conte think so? It looks like we could get that answer today with the transfer window to shut! Perhaps a couple moves will have been made before we all wake up ...

And it’s going to be a busy month, too. That’s because, for the first time since March 10, 2020, Tottenham will be playing Champions League football. How exciting is that? Spurs begin their Group Stage campaign against Marseille on September 7 before travelling to Portugal the following week.

As for their three Premier League fixtures this month, one stands out: September 10 at Manchester City. Spurs have been City’s bogey team in the last few years, but wow this City team looks different with Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez. City have scored 10 goals in their last two matches.

Tottenham Hotspur Women will also get their season going this month against Manchester United on September 10. And a North London Derby awaits just a couple of weeks later!

Tottenham Hotspur men’s schedule: Fulham (Sept 3), Marseille (Sept 7), at Man City (Sept 10), at Sporting (Sept 13), Leicester (Sept 17)

Tottenham Hotspur women’s schedule: Man United (Sept 10), at Leicester (Sept 18), at Arsenal (Sept 24)

Fitzie’s track of the day: Don’t Dream It’s Over, by Crowded House

And now for your links:

Dan KP: Antonio Conte slams VAR decision that overturned Tottenham penalty

The Athletic ($$) on 10 years of Hugo Lloris at Tottenham

Erik Ten Hag defends Manchester United’s summer spending

Steven Gerrard says he is concerned about his future as Aston Villa manager

Jury in Ryan Giggs trial fails to reach verdicts

Sunderland off to a winning start with new manager Tony Mowbray