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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham news and links for Monday, September 12

Is it autumn? Is it summer?

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Tottenham Hotspur v Olympique Marseille: Group D - UEFA Champions League Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images

hello and happy monday -

Yesterday morning it appeared that, for the first time in many months, the stifling heat and suffocating humidity have relinquished control, since seized by the gracious grasp of autumn.

A cloudy, rainy morning welcomed me. It was only last week that your hoddler-in-chief, staring up above the cloudless sky asked, ‘Will there ever be clouds again?’

His answer was received Sunday morning. And, by Jove, how wondrous your hoddler-in-chief felt.

I have been fooled by this “false fall” before, once wearing a jumper during the cool hours of the morning only to be forced to remove it in the hot New York afternoon.

Do I fall for it again? How I have waited for the temperatures to have mercy on me, to not feel the sweat drip from my forehead within walking five minutes from my home.

I step into this week with a tentative hope that the searing conditions abate.

Give me a cup of coffee, give me a book, give me the sweet smell of morning dew.

And may I feel those soft rain droplets on my skin once more.

Fitzie’s track of the day: Buckets of Rain, by Bob Dylan

And now for your links:

Alasdair Gold’s latest video: What’s next for Spurs, their transfer window and more

The Athletic ($$): What happens to Premier League players when games pile up

Rangers’ Champions League fixture moved back 24 hours over policing

Thomas Tuchel says he is ‘devastated’ by Chelsea sacking

Union Berlin go top of Bundesliga for first time