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Premier League wrap: Antonio Conte gets first win as Spurs boss; ‘cheat code’ City star at it again



Tottenham needed a second-half fightback to launch Antonio Conte’s reign in charge with a 2-1 win over Leeds, while Manchester City swept aside Everton 3-0 to go second in the Premier League.

A severely-depleted Leeds remain just two points above the relegation zone after threatening to spoil Conte’s first home league game since he replaced Nuno Espirito Santo.

Tottenham had not even managed a shot on target in their previous two league matches and there was little change for the first 45 minutes.

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Even without key men Raphinha and Patrick Bamford, a youthful Leeds were well worth their 1-0 half-time lead thanks to Daniel James’ first goal for the club.

Harry Kane scored back-to-back hat-tricks for England during the international break, but has still netted just once in the Premier League this season.

Kane was denied in a one-on-one with Illan Meslier and Son Heung-min’s deflected shot came off the bar as Spurs improved after the break.

But the goals came from unfamiliar sources as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s scuffed shot found the bottom corner to level just before the hour-mark.

Sergio Reguilon then grabbed the winner with his first Spurs goal after Eric Dier’s deflected free-kick came back off the post.

A first win in four league games takes Tottenham above Manchester United, who sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday, up to seventh in the table and within four points of the top four.

“This is a point to start. I say this to my players, they need to understand if we want it, we can do it,” said Conte, who highlighted the change in his side’s intensity after half-time.

“In the second half we changed something tactically and also we wanted to play with the same intensity as Leeds, higher up the pitch.”

Conte was animated throughout, celebrating wildly on the pitch after the victory.


City were far more convincing winners as goals from Raheem Sterling, Rodri and Bernardo Silva saw off Everton at the Etihad to cut Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table to three points.

“In general we controlled the game,” said City boss Pep Guardiola. “We played the game we should play to beat teams like Everton.” Sterling netted on his 300th Premier League appearance as he turned home Joao Cancelo’s sensational pass with the outside of his right foot for his 98th goal in the English top flight.

“This is absolutely ridiculous from Joao Cancelo,” co-commentator Gary Neville said after witnessing the assist.“He’s got no right to be able to get that into that space.”

Without the presence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front, Everton rarely threatened.

Rafael Benitez’s men have now taken just two points from the last 18 on offer in the Premier League to drop into the bottom half of the table and just six points clear of the relegation zone.

Rodri’s stunning long-range drive into the top corner 10 minutes after the break ended the game as a contest.

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City were then content to cruise for the final half-hour with one eye on Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

Sterling should have slotted home his second of the afternoon from Riyad Mahrez’s inviting cross, but was instead denied by international teammate Jordan Pickford as he tried to round the goalkeeper.

City did get a deserved third five minutes from time when Silva followed up after Cole Palmer’s shot was blocked.

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Mikel Arteta vs Jurgen Klopp, argument, video, reaction, Sadio Mane, Liverpool vs Arsenal, foul



Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta had to be physically pulled back as he clashed with Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp in a heated touchline row in a 4-0 loss on Sunday morning.

The altercation took place in the first half of the defeat, with Arteta and Klopp clashing in what Premier League great Jamie Carragher deemed a game-changing incident.

It came after a challenge involving Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu.

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Mane was penalised for a foul on Tomiyasu after the pair challenged for a header, prompting Arteta to race down the sideline and engage in a tense exchange with Klopp.

Assistant coach Steve Round helped de-escalate the situation, holding Arteta back and it only went downhill from there for the Gunners in a four-goal humbling.

Speaking after the game, Klopp claimed officials are under increased pressure to punish Mane for hard fouls, declaring he is “sick” of the special attention on him.

“It was a completely clean situation with two guys jumping in the air but the Arsenal bench were going for it,” Klopp said to Sky Sports.

“I said to them: ‘What do you want for that?’ It looked like everyone wanted a yellow card and I am sick of these moments when everyone is going for Sadio.

“It happened against Real Madrid and also against Atlético Madrid when we had to take him off at half-time because he was on a yellow card. It’s just not right.”

Arteta, meanwhile, was far more composed after the game when asked about the incident.


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Mikel Arteta clashed with Jurgen Klopp. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Mikel Arteta clashed with Jurgen Klopp. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp are booked by referee Michael Oliver. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)Source: AFP

“He was defending his team, I was defending my team, that’s it,” he told Sky Sports.

“It doesn’t matter. These moments are left on the pitch.”

Sky Sports pundit Carragher criticised Arteta’s for his overreaction, seeing that Liverpool took advantage of the drama to go on and take control of the game.

“I think Arteta will look back at that and think it was a mistake,” he told Sky Sports.

“If that was a player on the pitch who did a silly challenge and lifted the crowd or the opposition – we’ve all been there in the dressing room and you come in at half time and the manager is saying: ‘Look at what you’ve done. You’ve lifted this crowd’.

“I think he’ll look back at that and think it’s something he’ll probably regret and won’t get involved in situations like that again, certainly at a place like this where the crowd wasn’t going quiet, but there wasn’t a lot happening for Liverpool.

“It was a different Liverpool second half. I think Jurgen Klopp would have asked for more intensity. I think there was a change in the game, and that was Arteta and Klopp going head to head on the side of the pitch.

“That seemed to change the crowd and the game.”

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Arteta was far from the only one to lose control, with Arteta later adding that his side “threw the game away in the 15 minutes after halftime”.

“I think the first half was very competitive,” Arteta added.

“We both had moments and we competed well.

“At 1-0 down we go to half-time, it is the moment we have to be patient, but we were completely the opposite. We completely crashed. That’s why we lose the game – the rest is a consequence of the frustration of having to chase the game.

“We know they will punish you. They can press, they are one of the best at it. Mistakes are a part of football. They have been the best team in Europe because they can dominate in every aspect. They were better than us today.”

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